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The pros and cons of burying rubble in your backyard

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageRubble. Ever been tempted to bury some in your backyard? I have.

At the age of twenty-five I bought my first place, a one-bedroom unit with a small rear courtyard, and set about renovating it. To save money, I gutted the bathroom myself, spending two taxing weekends chipping away at the old wall tiles with a hammer and chisel.

The . . .

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July 21, 2019

A matter of milk

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageOn the fridge at my work there is a sign about the milk. The sign says that company milk is for use in regular teas or coffees only. If you want cereal or porridge in the morning then you better get some private milk.

There are other signs too. There is a sign about the spoons: everyone is meant to wash their own and return it to the . . .

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September 07, 2017

Paradise redux

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageThe list of places in and around the city of Adelaide which may rightly be described as being some form of ‘hell in paradise’ is much shorter than the list simply labelled ‘hell’. One place on the former must surely be the McLaren Vale region. At least on a long weekend in June with a wine festival going on.

The . . .

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August 23, 2017

The lifeline

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageWhen I was at university and it was a big thing my friend went on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? This was the original Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? when they were actually playing for a million dollars every Monday night and they had those lifelines, like the ‘fifty-fifty’ and the ‘phone-a-friend’.

Even though I . . .

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August 08, 2017

A walk in the hills

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageIn the hills surrounding Adelaide there are many walking trails and most are well marked and it is a pleasure to walk them in the autumn and winter months, especially in the early mornings when there is often fog in the valleys and all is quiet and still except for the feeding kangaroos.

Some of these trails are quite popular and one in . . .

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July 11, 2017

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