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Things you can't do on your iPhone

Peter Michal

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So, you want to impress people on Instagram? You wanna get the likes up? Well, put down your iPhone and go hunting around in the cupboard for that digital SLR camera you purchased with great enthusiasm more than ten years ago now. It'll be a bit dusty but it will still work. It'll still be good enough for this.

It's all in the . . .

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November 19, 2020

Sourdough, for lazy people

Peter Michal

Silvrback blog imageThe starter

It lives in a plastic container in the fridge, next to the jar of pickles. And you got it from a friend. You didn't make it from scratch, feeding it every day for a fortnight. Because you have a life. Because you just want bread, not yet more responsibility in your life.

To revive the starter, add 1 cup of flour and 1 . . .

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October 05, 2020

When my friend went on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Peter Michal

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When 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 . . .

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September 26, 2020

How to Catch Flathead

Peter Michal

Enjoy this reading (with slideshow) of How to Catch Flathead, a funny travel book about an obnoxious, know-it-all writer who comes to Australia and gets so much more than he bargained for in a small town on the New South Wales coast where the wrong sort of people are in charge...

A biting, satirical novel, How to Catch . . .

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June 02, 2020

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 walk in the hills ...with Rambo

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 very busy on weekends with . . .

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July 11, 2017

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