Bivvy Bag

As Art Buchwald said, “The best things in life are not things”. The best things in life are intangibles like relationships, life events and experiences. Good experiences last a lifetime, at least as memories, and they can give us joy and build confidence, skills and vitality. Significantly, consuming experiences, and not material goods, is better for your … Read more

In praise of the bicycle

In praise of the bicycle

Do you remember riding your bike as a youngster? The exhilaration, freedom and sheer joy of propelling yourself wherever you wanted go? Your bike was literally your ticket to ride! In a sense cycling has always been a freeing, sometimes even rebellious activity and it led H.G. Wells to say “When I see an adult … Read more

Why cash is best

There are a number of good reasons why cash is best when buying things: For a start it’s real. Paying in cash forces you to consider the real purchase price. You have no choice but to consider how much money you’re paying overall, and not just what you’ll have to pay as a deposit or on a periodic basis.

Making Do

In any situation or circumstance people have to make do with what they have. In modern western market societies give us more goods and services than we need for well-being. People work hours longer than they need to and often go into debt so that they don’t have to make do. Subsequently the art of making do has been lost. We New Zealanders have a long proud tradition of making do.

Halving cars

When we recently moved towns we went from a two-car family to a one-car family. We barely noticed the difference. Of course there was a time when no families had cars and so it now seems incredible that there are more cars in the United States than there are drivers. Countries like New Zealand and … Read more