Jons’ Blog

Peace and Goodwill

Don’t you just “love” the Silly Season? December is just over a week old and already we have had a serious heat wave, bushfires, two major international terrorist attacks, our Prime Minister making waves in Paris over climate change (despite…

Crime against the environment

You know it’s going to be a long hot summer. We’ve been warned. While we shivered through the most dismally cold winter in memory, the Northern Hemisphere baked in record high temperatures. Berlin went past the old century mark. Japan…

Destiny

How often have you pondered your destiny? Destiny is founded on critical choices made and the subsequent actions that follow as a result. Had I remained single, there would be no Ararat Food. At best I may have been an…

Take a leaf from that garden

“It’s a busy world out there,” says the suit on TV, “and it’s getting busier all the time.” You become aware that the nation’s leading television network is offering prime time exposure for the second supermarket giant’s foray into online…

Not a happy thought

As you emerge from the tunnel it’s a degree or two cooler and can be raining when it’s clear a half a kilometre behind. When you crest the rise at Crafers the landscape is cooler, greener. You’re heading into the…

Between the two existing shopping centres

You’ve driven past it hundreds of times. You’ve shaken your head, perhaps ironically comparing land development in central Mount Barker with the burgeoning growth around its edges. How is it that a well established, growing community like ours can have…

Why shop anywhere else?

Your day off begins slowly when you sleep in: no time for breakfast. It’s the day of the party and you still haven’t made the cake you had promised. Again you regard the unappetising but expensive loaf and fume about…

DIY health and well-being

You’ve probably seen TV ads featuring former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting endorsing dietary supplements. If they help Punter, winner of three World Cups and scorer of over 27,000 runs for Australia, then they must surely be better than some…

Freedom of Choice

Imagine life as a medieval serf. Existing in a hovel, labouring from dawn to dark in the fields, only keeping a portion of what you prise from the soil, tugging your forelock and bowing low to the lord who rules…

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