Throwback Thursday, 26 November – Hot Air Balloon

For my 30th birthday my partner took me on a hot air balloon ride. It was a magical, surreal experience. To be floating through the air in a wicker basket dangling from a balloon…It was really very calm and peaceful. The ride itself was followed up by a champagne breakfast, and the champagne part at least is tradition; after every balloon ride you’re supposed to toast the journey apparently. So for the post this week, I thought I’d take a little look at that history.


When we were ballooning we were told that ever since the first manned flight in 1783 pilots and passengers would toast the balloon ride afterwards as a thanks for a safe journey. Or rather a celebration that they survived the ride! There are also other rumours that champagne was actually carried on board to help calm down any spectators who happened to be around at the landing site and were lets say, not very happy about having a hot air balloon possibly landing on them…


Some other interesting facts about hot air balloons:

  • Hot air balloons as we know them, weren’t actually developed until 1960 when Ed Yost developed a propane burning system and a nylon balloon.
  • In 2005 the record for the highest balloon flight was set, the height was 21,290 metres.
  • The fastest speed of a hot air balloon has been recorded as 394 km/h.
  • The longest journey in a balloon, both in time and distance is 19 days,  21 hours and 55 minutes over a distance of 46,759 km.

That’s pretty darn impressive if you ask me!


Take care,


Throwback Thursday, 19 November – Bobby pins

KirbigripsWe all know what bobby pins are, right? The little metal or plastic bits you stick in your hair (sometimes head, ouch!) to hold hair in place? I was curious as to where these originated from and so decided to look it up and came across some other fun facts while I was at it.

Originally called the bobbing pin (but also known as the bobby pin, hair grip or kirby grip), it was created in 1899 by a guy in Paris named Luis Marcus. This invention supposedly coincided with a hairstyle known as the bobbed hair or bob cut style, a style which rapidly gained popularity because of the bobby pins.

Typically bobby pins are tinted to look close to hair colours but of course you can get bejewelled ones, ones with flowers on them, or ribbons, or any number of other things to jazz them up a little bit.

But did you know, bobby pins aren’t just used for holding your hair up or making it pretty with decorations? Check out this list of er, suggested uses:

  • Clean the wax out of your ears (I have to be careful about leaving bobby pins laying around my house as they have been known to disappear into someones ear…)
  • Book marks (I like my books so I probably wouldn’t do this)
  • Lock picks (has anyone tried this? I’m sure I did as a kid for shits and giggles and didn’t get anywhere)
  • As clips to hold food packets together (A good alternative if you don’t have a snap lock bag handy I guess)

Do you use your bobby pins for something other than hairstyling? Let me know in the comments below if you do!

Take care,


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Throwback Thursday, 12 November – The Mad Scientist

1017500_10151546113398170_150558799_nIt’s me! Years ago I was doing some external study with Open Universities Australia and one of the topics I was doing happened to be chemistry. At the end of the lab we were playing around, by that I mean we added too much of one chemical to make the fluid turn pink, so that we could take pictures with brightly coloured substances like the one in the picture.

Why? Because this was a novelty. It was the only interaction I ever had with the students…It was two days of an entire semester.

It did make me realise that studying externally wasn’t really making me feel like I was getting value out of doing a science degree. I wasn’t getting that level of interaction with students or teaching staff and wasn’t getting experience working in a laboratory. I ended up taking a year off after that to reassess what I wanted to do with my study. If I should continue doing it, and whether I should just suck it up and do it online or if I should see if I could physically attend university.

Fortunately, Flinders University offers a sort of compromise. Their lectures are available online, which means I don’t need to go into university say three times a week. There are of course lab practicals and tutorials, but for the most part the university provides ones that are outside of work hours, or are close enough to that I only need to leave work half an hour early.

For me this is a perfect fit. I haven’t had to reduce my working hours at all, and I’m able to physically attend those important practicals and tutorials because of the times uni makes them available. Win, win!

Have you had to manage this sort of a juggling act? What compromises have you made for it?

Take care,


Throwback Thursday, 5 November – Cheers!


Well tonight at least… Why? I was promoted this morning! I’ve been at the uni field trip this week and within twenty minute of getting into the office this morning my boss was on the phone offering me a promotion.

My job title will now be Manager, Service Delivery. So I’ll still be doing all my Team Leader responsibilities as that position isn’t being replaced, but I will also be looking after everything from leave requests, performance reviews, everything.

So cheers to that!

Take care,


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Throwback Thursday, 29 October – Coffee and espresso machines

Our coffee machine at work is broken. Technically it might actually be called an espresso machine because it does everything from grinding the beans to frothing the milk, whereas coffee machines I think are just like percolators and what not. But hey, coffee comes out of it at the end of the day.

The coffee machine at work is old, like really old. But not old enough to be antique, but it is so old it did make me wonder what the first coffee machines were like…and so over to good old Google I went.

coffee-percolatorThe first coffee machine was supposedly invented in 1818 and was like a percolator where you apply heat and the heated water infused with the coffee and then it dripped out a tap.

The first coffee filter paper wasn’t invented until 1908 though by a chick just looking to get better tasting coffee. She tried a few different types of paper until landing on blotting paper and finding it the best option, an voila we have filter paper!

traditional_espresso_machine-227x300The first espresso machine was invented in 1822, surprisingly not long after the coffee machine. Though I suppose good coffee can be addicting so one can’t really blame them. The espresso machine used steam to force water through ground coffee, yes a steam powered coffee machine! It definitely looks like a steampunk espresso machine too!

The modern espresso machine that you might see at cafe’s, or in our office (we’re getting a new one, yay!) was invented in 1946 and is all automatic and of course electrically powered. It looks pretty cool though, it’d be awesome if they started bringing out retro coffee/espresso machines cos I tell ya if they looked as cool as this I’d be tempted to get one at home just for show!



Throwback Thursday, 15 October – Motel I’m staying in

What’s your preference, a hotel or a motel? For me it kinda depends on budget. Hotels in Australia can be on the pricey side and I find that generally the motels are just as good and for nearly half the price, so when I’m travelling on a budget I go for a motel. Only to a point though…and that point is staying in Australia. Generally you know what kind of quality your own country is going to provide you for the price, and I’m quite ok staying in motels in my own country, but if I was travelling overseas, it would always be a hotel or resort that I would stay in. Mostly because I find the security is better and they tend to have better ratings.

Which is what I’ve done with this trip I’m on at the moment. I’ve come up to Queensland to attend the Pole Festival, and because attending that in itself cost so much money, not to mention flights, I thought I’d save myself a buck and stay at a motel.

IMAG1301How does this qualify as a “throwback” you ask? Well, the motel itself is from around the 1960s I think, and if it wasn’t for the weird salmon pink colour it’s all painted it would be quite quaint. It doesn’t have an elevator, which I think may kill me with all the workshops I’m doing, it was hard enough lugging a 17kg bag up the stairs let alone how I’m gonna feel when my muscles are sore!

On the inside though it’s not too bad, relatively up to date, the bathroom looks like it was done maybe sometime in the last few years at least, and it’s definitely spacious enough, and most importantly it’s clean.

So although the building itself is a blast from the past, at least they have tried to bring it up to the present and have kept it in a relatively good state of repair, and clean.

Throwback Thursday, 8 October – Makeup: 1985 vs 2015

On a whim, just out of curiosity I thought I’d see how different makeup looked in the year I was born (hint: 1985) to how it looks now. Some of doesn’t look so different, it still looks scary in some instances let me tell you!

The couple of images below are the least scary makeup looks.





It’s the eyes that have changed a lot I think. A lot of the every day looks I see don’t have too much going on around the eyes, it’s more natural, and then combined with a bright beautiful lip colour. Those times when the eyes do have a full on look happening it is usually paired these days with a light or nude coloured lip.

What do you think looks better, the 1985 look or one of the 2015 looks?

Take care,


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Throwback Thursday, 17 September – Aka Froback…

Today I thought I’d post something a little more humorous and put up some funny meme’s about fro’s for a Froback Thursday post instead.






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Throwback Thursday, 27 August


It surprises me sometimes how some young people don’t know what old phones looked like, or even that maybe they used to have a cable from the phone to the receiver, or that you used to have to be transferred through an operator. So today for Throwback Thursday I thought I’d have a look at how phones have evolved up until the first mobile phone and then next week I’ll continue that train of thought and take a look at the evolution of mobile phones.

Many people have probably heard of Alexander Graham Bell right, the guy who supposedly invented the telephone? But did he really? Not necessarily. Bell was just the first person to patent the idea of a telephone and so is widely known and associated with the telephone. Between 1854 and 1876 several people had been designing telephones, like Antonio Meucci created a telephone like device, while Johann Philipp Reis actually made a prototype! Yeah yeah, that’s all great, but what did they look like?

1870s – the first telephone looked something like this…hardly even recognisable as a telephone is it?


1880s – this is a Gower Bell telephone, it replaced the Morse Telegraph


1890s – starting to look a bit more recognisable as what we know as a telephone


1900s – a slightly different design but still kinda looks like a telephone


Ok I’m going to skip ahead a bit here before we hit the scroll of death with so many pictures in this post! Let’s see what are the highlights between 1900 and now…

1960s – we had the rotary phone. Who remembers those? It’s a bit before my time but that was one of the first phones I remember using when I was growing up in the 1980s and 1990s.


1970s – so I think this phone was actually on the cusp of the 1970s and 1980s with its fancy push buttons, how cool lol, then shortly after that they morphed into the cordless handsets that we know today…if anyone has house phones these days which I don’t!


1980s – the first mobile phone was released in 1984 and it looks like a giant beast of a thing!


I was going to continue on up until now, 2015 but as I hit the 1980s I realised that there is a huge amount of change in such a short amount of time, especially with the introduction of mobile phones. So I think that already gives me an idea for next week… I’ll take a look at the evolution of mobile phones, stay tuned!

Take care,


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Throwback Thursday, 20 August

I’m a bit sore from being at the gym tonight and so it inspired me to look up some old workout videos from the 1980s. Like this one for instance….

I’m sure there are still loads of these kinds of workouts that you can get on DVD, or even if you wanted to look on YouTube like I did, there’s tonnes of them all full length!

It brings back so many memories though that old video. Waking up early on a Saturday morning to watch cartoons, only to find that Mum has hijacked the TV to do her Jane Fonda workout. Not to mention the workout clothes from the 80s! Wowser, high waisted undies over the top of tights, no thank you. Mind you I say that, but then what I wear for pole dancing isn’t much different lol.

The outfits were as colourful then as they can be now, which I personally find the be a good thing. I mean, sometimes when I’m feeling a bit gross anyway because I’m sweating so much, but there’s something about wearing pretty clothes – pretty clothes that you’re meant to get sweat soaked! – that makes a workout a bit easier to do.

Out of curiosity I decided to Google a few pictures to see how gym fashion has changed since the 1980s, and here are some pictures:


1908s fashion image


1990s gym wear image

2000s – Looking almost exactly like what’s worn now

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2010s gym wear image

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