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It’s News To me – April 2016

08/04/2016 | By

It’s time for another quick collection of interesting news stories and podcasts that were news to me.

Laratinga Wetlands were news to me

Laratinga Wetlands, Mt. Barker.

It’s been a while since I shared some of the interesting snippets I find on the interwebz. Once again I’ve  found news to me which will both shock and delight (well, a bit) and, once again, I’m sharing a stunning view from the Adelaide Hills.

Those of you who follow my Instagram feed will know that I’m a big fan of baking – and especially love sourdough breads. I got my starter from my friend Celia over at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial and have managed to keep it alive, even through long absences when I’ve been travelling, but it has had close brushes with death once or twice .

In some places it is possible to ensure the continuing life of your starter when on vacation by getting it cared for. Sweden is a country noted for a comprehensive social safety net and this apparently extends to sourdough cultures. A Stockholm bakery has been quietly offering the sourdough-sitting service for three years now. For a mere $3 per day your starter will be loving fed and nurtured until you get home. I’m sensing a business opportunity here, folks.

Speaking of Instagram, I found this article with 13 different Instagram apps. Some are for editing and some are for scheduling and for account management. Some I knew of, but most I didn’t. Check them out and discover another way to improve your Instagram profile.

In shocking news, it seems that for the last 10 years the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the go-to site for a multitude of interesting factoids about Australian society, has failed keep track of one of the largest slices of labour in the country – housework. We are talking about labour that is worth, in some estimations, 40% of the Australian GDP. This  is work that is essential, boring, tedious, tiring and traditionally overwhelmingly done by women. Perhaps, as this article by Annabel Crabb says, it’s because “things that don’t get counted don’t count”.

Finally, I’ll leave you with some new podcasts to listen to while you are doing the aforementioned, apparently insignificant, housework. There are such a lot of great food-based podcasts around and they are way more interesting and informative than watching yet another celebrity chef on the telly – in my humble opinion. I love ’em.



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  1. Liz Posmyk (Good Things)

    Always an interesting round up, Amanda. Love those Swedish bakeries. And thank you for the instagram links too.

  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe I love the idea of that sourdough sitting service. That’s brilliant and quirky but entirely practical too.