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17 July 2018, by , in Uncategorized
  Carpenter / Joiner Greg Fidler was looking for more than a course to kickstart his domestic builder qualifications, he was after something he could tune into that could keep him focused and motivated.   While Greg wasn’t new to study, the classroom hadn’t always been his favourite place.   By the time he was...
8 December 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  I’m a sucker for good people doing great things, but there’s only so many stories you can write about talented footballers training to become builders.   So I’m going to break precedent today and completely change direction, and Lachie Hunter is the perfect catalyst to do exactly that.       If I had...
4 December 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  Put your hand up if you didn’t like the movie, “Thelma and Louise.”   No hands? Didn’t think so.   The 1991 Ridley Scott directed film was a Hollywood blockbuster, receiving six academy award nominations including Best Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actress for the roles played by Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis respectively....
28 November 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  At risk of sounding like a decrepit middle aged man, allow me to just put something into perspective.   At 34 years of age, I was six years retired from the AFL, most likely holidaying on a tropical island with a little dog, drinking cocktails out of coconuts and telling local folk how great...
24 November 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  Question: What do you get when you cross a Cheetah with a Kangaroo? Answer: Shaun Atley     As clever as it gets but as cheeky as hell, Shaun Atley is my kind of bloke.   Hard to read on the surface but as observant and perceptive as they come, the fact that this...
20 November 2017, by , in Uncategorized
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” – Pauline Kael, 1919.   It’s a simple but powerful proverb, and strongly reinforces that anything in life is possible for those who dare to dream and let nothing stand in their way.   Just hold that thought for a moment, and let me digress.   I’m completely...
13 November 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  Every good writer looks for an angle to their next story.   A catchy title here, a clever play on words there – anything really to engage the reader and maintain their undivided attention.   Sometimes however, you need to just lose all the bells and whistles and simply tell it how it is,...
8 November 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  Kate Bush is a brilliant woman and outstanding songwriter, and was well ahead of her time with an absolute favourite former smash hit of mine, “This Woman’s Work.”   Released in 1989, the track itself was only moderately successful initially, before topping the charts in the UK and Australia upon its re-release in 2005,...
31 October 2017, by , in Uncategorized
  What better day to welcome a quartet of Melbourne Storm NRL stars to the Trade Institute of Victoria than today, Halloween.   Because it was on this day precisely – Halloween – back in 1991 when “The Perfect Storm” (also known as ‘The Halloween Gale’) reached its peak intensity as a powerful cyclone, lashing the east coast...
18 October 2017, by , in Uncategorized
Enrolments for TIV’s January Summer Certificate IV in Building and Construction courses in Williamstown, Tullamarine and Springvale CLOSE ON DECEMBER 8.   Call TIV on 03 9399-9511 or email info@tiv.vic.edu.au or to enrol today.   The Trade Institute of Victoria’s Certificate IV in Building and Construction summer course is back – at THREE locations throughout Victoria in January 2018.   Courses will...