Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

This week the UK Chancellor, George Osborne, warned that Britain has run out of money, in news that would have left many readers cold. The UK is seen as a leading nation and if their financial margins are such, then it brings into stark focus the economic dilemma that much of the world is facing. Yet I was strangely glad to read the article and … Continue reading Why I’m (sort of) glad that Britain has run out of money

The post-New York blahs

By Ruth Limkin I’ve been in a New York state of mind. My fourth visit to the city for a recent holiday was as wonderful as the first three times. It’s a captivating city even with it’s concrete overload and it’s consumerist obsession, because it’s cultural richness is vast indeed. I’ve been back in Australia for a few days, yet still fortunate enough to be … Continue reading The post-New York blahs

How contentment crept up and caught me by surprise

By Ruth Limkin This is a story about shopping, but it’s mostly about hindsight, and how it illuminates the decisions that shape us. I have always loved buying clothes and shoes, although I’ve rarely been extravagant. I’d never pay full price and I always loved the thrill of the chase which came with finding a great sale. About three years ago, I felt a nudge … Continue reading How contentment crept up and caught me by surprise

breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

By Ruth Limkin Graham Clarke is a friend. After reading my recent post about Tomic, he tweeted something very kind that made me laugh out loud, saying “A dose of @ruthlimkin is like stepping on my bathroom scales – uncomfortable but a worthwhile reality check.” It made my day. So, if you’re up for a dose of breadandjustice regularly, there’s now an app for that! It’s free, and … Continue reading breadandjustice – there’s an app for that

The secret santa present that nobody wanted

By Ruth Limkin There’s always one. Whenever there’s a secret santa, there’s always one gift that no-one wants. When it gets opened, the person who chose it has that “I guess I need to look happy anyway” look on their face. Everyone watching the gift being opened breathes a sigh of relief, grateful that they didn’t end up with it. Such was the case this … Continue reading The secret santa present that nobody wanted

The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

By Ruth Limkin I was disturbed as I read the article. A young woman was being offered to the highest bidder for four days. Four days of sexual servitude. Four days in which she will lose her virginity as a commodity to a man who has little interest in loving her. Four days in which she is effectively bonded to him, because he has money … Continue reading The slavery of freedom: what a 19 year old’s virginity teaches us about ourselves

Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

By Ruth Limkin Last night I sat with a group of business people and we strategised about how to help the poor, and expand programs which are feeding the disadvantaged. It was a great meeting, and I was encouraged at the generosity of people who want to make a tangible difference. The meeting was a part of what I’ve been doing to try to raise … Continue reading Why ‘Occupy’ is making the 99% poorer

Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

By Ruth Limkin Wall Street has been ‘occupied’ for a month now. According to the Wall Street Journal the protest movement in New York also now has $300,000 in donations, which is a little ironic considering the exact cause being donated to is still undefined. The Wall Street Journal reported the following: “For the most part, the protest action remained loosely organized and there were … Continue reading Before you occupy Wall Street (or my city)

The biggest problem with boat people

By Ruth Limkin Sometimes it seems there’s so many issues in the world, with so little time to learn about them. We know that there’s more than meets the eye, and that relying on mainstream media soundbites and headlines rarely makes for a well informed view. For many of us, the arrival of ‘boat people’ – better referred to as asylum seekers – is one … Continue reading The biggest problem with boat people