Symphonic Sex and Self-help in Strata

Let’s not beat around the bush – sex is happening in strata, everywhere, right now. In bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens and on balconies. At all hours of the day and night. What goes on behind closed doors is none of our business – when it’s silent. But when its symphonic… Consider this scenario: A young couple…

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The anchovy method and statutory reform

In the nineties, the long-haired, carefree (mortgage-less) version of me forged a living (just) touring the country with cover bands. Many eyebrows were raised by the cynics who considered my rock ’n’ roll lifestyle to be a disrespectful utilisation of my parents’ significant investment in my education. However, roaming the boundless plains of this vast…

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No extension required for your late community management statement

My daughter was born 7 days late. Since then she has effortlessly maintained a strict regime of unpunctuality. Last term, her tardy approach to scholarly, musical and sporting endeavours was punctuated with a late paroxysm of activity. Then, like an elastic band after having reached its maximum tension threshold, she catapulted back to her natural…

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Nose Pollution

Each winter we embark on a camping expedition to a secluded site on the Pumicestone Passage. Aside from fishing and relaxing, the only obligatory activity is afternoon aperitifs, set against the majesty of the Glasshouse Mountains as they salute the end of another day, backlit in brilliant orange, pink and purple hues, the sun skilfully…

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Swapping Exclusive Use – Easy As

Back in the heyday of my youth, when Donkey Kong was cutting edge gaming, we used to spend our lunch breaks playing with Kiss (the American glam metal band) cards. The cards were only available in Donruss bubble-gum packets, which proved a challenging acquisition for a metal-mouthed yours truly who was forbidden from indulging in…

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Merry Christmas – You have invalid by-laws

There is an odd dichotomy between the adoption and enforcement of by-laws in Queensland. A body corporate can generally approve a change to its by-laws at a general meeting by special resolution. Let’s say an owner, Mr Scrooge, has a strong aversion to Christmas and submits a motion to adopt a by-law prohibiting residents from…

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Can a body corporate “buy out” the building manager?

Let me start out by making this observation – sometimes it’s tricky to figure out what someone is really asking. Perhaps because of a language barrier… like the time I went to lunch with my friend Scott to a Japanese restaurant (don’t jump to conclusions just yet) and the French waiter enquired as to whether…

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Custodian of the Keys

At university, a friend of mine, Josh, was notorious for losing things, particularly his keys (and also, memorably, the phone number of a particular young lady named Sue, who he affectionately referred to as his future ex-wife). He regularly missed crucial opportunities and significant life events because of his inability to keep track of his…

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Pets in Strata – a gravitational perspective

My friend Ian has a French Bulldog called Maximus. I am Maximus’s toy. He likes to play a particular game with me which, because I am unfamiliar with the French canine vernacular, I will refer to as “make Andrew bleed”. He’s very good at it. There seem to be bonus points for contaminating the wound…

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