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Up Front: Walking Through the Ruins

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  • Rachel Prosser,

    do you reckon there is a market niche for rental shoes?

    Apparently so - I read in a magazine today a "Q and A" with none other than Ms Keira Knightly, who apparently rents the shoes she wears to premieres. And, as befits a Bend it Like Beckham star, prefers flats.

    Or so says the Women's Weekly. Or Women's Day. Or New Idea - one of those. It wasn't mine I swear, I read it in a cafe. Where I was working. Honest!

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report

  • Rachel Prosser,

    I must be one of the few people who actually quite like the house-moving process.

    We did it heaps when I was a kid - every 3 or 4 years on average. Dad said that if you haven't used something since you last moved, it's time to chuck it out.

    I also liked packing and unpacking the Caravans when we went away for the weekend. And now I make do with unpacking the groceries.

    I look at Wendy Davie's website, and actually relish the chance of having a go at the "before" pictures.

    What's not to like - there's the oh-so-satisfying packing things into boxes in an organised way (which is fun). And labelling them (even more fun!) And unpacking (quite fun). And arranging things in a logical and orderly manner. My mother trained me well.

    Moving to a new school, not so much fun always (and having been to 4 schools, in 4 towns, between my 9 and 14th birthdays, not so much fun now because there aren't many people other than my sister that I've grown up with all the way.).

    But the fun of moving into a new house - lovely! I also am happy to volunteer to help others move house, but need to resist organising things for them. And suggesting where they could put their furniture. Hmm, maybe I need a career change...

    Christchurch • Since Mar 2008 • 228 posts Report

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Never use professional movers unless you're heavily insured

    The Better Half was looking at hiring a truck and doing it himself, but there were various (and rather boring) practical reasons why that wasn't a flyer. And his employers were picking up the tab (and insurance), so how bad could it be? Well, we got to sleep in our own bed eventually. There's also benefits to have your existential angst out with call centre operators.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report

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