Posted on June 20, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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When did growing up become one big fashion shoot?

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There are definitely already too many photos of this little prince.

This article first appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail

Since when did growing up become one big fashion shoot?

At some playgrounds and birthday parties, every child seems to come with their very own paparazzi — who are also their parents or grandparents, and who also seem determined to record Every. Single. Moment.

Instead of interacting with other kids, these unfortunates are being conditioned to smile, pose and pretend for the ever-present camera. Maybe it’s some misguided effort to catch every pivotal moment so nobody ever forgets and it’s there forever. But does a photo still exist if nobody ever looks at it? And nobody cares?

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Posted on June 13, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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Why isn’t climate change a bigger election issue? Maybe we need to rename it ‘Bieber Kardashian sex tape’

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Why isn’t climate change a bigger issue in the upcoming elections in the USA and Australia? It’s barely an issue at all, and in the recent UK election, it was also rarely mentioned.

In order to avoid catastrophic climate change it’s essential that we act now, but that small fact hasn’t stopped it slipping down and off the list of what’s important to the majority of voters.

The problem can’t be with the issue’s importance. The evidence is all there, and it’s terrifying. Climate change is without a doubt the single biggest threat the human race has faced since the last ice age.

Maybe the real issue is with the wording, because ‘climate change’ just doesn’t sound that bad.

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Posted on June 5, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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What’s life really like as a FIFO worker on a mining site in Australia?

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For six months I was a FIFO worker, and for those who have no idea what FIFO is or what’s it’s like, well this is what it was like for me.

Now I know that most workers last far longer, and to those who say, ‘Only six months? I’ve had longer pisses than that.’

Well I suggest you see a doctor. Constantly emitting urine for six months sounds disgusting, and not at all normal.

Similar to being in prison, working as a fly in fly out (FIFO) worker involved being trapped in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by terrifying men who were all tougher than me.

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Posted on May 25, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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Let’s get down to a matter of facts

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The fried chicken donut – it’s real! Astro Doughnuts & Fried Chicken – Washington, DC

This article first appeared in the Brisbane Courier Mail

SO I keep getting tangled in endless and pointless debates, especially online.

There are the people who claim Donald Trump isn’t racist, or that the climate isn’t changing, that it’s all just a big scam started by left-wing lunatics.

And nobody should listen to the feminists because they won’t rest until all men are either castrated or dead.

So much like a morbidly obese man at an all-you-can-eat buffet, I’ve had enough.

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Posted on May 19, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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That’s not how you spell your Mum’s name – Spelling the FIFO way

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The guys I have worked with over my years in the construction and mining industry, they were able to speak English, but stuff me if they could spell it.

It’s actually an industry-wide problem, and among the many examples I’ve personally experienced of borderline unintelligible written communications from so-called supervisors, I know for a fact that one major mining company continually sends project managers, with annual salaries of over a quarter of a million dollars, off to emergency remedial English courses designed for sixteen year-olds.

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Posted on May 11, 2016 by Xavier Toby
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The Dangers of being a DIDO

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Mining sites are very dangerous places, even with all the modern day safety regulations, but for many, getting to work can be just as dangerous as being there.

Plenty but still not enough has been said about the mental health of FIFOs, the workers who fly in and out on chartered planes from mining sites, and this is an ongoing issue.

Far less attention has been given to the DIDOs. These are the the workers who drive in and out from the mining sites, and sometimes it’s a return trip of over 1800 kms.

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