Mend It, Australia


Social media is changing the way we communicate and the way we are perceived, both positively and negatively. Every time you post a photo, or update your status, you are contributing to your own digital footprint and personal brand.  Amy Jo Martin


Brand is not a product, that’s for sure; it’s not one item. It’s an idea, it’s a theory, it’s a meaning, it’s how you carry yourself. It’s aspirational, it’s inspirational.  Kevin Plank

Us RUDE Guys have added a new concept to our brand that piggy backs off the ethos of Rude Record.  Mend It, Australia launches itself out in the community on the 10th February when we tinker travel, over an hour away from home, to volunteer at the Geelong Repair Cafe – Highton.

Our RUDE and Mend It branding reflects reducing consumption, reuse of available resources and the right to repair without interference.  Locally at Imagine Melton Zero Waste, we promote resource recovery and say no to landfill, preferring to champion alternatives, such as zero waste measures, like composting.

At Mend It, Australia Facebook page we showcase Australian and global mending, fixing and repairing events.  We post interest articles and videos about the mission to mend movement.  And most days, we also like to shout out about what we are reusing and repairing.  We hope our posts inspire our page followers to think twice before chucking things out and heading off to the mall to buy new.

As for this blog, RUDE Girl was writing a weekly blog post, however it looks like I will only be able to manage monthly/bimonthly this year, as we will be busy trekking around the countryside, participating in Repair Cafe events.

RUDE Boy has worked part-time for many years, as he is transitioning to retirement.  He has just told me he plans to fully retire this year in October [it’s not common knowledge yet, but who reads what I write anyways!]

We have been making some plans for this milestone forever really.  However, we started to focus more on it last year.  In 2017 we were involved in mending at Mend It, Melton [MIM] events in our local community but MIM did not work out for us.  Bureaucracy decided to take over and its reason for doing so failed to align with our Rude Record brand.   There are no more Mend It, Melton events in our local community, however I  still administrate the Facebook page here

Thanks to the bureaucratic meddling of Mend It, Melton, us RUDE Guys turned a rotten situation into a positive and voila, Mend It, Australia was created.  And our idea around flexible tinkering travel was born.

Stay posted for some stories back from our tinkering travels by following us daily on Rude Record or Mend It, Australia.



Mending ~ red tape not required


People go back to the stuff that doesn’t cost a lot of money and the stuff that you don’t have to hand money to over and over again. Stuff that you get for free, stuff that your older brother gives you, stuff that you can get out of the local library.

Frank Black / Musician



IMAGE via www

Us RUDE Guys have been participating in our community, giving our time and some of our resources, for free to others, and helping them mend their things.

We had a vision that we would be engaging in a no-strings attached activity.  And for many months we were, and it was awesome!   What could be easier than partnering and collaborating with others and delivering a free mending service .   Helping people in our locale to save money by repairing items they would have had to otherwise buy new.  And saving the planet by keeping their stuff out of landfill.

Sadly, as in the cartoon above, nothing is free in life.  There may be the appearance of no strings attached.  However, it’s rarely possible.  Why?  There is always the looming threat of bureaucracy with its red tape.  And the more free and awesome your activity develops, in mind, in stuff and in service, the more the bureaucrats want to regulate and control it and you.

Us RUDE Guys have been following the demise of Urban Food Street in Buderim,  Queensland which is a community food growing and sharing neighbourhood activity that was destroyed by Sunshine Coast Council.  An example of green crime by local government bureaucrats, fueled by their addictions to power, regulations and red tape.  We would not be surprised if these bureaucrats were acting like spoiled brats at a party, just itching to spoil the fun and joy others were having.

Chatting with RUDE Boy over today’s lunch, we agreed that we still have free will no matter what type of restrictions are imposed on our community participation.  Rather than react in a negative way, it’s best to keep positive and think creatively.  And that’s where the bureaucrats flounder.  And that can be frustrating – not much space for creative and innovative thinking when they are threatened for whatever reasons.

So how do we remain positive whilst dealing with threatened and risk averse bureaucrats?  We know us RUDE Guys have free will, free time, free hugs, free services and free things to share with others.  How we share all these freebies is up to us and not them.  And there really really are lots of creative ways, without red tape, to Beat The Man.

We are really really loving the Really Really Free Market in Preston, and we are really really hoping the local Darebin Council embraces the joyfulness of the freedom it brings for a few hours, to the mostly regulated ‘to every inch of their lives’ people attending.





IMAGE via The Age ~ Hailie Sommerhalder setting up for the Really Really Free Market. Photo: Simon Schluter


IMAGE via The Age ~  The Really, Really Free Market gets into the swing of things. Photo: Simon Schluter

“It is a refreshing sanctuary from money … because money is everywhere, and very few things in life are free. So it’s a nice change to see all this honest, open, giving going on without any strings attached.”  Hallie Sommerhalder /Stallholder ~ Really Really Free Market

Below is the link to the article in today’s Sunday Age article titled “Money Doesn’t Work Here’