“Australians are extremely risk averse.”  David Gianotten / Architect at OMA

It is becoming more and more apparent to us RUDE Guys that many Australians are loosing their larrikanism, and becoming very schoolmarmish in behaviour.  Aussie bureaucrats are top of the class when it comes to accepting the status quo and not wanting to take risks.

In today’s The Age playful parents prevent anxiety in kids because they are encouraged to take risks safely.  A good reason for repeated exposure to things that might feel unsafe, like tinkering.



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Unfortunately, what this type of behaviour leads to, is lack of innovation.  If you do not want to risk take, you can only draw on things that have been tested.

Therefore, the quote above by Mr Gianotten, is pretty spot on as far as we are concerned.  However, it does not relate to us RUDE Guys, as we pride ourselves on being calculated risk takers, especially when it comes to our tinkering.

Below is our last You Tube video for 2017 and our Happy New Year well wishes.

This video is about having fun in the shed and tinkering the day away, however it’s also about safe risk when tinkering with machinery and electricity.  If you are competent you do not need a licence to tinker!!

Beat The Man and keep bloody bureaucrats where they belong ~ away from us innovative folk, and our kids too.



Frugal Flow

Capitalism does not permit an even flow of economic resources. With this system, a small privileged few are rich beyond conscience, and almost all others are doomed to be poor at some level. That’s the way the system works. And since we know that the system will not change the rules, we are going to have to change the system.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

The above quote is pretty much how RUDE reasons it.  We have highlighted on a few occasions that we really do not think we can Beat The Man.  However like Mr King, we do believe that we can stick it to The Man, and have some control over changing the system, even if it’s at a grassroots level.

We were recently surprised to learn that to take a family of four [two adults and two small children] to the movies and lunch in a shopping mall cafe, had cost AUD $100! 

Should the household budget be able to afford such an outing, then what a special  treat for the family.  However,  RUDE was hard pressed not to be thinking of all those families that are unable to afford such an experience.  What then to do, for school holiday enjoyment?

The psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi who has written truckloads on the subject of flow , says the best way to rediscover what made you happy is to think back to when you were about 10 years old.  This was a time when you were most likely to please yourself rather than to feel obligated to please others. 

Frugality also extends to RUDE’S role as grandparents.  We choose to give old-fashioned experiences, as a point of difference, to the experiences where money is spent.  For frugal family fun ideas, we think back to what made us happy as children. 

So this week we enjoyed meeting up with the grandchildren for an afternoon at the beach.  Instead of meeting in a cafe and then heading down to the beach, we decided instead to take our picnic basket with  afternoon tea.


Photo above:  RUDE’S grandchildren climbing over play equipment at the beach.

Yesterday we enjoyed time with our children and the grandchildren playing concerts, drawing at the kitchen table and having a backyard BBQ dinner.

Total cost of two days of frugal food and fun, involving 10 family members cost approximately AUD $75, including travel costs.  And everyone had a ball!

Beat The Man and go with the frugal flow!

Photos above:  Family concert starring Poppy Dan and Nanny Kaz with grandchildren ~ Dancing to Shake It Off by Taylor Swift.  Hat props sourced from the local TIP SHOP.