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Corban & Blair
Mostly Sunny Australia
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We read this book recenty and found it helpful to manage in a 'sane" fashion all the things we have to do everyday. YOUR BRAIN AT WORK explores issues such as: - why our brains feel so taxed, and how to maximize our mental resources - why it's so hard... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Photographic technology is wonderful, so flexible and immediate. With a digital camera my son took 100’s of photos of his trek to Mt Everest Base Camp. It was a physically and mentally challenging journey. Once home he spent days creating an album and writing notes and comments to make the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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We found this recently and thought it was a great idea. Women cycling to create an image of a male stripper with their efforts - and lose 2000 caleries- and an ad to promote water!! See the clip http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=yEH4Yum4nN4 Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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If you haven’t already discovered this amazing warehouse full of beautiful design and fantastic food you must go to Koskela. With the motto: “Follow your heart, trust your judgment, do it with joy.” you know you are entering an establishment... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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With changes in consumer purchasing, on-line researching, desires and expectations we look forward to watching and listening to how our customers are at our end of year sale. Are they chasing bargains, new ideas for gifts especially Christmas gifts, contact with our friendly staff, out for an experience, or looking... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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I went to an event with my friend Bobbi Mahlab to hear her discuss changes in publishing, consumer habits and how we interact or not , with information and news. New media is all about content and understanding how people are accessing it. We use it on the bus, plane,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Thursday 18 October - Sunday 4 November 2012 Quick!! If you haven’t been yet to this years Sculpture by the Sea we’re almost at the half way mark! Lots of wonderful things to see along the 2km long Bondi to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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Last week we had an interesting time meeting up with clients and suppliers in Hong Kong and Shanghai. AUST CHAM SHANGHAI We met with James O’Loughlin and Udo Doring from the Australia Shanghai Chamber. They are doing a terrific job assisting Australians do business in China. If you are working... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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I recently found this article in the latest TIME magazine. It is good to read something positive about the world. TIME Magazine Oct 1 2012. “ Our world is more interdependent than ever, borders have become more like nets than walls, while this means wealth, ideas and information, and talent... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Here at Corban & Blair we are mad about our food and inspired by the wonderful art available around Sydney so these two festivals just had to be mentioned. If you haven’t already been out and about enjoying the feasts... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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I went to hear Tim Harford speak at The Sydney Opera House as part of the Festival of Dangerous Ideas. He is a very articulate speaker and an excellent story teller. It was great. His take away message was that making mistakes can have positive outcomes. Getting to some where... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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It is wonderful when you come across new products from people with style and inspiration. Anne Mc William with her Blossom Blends tea is a great example. Look out for her teas, they taste delicious and make a great gifts. Anne captures her customer's attention with design & a family... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Angela Robertson-Buchanan purchased some of our Corban & Blair frames to display her wonderful photographs at the upcoming Art Expo 2012 being held this Friday through to Sunday. You can see three of the stunning flower photographs here in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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I met Eminè recently as was inspired by her passion for sustainable design as an everyday consideration. PROFILE – EMINÈ MEHMET SUSTAINABILITY AMBASSADOR, INTERIOR DESIGNER, WRITER, SPEAKER Eminè started her love affair with Design at 18 immersing herself into study and the Australian Design industry. She has worked for companies... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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18 year olds are a delight, too old to be young and too young to be old, a wonderful cocktail of energy and knowingness. I came across this recently in the Flying Solo Newsletter. By Sam Leader advice to her 18 year old niece and nephew. • Knowing how to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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I went to a CEW event this week to hear Megan Quinn co-founder of the successful luxury fashion on-line store Net-A-Porter. She was just great. Originally from Brisbane, Megan walks the talk, with a background in advertising she along with 2 others with different skills created a fast growing and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Soft to touch and great to feel, Journey, with its whimsical travel images debossed onto naturally cured ‘vegtan’ leather is back by popular demand to help organise travel documents and record your travelogue, wherever the plane takes you. This second... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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Meeting diverse groups of people makes life interesting and creates unthought of opportunities. We met the head chef at the Shanghai Indigo Bund Hotel, an Australian, who showed us around- they have great Australian produce there. We were reminded how multi- city trips have a lot of waiting around, even... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
Recently I sent this letter to all my LINKEDIN connections. It was great to get responses from people who are doing new and very interesting things. At Corban & Blair we are interested in canvassing and exchanging views about trends in business thinking in 2012 with reference to how businesses... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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The heaven scented perfumes and magical ambiance gardenias harvest in the garden are all evoked in this delicately handmade collection. With its bold swirl of petals, beautifully matched colours and use of a combination of textural book cloth and debossing,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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The first step of the staff meeting- Afternoon Tea. Embracing change is not easy. Even in our industry where is it so obviously happening before our eyes. Empty shops on the high street, the stumbling of department stores and the explosion of on-line shopping. We discuss the environment often, look... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Here’s a university dormitory that makes you want to go back to university! Located in Copenhagen, Denmark in one of the newer districts of Orestad it was completed in 2006. An interesting and well thought out building it is seven... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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This week I have focussed on working with people who understand that huge change is happening in retail. Retailers on or off- line have to adapt intelligently and very quickly. I have seen two customers who are turning things upside down to remain relevant. They are motivated, focussed, have open... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Gillian's Blog
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Fancy yourself a bit of a knit-aholic? Then why not pop down to Cloth Fabric on the weekend of 25th August for some knitting/crocheting heaven! Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog
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On reading through the pages of the July-August 2012 issue of Inside Out we came across the Milan Report covering the Milan Furniture Fair, which takes place every April. The report showed a great selection of the design wonders to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Corban & Blair Lifestyle Blog