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Mona Lisa Clock

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Description: This clever idea combines art and a useful clock. It comes from the Morgan Library gift ship. I selected it from their catalog and was going to put it in my cottage but liked it so much it’s in my bathroom in New York. Thank you for the useful and decorative gift, Enid Klass.

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Shoes that fit perfectly

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Description: The Italian shoe brand Vibram recently came up with Furoshiki shoes, the perfect solution to the fact that most store-bought shoes don’t fit properly. The shoe fabric cleverly wraps around your feet. See http://www.vibram.com

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Proud of our elders

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Description: This iconic mural in Randwick, Sydney, is a clever way of recognizing a diverse group of older people who had been highly respected in the community. People featured in this mural include a winning ex-jockey, a swimmer who held world records, a long time president of the swimming club and an influential Aboriginal elder.

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Tomato Tasting

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Description: What a clever idea to celebrate tomatoes at a tomato tasting. Capitalizing on the season’s peak Garden of Eve Organic Market offered tastings of at least 15 different kinds of tomatoes ranging from the spicy to the sweet. I like the Brandywine variety best. Watch their site for the garlic festival coming up in September. http://www.GardenOfEveFarm.com

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Earrings Back ‘n Front

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I loved these InPink earrings in the peek a boo style. There are three pieces so once you put the post through the hole in your ear you attach the dangle piece so it’s behind your lobe. Then you attach the fastener. Now your ears are adorned back and front. I got many compliments on this clever idea. When I first saw them I was told they are available only in China but I was delighted to find InPink on Amazon.

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No ordinary florist!

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Description: This florist is full of artificial flowers that look real. I first saw high quality artificial flowers at Monet’s Garden outside Paris and bought some roses. On a later trip I saw a wonderful shop full of artificial flowers in Kiev and bought some more roses and orchids as well. A friend who lives in Bowral recently told me that she bought even better quality artificial flowers from this florist near her. http://www.countryaccentfloralboutique.com

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Real orchids?

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Description: I bought these orchids in Kiev Ukraine and our hotel maid in St Petersburg Russia kindly put them in water….. when I arrived at Sydney airport carrying them customs officials came straight for me …. and were relieved that they are not real. Artificial flowers are becoming a clever idea because the quality has greatly improved and stores are merchandising them much more effectively. The store in Kiev was completely full of artificial flowers and looked like a regular florist!

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Clever way to highlight sovereign debt

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Description: I received this US$1 trillion note from a US speaker highlighting sovereign debt in the US which is now over US$18 trillion. You can check the latest debt at http://www.usdebtclock.org/ – a clever way of keeping track of it.

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Clever car window advertising

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Description: Motize.com connects companies, charities and consumers through car advertising. Consumers simply register their interest to carry a sign on their car’s rear window and earn money each month.

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Subway Humor

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Description: It took artist Tom Otterness several years to get all his “Life Underground” whimsical bronzes installed in the 14th St. subway station. He considers bureaucratic challenges part of the artistic process. What a clever idea to give New Yorkers something to smile about.

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Noma coming to Sydney

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Description: Noma consistently ranks one of the world’s top restaurants. It’s a clever idea to come to Sydney for 10 weeks from Jan 2016 after a successful stay in Tokyo this year where the waiting list for reservations was reportedly 60,000. Noma is famed for experimenting with local ingredients. We had this dish (amongst many) called “hen and the egg” in Copenhagen after booking months ahead!

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Coffee with cats

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Description: A new coffee shop called Catmosphere has opened in Surry Hills, Sydney. For $20, cafe customers receive a coffee, a cat-shaped cookie, and access to a rotating roster of felines to pat, scratch and Instagram. The Catmosphere cats are from animal rescue organisations like Inner City Strays. Book ahead as this is a very popular new idea!

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