Science broadcaster Robyn Williams on the joys of frugality
bred in a briar patch”: I make do among the nettles. When I began The Science Show on ABC Radio in 1975 we had producers attached, reporters on standby in various parts of the world and around Australia, and I’d commission what I thought could be good that week almost without limit. No longer. The Science Show team is now me and producer David Fisher. We make do.
I also cut costs personally. Sometimes, when on my own for the weekend, if I find, say, $15 in my pocket I try to make it stretch out for all meals. Buy a bag of spuds from Paddy’s Market, plus some mushrooms and a veg (Brussels sprouts) and three corn cobs for three lunches all for $5, two chicken drumsticks for 80 cents, and a loaf of bread on special ($4) and you’re on your way. That’ll last three days. (One caveat: there is always wine provided by the Bottle Fairy, but that would spoil the story, wouldn’t it?) There is usually stuff lingering in the fridge left by other intemperate people – to hell with the use-by date. If it’s not putrid or furry it’s OK. Slum child.
Nothing gets thrown away if it is at all useful. The magazines we get sent have an address on one side of an A4 sheet inside the plastic bag. I turn