Sci­ence broad­caster Robyn Wil­liams on the joys of fru­gal­ity

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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

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