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Iused to com­mute by car to and from work. The dis­tance was short – 8km – but the travel time var­ied dras­ti­cally from Mon­day am (a stress-free 10 to 12-minute run) to Mon­day evening (a 1-hour crawl in rush-hour traf­fic) to Fri­day af­ter­noon (an in­fu­ri­at­ing 1 to 2 ½ -hour stop-start drag, de­pend­ing on the time and if it was a hol­i­day weekend).

My clean slate when it came to road in­ci­dents took a se­ri­ous dent around this time, too. Dis­tracted by, I don’t know, a bird, in stag­nant rush-hour traf­fic as I crawled along the mo­tor­way one day… Bang! I ran straight into the bumper in front. Not long after that, my en­gine went ka­put when I ran out of fuel after sit­ting in traf­fic for two hours. I had to call AA for a tow. The third time, my en­gine over­heated. Stranded. Same is­sue: in­ert traf­fic.

So as well as al­most dy­ing on the road and the anx­i­ety that cre­ated, I was able to put a nice neat tick be­side al­most all of the neg­a­tive ef­fects of a long com­mute out­lined in our cover story this week. I was more stressed out in gen­eral. Tick. I ate more junk food and drank more cof­fee. Tick. After a long, te­dious drive home after work, of­ten in wet weather (this was in Ire­land), I would can­cel plans to ex­er­cise or meet fam­ily or go out with friends and in­stead, col­lapse into bed – not good at all for my health or my so­cial life or my well­be­ing. Tick.

Now I walk to work. It takes 20-25 min­utes. It’s a dream. But I’m pay­ing ex­or­bi­tant rent to be able to do that. Therein lies the crux of the prob­lem. Meet our su­per-com­muters on page 8.

• Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week:

Get your hands dirty for Na­tional Gar­den­ing Week from Oc­to­ber 6-13. Reg­is­ter on­line next month to nab some free veg­gie seeds at­tion­al­gar­den­ing­week.

What started with a hum­ble rose­hip oil in 2002 has turned into a global em­pire for Kiwi sis­ters Cather­ine de Groot and Sarah Gibbs. Today, one bot­tle of Tril­ogy rose­hip oil is sold around the world ev­ery 20 sec­onds. Bravo.

• Tril­ogy turns 15: • Fash­ion for a Cure:

This an­nual fundraiser for breast can­cer hits Christchurch on Septem­ber 21 and Welling­ton on Novem­ber 2. Tick­ets from breast­cancer­

Chop a cab­bage head in six slices, driz­zle over gar­lic but­ter, vinai­grette or oil, pop into a hot oven for 40 min­utes and en­joy!

Hamil­to­nian chef Josh Emett will open Hawker & Roll in Auck­land this De­cem­ber– Malaysian-in­spired street food, fast.

• Cab­bage steaks:

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