The Wrap spent a pleasant weekend at the Australian Open, reflecting on how a few swift strokes of the racket can signal extraordinary changes.

We stayed at a small hotel, walked to the courts and paid only for the night games.  We saw Maria Sharapova and Nick Kyrgios exit, and Roger Federer stay the course.

As we watched Nick bow out with surprising restraint, little did we know the outspoken tennis star was also a major cryptocurrency player.

His best mate Sam Karagiozis, who left school at 15 and worked at McDonald’s, drives a lime green Lambo and says he is worth $15million.

You may have spotted the self-proclaimed 26-year-old ‘hustler’ sitting in the Kyrgios  box during the match last Sunday.  He’s sold Nick “quite a bit” of Bitcoin, according to an interview he gave to the Daily Mail.

Surprise surprise: his only advice for those who are considering buying the internet currency is: Do it now.

‘The first quarter of this year is probably the last opportunity people are ever going to get to buy Bitcoin for under AUD$20,000 a coin,’ he told Daily Mail Australia.

‘This is the time people want to get in. It might go a little bit lower but it just comes down to the news and people panicking. 

‘People who invested two weeks ago might be a little stressed, but they shouldn’t be because it’s nothing new for Bitcoin to crash a bit.

‘I’m predicting that Bitcoin is going to reach AUD$100,000 by the end of 2018 and in three to five years it will hit AUD$500,000… there’s not a doubt in my mind.’ 

For the record, The Wrap wouldn’t be following the advice of anyone who drives a green Lambo.  

Through the roof

Just as many were claiming housing was becoming more affordable, along comes a survey to show you’d need a heap of Bitcoin to buy.

According to the Annual Demographia International Housing Accordability Survey, Sydney is second in the world only to Hong Kong for having the most severely unaffordable homes.

Demographia rates 300 markets for middle-income affordability using a ratio of the median house price by the median gross before tax annual household income.

Sydney, which scores 12.9, is second highest. More than 5 is considered “severely unaffordable”.

Most of the rest of the Australia is in the expensive category compared to the rest of the world.

“All of Australia’s five major housing markets are severely unaffordable,” says the report by Demographia.

Back to school pester power

Now here’s some advice we can all relate to: Barbara Bryan, the manager of Single Mum Australia, who also writes a travel blog at letsgomum.com.au, gave Fairfax Media this important tip about buying stationary: “whatever you do, don’t take the kids with you if you can possibly avoid it. Otherwise, they will talk you into the expensive brands!”

Bryan advises all to check out the discount outlets first. 

“Give the newsagents and fashionable stationery stores a big miss – and The cheapest prices tend to be with the big chains, particularly the supermarkets at this time of year.”

Not Happy, Jane

We’re not usually ones for those research surveys that look as if they were made for a tabloid headline. But it’s almost the end of the silly season, so we’re going to make an exception.

Apparently, new research has revealed that “women across the world are feeling more overwhelmed, distracted and dissatisfied than ever before, with only 15% saying they are happy with their lives”.

According to the Press Release, the first of its kind Global Women’s Wellbeing Report was conducted by wellbeing and life strategist Bella Zanesco for her debut book Smart Girls Screw Up Too.

Over 2,000 women from over 80 countries were interviewed about 69 core attributes of wellbeing – including core mental and physical health drivers, predictors of work satisfaction and burnout, financial wellbeing, social media habits, and self-confidence.

Bella Zanesco says, “In fact, 19 – 29 year old females and 30 – 49 year of females in Australia have the lowest level of wellbeing compared to any other group in the country.”

Key findings of the Australian component of the study:

  • 80% believe they will not fulfil their potential
  • 71% don’t have enough energy to do what they need to do
  • 72%  fall into the comparison trap
  • 66% are uninspired
  • 68% are sleep deprived and experience signs of burnout
  • 64% experience anxiety
  • 60% live for weekends or holidays and would turn to another career if they had the courage
  • 60% have a persistent gut health issue impacting their mental health and life
  • 50% have a mental health issue relating to their work

If you can, have a happy Australia Day!

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