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2576 2 February 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… After the excesses of the somnolent summer, many people go on FebFast, a month without alcohol - and, it being a leap year, one day extra in 2016.  The writers of these signs would be aghast. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   … [Read more...]

Over there…..

Freedom Girls debut the "Official Donald Trump Jam" 16 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… No wonder Donald Trump has opened up a double digit lead over his nearest rival in the Republican primary race, with lines like "Enemies of freedom, face the music.  Come on, boys, take 'em down". …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… 2570 … [Read more...]

Fireworks special

6 January 2016 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… This footage of a RC drone flying through a firework display will leave you breathless! Make sure you watch this on full screen – it’s that good. This is from Trending Hot TV - check it out. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   2563 … [Read more...]

Woolworths – the poker machine people

Christmas, brought to you by Woolworths 20 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… BANNED: Channel 9 is refusing to run Get Up's  new TV ad exposing Woolworths as Australia's largest poker machine owner. Why? Because "Woolworths are a key business partner". Ok - we're not so check out the ad Channel 9 won't let you see, then share it. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… … [Read more...]

Cruz Christmas Classics

Really quite bizarrre - but grabbing attention   … [Read more...]

Star Wars: Is it possible to build a real-life lightsaber?

ABC News   |   17 December 2015 ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Researchers say the concept of a lightsaber* would not work in reality but lasers could be used to create something vaguely similar to the famous Jedi sword.  Physicists at the University of Queensland (UQ) are exploring the possibility of creating real-life lightsabers in the wake of the much anticipated instalment of the seventh Star Wars film. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… Research physicist Martin Ringbaue said a real lightsaber would not work because the beams of light would simply pass through each other. "The biggest problem with the lightsaber is that light doesn't just stop at the end," Mr Ringbaue … [Read more...]

A candle in memory of David

8 December 2015 On 9 December 2006,17 year old David Iredale and three mates went for a hike in the Blue Mountains as part of their Duke Of Edinburgh Award program.  They planned it pretty carefully and they had detailed maps and stuff. But it all went terribly wrong: the maps indicated a fresh water source along the route, which wasn't there. It was hot -mid-30s centrigrade- and they'd run out of water. Somehow, David became separated from his mates - my recollection is that as the strongest of the hiking party, he struck out ahead of the others to seek assistance. He became severely dehydrated and rang emergency services on … [Read more...]

In vino sanitas*

Huffington Post   ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… Research conducted by the University of Alberta in Canada has found that health benefits in resveratrol, a compound found in red wine, are similar to those we get from exercise. …………………………………………………………………………………….......……   According to lead researcher, Jason Dyck, these findings will particularly help those who are unable to exercise. Resveratrol was seen to improve physical performance, heart function and muscle strength in the same way as they’re improved after a gym session. According to Dyck: ... resveratrol could help patient populations who want to exercise but are physically incapable. Resveratrol … [Read more...]

NAIDOC Week 2015

 7 July 2015 We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate ……………………………………………………………………………………………………… NAIDOC stands for National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee. Its origins can be traced to the emergence of Aboriginal groups in the 1920′s which sought to increase awareness in the wider community of the status and treatment of Indigenous Australians.  NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our … [Read more...]

Saving Mr Ross

……………………………………………………………………………………………………… The following note is from The Australian's High Wired column of 3 July 2015 about John Ross, the doyen of VET reporting in the mainstream media in Australia. Nice smile, too. …………………………………………………………………………………….......…… For those who don’t already know, HW’s talented colleague John Ross had a massive heart attack one Tuesday morning just over three weeks ago. Miraculously, he survived. Just days out from a quadruple bypass operation, John lay in his hospital bed and penned a piece about what had happened and the serendipity of strangers. It’s a compelling, heart-rending and extraordinary piece of writing.  Please read and share. … [Read more...]