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What Really Matters?

At eighty-seven years old I no longer have any fear of dying – not that I’m particularly looking forward to it you understand, I’m just not scared of it, or the thought of it.

I have no belief in religion so I don’t spend my time worrying about what the heck I am going to do for all eternity, sitting at some God’s right hand, (if he does exist, he must have an enormous right hand, for all the ‘good’ people of history to be sitting at it!).

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Fashion... Does It Really Matter?

Back in the day you wore wool or silk or pure cotton and linen, depending on your status.  If you were poor you wore, hand knitted things, and flannel. The cloth had to be durable if you worked, fine soft muslin did not stand up to work in the fields.

Kitchens were full of greasy pans and fires that needed tending, so not a place to wear delicate material.

Also washing was done by hand, there was no clever machine spinning away in the corner.

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Wanna Go To Mars?

Kaye and I recently talked about heading off to Mars. Yes it’s true!
We are apparently ‘lucky’ Baby Boomers, but the question people ask is ‘why Mars?’

Well recent radio/television/online news once again showed we have a society of murderers, paedophiles, corrupt business people and politicians, a major war underway, climate change supporters and deniers as well as under-age suburban terrorists, reckless drivers and all those seemingly besotted with ‘look at me-look at me’ posts on social media!

Not to mention the fact young teens are committing suicide at an unprecedented rate these days. Especially males!

But why? People are blaming social media, but we think there’s a bit more to it than that.

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Which Hat Is 'You'?

Compared to today’s pretty egalitarian world, things were arranged much more formally, and formidably, less than a century ago.

Everyone ‘knew their place’ then, their position in society, the clothes they wore and the districts they lived in, and it was considered very bad form to try winning a place in a higher bracket than you had been born in, a condition no doubt fostered and maintained by those already ‘up there’ so as not to poison the water for them, as it were!

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Love Your Pet... Love Your Vet

When people visit their local vet clinic or even a vet emergency hospital, most of them  don't realise what is actually going on ‘out the back’ and how their behavior is impacting on veterinary staff.
So with the ‘Love Your Pet Love Your Vet’ project we’re trying to make pet owners aware by saying, “hey… next time you're in there and you're ready to yell at them because their costs are expensive, maybe spare a thought for what they've just dealt with already. “

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Remembering A Real ‘Superstar’

I started working in radio on my 15th birthday, and over the years I’ve also worked in TV and music recording studios here, in the UK, Spain & USA.

I’ve been pretty fortunate to have met and worked with some of the biggest ‘stars’ around. I won’t big-note myself naming all of them here but they were - and still are – among some of the biggest names around then and now.

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OH NO!... No Internet!!!

Given my 'very early adopter' tech background, until this afternoon I hadn't thought about how much we all really do depend on the internet & phones etc these days. Especially if ONLY connecting wirelessly!

Here in Hervey Bay QLD, I've been doing some video editing for a client and wanted to grab a couple of images off their website. Bumma... website down. So checked some other sites. Same.

Thought it might be my special RV-WiFi unit so re-booted that. No luck.

Tried using the phone as a Mobile Hotspot. Same thing.

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Are You 'Successful' ?

What is, in your opinion, being successful mean?

How do you know when you are successful?

Who in your opinion is successful? Is it a friend, relative, a Movie or TV Star, Bill Gates, or someone else and why?

Have a think for a moment, what is your definition of success?

A friend posed this very question to a group at a self improvement lecture.

The group all wrote down their own definition of success in life and were asked to read them out loud.

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Do A 'Bradbury'!

As community decision makers, parents, carers, coaches and teachers we all have an obligation to help train our children to perform well in the ‘Race of Life’.

Giving a ‘participation medal’ is training them for the unemployment benefit in the ‘race of real life’.

“It’s ok you don’t have to try harder!”.

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Winners Are Grinners!

It was about 9pm when the phone rang. The caller asked for Mr Pickering & said he was from OzLotto in Sydney.

Being suspicious of ‘late night callers’ I said in my best Spanish “Qué quieres?” (what do you want!) just to see where this potential scammer was heading.

“Mr Pickering I will need to confirm your identity in just a moment, however before I do – I hope you’re sitting down – I’m pleased to inform you that you’ve won tonight’s $8million Oz-Lotto!”

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Time Keeps On Slippin' !!

Ever said “where did that day/year go?”

We all have at some stage, and that’s the frightening thing isn’t it? As the old Steve Miller Band song says “Time keeps on slippin', slippin', slippin'… Into the future”!!

As kids, it seemed ‘forever’ that Santa Claus was going to visit us again or school holidays weren’t long enough. As we get older time seems to speed up. A week goes by as if it were a day. So what can we do about it? Anything?

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