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Rainbow Beach 'Weekender!'

Living full-time in a caravan for the past 2.5 years, for some people might seem like a ‘chore’ or ‘too hard’.

For us?... WE LOVE IT! - as they say ‘Livin’ The Dream’ – so a ‘weekend away’ should be a piece of cake, right?  Not necessarily… as you will see!

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Jacqui Lee looking 'Glam' at Flemington!

It was nearly November, and I was getting used to life in Australia, the corks were popping, and the mailbox filled with invitations to parties and BBQ’s. I was looking forward to it all, but realised stamina was needed to survive the all-night raves and BBQ’s

Who was I kidding!!?

Then along came the Melbourne Cup, the turning point in the Melbourne social calendar.
I was not quite prepared for it, as it hit like a runaway train!

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Stop The Trolls!

As an 'early adopter' of technology... yep I had a Sinclair ZX-80 with 1Mb of memory and the very first Mac and *GASP* 16Mb hard drive plus the original 'Psion' (photo below)

It was exciting times in the early '80's, the 'interweb' had only really just started.

Prior to that time we used to actually 'talk' to each other... either by phone or OMG!!... email or SHOCK HORROR... IN PERSON!!!  - remember that?

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Can You Spot Me?

I was out on my daily walk recently politely acknowledging & smiling to the usual ‘regulars’ coming in the opposite direction. So nice to see other people out & about enjoying the fresh air too!

Then one morning, a fella stopped me and said… “Sorry for asking but are you somebody famous?”.

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Pick it up will ya!!

What is it about people today? … not just kids. Young adults & some families too!

It seems everywhere you go, someone has ditched a cigarette butt, a bottle of beer or tin of coke or in this photo I took on my morning walk...  some Jim Beam & a wine cask, maybe a bag from Macca’s or a Domino’s Pizza box and more. In fact, a lot of the junk we see strewn around the place is also thrown from cars… especially cigarette butts!

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I Hate Bat Wings!

Bat Wings!!... This is what I call my excess upper arm blubber. Nothing seems to move it.

It just creeps up on you as you age. Not everyone has it, but there are many who do.

I reckon I have enough of it to donate to the breast reconstruction unit at any major hospital.

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If It Bleeds... It Leads!

News reporting today is stuck in the 1980's in my opinion.

The old TV news producer’s mantra – ‘If it bleeds it leads’ – has never been more true, with the majority of headlines having at least one of the following words: Killed, murdered, sexual assault, molested, raped, bombed, terrorist, victim, tragedy, disgraced, doomed, failure, online troll, suicide…

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Wal and Lucy Pickering - Wedding 1943

A funeral needn’t be a sad occasion. It should be a time of reflection and celebration of someone’s life. We’ll laugh, and no doubt cry, as we remember our loved one’s life and we’ll also be reminded that just as each of us thinks of ourselves as being unique, we are also very much one.

Have you ever wondered ‘What is the purpose of my life?’ or ‘Why am I here?’

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Get off ya phone mate!

Is it just me or have we now got a generation (or two!) absolutely besotted with their mobile phones?...

I like to go for a daily ‘mindful/exercise walk’ pretty much every day. It’s along the seafront here in Hervey Bay but in and out of a semi-forested area along the shoreline so plenty of birds, greenery & of course the blue waters of ‘the bay’!

I tried listening to some ‘chill music’ via earbuds once but soon gave that up (next day!) as it took away the ‘natural/mindful’ part of my daily walk.

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Life... Just Be Happy!

“Don’t cry for me ok!… the very last words my mum Lucy said before she passed away peacefully later that evening, the same day we had visited her in hospital in Newcastle.

But it’s hard not to cry isn’t it? – The passing of any family member or close friend is especially hard.

Like just recently. My much-loved father in-law Jack Browne – yes my wife Kaye’s dad – had recently turned 96. He was in an aged-care home having finally gotten to the stage where it was just a bit easier for him on a daily basis.

But not just because he was ‘older’… In fact just a year earlier he had been on his second ocean cruise with some of his mates from the ‘Over 60’s Club’… most of the members being in their 80’s!

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Life... Just Be Happy!

...continued from Part-1 here:

So how can we enjoy life more?

If your life reads like a TV script - with a perfect partner, angelic kids, spotless house, a 5-minute commute without any traffic jams to the perfect job alongside caring and empathic workmates and a boss who gives you bonuses to pay for your regular exotic holidays… then get back to the fairy-tale you came from!

The rest of us don’t have lives like that and the more we try to grab onto that kind of a fantasy the worse we feel.

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