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Australian Government Election Day 2013

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I believe that... / I feel... / Meaning of life and that stuff / Political / Values

I woke up this morning with a feeling of dread My mind is hurting from all that was said The worst insults I have known in many a year What happened to those values that we hold so dear? Care for those who are less well off Positive solutions – not just for the toffs Is it about ego, capitalism and personal gain? Will they just bring more suffering and pain? It could be so […]

Daily Post Challenge: Never Again

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Acceptance / Meaning of life and that stuff / Mindfulness / Values / Wisdom too late

Have you ever gone to a new place or tried a new experience and thought to yourself, “I’m never doing that again!” Tell us about it… TEN THINGS THAT I WILL NEVER DO AGAIN Help carry a fridge up three flights of stairs Carry two big bags of concrete to a skip bin while cleaning up to sell my home (ouch!) I can’t see me ever working for government again unless it is as a consultant […]


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Blog 2013 / Motivation / Publishing / The workplace / Wisdom

An Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Survey of Literacy found that 46.8% of adult Australians had a literacy level that was “insufficient to meet the complex demands of every day life and work in the emerging knowledge-based economy”. This quote is from a PowerPoint hand-out from my recent training to be a tutor of adults with literacy issues. And we are talking about people with English as their FIRST language. It is a pretty shocking […]

Weekly writing challenge: The State of the Nation

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Baby Boomers / Blog 2013 / bullying / I believe that... / Political / politics

  WordPress is encouraging bloggers to take on a divisive issue so I have decided to swim with the sharks on this one!   Our Prime Minister, Julia Gillard is doing it tough but I still support her government. Many don’t. Her opponents think she should resign and go away quietly. Julia is our first female Prime Minister. She challenged the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, in a leadership ballot three years ago and she […]

Monday 21 January 2013

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Baby Boomers / Blog 2013 / Dreams / Geography / I believe that... / politics / Wisdom

Western Australia has a State Election coming up soon. Twenty years ago I decided to have a go at becoming a politician myself and, lucky for me, I was unsuccessful 🙂 Am I alone in becoming more cynical as I get older? Politics can be very exciting when one is in the thick of it. I am not sure what that part is that makes it exciting. I am sure power has something to do […]

West Australian State Election 1993…

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Blog 2012 / Geography / I believe that... / I feel... / Motivation / Pilbara / You must be kidding?

  Yesterday I was in Perth and was waiting for my husband to pick me up after an appointment. I looked across the road from where I was waiting and realised it was the Electorate Office for Greens’ Member of Parliament, Robin Chapple. This brought back some memories for me…   We had been interstate on holidays (vacation :-)) and had a stopover in Perth before returning home to the Newman in the Pilbara. It […]

Australia Day 2012

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Blog 2012 / forgiveness / Geography / I believe that... / Journal Blog / politics / PostaDay 2011 / Uncategorized / Wisdom too late

Each year on the 26th January there is a Public Holiday to celebrate Australia Day. The journey of the First Fleet (eleven ships) commenced on 13 May 1787. The ships were sent by the British Admiralty from England to Australia. The fleet’s goal was to set up a penal colony on Botony Bay in New South Wales (where it had been explored  and claimed earlier in 1770 by James Cook). The Fleet, with the leadership of Arthur Phillip, arrived […]

It is the Queen or nothing!

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Queen Elizabeth II is visiting Western Australia today to open the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). It is a BIG deal to the City of Perth. Security measures are incredible. It seems that they decided on a pre-emptive strike by deciding there were SOME people they didn’t want anywhere near the City or the Queen and so they wrote and told them they could be arrested if they came anywhere near where the action is. […]

An impulsive moment

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Baby Boomers / Friends and family / Geography / Journal Blog / PostaDay 2011 / Wisdom / Wisdom too late / Writing / You must be kidding?

I was at work in the office in Perth. It was pre-Christmas 2002. I rang a colleague to remind him about a meeting the following week. He responded, “I will be gone by then!” He took me by surprise as I didn’t know anything about him leaving his job in the Goldfields/Esperance Region. He was taking 12 months leave without pay to follow his passion and work on a breakfast radio program in Kalgoorlie. He did […]