Some statistics have been released which, if correct, maye you wonder what’s happening over in ‘dear old blighty’. The figures released imply that 1 in 9 people living in Britain were born ‘overseas’. Globalisation, cheap travel, easy migration and wide differences in living standards have encouraged people to move in ever greater numbers from place … More What does it mean to be "British"?
The fires in Victoria are still burning though some overnight rain has given the firefighters some chance of finally gaining a measure of control over the course of the twenty-one blazes they are currently dealing with. Currently no more homes are under threat, as far as we’re aware but of course the clean-up has yet … More The wheel turns.
We’re relative newcomers to Australia having only been here 15 years or so, but ‘new’ or not we *feel* Australian, which is really strange when you think just how*huge* this country is. What brought it into perspective was the concern we feel here in Sydney for our fellows down South in Victoria where they are … More Soul of a Nation
Ok here’s a little ‘game’ to occupy your mind and do some small thing for world hunger as you go. You can find it at Free Rice and it’s just a little something to keep our brains active.. 😉 Basically you determine the definitions of words on a given list, and click on the answer. … More Free Rice?
Seems all Senior/High School in NSW are to get their promised laptops by the end of term two next year… all those in *public* schooling that is. For those of us funding private sector schooling… there’s nothing. Forgive me for mentioning this… but aren’t *we* taxpayers as well? Isn’t it likely in fact that ‘we’ … More Getting the sharp end of the pineapple!
New draft guidelines related to Child Protection Laws have been released by the Australia Council in the aftermath of the Bill Henson controversies. and require that anyone taking photographs of children needs to obtain parental permission first. Ok we’ve been pressing for changes to the law but some of the recommendations offered constitute *far* too … More Australian Child Protection Laws – new guidelines.
At a time when our young people are still bravely holding the line against the forces of evil, let us not forget those who made the ‘supreme sacrifice’ and laid down their lives to keep us free. In Flanders Fields In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our … More Lest we forget…
These are a few of the headlines I’ve found ‘of interest’ but haven’t had time to write about. You might notice that a lot have been gleaned from the online Site of the Daily Mail. I find it hard to believe this right wing rag could be producing so much ‘social comment’ but there it … More In the news…
It was two years ago that Steve Irwin (The Crocodile Hunter) was killed by a sting ray and started the rise to fame of little Bindi. Since then the Irwin family has been in the news here on and off… admittedly more on… with various issues, problems, and triumphs. For months we’ve carried a link … More Two years ago…
In many ways the image belows identifies some of what I love about Australia. The picture shows the Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, sharing the spotlight with the Leader of The Opposition welcoming home our champions from the Olympic Games. No partisan politics, no trying to score points off each other… just there on our behalf … More The homecoming… !!!