Category Archives: Musings

Australia Day On The Beach

Today, 26th January 2015, is Australia Day. For those who don’t know much about this historic and controversial day, read Wikipedia’a entry about it here.

For most Australians, this day means taking the family on a picnic, or firing up the BBQ by the pool at home and inviting friends and family over. It’s perhaps a little unfortunate that this day always falls during the school holidays, so there are no school excursions to historical monuments or patriotic events to commemorate the event.

Today also sees the making of thousands of new Australian citizens, at ceremonies in state capitals across the country. You can of course become a citizen at other times during the year, but many new citizens like the idea of becoming Australians on Australia Day itself.

While it’s all and good that most Aussies are taking advantage of the day (especially this year, when it falls on a Monday, and therefore makes a long weekend) by revelry, drinking and general merrymaking, we need to remember also that today is also considered by many to be a Day of Mourning.

The Indigenous People of Australia call this day “Invasion Day”, as, give or take a few weeks’ discrepancy in dates, this is the day in 1788 that the British first landed on their Aboriginal homeland and, without so much as a “Do you mind?”, invaded and took over their country in the name of the King.

Much has been written about the English invasion of Australia, which bears great similarities to what they did to the Native Americans of America. Today, some Australians are acutely aware of the injustice dealt to the original inhabitants of Australia, and the Government even has a specific term for their policy to make amends. It’s called “The Reconciliation”. You can read more about it here.

Today, The Kid and I cycled down to the Rockingham foreshore to see how the Australia Day revelry was going. The Kid wanted to go on the bumper cars ride, and I needed doughnuts ahem! photos for this blog.

So, here are said photos.

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Atelophobia

Here’s something new I learnt today…the word “Atelophobia”.

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Most, if not all of us, have at some point or other, suffered from the feeling of inadequacy. Why? Because some people like to put others down. And why do they do that? Because deep down, they hate their lives and think that by putting others down, they can feel better about themselves. That may be generalising things a little, obviously there are other underlying psychological factors behind the reasons why people make others feel inadequate, and some are affected more than others.

Well, guess what? Whatever the reason, whatever your personal story is, today is the day you stop letting them do that to you.

YOU ARE GOOD ENOUGH, JUST AS YOU ARE.

But don’t let me be the one to tell you that. There are many others out there who, like you and me, have discovered or are discovering this secret for themselves. And have picked themselves up from off the floor, dusted themselves off, and now stand up stronger and taller than ever.

I’m not a doctor, or a scientist, or a Nobel Peace prizewinner, I am not “gainfully employed” in the traditional sense, I’m not a size zero, I’m not a Pulitzer prize winning writer, I’m not rich or famous. We can’t be all that, it’s just not possible. But guess what, that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m okay with that. I’m good enough for me.

Here are some motivational posters I’ve curated from Google Images, to reinforce this Life Lesson:

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Teacups and China

I have a fascination for colourful teacups and china. I don’t quite know why, but today I’m going to try to sum it up.

(The following photos are curated from my Pinterest board “Teacups & China”).

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Here’s why I think a stack of teacups, especially vintage ones, is so appealing:

1) it’s the mix of patterns and colours
2) it’s the shapes and their juxtaposition against each other
3) it’s eye candy and appealing on a childish, nostalgic level
4) I especially love teacups with curly, ornate handles
5) if they have gilded handles, all the more sex appeal!
6) gilt around the edges of teacups imparts a sense of luxury
7) the photography has to be just right, and capture the light and ambience
8) a tower of teacups says “Yes, let’s live dangerously and take risks, for once!”
9) they don’t even have to be stacked, to look gorgeous
10) cracked or chipped china imparts character, saying “I’m a survivor”
11) a medley of teacups from different makers and eras is like a time capsule
12) they liven up any setting and provide a topic of conversation
13) mix-n-match teacups and saucers looks bohemian and arty
14) it’s not sacrilegious in the least to place expensive, vintage teacups with cheap, funky modern ones, china isn’t picky
15) everyone should have beauty in their lives, and for me it’s wonderful to be able to choose a cup and sip from it. I’m irreverent and use mine to drink coffee from, not tea.

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I don’t stop at just teacups. I love teapots, plates, platters, soup tureens, bowls, spoons, modern, traditional, kitschy, novelty, blue and white etc. The more higgledy piggledy the arrangement, the more insouciant and exhilarating it is.

Why can’t people be like this? All different, yet complementing each other.

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Into The Woods

Recently, The Kid and I went to watch “Into The Woods”. (Spoiler alert, stop reading now if that sort of thing bothers you). We knew it had Meryl Streep and Johnny Depp in it, and also Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick. We also knew Emily Blunt played the role of the Baker’s Wife. We had an idea it was a big screen adaptation of a Musical by Stephen Sondheim.

We had no idea it would be so twisted, tongue in cheek and morbidly fun. And that it would not stop after the requisite fairytale ending, but carry on literally into the woods, where it became darker and more sinister than before.

Essentially the story revolves around the Baker and his Wife, who are childless. Then there are also not one but two Prince Charmings, Cinderella, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Wolf, a Grandmother, a Single Mother, Jack and a couple of giant beanstalks and Giants. Throw in the Witch, who really isn’t that wicked but just would really, really like her youth and beauty restored. And a list of 4 simple items which the Baker and his Wife must procure in order for them to have a baby. Such items being:

1) A Cow as white as milk
2) A Cape as red as blood
3) Hair the colour of corn
4) A shoe as yellow as gold

Of which of course Jack of the beanstalk fame would provide the first, Red Riding Hood the second, Rapunzel the third (or maybe not), and Cinderella the fourth. And the poor cow, who had been dead and miraculously resurrected by the Witch, would have to then eat all 4 items. I bet that would’ve killed it again, poor thing.

But anyway, at the end of the first half of the movie, the Witch was beautiful and young again, the Baker and his Wife had an instant and rather large bun in the oven, ready to pop soon, the Giant was dead, Rapunzel had her Prince, and Cinderella hers…though this Cinderella was in two minds about whether she should go or stay with her Prince Charming. I think she knew there could be bigger and better things for her if she didn’t just stop at the first Prince to kiss her. Good girl.

But then the Giant’s Wife comes down a giant beanstalk, that had grown from a bean that had been carelessly cast into the ground by Cinderella when the Baker’s Wife had tried to trade it for one of her golden shoes earlier. (Yes, it was one of Those parties). The Giantess naturally wanted revenge on wee Jack, who had slain her husband.

Meanwhile, while all sorts of things were going on in the woods, the Baker’s Wife encounters Cinderella’s Prince Charming, who seduces her. When she asks how he could do such a thing, as he’s newly married to Cinderella, he shrugs and says “I was raised to be charming, not sincere”. And seduces the Baker’s Wife even more.

After Prince Charming’s ridden off into the sunset, the Baker’s Wife has a soliloquy, pondering what had just happened.

There are vows, there are ties
There are needs, there are standards,
There are shouldn’ts and shoulds.
Why not both instead?
There’s the answer, if you’re clever:
Have a child for warmth,
And a baker for bread,
And a prince for whatever —
Never!
It’s these woods.

Just remembering you’ve had an “and”
When you’re back to “or”
Makes the “or” mean more
Than it did before.
Now I understand —
And it’s time to leave the woods.

Upon which suddenly the Giantess appears, causing the ground to shake. The Baker’s Wife runs for cover, and we see her hover against a backdrop of cliffs…then zoot! She’s gone.

I want to know why the writers decided that the Baker’s Wife had to die because she committed adultery, while Prince Charming gets away scot free…and especially when it was He who seduced Her. He won’t even have to get a divorce from Cinderella, as theirs was a marriage presumably unconsummated, due to the chaos caused by the Giantess so soon after their wedding.

Cinderella, who may have gotten clean away from Prince Charming and gone on to count the latest as a lucky escape, ends up holding the baby, literally, and even volunteers to help look after the Baker’s now 3 children, and cook and clean for him. Back to square one for that missy, then. Oh yes, the Baker, who had previously had no children, now finds himself saddled with a wee bairn, and Red and Jack, who are now both motherless and have no other family.

Hmmm…something’s not quite right in that twisted tale. The only “happily ever after” that I can see could have been that of Rapunzel and Her Prince Charming, last seen galloping away together on horseback. Rapunzel might have discovered that her Prince Charming has a fetish for long hair and since she no longer has that, he might turn to eating corn on the cob and hoarding the silk, and she might have grown fat after discovering all the sweet and delicious pastries and cakes that the Witch had neglected to supply her with while stuck in the Tower.

We’ll never know for sure. Maybe
there is no such thing as “Happily Ever After”. There is no Mr Right, just Mr Right Now. Adulterers get away with adultery. Some even become serial adulterers, when they’re not being stomped on by Giantesses or falling off cliffs. Or when they have mighty steeds upon which to gallop away on. Cinderellas might find being single and carefree preferable to being tied down to a vapid, vain Lothario. Witches might find it more convenient to a abandon their vegetable patches and grow magic mushrooms underground instead, thus avoiding having to curse a neighbour and his family with infertility and start the whole sorry story snowballing.

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(Image source: Google Images)

Free eBook : How To Change The World

No, I did not write this book, but I sure wish I did. I’m sharing it here with you now because it is a book that everyone in the process of waking up needs to read and then share with their circles. Spread the truth about how our world REALLY works, who REALLY controls us and tells us how to think, what to read, what the wear, what to eat, how to behave in society etc. Read for yourself the facts about how we are being manipulated, day in day out, to conform to what “Society” tells us is “normal”. How we must all live a life of consumerism and capitalism, because, as the saying goes, “Money makes the world go round”.

Then do what it takes to change the world. We’ve lost our way in the past, now this eBook will help guide us back to the true purpose of our lives (no, it’s not so we can pay bills and then die), and if we ALL paused to see the truth of what’s happening around us today, we CAN and WILL make a change for the better. We all need to BE the Change we want to see.

Here’s the link to the Facebook page, where you can find more information and download the free eBook:

https://m.facebook.com/HTCTW.book

Here’s what the author, Elina St.Onge says about her book: (excerpt taken from the link above)

When we take an observer perspective, we do not look at the world and think to ourselves “that’s just the way it is.” We instead ask, “why is it this way?” This is the approach taken throughout this book. It depicts in an easy-to-read, clear and simple way, the most basic concepts that make up our human society all while examining whether or not we can do things differently. In the final chapters, dots are connected between mind-bending scientific discoveries which altogether shed light on our true nature and purpose on this planet. If you want to understand why our human society is the way it is, if you want to know what other possibilities exist outside of our current system and if you often wonder about who we are and what we are here for – yet are not satisfied with conventional belief systems – you will enjoy the perspectives shared in this book. Its aim is to assist humanity in seeing the world with a fresh pair of eyes, which will greatly help open our minds enough to create meaningful change in our world.

Elina also has a web presence, via this link. You can also download her eBook there, and why not make a donation too, she’s done such a pretty darn good job collecting her facts and presenting them to you.

Namasté.
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You Had One Job (Or, Why I Could Never Work In Retail)

The Kid taught me something today. And I taught him something too. He taught me that there was an entire world of fun to be found online, that was devoted to what I’d have simply called Spelling Blunders or Grammatical Mistakes. It’s called “You Had One Job”.

“You Had One Job” relates to blunders by people that ultimately lead to FAIL signs on website images. Sometimes it’s known by its longer title, “You had One Job, ONE JOB!”, to be read in a stern and escalating tone of voice.

So that was what The Kid showed me today. And for my part, I showed him the “Secret Door” to Pinterest. The poor guy had been taking Pinterest at face value, simply looking at images and pinning them to his own boards. When I showed him how, by simply clicking on a Pinterest image, he could be swept away into the vortex of another website containing more images and information, you could hear the cogwheels in his brain go KA-CHUNK!! Mind Blown. Welcome to the real world of Pinterest, Kiddo!

For today’s post, I’ve put together a few of my favourites, from the retail world. This is one of the reasons I could never work in Retail. I’d be either dying from laughter, or else I’d take it upon myself to be the Grammar Police, and waste all my time running around correcting these blunders.

(All images here were found on Pinterest).

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Different

First there was Adam
Then there was Eve
“You’re different,” he said,
“I love you”.

Press the fast forward button

Now she’s so different
She knows so much
And Knowledge is Power
And power in the hands of a Woman
Is dangerous
So
He burns her at the stake
And calls her a Witch.

Press fast forward again

“You’re different,” he said,
“Let’s get together all the people
That are different like us. Let’s start a
Religion/Civilization/Cult/Country/Social Structure/Government/Club/Secret Society/Millionnaire’s Circle/(insert appropriate social structure)”.

And it was so.
And it was good.

For a while.

Then…

“This is boring,” he said,
“Everyone’s the same. Let’s go
Find other people who are
Different. It will be exciting.
We can learn new things from them”.

But what if they’re just
TOO different?

Do you run from them
Back to the safety of your people
And warn them to stay away?

Or…

Do you lead your people to war
Against those Others
Who are so Different from you
Because you see them as a threat
Against your own beliefs?

Now it doesn’t matter if you
Press Fast Forward
Or Rewind
Because the examples are aplenty…

Do you start Crusades
And Holy Wars
And Inquisitions
And persecutions
And imprisonment
And torture
And discrimination
Because they are Different?

If so, WHY??

Why does it matter if people
Are Different from you?
Why does it bother you
That people can have a Different
Opinion, outlook, philosophy,
Way of life, eating habits,
Sexual preferences, skin colour,
Hair colour, eye colour,
Size, height, language, etc

Why do we try to make
Different the Same
And yet, when it becomes the Same
We try our best to be Different?

Why not just embrace the diversity
Of human life in all its splendour
Celebrate our Differences
The same way we celebrate
Our Sameness
We are after all, human beings
All from the same 2-stranded DNA
with billions of Different
Possibilities
Nature intended us to be Unique
Each and every one of us
So why are we so afraid
Of those who are Different
That we need to annihilate them
Or assimilate them
Or change them?

You don’t even have to try
To be Different
You already are Different.
I know I’m Different
Just as you’re Different from me
So, let’s be friends, not enemies.

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#JeSuisCharlie

Please feel free to share this image and stand with our French brothers and sisters as they say “We Are Not Afraid” to terrorists and terrorism.

There is no logic to any attacks against innocent human lives. Anyone who does so is either immoral, ignorant, crazy or evil. Or all of the above.

Parents, please teach your children right from wrong. Logic, common sense and reasoning should prevail over beliefs, herd mentality and bigotry. Show them that Love always triumphs over hate, Good over evil, and lead them up the right path. This world has got to change, and it has to start with each and every one of us. Please don’t be bystanders. Bystanders become victims. Stand up and speak out for the greater good.

#JeSuisCharlie

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8 Life Principles To Live By in 2015

Just a simple “To Do” List for 2015 that anyone can live by. Why 8? Because it’s a nice, auspicious number by Oriental standards, 8 standing for “fatt” meaning Luck. Also, because 8 on its side is the symbol for infinity.

1. Be Kind. Kindness is one of those rare commodities that is totally FREE. So, as it’s free, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain. Try saying “Good Morning” or “Hello” to people you meet on your way to work, or on your travels during the day. You may not get a response, or you may…but it will make that person feel acknowledged and might even cheer up their mood. Help your elderly neighbour with her shopping or chores. Offer to babysit for a friend. What Kindness you put out will come back to you tenfold. You never know when your kindness could be actually saving someone’s life, or be instrumental in changing it for the better. Watch this video. Spread Kindness all around, it’s bound to stick. 😄

2. Consume Less. I sat in on my son’s Junior Council meeting last year, where they debated whether they should approach our local Government to have our fortnightly Recycling Bin disposals increased to weekly. The kids all voted in favour of it, reasoning that many families generated so much recyclable rubbish that it was going to waste being put into the General Waste bins instead, because the “Green” bins were fortnightly. I was inclined to oppose this, my line of thought being this: People should really learn to live with what they have, consume and throw away less. Buy things that have little or no packaging. Buy in bulk, it’s cheaper and there’s less packaging. Reuse packaging – for example all that cardboard from cereal boxes can be made into book/file holders or into pretty boxes for presents. The tins from canned fruit can easily become pots for seedlings. Our landfills are already bulging with recyclables, why add to them if you can help it? And you really can help it, in this case, with just a little bit of thought.

3. Learn to appreciate what you already have. That 40-inch flatscreen TV that you’ve had for 3 years? Give it another 3 years, why on earth would you need a new 56-inch or 72-inch TV, when there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the one you already have? That car/mobile phone/video game console/computer you just bought last year? What, you’re thinking of getting a new one already? Whyyyy????!! Don’t let’s make our Society even more disposable than it already is! It’s terrible what Society appears to dictate – there’s even an ad on TV that exhorts you to change your mobile phone every year…I mean, really? Do people not realise that for every person who can afford the trappings of a mobile phone (and I mean trappings in more ways than one), there are 1000 people in the world who are going hungry? Just because your TV stations and Governments choose not to let you in on visions of poor, hungry, homeless people doesn’t mean they don’t exist!

4. Don’t impulse buy. At the post-Xmas sale at our local KMart that the Kid and I inadvertantly found ourselves in on New Year’s Eve (went in for a late Xmas present for our elderly neighbour), I saw a lady load 3 Xmas trees into her trolley. Yes, they were only $1 each, really (these were the cheap crepey plastic type)…but tell me, when would you ever find the need for THREE new Xmas trees? Only buy what you need, not what you want. You’ll save a helluva lot of money that way. FYI I bought a cute set of 3 tins containing biscuits, that stacked up into a Santa Claus, for our neighbour Dianne, whose house we’re currently watching while she’s away. The whole set cost me $1 in the sale, down from $15…but shhhh! don’t tell her that.

5. Live in the Present. This is one thing I learnt last year from reading Eckhardt Tolle’s “A New Earth”. And a very important lesson too. Time is an invention, a human construct, it’s only there to mark our milestones, to give us a common reference point that everyone can relate to. But in reality, everything happens NOW. There is NO Past or Future, only Now. Everything that is happening to you now is a result of what you have been doing in a series of other Nows. So, if you place yourself on a certain path by doing certain things, you will find yourself at some point right where you intended to be. Nothing ever happens by accident. There is no fate but that which you make yourself.

6. The Best Sales are at your local Op-Shop. I love the period immediately after Xmas and Easter. That’s when the Sales begin. But I’m not going to fight my way through crowds at the mall, no way. It’s the time when unwanted/rejected/last year’s presents, toys, books, clothes etc are taken to the op-shops (thrift stores). THAT’S where I get MY bargains. Because some people have more money than sense, I stand to gain from their foolishness. That shirt that was $34.99 in October last year is now hanging on a rail in my local op-shop with a grand price-tag of $4.99. Yay, me! That means an extra $30 in my wallet for food and groceries. I’m not houseproud or afraid to admit I buy stuff from op-shops. Neither should you be. Until such a time when people learn to stop throwing away perfectly good stuff, the op-shop is where I’m getting my perfectly good stuff from, just so you know.

7. Learn to Love as unconditionally as your pets love you. Animals are the only living things that love you and other animals unconditionally. They never judge you, never have any expectations of you, are always happy to see you, and like nothing better than to just be with you. A kind word or pat from you, and they’re over the moon with happiness. People don’t give you that sort of return. People expect things from you, whether it’s actual objects, or a certain behaviour, a certain look or way of dressing, whether your face fits, stereotypes, etc etc. People are not very nice, actually, come to think of it. But hey, there’s still hope for humankind – we should learn from our furry non-human friends, put aside all our differences, leave our Big Egos in the gutter where they belong, and just Love, Love, Love.

8. Money does NOT make the world go round. Money is another human invention, created to divide people into classes and against each other. Wake up, people, MONEY IS NOT REAL. Money was invented aeons ago, now we are indentured slaves to it. Money divides the Haves from the Have-Nots…but what exactly do the Haves have? Just material wealth and objects and status that those that worship at the Altar of Money confer upon its most prominent members. It really is The Most Elite Club on Earth. But that’s all it is, some stupid Club that says that world governments and countries are to be ruled by a mere handful of rich families, all of whom interbreed amongst themselves just to keep the “family business” pure. Bankers are one letter away from being tossers (excuse my French), what gives them the right to say that because one person has more noughts after an integer in their account than another, that the latter is worth less in the eyes of society? I’ll let you in on a little secret: abolish Money completely on a global scale..and industries, empires and civilizations will NOT fall flat on their faces. Only the very rich, greedy and grasping will fall flat on their faces. The “poor” would benefit from having a roof over their heads, food on the table, no more worries about paying bills, and can finally contribute to Society the way they were meant to, but couldn’t because their monetary value before was zilch. So, if we all embrace the South African spirit and philosophy of Ubuntu, the world we live in would be a much nicer place. If you are interested in knowing more, read Michael Tellinger’s seminal book on Ubuntu Contributionism (South African for “I am what I am, because of what we all are”).