Sunday, October 2, 2016

It is time to stop the blame game!

The desire to lay blame is a human trait that needs to be lost. As we learn and gather knowledge and as we apply that knowledge so we learn more. When something goes wrong it is not a mistake, we just learned something we did not know or understand before. We did not deliberately make a mistake.
As global catastrophes on any scale or anywhere occur, it is not a case of pointing fingers or wagging of heads, it is a time of reflection, a time of learning and a time of adjustment and change.
The word accountability has become an excuse for why we finger point and blame the other guy for what happened.
The human mind is an amazing thing and has the power to reason, the power to grow.
You and I have lived in a period of technological advancement so great and so rapid it is almost overwhelming , it is a time of incredible knowledge.
So people let's stop blaming the other guy when things go wrong, let's simply acknowledge that each second and minute we learn, let's ask one thing of our Politicians, Scientists, business people, technologists and each other, take this new found knowledge and use it wisely for the betterment of mankind.
In doing that selflessly we may just find peace.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Honey the Elixir of Life

Over the years I have suffered Hayfever and Allergic Asthma. In the Spring and Autumn in particular this has been a longtime issue often ending in upper respiratory and bronchial infections.

A couple of years ago I was listening to Naturopath Jeanie Morella on radio tell me how great Natural Honey was for one's overall health. The list of benefits just seemed endless.

I wandered around to the Semaphore Health Food Store and picked up my first kilo of the Amber from Kangaroo Island and I have not stopped. Honey is about the only product that I know does not go off - it might candy up overtime as the natural sugars crystallise but that is easily fixed by popping the jar in some warm water.

You have to know whilst not completely cured as such, my symptoms have been greatly reduced, I have not visited a Doctor and the use of Asthma Medications is also greatly reduced. I can say I have not had a Cold in all of that time.

Why Kangaroo Island Natural Honey? Well Kangaroo Island is a Ligurian Bee Sanctuary and is recognised globally as the disease free home of this magnificent little critter.


Kangaroo Island is GM Free and has large areas of natural vegetation and I believe this enhances the magnificent quality of the product these little guys produce. I believe my allergies are heightened by Acacia, Melaleuca and some winter grass flowers. The natural processing of the nectars of these plants in honey in my opinion has increased the natural protection for me in the Histamine levels generated by the pollen of these flowers.

A good friend of mine and his family during the year started breeding Queen Bee Ligurians and producing their own Natural Honey, you can go check them out here LS Beez (just click the link). They made the huge decision to start their own venture in the last 12 months and have taken it on with a great deal of trepidation and enthusiasm.

I have naturally given their product a bit of a run and certainly the benefits to me and my health personally are in my opinion noticeable and all I can say is a teaspoon of honey two or three times a week maybe daily when I feel a bit "skitchy" in the throat has seen this old man survive seasons that have scared him to death for decades.




This year they entered their product in the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society Adelaide Show and proudly have taken out the 1st Place in the Light Amber Native Flora Class at this years judging.  Congratulations and please keep those little bees safe, well and working hard.


Honey - its good for you.


Thursday, August 25, 2016

AUSTRALIA DAY - TO BE OR NOT TO BE

Australia Day being celebrated on the 26th January acknowledging the arrival of Governor Philip and the First Fleet. A group of ships sent with Convicts to be exported by the landed gentry of our British forebears often for crimes so petty it makes one weep.

I am a proud Aussie, so let's get that out of the way right up front. I regret the horrendous acts our forefathers committed against the indigenous population of our Country. I can comprehend that the Aboriginal People of this country are also unhappy that we celebrate the day we confiscated their homeland and claimed it as our own.

So the Fremantle Council has taken a very bold step to seek an alternative. The hue and cry is ringing from the roof tops. 

I just ask, can we all stop and think about this with compassion and empathy. The events in AFL football even in the last week has highlighted a desire of our Community to become the “one mob” and Eddie Betts and Nic Naitanui fantastic your personal responses to situations, that our media would have us become raving antagonists, is magnificent.

We today are a nation of such diverse cultural blend, maybe it is time to sit around the campfire and agree on a day that we can call as a celebration of our future, and yes let us have a new flag that can be truly a reflection of our dreaming of the future. 




WE ARE THE ONE MOB

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Baseball and Softball - a Galaxy Far Far Away

Many moons ago in a galaxy far far away my dear friend Don Rice went to a spot at Gepps Cross and planted the first sod of grass for what could have been a dedicated Baseball Stadium in South Australia. That site is now a Woolworths Bulk Store surrounded by The Croatian Community Club, a splendid facility, a Velodrome and Hockey SA. For reasons well documented in legend we did not complete the deal struck with the Government. In 1996 we were well advanced in negotiations with Government to make Thebarton Oval our home ground. Regrettably, the ground was owned by the Town of Thebarton who handed the facility to West Adelaide Hellas.



The Chunichi Dragons were well primed to become a major supporter of our game in South Australia with large economic benefits to our great game and the State. I personally remain convinced that these opportunities remain very much on foot and call on the ABF, the ABL and Baseball SA and for that matter Softball SA to start thinking how to bring in the big money required from Overseas to get our home up to scratch.

Yep, the Adelaide Bite are on the move to West Beach and Diamond Sports Park and the howl of dismay rises again. Seriously people the Government,  despite our best attempts to really piss them off again, has said here you go Boys and Girls we have chucked $4 million at you to make this your home. I am also pretty certain that the State Government has or will chuck us a bit more cash to start making those steps necessary to achieve our goals.



A new dawn is with us we have a surface, we have lighting, we have a great indoor training facility and we really do have it, it is ours! 

It is time to stop whining, it is time to get behind the venue and show the world we have a home, with a home run fence that is not the joke of the league, that had us recognised globally as a shit facility. We have a home, a home we can make great over time, a home that can be the birth place of our legends of the future. 

Unless you have $15 to $20 million to pay for a better solution stop complaining and start supporting. West Beach is our home.

Baseball, Softball is back in the Olympics in 2020, let's make sure Australia and South Australia bat above its weight and get on board with Diamond Sports Park and Bennett Field. 

GO BITE!!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) - Operation K9

The Semaphore Port Adelaide Sub-Branch of the RSL have started a fundraising campaign to support the great work of 4 Paws K9 Care Packages in support of Operation K9.



Operation K9 is a joint programme of the RSL and The Royal Society for the Blind to train Assistance Dogs for Defence Force Veterans suffering PTSD.




It has taken Governments and the People of the world far too long to recognise the psychological effect of war, training for war, on our service men and women. The program is having a significant effect on sufferers of the dreadful condition and is well worth our support. 

The cost of training just one dog is in the order of $50k to $60k. Every dollar raised will go directly to supporting this project - please get on board and support this great initiative. 













Tuesday, July 26, 2016

THE TOP JOB AT THE UN

I am sad that we see it essential to actually think it is necessary for Australia to have someone in the running for the Top job at the UN.



Helen Clark for me, so lets support her for the job.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Nick Xenephon

I interviewed NicK Xenophon before the election.

It was interesting to listen back after the election.