- Producer24/03/2017Benefits and dangers for children using social networksChildren in the digital age is a topic of huge importance and must be discussed. We teach our future generation, so let’s educate ourselves so that we can teach our youth. Today the average age for wanting and having a social profile keeps...
Comments26/03/2017 #20 AnonymousA wider issue is the extent of exposure to screens at the exclusion of the real world especially in the first 100 days. Some parents are extending "social" to mean using devices as a distraction, baby sitter, or pacifier for very young children. There is some research that warns that this is potentially causing long term damage.
for example. The tips have to include alerting parents of young children (under 3) of this risk.26/03/2017 #19 Krishta-Gay LewisGreat article with excellent points. My sons are 12 years old and I am very wary of them becoming social. While there are great benefits there are still many dangers and cause for concern. Thus, the need for supervision, which a teenager does not want. The best option is to teach them right from wrong and how to assess situations to make the morally right and ethical decsions.
An addition to your article though are the parents who create profiles for their children and chronicle their lives on social media. I think this is wrong and is a violation of the child's rights. What if later in life the child is embarrassed by some of these posts? Parents who do this must consider what and how they are posting about their child.26/03/2017 #18 Franci🐝Eugenia HoffmanThis is a post every parent should read. The benefits of the internet for children can be amazing in helping them grow, but the dark side can set a young mind back permanently. Also, the internet should not be a child's sole communication with the outside world. Children need face to face contact in order to grow healthy relationships.25/03/2017 #15 Sara JacoboviciSo encouraged to see your post @Juan Imaz, Thank you for doing such a great job writing about the big, and complex, picture. I echo the comments of your readers, this is a very important discussion and one that needs to go on on a regular basis throughout the various mediums. My contribution to the discussion would be to say something I just read in an article about this topic; let the children live as long as they can in the real world before they go on to the virtual one. And I would like to see 16 as the age of starting to form a profile on-line.25/03/2017 #14 John Rylance@Susan Rooks , @Juan Imaz I suggest you google the following
I can't walk yet but I know how to work an iPad.
It's an article from today's Times Magazine.
It covers many of the issues raised so far and most of the points I wanted to make.
Particularly around the issues of what constitutes addiction.
From " Kids have basically been carrying around a portable dopamine pump for 10 years, to an interesting comparison of the effect of screen time to eating time.
I like the final two sentences.
"You can only do your best. There's always going to be something."
As parents don't we know it.25/03/2017 #11 Susan Rooks@Juan Imaz, this is obviously an incredibly important issue. I'm part of that 36% in your graphic that thinks the appropriate age is around 15 (depending on the kid, to some extent). I get that younger kids have peers who may be allowed more freedom, and that's where I also think parents need to be watchful. Parents may be careful in their own home, but what happens when their kids sleep over at a friend's house? Just go over to play? Have the parents had conversations with other parents on this? I sure hope so!24/03/2017 #9 siraj shaik@Juan Imaz well said. And good suggestion mentioned for "caretakers, guardians and as well as for parents" by @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood. During March 2011, at an event in Scarborough I got an opportunity to interact with Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and spent some time sharing about aspects of merits and demerits of children's online and usage of devices (yeah prior few of us as freelance volunteered during 2005/2006 shared awareness about such in a different global locale). Also at the same time had shared opinion about focusing on LinkedIn as tool for HR. And got to interact for a minute with John Tory (now present mayor of Toronto) was also present at that event. Later thrice got to meet for some reasons. (If by chance some might have seen friendly tweets exchange during 2013/2014).24/03/2017 #7 AnonymousThank you @Juan Imaz for sharing one of the most important topics, not "trendy" but more as the trend for the next decade, with the increasing number of smartphone users.
Well done !
At all steps, children need guidelines, and more so in this digital age very competitive. Lowering the stress level digitally will help them focus on more important tasks in their daily life.24/03/2017 #4 Ana María Fernández Soriano@Rafael García Romano and I were just talking about this topic during the coffee break today. At 10 they are too young to have their own presence in a social network and, on the other hand, they are 'big enough' to be accompanied by their parents in the path of learning how to use it. This was the advice I received in a talk by an expert in solving conflicts and problems with teenagers. This expert said that it was much better to teach children on social networks at 10 than to wait until they are 14, because they will not follow their parents' advice at this age and they will be taking their own decisions about what to share.
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Comments03/03/2017 #8 David B. GrinbergThanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance 🐝 Scoular View moreThanks for this buzzing read, Nicole. I echo Lance's sentiments. In fact, I'm packing my bags and sunscreen right now! I've heard and read that Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches worldwide -- not to mention having @Lance 🐝 Scoular in Sydney (now who could ask for anything more). I also love the photos, which remind me of Miami Beach (South Beach) here in the USA. Speaking of which, you should meet @Candice 🐝 Galek. She's the resident bikini geek of Miami Beach who is the founder and Millennial CEO of global brand Bikini Luxe https://www.bikiniluxe.com/ Also, I'm following you now and sharing this buzz in three hives. Welcome to beBee, we're pleased you are here! Close03/03/2017 #5 Lance 🐝 ScoularHi Ho Nicole
Welcome to beBee and good to have another Aussie here.
I am from down south, in the city with the coat hanger 🌉bridge and operatic ⛵sails.
Great piece, and to get you buzzing on Twitter I have pressed the magic button 🔴🐥🐝.
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☀🌐🐝🍯03/03/2017 #1 Paul Walters@Nicole Leigh West Yay! you made it onto beBEE . This site will be enhanced with your fabulous writing which as always entertains and keeps all enthralled . Nmsn is looking for a story on the Gold Coast right now so why not send this to them? @Javier 🐝 beBee Nicole is one of the better travel writers I have come across for a long time as some of her pieces on Huffington Post have been illuminating !!!
- Producer24/02/2017Reflections on Darwin Past, from Darwin PresentAfter a long hard day escaping the 34ºC heat and 80% humidity by being cocooned in the air conditioning of DP's Darwin office, I deserved a relaxing evening by the bay at the Sailing Club, watching another typically majestic sunset across this...
Comments26/02/2017 #15 Anonymous#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-22Ba-c5.html#name-011013-mention View more#14 Ken, I'm inclined to agree on your lessons learned answer. I have followed Uncle Jim's story through official histories. "22 Battalion" by Jim Henderson covers his end on page 155
"Anti-tank mines which had been placed about 5 Brigade's defences were supposed to be lifted for the retreat (Brigadier Kippenberger writes: ‘I gave special, and I thought clear, orders for lifting our minefield’;13 this was not 22 Battalion's responsibility), but this had not been done previously. The close columns of infantry were marching under the escarpment when a carrier tried to pass on the left of the infantry and exploded two mines. The blinding flashes and two great explosions were only a few yards from the marching troops, ‘and many of us thinking “Christ the sods are on us and throwing bombs”—the scatter, most moving up the escarpment like goats and some throwing themselves towards the direction of the enemy.’ Havoc and a fortunately brief panic broke out, while the wounded cried out pitifully. At least twenty-five men were lost here; how many belonged to 22 Battalion the records do not show. John Riddiford's14 platoon (No. 14) certainly suffered: so did 15 Platoon, in which Frank Algie,15 Dick Bentley, Jim Bryson16 and Harold True17 were killed and twelve others wounded, among them the All Black, Jack Sullivan. The battalion's carriers picked up a number of severely wounded men and placed them on top of the mortar ammunition which had been packed in the carriers."
There is a painting by War Artist Peter McIntyre which is titled "The breakthrough, Minqar Qa'im, 27-28 June 1942" http://warart.archives.govt.nz/node/78
It is a powerful painting, just like the one in your post of the attack on Darwin.
Perhaps I will travel to El Alamein to see his gravestone. The picture of it I have seen is just like that of your uncle's. Close26/02/2017 #14 Ken Boddie#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met View more#13 Coincidentally, Michael, I also lost an uncle in North Africa. I hope you can find time to read my story about finding his grave here: https://www.bebee.com/producer/@ken-boddie/goodbye-uncle-eddie-sorry-we-never-met
As for your query about lessons learnt, perhaps we should look to the Chinese philosophers:
"War not determine who is right, but who is left!" 😟 Close25/02/2017 #13 Anonymous@Ken Boddie , it is an eloquent piece. My own day of reflection is 27 June, the date my uncle Jim was killed in 1942 in North Africa. Perhaps one day I might go to Egypt to see El Alamein, a name etched in my memory through years attending ANZAC day ceremonies with my mother, his sister.
The call to remember the mistakes of history is often made. Clearly the attacking side at this time had not learned a key lesson of warfare past which is to heed the constraints of time and distance. I wonder Ken, what do you think are the lessons here?25/02/2017 #11 Ken Boddie#9 Well stated, Dean-san, and may I add that it's generations of experiences like trench and jungle warfare and the odd wastefully, suicidal Gallipoli landing, that has fostered an indomitable attitude of "She'll be right, mate" in the Aussie 'digger'. So next time the world is presented with a 'troop' of young Aussie youths behaving badly overseas, spare a thought for their forefathers, who spilt their blood in fights that were not theirs, and look for the larrikin humour and cameraderie beneath the hooligan bluster.25/02/2017 #6 Ken Boddie#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt View more#3 No racial slur intended, Dean-san. I was merely enthralled by the comparison between the peaceful evening last week and the life changing scenes of 75 years ago, and, as I commented to @Devesh 🐝 Bhatt below, mankind's ongoing inhumanity to man and our frequent incapability of learning from our mistakes of the past, collectively.
As for the BOD 001 mock vehicle plate, there was nothing subtle here at all I'm afraid. 'The Bod' has been a nickname of mine off and on for a few years, along with 'Bodski', depending on the company I am keeping at the time. Can't say I really respond to 'The Bod', but anything's better than "Hey, you!" 😟
I much prefer it when the young ladies call me Uncle Ken. 😊 Close25/02/2017 #5 Ken Boddie#2 You've got me stumped, Paul. I need to defer to other sources and track down what I can find out on the resurrection of the city following Cyclone Tracy. Always having stayed on the Esplanade, where the hotels, of course, face the sea (and those sunsets), and working in Coconut Grove, a commercial suburb north of the CBD, your observation has gone past the keeper. I'll get back to you on this one.
- Producer19/02/2017A brand new worldI had the opportunity to visit my family in Australia recently. The highlight of my trip was in fact connecting again with my eight-month old Aussie granddaughter. And yes I also climbed trees with Kaola’s and hopped with kangaroo’s, indulging in...
Comments20/02/2017 #13 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#11 Ian, I am an appreciator of the founders of HP - Bill Hewlett and David Packard. At the heart of what got to be known as the HP Way was an ingredient that continues to be missing in action, which is CONTRIBUTION. Writer and thinkers never examined it to the extent it should have been appreciated - the very idea of contribution IMHO surpasses that of the "HP Way".
The HP Way has been reduced to a Human Resource idea today and thus there are very few people interested in what made Hewlett and Packard the antithesis of what the HP board hired to transform their company a.k.a. a political leader Carly Fiorina, followed by egotistical leaders and today they are run by another political leader that operates like Fiorina but is well liked.
The Rise and Fall of the HP Way
http://www.paloaltoonline.com/weekly/morgue/2002/2002_04_10.hpway10.html20/02/2017 #11 Ian Weinberg#9 I think you've nailed it @CityVP 🐝 Manjit It's about value contribution - making something out of nothing or making something better than it was before you engaged with it. I would propose that being discerning requires a sensitivity to both the available substrate as well as to the extended environment who would be receptive to that value contribution. The question arises however whether someone who copies/steals someone else's value contribution, puts it in their name and markets it, is a value contributor in his/her own right because he/she is more discerning about how to maximize the value? I suppose that the ultimate reward is in the doing and in the creating and if your name is not 'branded' to the creation and you don't inherit the reward and the recognition, so be it. Wow, spoken like a true Buddhist!20/02/2017 #10 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI would love to fly first class one day but that probably won't happen in this lifetime! The audacity of this person to state he worked with you on researching neuroplasticity, yikes... that takes cajones (excuse the term). As for branding, I don't have a personal brand... I wear many titles though. 14 hour plane flight, that's long. I fear I'd be awake the entire time since nothing seems to 'knock me out,' on a flight.20/02/2017 #9 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFor me authenticity is examining the actuality rather than the act. Today we have a lot of new actors using personal brands but also authentically brilliant people who happen to know branding, the way they do fashion or fine wine. There are also people who are authentically dull people and I honour both because the actual value is an individual trait that is called discernment.
I don't need to be authentic because that is an oxymoron. When I read a buzz called "A Brand New World" the first thing I think is that it is a nice play on words - which in part makes us think about brand, as it also does the idea of a "new world". The principal thing I explore here is what I can find that exercises my curiosity, or interest or even something new, but most of all discernment.
The something new I see here is the reference to Fabio Sasso. How authentic is Fabio Sasso? I don't know but he gives a step by step detail of how he created the image you have provided attribution to. In seeing these steps I see how he breaks down the work of creating the zeeneon sign - and in so doing I see his thinking, his talent and his technique. That is what is important to me.
Fabio Sasso - Super Easy Neon Style in Photoshop - 10 Steps
I am not viewing Sasso's steps because I use photoshop, I do not. I appreciate his talent without suggesting that I know him, but through personal brand we are expected to know each other. Here I can value the pragmatic and practical without overdosing on story. Someone telling me that I am authentic does not make more authentic - because we all have inauthentic bad hair days. I don't want a world that is an airbrushed new world when the hairy arse of the world is as obvious as a conman using branding. In a many-to-many world, the talented can become fodder for the masses. That is not a brand new world, it's same old crappy one.20/02/2017 #7 Aleta Curry#1Exacto! I'm working on an article about this. I'm heartily sick of 'personal branding' being bandied about the way 'SEO' was a year ago. I remembered being bugged and bugged to join Klout so that people would know who I was; my response was: Jesus doesn't have a Klout score and everyone knows who HE is!19/02/2017 #6 Gerald Hecht#4 @Ian Weinberg ahh loprazolam... I wonder if calling it "Dormonoct" somehow changes the way GABAa Receptors react to that Trade Name with a different benzodiazepine "Brand Reception" (as opposed to when it's referred to by its lower case) generic name?
I'm gonna go with no.
I'm even gonna speculate further that the benzodiazepine subunit of the GABAa Receptor Complex can't read...
...I know, I know --I'm such a rebel...it's a wonder they ever let me do Receptor Binding studies at all;
what with me blatantly insulting Neurotransmitter Receptors: Calling them "illiterate", and "demonstrating complete ignorance of the importance of BRANDING!"19/02/2017 #3 Gerald Hecht#2 @Ian Weinberg could I trouble you for the name of the sleeping tab compound you find to be most effective (generic name is fine, I know that "Brand Names" can vary by country)?
Empathy is good...I must admit that lately, I've experienced occasional episodes of empathy induction failure...lol.19/02/2017 #2 Ian Weinberg#1 @Gerald Hecht following the sudden and reflex amygdaloid storm, I went into auto-coach mode, ate a large slab of chocolate 🍫and while I didn't exactly chuckle, my hair didn't get any whiter. Just felt empathy for the poor f*ckers that are going to read the guy's book!19/02/2017 #1 Gerald HechtWow... I think that this is the last straw for me. The truth is that Branding is a word...it's a pretty useless word...Personal Branding is a useless phrase...I'm trying to picture Jesus walking around and contemplating his Branding Strategy...I hope that you are laughing as hard as I am.
- Producer26/01/2017Why personal branding is a crucial part of being successful in today's connected worldCreating a strong personal brand for yourself establishes you as a strong professional leader and opens doors. Personal branding provides a clear focus for personal development while establishing yourself as a thought leader. It also works wonders...
Comments07/02/2017 #18 debasish majumderi guess, personal contributions with rich values and pertinent appeals are most significant in an affinity based platform, where the platform will become a 'Brand' of distinction. so the potentialities and sincere endeavor with rich constituents are essentially to enrich a brand's value. there only lies the gravity of a person. apart from affinity and associating skill, a brand cannot be popular. so personal brand, i guess is relevant, moment the person is having the capacity to contribute or share his skill to usher majority, and thus the platform on which he or she is sharing makes the platform a unique 'brand'. however, lovely insight @Javier 🐝 beBee! enjoyed read. thank you for the share.26/01/2017 #6 David B. GrinbergJavier & @Matt 🐝 Sweetwood I just pinned this to my Twitter home page for anyone who wants to retweet this brilliant buzz https://twitter.com/DBGrinberg
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- 15/02/2017TRENDS IN AUSTRALIA:Bernard Salt: The top business trends impacting Australiafinfeed.com The top three business trends may be surprising to some...
Comments15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorThere’s a bit of a debate going on in Australia about housing affordability. Just a little one.
One side thinks prices are out of control, particularly in Australia’s southeastern capitals, fuelled by lower interest rates, increased investor activity, soft labor market conditions and continued foreign investment.
Others think it isn’t as bad as its portrayed, pointing out relatively low loan serviceability costs, an influx of high-density apartments about to hit the market and cheaper alternatives outside the nation’s trendy inner-city suburbs.
It’s a perpetual tug of war and you can expect the tussle to intensify a little bit more following Wednesday’s release of the latest residential land sales report from the Housing Industry Association (HIA).
Even with an increase in lots sold during the September quarter last year, prices still soared to the highest level on record.
According to the HIA, the average lot price rose by another 3.3% to $243,585 in the September quarter last year, despite a 6.4% increase in lot transactions over the same period, which followed an even larger increase in the June quarter.
However transaction volumes in the September quarter were still down 7.3% from the same quarter in 2015.
- 15/02/2017AUSTRALIA BUSINESS TRENDS:Three technology trends for Australian business in 2017www.businessinsider.com.au
Comments15/02/2017 #1 Bill Stankiewicz, 🐝 Brand AmbassadorIn 2017, organisations will pivot from a focus on data acquisition to data intelligence. Applied artificial intelligence and advanced machine learning rank #1 on Gartner’s list of Top 10 strategic predictions for 2017 and at Avanade, we see clients are increasingly adopting an automation-first approach. However, an augmented workforce comprising humans, intelligent systems, and devices will present new ethical complexities for companies.
Indeed, a recent Avanade survey found that a majority of C-level executives are grappling with ethical issues stemming from the use of smart technologies in the workplace. Companies face the same digital ethics dilemma with customer data.
For example, insurers are now using telematics devices to track consumer driving habits. While this might be a good idea for rewarding safe drivers with a premium discount, are the consumers aware who owns the data being produced by the car? And how comfortable would consumers be having the insurers use the telematics device as a trigger to automatically call emergency services in the event of an accident?
During 2017, it will become an imperative for organizations to educate employees about the ethical implications of digital technologies. Organizations should also mandate that ethics be part of a design thinking approach, and implement a framework to ensure that intelligent systems continue to augment and improve human actions and decisions – without risking the trust and expectations of customer and employees.
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- Producer29/01/2017Country Life: SummerHonestly, I love living in the country, but this isn’t just country living, it’s living on a construction site in rural Australia, aka The Bush, which is entirely different. We just...
Comments01/02/2017 #20 Aleta Curry#19 I guess I can say now because the programme has been sold to the BBC. It was Alan Carter and Eric Knowles, and I think it was more because they'd gone to antiques centres and shops up the wazoo, and our setup is so different! Dogs, horse, antiques stored in a half-finshed house in what are going to be the sitting room, dining room and kitchen...!
Martin's been working on the house when he's free, it's been a few years but feels like 50 or 60!01/02/2017 #19 Lisa 🐝 GallagherQuite interesting @Aleta Curry. The photos are breathtaking! Oh snap, I can't stand the heat. I'm a wimp if it's hot but a wimp and a whiner if it's hot and humid! You home looks as though it's going to be beautiful, how long have you been building? How cool that a film crew visited to document (his antiques, I'm guessing?). More to come? Thanks for sharing, really enjoyed this.30/01/2017 #16 Aleta Curry#14 #13 Yes, he is a pretty amazing fellow. Sort of a cross between Bear Grylls and Grizzly Adams, though you two may be too young to know who that is. Interestingly enough, Martin was raised in civilisation, except that he lived most of his young life working hard through harsh winters on the family farm. He's Irish, too, born and bred, so how he bears the Aussie sun Heaven only knows. Someday maybe I'll tell you about the rest of his skill set, but for now enough already, I'm sure I sound pretty fawning!30/01/2017 #14 Dean OwenR E S P E C T! Beautifully written. I've lived all my life in big cities (apart from 6 months in Connecticut) and always dreamed of perhaps spending my twilight years in the country, perhaps in Umbria, Oxfordshire, the Province, or Karuizawa, largely bug (and kangaroo) free countryside. Being a city wimp, I'd have to enrol in a Bear Grylls course to deal with the hazards of The Bush. Fortunately for you it appears you are married to Bear Grylls!30/01/2017 #12 Aleta Curry#9 Ha, 'Le Shack' is what I call the little dwelling we're currently in, @Todd Jones. I couldn't find a decent picture of it when I was writing this. I call the house in the photos 'the Big House' and yes, Martin Curry has laid over 13,000 blocks himself, never mind scouting the position, surveying and digging the footings. Oh, and let's not forget the concreting. And in his spare time, he's become an authority on antique ceramics, started an auction house and an events management company. He's a rock star!29/01/2017 #9 Todd JonesWonderful Aleta! Love the imagery that you craft with this post.
"Le Shack"... funny! Did your husband build that house by himself? You mentioned that you have electricity, plumbing, and hot water. Once he finishes the roof, and puts in a door, the bugs and snakes will have to work a little harder to get in!
All joking aside, I would love to learn more about the challenges of living in the bush. Keep 'em coming!29/01/2017 #8 Rod LoaderHaving lived for most of my life out of town in Australia, @Aleta Curry, I understood every reference and was saying "Oh yeah" to each of them, including the black snake inside. There's nothing like rural Australia, I wouldn't trade it. Based on your comment that the summers are sharp and short, I assumed you must live in the southern part of Australia. Here in Queensland the hot weather lasts from mid October to mid March (hot = above 30C, or for my American friends above 85F).29/01/2017 #6 Aleta Curry#4 Fortunately, @Deb 🐝 Helfrich, my neighbours live too far away to be disturbed by my shrieks. I assure you that the sound effects are plentiful around here. Thanks so much for your response.
Our antiques are unusual in that we source the rare and quirky from all over the world, sell with relatively low markets and tell the truth about condition. Customers think we're wonderful, competitors think we're suckers. I think people think more in terms of the uniqueness of our lifestyle, running antiques events in towns and cities from a little shack out in the middle of nowhere!
Yes, I think this would make a good series - I'll have to do that!29/01/2017 #4 Deb 🐝 HelfrichI wish we had sound-o-vision on the internet, @Aleta Curry. I just made so many noises while reading this buzz, my Seattle neighbors probably think I need to be exported to the bush.
I gasped, umm-ed, eeked, ahhhed, wow-ed, icked, screeched and shuddered.
This is an incredibly evocative piece of writing and I am thrilled to get to inhabit a little slice of your life - I felt like I got to watch a snippet of that footage.
Please make this a series. I want to know soooooo much more.
May I start with learning why your antiques are so unusual? My mind is boggled as to the immense possibilities.....
- Producer26/01/2017And from all the lands on earth we come ....."I'm the hot wind from the desert, I'm the black soil of the plains, I'm the mountains and the valleys, I'm the drought and flooding rains, I am the rock, I am the sky, the rivers when they run, The spirit of this great land, I am Australian."This...
Comments27/01/2017 #52 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#51 Dear Ken, 30 years ago I was more of a doppelgänger of Rocky Balboa - but as my kids tell me with absolute conviction "What the F. happened to you dad?" This is what middle-age looks like kids is my reply, to which they point their fingers to Johnny Depp. Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise - I just can't win!
The trick I find is that if we can find a way of making a few million dollars - we can afford the AND - Brisbane AND Hudson Bay. Or at least I can afford Toronto and Sydney that is when I can afford a personal supersonic jet.
I better start working on my personal brand then - but then I will need to set up a new site as competition to Javier and Juan, and only the boys and few gals at LinkedIn would love that kind of divide and rule. OK in regards to the last paragraph I am booking an appointment with a brand proctologist soon, who will give me some medication to get over a new slogan that is stuck in my beBee.27/01/2017 #50 Ken Boddie#48 The Cutty Sark is due to leave Brisbane about 122 years ago next week, on her final wool cargo voyage for the UK, via the Cape. Thanks to the Tardis, I've arranged for a case of Vegemite to be stowed in the captain's cabin. Keep an eye out to sea, Claire, and she should be close to you in about three weeks. Captain Woodget has a keen eye for the ladies and so may invite you aboard to take delivery in person. If so, take due care and ensure that you give his collie dogs, who travel with him on every voyage, a wide berth. Bred as sheep dogs, they have taken to nipping the heels of any unprepared fair damsel who may venture too close and whose ankles may be as white as snow, in the not uncommon manner of their breed, having been taught that this is the most expeditious means of directing said ankles towards the flock.27/01/2017 #47 Ken Boddie#43 The Scots have been relocating (some say they're revolting, pun intended) here for many years. I could look at some figures for you but you know what 'they' say, "there's lies, damned lies, then there's statistics".
Just look at it this way, Lis, there's a helluvalot of ginger haired people around this world, and the relocating, pillaging or revolting Scots (supplemented, in the early days, by the Vikings) are probably responsible for the great majority of them.27/01/2017 #46 Ken Boddie#41 I'm onto your Vegemite request, Claire. I've promised @Paul Walters (who claims to be starving for his art) that I'll drop a Red Cross parcel, via hot air balloon, on his Bali house with some Vegemite in it. I can either extend the balloon trip to SA (which may take some time assuming it gets blown off course a few times) or would you prefer the more reliable delivery of Vegemite by tea cutter or clipper, then horse and cart?
Incidentally, may I have the next waltz?27/01/2017 #45 Ken Boddie#40 The word 'football' means too many things to so many people here in Oz, Manjit. The most popular 'foot' ball games here are, firstly and foremostly, Rugby League or NFL (a ruffians' game played by ruffians); then there's Aussie Rules or AFL ('aerial ping pong' to those like me who are non subscribers and non combatants); then there's my former game of Rugby Union (a ruffians' game played by 'gentlemen', who are not very gentle); then there's Soccer, which is generally a chance for all the more recent nationals and immigrants to take all their various land of origin grievances onto the sports field (a gentleman's game played by ruffians). To choose your game of preference here in Oz, you first need to select the shape and size of the ball, then the players, who may be either 'slim and trim', 'stocky and cocky', or 'built like the proverbial brick outhouse'. Perhaps that explains why some of us are still 'learning', Manjid. We just can't make up our minds whether or not we're gentlemen, and whether or not to kick the damned thing or pick it up and run with it. 🤔27/01/2017 #43 Lisa 🐝 GallagherBelated happy Australian day @Ken Boddie. Love the Anthem. I must say, from all I've heard and seen, I'd love to visit your beautiful country one day. My bucket list sure is getting long! I never asked this before, did many Scots relocate to the land of Oz? (Or immigrate, not sure of the proper term).27/01/2017 #42 Lada 🏡 Prkic#34 Ken, I forgot to mention that according to the last census taken in 2011 there are about 150,000 Croats and their descendants in Australia, whereas Croatian communities claim that there are 250,000 Croats. It’s about 5% of the total population in Croatia.
The majority of Croats live in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Canberra. So you're right, "I am, You are, We are Australian." :)27/01/2017 #41 Claire L 🐝 CardwellOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie View moreOnce a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
Under the shade of a coolibah tree,
He sang as he watched and waited 'til his billy boiled
You'll come a-Waltzing Matilda, with me
Thanks for tagging me @Ken Boddie! Where's my vegemite sandwich? Happy Australia Day! Close27/01/2017 #40 CityVP 🐝 ManjitFair Dinkum Ken, Oz is a great place !
It is good to see that Australians are finally learning to play meaningful football. Not that Australian Rules stuff but footie - the real football. https://www.fromthegrapevine.com/slideshows/lifestyle/7-countries-you-didnt-know-were-soccer-crazy/page/5
- 25/01/2017Happy Australia Day
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- 17/01/2017Meanwhile in Australia...
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- Producer16/12/2016THE MAN FROM SNOWY RIVER by A.B. "Banjo" Paterson - the written poem and spoken on videoThe Man from Snowy River is one of Australia's most famous poems written by one of Australia's most famous poets, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson. (17 February 1864 – 5 February 1941) The setting of the poem is set in Australia’s...
Comments16/12/2016 #2 Lisa 🐝 GallagherI loved the video visual with the poem Lance! Horses are smart animals and the connection between the rider and horse can either be one of mutual respect or a constant fight... the horse always wins when humans lack respect for these animals. Great poem. Thanks for sharing!
- Producer15/12/2016My Country by Dorothea Mackellar - the written poem and spoken on videoThis one of Australia’s most iconic poems and is probably also known just as well by the first line of the second verse, I love a sunburned country… The poem can be read below as well as listen to the poem recited by the author,...
- Producer30/09/2016May I Have the Next Waltz, Matilda?Believe it or not, 'Waltzing Matilda', the unofficial national anthem of the Land Down Under, has absolutely nothing to do with ballroom dancing or fair damsels. Rather, it's a tale of woe about a travelling itinerant, who chose an untimely wet...
Comments01/10/2016 #32 Pamela 🐝 WilliamsKen, had to take a few days off beBee due to other commitments. Sad, but what a welcome back. Something for my Cultures Around the World App and one of my favorite 'oldies' explained to me! I had always heard that Australia was the equivalent of a penal colony for all those who dared to thwart the crown. Your explanation is pretty close. Of course didn't know a loaf of bread was 'thwarting the crown'! Wonderful read, enjoyed this little piece of Oz! One thing struck me: A squatter in the U.S. is someone who is/was living illegal on a piece of land. Eventually 'Squatter's Rights' developed, meaning if they stayed on the land long enough with no claim made by the real owner then the land became the squatters. In days of old, when the west was not yet won, much land was 'grabbed' by squatters. Just a bit of US trivia for ya!
Here's some family history in relation to squatters. The family story is that my father's ancestors once owned the land upon which the famous Kentucky Derby is now held. In the mid to late 1800s during a drought the family had to relocate to survive. A squatter they asked/paid to watch the land for them eventually claimed Squatter's Rights and later sold the land...not sure when the 'Derby' owner took possession as it could have had several owners after my family. But there you go!01/10/2016 #27 Lisa 🐝 Gallagher@Ken Boddie The unofficial Anthem is well... different? I'm glad you gave definitions of the terms. Squatters here take over a person's home if they are away for some time. Some people have a hard time re-gaining their home ( I don't quite understand it) and it's usually a major mess after they are able to legally get the squatters to leave. I'm proud of you because you know how to 'use the google.' Thanks, really enjoyed this!!30/09/2016 #20 Gert 🐝 Scholtz@Ken Boddie I will be in your country in a month so thanks for cultural education. If they ask me at passport control what I know about Australia I will burst into a full rendition of Waltzing Matilda complete with swagman, billabong, jumbuck and Sheila's (Oh no, Sheila's are not part of it?) Just to fuel some more nostalgia, remember this one @Ken Boddie? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RviuTfdfArM And as they say down under - thanks Mate!