Some things defy explanation.
For example, deep in the ocean where light never penetrates reside fish whose mating opportunities are so rare that the males must spend their lives stuck to their female counterpart’s face.
And that anything a duckling meets in the first 10 minutes of its life becomes its parent.
Unfortunately, we live in a throwaway society coupled with a world of dwindling natural resources where the only growing ‘resource’ is landfill!
Leather is an example of a valuable natural resource that humans have used in its various forms throughout time.
Today, it is more useful than ever and is…Read More
If you were a sci-fi fan in the eighties and early nineties, you will no doubt remember the satirical British series Red Dwarf.
Not only was it a brilliant romp through time and space, but it also had some surprisingly wise things to say about life.
For those of you unfamiliar with…Read More
Recently I ran a workshop for writers on creating a digital author profile.
The workshop included social media strategies to improve your online presence.
Essentially, the more unique and visible your online presence the more likely it will attract followers.
And if you are writer, particularly a self published one, attracting followers is essential.
Trump’s ascendancy to President-elect was a fantastic political lesson.
But not in the way you might expect.
As the US election unfolded, I was teaching a bunch of Year 9 students, all of whom were glued to their laptops watching the live feed. They should have been working on their assignments, but the election…Read More
The following is a press release by The Real News Network about their new documentary on the Koch brothers’ war on climate science.
The Real News Network’s 30-minute documentary, “The Doubt Machine: Inside the Koch Brothers’ War on Climate Science”, reveals how Big Oil–particularly, the billionaire oil tycoons Charles and David Koch–have…Read More
Remember Belinda Carlisle? She was a 1980s pop star, lead singer of all-girl band The Go-Go’s and a successful solo artist.
The Go-Go’s entered the pop charts back in 1981 with “Our Lips are Sealed,” and were hailed as the first female group to write songs and play their own instruments….Read More
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What is Breast Cancer?
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and is the second leading cause of cancer death.
Cancer is a disease of the genome. It’s caused by accumulation of mutations in genes that are critical to the control of cell growth…Read More
A few years ago I wrote a tongue-in-cheek article about having been a World War One wire cutter on the Western Front.
To be fair, I do have an insatiable fascination for trench warfare and consume books, articles and movies on the topic. I imagine how a soldier, stuck in the equivalent of hell on…Read More
Inspired by Claire Bell’s article on charisma, I decided to undergo the charisma challenge.
I borrowed The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane from the library and recruited several work colleagues.
The challenge was to practice a charisma exercise each week and compare results.
After a month we found the following things:
Colleague 1: More people smiled at…
Recently, I opened a small pot of Jalna Yoghurt and found a white object poking out of the tub.
I assumed part of the yoghurt had frozen as the refrigerator regulator is often knocked onto the cold setting.
However, on closer inspection, the object was a big clump of plastic.
I washed the yoghurt off to glimpse the plastic lump. It…Read More
As a teacher I’m often dismayed by the complex curriculum delivered to high school students. The expectation for adolescents — required to understand and adhere to standards more suited to first year university students — is ridiculous.
Words like meta-cognition, conceptualise, plurality, multi-model and etymology are bandied about on worksheets for 13-year-olds. I have…
Recently, I supervised an IT class where the students (all girls) were studying robotics.
Unfortunately, the robots were locked in a cupboard.
My set of keys did not fit the lock, nor did those of another staff member. I concluded the cupboard could not be opened and the class would have to do…Read More
Three things from the medical establishment made me as mad as hell this week.
First up is the fascinating new syndrome called Diagnosis Creep.
Like tax creep (where we all pay except for the very rich), it is designed to make us all feel ill.
Years ago, It was the job of GPs…Read More
Melbourne is booming.
Constant streams of traffic, schoolchildren, tourists, people shopping, people walking dogs, people exercising and eating in cafes, bars and restaurants.
Melbourne is experiencing massive population growth — it topped four million recently — and is expected to reach five million in the next decade.
It is forecast to outgrow Sydney and…Read More
A couple of years ago Renee Zellweger’s new face caused a sensation.
Why the fuss?
As most commentators noted it was because Renee just didn’t look like Zellweger anymore. She was a weird hybrid of her younger and older self.
Whoever transformed her face must have been influenced by Face Off where, in order to catch…Read More
In the late 80s and early 90s Donald Trump, entrepreneur, media star and now presidential candidate, had his own airline. It was called the Trump Shuttle and flew between New York, Boston and Washington.
At the time, Trump dominated the American landscape. He even had his own building, The Trump Tower, and naturally wanted his…Read More
Madonna has always selected the best dancers for her videos and world tours.
Recently, on the Ellen Degeneres show Madonna introduced her latest dancing troupe: five athletic males who are so lithe, flexible and freaky that anyone who tries to copy their moves would be hospitalised.
Yet, what struck me most about these dancers was not their impressive…Read More
The critically acclaimed BBC series War and Peace is notable not only for its superb production values, performances and cinematic sweep but also for casting age appropriate actresses.
In particular, 56-year-old Greta Scacchi who plays the neurotic Rostov family matriarch.
Scacchi, once a Hollywood sex symbol, is rarely seen on screen these…
The yogis say there’s nothing wrong with death and that it’s part of life.
Which is fine, of course, until it’s your turn.
And maybe that’s why yogis invented yoga in the first place — to stave off death for as long as possible and make the rest of us look like…Read More