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I keep reading about the benefits of fluoride in water supplies and how it is supposed to be good for teeth. It is unusual that I often read this in the Cairns Post and the Courier Mail that are both Murdoch newspapers. I wonder why they push fluoride and vaccines? It is easy to find scientific publications that say fluoride is killing us slowly and causing a lot of medical problems. I have had a first hand experience with the problems related to toxic fluoride being added to drinking water. In 2004 when Mareeba had fluoride in the water, we had to send our son to primary school. He had been home schooled or on school of the air for most of his life on a cattle property and was drinking rainwater.
When he went to school in town he had to drink town water.
After being at school for about a year, we noticed his teeth were becoming quite motley with patches of white like staining and he complained of soreness. I asked a dentist what could be causing this and he said straight away, fluorosis!
He asked if we were giving him fluoride tablets which no sane parent would ever do. Of course we were not doing that.
Then I contacted the local council who told me the amount of the dose of fluoride going into the water, and when I checked it up it was quite high compared to other places like Townsville that I checked.
I also found out the fluoride the councils use is a very toxic by-product of aluminium production and comes from the refinery at Gladstone. It is not naturally occurring fluoride.
We then sent him to school with rainwater bottles and told him not to drink the tap water and put him on a course of anti-oxidant supplements. A few months later the symptoms disappeared and his health improved.
His sister attended the same......
Something from 2013
As we all learnt in grade bubs, Invasion day is the day the
first batch of convicts arrived on our fair shores. The few members
of the invasion party who were not chained up in the hold, ran up
the nearest hill, stuck a Union Jack in the ground and proclaimed
the entire island now belonged holus bolus, to the king of
I don’t think they realised just how big the island really was, and still is. Were the rightful owners of the place consulted in this serious matter? Were they even informed of their newfound status as chattels of King So and So? A rhetorical question, of course.
Some of us in our blissful ignorance however, may not be aware that fateful day of January 26th also commemorates the only coup de tat ever to take place in Australia. In 1808, exactly 20 years to the day after the arrival of the first fleet, a bunch of disgruntled officers from the New South Wales Corp overthrew the government of the fledgling colony. I do not mean to besmirch the good name of the gentlemen involved, but it has been reputed that they were drunk at the time. Not surprising considering that the legal tender of the colony was rum. Giving Australia the dubious distinction of being the only place in the world to employ such a form of currency.
Legend has it that when the said soldiers arrived, singing ribald sea shanties no doubt, Governor Bligh was found cowering under the bed. He was discovered there by one Captain Thomas Laycock no less, a distant relative of mine, I do believe.
Of course, that was not the infamous Captain Bligh’s only claim to fame was it now? This is the very same Captain Bligh that, some 20 years previously was set adrift, as depicted so dramatically in ‘Mutiny on the Bounty.’ The story goes that the lads were having a high old time in Tahiti with the local lasses, a welcome relief from their own sore bottoms, when Captain Bligh had the audacity to order the anchors reeled in and the sails set for a return to the land of...
It’s not usual for me to write a special post to talk about an upcoming exhibition … but I like to do this for friends from my RMIT days. Dr Nicole Polentas … yes, she’s a Doctor now! … is curating an exhibition that will shortly open at Hellenic Museum in Melbourne. ‘Unclasped: Discovering Contemporary […]
Five million Australians pay for a doctor’s visit in an average four week period—but an increasing proportion of them are also going online to look up health and medical information themselves, Roy Morgan Research shows. Roy Morgan communications writer Shaun Ellis says that Queenslanders are among the most likely to access the internet after a doctor’s visit.
I was not a CS Lewis fan myself, but The Chronicles of
Narnia series, especially The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
(1950) was one of my sons’ favourite literature, bar none. So I
ensured I watched the BBC 4’s programme called Narnia's Lost
Poet: the Secret Lives and Loves of CS Lewis. It was narrated
by Lewis’ biographer, AN Wilson. The theme was the three
important women in Jack’s life, and the impact of their deaths.
From April-September 1917, CS Lewis (aka Jack 1898–1963) was a student at University College Oxford. He was described at the time as intellectually precocious, socially unskilled and emotionally stunted. Presumably this had been caused by grevious loss #1 in his life; his beloved mother Flora died when Jack was only 9. And because he had been bundled off to boarding school, to mourn alone.
Late in the history of WWI, Jack enlisted in the British army and started officer’s training. His roommate was fellow Irishman Paddy Moore (1898-1918). These two young men promised to look after each other’s parent, if one of them was killed in the trenches. Paddy’s mother Janie Moore was a divorcee who had left Ireland to live in Bristol; Jack’s father had never remarried.
I just checked our blog and noticed that it has not been updated for the past month! While this is unheard of at this time of year, there are some very genuine reasons for my reticence to share too much info with the broader www. Without elaborating I will say that until I can find a web developer that can assist me to make the information on this page available only to genuine customers/clients/supporters through a subscription service; then we will have to remain a little cagey with our online reports.
Of course, as always, those stopping by will be treated like long-lost relatives and given all the assistance they require.
To the fishing. The Goulburn has seen some incredible fishing this past month. The river stayed low at around 3000 MLD for such a long period that the fish were as spooky as many of the spring creeks that we fish on our OS trips. For the first couple of weeks that it sat at 3000 MLD the fishing was outrageous. I mean average anglers were catching 10-12-15 fish per day. As the weeks of consecutive blue sky days rolled on, the fishing got harder. So much so that I actually saw a fish spook as a result of me lifting my oar from the water from about 80 feet away. I’m not joking. We were all sitting in the boat and just one roll of my wrist sent a fish scampering from nearly a full fly line away. That’s as spooky as it gets.
Then the river came back up and the easy fishing was banished to the memory bank. It fished very well the day that it came up with fish poking into the margins everywhere. The following days it went back to how many know the Goulburn to be. A difficult SOB. We were still having 5-6 chances per s...
22 January 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has today raised his concerns over the appointment of FTI Consulting as the administrators of Queensland Nickel with the Federal Treasurer’s office, in light of their disastrous appointment to another failed North Queensland venture, Kagara Mine.
Kagara Mine at Mt Garnet went into voluntary administration in April 2012 owing an estimated $100 million to North Queensland employees, contractors and businesses. The impact on local contractors and workers has been wide-spread and devastating.
“We have demanded that the Treasurer’s Office make ASIC once again look into FTI’s administration of Kagara Mine – particularly in light of the worst news I’ve heard in the last month – that FTI have been put in as the administrator for Queensland Nickel,” Mr Katter said.
“If their handling of Kagara is any indication then it will not be good news for the Townsville workers.
“The latest development (in Kagara) is that workers were advised they would be paid divided payments in mid-January, but now they’ve been advised they’ve been postponed for another two months.
“Kagara had $42 million come through in November of which $17 million was to go to employees in January, which has not occurred.
“The reason given by FTI is that tax returns have not been filed, well what have they been paid millions of dollars to do if they can’t even meet their responsibilities to lodge tax returns?
“This is just another blow to the Kagara workers and a very worrying sign for the Queensland Nickel workers,” Mr Katter said.
Mr Katter has spoken with the Federal Treasurer’s office and raised both the conduct of FTI Consulting and the inadequacy of ASIC as a monitoring body, particularly in the Kagara matter.
‘Global warming’ or is it ‘climate change’ recorded temperatures not in 2015, but 1896 in southern Australia. This data makes Greens Christine Milne and Sarah Hanson- Young (pictured) look like even bigger idiots than those already confirmed.
Yalgoo W.A. Dec 25 1895 122° or 127° F “the Emerald Hotel, an iron structure” or at the Court House ” The latter structure is a ” wooden frame with duck covering.”; Marra station N.S.W. 130 F on Jan 21. The link shows a full months record. “The figures were the readings of three different glasses, which were hung in the front verandah at the Marra, station, and were placed out from the wall on a frame to allow the air to get round them, thereby preventing the heat from the wall affecting the instruments.”; Berlino S.A. 130° F Jan 22. The thermometer “hangs on a stone house with a thickly thatched verandah facing West” … “never reached by the sun“. From Jan 5 to Jan 13, Berlino recorded many temperatures of 118° – 130° F; Kopperamanna Bore, via Hergott Springs S.A. “under date of January 23 : — ‘For the last month the heat here has been excessive. The lowest the glass has registered in the shade, a good canegrass shed...
We have had a Sacred Kingfisher calling for many weeks now in the corner of a paddock where two very large old trees (a Candlebark and a Yellow Box) grow just 5 metres apart next to a windbreak planting of younger trees and shrubs. It occasionally comes down to some Swamp Gums beside a large […]
There’s a fair bit in the papers today about ABBA’s “photographic reunion” when they appeared together overnight in Stockholm. Being ABC Local Radio’s resident “ABBA Expert”, I was asked to come on the radio in NSW and chat about this. You can listen to the audio below, or read my interview preparation notes below.
What’s the significance of this appearance?
It’s the first time they’ve appeared in public (all four of them) since the premiere in Stockholm of “Mamma Mia” in 2008. For the last thirty five years, all four members of ABBA have appeared in public together, but very rarely all four of them together. I was at the opening of Stockholm’s ABBA Museum in 2013, when Bjorn, Benny and Frida attended the opening. Agnetha wasn’t there, and the reason given was that she had already made plans to be in the UK to promote her latest album. Benny and Frida appeared together when ABBA were inducted in the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. Frida and Agnetha appeared together when they received a Swedish music award. There’s a video clip on Youtube of them on stage together, and it’s quite lovely to see Frida holding tightly to Agnetha (given all of the newspaper reports about Agnetha’s anxiety appearing in public). My favourite moment from that appearance was when the presenter asked Agnetha and Frida what they talk about when they come together after such a long time. Agnetha replies, “mostly tonight it was about money!!”. And the reaction from Frida is hilarious – she can’t quite believe Agnetha was so honest.
Hello, this is Al Hensley. Wayne Carlson and I alternate with one another week about presenting the Jazz Plus program heard every Wednesday at 2PM. Each week I post the program’s playlist in case you’d like to track down any of the new releases or classic sides featured. To see what Wayne played this week click here
Everything in the city is competing to be the spectacle and all that Situationalist shit.
Lush is Melbourne’s piss take king, taking the piss out of street art and graffiti. Lush appears to have made Hosier Lane his own arena for his spray up comedy, ever since he staged his “secret show” there last year. Lush is full of extra confidence because he was the Melbourne street artist chosen by Banksy to exhibit at Dismaland. This is not surprising given that both Lush and Banksy produce easy to read work with a similar sense of humour.
In the visually dense jungle of the city there is an ecology of images. Different styles of street art compete for attention in the streets as they also compete for likes online. La Lune cuts paper and does paste-ups, filling a gap in the aesthetics of the street left by Miso and Suki.
Looking at my recent photos I ask myself if there currently a return of the stencils or do I have a selection bias? But it is not just me, a reader sent me a photo of a whole wall of stencils something that I hadn’t seen in six or seven years. Even a new Jamit stencil appearing recently on the street; Jamit claims to the first artist on Melbourne’s streets...
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