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Halloween is like life: full of tricks and treats

HALLOWEEN AND TRICKS AND TREATS Halloween and harvest time reminds us that not everything in life can be taken for granted. Halloween is a Pagan festival celebrated in many parts of the Northern Hemisphere. It is said that a farmer spends one year seeding and then seven years weeding to gain a bumper crop for

Beersheba battle for water access

BEERSHEBA AND WATER ACCESS ARE TWO ISSUES CURRENT IN THE AUSTRALIAN PSYCHE FOR GOOD REASON. Beersheba is a strategic, geographic strong-hold in the Middle East. It is located in the Sinai desert and associated with water and the provision of essential services. Beersheba was a historical campaign in the First World War which is a

Mr Turk has a letter in Beersheba dated 31 October 1917

MR TURK HAS A LETTER AWAITING HIM IN BEERSHEBA TO BE READ BEFORE 31 OCTOBER 1917 A letter for Mr Turk, care of Beersheba, from a solider stationed with the Australian Light Horse Brigade.         “Dear Mr Turk, Beersheba’s nothing to do with beer, Mr Turk mate, It’s everything to do with

Pedestrians texting: ignore them at your peril

PEDESTRIANS TEXTING IS A NEW TRAFFIC HAZARD WHICH DRIVERS AND CYCLISTS INCREASINGLY NEED TO LOOK OUT FOR. Pedestrians texting look ridiculous with their heads bent down focused on their screens. They cannot see you if you are driving, cycling or walking near them so take care when they are around. In recent months, I have written

Road rules are not rules of thumb

ROAD RULES ARE LAWS AND NOT RULES OF THUMB IN THE AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (A.C.T.) WHICH MEANS ‘SAFETY FIRST-ZERO HARM’ IS THE TRAVELLERS CREED TO OBSERVE. Road rules are legislated by governing bodies and enforceable by law so take care when visiting Canberra, the Nation’s Capital of Australia, because drivers, cyclists and pedestrians need to take

Smartphone zombies and intersections

SMARTPHONE ZOMBIES ARE AT RISK OF INJURY OR DEATH WHILE OUT WALKING Smartphone zombies are causing major problems at intersections and cross-roads which can be resolved by turning off their mobile phone when walking. If you’ve stood at an intersection or bus stop and watched office workers leave their building at the end of the

Safety first for mobile workforce

SAFETY FIRST  IS A MUST FOR TRAVELLERS AND THE MOBILE WORKFORCE IN 2017 Safety first  matters are the key to survival and success while taking part in the global mobile workforce this year. With a range of international relations concerns, new geopolitical hot buttons and health warnings being issued, working in the field is becoming hazardous. Mobile workers

‘Kings Bay’ film a lesson in ethics

THE ‘KINGS BAY’ FILM OFFERS LESSONS IN MEDIA ETHICS AND CORPORATE RESPONSIBLITY FOR ANY BUDDING JOURNALIST TO SAVOUR. Kings Bay looks a winter-time treat for any fan of the Northern Lights but crime, corruption and corporate greed play heavily in a fictitious media company in Tromsø. Office politics and use of information technology including mobile phones can

Orange Sky Laundry answers a traveller’s prayer

ORANGE SKY LAUNDRY: TO WASH OR NOT TO WASH – THAT IS THE QUESTION. Orange Sky Laundry has many uses for those charcoal grey clothes – from washing in a portable washing machine to line drying en plein air. In undertaking field research on homeless matters earlier this year for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, I saw several

Novelist Jane Austen’s celebrations are fashionable fun

NOVELIST JANE AUSTEN IS CELEBRATED IN SYDNEY (NSW) THIS MONTH WITH A RANGE OF LADY-LIKE ACTIVITIES TO TEMPT REFINED MINDS AND PALATES. If you fancy yourself as a an expert of novelist Jane Austen, you might be interested these notable events in July 2017: There’s in a choral evensong organised by the Jane Austen Society of
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