On holiday, this morning, with a 93 year old woman and her daughter, when I heard the news in the early morning WA time. Good to go at 95 years old~ well loved. - ro.watson
I used to think my Queensland Nana had a bottom drawer from which she selected our gifts. I have taken to freshh wrapping stuff I have collected over the years and giving such old stuff to people who I feel may appreciate the thing I am giving them. To overcome that dreadful anxiety about shopping for everyone at Christmas, I think it is a good idea to find a shop you feel comfortable in and then look around. It is that, or Protection of the Earth and Wildlife calendars 2014? - ro.watson
I nearly always know where I am spatially? - ro.watson
How wonderful that he was able to experience freedom after so long in prison.
Go gently into that dark night, sweet man. - Rhoda
Back in um, 1973, I appeared in Lysistrata semi naked or is that nude, as a statue covered in zinc cream and a bit of satin. The men boys had to use a contraption made of cardboard rolls and a bit of string to indicate the women's rebellion, very much with voice, was giving them a "hard" time. Some things never change. - ro.watson
Ian, I think you're right. I have almost given up on the ABC although I was once a fan and understand how important it is to have a publicly owned broadcaster. I've hardly attended since Howard was retired. It's not keeping up. There is no range of debate and opinion.
As for the BBC - no thanks. A very well paid bunch of sycophants. Disguised as the left but as right wing as any of Abbott's crew. The Establishment.
Aunty is very tired and needs rejuvenating. - Rhoda
Vale Mandela, you were and are and will always be an inspiring man & teacher & leader to me and those others who will listen in every corner of this precious planet called mother earth. U deserve your rest , so thank you.
Agree with all the previous writers and a special thanks to Sheliah and her friend above for such a beautiful piece of his life up close, I feel touched you have shared this with Hoopla. - Daria
Evidenced based prevention, rehab. and treatment and action in law enforcement etc... requires solid funding for independent research as each generation enters this field of exploration and indulgence and addiction. We need a body which keeps tracking the changes~ what works and what does not work to change behaviours and lives? - ro.watson
With respect, may I point out that it wasn't under Mr Abbott's PM'ship that the alleged "spying" was done ?
By contrast to that allegation, my questions in return:
Does anyone care that Melanesian West Papuans are being systematically killed off/raped/jailed by the soldiers acting for the Indonesian Democratic Gov't ? whilst the US owned company Freeport is mining Papuan gold there ?[previously Dutch New Guinea, who wanted to grant them Independence, but JFK wrote a letter to the Netherlands PM, persuading him not to... !]
WHY are no journalists allowed into the Western half of that island ? WHY are no UN Peace keepers allowed in to stop the genocide there ... ? as it's a UN Trust territory.
For further information see Facebook's Free West Papua site; that's real news ! by real reporters, if they're game enough ! - JMDykgraaff
To Nelson's family and ALL the people of Africa, my heart felt thoughts to all of you. Nelson, your work was much more than I can say, for all your people and the world. You were a blessing here in so many ways. Now it's time to rest. Sleep in peace sweet man! You will be missed by millions. Hugs - Jennifer
Please stand-by for lots of lovely goodies to come!