Marti, Jeremy Paxman and Louis Theroux have always done it for me. - Gabrielle Jackson
I have a vegan friend who used to say that, Josie. Then she moved to property, to give her family a better lifestyle, to grow her own food, etc.
She realised within 6 months why humans and some animals have a symbiotic relationship - not one of exploitation, but true balance. Each needed the other. She needed a grazing animal to keep the grass down, and she needed a scrap-eating digging animal to manage the gardens. Presto! - sheep and chooks. And chooks produce eggs regardless of what you do to them. So she started eating the eggs. And then her sheep got pregnant to the ram down the road. Presto! - little baby boy lambs, which can't be kept together because they kill eachother.
She's now a locavore. ie, she eats food she produces herself - including meat.
Veganism works in the cities, but it doesn't tend to survive a rural lifestyle terribly well - at least, not one that wants to grow its own food. - June
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write to your MP's and to the PM and PARL SEC THE
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Oh so good to hear Phillip do it on LNL
It's not a new story AT ALL
I(tweeted about ten weeks ago about this sleazy bs
Get active, get radicaliized
Just do it, don't dick around
don't chill out for Xmas
Don't be dick heads
You have the power we the people...
Corinne Rox - MaRgherita Tracanelli
Well said Tracey. Now we just need a political leader to stand up to the fictitious lies and fear peddling started by John Howard regarding refugees and educate the ignorant. - Deb
There is now a website called www.makelovenotporn.tv which was started by a woman. She wanted real life people to contribute footage of real world sex ie of themselves, so that it is not the only form of sex/porn accessible on the net esp. for young people to see and think that sex (ie porn) is only for male gratification. It seems to be taking off and the clips are interesting, real and mostly of loving people. - AMB
I'm also wondering what happened to Yaya after the ship left. And agree with Lyn about putting things in perspective. - miranda
No-one will stop the boats while there is war, conflict and oppression in the countries of origin. Australia is failing to uphold its responsibilities under the UN Convention for Refugees and it is shameful. - Lindel
Also agree with Emma on potential for good and issues of privacy. But if there were lots of them buzzing around I think they'd also be plain annoying. Why not get in early and set some boundaries before they become a problem? - miranda
I love you Corinne! Intelligence and beauty in one great package. A very good article. The sort you never see from the Merdeoch hacks. - David Richards
Not remotely interested in porn - even if it were not gross mens weird fantasy sort of porn.
I have always been quite swooned by the smart men of documentaries. Give me Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Michael Mosley and Prof. Brian Cox any day and I'm in heaven! - Marti
ON THE HIGHWIRE ANSWERS
HOW DID YOU GO IN YOUR EXAMS?
School kids around the country are either in the middle of, or are beginning their final exams.
It’s said that almost half of us will have anxiety dreams about exams that last for the rest of our lives.
How did you cope? And what impact did your results have on your career?
How important are school examinations?
Christine Whiston: Exams were ok. Writing was my strong suit and essays were the preferred mode of the examination papers in my school days and it was as easy to wax lyrical about the flowering plant as it was to discuss the literary techniques of the Romantic Poets. Many years on however and it is all about the pressure of performing well in exams. The joy of learning seems to have been consumed by the fear of failure. But I agree, once the spectre of the HSC has been and gone, life moves on and that once all-important mark holds little relevance in the world beyond the classroom.
Jenny Owens: Blaaaaaahhhhhhh!!! I hated exams! I was never very good in school anyway and definitely didn't feel the same as Maggie and Lisa as an elite athlete.
The reason I was so good at sport was because I wasn't so good at school! I was better at sport and got made to feel good about myself. Teachers gave me a hard time in school which made me feel crap and obviously I found it harder to learn.
I struggled even more in exams especially in Maths! I did the exercises well in class but always forgot which why to work them out in the exam!! Lucky for me, I wont be in any job where Math's is the main part (or is that lucky you!?!)
I didn't sit my HSC, I only did my SC (Y10). I had to drop out to purse my sporting career and that was fine by me!
There are other ways to make a career in life if you choose not to go all the way through school or Uni. You will find your feet eventually.
I now study at Uni and get distinctions which i'm pretty chuffed about since I never passed anything at school.
Lisa Forrest: Like Maggie, I enjoy a test. I think it would be impossible to be an elite athlete if you didnt - why would anyone do all that training if not to test yourself in the race? And thats the sort of work I enjoy too. Three hours of live radio every night is a bit like continually cramming for a new exam.
I squeezed my HSC in between the '80 Olympic Games and the '82 Commonwealths. The deal I had with Mum was that I would cut back on swimming training during my HSC year so I only went 4/5 times a week. I did really well in the final result but no thanks to my worst subject, maths.
I'd been away on-and-off for a couple of months during Year 11 thanks to the Olympics and while away I'd missed work on AP's and GP's - arithmetic progressions and geometric progressions. When I got back I couldn't work them out and made a decision (perhaps with everything else I had to catch up on) that I'd take my chances and forget about them. I'll never forget opening up the HSC maths exam and seeing the paper absolutely full of AP's and GP's. So many of them that there was no point stressing - I'd taken my chances and lost. I'd be lucky to pass. Luckily, there were a few other subjects I was good at.
Despite never understanding AP's and GP's I seem to have survived. I tell high school students that I speak to that there are many ways to get to where you want in life. The HSC is just one test of many along the way.
Meredith Jaffe: The HSC was not one of my finest moments. For some reason, I never got the hang of the whole study caper, perhaps as a result of cruising through the primary and early secondary years? My HSC results were only propped up by the fact I was Darcy in the school production of Pride & Prejudice and therefore could quote the text liberally in the English exam. That, and I adored Shakespeare. Otherwise it was a disaster. And Maggie is a freak for loving exams, they are truly awful (sorry Maggie!)
Fortunately, I was smart enough to tell my daughters (one finished and one doing the HSC this year) that there are many ways to go from A to B and the HSC is just one option. Who needs the pressure?
Maggie Alderson: I'm a freak who loved exams - I was much better at them than I was at staying interested in my day to day school work. I would have been rubbish if continual assessment had been involved in my day. The adrenaline rush and short deadline of a three hour exam inspired me and even when my knowledge was, shall we say, patchy... I'd find a way to work the two facts I knew into a cogent essay. It was the perfect training to be a newspaper reporter...
Marina Go: Thirty years after leaving school I have loads of evidence that school exams mean very little in the overall scheme of things. The HSC is more a mark of maturity than intelligence or potential. All it does is decide the next step but has no bearing on the ones that come after that. School reunions are full of successful school drop-outs.
Wendy Harmer: I stil have nightmares about a sixth form art prac exam - had to paint a still life in black paint in 90 minutes - what a stupid test! It was over 100 degrees in the classroom that day. Anyway, around the 70 minute mark I spilled paint all over my piece ( depicting a pile of sea shells) and had to start again... the second effort was much better.
I got a 'C' and what I was supposed to glean from that entire exercise is anyone's guess!