I Am The Smallest

It is late afternoon and driving south from Melbourne for almost 2 hours, Delia and Brian are heading towards Phillip Island, which is my home. WHO AM I? With more than 30,000 of my colleagues I live on the island’s Summerland Peninsula. Several hundred visitors will be joining us this evening. I have several different names. Some call me “Fairy penguin”. Others call me “Blue penguin” or “Little blue penguin”. We are the smallest of the 17 or 18 different species of penguins in the world. When I am fully grown, I will not be taller than 15” (35 cm), …

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Diabetes

(THIS IS A SAMPLE LONG FORM SALES LETTER) IF YOU HAVE BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH DIABETES AND WOULD LIKE TO OVERCOME THIS SCOURGE AND GET BACK TO ENJOYING YOUR LIFE THEN THIS IS MOST DEFINITELY FOR YOU!!! WHETHER YOU WANT TO READ IT, OR NOT, YOU NEED TO READ IT! If you are diabetic, then you almost certainly know that there are several different “types” of this disease. Type 1 Diabetes – the pancreas produces little or no insulin. The exact cause is unknown. What is clear is that the body’s own immune system “mistakenly” destroys the cells in the pancreas …

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Have you ever made your own Souvenir?

Do you collect souvenirs when you are on vacation? I guess you do, like so many of us. Do these souvenirs gather dust and are often neither seen, nor used, when you get back home? If you actually MADE your own souvenir would it be more meaningful? Welcome to Canberra, Australia’s capital city, where that opportunity presents itself! The Kingston Powerhouse, the very first permanent public building in Canberra, was a coal-fired facility that produced the steam to generate electricity for about 50 years in the 20th Century.

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Food/Wine

I enjoy cooking, but I tend not to pay too much attention to published recipes. I like experimenting and will seldom cook the same dish twice with identical ingredients and the same methodology. Cooking was not an activity I was involved in when I was growing up. My father considered that cooking was a female activity, so I had no opportunity to get into the kitchen.  In this section I will detail some of my favorite recipes – mostly developed through trial and error. Where I consider it appropriate, I shall certainly mention the trade names of the product I …

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Moral Compass or Means Justifying the End?

In the literature, definitions, of “moral compass” abound. Here are four picked out of many. A person’s ability to judge what is right and wrong and to act accordingly. An internalized set of values and objectives that guide a person with regard to ethical behavior and decision-making.  A natural feeling that makes people know what is right from wrong and how they should behave. An inner sense which distinguishes what is right from what is wrong Bearing those definitions in mind, look at the following examples of what many would regard as, at the very least, unethical behavior.  Somewhere – …

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Is It a “Piece Of Europe” Or…?

50 years ago, I made my first visit to Denmark. and memories of the two weeks I was there, staying in Youth Hostels, keep flooding back. The nostalgia is powerful. The Little Mermaid statue, windmills, Danish pastries. I remember them all. In fact, I see them all, right now. Not only do I see them but I am enjoying not only the sweet and the savory aroma of those pastries, but also the taste.  It is breakfast time and sitting there in the bakery with my coffee and pastries I am so happy to be back in Denmark after 50 …

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