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The Search for a Sense of Place

feudalThe world we live in today I see as an unnatural state for humanity. It is true we are tribal beings, a combination of pack and herd animals. The general split is in two groups leaders and their follower, the haves and have nots, Masters and their Serfs.

There is those who are neither, who are the thinkers, the creators, the dreamers and the inventors, the fringe dwellers.  The majority of people are happy in the space they find themselves, but there is an increasing number of people who aren’t.

The Convenience of the city is alluring, the pace, the bright lights, the excitement, the availability of everything good, bad and indifferent. Huge numbers of people find their Sense of Place here among the like-minded, but many of us are finding it a shallow, unfriendly, uncaring, superficial space to inhabit. Others find  issues in the Country the remoteness, inconvenience, lack of services, the  nature of a small country town, all can be unexpected and leave the newcomer feeling excluded.

grey nomads

Motto of the 21st Century

Given the impracticability of climbing under a rock and waiting it out, the lack of a Sense of Place is leading to the rise of ‘The Grey Nomads’ retiree’s who sell up and buy a mobile home or caravan,  the travellers who sell up grab their passport and go everywhere and the modern gypsy’s who just pack up and go. These are all examples of this growing discontent ‘Humanity is on the Move’.

Many of us feel lost, you can be lonely in room full of friends. So many people say they feel alienated, separate, an outsider, perhaps it is a ‘Sense of Place’, which is at the heart of the matter.

A sense of place means different things to each individual, but when you break it down to its core you find it is a need to belong, to feel a part of something, or just to be excepted. Continue reading

Hidden Places.

It doesn’t matter were on this planet you are there is always hidden places.

Places most locals know about and kept hidden from the new-comer or the visitor. One of the challenge we like to give ourselves is to find these spots. By doing so you are granted the opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and history of an area.

Some of these places have spectacular scenery and all you need to do is step around the next bend or be brave enough to push the branch out of the way. Others are not beautiful, some you have venture down the dark stairs, or follow the dank dark corridor to find but if you do they will offer a social commentary you would have missed and others yet still proved you with a view of the world beneath you feet or above your head.

if you just looked up this it is amazing what you can see

if you just looked up this it is amazing what you can see

From time to time I am hoping to include images of just such hidden places.

I hope you enjoy the beauty, the mystery, the fun and sometimes the frightening images and adventures to follow.

I am back!

It has been many years since I last posted anything one here.

There has been many reasons for this but mostly it has been series of serious health issues which has prevented my presence.

Now I am recovered enough to get back to it I trust my many friends will pay me a visit.

Looking forward also to all the new friends I hope to make.

Let us see if we can make this a better world for the next generation than we inherited.

 

Man becomes God!

Last night I watched and will again view a program with the interesting Title “Animal Pharm.” The purpose of this continuing program is to show us the pros and cons of Genetically Modifying animals and plants for the benefit of humans both within the food and medical fields.

In the first program, it was clear that the information was straight from the source ie those using transgenetic and cross breeding to produce creatures whose very existance was for our benefit. Well the images I saw were totally horrid. I did take the initial stance of lets see what they have to say, whats this about and keeping an open mind, lets see what the buzz is about both for and against.

Well I was taken aback from the images shown and the scienctists attitude to the experiments forced onto these animals for example:
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We are getting there Slowly! Pulp Mill Update

Firstly a few Thank you’s

A HUGE THANKYOU TO THE ANZ BANKING CORPORATION. Thats right I am thanking a corporation, never thought I would live to see the day when a company (especially a bank) would put the environment and its customers before the almighty dollar. It appears however this is the case.

Customers of the ANZ who opposed the Tamar Valley Pulp Mill began a campaign to remove funds, close accounts and even transfer loans away from the ANZ, as they were the main financier for the mill. ANZ came out yesterday and announce they will not be funding the Pulp Mill.

Three cheers hip hip horray!

Next THANKYOU TO ALL THOSE PEOPLE WHO WITHDREW THEIR FUNDS FROM THE BANK you did it well done.
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Where has all the food gone?

Over the past few week, even months we have been witness to growing shortages in the worlds food supplies. Not only in 3rd world countries but in established world leaders.

Couple this with the growing shortages in water and now rising oil prices I ask the question How?

We have been warned for a few years that the growing threat of Global Warming and changing weather patterns would lead to shortages in basic food items such as rice and grains. Recently we have seen this come to pass with just such shortfalls in many countries including America. The United Nations is calling for action to be taken.

Here is a statement from United Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon:
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Tassie Tiger Reborn!

After many debates, questioning, arguements and scientific who hah….. Scientists have brought the DNA of a Thylacine back to life… YES THE TASMANIA TIGER MAY LIVE AGAIN.

Heres the Story cortesy of Yahoo news:

A University of Melbourne team has extracted genes from a tasmanian tiger and put them into a mouse embryo, reviving hopes that the extinct thylacine may one day be successfully cloned.

The DNA from the thylacine reproduced in the mouse’s body, showing biological function.
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