WHO WANTS TO WIN A NIGHTS ACCOMMODATION IN THIS BEAUTIFUL NORFOLK CABIN!!?? The lovely people down at at Adelaide Shores are gearing up for their 72 hour sale which starts THIS Wednesday 28th Sept at 12noon, so to celebrate they're giving one of my FB friends a free holiday! Simply pop your name below to be in the running. Its super simple, but the comp is only open for 24 hours! I'll draw it Friday night at 8pm. Then make sure you stay tuned to my social pages for more details on their SUPER 72 hour sale. You guys are going to be the first to hear about it because I love when you guys can get a bargain!
To celebrate the influence of perfume and the beginning of spring, 11 florists have spent over 5,000 hours and used over 150,000 fresh flowers to design this year’s David Jones Flower Show. Visit us instore at our Elizabeth St store and enjoy a complimentary guided tour led by our horticultural experts: http://bit.ly/2cCgRcc
This is my tribute to the chopper crews of the Vietnam War.
Acknowledgement: Arrowhead Films created the audio clip (which includes the original music as the sound track) for the documentary "In the Shadow of the Blade." The Documentary can be purchased at Arrow Head Films here: http://www.arrowheadfilms.com and a short video excerpt can be viewed here: http://intheshadowoftheblade.com/
Before we all start saying that the American woman whose four year old son fell into a Gorilla cage should be charged, mocked, shamed, and abused – let’s take a moment to consider a few things.
Firstly – do you know how hard it is to control a four year old? According to some reports, the kid climbed over a safety fence, while some onlookers tried to stop him. Was the mother in charge of other kids as well? If so, do you have any idea how quickly a child can escape your attention?
Bam! It happens. You look away for a split second and your toddler is suddenly walking out the front door, playing with an electrical cord, or trying to get into the pool.
Kids love climbing into the pool. That’s why we have laws in Australia that make sure every pool has a child-proof barrier. And if a child is able to breach that barrier, you get fined. A lot. And they conduct regular checks to make sure children can’t breach the barrier. Because they know that even the most diligent parent can’t possibly keep an eye on their children at absolutely every moment.
I take my two-year old to the Zoo all the time. You know what she says whenever we see an animal she likes? “I want to go in there”. Whenever she sees the gorillas she says “I want to cuddle them”.
So I let her walk up to the window, or to the fence that surrounds the monkeys, or to the cage that houses the lions, because I know there’s no way in hell she can get in.
The last time I took her to the Zoo we were looking at the lions. She was sitting in a jeep that jutted up against the window. I took a photo that made it look like she was driving towards a lion.
My mum was with us, and pointed out one of the younger lions on the far side of the cage. As I turned to look at the cubs, my daughter decided to get out of the jeep on her own, tripped and cut her lip open on the ground. I had looked away for a split second, and in that moment my daughter had split her lip.
I was angry at my mum for distracting me, but in truth, shit like this happens when you’ve got a kid sometimes. Accidents happen. Does that make me a bad parent? It felt like it at the time, but the only way I could have avoided the incident was to be watching my daughter at every conceivable second – and that just isn’t possible.
Now, imagine if instead of being in a jeep, she was standing at a fence. Imagine if instead of trying to dismount the jeep, she decided to cuddle a lion. And imagine if there was a way that she could actually have breached the fence. Shit would have got real, very quickly. An accident would have happened.
According to one report, the child at the Cincinnati Zoo scaled a three-foot fence. Three feet? That’s a metre. The fence around my swimming pool is higher than that, and has been checked to make sure it can’t be climbed by a child. I can’t even have pot plants near the fence in case they can be used as a climbing aid. Are you telling me my swimming pool is more secure than the gorilla enclosure at a metropolitan zoo?
You can’t keep an eye on your child at absolutely every moment of the day. Sometimes you can’t react quickly enough even when you are watching them. Sometimes a stranger will step in, sometimes you get lucky, but sometimes an accident happens, and through it all, you just hope that there are safety procedures in place to stop shit going wrong.
So before we all start rounding on that “careless parent” who “let their child walk into a gorilla enclosure” and then said “accidents happen”, let’s remember a few things.
1) The best parents in the world can lose sight of their children for a split second.
2) Four year olds are quick, elusive, and clever.
3) Sometimes, accidents happen.
Which is why
4) A gorilla enclosure at a public zoo should be secure enough that a four year old can’t get into it.
Traffic accident survivor & patient Tina Harris brought up a controversial idea on QandA last night which has the potential to get public health funding sorted very quickly. There’s been around $17+ billion cut from Victoria’s health system in the last few years – do you think Tina’s suggestion could turn those cuts around?
A simple guide to keeping dickhead questions away from Queens in need.
"Why didn't you just leave him?" Until you have been in an abusive relationship the invisible barriers that stop women from leaving are far too complex for you to understand.
"Why don't you just lose some weight?" Only specifically qualified people and those who have suffered an over eating or under eating disorder are able to fully grasp all of the ways in which they trap their victims.
"Why can't you just snap out of it?" Asking a depressed person to snap out of it is as useful as asking your toddler to remain calm while your friends kid plays with his favourite toy. It's not going to happen. If you have never suffered from depression or anxiety you are literally speaking another language.
If you think one of your Queens is struggling before talking to her ask yourself these 3 question. Is it helpful? Is it kind? Am I just being a dick?
It is hard enough being a women these days without constant judgments of those who's hands are supposed to be pulling us up. Because Queens only need helpful, kind, nondickish support.
We're all still cray-cray about Tay-Tay here at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital following her secret visit with our patients yesterday. Check out this awesome video of Preston and his family belting out Shake It Off with Taylor. You rock, Preston - and thank you for sharing your private concert with us! Taylor Swift
Stop ALL entitlements, payments, allowances, including travel allowances for politicians who are no longer currently serving the Australian public. The only way to change things is to make it happen for ourselves, this is something the politicians will NOT make happen, we have to insist on this happening.
This 6 year old autistic boy reads stories to nervous shelter dogs. And the results are extraordinary…
For years, Jacob’s autism has made social interactions nearly impossible. He’s battled with simple communication and even had a fear of loud noises. But that was until he met a group that face exactly the same issues; shelter dogs. And it’s been a match made in heaven ever since...
Jacob now sits with anxious dogs at the shelter and reads stories to them for hours at a time. Not only have his communication skills improved but thanks to the well known calming effect of animals on autism sufferers, he’s also learnt to be less sensitive to unpredictable sounds; even in the outside world. But the upsides aren’t just for Jacob. The close contact and the calm tone of his voice have eased the dog’s fears of being around people. The dogs are even learning to trust again after being subject to abuse before arriving at the animal shelter; a crucial step if they are going to find their own family.
So thanks to this boy and his stories, these homeless dogs might just find the happy ending they’ve all been hoping for…
"So yesterday Debbie Potter and I had a huge scare. She handed me her ring so she could put sun screen lotion on. I put it in her back pocket of her shorts and thought she heard me say I did. We went through our day at the beach and as we were leaving she asked me for her ring. I told her I put it in her shorts. It wasn't there. We took turns looking on the beach and couldn't find it. I took to Facebook groups as a Hail Mary. I posted on 10 different Long Island Facebook pages. There were so many people sharing our post, commenting and showing their compassion. A few people reached out to me with a metal detector. One guy, Mike Jandris commented that he was getting in his car and and would be there in 35 min. This blew my mind, this guy who has never met me or my wife is willing to help us find her ring, let alone drive out of his way to help. I met him down there and with in 5 min of us looking at the spot, he found it. He truly is a hero to me and my wife. I told him to please add me on Facebook because only a true friend would drive out of their way to help someone find a ring! Thank you again Mike!" (Credit: Facebook/Brandon Potter) #9Today