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Audio Book Review - 'Anything you want' by Derek Sivers.

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There was something about this story that seemed obvious, impossible and yet what a great business life model.
What at first impression seemed like a story where everything just fell into place really came upon reflection, to be a story about someone who built a self propelling business by staying true to a series of core principles.

The Songs of Eric Bogle

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There is one song writer who has been able to put so many of our unspoken feelings into words and that is
Eric Bogle!     www.ericbogle.net     
 For me personally , there are 3 songs in particular that resonate.
 
No Man's Land
............did you really believe them when they told you 'The Cause'?
            did you really believe that this war would end wars?

Storms

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Lifes storms come and go
Some with warning
Some without
Some destructive
Some exhilerating
All make us focus, think
Make us different
Sometimes we retreat
Seek shelter and comfort
Only to reappear when we feel safe
Sometimes we do not care or cannot care
We are weathered but the storm passes
Sometimes we let the storm sweep us away
To a new life, new surrounds, as a new person
We all have our storms
To storms we are nothing

From Professor Charles Sampford

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I glimpsed parts of a presentation recorded on A-PAC by Professor Sampford some time ago and it gave a definition to Dilema vs Temptation, to Lying, to Misleading, to Persuading.
Dilema = Principle 1  OR  Principle 2
Temptation = Principle  BUT  the alternative leads to Personal Gain.
Lying = using a False Statement to induce a False Belief
Misleading = using a True Statement to induce a False Belief
Persuading = using True Statements to induce a Belief in what you Believe.
 
John 1/6/11

Book Review - ' the mesh ' by Lisa Gansky. Why the future of business is sharing!

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There is something about this book that makes you think ' ah, thats what is happening ' and gives you a guide to how some have done it and how others could do it.
Published in 2010 by Portfolio Penguin, I was made aware of this book by a reference to it by Seth Godin.
Linda sees the Mesh design as Durable, Flexible, Reparable and Sustainable and in many ways these businesses develop into something that their users drive by thinking aloud (very aloud & very quickly).

Remnants at Red Creek

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The original township was established around 1856 principally with migrants from Scotland and Germany. These days the ruins are reminders of a Colonial past. Once a stopping off point on the way to the Victorian gold fields, these days it remains very much a rural area with operating farms and a selection of lifestyle properties.
30/3/11

Book Review - Turning Green 'The Journey of the Green Sugar Merchant' by Chris Tan

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I enjoyed this book  because in so many ways, it is the complete package. A mixture of packaging, graphics and then the writing that tells a story about a journey.
           http://www.greensugarmerchant.com/      

Biological Control of Gorse

YackaYacka in Littlehampton has a history of Gorse infestations. In addition to the mechanical means of controlling it there is evidence that one of the biological controls has reached this area.
  http://dpi.vic.gov.au/DPI/nreninf.nsf/v/CBC03ED7ABE3B1A1CA25741F0016B6AC/$file/Biological_Control_of_Gorse_with_the_Gorse_Spider_Mite.pdf   
Hopefully it assists in the control of this weed.

The Stringybark Trees are dying

The Stringybark trees on YackaYacka at Littlehampton are some of the more easterly that I've seen around this area. They tend to grow in the higher rainfall areas of the Mount Lofty Ranges.
Over the last 2 to 3 years there have been increasing numbers of them dying on my property and why that is I am not sure. I thought initially it was because of the preceeding exceptionally dry years but the trees continue to die even in a wet year such as the second half of 2010 into 2011.
 
8/3/11 - Advice from the Native Vegetation Council

Initial Revegetation project

 The first section of the property where I began planting was above and into an old quarry that was in the south western  corner of the block. The plants I selected were native plants with the aim of creating an understory. I used to work away a lot at the time (2 weeks on, 2 weeks off) and it was hard work at the time given the type of terrain in that small area, but the reward was in seeing the growth of the plants.