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Storms

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

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From Professor Charles Sampford

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!

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).

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Remnants at Red Creek

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

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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

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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.

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Seth Godin's Blog

Something I always find interesting and stimulating is Seth Godin's Blog. Always thoughtful, it provides new insights into thinking about things and I find that it deals with a world that some people are already living in, some people are about to enter (willingly and unwillingly) and a world that is inevitiable.   
 

Tawny Frogmouths

For some time time I have been lucky enough to see some Tawny Frogmouths on the property where I live in Littlehampton. Sometimes in summer and sometimes in Spring. Their camouflage, especially in summer is amazing.
Tawny Frogmouths are often confused with owls but are actually more closely related to the nightjars.
Masters of disguise, during the day they can be perched on a tree limb and stay incredibly still. In summer they appear almost robotic in appearance. As nocturnal birds they will hunt at night.

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Lessons from the past

A book I have always skimmed through is 'Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' published by Bison Books Ltd in 1979 and again in 1990 & 1993.
In chapter 2 'Of the union and internal prosperity of the Roman Empire in the Age of the Antonines' there is a paragraph that has always stuck in my mind.
 ''... it was scarcely possible that the eyes of contemporaries should discover in the public felicity the latent causes of decay and corruption.

The Cape Horn Breed

A book I have enjoyed very much is 'The Cape Horn Breed' which was written by William H. S. Jones and first published in 1956 and then re published in 1999 by Australian Print Group. It relates the experiences of Mr Jones as an apprentice in sail on a Full-rigged sailing ship.
Extract from 'The Roaring Forties'