Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton
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Friday, December 28, 2007

Paradise Lost....

Literarily, I’m pretty ignorant. Despite having Forlorn of Thee as the name of my blog, I had very little idea where it came from nor its significance.

Big thank you to someone very special for enlightening me and more than that, for encouraging me to actually read the works of John Milton. It’s a twelve book epic about Heaven and Hell, the battles waged and the corruption of Adam and Eve in paradise.

This chapter is after they've eaten the fruit…

(Adam to Eve)

Whom thus afflicted when sad Eve beheld, Desolate where she sat, approaching nigh, Soft words to his fierce passion she assayed: But her with stern regard he thus repelled. Out of my sight, thou Serpent! ... ...But for thee I had persisted happy; had not thy pride And wandering vanity, when least was safe, Rejected my forewarning, and disdained Not to be trusted; longing to be seen,

(Eve to Adam )

He added not, and from her turned; but Eve, Not so repulsed, with tears that ceased not flowing And tresses all disordered, at his feet Fell humble; and, embracing them, besought His peace, and thus proceeded in her plaint. Forsake me not thus, Adam! witness Heaven What love sincere, and reverence in my heart I bear thee, and unweeting have offended, Unhappily deceived! Thy suppliant I beg, and clasp thy knees; bereave me not, Whereon I live, thy gentle looks, thy aid, Thy counsel, in this uttermost distress, My only strength and stay: Forlorn of thee, Whither shall I betake me, where subsist? While yet we live, scarce one short hour perhaps, Between us two let there be peace;

(Together reconciled…)

She ended weeping; and her lowly plight, Immoveable, till peace obtained from fault Acknowledged and deplored, in Adam wrought Commiseration: Soon his heart relented Towards her, his life so late, and sole delight, Now at his feet submissive in distress; Creature so fair his reconcilement seeking, His counsel, whom she had displeased, his aid: As one disarmed, his anger all he lost, And thus with peaceful words upraised her soon. But rise;--let us no more contend, nor blame Each other, blamed enough elsewhere; To whom thus Eve, recovering heart, replied. Adam, by sad experiment I know How little weight my words with thee can find, Found so erroneous; thence by just event Found so unfortunate: Nevertheless, Restored by thee, vile as I am, to place Of new acceptance, hopeful to regain Thy love, the sole contentment of my heart Living or dying, from thee I will not hide

Monday, December 24, 2007

Season's Greetings and Best Wishes...

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to those who celebrate... a very Merry Christmas
to those who don't... a very Merry Tuesday :)

Whatever you do have a great time !

Cheers

Monday, December 10, 2007

When I was away...

Sydney was lashed by some pretty severe storms. Flights were disrupted, many homes were without power and hail the size of cricket balls fell. Fortunately, I got off lightly and the garden is still in fairly good shape.

The hydrangeas were still hanging on.
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The lemons weren't all over the floor.
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Lost quite a few chilles, but there should still be enough come February.
Damn.. I'm hot :p

Friday, November 30, 2007

Been a while...


Thank goodness it’s Friday. Well, not really. Dislike weekends, the chores are depressing. Cleaning, shopping, blah blah.

Next weekend, sneaking off to Katoomba, in the Blue Mountains, for a bit of R&R. Rented a house, feet up, Chardonnay in hand doing absolutely nothing...

Two observations from down under:

NEARLY a third of Australian men do not wash their hands when they use public toilets, according to a recent survey.

So be afraid, very afraid when you meet an Aussie bloke (saw the CEO of a well know company, take a leak and walk straight of the john… ewww!)


REPRODUCTIVE donors will be able to demand their sperm or eggs only go to certain religious, ethnic or cultural groups or be reserved for heterosexual couples under government legislation pass in NSW this week.

If I’ve made a donation to the Red Cross or whoever, can I demand that the aid not go to certain individuals.

What do you think?

Should donors have the right to choose the recipient of their sperm/ egg?
Yes
No
There shouldn't be any donors
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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

I really need a holiday...

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... to get away from the stresses of daily life, to sit and wile away the day, dipping my toe in the clear blue waters, doing bugger all :)

** Thank you PQL for this great picture

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Sex and procreation…

Why have sex ?

Ever given this question any thought ? Some researches at University of Texas, Austin have... and came up with some 237 reasons. Get the full report and giggle here.


They range from:

the good: I wanted to express my love for the person
the bad: The person had too much to drink and I was able to take advantage of them
and the ugly: I wanted to give someone else a sexually transmitted disease....

Mmm, what's your excuse?
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Was given Mika's CD Life in Cartoon Motion yesterday... Love the song "Big girl you are beautiful"

... and by coincidence have been reading (New Scientist) that curvy women are more intelligent and have brainier kids (something to do with hip fat containing polyunsaturated fatty acids critical for the development of the foetus’s brain).

Mmm... I love curvy… Kate Moss you're so history...

Friday, November 9, 2007

BOB'S CARD TRICK

Something silly for Friday....... thank you Kathy



Bob's Card Trick. Performed by: YOU !!
Pick one of the following cards. Don 't click on it; just keep it in your head.















scroll down when you have your card,
































Think about your card for 20 seconds in front of Bob
BOB will attempt to read your mind!

Scroll down after 20 Seconds

















































The Great Bob Has Removed Your Card!


Monday, October 29, 2007

The Boston Red Sox Party..

Clean sweep by Boston Red Sox 4 - 0, good on them. Credit where credit's due. But pretty uneventful, I have to admit, even boring if I may so boldly venture. I’m sure I’ll get abused by Bostonians everywhere ;-)

The most contentious issue was Ramirez implying that winning is not everything, saying "The sun will come out for everybody the next day."

"Sure." we hear the Rockies' reply. "Easy to say that when you're winning...."

But the 2006 World Cup Soccer finals…boy was that different. Italy won, but who cares. Decided on a penalty shootout, huh was it really?

Nope, this great match will be remembered fondly by all because Zinedine Zidane lost his head ….. muwhahaha!

Thank you TonaZ alberto.zanot for reminding us :)
Click on the picture, get Zidane to headbutt Marco Materazzi and sent off.





Friday, October 26, 2007

Right or Left

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I love this one (stolen from News Corp)

The Right Brain vs Left Brain test ... do you see the dancer turning clockwise or anti-clockwise?

If clockwise, then you use more of the right side of the brain and vice versa.

Most of us would see the dancer turning anti-clockwise though you can try to focus and change the direction; see if you can do it.

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LEFT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

uses logic

detail oriented

facts rule

words and language

present and past

math and science

can comprehend

knowing

acknowledges

order/pattern perception

knows object name

reality based

forms strategies

practical

safe

RIGHT BRAIN FUNCTIONS

uses feeling

"big picture" oriented

imagination rules

symbols and images

present and future

philosophy & religion

can "get it" (i.e. meaning)

believes

appreciates

spatial perception

knows object function

fantasy based

presents possibilities

impetuous

risk taking

So which side are you?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

A new day..

It’s spring down under…a time for pruning, new growth, new start. The flowers on my chilli plant, lemon and apricot tree have fallen and the fruits are beginning to grow (Love my apricot tree... in full bloom).

Suppose that’s what has happened to me, searching for a new beginning. All the stuff previously in this blog has been deleted and hopefully this could be the fresh start I need.

A big thank you to Lavender, Loving Annie and Sophia for visiting and comments. You guys make me smile. Talking about smiling, love this song by Lily Allen – Alfie

Ooooo deary me,

My little brother's in his bedroom smoking weed,

I tell him he should get up cos it's nearly quarter past three…






Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Musical meme

This came from BFG and ZuZu Suzabel (Tribe), and the answers are really kind of fun! Since you put your player on shuffle, its kind of like asking a questions and flipping over the ol' Magic 8 Ball.

The songs, weird taste, yea, old fashioned, guilty. But then they are on my player. Some answers make absolutely no sense :)

HOW TO PLAY
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1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING...

What does next year have in store for me?
One Night of Sin (Joe Cocker)

Whats my love life like?
High (James Blunt)

What do I say when life gets hard?
Beautiful Love (The Afters)

What do I think when I get up in the morning?
Your latest trick (Dire Straits)

What song will I dance to at my wedding?
You raise me up (Westlife)

What do you want as a career?
Behind These Hazel Eyes (Kelly Clarkson)

Your favorite saying?
God only Knows (Joss Stone)

Favorite place?
Knock ‘em out (Lilly Allen)

What do you think of your parents?
Black Night (Deep Purple)

Where would you go on a first date?
Working on the Highway (Bruce Springsteen)

Describe yourself?
Bubbly (Colby Caillat)

What is the thing I like doing most?
Breakway (Kelly Clarkson)

What is my state of mind like at the moment?
Goodbye my lover (James Blunt)

How will I die?
Cannonball (Damien Rice)

What do you do when you see your friends?
I don’t know how to love him (Helen Reddy)

How does your boyfriend/girlfriend make you feel?
Stand (Jewel)

How does your ex make you feel?
Unchain my heart (Joe Cocker)

If you were to die today, you would feel (like)
22 steps (Damien Leith)

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Education for Education's sake

Many years ago, when I was a young lad, Lord Denning came to speak at my school. He emphasised that education was not merely the pursuit of academic qualifications but to develop a healthy mind, body and soul.

Unfortunately, this message has somehow been lost on the institutions of today. It’s all about me, me and how to make a truckload of money. This brings me on to useless research conducted at many of our esteemed institutions of today. In May I wrote about research from the University of Warwick in England suggesting that straight women cannot read maps.

Durham University has gone one better. Their research suggests that women prefer to marry men with feminine features. Commiserations to the square jawed hunky Clark Kent, let's welcome the full lipped hottie Brandon Routh.

“Men with masculine faces, with features such as a square jaw, larger nose and smaller eyes, were classed as significantly more dominant, less faithful, worse parents and as having personalities that were less warm, compared to their ‘feminine’ counterparts, who had finer facial features with fuller lips, wide eyes and thinner, more curved eyebrows.”

Brandon Routh -
as the metrosexual Superman


Something new or merely a confirmation of the metrosexual/ ubersexual trait I wonder?

Monday, July 30, 2007

Da Vinci's - The Last Supper

Slavisa Pesci, a computer analyst has claimed to have found new images in Leonardo Da Vinci's The Last Supper. These images were discovered by superimposing a reverse image on the original image.

The result, two figures appear a knight and another holding an infant…pah!

Pictures courtesy of News Corporation .

Step one ... the original
Step two ... the reversed image (with apologies to Leonardo da Vinci)
Step three ... see it? A figure in red robes has appeared at the end of the table, and the 'Mary Magdalene' figure appears to have disappeared from the left even though the image should be, in theory, perfectly symmetrical.
Is this it?

Close up..



So, what do you think?
Another conspiracy
People with nothing better to do
Absolute bullshit
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Bonnie and Roy and Clyde...

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker was born 1910, to a poor family. Father died when she was four and was raised in poverty by her mother. Bonnie was an excellent student in school where she excelled in creative writing and even gave introductory speeches for local politicians. She was intelligent, personable, strong willed and attractive.

Yet we have to ask ourselves, why she associated herself with thi
s bunch of losers. At fifteen, she married Roy Thornton and after four years they separated but never divorced. BTW Bonnie was wearing Thornton's wedding ring when she died. Thornton was sentenced to five years in prison and was gunned down in 1937 during an escape attempt.

In 1930 Bonnie Parker met Clyde Barrow in January at a friend's house in Dallas. When they met, both were smitten immediately and most believe Bonnie joined Clyde because she was in love. She remained loyal to him till they day they died violently...

Bad choices, bad decisions…mmm... we've all met that type.

Source: Wiki, Dilbert

Friday, July 13, 2007

Meme... eh?

Long time coming… but better late than never :-)

Thing with guys, we’re never good at sharing secrets. Too many damn skeletons in that cupboard!

Was tagged by Annie, Lavender and BFG and here’s the rules:


We have to post these rules before we give you the facts.

  • Players start with eight random facts/habits about themselves.
  • People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules. At the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their names.
  • Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged, and to read your blog.
Here goes, money for nothing…

  1. Went to an English boarding school. Very much like Hogwarts, brooding towers, dark corridors and large dining halls (…but no girls!)
  2. Read Harry Potter and not afraid to admit it. Have read many children’s books like the Chronicles of Narnia and Ender’s Game series.
  3. I’m pretty good at snooker and darts (especially when balancing a pint on my head).
  4. Hate going to the dentist (does this one count?) Would rather face a tax audit or the Spanish Inquisition.
  5. Food ~ love Sashimi especially the raw fish (blessed in Sydney for the fresh and abundant supply), addicted to mangos, custard apples, spaghetti and aubergines (egg plants).
  6. Love ancient and medieval history, always wanted to be an archaeologist (influenced by Indiana Jones.)
  7. Started smoking at 13, gave it up at 27
  8. Was given the task of closing a company (over a period of 18 months) and then making myself redundant, never told the wife. She kept asking “Why are you answering the phone?” - Duh, I’ve had to sack everyone! No, that wasn’t my reply :-)
Who to tag...no pressure. Any one who reads this and Tribe friends welcome.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Why?

We fall in love with the person we find attractive and when that someone is also attracted to us, we’re flying, out of this world, euphoric, wow! Able to face the ups and downs together, most of us do indeed survive!

But beware, one of the toughest challenge (that almost always comes out of left field)…. when in each others arms admiring the sunset, watching TV or even lying in post-coital bliss, is the question …. “Why do you love me, darling?”

Get it wrong and you’re a cactus, dead, extinct like a dodo :-)

Incorrect answers include..
Huh?
I don’t love you. I love your money.
Define “love”.
Why?
It’s your body I want (including references to any specific part of the body).

Spontaneous answers…
Because you are my life and I cannot live without you.
I don’t know. I just do!

Acceptable answers…
It’s your mind/ wit/ intelligence…
(You’re really smart and talented)
Love your sense of humour..
(You make me laugh)
You’re beautiful, good looking, sexy/ hot..
(You really turn me on)
Because you’re an inspiration to me..

So, you’re in love and you’re faced with that question…now you know what you say!


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From: http://snltranscripts.jt.org/85/85olove.phtml

Girl: Why? Why do you love me?

Guy: Why? Well, because.. because you're beautiful.. and because you're wonderful.. and because you're terrific.. and because you have a really great.. [ looks at her chest ] uh.. you're loveable! you're loveable, that's all.. [ she remains silent ] What?

Girl: You don't love me for me! What if I was fat? Would you love me if I was 300 pounds?

Guy: Your breasts would be bigger! [ laughs ]

Girl: Come on!

Guy: I'm joking! I'm joking here!

Girl: Would you love me if I was six inches tall, and you had to carry me around in a shoebox?

Guy: I love you!

Girl: What if my arm was 40 feet long, and you had to move it around in a truck.

Guy: Okay.. you talk so big? You talk big? Let me ask you something - would you love me if I was going bald?

Girl: [ thinking ] I would love you if everything you touched turned bald.

Guy: [ impressed ] Ooohhhh! I love you, I love you!

Girl: Would you love me if I refused to ever have sex with you again?

Guy: In a different way..

Girl: Would you love me if I hated you?

Guy: Now, wait a second!

Girl: Answer the question!

Guy: Wait a second..

Girl: God! You have to think about it?

Guy: No! I love you! I love you!

Girl: Would you.. love me if I was seeing someone else?

Guy: [ caught off guard ] What?

Girl: Would you love me if I was seeing someone on and off for the last eleven weeks, more on than off?

Guy: Now, now, now.. wait a minute, what's going on here?!

Girl: Just answer the question. [ phone rings ] That could be him.

[ phone rings again ]

Guy: Answer the phone!

Girl: Answer my question!

Guy: [ reaches over the bed, grabs the phone and slams it to the ground ]

Girl: Why, you crazy.. [ she picks the phone up from the ground ] Hello? Oh, hi, Mrs. Scarpelli. Yeah, he's right here, hold on a second..

Guy: [ takes the phone ] Hi, Mom! [ laughs ] No, Mom, everything's fine, everything's okay! I just dropped it down by accident! Yeah. Yes, Mom, I love you. Yes. A lot! Oh, come on, Mom..!

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Online Relationships

I’ve read about it, didn’t (maybe wouldn’t) believe it. Love based on emails, instant messaging and social networks, pah!

Putting scepticism aside, I oft wonder what LOVE is? Is it some indescribable feel good thing, some je ne sais quoi, or can we be a little more specific.

Did some reading and discovered this shrink who defined love in three bite sized pieces . These pieces are:
  1. Intimacy,
  2. Passion, and
  3. Commitment.

Intimacy includes closeness, sharing and communication.

Passion is mostly sexual, sort of love/ lust at first sight, the other person being one's paragon of virtue and perfect in every way.

Finally, there's Commitment, so called "cognitive or thinking component" (eh? what's that I ask). This may include support, a sense of obligation, willingness to make sacrifices for the person you really care about, or say, hanging around a loveless marriage for the sake of the kids.

Ticking through the above points, have asked myself can there be intimacy in an online relationship? Have discovered to my surprise, most definitely - a resounding yes! The emails, IM chats, all modern forms of communication. Never has there been a better time to get intimate!

Passion? The physical separation of an online relationship may be a drawback but then as two people get to know each other, good chemistry grows or as photos are exchanged, there’s always a stirring of passion, emotion and not to mention jealousy!

Finally, commitment, if two people are ready to spend time to get to know each other, listen, share the problems and pain suffered, there must be commitment. There is no stronger demonstration of obligation and duty in trying to make that relationship work.

This so called “scientific” approach, confirms that online love is not some pipe dream but a reality that happens to the lucky. If love were merely a matter for the heart, no justification is then necessary because one can feel that magic. No more incredulous, suspicious looks from me, I'm sold !

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Christina's World


Seldom do I pay much attention to paintings. Not exactly cultured and probably can’t tell the difference between a Monet or a Renoir. But once in a while, by some coincidence, I’m drawn to some work of art and curiosity sets in…

The above is a painting is titled “Christina's World”. It is not another painting of a pretty girl rolling around in an open field.

It is a painting by Andrew Wyeth of Christina Olson. Christina was born in 1893 and died in 1968. She lived most of her life with her brother in that house on the hill. Christina suffered from an undiagnosed muscular deterioration that paralysed her lower body.

*She is depicted dragging herself across the field picking flowers. How do you feel….pity?

She needed no pity! This disability did not stop her and she excelled in many skills including sewing, sailing, and even horse riding. When she was 19, Christina met and fell in love with a young man who was studying at Harvard. They were together for five years, that was before he said “She can row a boat, climb a tree, harness a horse, and drive a carriage. She outshines me in everything!”

He then went off and married another young woman.

*PostScript

Wikipedia mentions that Christina was "dragging herself across the ground to pick flowers from her garden." This is incorrect. Christina was in fact dragging herself back up from the cemetery, where her parents were buried.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The end is nigh

Book of Revelations, the latest discovery of a letter written by Sir Isaac Newton who believes the world will end by 2060? The same Isaac who together with Da Vinci was a Grand Master in the Priory of Sion (so asserts Dan Brown). Unfortunately…no, nothing that exciting!

I’m referring to the “Depression”. Haven’t seen one of these for ages. An exclusive club of Bankers (with a capital “B”) attended a cocktail function in Switzerland and while nibbling on canap�s and sipping champagne concluded that:

  1. we’ve all blown our credit card limits ~ duh;
  2. we’re paying too much for that HOUSE; and
  3. the driver of the flashiest car on the Road to Oblivion (oops, I mean Road in the Orient) is on Learner plates ~wow
Thanks for the warning guys (and yes they are mostly blokes). What’s the solution?? Cut back on our expenditure, save a little more. A self-fulfilling prophesy, if there ever was one, so when we’re all not spending nor investing, the downward cycle begins. The end is near…

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A very good friend recently pointed out the dangers of chatting on Social networks and blogging, especially if one posts from work. Social networks include MySpace, Friendster, Tribe.net and many others, blogs include Blogspot, Livejournal, Wordpress etc. (Yes, I am on Tribe and of course I blog and have a profile in LinkedIn too).

The anonymous and informal nature of these sites tend to encourage us to make remarks we wouldn’t do in real life and this may create a real problem for employers especially when ones views does not coincide with the “Mission” of the boss. You shouldn’t really be espousing the benefits of being a vegan when working for the butcher eh?

As a result, employers are starting to monitoring internet usage. Matter of interest, noted the site with the highest hits in our office, an online dating site called RSVP.com.au, and most of us here are married ;-]

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

I am woman...

I am woman watch me grow,

See me standing toe to toe,
As I spread my lovin' arms across the land,
But I'm still an embryo,
With a long, long way to go,
Until I make my brother understand...

I am woman - Helen Reddy
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THE video is shaky, but the brutality is clear.

A slender girl is dragged in a headlock through a mob of men. Within seconds she is on the ground, covering her head in a futile attempt to fend off a shower of stones.

Someone slams a concrete block onto the back of her head. A stream of blood oozes from beneath her long hair. The girl stops moving, but the kicks and the rocks keep coming, as do the victorious shouts of the men delivering them.

She was 17 and her crime was to love a boy from another religion.

Duaa Khalil Aswad, how can we ever forget the way you were treated...

(Report and Video from Chicago Tribune )

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She lost her son, Casey in Iraq, invested every cent she received from the death benefits paid for Casey's death, every cent she earned from speaking and book fees, into a cause she believed in.

Still, many bills remain unpaid and her questions unanswered.

She has been labelled repulsive, dreadful, upsetting, shocking, appalling, every adjective imaginable. Threats have been made to her life many, many times and her 29-year marriage to her high school sweetheart had ended.

Cindy Sheehan is is tired and worn down. Finally, she said "I am going to go home and be a mother to my surviving children and try to regain some of what I have lost."

All this suffering for standing up against something she believes in, against a war she is opposed to. Her effort was all for naught.

Cindy Sheehan, we salute you...

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Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon "Do you see this woman? I came into your house...

You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair.

You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet.

You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet.

Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven -- for she loved much. But he who has been forgiven little loves little."

Women everywhere, remember Jesus loves you...

(Luke 7:44-47)

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If you know the song and words , sing it with Helen... (Watch Helen on Youtube)

I am woman, hear me roar,
In numbers too big to ignore,
And I know too much to go back an' pretend,
'Cause I've heard it all before,
And I've been down there on the floor,
No one's ever gonna keep me down again...

Oh yes, I am wise
But it's wisdom born of pain
Yes, I've paid the price
But look how much I gained
If I have to
I can do anything
I am strong (strong)
I am invincible (invincible)
I am woman.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

What your parents never told you...

In these days when money is everything and Versace and Gucci are necessities, it is odd to find that it's the carpenters, tilers and painters who get the wink, while bankers, lawyers, accountants and psychiatrists get the cold shoulder.

The survey of 950 people by a career networking site found you are more likely to get a date if you work with your hands and in a trade than if you are a professional.

Maybe because it’s so damn hard to get a good plumber when you need one.

Professions in order of desirability

  1. Carpenter
  2. Tiler
  3. Painter
  4. Builder
  5. Plumber
  6. Banker
  7. Doctor
  8. Lawyer
  9. Accountant
  10. Psychiatrist

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Too complicated, don't understand the stem cell debate, boring...blah...blah...

Controversy abounds down-under with the “Human Cloning and Other Prohibited Practices Amendment Bill 2007” going through the State Parliament. If passed, therapeutic cloning will be legal. It's not about bringing back King Tut (well, not at the moment anyway.)

Archbishop Barry Hickey in Perth is under fire for saying Catholic politicians supporting stem cell research should be refused holy communion and be excommunicated...

Cardinal George Pell in Sydney, has warned of consequences from the church if Catholic politicians supported the Bill...

Minister Nathan Rees called Pell “a serial boofhead...” (yup an eloquent and articulate pollie)

What’s the fuss all about? It all about embryonic stem cell creation and therapeutic cloning. There are many types of stem cells but embryonic stem cell is causing the concern. Embryonic stem cells are the most flexible, the plasticine or play dough of stem cells, as they can easily be made to change into something else.

As an example, Genghis drinks too much and his liver is a little worse for wear......

We take an egg and fertilise it...

The DNA is then removed and Genghis' DNA inserted..

About 5 days later the egg becomes a Blastocyst (an early stage embryo).

From this Blastocyst, one of the little balls is extracted (called an inner cell mass)...

From inside this ball, stem cells are sucked out...

and placed in a plastic laboratory culture dish and encouraged to grow into new liver tissue...

...to be transplanted back into Genghis so he can enjoy a couple more years of booze.

The million dollar question NOW is...... whether a 5 day old egg is a young human being, and taking it apart for its stem cells is just not right.

In FUTURE, dare we even consider the unimaginable, returning the egg (with Genghis' DNA) back into the womb. Have your say...


Should we support embryonic stem cell creation and therapeutic cloning?
It's murder...Stop!
Lab-created embryos are only microscopic balls of cells. If lives can be saved, let's rock!
Return of the Mummy. No thanks!
  
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Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wifely duties...

Going to be a little busy the next few days....
Have a good weekend!

Meanwhile....

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

No more Mommy's boy

Some research from the University of Warwick in England shows that straight women just cannot read maps. The research, suggests that not only are straight women worse at map reading than straight males, they are also outperformed by bisexual men, gay men, gay women and bisexual women - in that order.



However, an even more interesting observation…. “begins in the womb….. prenatal hormonal differences like the presence of testosterone or oestrogen in the womb, affects how your brain develops ... whether you get a male brain or a female brain (with map reading ability or otherwise)….the same hormones play a role in determining whether we get a ‘heterosexual brain’ or a ‘homosexual’ one.”

So, here it is, in black and white…
Read More

  1. Women can’t read maps
  2. Homosexuality is a result of nature and genetics, not some moral corruption or wickedness (About time for the faithful to redefine “Sin” huh?)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Beauty and the ... er Beauty

A 20-year-old dancer from Japan was crowned Miss Universe 2007 in Mexico, marking only the second time her country has won the world beauty title.

Dressed in a black, red and purple Japanese-style gown, Riyo Mori nervously grabbed the hands of first runner-up, Natalia Guimaraes of Brazil, just before the winner was announced. Then she threw her hands up and covered her mouth, overcome with emotion.

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Meanwhile, a million miles away in the Thai resort city of Pattaya, (Miss/ Mister) Thanyarat Jirapatpakorn (centre) poses with runners-up Parawee Chapakorn (left) and Pimchanok Hongsopa after winning the Miss Tiffany's Universe transsexual beauty pageant.


Who gets your vote?
Jirapatpakorn (Miss Tiffany's Universe transsexual)
Riyo Mori (Miss Universe 2007)
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Monday, May 28, 2007

How old is old enough ?

We’ve all been following the sad story of Madeleine McCann who disappeared from a hotel room while on holiday with her family in Portugal.

Yesterday, a three-year-old, Trista Foley and a two-year-old friend walked between 2-3km from the house where they were staying in Western Australia, before being found about 200m from the ocean. The children had spent more than 24 hours lost in thick bushland.

Is that responsible parenting? What were the parents thinking? At what age can parents say, yup the kids are old enough to be left alone?

Have you ever dashed out for a loaf of bread, a bottle of milk or run to the neighbours for something?

Recall walking my ten year old to school, 300 meters from where we lived, while my neighbour’s eight year old walked by himself. Still pick up my 18 year old daughter from the station, after evening lectures… overprotective or sensible?

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On related subject do you support the death penalty for pedophiles?

"THE idea of executing child rapists, even when there in no loss of life, is gaining traction. Louisiana Supreme Court upheld the death sentence for a pedophile, and the governor of Texas is soon to sign into law legislation to that effect."

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Is it only men who view internet porn ?

Read an article on internet porn and how it's "The new marriage-wrecker.... How the technology has created what some call an addiction."

It's not the marriage-wrecker bit that interested me but the statement that said "An increasing number of men appear to be hooked, and the women in their lives are flailing about in unhappiness, self-doubt and self-blame."

Some food for thought....

Is it only men that view porn, and the women who are suffering?
If this statement is true, why ? (Is it in men’s genes, opportunity (eg. broadband at work), not getting enough sex.)

Do women view porn?

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Is this comment sexist?

A reporter asked Joe “So why, is Julia twice as popular as you in industrial relations?”

Joe laughed and said: “Well, Julia is on the front cover of the ABC magazine, she is in Women's Weekly and all those things. I'm not as pretty as Julia, obviously.”

We're led to believe that this was the end of the known world...WTF it's a typical media beat up for lack of any real news.

"The remarks ricocheted around news websites, prompting internet surfers to rush to Julia's assistance. A Herald website poll attracted more than 5,300 responses." One in five agreed that Joe’s comment was a sexist putdown.

Yes, 1 in 5, a mere 20%.....80% couldn't give a f*ck! I want to know who the 20% were.

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Would you dress your kids in these pyjamas?

With the end of the world scenerio approaching, every little bit helps I suppose.

No point getting caught approaching St Peter at the Pearly Gate in that black sheer, peek-a-boo nightie :o)

Friday, May 25, 2007

Finally the truth is out, men's sole purpose in life.....now redundant !

Female shark reproduces without sex

"... The baby's arrival baffled staff, as none of the three possible mother hammerheads in the tank had been exposed to any male hammerhead for the past three years, after they had been caught as babies off Florida."

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Isn't nature wonderful, it changes, adapts as necessary. Evolves into a higher form and gets rid of the rubbish. Hmmmm or...

Could this be the miracle birth we've been waiting for ? The Messiah coming back as a shark. Let's pray Damien Thorn returns as tuna...

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Sophie B. Hawkins ~ As I Lay Me Down




This one will definitely make you cry. Sorry, youtube didn't allow embedding for this video.

I just love it

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hyperion - Dan Simmons

".... I am filled with sorrow. No, not sorrow, not yet, but a sharp-toothed
sadness which soon will open into grief. For years I have carried on silent conversations with Siri, framing questions to myself for future discussion with her, and it suddenly strikes me with cold clarity that we will never again sit together and talk. An emptiness begins to grow inside me."

~ Merin Aspic

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

What have I got ?

I'm in love with a man who has a wife, and he's chosen her over me, and now she has my dog. She's got my McDreamy. And my McDog. She's got my McLife!

And what have I got ?

Dr Meredith (Grey's Anatomy)

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I will follow you

Death Cab for Cutie...