Posts tagged: Australia

Come On… I Dare Ya!! Light That Cracker in Ya Clacker!!

By , September 12, 2012 1:03 am

OK – My Mum always told me as a kid not to shove things up my nose…

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But this guy’s Mum thinks it’s funny for her son to put stuff in his backside – the very mature 23-year old was rushed to hospital after setting off a ‘cracker in his clacker’ (for non-Aussies, that means he put fireworks in his behind and set it alight)!

According to police, Alex Bowden could have been liable for an A$282 fine, but Acting Senior Sergeant Crispin Gargan of the NT police confirmed that no charges would be filed against him, because “We believe he has suffered enough in relation to firecrackers” (I wonder if he said that with a smile on his face?)

Small-Bee-316Mr Bowden of Wagaman spent several days in hospital after burning both his bum cheeks with what is known as a ‘winged spinning “flying bee”‘.

Of course, alcohol was involved in the crazy prank and during the party that Mr Bowden was attending, he decided to show some friends from Queensland “a Territory good time”.

OK…OK…OK.. Now we’ve got it!! This happened to a guy from the Northern Territory!! This explains it all… (I’m kind of guessing that the Qlders were maybe a bunch of pranksters and somehow coaxed him to do it out of a dare)

According to Mr Bowden, “And I put one in my a***… I didn’t burn my b***s or back… Mum thought it was funny”! (Oh my… how proud Mummy must be)

Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

Teacher’s Haircut – Just Following Rules or Child Abuse?

By , August 28, 2012 11:00 pm

haircut01Now this is very interesting indeed (at least to me). I am not one to want to usually draw comparisons between cultures, and anybody that knows me, knows that I love to embrace any differences not as challenges, but as opportunities to expand my own horizons and live life around me to the fullest.

Therefore, I am not going to preach what I think is right or wrong in this article.

This doesn’t mean that I am not sometimes surprised by how some of the smallest differences can sometimes appear to be the most impactful. Moreover, sometimes what might perceived as cultural differences, may just be a reflection of the speed in which things change in different countries.

I have mentioned before about some of the things that I’ve noticed over the years, such as when most ‘westerners’ brush their teeth in the morning (after breakfast) as compared to most (mainland) Chinese and many other Asian countries (before breakfast)… the preferred time of day for a shower or bath, the removal of shoes at the front door of most Asian homes… the list goes on.

What I don’t often touch on (and not really brave enough to, I guess), are some of the cultural nuances that lead to, and are driven by, rules or Government regulations.

One such example, is an article recently in a local Singapore newspaper, the image of which I placed on my Facebook timeline, and also shared with a few people by email… (Click on the image below to view and read the article)

The essence of the story, is that a young student getting ready to sit for an exam in Singapore, had his hair cut by his teacher. According to the teacher, he had been warned on previous occasions that his hair style was unacceptable under the particular school’s rules and policies.

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The immediate response I had from most Aussies to whom I emailed the article, was complete shock and horror that a teacher would do such a thing. I even had one person (who works in the Australian education system) tell me that such an action would most likely result in dismissal of the teacher concerned had it occurred down under… it would be seen as a form of abuse.

The reaction I had from my Singaporean and Malay friends was quite the opposite – school rules need to be followed and obeyed… The teacher was in her complete rights to enforce this by cutting the child’s hair.

The mother of the child in question had lodged a complaint with the school, the police and the MOE. On Facebook, some of the feedback was that the parent was out of line contacting authorities or escalating this… rules are rules!

Like I outlined above, I am not going to state my opinion of what is right and wrong here – as an outsider trying to integrate into Singapore, it is certainly not my place to do so (but when you see some of the hair styles that kids in Australia and the US wear to school, if I were their teacher, I also might be tempted to take to their bangs with a pair of hairdressing scissors).

Anyway – I found it interesting – what is considered taboo in one country, is considered completely normal in another. Even for something as simple as a haircut.

On a side note – the mother says that she paid $60 for her son’s haircut just five days before the incident, and then another $60 to fix it again after the teacher’s impromptu styling… $60 for a child’s haircut in Singapore?? – she was definitely ripped off, I feel. 🙂

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Lest We Forget – Thank You From Singapore and the Region to the Aussie Diggers!

By , April 25, 2012 12:29 am

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As we clock over past midnight to the 25th April, 2012, we welcome the onset of another ANZAC Day.

A national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand to honour the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and to commemorate all those who died and served in military operations for their countries.

anzac04It also serves as a time for reflection for me personally as I recall the various stories that were handed down from my late Grandfather, Henry Thomas Aubrey Bowles, who served as an Air Force navigator.

Given that this year’s ANZAC day falls on a weekday (and there is obviously no national vacation here in Singapore), we will not be heading out to Kranji war memorial for the dawn service. However, every time I have visited the site, I am always overwhelmed at the number of Aussie graves lined up as far as the eye can see.

Therefore, this year, I thought I would offer up a few statistics on the number of Aussie POWs (prisoners of war) and fatalities as recorded in history in Singapore and surrounding areas within the region:

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Twenty-two thousand Australians were captured defending Malaya, Singapore, and the Netherlands East Indies. Over 21,000 were from the Second AIF (particularly the 8th Division); 354 RAN; 373 RAAF officers; and 71 women from the Australian Army Nursing Service. Of these, 14,792 were captured at Singapore; 2,736 on Java; 1,137 on Timor; 1,075 on Ambon; and 1,049 at Rabaul.

Nearly 36% of Australian prisoners (8,031) died in captivity.

Massacres of Australians occurred at Tol Plantation on New Britain (160 Australians); Parit Sulong in Malaya (110); and at Laha on Ambon (over 200). Twenty-one Australian nurses were executed on Banka Island, and an unknown number of Australians elsewhere in Malaya and in Singapore, especially at the Alexandra Hospital.

Nearly 2650 Australians died on the Burma-Thailand Railway.”

“[In September 1945] the largest numbers of Australians were congregated on Singapore Island and Johore (5,549); 4,830 were distributed in several camps and on a number of working parties in Thailand and remote areas of Burma; 265 were in French Indo-China; about 750 were distributed throughout the islands of the Netherlands East Indies, with the largest group (385) in Java, and in Sumatra (243); about 100 were on Ambon; two were at Macassar, seven on Bali; another 150 were at Kuching in British North Borneo. About 2,700 were distributed between Japan, Korea and Manchuria. About 200 remained on Hainan”. [Wigmore, p. 633]

Sources:

Peter Dennis (et al), The Oxford companion to Australian military history, (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1997)

Lionel Wigmore, The Japanese thrust, Australia in the war of 1939-1945, vol. IV (Canberra: Australian War Memorial, 1968)

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To all past and current Australian service men and women – thank you for what you have done and what you continue to do. I thank you, Australia thanks you… and lest we forget, Singapore and the region thanks you for your continued allegiance.

Video: 15th February, 2012 – The 70th Anniversary of the Fall of Singapore:

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Blog Awards – Aussie Pete Retires And Advice For WTH Bloggers

By , April 12, 2012 1:34 am

This article was originally posted at Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

OK dear friends and readers, here’s the scoop! After a very lengthy association with the OMY Singapore Blog Awards (which celebrates their 5th anniversary in 2012) and after being short-listed to the Top 10 and collecting the first place award in my category for consecutive years (2010 and 2011), it’s time for me to step aside and open the ‘Best WTH Category’ up to other nominees.

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Be sure to visit the Blog Awards site to register your own blog for the 2012 awards, or to nominate your favourite blogger.

Don’t be mistaken – I am not going to stop blogging, nor is my ongoing collaboration with the OMY team over. In fact, it has never been stronger. I will continue to mirror my main legacy blog at my OMY Star Blogger home and will still attend various events and outings (time permitting)… in other words, you will not be getting rid of my ugly mug that easily – I will definitely see my OMY friends from time to time (as will Sammi and the boys).

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Over the last few years, I have been absolutely blessed with the opportunities that OMY and the Singapore blogosphere have afforded me. From collecting prizes including vacations, audio visual gear, make-overs, computers and lasting memories of trips to Hong Kong (2010) and Australia (2011), just to name a few (I’m running out of shelf space to put my custom-made trophies by Tan Swie Hian)… to creating life-long friendships with fellow bloggers (now some of my best mates) and taking part in media events – such as the Urban Homme Challenge and (the now historic) bathtub race in Victoria Harbour (HK) – I’m sure that Ang Geck Geck just rolled her eyes at me again 🙂

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I was going to list out all of the activities, events and appearances I’ve participated in since 2009, but soon realized that I would probably lose everyone after about 300 rows… the memories for me, however, will remain eternal. Not to mention all the media clippings that Sammi (who also doubles up as my PR agent) has saved… numerous vodcasts; newspapers – Straits Times, Wanbao, Zhaobao, Shin Min; TV appearances, and many more – all thanks in one way or another to my OMY collaboration.

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I make no excuses for my decision to move aside this year, but not only is my work-life very stretched right now along with family and community / grassroots commitments, I think it is only fair to open up the category of ‘What The Hell’ (WTH) to other just as deserving bloggers. Many of the previous nominees over the years are also my friends and I actually felt especially quite bad last year to know that some of these very excellent writers and great people did not get the same opportunities that I have had over recent years.

The WTH category is obviously very subjective. Not only on the judging side to determine who has the best style or fanciest looking blog or even the voting side (for which I’m enormously grateful to all of my supporters who have made the effort to vote for me), but also – and perhaps most importantly – the content.

The question is, and always has been, “What really constitutes WTH content?”

In my mind, it’s what can potentially make the reader’s jaw drop. Quite frankly, if a particular topic or subject makes me say to myself ‘What the Hell’, then I suspect it will offer up the same reaction to others (I’ve seen a lot throughout my decades on this earth, so it’s actually quite rare that something leaves me well and truly ‘gob-smacked’).

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While I’m on my high horse talking about what I think ‘WTH’ is, perhaps I could also recommend to nominees this year, what I really think ‘WTH’ is not!!

Once again in my (small) mind – boasting about oneself (too much) is not going to get the readers’ attention… and any attention you do get, might be the wrong kind – it may make people switch off or worse still, unsubscribe to your work. So forget writing things that have the intention of ‘you’ve gotta love me’ or ‘I’m the best’, etc, or posting a 1000px x 1600px picture of your face as your blog header. It may work for one or two bloggers… but the odds are it’s not going to work for you. In fact, instead of people saying ‘What the Hell!!’ they may choose to say ‘What an Idiot!!’

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Also, remember well, that regardless of your nominated category, a blog should generally allow you to remain true to yourself. Think back to when and how you started blogging… was it to seek fame and fortune? (I doubt it)… or was it so that you could keep an online diary of your activities, thoughts and images? (more likely). In my case, it was to share our experiences with family and friends who live overseas and we do not get to see very often… and although I’ve diverted often and sometimes quite dramatically from this foundation, I always end up coming home in the end. What I’m saying, is that your content should not be contrived or forced… just let it flow… and no matter what – don’t ever sell yourself out!! (you guys know what I’m talking about, right?)

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So there you go… Aussie Pete blog is stepping aside this year to allow other worthy writers to be crowned the 2012 Best WTH Blogger in Singapore (not that I would’ve been a certain to win – just like a world heavy weight champion, all the more reason to ‘quit while I’m ahead’). Wishing you all the best and will see you at upcoming events. If you’re new to the OMY scene or Singapore blogosphere, don’t be shy – if we haven’t met before, be sure to say hello!! (I’ll be the ang moh with a beer in my hand and a smile on my face)

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Bloody Hell Lah – Get Lost!

By , March 16, 2012 12:22 am

I always love a great marketing campaign with a quirky catchphrase!

Source: Aussie Pete

In case you’ve not seen it yet, the Singapore Tourism Board launched a major new destination marketing campaign in down under last week. “The advertisement hit cinema screens in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth and will also be supported by digital, experiential, PR and social media activity rolling out over the coming months.”

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The catch phrase here, is “GET LOST”!

The press announcement can be found here…

According to Sophia Ng, Assistant Chief Executive of Marketing at the Singapore Tourism Board, “We want to showcase the city’s heady mix of cutting-edge offerings, rich cultural heritage and niche attractions, and delectable spread of multi-ethnic cuisines, and in doing so, appeal to Australians’ sense of adventure to explore and discover all these for themselves… A new found appreciation of what Singapore has evolved to be today will also give them plenty of reasons to visit, and re-visit our city. In time to come, we would like Australians to associate Singapore with more than just chilli crabs and Singapore slings”

Watch the commercial:

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It sort of reminds me of the campaign that ran in Australia back in 2006… although that one did cop a bit of criticism at the time – especially by our pommy friends. The commercial was actually banned in the UK because of the iconic Aussie saying “bloody hell”. But I think most Australians were sort of ok with this, because who wants pommies to visit anyway?

To my British friends – don’t be angry at me folks – you know I’m just playing with you. If I’m not making fun of you guys, I’d have to focus my attention on the Kiwis, right? 🙂

Here’s that commercial – the catch phrase, was “WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU”:

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So there you go, dear readers – expect more Aussie tourists visting our shores over coming months!!

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Breaking News: Australia Invades Singapore!

By , March 14, 2012 11:42 pm

aussiesoldiers2Any residents of Sengkang West (specifically in the Fernvale area) could be completely forgiven for thinking that our local area was being ‘invaded’ by Aussie Ang Mohs the Saturday before last!

In fact, it was a sight to behold – the infamous ‘Singapore Wombats’ Australian Rules football team had their first training session of the year, not at their home ground at Turf City, but rather they graced our presence on the open field opposite Fernvale Primary School.

Although it’s been a couple of seasons since I donned the footy boots and hit the paddock with the Wombats myself, I’m still on the mailing list and a fan of the Facebook page. There are quite a number of new (and younger) faces these days, but also a good many of the ‘old boys’ as well.

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My wife and my orthopedic surgeon have both banned me from playing this brilliant hard full contact sport (the 6-week stint with a numb arm and chronic back pain saw to that), but when I saw the email and Facebook update that training would be happening at Fernvale, I immediately pumped up the footy and got Jaime and Casey fired up for a run and kick.

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The locals might also have looked on in wonder as the football kicked around the park was oblong in shape as opposed to round, and that the players were constantly touching it with their hands – considering the field is most commonly used for soccer, the bewilderment would be understandable.

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It was great to catch up with my mates again – I was impressed to see them make the trek to the heartlands – and my own boys had a great time… it’s very obvious they’ve got ‘Aussie’ in their blood, displaying an uncanny ability and skill that seems to pass from generation to generation in my culture. 🙂

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I’m also impressed at how tough Casey’s head is – when the hard ball was kicked some 40-metres and landed smack in the middle of his noggin’, it bounced off again… knocked his hat to the ground, but he remained on his feet – cried for about 5 seconds and then laughed at the fact that his sunglasses remained intact.

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In all, I reckon that the boys thought they were at a fashion parade – a couple of the Wombats said they looked as though they were part of a K-Pop band – hats and glasses – but in fact, Jaime was worried about the heat and glare, and once he dons the cool shades his brother Casey always has to follow suit 🙂

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Footnote: Not long now until Jaime is old enough to join the Auskick (junior kids aussie rules footy) over here – hopefully I can get to sign him up next season!

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Nostalgia – Nestlé, You Made Me Cry…

By , March 5, 2012 9:46 pm

When my good friend, Christine, invited Jaime and myself to attend a ‘toy making’ afternoon a couple of weeks ago, I was completed unprepared for the emotions and strong sense of nostalgia that I was going to be faced with.

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In fact, it started dawning on me during the drive in to the Arab Street area of Singapore, that perhaps I’ve not spoken enough with Jaime about my childhood and what it was like growing up in the days before computers, electronic games and today’s generation of gadgets and social networking. Or maybe I’d just forgotten myself?

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As Jaime and I discussed the kind of toys we would be making, he asked me the question: “Daddy, do you think we should bring our own batteries?”… for a moment I wasn’t sure what he was talking about. His automatic assumption was that if we were ‘making’ our own toys, then they would obviously be electronic in nature and would require a power source…. OH MY!!

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Once we arrived at Children Little Museum in Bussorah Street, I also quickly became aware that although ‘back when I was a lad’ of about Jaime’s age (4-years old), Singapore was another world away – I’m not even sure I knew that it existed (forgive me if I thought the world was indeed flat) – our cultures were already operating in parallel. With global travel something that I wouldn’t experience for almost another decade, the idea that kids my own age in a country some 6,000km away from the small rural Victorian town of Rupanyup where I was living were doing the same things as I was, was quite unfathomable.

You see, I clearly remember receiving a wooden top for my birthday… and the hours upon hours of enjoyment it provided were immeasurable. But guess what? – I have now learned that the same joy was being experienced well beyond the shores of down under and as far away as Asia.

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Then there’s the game of ‘Five Stones’ – in Australia, we called it knuckles and it was played with either a synthetic form or sometimes even real dried out knuckle bones. In Singapore, it was played with little satchels that feel like mini-bean bags (and now while we’re reminiscing, kids from my generation in Australia would see the obvious resemblance in shape of these game items to the old ‘Sunny Boys’). – Jaime got to take the ‘five stones’ home and has been trying desperately to teach Casey – I think their tiny little hands are not quite there yet :p

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Now here’s the kicker!! I would’ve placed money on the fact that Milo was as Australian as Vegemite! Once again, while we were growing up and being told to drink our Milo to get strong bones, healthy bodies and heaps of energy… so were the kids in Singapore!

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Herein is the underlying motivation for the entire afternoon… The icon behind the Milo brand is none other than Nestlé, and the team in Singapore invited us along (with some other very close mates… and even my Hong Kong travel buddies and witnesses to the now historical, 2010 Bathtub Racing Dilemma) to share in their 100th Anniversary… Yes, you heard it right – Nestlé is much older than me and was filling the Singaporean kids with sustenance long before I was even running around in nappies (and even before my mother was a wee lass… and even when my Grandparents were still little critters). 🙂

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Amazing right!? The company behind every day brands such as Nescafe, Kit Kat, Maggi and Milkmaid are a century old!!

So what better way to showcase their celebrations than a walk back in time – before the iPad and Nintendo Wii were even flights of fantasy for the science fiction buffs… the ‘internet’ must have been something we used to help us fish for yabbies in the dams and mud creeks around the outskirts of town right?

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Once we arrived and had a few snacks, I was offered an iced cappuccino from this amazing futuristic looking machine (Dolce Gusto Circolo coffee machine – a modern day invention)… I MUST MUST have one!! – the flavour of my ‘cold cuppa’ was divine!… and I’m one of those guys that lives for his coffee.

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Then we learned about the 100-year history of Nestlé in Singapore from none other than the MD himself, Valerio Nannini. Mr Nannini also learned a thing or two himself – such as the fact that Nestlé produced tins with a handle on the bottom to be recycled as money containers for many of the store owners and hawkers of the day. Simply pull down on the handle and the tin moves on a pulley system – store your cash and let it fly back up – ingenious really – and an absolute nugget of a marketing and branding idea all those years ago 😀

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Soon after, we were taken up a flight of stairs and were transported down another flight in time. A toy museum consisting of things I knew and things I didn’t… the school classroom setting that was so familiar to me that I was looking to see where (next to the pencil well) my name was engraved from times gone by.

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Then the fun stuff began – first we made a ‘balancing pyramid’ – an amazing device that will balance anywhere.

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Next was a kite – created and designed by us – Jaime is a much better artist than me and loves to paint, so he was the mastermind behind the design 

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On the way home, I had so many thoughts running through my mind… days gone by when life was just so simple. How great it was to be a kid – I almost wish that Jaime didn’t ever have to grow up. As I looked to Jaime and saw him completely sound asleep, the tears again welled in my eyes… I could say it was because a piece of dust had lodged in them, or that the sun was just a little too bright – but either of these excuses would be a lie.

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Thank you Nestlé for a magical afternoon… thank you for inspiring memories long-forgotten… thank you for some wonderful bonding time with my son… and finally, THANK YOU for growing with me from early childhood until now!!

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Footnote: Keep your eye out for another initiative that Nestlé Singapore will be undertaking as part of their 100 year celebrations – the fulfillment of 100 wishes for lucky people. Simply visit the Nestlé 100 years website and check it out – Wishes should reflect the theme of “Good Food, Good Life” and must be meaningful and beneficial! Closing date will be 15th Nov 2012. So what are you waiting for??

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The Mayan Prophecy – Proof That Doomsday Is Almost Here?

By , January 4, 2012 12:33 am

Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

mayan01Four Ahau, three Kankin – the winter solstice of 2012 is well known to be the day in the Mayan calendar said to prophesize humanity’s doom. Equated to the Gregorian calendar, the world as we know it is due to come to an end on December 21st, 2012.

We’ve all seen the movie (2012) and many of us have read Steve Alten’s first and even second novels in the Mayan Doomsday trilogy (the 3rd one’s due out in March this year)… but as is the case with any good work of fiction, a great deal of research goes into the development of an idea which then is cleverly meshed with an author’s or director’s creativity to end up as an almost believable story (at least that is, for the gullible). Take for instance Oliver Stone’s movie, ‘JFK’ – Stone cleverly uses some basic well-researched facts and twists them enough to add fuel to the ‘JFK assassination’ conspiracy theorists’ fire (in reality, there was no evidence whatsoever to implicate David Ferrie, who was proven to be an avid JFK supporter – Mr Stone would have his audience suspecting otherwise, and thoroughly convinced the conspiracy theorists at the time).

stephenking01Anyway – back to the Mayan Prophecy – whether or not you have concerns that the end for us is nigh, recent news-worthy events could certainly be construed as omens or signs of things to come – or at least they could be used in a good doomsday movie or novel (I hope you’re reading this, Stephen King) 🙂

I’ll point out just a few of these incidents – birds dropping dead out of the sky for no apparent reason, thousands of fish washing up dead on the shore, and different species of sharks mating for the first time to create an entirely new hybrid breed of ocean dwellers.

DEAD BIRDS FALL FROM THE SKY IN ARKANSAS

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As New Year’s Eve 2011 approached and most of the world was out partying, the residents of the small town of Beebe in Arkansas, USA, were watching the sky to see if the events of new year, 2010 would be repeated – 5,000 dead blackbirds plummeting from the night sky… and they were not to be disappointed – the same eerie event happened exactly 12-months later – sparking a frenzy amongst the doomsday theorists.

Police starting receiving calls soon after 7pm to say that the birds were just dropping from the sky – according to one local TV station, “scores of birds were raining down”.

The most common (scientific) theory behind the bizarre event, is that the loud noises and bright lights of several large fireworks displays probably startled and disoriented the birds.

But this doesn’t sit too well with Paul Begley, who is a pastor at the Community Gospel Bapist Church in Indiana.

According to Father Paul, “I was doing a live broadcast talking about bible prophecy and the end of the world… And the birds started falling out of the sky again… this is God… It’s not fireworks. If that was the case, on the Fourth of July every bird would fall out of the sky.”

One Beebe resident, Kevin McKinney, thinks that something else was going on, “Fireworks going off all night and all day – no problems!… But when the birds started dying, I had my compass out: it went crazy, spinning and unable to find north.”

TWENTY TONNES OF HERRING WASH UP ON BEACH

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Literally thousands of dead herring have washed up on a beach in Norway. Approximately 20 tonnes of dead fish littered the shoreline in Kvaenes (northerly district of Nordreisa).

Scientists are still baffled as to the cause and are conducting tests on the fish to see if they were driven to their death by a predator or simply swept ashore by a storm… the doomsday theorists are claiming it as a sign that the world is Armageddon is definitely on the way.

SCIENTISTS FIND THE WORLD’S FIRST HYBRID SHARKS

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Marine biologists in Queensland, Australia have discovered 57 animals and have idnetified them as a cross between the ‘common blacktip shark’ and the ‘Australian blacktip shark’ – although they are related, the two are genetically distinct species.

Scientists are putting the interbreeding down to the animals adapting to climate change… they have also warned that the ‘hybridisation’ could make the sharks stronger.

Dr Jennifer Ovenden, of the Queensland Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, said that “to find 57 hybrids along 2000km of coastline is unprecedented.”

Dr Jess Morgan, a researcher at the University of Queensland researcher, said that the phenomenon is highly unusual, “Sharks physically mate, which is usually a good way to make sure you don’t hybridize with the wrong species”.

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So, dear readers – there you have it… and I put it to you – are these just unrelated scientific anomolies, or are these actual omens of impending disaster, as the doomsday theorists would have us believe?

Amazing World… Amazing Pictures!

By , December 23, 2011 12:00 am

My good ol’ mate, Ralphie, in Melbourne has done it again. He always seems to get his hands on some of the most remarkable stuff and never fails to share with me on email.

In this edition, some of the most amazing pictures that you will ever see… ENJOY!!

ASIDE: Wishing a Blessed and Merry Christmas and a Safe and Prosperous New Year to Ralph and his family… have a beer for me mate.

The world’s highest chained carousel, located in Vienna, the height of 117 metres:

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Thor’s Well – “the gates of the dungeon.” CapePerpetua, Oregon. At moderate tide and strong surf, flowing water creates a fantastic landscape:

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Emerald Lake in the crater of an extinct volcano. Tongariro National Park – NewZealand:

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Restaurant on a cliff on the east coast of Zanzibar. Depending on the tide the restaurant can be reached both on foot and by boat:

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Office of Selgas Cano in Madrid:

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Desert with Phacelia (Scorpion Weed). Flowering once in several years:

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Balloons in Cappadocia:

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Dubai. The view from the skyscraper BurjKhalifa. The height of buildings is 828m (163 floors):

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And this is the view down:

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These trees grow in the forest near Gryfino, Poland. The cause of the curvature is unknown:

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The border between Belgium and the Netherlands in a cafe:

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Twice a year in the Gulf of Mexico rays migrate. About 10 thousand stingrays swim from the Yucatan Peninsula to Florida in the spring and back in the fall:

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In the resort town of Skagen you can watch an amazing natural phenomenon. This city is the northernmost point of Denmark, where the Baltic and North Seas meet. The two opposing tides in this place can not merge because they have different densities:

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In the Chinese province of Shandong is a bridge across the Gulf of Jiaozhou. The bridge length over 36 km is calculated for eight car lanes, and is the longest sea bridge in the world:

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Day and night. The monument in Kaunas, Lithuania:

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An unusual tunnel in California’s Sequoia National Park:

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This statue, created by Bruno Catalano, is located in France:

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Family Photo:

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The longest traffic jam in the world recorded in China. Its length is 260 kilometres:

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Paris computer games store. In fact, the floor is absolutely flat:

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Marcus Levine – slaughtering an artist in the literal sense. He creates his paintings by nailing a white wooden panel. At his latest series of paintings exhibited in a gallery in London, Marcus has spent more than 50,000 pieces of iron:

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In the city of Buford (USA) lives just one person. He works as a janitor and as a Mayor:

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Autumn Camouflage:

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Haus Rizzi – Germany:

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Lena Pillars. Russia, the Lena River:

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Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea:

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Favelas of Brazil. The boundary between wealth and poverty:

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Lost paradise in the Indian Ocean. Isle of Lamu:

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Balcony of floor 103 in Chicago

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From the outside it looks like:

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View of the sunset from inside the wave:

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This is a unique geological phenomenon known as Danxia landform. These phenomena can be observed in several places in China. This example is located in Zhangye, Province of Gansu. The color is the result of an accumulation for millions of years of red sandstone and other rocks:

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In northwestern Montana, USA. The water is so transparent that it seems that this is a quite shallow lake. In fact, it’s very deep:

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Airport in the Maldives is located on an artificial island in the middle of the Indian Ocean:

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Lighthouse guard in Mare, France must be one of the most courageous people on the planet! Not everyone will have a smoke in such weather, and in such a place!:

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Photo of storm in Montana, USA, 2010:

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Skyscraper-Crescent Crescent Moon Tower (Dubai):

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Heavy fog in Sydney, which enveloped the whole city:

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The river above the river: Magdeburg Water Bridge, Germany:

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Morning Glory – kind of clouds observed in the Gulf of Carpentaria in northern Australia:

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Gibraltar Airport is one of the most extraordinary airports in the world:

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Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

Thinking About Cheating? Better Think Again, My Friends!

By , November 8, 2011 2:22 am

knife01Not only is it just downright morally wrong, but there are any number of other reasons why every husband should remain faithful to his better half.

One of those reasons has presented itself in the remote outback of Australia’s Northern Territory. A woman ‘allegedly’ got so annoyed about her partner’s sleeping around that she tried to hack off his *ahem* – let’s just say his ‘family jewels’!

*My eyes just started watering*

The victim who is 35-years old and not identified at this stage, is recovering in hospital after suffering stab wounds to his testicles. He was admitted to Tennant Creek Hospital on Saturday, and later flown to Alice Springs Hospital by the Australia’s Royal Flying Doctor Service for further treatment. Doctors say that he is in a ‘stable condition’.

I have one question – Outback Australia… Tennant Creek… really, just how many opportunities would a man have to be play up or sleep around??

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Source: Aussie Pete Legacy Blog

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