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I have on another occasion, referred to the research of Ian Plowman, and because I have been visiting and working in country towns recently and have at leas four more trips coming up shortly, I have decided to put up in a little more detail, some of the research findings about what helps country towns flourish. Interesting

Communities that work

I have on another occasion, referred to the research of Ian Plowman, and because I have been visiting and working in country towns recently and have at leas four more trips coming up shortly, I have decided to put up in a little more detail, some of the research findings about what helps country towns flourish. Interesting

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If you can’t access the following video show then you might just go find a computer where you can. It is a homage to PAWS UP which is just one terrific idea put together by Bernie Shakeshaft in Armidale. Working with border collies, the boys look after the dogs, train them, take them to shows

PAWS UP

If you can’t access the following video show then you might just go find a computer where you can. It is a homage to PAWS UP which is just one terrific idea put together by Bernie Shakeshaft in Armidale. Working with border collies, the boys look after the dogs, train them, take them to shows

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This is just so fantastic…young people doing amazing things with their young bodies. Just what they should be doing…beauty, sharing, endeavour, challenge, streeetch…welcoming and loving audiences…everything they (and the rest of us) need to do well. Thanks Mr Ross for keeping me in the loop to see this. This might just be an ad and

Dancin up a STORM!!!

This is just so fantastic…young people doing amazing things with their young bodies. Just what they should be doing…beauty, sharing, endeavour, challenge, streeetch…welcoming and loving audiences…everything they (and the rest of us) need to do well. Thanks Mr Ross for keeping me in the loop to see this. This might just be an ad and

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It is not going to come as any big surprise to any of us that being abused and/or neglected when young, tends to increase the chances of the hurt person going on to do bad things to others and their world. However, the encouraging news is that most maltreated kids do NOT go on to

Young people, crime, juvenile justice

It is not going to come as any big surprise to any of us that being abused and/or neglected when young, tends to increase the chances of the hurt person going on to do bad things to others and their world. However, the encouraging news is that most maltreated kids do NOT go on to

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Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Blink’ has some interesting things to say. If you have a spare 18 or so minutes then take a look at this vid. If you dont have so much time or you are blocked from accessing it for some reason, then let me tell you about Malcholm and some of his

Diversity and happiness

Malcolm Gladwell, author of ‘Blink’ has some interesting things to say. If you have a spare 18 or so minutes then take a look at this vid. If you dont have so much time or you are blocked from accessing it for some reason, then let me tell you about Malcholm and some of his

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All praise to Western Plains Security. I was in Dubbo last week (14th October) buying something at the supermarket/mall  which adjoins the cinema complex. As I came out I noticed a security guard… and two things just stood out. One: he was talking with a group of about a dozen teenagers, male and female. Two: he

Security, public spaces and young people

All praise to Western Plains Security. I was in Dubbo last week (14th October) buying something at the supermarket/mall  which adjoins the cinema complex. As I came out I noticed a security guard… and two things just stood out. One: he was talking with a group of about a dozen teenagers, male and female. Two: he

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This is a picture of my friend John. He is on crutches because the wheelchair, which he is supposed to be using, and which he was given by the hospital, was too big to fit through the doorway of his apartment. When he rang to tell them this and to ask for a smaller one, he was

Rules, laws, litigation, common sense and compassion

This is a picture of my friend John. He is on crutches because the wheelchair, which he is supposed to be using, and which he was given by the hospital, was too big to fit through the doorway of his apartment. When he rang to tell them this and to ask for a smaller one, he was

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I am not at all sure that I am happy to find myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s comments in the Sydney Morning Herald of 22nd October 2009. Actually I am sure, I am not happy. Yet she has this to say: ‘The phrase nanny state is a cliche but that is because government intrusion in our lives

Laws, common sense…

I am not at all sure that I am happy to find myself agreeing with Miranda Devine’s comments in the Sydney Morning Herald of 22nd October 2009. Actually I am sure, I am not happy. Yet she has this to say: ‘The phrase nanny state is a cliche but that is because government intrusion in our lives

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Tim Hawkes, headmaster of The King’s School, Parramatta, has this to say in the Sydney Morning Herald 26th -27th September 2009:  ‘The most frightening situation occurs when there is an accumulation of brain-deadening behaviours. It is difficult to believe an under-exercised, jelly-bellied video gamer, with an affection for junk food and late nights, is going

Young people

Tim Hawkes, headmaster of The King’s School, Parramatta, has this to say in the Sydney Morning Herald 26th -27th September 2009:  ‘The most frightening situation occurs when there is an accumulation of brain-deadening behaviours. It is difficult to believe an under-exercised, jelly-bellied video gamer, with an affection for junk food and late nights, is going

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 The Sun-Herald on 18th October 2009 ran a front page story and the opening paragraph went like this: ‘Cold and flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine would be available by prescription only if authorities adopt a radical plan aimed at tackling Australia’s growing ice epidemic.’ It’s the bit about ‘Australia’s growing ice epidemic’ which is kind of

Drugs…what really is happening?

 The Sun-Herald on 18th October 2009 ran a front page story and the opening paragraph went like this: ‘Cold and flu remedies containing pseudoephedrine would be available by prescription only if authorities adopt a radical plan aimed at tackling Australia’s growing ice epidemic.’ It’s the bit about ‘Australia’s growing ice epidemic’ which is kind of

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