Archive | November, 2014

First of Advent 2014

30 Nov

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Peter found a series of old German Christmas songs in the computer. It was very rewarding to be able to listen to all these songs while celebrating the First of Advent.

A picture from the computer of the Vienna Boy's Choir singing German Christmas songs.

A picture from the computer of the Vienna Boy’s Choir singing German Christmas songs.

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We listened to a lot of Christmas songs by different groups and artists. They all sang the German texts that we are still quite familiar with, bringing back memories to what it was like when we were children. Here some names of the songs: O Tannenbaum, O du fröhliche, Ave Maria, Kling Glöckchen kling, Leise rieselt der Schnee, and so on.

We had tea and German ‘Oblaten Lebkuchen’.

Then I could not help myself taking a few more pictures!

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We’re better than this

29 Nov

Thanks, Robyn, for posting this!

Famous Australians record song condemning treatment of asylum seeker children

THE TRAGEDY OF A NATION: WHEN GOVERNMENT BECOMES THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE:

29 Nov

“And when the mines are finished and the water is all gone we will be left with an arid desert.”
We should really know better than let it come to this!

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This is not right….

Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD  OVH Repro's photo.
Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD  OVH Repro's photo.
Dr David Pascoe BVSc PhD  OVH Repro's photo.

THE TRAGEDY OF A NATION:
WHEN GOVERNMENT BECOMES THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE:

We have posted a link to Peter Wellingtons (Qld Ind) page where he refers to the decision in Qld Parliament last night to give mining companies unfettered access to the water of the Great Artesian Basin.

It now seems clear that the plan of the Abbott Federal Government and both the Baird Government in NSW and the Seeney Newman Government in Qld is to mine all the productive farmland and give all the available water across to the mining and coal seam gas companies.

Since there are no genuine attempts being to help the tragic plight of our drought stricken farmers, it would seem that the next part of that plan to simply allow the banks to sell them off and…

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2nd Sunday of Advent 2011

29 Nov

Three years ago I took the above picture. Now that the first Sunday of Advent 2014 is at our doorstep I am looking forward to set up our lovely advent “crown” on our table again plus some special sweet treats and of course a cup of coffee. First of Advent 2014: Here we come!

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About the War in Ukraine

27 Nov

http://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/war-in-ukraine-a-result-of-misunderstandings-between-europe-and-russia-a-1004706.html

I think this is a fascinating article in the International Spiegel. How could it come to these ‘misunderstandings’ between Europe and Russia? There is a war in the Ukraine now. Why?

Christmas Party Time 2014

27 Nov

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A lot of the party food had chicken in it. I tried to find food with no chicken. There were lots of sweets too. But I did not go for any sweets today. I had a cup of coffee though.

This cheese was very nice.

This cheese was very nice.

Marta proudly holds up some of the food that she had brought along.

Marta proudly holds up some of the food that she had brought along.

Edith as cheerful as ever.

Edith as cheerful as ever.

The song Feliz Navidad . I wish you merry Christmas :-)

The song Feliz Navidad .
I wish you a merry Christmas 

Whoever wanted to do some heart move exercises could join in.

Whoever wanted to do some heart move exercises could join in.

Ayleen's cousin Gary took this picture of Ayleen and me.

Ayleen’s cousin Gary took this picture of Ayleen and me.

Today, Thursday, we met for Marta’s class for the last time this year. There are no classes for December and January. The next heart move class is going to be on the first Thursday in February. Today I did not join in any of the exercises because of a sore knee. There is probably some kind of inflammation in the knee. I hope it is going to get better soon.

The Art of Stillness in an age of distraction

26 Nov

TED Blog

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The “T” in TED stands for technology. So it might sound counterintuitive that we would release a book about the need to unplug. 

But we live in a madly accelerating world, where new technologies — for all their benefits — are making our lives more crowded, more chaotic and noisier than ever. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still. Thus, our new TED Book: The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer.

A veteran travel writer who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, Iyer may also seem a counterintuitive choice to pen this book on the importance of staying still. After all, his first TED talk explained why he thinks of India, Japan, the UK and the US as different facets of his “home.” But Iyer is an unexpected sage on the topic, and…

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