I admit it, I love texting! I’m sure the phone company regrets allowing me to sign up for ‘free sms’! One in 10 Australians send more than 10 SMS messages a day and I honestly believe I send at least three or even four times that…
I’m a fan of abbreviations, nothing too crazy; but I do like shortening words to ensure a smaller text message. What I do absolutely despise is an SMS full of abbreviations – to the point that you cannot comprehend what the message is meant to say!
When we think of Russell Crowe we think many things: talented actor, a proud Aussie, a husband and father. Russell Crowe is also a worldwide respected Academy-award winning actor.
His has starred in many great movies, dazzling audiences with his performance in the Oscar-winning Gladiator, directed by Ridley Scott in 2000. Now, ten years later Crowe and Scott have teamed up again, releasing a new take on the tale of Robin Hood. The movie is bound to be a blockbuster as it takes a different view on the classic Robin Hood tales – there won’t be any men in tights singing in this version!
The ability to access information and communicate is extremely important in Australia; although there are still challenges in the way we express ourselves the Internet has made it easier for personal views to be accepted.
It is clear Australia has come a long way in terms of freedom of speech and censorship and is a very tolerant country, we have the ability to defend and engage ours and other Australians point of views.
Topics in which freedom of speech may become an issue include; terrorism, euthanasia and crime- these themes may have consequences, depending on where, when and how personal views are expressed.
Please share your views on how free you think we are in terms of freedom of speech and censorship:
Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. This powerful quote was written by Dalai Lama; the powerful influential spiritual leader of Tibetan people.
One can argue that if you want to be happy, just be. To a certain degree this statement is valid. Yet, sometimes in our lives, no matter if we try to be happy, we just know deep in our hearts that we are in the wrong place, wrong situation, wrong job, wrong friendship and the list can go on longer than your shopping Wish List.
Australia offers so much for women travellers whether you are on an extended vacation or just out for the holiday. One way to get around is to rent a car if you do not own a vehicle yourself, or you do not want to add anymore wear and tear to the one you have. Here are some tips on how to find the cheapest car rentals, so that you can save money for added fun on your trip.
It's Sunday night and you finally have the time to create a delicious meal to serve to the family; as everyone begins cutting into their roast the phone rings... annoying! What's even more annoying is, it isn't a family friend or a relative it is someone trying to sell you something, something you already have and definitely don't need at 6:30pm on a Sunday night!
How can you stop spam callers? How can you make companies stop calling you, trying to sell you services you already have and don't need?
Spam is increasing at a record rating and Telstra is providing advice to coincide with the Australasian Consumer Fraud Taskforce’s 2010 Fraud Week campaign: ‘Online Offensive – Fighting Fraud Online’.
More than eight in ten Australians access the internet weekly to shop online and visit social networking sites. When shopping online you need to minimise the risk of fraud and ensure you are safe online.
It often doesn’t matter how savvy you are online, scammers target all age groups and you need to be aware of common internet scams.
A good tip is: If it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is!
Every year Australians state that they will never smoke again, especially as a New Year resolution, unfortunately most continue to smoke throughout the year.
Mark Stephens suggests that one of the main reasons many people continue to smoke is due to lack of preparation; which is why he has decided to run a free stop smoking seminar for those who seriously want to quit their smoking habit. Mark is on the look out for 100 smokers who wish to kick their smoking habit live on television!
As a part of the $38.2 million National Enabling Technologies Strategy the Rudd Government has introduced a national guide to the safe development of new technologies; such as biotechnology and nanotechnology. The strategy is part of the Rudd Government’s $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative.
Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr said that new technologies have great potential but they can only be successful with the communities support. “Health, safety and environmental protection are paramount for the Government. This strategy is about ensuring we meet the highest standards while at the same time maximising opportunities to develop these cutting-edge technologies,” explained Senator Kim Carr.
Can we fix our ailing hospital emergency departments? Doctors and nurses say they're struggling to cope and this can sometimes lead to tragic consequences as overcrowded emergency departments are responsible for up to 1,500 deaths a year.
What experience have you had in the emergency department of your local hospital? Was it a positive experience? Where you seen quickly?
Many extraordinary people risk their lives in all times, whether it is a disaster or around their own home. These heroes inspire us to continue to succeed. Those who dedicate themselves to world peace have been dedicated most heroic in a recent international poll. The LG Mobile 2009 Holiday Survey looked into the public’s perception of a ‘hero’. The survey has named U.S President Barack Obama as the Global Hero of 2009 and Australian’s voted for Victoria’s fire fighters as our National Hero. Previous winner of the survey, Dalai Lama, was edged out of the first place, to second.
Cyber Bullying is a horrifying and nasty phenomenon with extreme consequences for the victim, including suicide. As the Internet and digital appliances become even more common in the lives of all, especially teenagers it is extremely important that parents are aware and know how to help their children in regards to the internet. Cyber Bullying is the act of using electronic communication tools to harm others- due to the high technology of such devices bullying on the internet can be worse than bullying that takes place in the school yard or work place. Harassment can happen through mobile phones: text messaging, picture messaging and phone calls whilst online the bully uses devices such as: emails, chat rooms, discussion boards, newsgroups, social networking sites, web boards, instant messaging, blogs, web pages and forums.
Australians are known for loving and supporting their country, patriotism is shown in its truest form when a soldiers chooses to fight for their country. These soliders deserve to be clapped and cheered for as they walk through an airport, whether they are leaving or returning. I can honestly say I don't know a single person who would not stop, take notice and begin cheering and clapping for these young men who are risking their own lives for Australia. Take a second to think of our soldiers overseas and their families this ANZAC day.
Not My Family, Never My Child is a practical handbook for anyone who suspects, or knows, someone close to them is a drug user. The book is written by Tony Trimingham who lost his son Damien to a heroin overdose. Now Tony has started the Damien Trimingham Foundation and published this book to help others who may be in the same situation. The book helps support and encourage family members or loved ones to deal with the struggle of addiction. After being a counsellor for 20 years Tony has cut through the media and political hype to address the real issue facing society.
I'm not a fan of chain letters especially the ones that say 'send this in five minutes or you'll have ten years bad luck' and 'this has to leave your hands in six minutes or you will recieve an unpleasent surprise'! I seriously don't think so, but I have to admit I do enjoy reading the occasional chain letter, I came across one that actually had some great advice and was really nice! Blog worthy nice advice! I have placed the 'lessons' below for you to read and encourage you to place the chain letters you have recieved that you thought were nice and contained great 'advice'.