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23-Nov-2014 Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim

Sunday 23 November 2014 Leave a comment
Today was the bi-annual Coogee Wedding Cake Island Swim  – it’s about 2.4km. The November swim is called the Cold Water Classic and in April it’s the warm water. In November it’s often only 17C but today it was almost 21C. I met Michael & Mel from work.
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There is a very cool video and photos that OceanFit put up here (owner is Andre who i know from Burning Palms Surf Club).
I finished in 53mins 36secs which was good for 685th from 1032 finishers – about 66% down the field which is about normal for me.
The times don’t matter a lot as the course and conditions vary from year to year so not a lot of point in comparing them, that’s why I usually track my %.
Afterwards I went to have a coffee at Gustos in Coogee then went home and zonked out on the hammock for an hour or so before going to Yoga in Caringbah with Dawn.
It was weird as it was very clear when we started the swim but by the time we finished a sea mist came in and obscured everything. Photo below is after the swim and after coffee, you wouldn’t notice the swim had ever been on – still very hot and lots of people on the beach.
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30-Oct-2014 Latest Russell Brand

Thursday 30 October 2014 Leave a comment

I know Russell Brand seems very wacky but I really really like what he says … his politics are pretty darn good and a well-needed dose of cold water over the shower of s….e that passes as the political establishment in the UK and even more so, here in Australia.

A couple of articles:

Me, mayor of London? No, there’s a comic in the job already, says Russell Brand
Comedian denies he may try to succeed Boris Johnson: ‘If you want a daft comedian running London, leave things as they are’from the guardian.

and

Russell Brand Must Be Doing Something Rightfrom the Huffington Post.

And of course this video:

14-Oct-2014 Himalayan Yogis

Tuesday 14 October 2014 Leave a comment

I watched this video about Himalayan Yogis whilst washing the dishes tonight. I usually set my laptop up in the kitchen and stream Youtube over the wifi. It works quite well.

I have a real desire to walk around India with few clothes, possessions or money.

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6-May-2014 Kid Vid

Tuesday 6 May 2014 Leave a comment

This post is an indication of how your kids grow up without you really realising, and they become their own selves expressing their own individuality. Jazmin (18 yrs) got it into her head to buy a snowboard. She’s barely even seen snow. She looked up a guy on gumtree, drove our car to Manly over an hour away and bought one for $50. Then they drove into the Royal National Park, and hiked in for an hour each way to Marley sand dunes and went sandboarding. Totally awesome. Here is a video of 12ys old Kody.

14-Nov-2013 Thursday Blahs

Thursday 14 November 2013 Leave a comment

Well I had 2 days off sick and made it in today. I was just about better although I had a few nervous looks when I started coughing. I tried to keep it strictly 9-5 and then came home, no gym, no yoga, no running, no swimming etc as wanted to recover properly. I have done no exercise since a small swim on Saturday and a small walk on Tues – shows how unwell I was.

I saw an interesting article in the paper : Michael McIntyre: the biggest comedy star you’ve never heard of – I had seen his shows late at night on TV. Great English comedian.

There was also this article and video – I think I appreciate it as our youngest is now 12 and whilst it was good fun when they were younger, it’s good that everything is easier now as they are older (more difficult in other ways of course ..):

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4-Nov-2013 Talking ’bout a revolution

Monday 4 November 2013 1 comment

I saw an interesting video yesterday from the UK interviewing Russell Brand. It’s only 10mins so well worth watching. He was talking about the need for the current political system to change as it’s just not working ie greater wage inequity, just for starters. I actually read about the interview a few days back: In calling for revolution, this half-messiah has hit a nerve

Brand was challenged by host Jeremy Paxman – you want a revolution to overthrow elected governments, but what sort of government would you replace it with? ”I don’t know,” replied Brand, grinning like a wildcat. ”But I’ll tell you what it shouldn’t do. It shouldn’t destroy the planet, it shouldn’t create massive political disparity, it shouldn’t ignore the needs of the people.”

The burden of proof is not with him, he argued. It is with those with power.

The article ends with:

Be that as it may, I suspect Russell Brand is somehow speaking to the future.

Which of course is dead right: we shouldn’t destroy the planet, we shouldn’t create massive political disparity, we shouldn’t ignore the needs of the people.

I am not really political but sometimes we need to boil it down to it’s essence.

What has this got to do with us here in Australia ? well this was in the papers today and it makes me boil with rage : The lucky country? Try selfish and deluded, too – Cutting $4.5b from our foreign aid budget suggests we’re happy to live in a world of obscene disparities.

We think of ourselves as a generous people and many Australians are. But it’s a form of national psychosis when a rich, secure nation unblinkingly spends more on killing people than helping them.
In Afghanistan, our military spending has outweighed development aid by about seven to one. Now, after a deadly 12-year exercise in military hubris, Australia is withdrawing aid along with our troops. The overall aid budget will fall to 0.33 per cent of gross domestic product and the defence budget will rise to 2 per cent, in an increase 10 times as big as the aid cut.
This is an idea of security that erects defensive walls, Fortress Australia, rather than building bridges that defuse the triggers for conflict and hostility – poverty and extreme inequity. Helping others is not pure altruism if we make friends of people who might otherwise be resentful enemies.
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So how do super-fortunate people like us get so mean-spirited that we resent our money going into aid? When did ”charity” get a bad name?
It seems we can live with a world of obscene disparities, as long as we imagine our lives, careers and successes are all our own work. If others struggle, that’s their fault, their own mistakes, or lack of skills or work ethic.
We are kidding ourselves. I have never seen prosperous Australians work as long and hard as I have seen Africans toil just to survive. People living in rural Africa struggle for everything we take for granted. Fetching water and firewood can involve a long walk every day. Our essential services – running water, sanitation, power and healthcare – are unattainable luxuries.
Villagers get up before dawn and work until dark even when they are ill, which is often. Millions of Africans have to be resourceful (they make fine floors of polished dung), brave and resilient to survive in mud huts housing families with no visible means of support, save for some meagre crops and livestock if they’re lucky.

And so it goes…. all so sad.

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2-Nov-2013 The Clash – Interview

Saturday 2 November 2013 Leave a comment

I finally got around to listening to the recent interview from early September with the remaining members of the Clash. Brought a tear to my eye a few times, but well worth listening to. Makes me realise that it’s a big part of me and my history. “I wanna riot … a riot of my own

Interesting that although it’s on Youtube it’s audio only with a static image on the centre of the 7-inch single of “White Man in Hemmersmith Palais”. I used to have that exact single (the “b” side is “The Prisoner”).

Cerys Matthews hosts an audience with The Clash at the legendary Maida Vale studios. Cerys and an audience of 6 Music listeners chat to Mick Jones, Topper Headon and Paul Simonon.
In this exclusive, intimate and very special interview the band talk candidly about their career and affection for the late singer Joe Strummer. The surviving members reveal some of their long held secrets such as how they recorded the end of “I Fought The Law” in a public toilet, also telling Cerys that some of the sounds on “Guns of Brixton” were made by the band pulling bits of velcro apart in the recording studio.
Recorded in the Bing Crosby studio at Maida Vale on September 6th, around 150 6 Music listeners successfully gained a place to be in the audience and were able to pose questions to the band.
During the show Cerys is also joined by Johnny Green, the Clash’s tour manager from 1977-1980, who tells some brilliant anecdotes about his time on the road with the band.

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