Saturday, April 30, 2011

two billion minus one

Elsewhere a rant about why I tuned out last night - my Royal wedding ban and why I never bought the Princess myth.

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Monday, April 25, 2011

how many of them survived?

When I look at the blokes in the 4th Reserves who trained with my grandfather in 1916, I wonder how many of them ever saw NZ again?

War is ugly, dirty, smelly, painful, humiliating and not to be glorified.

For those that have not seen this previous post, it features excerpts from his war diary, being shelled at Messines and later wounded in France.

Not exactly Hemingway but the best I have for a drizzly ANZAC day.

More WWI family history

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Sunday, April 17, 2011

is childfree the new black?

Great new post by Lucy on deliberately barren. Check out the link to a recent article in The Guardian, about the choice to be childfree.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

but what did it taste like?

A New Zealand man amputated, cooked and ate his own finger with vegetables in an apparent attempt to get doctors to take him more seriously, a report in Australian Psychiatry says.

Well, at least he got his veg.

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Monday, April 11, 2011


Yes, it's been slim pickings here at otherrants central lately.

Life swirls round out there. Recently an old friend's mum died, necessitating the ex-pat to head back for the home-in-wait vigil. I myself am on the verge of the same.

In the meantime I'm Keeping Calm and Carrying On, as you do.

Things that are inspiring me on a grey Monday Morning

I've just finished editing an article that I found quite uplifting to write. It involved dipping into the vast well of the internet and finding some inspiring research. My favourites included a number on the medicinal benefits of being in nature. I love the research of Richard Ryan at the University of Rochester, especially his study that shows nature makes us more caring.

Speaking of which, I had a dose of small scale nature on the weekend.

Take half a truck of mixed mushroom and organic compost.

Take two people and a couple of shovels.

Add about 50 wheel barrow loads of the lovely compost to this

depleted garden bed

Rub sore muscles as required

Top with lucerne and water.

Speaking of gardens. Take 12 minutes and watch this lovely video about gardening and life.

I adore this woman. Not sure when the piece was made but considering she was born in the 1880's I'm pretty sure it was shot on film. I loved the calming muted colours and clarity of birdsong throughout. But it was this wonderful quote towards the end that made me fall for Ruth Stout.
My father said to me once, “Ruth it’s good to think for yourself but just once in a long time couldn’t you think like other people?” And I asked him, “Like who?” and he changed the subject.

One last piece of inspiration during "interesting" times. 4hunderdthousand Stories documents positive stories, light hearted moments and acts of kindness from the recent Christchurch earthquake. Take a look.

Want to share what's inspiring you?

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