The daily news coming out of Australia is horrific. It’s cruel and inhumane. Sheltered, and perhaps too aware that it would be easier to ignore the far away land, in my birth place in the Netherlands my pride for this country has never been higher. No country in the world is perfect but by golly this one has a lot more going for it than most. I’m a happy, bubbly and generally very positive person. It is therefore a constant conflict to feel so sad, depressed and blood boiling mad about politics around the world, but currently in particular in Australia. And it infuriates me that people tell me that it’s either not appropriate to talk about these things or that I should smile because the world has good stuff. Indeed it does. I see the beauty all the time from the smallest of things and gestures. But what are … Continue reading
Which is pretty funny because I’m totally harmless (I promise). Unless you’re the ants on my rampage to find apple sauce. Or the local pancake house. Then you’re screwed. We’re talking the Australian PM – Tony Abbott (or if you care to use my more affectionate Tony Twat, you’re welcome). The other day someone here in Holland said to me : he’s like Geert Wilders. Except Geert doesn’t hate women Ahhh. There’s a comparison to be proud of. With his recent actions and strong words I’d actually be more inclined to liken him to Hitler – in the sense that he appears to be attempting to resurrect a white policy and create a country of what he deems perfect people – white, catholic and full of abiding women. Tony Abbott’s desired race. So I wonder how he would feel if he ever met me. I’m university educated having studied … Continue reading
Today was a sad day. I lived in a town called Battambang for a long time last year and I am there now. Battambang is a nice old French colonial town on the Sangkae river in North West Cambodia closer to Thailand. It has both a beautiful and then tragic history. Battambang has always been the hub that links Phnom Penh (the capital way down south) and Poipet (the main exit through to Thailand). I work around this town in the villages or further out to the rural areas and I’ve grown to love this little place. I also love history. Adore it. Treasure it. And it breaks my heart that we destroy beautiful things. It’s idealogical to think everything can be retained and maintained. But there’s some things that have huge historical significance whether it’s ancient or modern. I am horrified what is happening in places like Syria and … Continue reading
If you’re Australian you will be utterly sick of the election. If you’re not – there was recently a much talked about election. In a sentence it was disgusting and horrifying. But during this time I posted something on my Facebook about this misconception that the Labour party is terrible for Australia because they ‘get the country into debt’. For the record there are 2 main parties in Australia. Labour – and technically left wing (though one could confuse them for a very right wing party) and Liberal – a coalition party and very right wing and conservative. A thorough analysis on why this has got to be one of the worst systems ever for politics is sure to come some time! Whilst this does not encapsulate even a minority of my thoughts on the topic (it was after all a Facebook post!) here it is as was originally posted. … Continue reading
We’ve made human life pretty damn complex but it’s not that hard. Strip back the crap, sell some of your shit, get to know yourself real good and be kind and compassionate. And drink water. I actually looked up the definition of a human being just to be sure it included all of us : a member of any of the races of Homo sapiens; person; man, woman, or child Yup that seems to encapsulate all of us irrespective of hue and origin (even if I’d prefer not to admit some of our politicians are party to this species). So when there’s people in need, jumping on boats, sending their children across the big deep blue and risking their lives to flee their country they’re in, how about your open your arms and give them a hug? I’m talking to you Australia. Generally we bitch and whinge when we’re stuck in traffic … Continue reading
Australia is full of intelligent people. It’s definitely not the country of innovation but it’s full of smart, intelligent, creative people. There are some people doing some incredible things in the medical industry. In the gender space. Not for profits. Saving the environment. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet sooo many creative people in cafes. Or chatting with people with so much love, passion and determination in their lives. Motivation for the future. But Australia is also making me indescribably mad. The politics in the country is insane. In many areas, Malawi is currently governing better than Australia (oh yeah they even have a female president not facing the same shit Julia Gillard had to suffer through). There barely exists free media (and the news isn’t news, it’s editorial). And generally, the politicians and media just want to dumb the entire country down. Yes it’s a country with far too … Continue reading
It’s super simple. Watch these videos. That’s all! One is on the way not-for-profit organisations are run and allowed to be managed. It has some incredible nuggets of wisdom. Like this one… We have a visceral reaction to the idea of people making a lot of money helping others. Interestingly, we don’t have a visceral reaction to the idea that people should make a lot of money not helping other people. I work in the sector and still learned a crap load. And had my perspectives challenged. And my mind changed. One will likely give you an epiphany on how you’ve been living from the amazing Philip McKernan.
Sounds elusive doesn’t it? Can you really make your life better in 1 second? Yup, you can. Here’s the exact process. Step 1. Never pick up a magazine again. Simple huh? How did this make my life better? 1. I stopped being barraged with advertising on every second millimeter of the page demanding I buy the latest this, that or the other. There’s enough of that around you that you can’t get away from so take it away from under your nose. Trust me, you don’t need it. 2. I no longer felt I needed $250 skin creams in order to feel beautiful. I also stopped thinking this is a normal, and perfectly acceptable way, to spend money. 3. Squeezing into a US size 2, (size 6) was no longer something I felt would be an accomplishment in life. 4. Eating became fun. I could eat. And not feel guilty … Continue reading