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Adelaide blog.Local and daily news. Opinions about current events in Adelaide, Australia and around the world.



Updated: 2016-12-31T03:20:40.476+10:30

 



This blog has moved

2016-08-26T08:01:46.418+09:30

My Talk of the Townn blog has now moved to its new address : The Talk of the Town. This was my first blog and I am very grateful for Blogger getting me up and running with what is now very much a part of my life. I have 3 blogs at Wordpress and so have now shifted my Blogger blogs so all my blogs are in one place. it is just easier for me that way now. I have been appreciative of the fact that Bloogger and Wordpress could work so well together . If you want to know how I did it please read this post: Shifting blog from Blogger to Wordpress.com . I hope you will continue to follow this blog in its new home. 



Oaklands Crossing

2016-04-24T08:30:55.422+09:30

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There not only has been increasingly hideous congestion at the Oaklands Crossing , there have been attacks and deaths. It is just an awful place to be when the boom gates go down. Marion Shopping Centre and increasing housing development and now the beautiful, new swimming centre have put the crossing on overload. I have used the crossing forever in my north south commutes or , now , my south north ones. My daughter and her husband live near the crossing. Sometimes it would be quicker to get out of the car and walk to her place than to sit there on Morphett Road waiting to turn left. Coming out of Murray Terrace relies mostly on the goodwill of the drivers letting you in so you can get into the right lane and I need to be in the outside lane. If I don't get into that then I am driving around Marion Shopping Centre to get myself back on the right track.I just do it. It makes people very annoyed but I don't see that as helpful so I keep listening to my music and podcasts and hope it will all pass quickly. Living in the area would be worse. I have to do it about once or twice a week, maybe. If you have someone sick it really puts the pressure on. I have to say that Adelaide drivers have mostly shown patience. tolerance and common sense with this crossing. It really does need to be changed right now. It blocks a free flow of traffic and that is never good. Adelaide always had traffic which flowed smoothly and it is something we should aim for in our relaxed city. 



The Health Care Scare

2016-04-14T08:16:10.344+09:30

 Image : Samantha Gavel - Private Health Insurance Ombudsman (PHIO) - Helping consumers to navigate changeMany people are surprised at how much extra they have to pay when they use their private health insurance in hospital. By contrast, there are few, if any, additional costs in the public system. And many people don’t really know what they’re getting when they purchase private health insurance.Private Helath Insurance and the Illusion of Choice February 7, 2013 2.46pmThat article was written  3 years ago and not only has it not changed, it has become very worrying and disturbing. Private health insurance was never like that. It originally covered the gap or nearly covered the gap. That's why we took it out . Those of us who could afford it took out private health insurance and knew we would be able to use the private health sector and allow the public system to help those who had limited or no income. Some took it out as a way to feel superior but most of us didn't. I have paid private health cover for over 40 years and this is the first time I have become increasingly concerned. It doesn't cover costs at all. There are sizeable out of pocket expenses and treatment for something serious in the private sector would become prohibitive and downright scary. You just don't know what you are in for. I have had 3 hospital stays in my life in the private sector. They were covered. I doubt they would be now. Getting new glasses costs me a fair bit and the other week I had a filling repaired and I got $95 of the $200  fee back and I belong to what is considered one of the best funds. As someone who is moving into the pension sector which I'll partly fund myself I am finding this very difficult. I am not the only one. It really has been the talk of the town. We are all wondering if we can afford to be in private hospital cover and whether it will be worth it because we won't have the means to pay gaps any more. So much for doing the right thing. Then you add that to the medical rearrangements in Adelaide and it's horrible and scary and we don't understand what is going on at all. GP Clinics are supermarket clinics. You cannot always get in to see your own doctor so you choose a GP clinic. So far my daughter has had a dislocated finger left untreated and told to take panadol and use an ice pack. She had tonsillitis misdiagnosed, a friend had her flu misdiagnosed and ended up in hospital. When my daughter got chickenpox in her 30s she luckily could get in to see her own doctor. There are some great doctors in the GP clinics who really understand health care. There does not appear to be enough of them and the approach and process need to be looked at because we are not getting health care. Nor do we know what to do about hospitals and emergency situations. Do we all go to Flinders and RAH? That will overload those two hospitals and it have serious consequences for outer suburbs people. Time=life in a severe medical scenario and being transported in an ambulance for 30 or 40 minutes or more is not helpful.  So what do we want? Private Health care which covers us and does not give us impossible financial situations to deal with. Access to quality medical care no matter where it is. By all means layer the system and work out the filters for serious, not so serious, really serious and tell us how to do it. Go here if you have a cold. Go here if you broke your foot. Our system needs an overhaul, yes, and we need information . We also need to be treated as people and not bank accounts. [...]



The JamFactory

2016-04-13T17:19:08.722+09:30

 It was a real pleasure to find myself at the bottom of Hindley Street and visiting the JamFactory. Like everything else in Adelaide , this end of town has been reinvented too and it's starting to look and feel really cool. It was great to see how focussed the glass makers were . They have to be. They are dealing with molten glass and their loving care was obvious but paramount to their safety too. The exhibition of shell jewellery was lovely. I have seen a lot of shell jewellery in South Pacific nations and ours was just so delicate. The other display areas housed some beautifully made objects at what were reasonable prices for such carefully conceived pieces. Back up the road from the JamFactory is The Adelaide College of the Arts. I am so glad they have settled on that name! It has been through a number of name changes and they didn't ever quite do the job. This one is simple , straight forward and nails it. I must go and have a closer look at some time because it seems to have lost its industrial look. It is a very well respected art school and always has been. It was interesting to walk down Hindley Street this morning. It gets a bit tacky but not brash like it used to be . During the day it has an interesting rather than unsavoury feel about it. The Woolshed Hotel looks spectacular. They have done a brilliant job on the facade.  
I walked from the Arts College to the JamFactory and wondered why they had massage parlours on that side of the road. Out of place, unseemly looking and away from the feel of what is now becoming a very artistic and creative end of town. The Mercury Theatre fits right in and so it could be further be developed to be a really cool area for artistic innovation and expression. You see the Nove on Luce cafe in all its aesthetic  glory and then a massage parlour which is  a bleak and stark contrast and spoils the feel of the area. The massage parlours and so on can exist elsewhere. Let that area just be developed by our creative spirits. No reason why we could not have the more new age places for relaxation and therapy. 



Popeye Cruise

2016-03-18T08:10:08.483+10:30

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I have finally got my act together and edited the video I took of the Popeye cruise. I blogged about it before in the Adelaide is beautiful  post.  Adelaide is beautiful. The cruise takes 40 minutes and it is a very relaxing , interesting trip along the river. This was taken in the middle of February in our summer. It really puts paid to the notion that Adelaide is hot and dry in the summer. The people who care for our city centre have done a great job of keeping everything green and neat. You can see Adelaide is a green city and that we have some lush vegetation. It is what makes Adelaide Adelaide. We have 3 Popeye cruise boats and towards the end of the video you can see one of them moored waiting for its turn to go out. I'd love to see more people going on the Popeye because it is such a good way to see our city but even if you live here, as I do, it is the best way to get away from it all and just watch all this watery world go by. 



Magic Object

2016-03-16T16:36:03.680+10:30

 Today I went to the Magic Object exhibition at the SA Art Gallery on North Terrace. It really was magical and a fabulous use of space. There were installations, images, ceramics, textile art and paintings by Australian artists all of whom really understood Wunderkammer and who also had a wonderful appreciation of illusion and inspiration. The curator of the exhibition had done a great job of placing the art works ,selecting the artists and annotating the exhibition. It is one of the best exhibitions I have seen at the gallery - at any gallery for that matter - and it was free. I am particularly fond of textile art and so the textile installations were just wondrous to me. The detail, the colour, the shapes and forms all created something mythical and magical. It really is worth seeing and it has a good impact. What was interesting was that everyone was as compelled as I was to go up really closely to the pieces to examine them and see how they were made. It had that close up and personal feeling about it. That is unusual. People often keep a respectable distance from art pieces. This time it was a respectful closeness which brought about wonder and admiration. So glad I went. 



Adelaide Markets

2016-03-18T08:10:20.879+10:30

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I take the train to town to go to the markets. It is ocean views there and ocean views back. Such a lovely trip. I then do the 15 minute walk up to the markets. Keeps me fit. I have a big breakfast and a mug of coffee at the Big Bean and then I am set to look and wander. It is always so nice and there is always something new to see and try. I love the French cheeses and the magnificent array of fruit and vegetables. I love the coffee beans and the cold meats. There are so many good quality things to choose from. I always stop at the Honey Shoppe. They sell honey, obviously, but also good quality soaps and lotions and potions. There is always something in there I want to try .The products make great gifts. 



What do you do in Adelaide?

2016-03-18T08:07:20.889+10:30

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National Geographic has created a 2 minute video about South Australia. I sometimes see koalas and kangaroos and I live in the outer suburbs. I see the hills on one side and the ocean on the other no matter where I drive around here. The views are spectacular. We do what we want but we have a chance to enjoy nature and so lots of South Australians bush walk, bike ride, surf, snorkel , skateboard, sail, fish. We can be pretty active. We like walking our dogs, going to the coffee shop, shopping. We like helping others so we volunteer when we are called or we just volunteer anyway. We like road tripping down the coast or around the wine regions. We like camping, family nights, fun nights, reading. We are big readers. We love music and art. We love gaming. The South Australia Facebook page gives you a really good overview of what it is like here. We have the time and space to do what we want and be what we want and pursue our passions and interests. On the other hand , we might just veg out in front of the TV or out the back. 



Lost and Found in India

2016-03-14T09:46:15.511+10:30

Braja Sorensen was born on Bombay Street near the Warradale Army Barracks and  she now lives in West Bengal. She is a well respected author , poet, editor and then there are all the other things Braja Sorensen is. A woman of talent and creativity who loves India because it has brought out all the aspects of her personality, character and creativity. Lost and Found in India is from her blog and so there is a certain stream of consciousness about it which I really like. It is fresh, well written, makes interesting observations and then allows you , as someone who does not really understand the culture, some real understanding as to how India puts together its vast culture wealth on a daily basis. Her writing style is animated and well thought out. She draws you in because the tone is conversational but as she reflects on different aspects of our culture and the Indian way of life then you feel like you belong in that conversation with her. It contextualises her in that culture and looks at how the Indian culture has impacted on her and she on it. It's a book which does a lot for intercultural understanding but also a book which is just a very good read.



Adelaide Art Gallery

2016-03-09T16:24:58.651+10:30

The Adelaide Art Gallery is really blossoming! Its entranceway was colourful and inviting. I did not get there until I had had breakfast at the gallery coffee shop. It was well patronised and my mini buttie and long black were such a civilised start to my jaunt around the gallery. Everyone who worked there was confident, competent and friendly. Everyone who was visiting to view the works was absorbed and involved. Even if you do not see the current exhibition it is well worth a visit because it is just a friendly, inspiring place to be. I really enjoyed my visit today and will go back to see the special exhibition they have on currently.



Adelaide is beautiful

2016-02-17T16:25:39.811+10:30

Today was a picture perfect cruise on the Popeye. There was a lady visiting from Canberra who had never seen Adelaide before and she thought it was a beautiful city. It is. Full credit has to be given to those who are envisioning our redevelopment. The talk of the town on the train was still the new, amazing, exceedingly impressive RAH building next to the station. The lady form Canberra said, as she flew over, the honeycomb building looked like an eye as she looked down. Who is having these brilliant ideas? We are all loving it. Down by the Torrens it has a wide open feel of water and greenness. Even the Versailles - like fountain by the steps and the landscaping are inspired. We took the 40 minute cruise and anyone who thought Adelaide was bone dry and crispy in the summer would have had that thought demolished. It was verdant. All along the river was green and lush. It would have been lovely to continue on down the river but maybe that isn't safe or cannot be navigated safely. The 15 dollars spent on the cruise was a lot cheaper than therapy. It was calming, delightful and everyone was happy. The Popeye driver had a good way with the little children and was a fount of information. The trip is charming and gives you a whole new look at Adelaide. Made me love this city even more. I look forward to the day when all the Popeyes are out on the water because we all want to be mucking about on the river. 



Extreme Adelaide

2016-03-18T08:06:42.604+10:30

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This is the GoPro video I made when I went to town last week and then came home and wrote the last post. Even though the weather wasn't particularly nice it was good to be on a train trip and it was good to go over the new bridge and see how that whole area is being developed. The one thing about the GoPro, which is new to me so I am still practising, is that it could take in the spectacular panoramic views from that bridge and from the train. That is what we have in Adelaide. Big sky. On that day it was a big cloudy sky threatening rain. Others were out on the bridge taking photos and lots and quite a few people were on the other side walking dogs, prams, children or jogging. It has such a good feel that area now. What do we do in Adelaide? Whatever we want!



Amazing Adelaide

2016-02-03T16:45:26.444+10:30

As we were arriving in town everyone on the train was commenting on how huge all the new buildings were where the RAH is now. We could not believe how spectacular it all looked because on the other side is the imposing Adelaide Convention Centre. The architecture is very eyecatching. I walked out over the Torrens Bridge and the panormaic views of the River Torrens and its banks were just superb. It is a 360 degree uninterrupted view of sky, water , green and then our buildings. So much is being built, facelifted and reformatted. It has such a good feel and it really looks extraordinary. The poor pelicans were not too impressed with our unusual Adelaide summer weather. Bit cold, bit blustery, bit like it would pour with rain any minute.
So not us and the pelicans knew it. The black swans and other birds didn't seem to mind so much but the recent rain has made the Torrens banks look green and lush. The masterminds behind this reconstruction and new look can be well pleased with what they have achieved so far. We really are becoming more beautiful each week and the energy and creativity going into this is much appreciated.  



How to be a trade in tragic

2016-01-17T19:08:25.172+10:30

(image) Meet my lovely Holden Cruze 2010 , with less than 50 000 on the clock, which the car dealer said was immaculate and so well kept. It's the one with the sun roof. Not many of those around and it's a nice car to drive and has a bit of a coolness factor. In June 2012 I paid 28, 000 + for it with the window tinting and paint protection. I was given $8 000 trade in on my Opel engine 2006 Astra Hatchback which was also in very good condition. I love my cars. Last Friday I was offered $6000 trade in for this Cruze. So now it is worth even less than quarter of its price after only 3 and a half years. I wasn't struck dumb because I said I would be insane to give them this car at that price. Even if I sold it privately I was told I might get 10 or 12 thousand so well and truly under half price. 
Had I known at the time just how much used car prices were going to deteriorate in such a short time then, no, I would not have paid so much for my car. I cannot know these things and nor can you. I'd hate to be on finance. I'd be in a terrible state now had I borrowed money to pay for a car like this and the reality of 2016 kicked in. I always thought it was a good idea to trade up and get myself a better car. Even if they had knocked off $5000 on the Equipe I wanted to purchase it still would only make mine worth $11 000 after 3 and a half years. So I came home for the first time without having bought a car. Interesting experience. You have to go with the market. A second hand car appears to have no value. So it's buy and cry. Under these conditions I would not even consider a new or demo car. How is that going to help the car market? Eventually it will impact on new and demo car sales and it might bring up the used car market and it may well get quite a few people into financial difficulty. As it stands I have come home and worked out a plan which I shall blog about. I am not giving my car away. If the market doesn't value it at all , then I do. I'll keep you posted. 



Cycling on footpath

2015-11-01T15:49:27.531+10:30

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We have a long history of competent and well respected cycling organisations and people in South Australia. We love our cycling and our cyclists . They have achieved a lot for the sport and our state. It is disappointing that the changes to the law which allow cyclists to ride on the footpath have created such a low level of disingenuous debate. We know a lot about cycling. We have done it well. We need to look at the realities. Cars and bikes should never be together on the road in some parts of Adelaide. You cannot give 1.5m clearance on Unley Road. It is mad to put a bike lane between a bus lane and cars as in another part of Adelaide. A car cannot move over into another lane to give clearance if the outside lane has cars. That is all logical and real. Cyclists can be very much in danger because they are not protected. Drivers are in danger if they have to shift lanes suddenly to create room for cyclists. There are irresponsible cyclists who ride several abreast or too fast or recklessly. There are drivers who zoom, swerve and don't care. How many? Most cyclists and drivers are reasonable and responsible and we have co existed well but the increase of traffic has created some difficult and unpleasant moments. Other cities and countries allow cyclists to use pedestrian areas to keep themselves safe. If  the thoughtless, irresponsible behaviour of the few is a problem we need to address that behaviour. We need social awareness campaigns , we need rational discussions and we need to be level headed. It is not us and them. There are no factions and yet, the converstions have largely settled on that. 891 Adelaide had a good discussion about this issue with a lawyer and other experts. We need to look at the issues, the problems , the concerns. We need to find solutions and work together on this. It should be a project where we look at solving the issues and we are clear about what we shall not and never tolerate. It's the mentality which needs to be developed which is lacking. In Canberra cyclists access pedestrian areas. They do that responsibly. I have never felt surprised, threatened or unsafe. I have been glad to see they can get away from the cars and use an eco friendsly form of transport. We have thought that footpath cycling is for little kiddies and that no adult would ride on the footpath. We need to rethink it. Cars cannot determine the liveability of a city and you cannot just push people out onto the road and say - give them 1.5 metres and she'll be right. It doesn't work like that. 



Upgrading Adelaide

2015-08-08T08:13:01.419+09:30

Upgrading Adelaide is well underway and it's looking good! We have the bridge across the Torrens and everyone loves it. The markets are taking shape and are such an interesting place to be in Adelaide with all their sights, sounds and great food. Not just food, though. There are other shops and stalls and it is looking brighter , lighter and cleaner. Not that the markets were dirty. They were old looking. Not now. Frome Road is getting an artsy feel with Eckersley's, The Urban Cow and a matching artsy cafe. I can see that getting better. The bottom end of Grenfell Street has a more sedate feel and being able to get authentic crepes there only adds to it. Carpe Diem is popular for a good reason and adds to the feel of that end of Grenfell Street. The Mall is looking light, bright and active with all the big glass shop windows and, thankfully, they have kept some of the Mall coffee shops and have started to develop the streets and lanes off Rundle Mall. We have come a long way. Whoever has oversight of the planning has had some good vision. So why are we now faint hearted about developing Victoria Square to the model which has been advertised , shared, approved and appreciated? It would look so fantastic and provide a civilised place for people to be at that end of town where the markets and law precinct are. It needs something with panache and the plans put forward looked appropriate. Funding, you say? We are not doing  this because of funding? This is 2015. Crowdsourcing funding is becoming the norm for projects and start ups. Adelaide has never been faint hearted about embracing the future, the unusal and the innovative. Maybe we need to look at the crowdfunding of projects in other cities and move ourselves forward in our customary can-do Adelaide way, no matter what the barriers. It would be a great way to bring us together. Why shouldn't we unite to fund and develop our future



Adelaide is great

2015-07-06T16:36:01.274+09:30


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If the Adelaide Football Club motto is : Born to great things (Natus ad magna geranda) then it has been rising above the horribly complex and definitive loss of Phil Walsh and is taking our state and the AFL with it. Scott Camporeale has been trending for a couple of hours on Twitter because he is the new interim coach for the club and he is going to honour Phil Walsh's vision  and try to move through the emotion of the  situation that way. This follows on from what was, to all accounts - all accounts - a very moving and meaningful gesture yesterday from the March of Silence to the ceremony at the Adelaide Oval. Those who were there were deeply moved by it. The family has expressed thanks for such an obvious and huge support for their situation and everyone and anyone to do with football in this country has been picking up the lead of this club and uniting themselves for the family, for the game and for everything Phil Walsh represented. Football. He loved it. He gave his life to it. It meant everything to him that he could share his passion and enthusiam for the game. You do not have to know Phil Walsh or like football to know that Phil Walsh was an inspiration as a coach because he lived for the game and the good it could bring. His club has come together to support Meredith and Quinn Walsh so that they can see their awful situation is not beyond hope or care. The leadership displayed in how this is now unfolding is worth noting. It is a solid uniting of football fans and players which then has reached out to the rest of the community and allowed us to blur the pain a bit. We know it's a horrendous situation. We know it must be unbearable. We know that Meredith and Quinn Walsh must be feeling so black and numb. We cannot even guess really how they might be feeling. The Adelaide Football Club is living up to its motto because this is a gargantuan challenge to keep the spirit of someone like Phil Walsh burning strongly and brightly. This is not canonising him or making him more than a man. It's redressing the imbalance of fate and providing an undeniable blanket of solidarity around Meredith and Quinn who have some tough times to work through. 



Phil Walsh

2015-07-06T16:36:36.975+09:30

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Adelaide is sad. You could feel it yesterday and then you could hear it. Everyone was affected by it and moved. Not just the football community , all of us. We could all see it was a painful, dreadful circumstance for a family to find itself in and the fact that it was a high profile family meant we were all connecting on a very real level about the way in which a happy family can go very wrong. We were talking about it because it had a profound impact. The saddness of it. The finality of it. The awful compexity of it. Phil Walsh was a very well respected and well loved coach and you knew it whether you followed football or not. This was someone who had given his life to the success and building of a sport which everyone loves. In Adelaide there is good rivalry between the Port and Crows supporters. It is the basis of so much fun and so many jokes. Yesterday, it wasn't about that at all.  It was about kinship. Football has lost someone who had strengthened and grown the sport but he had lost his life as a father. A man. The obvious family impact and emotion of it was clear. The club will rally around the family because the club motto is Born to Great Things. Nothing greater than taking this situation into your heart and working a way through it. I feel so so concerned for Phil Walsh's wife , Meredith, and his daughter , Quinn. What has happened to them as human beings is an impossibly tough call and they are having to work their way through the pain and complexity of it. This is a human story and the resolution, as such, will be a playing out of the club motto. The two women need to be cossetted and protected for the time being and will need all the love and help we can muster. In the end it will make us have a really serious conversation about family violence which is going to be painful and difficult but it is one we need to have. The football community will make us honest in fronting up to this. In the meantime, Adelaide cares and Adelaide is sad. Very sad. 



If you don't ask, you don't get

2015-04-15T14:58:16.948+09:30

Alys Fowler's last line in her well considered and heartfelt piece in the Guardian this morning says it all. She reflects on buildings and cities without trees , shrubs and greenery . As a personal piece it strikes a chord and means a lot. We may live predominantly in cities and suburbs but here there is no reason to ignore and exclude nature and its benefits. Yes, you have to think. Yes, you have to plan and yes, there has to be ongoing thought. In some cases it might take community involvement to sustain greenery in the suburbs and cities. Thinking and planning are critical...but so is asking for us to have liveable cities and suburbs. Concrete and bricks are harsh and in our Adelaide heat unbearbly hot. We need respite. We have the Himeji Gardens on South Terrace which are a well planned and self contained place of peace and tranquility. The same goes for the Chinese Gardens in Darling Harbour. These self contained and well thought out oases are surprisingly successful in how they can bring respite and happiness in a busy place. At work, our car park has an assortment of  trees. They have put some gum trees which attract the rosellas at this time of the year. Great for nature, not so good if you are the one parked under the tree and have to come home and wash the car like I did last Thursday. I love seeing the rosellas. Washing my car is not really a huge price to pay. Those trees should have been planted elsewhere in the grounds and would have been fine. Where I live the rosellas fly out of a big shrub when I am taking the dog for a walk. We both startle even though we know it is coming. The shrub is on the side of the road. The rosellas can happily go in there and chatter away and there is no fall out from them which causes a problem. We even get koalas sometimes in the gum trees around here. All this makes people happy and keeps them in touch with nature. It is important to think of how you are going to landscape in a city or suburb. Green round abouts are attractive, the right trees provide shade for us all and then plants attract different birds and insects. Aesthetically it is more appealing, but from a daily living point of view it is just so pleasant. One of the good things about greenery around cities is you often get wall boxes and garden beds with retainer walls. These are a welcome place to sit and rest and watch life go by. If they are in a shady area they provide respite from the heat and hot sun. We cannot rip everything up again, as Alys says, but we can think about how we can colour and green our lives . Nature can be dazzling and plants and flowers can provide lovely surprises like the beds of pansies up at Hahndorf. It's not about show. We are living beings. We respond to life.



#sabushfires

2015-01-07T08:29:18.242+10:30

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The fires are still raging. The commitment from Jay Weatherill, our Premier, SAPOL, CFS and countless others has been extraordinary. Normal protocol would dictate that the federal government would acknowledge and support us during these demanding , traumatic times. Mainstream media was slow to acknowledge us and the Prime Minister is in Iraq. A number of federal politicians are from SA. The silence and  lack of presence has been deafening and so the priorities of the government are clear. This bushfire is serious and it is big.12, 500 hectares. That we have lost no lives is a tribute the the excellent information and organisation from those who are managing this destructive event. ShoeBoxes of Love has mobilised itself on Facebook, countless people have offered time , paddocks and horse floats to get as many horses to safety as possible and they were onto it straight away . Down south and over the city we have been breathing in smoke and  those in the immediate area will be dealing with even more smoke along with the damage. South Australians have kept themselves rallied and in good spirits. They have shown some inspiration and ingenuity when it comes to helping each other. We have our donation areas and organisations up and running. 38 houses have been lost, a  significant number of outhouses and sheds and so many trees which are being cleared quickly for safety's sake. The number of animals saved has been impressive but so many have had to be put down and that weighs heavily on us. Canadair and the citizens of Canada have sent us a firefighting aircraft to fight our worst bushfire in 30 years. We have interstate firefighters helping us as we have helped them in the past. Today will be tough. We are dealing with fires even the best in the world could not easily put out. We are tough. We just have to hope the storms will not make it worse if they come and we get rain which would help ease the burden. Right now , we are in the thick of it. Later, it will be what so many people have to do all over the world - clearing up the mess. We are ready for it but some consideration, solidarity and human compassion  from people of import and position would not go astray. 



Thank you SA Parliamentarians

2014-12-02T14:28:27.832+10:30

Image: abc.net.auIt is a very unsettling ride in Australian politics at the moment. We have had a lot to learn and I think we are finally getting it. When the federal defence minister freely and gratuitously insulted the work and the  workers of the Australian Submarine Corporation I was as incensed as anyone in South Australia. It was uncalled for and very damaging. I storified it so that I could keep a record of it , it was just such unheard of behaviour in our country. Hardly anyone has looked at it, but that doesn't matter. What matters is it's there for me to look at. What became clear, though, at the time was we have a state where parliamentarians will act swiftly and rationally on  any matter relating to the good name of our state and the people who work in it and for it. Both our Premier , Jay Weatherill and our opposition leader , Stephen Marshall spoke up clearly and strongly on our behalf and on the behalf of the Australian Submarine Corporation. A number of other prominent people in our state spoke strongly too. It was a good feeling. Inspite of the initial copy cat nonsense straight after the election, borrowed from current Australian politics , our state politicians have actually settled into a good rhythm . Maybe the sad loss of  Bob Such  has had its impact in a helpful way because Bob Such worked hard for the electorate he represented and was so well respected and now sadly missed. Our parliamentarians get up in the morning and go to work. They work hard for the state. They do what we do. We all have long hours, demanding, complex work conditions, performance standards to meet and behavioural expectations in the work place. When we are free, we have a great state to relax in and a place where we can dream our dreams or just mooch and have a nice day. Our parliamentarians talk to us, represent us, speak on our behalf, speak up for causes and groups and generally conduct themselves in a productive , positive way. It's actually comforting to know that now that I have realised it. Most of the federal parliamentarians from this state are people we can be proud of and who work for an optimistic, burgeoning Australia which will benefit all of us. The state parliamentarians are good at what they do and are currently focussing on how to improve the future outlook for our state. We'll do it. We are creative , flexible thinkers here and we have some good research people in our universities who come and talk to us to help us along. I like that about our state. We all talk to each other and we all try and be good at what we do. Yes, there are those who are not like that, but that doesn't hold us up in any way. We are like running water. We glide over the bumps![...]



Adelaide in the 80s

2014-11-08T18:09:44.713+10:30

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If you missed Adelaide in the 80s, this is pretty much it. We were all very fit, mad on aerobics and it heralded the era of good fresh food and more exercise which has become a permanent feature of our South Australian lifestyle. We had the outfits, the music, the venues, the TV programmes and videos. We were alive. Speaking of Adelaide Alive - our Grand Prix also featured aerobics groups too. That is how into it we were. This love of fitness branched out into cycling, kindergym, walking, gym circuits and since then we have become adept in finding the right level of fitness activity for who we are so now you find people skateboarding, walking the dog, surfing, body boarding, swimming, canoeing , kayaking...all because aerobics got us all moving in such a fun way. 



Fashion Icons Exhibition

2014-10-08T16:41:01.565+10:30

So excited!! Adelaide is finally really getting there. After all the hoo-ha with public transport infrastructure redevelopment, the revamping of the Mall and the constant disruption to all and everything, well, my trip to town was living proof we can do it and do it well. The Mall seems empty without its coffee shops which were so popular and the beloved fruit  and fruit juice stands are gone. I am hoping that they will return to one of the side streets. Not having the Mall full of "stuff" means there is a clear and open feel to it. The Asian food area has established itself well in the Renaissance Arcade and David Jones is abuzz with its redevelopment. I have never seen their staff so positive, optimistic and just genuinely happy. The changes are still coming but today there was a complete lift in tone and atmosphere. We can feel the life being breathed into us. We can feel the style which is coming and we can feel that sense of creative endeavour which we thought was just nuisance renovation and annoying change. Whoever has their eye on this has conceived it well because it is coming together to produce a city which we are loving. We can feel it is going to be fabulous! Part of that is the Fashion Icons Exhibition opening at the Art Gallery in late October. It has linked us back into the wider world in a really great way and the shops are picking up on the theme. We have lift off.






















Community Broadcasting

2014-09-14T19:11:13.821+09:30

About Community Broadcasting in Australia is a very good clip with some startling information. The interesting thing is Blogger won't find the YouTube clip so I can post it straight here and if you click on the share button on the YouTube clip it just hangs. Nothing happens. So are we not meant to share this good news? 5 million Australians listen to 444 community radio stations each week. Some of my time is given over to listen to community radio or television because you can't get more local than that. It can be like having friends over. It can be really interesting and it can remind you that you live in an area where things are happening all the time. Things which you wouldn't know about necessarily because main stream media run to an agenda. Community radio creates that sense of belonging and it is growing all the time. It's an opportunity for people to practise their media skills, find an avenue to share their knowledge and information but it can just be good to know what is going on locally. I am disappointed I can't share this clip properly. Community radio is worth tuning into from time to time. 





So, who's away today

2014-08-27T19:41:08.590+09:30

Absenteeism is starting to take hold again. People just don't turn up. Some let the workplace know. Others don't.  All sorts of reasons for it but it puts a strain on those who are there and it undermines smooth working conditions which would be less demanding on those present and more positive for all if everyone were consistently there. It seems to be a problem everywhere. Forbes outlines the costs and causes in America. There is quite a list. There is a similar list for Australia with Tuesday seeming to be popular as the day off. That can be a bit misleading as some people work through a  week and a weekend and when they get to Tuesday they might just be too tired to get up. Long shifts, long weeks interfere with the rhythm of life. How many days straight do some people work? How long are their days? Is it a case of sheer fatigue or does the absenteeism trend go back to school attendance patterns as well? Maybe it's both. Maybe we have work place conditions which do not suit a human body and then a lack of commitment from others.Why the lack of commitment? What factors influence that? Workplace info has some interesting information about absenteeism. So, do we reward those who can be relied upon or do we just keep pushing them and being sorry when they finally break? Do we need to look at this? Adelaide is a good place to look at working conditions because we are not a huge state in terms of population and we can investigate things more easily and maybe even work out how to improve things without risking huge numbers in a big company. We also have a good history of competent sociological research. Rather than let it carry on like this , it might be sensible to take a look at what is causing absenteeism and how to address it. It is not in anyone's long term interests to allow such an obvious problem go ignored.