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R U OK.? Trust me, We really, really do Care

Welcome dear Readers, Today I just want to take a couple of minutes to talk about 'R U OK Day', a day set aside for the second Thursday in September to remind people to check on their family and friends. You know, see if they're doing ok mentally and help them out if they're struggling.Set up by a non-for-profit suicide prevention organisation, it's aim is to reduce the impact of suicide and mental illness in Australian society.Now, I absolutely applaude any measures taken to help people who are struggling. Having been through the darkness and sense of hopelessness that comes with mental illness, I know that any form of meaningful conversation and caring can in some way help you see out of the darkness.So, a once a year reminder is great yeah? I mean it must be a good thing, at least helping in some small way. But what does it really mean? What is the bedrock that the need for RUOK Day sits upon? I guess what I'm asking is why do we need it?And that's the ki…

Exercise in Stupidity?

Welcome dear reader,Today's blog, as promised, is about the Same Sex Marriage (SSM) debate currently dominating the airwaves and sucking the very oxygen out of Australian politics. While there are many views and quite a few diatribes supporting either side of the argument, what I would like to do today is take a step back from the toing and froing of the Yes/No campaign and have a deeper look at the current political maelstrom from a national politcal agenda point of view. (I'll say something more about the actual issues later on).So, what the heck is happening and how did we end up here? How did we end up in a situation where we, the public, are paying for a government sponsored survey (opinion poll) into an issue that according to our Constitution lays fair and square within the realms of Commonwealth Parliament legislature?Well, according to our Prime Minister, we are conducting this survey because they 'made a promise' before the election to do so.Here I have to st…

A Day in the Life of....

Welcome Reader,



Greetings to my new Blog. Real glad you came here. First, if you want/need to know who I am, that's easy, check me out on Facebook. Yes, I know, took me forever to get on it or any form of social/electronic media. But,as they say in the classics, 'The World has moved on' (thank you Stephen King), and so have I.....eventually.
My gorgeous wife will likely tell you that I've taken to this new form of electronic, new aged communication so well that I do it far better than in real life. But then again, that wouldn't be too difficult!
So, why am I here,what's the point of this blog? Well, that's easy....I like to rant. I like to rant about things, and the absence of things, so much that it pretty much seems to fill the space between my ears probably (insert definitely) more than it should. So, after hummin and hawing for way too long, I finally agreed with those constant advisors in my life that it might be an idea to put those constant, nagging thou…