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Wednesday 5th April 2017


Hope this finds you fit and well. Here is a bunch of what crossed my digital desk over the last week. I trust you get something from it!

If you are the sort of person who cleans up after yourself, who puts things back where you found them, who returns things you borrow and tries to keep your place neat and tidy, you would probably expect others to do the same. And it probably dismays you when they don’t. You recognise it as being very short term think and irresponsible. Well why should we expect less than our standard when it comes to mining companies who make a lot of money then do not clean up after themselves?

This hit my desk this week:

The Federal Senate has opened up an Inquiry into the failures of mine rehabilitation in Australia.

It’s a big and very important opportunity for communities across the nation.

This is our chance to expose the fact that there has still not been a single large mine that has been fully rehabilitated over the last 25 years in Australia.

Can you take one minute to make a simple submission to the Senate Inquiry? We’ve only got one week before the submission period closes.

The fact is that state governments have failed us.

They are still allowing mining companies to leave vast, open-cut pits that will never be filled.

They are still allowing huge waste dumps that will eventually leak and contaminate adjoining creeks and rivers.

This is our best chance to put a national spotlight on the toxic legacy of big mining in Australia.

It would be wonderful if you could use our quick, simple guide to send a submission. Click here to do just that!

If we all take action now, we can build an unstoppable push for binding national rehabilitation standards which force mining giants to finally clean up their mess.

Thanks for standing with us,

Rick for Lock the Gate Alliance

Lock the Gate Alliance

Spectacular Jungle Forest Must be Saved From Illegal Loggers

Natural forests are environmental jewels and need to be preserved. Logging forests should be plated to reclaim barren land.

Five By Five Rule
Five By Five Rule

Good advice...

Tree Fright
Tree Fright

There are some wags around!

Lest we forget: the recent 9/11 study showing how all three buildings were destroyed by 'controlled demolition'
911 Lest We Forget

It bears repeating that fires have never caused the total collapse of a steel-framed high-rise before or since 9/11. Did we witness an unprecedented event three separate times on September 11, 2001? The NIST reports, which attempted to support that unlikely conclusion, fail to persuade a growing number of architects, engineers, and scientists. Instead, the evidence points overwhelmingly to the conclusion that all three buildings were destroyed by controlled demolition. Given the far-reaching implications, it is morally imperative that this hypothesis be the subject of a truly scientific and impartial investigation by responsible authorities.

Now there’s the problem. The “responsible authorities” will never conduct “a truly scientific and impartial investigation” because they are complicit.

Prehistoric shrimp emerge from Australian desert after heavy rain
Shield shrimp

Another one of these Truth is Stranger Than Fiction stories!

Are You Taking a Time-Out?

My sons’ high school has a great tradition: about a month before the end of year exams, the whole class clocks out and goes on retreat to a big old house in the country with several of the teachers. There they eat, play footy, share stories, and generally hang out. Although my initial reaction to the idea was to stress out - “So close to exams? Shouldn’t they be studying?” - in fact, it was a very sensible initiative which enhanced the boys’ confidence, mood, and, very likely, academic outcomes.

The reason is the same reason that, in the academic world, professors can take a full year’s sabbatical – physically removing yourself from work helps you gain a fresh perspective, and can actually make you do your job better when you return. Taking a break lets you replenish yourself emotionally, physically, spiritually and intellectually. A study published in The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology confirms this: researchers found that when workers put physical distance between themselves and a problem – even just walking to another floor or going to get a glass of water – their anxiety levels dropped and the odds of them solving a problem doubled.

Of course, most of us can’t spend 12 months in Lake Como recharging our batteries (I wish) but we can be mindful about consciously disconnecting from everyday life at appropriate times. For example, insist that at least Sundays are free from work-related activities, such as checking emails. Setting and honouring that boundary carves out much-needed time to reset your intentions for the week; plus, it sends a strong message to your subconscious that you are deserving of this safe, quiet space in which to think, rest, and play.

From a newsleeter from Pamela Allardice

I Dream For A Living by Steven Spielberg
Steven Speilberg

This is SO worth listening to!


Until next time,
dream big dreams,
plan out how to achieve them,
be continually executing your plans,
enlist people to your causes,
travel and/or read widely, preferably both,
all the while observing what you observe
rather than thinking what you are told to think,
think well of your fellow man,
take time to help your fellow man,
he sorely needs it and it will help you too,
eat food that is good for your body,
exercise your body,
take time to destress,
and do the important things
that make a difference -
they are rarely the urgent ones!



Most of the content herein has been copied from someone else. Especially the images. My goodness some people are talented at creating aesthetics! The small bits that are of my creation are Copyright 2014-2017 © by Tom Grimshaw - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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