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special people……

30 Apr

Most of us go to work everyday and perform fairly ordinary tasks. We pretty much know that the day will pass with the biggest problem we have to face is a traffic jam, a paper jam or for messy people like me, spilt jam on my shirt.

But for some special people, it could be rescuing someone from a jam, you know the real deal, nasty type of jam.

These people hop out of bed knowing that they will be called upon to do extraordinary tasks, and I for one always quietly say thanks!

Star Wars, a modern classic……

1 Oct

If you haven’t seen or a least heard about the Star Wars epics then you would be in the minority. There are many of our ancient classics and some of the more modern tomes that have not affected the way we speak as much as this easily consumed good versus evil tale.  “May the force be with you” is even heard in boardrooms as a way of wishing executives  good luck in their next battle with clients. Going over to the “dark side” is related to any change of team, and I recently heard this phrase being used to describe a paramedics’ defection to the fire brigade.

As I was typing this post there were three separate adverts on the TV for various forms of Star Wars toys for a new generation to consume. Now you may say that Batman, The Hulk and Superman have similar effects on society, but really when did you include sayings such as “precisely Robin !” or “Aarrhhh” ( the hulk) in conversation and as for costuming wearing undies (red ones at that) on the outside of your trousers is at best going to attract looks, at worst have you  completely  shunned by the majority of the population. Conversely when you see people dressed up for the many Star Wars conventions, most of us secretly smile and think its kinda’ cool. The only other modern show that I believe has had a similar effect is Star Trek and truly the current generation don’t get it….aahhh, beam me up Scotty!!

Anyway as my 11-year-old spent a large amount of his school holidays creating his Lego spin on space craft from that galaxy far, far away in time long ago, we thought we should put the Nikon to good use a record the result for further generations to enjoy. Using the low light capability of D5000s’ sensor, we used his Globe as a back drop placed on a black sheet and lit it with two hand-held LED torches. With some stars added in PP, the galaxy came alive in the bedroom….May the force be with you!!

Help, rescue us……………….

26 Sep

I have said enough times here and in other ramblings elsewhere that I believe in this being the lucky country, but maybe sometimes we Australians’ get used to the fact that good luck will prevail and once again “she’ll be right, mate”. Not this time, when it comes to our failing health system, that we have for so long-held up to overseas visitor as yet other reason that Australia is the best country to call home, we need to roll up the sleeves and have a red-hot go at fixing it before it is too late.

I have recently read that the only solution to the under delivery of health services is to implement a user pays system a la the good ole US of A, I beg to differ, we don’t have a massive population with rapidly declining resources and crushing debt from global peace keeping activities, rather we are resource rich and under populated. A couple of years back, the federal government, gave schools far and wide large sums of money to erect multi purpose halls for every activity our next generation requires, bravo. This stimulus package although clever in design was poorly managed and allowed for wide-spread profit taking, however the kids got their multi purpose buildings, so let’s do it again, only this time lets really do it right.

I am just an ordinary Australian who loves photography and despairs at seemingly obvious problems not being fixed. I my simple  opinion we should publicly ask for suitably qualified persons from planning, construction and acute medical backgrounds to come forward and given the immediacy of the situation, be aided by all tiers of government to push forward and design, construct and staff these multi purpose medical “halls” just like we did for our kids. Give them tight deadlines, give them specific requirements, promise them the nation’s gratitude, throw in financial incentives and we will see that “can do” Aussie spirit rise to the front. The nay sayers’ will of course scoff, but of course they won’t come up with an alternative solution. We need, as a nation, to fix this now, having 18 ambulances ramped at one major hospital yesterday is just not acceptable. The heroes that save our lives deserve better, the nurses, doctors, paramedics and all the backup staff have a difficult enough time without substandard and poorly resourced facilities. I wondered yesterday as I watched in awe the fantastic crew of one of our rescue choppers lift off to save another life, how soon before we see rescue helicopters circling receiving hospitals in a holding pattern due lack of beds for their patients…………………..