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AUSTRALIAN OF THE YEAR 2008 - LEE KERNAGHAN
an excellent article written by the Premier of NSW -Morris Iemma
Love thy neighbour - it's in our hands
thanks Lakshmi for this illuminating email
(taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of her
own. They like other people's.
A grandfather is a man & a grandmother is a lady!
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to
see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if
they drive us to the shops and give us money.
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty
leaves and caterpillars.
They show us and talk to us about the color of the flowers and also why
we shouldn't step on "cracks."
They don't say, "Hurry up."
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes.
They wear glasses and funny underwear.
They can take their teeth and gums out.
Grandparents don't have to be smart.
They have to answer questions like "Why isn't God married?" and "How
come dogs chase cats?".
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the
same story over again.
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have
television because they are the only grown ups who like to spend time with
They know we should have snack-time before bedtime and they say prayers
with us every time and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
A 6 YEAR OLD WAS ASKED WHERE HIS GRANDMA LIVED. ''OH,'' HE SAID, ''SHE
LIVES AT THE AIRPORT AND WHEN WE WANT HER WE JUST GO GET HER. THEN WHEN
WE'RE DONE HAVING HER VISIT, WE TAKE HER BACK TO THE AIRPORT.''
GRANDPA IS THE SMARTEST MAN ON EARTH! HE TEACHES ME GOOD THINGS BUT I
DON'T GET TO SEE HIM ENOUGH TO GET AS SMART AS HIM!
William Dobell: hard drawing - 15 December to 10 February 08
Radical or conservative? This exhibition examines the practice of Newcastle’s most famous artist and includes previously unexhibited artist’s sketchbooks and archival photographs, in conjunction with selected works from both public and private collections.
Allow yourself a couple of hours at least to view this exhibition as there is a marvellous DVD (approx 55 mins) that is a must see as well!!
I am recognising my fellow bloggers today by posting "my neighbours" in Australia
Message from NSW Ambulance Service
We all carry our mobile phones with names & numbers stored in its memory but nobody, other than if we were to be involved in an accident or were taken ill, the people attending us would have our mobile phone but wouldn't know who to call. Yes, there are hundreds of numbers stored but which one is the contact person in case of an emergency? Hence this "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) Campaign.
The concept of "ICE" is catching on quickly. It is a method of contact during emergency situations. As cell phones are carried by the majority of the population, all you need to do is store the number of a contact person or persons who should be contacted during emergency under the name "ICE" ( In Case Of Emergency).
The idea was thought up by a paramedic who found that when he went to the scenes of accidents, there were always mobile phones with patients, but they didn't know which number to call. He therefore thought that it would be a good idea if there was a nationally recognized name for this purpose. In an emergency situation, Emergency Service personnel and hospital Staff would be able to quickly contact the right person by simply dialling the number you have stored as "ICE".
It really could save your life, or put a loved one's mind at rest. For more than one contact name simply enter ICE1, ICE2 and ICE3 etc.
thanks to John & Jude for this email
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