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Melbourne doctor fears link between mobile phone use and brain cancer

Originally posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia:

A leading Melbourne doctor is blaming mobile phones for an escalation in brain cancer.

Dr John Tickell has fought his own cancer battle and claims radiation is the link.

He says it should be a wake up call for anyone who uses a mobile phone.

Dr Tickell was a on a flight from Sydney to Melbourne when he suffered a seizure. A subsequent brain scan revealed five tumours; one was the size of a golf ball.

“It’s maybe the scariest words you’ll ever hear, ‘you have brain cancer’,” Dr Tickell said.

Now in remission, Dr Tickell believes radiation is a significant contributing factor to the increasing rate in brain tumours.

“There’s a million more times radiation in the air today than there was fifty years ago – that is frightening,” he said.

Some 35 Australians are diagnosed with brain cancer every week.

Christian Althaus, of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association…

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A Passion for Creativity Explored.


I had much pleasure in attending this workshop and hope that Peter continues to share his gifts in this manner. He brings his own special touch to the Arts.

Originally posted on WattleRangeNow:

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A weekend Workshop exploring the theme ‘ My Creative Journey ‘ was held in Mount Gambier recently with great success. Presented by Millicent artist Peter Dunn, it was attended by eight participants at The Old Stables venue, a heritage listed building in Suttontown Avenue. Participants were from a variety of creative backgrounds and came from both Port Fairy in Victoria as well as various local towns. The workshop was supported by the South East Arts Society as part of its ongoing use of The Old Stables venue to promote workshops and classes of interest to many in the region.
With a background in both the helping professions and the creative arts Peter reports that his passion is in guiding people to explore and fulfill their creative potential.
” So much of our world relies on imaginative and creative ideas being used in all fields, and yet…

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Smart meter health surveys show striking symptom similarities

Originally posted on Stop Smart Meters Australia:

Two recent studies into the health impacts of wireless smart meters show striking similarities, despite having been conducted independently of each other and on separate sides of the world.  One survey was conducted in the USA and the other, a peer reviewed study in Victoria, Australia.

Both reports list insomnia as the most commonly occurring symptom and, of the top 10 symptoms, the same 8 symptoms appear in both reports.  These symptoms include headaches, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), cognitive disturbances (memory, concentration, confusion), fatigue/weakness, dizziness, cardiac anomalies and neuropathy.

Steve Weller, Vice President of SSMA Inc., in an email to ARPANSA says, “If EHS was purely psychological as some experts suggest, it would mean that approximately 37,000,000 Europeans, 16,000,000 Americans and more than 900,000 Australians are suffering from ‘some kind of mutual mental disorder or illusion‘.  If we were really serious about investigating this issue we would conduct…

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The Port Fairy Folk Festival has now been and gone for another year.   I loved almost every minute of it, but the highlight for me was  attending the concert given by Buffy Sainte-Marie.  She is the most extra-ordinary woman, and gave a sensational performance – the memory of that night will live on for me…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI’m still living out of a suitcase…..  hopefully something more certain on my housing will be resolved soon.  In the meantime, life is very busy, hence my silences on here.  I’ve met some most interesting people, seen some great coastline, and learned about volcanoes!

Last week, while having to detour from my planned route due to road closure, I came across an old cemetery at Woolsthorpe and when I explored it, found this little treasure.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWhile visiting the Dunkeld in the Grampians later that day, Fred and I found a Labyrinth to walk.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor now, I’ll leave you with this message, and hopefully catch up again soon ♥



More adventuring

Sorry for the long time between posts – it’s been a busy time and getting busier!  Fred and the cats and I are visiting Port Fairy once again – the annual Port Fairy Folk Festival is about to commence!

Each day brings new challenges/opportunities and I’ve lots to share with you once I’ve got a few more moments to spare.  Tomorrow morning I’m taking two lovely young Italian travellers up to Tower Hill, which is just up the road a bit, so they will have a chance to see lots of wildlife in one area.  Recently took an English traveller there, and he was thrilled with the place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd here’s a teaser of a wonderful Icelandic pony I met at the stud’s open day.  These ponies completely stole my heart ♥  :-)


Her Ladyship

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“In its flawless grace and superior self-sufficiency I have seen a symbol of the perfect beauty and bland impersonality of the universe itself, objectively considered, and in its air of silent mystery there resides for me all the wonder and fascination of the unknown.”
—H.P. Lovecraft (author, At the Mountains of Madness)
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“You can keep a dog; but it is the cat who keeps people, because cats find humans useful domestic animals.”
– George Mikes from “How to be decadent

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Way down deep, we’re all motivated by the same urges. Cats have the courage to live by them.”
– Jim Davis


How we behave toward cats here below determines our status in heaven. – Robert A. Heinlein

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACats seem to go on the principle that it never does any harm to ask for what you want.

– Joseph Wood Krutch

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“After scolding one’s cat one looks into its face and is seized by the ugly suspicion that it understood every word. And has filed it for reference.”- Charlotte Gray

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through. – Jules Verne

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA cat’s got her own opinion of human beings. She don’t say much, but you can tell enough to make you anxious not to hear the whole of it.Jerome K. Jerome


Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a function.Garrison Keillor


Cats’ hearing apparatus is built to allow the human voice to easily go in one ear and out the other. – Stephen Baker

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnyone who believes what a cat tells him deserves all he gets.Neil Gaiman

There are no ordinary cats. – Colette

A quiet walk

Although it’s summer, fog rolled in overnight, and it lured me out with the camera just on daybreak.  As usual, the cats came a short distance, then waited in the trees for my return.

Sadly, Mr. Merriwether wasn’t with Fred and I either.  He has disappeared.  The property’s stockman saw him (he thought) last week when I was away, out in the paddock with the young cattle, but mustering has failed to produce him.  The place is quite empty without him, and I feel sad about not knowing his fate.  Sigh…. but that is country life with animals ……..

Compared to other local properties, this place still has plenty of grass, as the owners don’t overstock – so we saw plenty of kangaroos out enjoying the coolness of the morning. The snails enjoyed it also :-)

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