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While most are happy as things are, we do seem to have a few options as to a more widely suitable day to celebrate being Australian. Captain Cook's Survey (Botany Bay) - 28th April 1770 Current Australia Day- First Fleet Arrival 26th January 1793 Federation Day - January 1st 1901. Ned Kelly's Birthday?? It may be worth us continuing the national dialogue, with a view to, when we become a republic sometime in the next ten years, picking a day for such change, when we are light on for a day off, (say in August) ?
We have an elderly friend who has been having routine difficulty with the complexity of a later model android phone. This is a common problem as the family hands such down. All she wants to do is to take and send text and calls. Seeking to swap her phone for a simpler one, we asked a young and smart Optus advisor to do such. Instead, he pointed out that the smart phone had a little known option under Settings. It was to select EASY MODE. This redesigned the look, and reduced all the clutter and simplified the key processes. She is delighted, and it saved buying a new simpler mobile. If you are having a similar problem, do visit your provider, and ask them to do the same for your phone. (Its reversible). While you are there, ask them as well, about using a stylus, it makes for many less errors in typing text messages, especially for those with big finger tips and small keyboards .
The ABC will, on Monday night (26th June) run an expose on the costs to seniors who enter retirement villages, featuring one group in particular. Among 'over the top' charges, we have heard of horrendous 'make good on departure levies' before, but apparently a departure charge of 40% of the original cost of buying a unit 'takes the cake'.... No senior should ever trust anyone who is selling us services of any kind. Always get opinions from others who are using or have used such services, from house cleaning, repairs, through to accommodation, and more.
Port Phillip Bay is about 1900 square kilometers in area. Its shoreline is about 200k. It is subject to the endless onslaught of waste from the Yarra and other rivers, and hundreds of drains. In the Summer we can get around 300 000 cigarette butts a day enter the bay, and countless plastic waste. Every small plastic bottle that finds its way in to the Bay, eventually breaks down to over 25 000 toxic particles! These get in to the food chain through fish ingestion, (they look like plankton when small), and can eventually cause all sorts of human health problems. Plastics also kill endless sea creatures each year through entanglement, ingestion and and strangulation..Fortunately a new beach cleaning volunteer group known as Beach patrol has grown to encompass and support many small groups who clean up our beaches once a month, to great effect. If you are interested in details for your area, please email the editor.
Why must the press devalue the word hero? A hero is someone who puts their life or limb at risk, to save another. A hero is not a surf lifesaver who swims out and brings someone in as part of their skill set, (unless they are taking a personal risk to do so), it is not a 3 year old who dials 000 when their mum is ill, (they are smart and most valued citizens to be, though), it is not someone who applies CPR to someone for an hour, or someone who tries to put out their neighbour's house fire with a garden hose... All those, and so many more human acts, are to be deeply valued, but they are not heroic acts. Unfortunately today, so many words are becoming devalued through over hyped use.