Retrenched engineer makes free prosthetic limbs he sends around the world

When engineer Mat Bowtell was retrenched from his car manufacturing job with Toyota in October, his life took on a very different path.
He splurged his redundancy payout on 3D printers and set up shop in his “man cave” on Phillip Island, 150 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, designing and making cheap prosthetic limbs.
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Melbourne public housing mural the tallest in Southern Hemisphere

The 20-storey mural is the tallest ever painted on a building in the Southern Hemisphere, and once completed, will feature the faces of four residents who hail from three continents.Artist Matt Adnate hopes the artwork brings pride to residents of the housing flats. The work follows widespread success of silo art across Australia.

Some Good News – some very Talented Artists. [Ed]

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Dumpster diving in full swing as cost of living pinches Queenslanders looking for a meal

Some people say it is because they cannot turn down a free lunch, others might be doing it tough financially — whatever the reason, hundreds of Australians are fishing through dumpsters, hoping to score their next meal.Dumpster diving typically involves rummaging through a rubbish heap behind a retailer, with the view to find salvageable food.

the “Lucky Country”. . really?? [Ed]

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At the age of 104, David Goodall finally departs on a journey with no return

Dr David Goodall’s life has been one of teaching, learning and discovery. Now the 104-year-old academic has departed on the last journey he will ever make.
As a group of family and friends gathers on a busy Wednesday afternoon in the departure hall of Perth Airport, it could be mistaken for just your regular farewell. The group clusters around a frail-looking man in a wheelchair, smiling, sharing a joke and a hug, as he prepares to board his flight. But at this farewell, there will be no coming home. David Goodall is going to die.

Make sure you have your Tissue’s handy – I have [Ed]

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Quirky tin shed bookshop ‘borne out of laziness’ offers booklovers’ sanctuary

Imagine pitching a business model to a bank manager for a bookshop that’s open 24-hours-a-day, with no security and payment being optional.
It defies logic and common sense, but it works. Logical Unsanity Books and Miscellaneous Phantasmagoria is little more than a tin shed wedged between a group of shops in leafy Bardon, in Brisbane’s western suburbs. It is not your average bookshop — it is not entirely weather proof, the shelving is made of old styrofoam vegetable boxes, discarded government bookshelves and even an old safe, with a mishmash of second-hand furniture.

Occasionally my faith in humanity is restored [Ed]

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Play Me, I’m Yours


Play Me, I’m Yours was first commissioned in Birmingham, UK in 2008. With 15 pianos located across the city for three weeks it is estimated that over 140,000 people played or listened to music from the pianos. Since then more than 1500 street pianos have been placed in 50 cities, which have been played and listened to by more than 10 million people worldwide. Each new city that commissions the artwork becomes part of this growing international legacy.
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Some Happy News at last ! – what a beautiful idea.[Ed]

The man without a home.

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Matte Dunn is not drug addicted, not an alcoholic, not a gambler and has no diagnosed mental illness, but he is homeless. This is 12 hours in his life.

It’s so easy to make ignorant assumptions and wrongly classify people into certain social categories (Ed)

According to City of Melbourne figures, numbers of people sleeping rough in Melbourne have gone up 74 per cent in the past two years.

Anecdotal evidence from the sector suggests the homeless demographic is changing: increasingly drugs and mental illness are not the sole drivers. Instead, the sheer unaffordability of housing is pushing people onto the street.
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The True Blue Aussie citizenship test.

6046718-3x2-700x467Are you a true blue Aussie? Take the new, improved Australian citizenship test.
So, Peter Dutton wants a tougher citizenship test. “At the moment,” Dutton added, “the test is dictated essentially by questions around Australian trivia if you like and my view is that we could look at a test that would more embrace Australian values.”

My citizenship test will skilfully probe aspiring new Australians’ knowledge of Australian values, assess their grasp of Australian institutions, and ensure that they will seamlessly fit in to Australian society and not be ostracised for a failure to be Australian enough.

After taking this test, it will be 100 per cent clear whether a would-be citizen is a true-blue dinky-di fair-go larrikin bronzed Aussie, or an enemy of the state.

Here it is, the ideal Australian citizenship test for the 21st century:

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One million dollars in charity donations left forgotten in government coffers !

1449993700368Australia’s leading charities and non-profit organisations have had $500,000 in funds transferred into government coffers because they, in some cases, left them untouched in bank accounts for too long.
A search for unclaimed money using terms such as “charitable”, “fundraiser” and “relief fund” also uncovered amounts adding up to $547,700, meaning potentially more than $1 million in donations is gathering dust.

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[Kiwozi: I don’t normally post “political content” but this occurrence just got up my nose I’m afraid !]

Forget Sydney and San Francisco, Christmas Island crab bridge helps migrating critters beat the traffic

7013388-3x2-700x467Christmas Island rangers have taken road safety to a whole new level with the construction of a “crab bridge” over the island’s busiest road.
In preparation for the annual spawning season, rangers have been setting up barriers along the roadside to prevent the crabs from being crushed under the wheels of cars.
A five-metre-high bridge has also been constructed at one point along the road to help the crabs move across the island and continue their migration.

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Australia’s Ireland – What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia?

jail_istock_620x310Australians who happened to be born in New Zealand are being rounded up, locked up in hard-core detention facilities, and marooned. What’s this about? What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia?

Kiwozi’s Note:
Typically I steer well clear of Politics’ however I have made an exception in this case.
On my regular morning news surf I came across an article that exposes the murky waters of the Tasman Sea and the creatures that exist on both sides of it. If you have surfaced too quickly from your deep sea dive then sorry you will likely be under the illusion that a friendly Trans-Tasman Brotherhood exists – well read on.
This is one Link only.
The Main Editorial is here

Humans could be among the victims of sixth ‘mass extinction’, scientists warn.

1444708-3x2-940x627The world is embarking on its sixth mass extinction with animals disappearing about 100 times faster than they used to, scientists warn, and humans could be among the first victims of the next extinction event.

Not since the age of the dinosaurs ended 66 million years ago has the planet been losing species at this rapid a rate, a study led by experts at Stanford University, Princeton University and the University of California, Berkeley said. More. . .

Paris begins removing nearly 1 million love locks from iconic bridges

6513490-3x2-940x627Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, has begun the heart-breaking process of removing hundreds of thousands of love locks, padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by adoring couples. Yellow-vested officials were out early Monday morning (local time) on the city’s iconic Pont des Arts, wielding cutting equipment to free the padlocks while a handful of curious tourists looked on.
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World’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, dies aged 117 in Japan

6365376-3x2-340x227The world’s oldest person, Misao Okawa, has died in Japan a month after celebrating her 117th birthday.
The nursing home where she lived in Osaka said she died around 7:00am (local time).
On the occasion of her birthday early last month Ms Okawa — a mother of three, grandmother of four and great-grandmother of six — was one of only a handful of people still alive who had been born in the 19th century. More. . .

The 12 most likely causes of the Apocalypse.

179322846_620x311Intelligent computers that take over the world and an incurable virus that kills off the human race might sound like plots worthy of a Hollywood blockbuster – but scientists insist they are real threats. They are just two of the 12 ways the world could end, according to new research. A team from Oxford University’s Future of Humanity Institute and the Global Challenges Foundation has come up with the first serious scientific assessment of the apocalyptic risks we face. A few of the scenarios arise from events that are out of our control – such as an asteroid hitting the Earth or the eruption of a supervolcano – but most emerge from human advancements. More . . .

2014: 26 stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse.

Image32014 has seen its share of heartbreak, but there have been lighter moments too, so here, in no particular order, is a selection of stories that inspire, delight, amaze or amuse. [Ed: because I only like Happy Endings]. More . . .

World’s tallest man Sultan Kosen meets world’s shortest man Chandra Bahadur Dangi.

5890194-3x2-700x467The world’s tallest and shortest men have met in London at an event organised by Guinness World Records.
The little and large act met as people across the globe tried to break all manner of weird and wacky world records, including banging heads, catching spears and throwing thongs on Guiness World Records Day. Turkey’s Sultan Kosen, who stands 2.51 metres tall, met with Chandra Bahadur Dangi from Nepal, who measures up at 55 centimetres tall. More . . .

Terminally ill Brittany Maynard takes her own life after promising to do so on video

5863294-1x1-940x940An American woman with terminal cancer has taken her own life after promising to do so in a video that went viral.
“Goodbye to all my dear friends and family that I love,” she said in her final message, circulated widely on social media. “Today is the day I have chosen to pass away with dignity in the face of my terminal illness, this terrible brain cancer that has taken so much from me… but would have taken so much more.
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Remembering Joan Rivers: Quotes and quips.

joan-rivers-at-gala-dataFor Joan Rivers, no joke was off-limits. Her irreverent and unapologetic humour took aim at other celebrities, her husband’s suicide, life, and certainly herself.

Joan Rivers’s Sharpest One-liners

“I blame my mother for my poor sex life. All she told me was ‘The man goes on top and the woman underneath’. For three years my husband and I slept in bunk beds.”

“I don’t exercise. If God had wanted me to bend over, he would have put diamonds on the floor.”

“People say that money is not the key to happiness, but I always figured if you have enough money, you can have a key made.”

“I’ve had so much plastic surgery, when I die, they will donate my body to Tupperware.”

“I am definitely going to watch the Emmys this year! My make-up team is nominated for best special effects.”‘

“When a man has a birthday, he takes a day off. When a woman has a birthday, she takes at least three years off.”

“You know why I feel older? I went to buy sexy underwear and they automatically gift wrapped it.”

“At my age, an affair of the heart is a bypass.”

“Boy George is all England needs – another queen who can’t dress.”

“My daughter and I are very close, we speak every single day and I call her every day and I say the same thing, ‘Pick up, I know you’re there’.”

I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can’t make it through one door, I’ll go through another door or I’ll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.

I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

I must admit I am nervous about getting Alzheimer’s. Once it hits, I might tell my best joke and never know it.

Look, nobody is 100 per cent happy. I’m 93 per cent happy, which means that I am very lucky. I think anyone who gets to even 60 per cent should be glad.

Floating Microcountries

5511492-3x4-340x453US seasteading group plans floating ‘microcountries’ with ‘start-up governments’

[Editor: Hey I always wanted to sail down the main street ! 🙂 ]


A US organisation is hoping a plan to create cities which float on the ocean will see them not only produce their own food but establish their own governments.
The Seasteading Institute says it hopes the floating microcountries will allow for experimentation with new ideas which current governments are too large to try. More . .

Fact or fiction: 5 common Anzac myths put to the test.

5123078-3x2-340x227[Kiwozi:  Personally I would rather reflect on the “Flower Power”  &  “Make Love not War” era,  however I thought this made interesting reading.]

The story of the Anzacs at Gallipoli remains an important part of Australia’s national identity.

More than 8,000 Australians lost their lives in the ill-fated attempt to force passage through the Dardanelles strait and capture the Turkish capital, Constantinople.

The legends of Anzac heroism, mateship and ingenuity have gone down in folklore along with names like Simpson and Jacka VC. More . .

Kiwis in Oz – the harsh reality

SCCZEN_A_280313SPLGOLDCOAST_620x310We’re their unhappiest migrants … so the Aussies have created some new insults.

Kiwozi:  Been there, done that, got the T Shirt  ]

New Zealanders living across the Tasman have been labelled “South Sea Poms” and “carping Kiwis” after a survey showed they are Australia’s unhappiest migrants. Kiwis were the migrants most likely to be dissatisfied with their financial situation, were often discriminated against, didn’t feel safe and were extremely unlikely to view Australians as nice people, a study by Melbourne’s Monash University found.   More. . . .

The 50 coolest Kiwis ever.

top10cool_620x310From pop stars and artists to inventors and war heroes, these are the past and present New Zealanders who stood out from the crowd.

America has Elvis and Marilyn. Britain has Kate and baby George. Australia has… mainly people they stole from us. So who are the coolest New Zealanders of this and any other era?   More. . .

Latest CPR Method.

no-kissing-zone-cpr [Kiwozi:  Whoa !!! . . . .what’s this doing on my Blog. . . this is serious stuff !

Well given Kiwozi could need this any day now  ( as he falls off his Rocking Chair on the Verandah ),  I thought it might be appropriate to share it with you all. 

They never did it like this when I was a boy, but given “Ms Kiwozi” is a Nurse she came home with all the latest info.  Vinnie can explain it much better than I in the following video so here ya go . . . . . . .oh don’t forget to turn ya hearing aid on first ]