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Star Quality foods to enhance Good Health

Posted by forestwood on September 13, 2010 at 12:11 AM Comments comments (1)

Taken from Karen Fischer's ( Australian nutritionist and dietician) book called Don't tell them it is healthy...

sound advice on easily improving one's diet and especially good for growing children.


Strongly alkalinising and contain Protein, folic acid, minerals ( calcium, magnesium potassium and zinc)

Recommended: one handful as a snack for children over four.



we all love them and know that "an apple a d...

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A recipe from multicultural Australia?

Posted by forestwood on July 2, 2010 at 7:58 PM Comments comments (0)

One could not get more Australian than Sausages, although our cuisine is fast changing with all the multicultural influences in our country today. The Greeks and Italians, and Chinese were the first waves of immigration to change our staple diet of bangers mash or meat and three veges.... but now there are other elements taking hold. Lebanese, Middle eastern, Thai, and Indian are making big inroads into traditional Australian food lines. There is even an Indian supermarket chain having succes...

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Art and Music? A crazy combination?

Posted by forestwood on May 28, 2010 at 12:02 AM Comments comments (1)




An attempt was made to fuse Art and Music recently at the Gallery of Modern Art.

Guitars that were for all intensive purposes unplayable, yet still a beautiful thing to look at.




The musician in my family thought it was all a bit pretentious.



What value does it have?


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Personal faith versus Public Religion

Posted by forestwood on May 21, 2010 at 12:24 AM Comments comments (0)

 When is the boundary drawn?

Does the public institutions of religion enhance or restrict the evolution and developement of personal faith.

If a person becomes enlightened, do they really need the guidance and advice of the clergy with their opinionated dogma. Can the clergy really provide an impartial view?

The hypocrisy of a cleric extolling the virtue of living a simplistic life, so as to assist the poor and needy, and deriding se...

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Litter in the Environment Problems and Solutions

Posted by forestwood on May 9, 2010 at 5:06 AM Comments comments (5)

Thank goodness school are waking up to the importance of studying socially useful topics like sustainability and Caring for our Environment. My local school is discussing Litter and possible solutions....


Did you know:



* Cigarette butts, are made of a form of plastic that can persist in the environment for 10-12 years! 4.5 trillion Non-biodegradable cigarette butts are littered worldwide.

• Polystyrene litter such as disposable ...

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Bananas Ballina Bangalow and "The Big Scrub"

Posted by forestwood on May 4, 2010 at 6:24 PM Comments comments (0)

A Day trip driving along the M1 south means that you can reach the south coast of New South Wales from Brisbane in as little as 1.5 hours. Formerly a sugar cane timber, and banana growing area, the farms here now seem to grow macadamia nuts and various fruit trees, as well as raising beef cattle. Tourism is big here, and of course the wonderful beaches are a big drawcard. For me this area has a special significance.

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And they said the Vikings were bloodthirsty?

Posted by forestwood on March 14, 2010 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)



Popular British empire history paints the Vikings as a marauding bloodthirsty pirates that used to pillage and raid the residents of Anglo Saxon England. Some claim that although there were raids on England and other coastal countries, the majority of Vikings led a peaceful life, but that in order to assist the spread and adoption of Christianity, myths pervaded about their bloodthirsty pagan rituals and fearsome callous immoral ways.... however, archaeology throws a...

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Are our Health Expectations too High?

Posted by forestwood on March 7, 2010 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (0)

Nowadays it seems there is an expectation that as one ages, we can expect have a knee replacement/hip replacement/ bypass surgery etc.  The health care system (especially the public ones) are strained by an affluent society with expectations that each niggling pain and ache will be dealth with promptly.

Is this an unreal expectation? I have known many people who have had a hip replacement, only to pass away six months later, never havig gotten out of the rehabilitation...

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A Hearty Stew - Slow cooker Style

Posted by forestwood on March 4, 2010 at 6:29 PM Comments comments (0)

Fill up teenage bellies with Irish Stew.

When you have had a series of rainy days there is nothing better than a good hearty stew, and we can thank the Irish for the basis of the stew that I cooked this week, which satisfied 8 teenage appetites.

We can also thank the Naxon company in Chicago for first developing a rudimentary slow cooker or crockpot which has since been refined to the wonderful appliance we have today. This means the i...

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