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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?


Does it question our long held belief systems? Is that why some find it offensive, even stupid or banal?

Is it pushing the boundaries of art?

What happens to these pieces once they have finished being exhibited? Do they find a valued spot in someone's home, or are they left in a warehouse to gather dust?

Can the environmental cost be wayed up against the aesthetic benefit, or the emotional one?

Is this more than just "entertainment"

All these things might be something to ponder about?

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 coffee cups or packing materials can be eaten by animals who mistake it for food,. Polystyrene can poison and/or clog stomachs leading to death by either toxicity or starvation. Once released into the environment, polystyrene will NEVER decompose to a non-recognizable form.

Entanglement occurs when animal becomes wrapped in or ensnared up by something. In many cases litter can entangle an animal swimming by. It can suffocate or drown. Six packs rings causing 6 million sea bird deaths a year and over 100,000 marine mammal deaths. The plastic used to create the rings takes 450 years to decompose!

• Plastic shopping bags take between 10-20 years to decompose. Turtles mistake plastic bags as jellyfish and eat them causing suffocation, drowning and gut obstruction.




• Set an example by not littering.

• Using cloth napkins rather than paper,

• Composting food scraps,

• Carrying reusable bottles instead of buying water in plastic, etc.

• Talk to your family and friends about recycling to reduce the amount of material you throw away, this will also result in a reduction of litter generally.


• Dispose of rubbish properly. Recycle any materials that can be recycled and dispose of the rest in a garbage can.


• Do not have bins in forest areas where birds or animals may spread litter around. When you visit a park or beach, remember to take out what you bring in. Keep trash and recyclables in a bag or backpack until you can put them in a litter basket.

• Do not dump anything down the storm drain.


• Keep a litterbag in your car.


• Avoid excess packaging when you shop. This will decrease litter from the start.


• Purchase reusable canvas natural fibre bags for your groceries and errands. Keep these items in your car so that they are handy whenever you might need them.


• Do not accept plastic bags with items you purchase if you can carry your purchase with out them.


• Keep your yard clean and free of things that can blow into the street and become litter.


• At home, make sure garbage and recycling bags are tied securely so that loose papers and other items cannot fall out and become litter.


• Make sure you close the lid on your refuse containers after depositing your trash or recycling inside. This will prevent refuse from spilling into the street.


• Do not overfill refuse containers; exposed garbage will likely result in litter.


• Remove flyers or take-out menus promptly from your front door or windscreen before they are blown away and become litter.


• Participate in and promote recycling programs such as kerbside cleanup.


• Stop litter at the source. Reduce your junk mail by writing to Direct Marketing companies to request no junk mail to be sent to your address.


• Have a "no smoking" policy or allow smoking only in designated areas. More and more public beaches, parks, open-air shopping malls, and college campus are trying to concentrate cigarette butt litter by requiring smokers to use only designated areas.Posted byI write about things that interest me, frustrate me, puzzle me and information that will be educational and useful to others. 


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 different light on this, as new evidence is uncovered. One site in England has archaelogists buzzing... as it seems the peaceful residents of England also had mean streaks... read on....

 Rosemaling is an over 1000 year old art form which was copied by the roving Vikings in the 8th.century from the Greek and Roman acanthus leaf design. The Vikings used to carve the form of the leaves on their war ships as a decoration and protections from all evil spirits, sea monsters and other dangerous threats that might face them during their long journeys from the North to other distant places in the world. Not all the Viking's lives were saved by the acanthus carvings on their ships....




An analysis shows that many of the men suffered wounds thought to relate to the process of decapitation.



*         51 bodies were unearthed near the site of the 2012 London Olympics

*         On Friday, scientists announce the men were Vikings from the Dark Ages

*         The men, who were beheaded, were found near the Olympic sailing venue

*         Carbon dating places the men in the time period from A.D. 890 to 1030


London, England -- They were 51 young men who met a grisly death far from home, their heads chopped off and their bodies thrown into a mass grave.

Their resting place was unknown until last year, when workers excavating for a road near the London 2012 Olympic sailing venue in Weymouth, England, unearthed the grave. But questions remained about who the men were, how long they had been there and why they had been decapitated.

On Friday, officials revealed that analysis of the men's teeth shows they were Vikings, executed with sharp blows to the head around a thousand years ago. They were killed during the Dark Ages, when Vikings frequently invaded the region.

"To find out that the young men executed were Vikings is a thrilling development," said David Score, project manager for Oxford Archaeology, which excavated the remains. "Any mass grave is a relatively rare find, but to find one on this scale, from this period of history, is extremely unusual and presents an incredible opportunity to learn more about what is happening in Dorset at this time."

Radiocarbon dating had already placed the remains between A.D. 890 and 1030, before the Norman conquest of Anglo-Saxon England.


Teeth ID beheaded Vikings


Scientists from the British Geological Survey then went further and analyzed the men's teeth to find out exactly where they were from. Isotope analysis of teeth can reveal clues about a person's drinking water, and in turn the climate they came from, said Jane Evans, an isotope geochemist at the survey.

"What we found was all of these guys came from a climate that had to be colder than Britain ... probably Sweden and Norway," Evans said by phone Friday. "One guy had such a signature of such a cold climate that he probably came from above the Arctic Circle."

The isotopes also show the men had eaten a high-protein diet, comparable to known sites in Sweden. It means the men were probably Scandinavian Vikings who were executed by Anglo-Saxons.

Evans and her colleagues at the British Geological Survey's NERC Isotope Geosciences Laboratory in Nottingham, England, analyzed 10 of the skeletons over the course of six weeks.

This is the best example we have ever seen of a group of individuals that clearly have their origins outside Britain.

--Jane Evans, an isotope geochemist at the British Geological Survey


"These results are fantastic," Evans said. "This is the best example we have ever seen of a group of individuals that clearly have their origins outside Britain."

Many of the executed men suffered multiple wounds, inflicted by a sharp-bladed weapon, to the skull, jaw and upper spine, all thought to relate to the process of decapitation, the Dorset County Council said.

Some men show evidence of other wounds, including a cut to the pelvis, blows to the chest and stomach, and defensive injuries to the hands, the council said.

The bones still appear cleanly sliced, indicating the men suffered a "sword-based execution," Evans said.

There are also two examples of healed fractures that are unlikely to have been medically treated. In one case, the skeleton's right leg is 5 centimeters, or about 2 inches, shorter than the left, which would have given the person a pronounced limp, the council said.

The burial site was found during work for the Weymouth Relief Road, meant to ease traffic congestion on the highway to Weymouth, on England's southern coast. Weymouth Bay and nearby Portland Harbor will host the Olympic and Paralympics sailing events during the 2012 London Olympics. The leader of the Dorset County Council, Angus Campbell, said the construction of the road had already revealed prehistoric and Iron Age finds.

"But we never would have dreamed of finding a Viking war grave," Campbell said in a statement. "The burial pit took us all by surprise and its story gets more fascinating as the analysis goes on."

Researchers are hoping to find further evidence about the men's lifestyles, activity, health and diet, the council said.

Was it just the Vikings who were bloodthirsty heathens or a "urban" myth designed to promote Christian beliefs and conversions?

Somthing to ponder about

Short break: a change, or is it as good as a holiday?

Posted by forestwood on March 1, 2010 at 7:07 AM Comments comments (1)

If you have had a xouple of short three or four day break away from home, on some of these telemarketed holidays, is it as good as a longer hoiday less often?

Well we have just had a nice short break up the coast, WE arrived at Alexandra Headland, and deciding to go for a half hour walk along the beach. My neck and the back of my shoulders, ( where they wasn’t any sunscreen) got burnt at 10 am in the morning!  Got some lunch, and found a cool spot in the shade along the Maroochy river at Cotton Tree to eat.


 Then we checked in to our room at the Resort.      and hit the beach, the pool and later the sauna and gym. There were a few blue bottle in the water at the beach, (stingers), so I opted to sit on the beach and play in the sand.  There was so much light in the bedrooms,with full length glass windows, I was wide awake at 5 am every morning. 


We went up/down to Caloundra and a lookout and Nature reserve at Point Cartwright over the next few days. There was a lighthouse there, modern one, not the old fashioned variety, which I kind of like, and also a nature reserve. It was so humid, a big storm blew up as we were there, so the sky was awesome to photograph.

After we had come home, a couple of days after these photos were taken, we heard three guys had fallen to their deaths right here. It seems as if they were in a fight, and they toppled over the edge on to the rocks below… ouch!


We feasted on take away meals for the most part, so there was no cooking for me, and not much cleaning up. We even found a "Drive in" subway….


But most of the time was spent relaxing in the lovely lagoon pool and with me in the sauna every day I went in the sauna… I love saunas….





We have some pretty weird plants out here in the world of down under. Above is the one called the Old Man Banksia, for obvious reasons, and I love this plant; It loves the seaside and the swamps too.

Then there is the unique palm tree called  Pandanuswith its aerial root, as you will see in the photo… root is the “apt” word…as it resembles part of the male anatomy, as does the aerial roots hanging off the tree he he! Roots are here in Australia lol… lol!!




Even the traffic light control boxes here are colourful…





Well that was it for our little holiday… Back to the real world.

Was it as good as a holiday, yes! I felt more calm, relaxed and rested enough to take on futher challenges that life brings.


Useful Household cooking and Cleaning tips

Posted by forestwood on December 14, 2009 at 9:56 PM Comments comments (0)

DID YOU KNOW?  (probably?; maybe?; maybe not?)


**Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to

pick the little 'stringy things' off of it. That's how the primates do it.


**Take your bananas apart when you get home from the store.

If you leave them connected at the stem, they ripen faster.


**Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much longer and not mold!

Capsicum with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.

Capsicum with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

**Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the grease away from the meat while cooking.

**To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of

spoonfuls of sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

** Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

** Leftover snickers bars from Christmas make a delicious dessert. Simply

chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place them

in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped chocolate bars over the apples. Bake at 350

for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

** Reheat Pizza

Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top of the stove, set heat to med-low

and heat till warm. This keeps the crust crispy. No soggy micro pizza. This really works.

**Easy Deviled Eggs

Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

**Expanding Frosting

When you buy a container of cake frosting from the store, whip it with your mixer

for a few minutes. You can double it in size. You get to frost more cake/cupcakes

with the same amount. You also eat less sugar and calories per serving.

**Reheating refrigerated bread

To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that were refrigerated, place them in

a microwave with a cup of water. The increased moisture will keep the food

moist and help it reheat faster.

**Newspaper weeds away

Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in your soil. Wet newspapers,

put layers around the plants overlapping as you go cover with mulch and for-

get about weeds. Weeds will get through some gardening plastic they will not

get through wet newspapers.

**Broken Glass

Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards of glass you can't see easily.


**No More Mosquitoes

Place a dryer sheet in your pocket.

It will keep the mosquitoes away.

Possums Away!

To keep possums from eating your plants, sprinkle your plants with cayenne pepper.

The cayenne pepper doe sn't hurt the plant and the won't come near it.


**Flexible vacuum nozzle

To get something out from under the fridge add an empty paper towel

roll or empty gift wr ap roll to your vacuum. It can be bent or flattened to get in nar-

row openings.


**Reducing Static Cling

Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and you will not have a clingy skirt

or dress. Same thing works with slacks that cling when wearing panty hose.

Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da! ... static is gone.


**Measuring Cups

Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring cup, fill with hot water.

Dump out the hot water, but don 't dry cup. Next, add your ingredient, such

as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes right out.


**Foggy Windshield?

Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard duster and keep it in the glove box of

your car . When the window s fog, rub with the eraser! Works better than a cloth!

** Reopening envelope

If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot to include something inside,

just place your sealed envelope in the freezer for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals



Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper than shaving cream and

leaves your legs really smo oth. It's also a great way to use up the conditioner you

bought but didn't like when you tried it in your hair.


**Goodbye Fruit Flies

To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass, fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar

and 2 drop s of dish washing liquid; mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the

cup and gone forever!


**Get Rid of Ants

Put small piles of cornmeal (cornmeal, maize meal, maize flour, polenta, or polenta flour) where you see ants. They eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills t hem. It may take a week or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry about pets or small children being harmed!

Hope some of these help you. Let me know how things go. Amanda