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Brung Up Proper

December 8, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL MY FRIENDS WHO WERE BORN IN THE 1930’s 1940’s, 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s !
First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they carried us and lived in houses made of asbestos.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese, raw egg products, loads of bacon and processed meat, tuna from a can, and didn’t get tested for diabetes or cervical cancer.

Then after that trauma, our baby cots were covered with bright coloured lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets or shoes, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking.

As children, we would ride in cars with no seat belts or air bags.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

Take away food was limited to fish and chips, no pizza shops, McDonald’s , KFC, Subway or Nandos.

Even though all the shops closed at 6.00pm and didn’t open on the weekends, somehow we didn’t starve to death!

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this.

We could collect old drink bottles and cash them in at the corner store and buy  Toffees, Gobstoppers, Bubble Gum and some bangers to blow up frogs with.

We ate cakes, biscuits, white bread and real butter and drank soft drinks with sugar in it, but we weren’t overweight because……..


We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

No one was able to reach us all day. And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of old prams and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. We built tree houses and cubbys and played in river beds with matchbox cars.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo Wii , X-boxes, no video games at all, no SKY channels , no video/dvd  films,  no mobile phones, no personal computers, no Internet or Internet chat rooms……….WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no Lawsuits from these accidents.

Only girls had pierced ears!

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

You could only buy Easter Eggs and Hot Cross Buns at Easter time…

We were given air guns and shanghais  for our 10th birthdays,

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just yelled for them!
Mum didn’t have to go to work to help dad make ends meet!

FOOTY and CRICKET had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! Getting into the team was based on MERIT 

Our teachers used to hit us with canes and gym shoes and bully’s always ruled the playground at school.

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of.
They actually sided with the law!

Our parents didn’t invent stupid names for their kids like ‘Kiora’ and ‘Blade’ and ‘Ridge’ and ‘Vanilla’

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO
And YOU are one of them!
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated our lives for our own good.

And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave their parents were.

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November 11, 2010
Your cell phone is in your pocket.

He clutches the cross hanging on his chain next to his dog tags.
He knows he may not see some of his buddies again.


You walk down the beach, staring
at all the pretty girls.
He patrols the streets, searching

for insurgents and terrorists.
He’s told he will be held over an

extra 2 months.


You call your girlfriend and set a
date for tonight.
He waits for the mail to see if there

is a letter from home.


You hug and kiss your girlfriend,
like you do everyday.
He holds his letter close and smells

his love’s perfume.


You roll your eyes as a baby cries.
He gets a letter with pictures of his

new child, and wonders if they’ll ever meet.


You criticize your government, and
say that war never solves anything.
He sees the innocent tortured and

killed by their own people and

remembers why he is fighting.


You hear the jokes about the war, and make fun of men like him.
He hears the gunfire, bombs and

screams of the wounded.


You see only what the media wants
you to see.
He sees the broken bodies lying

around him.


You are asked to do some thing by
your parents. You don’t.
He does exactly what he is told even

if it puts his life in danger.


You stay at home and watch TV.
He takes whatever time he is given

to call, write home, sleep, and eat.


You crawl into your soft bed, with
down pillows, and get comfortable.
He tries to sleep but gets woken by mortars and helicopters all night long.


If you support your troops, send this
to 13 people.


REMEMBER our Troops, and do not
forget them LATER
Lest we forget


October 4, 2010

The next version of Ubuntu is coming soon

Instructions for syncing Facebook Events with desktop calendar app

September 29, 2010
  1. go to your Events page (Facebook | Events)
  2. click on Export Events link below list of your events (may have to add an Event before this appears)
  3. in box that pops up right click on link that appears and copy link
  4. in your calendar app (Windows Live Calendar?) there is an option to subscribe to public/online calendar (may be worded different depending on which program you use)
  5. paste link into applicable field in calendar app and a new Facebook calendar should now appear in sidebar of your calendar app
  6. adjust colours, alarms, etc. in your new calendar to your desire
  • if calendar app gets cranky that copied link from Facebook isn’t right format, etc. try replacing “http” with “webcal” in pasted link’s address
  • instructions also work in Mac OS X’s iCal
  • these instructions will add all of your Facebook Events, their details and any future Facebook Events and their details
  • my calendar app updates online calendars (I subscribe to a couple) whenever my calendar app starts and every 30 minutes when it’s open (you might want to adjust your calendar app’s settings accordingly)
  • This is a very handy trick that has served me well over my Facebooking years!! Please feel free to pass on to others

McDonalds chicken

June 7, 2010

This was sent to me today in an email. Don’t believe it? Check the facts.

McDonalds’ restaurants in the UK, where they serve free-range eggs and organic milk, are already leaps and bounds ahead of those in the United States, not that that is saying much. In the UK, the company has undergone a green-washing campaign where they boast of their wholesome suppliers and ethically sourced foods.

This has happened to some extent in the United States as well, with their Web site talking of animal welfare, sustainability and, of all things, “nutrition & well-being.” But in Britain people are being led to believe that the fast-food chain has really cleaned up their act, and they experienced a double-digit increase in sales in 2009 as a result.

And then, the truth comes out.

McDonalds’ Chicken is Not Good for You or the Planet

The chicken used at UK McDonalds’ is not raised with concern for animal welfare or sustainability, and it is certainly not good for anyone’s nutrition and well-being.

Instead, as the Mail Online exposed, it is imported frozen, largely from Brazil, where the chickens were raised in cramped, deplorable conditions. They write:

“One of tens of thousands, each bird is allowed the floor space equivalent to a sheet of A4 paper and will live for just 40 days before it hits its genetically-engineered slaughter weight. That’s if it doesn’t perish along the way.

Five per cent or so will be unable to cope with the conditions and die even before then.

Those that survive will be plucked and butchered in an industrial process the likes of which this planet has never before seen.”

There is no way that this qualifies McDonald’s to boast of any type of regard for animal welfare, no more than they could boast that their food is actually good for your health.

How Many Ingredients are in a Chicken McNugget?

While we’re on the topic of McDonald’s chicken, these food conglomerations are out of the realm of any food that naturally occurs on Earth, and the Chicken McNugget really takes the cake.

In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan pointed out that McNuggets contained 38 ingredients, among them tertiary butylhydroquinone (TBHQ), a petroleum-derived chemical sprayed onto the “food” or inside the box to preserve freshness.

In high doses, TBHQ has caused precursors to stomach tumors and DNA damage in lab animals. A number of studies have also shown that TBHQ can be carcinogenic with prolonged exposure.

Other McNuggets’ ingredients include sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate, hydrogenated vegetable oils (trans fats), modified food starch (often a name for MSG, and listed as the third ingredient!), and dimethylpolysiloxane.

Sound appetizing?

I can honestly say I have never tasted a Chicken McNugget, but when you realize that what you are eating is a synthetic mix of chemicals along with a bit of poorly treated, fried chicken, it’s hardly appealing.

What Happens When You Eat Too Much McDonald’s Food?

Morgan Spurlock wanted to find out, and did just that in his 2004 documentary Super Size Me.

This movie should be required viewing for all children and their parents.

Prior to his experiment, Spurlock was a highly fit and athletic individual weighing in around 185 pounds. He went on a month-long binge eating only McDonald’s food and in that time gained 25 pounds and began suffering from health complaints like fatigue, headaches and indigestion.

His cholesterol levels also became high and he even suffered from a mild chemical hepatitis. It is truly amazing what massive amounts of “fake food” will do to you in only a month, but unfortunately many Americans are experiencing this in their own lives.

I’m not intending to single out only McDonald’s … all fast food restaurants are equally damaging to your health. Eating fast food:

  • Exponentially increases your risk of obesity and diabetes
  • Is loaded with dangerous additives like trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup and MSG
  • Contains genetically modified ingredients
  • Lacks the nutrients your body needs to thrive, let alone maintain itself

It takes very little effort to pull up to a drive through and get a meal for your family (albeit a disastrous one) from a fast-food chain, but please don’t exchange this convenience for a bed in the ICU or an early ticket out of this life.

Your health — your energy levels, your appearance, your mood and so many other factors — will improve when you eat the foods your body was designed for. Returning to a diet of locally grown, fresh whole foods is really the only way to reach optimal health — and no matter what their advertisements may say, you won’t find this at McDonald’s.

May 31, 2010
Published on SelfGrowth.com (http://www.selfgrowth.com)

Goal Setting

By Damien Thomas
On Tuesday, May 18, 2010 – 13:21
We have all read articles and books about Success or Wealth building strategies, and each one includes the importance of setting goals.
I believe how you make these goals is just as important, as the actual goals themselves.
I have studied the experts in the area of personal achievement and what each of them has to say in the area of successful goal setting and goal achieving. I have taken the best pieces from each one, and I developed the most successful goal setting process that I have ever used.

A vital part of this process is that you are in a positive frame of mind when completing it. You cannot be tired or feeling anything less than 100% enthusiastic and positive. Go somewhere that you will be undisturbed for at least 40 minutes. If you want to play your favourite music quietly in the background go ahead. You should be in a positive mood, full of energy and ready to create your exciting future.

1. Success Inventory of the past.
Think back over the past 5 years and think of your 5 biggest accomplishments.
You will be pleasantly surprised at what you find, the wonderful places that you have visited, the great threats you have purchased, the books that you have read and your career accomplishments. So, go ahead and write down your top five accomplishments.
I think this is a great exercise to write down what you have already achieved in the past, we have all heard the sayings “If I did it before, I can do it again,” or “If I can do it, you can do it”. The power of taking a success inventory of the past is a powerful uplifting exercise, as it gives you real tangible evidence of what is possible.

2. If you could achieve anything.
If you could achieve anything that you wanted over the next 10 years what top 50 things would you pick?
Let your mind wander here, use what is called “ the magic of thinking big”. What kind of car would you drive? Would you like to own an apartment in the sun? What countries would you like to visit? What people would you like to meet? Maybe you would have no credit card debts, or what bank balance would you like to have? What position would you have in a company, or maybe it is your company? What salary would you have? What kind of relationship would you have with your family, or with your partner? What plays, concerts or galleries would you go to? What books would you read? Just keep writing down everything you want as if you could not fail, as if you were granted 50 wishes.
Try to write as fast as you can but do not stop until you have 50.

3. Time frame.
Beside each item write the time frame in which you would like to achieve it in 1,3,5, or 10 years.

4. Top Ten 1 year goals.
Next, write your top ten 1 year goals on a piece of paper. If you have not got at least ten 1 year goals, spend some more time until you do, truly believe that you are designing your best year ever.
Then pick your top four 1 year life changing goals that you want to achieve.

5. Why are the goals important to you?
Jim Rohn said “When the whys get stronger the hows get easier”.
Visualise each goal and get passionate about each one. Write a paragraph about each of your four 1 year goals and explain why you are totally committed to achieving each one.

6. You need to change.
“If you keep do the same things the same way, you will keep getting the same results”.
On a new page write down what kind of person you must become so that you will achieve all of your goals.
What new skills will you need, what books will you need to read? What friends will you have? What old habits will you stop, and what new habits will you start? In short, what person do you need to become to achieve everything that you want. The main reason for making goals is to invite you to become the person it takes to achieve them.

7. Take action.
Starting from today, not tomorrow! Take one action step towards achieving each of your goals.
You might want to check out a personal development course online, or buy a book, maybe you need to get the new BMW catalogue, or get a holiday brochure for Egypt, or maybe you will open up a new savings account. Whatever action step you can think of, just do it! Go for it. Take that first step today. Once you do, you will never forget it.

8. Remind yourself.
So many times people write down a set of goals only for them to be lost at the back of a drawer or in an old notebook a few days or weeks later.
I recommend that you:

*Write down your four 1 year goals and keep them with you in your wallet or purse.
*Read them first thing in the morning, and at the end of every week to see if you are taking enough active steps towards their successful completion.
*Tell your closest friends about your goals.
*Use your journal to keep track of your progress and for any new ideas that you get.
*Have your four 1 year goals saved on your computer screen at home, and save them in your phone as a memo.
*You should celebrate the achievement of any of your goals.
*Once a goal is achieved you should go back to your original list and add a new 1 year goal to your list.

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them. There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. And there’s no telling what will happen when you act upon them”. Jim Rohn

Author’s Bio
In the past I have worked in the Health and Fitness industry for 8 years, and in Retail for 9 years.

I read my first inspirational book in 1986, it was called The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz, this was followed by Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins, then The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason, then Rich Dad poor Dad, the list goes on and on.

I have a passion for goal making,inspiring and motivating others and overall personal improvement.

Source URL: http://www.selfgrowth.com/articles/goal-setting

Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action

May 17, 2010


April 28, 2010

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloud

Dr Phil´s Test, I scored 46

March 1, 2010

This is interesting….

See what you come up with. Don’t cheat!

Below is Dr. Phil’s test.

(Dr. Phil scored 55, he did this test on Oprah and she got 38.)

Some folks pay a lot of money to find this stuff out!

The following test is pretty accurate and it only takes a few minutes.

Take this test for yourself and send it on to your friends….

Don’t peek!

Answers are for who you are now and not who you were in the past..

This is a real test given by Human Relations Departments at many of the major corporations today. It helps them get better insight concerning their employees and in their prospective employees.

There are 10 Simple questions, so grab a pencil and paper. Record your letter answers to each question.



  1. When do you feel your best…
    A) in the morning
    B) during the afternoon and early evening
    C) late at night
  2. You usually walk…
    A) fairly fast, with long steps
    B) fairly fast, with little steps
    C) less fast head up, looking the world in the face
    D) less fast, head down
    E) very slowly
  3. When talking to people you…
    A) stand with your arms folded
    B) have your hands clasped
    C) have one or both your hands on your hips
    D) touch or push the person to whom you are talking
    E) play with your ear, touch your chin, or smooth your hair
  4. When relaxing, you sit with..
    A) your knees bent with your legs neatly side by side
    B) your legs crossed
    C) your legs stretched out or straight
    D) one leg curled under you
  5. When something really amuses you, you react with…
    A) big appreciated laugh
    B) a laugh, but not a loud one
    C) a quiet chuckle
    D) a sheepish smile
  6. When you go to a party or social gathering you…
    A) make a loud entrance so everyone notices you
    B) make a quiet entrance, looking around for someone you know
    C) make the quietest entrance, trying to stay unnoticed
  7. You’re working very hard, concentrating hard, and you’re interrupted…
    A) welcome the break
    B) feel extremely irritated
    C) vary between these two extremes
  8. Which of the following colors do you like most….
    A) Red or orange
    B) black
    C) yellow or light blue
    D) green
    E) dark blue or purple
    F) white
    G) brown or grey
  9. When you are in bed at night, in those last few moments before going to sleep you are…..
    A) stretched out on your back
    B) stretched out face down on your stomach
    C) on your side, slightly curled
    D) with your head on one arm
    E) with your head under the covers
  10. You often dream that you are…
    A) falling
    B) fighting or struggling
    C) searching for something or somebody
    D) flying or floating
    E) you usually have dreamless sleep
    F) your dreams are always pleasant


  1. (a) 2 (b) 4 (c) 6
  2. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 7 (d) 2 (e) 1
  3. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 5 (d) 7 (e) 6
  4. (a) 4 (b) 6 (c) 2 (d) 1
  5. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 2
  6. (a) 6 (b) 4 (c) 2
  7. (a) 6 (b) 2 (c) 4
  8. (a) 6 (b) 7 (c) 5 (d) 4 (e) 3 (f) 2 (g) 1
  9. (a) 7 (b) 6 (c) 4 (d) 2 (e ) 1
  10. (a) 4 (b) 2 (c) 3 (d) 5 (e) 6 (f) 1

Now add up the total number of points.

OVER 60 POINTS: Others see you as someone they should “handle with care.” You’re seen as vain, self-centered, and extremely dominant. Others may admire you, wishing they could be more like you, but don’t always trust you, hesitating to become too deeply involved with you.

51 TO 60 POINTS: Others see you as an exciting, highly volatile, rather impulsive personality, a natural leader, who’s quick to make decisions, though not always the right ones. They see you as bold and adventuresome, someone who will try anything once, someone who takes chances and enjoys an adventure. They enjoy being in your company because of the excitement you radiate..

41 TO 50 POINTS: Others see you as fresh, lively, charming, amusing, practical, and always interesting, someone who’s constantly in the center of attention, but sufficiently well-balanced not to let it go to their head. They also see you as kind, considerate, and understanding, someone who’ll always cheer them up and help them out.

31 TO 40 POINTS: Others see you as sensible, cautious, careful & practical. They see you as clever, gifted, or talented, but modest. Not a person who makes friends too quickly or easily, but someone who’s extremely loyal to friends you do make and who expects the same loyalty in return. Those who really get to know you, realize it takes a lot to shake your trust in your friends, but equally that it takes you a long time to get over if that trust is ever broken.

21 TO 30 POINTS: Your friends see you as painstaking and fussy. They see you as very cautious, extremely careful, a slow and steady plodder. It would really surprise them if you ever did something impulsively or on the spur of the moment, expecting you to examine everything carefully from every angle and then, usually decide against it. They think this reaction is caused partly by your careful nature.

UNDER 21 POINTS: People think you are shy, nervous, and indecisive, someone who needs looking after, who always wants someone else to make the decisions and who doesn’t want to get involved with anyone or anything! They see you as a worrier who always sees problems that don’t exist. Some people think you’re boring. Only those who know you well, know that you aren’t.

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