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Monthly Archives: March, 2014

Is stress making you sick and what can you do about it?

When stressed our bodies release cortisol and it enhances deposition of abdominal fat and is linked to weight gain, depression, osteoporosis and hypertension. Under stressful conditions, cortisol can move fat from storage depots … Continue reading

March 30, 2014 · 4 Comments

Author Talk – Rafael Epstein

On Tuesday evening I went to see Rafael Epstein speak about his book Prisoner X – the ‘true’ story behind the intriguing but ultimately tragic story of Ben Zyiger: son, soldier, spy. … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · Leave a comment

Film Review – Beasts of the Southern Wild – 3 1/2 stars

Beasts of the Southern Wild is a film by Behn Zeitlin from June 2012 about a neglected six-year old girl named Hushpuppy (Quvenzhané Wallis). She lives in a shack next to her … Continue reading

March 24, 2014 · Leave a comment

Book Review – The Secret Life of Bees – 2 1/2 stars

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd is a simple story that is easy to read. There are a couple of scenes that deal with the issues of racism, … Continue reading

March 23, 2014 · 2 Comments

Refugee statistics

Having posted a few times on Australia’s policies towards asylum seekers I decided to drill down into the actual statistics of who arrives in Australia, by what means, and what … Continue reading

March 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

A few days in Bahrain

These massive Arab prawns were delicious at Legendz Steakhouse I was fortunate to spend the last few days in Bahrain. I was very pleased to return after enjoying my last … Continue reading

March 13, 2014 · 2 Comments

Bush walk – Camel’s Hump

Today we enjoyed a brisk walk to Camel’s Hump in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve: Camels Hump (Option 2) 11.6 km 6 hrs Hard: Climb from Mountain Creek to one of the highest ridges … Continue reading

March 5, 2014 · 6 Comments

A weekend in the mountains

We spent this weekend exploring the area around Tumut, New South Wales. We started the trip with the annual Tumut show. This was our children’s first country show and I … Continue reading

March 2, 2014 · Leave a comment