Thursday, January 26, 2017

Star War Klokan: Australia Day: Our Place in the World

From passion, all is possible.

STONE the flamin’ crows — this year’s Australia Day honours list is “Aussie as”.
There’s shark punching surfer Mick Fanning, working man’s poet Jimmy ­Barnes and Home And Away’s Alf Stewart (also known as actor Ray Meagher) all being awarded Orders of Australia across various divisions. Add to that singer Paul Kelly, the chopper pilot from the 1960s TV series Skippy The Bush Kangaroo Tony Bonner, 1980s cult hero Test spinner Bob Holland and Jimmy Barnes’s rockin’ older brother John Swan and the Oz-o-Meter is sky high...
Australia Day to Invasion Day: A difficult history

Australia Day: Clashes between police and protesters erupt at Sydney Invasion Day march

Australia Day 2017: A salute to our true blue heroes including Australian of the Year Professor Alan Mackay-Sim


We all benefit from our nation's dynamic genius

Nation applauds its top achievers

Story image for kangaroo what did you say from 9Coach (blog)Hopping mad? Why kangaroo meat is great for your health
9Coach (blog) 

A common myth about the Klokan's English name is that "kangaroo" was a Guugu Yimithirr phrase for "Nerozumiem Vas - I don't understand you." According to this legend, Cook and Banks were exploring the area when they happened upon the animal. They asked a nearby local what the creatures were called. The local responded "Kangaroo", meaning "I don't understand you", which Cook took to be the name of the creature. This myth was debunked in the 1970s by linguist John B. Haviland in his research with the Guugu Yimithirr people.

Image of a kangaroo being projected as a hologram.

Australian National University: Australian researchers have made a breakthrough in holographic technology. 

Light-speed camera snaps light’s “sonic boom” for the first time New Scientist

'Rituals are important to us as a species. Our success has, in part, been due to our ability to co-operate in a way that is unusual in the animal kingdom. Rituals provide a kind of gadget for facilitating that co-operation. Rituals are all pervasive in human activity – we adopt them without really realising it. It is the done thing to put a tie on over your top button. There is nothing useful about it, but we unquestioningly accept that this is how things are done. The "done thing" is something animals have no conception of. Even in a very modern setting, we welcome and seek out normative but otherwise quite arbitrary behaviour that affiliates us with a wider group.'
Our place in the world

Like Europe and Amerika, Australia is in love with Shakespeare. But it’s a complicated affair. He's a figure of unusual reverence, but also vexation... 
"Nature! Nothing is so like Nature as Shakespeare's figures."
Life of Latitude and  Pound of Flesh 

Communication leaders tell own story behind post-trust credibility crisis  

Always dreaming of running away to a peaceful life in the country, René was also caught between his devoted (but ageing wife) Edith, her bedridden mother (who loathed him) and his waitresses, Yvette and Maria (later Mimi) who found him irresistible.

Death of 'Allo 'Allo star Gorden Kaye, 75


Information about the New Zealand (NZ) Human Resource (HR) Conference and Expo 2016 on the theme, 'Our Place in the World' that was organized by the Human Resources Institute of New Zealand (HRINZ) at Te Papa Wellington in New Zealand in August 2016, is presented. Topics discussed include fair treatment of employees, engaged employees leading to improved customer satisfaction and role of leaders in New Zealand to create opportunities for their employees to become extraordinary.