Saturday, January 26, 2019

Power of blogs to produce good remains

Happy birthday Jeff  ...  Thanks a million for sharing Keiko's Japanese foods and those Cold River Views ...
You make 50 look good! You’ve got so much to look forward to in your 50s. In the words of Bob Hope: “I don’t feel old. I don’t feel anything until noon. That’s when it’s time for my nap”.

We call it 50. The Spanish call it cincuenta. The Germans call it fünfzig. Czech call it Padesat. According to Malchkeoun,  the Kalahari bushmen don’t even have a word for numbers that big. In whatever language, it’s a birthday worth celebrating!

 Anna Allison of The Lion and Buffalo Fame Buffalo fame

The Polish apple cake winning over local

For Anna Allison, owner of the South Coogee cafe, the small but popular eatery is where her family history and community life collide. Regulars come ready with anecdotes, knitting clubs spin Skittles-coloured yarn at the communal table, runners stop for a pick-me-up after their weekend coastal jog.

Last year, locals gathered over free long blacks to mourn the passing of Pellegrini's co-owner, the legendary Melbournian Sisto Malaspina. "We've united a lot of locals," says Allison, "People who live within metres of each other for 40 years have met and became friends at the cafe."

Part of the reason community is so important to Allison is because she's had to find her own. A migrant from Poland, the former government worker knows what it's like to rebuild a life in a new city. As a result, diversity and inclusiveness is very much the cafe's lifeblood. Lion and Buffalo's staff come from all corners of the world. You'll notice this on the menu cover – a world map where tiny portraits of the team members are proudly planted on the countries of their birth.

Owner Anna Allison and chef Joice Rosa at the Lion and Buffalo cafe in South Coogee.

Owner Anna Allison and chef Joice Rosa at the Lion and Buffalo cafe in South Coogee.CREDIT:JANIE BARRETT

Lion and Buffalo review: Community spirit (and mum's apple cake) at heart of cafe

To call Lion and Buffalo a corner cafe would be like summing up the Japanese decluttering guru Marie Kondo as a "neat person".

I’m seeing life a little bit differently compared to before.
I know it’s just sport, it’s just tennis,” she said.
 “(Though) you always want to do your best, of course.”
Bohemian Flower with a racquet: Petra Kvitova

Australian Open LIVE: Karolina Pliskova defeats Serena Williams in stunning quarter-final
B.B. King knew your pain, sang it, and melted the blues away

15 wild fictional predictions about future technology that came true

Five emerging Australian authors talk about writing 

       A couple of days ago I posted on 2018 in review at the complete review; here are some year-at-the-site and year-in-reading overviews from other weblogs:

Tracking digital espionage

How much do governments really know about our online history? Join Ron Deibert, digital detective and Citizen Lab founder, as he uncovers the growing silent epidemic of digital espionage. How is it harming civil society?

Tuesday 12 February, 6pm  
Book now


NEWS YOU CAN USE? Bartender Confessions: They’re Secretly Judging You if You Order These Drinks.

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The moon struck by a meteorite

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The mental cost of keeping a secret

On average, we keep around 17 secrets we've been told; but according to new University of Melbourne research, they often come with strings attached.

Inequality will define the future of work ‒ unless citizens get to co-design policy

If inequalities are not addressed, digital transformation will have negative consequences.

How Australia can do more to attract and keep women in parliament

Australia's parliament has become more family-friendly in the last decade, but women with families are still finding it tough. Other democracies can provide some inspiration.

Speaking up

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who has not given an official press briefing from the White House briefing room since Dec. 18, was asked about that during an interview on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends.’’
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question as she speaks with reporters outside the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders listens to a question as she speaks with reporters outside the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
“We’re in the business of getting information to the American people,’’ Sanders said, “not making stars out of people that want to become contributors on CNN.’’
Sanders pushed back on criticism that she isn’t cooperative with the media.
“I take questions from reporters every single day,’’ Sanders said. “The idea this White House is not accessible to the press is absolutely laughable. I have done over 100 briefings, answered thousands of questions from members of the press. … The president takes questions nearly every single day from reporters. We’re on call 24 hours a day.’’
To her point, Sanders did meet with reporters outside the White House on Wednesday.
Earlier this week, President Donald Trump tweeted that he has told Sanders not to bother with news conferences from the briefing room, but Sanders did not rule out a return to the briefing room.
“We’ll see what happens,’’ she said.
For the full Sanders interview, go here. The questions about the media briefings are at the 5:18 mark