Part of me hates my english teacher in high school, everything in my life now has to have some sort of stupid meaning or relevance behind it. Back in school we were studying shawshank redemption, and for example, a scene in the jail grounds, there was a small amount of grass on the ground, apparently this meant that they were friends and everything was going to be okay. Whatever. Anyway over the last few days i’ve been in Belguim, I didn’t really plan it out that well, just saw my days off for the week and booked a ticket. That’s neither here nor there. I luckily stayed in Bruges, I say lucky because there, it is pretty much impossible to get lost, I managed too though.
After a while I grew used to having no idea what anyone was saying or having any idea of where I actualy was. I walked the streets for hours, just looking at things and stoping by something pretty to have a smoke. It made me think, like a lot of things tend to, well go into one of those daydreamy trance things.
I’ve spent the vast majority of the day watching memorial videos for youths that have passed on youtube. This triggered because last night I realised that in 12 days it will mark two years of me loosing someone that I was super close to. For hours I watched these photos of these kids, it was mesmerising. Its a weird feeling realising that I haven’t even been alive for 2 decades, yet I outlived so many others already. Read the rest of this entry »
Do we have freedom of speech in Australia? We have freedom of speech in some aspects of life yes, but not others. For example we’re allowed to bad mouth the government as long as it’s fact or opinion and not defaming anyone, whereas in other countries any bad words about the government, whether it be true or not may get you arrested because of sedition laws, this happens in Singapore as well as many other places over the globe.Technically, in my own opinion, Australia does not have freedom of speech, but it’s a good thing in some ways. Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry »
Koalas are native to Australia and are a well-known Australian icon; unfortunately, however, the number of them left out in the wild is dropping raidly, in the last decade especially. There are many reasons for this, all of which tend to link and come from one issue, humans. To survive, koalas need eucalyptus leaves. If they don’t find them, they will starve, and also die of thirst as their hydration comes from the leaves also. There are over 600 types of eucalyptus trees that are in Australia, but it is only the leaves off 20 or 30 that the koala will eat, they smell the leaves to check the toxicity levels within them as all eucalyptus leaves are toxic at different levels. The leaf is also where they get most of their hydration from; they hardly ever drink water or any type of liquid. It occasionally eats leaves from other trees as well, such as tea and cherry trees, but like humans, they all like different things, not all koalas like the same kinds of leaves. Many of their preferred trees have been wiped out and there is not much natural habitat left, thus why it is such an issue to increase their habitat by simply planting trees, also time is an issue, the trees needed do not simply grow over night, Koalas also sleep between 18 – 20 hours a day and do not like change either, so moving them to a new location is difficult.
Many people outside Sydney’s western suburbs would have no idea what SWITCH is – with its trendy all-caps stylings, perhaps a café on King Street. In fact, SWITCH is a not-fot-profit community organisation which opened its doors in March 2011. Part of the COM4Unity program, the name is a metaphor for turning on the light in the participants’ lives. COM4Unity stands for ‘connecting out minds for unity’, and is comprised of employees and volunteers from Blacktown Council, local organisations, businesses, youth services, and local police. Providing a range of activities and links to local service providers and support mechanisms, SWITCH involves local youth through its programs of choreographed dance and various musical items. With a motto of BEACON (Be Encourage Achieve Change and Over Come Negativity), it rather sounds like something out of Billy Elliot, doesn’t it?
The point of the story I will be writing about is about koalas, what are the factors that contribute to them becoming endangered (man-made and natural), and why so little seems to be getting done to help improve their numbers.