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Views, news and features about the Goulburn Valley. Showcasing a variety of local writers and their views.

Can You Change 20 Dinkums into Emus?

Can You Change 20 Dinkums into Emus?

This Sunday marks the 50th Anniversary of the change over from Pounds, Shillings and Pence to Dollars and Cents.

These days the Australian dollar is the fifth most traded currency in the world, accounting for 7.6 per cent of all trades.

However the dollar could have been called a number of different names.  The Prime Minister of the time, Robert Menzies, who was a monarchist, wanted to call it the Royal.

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Guest — D.A.Cairns
I have only ever known decimal currency. The suggested names you listed made me laugh, especially the Ming. I just cant imagine an... Read More
Saturday, 13 February 2016 16:06
Guest — P. D. McDermott
Would be hilarious if your mate turned up with a mob of real emus, David.
Saturday, 13 February 2016 17:57
Peter Russell
If the notes were called Emus and you had a "mob" in your wallet — then you'd be loaded!!!
Saturday, 13 February 2016 18:54
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To Be or Not to Be ... Connected?

To Be or Not to Be ... Connected?

In the digital age where everything is computerised and all tasks may be accomplished online as long as you can remember your login details, it strikes me as very strange that a simple thing like activating an internet service, could be so hard.

In the digital age of instant connection and immediate gratification how can a man be told that it will take 2-4 days to activate a phone line, and a further 4-10 days after that to connect the internet service?

iPrimus, an internet and telephony retailer, has been providing good service to us for over a year now except when it comes to relocating. We had a similar problem when we first moved to 2527, but I excused the delay because we were moving the huge distance of 20 kilometres.

Our recent move, which resulted from a totally unexpected eviction notice, saw us transport all our worldly possessions to a new home three doors down from the old one. Yes, three doors: not even 100 metres, and yet here we are, eight days in our new residence, without internet or any immediate prospect of it. We also don't have access to free to air television, but that's a different story.

February 4: I received a text message saying that a technician was required to connect the telephone and that one had been booked for the 18th of February. I called iPrimus, to say this was unacceptable and I was asked if I wanted to request an earlier appointment. I swallowed the large furry ball of sarcasm in my throat and said, 'Yes, please.' They're coming on Monday.

I am thankful for hotspotting. Although I only have 5GB of data on my phone, it should suffice until we have our internet service activated, if I avoid downloading videos.

I'm really mystified by the delay in connecting us to the World Wide Web. It's as simple as pushing a few buttons, isn't it? Or am I hanging my naivete out on the line for all to see? This could only happen in Australia, right? The land of exorbitant charges, and pitiful excuses for poor service.

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It's Just Cricket!

It's Just Cricket!

Cricket is the national sport of Australia, and I am a cricket nut. I've loved the game since I was boy, and with each passing year I love it more and more. So, it seems only right to me that I should introduce this game, which in truth is so much more than just a game, to my students regardless of whether they are interested or not.

Most of my adult migrant students know nothing at all about cricket, but as I explained to them, cricket is a part of Australian culture. Even those who (gasp) don't like it, still know about it and understand its significance.

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The Tree of Life — How Paw Paw Rescued Me from Stage IV Melanoma

The Tree of Life — How Paw Paw Rescued Me from Stage IV Melanoma

"... Your recovery is nothing short of a miracle"

Prof Bill Adam, University of Melbourne and GV Health

Kenji Miyazawa says "We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey."  These days I live by that saying and it has helped immensely;   It's been cornerstone to me to surviving Stage IV melanoma cancer.

I was too far gone to survive beyond three to six months, according to Dr Damien Kee, of Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.  The shock of being told this was earth-shattering.  Devastating.  I'd already been dealing with chronic kidney failure that required dialysis and now this!

Dr Kee told me there was a trial drug called Zelboraf (a Serine-threonine inhibitor) that might help if I had the "right type of mutation of cancer."  Tests came back indicating I was in the right 50 per cent and over the phone Dr Kee told me he believed I could go on the Zelboraf treatment program.  I was still scared but he gave me some hope.

A day later her called to tell me I "could not go on the program" and that was it!  I was so pissed off that he would deliver something so important and devastating by phone.  Totally wrong, totally unprofessional.  I have never been back to Peter Mac and probably never will. I thought of all the time "I had fund raised for Peter Mac, plus all of the donations I had given over the years". I felt terribly let down by an organisation and an individual in Dr Kee that had treated me like a number.  I will think long and hard before donating to them again.

I consciously remember "lining up my ducks".  I was visiting friends to tell them the news and in some of those cases I was "saying goodbye".  It was a horrible, horrible time.  Many didn't know how to react — some cut off contact, preferring to not know about the cancer's progression and my expected decline.  Other friends were amazing.  One in particular upon hearing the news stood, paused to think and then said: "I don't accept this".  "You are going to beat this," he beamed confidently.

Maybe he knew something I didn't but if he did, it had to have come from our creator.  No one could have told me with any confidence I'd still be living some three years later — let alone in complete remission.

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How do you Spot a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

How do you Spot a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

How do you spot a Wolf in Sheeps clothing?

We have all heard the saying “beware of the wolf in sheep's clothing” but where did that saying come from and what does it mean?

Where did it come from?

I don’t know exactly where it came from as there are quite a few places around the world who have communicated this advice over the centuries in one form or another.  

The multicultural, religious & global documentation of this advice indicates that this has been a long-standing problem that is linked directly to human nature.

What does it mean?

The first fable I could find is a story, told by the 12th century Greek rhetorician Nikephoros Basilakis, of a wolf who disguises itself as a sheep to gain the trust of a shepherd so that he could eat his sheep.  

When adapting the concept of a wolf in sheeps clothing to real life, this could refer to a person who is insincerely nice to you, changes their nature and adapts to your life just so they can take something from you or take advantage of you.

Other variation of this saying have been documented as follows:

“Beware of hypocritical evil-doers” - 12th century Greek rhetorician Nikephoros Basilakis.

“People should be judged not by their outward demeanor but by their works, for many in sheep’s clothing do the work of wolves.”  15th Century Italian professor Laurentius Abstemius.

An anonymous poem documented in the Greek Anthology reads “not by my own will but the shepherd’s folly.  The beast reared by me will make me his prey. For gratitude cannot change nature.”

So why is this so? Why do humans want to take advantage of another?  I suspect the answers to this question are varied but fundamentally come back to basic human nature and the inbuilt desire of the majority to have positive connections with other humans therefore opening us up to the vulnerability of being taken advantage of.

We want to be loved, we want friends and we want to feel a part of something, over time trust is developed with individuals who connect with you, it is nice when you find genuine people like this but not so nice when that same trust and vulnerability is used in an attempt to slaughter you, figuratively speaking.  

How do we avoid wolves in sheep's clothing? I don’t know the answer unfortunately, do you? Sometimes you can pick a wolf a mile away, sometimes they work in packs, sometimes they creep up on you and you don’t see them until they are going for your jugular.  

The very nature of a wolf is evasive and sly which makes them harder to detect but still they are not completely undetectable.  How do you spot a wolf in sheeps clothing?

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