Monday June 5th is World Environment Day. Widely celebrated in over 100 countries, this is the United Nation's flagship campaign that promotes awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Our global environment! Millions of people take part each year, and have done so since the inaugural day in 1974. That's over 4 decades of driving environmental action!!
As autumn in Queensland draws to a close and winter starts knocking on our door, the Broad-leaved Paperbarks are in full bloom. They are truly beautiful , completely fascinating and almost distracting out of the office window - their trunks are covered in their signature thick beige papery bark, and their creamy bottlebrush-like flowers are in abundance. They are a last hurrah to warmer days, and possibly a promise that on the other side of winter, spring will...well, spring will spring!
Until the mid 1800's Australian's travelled our vast continent by horse drawn transport and coast shipping services. Then the first railway line in Australia opened in 1854 between Melbourne's Finders Street Station and Sandridge (now Port Melbourne), and transport never looked the same again! Rail lines opened up across each state, eventually connecting all states and territories and Australians far and wide. Today Australia boasts some of the world's greatest rail journeys, here's our pick of the bunch, all of them are a must
Autumn brings with it images of cool nights, brisk mornings and long strolls beneath a canopy of brilliant autumn colours; the sound of crisp fallen leaves crunching underfoot and the hint of winter just around the corner. For many of us in Australia, these images are just that, the reality of autumn is far from the scenes we have ingrained in our minds. It's a little like still sending out Christmas cards with pictures of snowmen on them. If only the image could be a reality. Interestingly, in the case of autumn, it can be.....
There is nothing quite like a good belly laugh, the type of laugh that makes your cheeks start to ache and abs start to hurt. The type of laugh that brings tears to your eyes and prompts the words 'Stop, I can't take it anymore' amid uncontrollable fits of laughter. Without a doubt, laughter like that is fun, but those good feelings we get when we have a good laugh are not just about happiness, they are about health as well. And the more we laugh, the more emotionally, mentally and physically healthy we will be.
Next Tuesday April 25th will see communities across Australia, New Zealand and in other pockets around the globe, gather to commemorate Anzac Day. According to the Australian War Memorial, this national day of remembrance "goes beyond the anniversary of the landing on Gallipoli in 1915. It is the day on which we remember all Australians who served and died in war and on operational service".
Although it seems like we only just packed away the Christmas tree and welcomed in 2017, amazingly we find ourselves celebrating Easter this weekend. You'd be hard pressed not to know that Easter was on the way, our supermarket shelves have been stocked with chocolate eggs and hot cross buns for weeks, if not months!! Easter holds many a different meaning to people across the globe, and customs vary from country to country. Here's a snapshot of a few of our favourite Easter traditions from around the world:-