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Topic: WALNUT AND MUSHROOM RISOTTO
Posted: 16 Feb 2015 13:02

Walnuts and mushrooms are a good mix. I make a Nut Wellington that has walnuts and mushrooms as it's 'meat' (I hate calling things a meat substitute but that's often to get across what the ingredients are doing in the dish). Tastes great.

But with this recipe I might ditch the chicken stock depending who I'm making it for (read vegetarians) and change the tasty to parmeson or romana or similar (and add some more vegies but I do that with every recipe though sometimes put them on the side.)

Topic: Your biggest flaw?
Posted: 14 Feb 2015 22:19

The kitchen/dining/lounge room flaw is definitely the biggest flaw I have. That and not taking things seriously enough... probably due to running away from confronting any problems.

Topic: BBC Request
Posted: 12 Feb 2015 17:26

In Australia we have the ABC - just Average Black Cock I'm sorry.

Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Posted: 01 Feb 2015 13:13

The early morning calling of birds. Lorikeets and sulphur crested cockatoos screeching away, magpies carolling, wattle birds chirping to their mate, a whip bird down in the bush somewhere, I can see a superb blue wren with his mates/kids feeding but their constant chatter to each other is drowned out by the rest and the kookaburras have now finished laughing out their territory. There would be others I can't identify - a most pleasant cacophony. And just then a crimson rosella, its bell like call.

Topic: What are you listening to right now?
Posted: 01 Feb 2015 13:13

The early morning calling of birds. Lorikeets and sulphur crested cockatoos screeching away, magpies carolling, wattle birds chirping to their mate, a whip bird down in the bush somewhere, I can see a superb blue wren with his mates/kids feeding but their constant chatter to each other is drowned out by the rest and the kookaburras have now finished laughing out their territory. There would be others I can't identify - a most pleasant cacophony. And just then a crimson rosella, its bell like call.

Topic: What is your new year's resolution?
Posted: 05 Jan 2015 16:03

At least 300dpi.

Topic: Do you believe that there is only one true love for everyone ?
Posted: 01 Jan 2015 17:34

Not at all. If there was only one true love then, statistically, with 7 Billion people on the planet, almost no one would find them. And if it was that unlikely, then following a normal distribution, half the people would have no true love available and half would have one of more. Love grows from imperfect beginnings, and it is in understanding those imperfections in an open way that can lead to the strongest bonds of all.

But Tim Minchin said it much better...
"If I didn't have you"

Topic: How are you guys in Sydney holding up?
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 16:39




Atrocious attempt at generating publicity by killing 2 innocent people.
Man Haron Monis, the gun man, wanted his demands made public, which they weren't.
There was a black ban by Australian media for the security of the hostages.

He made the hostages ring various Media outlets to outline his demands, which included recognition that this was an ISIS related attack, and him wanting to get hold of an official ISIS flag to display.
He wanted his demands publicised globally.
One could argue that he got his global coverage but it was unclear throughout the entire coverage, as to his motivation.
Thats my point.

Australian media, most if not all, were quite select with what they reported.
Media cannot NOT report in this day and age of instant gratification.
Dont think for a minute that what you see on TV or read online, is the full story.

Good Editors/Publishers understand the severity of what they communicate to the masses, and do work with Law enforcers to ensure it is controlled in severe circumstances.






In this case, perhaps the media were more circumspect than they often are in not reporting details though I'd suggest that highlighting the Islamic flag was not a good idea though perhaps unavoidable. That firmly put in everyone's minds that it was a politically planned and motivated terrorist attack leading to comments such as the 2nd(?) poster. This bloke seemed to be more of an unhinged criminal that had found an ideology to nail some hatred to rather than a committed believer further radicalised by perceived atrocities against brethren overseas who is otherwise pious according to their moral values (which still may not align with ours - well mine, no idea what yours are). We are somewhat lucky that he ended up having such a checkered past so that he will be less likely to be a hero to those with some sympathy for ISIS and inspire similar acts.

Though unfortunately there is still that chance since he managed to shut down a large portion of the business district, and many others in the city went home early. Across the nation many spent enormous amounts of time glued to the TV. The disruption was enormous with politicians feeding into the fear as best they could - other state leaders saying they'll do their best to keep people safe - read get hysterical people, and the media being quite happy to go along with it because it keeps people watching. That in itself is great inspiration for others to do it and manage to get a clearer message across.

I know that what's reported on TV or online is not the whole story which begs the questions as to why people bother watching it for so long. We never know the whole story on many things until way after the dust has settled, still now different versions are coming out. You say they can't not report. Perhaps, but that's the case because they need to make money and the best way to do that is to whip things up as much as possible and get people watching. They don't care if the information is complete or not as long as they get bums on seats. Maybe I'm expecting too much for them but this whole issue feeds into the wider issue of peoples voyeuristic tendencies to 'enjoy' watching tragedies. Evolutionarily it is likely to be a driver to modify behaviour to ensure the same tragedy doesn't befall us, but when the tragedy is extremely unlikely but broadcast to everyone, and especially when it is perpetrated by other humans specifically to generate fears and modify behaviours then it would be nice if the media wouldn't provide the conduit. I don't expect it not to but I can still think it's wrong. If reporting is done it can be done in a much more matter of fact manner but then people would just go about their lives and they'd loose revenue/relevance. Be curious to see how Media Watch report it.

Topic: How are you guys in Sydney holding up?
Posted: 17 Dec 2014 16:39




Atrocious attempt at generating publicity by killing 2 innocent people.
Man Haron Monis, the gun man, wanted his demands made public, which they weren't.
There was a black ban by Australian media for the security of the hostages.

He made the hostages ring various Media outlets to outline his demands, which included recognition that this was an ISIS related attack, and him wanting to get hold of an official ISIS flag to display.
He wanted his demands publicised globally.
One could argue that he got his global coverage but it was unclear throughout the entire coverage, as to his motivation.
Thats my point.

Australian media, most if not all, were quite select with what they reported.
Media cannot NOT report in this day and age of instant gratification.
Dont think for a minute that what you see on TV or read online, is the full story.

Good Editors/Publishers understand the severity of what they communicate to the masses, and do work with Law enforcers to ensure it is controlled in severe circumstances.






In this case, perhaps the media were more circumspect than they often are in not reporting details though I'd suggest that highlighting the Islamic flag was not a good idea though perhaps unavoidable. That firmly put in everyone's minds that it was a politically planned and motivated terrorist attack leading to comments such as the 2nd(?) poster. This bloke seemed to be more of an unhinged criminal that had found an ideology to nail some hatred to rather than a committed believer further radicalised by perceived atrocities against brethren overseas who is otherwise pious according to their moral values (which still may not align with ours - well mine, no idea what yours are). We are somewhat lucky that he ended up having such a checkered past so that he will be less likely to be a hero to those with some sympathy for ISIS and inspire similar acts.

Though unfortunately there is still that chance since he managed to shut down a large portion of the business district, and many others in the city went home early. Across the nation many spent enormous amounts of time glued to the TV. The disruption was enormous with politicians feeding into the fear as best they could - other state leaders saying they'll do their best to keep people safe - read get hysterical people, and the media being quite happy to go along with it because it keeps people watching. That in itself is great inspiration for others to do it and manage to get a clearer message across.

I know that what's reported on TV or online is not the whole story which begs the questions as to why people bother watching it for so long. We never know the whole story on many things until way after the dust has settled, still now different versions are coming out. You say they can't not report. Perhaps, but that's the case because they need to make money and the best way to do that is to whip things up as much as possible and get people watching. They don't care if the information is complete or not as long as they get bums on seats. Maybe I'm expecting too much for them but this whole issue feeds into the wider issue of peoples voyeuristic tendencies to 'enjoy' watching tragedies. Evolutionarily it is likely to be a driver to modify behaviour to ensure the same tragedy doesn't befall us, but when the tragedy is extremely unlikely but broadcast to everyone, and especially when it is perpetrated by other humans specifically to generate fears and modify behaviours then it would be nice if the media wouldn't provide the conduit. I don't expect it not to but I can still think it's wrong. If reporting is done it can be done in a much more matter of fact manner but then people would just go about their lives and they'd loose revenue/relevance. Be curious to see how Media Watch report it.

Topic: How are you guys in Sydney holding up?
Posted: 15 Dec 2014 22:30

I agree Dani, I have been non stop watching the news since last night.

What is the world coming to when its no longer even safe to stop and get a cup of coffee. My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the innocent lives lost in this tragedy.

Sad outcome. I was sort expecting it to peter away since nothing happened all day. The guy seems to have been a total nutter, and not just in the religious extremist sort of way. The evidence on the murder of his ex wife must have been pretty thin for him to get bail - whatever the case a disastrous decision.

I was the opposite re watching. I hardly watched it at all, got as much information as I needed from online news. After a couple of minutes on TV there was nothing knew. Lots of interviews with 'experts' and bloody politicians making pointless statements adding nothing but simply serving to boost their popularity. The media left a lot to be desired through the whole thing. At least 4 channels non stop. Totally disagree with BiAussieGirl. It seems to have been a great exercise in generating publicity. Perfect incentive for some copy cats.

As far as getting a safe cup of coffee, I think the odds are in our favour, despite the rare event of a religious nutter, armed robber, car mounting curb, fire, drunk violent a-hole king hitting random people or any other unlikely event to interrupt our cup of chosen beverage.

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