Action is Character

Act so that you have no cause to be ashamed of yourselves; and hold fast to this rule.

Jetsun Milarepa - Tibetan Buddhist Yogi - 1025-1135 AD

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Laughter is the best medicine

A laugh a day keeps the doctor away but clown doctors bring laughter to sick children all round the world.

In Australia each year clown doctors make 1500 visits to 20 hospital across the country to treat children with doses of laughter.
Sydneys Childrens Hospital in Randwick was the first to regularly run the clown doctors program in 1997.
There are 55 clown doctors in Australia who make a difference to more than 100,000 people a year.

They are raising fun(ds) for the Humour Foundation tomorrow.

Cupcakes will also be on sale to raise money at Commonwealth Bank Branches, 28th April at:
Marrickville 10 am till 11 am
Conrcord 11.45 till 12.45pm
Dulwich Hill 2.30pm till 3.30pm.

On the day the Doctors arrive in the Funbalance (a decorated vehicle to help them deliver more emergency fun!)

The Humour Foundation hopes to have clown doctors in every childrens hospital, 5 days a week.'

(Inner West Courier, April 26th 2011 p10)

Clowns are still working their magic through laughter. For those who dare to laugh come to my clown site.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Slime Mould redesigns road networks in England and Japan

New Scientist reports on research findings by computer scientists in the UK that suggests slime mould, P. polycephalum, which feeds by spawning tendrils to reach nutrients,will map the most efficient network linking cities from London to Glasgow. This follows Japanese research that used the same technique to map the Tokyo rail network. The findings, published in the journal Science on January 22 2010 are applicable to human built networks as Wolfgang Marwan of Otto von Guericke University in Germany writes, "The model captures the basic dynamics of network adaptability through interaction of local rules, and produces networks with properties comparable to or better than those of real-world infrastructure networks... The work of Tero and colleagues provides a fascinating and convincing example that biologically inspired pure mathematical models can lead to completely new, highly efficient algorithms able to provide technical systems with essential features of living systems, for applications in such areas as computer science."

Sunday, November 29, 2009

First time in Paris

New Years Eve 1954-55 I hitch hiked to Paris with my mother.

Clochards under every bridge
No more

Horse heads outside horse butchers
No more

Turtles stacked in turtle-soup shop window, tears rolling down their eyes
No more

Buses with open backs
No more

Taxi drivers spitting at your bad French
No more

Irene on top of the Arc de Triomphe

Hitch hiking from Amsterdam with my mother, 10 years old and I had never been this high up before. The view down the boulevards from the Arc de Triomphe towards the outer arrondissments and infinity.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

My Paris Walk


Crossing the Seine
on the timber board bridge
a Sunday
Parisian lovers and friends
Guitars strumming with laughter
Down by the river, boatwaves lapping water on the cobblestones
Poplar trees inscribed by lovers
Their history lives on in the bark

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Bye bye Fore skin

Ancient Egyptian 6th Dynasty circumcision from the tomb of Ankh-Mahor