These are a few of the odd things that set Australia apart from the mother country (i.e. the UK!) Similar, yet different, eh?
The Spider Mailbox
Most suburban houses follow the USA mailbox style, with some sort of box on the edge of the property. But watch out for spiders when fetching the post!
Yet funnel web spiders, some of which can kill you in hours, aren’t the only strange, odd, things.
Merry Christmas in Rye, Victoria
Because just across the road, Santa awaits… inflated to gigantic proportions in an expensive house, built on sand dunes, made in the style of a 19th century colonial house, filled with all the gadgetry and labour-saving devices of the modern world.
A walk in the country can provide a host of oddities, from the deadly to the silly.
These are a few I came across. Places include Melbourne, Port Douglas in tropical Queensland and various sites across the Mornington Peninsular. I’m fascinated by the signs that are put up for public information. A real clue into everything, I think.
Japanese Bomb Sculpture – note the guy mowing the grass in the background. That was a noisy machine I can tell you!
Japanese Bomb Sign – little girl was the only casualty of WW2 on the East Australian mainland. (This contrasts sharply with the tens of thousands killed NOT on the mainland)
Crocodiles and Stinger Signs Next to Each Other! Just off the Captain Cook Highway.
Lotus Blossom in McClelland Art Gallery – contrasts to the large sculptures…
Tourism is Big – this is the Puffing Billy train in the Dandenongs
Big, forward control lorries are common in Australia even in urban areas. They hammer along everywhere, apparently in all lanes.
Graffiti All Over Melbourne – despite the sun and wealth, many of man’s creations are amended with random ink. Cops go on trains in fives.
Even Cats Get Banned from a Vineyard
Man-made Floating Island – this is on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. The breaking surf is The Coral Sea
View from a Yacht – Queensland and it’s hills round Port Douglas. You just point and click, there are views everywhere.
More Views – from near Cpt Cook Hwy. Banana fields just out of sight.
Fascination with Olden Days – signs all over, this is Daintree
Daintree River Crocodile Sign – no paddling and keep your eyes open – they’ve had crocs in excess of 5m long here.
Humourous Daintree Crocodile Signs on the WC Publics
My own image of Four Mile Beach, Port Douglas
Cape Tribulation – here the tropical jungle hits the Great Barrier Reef via the mangrove swamps and beach. It’s where Cook’s ship “Endeavour” was dragged ashore to be fixed after crashing into a coral reef (now named after the ship).
Cassowary v Range Rover; not so fair.
Dangerous Pedestrians! They can injure and kill people when provoked.
Views! Along Captain Cook Highway. Australia is full of views. Loads. All over the place.
Tropical Rain Forest, Hot. This is Mossman Gorge, Queensland.
Garbage Recycling, Queensland Style. In Packers Creek, upstream from Port Douglas, they just dump their boats and leave them to the crocodiles when they’re finished with them.
Sign Overload, some graphically scary – Stingers are not nice
View at Port Douglas, Queensland
Melbourne Memorial to a war on the opposite side of the world – beautiful quotes from Wilfred Own in there.
Random Public Art – McClelland Gallery, Frankston.
Odd Signs with Humour
Serious Melbourne Tram System
Ancient “cold” Tropical Rainforest in the South (Dandenongs)
Odd Signs and characteristic Oz Humour
Blue-ringed octopus in a pool at Cape Schanck – there is no known anti-venom!!! It is there in a crack. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-ringed_octopus
Sudden Waves don’t reach the odd sign.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-bellied_black_snake Red-bellied black snake taken walking down to Cape Schanck
Australia is a strange, deadly place, filled with amazing natural resources.
The quirky humour of the people is to be treasured.
They try to be uppity with their restaurants, vineyards, big boys toys and gadgets, yet underneath, the wild west existence is evident all around.
It’s all in the nature of the place.
We are a mixture of the land we live in and the land we came from.
After a niggly start where it popped up a red message saying I needed the wpfooter() function inserted into my theme, when I knew fine well that it was there anyway…. it works fine!
I just switched it on and off a few times and the red error message went.
I have it set to cache every single post on the website! This is supposed to potentially hammer your server, but it only took a few minutes in reality and I’ve set a large time between cache rebuilds, so hopefully, Site 5, who’ve been very good over the past year, won’t mind…
This way, all posts, when checked by a bot like the Googlebot, will be served from cache. ( Previously, the plugin only served a cached page to a user if someone else had previously viewed it between garbage collections ). Now, the bot will see any page, cached.
I’ve checked, and the biggest posts take 8 secs to load and show for a unlogged-in user.
This is very good, IMHO, and much better than before.
The benefit from a SEO view is because it’s now been reported that Google do speed tests on pages and will use this as part of their relevancy ratings when returning search results. My pages load a lot faster as they’re all cached, obviously. This also is good from a user usage viewpoint as well.
The Daily Telegraph, short of stories this summer now that the expenses scandal is dead, has published a picture of Angelina Jolie under the heading:
Women getting more beautiful, say scientists: (see link)
According to some work done by Finnish Philosopher/PsychologistYliopistotutkija – University Researcher Degree: Doctor of Philosophy Department of Psychology University of Helsinki P.O. Box 9 (Siltavuorenpenger 20 D) FIN-00014 University of Helsinki” http://web.archive.org/web/20100115033346/http://www.helsinki.fi:80/psykologia/english/introduction/personnel.htm Markus Jokela,
…attractive women have more children than their less attractive counterparts and that a higher proportion of those children are female…
The methodology was to look at 2000 Americans, and then decide that ‘beautiful‘ women had 16% more children. How this ‘beauty‘ decision was derived, is unknown, save for the comment that,
“attractiveness was assessed from photographs taken during the study”
The article continues in the same vein by quoting the results of yet more “scientists” from the London School of Economics taken in 2006. They had the same ‘results‘.
The gaffa in charge of this, Mr Kanazawa, said…,
“Physical attractiveness is a highly heritable trait, which disproportionately increases the reproductive success of daughters much more than that of sons.”
The point is that the above statement is produced with absolutely NO backing. It’s an opinion, that’s all.
It could be equally well said about men.
Remember, it takes two to tango and make a child. The fact that attractive men can rapidly spread their seed faster than any woman proves that this statement is bunkum…
Look at it like this…
In 9 months, a woman can parent one child.
In 9 months, with one successful shag per day, a man can parent 270 children.
Who is having the greater initial reproductive success? Obviously, the man.
I’m sure that someone like Brad Pitt, Jolie’s husband, if let loose into the wild, would procreate many more children than Jolie could! If he came to Bridgwater, it’d be legs akimbo for weeks followed by lots of little Brad lookalikes! Apart from the jollity, this will seriously slew the statistics wholly against the research’s argument!It only takes one rampant male to break the ‘hard work’ of hundreds of ‘beautiful’ women taking a lifetime to improve the gene pool!
Or look at it like this…
This ‘research’ assumes that attractiveness is a one-way process and that women passively sit around waiting to choose the best mate (using what criteria, are we to wonder?). Again, this is plain garbage. Women aren’t passive. If one of a woman’s criteria for mate choice is the appearance of the man, then it chucks out the research findings right out of the window. Indeed, the ‘beauty’ gene, if it exists, could be being selected for because the man holds it (he having half of his mother’s genes, after all) without actually expressing it himself.
Note to Researchers: check out the difference between a genotype and a phenotype before spouting this muck.
Or Look at it This Way…
My Observation of many UK towns tells me that there are a lot of fat munters on the estates (call them endomorphs, please). They all have appear to have heaps of children despite any perceived lack of ‘beauty‘. So what does this mean to a ‘scientist‘ in this calibre of research?
A. Using their specious logic, I could say that fat munters are the most successful breeders in the country. I could say that only fat people breed fast. I could make all sorts of scurrilous accusations about them and the reason(s) for the perceived fecundity. Just like boys-nights-out on a Friday eyeing up the talent? But I won’t….
Because Any Logic with like this is seriously flawed.
It’s not logic, it’s just opinion dressed as fact. What the Telegraph (and other media organisations) has done by publishing this rubbish as summer titter, is to denigrate the hard work of real scientists with the mumbo-jumbo claptrap from pseudo-scientists looking for job justification.
There’s a heap of proper evolutionary and genetic research that disproves this tripe, so why do the Telegraph publish it? A. To fill space.
Even defining beauty with the narrow bounds of appearance is hard enough – but beauty and appearance, the attractiveness of an individual – these are all complex concepts that have provided artists and writers material for millenia
The trouble with the ‘research’ and it’s reporting, is that it demeans the real work to titillate the lowest common denominators in society, with the result that scientists, striving for humanity’s betterment, are made to look like pariahs and idiots, which in the long run, is very, very bad.
As you will know, websites LOVE to be seen. We LOVE lots of hits! It’s a kind of fame thing if all you want to do is shout and be heard; it’s a life or death business thing if you need to make money from your visibility.
This much is obvious. But as I’ve trawled the dark side, looking for more filth like:
Google Treasure Chest
Google Money Kit
…it’s become obvious that fifth columnists are at work! How?
Okay. You’ll see that I’ve done two similar searches for each of the three operations:
Google Treasure Chest (GTC)
Google Treasure Chest
If you examine the search results (first page only!) you’ll see that GTC returns a load of obviously bad things about them, including my post, google-treasure-chest-its-a-scam-and-a-half/, which set the ball rolling for me all of er.. 19 days ago!
Success University and CarbonCopyPro
Success University and CarbonCopyPro have a lot of results that purport to be investigations and ‘the truth’ about the organistions. There are a lot of actual ‘truth revealed’ about the ‘scam’ going on these websites. You think “oh great, now I can really find out what’s going on..”
Now check the videos!!!
You’ll discover that these are shameless plugs to continue the pyramidal building of these MLMs
It’s staggeringly successful when you consider it!. Like a spy in the camp, what they’ve done is squeezed themselves to the top of the Google rankings in both good and bad terminology searches! So if you want to find the dirt on CarbonCopyPro, add it to the words ‘scam’, ‘ripoff’, ‘fraud’ or suchlike – and there they are! Go in and check the link, and it’s a plug! If you want to find good things about CarbonCopyPro, do the same but mix it with ‘success’, ‘wealth’ or ‘professional’ or ‘winner’ – and there you go! It’s another plug!
This is the proof of the Scam Double-Bluff
Like in a game of poker, the many faces of the schemer wins each time.
Google Treasure Chest Scamming Plug
Of course, our old GTC friend isn’t without some similar scheming…. Pay a visit to,
‘Mike Taylor’ in this beautifully worded webpage says,
WARNING: If You Do Not Read This Webpage You May Get Scammed!
‘Mike’ recommends two ‘schemes’ with his ‘brutally honest opinion’, as he calls it, from all the horrible scam schemes out there. These are,
Google Money System (warning bells going yet? SP!)
A WHOIS reveals that they are ‘protected’ by Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc. From spammers, they claim, although it’s an ideal way for spivs to cover their tracks. You’ll also see that 97% of site vistors are from the USA…. more of that later.
At the website you’ll find a nice little lady yabbering away in the bottom right corner of the screen called Diana DeAngelo. Fill in the boxes with some garbage and you’ll be taken to an even bigger spiel and even more wordy words. Be careful. She’s seriously got ‘the voice’ – like Saint Bob from BandAid. It’s a nice homely American accent…. I could feel my pockets automatically emptying themselves under some strange volition.
But before you plough ahead and hand over your $157, check down at the bottom at the various disclaimers etc. Try processaffiliaterebates.com/disclaimer.htm
You’ll discover that the business is based in Nicosia, Cyprus and all your dealings with the company will be governed by Cyprus laws.
So you have to ask yourself,
…in which part of Nicosia is processaffiliaterebates.com registered?
Because if it’s the north, which it most probably is, the laws there are considerably different to the rest of the world, no matter how much Turkey wants to be part of the European Union! And remember, 97% of processaffiliaterebates.com’s hits come from the USA, not Northern Cyprus.
Hopefully you’ve spotted the shit flying by now, or have at least smelt the aroma. As you attempt to close the processaffiliaterebates.com webpage, a message from an attractive young lady pops up. It looks like you can chat to a real person….
Like in Terminator, the robots are taking over the world.
Since the first posting about this scam about 10 days ago, Google Treasure Chest – it’s a scam and a half! alone has attracted over 3000 page views. From these, about 100, sometimes desperate, people have commented and admitted that they’ve been sucked into the scam on that and the other postings around the subject.
Make from these numbers what you will.
Maybe it means I’ve stopped over 2000 people getting ripped off?
Maybe, as I suspect, most people don’t like to admit they’ve been made to look a chump – and I can empathise with that.
I’m in a computer-free zone for a day or two so any further comments will be held for moderation. If I didn’t, I’d have about 3000 comments of viagra garbage from our friends in St Petersburg and Shanghai which would make information very hard to find! The comments list would be about a mile long…
So until then, if you’ve been conned by the Google Treasure Chest/kit/pack and the host of related websites:
Don’t give up
Call one of the numbers that we’ve found that works from people’s comments under the postings
Cancel the subscription
Warn your bank if necessary
Change your credit card if necessary
You can still leave information and tips for other victims, but if you’ve not commented before, your comment won’t show immediately. As a resource for others, all information is valuable, so please post away!
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