Share Your World – Week 45

Every week Cee asks three questions, with which we get to answer and share a little of our world with our readers and friends.

Describe your own outlook on life in seven words or less. Loyalty, truth, justice, enjoy, fun, love, cherish

Where do you like to vacation? I do love somewhere tropical, but anywhere where there is something to explore and photograph

Candy factories (sweets or treats including chocolate) of the entire world have become one and will now be making only one kind of candy. Which kind, if you were calling the shots? I hate to admit it, but I LOVE Chocolate, it doesn’t always love ME back, but I do love it. Especially Milk or mostly dark chocolate….not a big fan of white.

Complete this sentence: Something that anyone can do that will guarantee my smile is… Bad jokes! Or simply offer me a smile of yours. Chrisa is right a smile from a friend or even a complete stranger will melt most hearts and put a smile on your dial. My Kids and animals usually make me smile (or swear).

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I never know where to start on this one, I am grateful for every single day I am still on this planet. But I guess I must say my friends and family and the support I get to push myself and my art further. 

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Grace

Share Your World – Week 33

Each week Cee asks the big and little questions about our world. Even though I may not get time every week to write, I often read everyone else’s posts. I love reading everyone’s individual take on the questions……..so here is mine this week and it’s already a very big week for me.

Would you travel into outer space? Tough question……it really depends on the HOW. I like space, I like the idea of space travel, I love sci-fi; however I have a fear of heights, so if I was to get up there in a space shuttle, possibly not. However if I was teleported there, or sent cryogenically? Sure why not, I like to travel!

Which country/city in the world (that you have never been to) would you most like to visit and why? Cairo, Marrakech, Ankorah, Angkor Wat……..I could add so many to this list. I love the ancient civilizations, the temples, the stories, the myths and legends. The buildings still mostly standing, and epic adventure awaits me one day.

What could you do to breathe more deeply today? Just sit quietly and take it all in, often easier said than done, I know. Make myself a nice cup of tea, go to my quiet spot in the corner of the garden is some late Winter sunshine and just BE.

Complete this sentence:  This creamy peanut butter sandwich could really use some …strawberry jam!or apricot jam (sorry jelly to all those americans lol), actually I am partial to almost any jam with my peanut butter, the mix or sweet and salty? The other thing I really enjoy with some peanut butter is a fresh crunchy stick of celery. Yummo – now I’m hungry.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?  I am so grateful for so many things this week. It has been such a humongous week and it’s only Tuesday! My family and friends who support me in all my crazy projects, my art, my blog. This weekend I and shooting in the studio all weekend with some other creatives, now that’s something to look forward to.

~ Julz

Artistic Collaboration

Hello WP Friends,

Today I am announcing something new and exciting, just one of the few I have promised, that was in the works. This is a collaboration between myself and the talented Leslie Noyes from Praying for Eyebrows. The idea came when I posted the image of this Gateway and Leslie said she was inspired to write a poem, I was then in turn inspired to do this Spark presentation, and it has grown for some other images and poems, from there. So please sit back and enjoy some poetry and imagery from the both of us.

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https://spark.adobe.com/page/pQ1SAnAuHuXtn/?w=0

Click on the link to follow it on line. I hope this is the first of many collaborations.

~ Julz

Daily Post – Blank Voids of a Future Self

Have you ever had that feeling you are right on the verge of something happening, something exciting, momentous and possibly even earth shaking? You can feel it crackle in the air like electricity; but you just don’t know what, when or where? If you look into the future and all you can see is a blank void, you can touch the precipice with your toes, but cannot feel it with your fingers. The excitement builds within, you feel like you cannot sit or stand still, your fingers itch to do something, anything; but you must be patient, you must calm yourself.

I wrote a post the other week that exciting things were happening, but it is again building to a crescendo, I can feel it……..or am I just imagining it? My mind is a hive of activity with thoughts, dreams, and projects…….sleeping is sometimes difficult, not from worry or stress but from excitement. Remember as a child the night before your birthday or Christmas……….THAT excitement? That is what I feel literally running through my veins………I don’t even know WHAT it is that is about to happen.

Maybe I am still on a high (non-drug induced) from recent events, maybe it is the excitement of future projects, which are just starting to come together, there are plans for so many things in the future, but I have just recently come out of a fog where I briefly burnt out, lost my mojo. Am I flaunting Icarus and daring to fly to close to the sun? Will I strive for greatness only to lose my mojo again? I cannot think that way, a self fulfilling prophecy; I think therefore I am……turns into, I worry I cannot create therefore I can’t. Over thinking things can be dangerous, turning molehills into mountains as the saying goes. Again I must calm my mind.

As a child, my school teachers told my Mother I was an excitable child; creative and imaginative, but sometimes over excitable……possibly nothing has changed? I find it hard to concentrate on just one thing, I want to work on so many projects at once, I must pick one and concentrate. Other projects, which are out of my control, seem to be taking forever, but I know in reality they are not. Perhaps I am just willing something to happen……something that is not even there yet? Perhaps I am just babbling as a way to calm my nerves and still my mind. I must think positively and without doubts……..I will keep you updated.

-Julz

 

1 and 5 – Love Locks

I saw a post a little while back, apologies I cannot remember who or where, they did a post with one image about a location or item and then five quick facts about that location (or item)…it stuck with me, and I thought perhaps I might do a few posts on a similar level. So here we go, Love Locks………..love them or hate them, we seem to see them everywhere in our travels across Australia.

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Love Locks, Blue Lake, Mt Gambier, SA

Fact 1

A love lock or love padlock is a padlock which sweethearts lock to a bridge, fence, gate, or similar public fixture to symbolize their love. Typically the sweethearts’ names or initials are inscribed on the padlock, and its key is thrown away to symbolize unbreakable love. Since the 2000s, love locks have proliferated at an increasing number of locations worldwide.

Fact 2

This latest tradition is believed by some to have been inspired by an ancient custom, which is believed to have originated in China – where lovers lock a padlock on a chain or gate and then throw away the key, symbolically locking their love forever.  Around the world, cities from Moscow to Rome (And Australia) are filled with fences, bridges, and poles adorned with padlocks.

Fact 3

They are now mostly treated by municipal authorities as litter or vandalism, and there is some cost to their removal. However, there are authorities who embrace them, and who use them as fundraising projects or tourism attractions.Melbourne recently had 20,000 love locks removed from Yarra Bridge by the City Council citing that the locks were weighing down and stretching the safety rails.

Fact 4

Even the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris which was reportedly covered in 45 tonnes of love locks and had them removed due to the structural integrity of the bridge. That is a LOT of padlocks and twice as many keys!(Don’t forget those thrown away keys).

Fact 5

Padlocks begin rusting very quickly once exposed to the elements. This rust spreads almost immediately to metal fencing or structures to which they are attached. A rusting bridge is NEVER a good thing. The locks are polluting the rivers, most people, after attaching their locks, toss the keys into the river or lake below as part of the “romantic ritual” – but have you stopped to consider that this is actually POLLUTING these waterways and creating an environmental problem for the wildlife? There are tens of thousands of rusted keys throw into these waterways and is as bad as throwing away your plastic water bottles or other trash.

So what is your stance, romantic or destructive?

-Julz

 

Contemplation Week 1

Desley from a Frequently Flying Scientist has started a new writing challenge. Each week she will share with us a quote from her Kikki.K A Sentence a Day Journal and her response; we then write our own.I am not one normally for writing challenges, but I will give it a go, it sounds fun.

What is something important my parents taught me.

My parents taught me a lot, basic morals and guidelines to live well with other. They taught me to be independent and think for myself and not to always rely on others. They also taught me that sometimes it is OK to ask for help. They taught me to work hard, but play hard too. I should never have apologise for working hard for what I want, nor to be apologetic or embarrassed by what working hard has given me in life. They also inspired my travel and showed me the world. They encouraged me to be creative and supported my endeavours.

My parents also taught me what a real relationship is like, understanding, patience and friendship and of course lots of laughter. My parents taught me to be respectful of others and to have compassion for my fellow man, but not to be browbeaten into submission nor hoodwinked by scammers.

My Parents taught me that education is important and you never truly stop learning in life, there is always a new challenge ahead and everything in life changes, technology, work, life.

But most of all my Parents shaped me to be the person I am today, strong, independent, stubborn (sometimes a little wilful – I was a rebellious teen), and they never quashed my imagination.

-Julz

Toy Story – The Rabbit and The Man

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Toy Story.”

I have not really written any daily posts for a while, needed a break, but today I was wandering through the reader and thought this was more interesting than the usual offerings.

I had many toys as a child, at different ages, different things occupied my attention, I did have two constants throughout my childhood; my cat Tammy and my Imagination. I was always an imaginative and creative child, I guess that is something I still carry with me, alas I lost poor old Tammy many, many years ago. However I still think fondly of her.

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My Bugs looked a little like this one

I guess I went through the usual bears, dolls, pull-a-long toys, then bikes (then boys), I had one particular Bugs Bunny stuffed rabbit, which I got when I was very young and carried with me everywhere I went, my Mum spent many a night sewing poor ‘Bugs’ back together, he became so threadbare Mum made him special clothes to stop his insides falling out. Bugs went everywhere I did, which meant he got dragged through mud, rain, puddles, food, gardens, dirt. He was frequently washed, as he smelt and that time apart was tortuous. My parents tried to find other stuffed toys, and even security blankets, but as ever with small children, my heart was taken with Bugs. Try as I might, I cannot remember why or when I stopped dragging him around (possibly when all four limbs and both ears became detached), I actually still have him, safe and sound all wrapped up in a cupboard, I dare not look at him, the light of day may cause him to crumble into dust………he was never a particularly well mad toy to begin with. I have not thought of Bugs in a long time, and even now it brings back many fond memories and also a sense of loss. I guess through Bugs I learnt about sickness and loss; there is no greater joy in a child than having a favorite toy fixed or mended and returned.

Exactly the same as my daughter's Mr Man

Exactly the same as my daughter’s Mr Man

I remember my own daughter had a similar attachment to a purple stuffed Mr. Impossible doll / teddy type of thing, I honestly cannot even remember where she came by ‘Mr. Man’……….but she was not to be parted from him. Occasionally she would momentarily put him down, while distracted by something else, these were nightmarish times if this happened in a shopping centre or strange place. The frantic searching for Mr. Man when she suddenly realised she no longer had hold of him. Those tender years do not communicate well when their heart is breaking for their favorite toy, they cannot remember where they left it and cannot be consoled.

My Youngest daughter never really had an attachment to a particular toy like my eldest or even my self. Everyone always comments how my eldest is so much like me. My husband on the other hand had a special toy, a stuffed pony……as back then, it still sits in a cupboard to be looked at and not played with, a shame in one way, however it is still all in one piece…….unlike poor Bugs.

– Julz

2014 Round Up

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is now over. In some ways it has been a long hard year, but then last summer and Christmas feel like they only happened last year. Where do I start? Maybe I’ll break it all down a little.

Me – 2014 had it’s highs and lows, work is still a daily struggle, but I keep at the adage, “they keep paying me, I keep turning up”; so far it’s working (Just). 2015 I need to extend myself; use it or loose it I guess. The first part of this year, was really just about the gardens, enjoying Summer and pining for a holiday! Then I got the Flu……….little did we know that it was about to get really hairy! Only just recovering from the Flu, I was suddenly raced to Hospital in a lot of pain; 3 Hospitals in 2 weeks, a lot of tests, scan, blood work, more tests, drugs, tests, bloods, drugs and more drugs, and repeat: they finally diagnosed and treated me and eventually after more 2 weeks in hospital, they let me home to recover. It was scary and lonely and emotional, I NEVER want to go back there again. However it did make me look at my life; it’s a cliche I know – but it does happen.

So what did I learn? I have lost some of my dreams, I wanted to be an artist, photographer, a writer when I was growing up. The artist part id did for awhile, I guess I still am, not that I have picked up a paint brush for a long time. But I thought I never really did much with the photography or the writing. Sure I take happy snaps of family events and holidays, but I never DO anything with them. SO I decided to look into again. I Found some amazing photos online, which led me to the Blogs, which led me to other Blogs and other Photographers, Writers, Bloggers of all sorts. SO…………I started a Blog. Nothing really exciting, just thoughts and stuff. Then I started the Blogging and Photography 101. That was such a learning curve, I picked up a lot of followers and found a lot or inspiring people that I now follow. I have discovered I love Photographic Challenges; WOW what a load of fun. Gives me something to do with my creative side. I have learnt a lot from other photographers as well, even went on some organized shoots! I now have my new camera and my new software and am ready to take on the world.

Moth – Turned 50, so we had a bit of a party which was fun. He wasn’t happy about it, but he had Pavlova AND Chocolate Cake, so that should put a smile on his face! He has done such amazing job on our Gardens, he worked tirelessly every weekend last Summer and Autumn and have given us something to truly be proud of. Sure they are not quite finished, but this Summer will see those little jobs finished (I Hope). His current assignment is to finish the Main  Bathroom. He took 3 weeks off work, 2 for the bathroom and 1 to finish stuff in the gardens. 6 weeks on and he’s still going, bigger job than we anticipated; at least the kids can now use their shower and it’s only the little things left (skirting boards, door stops etc)!

When I got sick, Moth was with me everyday in the hospital, he was under a lot of stress and worry, but he was my rock, frequently making me laugh when I really wasn’t up to it at all. Thank you, you are the light in my life.

No.1 Daughter – Same old, same old. Another year of Uni; 1 more to go.  She went to USA this year with some friends and had a ball, and of course I had to edit all the photos, at least I got to see them!!! She is working a lot and saving plenty, just bought her self a nice new car, and gave me back my old Lancer! She is still single and happy go lucky, enjoying all life has to offer! Good for her I say.

No.2 Daughter & S-I-L – Well No.2 Daughter turned 21 this year, where has the time gone? She hates a fuss as much as her Father, so She and the Son-In-Law went off to Japan for her birthday / belated honeymoon. Neither of them have traveled overseas before; it was a culture shock, but they had a wonderful time. She has now finished her BSc Degree and will graduate this year. This Year she is working on a Research grant in Medicine.

My Parents are both still doing OK, flitting off all over the countryside, not so much the world these days. We found out my Uncle was dying of cancer, so we spent a bit of time with that extended part of the family. And lost him just before I got sick. In fact  we missed the funeral as I was in Hospital.

Into a New Year – 2015 – So what will 2015 have in stall for me? Already it’s looking great. I had 2+ weeks off over Christmas and New Years, then go back to work for a few weeks, then Moth and I are off to New Zealand; only 24 sleeps to go. I have a few music concerts lined up that we are going to, very excited for those too. No.2 Daughter will have her Graduation early in the year, such a proud  Mummy! I am sure that there will more laughs and fun, and no more horrible shocks like we had this year.

– Julz

Piracy Vs Pay TV – Australia, are we really the Hackers of the World?

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The Headlines state that Australian’s are the biggest Video Pirates in the World. Is this fact or fiction? I take a look at the some of the facts, some of the fictions and why do we do it? Are there any alternatives?

I, like a lot of other Australians, love watching TV………..it’s been ranked as a national past time here, which is really quite strange, as we have the worlds most arguably, crappiest TV. We used to have only 5 channels until a few years back, when we were blessed with Digital TV, so now we just have more channels: of crap! So what do us poor Aussies do? We Download, stream, copy, burrow, beg, buy from overseas……….anything to get our favorite shows: when we want them. I’m not saying it’s right, I’m not saying EVERY one does it, but apparently we do it a lot!

Unlike the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, France and many other comparable countries, Australia lacks any effective protection against online piracy. Australia, I’m sorry to say, is the worst offender of any country in the world when it comes to piracy, and I’m very concerned that the legitimate rights and interests of rights holders and content creators are being compromised by that activity.

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I am talking about Video Piracy here, not music piracy, I am sure a lot of the statistics may be similar and a lot of the reasons behind it a similar, but not all. So please let’s not split hairs I am only referring to Videos (Movies and TV Shows) from here on.

So Why do we do it? Who is to Blame?

So why do Australian’s love to download their Videos and TV Shows? There are many reasons why, but I think one of the biggest is the lack of options. We have really bad free to air TV currently available in Australia. Most Australians honestly believe that there is a conspiracy by the National broadcasters (ie Freeview), to make us all just a little bit cranky, by pushing all the wrong buttons! Here is a small sample:

  • The EPG on Freeview is frequently incorrect, so if recording your favorite TV show you miss the start or end.
  • They frequently change nights and or time slots, so again you miss recording your show.
  • They frequently throw in an old episode as New, wasting your time.
  • Supposed Live TV (the Voice, Big Brother etc) running late and stuffing up night-time TV viewing for other people and recordings
  • TV shows that air in other countries (USA) we have to wait weeks, if not months for. Sometimes it is Fast Tracked, and they randomly play shows out of order, or miss an episode entirely
  • There are so many great Movies and TV Shows that are NEVER aired in Australia
  • And please don’t get me started on the advertisements, I know everyone in the world has to deal with them, we just seem to have an abundance of the SAME few commercials airing, occasionally more than once in an Ad break!

Personally due the above list and many more reasons, I never watch Freeview live, I always record it, if I watch it at all. I am then frequently annoyed by missing my show, the start or end, finding it’s something I have already seen, or more often than not what I have streamed from USA is 2 years ahead of what’s on offer in Australia.

We have very limited options in Australia, yes granted Digital TV has made huge changes, we now have lots more channels, not just the 5 we used to have, but hey guess what…………..more re runs, old crappy shows no one wants, TV Shopping channels, or the same stuff aired on 3 different channels simultaneously. We do not have various cable companies to run to; like other countries. We are stuck with what is force fed us for free, or install expensive Satellite Installations. Yes there are thousands of Free Channels available on Satellite in Australia; but most of them are non English speaking, and it can also be quite expensive to set up for very little watchable TV. And don’t get me started on VAST, which is really just Freeview on Satellite, same crap – see bullet points above.

So that brings us to Subscription TV – Foxtel. Up until recently we have had little to no choice when it comes to Subscription services; there was Galaxy, Austar and Optus TV once upon a time, but they faded off into distant memory. Which pretty much left Foxtel to their own greedy corruption. Don’t get me wrong I used to have it at my house, it was great……….once upon a time. Then they started bringing in more advertisements, why do they require more money from advertisers when they already slug us a very hefty price per month? Then they cut back on quality TV shows, or made you pay extra for Box Office Movies and Really good Dramas etc. You can’t get the really good stuff on the basic packages. In essence they priced themselves out of the market, as far as my family is concerned.

We now have a few options for Video Streaming services like; Quickflix, Pronto, Fetch, Play and a few others, don’t get me wrong these seem really good deals with some good content, some are very reasonably priced too. Unfortunately Australia has the slowest, poorly covered internet in the world. So when we want to stream great TV, often we have to suffer buffering or lag, trust me it is very annoying. So we turn to Things like U-Torrent and Pirate Bay  (and 100 other sources) to download the content we want. Then once it has finally downloaded, we can watch it. I am not saying it’s right, I am not condoning it, I am just explaining the why.

There is another reason Aussie turn to the internet, DVD and BluRay Prices. Sure there is currently a bidding war going on, but we still pay more for our electronics, music and movies than anywhere else in the world. There are several arguments to this end. We earn more money per capita, so we can afford more; but we currently pay 400% more than UK or USA. Also our DVD/ BluRay prices are higher, we can buy overseas and import ourselves cheaper than we can buy the same thing locally, and we often do. So don’t give us the old Australia is too far away, it costs more to produce and send stuff to Australia than anywhere else. We Don’t believe it…………..we are lazy and earn more, so everyone wants to gouge us, maybe we earn more because everything is so expensive and our cost of living is higher………..it’s a Catch 22, but I’m not here to argue economics.

But are we as bad as the reports say? According to Lifehacker.com.au these statistics are skewed and biased; due to the time of day, country of origin, percentage of population and the size of audience it is not accurate; in fact most piracy is encrypted and done privately and would not be openly shared, which is where these figures came from; shared data. Is that not contra indicative to the way of Piracy works in general? So are they underestimating or over estimating the rates of Piracy? If only 25% of Australians are currently subscribed to Foxtel, and 11% are illegally downloading (apparently mostly from Melbourne according to Mumbrella), what is the rest of Australia doing?

Is this a Victim-less Crime?

So there really aren’t that many Aussies anyway; barely 23 million of us, and only 11% are illegally downloading, so who is it hurting? Isn’t this a victim less crime. I mean let’s look at it; the movie Elysium (released 2013) rated 4.8 million downloads (worldwide) which equates to US$36 million dollar loss in ticket sales. The Film’s budget was US$115 million, it still grossed US$286 million, according to figures reported on The Conversation. Does this make them Greedy Bastards? Apparently not. Once all the major players take their cut, there isn’t much left. Do we blame the actors? I wish I could get paid millions of dollars for a few months work, but lets face it, not all actors get that kind of money. So it’s the middle men who take it all?

According to the Oxford Economics Report, a third of all Australians are downloading, borrowing or buying illegally downloaded content. This according to Oxford Economics and their calculations, equates to the equivalent of 6,100 jobs lost per year.  That’ s AUD $1,370 million in Gross Sales lost across the entire Australian economy, Tax losses of AUD $193 million. That’s money the Australian Government could put to better use (Or maybe not? Again I’m not here to argue politics either). So what about the Australian Film Industry? We have made some amazing movies; Mad Max, Hanging Rock, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, need I go on? But seriously folks unless the damn thing is illegally downloaded a million times (and no I’m not exaggerating), no one has even heard of it. Most of the films don’t even make to the cinemas (which us Aussies love by the way!), so we burrow from friends, who got it from who knows where and says “Hey check out this Aussie movie, Mate, it’s bonza!” or they send you the link directly to it with same offering. The Australian Indie film industry (independent film makers) would largely remain unknown without Piracy, it means they are still broke, it means it is still illegal, but if we had access to quality TV maybe we could help this struggling part of the Aussie economy? And then when we do get a really good Aussie offering; Red Dog, Priscilla, Sapphires etc these Aussie film makers are bled dry by everyone in the industry and then the Free Loaders (or downloaders) get hold of it.

The Sapphires was the top grossing Australian film at the Australian box office in 2012, taking A$14.5 million. In October 2013, it was still attracting a lot of illegal downloads – 123,030 worldwide and 18,720 in the USA. That’s forgone revenue of just under A$1 million. – The Conversation

Will Data Retention or Website Blocking stop Piracy?

There has been a lot of talk recently about Data Retention by the Government in a bid to fight against terrorism, this data retention only tracks what websites you go to, not what you do once you get there. But wait, is there more? According to some sources information embedded within downloads can making ‘fishing expeditions’ easier to find various ISP (Who you have your internet with) that much easier to track and therefore track down the individuals doing the downloading. But will the Internet Service Providers (ISPs) get on board with that? Technically that is in preach of privacy laws and individual freedom rights, isn’t it? According to Sydney Morning Herald Report  the Abbott Government Crackdown is going to Force the ISP to work with them on cracking down on Downloaders;

The code must include a warning notice system in which repeat illicit downloaders are sent notices informing them they are infringing copyright. It will be educational rather than threatening in nature. – SMH

Wow now I’m quaking in my boots! A warning Letter!

The government has proposed making it possible for rights holders to seek a court order requiring internet service providers (ISPs) to block overseas-based websites – such as the Pirate Bay – whose dominant purpose is breaching copyright. – SMH

According to Choice this is tad amount to Internet Filters, according to others (Swinbourne Uni) Blocking Websites does nothing, and is a ‘Technical Nightmare’ as it Blocks the ISP rather than just the individual website, the innocent bystanders stuck on the same ISP which is blocked lose out, and they have done nothing wrong in the first place. And in the event the Government can block individual website (I don’t think they are that smart personally), these guys from the likes of PirateBay etc aren’t dumb and can just ‘move’ or rename themselves anyway. There fore getting around the ‘Blocking’.

So WHAT is the alternative?

So if only 25% of Aussie have Foxtel and 11% are downloading, what is the rest of Australia doing? There are a lot of us, rumored to be as high as 35%, trying to play Devil’s  Advocate (well sort of ),  we are running Virtual Private Networks (VPN), or Domain Name Systems (DNS), and run subscriptions services from overseas, predominantly from USA, it sounds complicated but it is not. We Hire a VPN and access Catch Up TV, Movies and TV Shows from the likes of Netflix and Hulu+, and hopefully in 2015 we can also get HBO Go! So we still pay our subscription services, we do not illegally download, we still pay our royalties to the makers of these programs, we just are not paying the ridiculous Australian prices. Some people still claim we are routing the system and doing things illegally; not so says Choice Magazine and even the Attorney General!  There are a lot of options for doing this, check out Getflix and you are not restricted to a computer screen like normal CatchUp TV, which lets face it doesn’t even work properly on Smart TVs! The difference with all this is These subscription services are adaptive, so if you have poor internet they run at a lower quality, or higher quality for faster connection etc. There is also programs like XBMC which can run various different streaming sites for Movies and TV Shows. There is also sites on the internet, YouTube with movies and shows readily available, Aussies will happily pay for Internet TV on the TV, not just Smart TVs that aren’t that Smart! There are Rock-Boxes, Roku Boxes, Ouya Boxes and so many other options out there, some of which are NOT available in Australia, every time we turn around we get snubbed. And they call us ‘The Lucky Country’? yeah right.

I guess the next big problem is the Internet. The Abbott Government axed the NBN Co. roll out that WAS planned across Australia, for a cheaper, quicker alternative, using the current Copper Wire Network. Really? Have you seen the state of the current Copper network? The pit located closest to our house is frequently filled with water when it rains (hopefully it’s not one of those of Telstra Asbestos lined pits – but that’s another story), the copper cables are damaged and every time that it does rain we lose our phone line and ADSL2 (Internet) line as well, for days. So we switched back to Cable hook up for our Internet, still loose the phone when it rains, but 14 years of complaining has not got it fixed yet, so I don’t see it happening any time soon, and this isn’t just my house, it’s the neighbors as well! And please don’t think we are the only poor bastards in Australia who suffer from damaged copper wires and rain-soaked pits! So thanks Mr. Abbott for ruining the NBN, we always knew it was a pipe dream! Quick, cheap, reliable internet in Australia – well I guess we can keep dreaming and hoping! And they call us ‘The Lucky Country’? yeah right.

Conclusion

The stupid things is YES – Aussie’s are lazy, cheap but lazy, but If, we were given access to cheap or even fair priced content on a good internet, at the same time as the rest of the world, we would more than likely happily pay! According to Choice. I know I am happy to pay my less than $20.00 per month for unlimited LEGAL entertainment, If we all had really good cheap internet, it would be even better. In fact with the announcement of Netflix, coming in 2015 we all say hooray! But wait there is more there too, Netflix can only show programs that Foxtel don’t already have the rights too, so there will be stuff Netflix can’t show here in Australia, that they do in USA, so I will probably keep my account. Add to that HBO Go going from Cable only to Internet Streaming opens more doors too. At least all this has forced Foxtel to lower their ridiculous pricing!

So until things radically change in Australia, I am sorry but I will continue to pay for my overseas subscriptions services at a vastly reduced amount, Foxtel can forget it and Freeview; well it might be Free, but there is nothing worth watching to View!

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Going, Going…………Gone

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This is a very sad day for me, my beloved Lancer has gone. This was the very first car I bought brand new, no one else had ever driven it, it was spotless, with like 4kms on the clock & that new car smell. I worked so hard for it, I scrimped and saved, I was so proud of my achievement. We had wonderful family outings and holidays. Both of my children learned to drive in it. My eldest inherited it, when her first car went to car heaven. And now sadly after nearly 2 decades, it is moving on to a new owner.car 1

Sure the paint is a little worn in places, and so are the carpets. There are a few knocks and scraps, a little like it’s former owner I guess. But it was such a joy to drive………..our little Rally car. I doubt the new owner will treat this little car with as much affection as we did, especially when they are only paying a mere fraction of what it cost brand new! But that is the way of cars. To them this is just an old Bomb to get from point A to Point B, to us it was freedom, a way of life, a little bit of fancy with a CD Player, electric windows and Air con! We’d never owned anything so new and pretty! So I bid you farewell, my trusty stead…………you never broke down once, which is more than I can say for any old bomb I have ever owned. I hope you are treated well in your next life. Goodbyes are so hard

– Julz