Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Thank you SA Parliamentarians

Image: abc.net.au

It is a very unsettling ride in Australian politics at the moment. We have had a lot to learn and I think we are finally getting it. When the federal defence minister freely and gratuitously insulted the work and the  workers of the Australian Submarine Corporation I was as incensed as anyone in South Australia. It was uncalled for and very damaging. I storified it so that I could keep a record of it , it was just such unheard of behaviour in our country. Hardly anyone has looked at it, but that doesn't matter. What matters is it's there for me to look at. What became clear, though, at the time was we have a state where parliamentarians will act swiftly and rationally on  any matter relating to the good name of our state and the people who work in it and for it. Both our Premier , Jay Weatherill and our opposition leader , Stephen Marshall spoke up clearly and strongly on our behalf and on the behalf of the Australian Submarine Corporation. A number of other prominent people in our state spoke strongly too. It was a good feeling. Inspite of the initial copy cat nonsense straight after the election, borrowed from current Australian politics , our state politicians have actually settled into a good rhythm . Maybe the sad loss of  Bob Such  has had its impact in a helpful way because Bob Such worked hard for the electorate he represented and was so well respected and now sadly missed. Our parliamentarians get up in the morning and go to work. They work hard for the state. They do what we do. We all have long hours, demanding, complex work conditions, performance standards to meet and behavioural expectations in the work place. When we are free, we have a great state to relax in and a place where we can dream our dreams or just mooch and have a nice day. Our parliamentarians talk to us, represent us, speak on our behalf, speak up for causes and groups and generally conduct themselves in a productive , positive way. It's actually comforting to know that now that I have realised it. Most of the federal parliamentarians from this state are people we can be proud of and who work for an optimistic, burgeoning Australia which will benefit all of us. The state parliamentarians are good at what they do and are currently focussing on how to improve the future outlook for our state. We'll do it. We are creative , flexible thinkers here and we have some good research people in our universities who come and talk to us to help us along. I like that about our state. We all talk to each other and we all try and be good at what we do. Yes, there are those who are not like that, but that doesn't hold us up in any way. We are like running water. We glide over the bumps!

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Adelaide in the 80s

If you missed Adelaide in the 80s, this is pretty much it. We were all very fit, mad on aerobics and it heralded the era of good fresh food and more exercise which has become a permanent feature of our South Australian lifestyle. We had the outfits, the music, the venues, the TV programmes and videos. We were alive. Speaking of Adelaide Alive - our Grand Prix also featured aerobics groups too. That is how into it we were. This love of fitness branched out into cycling, kindergym, walking, gym circuits and since then we have become adept in finding the right level of fitness activity for who we are so now you find people skateboarding, walking the dog, surfing, body boarding, swimming, canoeing , kayaking...all because aerobics got us all moving in such a fun way. 

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Fashion Icons Exhibition

So excited!! Adelaide is finally really getting there. After all the hoo-ha with public transport infrastructure redevelopment, the revamping of the Mall and the constant disruption to all and everything, well, my trip to town was living proof we can do it and do it well. The Mall seems empty without its coffee shops which were so popular and the beloved fruit  and fruit juice stands are gone. I am hoping that they will return to one of the side streets. Not having the Mall full of "stuff" means there is a clear and open feel to it. The Asian food area has established itself well in the Renaissance Arcade and David Jones is abuzz with its redevelopment. I have never seen their staff so positive, optimistic and just genuinely happy. The changes are still coming but today there was a complete lift in tone and atmosphere. We can feel the life being breathed into us. We can feel the style which is coming and we can feel that sense of creative endeavour which we thought was just nuisance renovation and annoying change. Whoever has their eye on this has conceived it well because it is coming together to produce a city which we are loving. We can feel it is going to be fabulous! Part of that is the Fashion Icons Exhibition opening at the Art Gallery in late October. It has linked us back into the wider world in a really great way and the shops are picking up on the theme. We have lift off.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Community Broadcasting

About Community Broadcasting in Australia is a very good clip with some startling information. The interesting thing is Blogger won't find the YouTube clip so I can post it straight here and if you click on the share button on the YouTube clip it just hangs. Nothing happens. So are we not meant to share this good news? 5 million Australians listen to 444 community radio stations each week. Some of my time is given over to listen to community radio or television because you can't get more local than that. It can be like having friends over. It can be really interesting and it can remind you that you live in an area where things are happening all the time. Things which you wouldn't know about necessarily because main stream media run to an agenda. Community radio creates that sense of belonging and it is growing all the time. It's an opportunity for people to practise their media skills, find an avenue to share their knowledge and information but it can just be good to know what is going on locally. I am disappointed I can't share this clip properly. Community radio is worth tuning into from time to time. 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

So, who's away today

Absenteeism is starting to take hold again. People just don't turn up. Some let the workplace know. Others don't.  All sorts of reasons for it but it puts a strain on those who are there and it undermines smooth working conditions which would be less demanding on those present and more positive for all if everyone were consistently there. It seems to be a problem everywhere. Forbes outlines the costs and causes in America. There is quite a list. There is a similar list for Australia with Tuesday seeming to be popular as the day off. That can be a bit misleading as some people work through a  week and a weekend and when they get to Tuesday they might just be too tired to get up. Long shifts, long weeks interfere with the rhythm of life. How many days straight do some people work? How long are their days? Is it a case of sheer fatigue or does the absenteeism trend go back to school attendance patterns as well? Maybe it's both. Maybe we have work place conditions which do not suit a human body and then a lack of commitment from others.Why the lack of commitment? What factors influence that? Workplace info has some interesting information about absenteeism. So, do we reward those who can be relied upon or do we just keep pushing them and being sorry when they finally break? Do we need to look at this? Adelaide is a good place to look at working conditions because we are not a huge state in terms of population and we can investigate things more easily and maybe even work out how to improve things without risking huge numbers in a big company. We also have a good history of competent sociological research. Rather than let it carry on like this , it might be sensible to take a look at what is causing absenteeism and how to address it. It is not in anyone's long term interests to allow such an obvious problem go ignored. 

Monday, July 14, 2014

Winter in Adelaide

Adelaide is doing New Zealand very well at the moment which is why it is so fresh and green. I don't do grey, wet and miserable very well but occasionally we have those days where the sun pops out in between the rain and there is a touch of blue and the green is so vibrant. I can take my dog for a walk and it's not that wet underfoot and we can enjoy the fresh air and the sunshine. I have to watch for the muddy bits but even they are not that bad. It has been freezing cold for Adelaide. Icy. Others  from elsewhere might think it's okay but we are cold. We are creating an interesting winter look , though. Some are dressing up and adding nice scarves to their outifts and it looks good. Others are piling on the layers. I saw one guy with his baseball hat and a thin woollen beanie on top of it with his sunnies perched on top of the cap peak. Looked interesting and different. Those doing the layered look are coming up with some nice combinations. For once Adelaide has got away from the dark blue and grey customary wear for winter and that's usually been a fleecy top and track pants. You still need your sunglasses because every so often that sun just comes out, even for a little bit,  and can be dazzling. To see the green freshness and the gum trees looking happy is worth all of this wet and cold and so I am trying to look at the benefits of freezing and having to wear mountains of clothes. Having a dog that likes walking has helped. She is happy to get out on a walk and looks forward to it. I am trying to learn form her. 

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Sad loss, sad face

David Luiz © REUTERS / Eddie Keogh

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Such a sad face. Just the saddest face which met me this morning when I came on the Net. A team which had given it their all and had been soundly beaten on the day. Judging by the uproar on Facebook this morning , it had been quite a match which everyone had loved. I have only kept a cursory glance on the World Cup and yet it seems to have been a very powerful event where those who are following it have been very passionate about it. It has reignited the inspirational flame of soccer/football. This photo is brilliant. It says it all. He'd played hard and lost and there is a real dignity about David Luiz being able to let the emotions flow so honestly.