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It has been almost four months since we said goodbye to our precious, sweet, amazing Anne kitty. She was 19 years, 8 months. She died at home with us, at peace, much-loved, and on her own terms (just as she lived her life).

Today would have been Anne’s 20th birthday. It has taken me this long to finish this story because writing it has been so hard. I knew I would miss her, but I did not expect it to be this much. I still expect her to be waiting around the corner in her favourite places when I arrive home from work or go upstairs.

It would take many pages to tell twenty years of tales, but I hope these few stories give some impression of the joy she brought to us.

When Anne and her sister Emma were tiny babies they would often play-fight with each other. LG had not been around cats much before, and sometimes the wild-sounding meows made her worry that they were getting serious. I would reassure her that they were only playing, but she didn’t believe me. Then we took the kitties over to visit some friends who had a dog. "Ah, so THIS is what two angry little bundles of kitty fur look like!" (Hissing, sputtering, etc.) The dog, on the other hand, was completely uninterested in the kitties.

When Anne was a bratty teenager (a couple of human years) she taught us to play Fetch. We had little, soft, coloured balls that she trained us to throw across the room or down the hall. She would run after them, bat them around briefly, and then pick them up with her teeth and bring them back to drop them at our feet. In her middle years, she still liked to chase the balls, but grew out of the "fetch" part of the game. She left the fetching part to the humans. Games got shorter in those days. Eventually they evolved even further, into games of Watch.

LG used to hold Anne in her arms belly-up, cradled like a little baby. Anne always looked quite content to be there (for a little while anyway). But she never really liked it when I did it. Something about the way I held her was wrong–too firm? too weak? I don’t know. She would struggle out and then crawl up onto my shoulders, or (when she was older) just go halfway and rest her front paws up there. Both the baby-holding and the shoulder-sitting usually lasted only while we were standing or walking around. As soon as we’d sit down, Anne would lose interest.

Except when I was sitting at my chair working on the computer. In that case, Shoulder Time could last half an hour or more. I learned which of my computer activities I could do with one hand (Facebook and reading articles), and saved them for when Anne demanded Shoulder Time. Often when Shoulder Time ended, she would demand the entire chair by nudging me out of the way. We usually "compromised", meaning that I would slide forward and perch on the edge of the chair, giving her space to settle in. The kitty’s comfort always comes first!

By the way, I do not use the term "demand" lightly. She earned her nickname Demandy.

Anne was the naughtiest of our kitties–the most likely to get into places where kitties weren’t supposed to go. Kitchen cupboard emptied for cleaning? Anne would hop in. Office chair left a little too close to the bookshelves? Anne would explore them. Closet door open? Anne would run in. Sometimes when she did that I would close (but not latch) the door and wait for the paw to come from underneath. She’d pull the door open just enough that she could squeeze her little pink nose through, then push open the door and get out.

Anne had a bowl, and make no mistake: it was Her Bowl. This was a giant (~2ft diam) decorative ceramic bowl, and for most of her life it was her favourite place for all-day catnaps, evening hang-outs, and night-time sleeps (when she wasn’t sleeping in our bed). We kept it on top of an oak chest near a window in the office, with Her Cushion placed inside. It was a warm and sunny spot year-round (as much as possible in Vancouver), and a place where she could be in the room with us while we were working at our computers or reading on the futon. Back when we had That Boy Kitty (dear M’ow), he would sometimes bully her into giving it to him. He’d hop up on the box and just sit next to it motionless, looking at her. Her ears would perk, then slowly flatten, and eventually she’d drag herself out of the bowl and stalk off, maybe throwing a little hiss at M’ow as she departed.

On days when we were both out of the house, she would "call a meeting" when we got back. It would not happen until we both got back, even if we arrived some time apart. Once the second person appeared, she would leave her bowl, have a couple of unhurried stretches, and then go into the hallway and wait for us to follow her. Then she would head into the bedroom and hop up on the bed. We were required to join her. Much petting and head-butting would ensue, as she sat between us and alternated her attention. Eventually she would decide she’d had enough, and allow us to carry on with our lives.

Anne loved to snuggle under the covers with me at night. Like everything else, this arrangement always happened on the kitty’s terms. She’d hop into bed with us–maybe as soon as we went to bed, maybe later. After the compulsory greetings she’d start burrowing at my shoulder. My duty was to turn on my side and make a "tent" by propping up my arm at a weird angle, whereupon the kitten would curl up inside next to my chest. Sometimes she’d stay only a couple of minutes before crawling out and going off to other important kitty business. Other times she’d stay long enough that I’d fall asleep, waking up later to find her gone.

She also liked to snuggle with me in the mornings, on days when LG got out of bed first. A while after LG got up, Anne would hop up and request me to stretch my arm out sideways, and she’d lay her front paws over it for a catnap until I’d finally break the news that it was my turn to start my day.

Here, with the details left to your imagination, are more memories we cherish:

– chattering at birds
– helping me with conference calls
– peekaboo kitten while sitting at our computers
– that little pink nose through the balusters on the stairs
– "stinky" and "your cats are overinflated"
– the time she got her head stuck in a plastic grocery bag and lost a toenail
– scrappy (when her little paws were whapping her sister)
– would not go to sleep on the plane when we flew to vancouver
– playing with (human) visitors’ hair on the couch
– her little silent meow (esp. when "sneaking up" on her)

Goodbye, precious Anne.

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FEAR = False Evidence Appearing Real
HOPE = Higher Order Potential Explored
LOVE = Living One Vibrant Energy

Who are you, what is the world, how did you get here, where are we going and why? Every child asks these questions, as do the mortally ill and those suddenly faced with unexpected change.

Young children (and venerable ancients) are most intimately connected to the deepest mysteries of being. All existence is a glorious mystery that inspires open minds and passionate hearts. Life begins in a rush of extraordinary emotion with an intimate embrace of the actual, immediate, visceral present and leaves deep imprints that last through the next rebirth and beyond.

Many newborn babes know answers to the deepest conundrums, yet quickly forget – distracted by the ongoing process of learning to wear a new body in a strangely demanding culture of drowsy domesticated primates. Most ‘modern’ people are quickly weaned from a sense of wonder to suckle on toxic waste and moribund notions in notional nations at war with themselves. What use are masters and mistresses of universal truths to soulless machines of industrious wastage – to self-styled half blind so-called ‘leaders’ who only require mindless cogs and obedient dogs that will work on their pet projects without question?

Eternal questions lead to cascades of answers and torrents of more questions. At some point in life all beings wonder and ponder the primal questions of life, the universe and everything. Every child knows they’re on a magical mystery tour, exploring and creating a gloriously intricate realm of intriguing riddles and sumptuous sensualities. Every freshly incarnate soul knows answers to eternal conundrums and recognises that truth must be really simple, clear and meaningful – unlike the plethora of corporate, ‘religious’ and ‘spiritual’ lies they’re fed to keep them in place in the usual fowl-brained pecking ordure.

People are rapidly weaned from infinite fonts of unending wisdom, fed on senseless half truths and superstitions by blithering wastrels until we’re self-caged in boxes and propped before blinding screens devoid of imagination, filled up with loony marching tunes, violent comical characters, warrior ‘ethics’, impersonal personalities and mobsters from the Id.

Yet every being who finds themselves living in the bosom of Gaia has the ability to flourish in a garden of freedom, art, truth and beauty – unless the divine rapture of happy revelry is beaten and brainwashed out of them by damaged control freaks. The adulteration of adulthood customarily twists each bright new spark into a carelessly forgetful servile dolt wearing uniform uniforms that suit self-styled bosses and no-one else. Yet the bright living world continues to glow and beckon with magnetic inner light, awakening inner sight and inner sense in every insightful innocent soul.

Even while selling, selling out or selling one’s soul, answers and questions lurk within, biding their time til the moment of wonder emerges anew – flowers that bud from slimy mud to bloom in the light of an unbranded bright new day.

Children know what magic is. Magic is obviously the ability to alter the fabric of ‘material reality’ at will. Adolescents and adults who quest after magical reality or ultimate truths usually encounter the teaching that magic is the ability to alter one’s level and state of consciousness at will. It transpires that these two views of magical reality are one and the same, for the world is made of mindstuff – the very same stuff you’ve made of your self.

We’re all the creator of the world we inhabit. We make and remake the cosmos we perceive from instant to instant in a seamless flow far quicker than any word or thought a monkey mind can shape or utter. We mould malleable mindstruff to fit about our hopes, dreams, desires and fears. The strongest, most emotively driven visions predominate, setting the course of our self-chosen destiny from moment to moment. At every instant new doors are opened and closed by decisive thoughts which come and go so swiftly they barely seem to register, ignored by minds entrained to self destruction through perpetual distraction.

Who won last weekend’s game? Who’ll win next week’s? Who really cares or remembers the identikit features of identical born-to-die gladiators or the meaningless trivia of daily scores? Every broadcast from the blaring, pumping, chest-thumping media is thoroughly massaged premasticated pap made to sell, sell, sell the messy message that life is hell without labels and boxes and plastic bags. The ‘news’ is a neverchanging regurgitated weather report overflowing with the meaningless mummery of falsified finance, shaggy cat stories and fishy tales about the none that got away from The System.

People aren’t encouraged to examine their minds – to investigate the source and route of each thought that passes through the easily distracted awareness of industrious sociable beings. In the kingdom of the blind, endless mindless busyness is promoted to a virtue and self-examination is regarded as ‘useless navel gazing’.

The boss will tell you that there’s plenty of time for self examination when you’re fading and tired and retired from the rat race. There’s plenty of time to be free when you’re old, weak, moribund and no longer a potential threat to the busy, dizzy status quo. Meanwhile, follow the leaders and only read parking meters – and pay through the nose for the right to exist, eat, drink and inhabit space. Do what’s expected of you and reap your reward; Work. Consume. Obey. Marry and reproduce. Die – and then begin all over again, with that alluring ‘clean slate’ – that fresh start each adult craves when they realise they’re botching Life and selling their heritage for a bowl of cold potage.

Turn on. Tune in. Opt out! The real world and real you awaits; waiting for you to discover your self.

You always get what you wish for – often when you’ve forgotten you ever wished for it – so be careful what you wish for, for wishing is magic. Each idle thought is a wilful wish when fuelled by hope or fear, love or anger or any potent emotion in the unformed ocean of eternal becoming.

Magic in a Holographic Fractal Multiverse

The cosmos is infinite, and we don’t even live in a single universe. We live in – and contain – an infinite multiverse of limitless potential.

Fractals and fractal imagery demonstrate the truth of an infinite cosmos shaping and shaped by each whole fragment of ultimate reality. Every part, particle, participle and person reflects and refracts the infinite whole – a fluid hologram altered by individual perspectives in a freewheeling free willed phantasmagoria of endless possibility and infinite variety in continuous communion with itself.

As free will is real and events are not locked into predetermined courses, there can’t be any such thing as accurate prediction – just hypnotic programs that attempt to create self-fulfilling prophecies – for all is in flux and the Book of Life is always being inscribed and rewritten as the Book of Changes. There was no single Big Bang or Creation event, for creation continues at all times in all places, everywhere and anywhen. The illusion of creation is simply the result of premillennial brainwashed minds; a dopey falsehood imagined by ‘scientists’ entrained to believe in a fantasy parental archetype – a creator god (or goddess) – by superannuated superstitions strangely exalted as ‘faiths’ or ‘religions’.

There is no god and no master, but truth, beauty, freedom and love are royally real. You are the creator. You are totally free – and ultimately responsible for everything! No guilt, honour, opprobrium or any other imaginary construct applies to you as a result of your creation. Mistakes are impossible in an infinite multiverse; all is research and all is Art. Yet some artistic creations are more pleasing to the senses than others and some acts far more compassionate and conscious. The holographic nature of reality assures that everyone IS everyone and that one simple ‘rule’ actually does apply to all human behaviour and discourse – the eternal Golden Rule; do as you’d be done by.

You create (your own) reality. How are you doing it? Self-styled creators tend to develop an exalted opinion of themselves, in the false belief they’re in charge of everyone and everything else – yet everyone is in charge of and charged by their own ongoing freeform destiny, ultimately beholden to no other yet intricately interlinked with all. Everyone is divine, a whole fractal facet of everyone and everything.

You magnetise reality, shaping and guiding the transitory ‘material world’ to follow the pattern of your dreaming. How are you doing it? Are you actually moulding the infinite potential of possibility itself, or are you selecting the best of all possible worlds from the myriad pre-existing choices available – or both, or neither? Are you a corpse that died at an earlier time, dreaming the ongoing world as you decompose into soil? Are you a Neo(tonous being) imagining a preprogrammed life in an artificial matrix?

How can you truly know the truth?

By examining each thought and image that enters your mind, and seeing from whence it arises. By meditating, and truly SEEING the sea of mentality through which you’re swimming until you find the still, pure centre where the true you abides, becoming the source of all creation at the centre of the cyclone, wreathed in the swirling spin of everchanging thoughtforms and myriad potential.

Kaleidoscopic Cosmos

There is another way of viewing the kaleidoscopic cosmos. Matter doesn’t exist. It’s an illusion created by apparent ‘particles’ which also don’t exist in ‘real’ terms, but are actually eddies formed by intricately interlocking standing waves. We live in a fluid fractal hologram. All patterns echo the primal form from which all other fractal versions and visions are derived; the vortex at the core of all things, the shape of the cosmos itself.

Every ‘electron’ and every other vortexial fragment of wholistic unity holds a holographic image of everything within its spinning skein. Every grain of a holographic image contains an image of the whole picture, and every vortex is implicately linked to all others at all levels of resolution.

In quantum theory an ‘electron’ is said to rotate around its axis more than once during each rotation, circling through infinite plena of potentials (other universes) before returning to the phase – the place – from which it’s observed. Thus every part of all possible universes is in potential and actual contact with every other part, at all levels of resolution – and so are you.

Every cloud is a fractal representation of every other cloud. All clouds are different yet similar forms, all exhibiting tendencies we recognise as ‘cloudness’. All trees are fractal representations of every other tree. Every person is a fractal representation of every other person. Every ‘universe’ is a fractal representation of every other universe, and all are intimately linked in the most fundamental ways. All forms are representation of the primordial vortex, the wellspring from which all arises.

Everything we perceive/conceive/receive is produced by standing waves, and standing waves are formed between complementary poles. Every thing vibrates between its core and extremities – the poles of creation – yet the extremities and core of every single thing extend forever and are linked to literally everything.

We live in a far greater reality than a simple single universe. The universe we perceive is a tendency that tends to maintain its apparent form and substance almost wherever we look, but if you step back from the brink of egocentric personality and really see you’ll notice differences and changes all around and within you, all the time. We are part and parcel of everything, and everything changes all the time in ways too varied to mention. Everyone is surfing through spacetimes and everyone gets exactly what they wish for with their most wilful impassioned desires.

Hopes and dreams – affirmations – predominate over fears and insecurities when you invest them with awareness, focus and consideration. Hopes manifest most easily when they dovetail with the dreams of other beings in a mutually reinforcing matrix. Hope for the best! Dare to dream of Paradise – for all.

Psychic abilities are real and available; you enact their reality all the time. Telepathy is an ongoing eternal reality; not something to be achieved, but recognised. The same applies to all psi abilities or ‘psychic powers’. Learning magic begins with the simple recognition –reknowing – that it exists, and you are already ‘doing’ it. That’s how you got here. That’s why you’re reading this.

.You are implicately and inextricably interwoven with the entire potential cosmos. To activate a broader awareness of all this potential you have to explore the core of your being and the limitless bounds of self. The whole whirled world is whorled from mindstuff and thou art god.

And myriad other beings already know this. We soar from the shoulders of giants.

Way Out, Far In

To begin any magical operation draw a circle around yourself, starting in the East. Do it now. In the southern hemisphere of this spinning Earth sphere the circle of protection is drawn clockwise (looking down from above). The opposite pertains in the northern hemisphere.

The circle is an inviolable horizon and you are its centre. All possibilities exist between the horizon and the core. Arrange your body so your spine is erect and your breathing is full and clear – this can take a single moment or many years to achieve, depending on where you’re at and how you came to be here now.

See where you’re seeing the world from. Move that point of awareness – the place where you live – into the centre of your head. Do it now. View the world from the centre of centres and watch your peripheral vision expand – you’re already aware of far more than you think.

Listen to the thoughts you think you’re thinking… see them circling round the inviolate centre where you reside… the centre where nothing exists… in the Heavenly Pool at the core of creation.

You are not the thoughts, but the still silent witness within. Become the nothing that sees and is everything. When you’re here the void is clear, not dark at all but filled with the light of eternal awareness. Be here now. Be free…

You are already immortal You don’t have to die to change or be free. You just have to recognise yourself in every thing and every one… and set it all free to be in victorious sweet surrender…

When you’re located at the still centre of the cycle, place this centre directly above the equally still and central point at the centre of the bowl of your hips – your water-centre of ‘gravity’, the hara or navel chakra, below and behind your physical navel. You can view the world from here as well, with a differing perspective that creates a different style of consciousness. Breathe deeply from and into this core and fill it with chi, prana, the Holy Spirit.

When your spine is straight and the waters above are directly above the waters below, a current begins that sparks the fusion, creating the pure flame of an opening, flowering heart.

Breathe…

If you do this and seek the truth all teachings will follow and flow through you, manifesting from the limitless potential of our massive multiplayer online cocreation. Be the immortal that witnesses all from the core of breath and being. Remove the screen from your eyes and BE HERE NOW. We create the best of all possible worlds… together.

It’s a beautiful, wonderful world.

All things in all times in all places are one thing, and that thing is love

– R. Ayana

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The world famous Hard Rock Cafe has returned to ‘Sin City’ Sydney with a vengeance, based on tonight’s launch event at the brand new Darling Harbour venue.

Hard Rock put on quite a show and rolled out the celebrities and live music including: Hamish Dodds, Matt Sorum, Dave Rich, DJ Lethal, Stan Walker, Angry Anderson, L Huntly, Sarah McLoed, Hamish Rosser, Altiyan Childs, Kris Peterson and Stim McLean. Most of them had turns smashing guitars, which is a trademark of opening new Hard Rock Cafes.

We all know that the cost of living and setting up a business in Sydney is considerable, but Hard Rock is certain their latest Australian venture will be a smashing (as in guitar) success. Sydney is one of the busiest markets anywhere globally for the Hard Rock Cafe, says the global chief of the music-themed burgers and ribs franchise.

Hamish Dodds, prez and chief exec of Hard Rock International, advised staffing costs down under in Australia make Hard Rock’s Sydney operations expensive compared with other global locations, and they are comparing to its other 172 venues which include cafes, hotels and even land based casinos. Yes, casinos, but Australia’s The Star and Crown Casino need not worry, as they have no plans for gaming in Australia – at least not any they are talking about.

Hard Rock International is owned by the well known and respected Seminole American Indian tribe, which purchased the global Hard Rock brand in 2007 after successfully running two Hard Rock hotel and casino operations in Florida in the U.S.

"For us this is an English-speaking country and people understand the history of rock," Mr Dodds said in Sydney on Tuesday ahead of the grand opening of the 500-seat venue in the Darling Harbour entertainment hotbed.

"Part of the downside of this market is it’s a mature economy – staffing costs in this market are very different to what we would experience in India.

"I would say the price mark-up here is about 50 per cent higher than the US – this is probably one of the most expensive markets we have in our portfolio."

Mr Dodds advised the Sydney Hard Rock Cafe was priced at a similar level to comparable restaurants in the area and he expected business to be brisk, averaging between 300 to 700 main meals a day.

Sydney would be among the top ten performers in the global network, he said, and among the top five of franchised outlets.

Tonight signified a return to Sydney for the Hard Rock franchise, which closed its previous venue in East Sydney in 2007.

Mr Dodds said Hard Rock had returned to Sydney with a revised and smarter strategy.

He said the former business was in a great location for the 1980s when the brand was fresh and people would go to the Hard Rock Cafe.

"Copycats harmed Hard Rock’s own business and the market changed to the point where we found ourselves in a B minus location and to a degree we lost a bit of relevance", Mr Dodds said.

The firm bought back its Sydney franchise in 2007 and has been revived by director and franchise holder Lennie Huntly, former GM of the Sydney business during the 90s.

Mr Huntly, who also holds the franchise for the Hard Rock Cafe in Surfers Paradise, said he had been thinking about re-opening a Sydney Hard Rock Cafe since the last one closed.

The waterfront location and views over Darling Harbour are a huge plus and soon a live music stage and 600-person music area will be rocking and rolling.

"We are focused on not only being about lunch and dinner," he said.

Mr Huntly also has the rights to open venues in Melbourne, Cairns and Perth. Melbourne’s former venue closed in 2007, but that doesn’t mean it will return with a hit.

Well done to the good folks at Hard Rock Cafe and we look forward to meeting up with the great guys and girls there again soon. Rock on.

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Gilded in the oak savanna.

In the leaning hills, where the summer sun turns the grassland to tinder, the savanna is a wind chime, rustling a harmonious lullaby like a new deck of cards in nimble fingers. Grasshoppers and mayflies and the chaff of newly dried seed catch in the sun. A dry, hot blizzard in an amber streetlamp.

The Arastradero Open Space Preserve is home to rattlesnakes, coyotes, and mountain lions and innumerable flavors of insects and birds, yet it is the trees that bring me here time and again. Before the axe and the wheel came to this land, enormous oak savannas like this one stretched across the midwest, the southwest and here along the west coast.

But the axe and the wheel did come and the savannas left. I like to think of the craggy and twisted forms that remain as wounded but unbent descendants of the stalwart soldiers who resisted the blade and the advance of civilization to hold the dusty California soil to the ground and to provide shade for the coyotes and mountain lions and rattlesnakes that weave through the tall grass of the American Veldt. As these sentinels slowly march from mother to child up and down the wind-tousled steppe, we flit about the outskirts of this preserve as insects, building and gnawing and living and dying. I hope that’s all we’ll ever do.

I came to the Arastradero preserve to connect with a particularly beautiful oak I’d passed (and photographed) on hikes before. I found her on the hillside as ever, arms outstretched, singing in the late evening breeze, fluttering fingers of bright green.

As I stood for a while here on the hillside, gilded in the afternoon, alone with my thoughts but for the oak and the whisper of the breeze and the hum-drum clicks and tweets of grassland animals, I thought, “I’ve been away too long,” and was reminded of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree, and I’ve been thinking about it since.

I came back to the preserve to reconnect with a spot where I’d taken an old photo. Only now do I realize that same photograph was made nearly a year ago to the date. Oliver (who now runs and speaks and laughs) was with us then, asleep as an absolutely tiny three-month-old infant.

The change over the last year in Oliver provided, for me, a stark contrast with the constancy of the natural world, of these stalwart trees. How little they’ve changed. How little indeed will they change over the next century. Long may they roam on these hills and long may they feed my heart.
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In the leaning hills.

I’ve cared a great deal about taking photographs for a long time. When people ask me how long I’ve been “into” photography, I often don’t have an answer. I can vividly remember becoming interested in my father’s camera when I was a kid. No idea how old.

In point of fact, my mother was cleaning house recently and asked that I sort through some old papers of mine. Tucked in a bunch of junk were loads of old prints made with a Vivitar point and shoot given me by my parents sometime while I was in fifth grade. The landscape/candid ideas are all there, but the execution was a long way from developed (and often still is)!

I found a renewed passion for image making when I was in college and then again in graduate school, although if truth be told, it’s been relatively steady for most of my life and those moments of renewed energy are likely just an interpretation of mine in hindsight.

I often return to the question of “Why?” Why should photography feel a bit like breathing and why should I derive so much satisfaction from it? I have loads of standard answers that you see on photoblogs and photo news sites ad naseum, revolving around physical/emotional enjoyment and the risk/reward of creativity and sharing, but these are pretty unsatisfactory.

I’ll tell you that the social networking and community aspects of photography are not what drives me to carry a camera to beautiful places. Neither is building a portfolio of images what puts my feet out the door. Although I run this blog and make every effort to post frequently, I often find myself going to great lengths to make images I find interesting and then leaving them on the hard disk at home for months or years at a time.

This isn’t to say that I don’t enjoy every part of the process, from shooting to publishing; it’s just that, if those weren’t a feature of the photography/photoblog world, I would still shoot.

There is something about images and cameras that has always spoken to me, something in the process of making an extraordinary image that drives me across states and out of bed at strange hours. Images lie at the boundary between real and surreal, between ordinary and fantastic. They can tell the truth, they can lie, but good ones never let you know which. I find it thrilling to compare the different truths of the reality and the image made after. I like to imagine for a moment that the world is as strange as photographs make it seem, then I realize it’s far stranger.

I photograph because that’s who I am, it’s an authentic expression of myself. I mean authentic in the existential sense—that I am doing what comes naturally and being true to who I am. Sometimes explanations and reasons are trite and you just have to accept that you are what you are. Simply put, photography is.

Of course, existentialism takes for granted that, to the mind, the material world presents itself as incongruous and absurd. And maybe that’s what I find so damned rewarding about photography; the world is messy and strange and absurd, but there is a great harmony and undeniable humanity in standing amongst the nodding, tawny, and wind-threshed grain, catching on a wafer of silicon a few trillion photons that have spent eons bouncing around the interior of our sun, all the while inundated with the smells of flowering plants and buzzing insects, luring one another to sex and death in the burning heart of the afternoon, in the leaning hills.

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To learn more about living and serving in Korea with the US Army, visit: imcom.korea.army.mil

Join a social network with the US Military in Korea at www.myspace.com/imcomkorea

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Kendra Wilkinson
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Playboy Business: Kendra Wilkinson Reality In Sydney at Ivy

She’s known for a few things, mainly Playboy, The Playboy Mansion, and all that, but now she’s got a Reality TV show, and us Australians are going to find out all about it.

The 26-year-old model – actor – entrepreneur has been spotted sight seeing in Sydney, while getting ready to promote her self titled reality TV show, Kendra.

The blonde media heat seeker, always very well-known for being one of Hugh Hefner’s lucky three girlfriends had a whale of a time enjoying a boat cruise around Sydney Harbour with her mum, while taking photos. Yes, her photo was also taken.

Kendra arrived in Down Under on 13th October and snatched quite a few cheers and wolf whistle’s from the Sydney Airport staff. The walk past is understood to have lifted the striking workers spirits. Naughty, naughty.

The glamour model did tonight (or at least the first part of it) at the exclusive Sydney night spot, The Ivy.

Like many a celeb, she’s quite the fan of Twitter, yesterday tweeting: ‘Wow I’m having the best time in Sydney!! Australia is amazing! Can’t wait to show you guys my pics from my trip!’

Kendra’s reality TV show focuses mainly on her life after leaving the famous Playboy Mansion and getting engaged to then Philadelphia Eagles receiver, Hank Baskett. Kendra is understood to enjoy ball sports.

The star’s virgin appearance on TV was via the TV series ‘The Girls Next Door’, which followed the lives of Playboy Hefner’s, then-girlfriends: Kendra, Holly Madison, and Bridget Marquardt.

Before you could say Playboy Bunny, Kendra moved out of the Playboy Mansion in 2009 after meeting future husband Hank, and began filming her Kendra.

American audiences were into the show and Kendra is praying that Australian audiences will feel the same way too. Well, they are bound to feel something, so hopefully its good.

The former Dancing With The Stars contestant married Hank in June 2009, and their boy Hank IV was born in December of that year. In case you were wondering, the star’s family have not joined her on her latest press trip.

Kendra looked to be enjoying herself at The Ivy tonight, and it sure looks like she’s into the Australian mantra of "Work hard, play harder."

The looker has told Australian press: "The mansion will always be a part of my life and I’m very appreciative of that. Especially Hef. He is like family. So when the time comes I will open up to my son about my days there and the stuff I went through," she said.

"I knew what I wanted. It was always to have a family".

"No one really expected that of me. I went away that no one thought I would go. Everyone thought I was the crazy party girl but I did what everyone thought I wouldn’t do and made a huge turn-around in my life. I always wanted to be a mother and a wife.

"I lived at the mansion from the age of 18 to 21 and once I had that experience and that whole party thing out of my system I was really ready to settle down."

Australian news hounds are expected to continue to track her every movement, and Kendra plays along in the game, making sure everyone knows about her new upcoming Reality TV show.

Kendra: 9.30pm from October 18, only on E!

Websites

The Ivy
www.merivale.com/#/ivy/ivyroom

Foxtel: E!
www.foxtel.com.au/whats-on/channels/e!/default.htm

Splash News
www.splashnews.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Church of Euthanasia. About Death and Dying. About suicide, assisted suicide and methods of it. Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia in Switzerland for foreigners. Dignitas. Lifecircle. Peaceful Pill (Nembutal). About Life and Death. About Values and Dignity.
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Also about executions.

The fresh one:

gu.com/p/3mvf7

25 June 2014 Last updated at 00:29 GMT

Right-to-die: For and against assisted suicide

By Kathleen Hawkins
BBC News

m.bbc.com/news/blogs-ouch-27922966

About Death and Dying:
www.flickr.com/photos/miran/7587565430/in/photostream/#

About suicide, assisted suicide and methods of it:

www.peacefulpillhandbook.com/
lostallhope.com/links
www.suicide.com/index2.html

Single Shot: Making the Euthanasia Peaceful Pill (Nembutal)
Dignitas – la mort sur ordonnance (death on prescription) (2010). Documentary.

Assisted Suicide / Euthanasia in Switzerland for foreigners:

Dignitas – dignitas.ch
Lifecircle – lifecircle.ch

Suicide Forest in Japan

The Aokigahara Forest is the most popular site for suicides in Japan. After the novel Kuroi Jukai was published, in which a young lover commits suicide in the forest, people started taking their own lives there at a rate of 50 to 100 deaths a year. The site holds so many bodies that the Yakuza pays homeless people to sneak into the forest and rob the corpses. The authorities sweep for bodies only on an annual basis, as the forest sits at the base of Mt. Fuji and is too dense to patrol more frequently.

If you are thinking and exploring about DEATH you’ll fancy some in deep philosophical stuff: I would recommend Prof. Shelly Kagan’s lectures:


Death
by Yale University
by Professor Shelly Kagan

[His lectures are very interesting, all of them, because of originality with a pinch of weirdness in featuring them. Take video version, audio is excellent for the walking or peripatetic meditative listening.]

Course Description

There is one thing I can be sure of: I am going to die. But what am I to make of that fact? This course will examine a number of issues that arise once we begin to reflect on our mortality. The possibility that death may not actually be the end is considered. Are we, in some sense, immortal? Would immortality be desirable? Also a clearer notion of what it is to die is examined. What does it mean to say that a person has died? What kind of fact is that? And, finally, different attitudes to death are evaluated. Is death an evil? How? Why? Is suicide morally permissible? Is it rational? How should the knowledge that I am going to die affect the way I live my life?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkYQL0jgLEk

From the Yale University download this excellent iTunes U course

itunes.apple.com/si/course/death/id495056431

And very interesting stuff from BBC HORIZON, a must watch documentary:

How to Kill a Human Being (Documentary) /*About execution etc …*/

youtu.be/Aj8Lj2CXu9k

How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth? (Documentary)

youtu.be/U4KR5bi028A



Why not some short digression about homicide:

NUTRICIDE: THE KILLING CAMPS OF CODEX ALIMENTARIUS

… despite its claims to be scientific and benign, Codex is a death machine coming out of a long tradition which justifies the death of those of us who are “Useless Eaters”, a term popularized in Germany by Professors Karl Binding and Alfred Hotch in their 1920 essay, “Permission for the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Life”. In this widely read – and debated – essay, the academics argued that the right to be alive was earned, not conferred, and that killing people with disabilities, or others whom they
determined were unworthy to live, was justified. The right to live was earned, they argued, by being a useful economic contributor to society. Absent that ability, one becomes a “useless eater” who, because they are not needed, may be disposed of. Included in the class of “useless eaters” under the Nazis were the disabled and the mentally ill, the vagrant and the unemployable. This world view, in which …

www.healthfreedomusa.org/docs/nutricide.pdf
search.yahoo.com/search?ei=UTF-8&p=nutricide
www.conspirazzi.com/category/cults/scientology/

For Slovenians only:

www.rtvslo.si/slovenija/samomor-in-slovenci-ostajamo-v-vr…

… izvle?ek …

Slovenci verjamemo, da smo samomorilski narod, bi lahko sklenili po ugotovitvah statistik, strokovnjakov in številnih zapisih uporabnikov spleta. Lani si je življenje v Sloveniji vzelo 448 ljudi.

V svetovnem merilu vsako leto zaradi samomora umre milijon ljudi, kar pomeni, da vsakih 40 sekund na tak na?in umre en ?lovek. Slovenija, ki se po štetju svetovnih statistik po številu samomorov žal ves ?as uvrš?a v vrhove lestvic, je po podatkih Eurostata za leto 2008 ‘napredovala’ = ‘|nazadovala|’ na ?etrto mesto za Litvo, Latvijo in Madžarsko. Lani ( = 2011) si je življenje vzelo 448 ljudi, kar po izra?unih Statisti?nega urada Republike Slovenije pomeni vsakih 20 ur en ?lovek.

Dejavniki, ki pogojujejo razmišljanje o samomoru, so zelo razli?ni in imajo lahko korenine tako v okoliš?inah najzgodnejšega razvoja posameznika kot v trenutni situaciji, je za MMC pojasnila psihologinja in predsednica Slovenskega združenja za prepre?evanje samomora Anka Zavašnik.



Some stuff from my 20 years old archive (in that time www was only an idea, that was the time of telnet, ftp, gopher …)

www.churchofeuthanasia.org/

Newsgroups: talk.euthanasia,talk.answers,news.answers
Path: senator-bedfellow.mit.edu!bloom-beacon.mit.edu!panix!netaxs.com!news2.cais.net!news.cais.net!news1.erols.com!imci5!pull-feed.internetmci.com!news.internetMCI.com!newsfeed.internetmci.com!
howland.reston.ans.net!ix.netcom.com!netcom.com!coe
From: coe@netcom.com (CoE)
Subject: [talk.euthanasia] Church of Euthanasia FAQ
Message-ID:
Followup-To: talk.euthanasia
Summary: This posting answers questions often asked about the Church of Euthanasia, founder of
the talk.euthanasia newsgroup.
Organization: NETCOM On-line Communication Services (408 261-4700 guest)
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 1996 00:55:04 GMT
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Archive-name: religions/c-o-euthanasia
Posting-Frequency: quarterly
Last-modified: 1996/03/20
Version: 1.0
URL: www.paranoia.com/coe/coefaq.html
Greetings, and welcome to the Church of Euthanasia’s FAQ (Frequently
Asked Questions) as of March 20, 1996. This document is constantly
evolving. If you have a question that is not answered here, please
send it to coe@netcom.com.

1. What is the Church of Euthanasia?
2. Where can I find the Church on-line?
a. world-wide web site and mirror
b. ftp and gopher archives
c. e-mail archive
d. SNUFFIT-L mailing list
e. talk.euthanasia
3. Where do I get those nifty stickers, buttons, t-shirts, etc.?
4. How do I become a member?
5. Do I have to kill myself?
6. I’ve already procreated. Can I still join?
7. How can I help?
8. What’s the best way for me to kill myself?
9. Why haven’t you killed yourself yet?
10. How many members are there?
11. Can I distribute or reprint articles from the Church archives?
12. Where can I get EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION?

1. What is the Church of Euthanasia?

The Church of Euthanasia is a non-profit educational foundation devoted
to restoring balance between Humans and the remaining species on Earth.
We believe this can only be accomplished by a massive *voluntary*
population reduction, which will require a leap in Human consciousness
to a new *species awareness*.

The Human population is increasing by one million every four days. This
is a net increase of 95 million per year, the current population of
Mexico. Even major wars or epidemics hardly dent this rate of growth,
and modern wars also have tremendous environmental consequences. It is
for these practical reasons, as well as moral ones, that we support only
*voluntary* forms of population reduction.

The Church has only one commandment, and it is "Thou Shalt Not
Procreate." In addition, we have four "pillars" or principles, which are
Suicide, Abortion, Cannibalism and Sodomy.

Note that cannibalism is only required for those who insist on eating
flesh, and is strictly limited to consumption of the *already dead*.
Also note that sodomy is defined as any sexual act not intended for
procreation: fellatio, cunnilingus, and anal sex are all forms of sodomy
and are still illegal in many states.

2. Where can I find the Church on-line?

a. world-wide web site and mirror

The web site contains everything the Church has ever released, including
all issues of Snuff It (complete with color photos and graphics), the
complete e-sermons, a resources page with links to Church-approved
sites, and an on-line catalog with an order form. This is the best way
to experience the Church on-line, particularly if your browser supports
graphics. The primary web site is www.paranoia.com/coe/. The
site is also "mirrored" on a considerably faster machine at
www.envirolink.org/orgs/coe/ .

b. ftp and gopher archives

If you don’t have access to the web, or if you want plain text rather than HTML,
try the University of Michigan’s ETEXT archive:

ftp: ftp.etext.org /pub/Zines/Snuffit
gopher: gopher.etext.org Zines/Snuffit

c. e-mail archive

If you’re e-mail only, don’t despair: our e-mail archive doesn’t have
everything, but there’s enough to keep you busy for a long time. To
obtain a list of what’s available, send an e-mail (the subject does not
matter) to coe-request@paranoia.com containing ONLY the line:

index

You’ll receive a listing of the available files, in alphabetical order.
Many systems limit the size of e-mails, and for this reason, the larger
files (e.g. Snuff It) are broken up into sections of around 30k each.
To request one or more of the files, send an e-mail (again, the subject
doesn’t matter) to the same address (coe-request@paranoia.com),
containing a "get" command for each file you want. For example, to
request both parts of Snuff It #1:

get snuffit1a
get snuffit1b

NOTE that the file names are CASE-SENSITIVE (welcome to Unix). Paranoia
is a relatively small system, and downtime is not unheard of, so don’t
expect your file(s) to arrive immediately, but if it’s been longer than
24 hours, something’s probably wrong. Try again, and if it still
doesn’t work, e-mail us at coe@netcom.com.

d. SNUFFIT-L mailing list

SNUFFIT-L is a low-volume (one e-mail per week, on average), *moderated*
mailing list. It is primarily used to disseminate Snuff It (surprise),
important Church news, occasional e-sermons, and other texts as they
become available. To join the list, send an e-mail (the subject doesn’t
matter) to listserv@netcom.com (*NOTE* the different address) containing
ONLY the line:

subscribe snuffit-l

e. talk.euthanasia

Somewhere along the way, a Church newsgroup was proposed, and in the
process of trying to agree on a name, we discovered that the word
"euthanasia" didn’t appear in the UseNet hierarchy at all! A grassroots
campaign followed, and the talk.euthanasia newsgroup was added to the
"big seven" hierarchy in March ’95, thanks to the Church’s persistent
efforts. Unfortunately the group attracts Humanists like flies on crap,
so the conversation tends to be dull to say the least. We occasionally
try to liven things up a bit by posting sermons or articles from Snuff
It. Feel free to lurk there, annoy the Humanists, and flame the idiots
who post pro-life messages. The charter is as follows:

GOOD DEATH is the real meaning of the Greek word "euthanasia," and in
ancient Greece the Hippocratic oath bound all doctors to provide good
death, as much as good life. The talk.euthanasia newsgroup will be open
to discussion of all aspects of euthanasia, including but not limited to
the history, ethics, legality, and practice of suicide and assisted
suicide, in cases of terminal illness and otherwise, as well as the
wider social implications of voluntary and involuntary euthanasia.
Discussion of suicide as a form of mental illness, including suicide
prevention, will be directed elsewhere.

3. Where can I get those nifty stickers, buttons, t-shirts, etc.?

The world-wide web site includes an on-line catalog with an order form.
This is especially useful if you live outside of the United States, as
it will calculate the postage for you. If you don’t have access to the
web, try sending an e-mail to coe-request@paranoia.com containing ONLY
the line:

get catalog

Unfortunately the coe-request version of the catalog is text-only. This
can be awkward for ordering t-shirts, posters, and so forth. You might
prefer to send a SASE to the Church for our 4-page printed catalog,
which includes pictures of everything, or better yet, send for Snuff
It #3 (32 pages), which includes the catalog. Send securely wrapped
cash, money orders, or checks to:

The Church of Euthanasia
P.O.Box 261
Somerville, MA 02143
USA

4. How do I become a member?

If you choose to not procreate, you’re a member already, but why not
make it official? Membership includes a life-time subscription to the
printed version of Snuff It, a 28-page e-sermon booklet, and a lovely
embossed certificate suitable for framing, all for only .

Bear in mind that we take our one commandment *very* seriously.
Membership implies a lifetime vow to not procreate. Procreation is
guaranteed excommunication. There are *no* exceptions; abortion will
be required, period. Of course, such difficulties can be avoided by
faithful adherence to the fourth pillar (sodomy).

5. Do I have to kill myself?

Of course you don’t have to kill yourself! If you really want to,
though, wait until *after* you’ve joined the Church. That way, you
automatically become a saint, without any additional paperwork. Don’t
forget to leave a note thanking and/or blaming the Church, and feel free
to will us your estate, if you have one.

6. I’ve already procreated. Can I still join?

Absolutely! So long as you don’t have any *more*. We have a number of
members with children, and we even have a member whose son joined too.
What’s done is done. What matters is your commitment *now*.

7. How can I help?

The most important way you can help is by not procreating. If you feel
comfortable taking the lifetime vow, then you should consider officially
joining the Church. It would also very helpful if you could manage to
abstain from eating flesh.

If you like to write and have some "fire in the belly," we can always
use guest sermons, articles, and letters to the editor. We prefer
submissions by e-mail or diskette (Word Perfect 5.1 or DOS text format)
so we don’t have to scan or type it in again. If you send a diskette,
you might want to include hard copy also just in case we can’t read it.

We also desperately need money. Propaganda campaigns are expensive!
The Church is exempt from federal income tax under 501(a) and 501(c)(3),
EIN 04-324-9910. Donations are tax-deductible.

Finally, you can help by spreading the word. Talk to people.
Proselytize shamelessly. Ask us for flyers, or even better, make your
own, and distribute them. Write a letter to the editor of your local
paper. Get on the radio or TV. Be a nuisance. Cause trouble. Piss
people off, especially your breeding friends. Carpe diem.

8. What’s the best way for me to kill myself?

This is a hard question, and at least partially beyond the scope of this
FAQ. There is no "best" way, only the way that suits *your* needs best.
For a complete list of all known methods with incisive commentary on
their effectiveness, try the infamous alt.suicide.holiday "methods"
file, available from the "On-line Resources" page of our web site, or
from www.xanthia.com/ash/.
The book "Final Exit," by Hemlock Society founder Derek Humphry (dhumphry@efn.org),
is also very helpful.

We recommend taking an overdose of sleeping pills and fastening a large
plastic trash bag over your head. That way even if the dose isn’t
enough to kill you, or makes you throw up (a common problem), you still
die of asphyxiation. This is by the way the official "Hemlock Society
approved" method, and has proved to be very effective and painless. Use
a rubber band to fasten the bag around your head. It’s best to hold the
bag open while you’re falling asleep, so you can still breathe and don’t
panic. After you fall asleep, your grip loosens, the elastic tightens,
and presto: you stop breathing. The only hard part is getting the pills
(some folks just use the bag, but this is hard-core).

If you can’t get sleeping pills, you could also try connecting a tube to
the exhaust pipe of a car. Run the tube into the car by rolling down
one window a bit, and be sure to use tape (duct tape would be good) to
seal the space around the tube so there’s no leakage. Start up the
motor, turn on the radio, and sit back. This one is completely
painless, and you will not wake up unless 1. you run out of gas (fill
it up first) or 2. someone discovers you (the most common reason why
this method doesn’t work). It’s best to drive somewhere far away from
people, which, needless to say, is getting harder and harder to do.

9. Why haven’t you killed yourself yet?

I just might. Believe me, I think about it every day. But maybe, just
maybe, if enough people listen to what we’re saying and stop procreating
and consuming so much, we might be able to reduce the population and
build a more compassionate, sustainable future. Then maybe I won’t
*need* to kill myself. That hope is the only thing that keeps me alive;
if it ever dies, I’ll die with it, and you can have front row seats. The
real question is how much of your *self* you are willing to sacrifice for
the well-being of the remaining species on Earth, as well as future
generations of Humans.

10. How many members are there?

The Church currently has hundreds of card-carrying members who’ve
taken the vow, plus clergy, directors, and over a thousand "e-members"
on the SNUFFIT-L mailing list. We have members as far away as Italy
and Latvia, though the majority are in the USA.

11. Can I distribute or reprint articles from the Church archives?

Everything we have on the net is yours to use, subject to two
conditions: we request that you include the author’s name if specified,
along with the Church’s e-mail, world-wide web, and postal addresses,
and if you’re *reprinting* rather than quoting or excerpting for use in
your own work, we request that you use the material in its entirety.

12. Where can I get EMERGENCY CONTRACEPTION?

The Office of Population Research at Princeton University maintains
an emergency contraception web site and toll-free number. Both allow
you to get information on the "morning after" pill and other forms
of emergency contraception, and then find the clinics, hospitals or
doctors nearest you that will prescribe them. Call 1-800-584-9911 or
access opr.princeton.edu/ec/ec.html right away. *Don’t* "wait and see what happens."
You only have 72 hours!

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Name: Angelo Reciti
Arrested for: not given
Arrested at: North Shields Police Station
Arrested on: 18 April 1905
Tyne and Wear Archives ref: DX1388-1-69-Angelo Reciti

The Shields Daily News for 19 April 1905 reports:

"ALLEGE USE OF THREATS AT NORTH SHIELDS. HUSBAND AND WIFE CASE.

At North Shields Police Court today, Angelo Reciti (29), residing at 8 Clive Street, was charged on a warrant with unlawfully using threats towards his wife Elizabeth, whereby she fears he will do her some grievous bodily harm, on the 18th inst.

Sergt. Geo. Murray spoke to apprehending the accused about a quarter past eleven o’clock last night. In pursuance of a warrant, he proceeded to 64 Elsdon Street and there found the accused concealed under a bed. He got him out and he thereupon became very violent. Witness had to get the assistance of two other police officers to hold him. The wife of the the prisoner had been obliged to leave the town in consequence of his threats towards her. At present she was staying in Jarrow. The accused was remanded until tomorrow to give his wife an opportunity of attending the court".

This wasn’t the first time that the Magistrates had become involved in Angelo and Elizabeth Reciti’s marital disputes. The Shields Daily Gazette for 26 October 1904 reported:

"At North Shields to-day Angelo Reciti, Italian shoemaker, was charged with deserting his wife Elizabeth. Mr G.W. Chapman defended.

Complainant, who is only 16, said they had been married since March and resided at Camden Terrace. On Saturday last, at defendant’s request, she went to visit her mother at Jarrow, and on returning in the evening she found nothing but the four walls. The defendant had removed all her furniture and her clothing. She was a present living at 57 Church Way.

By Mr Chapman: She admitted having declined to live with her husband if he removed into Clive Street. Defendant said that five or six weeks ago he went to Manchester in search of employment and when he returned he discovered that his wife had sold off the furniture and gone to live with her mother. He wished to go into Clive Street for convenience in his business, and when he spoke to his wife about removing she declined to go with him.

The magistrates granted a judicial separation, the defendant to pay his wife 5s a week. Defendant was also charged with threatening the life of his wife’s sister and was bound over to keep the peace for six months".

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On the last day of their pilgrimage, the pilgrims began by walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, the path through the streets of Jerusalem that Jesus walked with the Cross to the Crucifixion. After celebrating Mass, they thanked those who had taken care of them on their pilgrimage and prepared for their flights home. As they waited, news of the bombings at the Boston Marathon back home reached the pilgrims and they united themselves in prayer with those who were hurt, their families, and the emergency workers who rushed to care for them.

All this week, our colleague George Martell is traveling with the pilgrimage, embedded with the Cardinal and his priests so we can bring you photos, blogs, videos, and audio reports from the Holy Land from the pilgrims at such places as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Transfiguration, Qumran, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Upper Room, and more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus with Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese’s priests as an Easter retreat experience.

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Royal Navy Search and Rescue Winchman During Night Time Exercise
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A Royal Navy search and rescue (SAR) helicopter winchman is pictured during a night time exercise.

Culdrose 771 Search and Rescue aircraft, are tasked weekly to by the Coastguard, to help various emergency agencies from Fire Brigade, Ambulance service and lifeguards, to help in the search and rescue of injured and stranded people around the coast of Cornwall.

The training exercise not only tests the pilot’s ability to keep the aircraft in the hover, but also tests the winch men, who have to be lowered in all weather conditions.

For nearly half a century, 771 Naval Air Squadron – known as the Ace of Clubs – has lived up to its motto non nobis solum – ‘not unto us alone’, or in 21st-Century speak, ‘for the greater good’.

Our Sea Kings are scrambled at least 200 times a year, and the figure is rising. 771’s helicopters, which feature the squadron’s unofficial Ace of Clubs logo, provide search and rescue cover for the Western Approaches: that’s the Cornish peninsula, the Isles of Scilly and the Atlantic/Channel to a distance of 200 nautical miles.

That can mean mariners in distress or holidaymakers, walkers, climbers, divers and surfers in difficulty around the Cornish coast The helicopters are also called upon to ferry patients/injured people to hospital in the West Country.

One of the helicopters is at 15 minutes’ notice to fly by day, 45 by night, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, with a second aircraft on the Culdrose tarmac ready to join it in the skies should the emergency demand.

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JERUSALEM (April 15, 2013) – The eighth station on the Via Dolorosa, where Jesus encountered the Pious Women of Jerusalem. Cardinal Seán and a group of 29 priests of the Archdiocese of Boston have traveled on an Easter pilgrimage to the Holy Land this week, and they’re bringing the readers of TheGoodCatholicLife.com blog along with them.

On the last day of their pilgrimage, the pilgrims began by walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross, the path through the streets of Jerusalem that Jesus walked with the Cross to the Crucifixion. After celebrating Mass, they thanked those who had taken care of them on their pilgrimage and prepared for their flights home. As they waited, news of the bombings at the Boston Marathon back home reached the pilgrims and they united themselves in prayer with those who were hurt, their families, and the emergency workers who rushed to care for them.

All this week, our colleague George Martell is traveling with the pilgrimage, embedded with the Cardinal and his priests so we can bring you photos, blogs, videos, and audio reports from the Holy Land from the pilgrims at such places as the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mount Carmel, the Sea of Galilee, the Church of the Transfiguration, Qumran, the Mount of Olives, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Upper Room, and more. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Jesus with Cardinal Seán and the Archdiocese’s priests as an Easter retreat experience.

Please stay tuned to www.thegoodcatholiclife.com, as well as www.BostonCatholicPhotos.com and www.YouTube.com/BostonCatholic and our Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/bostoncatholic and Twitter account: www.twitter.com/bostoncatholic for the latest updates from the Holy Land.

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Australian Open Of Surfing; Manly Beach, Sydney, Australia; The Living End Rocks

The inaugural Australian Open of Surfing has hit Sydney, Australia via Australia’ home of surfing – Manly Beach.

In excess of 100,000 people are expected to have embarked on Sydney’s Manly Beach by the end the nine-day event. Today it looked like 150,000 were at Manly Beach.

Make no mistake – this is Australia biggest surf, skate and music festival combo.

The weather has been changeable throughout the event, but today was blue skies all the way.

Locals supported home grown surfers such as Cooper Chapman, a 17-year-old from Narrabeen.

The youngster came into the competition as a wildcard entrant and surfed one-on-one with world number-two Joel Parkinson.

“I’ve always looked up to (Parkinson), he has been one of my favourite surfers for a long time,” Chapman told the Manly Daily.

Surfing is just one of a number of cool activities.

Skaters (skate board riders) as young as eight, as well as international pro, have been competing for $ US50,000 (,000) in prize money in the Beach Bowl skate bowl.

The nine-day Australian Open of Surfing has been declared a success by organisers, sponsors and supporters, including the state government’s Destination NSW program.

"It brings the best of surf, skate and music to the harbour city, embracing youth culture and promoting the unique energy of Sydney’s outdoor lifestyle," says the Minister for Tourism, George Souris, eyeing an extra million tourism boost.

The Manly extravaganza is based on the US Open of Surfing, a week-long celebration of surfing, skating, BMX, fashion, art and lifestyle held annually at Huntington Beach, California.

"It’s just huge there. Attracts about a million people," says Jason Haynes, the general manager of surfwear company Hurley, principal co-sponsor with Billabong of the Manly event.

His expectations in Manly are more modest. "We’re just getting started. We’d be pleased with 100,000," Haynes says. "So far it ticks all the boxes in terms of location, weather, waves, community support."

The Australian Open – which has been several years and a "substantial", though undisclosed, budget in the making – has been booked initially into the calendar for three years.

"We want it to be part of the calendar. We hope families will book their holidays in Australia round the event," says Bob Hurley, the company’s chairman and founder. He also hopes to attract more top male surfers.

Top line music performers are also sharing the stage of success with the surfers and skaters.

Music acts like Sneaky Sound System, Children Collide and Stonefield are entertaining the masses at the event also, with Children Collide and The Living End whipping up a storm this afternoon.

The Australian Open of Surfing concluded today.

Websites

Australian Open Of Surfing
www.australianopenofsurfing.com

The Living End
www.thelivingend.com

Cardinal Spin
www.cardinalspin.com.au

Sydney.com
www.sydney.com

Billabong
www.billabong.com.au

Hurley International
www.hurley.com

Eva Rinaldi Photography Flickr
www.flickr.com/evarinaldiphotography

Eva Rinaldi Photography
www.evarinaldi.com

Music News Australia
www.musicnewsaustralia.com

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