Springbrook Students and Amazing Colonists

Recently, I was invited with some colleagues to visit Springbrook School, Queensland , Australia and introduce some people from our amazing people series. We chose Governor Phillip and the first Europeans to establish a fixed colonial settlement in New South Wales, Australia. It was an exciting morning, when the students had an opportunity to see a video that recreated the voyage of the First Fleet. It was a specially designed…

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29 June, 2013
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Career Leaders

17 February, 2013

What makes a leader amazing? Is it their ideas and creativity, their knowledge, their ability to make things work or the fact that they develop a business and make money? Galileo led by looking beyond Earth and finding a new world in the skies. Dr Louis Pasteur led by searching for and finding minute organisms, called bacteria, that was the start of the fight back against dreaded diseases. Elizabeth Blackwell…

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Carcassonne and the Cathars

29 October, 2012

Why were they hunted down, brutalized and burnt ? That is what happened to thousands of people called the Cathars, during the so called middle ages. Recently, I took a flight from the UK and went to Carcassone in France. Soon as I arrived at the airport, I saw a sign that said – ‘Welcome to the country of the Cathars.’ Yes, they are still in existence, despite the Pope and…

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Giving Thanks

26 November, 2011

Every year, the people of the USA celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. The origins of the event go way back to the early days of European settlement. It is said the original event was when sailors gave thanks for a safe crossing of the Atlantic Ocean. Later, it was associated with the annual  harvest and bringing families and communities together. In most places, the event was celebrated as a religous event.In Canada, the celebration…

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Amazing – Seven Billion People

25 October, 2011

In the year 1800, it is estimated there were one billion people on Earth. By 1927, the figure reached 2 billion. This week it was announced that there are now 7 billion. So, in the last 84 years  – the lifetime of  one generation – the population has increased by 5 billion people. How many of them have been amazing people? Over those years,  the average  number of people has gone…

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Still Travelling – Faster and Faster

21 October, 2011

This week Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in Australia. The Queen is 85 years of age and the Duke is 90. Travelling 10,000 miles, even with the aid of a modern jet plane, is tiring due to the jet lag. Add to that the official engagements in a hot climate. Also, I called my cousin, Ron,  who lives in the UK. He is 79 years old and has…

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