G'day folks,

Welcome to some cute shots of animals that roam the planet, fly, hang from trees, hop, run, or lounge on your couch.

Clancy's comment: Mm ... And some humans are doing their best to make these extinct. Makes you seriously wonder, eh?

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27 March 2017 - KIDS IN NIGERIA

G'day folks,

Welcome to some facts about kids in Nigeria. Nigeria, an African country on the Gulf of Guinea, has many natural landmarks and wildlife reserves. Protected areas such as Cross River National Park and Yankari National Park have waterfalls, dense rainforest, savanna and rare primate habitats. One of the most recognizable sites is Zuma Rock, a 725m-tall monolith outside the capital of Abuja that’s pictured on the national currency.

  • Continent: Western Africa
  • Climate: Hot—averaging around 90 degrees in much of the nation. Nigeria has two seasons, the rainy season and the dry season. Each lasts about half the year.

    • The school year in Nigeria runs from January through December. Typically, there are three semesters, with a month off following each one.
    • Most schools have strict dress codes. There are not only required uniforms but also rules about hairstyles, jewelry and accessories.
    • A board game called ayo, played by two people using seeds and a board that has twelve cups, is widespread. So are checkers and hand-clapping games.
    • Soccer is a national craze in Nigeria, as in much of Africa. Volleyball, wrestling and boxing are also popular.
    • Age earns respect in many families. As a mark of honor, an older sibling may be addressed as “Senior Brother” or “Senior Sister” instead of their name.
    • Traditionally, most Nigerians lived in extended families, either within the same home or in separate homes clustered close together.
Signature foods:
    • Spicy pepper soup, made with onions, hot chili peppers and meat or fish
    • Plantains (a member of the banana family), which can be fried, stewed with meat, toasted or made into pastries
Interesting animals:
    • The rare Sclater's guenon, a small (6–9 pound), wiry gray monkey that dwells in swamps and moist forests
    • The West African manatee, a thousand-pound water mammal with small flippers and a mouth full of molars
  • Unique holiday: October 1 brings the biggest festival in Nigeria—Independence Day, which celebrates Nigeria's independence from Great Britain in 1960. The day begins with a presidential address and includes parades and festivities in all 36 Nigerian states.
  • Did you know? Nigeria is Africa's most populous country, accounting for about one-fifth of the continent's people. It is very diverse, with more than 250 ethnic groups; the largest are the Yoruba, the Hausa and Fulani and the Ibo (Igbo).

 Clancy's comment: With more than 173 million people in Nigeria, I think most kids would struggle to have a decent education. 

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26 March 2017 - FACTS ABOUT BEARS


G'day folks,

Here are some facts about some big animals that roam the world. Like human children, bear cubs are extremely playful; and just like human mothers, if things get too rough, mother bears will make them stop to protect them from hurting themselves.

Amazing Facts About the Bear
  • Bears are extraordinarily intelligent animals. They have far superior navigation skills to humans; excellent memories; large brain to body ratio; and use tools in various contexts from play to hunting.
  • Bears care deeply about family members. They will risk their lives and even fight to the death in order to save a cub or sibling from danger.
  • Bears grieve deeply for others. Cubs are known to moan and cry when separated from their mothers.  This can go on for weeks if their mothers are killed by hunters.
  • Bears have excellent senses of smell, sight and hearing. They can smell food, cubs, a mate or predators from miles away. Their great eyesight allows them to detect when fruits are ripe.
  • Some species of Asiatic bear build nests in the trees. They can use these for hiding, eating and even sleeping.
  • Bears were often honoured in the cultures of many early civilisations. They were seen as a symbol of power, strength and love.
  • Vikings and the Celts have many legends about the strength, protectiveness and prowess of bears.
  • The bear is a common national personification for Russia (and the former USSR) and Germany. The brown bear is Finland’s national animal.

Clancy's comment: Almost too hard to bear, eh?

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25 March 2017 - BENNETT ARRON - Guest Comedian & Author

- Guest Comedian & Author -

G'day folks,

I'm pleased to introduce a multi-talented character who is an author and a comedian. This is my interview and, as you read his answers, you will gather that he is a comic.

Welcome, Bennett ...

1.   Tell us about you and what you do.
I’m an award-winning writer, comedian, author and ‘expert’ on the subject of Identity Theft!

2.   What was the happiest moment of your life?
The days my children were born

3.   What was the saddest moment?
I’m assuming it’s yet to happen

4.   What surprised you most?
Question 3

5.   What was your greatest disappointment?
Not sure if it’s my greatest, but I wrote episodes of a children’s sitcom for a French Producer and Broadcaster. Even though they were shown on television I was never paid….

6.   Who did you misjudge? Why?
See above.

7.   What or who was your biggest challenge?

8.   What has been your biggest regret?
I don’t have regrets. Unfortunately.

9.   What would be your dying comment? Why?
“Why are you holding that gun?”

10.               Who or what stunned you the most?
My children.

11.               What would you like written on your tombstone? Why?
Best Before… (then that day’s date)

12.               Who would you rather have not met? Why?
The person who commissioned by documentary on Identity Theft

13.               Who were you most envious of? Why?
I’m not the envious type. And I’m jealous of those who are.

14.               Who did you forgive – for doing something you never thought you’d forgive?
I NEVER forgive….

15.               What was your greatest moment in your life?
Having my children.

16.               What is your greatest achievement?
My children

17.               What personal traits would you like to have in your next life?
The ability to teleport

18.               What advice would you give to world leaders?
Stop being silly.

19.               What advice would you give to parents today?
Do NOT allow your children to run around screaming. Especially in cafes when I am writing. It’s not ‘normal’.

20.               Who would you choose to be stuck on a desert island with?
Olivia Newton John

21.               Have any heroes? Why? Who?
My Dad. He is one of the greatest people in the world.

22.               What are the greatest legacies you will leave behind?
My children (this is becoming a theme…)

23.               What’s lacking in the world today?
More of me on television.

24.               Any pearls of wisdom for the rest of us?
Read my books

25.               What would be the last sentence you ever write?
I have no idea. Unless that was it….

26.               What inspired you most?
My teachers. Especially the ones who taught English and Drama.

27.               Who or what made you laugh the most?
My Dad. My brother. My children.

28.               What would be your top three chosen careers in your next life?
Writer, Comedian and anything that actually makes money….

29.               What is your prime focus in life today?
Trying to set my children up well for the future.

30.               Do you have any fear of doing something wrong?
I have EVERY fear of doing something wrong.

31.               If or when you reflect on your past, can you identify any world events that you believe had a significant impact on you?
Although I wasn’t alive at the time, The Holocaust has had a profound effect on my life.

32.               Do you think one can live a purposeful life without knowing the meaning of life?
We all do.

33.                From your perspective - what is the way forward for the world? 
Let me be the leader.

34.               Imagine that you were given a chance to live again, what will you do first and what will you do differently?
I would not mess up my chances with the girl in my class who looked like Olivia Newton John. Although I probably would….

35.                Do you have a bucket list? Tell us more.
Yes. I need one yellow bucket and one red one and then I’ll have them all.

36.               Any great claims to fame?
Anthony Hopkins used to light the fire for my grandparents.

37.               Anything you’d like to add?

Clancy's comment: Thanks, Bennett. I will let Olivia Newton John know of your plans. Keep punching.

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