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Paul Snedden has been at 22 events

HostFollowersTitleDateGuestsLinks
Carms Perez63,234I'm at a restaurant alone join me for a quick hangout I got my laptop :)Let's talk about the new phones :) or not.... lol2015-09-12 04:38:2533  
Michelle Li677,127LIVE from SEATTLE: Packers fans reflect on NFC loss2015-01-19 04:16:5632  
Google Local Sydney79,877*RSVP HERE:* http://goo.gl/lzmLth Jump for joy because spring is here! Join your fellow City Experts at our Sydney Spring Fling in the Royal Botanic Gardens. Enjoy exquisite food from our edible garden, release your inner child with giant backyard games and mingle with Sydney's City Experts. This evening of fun and frivolity is sure to put a little 'spring' in your step. This event is exclusive to Sydney’s City Experts with 50+ reviews and 5 new reviews each month. If you’e not yet a City Expert, join the fun at g.co/cityexpert.  *How to join*: Complete the RSVP form at http://goo.gl/lzmLth and write 50+ high quality reviews by 27 August if you'd like to attend. _Numbers are strictly limited, so get in quick! Confirmation emails will be sent on Thursday 28 August if you're on the guest list._Sydney Spring Fling2014-09-04 18:00:0094  
Android Headlines295,973The Nexus program is rising from the grave.The Android Headlines Show Episode 702014-08-01 03:30:0045  
Jackie M1,878,315KL and the adjacent state of Selangor are the gateway to Malaysia for most of its visitors; this is where you'll find food from all different parts of the country, but what sorts of dishes are uniquely KL and Selangor in influence? Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 3 - Theme: Selangor/KL2014-07-27 10:30:007  
Jackie M1,878,315Another food hub in Malaysia that is a well-known secret among the locals and the Singaporean tourists who cross the border regularly to savour its culinary delights. I was there to film a new TV pilot there in May and was very impressed by the food we ate, even at the most inconspicuous, unglamourous outposts.  Join me as I try to capture some uniquely Johor flavours in this Hangout :)  Catch this event Live or subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified once the recorded Hangout is uploaded there - http://youtube.com/jackiemsydney Jackie M Ramadan 7 - Johor2014-07-24 12:30:0021  
Derek Ross1,278,828The Original Android Hangout Show returns tonight at 9pm ET to discuss Android Wear, tips, tricks, apps, and possibly a few developer tidbits to keep my friend @111777412946608276908 happy! Join @111396705647796704246 , Steve, and myself in about 2 hours. Bring your questions about #wearables  and #AndroidWear.The Original Android Hangout Show2014-07-11 03:00:0040  
Derek Ross1,278,828*The original Android Hangout Show returns!* Hi. I was the first guy on Google+ to start doing live Hangout Shows for Android news and discussion way back during the Hangouts on Air beta days. My team and I ran a successful Android related Hangout show for for 74 weeks in a row before our hiatus. Our show was watched and listed to by thousands every week via Google+, YouTube, and various Podcast platforms. *The band is getting back together...* ...or at least the lead singer. I've come to realize that the shows offered today just don't cut it. They're not professional. They're boring. They don't offer any value such as show guests or giveaways. They're just not what my team used to provide and it angers me. I'm going to try my best to change that for you guys. I'm tentatively going to relaunch our Android on Air show next month. The time and date are subject to change pending renovations to my office. If everything can be completed by then, I'll be back in business providing you with quality HoA Android goodness.The original Android Hangout Show returns!2014-06-06 03:00:0099  
Jackie M1,878,315Join me in the first of my new series of Hangouts On Air - on Malaysian Ingredients!  Unlike my previous series, I'm not teaching straight-out Malaysian dishes, but rather showing how you can infuse some Malaysian Flavours into your everyday cooking :) AND I will have a guest in my studio with me - hint for those who've bought from me recently - Pink Eyebrows!Jackie M Hangout On Air - Malaysian Flavours 12013-11-21 10:30:0071  
Telstra103,983Join us next week for an exclusive insight into the minds of Telstra's resident product experts, David Saidden and Nathan Azouz, as we discuss 'Mobiles 2020.' The event is Telstra's first +Google Australia Hangout and will feature questions from industry bloggers, including +Jens Garcia and +Norman Ma.  Watch the event on our page or on +YouTube, and join the conversation using #Mobiles2020 or #TelstraHangout. See you there!Telstra Hangout: Mobiles 20202013-11-06 08:00:00200  
martin shervington1,273,659Well, you probably know we are doing Movember but what you may not have realised is that we are going to keep you informed of every bristle along the way. Yes we are.  So, please join us tomorrow for some laughs and awareness raising for the great causes of Movember. See you then!Movember: our first HOA - all welcome!2013-11-02 18:00:0028  
Sydney2,560,009The world's largest annual free-to-the-public outdoor sculpture exhibition, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi, is back again for a 17th year! One of Sydney's most loved events, the outdoor sculpture exhibition returns to the stunning Bondi to Tamarama coast walk from 24 October - 10 November 2013. See the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk transformed into a two kilometre long temporary sculpture park featuring over 100 sculptures by artists from Australia and across the world. http://www.sydney.com/events/sculpture-by-the-seaSculpture by the Sea2013-10-24 08:00:0084  
Sydney2,560,009Art and About is Sydney's most public, collaborative art festival.  It takes place from 20 September through 20 October in the streets and public spaces of Sydney and invites you to get involved . Commencing Friday, 20 September, Martin Place turns into an outdoor theatre with live music and performance. Then for the month following you'll find art, photography, performances, stories and installations all over the city.  Make sure you head to Hyde Park North for a stroll through an avenue of photography in Sydney Life and Little Sydney Lives - large-scale photos of the city captured through the lenses of Sydneysiders, young and old.  Snailovation - giant two-metre snails in eye-popping colours will be in the city's most public places and they will capture your hearts and imagination and much more! That's just a taster of what's on! http://www.sydney.com/events/art-and-about-sydneyArt and About Sydney2013-09-20 11:00:0028  
martin shervington1,273,659I am really excited to be interviewing +Marques Brownlee this Wednesday. It was great to read when +Vic Gundotra said he "is the best technology reviewer on the planet right now" and I know many people will nod their heads in agreement. As such I contacted Marques and asked if I could ask him a few questions about how he has used YouTube (which I know he loves) and Google+ to help him become the best. Oh, and I may even get a chance to see how he is getting on with Google Glass as well... This is one event you won't want to miss! _p.s. I will be taking questions..._Interview with Marques Brownlee!2013-08-28 20:00:00145  
Hanna Silver32,550Join Hanna for an online performance of her new instrumental EP in its entirety, plus a few extra songs just for fun. After the performance, there will be a Q & A where you can ask anything about how the EP was recorded, the pieces composed or what hair product Hanna uses. If you're watching on YouTube, you can leave your questions there in a comment, or here on the event page. Also, please leave me a comment if you'd like to be in the hangout with me. Otherwise, anyone will be able to watch on YouTube. *USA*: Please note that this will happen on your FRIDAY NIGHT, Aug 16, 10pm EDT or 7pm PDT. To learn more about the new release, you can read about it here: http://galusaustralis.com/2013/08/7519/artist-profile-hanna-silver/Hanna's EP Launch: Let's Visit The Seaside HOA2013-08-17 04:00:00117  
Jackie M1,878,315Join me as I showcase a quick and simple way to make restaurant-quality Chicken Rendang from my new studio kitchen! #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 22013-05-30 11:30:0032  
Jackie M1,878,315Join me this Thursday as I run a series of 3 Hangouts showcasing some simple, restaurant-quality Malaysian meals you can prepare at home. Cooking Demo 1 - Char Kway Teow #FoodieWebWeek  Mouthwatering Malaysian Cooking Demo 12013-05-30 10:00:0041  
Jackie M1,878,315I've been "off-the-grid" for the best part of a week thanks to my relocation from Concord to Darlinghurst, but I will be participating in this Cooking Demo as part of #FoodieWebWeek - and it's happening in less than 12 hours!   There is a twist though - because my internet at my new digs has only just been connected and I'm not entirely confident of its robustness - instead of doing a Hangout On Air, I have a pre-recorded cooking video that I will be sharing during this timeslot EXCLUSIVE to Google Plus - so be sure to catch it to learn how to make one of the popular items from my just-now closed Concord restaurant :)Jackie M Cooking Demo Video Exclusive to Google Plus2013-05-26 11:00:0017  
Sydney2,560,009Join +Michael Sutton and +Lauren Bath as they walk us through Vivid Sydney via Google Hangout and offer a few photography tips along the way.  +Vivid Sydney  is a festival of light, music and ideas that transforms the city of Sydney for 2 weeks.  There are more than 60 interactive and immersive light sculptures and installations across Circular Quay, The Rocks, Walsh Bay, Darling Harbour and North Sydney.  One of the festival highlights is the Lighting the Sails - Sydney Opera House. We hope you can join us from where-ever you are across the world to view this colourful Sydney festival.Vivid Sydney Google+ Hangout2013-05-26 10:30:00100  
Melissa Daniels58,141Join me for our weekly Hangout on Air, where I'll recap the top threads for the week, as curated by Chromebook Central's (chromebook.com/community) Rising Stars and Top Contributors.  Please be advised that this is a broadcast Hangout-- no participants, just +Melissa Daniels talking about bugs, threads, trending topics and of course, #chromebooks .   Each HOA lasts roughly 10-15 minutes and will be re-posted shortly after with bug details as well as any relevant links.  Can't make the live stream this week? Don't worry-- another one will be held next week! http://youtu.be/Jyj5S5flsYo#chromies weekly top threads recap -- week ending May 102013-05-10 23:00:0053  
Jason Chapman1,546If you have questions about Chrome OS or Chromebooks in general, OR have knowledge to share you should join us in this Hangout. If you know of anyone with interest let me know.  The 1pm US Central time is just an aiming time, it may be sooner or later depending on when our European Chromies would like to hangout also. *Google is not affiliated nor do the support all the views expressed in the Hangout.  Google, Chrome, Chromebooks and other trademarked terms are property of Google and their respective owners.*Chromebook Discussion and Q&A2013-05-09 21:00:0010  
Jackie M1,878,315Listen in from anywhere during the Livestream! - http://eastsidefm.org/listen-online/ Jackie M Guest on Radio Show - Food In Focus2013-02-23 06:00:0028  

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2015-12-16 05:33:36 (257 comments; 70 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​

Most reshares: 104

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2015-06-02 12:03:12 (35 comments; 104 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker 

Most plusones: 184

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2015-06-02 12:03:12 (35 comments; 104 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker 

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2016-02-04 22:00:22 (33 comments; 27 reshares; 86 +1s)Open 

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw

Scoobystralia

What's seen cannot be unseen!

We've all seen the Dog Head / Cat Head map of #Australia. If you haven't, it's here (https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/NKFTNU7Txof)

Well, someone has taken it to a whole new level.

Australia is really Scooby Doo!

Happy Friday

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or plus.google.com/collections/gRdpR

via +Julie Wills

Possible OP - https://goo.gl/G81iKw___

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2016-01-31 23:23:32 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

AUSTRALIANISM: noun (Oss-tray-lee-ah-niz-im)

A term referring to something quintessentially Australian!

What other Australianisms do you know and use?

via +St.George Bank Australia​

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-01-25 09:14:49 (17 comments; 10 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)
... more »

26th January 2016. A day to celebrate... er... Australia?

Why, it's only been 245 years, 9 months, and 6 days since Captain Cook first spotted Australia.

And only 245 years and 8 months, 3 weeks and 6 days since he landed!

It's been 245 years, 5 months and 4 days since Cook claimed the continent for the British Crown.

228 years, 1 week and 1 day ago, the First Fleet landed in Botany Bay. (8 days later they packed up and moved to the next harbour north)

Only 115 years, 3 weeks and 4 days ago, the various colonies on the continent voted themselves into the country we know and love today. Australia

And a mere 29 years, 10 months, 3 weeks and 2 days ago, Australia gained full independence from the UK (ignoring for the moment the conflict of interest inherent in Elizabeth Windsor being the head of state of both ;)

How time flies.

Happy Australia Day for tmrw, one and all.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#Australia #downunder #oz #australiaday___

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2016-01-13 09:00:23 (86 comments; 3 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about... more »

This is a tale about a 12yo boy

Over the Christmas break, I was at a party when I overheard this young fella telling a couple of his mates that he had his Instagram account hacked.

Being the resident geek among family and friends, I spoke with his mum about it. "Yep," she said. "We've barred him from social media until we figure out what to do". She asked me if there was anything that could be done to get the account back and/or to make his accounts more secure for the future. So, a couple of days later I sat the kid down and had a chat with him. This is what I found out.....

1. His account wasn't actually hacked
2. He regularly uses "cheat" apps to get more followers (typically bots)
3. His password was extremely guessable. I guessed it by asking him a few basic questions.

I'd like to talk about these in a bit more detail, but in reverse order.

Number 3 - Passwords
As I said, I guessed the boy's password just by asking him a few questions. As it turns out, his password was the name of his favourite singer.

Once I got it right, I asked him where else he used the password. It was also the unlock password for his phone, the password he uses for his Playstation account and also his Google account.

Needless to say, this is not an ideal situation. But, it got me thinking of Joe User and the passwords in use by everyday people.

It's been a long, long time since I had a password which I used on more than one service. I also use LastPass to manage my passwords, and have an extremely complex password to login to it, which I change monthly. With the most-recent update, Lastpass now accepts a fingerprint instead of the Master Password - I use that as the fingerprint scanner on my Nexus 6P is pretty good.

But, Joe User. If you think about it, your average man or woman in the street needs a password for: Work PC (which, hopefully, includes Single Sign-On for email and as many other internal systems as possible), Personal Email account, Social media account(s). That's, at an absolute minimum, three passwords which need to be remembered. Reality would show, however, that it would be a lot more. For example, in an article from Sophos last year, they suggested that the average user has nineteen passwords. That seems quite high so let's assume it's somewhere in the middle. Let's say 10.

Are ten different passwords really that hard to remember, people?

Number 2 - Fake Followers
Why oh why would anyone want to install an app on their smartphone or computer which has the sole purpose of giving you a bunch of fake followers? Sure, yeah, I get that having a lot of followers gives the impression of being popular, but is this really the way to go? Are people really that superficial that they have to have fake followers instead of real people just to make them look popular?

I look at myself on Google Plus. I have about 19,000 followers but there's no possible way that all 19,000 of them are "real". There's some bots, of course, and there'd be people who are no longer active on Google Plus. But, frankly, I honestly don't care if I get another follower. Ever. I'd like to think I've built (and been a part of) a following of a few hundred core people who enjoy what I share and will reshare, +1 and, most importantly, comment on that content. Beyond that, I really don't care. Having hundreds of thousands of followers has done nothing more to people than give them the impression that they're popular/important, and also to destroy their overalll Google Plus experience with "lol", "hi" and "cool" comments. If the comments on my stream were nothing except that, then yeah I'd be pretty upset (and no, that is NOT a challenge haha)

Google Plus has had its fair share of gaming as well. Those stupid shared circles thing where completely useless - very different to the Advance Australia Share initiative I ran a couple of times where I wanted to get some new Aussies to follow so I asked you to make recommendations. Yes, I shared the circle in case anyone else wanted it but it was never my motivation to turn it into an ongoing "reshare this if you want to be included next time" thing.

So, Instagram has a thing where you can game followers that simply? No wonder I don't use it.

Number 1 - Hacking
The young boy, as I said above, wasn't actually hacked. What happened was that he saw something on Instagram about getting more followers by going to a website and logging in with his Instagram (Facebook?) credentials. Once that was done, the post on Instagram said you'd get "thousands more followers*.

So, off he went to said website.

A little while later - I don't know exactly when - he got a message on Instagram saying that he had been logged out. He tried to log back in using the same password, all to no avail.

"I've been hacked", he kept saying.

No, knucklehead, you haven't. You gave someone else your password, they logged in and changed it, effectively stealing your account.

That's not hacking. That's being a stupid 12 year old kid.

When did "social engineering" become known as "hacking"?___

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2016-01-12 00:33:20 (57 comments; 16 reshares; 74 +1s)Open 

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

HiRes Source image: https://imgur.com/lf7An8g

The Population of Australia
 
Yes, it's as inhospitable as we say it is.
 
Take a look at the attached image, a map of #Australia from the 2011 Census: 50% (11 million people) of the Australian population are shown in red, residing in about 3000 suburbs. The other 11 million are blue. The silver background was unpopulated sparsely populated (h/t +Melanie Avion​) during the census.
 
Think about that for a moment.
 
Let it sink in.
 
NOW do you realise why no one goes "walkabout" in the Outback?
 
#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

HiRes Source image: https://imgur.com/lf7An8g___

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2016-01-10 09:48:58 (25 comments; 3 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Finally, a plan

Australian ingenuity?

2016 has begun how 2015 ended, with floods and fire across the country.

Maybe it's time to use some of our ingenuity and come up with a plan like the attached image. I mean, if we can invent WiFi then surely we can do something like this?

Whats your thoughts? What can we do to stop Mother Nature being such a heartless bitch?

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2016-01-03 22:30:15 (16 comments; 7 reshares; 72 +1s)Open 

Happy New Year

Welcome to MMXVI

So, here we are in another year. I trust that everyone had a safe but happy Christmas and New Years.

My New Year's gift to you is some amazing photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight last Friday morning.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

(Pics via Paul Goulding on Facebook (https://goo.gl/jSghN5), animation by me)

Happy New Year

Welcome to MMXVI

So, here we are in another year. I trust that everyone had a safe but happy Christmas and New Years.

My New Year's gift to you is some amazing photos of the Sydney Harbour Bridge at the stroke of midnight last Friday morning.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

(Pics via Paul Goulding on Facebook (https://goo.gl/jSghN5), animation by me)___

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2015-12-21 03:45:57 (34 comments; 4 reshares; 57 +1s)Open 

And, I'm done

Just in time for Christmas.

The latest project for the #WhiteHouseReno is done. This used to be The Oval Office but it was basically a storage room over the past couple of years. So, the wall got demolished, a new railing for made (the original sandblasted and powdercoated to match the new one), a bunch of new furniture was purchased (picked up the sofa this morning) and the walls and ceiling were repainted. Oh, and there's new carpet on the stairs and the ceiling panels are new.

This is the room directly below this - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Ngeb3BL5piX

Now, FINALLY, I can take a break.

And, I'm done

Just in time for Christmas.

The latest project for the #WhiteHouseReno is done. This used to be The Oval Office but it was basically a storage room over the past couple of years. So, the wall got demolished, a new railing for made (the original sandblasted and powdercoated to match the new one), a bunch of new furniture was purchased (picked up the sofa this morning) and the walls and ceiling were repainted. Oh, and there's new carpet on the stairs and the ceiling panels are new.

This is the room directly below this - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/Ngeb3BL5piX

Now, FINALLY, I can take a break.___

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2015-12-16 05:33:36 (257 comments; 70 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​

Mass Shootings in Australia

The numbers don't lie.

I'm not one to rip the scab off a wound, but seriously America, how many more people are going to die before you realise that you have a problem?

The number of deaths by mass shootings in Australia this year is exactly equal to the number of "tyrannical governments" your Second Amendment has overthrown. That's right, zero.

Well done, you.

The full #AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF

OP - http://goo.gl/exYaA1 by Microburbs

Via +Joel C​​___

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2015-12-06 11:06:27 (21 comments; 7 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

My first week in the +Google Top Contributor Program

Here's what I've learned!

I love to help people. In every facet of my life, I look for an opportunity to help someone - from helping someone get a can of beans off the top shelf in the supermarket, to giving directions to wild-eyed tourists, I have always been drawn to those who need assistance.

Here on Google+, as well as having my #AboutAustralia and #WhiteHouseReno series, and of course hosting +Caption My Caption I also joined the Google+ Help Community a long time ago to be able to help people out here on Google+ who are confused about something or can't work out why things have changed, and a lot more.

The Help Community is a place where people come to get support on issues they are experiencing with Google+. Because Google has so many Google+ users, it would be impossible for... more »

My first week in the +Google Top Contributor Program

Here's what I've learned!

I love to help people. In every facet of my life, I look for an opportunity to help someone - from helping someone get a can of beans off the top shelf in the supermarket, to giving directions to wild-eyed tourists, I have always been drawn to those who need assistance.

Here on Google+, as well as having my #AboutAustralia and #WhiteHouseReno series, and of course hosting +Caption My Caption I also joined the Google+ Help Community a long time ago to be able to help people out here on Google+ who are confused about something or can't work out why things have changed, and a lot more.

The Help Community is a place where people come to get support on issues they are experiencing with Google+. Because Google has so many Google+ users, it would be impossible for them to provide live customer service via chat, email or phone - that's why the Help Community exists. Google needed a way that is cost effective for them to provide support via the Community. So, what'd they do? They have asked us, the users, to find out who helps and recognise them as "unofficial support staff." This is done through the Google Top Contributor Program

Top Contributors are the lifeblood of the Help Community, and the Google Help Forums at large. People as passionate about Google products as I am, the TC's help so many people around the world, all the while giving a level of credibility to the support without actually being a Googler themselves.

Why am I telling you about this program? I became part of this program a week ago. I'm now a Top Contributor for Google+

Please, keep your applause to a minimum. But, whilst you're slapping your hands together, please keep them going for +Kamal Tailor and +Kim Flowers for getting me interested in the first place. You guys rock.

So, what have I learned in the past week? Let's see.

1. It's BYO Vodka - I'll have to bring this up with Sergey and Larry

2. Spam - I'm kinda surprised how little spam the Help Community gets. I was expecting it to be a lot more.

3. Secret Handshake - There's a whole team of Googlers working "behind the scenes" to make this place as awesome as it is. I won't +mention any of them here, but it's been a big eye opener to meet a few of them over the past weeks and months.

If you'd like to know more about the TC Program, then start here ( https://topcontributor.withgoogle.com/) or simply ask me :)___

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2015-12-01 22:43:15 (42 comments; 0 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

Goodbye Gmail

It's about time, too.

I've been using Inbox since the very early invite-only days. I loved it so much, and thought it would only be a matter of time before Google said farewell to Gmail as we know it.

Well, today, we're one step closer.

Goodbye Gmail

It's about time, too.

I've been using Inbox since the very early invite-only days. I loved it so much, and thought it would only be a matter of time before Google said farewell to Gmail as we know it.

Well, today, we're one step closer.___

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2015-11-25 22:39:43 (20 comments; 5 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

Sydney Animals

Fear Factor vs Chance of Meeting

I've written a fair bit in my #AboutAustralia series regarding the various flora and fauna that wants to kill us. Now, the good people at +Time Out Sydney have put together this loverly graphic showing how deadly some of them are and compares them to the chances of you actually coming face to face with one of them.

Because it's Sydney-based, some of the more notable ommissions include the Cassowary (https://goo.gl/HBmKLy), the Irukandji (https://goo.gl/ecTpNu), the Inland Taipan (https://goo.gl/H6p4zx) and, of course, the Drop Bear (https://goo.gl/nohSwX) (Edit: I completely didn't see it down the bottom. That's obviously a mistake, either being confused with the cute and cuddly Koala or +Time Out Sydney simply taking the piss. h/t +Kamal Tailor for pointing it out). That being said, there's still... more »

Sydney Animals

Fear Factor vs Chance of Meeting

I've written a fair bit in my #AboutAustralia series regarding the various flora and fauna that wants to kill us. Now, the good people at +Time Out Sydney have put together this loverly graphic showing how deadly some of them are and compares them to the chances of you actually coming face to face with one of them.

Because it's Sydney-based, some of the more notable ommissions include the Cassowary (https://goo.gl/HBmKLy), the Irukandji (https://goo.gl/ecTpNu), the Inland Taipan (https://goo.gl/H6p4zx) and, of course, the Drop Bear (https://goo.gl/nohSwX) (Edit: I completely didn't see it down the bottom. That's obviously a mistake, either being confused with the cute and cuddly Koala or +Time Out Sydney simply taking the piss. h/t +Kamal Tailor for pointing it out). That being said, there's still plenty of nasties of all shapes and sizes, ready and willing to make your life one filled with pain. And possibly death.

#WelcomeToAustralia

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

OP by +Time Out Sydney, via +Mandy Abela on Twitter
#australia #sydney #downunder #lookupandlive #aussie___

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2015-11-19 10:52:29 (66 comments; 24 reshares; 89 +1s)Open 

US Eagle v Australian Eagle

There is simply no contest.

The American Bald Eagle - a symbol of strength and the National Emblem of the United States - is a pussy compared to it's Australian equivalent, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Here's a bunch of reasons why the "Wedgie" is a better eagle.

1. It's a proper eagle

Our Wedgie is a member of the genus Aquila, which is Latin for, well, eagle. It's one of just 12 species of totally awesome, pure, no-nonsense eagles. The Bald Eagle? It's a Haliaeetus sp. which is one of those prissy sea eagles.

2. It has a more awesome scientific name

Those guys in lab coats who call themselves Ornithologists know the Wedgie as Aquila audax which is absolutely the kind of thing I would carry into battle on top of a standard and fight to the death beneath etc. Also it... more »

US Eagle v Australian Eagle

There is simply no contest.

The American Bald Eagle - a symbol of strength and the National Emblem of the United States - is a pussy compared to it's Australian equivalent, the Wedge-tailed Eagle. Here's a bunch of reasons why the "Wedgie" is a better eagle.

1. It's a proper eagle

Our Wedgie is a member of the genus Aquila, which is Latin for, well, eagle. It's one of just 12 species of totally awesome, pure, no-nonsense eagles. The Bald Eagle? It's a Haliaeetus sp. which is one of those prissy sea eagles.

2. It has a more awesome scientific name

Those guys in lab coats who call themselves Ornithologists know the Wedgie as Aquila audax which is absolutely the kind of thing I would carry into battle on top of a standard and fight to the death beneath etc. Also it means "Audacious Eagle". The Bald Eagle is Haliaeetus leucocephalis. Did I spell it right? Hell, I don't even know how to SAY it right.

3. They put on awesome combat air shows

Wedgies pair-bond and while sometimes they'll sit in a tree and preen each other like a couple of lovesick teenagers, other times they'll dominate the airspace over their territory by staging a series of mock-battles. This can include epic loop-the-loops and talon-on-talon duels. Bald Eagles, meanwhile, merely build the largest nests of any tree-dwelling animal (except hipsters). Like some kind of Bogan with a McMansion.

4. They attack hang gliders and paragliders

Be it known: the sky belongs to the Wedgie. If you go up in it and unwisely fail to wrap yourself in steel, aluminium or carbon-composite, and fly at heights or speeds similar to the Wedgie, you WILL get attacked. What will a Bald Eagle take on? A dog. If it's little.

5. A Wedgie was the biggest confirmed eagle of all time

Back in 1931 when people used to just shoot everything they saw, a female Wedgie was confirmed as having a wingspan of 284 cm (that's 9 ft 4 in, for those with an antiquated measuring system). We like to think she was only brought down with a WWI-style howitzer. Other reports of Wedgies with wingspans of 310 cm plus are deemed "unreliable" but we're prepared to offer benefit of the doubt. Biggest Bald Eagle? Maybe 244 cm. In Alaskan centimetres.

6. They will attempt to eat emus

For Americans and other aliens, an emu is Australia's even-more-insane version of an ostrich. It is a flightless bird that weighs 60 kg and stands two metres tall. A Bald Eagle will eat fish out of a stream, but only if they are organic and mercury-free. Bonus info: a Wedgie will also eat dead kangaroo from the middle of the road and attempt to stare down an approaching semi-trailer. We admit the Wedgie cannot destroy the semi-trailer with heat-vision or telekinesis, but given the direction evolution has taken with this bird so far, it's only a matter of time...

7. The Wedge-tailed eagle has a wedge-shaped tail

While the bald eagle is... uh... oh apparently it's from "piebald" because it has a two-tone paint job and then the word evolved over time to blah blah blah. No one cares about your follicly-challenged wanna-be seagull.

8. It doesn't have a yellow beak

Seriously America, your eagle just looks ridiculous.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#aussie #downunder #eagle #Australia ___

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2015-11-09 04:49:01 (36 comments; 24 reshares; 123 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Tips

More than just #lookupandlive  

Drop Bears are smarter than you might think. As the summer months rapidly draw in close, it's time to re-examine the safest ways to avoid becoming lunch.

1. Avoid Drop Bear Prone Areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees. This is fairly obvious, but it's amazing how people just don't realise it. If you must walk under a tree, wear a large hat (see below).

2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A Drop Bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds. German, in particular, should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use Aussie Lingo - Words like 'sheila', 'drongo' and 'crikey' should be used as often as possible in general speech, as these will fool your average Drop Bear.
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Drop Bear Tips

More than just #lookupandlive  

Drop Bears are smarter than you might think. As the summer months rapidly draw in close, it's time to re-examine the safest ways to avoid becoming lunch.

1. Avoid Drop Bear Prone Areas - Check the danger areas and avoid walking under tall trees. This is fairly obvious, but it's amazing how people just don't realise it. If you must walk under a tree, wear a large hat (see below).

2. Try to avoid speaking in languages apart from English - A Drop Bear can detect foreign languages and will target the origin of such sounds. German, in particular, should be avoided at all costs.

3. Use Aussie Lingo - Words like 'sheila', 'drongo' and 'crikey' should be used as often as possible in general speech, as these will fool your average Drop Bear.

4. Smear Vegemite on your armpits - Whilst some have declared this to be a myth, many Aussies swear by it. So, if you want to make sure you don't get attacked then you may want to go to such extremes.

5. Hop on one leg - This is an interesting one, as I hadn't heard of this rule until recently. The belief is that the Drop Bear will mistake you for a kangaroo and leave you alone if they hear or see you hopping. Whilst it may not be fool proof it is definitely worth a try, especially if you hear the rustling of potential Drop Bear activity from above.

6. Keep Moving - When you move around, it is very hard for a Drop Bear to follow you up in the trees. If you stay in one place, the Drop Bear has the chance to creep forward towards your location before enacting their assault. If in doubt, move about.

7. Wear a wide-brimmed hat - Wearing a large hat decreases the viewable area of your body. A study performed by the +University of South Australia found that large hats tend to scare off some of the less aggressive Drop Bears.

8. Keep your political views to yourself - Drop Bears are highly left-wing politically and don't like hearing the other side of the story. 

9. Sing a song - (preferably Australian, see #2 and #3). Drop Bears are known to be very musical creatures and appreciate a good tune. That being said, I would refrain from Tie me kangaroo down if you can.

10. Don't ACT scared - Seriously, Drop Bears can smell fear a mile (1.6km) away. Be cautious but confident. Don't let them see the terror in your eyes, or soon enough you won't have any eyes.

#AboutAustralia  - goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#DropBears   #aussie   #australia   #dropbear  ___

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2015-10-27 04:44:25 (11 comments; 6 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Sydney Cove - Australia's first published map

A little piece of Aussie history!

What you see here is the first published map of Port Jackson, the "birthplace" of modern-day +Sydney, showing the eleven ships of the First Fleet and the buildings, tents, sawpits, workshops, storehouses and gardens of the First Settlement.

The sketch/map was drawn by a transported convict (Francis Folkes) on the 16th of April, 1788, which was not quite 3 months after Commodore Phillips's landing on what is now known as +Australia Day (January 26th).

It was published in London on July 24, 1789, and is definitely a contender for my favourite piece in my #AboutAustralia  series.

The map is available to view at the +National Library of Australia -> http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-nk276-e. There is also a high-res versionavail... more »

Sydney Cove - Australia's first published map

A little piece of Aussie history!

What you see here is the first published map of Port Jackson, the "birthplace" of modern-day +Sydney, showing the eleven ships of the First Fleet and the buildings, tents, sawpits, workshops, storehouses and gardens of the First Settlement.

The sketch/map was drawn by a transported convict (Francis Folkes) on the 16th of April, 1788, which was not quite 3 months after Commodore Phillips's landing on what is now known as +Australia Day (January 26th).

It was published in London on July 24, 1789, and is definitely a contender for my favourite piece in my #AboutAustralia  series.

The map is available to view at the +National Library of Australia -> http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview/?pi=nla.map-nk276-e. There is also a high-res version available via Wikimedia (https://goo.gl/cWs3TH)

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia   #sydney   #straya  ___

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2015-10-25 00:53:09 (24 comments; 1 reshares; 55 +1s)Open 

Oh wow again

I cannot believe this day has finally arrived.

Apologies to those who saw my original post, I deleted it as I left the location details on the photo again. I know that +Gabriel Hodges​ and +Francine Hirst​ both commented and +Kamal Tailor​ +Melina M​ and I think +George Torouno​ all +1d the original.

I'm sharing this photo instead, because now you can see why I put the temporary floor up in the first place. FYI I took this photo laying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, looking straight up.

This stage of the #WhiteHouseReno is almost over. I've got a railing and some carpet on the stairs to go in, then clean up.

Then, I rest. 

Oh wow again

I cannot believe this day has finally arrived.

Apologies to those who saw my original post, I deleted it as I left the location details on the photo again. I know that +Gabriel Hodges​ and +Francine Hirst​ both commented and +Kamal Tailor​ +Melina M​ and I think +George Torouno​ all +1d the original.

I'm sharing this photo instead, because now you can see why I put the temporary floor up in the first place. FYI I took this photo laying on the floor at the bottom of the stairs, looking straight up.

This stage of the #WhiteHouseReno is almost over. I've got a railing and some carpet on the stairs to go in, then clean up.

Then, I rest. ___

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2015-10-20 02:26:38 (34 comments; 8 reshares; 92 +1s)Open 

Meanwhile, in +Sydney, in 1973

Finding Seek and Destroy Nemo.

The one-time eyesore and blight on the Sydney landscape, the +Sydney Opera House, is having a birthday today.

This photo, taken on the day it opened in 1973, looks very much like a modern day +Instagram pic. But, it's not. Thankfully.

Before you ask, it's an F111.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Meanwhile, in +Sydney, in 1973

Finding Seek and Destroy Nemo.

The one-time eyesore and blight on the Sydney landscape, the +Sydney Opera House, is having a birthday today.

This photo, taken on the day it opened in 1973, looks very much like a modern day +Instagram pic. But, it's not. Thankfully.

Before you ask, it's an F111.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2015-10-18 20:05:13 (31 comments; 2 reshares; 15 +1s)Open 

Happy Monday/Sunday

A new perspective.

What song would be playing as you left your job for the very last time ever?

( Via +Colonial First State​ )

Happy Monday/Sunday

A new perspective.

What song would be playing as you left your job for the very last time ever?

( Via +Colonial First State​ )___

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2015-10-11 11:05:58 (17 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

Finally

It's been a while since I did a #WhiteHouseReno update, but here it is.

This phase was originally only meant to take six weeks. Eight at most. It's been much more than that but the end is ever so close.

I'm definitely going to be taking a break after this. I might read a book. Or something.

P.S. How dare I share a photo with the location details still included ;-) 

Finally

It's been a while since I did a #WhiteHouseReno update, but here it is.

This phase was originally only meant to take six weeks. Eight at most. It's been much more than that but the end is ever so close.

I'm definitely going to be taking a break after this. I might read a book. Or something.

P.S. How dare I share a photo with the location details still included ;-) ___

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2015-09-29 04:18:33 (21 comments; 5 reshares; 56 +1s)Open 

The Dingo Fence

Protecting babies around #Australia  

Australia has 75 million sheep, kept for both meat and wool, and almost all of them are in the southeast of the continent. The export of wool, in particular, is very important to the Australian economy. The problem? Wild dogs, called Dingoes, are also in abundance and they consider sheep to be a tasty treat.

To prevent their sheep from become a meal for hungry predators, Australia started building fences to keep the vermin out. The largest fence runs from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to The Great Australian Bite in South Australia - it spans some 5,600km (3,480 miles) and is the longest fence in the world.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#Australia   #straya   #oz   #downunder  

The Dingo Fence

Protecting babies around #Australia  

Australia has 75 million sheep, kept for both meat and wool, and almost all of them are in the southeast of the continent. The export of wool, in particular, is very important to the Australian economy. The problem? Wild dogs, called Dingoes, are also in abundance and they consider sheep to be a tasty treat.

To prevent their sheep from become a meal for hungry predators, Australia started building fences to keep the vermin out. The largest fence runs from Surfers Paradise in Queensland to The Great Australian Bite in South Australia - it spans some 5,600km (3,480 miles) and is the longest fence in the world.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#Australia   #straya   #oz   #downunder  ___

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2015-09-21 11:54:36 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

Scott Morrison

When I was born, way back in the 20th Century, my family was living in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. We lived there until I was 4, at which point we moved to the Labor heartland suburb of Liverpool in Sydney's south-west.

THE only memory I have of the first four years of my life was my brother and I taking our bikes around the block to go and see Mrs Smith (the lady over the back fence). We did that for two reasons - cookies and, because across the road, there was this house that had this really steep* driveway. My brother and I would push our bikes up the driveway and then zooooooooooom all the way down and into Mrs Smith's front yard, then more cookies.

My mum rang me this morning to ask if I remembered Bessie Smith. My mum does this from time to time, you see. She just rings me and asks me something random that happened a thousand years... more »

Scott Morrison

When I was born, way back in the 20th Century, my family was living in the Sydney suburb of Arncliffe. We lived there until I was 4, at which point we moved to the Labor heartland suburb of Liverpool in Sydney's south-west.

THE only memory I have of the first four years of my life was my brother and I taking our bikes around the block to go and see Mrs Smith (the lady over the back fence). We did that for two reasons - cookies and, because across the road, there was this house that had this really steep* driveway. My brother and I would push our bikes up the driveway and then zooooooooooom all the way down and into Mrs Smith's front yard, then more cookies.

My mum rang me this morning to ask if I remembered Bessie Smith. My mum does this from time to time, you see. She just rings me and asks me something random that happened a thousand years ago. When she mentioned Arncliffe, everything I just said above came flooding back into memory.

The missing component in all this was a boy who lived in the house with the driveway. I don't remember him, nor anything about him. As I said, the only things I remember were exactly what I mentioned above. Nothing more and nothing less. I don't even remember anything about the house we lived in.

The reason for my mum's phonecall was to tell me that Scott Morrison was that boy.

So, ......

Because I'm a self-proclaimed egomaniac, I'm going to write the Federal Treasurer a letter. I'd like to know if he remembers me.

Do you think he will? Do you think I'll even get a response?

* About two years ago, I was in the area so I decided to do a drive-by not only my childhood house but also to checkout The Driveway. It wasn't anywhere near as steep as I remember :-)___

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2015-09-14 00:21:14 (9 comments; 14 reshares; 82 +1s)Open 

Alcoholic Kangaroos

It's a tough life.

via +Wine Odyssey on Facebook

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

Alcoholic Kangaroos

It's a tough life.

via +Wine Odyssey on Facebook

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF___

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2015-09-13 12:15:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 27 +1s)Open 

America's Migrant Headache

Sorry, not sorry!

Whilst Europe figures out what to do with an influx of migrants, the Muricans have their own battle on their hands.

AUSTRALIANS

Bill Maher takes a long hard look at the migrant crisis gripping the United States. To watch it, go here - https://goo.gl/7xWxHM

For more #AboutAustralia , be sure to check out the entire collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF) 

#Australia   #australians   #aussie   #merica  

America's Migrant Headache

Sorry, not sorry!

Whilst Europe figures out what to do with an influx of migrants, the Muricans have their own battle on their hands.

AUSTRALIANS

Bill Maher takes a long hard look at the migrant crisis gripping the United States. To watch it, go here - https://goo.gl/7xWxHM

For more #AboutAustralia , be sure to check out the entire collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF) 

#Australia   #australians   #aussie   #merica  ___

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2015-09-07 22:52:55 (9 comments; 2 reshares; 17 +1s)Open 

Hell's Club

A place where all fictional characters meet.

If you've ever wanted to know how to do video editing, this video will show you. Some random dude has flawlessly combined a buttload of famous movie characters, ranging from Tony Montana to The Mask, from Blade to Obiwan Kenobi and Little Ani, into one fantasmagorically amazing nightclub scene.

It's honestly...the most enjoyable thing you'll see today. It's insane. Worth every second of your time.

You're welcome.

Hell's Club

A place where all fictional characters meet.

If you've ever wanted to know how to do video editing, this video will show you. Some random dude has flawlessly combined a buttload of famous movie characters, ranging from Tony Montana to The Mask, from Blade to Obiwan Kenobi and Little Ani, into one fantasmagorically amazing nightclub scene.

It's honestly...the most enjoyable thing you'll see today. It's insane. Worth every second of your time.

You're welcome.___

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2015-09-06 12:02:41 (5 comments; 1 reshares; 48 +1s)Open 

Sunset Over Sydney

Happy Fathers Day, fellow dads.

#sydney   #australia   #ns  

Sunset Over Sydney

Happy Fathers Day, fellow dads.

#sydney   #australia   #ns  ___

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2015-08-23 23:00:18 (70 comments; 6 reshares; 63 +1s)Open 

Texas: The mid-size Australian state

I kid the Texans!

If ever there was a group of people with a massive inferiority complex, it would be the Texans. Their desire to be the "biggest" of everything is puerile, bordering on obsessive.

Two words for you, Texas. Anna Creek Station. Ok, that's three words but that's not the point. Google it.

So, let's play a game for this Monday morning. TAG A TEXAN It doesn't matter if they're from Texas, just living there is enough :) I'll start. +Peter G McDermott +Scot Duke 

#AboutAustralia - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

#australia   #texas   #downunder   #straya  

Texas: The mid-size Australian state

I kid the Texans!

If ever there was a group of people with a massive inferiority complex, it would be the Texans. Their desire to be the "biggest" of everything is puerile, bordering on obsessive.

Two words for you, Texas. Anna Creek Station. Ok, that's three words but that's not the point. Google it.

So, let's play a game for this Monday morning. TAG A TEXAN It doesn't matter if they're from Texas, just living there is enough :) I'll start. +Peter G McDermott +Scot Duke 

#AboutAustralia - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

#australia   #texas   #downunder   #straya  ___

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2015-08-17 03:58:31 (38 comments; 20 reshares; 88 +1s)Open 

DROP BEAR ATTACK CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Never seen before footage will astound you

This is one of those rare moments in life which will change you forever. 

A Drop Bear, chasing a potential victim, the desire for blood pushing the carnivore on, faster and faster.

What will happen? You'll have to watch to find out.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

#straya   #dropbear   #lookupandlive  

Via +Gary Ng 

DROP BEAR ATTACK CAUGHT ON CAMERA

Never seen before footage will astound you

This is one of those rare moments in life which will change you forever. 

A Drop Bear, chasing a potential victim, the desire for blood pushing the carnivore on, faster and faster.

What will happen? You'll have to watch to find out.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

#straya   #dropbear   #lookupandlive  

Via +Gary Ng ___

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2015-08-12 06:45:49 (33 comments; 8 reshares; 59 +1s)Open 

Toilet Oddities

#dasracist

Toilet Oddities

#dasracist___

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2015-08-10 04:33:07 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s)Open 

Australian Politics

When Twitter Attacks!

What do you get when you cross an unpopular government and a social media platform who's commentators are generally of the opposing political persuasion?

#1WordForAbbottGovt  became a thing overnight - https://twitter.com/search?q=%231wordforabbottgovt

Flailing from one disaster to the next, I get the feeling that #ChopperGate  and the resulting kerfuffle over parliamentary entitlements and the abuse thereof will be the undoing of this government. Having wealthy politicians effectively 'stealing' money from the Australian people is something that resonates with the common man. Forget Climate Change, Asylum Seekers and Trade Dealers - this is the thing to bring down the government.

( via +WT Gator )

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLFor h... more »

Yesterday afternoon on Twitter, the Auspol swarm amused ourselves with creating posts with #1wordforAbbottGovt  
Here is the resulting wordcloud:___Australian Politics

When Twitter Attacks!

What do you get when you cross an unpopular government and a social media platform who's commentators are generally of the opposing political persuasion?

#1WordForAbbottGovt  became a thing overnight - https://twitter.com/search?q=%231wordforabbottgovt

Flailing from one disaster to the next, I get the feeling that #ChopperGate  and the resulting kerfuffle over parliamentary entitlements and the abuse thereof will be the undoing of this government. Having wealthy politicians effectively 'stealing' money from the Australian people is something that resonates with the common man. Forget Climate Change, Asylum Seekers and Trade Dealers - this is the thing to bring down the government.

( via +WT Gator )

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#australia   #straya  

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2015-08-07 06:17:57 (43 comments; 6 reshares; 52 +1s)Open 

Australian Slang Quiz

How well do you know it?

This one should be fairly simple for the Aussies among us, so it's a Friday Fun One :)

As always, the answers are below. No cheating. Leave your scores in the comments.

Question One - What is a Bikkie?
A) A Dance
B) A Biscuit
C) Breakfast

Question Two - What is a Franger?
A) A Sausage
B) A French Person
C) A Condom

Question Three - What is a Pash?
A) Kiss
B) Drunk
C) Motorised Scooter

Question Four - What is Moolah?
A) A Crazy Person
B) Lunch
C) Money

Question Five - What does it mean to be Cactus?
A) Very cheap
B) Someone who's very rude
C) Broken

Question Six - What is a Dunny?
A) Toilet
B) "I don't know"... more »

Australian Slang Quiz

How well do you know it?

This one should be fairly simple for the Aussies among us, so it's a Friday Fun One :)

As always, the answers are below. No cheating. Leave your scores in the comments.

Question One - What is a Bikkie?
A) A Dance
B) A Biscuit
C) Breakfast

Question Two - What is a Franger?
A) A Sausage
B) A French Person
C) A Condom

Question Three - What is a Pash?
A) Kiss
B) Drunk
C) Motorised Scooter

Question Four - What is Moolah?
A) A Crazy Person
B) Lunch
C) Money

Question Five - What does it mean to be Cactus?
A) Very cheap
B) Someone who's very rude
C) Broken

Question Six - What is a Dunny?
A) Toilet
B) "I don't know"
C) An idiot

Question Seven - What is a Tinny?
A) An old car
B) A beer can
C) Having no money

Question Eight - What is Chunder?
A) Vomit
B) A drunk person
C) An afternoon party

Question Nine - What is an Arvo?
A) An avocado
B) A Beer
C) Afternoon

Question Ten - What is a Sanger/Sanga?
A) Someone who is angry
B) A Sandwich
C) A soccer ball

Question Eleven - What is a Yobbo?
A) A dropkick
B) A barbeque
C) Going to the beach at night

Question Twelve - What is Fair Dinkum?
A) Amazing
B) True
C) Attractive

Question Thirteen - What is Stoked?
A) Fat
B) Drunk
C) Pleased

Question Fourteen - What is a Bludger?
A) Someone lazy
B) A cricket bat
C) Someone under the age of 18

Question Fifteen - What is Grog?
A) An idiot
B) A hangover
C) Alchohol

Question Sixteen - What is Bonza?
A) A present
B) Really great
C) A mistake

Question Seventeen - What is a Bottle-O?
A) A Bottle opener
B) A type of wine bottle
C) A bottle shop

Question Eighteen - What is a Ute?
A) An ugly person
B) A flatbed truck
C) A toolbox

Question Nineteen - What is a Cozzie?
A) A student
B) A beer and lemonade
C) A swimsuit

Question Twenty - What is a Clacker?
A) A lighter
B) A butthole
C) A TV remote

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- ANSWERS FOLLOW ========- 

1. B - A Biscuit
2. C - A Condom
3. A - Kiss
4. C - Money
5. C - Broken
6. A - A Toilet
7. B - A Beer Can
8. A - Vomit
9. C - Afternoon
10. B - A Sandwich
11. A - A Dropkick
12. B - True
13. C - Pleased
14. A - Someone Lazy
15. C - Grog
16. B - Really great
17. C - A bottle shop
18. B - A Flatbed Truck
19. C - A Swimsuit
20. B - A Butthole

So, how'd you go?

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF

#australia   #downunder   #dinkidi   #straya   #oz   #aussie  

( Via +BuzzFeed )___

2015-08-05 03:03:04 (26 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s)Open 

I need glasses

Which ones should I choose?

I need your help, good people. After much deliberation, I've decided that I need to get reading glasses. I've had the eye tests and what not, so now it's time to choose a frame.

I'm torn between the two in the attached images. The darker lighting one are Ray-Ban's and the lighter one are Armani.

Which one do you prefer on me?

#ns  

I need glasses

Which ones should I choose?

I need your help, good people. After much deliberation, I've decided that I need to get reading glasses. I've had the eye tests and what not, so now it's time to choose a frame.

I'm torn between the two in the attached images. The darker lighting one are Ray-Ban's and the lighter one are Armani.

Which one do you prefer on me?

#ns  ___

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2015-08-05 00:29:46 (8 comments; 7 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

What is Australia?

Watch and learn, good people.

I've been a fan of +Ray William Johnson and his =3 show for a few years now. His latest show, Comedians On brings together a bunch of comedians and they 'discuss' their views on a particular topic. The latest episode is entitled "What is Australia", so it's something I just had to add to my #AboutAustralia  collection.

There's some absolute golden one-liners, and of course the obligitory lack of a decent Australian accent from a bunch of random septics (and an Irishman).

Go watch, and enjoy.

The rest of the #AboutAustralia  Collection can be found here (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR) or here (http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #straya   #downunder  

What is Australia?

Watch and learn, good people.

I've been a fan of +Ray William Johnson and his =3 show for a few years now. His latest show, Comedians On brings together a bunch of comedians and they 'discuss' their views on a particular topic. The latest episode is entitled "What is Australia", so it's something I just had to add to my #AboutAustralia  collection.

There's some absolute golden one-liners, and of course the obligitory lack of a decent Australian accent from a bunch of random septics (and an Irishman).

Go watch, and enjoy.

The rest of the #AboutAustralia  Collection can be found here (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR) or here (http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #straya   #downunder  ___

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2015-08-03 01:27:43 (12 comments; 2 reshares; 49 +1s)Open 

Google Now

It's Siri done right.

I've never understood the fascination with having a conversation with a piece of technology, because ultimately it's all smoke and mirrors to make the device appear that it is having a conversation.

For me, all I want to do is issue a command and then have that command acted upon. Once Google Now has the context I can then do follow ups. I don't do that often, mostly because I just forget and ask the "whole" question anyway.

I've found myself fully immersed in the Google world, because it's seamless between all my devices. Travel, Directions, Agenda, News - all available on every device and only when I need them.

That's what Siri should have done, but instead Apple focused on trying to make Siri sound more human. Such a wasted opportunity, Apple.

#siri  ... more »

___Google Now

It's Siri done right.

I've never understood the fascination with having a conversation with a piece of technology, because ultimately it's all smoke and mirrors to make the device appear that it is having a conversation.

For me, all I want to do is issue a command and then have that command acted upon. Once Google Now has the context I can then do follow ups. I don't do that often, mostly because I just forget and ask the "whole" question anyway.

I've found myself fully immersed in the Google world, because it's seamless between all my devices. Travel, Directions, Agenda, News - all available on every device and only when I need them.

That's what Siri should have done, but instead Apple focused on trying to make Siri sound more human. Such a wasted opportunity, Apple.

#siri   #googlenow   #apple  

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2015-08-02 00:27:32 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s)Open 

An Italian, a Scotsman and an Aboriginal walk into The White House

Sounds like a good joke, huh?

The Oval Office is no more. I wasn't really using the room so I decided to open it up by removing the wall.

Wow,what a difference it made. It's not finished yet.....i need to find some good marble for the stairs and a couple of custom railings, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is done.

The big metal bar in the photo is holding up my bedroom, which is directly above. It's only temporary whilst the permanent one is being constructed. It will become part of the custom railing :-)

#WhiteHouseReno 

An Italian, a Scotsman and an Aboriginal walk into The White House

Sounds like a good joke, huh?

The Oval Office is no more. I wasn't really using the room so I decided to open it up by removing the wall.

Wow,what a difference it made. It's not finished yet.....i need to find some good marble for the stairs and a couple of custom railings, but the biggest piece of the puzzle is done.

The big metal bar in the photo is holding up my bedroom, which is directly above. It's only temporary whilst the permanent one is being constructed. It will become part of the custom railing :-)

#WhiteHouseReno ___

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2015-07-31 03:09:36 (31 comments; 12 reshares; 101 +1s)Open 

Sydney

Circa 1877

These old things really amaze me. I flew into Sydney again on Wednesday afternoon after being in Brissy for a couple of days. I don't know why, but the flight did a circle of the city so I got to have a good look at the expanse of the CBD and the inner harbour. It's nothing short of amazing how much it's changed in just under 150 years.

For those that don't know, "Circular Quay" is where the +Sydney Opera House is located, and "Millers Point" is where the Sydney Harbour Bridge is. That's close enough anyway...I didn't put the words on the map :)

The  #AboutAustralia  Collection - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR (or http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #sydney  

Sydney

Circa 1877

These old things really amaze me. I flew into Sydney again on Wednesday afternoon after being in Brissy for a couple of days. I don't know why, but the flight did a circle of the city so I got to have a good look at the expanse of the CBD and the inner harbour. It's nothing short of amazing how much it's changed in just under 150 years.

For those that don't know, "Circular Quay" is where the +Sydney Opera House is located, and "Millers Point" is where the Sydney Harbour Bridge is. That's close enough anyway...I didn't put the words on the map :)

The  #AboutAustralia  Collection - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR (or http://goo.gl/688VLF)

#australia   #sydney  ___

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2015-07-19 10:38:27 (3 comments; 10 reshares; 26 +1s)Open 

The key to understanding Aussie-speak

Abbreviations

Whilst I don't say some of these, they're a great summary of some popular #Aussie  words.

You're welcome.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR
#straya   #oz   #downunder   #australia  

The key to understanding Aussie-speak

Abbreviations

Whilst I don't say some of these, they're a great summary of some popular #Aussie  words.

You're welcome.

#AboutAustralia  - https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR
#straya   #oz   #downunder   #australia  ___

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2015-07-10 11:35:29 (15 comments; 10 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Awareness

"We'll fight them on the beaches"

Thank you, +Surf Life Saving Queensland, for this excellent and easy to understand message. Awareness is key.

#AboutAustralia   #dropbears   #australia  
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Drop Bear Awareness

"We'll fight them on the beaches"

Thank you, +Surf Life Saving Queensland, for this excellent and easy to understand message. Awareness is key.

#AboutAustralia   #dropbears   #australia  
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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2015-07-06 12:04:32 (22 comments; 0 reshares; 38 +1s)Open 

The All New +Jedi​ Selfie Stick Lick

Slobber not included.

They say you shouldn't work with kids and animals. Now I know why.

#WhiteHouseRandom

The All New +Jedi​ Selfie Stick Lick

Slobber not included.

They say you shouldn't work with kids and animals. Now I know why.

#WhiteHouseRandom___

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2015-06-30 04:20:27 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 51 +1s)Open 

Congratulations America

This is what I've learned.

We live in a world full of hate, discrimination, inequality, and bigotry and it shouldn't be that way, nor should anyone no matter what race, gender, religion or sexual preference have to feel like they are second class citizens.

We don't have to all agree but being ignorant isn't going to change anything. It's time we learned to love one another for who we are as human beings and not by anything else. Stop the hate!

#marriageequality   #stopthehate  

It's quite simple, really

You wear one pin to work and the world, quite literally, skips a beat.

It's quite simple, really.___Congratulations America

This is what I've learned.

We live in a world full of hate, discrimination, inequality, and bigotry and it shouldn't be that way, nor should anyone no matter what race, gender, religion or sexual preference have to feel like they are second class citizens.

We don't have to all agree but being ignorant isn't going to change anything. It's time we learned to love one another for who we are as human beings and not by anything else. Stop the hate!

#marriageequality   #stopthehate  

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2015-06-24 10:01:45 (43 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s)Open 

There's something very wrong here. Can you spot it? 

There's something very wrong here. Can you spot it? ___

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2015-06-23 04:51:43 (14 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s)Open 

Australian Tarzan Boy

The story no one has heard about!

So, there's this kid who has been found outside Broken Hill. Not much of a story until you find out that he was found living with a family of kangaroos.

The boy is apparently aged between 4 and 6 years old, and seems surprisingly healthy considering the fact that he was living with animals. He suffers obvious signs of malnutrition, as well as severe sunburns, but he seems to have developed normally and to be in rather good shape.

A complete medical examination will however be necessary to determine precisely his physical and mental condition.

The boy doesn't seem able to understand any human language and is visibly scared of other humans, suggesting he could have been living in the wild for many years. He is terribly scared of other human beings, and tends to react violently when... more »

Australian Tarzan Boy

The story no one has heard about!

So, there's this kid who has been found outside Broken Hill. Not much of a story until you find out that he was found living with a family of kangaroos.

The boy is apparently aged between 4 and 6 years old, and seems surprisingly healthy considering the fact that he was living with animals. He suffers obvious signs of malnutrition, as well as severe sunburns, but he seems to have developed normally and to be in rather good shape.

A complete medical examination will however be necessary to determine precisely his physical and mental condition.

The boy doesn't seem able to understand any human language and is visibly scared of other humans, suggesting he could have been living in the wild for many years. He is terribly scared of other human beings, and tends to react violently when approached, so his rehabilitation is expected to be a long and difficult process.

The +Australian Federal Police​ launched an investigation to determine the identity of the child and the circumstances of his disappearance. They are asking anyone who could possess information which could be useful in the case, to contact the AFP as soon as possible.

via http://goo.gl/Hjbthc

#AboutAustralia series - http://goo.gl/688VLF
https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#australia   #kangaroos   #fake   #downunder  ___

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2015-06-14 10:53:21 (38 comments; 8 reshares; 41 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Kill Rate

Which tourist is the most tasty?

A few days ago, I wrote about some basic Drop Bear Facts that every tourist should be aware of when travelling to Australia. You can recap here --> https://goo.gl/k5AJwD

In the comments of the OP, +Christian Fox wrote "Drop Bears only attack non-native Australians". I responded to that comment by saying I found some research into that very thing. THIS is that research.

But first, I thought I should share some more factoids about this most-deadly of Australian animals.

Setting out a criminal profile for Drop Bears:
Appearance
- Blue/grey fur
- Big teeth 
- Fuzzy ears
- Fuzzy Paws
- Small Fuzzy tail
- Fuzzy in general

Occupation
- Eating Tourists

Residential/Living Arrangements
- Trees to HighEn... more »

Drop Bear Kill Rate

Which tourist is the most tasty?

A few days ago, I wrote about some basic Drop Bear Facts that every tourist should be aware of when travelling to Australia. You can recap here --> https://goo.gl/k5AJwD

In the comments of the OP, +Christian Fox wrote "Drop Bears only attack non-native Australians". I responded to that comment by saying I found some research into that very thing. THIS is that research.

But first, I thought I should share some more factoids about this most-deadly of Australian animals.

Setting out a criminal profile for Drop Bears:
Appearance
- Blue/grey fur
- Big teeth 
- Fuzzy ears
- Fuzzy Paws
- Small Fuzzy tail
- Fuzzy in general

Occupation
- Eating Tourists

Residential/Living Arrangements
- Trees to High End Hotels

Personality
- Doesn't like people
- Eats Tourists (generally antisocial)

Other salient information
- Allergic to Vegemite
- Run if seen

As you can see in the attached image, the number source of Drop Bear kills is our neighbour across the ditch. New Zealand

That really comes as no surprise, since there's so many of the bastards here. What does surprise me, however, is the number of Germans who get killed by Drop Bears each year. I always thought that our crocodiles preferred munching on a German, but it seems like the Drop Bear gets in on the sauerkraut action as well.

This is, of course, only the known deaths. There will be many thousands more of unrecorded maulings because thee is little evidence remaining after a Drop Bear gets its claws and teeth into you.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#DropBears   #LookUpAndLive   #australia   #straya  ___

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2015-06-13 12:48:35 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 78 +1s)Open 

Where are you going?

What're ya'll runnin' from?

The Olympic Marathon would be made far more interesting if only it included this group of fine men.

#OnlyInTennessee   #Deliverance  #duelingbanjoes

( cc +Peter G McDermott )

Where are you going?

What're ya'll runnin' from?

The Olympic Marathon would be made far more interesting if only it included this group of fine men.

#OnlyInTennessee   #Deliverance  #duelingbanjoes

( cc +Peter G McDermott )___

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2015-06-12 11:52:35 (20 comments; 11 reshares; 79 +1s)Open 

Drop Bear Facts

More #AboutAustralia Truth

1. A fully grown Australian Drop Bear can fit an adult human's head inside its mouth.

2. Drop Bears can drop from heights as high as 45 metres (49 yards), which allows them to hit their prey at speeds of 104 km/h (65 m/h)

3. The drop bear also has the strongest bite force of any land or marine animal. Its jaws can crush bones 4 times more effectively than that of the spotted hyena.

4. Crocodiles are often blamed for attacks at billibongs when it is a drop bear that has dragged someone to their death.

Do you know any more?

The full #AboutAustralia  series can be found here: https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF 

#australia   #dropbears   #lookupandlive   #straya   #downunder  

Drop Bear Facts

More #AboutAustralia Truth

1. A fully grown Australian Drop Bear can fit an adult human's head inside its mouth.

2. Drop Bears can drop from heights as high as 45 metres (49 yards), which allows them to hit their prey at speeds of 104 km/h (65 m/h)

3. The drop bear also has the strongest bite force of any land or marine animal. Its jaws can crush bones 4 times more effectively than that of the spotted hyena.

4. Crocodiles are often blamed for attacks at billibongs when it is a drop bear that has dragged someone to their death.

Do you know any more?

The full #AboutAustralia  series can be found here: https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR or http://goo.gl/688VLF 

#australia   #dropbears   #lookupandlive   #straya   #downunder  ___

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2015-06-10 09:25:43 (50 comments; 2 reshares; 25 +1s)Open 

For the lolz

"His chest hair is shaped like a penis"

I was just reading a humourous article - "Non-Australians Reacted To Photos Of Aussie Things And Got Very Confused" - on BuzzFeed and saw the above quote next to this photo.

I think I laughed a bit too much.

This, for those playing along, is the current leader of our nation. Our President, if you will. A man "famous" for wearing far too revealing swim wear for a man of his age, and for being a staunch Catholic. Separation of Church and State? Not on Tony's watch.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

via +BuzzFeed (http://goo.gl/PcBUhp)

For the lolz

"His chest hair is shaped like a penis"

I was just reading a humourous article - "Non-Australians Reacted To Photos Of Aussie Things And Got Very Confused" - on BuzzFeed and saw the above quote next to this photo.

I think I laughed a bit too much.

This, for those playing along, is the current leader of our nation. Our President, if you will. A man "famous" for wearing far too revealing swim wear for a man of his age, and for being a staunch Catholic. Separation of Church and State? Not on Tony's watch.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

via +BuzzFeed (http://goo.gl/PcBUhp)___

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2015-06-02 12:03:12 (35 comments; 104 reshares; 184 +1s)Open 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker 

Oh, how cute

Trust NOTHING in #Australia  

The one thing you learn from a very early age here in Australia is to trust nothing, especially the wildlife. If you think it wants to kill you, it will. If you think it doesn't want to kill you, it will. If it looks too cute to kill you, it will.

Find out more  #AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or the new Google+ Collection (https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR)

Inspired by +Gizmo the Sane and +Heather Bailey 
via +steph wanamaker ___

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2015-05-30 11:53:27 (22 comments; 11 reshares; 100 +1s)Open 

This is +Vivid Sydney​​ 2015

How was your Saturday night?

I've wanted to do the entire #Vivid walk for a few years now, so I finally took the plunge this year. I got a group of friends together, had some dinner and off we went.

First off, WOW. It's very impressive but you really need to take the time to stop at each location and enjoy the light show. Simply walking past isn't going to be enough.

My highlights of the night would have been the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. The +Sydney Opera House​​ looked stunning, of course, but it's become a bit over used. I was really disappointed in the Harbour Bridge, as there was nothing going on the bridge whilst I was there. Maybe it comes on later on the night? I'm not sure, but for Sydney's other famous landmark they should be do something all thetime. <... more »

This is +Vivid Sydney​​ 2015

How was your Saturday night?

I've wanted to do the entire #Vivid walk for a few years now, so I finally took the plunge this year. I got a group of friends together, had some dinner and off we went.

First off, WOW. It's very impressive but you really need to take the time to stop at each location and enjoy the light show. Simply walking past isn't going to be enough.

My highlights of the night would have been the Museum of Contemporary Art and Customs House. The +Sydney Opera House​​ looked stunning, of course, but it's become a bit over used. I was really disappointed in the Harbour Bridge, as there was nothing going on the bridge whilst I was there. Maybe it comes on later on the night? I'm not sure, but for Sydney's other famous landmark they should be do something all the time.

Anyway, I've created a collage of a few photos using the all new +Google Photos​​ app. It's awesome to be able to create your own autoawesome things and share them.

Lastly, I'm extremely glad I didn't take +Jedi​​ with me. The crowds were insane.

#AboutAustralia - http://goo.gl/688VLF ___

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2015-05-23 03:26:52 (20 comments; 0 reshares; 24 +1s)Open 

White House Reno

The front door

The photo is pretty dodgy, because I'm using my Nexus 7 top take the shot. But, this is what now greets visitors to The White House when you walk in the front door. There's three of them, which were leftover from the main reno I finished a couple of years ago (see here - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/LmgJmwiKNsF )

All that's left to do for this stage is repaint the ceiling and install the new chandelier.

What are you doing this weekend? ;-)

h/t to +Peter G McDermott​​ for keeping me company earlier while I was on the scaffold.

The #WhiteHouseReno Collection is here - https://plus.google.com/collection/IvDuR

#ns

White House Reno

The front door

The photo is pretty dodgy, because I'm using my Nexus 7 top take the shot. But, this is what now greets visitors to The White House when you walk in the front door. There's three of them, which were leftover from the main reno I finished a couple of years ago (see here - https://plus.google.com/+PaulSnedden/posts/LmgJmwiKNsF )

All that's left to do for this stage is repaint the ceiling and install the new chandelier.

What are you doing this weekend? ;-)

h/t to +Peter G McDermott​​ for keeping me company earlier while I was on the scaffold.

The #WhiteHouseReno Collection is here - https://plus.google.com/collection/IvDuR

#ns___

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2015-05-21 09:35:32 (89 comments; 42 reshares; 99 +1s)Open 

Orphaned Drop Bear Cub

Being fed human blood to stay alive!!!!!

Drop Bear Attack Survivor groups are up in arms over a local zoo's adoption of an orphaned Drop Bear Cub. The razor-sharp-fanged, red-eyed, vicious baby killer requires three times its own body weight in raw meat to sustain it. It's preferred meal is, of course, human flesh

To put things in perspective, that means that three other animals have to die to keep this vicious, yet very cute carnivore alive, and at least a litre of human blood from the +Australian Red Cross Blood Service is being diverted away from people that may need it for transfusions.

The zoo in question yesterday refused to comment.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

#dropbear   #lookupandlive   #australia   #downunder   #straya ... more »

Orphaned Drop Bear Cub

Being fed human blood to stay alive!!!!!

Drop Bear Attack Survivor groups are up in arms over a local zoo's adoption of an orphaned Drop Bear Cub. The razor-sharp-fanged, red-eyed, vicious baby killer requires three times its own body weight in raw meat to sustain it. It's preferred meal is, of course, human flesh

To put things in perspective, that means that three other animals have to die to keep this vicious, yet very cute carnivore alive, and at least a litre of human blood from the +Australian Red Cross Blood Service is being diverted away from people that may need it for transfusions.

The zoo in question yesterday refused to comment.

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2015-05-20 10:22:15 (19 comments; 11 reshares; 71 +1s)Open 

Most Dangerous Animals

Europeans are pussies!

Yes, folks, it's that time again. With the +Eurovision Song Contest just days away, I thought it pertinent to share something else that's common between our two countries.....other than #Eurovision , of course :-)

Share the love, good people. Tag a European and let them know how much we love them.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR

Most Dangerous Animals

Europeans are pussies!

Yes, folks, it's that time again. With the +Eurovision Song Contest just days away, I thought it pertinent to share something else that's common between our two countries.....other than #Eurovision , of course :-)

Share the love, good people. Tag a European and let them know how much we love them.

#AboutAustralia  - http://goo.gl/688VLF or https://plus.google.com/collection/gRdpR___

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