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This is a great four part documentary series for anyone interested in the Earth's geological history, the beginning of life on Earth, natural history, dinosaurs, Australian mega and modern fauna and early modern human settlement. It really covers things in an interesting way with good CGI and information put forward in a fascinating, accurate and entertaining way and if you like any of the aforementioned, you'll like this.

I have it on DVD and I was glad to find it on youtube so I could share it with you all. Over here, it was released as Australia: A Time Traveller's Guide, but this is the same series, just with a different name.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:





I tried to embed all four episodes in a playlist, but if it doesn't work, here's the link - it should open in a new window so you won't lose lj :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6rArGi6lwds&list=PLsMItfI6zz25cUEQaQS71YeLrSOoeQLwu



A very interesting doco on the experiences of those suffering from sleep paralysis. While very interesting, I really wouldn't recommend you watch this before going to bed! This doesn't delve into the medical explanations (the medical field has very few treatments to recommend, although they claim to know what causes it), it's the recounting of the experiences a group of people suffering this condition.

Most people I've spoken to of this have told me they've had at least one episode where they've woken, unable to move. I think it's quite a common thing, but for some of us, it happens on a more regular basis and is often accompanied by disturbing visions, sounds and/or sensations. I'm one of those that has been a regular sufferer of this over most of my life.

I have suffered this on and off over the years, sometimes regularly for extended periods, sometimes sporadically over periods of time and sometimes just one-offs.

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Although I have sleep paralysis, I consider myself very lucky after hearing the experiences of the people in this documentary - my experiences could have been so very much worse!

I've come to the conclusion that, for me at least, it tends to be influenced by my environment as it's only happened in certain places and when I've moved from a place where it's happened, it stops. I worked nights for many years and I also found it never happened when I slept during the day.  My family are nearly all sleep walkers and talkers at times, too, so I'd also venture there's a genetic factor involved.

I'd be very interested to hear if anyone else has experienced anything along these lines and I hope they weren't too terrifying for you.

I found this documentary quite comforting in that I've rarely gone into detail over my experiences as I thought mine were at the extreme end of the scale and even though my heart goes out to these people in the doco, I find it's a relief to know I'm not alone, self deluding or even if I may be above the average in scale of severity, I'm certainly not at the extreme.

A Funny For You

One day, three men were hiking and unexpectedly came upon a large raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea of how to do so.

The first man prayed to God, saying, "Please God, give me the strength to cross this river." Poof! God gave him big arms and strong legs, and he was able to swim across the river in about two hours, but only after almost drowning a couple of times.

Seeing this, the second man prayed to God, saying, "Please God, give me the strength ... and the tools to cross this river." Poof! God gave him a rowboat and he was able to row across the river in about an hour, but only after almost capsizing the boat a couple of times.

The third man had seen how this had worked out for the other two, so he also prayed to God saying, "Please God, give me the strength,  the tools...and the intelligence... to cross this river." And poof! God turned him into a woman.

She looked at the map, asked directions from a local couple she met on the way, hiked upstream a couple of hundred yards, then walked across the bridge.

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I want to go!

The video wouldn't show when I tried to embed it so here's the link to the article and video:

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/harry-potter-fans-enchanted-by-live-action-role-play-polish-castle-1495835
I was sent the link to this today and just had to post and share! I'm dedicating this to the wonderful macaparket, another strong, good woman, on her birthday - HAPPY BIRTHDAY, you wonderful person, you! xxxxxx






This is so very good and I hope you all liked it. It's funny it should have turned up in my inbox today as I'd just been having a conversation on human rights with my son and some friends, who, I'm very glad to say, were in complete agreement with me as to the sad state of the situation and we had a very good discussion on what can be done to get back on track. I found it refreshingly hopeful that a group of eighteen and nineteen year old boys could be so insightful - there's hope for us yet!

I don't know whether it was done intentionally, but I found it a nice touch of ironic subtext that this video was narrated by a man and that bitch was used in the modern use as a derogatory term to describe a male who's been bettered or is inferior. Feminist Hermione would never use that word in that context!

I'd like to think it was intentional as it gave me quite a smirk.

Public Art: The Kelpies

I only stumbled upon this wonderful installation today by accident while reading up on folklore and just had to share!

These are The Kelpies, 30 metre high stainless steel sculptures guarding a new extension to the Forth & Clyde Canal. You can find them in The Helix, a new park located between Grangemouth and Falkirk in Scotland. They were designed by sculptor Andy Scott and  form a gateway at the eastern entrance to the Forth and Clyde canal, and the new canal extension built as part of The Helix land transformation project.

Aren't they just magnificent?

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I don't recall this being reported over here, but apparently it was by at least one newspaper but I must have missed it. No doubt most of my UK friends will be familiar with them, but I was just so blown away by them I had to share them here.

There's more information on them on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Kelpies plus a full resolution of this picture. Art rarely pleases everyone so I'm sure they have their critics, but I love them!

For the Love of Spanish Mary

I've been meaning to post this for the last few months and I finally remembered!

This is sung by one of my favourite musicians - the incredibly talented Rhiannon Giddens. She writes some truly beautiful and powerful songs, performs solo and is also in the wonderful Carolina Chocolate Drops. It's been a while since a musician has instilled such respect for them in me - she's really something special and you should look her up if you haven't heard of her before.

This is from the New Basement Tapes - Lyrics by Bob Dylan put to music and sung by other musicians. The whole album is great but this is my favourite.




Below the cut, I've put a few of her other performances - a live session of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, one of her solo playing banjo and one of the Carolina Chocolate Drops with the Chieftans - if you like folk and roots music, you'll like them.Enjoy!Collapse )

Hope you liked 'em!

Feline HP - Purrfect!

I suppose these have been around for a while, but today was the first time I'd seen them and I thought I'd share!



Hagrid

Dobby

MORE HP CATS! (go on - click - you know you want to!)Collapse )

Hope you enjoyed them!

DL xxxxx

Happy Australia Day, Possums!

Hello possums! (oops channeled Dame Edna for a moment there!)

sugar Glider<--- That's a sugar glider, one of the smallest possums we have over here. They live on the nectar of gum blossoms and glide from tree to tree. Aren't they gorgeous?

I had to include a pic of something other than the one under the cut, and I love these little fellas! LIke most of our wildlife, they're marsupials and carry their young in a pouch - can you imagine how small they are when they're first born!

In honour of Australia Day, I thought I'd do a couple of things, both language related.

Firstly, I thought I'd relink a funny, demented HP piece I did a while ago, called Is There A Britpicker In The House?! Which I hope you get a giggle out of: http://darklotus1211.livejournal.com/47665.html

If you enjoy that and would like to be able to navigate your way through the idiom and slang rich version of English which is Australian, then you may find my list of vernacular edifying and entertaing. I had originally intended to do a short list, but it ran away on me and I ended up with this rather long list for you to peruse. Read as little or as much as you like, though. The thing is, I haven't really scratched the surface with this one.

Aussie VernacularCollapse )

I'd love to hear if any of these made you laugh or grabbed you.


Oo roo, mateys!

Australia Day Long Weekend - STRAYA MATE!

Monday, 26th January is our national holiday, so in honour of it, I thought I'd do a few posts over the coming days concerning things Australian.

Here's a humorous music vid that's gone viral over here in the last couple of days - hope you enjoy it!



And the wonderfully funny Adam Hills on the Australian accent:



and on Australian sign languageCollapse )

More Australiana to come...

Oo roo, mate!

(Oo roo means 'bye)

DL xxxxxx

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