Category Archives: Quirky

Brittain on War

vera brittainPerhaps the careful study of man’s past will explain to me much that seems inexplicable in his disconcerting present.  Perhaps the means of salvation are already there, implicit in history, unadvertised, carefully concealed by the war-mongers, only awaiting rediscovery to be acknowledged with enthusiasm by all thinking men and women. (Vera Brittain – British writer, feminist and pacifist – in Testament of Youth, 1933)

Deathbed Regrets

Interesting reading – a nurse reveals the top 5 regrets people make on their deathbed:

  1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
  2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.
  3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
  4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
  5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

Life is a choice.  It is YOUR life.  Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly.  Choose happiness.

Environmental Issues in Chile

mackennaJuan Francisco Mackenna (President of the Chilean Australian Chamber of Commerce) notes that environmental issues are becoming more important as Chile has become more affluent.  “In Australia, you have the NIMBY syndrome – Not In My BackYard.  In Chile, it’s the BANANA Syndrome – Build Anywhere but Not Anywhere Near Anything!”  Thanks to the Airport Economist Tim Harcourt for this quirky little gem.