Sign the petition to say NO to overseas fishing fleets in Australian waters

Australia’s borders were closed to overseas fishing fleets more than 20 years ago, after decades of devastating overfishing.
But it has just been revealed in Parliament that Australia’s commercial fishing industry is in talks with the Australian Government about allowing overseas fleets into our waters. And at the same time, the Turnbull Government is trying to strip back the sanctuaries in the marine parks where these vessels might operate.

Savoury Pumpkin Spinach and Feta Muffins Recipe

Savoury Pumpkin Spinach and Feta Muffins
makes 12 regular muffins
2 1/4 cups (350g) diced butternut squash/pumpkin
125g frozen chopped spinach or 3 cups chopped fresh spinach
1 small zucchini, grated
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup (100g) crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup (50g) grated parmesan cheese or cheddar/tasty cheese
2 cups (240g) gluten free plain flour
4 tsp baking powder
Optional: Salt and pepper, to taste
Cook your pumpkin cubes by either roasting in the oven until soft and caramelised, steaming until soft or microwaving for 4-5 minutes or until soft and cooked through.
Place your frozen or chopped spinach in a bowl and cover with your hot cooked pumpkin.
Cover with cling wrap and leave to sit whilst your oven preheats and you prepare your other ingredients.
Preheat your oven to 180C/355F
Grease a muffin tray or line with paper liners and set aside.
Combine your eggs and milk and mix in your pumpkin, spinach, zucchini and cheeses. Season with salt and pepper if desired.
Mix in your flour and baking powder, mixing until just combined.
Scoop your muffin batter into your prepared muffin tin, filling all the way to the top (as the batter is thick it won’t spill out).
Bake your muffins for 20-30 minutes or until cooked through (a skewer inserted into the middle will remove clean and they’ll feel solid when touched on the top) and golden on top.
Allow to cool before removing your muffins from their tins and enjoying.
These muffins can be eaten hot, room temperature or chilled depending on your preference and can be kept in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days. These muffins also freeze well and can be frozen in airtight ziplock bags and defrosted to eat whenever you’re ready.

Tom, Tom the philatelist's eldest son

Had a musician mate pen me a few lines and leave them with me. I took some literary license and here’s the result:

The year of our Lord, two thousand and eight,
Tom looked much closer at what we all ate.

The reason for starting? Not to have fun!
Tom learned his daughter, had good eating shun.
When served lamb stew, a candy bar she bought,
Eating not of the good things that she ought.
Into his kitchen making and mixing,
Healthy food bars Tom’s aim to be fixing.
It went over well, now Tom’s making lots!
Next to figure out the who’s, where’s and what’s,
Of why a software developer can
Make healthier food than food makers can.
Into the books and blogs he did dive,
Learning what keeps bodies fit and alive.
He researched what makes a body do well,
How to stop disease from giving us hell.
What data to heed, what foods to ingest,
So your mind and body, feel at their best.
He learned too what makes a body feel crook,
The truth was well hidden, he had to LOOK!
He learned as well what makes a mind feel sad,
How to change it too, so you feel real glad!
He told his friends of what he had learned,
Mary said, “Share!” So midnight oil he burned,
Searching and reading, penning his findings,
Compiling them into books – two bindings!
Read his two big books and you’ll be most wise,
He lays out the truth and tells you no lies,
Full of the things that DO count and matter,
Lies told to enslave his books do shatter.

With the data he learned his stock list grew,
Bars, powders, slices, to nourish all you!
Be you very alive or be near dead,
He’s mixed up herbs to boost body and head.
But our Tom leaves out all those things nasty
That leave your body feeling quite ghastly.
With his bars and powders you do ingest
Diverse ingredients – you’ll feel the best.
Although not cheap, (quality makes them best),
He puts in good stuff, left out by the rest.
The range is quite wide from those very mild
To some, say many, “I’d call that quite wild!”
Keep your mind focus as sharp as a tack,
As for low energy, give it a smack.

If you’re copping heat, from a taste bud sweet,
Tom’s got quite a suite, with no added wheat,
For in his wee kitchen Tom also makes,
Chocolates, Slices, mouth watering Cakes.

Your New Year resolutions will come soon,
“Master my mind and be Lord of my spoon.”
End the old year well, start the new better,
Be you in credit, not a health debtor.
Lead with the mind, because that’s where it’s at,
Improve nutrition to lose Christmas fat.
So now this Yuletide, a time of good cheer
Tom’s famous nutrition can be had here:

Receding Gums

Gingivitis, usually known as gum disease, is a dental issue characterized by symptoms like constant bad breath, red or swollen gums and very sensitive, sore gums that may bleed. If left untreated, it can advance to periodontist and become a very serious issue. Poor oral hygiene, resulting in plaque buildup is the primary cause of gum disease.
I think it highly unlikely that the results pictured could be achieved in the mere two weeks specified, if at all. I mean, if they could, wouldn’t you use actual pictures rather than created images? Nevertheless the oral hygiene tips in the article I have seen elsewhere and consider worthwhile. Let me know your results if you have or do try any of them will you?

A Great Quote From Mahatma Gandhi

Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.