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The strangers who share your world every day

The strangers who share your world every day

Have you noticed the strangers you see every day that are so much a part of your world? I’m talking about strangers you see going through the motions of their own daily routine that become part of your routine. If you didn’t see them, your day just wouldn’t be the same. There’s something comforting about the guy with the coffee van you see every morning on your way to work. Or the lady on the train who is always reading a book you’ve read and really enjoyed. Perhaps it’s the Mum you pass each day as you take your children to school. What about the lady who serves you lunch at the local café you eat at every day?

There are so many people who share our world and touch our lives in subtle ways. Let’s share our experiences: Who do you see every week? What makes you notice them? What is it about seeing them that makes you happy?

Image Source:  Michael Ibrahim runs the mobile coffee van Soul Kitchen, which has become an institution on St Kilda Road, opposite the Arts Centre. Photo: Michael Clayton-Jones

Valentine’s Day is not a measure of your worth

Valentine’s Day is not a measure of your worth

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and with all the hype that usually comes with it, you’re probably beginning to wonder whether you’ll receive a Valentine’s Day card, flowers or chocolates. Even although you try not to get sucked in by it, you are surrounded by reminders: the shops are overflowing with red hearts, bunches of roses, chocolates and cards. The radio and the television are constantly poking your consciousness with reminders. Restaurants are advertising special Valentine dinners and jewellery stores are luring shoppers in to buy that perfect symbol of love. Everywhere you look there are constant reminders.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Despite your best efforts, perhaps you’re wondering whether you have a secret admirer and how exciting it would be to receive a surprise token of love and admiration. Let’s be honest, our deepest fantasies of romantic love are readily fuelled by days like St Valentine’s Day.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]But there’s another side to Valentine’s Day that is far more sobering, stark and stifling. Valentine’s Day is the perfect breeding ground for self-criticism. I can remember being in high school and hating Valentine’s Day. Going to school wondering if I’d get a Valentine’s Day message or card. (It was a day for fundraising at school so you could buy a card or flower and have it delivered to someone you liked at school). In the five years I spent in high school I probably received one. Not a very encouraging measure of my desirability or worth as a romantic love. In fact it made me feel awfully inadequate.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]When I was older, it didn’t improve much. If you weren’t in a relationship, well Valentine’s Day was even more painful. It was sort of proof that you weren’t shaping up in the romantic arena of life. Even if you were in a relationship, if your partner didn’t adequately show their love on Valentine’s Day, you again felt unworthy. So basically Valentine’s Day was just a day to feel bad about yourself.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”200″ image_height=”200″ crop=”false” svg=”false” lightbox=”false” group=”_general” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”right” margin_bottom=”10″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Of course, what I am writing here is my own opinion and you may not agree with anything I’m saying. But I am writing this in the hope of easing maybe one person’s self- criticism on Valentine’s Day.

This is My Valentine to You:

Valentine’s Day is Not a Measure of Your Worth.

Yes, I probably don’t even know you, so your inner critic is shouting, “how can she say that, she hasn’t even met you!”

I don’t have to meet you to know.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]Let me ask you this:

Why do we feel all warm and fuzzy when we see a clumsy puppy, a furry wide-eyed kitten, a fluffy little chick or a tiny little baby? What have they done to deserve this reaction from us?

We don’t expect them to be beautiful models, high achievers, rich and famous, able to sit and stay at the age of six weeks or lay an egg immediately. We have no expectations. Absolutely nothing. They are living, breathing miracles of life. We feel warm and fuzzy just because they exist.[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”35″]That is why I say Valentine’s Day is not a Measure of Your Worth. The fact that you exist is what makes you worthy. You are a breathing, living miracle of life and that makes you precious. Love yourself this Valentine’s Day, even if you don’t get flowers, chocolates or cards. None of these things can take action or make a difference in the world. You can and you do. Make someone smile, share a hug, a laugh, talk to a stranger. Take action to celebrate being alive. Now that is a measure of your worth.[/vc_column_text][mk_image src=”” image_width=”1248″ image_height=”631″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”false” group=”_general” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”10″][mk_image src=”” image_width=”150″ image_height=”150″ crop=”true” svg=”false” lightbox=”false” group=”_general” frame_style=”simple” target=”_self” caption_location=”inside-image” align=”center” margin_bottom=”10″][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Theresa and Gloria

Theresa and Gloria

I first saw Gloria and Theresa at the pool where I swim every week. They were quietly going about swimming 50 metre lengths and hard as I tried I just couldn’t keep up with them. After several weeks, we finally got chatting and I found out that they have been swimming together every week for the past 20 years and more. How remarkable! I just couldn’t resist asking them to be part of the Happiness of Pursuits Remarkable Files.

The first thing I asked Gloria and Theresa was their ages. I know, not exactly a question you should ask a woman, but I was so fascinated by how great they looked and how energized they were that I couldn’t help myself. Fortunately, Gloria and Theresa weren’t offended and happily revealed their ages. Theresa is 62 and Gloria is 68. Can you believe it? Amazing. Here’s what these fabulous ladies shared:

 How long have you been swimming together:


We started playing squash together late in our squash life. We originally played for two different clubs. Due to injuries we had to find something else to do. Theresa first started swimming and then I joined her. I wasn’t really a great swimmer but we sort of taught ourselves and went from there.

Do you ever get up and feel like you don’t want to go swimming? How do you stay motivated?


Oh yes, there’s many a day where it’s hard to get up and go swimming, especially in Winter when it’s cold and wet and dark but our commitment to each other keeps us going. We each take turns to drive to swimming. So on a Monday I pick up Gloria and on Fridays Gloria picks me up. When holidays come along it all goes to pot but mostly we don’t miss our swims.


We also love the social chit-chat we have together.

What do you like about swimming?


Some days it feels like an effort but once you get in the water you move so easily and you just know you going to feel so much better afterwards. It uses a lot of physical energy but doesn’t feel exhausting. We have found that we can swim after any other activity, whether it’s yoga, walking or a really physical day.


It’s also therapeutic. While you swim you have time to yourself but you’re not alone. You can swim through any anger, frustration or stress you’re experiencing and come away feeling refreshed.

Once you in the water you can just keep going. There’s no pressure, just you and it doesn’t affect anyone else. It’s also great for aches and pains and arthritis.

How important do you think it is to have activities or interests you enjoy?


It’s really important to have something to do that’s just for you. I guess we’ve always been interested in fitness and social get-togethers. When we first starting playing squash it was great to have something social to do and we would take our kids along too and they’d love playing with all the other kids. I also enjoyed playing golf for 20 years, because it was social and kept me active.


We’ve made life long friendships, even although we don’t play squash anymore we still catch up with the girls we played with years ago. We enjoy getting together with our partners and always have a good laugh. Squash was great for the social and the team competitions. I play bridge with some friends. It’s also a great social get-together.

What advice would you give to others about being active?


It’s important to have something to do that’s outside of home and work. Stick up for yourself and take time for yourself. Give yourself permission to have some fun.


You owe it to your partner and family to be a person – not just a wife, husband or parent.


How do you get started finding something to do or join?


When I first came to WA I just rocked up with my kids in the pram to the local Squash club because I needed to do something and it started from there and I met Theresa.

I think that saying “Act, Commit, Belong” is spot on. You have to act by having a go, then commit to doing it and you will find yourself belonging to a group or making a friend. Get involved and have some fun.

Of course, we’ve been fearful of trying something new and not being accepted but generally we’ve found that there is always someone who is welcoming and encouraging.


I was asked by the other Mums in our play group to go along to a YMCA course to learn squash and thought I’d give that ago, so that’s how I started. I remember when I first went along, I kept thinking I’ll never be good enough, without giving myself a chance to discover whether I was or not. Finally, I realized that I was there to learn and so was everyone else! I wouldn’t be doing a course if I knew how to do it already.

There are lots of courses advertised in the local community paper, just choose something you think you may like and have a go.

Final thoughts:


Life is Short! As you get older you realize your own mortality. Don’t waste time, do fun things now. Time flies, make the most of the time you have.


Make the most of what you enjoy doing without hurting others. Let go and forgive, even if you don’t forget.

Melissa’s Courage

Melissa’s Courage

Meet Melissa, a remarkable young woman. Melissa has had her fair share of challenges and 2014 was particularly difficult. She was faced with making some heart wrenching decisions that would change her life forever. This is Melissa’s story and she’s sharing it with us, hoping to inspire others who may face challenges too.

What’s your background?

I left school at 15, having not completed year 10. I started working for a health insurance company, scanning cheques and sorting mail. 11 years have passed (I am now 26), and my motivation and drive for success never faltered. I studied during the evening and proved myself through my work during the day. I am now an IT and Change Professional working as a Consultant in the Oil and Gas industry. I have also had the opportunity to travel the world, purchase properties and enjoy some of the other aspects of life that make me happy, including writing, volunteering with wildlife and competing in triathlons.

Until recently, I couldn’t say that I was successful in all aspects of my life. The most challenging journey for me was being a partner and then wife in an incompatible relationship. After a couple of years of self-doubt and increasing levels of darkness and despair, I listened to my heart and decided to stay true to my philosophy of life. I challenged myself to take the biggest leap of faith I could imagine. It is important to note that I would not have changed a thing about my past, for this part of my life has allowed me to grow so much as a person and has enabled me to overcome my greatest challenges.

You took a leap of faith. Did you ever wonder if you were doing the right thing?

I’ve taken two leaps of faith! One in search of happiness, and one to firmly cement my journey to success, happiness and fulfilment.

When I took my first leap of faith, I was not just leaving an unhappy marriage, I was leaping into the unknown. Society has written a checklist dictating that I should find a man, get married and settle down. I was throwing the checklist away, not knowing whether I would find someone to share my life with.

The discussion I had with myself went something like this:

You can choose to live a life of mediocrity and tick boxes. You can compromise and choose to make another person happy. You can do what society says is acceptable. This is an easy option. Your other option is to seek true happiness and fulfillment by unshackling the chains holding you down and forcing you into a life that won’t be lived for you. You can choose to find happiness and fulfillment within yourself, and choose the right path for you. You can write your own checklist and rip up the one that had been handed to you. What do you choose?

I chose Life. Life then gave me the gift of someone that is brave enough to dream with me and walk along the same path, hand in hand.

Throughout the separation, I never questioned whether I was doing the right thing for me. From the moment I packed up my car and left with only my most important things, I knew that this was the path I needed to walk. Where I struggled was whether it was the right thing for him, I chose to be alone, but I left him alone. One day I truly hope that he too finds his kindred spirit and he can live the life that he always wanted for himself.

That brings me to the second leap of faith I am about to take! I am about to embark on a journey that will see my partner Clint and I pursuing our dream to live a life on the land, respecting her through organic (and biodynamic) crop and vineyard development. We are going to set up a sustainable and thriving business in the country, an environment that will see our future children and family thrive. What I risk is losing all that I have built financially and having to re-build from scratch. Why are we doing this? Because this is our dream. Only we can challenge ourselves to pursue it.

The Journey:

How did you make it happen?

There was a final tipping point, that one day where I just could not take it anymore. What led to that moment, the moment when I walked through the front door in tears, telling him that I was unhappy and I needed to leave, was a slow decline in happiness over a couple of years. I planned on leaving a number of times, but I always found a reason to hold back. I thought about his feelings, our finances, what I would do with no future certainty. I kept thinking that I could fix this, there was a problem with me and I had to fix it. I even tried bringing a fur baby (a kitten) into our lives, to give us something to bond over, and something to keep me happy at home. It didn’t work.

How did I make it happen? It was not about following a plan, it was about accepting that this is just the way it has to be. It was accepting that there wasn’t a problem with me mentally – sometimes things just don’t work out the way you planned it, despite your best efforts. This acceptance gave me the strength that I needed to take that next step.

What was your biggest challenge and what have you learnt along the way?

My biggest challenge was the internal battle that I was having with myself. I was battling what I should be doing versus what my heart was telling me I needed to do. Seems simple in theory but listening to my heart was the key to overcoming this battle.

With the marriage break down, it was initially the fear of the unknown. I had a path set before me which I was planning on ripping up, in place of something completely unknown.

The decision was not made lightly as there is nothing I dislike more than causing unhappiness for others, especially in order to achieve happiness for myself. For a long time I thought that I would be far too selfish if I chose to leave. It was later that I realized that we would both never be happy if I stayed. By leaving, I had given us both a chance of truly being happy.

The biggest thing that I have learnt is ensuring that I stay true to who I am and what is important to me. You can try and compromise for others, but the inner you will escape one way or the other. Once I accepted and embraced the inner me – warts and all – I started asking the right questions about what I truly want out of life. I first had to identify what I was truly passionate about before I could embrace it and allow it to keep me on the right path.

By enduring through these dark times, I am now truly able to appreciate all the beautiful things in my life. Through knowing darkness, I can truly soak up the light. I am also pleased to advise that I am now in a perfectly compatible relationship with Clint.  

Who is your role model and why?

I don’t have one role model but draw little bits of inspiration from all the beautiful people who have changed my life and the world.

The first true leader that I worked for, Pep, had many challenges as he rose into leadership. He not only gave me enough confidence to believe in myself and set me up for career success, he inspired me with his career journey.

When it comes to achieving great things, it is hard for me to look past Richard Branson. He rose from humble beginnings, was not afraid to pursue his dream, and would not think twice about risking it all for something he truly believes in.

It is not only the grand and great things that matter, but enjoying and appreciating the beauty that comes from the smallest things. My sister taught me to live and love every moment.

My most important role model is my love and partner in crime, Clint. He has challenged me to dream big and will ultimately drive me to ensuring that we achieve our dreams.  

How has pursuing your passions changed your life?

For the first time, I truly feel like I have reason and purpose. I think big. I do not listen to ‘can’t’ but instead ask ‘how can I?’ I do not dwell on things or feel sorry for myself. I ask myself what is throwing me off balance, or holding me back from my goals, and I correct it.

My life is not just another convergence of atoms, which worked together to create consciousness, which will later dissipate and reform. My life is a gift and I will leave my mark on the world by staying true to my values and building something beautiful.

What’s next for you? What does the future hold?

The immediate future holds a puppy, a farm, a “tree change” and a new business. We are very excited about starting our organic vineyard and truffiere in the beautiful South West of WA.  Our future sees us continuing a beautiful journey to achieving success and fulfillment. We are not looking forward to the end of the road, but savoring every amazing moment of the journey.


Wisdom for others:

What advice would you give anyone who dreams of following their passion?

Challenge them to ask a similar question that I asked myself:

‘You can choose to live a life of mediocrity and tick boxes. You can compromise. You can choose the easy option. Your other option is to challenge yourself to seek true happiness and fulfillment by chasing your dreams. What do you choose?’

Ask yourself, ‘What’s the worst that could happen?’ You will end up in the same position that you are in now perhaps? You need to rebuild? Well you built yourself up to this point once and I am sure you could do it again if necessary; however it won’t be necessary to re-build. It won’t be necessary because with enough passion, drive and determination, you can achieve anything!

How do you think each of us can live the fullest life possible?

No more excuses, no more easy ways out, no more blaming others. You are the master of your own destiny. Challenge yourself to seek out what you are passionate about, dare to dream, then embrace it and live it! Don’t be afraid to fight for it, for nothing handed to you is earned, the harder you fight, the greater the reward.

A Bit of Fun:

Happiest place:

Walking up a row of vines and turning around to see a look of freedom, contentment, passion and the thrill of the challenge rush through my partner’s eyes. I saw a dream in the making.

Biggest passion in life:

I am passionate about living a life filled with adventure, challenge and excitement. I am passionate about sustainable and healthy living and, most of all, I am passionate about living my life with – and being constantly challenged by – Clint, my partner.

Best bit of advice you have ever received:

The most important thing is happiness. (“Thanks Dad”). I’ve added to this by stating that success is happiness, fulfillment is success, and happiness paves the path to fulfillment.

Most inspiring film you’ve seen:

Unfortunately I don’t tend to watch films that are terribly inspiring. That’s a good challenge to me… Seek one out by visiting an art house cinema on occasion.

Most inspiring book you’ve read:

Paul Coelho, The Alchemist. Like a piece of art, there are many perceptions of truth as to the true meaning behind what was written. I read this book at the beginning of my journey of rediscovering myself. Turned out my treasure was just a message away, but the journey I embarked on was pivotal in order for me to appreciate the gold waiting for me around the corner.

Best light-bulb moment:

The realization that no matter how hard you work for an organization, you are just a number and you mean nothing in the scheme of things. You can leave an organization and be missed for a day but your friends and family will love you always. Being made redundant from an organization that had me earmarked as tomorrow’s leader solidified my desire to set up my own family business and to ensure that I have all of my priorities in the right order.

Anything is possible… what’s your wish?

I wish to be successful in building my dream of developing a successful winery and a sustainable, healthy and wealthy lifestyle for my family. To me, nothing that is handed to you is earned, so I do wish for the journey and challenges that I will be faced with and then, ultimately, to earn enough money, in order for me to pursue my other dream. A dream of being able to rescue abused and exploited animals across Asia, Africa and South America, in order to provide them with quality care and a home. I would then seek to develop a program that would enable me to release as many wild animals back to their real homes as possible. I could wish for something grander, but I believe that a real wish is one that I can make a reality.

Philosophy you live by:

Plan for tomorrow but live for today. Don’t plant a flower just for you; plant a tree so that all the beautiful people around you can bask under the shade of the canopy. Always stay true and honest and never compromise your values or who you are.

Quote you live by:

Over the next few years, we aim to establish our organic vineyard and build a sustainable self-sufficient lifestyle that respects the land. An old Indian Proverb, which I first read in my early primary school years, will be a quote that I live by:

When the Last Tree is Cut Down,

The Last Fish Eaten

And the Last Stream Poisoned,

You will Realize that you

Cannot Eat Money.


50 Ways You Know You Are Australian

50 Ways You Know You Are Australian

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text disable_pattern=”true” align=”left” margin_bottom=”0″]It’s Australia Day on Monday:  time to proudly celebrate all that it means to be Australian.

  1. You know how to abbreviate every word, all of which usually end in “o”: arvo, combo, garbo, bottlo, metho, milko, muso, rego, servo, smoko, speedo, righto, etc.
  1. You know that Burger King doesn’t exist. It’s Hungry Jacks and a burger tastes best with beetroot.
  1. You know that snow is a memorable and freakish occurrence – sometimes it’s even fake.
  1. You’ve been tempted by a sausage sizzle at Bunnings.
  1. You know what a “budgie smuggler” is and that thongs are worn on your feet.
  1. You know that “stubbies” are either short shorts or small beer bottles and you know that a “gimp”, “bogan” or “geezer” is a random idiot.
  1. Someone in trouble is in “strife” and you’re liable to burst out laughing whenever you hear of Americans “rooting” for something.
  1. You’re familiar with Neighbours, Home and Away, Playschool, A Country Practice, the Wiggles, My Kitchen Rules, Barry Humphries, Blue Heelers, Ray Martin, The Block, Bert Newton, Eddy McGuire, Lisa McCune, Jon Burgess, Number 96, Molly Meldrum, Manu Feildel, Pete Evans, Kerry O’Brien, and of course, Kerry Packer and Rupert Murdoch.
  1. You know that some people pronounce “Australia” like “Strayla” and that’s ok.
  1. You know that there is a universal place called “woop woop” located in the middle of nowhere… no matter where you actually are.
  1. You know that while we call our friends ‘mates’, contrary to popular belief, we don’t use terms like ‘sheilas’ and ‘shrimp on the ‘barbie’.
  1. You know that none of us actually drink Fosters beer because it tastes like s***. But we let the world think we do. Because we can.
  1. You know that “having a go” is what we do.
  1. You’ve seen Gallipoli, Crocodile Dundee, Young Einstein, Muriel’s Wedding, The Castle, Priscilla, Beneath Clouds, Strictly Ballroom, 40,000 Horsemen, and maybe even Wolf Creek.
  1. It makes you happy when someone in Hollywood or the sports world is actually Australian… Mel Gibson, Nicole Kidman, Russel Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Baz Lurham, Elle MacPherson, Olivia Newton-John, Miranda Kerr, Midnight Oil, AC/DC, INXS, Greg Norman, Kylie Minogue, Toni Collette, Cathy Freeman, Dawn Fraser, Pat Rafter, Ian Thorpe, Shane Warne, Nick Kyrgios, Daniel Ricciardo, Tim Cahill…
  1. One word: Skippy.
  1. You know that Sydney 2000 was one of our proudest moments in history. We just rock.
  1. You know that you are not going to die of cholera or other Third World diseases.
  1. You know our country has never been conquered by a foreign nation (you don’t count 1788).
  1. We know that the Metric system will always be better than anything inches, feet, pounds and Fahrenheit will ever offer.
  1. You drive on the ‘left-hand side’ of the road.
  1. You know that New Zealanders are basically our naive country cousins, who have a weird “fush-and-chups” accent, and for some bizarre reason, think that they invented pavlova.
  1. You know that you can’t eat Fantales alone… otherwise who will you play the ‘Who am I…’ game with when you’re reading the wrapper?
  1. You know that Sydney should be the capital because Canberra is a hole. *This goes to prove 24. was written by a Sydneysider, although all Aussies except Canberrians think Canberra is a hole!
  1. You know that Americans think we’re all Steve Irwin clones, and crickey, they couldn’t be more wrong.
  1. You know that lawyers wear wigs and gowns – and they make it look good.
  1. In Summer you’ve slept with Aeroguard on. Maybe even worn it as perfume.
  1. You feel obliged to spread salty black stuff that looks like congealed motor oil on bread… and actually grow to like it. You’ve also squeezed Vegemite through Vita Wheats to make little Vegemite worms.
  1. You have the ability to compress several words into one – i.e. ‘g’day’ and ‘d’reckn?’. (This allows more space for profanities).
  1. You’ve used the words: ‘tops’, ‘ripper’, ‘sick’, ‘mad’, ‘rad’ or ‘sweet’ to mean good. And then you place ‘bloody’ in front of it when you REALLY mean it.
  1. You know that the barbeque is a political arena: the person holding the tongs is always the boss and usually a man, and women make the salad.
  1. The private lives of footy and cricket players become more important than local and national news stories.
  1. You say ‘no worries’ quite often, whether you realise it or not.
  1. You know what fairy bread tastes like, and you can’t imagine a childhood without it.
  1. You know the first verse to the national anthem, but still don’t know what “girt” means, and you’re ok with that.
  1. You’ve drunk your tea/coffee/Milo through a Tim Tam.
  1. You know that backyard cricket is a nice way to bond with family and the rubbish bin. And the ‘one bounce, one hand’ rule always applies.
  1. You know that we are home to just about all of the world’s deadliest animals.
  1. You see people walking bare-foot on the sidewalk and don’t scorn…. because you’re doing it too.
  1. You know what “trop-fest” is and it makes you happy.
  1. Sausage rolls and meat pies. End of story.
  1. You firmly believe that in the end, everything will be ok and have offered advice that included the words, “she’ll be right, mate”.
  1. You have a story that somehow involves an excessive consumption of goon… but you just can’t remember.
  1. You own a Bond’s clothing item – probably in several different colours.
  1. You’ve ordered a steak the size as your head and only paid $5 at your local RSL.
  1. You know that Italy should never have been granted that fateful kick in the 2006 Soccer World Cup.
  1. You know how to slip, slop, slap, seek and slide like it’s nobody’s business.
  1. You’ve heard the Prime Minister dismiss anyone who disagrees with him simply as ‘un-Australian’, and that’s enough to make us sit down and shut up.
  1. You know that the value of a public holiday is measured in terms of alcohol. God bless the Queen and her 4-day birthday.
  1. You can drive a German car to an Irish pub for a Belgian beer, then travel home, grab an Indian curry or a Turkish kebab on the way, to sit on Swedish furniture and watch American shows on a Japanese TV.

And right now you feel bloody awesome.

Happy Australia Day!


SOURCES: Items 1-49 adapted from Facebook Australian Network and item 50 from an unknown email source.

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