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Wednesday, May 9, 2007

The Carnival of Australia: Number Two Cockatoo

Welcome to the May 9, 2007, second edition of the Carnival of Australia. Like a pair of Cockatoos this edition of the Carnival of Australia is making some noise about protecting our environment and keeping Australia (and Australians) safe.

Colin Campbell presents Camel Burger Anyone? posted at Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe. Colin humps us off by saying, "Interesting issues related to how to manage and productively use over a million wild camels." Buffalo burgers, crocodile burgers, and now camel burgers. It's interesting how we Aussies cope with our unwanted excess. Colin ponders whether beer or wine would suit camel. Either choice Colin, because we sure don't have excess water to wash the camel down with.

Michelle encourages us to bag plastic in Being Green posted at My New Shiny Shoes. “I am green and it’ll do fine, it’s beautiful! And I think it’s what I want to be.” Thanks Kermit, Michelle couldn’t have said it better herself!

Laurie Joyce, in the Curse of the Loner posted over at Sunrays and Saturdays - An ordinary life, discusses two early childhood incidents that shaped his existence. Like many Australian boys, mateship was Laurie's life. When the mateship was interrupted, Laurie found himself grieving the loss. Further, Laurie's Dad was a drinker and having mates around to play was all too difficult. Laurie coped by retreating to the safety of his shed: a habit that has become a solid part of the man he is today.

Gillian continues to fight poverty through education by blogging at the School of St Judes. In To capture hearts and minds, Gillian updates us on how Australian Media has taken to the cause of one of our own, Gemma Sisa. Gemma is home from Tanzania to tour her new book and to thank Aussies for being so supportive to those who have little. Go Aussie, go. We really are a nation of givers.

Sue over at Spasmodic Dysphonia has been faced with an act of disability discrimination from a large Australian banking institution: Dystonia and Commonly Held Perceptions. Far from happy and no longer feeling safe, Sue took the bank to task for suggesting that her intelligence and lack of voice was the real problem, rather than a banking system glitch. Since posting the article, Sue has informed me that a satisfactory outcome has been reached and an apology offered. Discrimination is NOT the Aussie way.

Emily from World Grows Wide is having a slight Hiatus. Fulfilling the young Aussie rite of passage, Emily is off to holiday in England. Stay safe Emily. Our best wishes go with you.

Boy from Home Schooling Aspergers finally got through the hoards of Japanese tourists to get up close and personal with Australia's favourite animal. In How Much can a Koala Bear? Boy and his mother took a home school excursion to the tropical zoo in the middle of their home town, Cairns. Great photography Mum.

Speaking of home schooling, the crew at Schola are having a great time deciding whether instructions are useful or not. In Projects, mother home schooler decides that, "Instructions are always optional." Have a look at their paper model of the Pharos at Alexandria and their magnificent crystal tree.

And finally there's me. What is Megan up to over at Child Protection: Serious Business? Super busy with creating a new web site, I've put a call out for child safety blog writers: Imaginif...Child Protection Became Serious Business. Australia leads the field again with our aim to be the biggest on-line child protection conversation in the world.

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Carnival of Australia (hosted at Adelaide Green Porridge Cafe on May 23) using our carnival submission form. We look forward to submissions from many new Aussie bloggers. Come on Aussie, c'mon, c'mon. What's a carnival without blog seekers?

Past posts and future hosts for the Carnival of Australia can be found on our blog carnival index page.


Colin Campbell said...

Yeah Megan. A great selection. Looking forward to more great stuff for the next carnival.

Michelle said...

What a variety of posts in this issue. And thanks for the mention - it is much appreciated.

Megan Bayliss said...

Here's hoping we get double the amount for next fortnight.

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