One of the 3 pelican stars of the 1975 Australian film Storm Boy, Mr Percival has sadly passed away at Adelaide Zoo aged 33. Storm Boy is a 1976 Australian film, based on the children's book by Colin Thiele about a boy and his pelican, it was filmed on the fierce deserted coast of South Australia's Coorong.
Thursday 3 September 2009
I received this as an email, I did not write it and have edited the content to fit this posting, I assert no copyright of said piece and reproduce as a community awareness gesture only.
During a BBQ, Ingrid stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) .she said she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes.
They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening
Ingrid's husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don't die. they end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead.
A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.
RECOGNIZING A STROKE
'3' steps, STR
Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke.
Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:
S *Ask the individual to SMILE.
T *Ask the person to TALK and SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently)
(i.e. It is sunny out today.)
R *Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.
If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call emergency number immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.
New Sign of a Stroke -------- Stick out Your Tongue
NOTE: Another 'sign' of a stroke is this: Ask the person to 'stick' out his tongue.. If the tongue is 'crooked', if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke.
Wednesday 2 September 2009
The hidden world of the Internet, and no I am talking about the seedier side, no I refer to the emotion of feedback. It is so easy these days to publish yourself, to put your well thought out and expressed ideas on line for the world to see.
There are a myriad of ways to publish your self on line, from Facebook and Twiitter to writing a blog, to just commenting on other people work. I am often moved to put the keyboard into action and express an opinion on an article that twigs my interest and have so for many years, which has lead me to starting this blog.
However as I alluded to there is a darker side to putting yourself out there, and that is the feedback or lack there of. It is quite mentally exhausting writing an opinion piece, but once completed and published there is a feeling of exhortation until the comments, remarks, insults or nothing comes.
This may sound like a whinge and I suppose it is, after all I decided to publish, but in reality I just wanted to point out that behind every blog is a person, a friend, a family member, a human being, so before you post just remember is it the person you have a problem with or the article, so don’t attack the man play the ball.
This is also true of Twitter and Facebook, although there is no compulsion to comment on all posts and messages you receive, a little courtesy in acknowledging that some one has commented on your piece does not go astray. If I was going to point fingers, it appears to me that the people on Twitter trying to sell you some thing are the worst offenders, all their interested in is the number of followers so they can get their sales pitch out there, I will let you know one thing I stop listening, to any one that won’t reciprocate on a mere message.
Oh and yes I am grammatical and politically incorrect a lot of the time, so please excuse any errors in this blog, the ideas are mine and so is the way they are written so feel free to comment