Misconceptions about Australia.

We know the television and other media are misleading. Few people live the life of a sitcom. But we can find we have picked up many misconceptions about other countries because we forget where the ideas originally came from. Foreigners have a few misconceptions about Australia.


Australians live near the beach

Actually a half-truth – 80% of the county’s population is within an hour’s drive from the beach. But few live on beach front property, which is expensive.


It’s always extremely hot

It’s pretty hot some times of the year in much of Australia. But it gets pretty cold in many places at other times of the year. Some places are always cold, and we get snow too.


We’re all rowdy bronzed lifeguards

Maybe it’s because the rowdy people get most of the attention. Many of us are like this on New Year’s Eve, but not the rest of the time.


There are so many dangerous animals.

Well there are dangerous animals, but problems are rare. There are 1 or 2 crocodile and shark fatalities every year; more people die by drowning. No spider fatalities since the 1980s. Snakes cause a few problems.


We have Pet Kangaroos

Blame Skippy for this. We can go years without seeing a kangaroo. They aren’t supposed to be kept as pets. They are far away from most cities, except in the local zoos.


We have that broad Australian Accent

There are more than a few accents in Australia. Most politicians don’t speak with the broad accent, or half the actors. Some Australians speak more like the British, especially the tertiary educated.


We Drink Fosters Beer

We export the Fosters to other counties. The locals hardly see the stuff. You can work in a Pub and not see Fosters beer.


Sydney Airport Shuttle

Sydney airport transfers aren’t hard to arrange over the internet or phone. If you’re visiting the country for the first time, ask the Airport shuttle driver for a few good tips about what to see.

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There are a few modern trends for heathy drinks. Two popular options are juicing fruits and vegetables or blending them, with the emphasis on making the drink yourself. There are some advantages and disadvantages to both methods.



Juices are reasonably convenient. They can be made quite quickly if you have a juicing machine. And the minerals, nutrients and vitamins get straight into your system after you drink them, particularity if you drink them on an empty stomach. Juices also allow you to consume many vegetables by mixing them with fruits. This is an advantage if you find a few vegetables otherwise unpalatable.

The disadvantage is the amount of vegetables and fruit needed to make the juice. You do get a lot of nutrition in there, and you probably wouldn’t eat that many vegetables any other way. But it is more pricy than one might expect. And when you juice the ingredients the fibre is lost, so you digestive system is missing something essential, and you don’t feel full.


Juices need to be consumed almost immediately. They will be free from preservative, which is great; but this mean they don’t keep for long – perhaps a day if refrigerated.


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A Superfoods smoothie mix is pre-packaged for greatest convenience; you just need to add water. Because of the individually sealed packaging they require no preservatives or refrigeration. And the expense is less than the equivalent amount of fresh produce. Order superfoods smoothie online and always be supplied with a healthy option.

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Skin and Aging


There are many factors that affect the aging of our skin. Two of the most prominent are wrinkling from Ultraviolet light and Collagen underneath the skin. Luckily, both of these can be altered for the better with modern technology.


We can prevent the formation of fine lines in our skin, or at least delay their onset by several years, through avoiding Sun exposure. Ultraviolet light, the radiation just above the light that is visible to our eyes, causes ongoing damaged to our skin. It is not too difficult to avoid this damages and wear Sunscreen when outdoors, at least on our face. Choose a variety of sunscreen free from any harsh chemicals. We also suggests good quality UV Sunglasses. These practices prevent fine wrinkles.


Deeper lines and sagging of our skin is the result of collagen beneath the skin being lost. Over time loss of collagen makes our skin look loose and baggy. Preventing this through diet or lifestyle does not appear to be easy, but collagen can be noticeable improved with some clinical procedures. Ultherapy, which uses vibrations similar to ultrasound, and many light devices can help regenerate lost collagen. This works well for sagging jawlines, necklines or any loser facial skin.


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Deeper lines or facial scars may require cosmetic fillers. If we keep our skin in optimal health we reap greater benefits from these fillers, and heathier skin means we may put off cosmetic procedures for a few years.

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Intelligence and skill comes in many forms. Fine and coarse motor skills are one example. Our ability to move our body is a mixture on mental and physical abilities. Training mind and body is fundamental to martial arts, as well as many other physical activities.


Neuroscientists are still researching both fundamental question about how our brains work, to say nothing of the fine details. But we do have some understanding of the neurons and electrical charges that occur in our heads. Repeating a physical action, training for a martial art move, causes a certain pattern to occur in our head. Each repeat of the move causes the same pattern pathway to be followed. The more you repeat the technique the easier it is for the pathways in your mind to repeat the pattern.


Behaviourist scientists have observed similar phenomena for years without mentioning the brain. Behaviour is reinforced through repetition. It can become automatic, a reflex that does not require conscious decisions. This is almost common sense.


Martial Art Training

An advantage of this repletion and practice is that it affects performance under pressure. If we have only made moderate progress with a technique we tend to have a compromised performance when under exam conditions or suffering any stress. But the opposite happens when we become really advanced. When sufficiently proficient our ability becomes optimal in stressful situations. Given that martial arts are most needed in stressful situation, competitions or self-defence, this training is a priority. Martial art training aims to develop instinctive reactions that are there when we most need them.


Taekwondo training for self-defence or competition can teach us how to handle stress and the adrenalin rush of a legitimate threat. It is more than practiced techniques; it is psychological preparation for conflict.

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Painting Children’s Rooms


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Children are effected by the bedroom they are in. In some ways children appreciate the decorations more than adults; children like to see favourite characters or pictures on the walls. Painting and decorating a room provides a stimulating environment for a child.


One common complaint with decorating for children is that their taste changes so quickly. Last year’s favourite cartoon is no longer popular. We can help with this situation by painting a neutral room using only temporary decorations.


One popular option is to only colour one wall of the room. A room can look quite effective with one wall brightly coloured and all the rest plain white. When the room is sparse the single colour defines the mood. The white walls can be decorated with whatever interests the child has for the moment, and then be changed over time.


Some people like to paint a stripe around the middle of room, or just across one wall. This give a more playful, casual feel to the space; it also make the wall (and hence room) look longer. A dark stripe over a light coloured wall works well. A stripe at the one third point from the floor or ceiling can also be effective.


If you paint the walls a bright colour you can try painting the furniture a contrasting colour. Vivid blue walls with red bunk beds and cupboards look effective. Being a children’s room this is one of the few time you can use such strong colour schemes.


Due to VOC (Volatile Organic Chemicals) in recently painted rooms all young children and expectant mothers should be kept away from paintwork.


House Painters Sydney

Talk to the painters about the best options for children’s rooms. Easy to clean paint will make your child rearing years somewhat easier.

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General Wooden Floor Hacks


Wooden Floors last for decades, but even the most robust materials can be scratched or damaged. A few tricks can make all the difference.


  • Put cork coasters under chair and table legs to prevent scratching of wooden floors. Attach with blu-tak.
  • Use a rug under larger item, such a pianos.
  • For temporary items on a wooden floor, cover the legs with old socks.
  • When raw wood is dented it can often be fixed with a wet cloth and a hot iron. This does not work on vanished or oiled floors as it discolours the finish.
  • Clean floors with tea. Boil several teabags in some water, and mop the floor when the tea water is sufficiently cool.
  • Microfiber cloths and mops are useful for spills. Keep one of these handy for the wooden floor.
  • Some inks and pen marks can be removed with toothpaste or hand sanitiser. Run with a warm, damp cloth.
  • Magic erasers (melamine) will remove many floor marks.
  • If a floor board creaks try using talcum powder between the boards.
  • Steam and grease from kitchen cooking gets into the air and spreads around the house. An extractor fan above the stove make a considerable difference, as does closing off doors.
  • Walnuts contain an oil than can cover some scratch marks, depending on the type of wood. Try rubbing the nut on the scratch. Pecan may work too.
  • If you can find a crayon that matches the floor colour you can use this to fill in some scratches.
  • Apparently mayonnaise causes some wood to swell. It can be used to fill in small crack, though it takes a few days to take effect.


These ideas are not recommended for artificial floors.

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Causes of Decay

Regular brushing is the most obvious, and probably the most important factor in preventing decay. But it does not work in isolation. Other factors include:

Beneficial factors

  • A healthy diet
  • Lower stress levels.
  • Keeping sticky or acidic foods off teeth; drink soda through a straw.
  • Exercise for good general health.
  • Keep your immune system healthy; the exercise helps, as do certain foods.
  • Avoid toxins in the air, food or environment in general. These compromise health an immune system functioning.

Teeth decay because of:

  • Poor nutrition
  • Excess sugar
  • Lack of minerals and micronutrients, including copper, iron and manganese.
  • Poor circulation
  • Lack of exercise
  • Poor general health
  • Some illnesses
  • Increase susceptibility when pregnant.
  • Failure to clean teeth.
  • Injured or infected teeth and gums that compromise general health, i.e.: impacted or infected wisdom teeth.
  • Hereditary factors not fully understood
  • Other factors not fully understood.

Earlier theories about decay saw bacteria and the interaction with sugars as the fundamental cause of tooth decay. This is controversial as adjacent surfaces exposed to the same amounts of bacteria and sugar so not always suffer in the same way; one can decay as the other remains unaffected.


Some research indicates that the flow of fluids through the teeth is important for preventing tooth decay. When the fluids flow properly the tooth strongly resists decay. Hormone levels and the amount of sugar in the diet affect the fluid flow. Rectifying this dietary factor may go a long way to preventing dental problems such as tooth decay.


Wisdom Teeth Removal Sydney

Any dental concerns should be immediately checked by a dentist. Removing faulty wisdom teeth can prevent further health problems from occurring. The interconnected body we have is greatly influenced by our dental health, and our dental health is affected by out health in general.

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  • Taekwondo is the national sport of South Korea.
  • TKD is a mixture of earlier Korean martial arts and Japanese arts like karate and jujitsu. The Japanese occupied Korea in the early part of the 20th century, and though the political situation was aggressive the influence of the martial arts was positive.
  • Unlike most martial arts Taekwondo was standardised in the generation after the Korean War (the late 1950s onward). Where most martial arts vary considerably between the various teachers and schools TKD is quite consistent.
  • Taekwondo is almost the only martial art at the Olympic (the other is Judo). The standardisation of the art in almost all countries is one on the major reasons why it can be practiced at the Olympic level (Other martial arts are scheduled for the upcoming Olympics).
  • North Korean Taekwondo exists, but it has a set of standards that are slightly different. Nobody it too sure on the extent of the differences, but it is enough to prevent them competing in the Olympics.
  • TKD is part of the military training in South Korea.
  • Unlike the Japanese martial arts that influenced it TKD emphasises Kicks. Many of the earlier martial arts emphasised strikes with the arm.
  • Even though the legs are emphasized TKD training includes effective blocks, punches, sweeps, throws and other techniques.
  • Like many leading martial arts there is a great deal of emphasis on the mental aspects of the practice. Many individuals find this the most beneficial aspect of the training. A good mindset allows more rapid progress in other areas, including physical fitness.
  • The injury rate of Taekwondo is lower than most other martial arts, especially mixed martial arts. However, injuries are more frequent than in other sports.

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