Monthly Archives: February 2013

My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (21-30)

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My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (21-30)

After spending yesterday and the day before explaining why I find the first twenty contributors to the Top 30 Challenge list so inspiring, it would be remiss of me not to go on and do the same for the final ten people!

Here are the 21st-30th friends and family who responded to my call to action (ranked in order of the fastest to respond):

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My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (11-20)

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My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (11-20)

After yesterday’s post about my inspirational friends and family, it’s time to talk about a few more. As you know well by now, when I started this ‘Top 30 Challenge’, I explained that I did not set these challenges for myself. Instead I went to “30 of my most inspirational friends and family” and asked them to do the challenging instead!

Here are the 11th-20th friends and family who responded to my call to action (ranked in order of the fastest to respond):

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My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (1-10)

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My Top 30 Inspirational Friends and Family (1-10)

When I started this ‘Top 30 Challenge’, I explained that I did not set these challenges for myself. Instead I went to “30 of my most inspirational friends and family” and asked them to do the challenging instead!

It seems only fitting, then, to explain why I find these people so inspirational. Here is the list (ranked in order of who was fastest to reply to my original request!) Today I’m writing about the first 10 people who responded, with the others to come later…

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Movie Review: No 49. M

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Movie Review: No 49. M

This review is sponsored by the letter ‘M’ and the number ‘6’.

I was never going to rate this movie highly. How can you rate a movie highly when it’s about a kiddy murderer?

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Guest Post: Go diving. Fun with no pressure.

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Guest Post: Go diving. Fun with no pressure.

By Kevin L.

You can go pretty much anywhere you like in the world. It might take a bit of money and time but there’s not much in your way beyond that.

However, there are a couple of places that present something a little more troublesome in the way of barriers.

For one thing, going into outer space is kind of out of the question for most people. This is not to say it can’t be done. Richard Branson is working on it but it takes quite a bit more money than you or I have in our back pockets. We can fly at lower altitudes more easily but space remains out of reach for the average person.

Another place that is more challenging to visit is under the ocean. I mean, you can’t just GO there and visit. At least not without the right gear and the right training. Most people never go there. Not in the way that allows you to actually visit the place. You know, sit about and admire the view and that kind of thing.

Yet, that too is possible and accessible for most people. It’s just that not so many of us do it.

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Television, I hereby promise to never leave you again

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Television, I hereby promise to never leave you again

After two full months of television avoidance I can now say that I am officially back on the juice!

My 1-year-old nephew helped me break the drought yesterday morning when he was chewing on the remote and accidentally turned on the TV. Upon the realisation that I could (finally) watch TV again, I came rushing to the lounge – toy zebra in arms  and eyes glued to the screen.

TV Time

They were showing ‘Family Ties’, which seemed rather apt.

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Guest Post: The List – a Halftime Report

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Guest Post: The List – a Halftime Report

By Andy S.

When Amanda first mentioned she was doing “The List” I was so happy for her. I believe life’s there to be lived to the fullest and having a tick off list with a deadline is the best way to motivate yourself into getting out there and trying something new.

Speaking of trying something new, this is my first ever blog post and to be honest it’s not as easy as Amanda makes it look! As I’m sure you’re aware by now, Amanda’s an amazing writer and loves sharing her thoughts and feelings with the world. In many ways I’m the complete opposite in those regards – but I’ll give it my best shot.

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Movie Review: No 74. Cinema Paradiso

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Movie Review: No 74. Cinema Paradiso

My last experience of a ‘Cinema Paradiso’ involved my close proximity to the ‘Cinema Paradiso’ in Ettalong, New South Wales, and possibly the worst blind date in the history of blind dates (excluding, perhaps, any that resulted in kidnapping or murder).

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Guest Post: In 25 words or less…

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Guest Post: In 25 words or less…

By Shelley L.

Allow me to begin with a quote from one of my favorite childhood movies – Dumb & Dumber (no idea how it didn’t make imdb top 100)

Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
Mary: Not good.
Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
[pause]
Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

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