Australian Park Ranger – World Ranger Day

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Australian Park Rangers, and What They Do

More often referred to as Australian Council Rangers, the Australia Park Ranger has a very diversified list of duties to carry out. Not all of them pleasant.

In some States or Territories of Australia, the Park Ranger is also a Special Constable with extra powers, such as giving out traffic infringement notices.

In Western Australia for example, the minimum requirement for a Ranger is to study (and pass) the Municipal Law Enforcement Units A and B at Tafe.

The Australian Park Ranger is authorised to take action under the Animal Welfare Act, looking out for animals being mistreated by their owners. One of the less glamorous roles is the cleaning up of “roadkill.”

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Further Duties

The Rangers duties may also include looking after recreational park area, maintaining paths for example. Getting rid of weeds. A weed is any plant not native to the environment.

He is also responsible for the protection of native animals and assisting with fighting bushfires and fire suppression.

Any businesses operating with a park are monitored by the Park Ranger too. He might even be called upon to carry out maintenance on the toilet facilities in National Parks.

All in all, your Park Ranger is a busy person who looks after all sorts of stuff that make the Australian outdoors a great experience for locals and tourists alike.

You could celebrate World Ranger Day and bring a smile to their faces by sending a short thank you email to your local Ranger office.

The World Cup – Football of Course

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Two World Cup Events

On this day in 1966, The England Squad won The World Cup, in extra time, at Wembley Stadium by four goals to two. Geoff Hurst made his hat-trick by scoring his third goal in the last seconds of extra time.

This match was the first World Cup to be televised in a live broadcast.

Also on this day

In 1930, Uruguay defeated Argentina winning the first ever World Cup competition which was hosted in Uruguay from the thirteenth to the thirtieth of July. The Final was played in the Estadio Centenario, Montevideo with a final score of 4-2 to Uruguay.

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Today Is Also Cheesecake Day

Definitely one of my favourite desserts or cake to have with an afternoon coffee. There is a massive variety of cake flavours available.

Vanilla, Chocolate, Passionfruit, Strawberry, Almond Amaretto, Chocolate Chip.

Chocmint, Apple Butter Swirl, Candied Sweet Potato with White Chocolate.

Caramelised Apple, Blackberries, Blueberries etc. There are at least 80 recipes for cheescake that I have seen. It is so versatile and always delicious.

I am off to have some now. It is, after all, afternoon teatime somewhere in the World.

Lady Diana Princess Of Wales

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Lady Diana Princess Of Wales

On this day in 1981 Prince Charles married Diana Spencer with an estimated 1 billion people watching worldwide.

The populace of 74 countries tuned in to watch the wedding of the last century.

Lady Diana was the most popular member of the royal family. She did immeasurable works for charities during her life and increased the liking in general for the Royal Family.

She remained extremely popular after she and Prince Charles divorced.

Lady Diana was continually dogged by the paparazzi and was sadly killed in a horrific car crash in a car crash on August 31st, 1997 as was her companion Dodi Fayed.

Now lost, but forever loved and remembered.

Apollo 11

Today, in 1969, Apollo 11 splashed down in the Pacific Ocean successfully completing the first manned mission that landed on the Moon.

Today Is Milk Chocolate Day

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Milk Chocolate Day - As If You Need A Reason

You may well believe that chocolate is a reasonably modern discovery. You would be both right and wrong at the same time.

It actually has history all the way back to the Aztec and Mayan era of civilisation.

It was originally known as Food Of The Gods and was made from roasted cocoa beans. Chocolate was always in the form of a drink until Victorian times when a way to make solid chocolate was discovered.

Real milk chocolate is made from cocoa ingredients including the expensive cocoa butter and up to 5% vegetable fat.

Compound Milk Chocolate contains much higher levels of vegetable fat. That is why some compound chocolates leave you feeling as if there is a coating on the roof of your mouth. Think cheap Easter Eggs.

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The First World War

Today, in 1914, World War One Began. The First World War started when Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated. He was heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne.

His death prompted the declaration of war on Serbia by Austria- Hungary. Inside a month there were alliances struck between various European countries in support of each of the warring parties. These allies then began fighting each other and so a war between two nations quickly escalated into the World War One.

There were huge, incomprehensible losses of life. 40 million casualties consisting of 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded.

The largest 3 losses were Russia with 1.7 million dead, France with over 1.35 million deaths and the then British Empire with close to 1 million men dying.

It seems that we are destined to be always at war somewhere in our world. Its is so bad that it is actually easier to state how many countries are not at war or some sort of conflict right now.

That  number is 11.

Will we never learn?

What Does The Future Hold? Let’s Hypothesise

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The Future of Humanity

It is a scary thought, but what is the future of Humanity? At least, as we know it now?

You have obviously heard of Global Warming, right? Did you know that if we were to cut out all carbon emissions today, the Greenhouse Effect would continue for possibly hundreds of years?

That’s not to say “Oh sod it. There is no point in even trying” Far from it.

At the rate technology is developing we may well be able to achieve light speed travel giving us the ability to colonise other worlds as yet undiscovered.

Mother Earth will gradually return the atmosphere to pre-industrial quality, and if we have colonised elswhere, an equilibrium will be reached.

Robotics And AI

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There is another version of the future where we continue to implement machines that are autonomous. We already have driver-less buses in operation.

There are even discussions about having so called “Drone Highways” These could perhaps be utilised to deliver mail to offices in the city putting more people out of work.

Machine warfare is becoming a real possibility. There have been drone bombers around since the Second World War. You must admit that behind the scenes it is perfectly feasible for the development of robotic warriors.

Germ warfare is a frightening prospect too. genetic engineering could see a subject born from a test tube with his (or her) genetics engineered in such a way that he could fly into an enemies country and cause a Pandemic on a scale never thought possible.

Alien Life

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With the huge telescopes we now have we are able to see details of nebulae that are nothing short of astounding. But that is not all we are searching for.

Alien life is a reality we have yet to discover. However, it is almost certain to exist.  Are we being watched from afar as in Jeff Waynes War Of The Worlds? What will happen when we are first visited by an alien race?

Will we react in the way we have in the past and try to destroy what we do not understand? Or will we embrace our visitors with open arms and share our knowledge with them?

Always assuming they are friendly of course.

Does Terrorism Have A Part To Play?

The future of humanity is already being altered by terrorism.

For example, the UK now has armed police officers at train stations and large events.

Our governments are being pushed towards a dictatorial style of governing where we will find ourselves routinely stopped for body searches and identity checks.

If you see anything that is not normal for your area, you should report it to the authorities. We would all prefer to have a false alarm than ignore something only to see devastation reported on the evening news

It Does Not Need To Be All Bad News

A Dystopian society where you and I are continually oppressed by martial law is certainly a scenario that could come to pass.

However, it does not need to. We can all make a difference. Lets save our planet one step at a time.

Don’t throw that lolly wrapper out the car window.

Lobby your MP to get the local council to water in the moonlit hours instead of during a blazing hot day. Do your own watering in the same way.

Report suspicious behaviour.

Look out for your older neighbour’s. Just because we are starting to live longer does not mean that someone’s help is not occasionally required.

Donate to a charity of your choice. Mine is the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Compost your own kitchen waste to reduce landfill.  Use it in your garden which will love and  pay you back with high quality tasty produce.

Get some solar panels on your roof if you can afford to. Even with the rubbish rebates of today, you will see a saving.