LGBTQ #ComingOutDay

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Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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The LGBTQ Community's Day

If you are part of the LGBTQ community, the 11th of October is a special day for you.

Historically, gay people have been frowned upon at best, or worse, jailed and subjected to hormonal castration or electric shock “treatment”.

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How old is homosexuality?*

If we look further back in history we can find examples of gay activity as far back as the Mesolithic period.

The Mesolithic period was from the 96th century to the 50th century BC. There are rock paintings from that period that have been interpreted as two males engaged in intercourse. So being gay is nothing new.

Coming Out Day

Tomorrow, the 11th of October is known as Coming Out Day. It is the day when you should cast aside your fears of rejection by family and friends and be true to yourself. There is a  lot of support available for you, just Google gay helpline Australia.

If your friends are true friends they will think no less of you as a person. And I see no reason why your family should stop loving you for being honest.

*Source Wikipedia

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Indonesian Tsunami

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Indonesian Tsunami

The Indonesian tsunami in the Sulawesi area has been in the news headlines worldwide.

But did you know that Indonesia has been struck with 3 separate disasters in one week? They have experienced the tsunami and the eartquake with all it’s aftershocks,  plus they now have to endure a volcanic eruption.

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Emergency Relief Issues

Not only are the rescue workers struggling to find people amongst the rubble and the mud. They now are faced with the prospect of essential aid not being delivered due to the ash cloud. Reports say that if it should drift any further, aircraft will be unable to fly in much-needed supplies.

Death Toll

The number of dead is now over 1400. Authorities are unable to estimate the eventual total. This is due to the difficulties being experienced caused by the earthquake and aftershocks.

There are possibly hundreds of people buried under the mudslides. No survivors are expected to be found there.

Appeal

The Indonesia Tsunami Emergency Appeal is underway. Oxfam are running this to aid in excess of 100,000 people.

You can help by visiting the Oxfam Site.

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September 1st – A Day For Disastrous Events

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Disastrous Events And Some Good News

The first of our disastrous events is one that occurred on September 1st 1923. The “Great Kanto” earthquake struck the cities of Tokyo and Yokohama on the Japanese island of Honshu. It killed approximately 100,000 people.

Let us remember September 1st 1939 when Germany invaded Poland without any prior declaration of war. 1.5 million troops invaded Poland while the German airforce, the Luftwaffe bombed the Polish airfields. Two days later, Britain and France both went to war against Germany. The second World War was to claim the lives of some 80 million souls. Many through battle, but it is estimated by statisticians that 55 million of those casualties were civilians.

This day in 1983 saw a Korean civilian aircraft shot down by Russia when it was in Soviet airspace. 269 passengers and crew died.

Happier news

September 1st 1972 and Bobby Fischer became the World Chess Champion by beating Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union. Bobby was the youngest ever American Junior Chess Champion at only 13 years of age.

Rocky Marciano, a famous American heavyweight boxer, was born on this day.

For those of us in the Southern Hemisphere, the 1st of September marks the first day of spring. In Western Australia, it is the beginning of Wildflower Season. Large tracts of land become carpets of colour during this time.

Today is also World Beard Day. if you do not have a beard then perhaps you coulld start to grow one in preparation for Movember which occurs in the month of November. That is the month when beards and moustaches are shaved off for charity.

An Important Day In Motoring History

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Motoring history gets a shake-up

The date was August 30th 1959, motoring history and motoring in general, sat up and took notice.

The Mini was born. Costing £497, the Mini offered fantastic space, economy, and thrills to boot. With its puny 850cc engine, it came out at just the right time with fuel shortages and petrol costs rising.

With a ground clearance of just 6 inches, it had a top speed of 74mph (119km/h). Add to that a chassis that gave the feeling that the car was cornering on rails, and it rapidly gained popularity with the young drivers of the day. It’s qualities also led to successes in rallies, racing and hill climbs.

Looking at today’s version, you can see the heritage.

I certainly wouldn’t refuse a modern Mini if they were giving them away, but I do feel that the car has lost some of the soul the original Mini had.