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Cyclone Yasi - an example of Nature's raw power!!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

I am sure that by now most of youi have heard that a huge cyclone is about to hit North Queensland!!
I found this interesting article today to give an idea of the scale of it!!

IF you're struggling to grasp the magnitude of Tropical Cyclone Yasi, consider this: it is so large it would almost cover the United States, most of Asia and large parts of Europe.
Most of the coverage about the scale of Yasi has tried to compare it with storms of the past - it's bigger than Larry, more powerful than Tracy.
But just as powerful is this comparison, showing this storm is continental in size. The main bloc of the cyclone is 500km(311miles) wide, while its associated activity, shown above in a colour-coding to match intensity, stretches over 2000km.(1243 milesThe storm's scale of destruction is as shocking as it is inevitable. In the map above, the United States from Pennsylvania in the east to Nevada in the west, from Georgia in the south to Canada in the north and well into Mexico would be battered with 300km/h winds and up to one metre of rain.
The economic impact would be felt around the world

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This map is merely visualisations of relative scales and are not meant to suggest storms of this level would form anywhere in the world.
Instead, they illustrate an annual threat that is, if not uniquely Australian, at least so much a part of our summer that we speak of "cyclone season" as though it is on a par with "cricket season".
But every so often, we are forced to confront the raw power of our country and its dangers

It has just started to make its effects felt on the North Tropical Coast, in the form of a tsunami like surge of up to 21ft above normal high tide, flooding a huge number of homes!!
After our state has already been devistated by vast floods and now is about to be devistated by this monster which is far more far reaching than the one that hit New Oleans - and has now reached Catgory 5 - the most severe - we have to wonder what the weather will throw at us next!!
My thoughts tonight and for the rest of the week are with the people in the area. There are some Sparkers living in the area, I believe - but they could well have evacuated!!
I am lucky this time - although we actually have a bit of cloud and a breeze from it - we are expecting nothing more severe - but we are 1000miles from the center - I am very glad I am not nearer.
In the next 24hrs nature will unleash her raw power on Queensland!!

  
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JOANIEBUG46 2/10/2011 10:07AM

    Makes me think some of the hurricanes we get here in FL aren't so bad!!

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SUNNYWBL 2/3/2011 5:14PM

    OMG!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 2/3/2011 5:01AM

    I think the size of this storm is unique to the western Pacific. We have had a few north of the equator but not for several years. I live with typhoon season from June until December although many have started over Guam with a lot of rain and some wind that have ended up in the Philippians, Taiwan, China and Japan.

Hang in there. We are praying for Queensland for this and the flooding that has occurred.

Jane on Guam

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/2/2011 4:15PM

    I continue to keep you & your countrymen in my thoughts and prayers. It's hard to imagine the devastation that will ensue. I hope that it will not be as bad as predicted. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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MS.ELENI 2/2/2011 12:41PM

    Wow your country has been hit so hard. It does sound very scary. Be safe my friend

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SPARKLE72023 2/2/2011 11:03AM

    What a terrifying show of Nature's raw power!
Glad you won't be in the direct pathway but, nonetheless, we're very concerned about you and especially those who will be in the direct line of Yasi's fury!

I can only imagine what this will do to the few remaining farms that survived the floods in Qld . . . . only to be ripped by Yasi.

Thank you for the excellent photo that graphically shows the extent and huge range of this cyclone. It is unbelievable but true.

Hope to hear from you again soon and we pray for you and all those other Sparkers in the same danger zone.
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OPALMOON 2/2/2011 10:35AM

    Thinking of and praying for all those in Queensland facing Cyclone Yasi

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/2/2011 9:46AM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/2/2011 9:16AM

    Oh, my. The people in Queensland be blessed. What a terrible thing to anticipate, let alone experience! emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 2/2/2011 9:09AM

    Oh, my gosh! My thoughts and prayers are with your country at this time.



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SHEILA1505 2/2/2011 7:45AM

    My thoughts are with you all - and not only in Q'land - how will this affect the flood-plains further south? Will it eventually run off into NSW and Victoria, too?

Thank you for your picture spelling out the scale of this - it is horrifying.

Strength and safety to everyone

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TWOTIMESS 2/2/2011 4:31AM

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This is so scary! My prayers to people in Queensland.

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LIBBYFITZ 2/2/2011 4:05AM

    Thank you for the update. I am getting a lot of info through friends and family on Facebook! This is one big scary weather system! My thoughts and wishes go out to all Queenslander's . This is another lot of flooding to deal with!

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1BEACHWALKER 2/2/2011 3:15AM

    Wow, cannot believe what you all have had to deal with lately! Hope and prayers go out for all of you that will be affected by It! Keep us posted! Be safe! emoticon

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DUTCHIEKIWI 2/2/2011 2:09AM

    My thoughts are with friends and family up north.

It's unreal what Aus has had to endure lately!

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DEUSMACHINA 2/2/2011 2:00AM

    Yeah. It's freaking me out a bit. I'm not even up there. Hold your hat, my friend!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 2/2/2011 1:53AM

    Never having experienced a cyclone (or hurricane) I can't imagine what it must be like. What a horrible thing to be facing at any time, let alone while trying to recover from the shock of the floods. Sending prayers for those in the path. Hope you're able to stay safe.

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JOANOFSPARK 2/2/2011 1:29AM

    my gosh......gives me shivers......what a truly monstrous storm that is going to be and one can only imagine just how much devastation there will be in that area. I am so glad that you are anywhere the center of that monster, but my thoughts and prayers go out to those who are...... emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/2/2011 1:15AM

    Great Blog Ann,
What a shocking disaster this is going to be .. as if the floods were not enough you have this breathing down on Queensland!.
It will look like a war zone!!.
Stay safe my friend Hugs Susie emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/2/2011 1:12AM

    Great blog Ann!
Well said, and very well written ...Photos are great too.
This is going to be such a catastrophe not only for Queensland... but for all of Australia.
Stay Safe my friend ... Hugs Susie

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USFBULL 2/2/2011 1:09AM

    This is a very strong storm and poses real threat where ever it finally crosses land. My Prayers go out to those families that are going to caught in this one. Glad to hear your not close to this Monster.

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Buyer Beware (at least in Australia)

Friday, January 28, 2011


Coles warned over imported fruit labels
In the light of the shortages of fresh Australian fruits and veges we are being convinced of by the major retailers (we seem to have be able to buy as much as before., A lot is locally produced product despite the floods and isnít always perfect looking and is slightly more expensive, but there seem plentiful supplies available, at least where I live) and the fact that the larger shops want to import as they are trying to convince the customer that they would prefer the more expensive perfect fruits and veges, even though they are imported, rather than the Australian produce that has been blemished by rain, but still tastes as good, I thought this article I read yesterday was interesting.
I honestly have to wonder if the same thing is happening in other countries in one way or another. I suppose it depends on the food labelling laws Ė ours seem lax in this respect, with the major retailers calling the shots!!
Buyer Beware!!

From: TheAustralian
January 27, 2011
THE NSW government has warned Coles to stop labelling imported fruit as Australian produce, amid suggestions the food giant is branding Israeli fruit as local to avoid a consumer boycott.
Alternatively, you can copy and paste this link into your browser:

www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation
/nsw-government-warns-coles-over-impor
ted-fruit-labels/story-e6frg6nf-1225995098653


Support Aussie Farmers and Growers!!
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Edit: We have laws too - but Coles is a huge multi-national company - and they can get away with things easily!! One asks - who is running the country??

  
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ACCEPTMYSELF 2/1/2011 1:28PM

    Very interesting.. We have a few store here where I live in the states that label where the fruit and veg is from. For example it will say "Apricots - from Chile". Although this time of year in Wisconsin we are under a couple of feet of snow so there isn't much of anything growing locally right now! emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/29/2011 10:17PM

    I have noticed more fruits from other countries

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DEBBIE_J 1/29/2011 1:21PM

    Good luck with that! Here in the U.S., our stores are required to label items with the country of origin, including fresh fruits and veggies. It's SO HARD to find locally grown stuff here, most of the produce in my local stores seems to come from Mexico or South America.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/29/2011 9:07AM

    Thanks for educating us to what is going on. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/29/2011 8:08AM

    I think it's that way in most big countries. They try to get away with as much as they can, till they get caught.

LET'S ROCK 2011 TOGETHER ~!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/29/2011 5:43AM

    I think the US laws protect us at this time. The fresh food has to be labeled where they are grown.

Since Guam is part of the US we have the same laws.

Jane on Guam

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1BEACHWALKER 1/29/2011 2:00AM

    That is just plain terrible! Why is it the worst come out in people when a disaster hits! Shameful!! Hope they get it taken care of quickly!

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WENDYJM4 1/29/2011 12:25AM

    Thanks for that info. I try to buy Australian own but it is not also possible. I WILL NOT be buying fruit from overseas.
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TOTHEFUTURE1 1/28/2011 10:40PM

    we do need clear labelling.

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DEUSMACHINA 1/28/2011 5:44PM

    Grrrrr! I only buy Australian grown. Looks like I'll have to avoid Coles and start shopping at Woolies.

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IRONGRANNIE 1/28/2011 3:53PM

    Who is running the country? Not the government it would appear!

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26M8J7 1/28/2011 3:52PM

    Thanks for the information. Buying locally would help so many people. emoticon

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MRSBENNETT2 1/28/2011 3:49PM

    My big fear is Coles and Woolies will use the excuse of the floods and crop destruction to begin importing even MORE of the cheaper stuff from other countries, and selling it at inflated prices - like they have with a lot of their store brand produce that comes from China. I remember on my first visit here in 2006, I was so impressed by how much "made/grown/owned by Australia" products where on the shelves. Then it had completely changed by 2008 when we moved here.

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SUSIEPH1 1/28/2011 3:49PM

    I Totally agree ...As a former fruit and veggie grower (supplying all our local markets and over seas) we had strict laws that governed what percentage of fertilizer and herbicide we were allowed to use .
This should apply to all our imports too ...
I have a sneaking suspicion they don't.
Please make sure you wash all fruit and veggie thoroughly before you cook and eat them.

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NDORRIS 1/28/2011 3:25PM

    In the USA we're having problems with genetically engineered food making it into not only the market, but into our fields without our knowledge or consent. My understanding is that genetically modified foods have been banned in European nations. It scares me to think of what will happen and what has already happened to nature because of our arrogance and greed.

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BEBE1964 1/28/2011 3:04PM

    "In the USA that would be considered False Advertising (punishable by law)." ---------------- Exactly!!

I would be so angered by this. Even in the USA, we can not say for sure that we have not been duped, or misled in some way... but our laws can enforce and protect us in most cases.



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KIWIEVIE 1/28/2011 2:33PM

    WOW.... I think food should have the correct labels on it.
Of course we want to buy as much local goods as possible.
Keeps the country employed.


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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2011 2:31PM

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SPARKLE72023 1/28/2011 2:29PM

    In the USA that would be considered False Advertising (punishable by law).

How crazy & greedy of those companies to mislabel Israeli-grown fruits as Australian. I would be livid if I found out after-the-fact that I had been duped into buying Israeli fruit instead of Australian!!!

At least now you know about it. Isn't it amazing what greed does to people & companies.

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So this is how twins are made ...... I always wondered!!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

How twins are made...I thought this was just plain cute.
So this is how they do it...



One of life's great mysteries solved.

(Only twenty years ago, no one would have understood this joke!)

  
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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 1/29/2011 4:41PM

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That's just too cute!! Much better than being found under a cabbage leaf!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/28/2011 4:24PM

    thanks for the smile love. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 1/28/2011 3:54PM

    awwwwwwww that is soooo cute....roflol! and so true that just a few years ago, no one would have understood the joke, but what a cute idea and what an absolutely adoreable picture. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2011 1:03PM

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PHEBESS 1/28/2011 9:45AM

    LOL!!!!!

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ILOVEROSES 1/28/2011 8:44AM

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JAZZIELORI 1/28/2011 5:59AM

    ROTFL that has got to be one of teh cutest pictures I have ever seen!
Thanks for sharing it..it's adorable!
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IRONGRANNIE 1/28/2011 3:39AM

    This is just too cute!

My nephews' twins are nicknamed "Search" and "Destroy" !

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TWOTIMESS 1/28/2011 3:34AM

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Love it!

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2MUCHRUTHIE 1/28/2011 2:23AM

    Love it! emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 1/28/2011 12:59AM

    emoticon emoticon So cute! I think they should wear those shirts all the time! Maybe that will be their new nicknames! emoticon

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NDORRIS 1/28/2011 12:13AM

    If they were triplets they would be cut, copy and paste.

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 1/27/2011 11:36PM

    That is the cutest thing! How sweet they are too!!

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MRSBENNETT2 1/27/2011 11:31PM

    That's funny! My kids can still trip me up with all this new-fangled tech-talk stuff...

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SMYLEERED 1/27/2011 11:18PM

    emoticon Years ago they would say -- hmmmm strange names for those twins.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/27/2011 10:38PM

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MS.ELENI 1/27/2011 9:29PM

    Great.So cute

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LOOSEIT57 1/27/2011 9:15PM

    Oh how cute want to pinch their little cheeks.

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ABIGAILSING 1/27/2011 8:59PM

    emoticonI saw the title of your blog on a friend's feed. Glad I popped in.

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JILL313 1/27/2011 8:36PM

    Thank you for the smile you put on my face--mystery solved, at last!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/27/2011 8:27PM

    Is that adorable or what?

Thanks Emma

LET'S ROCK 2011 TOGETHER ~!

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26M8J7 1/27/2011 8:25PM

    So cute! emoticon

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BETHV10 1/27/2011 8:22PM

    extremely cute!!!

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BETHV10 1/27/2011 8:22PM

    extremely cute!!!

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YW84FRIDAY 1/27/2011 8:14PM

  CUTE! emoticon

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NURSNANA 1/27/2011 7:54PM

    Hey Ann! I love this! Our son and daughter each have a set of twins! It has been such a blessing to our family.

Hope things in your area are gradually improving.

~Hugs~
Nancy

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ABBY_G 1/27/2011 7:42PM

    Sweet!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/27/2011 7:41PM

    I love it! emoticon

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46SHADOW 1/27/2011 7:41PM

    very cute. I wish mine were made that way!

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DEUSMACHINA 1/27/2011 7:33PM

    XD This is pure gold!

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GRANDMA624 1/27/2011 7:27PM

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/27/2011 7:16PM

    too cute!

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SUSIEPH1 1/27/2011 7:15PM

    Hey Ann, I sent that to you!!


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I Believe .........

Thursday, January 27, 2011

A friend sent me these sayings on an email - I guess some of you will have seen them before - but I still think they are worth sharing!!


I believe ..... that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become!!


I believe ..... that it is taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.


I believe ..... that either you control your attitude or it controls you


I believe ..... that it isnít always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.


I believe ..... that life is more precious than money will ever be able to be

  
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JOANOFSPARK 1/28/2011 3:57PM

    so true, and those pics are just so adorable....

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ANNEBURNELL 1/28/2011 8:16AM

    Great, as always...

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 1/28/2011 4:25AM

    Great ideas!

Jane on Guam

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IRONGRANNIE 1/28/2011 3:57AM

    Wonderful quotes, thankyou!

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GRAMMAP1 1/27/2011 10:53PM

    I believe those all make sense. Thanks for sharing Ann. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOOSEIT57 1/27/2011 9:17PM

    Absolutely lovely quotes. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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YW84FRIDAY 1/27/2011 8:16PM

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NDORRIS 1/27/2011 7:01PM

    Awwwww. Made me tear up. Darn hormones. Precious babies and true words. Can't beat that combination. Thanks.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/27/2011 6:55PM

    BEAUTIFUL! I really needed to read this today. Thank you my precious friend! Love, Dawn emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/27/2011 6:54PM

    all very true.

I believe too.

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SPARKLE72023 1/27/2011 6:38PM

    Good ones and the pictures were adorable.

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LEXIE63 1/27/2011 6:33PM

    All so true! :-)
Thanks for posting these.
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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LIBBYFITZ 1/27/2011 6:28PM

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GOANNA2 1/27/2011 6:22PM

    Beautiful quotes. emoticon

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Wow!! What an Opportunity

Monday, January 24, 2011

I just heard on our (Australian) news that Qantas(the Aussie international airline) has a deal that Americans can fly FREE to Western Australia (Perth or Broome ) to then travel anywhere within Australia!!
I have no idea of the conditions or details - just that this is available!!

Come-on down-under!! This could be your chance!!
Contact Qantas for details!!

This link might help you understand more
www.westernaustralia.com/au/Things_t
o_See_and_Do/Suggested_Itineraries/Pag
es/Oprah_Winners_WA_Itinerary.aspx?ici
d=WhatsOn:Oprah

  
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1BEACHWALKER 1/27/2011 12:10AM

    Wish I could come on over! Wish this had been next year-can
t afford $2500 per person and up right now! That is nice they are offering the free trip to West Aust and Sydney though! I want to visit so badly!!! emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 1/25/2011 6:19AM

    You have to book and pay to get to Australia, then once you are there, you can fly free to WA! emoticon It is all in the wording! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 1/24/2011 11:14PM

    I couldn't figure it out but will try to visit the site again tomorrow when I am not so tired and stressed. You can BET that I would LOVE to visit. I don't have a passport at this point but it's something to think about. I think that you can get one for less than $200. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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MS.ELENI 1/24/2011 10:31PM

    interesting.Wish I could but doc won't let me fly anywhere

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/24/2011 8:04PM

    Me too but they have not built the bridge yet ;)
LET'S ROCK 2011 TOGETHER ~!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/24/2011 7:59PM

    oh if only I could!



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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/24/2011 6:59PM

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YICHE12 1/24/2011 6:51PM

    Australia is one country I would love to visit.

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SPARKLE72023 1/24/2011 4:20PM

    What a great opportunity!
Wish I could board a plane and show up for the Quantas special.



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TAMI1691 1/24/2011 4:19PM

    what a great opportunity.
thanks for keeping us informed.

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MRSBENNETT2 1/24/2011 2:41PM

    I think that's a fabulous way to promote tourism in that part of Australia!

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PLAYBLUES22 1/24/2011 2:35PM

    Sweetie, you are right, what an opportunity to see another country emoticon

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JERZRN 1/24/2011 2:35PM

    I looked on their website and didn't see anything about it.

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