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Be Gas Safe Over The Summer Holidays

December 15th 2013 02:12
gas barbeque explosion and fire bundaberg
Gas bottle explosion at Bundaberg
People are being warned to treat gas appliances with due respect over the summer holidays to avoid putting themselves and their families at risk of asphyxiation, explosive injuries or fire.

Minister for Natural Resources Andrew Cripps said people should always check the safety of portable gas cylinders and appliances for any obvious damage before using them.

“We all love a barbeque, but gas cylinders and portable gas appliances can be very dangerous if not used properly,” Mr Cripps said.
“There have been a number of recent fatalities across Australia from inappropriate use of these portable appliances in confined spaces, as there can a risk of a build-up of deadly carbon monoxide,” he said.
caravan destroyed by gas explosion Gayndah
Caravan destroyed by gas explosion

“My Department has had to investigate a number of gas cylinder explosions which have caused damage to buildings and property, and in some cases have caused severe injuries and even death.”

Mr Cripps said people needed to remember basic gas safety facts, such as portable outdoor gas appliances should only ever be used outdoors.

“Portable gas appliances such as barbeques, camping refrigerators, stoves and heaters must never be operated inside tents, caravans, boats or motor vehicles,” he said.

Mr Cripps also said gas cylinders need to be transported with care.
butane cooker explosion severe burn risk
Butane cooker explosion in Brisbane

“People transporting gas cylinders need to ensure they are secured in an upright position, and that no more than two 9kg cylinders are transported in an enclosed vehicle,” he said.

“You should check that the cylinders must are safely disconnected from appliances before transportation and that a safety plug is screwed into the outlet.”

“Portable gas cylinders and fittings should also be inspected regularly and thoroughly before use.”

“Most gas-related fires occur because people don’t take adequate care in connecting or disconnecting hoses to cylinders or to the appliance.”

"Before use, check for gas leaks by spraying fittings with a soapy water solution especially after disconnecting and reconnecting any cylinders or gas hoses and equipment. Keep a spray bottle with your barbeque - leaks will show up as bubbles.”

This may seem like a hassle but it is all good advice. I am obliged to keep a spray bottle of soapy water to test connections when I do on site catering at the Gold Coast V8’s.

If there are any signs of rust or damage on your gas cylinder, replace it at your local exchange cylinder outlet. Check barbeque fittings and hoses for any signs of fraying, cracking or splitting. New hoses can be purchased for less than ten bucks.

By taking these simple steps you will ensure you and your family enjoy the festive season safely.

More gas safety information is available at: Really Long Link
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Costa Concordia Captain Starts New Job

September 17th 2013 06:17
Former Italian Cruise ship captain Francesco Schettino began his new job as a bus driver yesterday...

Costa Concordia capsized bus Schettino salvage
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Crackdown On Public Housing Holidays

September 16th 2013 03:20
Housing commission wreckers car parts everywhere
In a recent episode of the SBS hit ‘Houso’s’, the junkies were sent off to rehab, the Lebs had gone on a pilgrimage and the Kiwis had gone back to New Zealand for a holiday, leaving the housing commission neighbourhood strangely quiet.

It appears to be a case of art imitating real life. Housing Minister Tim Mander has vowed to fix public housing rules that allow tenants to take getaways of up to 12 months without losing their public housing


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synthetic drugs cannabinoids cannabis Queensland law
The Newman Government’s tough stance on synthetic drugs is making an impact just months after new laws were passed.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said offenders were already feeling the consequences and more than a score of new substances had been added to the state’s banned list


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Have We Been Eating Horse Meat Too?

February 27th 2013 05:57
minced beef meat horsemeat substitution scandal
The horse meat substitution scandal has now spread to more than 20 countries so how do we know it is not happening in Australia?

Food products supposedly made from beef have been found to contain horse DNA in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom


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Kids That Don't Like Their Food...

February 26th 2013 01:36
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Government Crack Down On Synthetic Drugs

November 18th 2012 02:41
synthetic marijuana kronic synthetic drug law
The Newman Government has today launched an attack on the synthetic drugs trade announcing proposed changes to the law to get the products off Queensland streets.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Bleijie said synthetic drugs were marketed as a ‘legal high’ misleading people they were a safe alternative to illegal drugs


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AIF Light Horse Walers Boer War
Today commemorates the 94th anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War in 1918, and all the soldiers who have fallen in battle since. Every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a minutes silence is observed as countries across the globe commemorate the day the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front.

The ‘War to end all wars’ began in 1914 and raged for four bloody years, costing the lives of almost 10 million men, including sixty thousand Australian soldiers. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps first saw combat on the 25th of April 1915 when they stormed the beaches of what became known as Anzac Cove


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Wood Ear Mushrooms - What Food Is That?

October 11th 2012 07:01
Wood ear mushrooms bizarre chinese food
Wood ear mushrooms are so called because their convoluted surface resembles a human ear and they grow wild on the trunks of trees. They have a mild neutral flavour and a slightly woody aroma, but are appreciated for their crisp ‘squeaky’ texture.

Most commonly associated with East Asian cuisine, wood ear mushrooms are used in stir fries, with or without meat, and hot and sour soup. Other common names for Auricularia Polytricha include Jews Ear, Judas’ ear, jelly ear and cloud ear


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Maxman erection enhancer pills drugs viagra
The Department of Health’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has issued a warning to consumers that MMC Maxman IV Erection Enhancer capsules pose a serious health risk and should not be taken.

Officials from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have tested MMC Maxman IV Erection Enhancer capsules and found that they contain the undeclared prescription substance sildenafil, contrary to the product label which claims that it is made of herbal ingredients and contains no medicines


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Swift edible birds nest Chinese food
Edible bird’s nests with a resale value of AU$30,000 have been seized by biosecurity officers as part of Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) compliance operations.

“Approximately 14kg of edible bird’s nest was carried by a passenger arriving on a flight from Indonesia and was intercepted at Sydney Airport last week,” said First Assistant Secretary for DAFF Quarantine Operations, Tim Chapman


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Marijuana Hemp Seed As Human Food
Hemp is one of humanity’s oldest cultivated plants, with evidence of use reaching back into prehistory. In the older non-Christian religions Hemp and its products were venerated as unique gifts provided for human use.

The Hemp seed is one of the most nutritionally complete foods available. Next to flax it has the highest concentration of the essential fatty acid omega 3 and unlike flax it contains a perfect ratio of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids


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giant marijuana joint Nimbin Mardi Grass
Once a year the sleepy northern New South Wales town of Nimbin’s population blooms for the world famous Nimbin Mardi Grass Rally. The political rally held on the first weekend in May aims to promote an end to marijuana prohibition in Australia. It also coincides with annual marijuana harvesting and is a chance for locals and visitors alike to have some harmless fun, parading down the street with a giant joint.
Indigenous Australian Aboriginal playing didgeridoo

There are dozens of market stalls selling hippie food, clothes, art and crafts. The local aboriginals take the opportunity to promote their culture with performances of music and dance, and there are live bands of every genre performing on various sound stages


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Halloween pumpkin jack o lantern carving
Halloween began as an Irish, Celtic and Scottish tradition celebrating harvest time at the end of summer. During the eighth century the Catholic Church designated the first day of November as 'All Saints Day ('All Hallows') - a day of commemoration for those Saints that did not have a specific day of remembrance. The night before was known as 'All Hallows Eve' which, over time, became known as Halloween.

The traditional Halloween cake in Ireland is the barnbrack cake which is a fruit bread. Other traditional foods included colcannon, a meal of potato, kale and onion. Coins were wrapped in baking paper and placed in the food for children to find and keep


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planking craze planking granny grandma plonking
Forget ‘Planking.’ There is new craze gaining popularity with people of all walks of life. It’s called ‘Plonking.’
You plonk yourself in a deck chair with a glass of plonk and get someone to take a photo of you.
Plonking is especially popular with the over 60’s. Septuagenarian Jacqueline Hyde said she has been doing it for years


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Pope Benedict XVI 16 sixteen Planking
Is that an airbag?
Despite the death of a man who fell from the seventh floor balcony of a Gold Coast high rise, the planking craze continues to grow in popularity.
Planking has even spread to the Holy City. The Pope formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was snapped planking whilst clowning around with devotees at the Vatican.
Pope Benedict XVI 16 sixteen joke
A Priest, a Rabbi and a Monk walk into a bar...

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purple carrot anti oxidant natural superfood
There are numerous species of wild carrots indigenous to ancient Persian lands, including modern Afghanistan and Iran. The taproots of Daucus carota subspecies carota are spindly, woody and bitter, with colours varying from purple and red, to yellow or off white.

There are references in ancient Persian, Egyptian and Greek writings referring to the plant, though it is unclear when and where they were first cultivated. The leaves and seeds of wild carrots, relatives of dill, fennel and cumin, were primarily used for medicinal purposes


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Australian Hemp Seed vegetarian food marijuana
Mix together equal parts of; Savoury yeast, Hemp seed flour and Hemp seed oil. Store in an airtight jar in the fridge. You can spread it raw on just about anything.

Savoury yeast flakes have been specifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of vegetarians, vegans and anyone interested in a rich source of B vitamins, including B 12


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Funny Photos - A Short Safari Story

December 12th 2010 01:55
If she hasn't yet, she will soon.
Funny Photo African Safari Story Lioness

To see more funny photos click on the 'offbeat' category or any of the highlighted words.
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Dangerous Australian Native Wildlife Cassowary Attack
The Cassowary, (Casuarius casuarius) is Australia’s second largest bird, after the emu, and both are flightless. There are two separate isolated populations inhabiting rainforests on the east coast of Cape York Peninsula in far north Queensland. It is also known as the Southern Cassowary to distinguish it from its northern cousins which inhabit the rainforests of PNG.

Standing about a metre tall, there is little sexual dimorphism between male and female cassowaries, except that females are slightly larger. Both sexes have glossy blue-black plumage with brighter blue head and neck feathers and a bright red wattle hanging from the neck. Cassowaries also have a bony crest, or casque, on top of their heads which is believed to help it barge through the undergrowth


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Funny Photos - Bizarre Chinese Food

November 24th 2010 07:01
funny photo Bizarre Chinese food
We all know the Chinese eat some bizarre foods by western standards, but what on earth is this girl eating? I am afraid to say what it looks like to me!
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camouflaged Aircraft Hangar Lockheed Burbank California
Remembrance Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, commemorates the anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War in 1918. Every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a minutes silence is observed as countries across the globe commemorate the day the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front, and all the soldiers who have fallen in battle since.
Lockeed Aircraft Plant Burbank California
Lockheed Aircraft Plant Before Camouflage

On various military anniversaries Rawfish has hosted stories from Gallipoli, Kokoda, Europe’s Eastern Front and previously unpublished pictures of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. On this, the 92nd Remembrance Day, images of the ingenious way the United States Army Corps of Engineers concealed the Lockheed Burbank Aircraft Plant from Japanese scrutiny are featured


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Kylie Minogue hand job to bear
Kylie Minogue has been trying to break into the US market for some time but her appearance on American Idol has put her firmly in the spotlight.

With a new album and planned US tour in 2011, Kylie is all smiles, just like this lucky bear that was handed a job on stage. Teddy couldn’t be happier if he was dipped in honey


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Would You Eat Seagull Eggs?

August 27th 2010 06:54
seagulls attack cliff climber abseiling
Seagull eggs are a nutritious indigenous food resource but would you eat them? I have tried quail eggs and duck eggs, but not seagull eggs. I have heard they taste fishy and could even pose a health risk. I also like fish eggs but I expect them to taste a little briny.

Indigenous populations in the UK, Norway and other Scandinavian countries traditionally eat seagulls eggs served hardboiled with salt. Seagulls lay their eggs on rocky outcrops and offshore islands so it can be a risky job collecting them


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Deadly Australian Native Wildlife Redback Spider
An office receptionist got a nasty shock when she found a 70cm long snake entangled in the web of a deadly Redback Spider. Tania Robertson, a receptionist at an electrical firm, came in to work on Tuesday and spotted the dramatic scene next to a desk in her office. The snake, which had obviously died from the spider's poisonous bite, was off the ground and caught up in the web.
venomous redback spider bite kills snake

It is believed the snake was bitten on Monday night. A red mark on the snake's stomach was evidence of where the spider had started consuming it. Throughout Tuesday, the spider fed on her prey, and on Wednesday she rolled it up and started spinning a web around it while lifting it higher off the ground


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BP Sardines In Oil

August 9th 2010 09:18
BP Sardines in oil Gulf Mexico
BP has announced that just two weeks after the oil stopped leaking into the sea, they are ready to permanently plug the well.

Meanwhile, a Presidential Advisor to Barrack Obama is trying to convince consumers to eat seafood from the Gulf Of Mexico again


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Funny Food Photos - Chilli Willy

June 30th 2010 07:49
funny photo rude food chilli willy

Never mind the red hot chilli peppers, what about these red hot willy peppers! I bet they would bring a tear to the eye!
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funny photo South Africa vuvuzela
World Cup soccer fans in South Africa demonstrate the correct way to use a vuvuzela.
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Australian World Cup Soccer level field
After Australia’s crushing 4-0 defeat by Germany in the World Cup Soccer in South Africa, it has been suggested by an English Fan that this is the only way the Socceroos can win.
Shane Smeltz Scoring A Goal

Meanhile, New Zealand’s All Whites soccer team have won their country’s first ever World Cup point by drawing 1-1 with Cameroon. The goal was scored by Shane Smeltz last years leading goal scorer for Gold Cast United soccer team in Australia’s A-League.
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hydroponic marijuana cannabis butter recipe hemp
I could not attend the Nimbin MardiGrass without trying some of the food and bringing back a recipe using marijuana. The following recipe was published in the MardiGrass program is reprinted with permission from the Nimbin Hemp Embassy.

Ingredients


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Alligator Bites Golfers Arm Off

April 29th 2010 07:00
Alligator attacks bites golfers arm off
Image courtesy P. Hunt
Alligators were portrayed as less dangerous than crocodiles by the late Steve Irwin, and he was often pictured holding one. The sleepy old 'gators at Australia Zoo may be docile, but retrieving a golf ball has cost a man an arm in the United States. A golfer in South Carolina was reaching into the water to retrieve a ball when he was attacked by a two and a half metre (8ft) Alligator.
bystanders help alligator attack victim
Image courtesy P.Hunt

The alligator seized the mans left arm and rolled, tearing it off at the shoulder. Shocked onlookers tried to staunch the flow of blood and comfort the victim until paramedics arrived. He was rushed to hospital by helicopter while a hunt for the rogue Alligator began


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Australian Light Horse Walers Cavalry Charge
Today commemorates the 95th anniversary of that bloody day when the A.N.Z.A.C. landed at Gallipoli. The ‘War to end all wars’ began in 1914 and raged for four years, costing the lives of almost 10 million, including sixty thousand Australians. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps first saw combat on the 25th of April 1915, when they stormed the beaches of Anzac Cove.

My Great-grandfather Bill Lett enlisted as a Corporal in the 14th Battalion, Australian Imperial Forces on 12 Dec 1914, having served in South Africa as a Private with the Commonwealth Light Horse during the Boer War of 1899-1902. Originally destined for Europe, the troopships bearing the A.N.Z.A.C. were diverted to the Dardanelles


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Iceland Eyjafallajokull volcano aircraft fly by
Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokull volcano, which has caused enormous disruption to air travel since it began erupting a week ago, is slowing down. Ash emissions are slowing down and aircraft are taking to the European skies again.
iceland volcano magma eruption lava

Iceland has 35 volcanoes that have erupted in the last 10,000 years, 18 of which have erupted since human settlement in 874 AD


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Bindi Irwin and the Jungle Girls
The Irwin family has been delighting visitors from all over the world at Australia Zoo during the Easter holidays. Bindi and her Jungle Girls performed a half hour song and dance routine with an environmental theme, with much of the choreography based on the movements of animals. Then the wildlife show began in the Crocoseum with Terri and Wes.
Australia Zoo Australian native stork Jabiru

The bird show featured colourful Macaws, Lorikeets and various Cockatoos that circled the stadium and alighted amongst the patrons, and a friendly Jabiru that waded into the pond for a couple of fish


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Celebrity Hollywood star swine flu death
The H1N1 virus has claimed it’s first fatality in Tinsel Town. The body of a well known and loved performer was discovered by Beverly Hills Police this morning at around 6am.Making his debut over thirty years ago on a long running childrens show, this character was loved by millions of fans all over the world.

He made the switch to prime time television in the nineties with a hilarious and sometimes risqué variety show. It was here that he first met the femme fatale that would ultimately lead to his downfall. After an on again off again romance spanning a decade, the couple split


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African Tribes man rock Python burrow
Life is tough in South Africa and supermarkets are scarce. These incredible pictures show what lengths the natives go to for food. After wrapping his left forearm in goat skin, this brave man crawls down a burrow inhabited by a giant snake. African Rock Pythons are known maneaters.
African Rock Python Man Eating Snake

One of the worlds largest snake species, they can attain a length of 6m (20ft). They live in cool underground burrows made by other animals, yet this man is sweating profusely, and I don’t blame him


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Australian outback pub Australia's biggest burger
The tiny township of Nindigully is located on the edge of the Australian outback, about 530km west of Brisbane, near the Queensland/New South Wales border. It has become famous for Australia’s biggest burger, the Nindigully Road Train Burger. This giant hamburger is served with French fries, onion rings and a selection of sauces, and costs $36. The meat patty alone is 1.2kg!
Australian outback oldest hotel Nindigully Pub

Nindigully Pub is Queensland’s oldest pub, located in its original position on the banks of the Moonie River. The licence was issued in 1864 after operating as shearers accommodation for the Nindigully Station


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Kraft Foods iSnack 2.0 Vegemite Cheesybite
What could be more Aussie than having Vegemite on toast for breakfast on Australia Day? Established in 1923, Vegemite is an iconic Australian brand of foodstuff made from concentrated yeast extract. Generally served on toast at breakfast or used in recipes, the sharp and salty flavour is not to everyone’s taste.

Suitable for vegetarians, the ingredients include yeast extract from yeast grown on barley, mineral salt, malt extract, niacin, thiamine and riboflavin. Vegemite is one of the world’s richest sources of vitamin B and is also high in folate, essential during pregnancy to prevent Spina Bifida


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worlds tallest building Burj Dubai Crane operator
The world’s tallest building, the 819-metre (2,687 ft) Burj Dubai, has opened today, eclipsing its nearest rival in Taipei at 508 metres.

No doubt it must be a relief to the owners, and also to Babu Sassi, a fearless young man from southern India, who became the cult hero of Dubai's army of construction workers


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Luxury motor yacht launched by crane
Crane rental - $2,500 per hour
Boats are expensive toys, but this four and a half million dollar Christmas present was ruined when it took a swan dive from a great height.

The crane, which cost $2,500 an hour to rent, had a faulty turnbuckle which snapped, plunging the yacht nose first into the water with a salesman clinging to the stern


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Australian native wildlife black headed python
Python From Tannemai desert, NT
The Black Headed Python (Aspidites melanocephalus) and the Woma (Aspidites ramsayi) are primitive species of pythons that inhabit the northern and arid central regions of Australia. They specialise on preying on other reptiles, including venomous snakes, and lack the heat sensing pits common to other pythons. Like all pythons, they have no venom but kill their prey by constriction.
Black Headed Python Kills huge goanna
Black Headed Python Kills And Eats Huge Goanna

Black Headed Pythons often live in underground burrows, and one advantage this snake has over other reptiles is its’ black head. It acts like a solar panel, allowing the snake to warm itself quickly without exposing its whole body. Background colouration varies from white to vivid yellow with horizontal chocolate coloured bands running the length of the body


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Gordon Ramsay Hits Sanctuary Cove

June 14th 2009 02:16
celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay in Australia
Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has landed on the Gold Coast amid a storm of controversy. The potty mouthed Brit arrived in Australia to perform at the Sydney and Melbourne Good Food Shows and will now be demonstrating his culinary flair at a series of exclusive dinners at the Hyatt Regency, Sanctuary Cove.

Mr Ramsay made headlines in Australia and the old Blighty during a recent A Current Affair interview with Tracy Grimshaw. During the interview Mr Ramsay made numerous derogatory remarks, including referring to a mole on Ms Grimshaws’ lip as ‘your little sister


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50's 60's Rock and Roll Dancing Nostalgia
Image by Wintersun

The 21st annual Wintersun Festival was held at Coolangatta and Tweed Heads last week from 29th of May to the 8th of June. This hugely popular nostalgia festival features Rockabilly bands, rock and roll dancing competitions and a plethora of Elvis’s. The festival culminates with a spectacular street parade of immaculately restored classic cars from the golden era of Rock and roll.

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Sanctuary Cove Boat Show Luxury Sunseeker
The 21st Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show opened today, a day later than planned due to the wild weather lashing SE Queensland. New products confirmed at the Show include the Australian debut of the 75 Lazzara LSX and Bluewater Cruising Yachts’ Bluewater 450M seen for the first time at a boat show.

The internationally acclaimed Marten 49 offers sailing luxury while first time Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show exhibitor NorseBoat introduces sailing and rowing cruiser, the NorseBoat 17.5 to the Australian market


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Giant spider Australian monster arachnid
This large spider weaves an orb web, of strong yellowish silk, in excess of a metre wide. It is usually strung in a sunny spot between trees or, in suburbia, across paths and around buildings. There are over 300 known species of arachnids on the Gold Coast, belonging to 50 different families, with many more yet to be identified.
venomous spider golden orb weaver

Golden Orb Weavers (Nephila sp.) have purplish grey bodies with black and yellow legs. They inhabit warm moist areas along the East coast of Australia. They are capable of biting people when forced to defend themselves, but their venom only causes mild irritation.
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swine flu pandemic Australia environment feral pig
Never mind the swine flu pandemic, this gigantic feral pig could have been capable of eating a person, given the opportunity. The farmer knew there was a big predator on the loose when, one by one, his dogs started disappearing. The remaining dogs were afraid to go out at night because they knew there was a giant feral pig hunting in the area, 300km south of Katherine.

Feral pigs are adaptable and indiscriminate, eating a wide variety of plant matter as well as carrion and any animal they can subdue. They can dig and swim, and forage by day or night, causing significant environmental damage. This beast was killed by a 375 H&H. It was 3 metres long and weighed almost half a tonne! It could not be lifted onto the Land Cruiser and had to be dragged into a burial pit


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WWII Russian Tank German Retreat Narva Front
A WW II Russian tank with German markings has been dragged from the bottom of a lake after more than half a century. On the 19th September, 1944, German troops began an organized retreat along the Narva front. A local Estonian boy, Kurtna Matasjarv, was walking by a lake, and noticed tank tracks leading in but not coming out. For two months he saw air bubbles emerging from the water.

Mr Matasjarv recently told the story to the leader of the local war history club 'Otsing'. Together with other club members, Mr. Igor Shedunov initiated diving expeditions to the bottom of the remote lake near Johvi, Estonia. At the depth of 7 metres they discovered the tank resting under a 3-metre layer of peat


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Tighten Your What...?

April 15th 2009 08:46
Somali Pirates tighten security Gulf of Aden
Image: Chris Martin
Somali pirates yesterday seized the Greek merchant ship Irene and its 22 Filipino crewmen despite the recent deaths of their compatriots and the rescue of Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama by the US Navy.

Mariners in the Gulf of Aden have been forced to tighten security, but this vessel takes it to the extreme. Those bandits must be really depraved


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Dogs Of All Colours Shapes & Sizes

March 23rd 2009 14:13
Canine club dog show breeders kennels
Tweed River Canine Club held their annual dog show at Murwullimbah Showgrounds on 20th, 21st and 22nd of March. Dogs of all colours, shapes and sizes were competing to be judged the best in their respective breeds; Gundogs and Utility, Working dogs, terriers and hounds, Non-sporting and Toys
poodle corgi terrier hound dog breeds

When not on show, these pampered pooches are meticulously clipped, brushed and groomed. Most of the competitors travel around the country to attend shows, and many of them are breeders, operate kennels or are otherwise employed in the industry


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Gold Coast Wildlife Granny's Cloak Moth
The Granny’s Cloak Moth (Speiredonia spectans) attains a wingspan of 75cm. It is grey with darker bands and purple eyespots on the wings. These spots are barely visible in dim light but appear vividly in flash photography.

In the bush, adults hide in hollow trees and caves during the day, emerging to forage at night. In suburbia they favour dark rooms such as sheds, closets and under staircases


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kangaroo and joey Australian native wildlife
On Australia Day it is fitting to feature perhaps the best known of all Australian icons, the kangaroo. Appearing on the Australian Coat of Arms along with the emu, the kangaroo is used to symbolize countless Australian institutions, brands, products and services.

Eastern Grey Kangaroos are the only kangaroo species found on the Gold Coast, although other macropods include various wallabies bettongs, potoroos and pademelons.. Kangaroos mostly inhabit the Gold Coast hinterland, ‘the green behind the gold’, but occasionally stray into suburbia


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Bye Bye Bush - 3 Funny Photos

January 18th 2009 11:33
United States President George W Bush
The voters of the United States have finally given George W Bush the boot, and yesterday he delivered his farewell address to the nation. During his two terms in office he presided over a tumultuous eight years that began with the September 11 attacks. His legacy includes two invasions, the scandals of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay, the New Orleans flooding and the unprecedented financial collapse which could spell the end of capitalism.
Outgoing President George W Bush will step down on Tuesday. After meeting with Barrack Hussein Obama at the White House, Obama will escort Bush to a departure ceremony. I wonder what size shoe Obama wears.
New Orleans Flood rescue rednecks
"It will take time to restore chaos"

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Monster Trucks Thunder Down Under

January 3rd 2009 06:00
Monster Truck 2009 Tour of Destuction
Six 1500 horsepower Monster Trucks are set to tear up Parklands Showgrounds as they crush a path of destruction through all obstacles tonight. A bit of wet weather won’t dampen the enthusiasm of National Monster Truck champion Clive Featherby when he steers his Outback Thunda into the arena for the 1st show in the 2009 Monsters Tour of Destruction.
Scooby Doo Mystery Machine Monster Trucks
Six monstrous machines will be supported by The Sky Freestyle motocross stunt team and the Scooby Doo Mystery machine. This jet powered van that shoots a 20 metre jet of fire hot enough to melt a car, which is exactly what it will do on the arena tonight, to the unfortunate car parked behind it. “It has a Viper Jet motor which burns 600 litres of fuel in about five minutes,” Mr Featherby said.
Batman Monster Truck Parklands Showground Gold Coast

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Carpet Python Strikes Rat Caption Contest
Caption Contest #1. Best caption in ‘comments’ goes here.
Carpet pythons are beautifully patterned snakes with light blotches on a dark background. The pattern and colour varying widely from region to region. Widespread in northern, eastern and southern Australia, carpet pythons inhabit wet or dry eucalypt forest, rainforest, scrubland, agricultural land and suburbia, including the roof cavities of houses.
Growing to up to three metres in length, carpet pythons (Morelia spilota variegata) may be active by day or night. They prey mainly on warm blooded animals including possums, rats, fruit bats and birds, as well as domestic poultry, cats and even small dogs.
Carpet Python kills cat caption contest
Caption Contest #2. Houston, we have a problem!

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Battleship USS Arizona sunk at Pearl Harbor
Today marks the 67th anniversary of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. What better time to publish these previously unseen photos of that infamous day? These photos came from an old Brownie camera recently discovered in the deceased estate of a World War II US Navy veteran.

On Sunday the 7th of December, 1941, the Japanese Navy launched a surprise attack against US forces stationed at Pearl Harbor, which killed a total of 2,403 people and injured another 1,178.The United States was not at war with Japan


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Spectacular Photos Of Lightning Strikes

November 19th 2008 04:33
Extreme electrical storm lightning strikes crane
Violent Electrical Storm Lashes SE QLD-1 Dead
Violent electrical storms struck the Gold Coast, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast in the most destructive tempest in a decade, climaxing on Sunday night. Hundreds of lightning strikes and gale force winds felled trees, downed powerlines and tore the roofs off of dozens of houses, as so called ‘microbursts’ tore through some suburbs and left others unscathed.
Severe storm fallen tree hits Police station

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exteme teens extreme sports bridge jumping
What do extreme sports junkies on the Gold Coast do when the surf is dead? Jump off a 13 metre bridge into a shark infested creek with submerged rocks, that's what.

These Palm Beach teens, found a dangerous way to get an adrenaline rush by jumping off the motorway bridge into Tallebudgera Creek today


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Remembrance Day For Anzac War Heroes

November 11th 2008 11:00
Australian Light Horse Brigade AIF Gallipoli
Today commemorates the 90th anniversary of the Armistice that ended The Great War in 1918, and all the soldiers who have fallen in battle since. Every year at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month a minutes silence is observed as countries across the globe commemorate the day the guns finally fell silent on the Western Front.
The ‘War to end all wars’ began in 1914 and raged for four bloody years, costing the lives of almost 10 million men, including sixty thousand Australian soldiers. The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps first saw combat on the 25th of April 1915 when they stormed the beaches of what became known as Anzac Cove.
My Great grandfather Bill (on the left) enlisted as a Corporal in the Australian Imperial Forces on 12 Dec 1914, having served in South Africa as a Private with the Australian Commonwealth Horse during the Boer War of 1899-1902. He was in the second wave of troops onto Anzac Cove. The man on the right, also named Bill, was killed on the first day


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A Year Of Rawfish

October 10th 2008 09:48
Coral trout raw fish food web site
I don’t mean it’s been a year of eating nothing but raw fish. I mean it is one year since I began blogging on Rawfish. Rawfish has become the Number One food site on Orble according to the computer generated traffic statistics. Number One Food Site! I want to express how grateful I am to all the readers that have put Rawfish there.
Gold Coast Fine dining restaurant review
In the past year Rawfish has featured many of my own recipes as well as some old school classics. Documentary style stories on pineapples, or crustaceans, are interspersed with photos of food festivals, restaurant reviews, art exhibitions and musical performances.
Mick Fanning surfing Quicksilver Pro on Gold Coast
Gold Coast Sporting events have also been reported. There’s a lot of enthusiasm for surfing, swimming, boating and other watersports here, and it’s hard to ignore Indy, enthusiastic or not. In the second year of Rawfish I intend to continue reporting these topics, while broadening my scope


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Fearsome Fighting Fish With Green Bones

September 13th 2008 05:55
North Stradbroke Island Game fishing Longtom
On a recent fishing trip off North Stradbroke Island our quarry was the monster flathead that we have caught there before. We did catch an enormous five kilo flathead but that was not the highlight of the day. I hooked a powerful fish and as I reeled it in we saw a long silver streak leap from the water.
Again and again it leapt like a gamefish but we had no idea what it was. We found it had a fearsome set of teeth that demanded respect, as we cautiously removed the hooks. I thought it might be some kind of gigantic garfish on steroids. I had never heard of a Longtom until I got it home and researched it.
North Stradbroke Island fishing charter boat

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The Mighty Mud Crab

September 4th 2008 12:20
Queensland seafood mud crab claw meat
Mud crabs (Scylla serrata) are also known as mangrove crabs as they are found in mangrove and estuarine regions from northern NSW, throughout coastal Queensland and the Northern Territory, and the tropical West Australian coast.
Queensland Mud Crab Mangrove crab claws

Growing to over 25 cm across and 2 kg in weight, they have a smooth muddy greenish coloured carapace and powerful claws. live specimens should be handled with care, even when tied up, as they are capable of inflicting serious injuries


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You Want Me To Cook What?

July 29th 2008 15:12
bizarre bush tucker kangaroo stew recipe
Bush Tucker

As there has been a recent increase in new E-mail subscribers to Rawfish I thought it was time I communicated more directly with the readers. What is it that you, the reader, would like to see me to cook?

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Riviera's Power Boat Of The Year

May 23rd 2008 13:49
Riviera Power Boat of the year
Riviera 48 Offshore Express
Queensland boat builders Riviera have won the award for ‘Power Boat of the Year’ for the second year running at the prestigious Australian Marine Awards, staged by the Australian Marine Industries Federation, last night at the Marriot Resort in Surfers Paradise.
The company, which has been building boats on the Gold Coast for the past 27 years, won the coveted prize for the Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht with an infusion moulded hull and Volvo Penta IPS propulsion.

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Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
Australia’s biggest and best nautical showcase, the 20th annual Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, will be held on the Gold Coast from Thursday, May 22 to Sunday May 25.
There will be almost 400 boats on the water alone, stretching more than 5 kilometres if placed stem to stern, plus hundreds more boats and marine products in four large pavilions and throughout the waterfront areas.
Riviera Luxury Boats Superyachts
Now recognized as a leading event in the Asia-Pacific region, the 2008 show has 448 exhibitors booked for on-water, pavilion and open-air displays. With close to 120 marine product world and Australian launches, the show has drawn keen interest from international and Australian buyers


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FUTURISTIC 'FEMALE' ROBOT

December 31st 2007 12:37
FT Robot
Tomotaka Takahashi, researcher and inventor at the University of Kyoto, has introduced his latest robotic creation.

The ‘Female Type,’ or FT for short, struts and poses with movements modeled on the human female


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It's an urban legend that Westerners love to promote... what really is the meat in a Chinese restaurant? How can I get a 200-item buffet for just $4.98? Why is this chicken so chewy?

Well, a former employee of a big restaurant in China let open with all the goods
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Pizza and Porn: together at last

July 4th 2007 02:42
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July 1st was Canada Day, and I did nothing to celebrate it, unless you can call gorging on BBQ duck and grapes a celebration of Canadian heritage.

I've never done anything big on Canada Day, except for that summer that I lived in the capital city, Ottawa


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G-spot augmentation

June 28th 2007 18:48
Plastic surgery will probably be around for a long time, as people are always going to desire to customize their bodies. Like a souped-up Honda. Or stickers on your pencil case.

The latest thing? Revitalizing your sex life with a collagen injecting into your G-spot. The San Fran Gate has an article describing the growing trend
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Map of Europe in the year 1000

June 25th 2007 05:29
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Britain's Got Talent is the name of a talent competition in the UK, similar to the Gong Show, but with buzzers instead of gongs.

It's the brainstorm of professional cynic and jerk, Simon Cowell, whose acidic remarks made American Idol what it is


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Jessica Simpson Photoshop Mistake

June 20th 2007 02:09
Jessica Simpson beach photo Photoshop error
Ah, sometimes the in-house Photoshoppers at the tabloids let things slip... and then you get incredibly bizarre results.

The happy folks at I-am-bored noticed that there's a floating hand giving Jessica the grab. Clearly, Simpson's lover was considered 'too ugly' for the publication and they tried to delete him digitally


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From The Best Article Every Day, this post about tough guy stuff that lost its edge when it got accepted by the mainstream:

"Once the symbol of nonconformity in a hopelessly conservative political landscape, the tattoo has now become the exact opposite - total conformity posing as nonconformity."

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Passive Aggressive Notes

June 15th 2007 01:55
Note in Fridge
Ha! Sometimes the internet is more than just social networking and streaming music. It's also good for finding niches of interesting/hilarious ideas.

Passive Aggressive Notes is what is claims to be... people submit notes that have that surly edge and the moderator posts them on the site


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Which American accent do you have?

June 14th 2007 03:16
Aussies, stay the hell away from this quiz. Or, conversely, take it and cackle with glee.

After all, Aussies are a group of people that say 'PETER' and 'PITA' the same way


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Engagement Rings are a hoax

June 13th 2007 03:17
We've been duped into thinking that it's one of our most respected traditions - the gift of a diamond from a man to a woman. And we've gone along with it, the size and price of diamonds increasing over the years.

Of course, we're all familiar with the blood diamond, diamonds mined in Africa to help purchase arms for conflicts


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Bridezilla
This week on Slate, there's an interesting series of article themed around the wedding, the biggest, most outlandish ceremony that has been conceived by Western society.

I'm not interested in weddings, and my disinterest goes so far as to make me interested in weddings - namely, WHY do other people want them


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My GOD. This is amazing: scenes from Spike Lee's Do The Right Thing re-enacted with Sesame Street toys.


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Business Card that grows sprouts!

June 4th 2007 18:39
Business card that grows plants and sprouts
I love it when people get original... and I wish I had thought of this!

It's a business card that people want to keep on their desk... dip it in water, and a nest of alfalfa sprouts will emerge from the top of the card


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Tired of all those wishy-washy ecards that people send you on your birthday?

You know you are. You get those mediocre animated birthday cards that are supposed to reflect some kind of sentiment, and you hit delete 2.4 seconds after receiving them


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Four leaf clover


I used to love to look for four leaf clovers, partly because of the song


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Threadless Spoiler Tee

May 22nd 2007 17:45
Internet T-shirts are some of the most intruiging designs out there. Sure, you can go to Calvin Klein and get one of their plain white tees, but why not provoke someone on the street into laughing WITH you?

Well, this T-shirt spoils the end of several popular English movies, from Star Wars to Soylent Green. If you haven't seen Fight Club, Donny Darko, The Usual Suspects, or any other really popular, hard-ending movies, don't read this T-shirt


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The power of punctuation

May 10th 2007 18:43
From the Humor Archives:

A professor wrote on the chalkboard 'A woman without her man is nothing' and asked his students to put the correct punctuation in the sentence


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Stephen Hawking in Space

April 30th 2007 02:28
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Unbelievable Drop of Water

April 30th 2007 02:16
Found on Digg, this drop of water seems to defy all logic and reason in the Universe...

Incredible Water Drop Fountain

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Gong Li showing cleavage in a low cut dress
I've always thought that China produces some of the most beautiful actresses in the world. Recently, the world has followed my, admittedly brilliant, lead by developing their own unhealthy obsession with Gong Li and Zhang Zi Yi.

Yeah, I know. You saw Memoirs of a Geisha and were stunned by the fantastic back drops and the exotic Japanese story. You thought the story was compelling and that Gong Li played her role as a bitch perfectly


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Gatorade is worse than Coke

April 24th 2007 03:04
Pornographic Gatorade advertising
The soft-drink, that is, not the narcotic.

In fact, the narcotic cocaine is quite good for you, giving users energy and feelings of self-confidence. Freud used it. So did Sherlock Holmes. Even Mr. President George Bush used a little China White in his youth


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Lesbian Book Disturbs Teenagers

April 22nd 2007 23:33
Ah, sometimes the news is unintentionally funny...

A father of two boys in Arkansas is suing the local council after his boys discovered a book on lesbianism in the local library
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Elephant Milking

April 16th 2007 22:38
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We've all seen the Numa Numa guy, and we've all enjoyed it just a little bit. He just projects so much enthusiasm into that damn song.

If you haven't seen it


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The Triple Dictator Motorcycle

April 4th 2007 23:33
I noticed something odd when I was teaching English in China. One of the standard questions to ask students was 'Which famous person in history would you like to be?' or something to that effect.

In Canada, kids would naturally answer 'Wayne Gretzky' or 'Guy LaFleur'. The occasional oddball might say 'John A. Macdonald', but only if he/she was trying to get a good mark from the teacher


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Steve Pyke Keith Richards smoking a cigarette
In his desperate attempt to find a new high, Keith Richards admitted to snorting a line of his father's cremated ashes.

I wish I were making this up
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A between lecture coffee

September 4th 2006 04:30
There is nothing like leaving one lecture, and realising you have the rest of the afternoon free to do what you wish. Unfortunetly, I do not yet have this luxury today.

Having nearly missed my bus to uni, sat through another dull lecture, and then discovered that the refect was only serving non-vegan friendly food today, I was at a loss for what could calm my nerves and give me the well needed time out from my stenuous procrastination, and fill the time between classes


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