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The real Deception in the movie The Absolute Deception

January 10th, 2014 · No Comments

Hi, I just watched the movie “The Absolute Deception” with my son and he pointed out what the real “Deception” was in this movie. Look at the number plate differences with the holden. It changed a few time during the chase. Not the worst movie, but the Aussie accents were very ruralized, as normal.

006 LLE  is the license plate at first

006 LLE is the license plate at first

760 AAA was used next... read like a battery to me???

760 AAA was used next… read like a battery to me????

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Guangzhou Zoo

October 12th, 2012 · No Comments

I have been to China now twice in the last 2 months. On the last trip I went to Guangzhou zoo with Yoyo. It was probably the best time I had while in China. It was not the animals that were the highlight for me, but it was watching Yoyo enjoying herself as if she had never seen an animal before that made it such a wonderful day for me.

We left to go to the zoo at about 2.30pm on the 25th September. It was difficult to hail a taxi, but we finally got one. I wanted to see a Panda and Yoyo wanted to see some big fish. Time was not on our side, as the zoo closed at 5pm.

The 1st section we headed to was the Gold Fish area. Yoyo was very happy in this area and she had a wonderful smile on her face while telling me that this fish is pretty and this fish is ugly and this fish is big.

Yoyo with some gold fish at Guangzhou Zoo
I am not sure if the fish liked all of the tapping on the glass though, lol. We had the chance to catch some goldfish to take home with us, but did not do this.

Elephants are one of Yoyo’s favourite animals, so I took a photo of her posing with one of them at the zoo.

Yoyo with an elephant at Guangzhou zoo

We saw many African animals, including the hippo shown below.

A Hippo at Guangzhou Zoo

I wanted to take a photo of Yoyo in front of a tiger, but she was scared that the tiger would do a massive leap towards her so that it could have her for dinner.

Tiger at Guangzhou zoo

We had an ice cream, Yoyo loves ice cream, went past some monkeys, lions, zebras and finally made our way to the aquarium. Yoyo was so excited and yet frightened while going through the aquarium tour. She loved the big fish and yet was scared that they may eat her, even though the fish were behind glass.

Big Sea fish at Guangzhou zoo aquarium

I cannot remember anyone jumping up and down with excitement with a big grin on their face and lots of pointing and talking as I had experienced with Yoyo amongst these fish. We also saw some large freshwater fish. You can visualize how large they are by comparing Yoyo’s hand in this next photo.

Large freshwater fish next to Yoyo's hand at Guangzhou zoo aquarium

We saw some sharks and many other different species of fish in the aquarium, but we had to rush to make it in time for the ocean show. The ocean show was entertaining and the 1st event was performed by 2 Beluga whales. The whales sang to us, jumped in the air and gave the wet suit men a surfing ride. The photo below shows one of the Beluga whales squirting water at one of the wet suit men.

Beluga whale squirting water at Guangzhou zoo

The next performer was a seal that caught hoops and did some poses for us. After that was 3 dolphins. The funny thing was that one of the dolphins was called Yoyo and another was called Coco. This was funny, as Yoyo Meng also had a good friend called Coco. Yoyo the dolphin can be seen on the right hand side of this photo.

Dolphins jumping high at Guangzhou Zoo

The show continued and Yoyo was invited to go on stage. She got to hold out her hand over the water and let the dolphins jump up to touch it. She was then taken for a ride in the rubber dinghy by Yoyo the dolphin, who towed the dinghy for a lap of the pool with a rope. I have a video of this and may share it on this site later.

Yoyo Meng on stage with the dolphins

We then made our way to see the Panda. The Panda was not looking all that happy and was just doing laps of its living area. Yoyo always tells me that she looks like a Panda when she has not had much sleep…this is due to the Panda having big black rings around its eyes.

Panda at Guangzhou zoo

Time was running out, but I managed to take this photo of Yoyo and some Giraffes before we had to leave the zoo.

Yoyo and Giraffes at Guangzhou zoo

Yoyo told me that the big fish were the best animals that she liked…just over the Elephant. I told Yoyo that she was the best animal I saw at the zoo…and then accepted her punches to my arm from her…but truly I felt that she made the day a wonderful day due to her innocence and excitement. It was nice to see someone enjoy the simple things in life.

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How To Improve Your Ranking With The Search Engines

December 6th, 2011 · No Comments

When you know how websites are run you will know that you need to be ranked high in search engines. Use this information to improve your strategy and receive better search engine rankings for your site.

You need to first understand how SEO works. Computers using algorithms to determine the ranking of your website, rather than human beings. These algorithms can be worked to your benefit with SEO techniques that raise your site higher in the rankings.

Multiple factors determine your website’s search engine ranking. One factor is your keyword usage in your website, content, titles and headings. Your site’s links and activity are evaluated by search engines.

Getting to the top of the search results is a major endeavor, taking a lot of time. If you keep working at it, you will start to improve and achieve better ratings. Use keywords in your titles, headings and content.

As it stands now, it is impossible to pay for a high ranking, even though there are sponsored or featured slots on a lot of search engines. If it is within your budget, you can obtain one of the featured spots, but it is clearly labeled as a paid advertisement.

Links provide additional optimization benefits above and beyond the results you get by tweaking keywords. It is important to link the different pages of your site to each other. When you link other websites to your site, you should ask them to do the same.

When you’re actively seeking to bring in customers that can benefit from your site, you’re working to attract targeted visitors. Some people will stumble on your site while browsing, but those chance visitors are not as likely to convert to sales the same way as a targeted customer. You will need to use keywords and other optimization techniques in your content to bring in visitors through search engines. In addition, place ads on sites that your intended customers are likely to visit.

Businesses that do not have a website in 2011 are stuck in the stone age. Having a website is great because sometimes your customers may want to purchase items from you online, especially those who are not able to get into your store. A website is a necessity for nearly all businesses. You receiving that message is our main purpose, and we hope that your business does well with this newly acquired knowledge.

A great SEO tool is SEO Powersuite

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Sheffield Tasmania And Its Surrounds

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

After visiting the beautiful Cradle Mountain area, our next stop was Sheffield. Before arriving at Sheffield we stopped to have a look at the Dam at Lake Centhana and then to the world Rowing Course at Lake Barrington. Mount Roland was spectacular whilst driving to Sheffield. The Visitor Gazette claims that “Mount Roland has been declared Tasmania’s Uluru”.

Mount Roland Tasmania

A photo taken of Mount Roland from Roland

When we arrived in Sheffield it was obvious why it is called “The Town Of Murals”. There were murals everywhere. Mount Roland was also prominent from the town. We decided to book into the Sheffield Motor Inn, which I thoroughly recommend (nice owners and a clean place). Anyway, I took a few snaps of some murals and will show a few below.

Stillness And Warmth Mural

This was the very 1st mural for Sheffield. It shows an Austrian born man, called Gustav Weindorfer, who is known for being responsible for Cradle Mountain and lake St Clair being declared a national park. The mural depicts Gustav in Waldheim Chalet, located near Cradle Mountain, with a variety of wild animals that share his log fire warmth.

Mount Roland From Sheffield

This is a partial view of Mount Roland whilst facing the opposite direction from the 1st mural in Sheffield.

Old Sheffield Mural With Frank

I like this photo with Uncle Frank in the foreground of an earlier Sheffield mural. He almost looks the part?

Spirited Horses Mural

This mural is one of about 6 at the Sheffield Motor Inn and it shows the effects of a bolt of lightning from a thunderstorm striking a tree near people on horses working on Cradle Mountain Road. The frightened horses threw the workers off, eventually killing one of them after he suffered a broken back.

Sheffield Motor Inn

We stayed at the Sheffield Motor Inn. There were several murals there, including the Old Bakery one behind the hire car.

Although I am not all that fond of Chinese food, we went to T’s Chinese restaurant for dinner. I was pleasantly surprised with the T’s Dorper lamb dish that was served to me. It was so tender and spicy. The owner told me that they lived near the border of Russia, so their style of cooking was much different than the Cantonese style that tends to dominate most Australian restaurants.

While we stayed at Sheffield and soon after leaving we visited a few places. The Ashgrove Cheese farm at Elizabeth Town was one of those places. I have tasted some of their cheeses in Queensland, but it was nice to be able to taste more of what they had to offer. Naturally there were plenty of dairy cows in the area.

We went to the Honey Farm at Chudleigh and tasted quite a variety of honey types. They also had an active bee hive that was visible from within their shop and loads and loads of information about bees and honey. I did get a jar of Leatherwood honey, but found out that they actually provide it in my local store afterward. The honey farm was an interesting place and had a museum too, but we had to push on.

Further down the road, just before Deloraine, we visited a Salmon Farm that also had wetlands and a Ginseng Farm. We got to taste a few of their products and for a small fee we were allowed to walk around the premises and feed some of the salmon.

Frank feeding Salmon at the Salmon Farm

This photo shows Frank feeding some of the Salmon at the Salmon Farm.

Salmon And Ginseng Farm Shop

Inside the Salmon And Ginseng Farm Shop you can notice the jars of Ginseng. Supposedly, the more human-like they resemble the more powerful they are. We also had a nice salmon sandwich and a coffee at the shop.

Paradise View Of Mount Roland

I had to add one more photo of Mount Roland. This is probably my favourite and was taken from the side of the road near a place called Paradise.

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Cradle Mountain Tasmaina

February 15th, 2011 · No Comments

I have heard and read so many good and interesting things about Cradle Mountain in the past, but I had never seen it during my previous visits to Tasmania. I know how the weather can change so rapidly there and it is possible to get snow there even in summer. Below is a photo that just shows how spectacular Cradle Mountain and its surrounds is.

Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

This photo of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake was taken soon after being dropped off by the shuttle bus.

Frank and I left Queenstown Thursday morning and drove on the route directly to Tullah, bypassing Rosebery. The scenery was spectacular with the mountains and lakes to our right, but I had to concentrate on driving which prevented me from  taking a decent look. Conversely, just before Cradle Valley there seemed to be many trees that were dead by disease or the like. It was such a contrast.

When we arrived at the Cradle Mountain visitor and information place, we found that there were several walks that we could do.  We also had to  buy a pass to enter Lake St Clair National Park. The fee included a shuttle service, which I was glad we used rather than a car. The roads were narrow and windy, but the shuttle bus drivers had good communication skills. Despite a shuttle bus arriving every 6 minutes, they knew where each other was and stopped to let one another through at key locations.

There were many walks that one could take in the surrounds of Cradle Mountain, including the famous Overlander Track, which takes 6 days to finish. We were constrained by time and Frank’s limited walking ability, so I did a couple of quick walks around Dove Lake. Below are some of the photos I took during the walk.

Dove lake Boat Shed Cradle Mountain

This Photo shows a boat shed that was built in the 1940s on Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background.

Cradle Mountain and Dove lake View From Large Rock

This Photo shows Cradle Mountain and Dove lake from the top of a large rock opposite the Boat shed

Cradle Mountain Zoomed In From Large Rock

An up close photo taken of Cradle Mountain from the large rock

Lake Dove Boat Shed From Rock

A view of the boat shed from the large rock that I was standing on, shows the small walk I did whilst at Cradle Mountain.

Cradle Mountain Large Rock Foreground

A photo of Cradle Mountain with the large rock that I was previously standing on in the foreground. You can see people on top of the rock.

The next post will be about Sheffield and its surrounds.

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