Two pumps side by side April 01 2013, 0 Comments
From the body venous blood enters the right side of the heart flowing out from superior, inferior vena cava and coronary sinus filing the right atrium. Pressure is applied to the tricuspid valve to open filing the right ventricle, tricuspid valve closes. Right ventricle contacts applying pressure for Pulmonary valve to open venous blood flows out up pulmonary trunk into left and right pulmonary arteries. Pulmonary valve closes, venous blood travels to the lungs, and lungs diffuse the blood through capillary beds becoming oxygen rich.
From the lungs through pulmonary veins filling the left atrium with oxygenated blood. Left atrium applies pressure to bicuspid valve to open, blood fills left ventricle up, and bicuspid valve closes. Left ventricle contracts applying pressure to aortic valve to open with oxygenated blood flowing out through the Aorta to supply the body with oxygen rich blood. This takes place again. One twentieth of body’s blood is needed to nourish the heart itself. The heart has its own system called the Coronary Circulation.
Our heart begins to beat at day 22 of gestation development. How many beats in one’s life time? Well that depend on one’s life cycle! The heart is certainly quite a complex system. Working heart function is automatic and we are oblivious to the mechanics within our body system. “If you should rear a rubber duckie in the heart of the Sahara, no doubt it would swim if you brought it to the Nile.” Mark Twain’s shortness in wording invites thinking. The ticker requires nourishment, rest, oxygen and regular exercise; omitting this in the hearts overall environmental necessaries to maintain function will no doubt reflect a desert. There are no working pumps in a desert nor are there any rubber Duckies.
Jeffrey Smart February 14 2013, 0 Comments
by Kelly Keegan
Undeniably Australia’s living treasure in the world that is, art. Jeffrey Smart has reconstructed many Australian urban instantly recognizable landscapes with pigment and hog hair. Smart was born 1921 raised in Adelaide, Australia. Studying fine art at the Adelaide Teachers Collage then South Australian School of Art (1937-1941) firstly becoming an art teacher. Later he studied in Paris this is where he lives today considering himself an Aussie living abroad.
Smart firstly marks silk linen with mathematical graphed honeycomb shaping the foundation for reference points to transfers linear formation as such; describes variables that change proportionally to scale. Stillness of shapes and images of trucks, stop signs, workmen mostly government construction projects is what Smart paints. Observing each painting noticeably there is no association that Smart has painted on woven canvas, there is no evidence of any diameter brush stroke and his colour pallet selection belongs exclusively to him. Evidently there’s no beginning or ending visible, none of the tell-tale globular paint drops, dry splash or even the master’s finger print, remarkably every piece of Smarts works are a spatula floor-less finishes.
My queuing at New South Wales Art Gallery, Lady Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney to peruse and gaze over Jeffrey Smarts construction series profoundly emboss on my creative neurons. My opportunity to view Smarts collection is still a vivid experience from 18 years ago. Human brilliance is often spoken, written, televised in many countries and languages however none can fully explain the spiritual connection when standing face to face of a piece that was created by Smart’s hand and mind.
Constructor, drafts-person, builder, painter, plumber, plasterer all too, have the element that beholds Jeffrey Smart's art. Meet Bob The BillDuck, Bob is our can fix it Rubber Duckie, in every painter there is a builder and every builder there is a Smart Rubber Duckie.
Come and see what the Quack! Quack! Is all about.
Sir Ernest Edward “Weary” Dunlop February 07 2013, 0 Comments
by Kelly Keegan
Ernest Edward Dunlop engineered nothing more that absolute brilliance 1907-1993. Earn or Ern as he was called born on 12th July 1907 in Victoria to parents James and Alice Dunlop. Ernest was the younger of two boys; his older brother, Alan. Later in life Earnest was known as Weary, however his character distanced from vocabulary meaning of the word weary. Whilst being enlisted and serving during WW2 Weary was considered a bright young soldier among military hierarchy. It was clear that Dunlop demonstrated leadership and success for his country on monumental occasions. One would refer to Dunlop as the Pharlap of the front line, soldiers, civilian and their families actually thought of him as “Jesus on the Burma - Thailand Railway”.
Weary a protector of humanity protecting his fellow soldiers from enemy fire. Whilst compounded himself as a Japanese prisoner of war in Java Colonel Edward Weary commanded the Allied General Hospital. Patients proclaimed Weary to be their savior often having been treated without available medical supplies. Risking his own life speaking to the guards to ensure that POW who were suffering illness or in extremely weak physical condition could access medical assistance. These POW not fairing to well but existing in desecrating conditions were allocated less physically draining work, building the Burma-Thailand Railway. During WW2; Weary was a surgeon medic who utilized anything he could improvise as a surgical instrument to treat and suture up wounded.
During Weary’s war service he kept a secret diary, his recall would be written on small sheets of paper in the smallest handwriting print successfully hidden away from guards. Long after the war, forty-five years later in fact; Weary’s secret notes became print in a published book called “ The War Diaries of Weary Dunlop”. Documented biography detailed much of the lives and deaths of young Australian’s, British and Dutch prisoners of war throughout the massive construction undertake that was Burma-Thailand Railway. Born and raised on his father’s farm in rural Victoria near Shepparton. Weary later studied medicine. After returning from the war Weary pursued the health profession specializing as a mouth and throat surgeon, he also became president of the international Society of Surgeons. Vietnam War in 1969, Weary again; led the Australian surgical team.
The war ended, nineteen forty-five this was an apical time when Weary tirelessly spoke up for prisoners of war, he was their advocate fighting the rights for medical needs to be allocated free of charge. With permanent ink of a tattoo Australia’s government established a scheme to provide medical treatment for all prisoners of war. Today’s existing program called Veteran Affairs Repatriation has developed where more services are offered applying to all soldiers who have returned home from serving for their country.
You know! The heroic spirit of a man like Weary only comes along once in a life time my children, your children and the future Australian children will know the name Weary Dunlop. Knighted in 1969 and 1988 was named one of the 200 people who made Australia great. As for me, when I look Corporal Cluck Rubber Duckie I instantly think of every soldier who bravely takes his life and places it before mine.
Rubber Duckies You’re The One For Me !
5000 Duckies Went Out One Day February 07 2013, 0 Comments
by Kelly Keegan
5000 rubber duckies went out one day, over the hill and far away..............China, Taizhou, 2012, is a city population of 6 million. Taizhou is located 190 miles south of Shanghai. A local farmer named Hong took his colony of duckies on an annual traditional pilgrimage of Zhejiang province through the cites, streets causing a duckie traffic jam, after duckie traffic jam. Farmer Hong mustered his duckies with a single 10 foot cane, directing the ducks towards the local pond for feeding. Motorist appeared accepting for the migration process and onlookers were respective and quite intrigued. Over many years farmer Hong prepares the duckies for this journey;- he said he's never misplaced a duck......and all farmer Hong's ducks came back!
Australia Day For Every Australian January 26 2013, 0 Comments
by Kelly Keegan
Australia has only embraced the 26th of January as an actual national public holiday since 1994.
Now all around our sunburnt country the 26th January is set-aside for all Australians to connect as one. Celebrations down on the beach, backyard barbeques and ceremonious flag bearing for newly pledged citizens are synonymous. Minus six-degree frothy amber ale flows whilst the Aussie modern feast-a-quest of lamb cutlets, snags, caramelized often-charcoaled onions served with a bowl of iceberg salad. Few hours’ later, follows dessert consisting of traditionally fashioned Pavlova topped with freshened whipped cream and smothered with ripened summer fruits. For every Australian!
Australia’s increasingly diverse population embraced their new land in doing so Australia has become quite a multicultural and by-lingual country. Australia day is an opportunity for immigrants to become a naturalized citizen of Australia. Citizenship ceremonies have become an ever increasing public affairs wherefore citizens attending these ceremonies to welcome new citizens making their pledge to Australia and its people by responding with an affirmation, this is a central piece to Australia Day as local community event. Highly received event with many registered applications looking forward to becoming apart of every Australian.
Celebrating Australia: A History of Australia Day;- by Dr Elizabeth Kwan
National Rubber Duckie Day ~ January 13 January 12 2013, 0 Comments
by Kelly Keegan
National Rubber Duckie Day is booked in on – 13th January. Rubber Duckie Day is celebrated today because Sesame Street’s most popular character Ernie had a little yellow floating friend he named Rubber Duckie. Ernie's yellow friends birthday in on 13th January and that is exactly why National Rubber Duckie Day is celebrated today.
In 1970, Jim Henderson showcased the Rubber Duckie song on Sesame Street. Ernie the Muppet character would sing in recorded segments whilst bathing in the tub with his yellow Rubber Duckie. Ernie’s Rubber Duckie has become one of the most beloved bath toys in history! It's hard to forget that lovable bubbly tune about that little yellow duck…”Rubber Duckie You’re the One!”
29,000 Rubber Duckies Fall Off Ship January 02 2013, 1 Comment
by Kelly Keegan
"Sad but true mythological fiction" Over a decade ago and before the birth of www.rubberduckie.net.au there lived a simpler rubber duck. Back then the rubber duck was commonly referred to as a "yellow rubber duck."
This occurrence replicated a similar historical event known as the sinking of the Titanic. In 1992, 29,000 common yellow duckies stowed on Ducktania shipping container on route from China destined to arrive at in the USA for American firm The First Years Inc. One very duck day, the oceans quacked up, Ducktania lost most her "precious eggs". The container full of common yellow duckies fell into the sea and sunk!. The distressed captain Cluck managed to keep his webbed feet from getting wet and called mayday, SOS by sending his fastest flying pigeon to shore with a message for HELP attached.
The series of events that had occurred that duck day went viral. World mass hysteria and interest was news worthy, every newspaper, television and radio stations sent reporters to follow this unlikely cracked egg tale.
Today respected scientist professors, lectures, meteorologist, seismologist, geological weather bureau world wide STILL follow floating yellow duckies with close interest. Organisations have recorded much detail about yellow duckies traveling around the seas on planet Earth. Specific documentation of ocean currents made possible because yellow rubber duckies have courageously taken on the twelve seas and landed on various country coastlines.
Like Water Off A Ducks Back - Quack! Quack!