Wednesday, 29 May 2013




LINK:  GREAT BRITISH BUSINESS SHOW

This is a great event and better still~ it's free! There are many opportunities to network and pick up tips... and a host of inspiring speakers including James Caan and Levi roots.

Whether you already have a successful business or are thinking of launching your venture shortly, this a good way to find out what's on offer, especially with regard to financial and marketing opportunities. There are 15 different Halls hosting speakers throughout the 2 days as well as a multitude of workshops and even businesses for sale. Learn about other people's business journey's and inspirations.
Advice is on hand to help you avoid making costly mistakes including protecting your intellectual property.

If you want to feel the fire in your belly this is definitely THE EVENT to attend and very easy to travel to, being in the Docklands. It is a fast paced exciting show, an opportunity not to be missed.

Jaz McKenzie

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Snapshots From the Bible WeeK 21~ 1 Peter 1:13 Exercising self-control




 1 Peter 1:13

So think clearly and exercise self-control. Look forward to the special blessings that will come to you at the return of Jesus Christ. 

WE find so many guidelines to everyday living in the Bible and can be in danger of passing them with little consideration. Clear thinking and self-control are two key requirements if we wish to make the most of our lives. However great your dreams, they stand little chance of coming to fruition if you lack the ability to think clearly and organise yourself. Clear thinking helps you to capitalise on opportunities, advice and to make good decisions; sometimes in tricky situations. When we live in an ordered environment and have well-crafted routines we are in the best position to excel. Routines keep the mind clear and we do not have to waste time making un-necessary decisions about aspects of our daily lives. We can go through a large part of the day on auto-pilot, saving our ‘thinking mind’ for the occasions when we really need to apply it. If your mind is constantly making simple decisions it is cluttered with useless information and this can have a tiring affect. Take your morning routine, if you set the alarm and do things in the same order you can arrive at work on time regularly. If you are running around unsure and looking for things, you may well leave late and start the day off poorly. The start of the day is often reflected throughout the day.

 Obviously we must always be prepared to be flexible but overall it is good for our lives to run smoothly so that we have the energy and increased ability to think clearly about important decisions. If things are not important you can practice making quick decisions and sticking with them- for really unimportant things we can have fun tossing a coin! It is easy to waste valuable time in life procrastinating or attaching importance to the wrong things. Example: for daily Bible readings Bible Gateway offers a choice of topics to study. If you have a particular need then definitely look for the right study course. If you don’t, just choose something to read that looks interesting and stick to it. The plans are always available so you can spend the browsing time reading and quickly move on. Do allow time for decision making where it gives you added mental value, for instance, choosing interior decorations is often a pleasant and fulfilling experience.

Self-discipline helps us to address important issues and maintain those valuable routines! Reliable/ successful people generally have mastered self-discipline and are good at fitting 101 things into their day. The better disciplined you are the easier it is to tackle both hard and complex tasks. Once again, discipline helps us to function well providing more time to spend on enjoyable projects. If you do not practice self-discipline and avoid the difficult tasks they may well play on your mind and deprive you of the satisfaction of a job well-done.

 If self- discipline is not your strength, start by completing small tasks, even if it’s simply getting up when the alarm goes off and not snoozing or tackling the hard jobs first to the best of your ability. This means that you apply clear thinking while your mind is fresh and be far better prepared overall.

The reference to special blessings is interesting. We will receive more blessings throughout life when we are clear-thinking and well-disciplined because that in itself creates good results and inspires more opportunities; these are ‘characteristic investments’ and will yield results. The verse also tells us that we will ultimately receive special blessings, the nature of which are not revealed here but will refer to a spiritual aspect, presumably the glories of the afterlife.

This is definitely a great verse to inspire us for the new week, and helps to create or keep us on target!

 Jaz McKenzie
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Saturday, 25 May 2013

~IB~ Baby Fairfield Halls. Review: Wuthering Heights


Picture from the Croydon Guardian
 
Fairfield Halls is known for presenting a wide range of theatre productions and following hot on the heels of Dracula we have Emily Bronte’s classic novel, ‘Wuthering Heights.’ Quite a challenge for Jane Thornton, adapting a story set on windswept moors and making it work on stage with only 5 actors- a minimalist production created from an epically popular story!

Director Andrew Lynford certainly presented the actors with a real test of their abilities, with most actors playing multiple characters- now I understand why they were listed as Actor 1, Actor 2 etc!!  The stars were Adele Silva and Mark Homer (Emmerdale and East Enders respectively,) with James Clifford, Jeremy Randall and Alison Egan completing the cast.

The story itself is centred on Kathy and Heathcliff, two highly egotistical (narcissistic) people who have no consideration whatsoever for anyone else, being consumed with satisfying their own, often vengeful needs. The plot has complex beginnings leading to the point where Kathy married Edgar Linton whilst still in love with Heathcliff- who ran off and married Edgar’s sister, Isabella, whom he despised.  After further goings on, Kathy’s regrets entered the ‘woe is me,’ phase to the extent that she tried to starve her love-lorn self to death whilst pregnant.  Heathcliff’s despicable attitude prevailed throughout and after Kathy died he begged her to haunt him, which she did until he died at the end of the play when the two finally joined as soul mates. The aggressive scenes were shown in slow motion with flashing lights, a good touch.

The story is new to me and I think overall the portrayals were very good- the actors must have been emotionally drained after such a dramatic performance.  I found the story interesting however slightly confusing as multiple characters were basically in the same outfits throughout, sporting mildly different accessories. I think this made it hard for some of the actors to switch roles as the distinctions were almost undefined.  For this reason I followed the first half easily and became mildly lost at times later on. One thing they really achieved well was to create an emotional response; I found myself feeling angry with the ‘spoilt brat,’ childish behaviour and the desire for revenge which seemed out of all proportion, although that was the point of the story.

Overall it was a job well done but clearly would have benefitted from an additional actor or two.
 
Jaz McKenzie
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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

~IB~ Baby Fairfield Halls. Wuthering Heights showing NOW!!


 

 
 

WUTHERING HEIGHTS

Based on the book by Emily Brontë
 
Adapted by Jane Thornton    Directed by Andrew Lynford

 
Starring Adele Silva and Mark Homer

 
Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield Halls, Croydon

Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May 2013

 

Adele Silva and Mark Homer star in Jane Thornton’s stage adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel Wuthering Heights, directed by Andrew Lynford, at the Ashcroft Theatre, Fairfield, Halls, Croydon from Tuesday 21st to Saturday 25th May.

 Set on the windswept Moors this famous love story between Cathy Earnshaw and Heathcliff is a haunting tale of Gothic suspense. Young foundling, Heathcliff, is taken in by Mr. Earnshaw and brought up alongside his own children Hindley and Cathy. Whilst Hindley feels bitterly towards the ‘intruder’, Cathy sees Heathcliff as a new playmate and they form a close relationship as they grow up. Arrogant and free-spirited, Cathy captures Heathcliff’s heart and soul but ultimately his love is not enough for her. Betrayal and despair of those around him eventually drives Heathcliff’s need for revenge.

 Adele Silva is well known for her role as Kelly Windsor in ITV’s Emmerdale. She has recently filmed the ITV drama Crime Stories and has just appeared in a new comedy pilot series called Training Daze. Amongst her many credits Adele has shown her culinary skills in the third series of the reality show Hells’ Kitchen, with head chef Marco Pierre White, in which she was runner-up and following her success released her own limited edition selection of wines as part of a new show Mistress Of The Vine.

 Mark Homer is best remembered as character Tony Hills in the BBC series EastEnders. He appeared in the show at the same time as Wuthering Heights’ director Andrew Lynford, who played Simon Raymond. Both Characters were involved in a gay storyline, making news headlines at the time, which also featured Martine McCutcheon as Tiffany Raymond, Tony Hill’s girlfriend and Simon’s sister. Mark’s credits also include stage productions of the thriller Rope, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and the horror The Pit and the Pendulum.

Andrew Lynford has worked as an actor, presenter, writer, choreographer, producer and director. He received a Best Newcomer Award nomination at the National Television Awards for playing Simon Raymond and has extensive TV and stage credits as an actor. Andrew has been writing and directing since 2005; his most recent work directing the national tour of Agatha Christie’s A Murder Is Announced. 

The cast of Wuthering Heights also features James Clifford, Jeremy Randall and Alison Egan.

 Performances are at 7.30pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday with matinees on Wednesday & Saturday at 2.30pm and Thursday at 11am & 2.30pm. Tickets are available from the Fairfield Box Office 020 8688 9291 or online at www.fairfield.co.uk priced £11 Adult, £9 Concessions, £7.50 Schools. Family Ticket £35. No booking fees!

 

Monday, 20 May 2013

'Stronger,' by Kanye West: The Nicholas Brothers Salute



FINALLY WE HAVE VIDEO!!!

And here we have Kanye!

This is very clever and it really works~the Nicholas Brothers tapping to Kanye!! How kooool does it get? Everything is spot on with the timing and helps to emphasise the contrast between Kanye's new music compared with the black & white film...  has a real freshness to it which encourages you to look at the dance slightly differently.

The Nicholas Brothers are phenomenal and this is still the most amazing exhibition of tap dancing that has ever been filmed!

Jaz McKenzie

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK 20~ Romans 3:23


Roman’s 3:23
‘for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God’ 

There are times when the obvious needs to be stated and we are certainly told our position as human beings in no uncertain terms. We have all sinned.  If we went through life and all we ever did was tell little white lies, for whatever reason, these are still sins in the eyes of God.

So what are the benefits arising from sin?
Yes, there is always a benefit within every situation! The benefit to the human race is that we have a common denominator which everyone can relate to irrespective of race or creed. We know how it feels to sin, we understand the emotions affiliated with it. We experience the burden of sin and how it drags us to new lows if we do not overcome our ways. Sin ruins lives or at the very least creates discomfort and mistrust within relationships.

How does God view sin?
God views every sin as an atrocity and every single sin is painful to Him. He gave us the Ten Commandments therefore it would appear that some sins are harsher than others but think of it this way:
No matter the size of the stain on your pure white table cloth, you will probably replace it rather than continue using it especially when entertaining. Fortunately, God does not reject us. Instead, He forgives sin and embraces the truly repentant in Heaven.

What lessons can we learn in the way we relate to each other?
One of the key elements is to refrain from judgement. We have all sinned so there isn’t one person on this earth who is in a position to judge another. It doesn’t matter how large or small your sins. AND if you think you’re not too bad, be thankful. Your physical life or moral standing are created as a result of your own thoughts and actions. We should be careful not to feel superior and have compassion for others. There’s a little sentence that says a lot, ‘there but for the grace of God go I.’

Finally, remember to be forgiving and do it willingly. This does not mean it is easy to forgive others or that forgiveness accepts what has happened; what forgiveness does is to acknowledge repentance and the need for peace. Forgiveness enables us to move forwards with love in our hearts for one another and the hardest part is doing our best to forget past grievances. 

Jaz McKenzie
 
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Friday, 17 May 2013

Be Braap~Be Inspired!!! Real Quotes from Real People!! # 26

' Your time is valuable: You can replace everything except time.' - Karen Bashford


Karen Bashford~ The Money Goddess!


This says it in a nutshell and helps us form a true perspective of time. As Karen says, we can replace our jobs, clothes, homes and partners but never time! Time is a constant and once lived we can't go backwards. We have to make the most of every opportunity otherwise we may have a tendency towards regret- not helpful!
Link: The Money Goddess where you can visit Karen's website and rest assured, advice is excellent and plentiful!

"Become a Money Goddess" workshop 8 June 2013 in Croydon to sign up go to: http://bamg01.eventbrite.co.uk early bird tickets available.


BE BRAAP! Send us your favourite quotes or sayings with a few words + photo to: itsbraap@live.co.uk



Jaz McKenzie


Tuesday, 14 May 2013

'The Brook' a poem by Alfred Tennyson


In 1842, Alfred Tennyson published his popular volume, 'Poem' which became his most highly regarded work. Tennyson had a pretty rough start to his life being one of twelve children and having an alcoholic father - to mention just a couple of things! Later, he chose to live in solitude where he could focus on his poetry. Interestingly, his brother Charles was also a poet and they published a book together called, 'Poems by two brothers'- another very unimaginative title!

Once you read the poem below you will see how the titles of his works fail to match the beautifully intricately woven phrases; maybe, being the strong silent type, Tennyson liked to keep his titles very simple and descriptive of the contents! You can virtually see this brook and feel the life in it, the life eternal as Tennyson points out, and almost watch its journey as it changes form from time to time.

The poem is taken from a site called, 'Poetry Archive.'


THE BROOK
by: Alfred Tennyson (1809-1892)
      COME from haunts of coot and hern,
      I make a sudden sally,
      And sparkle out among the fern,
      To bicker down a valley.
       
      By thirty hills I hurry down,
      Or slip between the ridges,
      By twenty thorps, a little town,
      And half a hundred bridges.
       
      Till last by Philip's farm I flow
      To join the brimming river,
      For men may come and men may go,
      But I go on forever.
       
      I chatter over stony ways,
      In little sharps and trebles,
      I bubble into eddying bays,
      I babble on the pebbles.
       
      With many a curve my banks I fret
      by many a field and fallow,
      And many a fairy foreland set
      With willow-weed and mallow.
       
      I chatter, chatter, as I flow
      To join the brimming river,
      For men may come and men may go,
      But I go on forever.
       
      I wind about, and in and out,
      with here a blossom sailing,
      And here and there a lusty trout,
      And here and there a grayling,
       
      And here and there a foamy flake
      Upon me, as I travel
      With many a silver water-break
      Above the golden gravel,
       
      And draw them all along, and flow
      To join the brimming river,
      For men may come and men may go,
      But I go on forever.
       
      I steal by lawns and grassy plots,
      I slide by hazel covers;
      I move the sweet forget-me-nots
      That grow for happy lovers.
       
      I slip, I slide, I gloom, I glance,
      Among my skimming swallows;
      I make the netted sunbeam dance
      Against my sandy shallows.
       
      I murmur under moon and stars
      In brambly wildernesses;
      I linger by my shingly bars;
      I loiter round my cresses;
       
      And out again I curve and flow
      To join the brimming river,
      For men may come and men may go,
      But I go on forever.
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Jaz McKenzie

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Snapshots From The Bible WK19~ Mark3:32-35 Who is my mother?


Mark 3: 32-35 

‘A crowd was sitting around him, and they told him, “Your mother and brothers are outside looking for you. 33 “Who are my mother and my brothers?” he asked. 34 Then he looked at those seated in a circle around him and said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! 35 Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.’ 

This is a curious passage. Jesus clearly had close bonds with his family yet in this instance, chose to almost disregard his mother along with the rest of His family, being intent on preaching. Instead, He chose to emphasise how everyone who closely follows God and does His will become His spiritual family. Jesus was God, walking the earth and needed people to understand that. Through highlighting spiritual qualities Jesus also highlighted His position as the son of God and not just your everyday human being. Of course, not all religions are in agreement here however generally speaking all religions do treat their members as family and as children of God, expecting them to carry out God’s will. 

I wonder how Jesus’ natural family felt in the face of such rejection? They had no advanced warning about this line of teaching and had made a point of visiting Him. It tells us earlier in the passage that Jesus family were seriously concerned about Him as He had just appointed the 12 disciples and given them special powers, which would sound very disturbing – how could your child give others authority to cast out demons? The whole family had experienced a very strange journey starting from Jesus’ childhood and really believed that on this occasion He had lost His mind! They may have found this latest claim upsetting or even offensive yet, as God, Jesus must have treated everybody as equals. I think that is something most of us would have difficulty with. We have family and close friends whom we love above others, natural and God given as He promoted family values, but Jesus had to be fair and not discriminate between God’s children. This did not prevent Him from exercising His right to be angry with people, especially the Pharisees who interpreted Religion in a way that God had not intended and who considered themselves to be very righteous and above others. 

The Bible tells us to honour our father and mother, so it may have seemed strange to those in attendance that Jesus did not request His followers to make room for his family and give them a special place to sit. His comments must have caused people to think about this particular teaching and at this point He had a huge following and was clearly a charismatic leader. I think it is possible that Jesus deliberately chose this approach to maximize the power of His message on the impressionable masses. 

Action: We need to learn to listen to God’s commands in our lives and follow them so that we can all be part of the one family that God originally planned! 
Jaz McKenzie
 
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Mama's Blessing~Anthony Cruz for Mothering Sunday




Happy Mothers Day everyone!! Click & follow this link to watch Anthony's video's to celebrate the special relationship we have with our Mothers.  'Mama's Blessing,' Anthony Cruz 

We celebrated this special day in the UK recently & now the rest of the world is catching up!! For a double dose of celebration, here is the latest song Anthony has recorded, featuring Luciano, on the theme of Mothers Day.'I Won't Walt'- MP3

This track is available for free download from Anthony's music website, where there is far more quality music and information on this first rate artist!! http://anthonycruzmusic.com/news/

Its Braap is looking forward to sharing more 'Anthony Cruz' with you!

Jaz McKenzie

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Friday, 10 May 2013

ITS BRAAP~ITS SUMMER!! 'Indication of...' by Curtiz Melody!!

 
CAPTAIN CURTIZ!!

TUNE IN HERE>>  https://soundcloud.com/curtiemelody/curtiz-melody-indication-of

You are advised to check this out quickly as Curtiz is only making it available on Soundcloud for a limited period prior to release.

Once you hear this track you just know summer's in the air regardless of the weather!! In fact, the vibe is so strong that if the word summer wasn't mentioned you would still get the message... it's an indication of~

This song is very catchy and energetic~ just like Curtiz' personality which certainly comes across in the lyrics. Curtiz is a former tug boat captain turned cruise entertainer, travelling aboard ship to Los Angeles and Mexico in 2002. An upbeat artist who loves classic reggae such as Studio One and Lover's Rock, managing to slide in a reference to Third World... listen out for a mention of 96 degrees in the shade. To read my interview with Menelik Shabazz  film director of 'The Story of Lover's Rock, follow the link! http://itsbraap.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/ib-making-it-happen-interview-with-film.html

'Indication Of' brings out a more international aspect of Curtiz' music, leaving behind his native 'Trini' roots, a true Calypsonian with a few competition wins in the 90's, to produce a song that sounds like a 'must play' for Barbeque parties in the USA and beyond!


Travel is high on Curtiz' agenda, touring the UK for over 3 months last year with roots reggae band Mizzi. An Indication of was recorded in Bulgaria at Studio 367, so time has moved on! This track was engineered and mastered by Petko Georgiev-Peko, a highly skilled Bulgarian producer and it is on the, 'Soul Suckers' riddim.

Major requirement: A sense of humour!
Curtiz just loves music listening to Swing Out Sister, Frankie Paul, The Police and Steel Pulse on his personal play list. Having a broad musical taste, he enjoys trying out a variety of genres, this song being an indication of his versatility! This song is definitely Braap and let's wish Curtiz well and hope he has produced a summer hit! Curtiz is also a cartoonist, so maybe we will be able to share some of his sketches with you too!

Link with Curtis: https://www.facebook.com/curtiz.melody

Jaz McKenzie

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

'The Message'~ a poem by Louis J Casson


 
I am sure many of you will recall reading the poetry series, 'Poetry Mechanics: A 'toolshed' in twenty paragraphs,' written for us by Louis J Casson. We are pleased to share another of Louis' poems with you, 'The Message,' which supports the ~IB~ ethos. Before reading it, let's see what the poet has to say about his work:
 
The inspiration behind the poem...

A comment against the prevalent commonplace nastiness going through life today; we should all try to be kinder!

The quote under the main title is from the poet Alexander Pope, amended a little “I am his highness’ dog at Kew, pray tell me Sir who’s dog are you?” In the poem it refers to those who act as agents for ill.

I’ll leave you with the thought, go out of your way to do some good today; show Hesed (lovingkindness) and Rechem (deep compassion). Bless you all
 
THE MESSAGE
( "I am my master's dog of Kew...
 
Vile creatures. Cowards and bullies
playing games of hide n seek.
Sending out their puppets
with words they have to speak.
 
Fearful captives.  Useful idiot gophers
loyalty paid for, trapped,
the smart of tricked
on souls and shoulders when
the low unworthy bargains sealed
by rough hard hand
on shoulder slapped.
 
Free to stand. Perhaps to die, better than live
an ideals sacrificed pawn
chained upon my knees.
 
Stand also. Resist the ageless tide
of envy, hate low pettiness.
Shadows in all places
run through times like these,
times like these.
 
This poem © Louis J. Casson 2013
 
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Thanks!
 

 


 


Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Blessings beyond expectation!!


This picture jumped out at me today, partly because I am really learning to expect blessings rather than just counting them!! That is why we are sharing it in the largest version available so that it almost jumps off the page!!

When we expect huge blessings we are appreciating our full worth which is very different from the half-hearted approach so many of us take. We can easily allow ourselves to feel undervalued, especially if we have developed low self esteem. Yes, I said developed because we allow ourselves to remain in this state until we realise that we have the power to change.

If you don't believe you are worthy you will continue to believe that you don't deserve things or, worse still, you deserve every bad thing that happens. This is not what life is about and certainly not what God is about! Blessings abound for those who believe and luck is for the many, not for the few because we have the ability to create our own luck. Belief is essential to achievement- if you don't believe then things are not likely to happen.

I would love a large version of this poster on the bedroom ceiling!! WOW~ wouldn't that be something to wake up to in the morning with a great reminder to say a few quick' thank you's' for another joyful day ahead!

Jaz McKenzie

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Snapshots From The Bible- WK18~James 2:17 Faith needs actions




James 2: 17

'In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.'


Your actions are the proof of your faith, both internally and as a sign to others.

What is faith? One of the intangible qualities all of us possess to greater or lesser degrees. Just to walk up the road requires a level of faith, but faith in God, ourselves and others are the three major elements. Faith in God is a way of life set out according to your religious beliefs, formal or informal. the biblical definition~ Hebrews 11:1 states, 'now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.'
Faith in this respect is a long term outlook focusing on the positives, the things we really hope for.

Living in faith
Imagine going around preaching about your faith and beliefs yet, when the going gets tough, you go to pieces! Faith is not about empty words, it needs action. In order to truly believe in something we need to test it on a regular basis. Initially we may need to take small steps to help our faith grow. Once we see results we become excited which encourages us to believe more deeply and put more trust in our faith.

True faith banishes fear
If your faith is real, even if you experience shudders of fear, fear cannot take hold of you. Faith and fear are opposites, not bed fellows! God Himself sets test for our faith which acts as a means of measuring achievement. There are many examples of tests throughout the Old Testament; when life seems too much and we become fearful, just think of Daniel trapped in the lion's den!! It doesn't get more real than that and God is always in control, He performs miracles when we genuinely believe and we must never underestimate His power.

Stretching your faith
We should be quite happy to push ourselves and ask God not just to help us through difficult situations in life, but also to increase our belief that we can have the things we most wish for. There are many people who don't believe they deserve the good things life has to offer, yet we were given a beautiful world and every one of us can live an amazing life, followed by God's promise of unbelievable eternal life. We need an expectation that God fulfils all our needs above and beyond our wildest imaginings!

Living faith
The above verse says quite clearly that if we are not physically living our faith, it is dead. This opens a can of worms when we stop to consider what faith itself encompasses. Everything is down to our faith. The way we consider other people is a major factor, our words and actions portraying individual beliefs. All are equal in God's eyes, so to live out our faith we need a good awareness of learned attitudes and in-built reactions to others. We need to feed faith though thanksgiving and praise, it is not an isolated quality and appreciation of our lives keeps everything about us in a positive light. We feel good about God, life and our future. If we aren't living our faith- what are we living? OR are we just reacting to everything life throws at us instead of making real choices?

When we live in faith we are at peace with God and one with ourselves. We can feel good about life and walk with our heads held high. Think according to your faith and act in faith at all times, this is God's will and the best way to live your life.

Jaz McKenzie



Saturday, 4 May 2013

Underwater fun & games~ Sea Lion Style!!

Underwater Antics!!

Youtube link to video: Sea Lion Playing with Scuba Divers in the Galapagos Islands  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85iYh7n1eMg

It's just great to see a sea lion at play and this one is like a playful puppy never mind pup! I actually think he wants his tummy rubbed and is definitely loving the attention. Play gives a great sense of freedom that we can sometimes lose as adults, becoming too serious at times and simply losing our spontaneity and sense of fun. Having children can help retain our playfulness yet sadly sometimes adults are tired, fretful, impatient and instead of enjoy their children become annoyed and tell them off!

There are so many simlialarities between the infant behaviour of many species with some almost replicating human baby behaviour. I really believe we often underestimate the intelligence of animals. After all, there is still so much for us to find out about this world- how can we presume to know all there is to know about the functioning of animal brains? I remember being told that contrary to popular belief, owls are not wise in the slighest- but some humans can be pretty dumb at times too. Just think about some of those cop videos, hysterical, with people making elementary mistakes during robberies that are actually unbelieveable.

Watching this sea lion at play has a therapeautic effect and is relaxing, helping us unwind with the swish of the water...They have energy and grace. Roll on summer and for now, I think it's time to go go swimming!

Jaz McKenzie

Friday, 3 May 2013

What horrendous times we live in~THIS DAY IN HISTORY~ No wonder we need to stay positive!

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph O. Fletcher

ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 

Lieutenant Colonel William P. Benedict



Just for a change we will have a quick look at everything of note that occurred on this date in history. And how scary is this list? So much war and death, in fact we even have Japenese war trials in the midst of the Cold War congressional hearings.

So what's good?
One or two things so look closely!! Having featured James Brown recently let's take a look at past progress and the development of flight. A ski-modified plane lands at the North Pole piloted by the two gentlemen pictured above. Now that's Braap!! Evidence of a fearless adventurous spirit, reaching for new goals. Sadly war is likely to always be with us but let's keep our focus on the sunny side of life and keep spreading love and success.

Jaz McKenzie

Website link for information below: http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history

AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Dartmouth tells Martin to organize North Carolina Loyalists1775
AUTOMOTIVE
MADD founder's daughter killed by drunk driver1980
CIVIL WAR
Confederates take Hazel Grove at Chancellorsville,1863
COLD WAR
Congressional hearings on General MacArthur,1951
CRIME
Exxon executive is murdered1992
British girl goes missing in Portugal2007
DISASTER
Trains collide near Tokyo1962
GENERAL INTEREST
Japanese war crimes trial begins1946
New Japanese constitution goes into effect1947
Fletcher lands on the North Pole1952
HOLLYWOOD
U.S. Supreme Court decides Paramount antitrust case1948
LITERARY
Lord Byron swims the Hellespont1810
MUSIC
James Brown is born,1933
OLD WEST
Cowboy author Andy Adams is born1859
PRESIDENTIAL
FDR addresses thousands of Democratic women1940
JFK receives honorary degree1961
SPORTS
Shoemaker becomes oldest man to win Kentucky Derby1986
VIETNAM WAR
173rd Airborne Brigade deploys to South Vietnam1965
Paris is chosen as site for peace talks1968
WORLD WAR I
Austro-German forces drive Russians out of the Carpathians1915
WORLD WAR II
The Battle of the Coral Sea begins1942