Quote Of The Day 02/04/2020

THURSDAY, 02/04/2020:


‘Washing ones’ hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless means to side with the powerful, not to be neutral.’

– Paulo Freire

Quote Of The Day 27/03/2020

FRIDAY, 27/03/2020:


‘After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’e own relations.’

– Oscar Wilde

Dragon Boating: The Importance of Stretching.

Stretching before and after a training session or race keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy, which is very important – especially when using muscles in a repetitive way, such as constant paddling.

Dragon Boating is a physically demanding sport, guaranteed to increase your overall fitness with a combination of strength and endurance training.

But also requires an element of aerobic fitness, and a certain amount of power.

And for power, you need muscles.

While there is obviously an emphasis on upper-body strength, it does well to note that the sport actually comprises of a full-body workout.

When it comes to any kind of exercise, it is important to look after your muscles. And you’ll quickly realise that Dragon Boating works a lot of different muscles.

Besides the obvious muscles groups involved, such as the arms and shoulders, there are a lot of other muscle-groups utilised.

The most worked muscles in Dragon Boating are the following:

  • Shoulders
  • Arms
  • Back
  • Legs
  • Core
  • Chest

So how do we look after all these muscles, so they’re kept in powerful, working order?


Stretching is vital when it comes to Dragon Boating in any capacity, whether it be social, competitive or at an elite level.

And while stretching has obvious benefits in warming up your muscles before heading out on the water (sometimes in cold conditions), stretching is also a great way to decrease stress, enhance your range of motion, and improve circulation.

Stretching before and after a training session or race keeps muscles flexible, strong and healthy, which is very important – especially when using muscles in a repetitive way, such as constant paddling.

Remember, Dragon Boating is a full-body workout, so it’s really important to check with your coach and devise a warm-up and warm-down plan.

There’s nothing worse than sustaining an injury and being out for part, or all, of the season.


So what stretches can we do to keep our muscles healthy, and reduce the risk of injury?

See the image below for some basic stretches you and your team can try together, to help get your muscles warmed up before jumping in the boat!


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Quote Of The Day 05/03/2020

THURSDAY, 05/03/2020:

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/542472717611358841/

‘Be careful, because sometimes convenience is laced with poison.’

– Scarlet Jei Saoirse

Book Review: Paranoid.

A review of: Paranoid – By Lisa Jackson.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/42191274-paranoid




Lisa Jackson


Thriller/ Mystery








Luke Hollander was killed by a gunshot wound to the chest, 20 years ago in the town of Edgewater. And his half-sister, Rachael, has been living with the guilt of it ever since.

What was meant to be a silly teenage game, turned deadly in a heartbeat, and Rachael still doesn’t know who replaced her soft pellet gun for a real one.

Rachael continues to blame herself for shooting Luke, and regardless of the relationships her guilt erodes, she can’t seem to move on and forget the horrors of that night. And judging by the whispers of everyone else in Edgewater, they haven’t forgotten either.

My Thoughts:

Paranoid, by Lisa Jackson, was a quick and easy read. Her writing flows well and leaves the reader wanting more. Jackson writes a compelling mystery – giving the reader enough of the past and present tense to keep up the guess-game, right to the very last page.

I was actually one of the many readers who seemed to think everything was all tied up, I knew who the culprit was and the story was done – when the last piece of the puzzle came along and whacked me in my silly, proud face.

My only qualm was that the shock ‘twist’ happened so late in the book, I felt I had already had closure and was ready to move on to a new book. Although there were a couple of telling clues, there probably could have been a few more, in order to make the ending seem more ‘complete’ rather than a tacked-on last thought.

My Rating: 3/5

Book Review: Pet Sematary.

A review of: Pet Sematary – By Stephen King.

Source: https://www.boffinsbooks.com.au/books/9781529378313/pet-sematary-film-tie-in-edition-of-stephen-kings-pet-sematary


Pet Sematary


Stephen King


Horror/ Fiction








Doctor Louis Creed moves his family to Maine – a quiet, sleepy town with rolling hills and trees as far as the eye can see. A perfect spot for his children, Ellie and Gage, to grow up.

A perfect spot. The only sure danger is a busy highway where the trucks blaze by, on their way to the big cities. But nothing scary to worry about. Not even the ‘Pet Sematary’ in the woods, where countless generations of children have buried their beloved companions.

Nothing to worry about. A perfect spot. For a perfect little family.

My Thoughts:

Stephen King’s ‘Pet Sematary’ made my skin crawl the moment I saw the book on the shelf. And that feeling simply became more pronounced as I made my way through the pages.

The way King can give you a sense of growing unease, just from words on paper, is a talent very few authors have. Pet Sematary was full of (dark) colour and characters that seemed to form in your head and appear right in front of your eyes, like you’d known them for years.

All of this character and scene building makes the story come to life – pun intended.

I won’t write any more, for fear(!) of ruining the experience for you. But you’ll certainly be sleeping with one eye open after you finish this one!

My Rating: 5/5

Quote Of The Day 10/02/2020

MONDAY, 10/02/2020:

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/649714683718217820/

‘The life most of us live are lives we are forced to live by immediate needs, influences and pressures.’

– Walter Mosley

Quote Of The Day 04/02/2020

TUESDAY, 04/02/2020:

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/706994841487186811/

‘We live in a dark and romantic and quite tragic world.’

– Karl Lagerfeld


Quote Of The Day 02/02/2020

SUNDAY, 02/02/2020:

Source: https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/198791771032430923/

‘Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.’

– Roy T. Bennett

Book Review: Such a Fun Age.

A review of: Such a Fun Age – By Kiley Reid.

Source: https://www.bigw.com.au/product/such-a-fun-age/p/79534/?gclid=CjwKCAiA66_xBRBhEiwAhrMuLSeXZ5q7-XZxLCJDaqrc8SwwVsn1Sqx7f5tJd7m3HJt4ATkjUSI_ARoCfVgQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds


Such a Fun Age.


Kiley Reid


Contemporary/ Fiction








Such a Fun Age, authored by Kiley Reid, follows Emira Tucker – a 25 year-old black woman from Philadelphia, who has no idea what she wants to do with her life. In the meantime though, she works as a babysitter for the Chamberlains – a nice, well-to-do white family who has just moved to town.

But when Emira is filmed being apprehended in a grocery store on suspicion of kidnapping Briar Chamberlain (the child she babysits), things start to snowball. One thing she knows is that she most certainly doesn’t want the video to get out, despite pressure from the boy who filmed it, and her employer, Mrs. Chamberlain.

Emira buries the video, and pretends it never happened.

But the well-meaning white people in Emira’s life can’t seem to let it go, forcing Emira to realise the stark reality of her situation – there’s always someone trying to take control, protect her or help her, even when she never asked.

My Thoughts:

Kiley Reid really brings everything to the table in ‘Such a Fun Age’.

Through character depth and connection, she tells the story of modern American racism, inequality and presumption. Reid’s approach to such broad issues in a way that is both eye-opening and yet not insensitive to others is truly a testament to her personality and writing style.

Such a Fun Age looks at this complex issue from all angles, with an acute understanding of ‘well-meaning’ white people who often overstep and ‘protect’ black people where it is not necessary, not asked for and often not even needed.

Reid has really created a work of art in the pages of ‘Such a Fun Age’, reminding everyone that a subject doesn’t have to be a mystery, for people to still miss the point.

My Rating: 4/5