The Nuclear Sacrifice of Our Children by Dr. Helen Caldicott

We must live for future generations, our future & responsibilty expands when our children turn 18!

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By Helen Caldicott

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When I visited Cuba in 1979, I was struck by the number of roadside billboards that declared ”Our children are our national treasure.”

This resonated with me as a pediatrician, and of course it is true. But as Akio Matsumura said in his article, our children are presently being sacrificed for the political and nuclear agenda of the United Nations, for the political survival of politicians who are mostly male, and for “national security.”

The problem with the world today is that scientists have left the average person way behind in their level of understanding of science, and specifically how the misapplication of science, in particular nuclear science, has and will destroy much of the ecosphere and also human health.

The truth is that most politicians, businessmen, engineers and nuclear physicists have no innate understanding of radiobiology and the way radiation induces cancer, congenital…

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Royal Mail Hotel, Dunkeld

Dunkeld is a quiet country town, with not much else other than the Royal Mail. It’s at the base of the Grampians, about 3.5 hours drive from Melbourne. Odd to have a Michelin-star-quality restaurant in the middle of nowhere, but somehow, it lends to the charm of the place.

The Royal Mail Hotel has been on the ‘to-dine-at’ list for S and myself for some time now, so when we finally got around to it, expectations were pretty high. I must warn you that there is likely to be many superlatives in this post because, in short, this place completely blew me away.

Not only was the meal one of the best I’ve ever had, but the room, surrounds, ambience and staff were exceptional.

About to have my mind blown

Menu Omnivore – June 23rd 2012

Course One

Rice paper, finger lime and salmon roe

The rice paper had the texture of a prawn cracker. Light and refreshing, it was a perfect opener.

Rainbow trout, coffee, black treacle, chicken crisp

Sticky and sweet rainbow trout, delicious. The winner on this plate, however, was the chicken crisp. It looks deceptively ‘plain’ but just one bite of this feels like you’ve just put an entire roast chicken dinner in your mouth. At this point, S just began laughing maniacally.

Course Two

Tomato and prawn, thai basil, daikon ice

The tomato and prawn had an intense flavour which was cut through beautifully by the daikon ice. It always makes me happy when I can say ‘I’ve never had anything like this before!’

Course Three

Pancetta and spanner crab, rye cream, candied radish

So much flavour packed into such a small serving. I’m a big fan of contrasting textures on a plate so I loved the soft, salty pancetta against the smooth rye cream. Throw in the crunch of the candied radish and I’m pretty happy right about now.

Course Four

Egg yolk and new potatoes, salt cod, fish crackling

Breaking the yoke on this and watching the velvety yoke run through the potatoes and cod was so comforting. Those tiny, wee little potatoes were cooked to perfection. Oh, and FISH CRACKLING!

Course Five

Hapuku and chestnut, toasted nori and chicory

I’m usually unimpressed with white fish so I wasn’t expecting much with this course. This course made me realise how awesome it can be. I’ve never had hapuku before but I want it again! The fish was buttery and flaky, and the single chicory leaf gave it just a slight bitterness that was spot on.

Course Six

Eel and bone marrow, eggplant, pickled vegetables

Oh god. OH GOD. The closest I’ve ever come to having a religious experience was this course.

Course Seven

Pigeon, salsify and medlar, cabbage braised in pecorino

This was the only course that didn’t entirely work for me, however, not through any fault of the chef. The pecorino was insanely intense and had very ‘blue-cheese’ qualities to it. Not being a fan of blue cheese, it was a bit too much for me, but S (who adores blue cheese) scoffed this down.

Course Eight

Fallen fruit: apple, almond, caramel, chamomile

Sort of like a deconstructed strudle. How could something so ugly taste so damn good?

Course Nine

Quince and coffee, pumpkin, plum, aniseed

Pumpkin ice-cream? Totally works! Getouttahere!

Course Ten

Pistachio, hazelnut, honeycomb, chocolate

Chocolate is always a crowd-pleaser, however it’s the pistachio that was the star on this plate. Paired with a milk chocolate ice-cream and exactly the right amount of honeycomb pieces. There’s a kind of genius behind this dish.

TL;DR: Incredible. I’ll be back.

raspberry-basil italian cream soda

Intriguing combination for cream-soda!

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Italian soda is a refreshing drink, especially perfect on a warm, sunny day.  Despite it’s name, this drink was actually invented in San Francisco’s North Beach, not in Italy.  It gets its name from the flavored syrups that originated in Italy that are used to make it.  The drink is simply flavored syrup mixed with carbonated water served in a tall glass with ice.  Add a splash of cream and it becomes an Italian cream soda or cremosa.  Either way, an Italian soda is a nice alternative to store-bought soft drinks.

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Moms Conquer Making Organic Baby Food. Done!

Like all parents you want to make sure that your Baby is healthy, and you want to make sure that what your baby eats, is the best you can provide.  With health, and guilt, in mind this How To Make Organic Baby Food  blog should be very helpful.

These recipes are catagorized by age Home Made Baby Food Recipes  depending always on your Pediatrician‘s recommendations, and your child’s needs!

PS- HAPPY MOTHERS DAY! xo

“Pregnant From Manhattan”

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As a new Mom, or Dad, you’ve got lots to do; so I thought I’d help out. Remember your #BFF will also be the sage advise of well respected Pediatricians in the form of books (ebooks). The Baby Guru for my kids’ generation (and for a few generations) is Dr. T. Berry Brazelton!  I read lots, and anything I could get my hands on.  To help me as a newbie Mom, I knew I needed to be informed, for my new biggest challenge: Motherhood!

I was lucky to have one of my childhhod girlfriends. She was 5 years older than me, and experienced everything first;  filling  me in, as time went on!  My #BFF showed me a cover of a magazine, which featured “Veruschka” (the world famous model) pregnant, and barely dressed on its cover!  Wow, all belly, dark eye shadow, gorgeous, and good bone structure too.  Veruschka, was the first woman, to show her blossoming belly publicly, my BFF noted.

Many years later,  my friend had her first, and only baby (girl) who was born at St. Vincent’s Hospital in NYC, I became the proud God Mother.  However, in between my God Daughter and my own children, were the lessons of  “reading all these books.” She joyfully introduced me to Dr. Brazelton, via the written word, and recommended that I read his books, to get ready for my own brood someday!

My #BFF was like my older sister, so of course I wanted emulate her; plus she was drop dead gorgeous ( a natural beauty), and she was right about “Veruschka”!  Not only that, but she had worked in the publishing industry, and had heard Jacqueline Kennedy‘s voice in the elevator!

“What does it sound like, what does her voice sound like??” I demanded, whining, and almost in tears from the mere torture of my not having been there, and shame of not having ever wondered what Jacky’s voice would sound like?  I should have thought of this before, “what does Jacky’s voice sound like” I begged.  My friend calmly said, “she speaks very low, and quiet”! ” Sort of like this,” she dropped her tone, a few octaves to get a low “C”, and said “good morning,” and “excuse me.”  Oh pure joy, heaven, earth, rapture!  “Now I know,” I would speak this way too, of course!

Happy Mothers Day

My children were born to a well read Mom with a low, quiet voice (at times).  I continued to read more, and I really luved that “Parents” magazine!  You may remember, that knowledge is power.  The more you know the less nervous you are, the happier Baby is!  As you continue your quest in Motherhood, and parenting, I hope you know that many came before you, and “reading all these books” has it’s rewards, and merits.

My BFF and I, often remember when she was pregnant in Manhattan.  When she delivered, I brought Swiss chocolates to the Hospital, not knowing the new Mom wouldn’t eat them, she was breast feeding! Obviously, I was still in training.

Animals and Characters

My God Daughter?  She’s in College!   Jacqueline is beautiful young woman who plays the guitar, luvs a good read, enjoys the outdoors, and listens quietly.

My brood consists of two Sons, who are also in College, but don’t call home enough!

A Few More Lessons From My #BFF:

  • When “Baby Proofing” your home get on all fours, and crawl around! You’ll be at baby level, and see everything that the baby sees, grab, or touch.
  • Always test baby’s bath water with your elbow, if it’s slightly too warm, make it cooler.
  • If you micro wave anything, remember that heat is hottest at the bottom, shake or stir and test on the wrist area of your arm.

A Few More Lessons From Me:

  • Always empty the contents of baby food onto a dish, don’t ever take for granted that there isn’t a foreign object in the jar!!! (I once found a wood splinter in the baby food jar).
  • When you use baby wipes, test them on your self Mom, you may find that what corporate America thinks is “gentle”, is not so gentle to you. Can you imagine if the wipe stung me, how would my infant baby would feel (boy or girl)?

Wishing All The Moms a very Happy Mothers Day, and if things aren’t perfect, please keep the Faith!

#MYOB

What a delicious concept to Mother Your Own Business!  Well it should be Mothered, after all don’t our clients need it sometimes?  On this Mothers Day, I thought it particularly important to focus on getting a bit personal in business.

Getting personal may take a nicely baked cake, a half-baked idea, or a good swift kick in the pants!

Mothers Day 2012, let’s also give our Moms some kudos, after all she helped create the entrepreuneral genius that your are, and have M.D. stand for Mothers Day!

Just a thought! So, Mother your clients, and reward your Mom! Genius. Of course!

Notes: A Purse shaped cake is a good reminder that the relationship still involves $$$,
prompt payments are still expected, as per contractual obligations (Mom is very
proud of this last line)!

I Claudia and The Sunshine Award

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At first, I thought my fellow blogger @tvaraj  was letting me know about his nomination (for The Sunshine Award).  Well, in one of those blogging moments, he used the name “Claudia”! I thought how nice, let me read this!  What a pleasant surprise, to find that this nomination was actually meant for me, as well!  I Claudia, of course!

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I am touched beyond measure, that someone should think enough, to let me know that I have inspired them to Write On!  I find @tvaraj articles, and content, inviting + interesting + intelligent. I was glad to run into my fellow blogger!

Thank You @tvaraj, of course you know that you have inspired me as well! Blessings to you my friend!

Here are the instructions for nominations:

Answer 10 questions about yourself

Nominate 10 other bloggers

Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they ‘ve been nominated

Incude the Sunshine Award avatar somewhere in your nomination blog

Share the love and link the person who nominated you (see above!)

As part of this nomination, some questions are asked, and therefore I’ll answer as follows:

Ten Questions Answered:

  1. I always paint my bedroom a shade of purple! This started when as a young girl, I asked my father to please make my room different! So, he asked “what color would you like your room painted?”, I said “purple”.  “I’ll need to paint the eighteenth century carved corner blocks’ flowers too,” I thought; and so my room was different!

2.  I am an animal lover, can’t help it!

 

 3.  Royal Watcher, since age 10.

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4.  Luv foreign languages!

5.  I studied fine arts painting, my professor was a student of one of the 20th Century Modernists.

Museum of Modern Art NYC

7.  I learned the mind must rest, to receive the Universal teachings!

                                 You must learn to be still in the midst of
                                  activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.
                                                             Indira Gandhi

8.  I have dedicated my life to Love (Luv a continous work)!

                                  A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge.
                                                            Thomas Carlyle

9.  I believe life is best lived as a “romanticist”.  A small gesture, makes a big difference!

10.  I listen to my wisdom, and the Holy Spirit’s guidance.

So, that’s a bit about me! Thanks again for joining upon this fantastic journey!  The bloggers that have inspired me are:

I have nominated these fellow bloggers for many reasons, or a single reason, but one thing is certain, they have each touched me in a marvelous way! Thank you all, and of course there are many more, but they already have lots! xo