Hervey Bay Independent : 4th June 2015
OurView Journalist Lee Gailer Little things are big on fun EVERYTHING is awesome - in Lego Land - which is in parts on my fl oor right now. I should stand and address the crowd. Hi, my name is Lee and I am a 42-year-old AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego). Yes, it’s a thing. And as it turns out, we’ve got a few AFOLs right here at the Indy. Since I have admitted to being a selfproclaimed lifelong Lego enthusiast, I am proudly sorting through my son’s overwhelmingly large collection, saved from being sold in parts on eBay. Spilling the thousands, possibly millions of Lego pieces on my fl oor reminded me of the joy of Christmas, when I would take the liberty of emptying the parts (a gift from Santa) on Christmas Eve to build the scenes for my small son to fi nd when he woke up. That way if he was upset that the best part was already done, he could blame the elves. They lasted only a few days before they were all in parts anyway. You know, I never vacuumed one tiny piece in all the years my son played with it. Proof I was an AFOL long before I even knew. I Apparently there is an average of 62 pieces of Lego in the world for each one of us and a psychologist has been reported saying the idea of a Lego cult is in no way exaggerated. “Everything is awesome”, yes Master Builder it is... It is safe to say the appeal that has kept this toy relevant is the entry level of physical skill required to build with Lego is quite low. Enough said. Sorting through our collection was a back-breaking job, but we are now master builders, with all the parts ready for major construction. I think a little plastic brick is far superior to modern electronic toys, the only drawback is it hurts like hell when you stand on one. Join the conversation on Facebook /herveybayindy YOURSAY Extreme inequality I agree with Brian Downey’s letter (Indy May 28), the Fraser Coast really needs every job it can get or at least preserve, and Maryborough is not the only local town needing a politician with some guts and interest in the people and the areas future. Unions are notorious for constantly demanding better pay and conditions for their members and it is evident that Australia’s high wages are a prime factor why a lot of our manufacturing industries have relocated overseas (hundreds of them!). It might just be time for the unions to start putting some effort into demanding politicians, (both parties) to concentrate more on starting new manufacturing (or bringing old ones back!) instead of simply giving people money (tax breaks etc.)to spend on goods made overseas and telling them to ‘give it a go’. Is that the best they can do? Low interest rates would be good if the cheap capital went into manufacturing industries instead of penalising self funded retirees and supplying cheap credit for buying goods made overseas. The latter will only make matters worse! Recent fi ndings by Oxfam found that the world’s richest eight people have the same wealth as the poorest 3.5 billion people! Extreme inequality poses a growing threat to global security and economic growth in Australia. The richest one per cent of Australians now own the same wealth as the bottom 60 per cent. Experts unanimously say that this can only end badly with social revolt, as it has many times before. Max Atkinson Point Vernon Debate over settlers It came to my attention some time ago that there was something wrong with the inscription referring to Boyle Martin and his family being the fi rst settlers in the Pialba district. The inscription reads, ‘On the 30th November 1863, the 24 year old Boyle Martin, his wife and baby son travelled in a small rowing boat down the Mary River from Maryborough into Hervey Bay and landed in this vicinity.’ I cannot see this happening as Boyle Martin and Sarah Henderson were married in Maryborough on the November 24, 1864 and their fi rst child, George Boyle Martin, was born in Maryborough on December 15, 1865. With this in mind, I approached Councillor George Seymour about the inscription and he said he knew it was wrong and had no intention of having it corrected. I also approached John Andersen, president of the Hervey Bay Historical Society and as soon as I mentioned the Boyle Martin Memorial he did not want to discuss it and when I asked him if the society intended rectifying the mistake he said no, it was to stay as it is. As an amateur historian I have always said get your facts right before writing it down. How do the people of the Fraser Coast know what is our true history if we leave it to people who are prepared to erect memorials such as this one? Ron Ramsay Scarness Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea On behalf of Cancer Council Queensland, I write to acknowledge the thousands of Queenslanders who took part in this year’s campaign for Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea. From high teas to mad hatters, this year’s event was an outstanding refl ection of Queensland’s generosity and compassion for those affected by cancer. Please accept our heartfelt thanks for your abiding contribution to our work. Without you, we could not continue providing world-leading research and support to the estimated 25,000 Queenslanders who will be diagnosed with cancer this year. Your efforts are helping us to save lives and beat cancer. Thank you once again Queensland. Prof Jeff Dunn AO CEO Cancer Council Queensland Showcase Australian life The City of Sydney is calling on photographers from the Fraser Coast and around the country to take a shot at one of the most popular photography competitions in Australia. Australian Life invites photographers to submit images that portray Australia’s unique way of life. The fi nalists’ images will be blown up to bed-sheet size and showcased in an outdoor exhibition in Hyde Park from 18 September to 11 October. Part of Art & About Sydney, and previously known as Sydney Life, the annual competition was renamed in 2014 when the City extended its invitation to submit images taken from across our continent. Each year, for the past 14 years, we have been overwhelmed by the talent and range of entries and enjoyed seeing the unique glimpses into the lives of our fellow Australians. These inspiring works showcase Australia as a rich and diverse country capable of providing so many experiences. We see images depicting Australian life in all its forms – from the epic to the intimate, the harsh to the fragile. I can’t wait to see what images people from right across Australia will share with us this year.” Last year Australian Life received a record 1,250 entries and attracted submissions from some of the country’s most established and upcoming photographers. In 2014, Georgina Pope, won the $10,000 prize for her quirky photo, A Great Day For Drying, of a housewife dedicated to her household chores caught up in her Hills Hoist. Entries to the Australian Life competition opens from 1 June and closes on 17 July. Read more about the competition, including terms and conditions, at artandabout.com.au. 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