Have Cane Will Travel – Disabled Travel in Australia

Award-winning comedy writer, Ian Heydon (Kingswood Country, How Green Was My Cactus, The Samuel Pepys Show, The Year My Country Broke) recently took out an unexpected award – for writing about travelling with a disability.

In 2010 Ian was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That led to the question – what does a writer who has a disability and who loves to travel write about? The answer was pretty obvious. Because Ian uses a cane for mobility assistance, he built a website called Cane & Able Travel and that site won the inaugural Business disAbility Award for Business Innovation in 2012.

Back in 2003, Ian had a travel book on Australia published called The Small Guide to A Big Country (Explore) and he subsequently bought a travel agent’s licence (Small Guide Travel). Much of Ian’s research for that book is still valid. As Ian says, “They haven’t moved the Sydney Opera House or most of Australia’s main attractions, so all I really needed to do was update where necessary and add the accessibility and disability facility information. It’s a bonus that the Small Guide Travel consultants can assist with itinerary advice and bookings.”

When Ian travels these days he uses both a cane and a wheelchair for getting around. “Before my diagnosis with MS I guess I felt a bit of pity when I saw other people in wheelchairs. I didn’t realise that wheelchairs give a person with a disability so much freedom. Mine allows me to get around much better at airports, especially when the boarding gate can be a fair distance from check-in, and it makes art galleries, museums and theatre so much more accessible and enjoyable.”

Ian first took his wheelchair on a trip to Dubai, London and Paris in 2012. While there are websites with attractions and disability information for those destinations in the pipeline, Ian’s first priority is writing about Australia. In late 2012 he visited Cairns and road-tested attractions like Skyrail and Quicksilver’s Great Barrier Reef as well as disabled-friendly accommodation. From this came the destination specific website, Cairns Disabled Travel.

The next cab of the rank was Canberra. According to Ian, Canberra is arguably Australia’s most rewarding destination for travellers with a disability. “There are flights from all other major cities and centres, they have an excellent public transport and wheelchair-assisted taxi system and all the major attractions are accessible, with many of them free. There’s excellent accommodation, terrific restaurants and bars and so much to see and do. It really is a fabulous tourist destination. Sure, after a couple of weeks there might be some thumb twiddling but for a few days away it is fabulous.” Ian visited Canberra in 2011 and 2013 to research accessible accommodation and attractions and the Canberra Disabled Travel website is now live.

Ian has a multi-destination itinerary on the drawing board for all Australian capital cities and major regional centres so you could see him soon in your part of the country. But the Kingswood? No, he won’t be taking the Kingswood!

The Makeup Organizer to get your Makeup Collection Organized and Looking Great

It is important to store your makeup properly so it does not expire and become useless. The number one reason that makeup spoils is that we cannot find it when we need it. Storing your makeup in a makeup organizer will mean that you will be able to find the makeup when you need it saving you time and money.

Makeup is very expensive and if not used in time will expire and become unusable. The most common reason that makeup is not used is that you cannot find your makeup item when you need it so you simply forget about it. Organising your makeup so you can find it easily and when you need it will save you time and money. Here are some factors to consider when organising your makeup.

Makeup Organizer
The makeup organizer must be functional and nice to look at Makeup organizers made from clear acrylic will be the best units as you will be able to see your make items through the clear material. This means that you will be able to locate the makeup item you are after quickly and easily and save you hours searching for your makeup items.
Another important consideration in the functionality of a makeup organizer is its drawer size. It is important that the organizer has a different drawer sizes so that even your oversized makeup items can be stored. Larger drawers sizes also mean that your makeup items can be stored upright ensuring that they do no leak or spill.

Some makeup organizers will have flip top compartments at the top of the units. This enables you to get your makeup items easily rather than using the drawers and is best suited for your makeup items that you use most often.

The size of your makeup collection will determine the number of drawers that you require for your makeup organizer. It is always a good idea to get the makeup organizer that is a little larger for your makeup collection as you will grow into the unit in no time.

Cost
Cost is a crucial factor in deciding which makeup organizer to purchase. There are a number of factors to consider when costing a makeup organizer. Generally the larger the unit the more expensive it will be. However, if you consider the cost of you makeup expiring before you get the chance to use it, the cost of a makeup organizer will pay for itself many times over.
The above are just some items to consider when choosing a makeup organizer. With this in mind it is important to get the best makeup organizer that suits your makeup collection.

The Makeup Box Shop’s Makeup Organizer is the best value in the market today. The Makeup Box Shop has Makeup Organizer for all your Makeup Storage needs.

Moodle Learning Management System Overview

moodle-lmsMoodle is the world’s most popular learning management system. Moodle is flexible and scaleable software designed to help educators create interactive and collaborative online learning experiences. Moodle originated in Australia around a decade ago and has since been internationalised in more than 200 countries and 100 languages. The official community site has more than a million registered users.

There are numerous ways in which Moodle can be capably used. These include
induction training, workplace assessment, continuing professional development, the delivery of online courses and staff compliance. Being open source software, there is a great deal of community support toward the development of third-party plugins to extend Moodle’s core functionality.

Moodle is distributable without licensing costs, however, it does take some level of technical expertise to install, configure and secure the software on a web server. Once deployed, it can be easily managed by a qualified system administrator.

Moodle’s key administrative functions include the ability to control authentication, perform bulk user actions, assign roles and permissions, manage accounts, change site appearance, automate course backups and generate various reports. Moodle enables integration with external systems, e-commerce plugins and SCORM compliance. Moodle is proactive in terms of data security and information privacy of its users, hence, patches are released on a periodic basis and there are global settings that can be configured by the system administrator.

Course creators can add online activities and resources intended for their learners. Moodle’s standard activities include assignment, forum, chat, blog , messaging, quiz and wiki. The learning sequence may be totally non-linear or controlled so learners engage with online course objects in a structured fashion. User activity and course completion tracking are monitored, moreover, assessment grades and feedback can be reported in real-time via the web.

Moodle enables online content to be distributed in various ways. Course participants can quickly upload existing files from their device, disk, or network. Using Moodle repositories, it is possible to import content and media from Cloud-based services such as Google Docs, YouTube, Flickr, Boxnet and Dropbox. On the same token, content can be export from Moodle to third-party services.

Assess, track and report on your learners via the web. Get started now and learn more today about Moodle Sydney, Moodle Brisbane and Moodle Melbourne providers.

 

Reflections on Life

Life – what is life! Life can be described in many ways and has many facets and interpretations. It presents us with an ongoing stream of experiences of situations, events and interactions of all kinds with other people and our environment.

It is creation in its magnificent splendour – the original bringing into existence of the universe by God.

For humans it is a journey encompassing all the seasons, colour and streams of life’s experiences.

The miracle of new life in any form of creation brings wonder and amazement as we become aware of the intrinsic formation of such an unexplainable divine plan.

For humans there are many rituals and traditions that help celebrate the different seasons and significant moments in life.

A welcoming of a new child might entail a ritual of a Christening or Blessing in the Christian tradition or perhaps a Naming Ceremony for those less religious. In other cultures and belief systems children are welcomed in a variety of ways but none-the-less mostly it is found to be a joyful celebration of the miracle of new birth.

Life can sometimes be brief – the miracle taken back from where it began just as life is beginning – the mystery of why these sad experiences happen not to be explained.

Life changes for humans as the body grows and life is experienced in new ways. Learning takes place as the brain develops and intelligence is gained and used for the betterment of human kind.

At times the human body suffers from physical limitations this being a challenge as strength of spirit and courage come to the fore.

During the seasons of life ritual is shown to be important such as times of celebration when a person reaches the age of eighteen – a time of maturity and starting out as an adult on life’s journey.

Permanency of relationships can be celebrated by the ritual of Marriage as people start a new chapter along the journey called life.

The miracle of new life can emerge again in this relationship of Marriage as a new life is created and welcomed to the world.

As the continuing seasons and cycles of life are observed, life can represent colour as of a rainbow in these seasons of new beginnings, celebrations, changes and endings.

Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet – colours of the rainbow – how symbolic of life’s journey as the rainbow is composed of the entire spectrum of colour from the shortest wavelength violet to the longest wavelength red.

A closing ritual now takes place as the body has accomplished its purpose and the ending of life as humans know it is honoured and the life celebrated as the spirit travels back to the Divine from whence it came.

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This article supplied by Sandra Hill, Brisbane Wedding Celebrant. For more information about Sandra Hill, weddings, renewal of vows and naming ceremonies in Brisbane, please contact Sandra today.

Social Media for Brisbane Businesses Explained

On-line social media has completely revolutionized not only the way that people interact with each other, but more importantly the way that clients deal with businesses.

With more than 800 million people using the internet world-wide, Facebook alone is a colossal marketing body, with many others like Youtube, Twitter, Linkedin and Google Plus. Although there is a lot of media hype and hysteria, social media sites have -in the most basic sense- altered the way that any kind of business that has a public presence operates, and are now as essential to a business as an email address and a web-site.

But along with all the clear changes social media has made to marketing, it is necessary to gain a realistic perspective of its capabilities and results.

Unfortunately, with any kind of new marketing bandwagon comes numerous shonky or impractical fly-by-night firms and “social media experts” who prey on new businesses by over-hyping the possibilities but under-delivering.

Millions of dollars and incalculable time is utterly wasted on useless social media ventures every year. But the key to remember is that social media is not magic. Without solid marketing and business fundamentals behind you, a social media presence will inevitably fail and simply be a waste of time and money.

Despite hyping the impression of ’no-cost’ advertising with ‘zero’ start-up and/or hosting fees, social media requires a constant presence, site maintenance and fresh content to result in success, and that demands valuable time spent on it that most businesses simply can’t spare. This is where Social Media Brisbane offers to do all the work for you, while still allowing room for approval and oversight by their clients.

Examples of where businesses commonly go wrong with social media include:

• Bad Content
Uninteresting or plagiarised items, outdated suggestions, and awful attempts to be groovy are common regarding content published online. Be honest with yourself, people who do business on the internet are fairly shrewd, and will recognise insincerity and arrogance a mile away.

• Impatience
Developing a healthy online social network takes time and perseverance. A successful network doesn’t sprout up in a jiffy, it takes time and content in order to grow. Some businesses will start up a social media profile, watch their results for a short period of time and then quit with annoyance when they don’t get the unrealistic results they hoped for.
This also ties into:

• Consistency
Spacing content out on a regular schedule over multiple platforms is a lot better than using up all your content at once or especially not updating at all. Nobody likes a spammer, but with the overload of information that we receive all the time, without a consistent reminder of your brand’s presence you will quickly be forgotten. Even only a fortnightly update can be beneficial for sustaining and developing relationships with customers.

The team here at Social Media Brisbane understand exactly how social media operates, and treat it as a interrelated part of your marketing strategy rather than the only important tactic.

Most importantly, we also integrate revolutionary Search Engine Optimisation methods into our work, which is something that no other social media group offers.

Choosing consultants that concentrate on gimmicks over content and who throw around buzzwords like “viral” or “Web 2.0” instead of giving strategy and goals will simply result in it having been an exercise in frustration.

If you are looking for a social media consultancy based in Brisbane, contact the Brisbane SEO Company today on 3166 9622.