Have you noticed how many TV documentaries there are on train journeys? They are full of scenic wonders from the snow-covered alps of New Zealand to Australia’s Nullarbor Desert, Norway’s fjords and Canada’s lakes to name a few. I have been fortunate to have experienced these and many more not featured.

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At the beginning of your life, time is a commodity that is easily found. Although you cannot stop it, you can choose to squander or kill time. Towards the end of your life it is easier to lose time than find it and what you thought you owned, is simply borrowed time. As it starts to gather speed, it waits for no one. Why are we obsessed with time?

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A survivor of September 11th who was blown away by the generosity of strangers helping others, set up an organisation called “Pay it Forward 9/11”. He is asking Australians to follow his lead by showing Three Random Acts of Kindness this Friday 11 September on the 19th anniversary.

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Books are capable of uplifting and transforming us, they can clarify meaning, provide insight and context as well as recording data and history. Libraries are fuelled by the magical power of books.

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Our hands are much more powerful than we realise. Rather than focusing on what we cannot do with them, let’s think about what other functions our hands perform. I am referring to gestures or what I like to call gentle gesticulation. Our hands are one of the most important parts of the body used in communication.

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In current times we have become adept at making do with what we have. Recent supermarket shortages have taught us if you are unable to buy baking powder, you make do with bi carb.

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Have you noticed resilience is the word of the moment? You only need to read any article on mindfulness or managing stress to find the focus is on resilience.

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India often attracts generalisations and stereotyping, but more often it defies them. After all, it is an enormous country with diversity in language, styles of cooking and dress. Did you know that India was one of the richest countries till the time of British rule in the early 17th Century.

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For the first time in months I ventured out to the cinema to see the film Romantic Road. Married for 35 years, a British couple take an alternative route to winding down their lives to retirement. They pack everything on top of their 1930s Rolls Royce and journey across India to attend the Chobi Mela photography festival in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The question on everyone’s lips is why?

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There has never been a better time than now to strengthen your respiratory system and eliminate coughs. Try this traditional chai tea. To boiling water add 5 bruised cardamom pods, 2 cinnamon sticks, 2 peppercorns, 4 slices ginger root with 2 basil leaves. Strain and drink with honey.

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