Have you ever wondered is there something you think you should have done with your life that you didn’t or was there something that maybe you shouldn’t have done that you did?

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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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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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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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Although you may not think of yourself as being creative, we all show artistic flair in different ways. Take two minutes to think of as many uses as you can for a common paper clip. How many did you find?

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While photographs can capture precious moments in time and evoke all our senses, they fail to record the emotions we feel as we look at awe-inspiring mountains, gushing waterfalls or iconic ancient monuments? there are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy. There are moments when we need to put our cameras away and simply absorb the feelings of awe, wonder and joy.

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When seasoned caravanners refer to the Gibb River Rd,, they do so reverently as one would treat a Rite of Passage. It seems that nobody treats you with respect until you have “done the Gibb River”. I wondered how one road could have so much to rave about. Having discovered the Gibb River Road for myself I can now understand why. There are incredible things to see and do all along the way.

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You may question why would I want to accept a situation instead of fighting against it or trying to find a solution? Acceptance is not simply passive resignation. It is acknowledging that things are as they are without making judgement.

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