The only thing that stops you doing something is your imagination: Dorothy Berry-Lound – ShannathShima

I am Dorothy Berry-Lound, also known by my spirit name of ShannathShima. I was born in Brighton in England, by the sea, but for many years have lived near Paciano in Umbria, Italy half way up a mountain. I live with my husband, Barnet Boy, several cats including Stevie Mouse (the book of her story is almost finished) and two rescue dogs, brothers who keep us on our toes. For 30 years I was a research consultant and art was […]

What is the difference between success…and happiness? MYnd Map MY Journal

Rosemary Ikpeme’s MYnd Map MY Journal is a must-have 90-day creative roadmap for those who are looking to lead a productive and successful life.  The journal was launched on Kickstarter in early April 2017. Rosemary Ikpeme is an entrepreneur determined to motivate individuals to do their best.  She found that outwardly, her life looked great. She had a good job, and she seemed to be doing well.  But in reality, her life was a mess.  It was overwhelming, out-of-control, and […]

ANZAC Day (25th April) – Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them. For the Fallen – Poem by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943), published in The Times newspaper on 21st September 1914. ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand that broadly commemorates all Australians and New Zealanders “who served and died […]

“Now they’ve all gone from our skies, but they haven’t gone from our memories” – Bring Our Birds Home

New Zealand Broadcaster and media artist Paul Brennan has launched the ‘Bring Our Birds Home’ campaign to mount the greatest historic airliner artifact recovery effort in New Zealand history with the potential to help an entire nation feel good about itself, that could explain why our new BOBH (Bring Our Birds Home) trailer has gone semi viral with over 10K views. ‘I’ve been in to planes since I was a kid and I love hands on history, I’ve always enjoyed […]

Do you know what your children access online? Boomerang Parental Control App

When it comes to the Internet, nothing is as scary as wondering what a child is accessing or doing online. Being a parent in the tech age is no mean feat.  There’s emails to tackle, texts to organise and social media, like Facebook to try and keep up with.  If that wasn’t enough, there’s the looming responsibility of your child’s devices.  What are they accessing?  Are they being safe?  Who are they talking to online or texting? These were also […]

How did a rural dairy farming community get to be a film buff’s dream? Arohanui Film Festival

In the Waikato region of New Zealand, in Te Aroha (Tear A-raw-ha) a rural dairy farming community, there lies a film buff’s dream event called the ‘Arohanui Film Festival’. The Arohanui Film Festival showcases new, entertaining, original, and adventurous films from around the world on the big screen. It will be held at ‘Future Te Aroha’, a former bra factory that has been converted to a multi purpose, non-profit facility for community and cultural use. It’s where film enthusiasts gather […]

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