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Up Up and Away in a Hot Air Balloon

Up Up and Away in a Hot Air Balloon

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Tuesday this week, my honey and I took a hot air balloon ride over Melbourne. This is something I’ve wanted to do for the past 20 years or so. We rose before dawn and met the rest of the passengers and crew and were bused out to our launch site.  The launch site is decided…

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Losing Weight and Gaining Health

Losing Weight and Gaining Health

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Some of you have started to notice and comment that I’ve lost weight. It’s interesting that nobody noticed the difference in my appearance until I’d shed around 10kg (22lb). Last October I realised that my weight had been creeping up for 3 years, and given my middle age, being the weight I was when I…

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Psychology of Colour – White

Psychology of Colour – White

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White is ethereal, it’s the colour of clouds, snow and seafoam. It says: clean and hygenic, fresh and new.  It’s often associated with winter in cooler climates, because of the snow. A fresh new piece of paper – a blank page, ready to be written on. In the Western world it’s the colour of the…

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Psychology of Colour – Yellow

Psychology of Colour – Yellow

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Yellow is the happiest colour. It’s a bright sunshiny day. As the brightest and lightest colour in the visible colour spectrum it is fun, playful and uplifting. Because it is so light and bright and noticeable from a distance, it’s used for taxi cabs in many places and traffic signs to grab our attention and…

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Psychology of Colour – Purple

Psychology of Colour – Purple

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Purple (or violet) is a colour with many connotations and meanings.  In the past it was associated with royalty as it was such a hard colour to create from natural materials to dye fabric thus was only worn but the very rich and powerful.  It’s symbolic for wealth and status in Japan. These days, as…

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Psychology of Colour – Orange

Psychology of Colour – Orange

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Orange – a colour that few list as their favourite colour, but one that radiates warmth, joy and happiness. Orange is fun, it’s playful and will encourage conversation if used in decorating an environment. Not only does it encourage communication, it also stimulates appetite. It’s not a colour that works well in business, it’s message…

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Psychology of Colour – Red

Psychology of Colour – Red

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Red has a physiological effect on us.  It stimulates and raises blood pressure.  It’s warm overtone makes it the most noticeable colour which is why it’s used to alert us – stop signs and traffic lights are two such examples. Because of its stimulating effect it makes time to appear to go faster. It’s the…

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Psychology of Colour – Blue

Psychology of Colour – Blue

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  Blue is the world’s favourite colour.  It surrounds us, from the sea to the sky but it is rarely found in food.  A blue sky says “trust me as I will not rain on you”.  A blue sky is calm, peaceful and non-threatening.    It promotes relaxation (don’t we all love to look at…

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