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Footy Tipping 2016 – NRL & AFL Grand Finals

Cinderella stories or continuing dominance. That’s the story of two grand finals.
Both Melbourne and Sydney have been there or there abouts in final calculations for the last decade, while Cronulla and Western Bulldogs have generations of fans who have never known premiership success.
Sport loves sentiment and romance, but realism dictates that the better performed teams deserve favouritism, while perhaps one of these two perennial also-rans will break through.
I’d love it to be the Western Bulldogs.

NRL (last round 1/2; season tally 130/202)

AFL (last round 2/2; season tally 144/205)

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Thoughts & Prayers – What If There Was An App For That?

Comedy video clip featuring “The Thoughts & Prayers App: When you want people to know that you care.”
This does not exist.
Repeat: This does not actually exist.

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Things To Know About Grieving People (via Nancy Guthrie)

Nancy Guthrie has a post about ten things to know about grieving people.
They’re quite helpful, for those supporting the grieving and for those navigating their own grief.
There’s a good range of observations.
Here’s one.

It is extremely hard for a grieving person to have to give a report on how they’re doing. But they do want you to invite them to talk about their grief and their loved one who died.
We tend to approach people who have been through a loss with the question, “How are you?” It is simple enough and it certainly demonstrates caring. But many grieving people feel at a loss to come up with an adequate answer to the question. “Not so good,” might sound pathetic. “Good,” just isn’t the truth. They sometimes feel as if the person asking will judge how they’re doing this grief thing if they’re honest about the ups and downs and waves of grief that sometimes overtake them. Much better is to ask an open-ended question such as, “What’s your grief like these days?” It acknowledges that it makes sense they would be sad and allows them to talk about it.

Read the whole post here.

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New Every Morning by Audrey Assad Reimagined

Some songs from Audrey Assad’s Inheritance album have been ‘re-imagined’ for release as a deluxe edition.
Here’s New Every Morning.
The original is here.

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What Is Stranger?

That the entire state of South Australia has no power, or that no resident of South Australia seems really surprised that this has happened?

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Mount Gambier’s National Anthem

This was playing on Adelaide’s ABC while I was out walking this morning.
Pretty much sums things up around here.
If you were going to move here you’d better get familiar with this.
Lee Kernaghan’s I Milk Cows.