17 August 2012 - A Few Reminders

Quote of the day:

"Knowledge is experience.

Anything else is just information."

G'day guys,

A few timely reminders. These are the points I published in 'Kid Magazine' in the USA in February 2005. They still apply.

* If you are really serious about becoming a writer, try to write 2,000 words a day.

* Accept rejection as part of the journey.

* Seek criticism, swallow it, take it on board objectively and use it to improve.

* Read similar work published by other writers ... learn, don’t copy.

* Find something you are passionate about and write passionately about it.

* Revise, revise, revise ... don’t change things for the sake of change. Alter your work to make it better.

* Never give up.

Australian Nobel Prize Winners

Australia is considered to be the driest continent on earth. It is also massive in size and rich in mineral deposits. The largest uranium and coal deposits in the world are found in Australia. The 'lucky country' contains a mere 22.5  million people; tiny when you compare it to other smaller nations that have massive populations. Thailand has 70 million people. Bangkok alone contains 10 million people and as many cars.

Australia has done remarkably well to produce extraordinary sports people, but also people who have made a great contribution to mankind. These are the Aussies who have won a Nobel Prize - courtesy of whitehat.com.au:

Lawrence Bragg & William Bragg,
physicists received the Nobel Prize in 1915 for their work in x-ray crystallography. They remain the only father and son team to be awarded the prize, and Lawrence who was  aged 25 at the time is still the youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize for science.

Howard Florey received the prize in 1945 along with Alexander Fleming and Ernest Chain (both British) for their work on the medicinal properties of penicillin. It was Florey who later turned penicillin into the practical drug which was to save millions of lives.

Macfarlane Burnett received the prize in 1960 for his work on immunology.

John Eccles received the prize in 1963 along with Andrew Huxley and Alan Hodgkin (both British) for their work on nerve cells.

Bernard Katz - received the prize in 1970 for Physiology and Medicine.

Patrick White received the prize in 1973 for literature.

John Cornforth received the prize in 1975  for chemistry.

John Harsanyi (Hungarian & Australian) who received the prize in 1994 for his mathematical contributions to economics.

Peter Doherty and Rolf M. Zinkernagel (Swiss & Australian) who received the prize in 1996  for their work in immunology.

Barry Marshall and Robin Warren received the prize in 2005 for their discovery in 1982 of the Helicobacter pyloribacterium which causes stomach ulcers and gastritis.

Elizabeth Blackburn (dual Australian/American citizen) became Australia's first female Nobel Prize winner for her work in chemistry and genetics in October 2009 sharing the prize with her US-based colleagues Carol Greider and Jack Szostak.

Brian Schmidt received the prize in 2011 together with Adam Riess a and Saul Perlmutter (both American) for their work in physics which showed that universe was expanding at an accelerating rate.


I have a few surprises coming up. You probably know that I'm involved in human rights - in any shape or form. Soon, I will have some great guests who are also involved in the rights of others. A top human rights Queens Counsel from London will be my guest. Also, a former top diplomat from Thailand will join me. He is a man who is revered in Thailand as an author and artist. At a later date his son will also join me as my guest. He is a very good writer, currently working as a senior diplomat in the Middle East. I've read some of his work and it's excellent.

Other top writers and authors will appear in the weeks to come. Stay tuned!

Keep writing!

I'm Clancy Tucker