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INTERNATIONAL URANIUM CONFERENCE – TONY’S KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MINING AND METALLURGY INTERNATIONAL URANIUM CONFERENCE ADELAIDE, JUNE 4/19 Australia is a treasure trove, a vast Aladdin’s cave of energy resources, virtually unique in the world. We have huge deposits of petroleum and coal and the world’s largest uranium resources. With the production of about 7000 tonnes last year, Australia ranks third…
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A QUESTION OF LOYALTY

Like water for fish, loyalty is a medium human need to survive. It surrounds the base of evolutionary imperative, forming an invisible shield for children and clan in the struggle against the slings and arrows of the world. It affords security to the sense of belonging and links the soul to the familiarity of place….
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Arnhemland escarpment

 IN THE LAND

He was big, big and noticeable, a tree among bushes.  They called him Big Bill. Fellow Aboriginals looked up to him, and so did whitefellas, for he was the chief tribal elder of the Bunitj clan which looked after the land in and around Kakadu National Park, the world-famous conservation he had helped create. His…
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Silk Road map

ENCOUNTER ON THE SILK ROAD

Our minivan turned away from the Heavenly Mountains, rising red and naked out of the barren steppe, into Xinjiang’s Kyzyl valley, a desiccated otherworldly domain for ascetics. Our purpose was to visit the Buddhist caves and their ancient frescoes. A tentative branch of the Tarim River gave life to a blanket of vegetation on the valley…
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ON THE ASSAULT ON TRUST

Trust is the force that breaks the chains of fear. It frees us to connect with others, to co-operate, to love, to release compassion, to realize our best potential. Functioning like DNA as it were, it’s an instructor in forming the building blocks of human relations. In its highest state it aids in the creation…
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Delphi Greece

ON THE ASSAULT ON HISTORY

Roman politician and Stoic philosopher Cicero warned, “To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.” The Greeks also recognized the importance of history, inspired by Clio, its muse. She, whose name means to make famous, was the daughter of Zeus and Mnemosyne, goddess of memory. The open…
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ON THE ASSAULT ON GRATITUDE

Like the quality of mercy, gratitude blesses both those that give and those that receive. It animates our moral sense, which Charles Darwin said is a sentiment ”originating in the social instincts, largely guided by the approbation of our fellow-men”. That sense vibrates with approbation in every touch of gratitude. But it seems that in…
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A trip to St. Petersburg

I have just returned from a visit, with good friends and a superb guide, to the fascinating St. Petersburg, a glorious metropolis built in a swamp linked to the Gulf of Finland and famous for its white nights in summer, for it is as far north as Alaska. Founded in 1703 by that colossus of…
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ON THE ASSAULT ON OPTIMISM

Despite our times of comfort and plenty, optimism is under assault. Pessimism is leaping to the attack. Though many prefer optimism, pessimism holding only the default position, not everybody does, and, it appears fewer and fewer people do these days. While natural temperament, derived from heredity or environment or both, is the foundation of the…
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ON THE ASSASSINATION OF BEAUTY  

By Tony Grey As the centenary of the Armistice approaches, with slumping shoulders I think of the uncountable deaths and woundings that so profoundly dislodged humanity in that apocalyptic war and changed forever the way the world worked. I find it impossible to press my imagination to where I can fully appreciate the heartbreaking enormity…
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