Trolls be gone!

I hate trolls.

Not the ugly ones that hide under bridges waiting for damsels in distress to pass – those ones are ok. I hate the trolls that scour the internet with nothing better to do than post nasty, degrading, derogative, stupid posts on social media sites, websites and so on.

These trolls are the really ugly ones.

For those who are not aware, an internet trolls is someone who posts abusive and hurtful comments, incites arguments and provokes anger by making controversial comments, narcissistically dominates conversations making themselves the centre of attention. And they do this with the intention of upsetting and causing emotional stress and or harm to others – mostly people they don’t know.


I myself have not been trolled (touch wood), but boy does it ark me up when I see others being subject to this abuse. And that’s what it is…abuse!

Unfortunately, internet trolls are very common. They can be found just about anywhere. Even on memorial pages for people who have been taken from this world. The argument could be that perhaps social media sites are not the place for memorial sites, but in this day and age, social media plays a MASSIVE part in how we communicate. And it’s not just our ‘in person’ friends who want to pay tribute.

Either way, trolls have become a very modern menace.

These people can use the World Wide Web to hide behind alter egos, to exert a sense of power and act out their own feelings of anger and insecurity, deliberately making others feel bad to help themselves feel better. All the while knowing their true identity is cloaked by an infinite online world and they will never have to face their victims directly.

Last year we saw firsthand the effects trolling can have on someone. Charlotte Dawson, a well-known public figure, who you would think is used to scrutiny, was driven to attempt suicide by her online tormentors!

‘Can you kill yourself already?’ was the vile online messages from internet trolls that led a 16 year old American girl Jessica Laney to hang herself in 2012.

This is incredible!!

Both of these cases, plus countless others, have attracted considerable media attention and triggered public debate about how to respond to the issue of trolling. But how do you contain something you can’t really keep up with?

My opinion, start small! It all just has to start with us. Each individual person needs to do their part to stop the trolls. Then hopefully one day, they will be eradicated…


Nutrition for dummies

The saying goes, you are what you eat.

And it appears to be rather correct.

You see, I’m starting to realise that if you stuff your face full of fattening foods, guess what, you get fat. If you eat lean foods, shock horror, you get leaner!

This is pretty generalised but you get the drift.

In my search for information about ‘being what you eat’ I came across this gem of a list…

It’s called Nutrition for Dummies… I now have it posted on my wall at work…I’m particularly fond of rule number 15, and remember, nobody accidentally eats cake 😉

1. Don’t eat anything bigger than your head. Unless it’s a watermelon. Or you have a tiny head.
2. If your meal arrives through a car window via a teenager wearing a headset, don’t eat it.
3. If it comes in an exciting range of fluorescent colours, don’t eat it.
4. Don’t confuse the marketing on the front (of the pack) with the nutritional information in the teeny-tiny box on the back.
5. Nobody accidentally eats cake. Own your choices and your behaviours.
6. Calories consumed in secret count. Your friends might not know but your arse will.
7. If dieting was an effective way to lose weight permanently, nobody would ever diet twice.
8. Don’t confuse ‘what your head wants’ with what your body needs. Your mind is a lying bitch.
9. If the ingredient list is full of weird-sounding numbers and words ending in ‘ose’, throw it away.
10. If you haven’t had a poo since June, maybe cut back on the processed food. And try a little fibre. Just saying.
11. If it comes with orange-coloured cheese, throw it away.
12. Most cereals are shit. Avoid them. Unless you want diabetes by Friday.
13. Amazingly, following a generic eating plan from a magazine is not your best bet.
14. If food is your lover, you need to get out more.
15. If you’re considering taking your kids to McDonalds for a treat, punch yourself in the face.


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Bucket List

Well today is my 26th Birthday!! Yay, happy birthday to me… lalala

I’m actually really excited for the year ahead and here’s why.

When I was about 10 I watched a movie and the main character, a young girl, wrote a sort of bucket list that she hid away to open on her 18th birthday. I thought this was a great idea so I did the same thing!

On my 18th birthday I opened my own little list and here’s what it said (roughly):

– Have my first kiss by 18

– Be married by 22

– Have my first kid at 23 and the second at 25

– Have the best year ever when Im 26

Well, most of those predictions were a little off timing wise (Im married but still no little ones and my first kiss was about a year after that was written!)

But what stuck with me was the ‘best year ever’ comment. I cant remember why I thought it would be but I’m going to run with this.

So I have decided to once again write a bucket list, this time it will be things I want to accomplish or experience during this birthday year.

Here goes:

– Learn to play at least 3 Taylor Swift songs on the guitar (plus learn the basics of guitar in general)

– Start making mini travel docos

– Sponsor or help a horse in some way (I LOVE horses)

– Buy a house

– Sing in front of a live audience (this will be a confidence booster… or not … depending how I sound!)

– Travel to somewhere exotic

– See Bon Jovi and Taylor Swift live (they are 2 of my all time favs and I know these will be ticked off cos I already have tickets to both!!!!!)

– Camp under the stars on a deserted beach with a big bon-fire (don’t know why, just always wanted to do this)

– Practice my Spanish to get back up to conversational fluency

– Be the healthiest, fittest and most attractive I have ever been (this rolls on from the mini fitness challenges I will be keeping up all year)

– Run 10km without stopping (Im a crappy runner, always have been so this will actually be really tough!)

– Do something that really scares me… not sure what but something… I’ll take suggestions.

– Have 1000 twitter followers all coming back to like this blog!!!!

That’s all I can think of for now, I’ll be sipping on a glass or 3 of champers tonight toasting in my new birth year! Here’s to a great one!


Talkin Tech

Lahneeland is Talkin Tech!

Yep that’s right, every couple of weeks I will be reviewing a piece of technology from the perspective of someone who isn’t all that techy.

I will be  giving the basic rundown of the product and why you should get it, or why you shouldn’t.

If there is anything in particular you want me to review, let me know by leaving a comment below.

This segment I have reviewed the Nikon1 J1 camera.

Check it out!





Get up, get down with the sickness

Yes that’s right, the words of this Disturbed song formed the motto for last week.

Despite already having the flu twice this year, I managed to get it a third time, right in the middle of my Insanity challenge. Damn!

So, needless to say I was out for the count most of last week. Which is a real shame because after a tough week 3 I was actually pumped for week 4.

Monday and Tuesday workouts were on fire. Then that fire fizzled out til there was nothing left but ash.

So, I will be redoing week 4 starting today! And next week I will have something a little more inspirational to post.

My advice for the week though is to rest when you need to. It is very important to learn to understand your body and give it what it needs. I could have tried to power on this last week but I would have done more harm then good and my workouts would have only been half assed anyway because I didn’t have the strength to go hard. So I went home instead. And now, I have recovered and am ready to get back on the horse so to speak!

Until next time… yours in INSANITY!



Insanity check in – week 3

Hey hey followers, so this is a little late but you know what they say.. better late than never!

Here is my latest video checking in for Insanity. I’ve just started week 4 and am really enjoying the challenge.

Some days are harder than others but I’m determined to finish this and not just cross the line but sprint to the finish, skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out loudly proclaiming WOW what a ride…

Hope you enjoy the video!



Did you see the last video?


Bondi Vet – A hero to animals across the globe

vet1 The 5th season of Channel Ten’s Bondi Vet is on air now, so I caught up with Dr Chris Brown in between his busy schedule to chat animals and the show.

What made you want to become a vet?

It’s a funny thing; I guess you could say I was born into it. My dad was a vet and so when I was young I was always brining home injured birds and asking pet questions from John in the third   grade or my teachers. So my Dad would clock off at about 8pm and then clock back on at home answering all of my questions.  As a kid we had all kinds of animals around the house all the time. Dad would bring home possums, koalas, cows, dogs, even a penguin. My brothers and I would care for them. The penguin was actually attacked by a dog I think and needed extra care and rehabilitation which is why he was brought back to our house. It was quite special really being surrounded by all of the animals all the time and learning early how to care for them.

Did you ever image when you started out that you would be a celebrity vet with your own tv show?

Um, no, not at all. It’s actually funny how it all happened. I was in a pub after work one day in Sydney and chatting to a female friend at the bar. I was telling her all about the work I was doing and some of the interesting cases I got and a media agent overheard the conversation. When she left he came up to me and sort of laughed and thought I was telling stories and pretending to be a vet just to pick her up. He walked away but came back later and said; look if you were telling the truth then I have an idea. That’s how Bondi Vet came about. Before that my only stint in the media was in a school production where I was Dairy Springer. It was a spinoff of Jerry Springer.

Can you describe a typical day in the ‘office’?

I actually alternate between three typical days now. Sometimes I will just be working as a vet in the Bondi clinic and because of the show I get all sorts of cases come through the door now. I start my day off with a swim or a run to wake up and head in for the day. Other days I’ll be filming for Bondi Vet either in the clinic or on the road, mostly on the road these days, and either domestically or overseas.  The third day is filming for The Living Room where I’m out and about doing travel pieces. I could be doing anything like running down the streets of Japan half naked, the days are really mixed up.

What is the most rewarding thing about your job?

I love being able to help the animals I meet and to see that special bond between animal and owner.  And I enjoy the fact that by treating one animal on screen, we can actually help many more animals. One lady actually phoned the clinic and told us about her cat who had a litter of kittens and none of them were breathing. She remembered the episode where a similar situation occurred with a litter of puppies and we brought them all back with mouth to mouth resuscitation. She went back to the episode, watched how we did it and saved all the kittens. That’s quite incredible.

What can viewers expect from the 5th season of Bondi Vet which is airing on channel 10 now?

They can expect more compassion and seeing that special bond with animal and human. The show is pretty well known now and so people are bringing in all sorts of cases so I think this season the challenges are bigger but so are the rewards. We are also getting more requests for help from overseas. I’m actually heading to Kenya for something pretty special so keep an eye out for that. We are actually going to an area very isolated, I don’t think any other TV show has ever been there, and we will be working with a lot of zebras and rhinos but that’s really all I can say for now. I guess as far as cases go, we are helping a 6m salt water croc, some pretty special dogs, and so many more amazing animals.

Featuring charismatic vets Dr Chris Brown Dr Lisa Chimes, Bondi Vet is an unscripted 30 part, one hour television series set against the breathtaking backdrop of Bondi in Sydney. Bondi Vet airs on Channel Ten, Saturdays at 7.30pm. Visit


You aid what you eat!

carrotA sliced Carrot looks like the human eye. The pupil, iris and radiating lines look just like the human eye… And YES, science now shows carrots greatly enhance blood flow to and function of the eyes.

tomatoA Tomato has four chambers and is red. The heart has four chambers and is red. All of the research shows tomatoes are loaded with lycopine and are indeed pure heart and blood food.

grapesGrapes hang in a cluster that has the shape of the heart. Each grape looks like a blood cell and all of the research today shows grapes are also profound heart and blood vitalizing food.

nutA Walnut looks like a little brain, a left and right hemisphere, upper cerebrums and lower cerebellums. Even the wrinkles or folds on the nut are just like the neo-cortex. We now know walnuts help develop more than three (3) dozen neuron-transmitters for brain function.

beanKidney Beans actually heal and help maintain kidney function and yes, they look exactly like the human kidneys.

celeryCelery, Bok Choy, Rhubarb and many more look just like bones. These foods specifically target bone strength. Bones are 23% sodium and these foods are 23% sodium. If you don’t have enough sodium in your diet, the body pulls it from the bones, thus making them weak. These foods replenish the skeletal needs of the body.

avoAvocadoes, Eggplant and Pears target the health and function of the womb and cervix of the female – they look just like these organs. Today’s research shows that when a woman eats one avocado a week, it balances hormones, sheds unwanted birth weight, and prevents cervical cancers. And how profound is this? It takes exactly nine (9) months to grow an avocado from blossom to ripened fruit. There are over 14,000 photolytic chemical constituents of nutrition in each one of these foods (modern science has only studied and named about 141 of them).

figFigs are full of seeds and hang in twos when they grow. Figs increase the mobility of male sperm and increase the numbers of Sperm as well to overcome male sterility.

potatoSweet Potatoes look like the pancreas and actually balance the glycemic index of diabetics.

oliveOlives assist the health and function of the ovaries

orangeOranges , Grapefruits, and other Citrus fruits look just like the mammary glands of the female and actually assist the health of the breasts and the movement of lymph in and out of the breasts.

onionOnions look like the body’s cells. Today’s research shows onions help clear waste materials from all of the body cells. They even produce tears which wash the epithelial layers of the eyes. A working companion, Garlic, also helps eliminate waste materials and dangerous free radicals from the body

Gen Y? Because we are not that bad… that’s Y!

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It is a common perception that Gen-Yers are selfish, lazy and hard to get along with. Gen-Yers are said to have no interest in hard work and are typically a “me” generation interested only in themselves and what they want. Elements of this statement are definitely true and, of course, there are always bad eggs. But Gen Y is also a smart breed and, if you get them onside, a loyal breed.
Being a member of this generation myself, I feel now is a good time to come clean about how we work and what makes us work better. I put in the hard yards, worked for free for many years with many companies and now I am a 25 (almost 26!) year-old Editor at a great little publishing company called Inflight Publishing, and testament to the fact that we Gen-Yers do have it in us to succeed.
The truth is Gen-Yers are both high-performance and high-maintenance. With high expectations of both themselves and of their employers, the Gen Y employee will work hard and fast if they feel they are getting the respect and recognition they deserve. A simple “well done” is often enough; we are not really that hard to please!
Gen-Yers crave creative challenges and will actively seek to be engaged in everything they can be, so as an employer of this generation, use this to your advantage and become a valuable resource to your eager employees.
I think it is fair to say that not all Gen-Yers possess these “go get ‘em” traits, but if you treat your staff well no matter the age, you will reap the rewards.
Gen-Yers don’t want to work long and hard; they want to work smart, so you can be sure they will work quickly.
Gen-Yers want to be in charge, they want to be successful and take it to the top as soon as they can. This means Gen-Yers will work to impress you if you give them the chance. Allow your younger employees take on more responsibility and even management roles because the truth is seniority does not make a good manager. People skills make a good manager, and Gen-Yers understand what they want from the person in charge.
Gen Y is obsessed with career development. They understand the importance of great mentors and will often actively seek them out. The trouble is that many older workers have no interest in mentoring younger employees because of the stigma attached with the Gen Y “attitude problem”.
Gen-Yers can also be useful as mentors themselves. We know technology, we know about social media and, believe it or not, because of Facebook we are up to date with what’s going on in the world. Gen-Yers can teach older co-workers about new technologies and the supremacy of online communities.
Don’t be afraid to hire younger employees. Yes, Gen Y can be a little self-obsessed and egotistical. We are a spirited bunch and we get excited about new things, so use this to help teach us how to work well in your company because born from Gen Y will be our country’s newest leaders, billionaires and entrepreneurs!

Peace out!