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Social Media


We’ve heartily embraced most Social Media avenues and we don’t want you to miss a thing!

Check out our official Facebook page and follow my Tweets for more ‘100 Uses for Muesli’ goodness.

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Cress Seeds


I admit it, I am impatient!

Do you remember as a kid at primary school [kindergarten for my American friends] when your teacher gave you and your class mates some seeds to grow? You and your little pals carefully and excitedly listened to the instructions your teacher relayed to you about how to place them on the tissue in the clear plastic cup, and then carefully you added water.

The next day you run in to the classroom and ….. nothing has happened. You repeat this process for the next few days.

Eventually, when you have almost forgotten about it, your teacher points out there’s a shoot or two. Your cress is growing, and yours and your classmates interest is again rekindled! But it takes so long to grow! Unfortunately there isn’t much any of you can do but wait, until eventually you can enjoy the fruits of your labour in a tasty egg and cress sandwich!

Having a Blog and a Facebook page is very similar. You lovingly put it together and invite your friends along to enjoy, gently encouraging them to share the love with their friends and so on. But it takes so long to grow! However, I am hoping you wonderful people who pop by on a regular basis to read my ramblings can help!

First of all, thank you each and everyone of you for popping by and reading and commenting on the articles you enjoy here. It means a great deal to know they are of interest and have helped.

Secondly, please zip over and like the official 100 Uses for Muesli Facebook page. Why? Simply put if you like the articles on the blog then you’ll find many more links and tidbits on the Facebook page [it’s a quicker way to share finds with you]. Also it only has 75 likes, which is just depressing. Come on people, let’s make this page go viral [not this viral, but this viral]. A few more would be most pleasing!

Finally, if you like the blog and you like the Facebook page, please, please, please share it! Tell your friends, colleagues, parents, next door neighbours,  cashier at the supermarket etc all about how wonderful and enriched your life has become since you found 100 Uses for Muesli. It may help me to get my book published!!

And then maybe, just maybe, we can meet in person at a signing and you can tell me first hand how you zealously ran around your town and spread the love like mad King George.

I genuinely look forward to it!

So there’s your mission, and I do hope you feel compelled to spread the word; and truly I thank you for your help in making the blog and the Facebook page grow.

Much love – Chris.

Go and 'Like' the Official 100 Uses for Muesli Facebook page! Go on!

Go and ‘Like’ the Official 100 Uses for Muesli Facebook page! Go on!


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Now, wait a minute.


The western world was rightly shocked to learn of the near fatal shooting of Malala Yousafzai, it was indeed a despicable act. But we cannot judge those that pulled the trigger, we are not in a position to do so. They come from a completely different culture to ours, and to insist upon them western standards and values in a righteous endeavour to correct their apparent deficiencies is completely wrong. Wars start over such things, oh wait a minute.

But that is not why I am respectfully disagreeing here. No, not at all.

It is the apparent media fueled, social network powered ‘pop culture’ knee jerk reaction to the clamour for all to nominate this young school girl, who has barely done anything in her life, for a Nobel Peace Prize. If you award this little girl the Nobel Peace Prize for her brave but ultimately small contribution, I believe that two things will happen.

First, you are disrespecting all those that have given and continue to give a markedly larger sacrifice. Look at the long list of past recipients of the award, is she really in the same category? Has she helped as many people? Have her efforts in a particular field of science, medicine, or physiology benefited mankind? Quite simply, no she has not.

The Nobel Peace Prize is described in this manner on their very own website;

Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1968, Sveriges Riksbank established The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, founder of the Nobel Prize. Each prize consists of a medal, personal diploma, and a cash award.

“About the Nobel Prizes”. Nobelprize.org. 21 Nov 2012 http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/about/

Can we honestly, hand on heart, put Malala Yousafzai on a pedestal with such luminaries as I have listed below;

  • International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) , Mohamed ElBaradei 2005
  • Nelson Mandela, Frederik Willem de Klerk 1993
  • Desmond Mpilo Tutu 1984
  • Mother Teresa 1979
  • Amnesty International 1977
  • Martin Luther King Jr. 1964
  • Lord (John) Boyd Orr of Brechin 1949
  • Frank Billings Kellogg 1929

And this is just a handful, I could also have mentioned many others. For a full list click here.

The second thing that could happen is this; Malala is just 15 years of age. Yes she has been writing a blog for the BBC since she was 11, but because of this she has been labelled an education activist – what does that even mean for goodness sake? With this in mind ask yourself what the chances are of this child having any ‘childhood’. What impact would the award have good and bad on her future life? What impact does this have on her decision-making regarding, career, home life, to marry or not, to bear children or not, further education or continue writing? etc.

A child of 15 should not be forced or pressured to make these decisions. You can argue that girls grow up more quickly than boys and mature mentally at a younger age. But she cannot drive, marry, make love, or pop in to a pub to buy a beer – why would she want to do any of that anyway, she is a child! At 15 as determined as she is regarding education, she is probably just as zealous in her pursuit and love of her music and arts, culture and literature. As well she should be!

Yes, it would appear that she is more ‘westernised’ and privileged than some of her peers, and undoubtedly enjoyed popularity from this locally (how else did the shooters find out?), but does she really understand the implications? How much of her blog was ‘edited’ and how much is really her? We can’t really know for definite not one of us one can [that’s between her and the BBC]. The cynic in me also wonders what her father wants out of all this? I know! But I bet the thought crossed your mind too.

Now please, before you kick off, I am not by any means anti-Malala or anti anything else. My reasons for posting this are simply to encourage a reality check.

Far too often people send me images of dying children, or kneeling soldiers hugging loved ones in an airport, and similar on Facebook and via email with the message please ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ as each ‘Like’ etc means a prayer is said, but should you choose to ignore this then oh my goodness you are a heartless Homer Simpson loving kitten torturing worshiper of evil!

Are we not in danger then of something similar by nominating Malala Yousafzai for the Nobel Peace Prize?

In my humble opinion, yes indeed we are.

Clearly then this is a ‘feel-good’ media driven social networking ‘holier than thou’ click ‘Like’ and go to heaven/paradise/somewhere else nice or ignore and the kitten get’s it knee jerk reaction. Isn’t it?

Your thoughts?


Arseholes, or is this just a reflection of society now?


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It seems my employer has (without discussion or notification) decided to kick me off the company Facebook page as its sole administrator. This along with the Twitter account and the LinkedIn company profile.

I may be signed off due to illness but that hurts, that’s personal. I have done absolutely nothing wrong. In fact I haven’t even touched the pages since being signed off in March/April this year due to Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy, severe depression and complications from my type 2 diabetes.

You know, I am so glad I spent hours of my own time creating, developing and maintaining these. Instead of playing with my kids or reading them stories, or spending time with my wonderfully supportive wife, I used my own time to design Version 1 and then update it to Version 2 once the new company look and feel was finally decided on. A process that took the board at least 10 months! They had absolutely no clue when it came to utilising social media, or even the benefits of networking local and national businesses. It was like it was a swear word!

You should also know that I didn’t do ANY of this work on Company time either! Did I get any recognition? Any commendation? Any reward? No. Not even a “thank you for your fine efforts and hard work”. So rude.

But then not ONE of my colleagues has even f**king bothered to enquire how I am! No text, no phone call not even a quick visit (I live quite literally 5 minutes from the office in a leafy suburb nearby)!

But then, I have been signed off since March/April – out of site out of mind eh?

I guess being a 1st class c**t is now a pre-requisite of working there.

So, the question is: Are they being arse-holes, or is this just a reflection of society now?

I mean, when was the last time you had a proper conversation with you next door neighbour? Do you even know their names? What about there kids? When was the last time you did anything nice for anyone? Held a door open for someone? THANKED someone for doing something?

I was with someone once who pulled over next to an unsheltered bus stop when it was absolutely pissing it down with rain, and she offered the folks standing there a lift. There faces said it all. They were like ‘What the F**K!” here is a stranger offering me a lift! Two of the 3 people said yes, and jumped in. They were so thankful that one of them remarked that it was so nice to see an act of human kindness, the other agreed and stated that it is a rarity these days.

My response to them was “pass it on, do something for someone else this week”. They both agreed heartily.

I for one am sick and tired of the crap going around.I don’t care about your religious, sexual or musical preferences. Just STOP BEING SUCH ARSEHOLES PEOPLE!