“Honest, straight down the line and I can recommend him highly…” – Prak Sangthon

Prak-Sangthon - Real Estate Principal, WA

Prak-Sangthon – Real Estate Principal, WA

“I have worked with Tony on several occasions and have found him to be a man of his words.

He is honest, straight down the line and I can recommend him highly to improve any business.”

Prak Sangthon

Director, Harcourts Integrity

Real Estate Agents, Maylands, Perth WA

What Goes Around…

Inspirational Video -What Goes Around Comes Around (Or As You Sow, So Shall You Reap)

This is a short clip that shows how a simple act of kindness and human decency can have a ripple effect that is truly astonishing.

You may have seen those bumper stickers that say ‘Magic Happens’ – it’s up to you – ‘Make it Happen!’

Check out Tony’s book on ‘How To Get A Bigger Bite Out Of Life’

Seizing The Moment

Inspirational Video – Jason McElwain (AKA J Mac)

The story of how a young man with autism, known to his friends as ‘J Mac’, seized his moment of opportunity to consolidate his position as an inspirational legend.

No matter what challenges you face, if someone else believes in you and gives you the opportunity and the encouragement to shine, seize that moment and allow the diamond inside you to sparkle for the world.

‘Believe’ and your dreams can come true! To read more about J Mac click here.

Eco-Terrorism or Eco-Heroism?

Sea Shepherd

Sea Shepherd

I am proud to wear the tee shirts, caps and any other promotional merchandise that helps promote this organisation, whilst contributing to their cause, because I am a scuba diver who has an affinity with our marine life. I’m also a human being with an affinity for this planet.

 

The following is a debate I just had on facebook that outlines why we must become aware of how the actions of Japan impact on every human being on this planet.

If this is true, (the article below) it doesn’t impress me very much at all.

www.avaaz.org

Right now, the Japanese whaling fleet is hunting thousands of majestic whales — guarded by a 30-million-dollar security force paid from disaster relief money! Meanwhile, Japanese children are stranded in radioactive areas with no funds to move away. Join the call to save kids, not whalers!
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      • Brett KibblewhiteThis story was broken bout ten days ago and never got any traction. What a world we live in eh.

        12 hours ago ·
      • Tony InmanI was on a course and didn’t see much of the news. I’m glad to report that Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crew are on the case to save the whales at least. Sad about the children though.

        11 hours ago ·
      • Brett KibblewhiteYeah it’s f****d. Sorry I couldn be more eloquent. Paul Watson is one of the great men of our time Ant – I know you know this.

        11 hours ago ·
      • Roelof EggensPaul Watson is not more than a Pirate, he has no respect for the laws at sea and he is bringing his personel, Emergenci response teams and the japanese vessels in a big danger. Im not saying that i agree with the japanse slaugter, absolute not. but what he is doing is out of line a big time.

        9 hours ago ·
      • Brett KibblewhiteSo whats your solution then Champ? You keeping them all to yourself?

        about an hour ago ·
      • Roelof EggensI have no solution for this mate, im not in the politics, but thats where they have to cut this down. Im à lot at sea and he is not some1 who supose to be à captain

        27 minutes ago ·
      • Tony InmanThanks Brett for your support. I decided to delay until I could give a more considered answer, so I went for a walk. In NLP we are taught that everyone has positive intention in their actions, even the burglar who robs our home, does so for his own reasons, perhaps to feed his family. The Japanese sailors probably believe they are right as they hunt whales to feed their families, like generations before them did. Roelof, as a man of the sea believes he is right to criticise Sea Shepherd because they do not conform to ‘safe sailing practices’. cont.

        11 minutes ago ·
      • Tony InmanHere’s the thing – if the Japs don’t stop killing whales, they will disappear from our oceans and the whole marine eco systems will be altered and damaged forever, perhaps terminally. Captain Paul Watson is seen by his enemies as a terrorist. To me, he is a hero – a man who has devoted his life to protect our eco-systems. Like Ghandi, he has resisted without violence. He has never killed or injured a Japanese sailor. He has just placed his ship between the whale killers and the whales, thus preserving the lives of thousands of peaceful creatures. cont.

        6 minutes ago ·
      • Tony InmanRoelof, if you are a man of the sea, then I would have thought you would respect and understand Captain Watson’s intentions. He is the only one who has had the balls to make a stand and really take action to protect our marine eco-systems, even when the Australian Government promised support and didn’t keep those promises. The Japanese are breaking International whale protection agreements, but no-one else is doing anything to stop them.

        4 minutes ago ·
      • Tony InmanTo say you are not in politics is a cop out. Every human being on this planet is in politics, because it’s our planet, and I for one would like the planet to survive for my grandchildren. Hunting species to extinction is not only unacceptable, it’s incredibly short-sighted and irresponsible. End of rant. Thanks for reading.
    Capt Paul Watson

    Capt Paul Watson

    If anyone would like more information, their facebook page is Sea Shepherd International. Their website is http://www.seashepherd.org/australia

My suggestion is that money is allocated to educate the Japanese about alternative means of providing the food, whale oil, or whatever resources they are currently gaining from killing whales.

My recommendation to the Australian Government is to stop being fearful of upsetting the Japanese Government, grow a pair, and provide some naval vessels to help Captain Paul Watson.

A Chinese Proverb That Is On The Money

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Happiness Can Be Found In Helping Hands

 

‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.

If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.’

Chinese Proverb

Epilepsy – Raising Awareness

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Epilepsy is a disruption of brain function that interrupts the normal electrical activity of the brain causing brain seizures. Normally, neurons, which are cells that carry electrical impulses, allow communication between the brain and rest of the body. In epileptics, neurons ‘fire’ or send electrical impulses toward surrounding cells, stimulating neighbouring cells to fire at one time, causing an ‘electrical storm’ within the brain, which results in physical changes called seizures or ‘fits’. It is only when there is a tendency to have recurrent seizures that epilepsy is diagnosed.

More than 60 million people across the globe are diagnosed with epilepsy. The current trend indicates that more new cases are discovered in developing countries. In Australia, it is estimated that more than 200,000 people suffer from epilepsy.

For more information see: http://tonyinman.net/why-i-support-the-epilepsy-association-of-wa

For information on treatment and care see: http://tonyinman.net/epilepsy-care-and-treatment






An Attitude of Gratitude

The Inman Family

The Inman Family c.late 1960's

As I exited the room of my father, Bill Inman at the nursing home yesterday, I wondered what life was all about.

To see a once-sturdy and tall man who was known in his younger days by neighbours and friends as a bloke who could fix anything from cars to washing machines, now reduced to a shell of his former self, barely able to lift his frail skin and bone from the wheelchair to the armchair, is a sad reminder that our dotage will not necessarily be kind to us.

At eighty-nine years of age, Dad is amazingly still a survivor. Having left home at fifteen to escape the on-again off-again bickering of his parents, he joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice fitter.

At nineteen, he met and fell in love with my mother, whom he quickly married after a whirlwind romance.

Marriage was the done thing in those days. The advent of world war for a second time had exacerbated the need for people to grab at the chance of happiness, knowing that it might well be an all too short window of opportunity.


Dogfight over Malta

Dogfight over Malta


Having barely become acquainted, the couple were parted by the exploits of a certain anti-social socialist, called Adolf Hitler.


Map of Malta

Map of Malta


So, our young RAF engineer was off to war and at nineteen, he found himself under a barrage of bombs that rained down for twenty-three hours of the day on the Mediterranean island of Malta.

The convoys that carried life-sustaining supplies to the isolated fortress were mostly sunk en route by bomber planes and U-boats. Residents and servicemen alike were starving as the island’s resources dwindled.

My father tells stories of cracking open the biscuits on the table and allowing the weevils to crawl out so they could eat what was left.


Malta scapbook

Malta scapbook P8


My siblings and I thus suffered the childhood conditioning of having to eat every morsel that was on our dinner plates, because, “We were starving on Malta, you know”.

One day, my Dad, now a young Flight Sergeant, was walking along the site of the airstrip and stopped to talk with a chap doing repairs up a telegraph pole, when a bomb landed right where he would have been, had he not paused to chat.

On another occasion, when the workload of trying to repair fighter aircraft as fast as they were being damaged, led to a need for the engineers to work twelve hour rotational shifts, a bomb landed on the Sergeant’s barracks and destroyed, among other things, the bed on which he would have been sleeping, had he been off duty.


Bomb Damage Malta

Bomb Damage, Valetta, Malta 1942


The barrage was incessant and the casualties among young friends were horrific, yet the herculean efforts of my father and his peers in holding the fort against overwhelming odds were incredible. The ‘Siege of Malta’ was later recognised as a major contributor to the victory in the North African war theatre and the eventual triumph of the Allies. The island itself was awarded the George Cross for the courage and determination of the whole community.


Spitfires in Malta

Spitfires in Malta


My Dad and his mates kept the hurricanes and the spitfires going so they could defend the island and do their best to protect the supply convoys from the German bombers. Between 1940 and 1943, there were 3,340 air raids on the beleaguered island.

The toll on the health of the young men was merciless. My father survived polio and meningitis, in addition to near starvation, thanks to the dedication of the hospital staff in Malta.

When he was gravely ill and pronounced critically so, the air force decided that his wife needed to be informed of the seriousness of his condition.

The fellow who delivered the telegram to my mother’s house in Chester had a bit of a shock when she fainted in front of him. She had only read as far as, “We regret to inform you…” when the colour drained from her cheeks and she collapsed.


Malta George Cross 50th Anniversary Medal

Malta George Cross 50th Anniversary Medal


That same telegram is in my father’s chamber at the nursing home, framed as a reminder of how close he had come to becoming a statistic of the war effort. Other framed accolades include telegrams from the Queen and the Prime Minister of Australia, congratulating them on their diamond (6oth) wedding anniversary, almost ten years ago.

My mother, Vera is 92 and still lives in the retirement village that is fortunately about a two minute walk from the nursing home. It is only my Dad’s illness that has separated the pair, who had raised a large family and run tourism businesses together in Jersey, while he also worked as an Engineering Supervisor for British Airways. He had a fall during the night, while on holiday in Busselton about a year ago.

Collapsing head first into some furniture, the injuries were terrible. He suffered numerous facial fractures, appalling bruising and abrasions and apparently some nerve damage during the impact. Lying in a pool of blood and inhaling a fair bit of it did not aid his struggling lungs, which had already contracted partial emphysema. Dad had been a heavy smoker in his youth, apparently having started the bad habit in an attempt to minimise hunger pangs on Malta.

Prior to this incident, Dad had still been driving to do the shopping and banking, living an independent life with his wife. He had survived a previous fall two years earlier that could easily have seen off a person in their forties. With bleeding inside the skull, causing pressure on his brain, we had all thought he was a ‘goner’ then. Yet the habitual survivor had pulled through, to our disbelief.


Bill Inman in British Airways uniform

Bill Inman in British Airways uniform


This time though, when he was flown up to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, he was almost unrecognisable.

As I saw him lying unconscious with a neck brace, an oxygen mask and a face that was swollen like he had been battered by a gang armed with baseball bats down a dark alley, I feared the worst.

A year later, after many comings and goings from almost every hospital in Perth, he is now in the high care facility, drinking thickened liquids and falling asleep during conversations. (Perhaps we visitors simply are that boring!)

Mum told him he has to get well for their seventieth wedding anniversary in September. He replied that he didn’t think he would make it. We all doubt that he will, yet I wouldn’t bet against him.

In contrast, one of my nieces is due to give birth soon, and my own daughter, Kim is merely four weeks away from bringing my first grandson into the world. Thus continues the cycle of human existence – as one life reaches its twilight, new ones herald a new dawn, born into a totally different world.


WW2 Ration Book

WW2 Ration Book 1941


In Dad’s youth they had ration coupons, bombs falling around them, friends dying next to them, enforced separation from those they loved, hardship and struggle.

Today’s pampered generation are blissfully unaware of concepts like delayed gratification, sharing limited resources or putting the needs of others ahead of their own.


I-phone 3

I-phone 3


The other night, my girlfriend’s son, aged almost 18, complained bitterly that his Iphone 3 was ‘shit’ because it was playing up, with the inference that he was hard done by when his mother had gifted him her phone upgrade, because he should really have got the IPhone 4. I shook my head in disbelief, not just at this one spoilt adolescent, but at a generation who don’t quite ‘get it’. That’s probably as much our fault as theirs, because we had it so much easier than our parents did.

Maybe I didn’t quite ‘get it’ til I hit my milestone of turning fifty this year, but as I do my best to make small talk and cheer up my father, while he suffers the indignity of gradual bodily decline, I think that maybe I have begun to ‘get it’.


Bombing destruction at Marsa

Bombing destruction at Marsa


Now I realise how lucky I am, and how lucky we all are, to live in a free country, where we can voice our opinions; in a land of opportunity for those who are willing to work; in an environment of abundance; surrounded by a wealth of talent; free to enjoy our unlimited potential, constrained really only by those limitations we put on ourselves.


Malta scrapbook P10

Malta scrapbook P10


Men like my old Dad sacrificed some of the best years of their life to resist the shackles of tyrannical despotism, so that we could enjoy the best years of our lives in relative freedom. Luckily he’s had what some would call ‘a good innings’.

Forty-nine years ago, my father was spoon-feeding me my dinner as an infant. A week ago, in the hospital I was spoon-feeding an eighty-nine year old. We have come full circle.

From my perspective, I realise that we are indeed lucky. I live a fortunate life and I intend to live that life to the full. I will cross as many items from my personal ‘bucket list’ as I can.

For fourteen years I ran a backpackers hostel where I met over thirty-five thousand young people from all over the world. I was lucky enough to be able to help a lot of them in lots of ways. I now plan to continue helping others through business and life coaching, and through voluntary work, helping others to learn from my life’s experience of small victories as well as my setbacks and hopefully to overcome a few of the barriers to success.

As I prepare for the inevitable, some of my father’s many words resonate loudly in my memory, such as, “If a job’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well’.


Bill & Vera 60th Anniversary

Bill & Vera on their 60th Anniversary in 2001


Thanks Mum and Dad – I love you both and appreciate everything you have done for me over the years, though probably not enough.

I’m increasingly reminded of many things that I learned from my parents and hopefully I will have the chance to pass on a few pearls of wisdom to my children and grandchildren.

What will you choose to do with your opportunity?

Your future will be determined by the decisions and actions you take today. Your destiny is yours to shape. Make the most of the journey, because you never know how long it will be.

Until next time, count your blessings and remember to ‘seize the day’.

Donate to the Australian Flood Appeal

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Brisbane Floods Disaster

No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure you’ve heard about the awful disaster that befell residents of Northern Australia this January, 2011.

With little warning, Queensland rivers burst their banks as torrential rain lashed down to a far worse degree than had ever been seen before.

Not since 1974 had residents of this part of Australia seen Nature act with such unrelenting force.

Many people watched helplessly as their homes were literally washed away before their very eyes.

Lives were lost along with thousands of homes and lifetimes of possessions.

The Emergency Services of both Queensland and Victoria are to be congratulated for their heroic and conscientious efforts as they put into effect the kind of disaster contingency plans for which they train but hope never to have to enact.

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Volunteers lend a hand in Brisbane

Communities rallied around Australia and aid and support is being volunteered by friends and strangers alike.

If you would like to help these people in their hour of need, please send donations via the following web link:

http://www.qld.gov.au/floods/donate.html

It will take some time to rebuild.

Thank you for your support – every little bit helps.