Episode 5 of The Good Life, March 2016

In Episode 5 of The Good Life – the March episode – we visited the theatre production of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, checked out one of last year’s IRT Foundation Community Grants Program recipients’ dance moves, learnt how to whip up a pork and prawn stir fry, and much more. Hope the interview with Lucas Chodat inspires us all!

13 thoughts on “Episode 5 of The Good Life, March 2016

    • I agree. And the other night we had a presentation from an organisation called CareSouth, who look after children in out of home care, and also run many early intervention programmes. They also have an Aunty & Uncle programme, and plans for a Big Sister programme. The Grandparents one is probably the best option for us older people, not quite so intensive, and means the child has a “grannie” presence at school on sports days and so on. One more cog in the family network.

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  1. Loved the clips of the tango. And, as for the report ‘Change is inevitable, so plan for it’, sounds so forward-looking and vital for an ageing population. Trust Australia to be actively engaged with difficult social issues. My goodness, over here our media is relentlessly youth-oriented and all the politicians in their forties are deluded believing they will never get old and will certainly never die!


    • Doesn’t Nancy Hayes have a beautiful dance posture? She’s been a favoured performer for decades ( . . . and decades) 🙂 I am not so sure that we don’t share the youth obsessed culture, and there is a trend to blame everything on the greedy baby boomers. In part, the IRT Good Life programme has been designed to draw attention to the abilities of the over 55s – even though the production team behind it are only in their 30s!


      • Ah yes, blame the baby boomers has been a favourite excuse here too. Personally, I think that it’s a sly move by the wealthy elite (customers of Mossack Fonseca etc) to stoke intergenerational fires. Gosh, I’ve just Googled the term and look what I found from 2 days ago http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/apr/06/boomers-and-millennials-this-is-not-intergenerational-warfare-its-class-warfare

        Oh well, I still like to hope we can cooperate and share and recognise that most people can bring something to the table whatever their age.


        • That all made for interesting reading. I went through many of the links and read the counter arguments too. Everyone has their valid points, but I do tend to go with the theory that it is the rich/poor divide, rather than inter-generational. Oddly enough though, it is often the better educated, better paid who do the “moaning”, when it is their unemployed, and unemployable, peers who are the disadvantaged. It is one thing to come from a poor background and have the ability to accumulate, as has been my case. But for those who are into the second or third generation of welfare dependency, the outlook to improve one’s circumstances is very bleak.


          • Yes, I know what you mean. This whole issue is a hornet’s nest and we certainly hear far more from the articulate, but I don’t think it’s envy to decry the widening gap between the very rich and everybody else. Humans have form here and when societies get to the tipping point of outrageous inequality it can get very messy. The 1% could choose to reset the financial debt imbalance or we can carry on marching down the path to a Roman/French/Russian solution. Apparently the great and the good think technology will save us this time!


          • It does seem the capitalist dream is failing the masses. Yet communism is not the answer either – although I do admire their five-year plans, and what can be achieved when government remains stable over a number of years. Our political terms are far too short for effective planning in my opinion. Regardless of the system though, wherever there are humans, there are those who line their pockets at the expense of others, at the same time as blaming the less well off for their situation. I wonder whether this Mossack Fonseca revelation will be the start of reform, or simply be a storm in a teacup? The situation in Iceland is a very interesting first step.


          • I wouldn’t hold your breath on the Mossack Fonseca affair. Just remember the 2008 financial meltdown and how the interested parties rallied round to save their dominance. Eight years later and it’s business as usual. Sadly have to declare an interest here – one of the UK bad boys fired for involvement (10 pages of Google at the time) is related to my brother-in-law. We’ve all watched with amazement as his online presence has disappeared and he has reinvented himself and basically got away with it. £5 million pound Mayfair property la di da di da!!! Has caused major family split. When you know their attitude, greedy and arrogant, well, it’s disgusting. Except for his mother, who believes he’s innocent, we are all outraged and can’t understand how so few people have been prosecuted over the crisis which has cost so many ordinary people so much, lost jobs, lost homes and even lost lives.

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  2. Brilliant! Must admit I haven’t watched them all but I loved Lucas Chodat and reckon he could do me some good! Well done Gwen and the rest of the team!


    • Thanks JoJo. I do mean to follow up with Lucas Chodat just what he might be able to do for us. Another thing sitting on the “to-do” list. Episode 6 must be just around the corner also. I recorded it a week ago. Cheers Gwen


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