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Famous People & their Online Presence

I just read about Stephanie Rice (Australian Swimmer) & her Facebook Profile drama on the Herald-Sun Website.

(If you Google ‘Stephanie Rice’ – I’m sure you will find many articles online about this).

For god sake, don’t the media have any respect at all? Actually, I already know they don’t, but I like to give them the benefit of the doubt sometimes. To go in & take personal pictures off Stephanie’s Facebook Profile, & then flash them on news sites for all to see & make a big deal about it, is ridiculous, to say the least. Don’t they have anything better to report about?

Give Stephanie a break – isn’t she allowed to have a normal life outside of Swimming? Obviously not. If you look at the average person her age on Facebook, you will see similar photos or some that are worse. Does the average person get their photos in the media & criticised? NO! Unless of course, a person gets their name somehow in the media for something else & then Journalists hunt them down on Social Networking Sites. Journalists then have a field day, making these individuals profiles known to the general public & making mountains out of mole hills over the profile content, or even blaming MySpace & Facebook for issues.

(Don’t even start me on the way Facebook & MySpace are constantly portrayed in the Media as evil, or the cause of Teenage Problems).

I am on heaps of Social Networking Sites – god forbid I ever make the Media for some reason – they will have a field day finding me! Even though my profiles are public, I never include any info or photos that I would not want seen by the world. So, journalists wouldn’t find anything too dramatic to make a big deal out of, but, I guarantee they would still make something out of my profiles!

Seriously, just leave the Australian Swimmers, like Stephanie, alone – they have every right to be on Facebook. I would just suggest that, all the swimmers put their profiles on private – so only their Facebook friends can view their photos, but not to make their profiles invisible, so that their old friends can still find them & contact them.

I would also suggest doing that, to anyone who is in the spotlight for Sport, TV or whatever, as the Media have a habit of making a big deal out of them even being on Facebook or MySpace. These people are still humans, despite being well known, and they have every right to be registered on those sites.

Honestly, there are more important issues in this world to worry about & report on, rather than focusing on what a well known individual does in their private life. If a well known person chooses to tell or show the world online, what they are doing in their personal life, so be it. All it shows is, they are just like the rest of us – human!

We somehow expect a well known individual to live in a box, & live some sort of artificial life all the time. No one in this world is perfect, so why do we expect that famous people are? We don’t need to persecute them for having a life outside of what they are known for. Why make a big deal out of it, just for them doing the things everyone else does? Unless they are doing something illegal or criminal, what is the issue?

I admit that I like to read Gossip about Famous People, and I doubt there is anyone in this world who doesn’t actually read it. (I do not buy those trashy publications that are purely made up of gossip though!) But, at the end of the day, what good does that gossip I read, do for me? Half of what we read is not even true or has been misconstrued! I know that many Famous People have chosen to be in the spotlight or have been born into it, so they have to expect that their lives are continually scrutinised by the world. It is just part of what happens when you become well known, but do the media need to go to the extent that they do? Is it really necessary for us to know everything about these lives?

I am just glad that I am an average human – I wouldn’t want to be in the spotlight, when it also means that nothing you ever do or say is sacred…

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Rambling Rosa

Rambling Rosa is a close friend of mine…

She has many thoughts & opinions about life, health, social concerns & our planet. As a result, Rambling Rosa Blog has been created.

It gives me hope, knowing that I am not the only person in this world who actually cares about the Greater World & the social, health & environmental issues! Sometimes I feel as if those of us who do care are a small minority… I get so frustrated seeing & living in a world with so many ignorant humans!

Thanks Rambling Rosa, for such a meaningful friendship.

Please stop by her blog & leave her some comments.

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My Idea of a Greek God = Ang Christou

During my life, I have been a Fan of many Singers, Bands, TV, Movie & Sports Stars, but one will always stand out.

Mr. Ang Christou – Former Carlton Footballer.

In my Late Teenage Years, when he was playing AFL Football, I was smitten by his looks, personality & football ability. I idolised him & thought he was downright awesome.
But what Ang went through with his Back Injury in 1997-98, was what cemented nothing but total respect for him. He then became, the person I thought about when life dealt me personal setbacks. Ang had battled hell & come through in the end, so I knew it was possible to also hang in there.

I used to write to Ang randomly & to this day I still have his letters & photos. It meant a great deal that he would make the effort to personally write back.

Ang will always remain an inspiration to me.

To read about his current life – see the link below.,25197,22652423-5012694,00.html

He currently co-owns the Souvlaki Hut restaurant in Lower Templestowe, with former team-mate Anthony Koutoufides.


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Being Twenty-Something. They call it the “Quarter-life Crisis.”

This is an email I got many years ago. I have been there & lived the 20s, but I still see many of these aspects in life as a Thirty-Something. The Journey of life is one emotional trip…

Being Twenty-Something. They call it the “Quarter-life Crisis.”

It is when you stop going along with the crowd and start realising that there are many things about yourself that you didn’t know and may not like.

You start feeling insecure and wonder where you will be in a year or two, but then get scared because you barely know where you are now.

You start realising that people are selfish and that, maybe, those friends that you thought you were so close to aren’t exactly the greatest people you have ever met, and the people you have lost touch with are some of the most important ones.

What you don’t recognise is that they are realising that too, and aren’t really cold, catty, mean or insincere, but that they are as confused as you.

You look at your job…and it is not even close to what you thought you would be doing, or maybe you are looking for a job and realising that you are going to have to start at the bottom and that scares you.

Your opinions have gotten stronger.

You see what others are doing and find yourself judging more than usual because suddenly you realise that you have certain boundaries in your life and are constantly adding things to your list of what is acceptable and what isn’t.

One minute, you are insecure and then the next, secure. You laugh and cry with the greatest force of your life.

You feel alone and scared and confused. Suddenly, change is the enemy and you try and cling on to the past with dear life, but soon realise that the past is drifting further and further away, and there is nothing to do but stay where you are or move forward.

You get your heart broken and wonder how someone you loved could do such damage to you. Or you lay in bed and wonder why you can’t meet anyone decent enough that you want to get to know better. Or maybe you love someone but love someone else too and cannot figure out why you are doing this because you know that you aren’t a bad person.

One night stands and random hook ups start to look cheap. Getting wasted and acting like an idiot starts to look pathetic.

You go through the same emotions and questions over and over, and talk with your friends about the same topics because you cannot seem to make a decision. You worry about loans, money, the future and making a life for yourself…..and while winning the race would be great, right now you’d just like to be a contender!

What you may not realise is that everyone reading this relates to it. We are in our best of times and our worst of times, trying as hard as we can to figure this whole thing out.

~ Author Unknown

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Hello world!

Inquisitive Isabel (‘I I’) is an Australian Female in her 30s. She has been using the Internet solidly since the beginning of 1995. In that time ‘I I’ has discovered a vast amount of amazing things online. This Blog is intended to share many of the sites & virtual curios she has stumbled upon, in the Never ending Maze that we call the Internet. Sometimes posts will include a sprinkling of personal opinions & anecdotes.

I have lots of diverse Interests! I will just list some of the things I like and like doing, otherwise I will be here for years!

Reading, Books, Magazines, Sport, Soccer, Calcio, Futbol, Listening to Music, Art, Design, Being Creative, Absolut Vodka Advertising, Meeting People, Spending time with Friends, Talking, Writing, Internet, Postal Mail, Talking on the Phone, SMS’, UK Telephone Booths, Flirting, Vespas, History, Travel, Cultures, Languages, Italian, Spanish, Texas, ALL things Italia, The Camorra, La Cosa Nostra, Ndrangheta, Sacra Corona Unita, Italian Mafia, Multiculturalism, Cuisine from different Cultures, Cupcakes, Beverages, Cocktails, Midori, Coca Cola Memorabilia, Starbucks Memorabilia, Cafes, Day Spas, Fashion, Clothes, Shoes, Beauty Products, Perfume/Fragrance, Handbags, Accessories, Labels, Designers, Advertising, Black n White Photography, Homewares, Interior Design, Retro, Miniature Replicas (Perfume/Alcohol Bottles etc), Chupa Chups, Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans, Giving & Receiving Massages, Crosswords, Expanding my Knowledge/Learning, Current/World Affairs, ESL,TESOL, Deafness, Sign Language, AUSLAN, Helping Children Learn, Being around Babies & Toddlers, Premature Babies, Astrology, Clairvoyance, Shopping, Free Samples etc, Collecting Stuff, Gerberas, Geraniums, Herb Gardens, The Environment, Supporting Charities, Sleeping, Wearing Pyjamas, Kisses, Hugs, Teddy Bears, Skansen Beanie Kids, Clydesdales, Armadillos (so much more to add).

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