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Kew Gardens to help Australia

Kew Gardens have announced that they will be sending staff to the fire stricken areas in Australia that have been devastated by fire and that they will be collecting seeds to help with the work in rebuilding the local habitats. Seeds are to be collected and banked and then they can be germinated and replanted when conditions are right. Kew Gardens has said that it is working hand in hand with the Australian people and hopes that their efforts will in the future help with restoring habitats more quickly.

Kew Gardens has been working with the Australian seed bank since 2000 and it hopes that this will help protect Australia’s precious biodiversity following the terrible bushfires. It is amazing what can be done when nations pull together.

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Nature is a genuine miracle

Earlier in the week we featured the Australian Bush fires and how tennis player Nick Kyrgios was serving up aces and raising money for the fire effort. There have been so many horrible stories about this that it is hard to find any good news around the devastation that has been caused. We have heard tales of people rescuing people, animals and absolute heroics that we probably cannot comprehend and these are the stories we should be sharing.

One bit of good news that we also wanted to share is that nature is really an amazing thing and even though areas of bush have been destroyed life is beginning to reappear. This is great news and gives optimism that through all the damage and destruction that life will be able to recover and nature will be able to carry out its own miracle and help with the recovery after the disaster.

Over the last few days there has been a brief respite with a little rain but January is only the start of the Australian summer so if you do want to help with the fundraising that is currently ongoing both here and in Australia then please click here.

As much as nature can recover and in years hardly a scar will be seen on the landscape it is the toll that has been taken in both human and animal life that will be never be forgotten . Buildings can be rebuilt but the personal things that have been lost are irreplaceable. We are all hoping that the rest of the Australian summer does not continue to wreak the havoc of the last few months.

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Aces to help with the fire fighting

Nick Kyrgios is often seen as the bad boy of tennis and is often making headlines for all of the wrong reasons but recently he is changing all of that.

We have all seen the horrific bush fires that are affecting Australia and for us in the UK it is really hard to comprehend the devastation caused by these fires. When areas bigger than our whole country are alight it is impossible for us to imagine what our friends in Australia are going through. Many are staying to protect their properties and this must be worrying for the property owners, their friends and families wherever they are.

We have really good friends in Australia and they have asked us to spread the word about how we can help. If you would like to donate and help this cause please click here.

With fires causing so much damage it is hard to find any good news but that is where we go back to Nick Kyrgios. Nick has pledged to pay 200 Australian dollars (£106) for every ace he serves up in January. Hopefully he will keep winning and serving aces and help to raise much needed funds to help with the fight against the fires.

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Banana Chat – meet Brad Power

Hello, my name is Brad Power and I’m from Kyabram, Australia. However I’m currently living and working in Edinburgh as a cricket coach. I’ve recently graduated with a Bachelor of Sports Development and love all things sport!

What is your favourite joke?
There’s one about a frog named Kermit Jagger, that is way too long to type up here but it gets me every time.

What makes you smile? 
Plenty of things! Would have to say spending time with friends would be when I’m at my happiest.

What is your favourite good news story?
Anytime I hear that my Aussie Rules team back home has won a game

What inspires you? 
Whenever someone achieves something against the odds. I love a good underdog story.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?
The distance between Australia and every other country, takes too long to go anywhere!

If you could have one superpower what would you choose and why?
Super strength, just think it’s the best power to have.

What is your favourite food? 
Pizza for sure

What is your favourite drink? 
Scotch and coke! But not too fussy on what I drink

If you are going on holiday what luxury item would you take from home? 
Definitely my phone

If you could make one law, what would it be and why? 
Free Parking!

Give us a random piece of information about you that people wouldn’t know? 
I love numbers and statistics, especially when it comes to sport. Can turn into a huge nerd!

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 
It is what it is

What cause, project or event would you like to promote? 
Freeze MND (Motor Neuron Disease), great cause with an extremely inspirational leader behind it all. 

Who is your favourite music artist?
Such a hard question to answer, probably changes every couple of weeks. At the moment I would probably go with Bruno Mars.

Who is the person that you feel has shaped your life most?
They say that the 5-6 people you spend the most time around make you who you are so I’d have to say my parents and then closest friends have had the greatest impact on my life.

PJ’s or Not?

Hot or cold? Hot

Cat or dog? Dog

Blue or pink? Blue

Tea or coffee? Tea

Glass half-empty or glass half-full? Half-empty 

Pyjamas or not? Not

Night out or night in? Night in

Pizza or pasta? Pizza

Biscuits or cake? Cake

Wine or beer? Beer

Football or rugby? Football

Cinema or theatre? Cinema

Gym or TV? TV!!

Naughty or nice? Nice

Silver or gold? Gold

Tent or hotel? Hotel

Bath or shower? Bath

Starter or pudding? Starter

Sheets or duvet? Duvet

Love Island or Game of Thrones? Game of Thrones 

Finally, apple or banana?  Banana of course