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Volunteer with a community group

It has taken a while to get to this item from my bucket list but I think I can now claim to have done enough to tick it off. As with other items on my list I wanted to have something specifically for this purpose rather than something historical. I've mostly tended to avoid ongoing commitments to community groups. That may be for reasons similar to those that have kept me out of sports clubs and fixtures. I'm no more averse to helping out than I am to physical activity but I have not been keen on being locked into times
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Go to a live sporting event

This item from my bucket list has been waiting for a solution. Unlike some of the other items, sporting events do not feature frequently among our activities. Neither Majella nor I have much interest in sport. We don't often participate in sports as players or spectators. Majella sometimes watches cricket or, less often, tennis on television but other sports broadcasts have us changing channels.
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Organise your photos

That must be mission impossible. If I waited to complete this task I would never be able to tick it off on my bucket list because so long as I continue to take photos more organising will be required, to say nothing of the backlog of older photos awaiting organising. In the interest of getting through my list I decided to declare a benchmark other than absolute completion.
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Call of the Reed Warbler

To Australians who have lived more than a few decades and travelled even occasionally outside major cities it must be apparent that the countryside has degenerated. Most obvious to us is the reduction in even ponded water, let alone flow, in the Lockyer Creek which we cross at Helidon and near Gatton on our way East to Brisbane or the coast. There is usually a little water covered in weed under the bridge at Helidon but a few kilometres downstream the dry bed of the creek is typically covered in well established grass.
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Imputation discredit

It's hardly surprising that, as we approach and enter retirement, we take a more active interest in retirement incomes and how they are generated. Interest rates are too low to preserve the value of savings against inflation let alone do that while generating an income stream that will support any reasonable lifestyle. Hence superannuation and other savings, or at least some substantial proportion, are likely to be invested where there is reasonable expectation of a greater return with associated increased risk and a degree of nervousness about markets and other influences. Changes to the rules that affect what we hope
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