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APOD antennae_hstTwo common phrases in and around work in this early part of twenty first century are Life Balance and Wellbeing. This poem invites us to reflect on them. It also beautifully juxtaposes two types of work and offers a view of priorities. The image show what happens when two worlds collide.

Listen to a narrator

Corporate Georgie
Georgie’s in ‘corporate’ mode today
I sit in the sunshine, watching her play
A book in her hand (a classic, what’s more)
And all her ‘big jobs’ lined up on the floor
Mummy says “Gorgeous Georgie, your lunch is inside”.
And Georgie looks up, her eyes very wide
She makes firm eye contact with Mummy and sighs,
With a smack of her lips she curtly replies
“I’m doing my busy jobs”; turns away
And gets on with the critical tasks of the day,
Checking contents of book and the order of things,
Occasionally sighs – quite often she sings
Little songs to herself as she fusses and does
All the things she must do, with the minimum fuss.
Ah, the cut and the thrust, the dog eat dog world –
It places demands on a three year old girl.
The sun is quite hot, the pool water so blue,
And after a while she says “Nanna-noonoo”
(That’s my name), “Shall we play now? Back in the pool?”
In a moment she throws down her book, with a grin.
We hold hands in the sunshine and then both jump in.

If you’re lining things up, and busy with stuff,
In this corporate world where nothing’s enough,
Then try to remember it’s only a game,
It’s just ‘busy jobs’ – we all do the same.
Smack your lips, sigh a lot and keep things in a row,
No time for a break, have to eat on the go
Not for long though – the water is blue, the sun hot
Jump in with both feet – this is life – that is not.

(Dr Jenny Knight)

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Explanation of the image: Two galaxies are squaring off in Corvus and here are the latest pictures. When two galaxies collide, however, the stars that compose them usually do not. This is because galaxies are mostly empty space and, however bright, stars only take up only a small amount of that space. During the slow, hundred million year collision, however, one galaxy can rip the other apart gravitationally, and dust and gas common to both galaxies does collide. In the above clash of the titans, dark dust pillars mark massive molecular clouds are being compressed during the galactic encounter, causing the rapid birth of millions of stars, some of which are gravitationally bound together in massive star clusters.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration. Acknowledgment: B. Whitmore (Space Telescope Science Institute) et al.

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