Just a little egg…

I’m keeping it short and simple for this blog. It’s Easter Saturday and most of my readers are probably taking advantage of the 4 day holiday here in Oz and are off camping, fishing, barbecue-ing and doing things other than bothering with the internet. I for one have celebrated the day in-between Crucifixion and Resurrection by sleeping in. I know not all my readers are Christian. I know that for many of you Easter is similar to Christmas: family gatherings with lots of nice food, with the added fillip of Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Don’t worry: I’m not about to preach to you. I just want to share one teeny tiny thing I did this week to celebrate the meaning of Easter. It was my week to see the good doctor and receive my monthly jab,...

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Me & phones: a hate/hate relationship.

I sent my first text messages this week. I know; you’re shocked. I’m one of the last people mobile phone owners in the world to learn how to text. (Not that I’ve actually learned anything – it was more by chance than design.) I have a little, pink (of course) Nokia that I rarely use. I keep it in my bag in case I’m out on my own and the car breaks down, or I get kidnapped and shoved into a remote cabin in the woods, or I get lost. Some time ago, I was driving home late at night when my usual route was blocked off for road works. I followed the detour signs very carefully and only once led astray the trail of cars behind me. I drove into a cul-de-sac and it was very embarrassing driving back past all the people who had the mistaken...

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Try a little kindness

It seems to me that the latest trend is to blame everything on fat people. Hospitals overcrowded and understaffed? Too many fat people are placing an enormous burden on our health system. (Let’s ignore the fact that far more people are in hospital due to the effects of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse.) Public transport not running on time? Fat people are slowing the trains and buses down. They should get off and walk, and leave the skinny people to ride in peace. Floods washing away rural townships? Probably caused by fat people getting into public swimming pools and taking too many baths, causing a tidal overflow. Plane crashed? Shouldn’t have let the fat passengers fly. Syria’s disintegrating? Probably started by some fat dude. Do I sound a...

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Wonder Dog to the rescue

This morning around 4 am, I was dragged out of a deep sleep by the frenzied barking of the Wonder Dog and the dulcet tones of the Old Boy yelling, “Shut up, Rex! COME ‘ERE!” The dawg “came ‘ere” but he didn’t shut up. He bounced up and down on my legs, still barking and whimpering. As soon as I twitched, he was off the bed and racing around the lounge room like a lunatic, yelping as if his fur was on fire. I waited for the Old Boy to do the manly, knight-on-white-horse thing and leap to our defence.  He chose to remain where he was. So…I stumbled into the bathroom to retrieve my glasses and then peaked out our window. I didn’t see anyone  trying to break in, neither was there a bear at our front door. The WD...

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Cheers to the science boffins.

I’m typing this slooooowly and (sh!) quietly. I have a raging headache, courtesy of Denosumab. (The stuff that gets injected every month into my well-padded stomach.) The name sounds like ancient Egyptian to me. Ah yes, Denosumab, life-long friend of Senostrus and head charioteer for Thustmoses III. I find myself wondering what happened to all those fabulous Egyptian names: Imhotep, Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, Rameses…? These days Egyptians seem to have Arabic names…not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course. But still, their weird names and pyramids are what set these people apart and they no longer do either. I think it’s a shame. Back to my old friend, Den. It’s an amazing concoction that somehow (scientific magic)...

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