The earwig and I

So I’m sitting on the toilet, concentrating. Pain killers can clog a person’s system if you’re not careful. The knickers and trousers are on the floor. (There’s a logistical reason for that but you really don’t want to know the details.) Then, I see it. A rather large earwig is striding resolutely towards my clothing. Of course I immediately talk to it, quite firmly. “Hey! Hey! Turn around.” Needless to say it completely ignored me and marched ever onwards. Oh hell. I haul up the clothing with one hand and try to deflect the insect with my foot. It avoids my toes and runs forward! I scream, drop the pants and then realise it’s now reached the other side; between my clothing and the toilet bowl. Nooooooo! I take a...

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One of my favourite things.

A couple of years ago, around this time of the year, the Old Boy and I took our friends from down the street, to a little town in the Adelaide Hills. Every year 90% of the houses and businesses in this town decorate their premises with Christmas lights. The whole valley is aglow. Although in recent years it’s become swamped with tourist coaches it has still managed to maintain its country town charm. The Lutheran church puts on a nativity scene with live animals. There are coffee, donuts, ice cream, hot chips and hot dog vendors; market stalls selling craft work and cherries grown in the area, and the main street is abuzz with people taking in the sights. It has been a favourite Christmas season destination for the Old Boy and I for decades and we wanted to...

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Mandela

The whole world seems to be busy posting photos and messages about Nelson Mandela on the internet and other forms of media, so I think that my little effort may well be superfluous. BUT – no show without Punch, so I’ll just add my two cents worth. I find it interesting that the thing that makes Mandela stand out as a luminous figure on the world stage, was his ability to endure suffering for a righteous cause, and then to spend the rest of his life living out forgiveness, acceptance and restoration. No one would have been surprised if he didn’t leave prison, vowing revenge on the racist regime that put him there. Instead, within a very short time he was campaigning for a united South Africa. He said he fought strongly against white domination...

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