That darn soap!

I saw the good doctor P – my oncologist – yesterday and had my tummy jab. All things are going well. Thank the good Lord for modern medicine. Afterwards, the Old Boy and I drove across town to visit Father-in-law, in another hospital. The poor old fella’s been battling a nasty infection that made him really ill. Thank goodness the antibiotics seem to be kicking in and he’s finally making his way back to “normality” (whatever that is). These two occasions set my little grey cells a-whirring. What a difference the invention of stuff like penicillin and antibiotics and chemotherapy and radiotherapy and vaccinations etc have made to the world! The marvels of modern medicine have ensured that I am still here in the land of the...

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Life is beautiful

We have a golden orb spider that has taken up residence in our back yard. It can thank its lucky stars it’s not a redback or it would have been dead ages ago. But, it’s a rather interesting shape: a greyish-white abdomen (which is growing bigger and bigger), a dark head and tiger-striped legs. Its web, which takes up  one whole section of the pergola, shines a glorious golden colour when the angle of the sunshine is just right. Its many victims are lined up in a neat, tidy queue behind it. It’s an excellent catcher of flies, for which we cheer it on, but occasionally it catches a bee and that’s not cool. It’s been fascinating watching it do its thing but now I’m beginning to get a tad nervous. I had hoped it was a male and that...

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Farewell Mr Pratchett, sir.

Sir Terry Pratchett has wandered off somewhere with Death – probably gone to pat Death’s kitten and have a chat with Death’s daughter, Susan – and he won’t find his way back to us. No more wonderful Discworld stories. No more hilariously biting, intriguing satire wrapped up in fantasy, literary allusions and brilliant penmanship. Like the well-known Monty Python parrot, he has gone to sing in the heavenly choir; he is no more. What would be his opinion on his own demise? I quote from his book, The Colour of Magic. “You see, one of the disadvantages of being dead is that one is released as it were from the bonds of time and therefore I can see everything that has happened or will happen, all at the same time except of course I...

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I’m a grateful woman

I’m celebrating International Women’s Day in a small way. (That’s me: subtle.) I’m going to brunch with a friend, who is also female. That’s right; we’re going out in public without being chaperoned by our fathers, brothers or husbands. We’re wearing what we like. We didn’t ask permission. And, we’re doing it without any fear of chastisement, abuse, unwanted sexual advances or arrest. We can do this because we live in a country whose laws are founded on Christian principles. Those principles include the following: Women are just as valuable as men. Women have the same legal rights as men. Women should be treated with respect. Women are encouraged to be educated, to have a career (if they want one) and to make...

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