August 31, 2014. Okies, I assembled all the
Cruzer pics into an album but I also chose one to manipulate into an
arty farty pic for posting on Red Bubble. Kinda cool, dontcha think? Meanwhile, here's the Cruzer Club's album. And before you
threaten to shoot me at dawn, I labeled the last of the Model A Fords
as 1929 when it's actually 1931 but I can't be bothered editing it and
uploading the whole album again. So there.
OH Jim wrote: I
see USB sticks looking like miniature toys all the time, with a chain
to put it on a lanyard or keychain. so maybe it is just another one of
Can't have Bubba B without his very own Nikon now can we?
OH Jim told me about his young mate Zach going to his
high school's football game Friday night. Jim is a follower of football
and baseball - a bit of a sports nut. Most Aussies are too. But for the
life of me I can't see the point, and never have. I suspect it's
because I'm basically a loner, and sport involves a lot of socializing.
As Jim says, Friday night high school football was always a big social
event for students when he was a kid. So there ya go. I never mixed
with any kids from my school - not one. I used to hang with a few guys
from my street, and then guys from work after I left school. But even
then I remained aloof, and was always in trouble because I'd promise to
attend a party or whatever and not turn up.
So I guess that explains why I'm the ideal candidate
for a solo Aussie Odyssey. Lonliness is not something that concerns me.
Not at all. Ironically, though, I'd be lost without my internet
connection and daily journal. Communication with other people is
important to me - but at an arm's length. Weird? Yeah. But that's the
way this particular cookie happens to crumble.
From the Beeb: The
European Union has given Russia one week to reverse course in Ukraine
or face new sanctions.
European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said the EU was working
urgently on further restrictive measures.
Earlier, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said his country was
"close to a point of no return - full scale-war" with Russia.
Russia denies Western accusations that its forces have illegally
crossed into Ukraine to support
US planes have made
humanitarian aid drops to the besieged Iraqi town of Amerli, the
Pentagon has said.
Some 15,000 minority Shia Turkmen in Amerli have been surrounded by
Islamic State (IS) militants for two months.
The US also carried out air strikes on IS positions. The Iraqi army,
Shia militias and Kurdish fighters have been struggling to break the
Aircraft from the UK, Australia, France joined the US in the
humanitarian aid drops, said Rear Admiral John Kirby.
The ocean, flat, soothing and expansive, is one of the world's great
levellers. It can be beautiful wherever you are.
A few weeks ago I was sitting by the shore in Gaza on a summer evening
looking out west over sun-kissed waves, the chaos and carnage of the
war at my back momentarily fading away.
This week, I sat by the shore in Sydney on a bright winter's day
looking east, the waft of grilled lobster and calamari from the
expensive harbour-side restaurants drifting over my shoulder.
Two wonderful ocean views. A world apart.
Time to shoot through again but before I skedaddle, here's a link to 20 practical uses for Coke. Gary
August 30, 2014. A solo GN wrote this morning
that she gets a bit lonely on the road at times. I've wondered about
that myself but, by the same token, how can anyone feel lonely when
they're surrounded by nature? Some people call it feeling "at one" with
nature or "communing". I figure we're all from the one family... the
trees, the wildlife, the sun, the stars... the earth itself. Anyway,
that's how I look at it.
The Cruzin Club's show and shine was on this morning so
I toddled down for a look see. There was a bigger and broader range of
cars on display than there was at the GM show - hotrods, restored cars,
mostly Yank tanks - at Fotheringham Park just down the road from my
place, beside the river. It's mid afternoon now so I'll put the album
When I checked the pics I chastized myself AGAIN for not
paying sufficient attention to contrast. I keep getting tricked by the
fact that my eye sees contrast differently to the way the camera lens
does, and I forget to make allowances. Grrrrrr. Most of the pics are
fine, though. It was a very bright sky which contrasted strongly with
some of the cars' colors and shady areas.
There were a couple of '55 Chevy Bel Airs on display, NC
Art will be happy to know. And speaking of the old devil, he sent good
wishes: Yeah well, Happy Birthday to
Gary Kelley, you old curmudgeon. And, as many more of them as you want!
Kelley? I often get Garry but not Kelley. Anyway, dozen
madder. Art's old enough to spell anything any way he wants to. As to
beginning a sentence with "Yeah, well..." Cody often did that,
especially when he was about to give himself a wrap. After the school
Valedictory Service, Cody couldn't wait to tell me all about the awards
presented to the other guys, including Mark who was voted the most
popular prefect and all round good guy. But when it came to Cody
telling me about his own award, he began with "Yeah, well..." as if he
were being forced to admit it. His award was for being the most caring
person at school, always at the ready to help anyone in trouble (which
often meant standing up to the bullies on behalf of others).
FL Josh also wrote but he was confused: What
in the world was the gift from your dentists? It looks like a super
tiny Nikon camera about two inches wide with a USB card reader.
It puzzled me too but it's a sort of key-chain thingy -
a toy. The USB stick slots into the mini camera to protect the plug
end. When both parts are together, it looks like a mini Nikon with a
telephoto lens but it doesn't actually do anything, and there are no
moving parts. However, the USB stick is a proper drive with 8GB
capacity. There's a little chain that came with it so maybe you're
supposed to hang it from the rear view mirror inside the cab, like some
people hang a pair of dice.
OH Jim reckons it's weird to be reading about my
birthday on the 29th when it's already the 30th over here. Yeah, well
the earth is round ya know, and we can't all be facing the sun at the
same time. Actually, they were talking on QI last night on telly about
it taking some hours and minutes (can't remember what it was exactly
but I think it was about 6 hours) to reach any point on the globe from
its antipode (its opposite point). It's theoretical, of course, but if
you were to drill a hole through the center of the earth all the way to
the other side, and jump in, it would take 6 hours-ish to arrive at its
antipode. At first, gravity would cause you to accelerate towards the
center, and then you would decelerate until you popped out the other
side. So there ya go... something to try when you've got a bit of extra
time on your hands and you're at a loose end.
Not much happening on the Beeb today so I'll take this
opportunity - since I'm running late anyway - to take my bat and ball
and call it a day. I prepared dinner earlier this arvo; blended the
chicken meat, mashed the spuds and fixed the veges. The trick is to put
them into separate containers and also serve them separately on a plate
so that it looks like a proper meal with individual servings. It keeps
the flavors separate too. Once all the prep is done, it takes about 5
minutes to put my dinner together and heat it. Gary
August 29, 2014. I checked the bathroom mirror
this morning just to see if there was a noticeable difference between
the way I looked yesterday and the way I look today. Nope. Just the
same. And I feel the same. Then I got an email from Oz Lotto saying "no
winning games" hehe. So much for my lucky day!
However, I did get a pretty pic from TX Greg, one he
plucked from his crystal ball. Yep, a scene like that would do me just
fine. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GARY!!! The pic
reminded me of the link Joćo sent you to the Pink Lake. I've hidden
something special just for you in there. To find it you need to look
long and hard, hehe.
How long? Ten seconds? I know you too well, Greg.
That looks like a scene from north Oz... up around
Townsville/Cairns in QLD, or maybe around Darwin somewhere in the NT or
perhaps across to WA in Broome. Quite a few GNs have spent the past few
months around the top end enjoying the tropical "winter". Fingers
crossed for next year.
OK Mike wrote: Now
that I have finally turned the page on my calendar to August I see that
I did have your birthday noted on the 29th , here it goes again .
Happy birthday Gary !
Thanks, Mike. Reminds me of the Harley calendar Cody
gave to Mark for his birthday, with all the pencilled notes like "this
is the day you beat the crap outta me". I wonder if Mark still has it.
I'm off to the dental clinic shortly and my cheesecake!
Philly cheese with white chocolate and raspberries. I'll take the
little Fuji compact with me to record the momentous event.
BACK! I told Andries and Anna that I'm officially wise
now and that they could ask me anything. So, as anticipated, Andries
asked what is the meaning of life, and I answered, quick as a flash,
that there isn't one. Anna, meanwhile, insisted that the answer was
"Andries and Anna are the best!" Hmmmm.
So where are the pics? Anna went ballistic with my
little Fuji and took a few of me opening my prezzie so I made a photo
album (with captions) which
you can see here. I'm not too thrilled about
less-than-complimentary pics showing me during my recovery from cancer
et al but what the heck. It's all for a good cause. And... I do look
of... amusing. Hehe.
Shopping's done and now I'm tucking into Anna's
cheesecake in a glass. Mmmmmmmm! Very noice indeed! I love the taste of
From the Beeb:
More than three million Syrians are now registered as refugees and the
desperate crisis is only getting worse, the UN's refugee agency says.
The UNHCR says Syria is now "the biggest humanitarian emergency of our
era" with almost half of all Syrians forced to flee their homes. The
majority of refugees have fled to countries neighbouring Syria, with
1.14 million now seeking shelter in Lebanon. More than 190,000 have
been killed in Syria's three-year civil war.
Passwords are a pain. We
choose simple words that are easy to remember, but equally easy for
hackers to guess.
Yet we still forget them. And they also get stolen with alarming
The reported theft of 1.2 billion email passwords by Russian hackers
earlier this month was just the latest in a long string of major
password security breaches that have led some people to wonder if the
use of passwords should be abandoned. But
what are the alternatives?
A study of smokers in
Australia suggests there is "no evidence" that the introduction of
'plain' cigarette packaging has changed the way people buy cigarettes.
Researchers writing in BMJ Open found no increase in the use of illegal
tobacco and no sign of cheaper brands flooding the market.
They surveyed 2,000 smokers before and after the laws came into force
in 2012. Since then, all tobacco products have to be sold in
standardised dark brown packaging with large graphic health warnings.
There are no tobacco industry logos, brand imagery, colours or
promotional text on the packaging. Brand and product names are printed
in small text.
sugary snacks and other unhealthy foods exacerbate the effects of
mental illness? David Robson investigates the evidence, and discovers a
surprising new idea to help treat depression. The people entering
Felice Jacka’s offices over the next few months will be in the throes
of depression. She wants to help them – but her approach is unorthodox.
Her team at Deakin University in Australia won’t be trying out a new
cocktail of drugs. Nor will they be mulling over the patient’s
childhood, their jobs, or their marital difficulties to help them cope
with their problems. Instead, she wants them to talk about food.
If Jacka is right, changing their eating habits could be a key part of these people’s recovery.
There was an interesting snippet of info on QI last
night on telly. The host, Stephen Fry, asked members of the panel who
amongst them was related to Charlemagne, known as the father of modern
Europe. Turns out they were all related, as are you and I and all other
people of European descent. It works like this. Most people have 2
parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great grandparents, 16 great great
grandparents etc, etc. And if you go back far enough, such as the 13th
century, all of us end up with a common ancestor. So there ya go... you
bloody lot out there are related to ME! But the really really really
bad news is that I'm also related to Lindsay. Oh dear...
Anyhoo, it's about time I plonked this skinny butt on my
fav chair and pigged out on chocolate in front of the telly until
dinner time. Which reminds me... I was asked by several peeps at the
dental clinic this morning if I was gonna go out and celebrate my 70th
tonight. Yeah, right. With no teeth? On a cold winter's night? No
thanks. I'm quite happy here stuffing my face and watching telly with
the heater on. Gary
August 28, 2014. Roite, we need to get a few
things straight here. TX Greg wrote: Ooops,
either I or OH Jim missed something there. I thought you ditched your
home land line ISP way back and your USB modem connects like a mobile
phone, and Jim is thinking your using a land line.
Yep, ditched the land line a few years ago in
anticipation of the Odyssey, so I've been using a dongle, but it's the
same ISP. If you remember, the dongle was posted to my ex neighbor in
Glebe when I was undergoing the cancer op in Sydney and he brought it
around to the hospital.
"frustrating without a keyboard" hehe, Gary they all have a on screen
full keyboard to type something in or when you do get the choppers in
place you can also just talk to type. The keyboard pops up on the
screen any time you need it for whatever you're doing or working on.
Way easier than the old phones where you had each number assigned to
three letters. Oh that was a pain to type.
But it's still a one-finger job. I'm a touch typist. I
use both hands and all fingers and need a full-size keyboard as well as
a full-size screen... not much different to using a manual typewriter
and an A4 page. BTW, do you know how QWERTY came about? The first
attempts at designing a typewriter keyboard resulted in the keys
jamming, so the letters (on those long stems) were arranged in such a
way that separated the most often used sufficiently to keep them apart
as they arrived at the ink ribbon. No more jamming (or very little).
It's possible now,
with electronic keyboards, to design the layout in alphabetical order
but typists like me who are used to QWERTY would kick up a huge stink.
OH Jim adds: Got to
clarify one point from Greg... Hotspots run over WIFI and not
Bluetooth. Two different animals. Bluetooth is primarily used with
wireless earphones, speakers, mice, keyboards and headsets, and has a
range of maybe 25 feet. WIFI can go a lot farther. I have a cheap
tablet that I can use with the hotspot on my phone via WIFI . It has no
Bluetooth ( I told you it was cheap).
5GB is a good chunk of
data. I am confused though. I thought you had a simple phone. What are
you doing buying data for that? Or is the data for your home
connection. Here, ISP's charge for faster connections, and not for your
data. It is truly unlimited for home connections. I shudder to think
how much data I use a month on my home connection, and what I would pay
for using it, if I had to pay for the data.
I do have a simple phone. The 5GB is for my internet
connection, not the phone. And I don't have a home connecton. I have a
dongle. Roite, I hope that clears that up.
Right now, I'm a sexagenarian but that will end at
midnight when I become a septuagenarian. According to FL Josh, Lindsay
will burst out of a cake and offer me a big bowl of ice cream. Thanks
for the wishes, Josh. I suppose turning 70 should be treated as a
momentous occasion but it doesn't feel like that. Feels pretty
ordinary, actually. I have learned one thing... that 'old' is a
perception. Teens think people in their 20s are old. 20-somethings
think people in their 30s are old. And so it goes. As to the expression
you're only as old as you think you are, I would refine that to you're
only as old as you think. Think, think, think.
When I talk to most older peeps I get the impression
we're from different planets. My mind doesn't work like theirs. Fact
is, it doesn't work like most people's no matter what their age. I'm an
odd ball. A social misfit. I do enjoy the company of thinkers though. A
bit of cerebral stimulus keeps me amused.
And speaking of amused, I mentioned canned laughter the
other day. Last night on telly, a pro comedian was talking about
audience laughter and how people in a group tend to laugh more readily
than they would otherwise. It's a social thing - like yawning if
someone else yawns, or feeling itchy if someone else is scratching. The
sight and/or sound of someone laughing makes us laugh, even if we don't
have the vaguest idea of what is causing their mirth.
Hehehehe and hahahahahaha and ho ho ho make me laugh,
but LOL doesn't. Neither does the plumber arriving to check the
bathroom while I'm taking a shower. The drain prob wasn't solved
yesterday so he called again. Brilliant timing. So he'll be back later
- "if possible". Couldn't wait five minutes.
Jim sent this pic:
Now, before you start criticizing that billboard for
leading people astray, you should read this.
And Josh sent this one called How Ironic:
From the Beeb: German
Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded an explanation from Russia's
President Vladimir Putin amid reports that Russian troops have launched
an incursion into south-east Ukraine.
Ukraine said Russian forces had crossed the border and were supporting
The US State Department said it suspected a Russian-directed
counter-offensive was under way.
Russia has repeatedly denied arming or covertly supporting
flag carrier Qantas has reported an after-tax net loss of A$2.8bn
($2.6bn; £1.57bn) for the year ending in June - its biggest ever
The struggling airline said the result was in part due to an A$2.6bn
write-down on its international fleet.
Analysts were expecting a net loss of around A$750 million.
Qantas said weak domestic demand, poor consumer spending and rising
fuel costs also contributed to the huge loss.
It is the worst result in the company's history and compares with a
revised after-tax profit of A$2
million a year earlier.
This week, a
nine-year-old girl firing an Uzi submachine gun
accidentally shot to death her weapons instructor. Not all Americans
grow up shooting guns - but those who do often start young.
When he was five years old, Dan Baum started shooting guns.
The author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip has crisscrossed the country
learning about America's gun culture. He believes shooting can teach
children valuable lessons about
respect and discipline.
Lemme read that again just to make sure I'm not seeing
things. A nine-year-old girl firing
an Uzi submachine gun.
Have I got that right? A nine-year-old girl? A child? An Uzi submachine
gun? This happened in America, right? Not the Middle East. And the
instructor wasn't an Islamic State terrorist, right? He was a regular
law-abiding citizen and weapons instructor, the average guy-next-door
Is anyone else as puzzled as I am, wondering why on
earth a nine-year-old girl is being taught to fire a submachine gun?
We've had quite a bit of heavy rain the past day or two
so, now that the clouds have cleared and the sun is shining, I checked
out PJ for leaks. None. Dry as a bone. Some months or more ago, I
discovered a bit of water at the bottom of the closet, inside at the
back, but we had gale force wind then (a mini tornado) which caused the
rain to become horizontal. There was no water this time.
So there ya go, another day bites the dust and in a few
hours I'll have joined the ranks of the geriatrics hehe. I've said
something like this before, but it's worth repeating; the future seems
such a long, long way away while the past seems like you could reach
out and touch it. It's weird. Oh well, not to worry. Just hang in there
and make the most of it. Gary
August 27, 2014. The south coast (including
Sydney) has been copping wild winds, local flooding and heavy rain, all
of which has now moved up the coast and now we're copping it. Taree had
lots of rain last night and a few thunderstorms. It's calmed down now
though and it'll be fine from tomorrow and for the next week, with
temps getting back into the low 20s. Spring has almost sprung!
TX Greg cleared up some techie stuff about modems and
phones: Yes it can all be really
confusing. And yes your USB modem would be the same as what I was
calling a Hot Spot. "Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for
exchanging data over short distances." So basically everything, phone,
comp, printer, ear buds, all connects now with no USB wires tethered.
If the laptop doesn't have that built in there is a simple and very cheap adapter...
Since the smarthpone has the
internet built in you will probably find you use it more to surf the
web, even checking email, and then just use the laptop for editing and
uploading the website stuff .
That does sound like good
deal at Kogan for Oz prices, as I had to pay $199 with a 2 year
contract. My only question is if you buy the phone from them, how to
you get your actual service activated on it?
I'm not a passive internet user, Greg. I think I'd find
relying on a smart phone very frustrating without a keyboard. But I
agree that it would be useful for checking email and surfing. As to
your question about activation, you can buy an unlocked phone and then
a SIM card from a
carrier/ISP without a contract. My current ISP offers SIM-only
deals. An unlocked phone is more expensive than one on a contract
allows you to change
carriers/ISPs at any time. Some phones have two SIM slots.
OH Jim also sent some useful info: As for using your phone as a WIFI hot
spot, well it does have its place, when you are out and about in PJ.
But I wouldn't use it in place of your ISP right now at home. The ISP's
speeds are much faster than the cell phone's hot spot. The ISP's speed
is also more consistent. A cell phone's speed can and does vary,
depending on how much of a signal you can receive at that location. As
signal drops, your speeds drop from 4G, to 3G, to 2G and even 1G,
although by then you probably dropped whatever you were talking to.
This is done to keep your phone from stalling out ( it drops into an
endless loop sending and resending the same data packet). I have no
idea who your carriers are over there, and what kind of bandwidth they
can offer, for how much money. No carriers in the USA offers unlimited
data. They will sell you a certain amount then either turn off totally,
or slow down (called throttling) or worse, start billing your account.
Overages can really rack up a huge bill. Watching video streams like
you do will be very costly, or run you out of high speed data very
early into your month.
I'm aware of overages and how expensive they can be. Got
stung for $600 some years ago and was outraged! These days, my ISP
sends an email as well as a message to my phone when I've used half my
allocation, and then another reminder when I'm close to the limit. I
think it's a government regulation that applies to all carriers/ISPs.
But I rarely use any more than about half my 5GB/month which costs
about $30. I don't watch vids or movies on line, or download much.
In any case, I won't be buying anything for a while
yet... got too much fiscal catching up to do.
Jim mentioned coverage maps. I have the GN 'bible',
Camps Australia Wide, which lists all camps in Oz plus their facilities
including mobile/internet access. CAW also has a web site that updates
info regularlly. There's another web site called Wikicamps that GNs
use. So I'll be aware in advance of choosing my next camp site whether
I'll have internet access or not, and be able to advise accordingly.
It still seems strange to look through the kitchen
window and see Av's house without Av there. The house is a constant
reminder. It'll be even stranger when new folks move in.
A bloke was checking out a dinosaur skeleton in a museum
one time when an attendant happened to walk past. "Excuse me," the
bloke said, "but I was wondering how old this dinosaur is." The
attendant replied, "65 million, 12 years and 3 months." The bloke was
astonished. "Really?" he said. "That's very interesting. How did you
arrive at such a precise age? Carbon dating?" The attendant replied,
"Well, sir, when I got this job, they told me that dinosaur was 65
million years old, and I've been here 12 years and 3 months."
From the Beeb: A
long-term ceasefire has been agreed between Israel and Palestinian
militants in the Gaza Strip.
The truce, ending seven weeks of fighting that has left more than 2,200
people - mostly Palestinians - dead, was brokered by Egypt and began at
19:00 local time (16:00 GMT).
Hamas said the deal represented a "victory for the resistance".
Israel is to ease its blockade of Gaza to allow in aid and building
materials, Israeli officials said. Wonders will never cease.
Mozilla, a company
best known for its Firefox browser, has launched a new low-cost
smartphone in India that will retail for 1,999 rupees ($33; £19.90).
The phone is only for sale on India's online shopping site, Snapdeal.
The Intex Cloud FX runs on Mozilla's Firefox operating system and as
such it will be the first low-cost device running that system available
India's emerging market is regarded as the world's fastest growing for
Various emerging markets across Asia are seen by mobile device
manufacturers as the key remaining areas for massive growth.
"With the launch of Intex Cloud FX, we aim to enable the masses to get
smartphone experience at the cost of a feature phone," Mozilla
said in a statement.
One of the
best-preserved copies of the first Superman comic has sold for $3.2m
(£1.9m), a record price for a comic book, according to eBay.
Superman made his debut in Action Comics #1, which cost 10 cents in
Only around 50 unrestored originals are thought to have survived, and
this was described as the most immaculate.
alternativistas who also thrive on
multitasking, nirvana may be at hand with the Halfbike, a
think-outside-the-velocipede conveyance that allows users to jog and
bike at the same time. The minimalistic machine, essentially a hybrid
of a tri-wheeled scooter and a rolling, miniature elliptical machine,
sprang from the brainpans of Bulgaria natives Martin Angelov and Mihail
Klenov. The two architects are among a vanguard of young entrepreneurs
intent on reshaping personal urban transport.
My bank has just introduced a snazzy new credit card
feature... locking transactions made at overseas banks
or purchases made at overseas stores, as well as cash withdrawals from
all ATMs. I can also limit the value of any transaction to an amount I
nominate. If my CC details are ever stolen and an attempt is made to
use my card overseas or at any ATM anywhere, it's automatically
prevented. If I need to unlock the card for a particular purchase or
period, I can do it instantly on line. That'll upset the plans of a few
Here's an interesting short story from a GN about his
honeymoon 30 years ago, and his hired caravan that went up in flames.
And here's a bloke who has chosen the GN forum to tell
everyone about his clinical depression and anxiety, and how the GN
lifestyle helps him handle it.
And that's it for today, boils and goils. Gary
August 26, 2014. Wet, wet, wet... but the ducks
aren't complaining. Neither is Stan the Lawn Man cos he just turned up
with Sue to do the mowing and trimming. He was supposed to be at a
friend's farm helping out with shearing but the rain has stalled
proceedings. And now PJ is covered in wet grass clippings. :-/
Mieke is showing off her success in the Pano Awards -
two bronze. The gold and silver must have been totally awesome for
Mieke's work to win bronze. She's a talented girl for sure... and a
hard worker. Check out Quaille Falls and Dove Lake Boatshed.
TX Greg wrote: Hmmm,
so right now you're paying for both a mobile hot spot and a mobile
Yeah... it's just a basic $50 phone, not a smartie. Not
sure what you mean by hotspot. I use a USB modem. I know there are
modems that are not attached to the laptop that create a hotspot for
use by multiple wifi devices. Some GNs have mentioned them and use them.
Why couldn't you just
keep "Spin" for the web hosting, then search for a good mobile phone
carrier and upgrade to a smartphone. I take it you have 4G service over
there? With the smartphone you can bluetooth straight to the laptop for
your internet connection. The main thing would be to shop around for
plans and service coverage. If you can find a plan with unlimited data
that would be great too. Most carrier's have deals and deep discounts
on the actual smartphone when signing up. And like computers and
browsers there are many different types of operating platforms. I went with the Moto X with the Android system...
Roite, so I can ditch the USB modem and use just the smart phone as
both a phone and modem? Some GNs use a smart phone tethered to a laptop
for internet connection, so I guess the tether uses a USB port. Is
there such a thing as a smart phone that creates a hotspot without a
I find the range of smartphones confusing. $500+ sounds expensive to me
but, on the other hand, maybe the cheaper ones don't deliver the kind
of services I require. Problem is, I don't know what I require. Even
the word bluetooth baffles me. What the hell does bluetooth do?
Funny you should mention the Moto X. I just got an email from Kogan for the Moto X at $359.
From the Beeb: Syria's foreign
minister has offered to help the US fight the Islamic State (IS)
militant group, which has seized swathes of land in Iraq and Syria.
Walid Muallem said Syria was "the centre of the international coalition
to fight Islamic State".
The US has already bombed IS fighters in Iraq and has hinted it would
be willing to take action in Syria.
Western powers generally shun Syria's government, accusing it of
carrying out atrocities in its three-year civil war. How odd! Who is the enemy? Assad or IS? Or both?
Very strange indeed. First the West sides with the rebels against
Assad. But now the rebels seem to be controlled by IS. Is Assad now the
lesser of two evils?
How Norway has avoided
the 'curse of oil'. Hugged by mountains and
perched on a stunning coastline of fjords,
Bergen, Norway's second-largest city, has picture-postcard views.
As the centre of Norway's booming oil and gas industries, it is also a
very wealthy place.
Yet there are few displays of ostentatious spending - there are no
supercars with tinted windows, no designer handbag shops, and no queues
of people outside exclusive nightclubs.
For while other countries have struck oil and then binged on the
revenues, by contrast Norway is continuing to invest its oil and gas
money in a giant sovereign wealth fund.
The fund, worth about $800bn (£483bn), owns 1% of the entire world's
stocks, and is big enough to make every citizen a millionaire in the
country's currency, the kroner. In
effect, it is a giant savings
Led Zeppelin's Whole
Lotta Love has been voted the greatest guitar riff of all time by
listeners of BBC Radio 2.
The rock classic came out top from a list of 100 riffs drawn up by a
panel of Radio 2 and 6 Music DJs, critics and record producers.
Sweet Child O' Mine by Guns 'N' Roses was second in the poll, with Back
In Black (AC/DC) and Smoke On The Water (Deep Purple) the next most
Led Zep guitarist Jimmy Page said he was "knocked out" by winning the vote.
Travellers on Qantas and
Virgin Australia will be able to use their
mobile phones and other electronic devices during flights from today.
The new rule applies to international and domestic passengers flying
the two Australian airlines.
It will affect tablets, e-readers and small game consoles, as well as
Some airlines in the United States, Europe and New Zealand already
allow passengers to keep their phones on during flights.
Aircraft are now designed and manufactured so that smartphones and
other electronic devices do
not interfere with with flights.
Is turning 70 a big deal? NC Art turned seventy so long ago he can't
even remember it. It was last century! The last birthday party I had
was 30 years ago when I turned 40, and that's only because someone else
organized it. I don't make a fuss about birthdays. Should I make a fuss
about this one? Nah, methinks not. However, turning 70 is not without
its special blessings.
I remember SF Jim saying he was discovering new aches every day in his
early 70s, but he still walked Biggs each morning. Biggs was a cocker
spaniel who was probably about 90 in human years, with arthritis as
well as chronic lethargy. Not a difficult mutt to take walkies. I
haven't really noticed any aches yet, but I have noticed certain things
take a little longer - such as rising after kneeling, climbing stairs
and even walking. And running? Yeah, right.
The best thing about turning 70 is the sense of freedom you get.
Finally, you can stop worrying about what other people think, and do as
you please. You can speak your mind and it doesn't matter if you're
wrong. Wrong schmong. Who gives a damn? You can make controversial
statements with blissful abandon because you're officially wise now,
and to hell with anyone who dares argue.
You're now three score and ten which is a deliciously valid excuse for
leaving your fly undone, wearing odd socks, or pausing mid-sentence
with a blank expression. You're no longer judged as harshly as you were
when you were younger. People are more than willing to forgive your
eccentricities and transgressions. Some even think they're endearing!
No longer are you a slave to fashion or a mortgage or a spiteful boss.
You're a senior! You've earned your stripes! You're now a well
respected member of society simply because you've turned 70. You've
survived all the worries, the stresses, the anxieties, the fears and
the pressures that now seem so absurdly trivial in retrospect. You're
free at last!
I know you've been worried sick about my blocked shower drain. The
plumber with apprentice in tow arrived a little while ago and lifted
the grate from the plug hole. Voila! Hanging from the grate was a large
knot of wet tangled hair. Ew! The plumber (with interested apprentice
looking on) used a pair of narrow pliers to extricate the repulsive
looking material which he placed in a plastic bag I handed to the
apprentice (who was delighted to be given something to do), and that
was it. The grate went back into position, the shower was turned on to
test the drain, and all was well again. I could have done it myself
but... I rent so the plumber was free.
A long time ago I heard that when coppers start looking like boys, you
know you're getting old. It's true. Anna from the dental clinic and I
were chatting in a narrow corridor the other day when I suddenly
realized just how ridiculously young she looks. She's not, though.
She's getting married soon so she's probably mid twenties. So why is it
that young people appear to be getting younger rather than me getting
older? Buggered if I know.
All I know, dear Breth, is that the next decade will be the best of my
life; a great and memorable adventure. And at 70, I think I'm finally
mentally equipped to make the most of it. Gary
August 25, 2014. Noice,
sunny day and I'm off to the dental clinic shortly. Isn't that
exciting? Whoosh! Back again. I asked Andries when the gum might heal
and he shrugged, "I don't know... depends on Nature." That's what I
expected. My next booking is this Friday, my birthday, and Anna has
promised to make a cheesecake for me. Here's the recipe.
My monster bills from the past few months will be paid
in October so I'll be able to plan another mini Odyssey. Hopefully,
they'll become a regular occurrence from then on. The fresh air and
outdoors might even give Nature a kick-a-long to heal my gum faster -
the power of positive thought. Yeah?
Dealing with meals while camping won't be a hassle like
it was before the new diet. All I need is cooked meat from the deli and
a bunch of vegies which I'll blend and put in containers beforehand.
Oats, milk, brown sugar and malt will be fine for brekky and I can make
a couple of smoothies in advance. The rest of my stuff comes
prepackaged. Re-heating the main meal is simple enough - a plate over a
saucepan of simmering water with the saucepan lid on top of the plate.
From the Beeb: Fighters
from Islamic State (IS) have taken control of a key Syrian government
airbase, activists say.
The Tabqa airbase was the last remaining stronghold of Bashar
al-Assad's government in Raqqa province..
State TV confirmed that government forces had "evacuated" the airbase.
Days of fighting there have reportedly killed hundreds on both sides.
More than 191,000 people have now been killed in the three-year-old
Syrian conflict up to April, the UN says.
IS, formerly known as Isis, has expanded its reach into large parts of
eastern Syria and northern Iraq in recent months.
The US has launched limited airstrikes against the group in Iraq but
has not targeted them in Syria. Jeez,what a choice... Assad or IS.
film director Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90, his son
Lord Attenborough was one of Britain's leading actors, before becoming
a highly successful director.
In a career that spanned six decades, he appeared in films including
Brighton Rock, World War Two prisoner of war thriller The Great Escape
and later in dinosaur blockbuster Jurassic Park.
As a director he was perhaps best known for Gandhi, which won him two Oscars.
My internet connection is slow again today... slower
than usual which means it's virtually dead in its tracks. Accessing
websites like the Beeb is impossible. I'm not sure what's going on but
I've tried everything - restarting, turning the modem off and on, even
reinstalling the software twice. I suspect it's the carrier, Optus,
which is what my ISP uses. Most GNs use Telstra for their internet
connection because it has the widest reach. Telstra owns the Australian
network and leases parts of it to competitors such as Optus and
Vodaphone. The coverage by Telstra's competitors is fine in cities but
not so good in rural areas like Taree, and non existent in small towns.
My mobile phone works okay but the wireless modem doesn't for some
reason. It drops out several times a day... and I mean several! It was
okay with the Toshiba before its screen died. The trouble started when
I switched to the Acer.
Changing carriers will mean changing ISPs. Not sure how
that will affect my websites which are hosted by my current ISP. AO is
over 1GB already and I certainly don't wanna be uploading all those
files, folders and directories again.
Here we are, back in business: A six-year-old boy was left unhurt after
being run over by a driver in China's Shandong Province on Wednesday.
The boy was at the side of a driveway when a car drove over him. Nuala
An earthquake with a
magnitude of 6.0 has shaken northern California,
causing injuries and damage to buildings.
The USGS said it struck at 03:20 local time (10:20 GMT) four miles
(6km) north-west of the town of American Canyon, at a depth of 6.7
At least 87 people have been taken to hospital in the Napa area, a
renowned wine-producing region and tourist area.
California Governor Jerry Brown has declared a state of emergency in
order to deal with the
effects of the quake.
Yes, the new diet. It certainly has brought a bit of joy
back to meal times. I actually look forward to meals, even breakfast.
In fact, I had breakfast twice this morning hehe. And having separate
servings of meat and various veg for dinner means I can enjoy the
individual flavors - and taste is important. Is that being
philosophical? Whatever it is, it's better than bitching about
something I can't change.
Funny how things work out. I had a large tin of malt
extract sitting on the kitchen bench for ages wondering how the hell I
could use it. Tried it in smoothies but it was too thick to blend, and
I couldn't figure out how else to use it. Then came the quick oats and
whammo! Problem solved, and what's more I love it with oats. The first
can got used up pretty quick and now I'm well into the second.
If it hadn't been for my stint in hospital with
pneumonia, and being fed the kind of food I'm having now, I'd still be
struggling with my old diet. The only reason I didn't reject the
hospital food (like I did after the cancer op in Sydney) was because I
was starving! Then I discovered it tasted a lot better than it looked
hehe. So there ya go. It was worth putting up with those bossy nurses.
And that's it for today... if I can get this damn modem
to connect. Gary
August 24, 2014. With
all this talk about cars from the fifties lately, here's a pic I
favorited on Red Bubble the other day. Cool, huh? And here's another by
the same guy. Wicked stuff.
So you have to wonder if today's cars, restaurants,
films, music, iPhones, etc, will become tomorrow's nostalgic icons,
treated with the same reverence and affection as those from the 30s
through the 60s. Time will tell. I watched a program last night about
the resurgence of vinyl recordings. It's not so much about people my
age buying them but younger peeps. Maybe it's a fad. One bloke
explained that people don't see the value in paying $30 for a CD but
they're quite happy to pay $30 for a 12" LP in a large jacket.
Meanwhile, I'm happy with my USB sticks.
OH Jim's got the sniffles and has hit the hay to
recuperate. Not a well lad is our Jim - coughing, runny nose, sore
throat. But he did comment on Waffle and my stint as a radio writer. He
sent this link to a story about a Cincinnati ad agency
that ran a campaign on radio to assess radio's affectiveness. That was
back in '85 but Jim still remembers it.
Just got a Bubble Mail from Mieke after telling her what
the story is about my gum and my chances of hitting the road any time
soon. She said I'm a strong man... and more philosophical than
frustrated. Philosophical, huh? There ya go. I also told her
about Bubba and sent her a link to Bubba's pics.
From the Beeb: The
murder of a US journalist by an Islamic State militant believed to be
from the UK is "an utter betrayal of everything the British people
stand for", the foreign secretary has said.
Writing in the Sunday Times, Philip Hammond said the government was
investing "significant resources" to tackle "a barbaric ideology".
This, he added, could threaten Britain.
Echoing other government ministers, Mr Hammond said the threat from
Syria and Iraq would last a generation.
While the security services hunt the man who beheaded American James
Foley, the foreign secretary made clear his revulsion that the culprit
could be British.
Ukraine is to mark
its independence day with a military parade in Kiev as fighting
continues in the east.
The parade will feature hundreds of marching servicemen and military
hardware. Critics say that it is inappropriate when Ukraine is at war.
Pro-Russian rebels in the eastern city of Donetsk - the scene of the
heaviest fighting - say they will hold their own parade featuring
imprisoned soldiers. Bang,
bang, you're dead.
Sir Cliff Richard has
been interviewed under caution in connection with an alleged historical
sexual offence, South Yorkshire Police has said.
Sir Cliff voluntarily met officers and was not arrested or charged.
It comes after police searched his home in Sunningdale, Berkshire, on
14 August as part of their investigation.
The veteran pop star denies the alleged offence, saying the claim of an
assault at a religious event in Sheffield in 1985 is "completely false".
I hope so.
Will Self asks why
people laugh at jokes which he doesn't find funny,
and whether there's such a thing as the wrong type of humour.
Nothing is funny twice - I mean that. In fact, most things that are
meant to be funny aren't even funny once, let alone twice. But in that
case - I can hear your protests helium-squeaking through the ether -
why do people repeat anecdotes, jokes and witticisms with such
frequency? Why do we listen to and watch repeats
of comedy programmes?
puh-leeeease! Nothing irritates me more than canned laughter. Frankly,
good comedy is an extremely rare commodity these days. Sit coms are
churned out like cornflake boxes on a conveyor belt. Dumb plots,
rapid-fire, puerile one-liners and, of course, canned laughter. Tragic.
Dry wit appeals to me more than guffaw material. And being quietly
It's been a quiet day today, ladies and genitals. No...
wait a tick... not all that quiet... the shower overflowed cos the
drain's blocked. I tried the plunger but whatever the obstruction is,
it's stuck, so I'll need a plumber. Bleh. Gary
August 23, 2014. Another weekend already! I was
thinking about FL Josh's comment that 'estate' sounds very British.
They have estate cars whereas Americans have station wagons. In Oz, a
farm or ranch is called a property, so we have property wagons, right?
Nope. I vaguely remember some British vehicles here called estate cars
but GM and Ford called theirs station wagons, and the latter name
stuck. I remember cars being called
estate wagons and looked that up finding this: "Station wagon and wagon
are the common names in American, Canadian, New Zealand and Australian
English, while estate car and estate are common in the rest of the
English-speaking world. Both names harken to the car's role as a
shuttle, with storage space for baggage, between country estates and
And now, thanks to the VW Golf, we have hatchbacks which
are a great idea, I reckon. A cross between a station wagon and a
sedan. Twin cab utilities popular in Oz too... a cross
between a sedan and a pickup. PJ is only a single cab but there's a
surprising amount of room behind the seat for extra luggage.
Speaking of old English, Captain James Cook went on (from the far
southeastern corner of the Australian continent) to chart the east
coast of what was then known as New Holland, mapping numerous inlets
and bays as he headed north. On 22 August 1770, at Possession Island in
Torres Strait, Cook claimed the eastern coast of the continent for
Great Britain under the name of New South Wales. The territory he
claimed included "the whole eastern coast, from latitude 38 degrees S
to this place, latitude 10.5 degrees S, in right of His Majesty King
George the Third. This essentially meant just the eastern parts of what
are now New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland. Cook recorded the
"Notwithstand[ing] I had in the Name of His Majesty taken possession of
several places upon this coast, I now once more hoisted English
Coloures and in the Name of His Majesty King George the Third took
possession of the whole Eastern Coast by the name New South Wales,
together with all the Bays, Harbours Rivers and Islands situate upon
the said coast, after which we fired three Volleys of small Arms which
were Answered by the like number from the Ship."
I've been in Jimmy Cook's cabin! Well, not quite... a
replica... back in 2008 when I went to Port Macquarie to check out HMB
Endeavour. A most interesting tour was that one. A most memorable
experience... an eighteenth century version of a 21st century space
station. If you'd like to read the journal entry, click
The pics and journal entry demonstrate the value of
recording and documenting an experience so that it can be preserved and
shared. Otherwise it becomes a memory, and memories don't exist. For
example, prospective tenants inspected Averil's house yesterday. All
they saw was a bunch of empty rooms. Nothing about Averil and Kev who
lived there for over 20 years. Averil and Kev are memories that exist
only in the minds of those who knew them. So that's why documenting the
Odyssey is so important to me.
I happened to be handy with a camera after Av's
hairdresser had visited the house to give her a perm. As I mentioned a
while ago, Av rarely went anywhere but she liked to look presentable.
From the Beeb: A
Chinese fighter came perilously close to a US military patrol plane
over international waters east of China's Hainan Island, the Pentagon
Spokesman John Kirby said that the US had protested to the Chinese
military over the mid-air intercept, calling the fighter pilot's
actions "unsafe and unprofessional".
He said that the Chinese aircraft came within 10 metres of the US Navy plane.
Authorities in New
York have denied parole to the man who shot dead musician John Lennon
in 1980 for the eighth time.
Mark Chapman was sentenced to 20 years to life in 1981 after pleading
guilty to second-degree murder.
Chapman, now 59, shot Lennon four times outside a Manhattan
freeze people to cheat death’: Max More will have his brain frozen
after he dies, and he’s not alone. Rose Eveleth asks him why he signed
up – and how the strange procedure of cryopreserving bodies actually works.
Hmmm. Immortality, I strongly suspect, is something
desired exclusively by mortals. Once you cease to exist, nothing
matters any more. Nothing. Zilch. The ultimate state of bliss. No
desires, no cravings, no fears, no regrets, no nuttin. And no knickers
in knots over immortality. Hehe.
Anyone know what a soul looks like? Round, square,
oblong? Triangular? Anyone know what color a soul is? I was taught that
sin made your soul black, and confession made it white again. But
that's politically incorrect these days, which makes me wonder what
color God is and what color the Devil is. Anyway, I've been thinking
about this a lot... just exactly what does a soul look like. And I
figured it out. It's round and gray with lots of dimples.
So what was I saying about the importance of documenting
the Odyssey? According to what I've just written, it won't matter when
I'm dead. True. Not to me. But it might to my nephews and nieces. Or to
other people for whatever reason. And that's basically what we're all
here for, right? To contribute something.
FL Josh earns a crust by combing through legal documents
editing them, so I was interested in his opinion of the letter I sent
to the local Ford dealership. He invited me to send him a copy which I
did via email: I
like it. You did an excellent job of raising serious questions about
the quality of their work without being offensive and making it where
you could never take a vehicle there again. That's a tricky road to
walk and you did it very well. Thanks for sharing it with me.
My first attempt at a formal document was when I wrote
the contract between the members of my band and me. I figured as their
manager, the professional thing to do was to have a contract. Right? So
I got busy with my Parker and wrote lots of hithertos and whereupons
and aforementioneds and shalls and hereins, which looked pretty flash,
I thought. I worked in an office where documents were full of that
kinda stuff. A few years later, I worked in radio and progressed to
writing advertising copy. All self taught I might add. I learned a lot,
though. A helluva lot, especially about brevity and making each and
every word count. Not that it's apparent on Waffle but Waffle's a
different kettle of fish... except for one thing... don't bore your
audience. Or, at least, try not to.
The thing about ads is that they're an intrusion. As a
rule, people don't like them. So I tried to make them entertaining,
even funny, or at least interesting. Without a doubt, the ads that
influenced me the most - ever - were the VW ads produced by Doyle,
Dane, Bernbach. Classics, like the 'Lemon' ad.
So how do you create an ad like the Lemon ad on radio?
You use words to create the image. This
car is a lemon. Sure, it looks shiny and new and perfect just like any
other Volkswagen Beetle fresh from the factory but it's not. It's a
lemon. And then you go on to tell the story of quality control.
The opening line of any radio commercial is crucial. It's the attention
grabber. You can't use borders or full pages or large print on radio
hehe. Everything depends on that first line.
Yes, all very interesting. I remember waaaaaay back in
my early days producing an ad for a chicken shop. Their BBQ'd chickens
had a special stuffing, so I used lots of reverb on the ad to simulate
the announcer (sounding like Vincent Price) being inside a chicken as
he talked about the stuffing and how good it was. "Come with me as I step inside a Smith's
barbecued chicken to discover what it is that makes it so irresistibly
Hehe. That's the thing about radio... you can create all kinds of
'visual' effects as cheap as chips by using "theater of the mind". A
bit of music, a few sound effects, a clever script, and that's it.
Oh... and good actors. Come to think of it, that ad would have been
most amusing with a David Attenborough voice using botanical names for
the herbs and spices.
I reckon I could still run rings around most writers
these days. My only problem was being a lousy businessman (not to
mention an obstreperous employee). Oh well...
And that's it for this particular Satdee. Time again for
the usual. Gary
August 22, 2014. FL Josh wrote: Thanks for the explanation of what an
estate agent is. Over here in the States, we call such a person a
property manager. "Estate" sounds very British so I can see how your
term came to be. Over here, an estate is a very, very large property
like what the super wealthy have.
The person who does the inspection is called a property
manager but the firm is called a real estate agency. In Oz an estate
can be any size. Even Av's possessions, which don't include land or a
house, are referred to as her estate.
Okay, I have another
question. Here in the States, we drive on the right side of the road,
and when we walk down sidewalks, or hallways, or the aisles of stores,
we walk to the right. In Oz, you drive on the left, and I am guessing
you walk down sidewalks, hallways, store aisles, etc., on the left. Is
Most of the time but not all, especially at the mall
where people congregate in groups to chat, oblivious to those around
them. Or window shop and block the path of others. Shoppers with
trolleys also tend to ignore order and/or courtesy.
The second and final episode about healthy diet on
Catalyst was on telly last night and quoted Hippocrates, "Let medicine
by thy food and food be thy medicine." The show featured a young
gymnast who, by all appearances, was healthy but his diet of fast,
processed food told a completely different story. A blood test showed
that he was insulin resistant and in danger of becoming diabetic.
He was offered a healthy diet put together by a
nutritionist. He agreed to try it for a month, albeit reluctantly,
concerned about taste, and that he would not enjoy his meals. Week one
was a struggle, and he complained that he sorely missed his former diet
of burgers and fries. But week two was a complete turnaround. He said
to the camera as he recorded his daily diary, "Forget what I said last
week. I'm really enjoying healthy food now."
By the end of the month, he was happy to maintain his
new high-fiber diet. His blood test revealed much healthier levels of
insulin. The bad bacteria in his gut had been replaced by good bacteria.
Which led to another story about a woman with chronic
diarrhea. She was virtually chained to the loo, unable to leave the
house for shopping, walks or other normal activities. But first,
researchers dealing with mice, explained why those animals (as well as
many others including dogs) are coprophagous. In other words, they eat
each other's feces in order to gain the type of bacteria in the gut
needed to digest certain foods and maintain good health.
once caught Kelly #1 about to consume another dog's
poo and was absolutely horrified, so she backed off. I thought it was
gross. But little did I realize then due to my pathetic ignorance that
she was only following nature's instructions. If I'd taken more care
with her diet, she wouldn't have needed to go sniffing around for
In the case of the woman with chronic diarrhea, a far
more palatable method of introducing good bacteria to her ulcerated
lower gut was devised. Poo from a healthy human was processed, placed
in a large syringe, and injected from the 'other end', about a meter
into the intestine. This procedure was performed a number times with
result that the woman is now back to good health and leading a normal
So health is largely dependant upon the bugs that live
in our gut, which is directly related to diet. To quote Hippocrates
again, "Let medicine by thy food and food be thy medicine." Researchers
are also confident that the presence of good bacteria in the gut can
also treat many other diseases such as asthma, diabetes, emphasema and
TX Greg wrote: Speaking
of your birthday, I was thinking of just HOW many candles we need this
year and I found these, hahahahahaha. Think you can blow all those out?
Moooooving right along, here's something a tad more
salubrious from NC Art: The car show
brought a nostalgic tingle. The 39 Chevy sedan was a ringer for my
Dad’s last car. The Vacuumatic gear shift was a step before fluid drive
and elimination of clutch. The steering post lever would not move
swiftly, and resisted all efforts to force it. The 57 Chevy BelAir had
me confused about the actual model year … 55, 56 ? Anyway it was a
spiffy road machine and very popular.
Cars are like songs... they remind us of a particular
time in our lives. It occurred to me the other day when I saw a promo
on telly for the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles in Oz, that 1964 was
also the year of the EH Holden. I was 20... back when life seemed so
much simpler. Or was it? Maybe I have a selective memory.
Anna asked on Monday if I'd heard anything back from
Ford after sending the letter of complaint. Nope, not yet. I figure
they have no one in their regular employ who's equipped to adequately
answer such a tome. It's quite detailed and 2 pages long, and requires
much more than a simple response or phone call. I suspect it's been
forwarded to their law firm. I also suspect it's caused a ruckus at
Ford... perhaps a few 'please explains' from management to the service
department. So, we shall wait and see.
From the Beeb: Jihadists
holding US journalist James Foley wanted a $132m (£80m) ransom for his
release, his employer has said.
GlobalPost CEO Philip Balboni said the Islamic State (IS) militants had
first demanded money last year.
Mr Foley was abducted in November 2012, and a video of his beheading
was released by IS earlier this week.
The US has begun a formal criminal investigation into Mr Foley's death,
with the attorney general warning that the country has a "long memory".
Meanwhile, speaking at a press conference on Thursday, US Defence
Secretary Chuck Hagel described IS as an imminent threat and "beyond
just a terrorist group".
"They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical
military prowess, they are tremendously well-funded... this is beyond anything that we have seen," he said.
The world's oldest
man has been named as Sakari Momoi, who is 111 years old and living in
Mr Momoi was born on 5 February 1903 and was recognised at an official
ceremony held by Guinness World Records.
It means Japan is now home to the world's oldest man and woman.
Claire Brennan reports. My
father was born in 1903 but died in 1979.
watchdog has announced unscheduled checks on McDonald's restaurants
across Russia as part of a probe into food standards.
The move comes after watchdog Rospotrebnadzor temporarily shut four
McDonald's restaurants in Moscow.
The actions come amid rising tensions and sanctions between Russia and
the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
The regulator denied the checks were politically motivated. McDonald's
said "top quality" food was its priority.
The regulatory agency said: "There are complaints about the quality and
safety of the products in fast food restaurant chain McDonald's."
BBC Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg said: "The suspicion is that
because McDonald's is one of the symbols of America, that's why it's
encountering problems now."
A system that allows
the exterior of aircraft to "feel" damage or injury in a way similar to
human skin is in development by BAE Systems.
The British defence contractor said the technology, which works by
covering the entire body of a plane with tens of thousands of
micro-sensors, is able to detect problems before they occur.
The devices could measure wind speed, temperature, strain and movement.
One analyst said the innovation could prove useful "far
beyond the military".
According to the Earth
Policy Institute, a US-based environmental
advocacy group, bicycle production quadrupled between 1950 and 2007.
During the same period, car production merely doubled. It's a trend
that continues to this day, accelerated by rising fuel prices and urban
congestion. And during the last 10 years, the bicycle has enjoyed
something of a renaissance, thanks to ever-greater availability of
lightweight materials, advanced safety and comfort features, and
electric-motor-assist systems. Bicycles are becoming more beautiful,
too. Small manufacturers, custom shops and independent designers are
reinventing the humble two-wheeler with cutting-edge shapes and
technologies. Herewith, we pick 10 of our favourites. (Photo:
Cykno electric cycle, courtesy of Engeenius)
OH Jim expressed disappointment at his punch line about
anchovy flavored eggs (after admitting he suffered a craving for
anchovy pizza following a shingles vaccination) being omitted by the
cruel and heartless Waffle editor hehe. Yeah, well, them's the breaks,
kiddo. Jim is suffering the effects of a cold at the mo and is
understandably grumpy. Maybe he could do with a shot of poo up the
Speaking of healthy, just got a call from my oldest bro.
He'll be 84 in October and sounds great. His knees are shot though due
to a lifetime of standing - he's a hairdresser and still works one day
a week at his daughter's salon. So he's having his knees replaced soon.
He wants to play lawn bowls again, and jump back on his bicycle. He's
already had cataracts removed from his eyes which are now perfect. So
he's doing pretty well for an old geezer. I happened to mention oats
and he said he's had oats for breakfast every day, winter and summer,
ever since he can remember. He has them with honey and cinnamon.
Anyway, it was good to hear from him and to know that he's doing so
well as an octogenarian. He and I have similar builds, by the way. The
other two bros are taller and heavier... at least the remaining one is.
The youngest died a few years ago aged 61. He was a fitness fanatic. I
remember him describing our oldest bro as "a bent old man" some years
back. Yeah, right.
By the way, I've been lying to you about my first car
being a '51 Morris Oxford. I had a car previous to that one, and here's
That's my younger bro on the left. He was too small to
reach the pedals of that car but my parents bought him one for
Christmas anyway cos otherwise he would have screamed the house down
hehe. He had to "walk" the thing until his legs were long enough to
reach the pedals. I still remember driving mine around the backyard,
taking great care when reverse parking at the edge of the flower bed to
have it exactly parallel to the border. I was fussy like that. Note the
hands at the 2 o'clock position on the steering wheel. So there ya
go... I've finally owned up.
And now it's time for me to toddle off to telly land...
and chicken with veg and gravy. Gotta have gravy. Can't live without my
August 21, 2014. Noice
day, sunny and bright... and spring is just a week or two away. Off to
the dentist again this morning. OH Jim asked the other day if there's
anything more Andries can do about the exposed bone. Seems not. It's
just a matter of doing what he (and Nancy before him) has been doing so
far, which seems like forever. I see the specialist in Sydney next
month so maybe I'll know more then. Ho hum.
Not sure what to photograph on the next Sydney visit.
Maybe I'll get a ferry across to Balmain and check out the Victorian
terraces. Balmain began as a tough, working class inner suburb but is
(like Glebe) tres posh. The guy who sold me the house in Glebe back in
'78 first took me to Balmain. He drove down a narrow lane towards a
property for sale and I asked why we were going in the back way. "This
is the front entrance," he said. I told him if that's the best he could
do, then forget it. So I ended up buying the house at Glebe. But I'll
bet that tiny Balmain property is now worth a fortune as well.
Anyway, here I am 36 years later in Taree with PJ in the
drive and a dream of travelling Oz. Who could have guessed? Life is
funny like that - fulla surprises. I don't remember anyone asking me as
a kid what I wanted to be when I "grew up". I strongly suspect I had no
idea. Diddly squat. Always living for the moment, relying on impulse to
steer my course. The Odyssey is the only "plan" I've ever had, but even
that is not really a plan. Hehe. What's that song? No particular place
I suppose writing a book about my travels and adventures
is a goal. Memories are like dandelion seeds scattered to the wind
unless they're collated and documented in some kind of permanent form,
like a book. But it needs to be a special book; not just a travelogue
but a series of interesting observations about people and places;
stories that capture and intrigue the imagination, written by a
septuagenarian Huckleberry Finn. Yeah... that'll do.
Back from the dentist and Anna has promised to make a
cheesecake filling for my 70th birthday. I could do without the
birthday fuss but I have to admit the thought of pigging out on
cheesecake is too cool to refuse! Mmmm!
From the Beeb: A US
secret military mission had tried but failed to free US reporter James
Foley and other American hostages in Syria, US officials have said.
Their comments come after a video of Foley's beheading by Islamic State
(IS) militants appeared on Tuesday.
IS said Foley's death was revenge for US air strikes on its fighters in
US President Barack Obama condemned the killing as "an act of violence
that shocks the conscience of the entire world".
He compared IS militants, who control large parts of Syria and Iraq to
a "cancer" and said the group's ideology was "bankrupt".
Images and videos of
James Foley's killing have been circulating on social media,
distressing many who see them. A range of voices have emerged calling
for positive images and memories to be shared instead.
A video released by the Islamic State jihadist group shows the
beheading of the US journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012. The
footage has been uploaded to Youtube and Facebook, and screenshots are
also being posted on Twitter. I have no wish to see it nor any
other morbid propaganda from Isis. Remember the man and and the
positive things he did.
Following the recent
conflict between Israel and Palestinians in Gaza, there have been
reports from a number of countries of attacks targeting Jews. But does
the evidence support claims that anti-Semitism
is on the rise?
I don't often use Waffle to talk about Cody, mainly cos there are
many visitors who are unfamiliar with his story. Apart from the
dedication of this web site to Cody's memory, his story doesn't
relate to the purpose of the Odyssey. However, I think OK Mike's
email today is the exception to the rule. For those of you who are
unaware, I wrote a book about Cody's life. Following Cody's death in
an auto accident in 2001, I wrote a second book that involved one of
Cody's best mates, Steve, who had a terrible time dealing with the
death of his soul mate as well as drug addiction and other demons.
The books are called Green Room and Green Room II. Here's the email that Mike sent today:
Good morning my friend,
Oh boy, where to start?
This afternoon I finished
Green Room II, taking more than a few months to absorb Steve's story. I
intentionally would put it down for a couple days every couple chapters
to let all the information soak in. Upon completion I am thrilled to
learn of Steve's, then, victory over many of his demons.
I too lived through a mess
much like Steve's and know what it's like losing someone so special,
then to slip into oblivion.
I sobered up 17 years ago only after everything in my life was gone.
People, family, career, home... I mean everything, the loneliness was
unbearable which led to me sobering up. Career and home came back, my
Back to your book, thank you
for doing such a masterly job at getting Cody's message to paper. In
reading II, I quickly noticed how the values Cody possessed became
apparent in the lives of those he loved .
Steve's sharing of his story added dimension and weight to the first
book, answered many questions and transported me into their day to day
I truly hope those involved have made peace with one another and
continue to share the love and respect that Cody was so free with.
I, through 12 step work,
speak and share my story 50 times or more a year, most recently three
months ago after completing Green Room. Your book enabled me to speak
to a much younger crowd than what's the norm for me.
Thank you Gary and bless you.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Mike. It's gratifying
to know that Green Room and Green Room II resonate so profoundly with
readers... not that I have all that many, but there's not been a single
negative comment from anyone. More importantly, I'm grateful for the
unique opportunity both Cody and Steve provided me in telling me their
stories so honestly and earnestly, and often with great humor, so that
others could become the beneficiaries. Sometimes I need to be reminded
of just how worthwhile it was - and is - to have written those books.
I wasn't familiar with "12 steps" so I did a Google and
found the Wikipedia explanation. It's good to know you're
with such a fine organization and its good work, Mike. And I'm
particularly chuffed that you critiqued the books as a person with some
authority. I remember SF Jim, a Lutheran minister who died in
2006, using the word "astonishing" to describe Steve's story as it
unfolded. For Steve himself it was also astonishing... he fully
expected to be hated by those who read his story in its original
serialized form but the opposite happened, and everyone was rooting for
him. That's when he began to realize he wasn't alone in his struggle.
So there ya go... another Waffle bites the dust and it's
time to step out of my cape and body suit and become plain ol' G again
hehe. Telly and dinner await! BTW, OH Jim suggested the orange yolks in
free range eggs might be the result of a different breed of chook. Oh
dear. He insists that an egg is an egg is an egg, and it's cheaper to
buy the cage variety. Eggs
are eggs. I don't really care where they are from, as long as they are
competitively priced. Marking up "free range" eggs is nothing but a
scam. If the chickens are out side, eating bugs all day, they should be
cheaper to maintain, since they won't be eating as much chicken feed.
Oh, and a deep color yoke could be from the breed of chicken, and not
from the food they are fed. The eggs we would eat from my grandparent's
farm didn't look or taste any different than the grocery store ones.
I'm outta here. Gary
August 20, 2014. TX Greg wrote: I only found two problems with the Show n
This pic got corrupt on upload and cut off the bottom
half... 2: There's NO gawk shots, hahaha Always neat
seeing those old cars :) Thanks, Greg... fixed now. That purple
is the same as Tough Titties, except TT was brown
with a white roof.
OK Mike wrote: Fantastic
job with the " Show and Shine " album , there's always time to stop and
gawk at a nice, or as you would say "noice" classic automobile.
Sometime in the past you shared a trip into town and documented that
day's travels , would this be something you may do again ? I really
enjoy following along in videos like that , kind of makes me feel as if
I am riding along .
Yep, I intend to shoot more vids once I'm on the the
road... or even beforehand on short trips. I also intend to shoot a vid
of PJ when set up in a camping spot - inside and out. Time has been
getting away from me, and there have been all kinds of interruptions of
FL Josh wrote: Compare
your pictures of the
"EK Holden 1961," front and back, to the
1956 Packard Executive. Incredible likeness.
Meanwhile, OH Jim noted: That
EK Holden 1961 looks like a 1955 Bel Air Chevy. I remember you said
that the Aussie models run behind the US ones, but 6 years? BTW, where
does the name Holden come from? wonder why they just didn't call it a
Chevrolet? I was looking for Fords and /or Mustangs. There weren't any
there that day?
Jim, if you had over 50% of the local market, would you be in any hurry
to change? It was only the arrival of the locally built Ford Falcon
in 1960 and the Chrysler Valiant a little later that prompted GM-H to
"update". They got caught with their pants down so they based the EK on
the 1955 Chevy with modifications. However, the Falcon and Valiant were
more modern looking... lower and wider... so GM-H soon kept more
up-to-date with Chevy models as they were released in the US,
such as the EH Holden.
Remember, GM in England is called Vauxhall, and GM in
Germany is called Opel. The name Holden has been around for over a
century. It was a saddlery and coach building company during the 19th
and early 20th centuries. GM bought Holden to facilitate the building
of car bodies for GM products here in Oz. There was talk of building a
completely local car but WWII got in the way and it was shelved. The
first Holden rolled off the assembly line in 1948. Before GM's
involvement, Holden built bodies for Ford and Chrysler as well as GM.
As to no Fords at the show and shine, well it wasn't called the GM Show
n Shine for nuttin ya know.
And now back to FL Josh before he was rudely interrupted: Here's a video on the life of chickens in
a major commercial egg farm
where the chickens are caged.
Egg Farms. Not all
farms are guilty of breaking the rules, of course, but I've seen
under-cover video shot by animal liberationists that shows quite a
What's the difference
between a landlady and an estate agent and how do they interrelate?
The landlady/lord owns the property and engages the
agent to monitor the property's upkeep and collect the rent (for a
fee). When the property becomes vacant, it's also the job of the agent
to advertise it for lease and to vet prospective tenants.
BTW, Jim also found out the hard way why refrigerator
manufacturers don't recommend defrosting with a screw driver. I had no
prob using a screw driver to release chunks of ice from Lindsay's old
fridge in the outside laundry. It's an ancient Kelvinator built like a
tank and heavy as. We used it as a beer fridge but no one drinks booze
here anymore - very occasionally. Anyway, the idea is to loosen the
ice, not to dig a fishing hole.
Strawberries were on spesh at the supermarket for just
$2 a punnet so I bought two and then pureed them, and spooned a
generous dollop or three over my creamed rice. YUM! I was a little
hesitant cos I like rice cream on its own but the strawbs enhanced the
flavor without overpowering. Nothing like the taste of fresh strawbs.
I'll try some on my yoghurt later.
From the Beeb: The
Islamic State militant group has released a video online purporting to
show the beheading of US journalist James Foley, missing since 2012.
The militants said the killing was revenge for US air strikes against
the Islamic State group in Iraq.
Foley's mother Diane said on Facebook she was proud of her son: "He
gave his life trying to expose the world to the suffering of the Syrian
The White House said if the video was genuine, the US would be
Which is what IS wants.
Russia's embargo on
imported Western food is hitting its own people, as food prices in
Moscow shops have jumped by up to 6% in just a week.
Moscow officials say frozen fish prices in the capital's major
supermarkets have risen by 6%, milk by 5.3% and an average cheese costs
4.4% more than it did before the 7 August ban took effect.
Russia has banned imports of those basic foods, as well as meat and
many other products, from Western countries, Australia and Japan. It is
retaliation for the West's sanctions on Russia over the revolt by
pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
has called on US authorities to show restraint against protesters in
It said it was "closely following the escalation of protests" after the
fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman on 9
The statement echoes US President Barack Obama's comments during
Egypt's crackdown on protesters in 2013.
Correspondents say the criticism is unusual since Egypt gets about
$1.5bn (£1bn) in aid from the US every year.
It's a tit for tat game.
A West Yorkshire
company which revamps old Citroen 2CVs has said it is
selling increasing numbers of the cars to France.
The Bradford firm 2CV City builds and refurbishes the Citroen Dolly,
which has not been manufactured since 1990.
Owner Tony Shields said he was "ridiculed" by colleagues when he
started the business several years ago, but now he says the company is
struggling to keep up with demand.
OH Jim will be thrilled about that.
I once watched a show on telly hosted by a Brit who was taking viewers
on a tour of classic French gardens. He chose to travel around the
country in a little Citroen 2CV because not only was it uniquely French
but it was also great fun to drive. I've often heard that about French
cars... they're real driver's cars. But I suppose that applies to most
American sedans, on the other hand, are a different
breed altogether. I remember one time watching a bloke maneuvering a
'59 Chevy with those large horizontal fins around a grassy paddock that
had been turned into a crowded car park for the Old Bar Kombi Festival.
The Chevy had effortless power steering and the driver used the palm of
his hand to wind the thing from lock to lock. However, it looked
something like a Manly Ferry picking its way through a flotilla of
My last couple of Valiants were large cars by Australian
standards, but I enjoyed driving those. On the other hand I also
enjoyed driving my Beetles and one and only Mini. And the Benz, of
course. The worst car I ever owned in terms of drive-ability was the VW
Kombi. Head winds slowed it to a snail's pace and cross winds
threatened to blow it off course. Used to scare the bloody daylights
outta me driving across the Harbor Bridge on a windy day.
And PJ? Well, not the most thrilling of chariots but
she's a good plodder. And with that I shall bid thee farewell for
another day. Hang on... free range eggs... yes, more expensive cos the
chooks need much more space. Much more! Gary
August 19, 2014. Well,
as they say in the classics, "buggered if I know..." I followed
Jalbum's suggestions but still ended up with a 482MB file. So I'll wait
for their reply and see what happens. Meanwhile, no album.
However, I have made a page about the
injured eagle and the volunteer wildlife carer mentioned yesterday
and sent to me by FL Josh. It's a beautiful story.
OH Jim warned me about getting a shingles vaccination.
He got one and said it led to a craving for anchovy pizza for a week.
Thanks for the warning, Jim... I hate anchovies.
I think "free range"
stuff is a great marketing
scam. Eggs are eggs. Free range doesn't make them any better. All it
does is jack the prices up. I mean, an egg is an egg. They can't do
anything to re- invent it. But they can re-market it.
I don't agree, Jim. We are what we eat, and free range
chooks get to scratch around outdoors and eat all kinds of bugs and
worms, unlike caged chooks that are fed pellets. Cage eggs have pale
yellow yolks; free range are more of a bright orange color. Besides,
have you seen the condition of those caged birds? It's a terrible life
to inflict on any animal.
As to the show and shine, it was a small informal affair
- typical country town stuff - nothing fancy like Pebble Beach
Concours. But some of the cars were nice. One thing I did notice was
the jumping castle. Not a single kid on it... they were all playing on
the free slippery slides and swings in the park.
I think I've solved this Jalbum prob. I used a different
method to the one Jalbum suggested but still managed to reduce the
size of the album from 482MB to 10MB and tested it. Seems to be okay.
So now I'm trying to upload it but it's as slow as a wet week with lots
of failed connections. Maybe it's because it's around lunch time and
every dork and his dog are using mobile devices. Anyway,
I'll put the link to the GM Show n Shine here now and hope that it
eventually gets posted.
thing you'll notice about the pics is the weather... typical mid north
coast winter hehe. No snow, no ice, no multi-layered clothing. Bit wet
and windy today though. Oh well...
I figured once Averil had gone, the estate agent would
be chewing the landlady's ear (she owns both this and Av's house next
door) about the low rents yadda yadda and sure enough, I received
notice today that the rent's going up $20 a week at the end of October.
Still pretty cheap but even so... By the way, Av's place is still
vacant. And yes, it still seems strange to look out the kitchen window
at the house and not see that mop of curly white hair. She rarely went
anywhere but regularly had the hairdresser call around to perm her
From the Beeb: The US
attorney general is to travel to the riot-hit town of Ferguson, as the
federal authorities step up efforts to restore calm after the fatal
police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
Eric Holder will go to the town on Wednesday to meet officials in
charge of a federal investigation into the killing of Michael Brown on
President Barack Obama urged the local community to "try to unite each
Police fired tear gas amid a tense
stand-off with protesters.
A man has been killed
by a giant saltwater crocodile as he was fishing with his wife in
The man, 57, was attacked by the 4.5-metre (15ft) reptile as he waded
into the Adelaide River to unsnag his line, south of Darwin.
His wife heard a scream and turned around only to see "a tail splashing
in the water", officials said.
The body was found a few hours later, and the crocodile was shot
dead by the police.
lapse video of Big Ben: Cleaners have been working on the clock face on
the Elizabeth Tower - which was renamed in 2012 to celebrate Queen's
Many people know the landmark as Big Ben - the nickname of the bell in
The clock hands were frozen at 12:00 as four cleaners scaled the
Stan the Lawn Man just arrived to say he and his wife
Sue are off again on another trip... this time he'll be helping out on
a farm. He was originally a farmer. Anyway, after all the drama of Av's
death, the trips to the local and Sydney hospitals, organizing the
funeral, etc, Sue's foster daughter died of a heart attack in Perth a
week ago. She was only 46 and was fostered by Sue at just 2 y/o. One of
Stan's tennis mates also kicked the bucket the other day. He was
50-something. When it rains it pours, yeah?
It's been one of those days for me... lots of comp probs
and connection probs that have driven me balmy. More balmy than normal.
Oh... and I eventually managed to upload the GM Show and Shine album
after much buggerizing around. I think it's okay. Lemme know if it
August 18, 2014. Here it is late afternoon and
I've just started Waffle. Couldn't park within cooee of the hospital
this morning (as usual) so I missed my appointment with the speech
therapist. Then I had business in town. After that I made an album of
the GM Show n Shine pics but it was over 400MB. Normally the albums are
between 5 and 10MB, so
something's gone awry with the Jalbum program. I've written to them to
ask how I can fix it. Trouble is, I've spent much of the day
buggerizing around with the program without success. I HATE that. In
any case, I'll have to wait for a response from Jalbum before I can
Earlier, I had my first appointment with Andries at the
dental clinic since being in hospital. According to Andries, being in
hospital and away from my normal routine of cleaning and rinsing my
mouth didn't do my gum any favors. There's a build-up of dead bone,
I mentioned Big Country or Country Wide yesterday...
must've been thinking of another show on telly. The show I watched is
called Landline. Anyway, NC Art saw the story about carrots and, being
an old country boy, he knows how to grow them straight: Sow carrot seeds in loose, sandy soil,
free of insects which attack root crops. Let sunshine and showers do
the rest. NOW THE SECRET IS OUT!
Nothing worse than munching on a gay carrot.
FL Josh posted a wonderful story about a bloke who
helped rescue a severely injured baby eagle and managed to save it. The
two have become incredibly close friends over more than a decade. It's
such a touching and fascinating story, I've decided to make it a
permanent page instead of posting it on Waffle where it'll disappear
too quickly. I'll do that tomorrow. Meanwhile, you can watch a
short video of 'Freedom' the eagle and her pet human.
From the Beeb: US air
strikes in support of Iraqi forces' efforts to retake the country's
largest dam are aimed at protecting US interests there, President Obama
The failure of Mosul dam may put US staff and facilities, including the
US embassy in Baghdad, at risk, Barack Obama warned Congress in a
It comes after the US sent bombers for the first time to help Kurdish
forces expel Islamic State (IS) militants.
Kurdish officials now say they have near complete control of the dam.
If the recapture is confirmed, it will be the biggest reverse for IS
since they launched their offensive in Iraq in June.
Matt Grainger has
managed to turn his passion for surfing into a profitable business.
He owns the only surf school that operates on Manly Beach, in Sydney,
Mr Grainger explains how he went from working as a surf instructor in
his school holidays to running a business. Your
chance to take a look at Manly Beach.
And speaking of muscles... Were we? Dozen madder. Mine
are sore from yesterday, as anticipated, but that didn't stop me from
walking a fair distance today in town. In fact, my legs feel a bit
stronger. My bugs must be happy. I'm appointment free tomorrow so I'll
hopefully be able to sort out a few probs and spend a bit more time
August 17, 2014. It's stopped raining (after
raining most of the night) but still cloudy, so I'll wait a while to
see how things turn out before making a decision to check out the GM
Show n Shine. We've had dry, sunny weather for most of the past couple
of months but as soon as the car enthusiasts wanna show off their
chariots, it decides to rain. They must be really pissed off.
Unlike the farmers, of course. They desperately need the
rain. Last night on Landline I watched a story about Oz hemp
farmers who rely on exports for most of their products, including hemp
seed which is prohibited here by our nanny bureaucrats. Hemp seed bread
is popular in Britain and other countries but banned here. Sheesh. It's
one of the healthiest seeds you can eat, and makes a nutritious topping
for cereals and drinks. The type of hemp farmed here is also extremely
low in THC, the drug sought after by smokers of cannibas. But our
bureaucrats and politicians are nervous about legalizing it because it
might be sending the wrong message. For heaven's sake!
Meanwhile, our walnut farmers are going great guns,
investing millions in huge orchards and exporting the nuts all over the
world, especially Asia. Walnut trees take 4 years to fruit, so a lot of
money needs to be invested before any return. The thing about being at
the bottom of the world is that our produce is fresh and in season
during the northern hem's lean times.
There was also a story about farming carrots. The
growers had a couple of kids over one day and the kids loved getting in
amongst the carrots and learning a thing or two about how they're grown
and harvested. So the growers decided to have an open day which, to
their surprise, attracted 100 visitors. They were expecting maybe a
dozen. The next year 200 turned up. So now they have several open days
every year and the publicity generated by word of mouth has been
extraordinary. The question most asked by visitors is how do you grow
straight carrots, but the farmer wouldn't divulge his secret on camera.
I don't have a farming background, and I'm not a
gardener, but I do like to watch shows about both those topics. I
mother saying she liked watching westerns on telly cos of the scenery.
Hehe. Maybe I've inherited her logic.
One thing I am looking forward to on the road is being
able to shop at roadside stalls for fresh produce. Stuff you get at the
supermarket is often tasteless because it's picked early and
refrigerated, which inhibits the natural ripening process. I often hear
people say that fruit and veg grown in your own garden tastes soooo
much better than supermarket stuff, particularly tomatoes. Eggs are
another thing... I buy free range.
FL Josh wrote: I
meant to say chickenpox, not smallpox. After you have chickenpox, the
virus lies inactive in nerve tissue near your spinal cord and brain,
then years later, the virus may reactivate as shingles. If you had
chickenpox as a child, then you might want to consider getting a
shingles vaccine. Like the pneumonia vaccine, one shot lasts a lifetime
if gotten after you are 65, whereas the flu vaccines you need every
year before the flu season starts, which in the Southern Hemisphere, is
May through October. I'm surprised your GP didn't make sure you had all
these vaccines earlier. My GP has personally given me the pneumonia and
shingles vaccine and has me email him as soon as I get my flu shot each
I sometimes wonder about my GP. But I'll ask him about
the shingles vac.
OH Jim asked if the driver of the car in which both he
and Cody were killed was drunk. I'm not sure but Steve did say it was
travelling at 160km/h. I suspect if it wasn't alcohol then it was
drugs, or maybe a combo of the two. When I was Cody's age, no one
thought twice about hitching a ride. It's different these days though.
Too many loopies. For Cody, however, hitching was a normal part of
getting around. I remember wondering why his parents never commented
Cody never regained consciousness, and neither did
Averil apparently. According to Sue, Av's last words were "don't forget
my walking stick" before her heart stopped in the ambulance. She was
revived, and then revived again in hospital but I doubt she was
conscious. She was then flown to RNS in Sydney where where she was
comatose and kept on life support until her relatives gave permission
for it to be turned off. So it seems clean undies and the walking stick
were Av's main concerns before lapsing into unconsciousness.
Seems all the rain rained itself out last night and
today is sunny and bright. So I'm back from the GM Show n Shine at
Cundletown (a mile or two up the old highway) feeling very sore from
all the walking and kneeling. The first time I knelt I thought I might
not be able to get up again, but I did... and several times thereafter.
I'm paying for it now though, and will again tomorrow for sure.
The pics turned out pretty sell - nothing dazzling or
award winning but okay. The camera named all of them so I'll have to go
back through all the pics and name them again with model year and name.
I'll do that later and then make an album tomorrow. So there ya go...
the weather forecasters got it wrong and you can bet the organizers of
event are thankful for that!
On the way there, a large 4WD tried to change lanes
right beside me (on my left). Didn't see me, obviously, even though I
was on the driver's side. It was just an inch or two away when he/she
swerved back into his/her lane. Frightened the crap outta me! As it
turned out, the driver stayed in his/her lane anyway, and then turned
left a few hundred meters up the road. So I wouldn't be surprised if
the driver's attention was diverted by a mobile phone or other device,
causing the vehicle to wander off course. Bloody nitwit.
From the Beeb: Islamic
State (IS) militants have been accused of massacring hundreds of people
in areas under their control in northern Iraq and eastern Syria.
At least 80 members of the Yazidi religious minority are believed to
have been killed with women and children abducted in a village in Iraq.
IS is also accused of killing 700 tribesmen opposing them in Syria's
Deir Ezzor province, over a two-week period.
The violence has displaced an estimated 1.2 million people in Iraq alone.
And all in the name of Islam.
An overnight curfew
has come into effect in Ferguson, the St Louis suburb where a black
teenager was shot dead by police last week.
Jay Nixon, governor of the US state of Missouri, said it would run from
midnight local time (05:00 GMT) until 05:00 (10:00 GMT).
The move comes after a week of violent clashes between heavily armed local
police and protesters.
A Dutchman honoured by
Israel for hiding a Jewish child during World
War Two has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were
killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza.
Henk Zanoli, 91, wrote to the Israeli embassy in The Hague to say he
could no longer hold the honour.
He said an Israeli F-16 had destroyed his great-niece's home in Gaza,
killing all inside, in the recent offensive.
The Israeli embassy has declined to comment on Mr
Roite, well the pics are renamed, the cauli's done, the
corned beef is done, the potato is done, the green beans are done and
I'm done. I'm gonna be as sore as hell tomorrow hehe. Oh well... Gary
August 16, 2014. We wuz tricked, wrote TX Greg: YES we were tricked on
the link you posted to OpenOffice which is explained here... OpenOffice is an
Apache product and the
correct link is here...
Here is their Wikipedia
page... Gary take a second
and remove that link to the bogus
site on the August 13th. And maybe you should write a note there (Bogus
Link Removed, see August 16th post) Done!
OH Jim wrote: Sorry
about the spam from Open Office . I don't remember that from when I
downloaded it onto my Mac, about a year ago. Maybe I read what else
they want to download, and deselected it. Or maybe you went to a clone
site that off loads the malware that way. Either way, I hate it when
people try that crap. Skype is another one that does that also. You
have to uncheck a box. Glad you figured it out. It is a decent program,
once you get past the malware. Downloading to a Mac probably
avoided the malware.
And deer are a traffic
nuisance, and just not on my driveway. My brother John hit one once
with his pick up truck. The truck was totaled, from the collision and
going off the road and rolling over into a ditch. He wasn't hurt. Not a
scratch. John is lucky that way. Another time, as a teenager, he was
out on a date when his car was hit head on by a drunk driver. It was on
a city street, and John said he was doing just 40 mph. Neither he nor
the date were hurt. The car, an Opel GT was totaled. The drunk was
killed. Better him than my brother. That maybe a tough attitude, but
the guy was a alcoholic and was driving with a suspended license. It
wasn't his first DUI. But it was his last. Sorry for his family, but he
was going to kill some innocent people, and almost did.
So deer aren't the only traffic nuisance? I imagine that
a helluva lot more totals are caused by humans than deer but I don't
hear anyone calling for a people cull. Hehe. Speaking of motoring type
vehicles, here's a pic I saw this morning that shows what manufacturing
was like before the introduction of the assembly line and robots.
Pretty neat pic, yes? Those guys were genuine coach builders.
FL Josh asked if I hadn't already had a flu/pneumonia
shot. Nope, the first time I asked it was too late in the day. Then I
ended up with pneumonia in hospital. So it wasn't until yesterday that
the next opportunity arose. Did you
have smallpox as a kid? If so, have you had a shingles vaccination?
"28.35 grams of prevention is worth .45 kilograms of cure."
Nope, no smallpox. Chicken pox, yes. All I remember
about that was getting a prezzie from my godmother/neighbor Mrs Purcell
so I figured being sick wasn't all bad. Mrs Purcell was a pretty
sprightly lady, still playing tennis in her 80s. She and her hubby Joe
owned a weatherboard house and I remember how Joe would use a blow
torch to remove the old paint with a hand scrapper before repainting.
Big job! Their front yard was always neatly mowed with precisely formed
flower beds around the borders filled with flowering annuals including
poppies. I don't think poppies are allowed these days, except in
Tasmania (and now parts of Victoria) where they are commercially grown
and harvested for medical use. The locations of the farms are kept
secret and security is very tight.
Flavored yoghurt in small tubs is quite expensive so
yesterday I bought a 2kg tub of plain Greek style and a bottle of
caramel topping. The idea is to use it plain in smoothies and caramel
flavored in a glass. I'm having a glass now and it's pretty good.
Occasionally, berry fruit is on spesh so I could take advantage of that
and puree the fruit to flavor the yoghurt. I prefer yoghurt to ice
cream cos it's got bite. It's also listed as a high protein food, which
Am I becoming a health food freak? Nah... I just like to
feed my bacteria well and look after the dear little things. It's the
least I can do as a responsible host! And that's the secret... don't
think of feeding yourself, think of feeding your bugs. It gives you a
whole new perspective.
A Seventh Day Adventist just came to the front door and
pressed the bell button. The batteries are flat and have been since we
arrived here. When I answered her call, she said, "Oh! I didn't hear
the bell!" I agreed, "Neither did I." Hehe. But she wasn't to be
distracted from her purpose, so she launched into the usual spiel about
something she'd like to offer me (a free pamphlet) and I said, "Yes, I
know." "You know?" she replied. "Yes," I said. So she asked me how I
knew and I said, "Because I can tell." Still, she remained determined
to finish her spiel so I
interrupted and said, "Thanks but no thanks." "Are you sure?" she asked
and I replied, "Yes, I'm sure." So she wished me a nice day and toddled
off. Taree can be frightfully exciting sometimes.
Back from a little more shopping and some corned beef
(silverside). I quite like corned beef with cauli and green beans
and.... CHEESE sauce. The cheese sauce I've been having with the
tuna/potato comes as a
powder (like instant gravy) and is a breeze to make. Works well though,
and is sure easier than doing the whole stove top thing with flour,
butter, milk and grated cheese. I made too much tuna/potato last time
so next time I'll use instant mash and a small can of tuna.
From the Beeb: Militants
in northern Iraq have massacred at least 80 men from the Yazidi faith
in a village and abducted women and children, reports say.
Islamic State (IS) fighters entered Kocho, 45km (30 miles) from Sinjar,
on Friday afternoon, reportedly telling men to convert to Islam or die.
The group's atrocities against non-Sunni Muslims have shocked the
international community into action. IS is nothing but despicable low life.
The family of the
black teenager shot by police in Ferguson, Missouri, has appealed for
calm after police revealed he was a robbery suspect.
CCTV footage appears to show Michael Brown, 18, stealing from a
convenience store and intimidating the owner.
Mr Brown's family denied their son was "perfect" but criticised what
they see as a police attempt to "justify the execution-style murder".
The killing sparked days of angry clashes between police and protestors.
I suspect many of the protestors don't need much
of an excuse to riot.
The Australian PM has
warned against Scottish independence, saying it is "hard to see how the
world would be helped by an independent Scotland".
Those who would like to see the UK break up were "not the friends of
justice... [or] freedom", Tony Abbott told the Times while visiting
He said the nations who would "cheer" the prospect were "not the
countries whose company one would like to keep".
Voters in Scotland will go to the polls on 18 September.
Producers of Downton
Abbey have been left red-faced after a modern
plastic bottle appeared in a promotional photo for the costume drama.
Perched on a mantelpiece behind Hugh Bonneville and Laura Carmichael,
the bottle was spotted by eagle-eyed fans when the image was posted on
Plastic bottles were not in wide use in the UK until the 1960s - 36
years after the new series of Downton takes place.
The image was later removed from Instagram and the ITV press site.
Well, that's a bit like a Roman soldier wearing a wrist
watch in Ben Hur. Or a Boeing vapor trail in a John Wayne western.
And now it's time for yours truly to catch a bit of
telly and feed the bugs. Hehe. Hopefuly, tomorrow it'll be fine for the
GM Show n Shine (unlike today). Gary
August 15, 2014. All hell broke loose yesterday
on this comp. Ads popping up everywhere, clicking a link and being
redirected to trash, deadly slow internet speed, you name it. So after
updating Waffle, I did a scan with Malware which found 112 items. Yow!
I strongly suspect they were all downloaded with OpenOffice. Anyway,
they're all gone now and everything's back to normal. Except me, of
course. I've never been normal.
I watched an interesting science program on telly last
night about diet and health. They were talking about all the bugs that
live in our intestines and how they control our state of physical and
mental health. They said it's not so much a case of a human's colony of
bacteria but a case of the bacteria colony's human - as in them owning
us. Diet seriously affects the type of bacteria that lives in our gut.
There's good and bad bacteria. A diet rich in protein and fiber
produces good bacteria which, in turn, keeps our immune system working
correctly. A diet of processed convenience food does exactly the
opposite and leaves us vulnerable to disease and a premature demise.
Speaking of which, the cheese sauce worked wonders for
the tuna/potato and cauli last night. Very noice indeedy deedy.
ZYX (Gerry) wrote: When
does your ODDysse begin Just joking. Hope all is well with you. If so,
that puts U
ahead of the game .
Yes, I suppose it is a game. Let me say that all could be better but it also
could be worse. So I just keep pluggin' away and hope for the best.
OH Jim wrote to say the weather in his neck of the woods
has been great all summer - windows open and the a/c off most of the
time. He mentioned deer that wander into his yard. Oh really? That's
cute. People think we have 'roos hopping about all over the place,
which does happen in rural areas but generally out of town. The
occasional koala will wander into a yard if there's a gum tree, and
maybe a goanna or two (and sometimes a snake) but all I've had here is
a couple of blue tongue lizards. They're great for keeping
snails and slugs in check, and grow to about a foot long. They look
menacing but they're all bluff. Kids often keep them as pets.
From the Beeb: Iraqi
Prime Minister Nouri Maliki has stepped aside, ending political
deadlock in Baghdad as the government struggles against insurgents.
He resigned on state TV to make way for Haider al-Abadi, who was asked
by Iraq's president to form a government.
Mr Maliki had been under intense pressure to make way for Mr Abadi, a deputy speaker of parliament.
State police have
taken charge of security in Ferguson after nights of violence, said the
Over the past four nights, heavily armed local police have clashed with
protesters angry at the police killing of black teenager Michael Brown.
Governor Jay Nixon announced the change after President Barack Obama
urged police not to use "excessive
Police have searched a
Berkshire property belonging to Sir Cliff Richard in relation to an
alleged historical sex offence.
No arrests have been made and Sir Cliff, 73, who is abroad, said the
allegation was "completely false".
Police said the allegation involved a boy under 16.
The BBC understands it relates to an alleged sexual assault at a 1985
event where US preacher Billy Graham appeared at Bramall Lane,
The allegation is believed to have been reported to police recently.
Here we go yet again!
Yolo, an acronym for
'you only live once', is among the latest new words added to the Oxford
The phrase, along with 'adorbs' - meaning cute or adorable, and
'binge-watch' - which means to avidly watch something - has been added
The website is a catalogue of current definitions of English words as
they are used today.
Other new inclusions include "tech-savvy"
A sweaty gym workout
is not only good for your health - it could also energise your phone.
A tattoo that produces power from perspiration has been unveiled at the
American Chemical Society meeting.
The biobattery is fuelled by lactate - which is naturally present in
sweat after vigorous exercise.
It could soon power heart monitors, digital watches and eventually even
smartphones, say scientists in California.
The dream of "people power"- using the body to charge portable
electronic gadgets - has inspired many innovative approaches.
from paying a bill at the doc's and hanging around for flu and
pneumonia jabs. Then a bit of shopping and back home to claim the
Medicare rebate on line. Nope. No can do. It was a home visit so I have
to go to the Medicare office and do a bit of form filling. Bugger!
Bureaucrats and their damn red tape.
Actually, it was quite warm outdoors today, with lots of
peeps in short sleeves. So I did the sensible thing and had a snooze.
And now it's late! Stay noice and I'll catchya tomorrow! Gary
August 14, 2014. I heard on radio this morning
that the GM Show and Shine is on this Sunday. Should I go? Yes, I
should go. I've photographed it before but it's good practice and I
haven't been on a shoot for ages.
Francois sent the pic below - "Making your Day".
TX Greg wrote: No,
I've never heard of Open Office. I've always had MS Office at home and
work, so never when looking. I agree with Jim give it a try. Yeah, you
wouldn't have a need for the full suite so just do the "Open Office
Writer" for the word docs. And that's exactly what I did this
morning. Haven't tried it yet though.
That was a really sad
about Robin Williams. I think I've told you this before, but someday
you really need to watch his
I've never heard of that movie but I loved the trailer.
Yeah... funny stuff. Fortunately, my porta pottie has a detachable
cassette which is emptied manually at a dump point. Nothing to go
wrong. And there'll only be ME who uses it.
FL Josh wrote: Here
is some of the talent competing on America's Got Talent, 2014. 9 year
old piano player, Adrian
Baird's Aerial Animation
Hand balancer Andrey
As to you writing letters,
doesn't your computer have Notepad? And for your readers who are older
than dirt and go way back with computers, how many remember doing
things with Edlin???
It probably does have Notepad but why would I use
Notepad when I've always used Composer successfully? I used MS Word for
books, etc, but Composer for letters and notes. My Toshiba had MS Word
but it died. Anyway, dozen madder now. As to Edlin, I do remember using
MS-DOS but not Edlin. I bought my first IBM compatible machine in 1991
- a 286. Before that I was using an Amstrad which was a basic
wordprocessor compatible only with other Amstrads. Soooo much has
changed since then... for the better, I might add.
The tuna thingy was okay last night but a bit dry and
dull, so tonight I'll make a cheese sauce and drown it in that. At
least I'm getting my weekly dose of fish and Omega 3.
I was reading something about my model Courier ('94) the
other day that said that it favored function over form. Hehe. That's
another way of saying it's an ugly duckling. Well, it ain't pretty. My
model Courier remained relatively unchanged through the '80s and right
up to '96 when it underwent a facelift. The engine stayed the same
though. But according to owner reports I've read, it's a pretty rugged
machine that can take a beating over rough terrain and performs well.
One bloke said his Courier pulled a Landcruiser out of a bog one time.
So I guess the 'functional' claim is true. I've had a bit of bad luck
with mine, as you know, but at least she's pretty sound now, with
relatively low mileage and a straight body. By the way, I posted the
letter to Ford yesterday so I'm expecting some sort of response in the
next week or so.
From the Beeb: A
pilot lost control of a passenger plane after his artificial arm became
detached as he was coming in to land, an accident report has said.
The Flybe flight from Birmingham, with 47 passengers on board, was
approaching Belfast City Airport in gusty conditions on 12 February.
It landed heavily but no-one was hurt and the plane was not damaged.
Two World War Two
Lancasters have flown together for the first time in 50 years.
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's aircraft was joined by the only
other airworthy example, which had crossed the Atlantic to
The pair was due to pass over Lincoln cathedral last Friday but the
flight was postponed due to bad weather.
A series of practice flights near RAF Coningsby will now be performed
ahead of a month of events across the UK.
Bernie Steininger, a
well-tanned retiree with a laid-back mien, is showing off his white
1985 Volkswagen Vanagon. It is a Westfalia, a pop-top box that is
neither recreational vehicle nor minivan. Not a speck of rust is to be
seen on Steininger’s example, but the rear windows are covered with
stickers, one of which simply declares, “Road Trip!”
Robin Williams: Art
out of agony. With hindsight it is easy to see a unifying theme of
psychic turmoil in the late actor’s work. He turned his pain into our
pleasure, Lisa Schwarzbaum writes.
And now it's hooroo time again... telly and cheese
sauce. :) Gary
August 13, 2014. The other day I posted a link
to photos of the super moon sent into the Beeb by subscribers. I didn't
think any of them were all that impressive. However, this morning I saw
effort on Red Bubble. Sure enough, she captured a top shot on the beach at Broome,
WA, complete with reflection. Click on the pic to enlarge.
Mieke wrote an entry in her journal about receiving a gold medal
award from Italy for one of her works. It's her second gold. She's also
won many other awards in various international competitions and
exhibitions. And it's no surprise. She works hard at her craft - up at
all hours to get the right light, and she travels a lot. Like all gold
medalists, she earns every accolade she receives. On the journal page,
she also posted a video of being happy in Broome where the photo was
taken. Well worth a look!
OK Mike wrote: Greetings
friend , as I was surfing the web this morning I came across a lad you
may care to read about when your not so busy providing us with reading
material . The guys name is Foster Huntington and what he has decided to do
with his life may interest you .
Hope your road to recovery includes a good scenic bypass .
Thanks, Mike. Interesting young bloke but a bit more
adventurous than I am. However, we do have certain things in common,
including an advertising background. The above link is to an interview
with Foster but a link to his main blog is also included there.
OH Jim wrote: Have
you ever looked into OPEN OFFICE? (Bogus Link Removed, see August
It's a complete clone of Microsoft Office. And the price is certainly
right... IT'S TOTALLY FREE ! And it works. I use the Mac and the
Windows versions and I have no issues. Ask Greg about it. I'm surprised
he doesn't know about it. It's been around for years, and it's totally
legal to use. Better, just download it and try it. It's the entire
There ya go, I've not heard of it but I'd be interested
to know what Greg thinks about it. I'm wondering if its Word component
is compatible with MS Word. The Office part I can do without.
Jim also commented on the tragic (if not idiotic) death
of racing driver Kevin Ward. It made the news here, and it would appear
that Tony Stewart will face very serious charges. Jim also mentioned
the death of Robin Williams. A panelist on The Drum last night said if
he'd only managed to make it through that day's depression, he would
still be with us. Back in the mid '80s, Williams visited the Harold
Park hotel, which was a 2-minute walk from my little house in Glebe.
The Harold Park pub was famous for its comedy store acts and various
thespian activities. The place was packed by fans of Williams in
anticipation of his arrival (word had spread like wildfire), but the
first I heard about it was last night on The Drum! Damn! Glebe was just
beginning to become yuppy-fied back in those days. Harold Park, by the
way, was a greyhound and trotting track across the road from
the pub. The track was closed a few years ago and is now a huge housing estate.
from my appointment with the nutritionist, and all
went well. She weighed me and I was pleased to see that I've gained
almost 3 kgs since I left hospital. Still a long way to go but so far
so good. She thinks I'm doing okay but had a few suggestions, like
adding cream to scambled eggs to make them easy to swallow. I'll try
that. Creamed rice is another thing she suggested, so I had some for
lunch. I've always liked that stuff. The house inspection this morning
went well too. Some of those property management people are picky as
hell but this one breezed in and out with no problem.
From the Beeb: US
film and stage actress Lauren Bacall has died at the age of 89.
Her Hollywood career spanned seven decades, with a memorable debut aged
19 opposite her future husband, Humphrey Bogart, in To Have and Have
More than 50 years later, The Mirror Has Two Faces earned her a Golden
Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1924, she went on to become one of
cinema's biggest stars, best known for her husky voice and
US President Barack
Obama has appealed for calm in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting
of a black teenager by police sparked two nights of violence.
He described the death on Saturday of Michael Brown as heartbreaking
and added: "Remember this young man through reflection and
In two nights of unrest in the St Louis suburb, dozens were arrested,
shops looted and tear gas fired by police.
On Tuesday night, anger had turned to reflection at
a community forum.
Robin Williams was
one of many comedians who made people laugh while simultaneously
struggling with a personal darkness. Are comics more prone to
depression - and if so, why?
"It doesn't take a genius to work out that comedians are a little bit
nuts." Those were the words of comedian Susan Murray earlier this year,
responding to an academic study that suggested comedians had unusual
psychological traits linked with psychosis.
Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Speciale pre-auction estimate: $25m. Ford GT40
prototype: $11m. Ferrari 250 GTO: don’t even ask. There is no shortage
of high-dollar auction lots to monitor this week in northern
California, where the world’s biggest auctioneers have descended on the
golf links of the Monterey peninsula. Not to be upstaged by machines
dripping provenance from their tailpipes, however, are some lovable
outcasts that, with any luck, should find warm, happy homes.
Oh yes, I just remembered... the nutritionist mentioned
cheesecake without the crust, so I'll check out recipes for the filling and have that on its own.
Should be noice!
Tonight, I'm gonna try a fishcake for toothless oldies.
Mash a spud, add a 175g can of tuna and a teaspoon of dried onion
flakes, mix through, add butter if necessary, serve with blended
cauliflower and beans, top with oodles of white parsely sauce. Sounds
the proof will be in the eating.
there ya go, it smells good. I used milk instead of butter cos it
helped flake and spread the tuna as well as the onion flakes around the
mash. Turned out one spud was just right for 175g of tuna. I'll do the
cauli a bit later.
Here's a post on the GN forum by a solo lady and her motorhome Miss Daisy. Here she
writes a brief summary of her observations after 10 months on the road.
She's currently just north of here.
And so concludes another Waffle. Gary
August 12, 2014. TX Greg wrote in relation to
the problem with my Canon printer: WHY
did you use Kompozer to write the letter? Kompozer is trying to make a
wide screen web page, NOT a letter. Copy and paste to a Word doc and
see if that will print.
Ah, well according to Kompozer print setup, the page is
formatted to print portrait. As to using Word, the Acer doesn't have
Word. However, where there's a will there's a way, roite? I've often
written and printed letters using Netscape Composer, so I copied and
pasted the letter from Kompozer to Composer and guess what? The pages
printed without a hitch. So there ya go, problem solved. But it was the
copying and pasting idea that made me think of using Composer, Greg, so
you can still take a bow. :) Now I can post the letter to Ford and see
what they have to say about the coolant leak and expensive repairs.
OH Jim commented on the authorities in his state (as
well as the Feds) getting a little overly zealous: They
over regulate and micro-manage everything, including school lunches.
They (this time the Feds) regulate what the kids can eat, and not eat.
Naturally the kids respond by dumping their food right in the trash,
and go hungry. Some districts are telling the Feds to stuff their
federal lunch funding and food regulations up their federal asses and
are going it on their own. GOOD FOR THEM !!!! At least the kids won't
go hungry. You can lead a horse to water...
Sounds like something
Michelle Obama may have influenced in an attempt to tackle the obesity
problem in the US. Obesity is a prob here too with kids eating too much
processed junk. There's a Brit cooking show I watch on telly whose host
is into healthy food. But he uses the same marketing techniques as the
junk manufacturers - presentation and taste. No one is gonna eat
anything that looks unappetizing, especially if they're not keen on it
in the first place. So he uses his skill as a chef to create healthy
dishes that not only look attractive but also taste delicious. He'll
often challenge people, including kids, to try something they normally
don't like but cooked or prepared his way And sure enough, they end up
So if you're gonna get school kids to eat what's good
for them, you need to do more than make it mandatory. You need to get
them to actually like it! Food should be fun, which is something the
bureaucrats seem to forget.
On the chef's last program he did a story on bread, and
how the modern factory version of our most basic of foods has become
loaded with additives and, even worse, tasteless. Next time you buy a
loaf from the supermarket, read the ingredients printed on the wrapper.
From the Beeb: US
President Barack Obama has said the nomination of Haider al-Abadi as
Iraq's prime minister-designate is a "promising step forward".
He acknowledged that Iraq had been through "difficult days", and urged
its political leaders to work together.
Earlier on Monday, Iraq's president asked Mr Abadi to form a new
government, snubbing the incumbent Prime Minister Nouri Maliki.
Mr Maliki said Mr Abadi's nomination was a "violation of the constitution".
US actor Robin
Williams has been found dead, aged 63, in an apparent suicide,
California police say.
Marin County Police said he was pronounced dead at his home shortly
after officials responded to an emergency call around noon local time.
Williams was famous for films such as Good Morning Vietnam and Dead
Poets Society and won an Oscar for his role in Good Will Hunting.
His publicist said he had been "battling severe depression".
In the past he had talked, and even joked, about his struggles with alcohol
What should we do with
disused airports? New terminals are cropping up
all over the world at a stratospheric rate– but what happens to the
ones that are no longer useful? Jonathan Glancey investigates.
It's toddle off time again. Tomorrow we have a house
inspection by the estate agent to see if the joint is falling apart,
and then I'm off to an appointment with a nutritionist, which should be
August 11, 2014. TX Greg wrote: Just
a heads up, the GN page is using a java script for that link for the
photos and won't let you access it unless you sign in. It might work if
you post on the waffle the direct link to the page.
Yes, I was wondering about that. Thanks, Greg. The pics
of the 1964 Armstrong 500 are worth looking at, with
ordinary cars lifting a front wheel as they hurtle around corners. All
good stuff. And John's trip across the Nullarbor and nearby areas is
well worth a look too.
The Canon printer still refuses to print the Ford page I
wrote regarding the coolant leak. Reinstalled all the software,
followed the techie's instructions.. When I click on Kompozer File and
then Print, nothing happens. Did a diagnostic and test print. Fine. No
problems. Checked connections and printer properties. Fine. No
problems. So why can't I print a page? Why doesn't Kompozer recognize
the printer? I've emailed the techie again. Ho hum.
Being the product of a total Catholic education ...
first grade through to his Bachelor's degree in History from Xavier
University, OH Jim found it "funny" about the Apostle's names. Fl Josh has it right about the names, I
guess. Incidentally, I checked the original GN post and
it was titled 'Mischief or Miracle', which explains the poster's
motive. Meanwhile, I remember Jim writing something a while back in
relation to fools and idiots being created by God, which thereby
excuses them from being deliberately wrong. However, Josh is not one to
suffer fools so lightly. When he read the apostle piece, he began his
rebuttal with This comment is a
example of just how deep stupid can run in some. Later in his
piece, he added: The GN you quoted
was not just ignorant, but down-to-the bone
So it occurred to me that while laws against
discrimination cover things like sexual orientation, race, color,
religion, disability, etc, they don't cover intellectual capacity. It's
okay to label someone an idiot or stupid... apparently. Curious, yes?
From the Beeb:
Security forces loyal to Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki have appeared in force
in the capital Baghdad after he went on state TV to criticise the
Mr Maliki is seeking a third term but has faced calls to step down amid
the jihadist insurgency in the north.
The US, which has urged Iraq to form an inclusive government, issued a
statement backing President Fuad Masum.
Australian PM Tony
Abbott has voiced strong condemnation after an image emerged showing a
boy, reportedly the son of an Australian ex-terror convict, holding a
Syrian's severed head.
The image was posted on the Twitter account of Khaled Sharrouf, The
Australian newspaper reported.
Sharrouf, who served time for planning attacks in Australia, has now
joined Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria.
Mr Abbott said the image showed "just how barbaric" IS militants were.
The image shows a young boy - who looks to be of early primary school
age - wearing a baseball cap and a blue shirt, using both hands to hold
aloft the severed head. Barbaric
Stargazers have been
taking images of the spectacular 'supermoon' overnight. The phenomenon
means the moon - which is classified as a 'perigee moon' by astronomers
- appears bigger and brighter than usual because of its proximity to
the earth. Some were lucky enough to also see the Perseid meteor shower
which is caused by the Swift-Tuttle comet shedding part of its
celestial body and leaving behind a trail of dust.
On Twitter, the hashtag #supermoon2014 was trending as people shared
their images, while here is a selection sent
in to the BBC.
Whether it's called
the upward inflection, high-rising terminal or simply "uptalk", the
habit of making statements sound like questions is a genuine linguistic
mystery, writes Chris Stokel-Walker.
The habit of ending statements with a stress that makes them sound a
bit like questions is one that winds many people up.
Surveys have suggested bosses dislike it. Stephen Fry admitted on the
TV show Room 101 that he hated it. Numerous older people have picked up
numerous younger people on their use of it.
But the question of how even the UK was infected with this speech
pattern has never been adequately answered. It's
been happening in Oz for years. Weird.
The world's biggest
listed winemaker, Australia's Treasury Wine Estates (TWE), has received
a second multi-billion-dollar takeover bid for its business.
The offer is worth A$3.4bn (£1.88bn; $3.17bn) and has come from an
as-yet unnamed global private equity firm.
Earlier this month, the US private equity giant KKR launched a renewed
bid for the winemaker.
TWE owns brands such as Wolf Blass, Rosemount and Lindeman's.
It is also behind Australia's most recognised winemaker, Penfolds.
And it all started with a few vine cuttings brought here by the early
And now NC Art with a note about who wrote the road less
travelled by: But I, I took the road
less traveled by
And that has make all the difference.
American poet Robert Frost-- “The Road Less Traveled”
Not sure if that should be make or made... but there ya
go. Thanks, Art.
And now it's time to travel the road much travelled
by... it's called my evening routine. Hehe. But I am looking forward to
dinner. I'm starving! Gary
August 10, 2014. OH Jim is reminiscing again: "YANK TANK"????? Now that's a new one.
None of the cars my Dad owned were armored. Nor did they have a
downstairs basement or family room w/ wood burning fire place. They
were turnpike cruisers, though. But what the heck, gas wasn't even .20
cents/gallon. My 2001 Mustang was $27,000 and that was 13 years ago! My
daughter and Zach consider the '68 Mustang a big car. Back then it was
a compact LOL. And I bought it in 1970 from my Aunt Mabel for $1,200
! I never got to drive the '55 Olds. But I did drive
its replacement, the 1960 Oldsmobile...once in 1964 and I was 16 and
just got my driver's license. Then my Dad got another new car, and I
got a used 1961 Chevy Bel-Air, and so on and so forth. Some were dogs,
some great cars. I agree that you can't compare different era's cars.
My 1968 Mustang drives like a truck compared to my '01 Mustang. Heck,
the 2001 V8 Mustang handles not so good... it has heavy steering
compared to my 2001 V6 Mustang. I test drove both on the same tight
roads. Just goes to show you.
Yes, Yank Tanks - big, clumsy and ostentatious. When I
was a kid in the '50s, there were still a lot of pre-war Yank Tanks on
the road (my older bro's second car was a '37 Olds) but that changed
with the introduction of 'Australia's Own Car', the Holden, which was a
scaled down version of GM's Chevrolet with revised suspension.
Australia's roads didn't suit big cars. Even now, GM and Ford are about
to cease manufacturing in Oz because their cars are too big. The irony
is that many people are buying large 4WDs like the Land Cruiser.
However, most Aussie drivers prefer something the size of a Toyota
Corolla or VW Golf.
I dunno what's gonna happen to the Bathurst 1000, which
has become a premier race between Ford and Holden with their V8
Supercars. Both will soon be out of production. Back in 1964 the race
was called the Armstrong 500 (miles - it's now 1000 kilometers), and
featured regular cars you could buy off the showroom floor - Beetles,
Minis, Ford Cortinas, Vauxhalls, Hillmans, Holdens, Valiants, etc.
Check out the link to photos of the 1964 race in this thread posted by a
GN on the forum.
OK Mike wrote to wish me happy birthday for the big 70,
but he's a bit early. I'm 69 till August 29. However he also sent
birthday greetings to "the little guy", Wingnut. I suspect the Winger's
not so little any more. He has his father's build and according to Cody
when he described Wingnut's father compared to what he looked like as a
teen, "he has more face to shave". Hehe.
I'm actually putting on some weight... not much, but a
couple of kilos. Trouble is, it's almost all going to the same spot, my
tummy. Oh well... let's hope it spreads further afield as I eat more
FOOD! Speaking of which, OH Jim reckons I should get stuck into
icecream. I prefer yoghurt - not as fattening I know, but I like it.
From the Beeb: The US
military says it has carried out four new air strikes on militants to
defend civilians in northern Iraq.
US Central Command said jet fighters and drones had destroyed armoured
carriers and a truck that were firing on members of the Yazidi sect.
Thousands of civilians fled into the mountains after the Islamic State
(IS) overran the town of Sinjar a week ago.
This is the third round of US air strikes since they were authorised by
President Barack Obama.
A recent BBC Magazine
piece on the absence of women on US paper currency prompted readers to
suggest which women they thought should be printed on the dollar. Here
are some of the best.
The article discussed President Barack Obama's recent endorsement of a
young girl's idea to put women on
US bank notes.
FL Josh wrote: You
posted a GN’s comment on how the Bible says Jesus was born in
Bethlehem, which is in Palestine, a country filled with people with
Islamic last names like Mohammed and Abdul, so how did Jesus manage to
find 12 "friends" with Christian names like Matthew and Mark. He also
finds it remarkable that they all drank wine!
This comment is a wonderful
example of just how deep stupid can run in some. The fact that Jesus
was born in Bethlehem is irrelevant because he didn't live there, he
lived in Nazareth. Jesus didn't pick any Muslim "friends" to be his
disciples for two reasons. First, why would Jesus pick a Muslim to be a
disciple to spread Christianity? Second, the Muslim invasion of the
area Jesus lived in didn't happen until the 7th century, A.D., so there
were no Mohammeds or Abduls, only Christians and Jews.
And as for the names
of the disciples contained in the Bible, those are the product of two
thousand years of translations and are in no way connected to the
original names. The earliest records we have of the books of the New
Testament, which is where we learn about Jesus, are Greek translations
several hundred years after Jesus lived, so they changed names. For
example, when the Greeks went to translate Jesus’s name from Hebrew
that we would pronounce today as Y ee-sh-oo-ah, the Greeks had no "y"
or "sh" sounds in their language, plus male names had to end in s, so
they ended up with "ee-ey-SOOS." In early English Bibles, this was
taken as "hey-SOOS" and written as "Jesus," but as English evolved, the
letter "j" changed from an "ey" sound to the "jay" sound we have today,
which give us today’s "Jesus." And as for the fact that Jesus and his
disciples drank wine, everyone drank wine back then for sanitation
reasons. Until we developed refrigeration, food and drink quickly
experienced bacteria growth, and letting beverages ferment was a way to
slow down bacteria growth so that beverages could be stored and
consumed later. Nowhere in the Bible does it say one shouldn't drink
wine. The GN you quoted was not just ignorant, but down-to-the bone
stupid. And what’s scary is that as opinionated as he obviously is, he
would vote at every election for a candidate chosen using the same
stellar thinking that came up with this.
Ignorant and opinionated? Who said anything about the
poster agreeing or disagreeing with his post (which I assume was a
paste of something he found on the intenet)? I didn't. However, I do
take Josh's point that there's a lot of false info about - always has
been and always will be. Reminds me of something Churchill once said,
"Interesting if true, but interesting anyway."
One of the GN's remarked the other day about the joys of
getting lost. She missed a turn somewhere and kept going only to find a
wonderful spot where she camped for a few days. Hehe. Back when I first
thought of the Odyssey, someone asked me what would happen if I got
lost. Lost? How can you get lost on an island continent? If you find
yourself facing the ocean, turn around and go back. Other GNs who
visited the thread said they'd also missed a turn at times only to
discover something new and exciting, adding that the roads less
travelled often revealed hidden gems.
Nothing's happening with my Odyssey plans/dreams at the
mo cos I'm still paying off my recent debts, which doesn't leave much
to play with. Boring! But by mid October I'll be in the clear again. Do
you realize that'll be 12 months since my first and last shakedown?
Sheesh! Hopefully, there'll be no repeat of busted awnings or major
mechanical repairs to screw up my plans again. This has not been a good
Oh well, onward Christian soldiers, chin up and all that
jazz. If I can survive what life has thrown at me these past few years
I suppose I can survive just about anything! Gary
August 9, 2014. And a glorious winter's day it
is, sunny and bright... and warm in the sun. Never say that to a farmer
though, not during a drought, which is what NSW is suffering at the mo.
Many farmers are in dire straits, some relying on charity to put food
on the table.
Speaking of food, OH Jim suggests if I can't handle
scrambled eggs I should make mashed potato and gravy. He must have
missed something in Waffle cos that's exactly what I've been doing. I
often mash pumpkin and potato together. The pumpkin is very moist and
helps to make the mash nice and smooth, as well as tasty.
I heard an interesting comment about Hungarian Jews on
telly last night... A Hungarian Jew is the only person I know who can
follow you into a revolving door and come out first.
From the Beeb: The US
has conducted its second air-drop of food and water to thousands of
Iraqis hiding in mountains from jihadist fighters, the Pentagon says.
It came hours after the US launched fresh air strikes against militants
from the Islamic State (IS).
The group had recently made fresh gains in northern Iraq and is
threatening the Kurdish city of Irbil.
The US is also piling pressure on Iraqi leaders to form a unity
government capable of dealing with the jihadists. What would we do without the Yanks?
The US and UN have
condemned the resumption of attacks between Gaza and Israel on Friday,
urging both sides to cease hostilities.
Israel renewed strikes on Gaza soon after a three-day truce expired,
saying it was in response to rocket fire by Hamas, which controls Gaza.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the parties should work towards
a "sustainable ceasefire". Yeah, right.
The current Ebola
outbreak in Africa is dominating headlines globally. But Dr Seth
Berkley, CEO of the GAVI Alliance questions why this - rather than any
of the other deadly diseases which exist.
He suggests it's because people in the west have forgotten what it is
like to deal with an untreatable disease.
world’s most expensive anything is a surefire way to attract attention,
but when the thing is a $3m motor home, questions arise beyond the
obvious “Why?” After all, designers create all manner of prototypes,
and mythical potentates from Dubai are always rumoured to be buying
them. Yet in this case, the factory is up and running and ready to take your deposit money.
Yeah... well, pardon me if I stick with PJ for a while.
Speaking of which, here's a post on the GN forum by John who wrote an
article (with pics) about his crossing of the Nullabor and visits to
nearby places. Click on the link below his opening comment.
And here's a paste of a comment I found on the GN forum:
to the Bible, Jesus was born in Bethlehem, in Palestine, a country full
of people called Mohammed, Abdul, Mounir, Aziz, Ashad, Ahmed, Faroukh,
Omar, Isha, Musa, Youssouf, Mouloud, etc.
And yet he managed to find 12 friends called Matthew, Mark, Peter,
John, James, Bartholomew, Phillip, Thomas, Luke, Andrew, Simon and
Judas Iscariot - who all drank wine!
Don't you think that's a miracle?
Sun's on it's way down and the temp is beginning to
plummet, sooooooo it's time for the heater and a bit of telly... and
later roast chicken, potato, pumpkin and spinach with lots of chicken
gravy. Mmmmm! Gary
August 8, 2014. FL Josh spent 8 hours writing a
critiquing my medical condition, and suggesting various checkups and
blood tests for possible problems. Well, as it happens, the hospital
took blood samples almost every day while I was there, and performed 4
tests a day on blood pressure, oxygen levels and other stats. I figure
they should know what I have, have not and should have. Meanwhile, I'm
certainly not going to get involved in a to and fro about possibles,
probables and potentials. And THAT, let me say, is THAT!
OH Jim wrote: You
also can't compare those old Citroens
and Renaults to the styling of the Minis. The Mini design is iconic,
and the "cab forward" design was years ahead of it's time. I always
wanted to drive one, but never have had the chance. To think those
rolling French disasters were created in the same era as this one: It's
a 1955 Oldsmobile 4-door Holiday 98. My Dad and I bought one at Columbia
Oldsmobile, in Cincinnati. I was seven, and it was really cool to be
the first kid to ride in it. My Mom and Dad drove it to Miami FL, on
two lane roads. According to Google, it's a 1,133 mile trip down I-75,
and 16.5 hours. On US-27, which is all they had, it was 23.5 hours and
1,184 miles. We made that trip every summer to visit my Aunt Opel and
Uncle Bob. I spent a lot of time in the back seat of that car!
So who's comparing? I've owned and driven lots of cars -
Beetles, Chryslers, a Mercedes, a VW Kombi, Holdens, and currently a
Ford ute - but I don't compare them. Each has qualities of its own.
Cars are like people - individual. Large cars such as the Oldsmobile
were rare in Oz, commonly referred to as "Yank Tanks". The only large
American import sold in Oz now is the Chrysler 300C (which has had some
pretty good reviews).
Jim also suggests I "do" scrambled eggs. Nope, no can
do. They're too dry and get stuck in my throat. I have raw eggs in
smoothies, which also contain banana, peanut butter, Sustagen, full
cream milk, condensed milk, yoghurt and honey. And fruit? I have juice.
And, of course, I make my own trifle with jelly (jello), cake and
custard. Oh yes... chocolate. 220g blocks of Cadbury dairy milk
chocolate were on spesh yesterday at the supermarket, 2 for $7. I suck
on chocolate while I'm watching telly.
Francois wrote: Sorry
to contradict your french origine: Clampett
isn't a french name: I
didn't find any french page at google.fr on this name... Sorry to not
write often: still very tired since my last surgery in May, very slowly
recovering. I wish you the best, recovering soon and finally going away
to your odyssey.
Ah well, no Dom Perignon in my Irish blood it seems.
Never mind. I still like French cars. And I wish you well in your
recovery too, Francois. I know how frustrating it is to have the will
but not the ability. What is it they say? The spirit is willing but the
flesh is weak. At least my Odyssey can be a lazy man's adventure
hehe... no battling 3m seas or gale force winds.
Guess who's a new daddy? Andries, the dentist. He's off
a couple of weeks so I'm booked in again on the 18th for a resumption
of the irrigation business of my gum, which is feeling a lot better I
might say. Maybe my new diet is helping to improve things in the oral
orifice department. In about 4 weeks, I'm also due to see the
specialist in Sydney so it'll be interesting to learn what he has to
From the Beeb: US
President Barack Obama says he has authorised air strikes against
Islamic militants in northern Iraq, if they threaten US interests or to
prevent the slaughter of religious minorities.
However, the president said US troops would be not be sent back to
The US has already made humanitarian air drops to Iraqis under threat
from Islamic State (IS) militants.
Here are some of the
most stunning space-related pictures captured during the last month –
from salad greens to grow on Marsto a portrait of Spain from orbit.
Russia is imposing a
"full embargo" on food imports from the EU, US and
some other Western countries, in response to sanctions over Ukraine.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said it would include fruit, vegetables,
meat, fish, milk and dairy imports.
Australia, Canada and Norway are also affected.
Elsewhere, Nato chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said Ukraine's freedom and
future were "under attack," promising support against
finished re-installing my Canon printer and all the software. I knew it
was gonna be a mammoth task and it was. I'll find out tomorrow if it
works or not. Right now I'm gonna call it a day and pig out on
chocolate in front of the telly. Hehe. I sound like a couch potato but
I'm not. I don't watch all that much telly but I do like The Drum
and the News plus a few other science and current affairs programs. Gary
August 7, 2014. OH Jim wrote: I'm sorry to say this, Gary, but ....
That Renault 4CV is sure butt ugly. Typical French car styling, I
guess. Looks like they stole the trunk design from the VW Beetle.
What's with the roof, anyway? Maybe they couldn't make up their minds?
it's almost as ugly as the 1955 Citroen DS, which gets the 1955 UMMM...
what were they thinking? award. But wait... Citroen is French also.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. There ya go. No
accounting for taste and all that. One man's meat is another man's
poison... I've always liked the look of that little Renault, as well as
the Citroen DS. My mother told me there's a bit of French blood in the
family's veins. Her maiden name was Clampett.
Jim wanted to know if we have oatmeal here. I think
oatmeal is the same as rolled oats, or quick oats, which is what I've
been eating lately. He recommends brown sugar and a dollop of maple
syrup. The speech therapist mentioned brown sugar but I've been adding
honey, and lately malt. I intend to get some brown sugar so I'll use
that as well. And yes, I use full cream milk.
There's an age-old recipe in Oz that goes back to WWI - Anzac biscuits. It uses oats and brown sugar. I've
made them myself several times, as did my mother when I was a kid. Very
Back from a little shopping which included brown sugar.
So for my second helping of oats today I added a tblsp of brown sugar
and about the same of malt. YUM! Can't wait for the next one!
From the Beeb: Two
top Khmer Rouge leaders have been jailed for life after being convicted
by Cambodia's UN-backed tribunal of crimes against humanity.
Nuon Chea served as Pol Pot's deputy and Khieu Samphan was the Maoist
regime's head of state.
They are the first top-level leaders to be held accountable for its
crimes. Life is not long enough for those assholes.
Even in death, a
couple married for nearly 62 years were inseparable.
Don and Maxine Simpson from Bakersfield, California, died four hours
apart on adjoining beds, holding hands during some of their final
Melissa Sloan said her grandmother died first and when her body was
removed from the room, her husband followed.
"All Don wanted was to be with his beautiful wife. He adored my
grandmother, loved her to the end of the earth," she told KERO-TV.
He was 90 and she was 87, and they met at a bowling alley in
Bakersfield in 1952, getting married in the same year. How
When the Shah of Iran
fled Tehran in 1979, the capital city’s flashy
cars also sought sanctuary. The social convulsions that sped the Shah’s
downfall pushed luxury sedans and sports cars deep underground, if not
entirely out of the country. Some vehicles were requisitioned by the
revolution’s leaders and sold, while others – including many previously
owned by the Shah – would come to moulder in a museum northwest of
Tehran. But in a city where oil wealth flows freely among elites,
beautiful cars can remain out of sight only for so long.
I stayed up a little later than usual last night to
watch a TV program called For The Love of Cars about the restoration of
a 1964 Mk1 Mini Cooper S,
and what a little gem it was. Shortly after the Suez crises when
Britain's oil supplies were seriously threatened, the government
commissioned Alec Issigonis to design a car that could travel at 70mph,
attain 50mpg, seat four adults and carry a stack of luggage. The result
in 1959 was the launch of the Mini, destined to become the biggest
selling auto in Britain's history, remaining in production for 41 years.
Issigonis turned traditional auto design on its ear,
placing a wheel at each corner of the small sedan, and mounting the
engine and transmission east-west instead of the normal north-south,
driving the front wheels. The layout provided a stack of room inside
the cab. As an unexpected bonus, the "brick" exhibited remarkable
handling to boot. In the early '60s, Cooper got hold of the engine,
beefed it up, and the little car was soon winning races all over
Europe. Each of the Beatles had one, british royalty owned a couple and
so did many of the rich and famous. The Mini became a sensation.
I had one briefly in the mid '70s and loved it. It was
great fun to drive and had an amazing ratio of power to weight. Its
standard 1100cc engine could rocket the thing up steep hills in top
gear no problem at all.
TX Greg wrote with some technical advice about
reinstalling my Canon printer. Thanks, Greg. What would I do without
you? But I didn't do it today... I'm not quite a bundle of energy yet
so maybe tomorrow. I need to print my letter of complaint to Ford for
the radiator coolant cockup.
Yes, all my recent illnesses of one sort or another have
me a little concerned about my suitability healthwise for the Odyssey.
Am I kidding myself? Is the Odyssey wishful thinking? That word 'frail'
used in the hospital report had a major psychological effect on me, and
came as a total shock. Hopefully, if I continue to eat well and improve
my efforts to regain weight as well as fitness, I'll be back to normal
in a month or two. That's my goal.
BTW, Popeye is getting a look in tonight at dinner time. My green blob
will be spinach! One positive aspect of recent events is that I really
look forward to meal times now, and my appetite has improved out of
August 6, 2014. When in doubt, read the manual.
So that's what I did and my Citizen watch seems to be back in sync with
the day/date thingy. The former owner of PJ was a manual keeper...
there's a resealable plastic bag in a cupboard full of old manuals
going back to the mid '80s for the fridge, stove, a/c, awning, stereo,
etc. The Courier also has the original manual in the glove box. Sooooo,
never discard your manuals, folks!
thing I've discovered about feeding the body
proper food is its ability to withstand cold. I've noticed I don't feel
the cold at night as much as I did when I was ill. Go figure. My
eyesight was blurry during my illness as well, but is now almost back
to normal. I've
always thought that popping a vitamin pill makes up for poor diet.
WRONG! As OH Jim wrote: You said you
didn't eat for FOUR DAYS???? Holy shit, Gary. Your glucose levels must
have been way low. You're very lucky to not have kicked the bucket.
Hmmm. you're probably right, Jimmy, Jim, Jim. Actually,
I read something
about glucose levels in an article about the nutritional value of oats
which, by the way, have long been rejected by some cultures as being
fit only for livestock feed. Hehe. I'm going to try them with a large
dollop of malt extract this morning. I love malt flavor, and remember
craving malt in milkshakes as a kid.
Yep, the malt works well, and it's chock fulla B group
vitamins. I used to use it in smoothies but it was too thick to
blend... however it's ideal for stirring through hot rolled oats.
More of those historic photos of autos in various urban
situations have been posted on a newsgroup so here's another batch... some quite interesting snapshots of yesteryear.
From the Beeb: US
Secretary of State John Kerry has urged Israel and the Palestinians to
take advantage of the Gaza truce to move towards broader negotiations.
Mr Kerry told the BBC the situation could concentrate minds on the need
to negotiate a "two-state solution".
A 72-hour humanitarian truce is holding in Gaza, halting a four-week
conflict that has claimed more than 1,900 lives.
An Israeli once said, "there will only be peace with the
Arabs when the Arabs learn to love their children
more than they hate us."
Scientists say they
have uncovered a basic process that may help explain why some people's
thinking skills decline with age.
Research indicates as individuals begin to have difficulties
interpreting simple images, their overall intelligence falls too.
Psychologists suggest this ability to glean information at a glance may
play a critical role in how we deal with more complex tasks. The
study appears in Current Biology.
Years ago, the stick shift on a manual sedan was
something akin to the length of a giraffe's neck. My old Kombi had one
of those. But sports cars had cute little stick shifts that rose just
6" above the transmission tunnel, slightly forward of the driver's hip.
Vroom, vroom! The Courier has one of those sporty shifts, and it's a
pleasure to drive. Brings out the revhead in me - kinda. So I was
interested to read this article from the Beeb - The stick shift: Not dead yet.
And still on the subject of cars, here's my favorite
little Frenchie, one of the cutest small cars ever created, in my
Sooooooo cute! When I was a teen, a mate of mine drove
his mother's Dauphine (the model that superseded the 4CV) with me to a
camping site at Bendemeer (near Tamworth NSW) back in 1961 where
we spent a couple of weeks. The Dauphine
was a nice little car but not as pretty as the 4CV. I've long been an
admirer of French cars but never owned (or even driven) one. Yes I
have! A friend's Peugeot 505. Great car too.
Actually, I heard on an episode of QI last night on
telly that back in the 18th or 19th century, only 20% of the French
population spoke French!
Well, it's getting to
time again and I'm starving... really looking forward to roast pork and
veg with lots of gravy tonight. OH Jim reckons I should be having two
helpings at meal times, and I reckon he's probably right. I weighed
myself earlier today and it appears that any weight gain has been
slight. Mind you, it's only been a week or so since I've been back
August 5, 2014. Off to a late start today -
lotsa bits and pieces to take care of again. It only happens when
you're recovering from an illness ya know. When you're fulla beans and
a picture of health, the phone doesn't ring, no one comes to the door,
there aren't any chores and everything runs smoothly. Once you get
sick, however, or are on the mend, the whole world suddenly wants to
get a hold of you for some reason.
Averil's saga is turning out to be an Agathie Christie
novel. I mentioned the possibility of a will the other day, and sure
enough it's come to a head. Stan the Lawn Man and his wife Sue visited
me this morning, and revealed all the dirty deeds that have been going
on. Av's only rellos, her niece and husband from far north QLD (Cairns)
spent the past week or so here tidying up the house, etc. I thought
they were doing it for Av's sake. Nope, they were making sure they got
the rental bond, which has been sitting in an interest bearing deposit
for 25 years. Hello? None of Av's personal possessions were of any
interest to the niece, not even the rings on Av's finger. Photographs
of Av and old Kev were thrown away. All furniture and other belongings
were sent to charity.
But here's the really juicy bit. As Stan, Sue, the niece
and her hubby were gathered around Av and the life-support equipment at
RNS in Sydney, the hubby leaned forward just before the equipment was
to be disconnected and asked, "where's the will?" How subtle. Av wasn't
even conscious. There was no point in asking.
As it turned out, Av didn't make a will before she died.
So the estate will be distributed by her attorney, much of it going in
taxes to the government and the remainder to the nearest relative,
which is the niece. It's interesting to note that the niece and hubby
didn't even appear on the scene until old Kev died. Back then, I was
the only one involved with Kev's final years and months, and then his
death and subsequent funeral arrangements. No Stan, no Sue, no niece,
no hubby, just me.
So it's true, dear Breth. Agatha was right. The smell of
a will brings all the hopefuls out of the woodwork hehe. Funnily
enough, before Sue and Stan left for their caravan holiday up north a
few weeks back, Sue reminded Av to make a will. Av agreed but never got
around to it. She was a bit superstitious that way - convinced that as
soon as she made a will, she'd fall off the perch. But if she
procrastinated, she'd remain alive.
Incidentally, the headstone on Av's grave won't be
installed for 3 weeks, so I'll visit then.
From the Beeb: Israel
has announced the withdrawal of all of its troops to "defensive
positions" outside the Gaza Strip.
Lt-Col Peter Lerner told reporters Israeli forces would have left Gaza
before a 72-hour truce, scheduled for 08:00 local time (05:00 GMT).
Israel claims the main aim of the conflict - to destroy militants'
tunnels - has been achieved.
Gaza officials say the four-week conflict has killed 1,800
Palestinians. Some 67 Israelis have also died.
A recruitment poster
of the stern-eyed Lord Kitchener has become a defining image of World
War One. A clever illustrator's psychological trickery has spawned a
thousand imitations, writes Adam Eley.
It is perhaps history's most famous pointing finger.
The image of British war minister Lord Kitchener's index finger
unsettlingly aimed at the viewer remains immediately recognisable 100
years after its design. Still regularly copied in advertising, it has
also served as a satirical motif in the media and inspired military recruitment
campaigns across the globe.
playing has come to define rock ‘n’
roll. Greg Kot looks back at its colourful history. Rock guitar solos?
Often they’re overblown, overrated and a waste of precious notes. To
those who worship them, I say listen to more jazz – because that’s
where the greatest soloists make their living. But the guitar riff? Now
we’re talking. That always has been, and in many ways still is, the
essence of rock ‘n’ roll – at least of the guitar-bass-drums variety
that has thrived since rockers like Chuck Berry showed everyone how it
A riff, when done right, can shape a song and often rule it. It’s a
brief statement – sometime only a handful of notes or chords – that
recurs throughout the arrangement and can become the song’s central
hook. Many of the greatest songs of the rock era begin with a riff –
The Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Deep Purple’s Smoke
on the Water, Aerosmith’s Walk this Way, The Smiths’ How Soon is Now,
Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit, The Isley Brothers’ Who’s That Lady?
And when done that spectacularly, the riff becomes the core of the
tune, its most memorable feature when listeners play it back in their
head. You can hum a riff or sing it like a melody, and best of all you can rock it on air guitar.
Anna from the dental clinic wrote to remind me of Meals
on Wheels (which, in a manner of speaking, is what PJ is) and the need
for variety in my diet, lest I should tire of what I'm eating. True.
But the stuff I make for myself is a lot cheaper, and I know what I'm
getting. Lindsay (and Sue before him) used MOW after I ceased to be
their carer. It's good food but it ain't cheap. Thought
I would just touch base :) I've been stalking your blog keeping up on
the gossip I'm glad you got the flowers and card. I'm also so happy
you've decided to gain a few pounds... I've been having some thoughts
about your meals etc and if your ever having a bad run etc where you
don't have the energy etc why don't you get meals on wheels you'll find
you could easily split it into two meals as they are reasonably sized.
Just a thought anyway. I'm liking the rolled oats for breaky!! Make
sure you keep variety though because you don't want to get sick of the
same thing and go off your food again. I like that I get to continue to
nag you about food now. I hope you recover soon and I look forward to
seeing the new and improved you in a few weeks time when you're feeling
better and fattened up a bit.
Thanks again for the flowers and card, Anna. That was
very sweet of you and Cherie, and the tulips are still looking good.
Yes, fattened. I agree. I can still hear you nagging me about my poor
undernourished body needing food to help it return to health - fuel for
the immune system. You're right, of course... I just don't like to
admit it (as do most blokes when confronted by a waving female finger).
It's a good thing I went to hospital apart from the
obvious reasons. I was starving after 4 days at home not eating, so
even hospital food looked appetizing. I was also surprised at how I
could swallow semi solids such as oats and blended meat and veg. In
fact, swallowing semi solids exercised the swallowing mechanism much
better than liquid foods had been, and was in itself helping to improve
my technique. So now my diet regularly consists of semi solids. Roast
pork and veg tonight, with lashings of gravy. Last night I really
pigged out on dinner and dessert and felt well and truly stuffed
afterwards hehe. Good thing, yes? And about time!
So there it is, dear Breth, another edition of Waffle.
Seeyaz tomorrow. Gary
August 4, 2014. And a lovely winter's day it is
too, bright and shiny and mild. However, our dry winter and above
average temps have brought forward our bushfire season with several
fires burning up and down the east coast. Looks like we're in for a
pretty savage spring and summer firewise, with lots of dire warnings
from the Greens about global warming.
Just threw a bowl of rolled oats down the hatch, and
getting pretty good at cooking that stuff now. Nice and creamy. I'm
also loving the taste. Maybe my body is telling me something, like EAT.
I'll make a second bowl later for lunch. This is becoming a seeeerious
And here I is at after 4pm and where did the time go?
Not sure... a bit of this and a bit of that, plus more shopping for
meds. Some days are like that... lots of little things to do and they
eat up the time. Munch, munch, munch.
From the Beeb: Events
are taking place to commemorate the centenary of the start of Britain's
involvement in World War One.
The Prince of Wales and prime minister will be in Glasgow for a
national service of commemoration, while the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge will join world leaders for events in Belgium.
Westminster Abbey is hosting a candle-lit vigil service.
Lights will be switched off in homes and buildings from Blackpool Tower
to Downing Street to mark the war's start.
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "A hundred years ago today Britain
entered the First World War and we are marking that centenary to honour
those who served, to remember those who died, and to ensure that the
lessons learnt live with us forever.
Atheists in the US
are rallying together, launching a new TV programme and providing
support for those who go public with their beliefs.
"Sometimes things need to be said, and fights need to be fought even if
they are unpopular. To the closeted atheists, you are not alone, and
you deserve equality."
So goes the rousing speech from the American Atheists president, David
Silverman, in the opening moments of the first US television
broadcaster dedicated to those who do not believe in God, Atheist
Before the first medal
was contested at (the Commonwealth Games) Glasgow 2014, BBC Sport took
an in-depth look at the previous six editions of the Commonwealth Games
to find out which country had been most successful.
Unsurprisingly, the traditional sporting powerhouses of Australia,
South Africa, New Zealand and Canada joined England and, to a certain
extent, the other home nations in the upper echelons of the medals
But hang on, we thought, isn't this all a bit unfair on the smaller
nations? How on earth, for example, is it realistic to compare a tiny
Caribbean island with India, for example, when the latter has more than
a billion people from which they can select their teams?
So we did a lot of number crunching and produced a population-adjusted medals table.
American Idol season
seven finalist Michael Johns has died at the age of 35.
US TV network Fox and Johns' family released statements confirming the
news, with Fox describing Johns as "an incredible talent".
No cause of death was given, however Hollywood Reporter said it was due
to a blood clot in his ankle.
Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell paid tribute on Twitter,
calling him "a truly great guy".
According to TMZ, the Australian-born singer saw a doctor on Thursday
complaining of pain and swelling in his leg after twisting his ankle
and was later sent home.
It may seem
incongruous to think of discarded rubber car tires as the source of
fetching but functional footwear or fashion-forward furniture. But from
Kenya to India to Detroit to Sweden, clever and eco-minded niche
entrepreneurs are turning one of industrialized society’s most
ubiquitous and difficult-to-dispose-of waste products (an estimated 1.5
billion tires are discarded each year worldwide) into weirdly appealing
– and super-tough – items with a little bit of, um, soul.
Well, there ya go, the Beeb to the rescue today
(unlike yesterday). Oh yes, I forgot to mention, one of my chores today
was seeing the speech therapist and swallowing expert for a checkup.
She reminded me of how important it is that I maintain a strict
exercise regimen to get my throat working properly. However, she is
pleased with my progress and diet... and willingness to gain weight.
I've gained a couple of kilos during the past week but I really need to
gain a helluva lot more than that to be back to normal, which is almost
20 kilos more than I weigh now (40 pounds). Gary
August 3, 2014. Memories are made of this... as
the song goes. It's interesting to ponder the meaning of memories, and
their precious importance to us. Invisible images, smells, tastes and
from our past that lie dormant in our brains until sparked into life
once more at the unexpected appearance of something familiar. Like
meeting a long-lost
friend by chance, and savoring the flood of shared memories that flow
as a consequence.
Those thoughts crossed my mind when I read NC Art's
comment about house and home this morning: G’day Mate, "It takes a heap of livin’ in
a house to make it home…". From a schmaltzy poem by a schmuck American
poet sometime in the last century. But he sold a lot of the stuff.
would. People love schmaltz. When I first moved into the little terrace
house in Glebe, it was a house not a home. A house devoid of memories.
However, I do fondly recall the familiar smell of Sunday roasts cooked
in dripping by old Joan next door - traditional rolled roast of beef
and baked vegies at midday. Our kitchens were adjacent, separated by a
narrow path and corrugated iron fence, that allowed the rich,
tantalizing smell of her cooking to waft across the way, and remind me
very much of my mother's Sunday roasts when I was a kid.
I also remember the main reason I decided to buy that
little house. It was the old iron Victorian fireplace in the living
room and its promise of winter nights spent sitting in front of a cozy
fire. A promise of memories to come. And come they did.
So what does PJ promise? The mind boggles. Waterfalls,
mountains, deserts, campfires, beaches, forests, lakes, long stretches
of open road, winding dusty tracks, conversations with fellow
travellers and small-town characters, country pubs - you name it. Just
don't mention breakdowns, flat tires or muddy bogs.
OH Jim wrote to remind me to eat, eat, eat and eat some
more! Yes, sir! I devoured my 3 colored blobs with gravy last night,
which was good, and my rolled oats this morning. I also made a
smoothie, and am looking forward to tucking into some port-drenched
Steve W tells me he's travelled from Oz to the US, and
then from the US to the UK where he and Carol will get hitched in a
medieval monastry. I wonder if the wedding coach will be a vintage
Bentley or something. Hopefully, Steve remembered to pack his best
thongs and stubbies. "And do you Steve take Carol to be your lawful
wedded wife?" "Too bloody right, mate. Is the Pope a bloody Catholic or
No news on the Beeb today, folks. Sorry about that. For
the next half hour, I'll sit here and twiddle my thumbs. Can you
imagine that? The 7 o'clock news theme arrives on telly and the
newsreader says there's no news today. Instead, the station will show a
re-run of Kojak. "No news?" you ask yourself. "How can this be? How can
there not be any news?
There's always news!" Yep, there's always news. TV stations religiously
put aside half an hour every night for the
news... because there WILL be news. Yes? But what if there isn't? What
if the world grinds to a halt and nothing happens of any consequence?
Like today, for example. I just checked the Beeb and it was all ho
hum... same old, same old.
My quartz clock stopped. How's that for news? Good thing
I have spare batteries... those button ones. Actually, what's far more
newsworthy is my Citizen automatic watch removed from my forearm by
hospital staff to make way for a saline drip. Little did they realize
(or give a rat's ass) that an automatic watch needs constant movement
to keep the damn mechanism ticking. So after a day or so, it stopped.
And do you think I can synchronize the day/date thingy with midnight
instead of midday again? Not on your sweet Nelly, and I've been trying
for days. Grrrrrrr. To add insult to injury, Citizen provides a teensy
weensy little knob, bordering on microscopic, to make the necessary
Anyway, time for the usual as well as the unusual. Big
mouth here offered Lindsay some bacon I had in the fridge so now I have
to cook his dinner... bacon, fried eggs and chips. Haven't done that
for ages. Then I'll fix my 3 blobs with gravy hehe. Gary
August 2, 2014. I knew a lawyer one time who
often described things as 'not insignificant'. Apparently it doesn't
necessarily mean 'significant'. So if I described my improvement
healthwise since yesterday as 'not insignificant', what would I mean? I
dunno either. But I do feel better. It's the good tucker ya know...
rolled oats for brekky and rare roast beef and veg for dinner. I ended
up with three blobs on the dinner plate... one pinkish, one orangey,
and one deep green - roast beef, mashed potato/pumpkin, and beans
respectively. The beef and beans had been blended but the different
colors helped distinguish one blob from the other, like three flavors
of ice cream. Then I heated a pouch of ready-made gravy in the micro
and poured it over the heated blobs. The result was impressively tasty
and satisfying. In fact, I could feel it doing me good. During the day
I also snacked on smoothies, juice and protein drinks.
Speaking of food and weight, OH Jim wrote: Jeez, Gary. 90 POUNDS???? You must look
like a WWII POW. You must have scared the crap out of the hospital
staff. Don't you weigh yourself? I would love to lose 90 pounds, but
even then I would still out weigh you. I am surprised you have enough
muscle to muscle around PJ.
Yep, the weight disappeared quite suddenly some time ago
after losing all my teeth and I remember being seriously shocked at my
reflection in the bathroom mirror, which does look as you describe... a
WWII POW. As to muscling around in PJ, I tire quickly but manage.
Hopefully, my new diet regimen will sort that out soon.
On the subject of crap, I was seriously constipated the
day I landed in hospital. A day or two later, out of desperation, I
used the digit extraction method (while sitting on the loo, of course).
However, I'd been given a laxative earlier which began to work AFTER
the successful digit dig, which probably explains why any weight gain
was short lived. In and out like a revolving door. Nasty business that
I spent a bit of time enjoying the sun's warmth in PJ
this morning, and installed my new step stool which works just fine,
allowing easy access to the cab over sleeping quarters. It has rubber
feet to stop it sliding around too. Bubba says g'day. I tend to call
him 'mate' a lot now... getting more familiar hehe. I'm soooooo glad to
have found that little bloke in the toy bin at the Salvation Army
store. We were destined to meet. He's a gem and unlike any I've seen
before. Bubba Unique!
Just finished making another trifle - with strawberry
jelly this time (blackcurrant will be next) - so that's more
bone-sticking food I'm looking forward to shovelling into the gob.
Hearing that word frail to
describe me in hospital certainly came as a shock. Frail? Yes, we're
talking to you! I've been living in denial, somehow hoping she'll be right, mate, no worries.
Matter of fact, I just cooked another bowl of rolled
oats. Used a slightly different method this time and it was a big
improvement on this morning's effort. Nice and creamy this time, and
tastier, aided by a dollop of honey.
Home brand quick oats cost a bit over a buck for 750g
loose in a plastic bag. A box of Kelloggs or other branded breakfast
cereal is 3 or 4 times that and fulla sugar! Bleh. My father called
oats porridge, and cooked it on the stove top. No microwave back then.
I thought it was horrible stuff and refused to eat it. Not now, though.
Dunno what's made the difference but I'm very partial to these quick
oates indeed! Cheap, filling, tasty and nutritious! And fattening. Hehe.
Ya know those blokes on weight loss ads who hold their
old pants out to show how much pot belly they've lost? I can do the
same thing, with enough room in the old pants to fit another bloke.
Trouble is, I was skinny to begin with.
From the Beeb: A
campaign for a baby with Down's Syndrome left with his surrogate Thai
mother by an Australian couple has raised over $120,000 (£70,000).
The six-month-old boy, named Gammy, also has a congenital heart
condition and needs urgent medical treatment.
Pattaramon Chanbua was left to care for him after his Australian
parents only wanted his healthy twin sister.
She was paid $15,000 (£9,000) to be a surrogate for the couple, whose
identities remain unknown. A
A bill to strengthen
the US border with Mexico amid a surge in arrivals from Central America
has been passed by the House of Representatives.
The $694m (£412m) bill would deploy National Guard troops at the
southern border and speed up deportations.
President Barack Obama, who asked for $3.7bn, described the Republican
package as "extreme" and "unworkable".
The bill will not go before the Senate, which was unable to agree a
bill itself and is in recess until September.
That leaves what many have described as a national crisis unaddressed
over the summer months.
About 57,000 Central American children have crossed the border since
October, many unaccompanied.
I think I'm beginning to understand what the term
closure means in relation to death. I keep looking at Av's house
through my kitchen window and expecting her to be there. I remind
myself of recent events including being flown to Sydney, placed in an
induced coma, having life support removed, and the funeral last
Tuesday, but I still can't shake the feeling that she might appear at
her window at any moment. That's how I often saw her, including the
last time... the sun shining on her silver hair as she sat in the front
room reading the paper in her favorite spot. So I figure a visit to the
grave she shares with Kev will be my closure, given that I missed the
funeral because of my hospitalization. Seeing her name engraved on the
headstone next to old Kev's will bring it home to me that she is, in
I felt that way about my little house in Glebe for a
long, long time... that I could walk back inside and it would be just
as it was when I lived there. So when I visited earlier this year and
was invited by the new owner to take a look inside, that ended up being
my closure. The house is not mine any more, it belongs to someone else,
and it's very different (in many respects) to the way I left it. Any
feeling of belonging or being inextricably attached vanished that day.
It was over. And, as they say, it's time to move on.
So it will be quite a novel experience for me to be
living the gypsy life, changing my physical address every few days or
so, living in the same "house" but with a different backyard and
neighbors. I honestly can't imagine anything more unreal hehe, like
living in a dream world - floating untethered - or something like that.
I'm certain that it's a lifestyle that needs to be experienced to be
properly understood - something not easily explained to others. But
I'll give it a shot.
Before I shoot through for the day, here's a link to some amazing
pics sent by NC Art... stuff with the 'wow' factor. Gary
August 1, 2014. Horses birthday... whether they
like it or not. Mine too in 28 days from now. I'll be relinquishing my
sexagenarian status for septuagenarian. Still trailling NC Art
though... he reached octogenarian status ages ago. In fact, he wrote
mate, Glad you got out of hospital before the nurses pulled the plug to
shut you up. You must be loads better to give us a fine narrative of
your recent woes. Keep on plugging along and you’ll be Waltzing Matilda
next week. We all missed your sparkling wit and sage observations about
this screwy world and its foibles.
Yes, picture the scribes in Heaven, sucking the
well-chewed ends of their quills as they desperately try to think of
something interesting to write about hehe. Nothing screwy about Heaven.
No foibles. Just endless perfection. Makes you wonder about the
expression; no news is good news.
For example, here on Earth we often discuss the weather.
But if the weather were the same every day - perfect - discussing it
would be pointless. No weather reports on telly. No seasons. No g'day.
In fact, the word 'weather' wouldn't even exist. Yep, a scribe's lot in
Heaven would surely be one of endless frustration.
OH Jim wants to know if we have Meals on Wheels here in
Oz. Yep. Lindsay uses it, as did his wife before she died last
November. But I'd rather do my own cooking. Apart from anything else,
it's cheaper. Jim also commented on GPs these days not getting copies
of hospital reports. Mine did. My report said I was not only 'frail'
but also 'lethargic'. Thanks very much, and a giant raspberry to you
too. What the hell do they expect of a pneumonia patient? They could
have added cantankerous as well. Incidentally, you know you're feeling
crook when you couldn't give a stuff about using a urine bottle during
patient visiting hours, sitting on the loo with a nurse standing beside
you, or being totally naked while she showers you. Oh yeah... and I
misplaced my willie one time. Instead of in the neck of the bottle, it
was outside hehe... and I peed happily away until it dawned on me. Then
I had to suffer the whole indignity of sitting naked on a chair while
the nurse changed the sheets, made the bed and fitted me with a fresh
gown. Oh well...
Jim asked how much I weigh. I figure I was 45kg when I
was admitted to hospital, which is about 90 pounds or thereabouts. I'm
about 5' 10" tall, so you can imagine. Dunno how much I weigh now but I
ate pretty well the past week, and intend to continue that trend.
It's 5 already. Did lots of shopping and then cooking,
which I'm still doing. Also had rolled oats for lunch to prove I at
least have one thing in common with horses. Seriously, after my
breakfasts of oats in hospital, I've become addicted and was really
hanging out for a fix (with a dollop of honey) when I got back from
shopping. Lindsay came with me to push the trolley and carry everything
back inside the house.
Couldn't find a microwave serving dish at the mall with
individual sections for meals... only cooking stuff. So I'll settle for
an ordinary plate. But I did find something in the homewares shop when
I was looking at micro stuff... and that's a folding step stool for use
in PJ to climb onto the box (housing the fresh water tank) that leads
to the front bed area. My legs can't cope with one big hop so I'll use
the step stool to make it two hops. Great little thing for just $8.
They had them in blue, orange or pink. I was very tempted to get pink
just to be controversial but I settled on blue for boys. Owyagoin mate,
no wukkers. Bewdy.
So I'll post this, prepare the rest of my meals (in
bulk so it'll be just heat n eat for the next 3 or 4 days) and catch a
bit of telly. Sorry I'm Beebless today folks... not enough time in the
day to do all the chores I needed to do. I'm also Boobless and
Bottomless at the mo but that's another story. Gary
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