I know that those in the UK will be aware that Australia held an election on the 7th of September this year. I was in the UK at the time, having already done my civic (and compulsory) duty and voted before I left. I was quite surprised how much coverage the election got on UK news.
I’ve always thought that the system here is preferable to the ‘first-past-the-post’ system of the UK, with some reservations, Read more…
I got back from the UK last Tuesday. My apologies to those I did not contact. I could have done with a break – but alas, family affairs were too overwhelming!
The first part of my trip over was magical. I had sufficient air-miles to travel business class the seven hours from Brisbane to Singapore. I thought that would prepare me for part two of the journey – thirteen hours from Singapore to Heathrow.
Alas! One child threw a temper tantrum. My seven hours stood me in good stead – and it was three hours before I finally complained.
I could willingly have strangled the woman sitting next to me, who was only moderately less stressed than I was. She merely smiled when the hostie said “well you know children….”
I was moved – but to a far less comfortable seat.
I felt somewhat vindicated in the baggage retrieval at Heathrow when I heard the same monster still screaming and shouting…
My trip back proved my point. 13 hours of silence was just great. No children!
As some members here might know I quite like cricket. I support Australia – until the ‘Ashes’. Bearsy changed his allegiance to Australia a few years ago – I didn’t, I support England. So it really doesn’t matter who wins – one person in this household will be happy!
A few days ago, one of the News Channels posed the question of what does Australia Cricket do when it faces its Ancient Rival – it sacks the coach!
Yesterday, the ruling Labor Party, about to face an election, sacked the PM. The situations were pretty similar. The Australian Cricket Team seemed set for defeat – the Labor Party appeared to be destined for annihilation. The Polls indicated that the Labor Party could retain more seats if Kevin Rudd, deposed by Julia Gillard and Union factions three years (and three days) ago led the Labor Party. Read more…
Needless to say, when we bought our house last year we had the property inspected for all the usual things… no problems there. We also asked the over-paid ‘experts’ to check on the wooden retaining walls which ran down the length of the house and across the back. We asked the right questions: was it properly built? was it safe? was it legal? We were assured that it was. Right questions – wrong answers.
It all began when I called someone in to clear this area and plant some bushes along the fence.
“I’ll certainly do that for you”, said the landscaper. “But, you’re wasting your time, the retaining walls are failing”.
Even I could see what he was talking about! Even worse, the ‘lawn’ was completely uneven. Read more…
One of the really nice things about the area we moved to last July is that there are many more restaurants nearby than there were where we lived before.
Yesterday evening, I decided that we’d try the local Thai Eatery. My daughter told me that the Food was good – but the Personality was pretty poor. ‘What on earth are you on about?’, I asked. ‘You’ll see’ she replied.
We were greeted by a tall, thin man with a long face who told us to sit wherever we wanted – and then wandered off. Read more…
The Royalist asked me to set the next Creative Writing Competition. I haven’t – because I’ve been very caught up with dealing with the problems of this little ‘beauty‘ or should I say, beastie!
I’ve been hoping that someone else would post on the ‘Great Australian Media Hoax’. But since no one has – I’m going to stick my neck out …
As I am sure most here are aware – two young Australian radio presenters phoned the King Edward VII hospital pretending to be the Queen and Prince Charles. The call was put through. The nurse who put the call through has, allegedly, committed suicide and the two young people have been accused of causing that death. Read more…
May I add my thanks to The Royalist’s comment to everyone for keeping the Chariot going while I’ve been in the UK sorting out things for my mother … I promise to do better when I get back to Oz later this week.
Many thanks for the photos. There were just five entries, all extremely interesting:
LW’s entry of an obviously much loved and well-used recliner.
FEEG’s photo of an equally well-sat upon garden seat.
Araminta’s picture of chair over-loaded with teddy bears.
JM’s amusing snap of a deckchair.
and Pseu’s delightful image of a seat that is no longer a seat!
Very hard to make a decision – but in the end I chose…. Read more…
As I said in my post, This is Not about Assange, some two years ago, I felt very strongly that WikiLeaks was a necessary counterbalance to Governments who wanted to keep their actions out of sight of public scrutiny.
As an Australian, I was appalled that my Government condemned him the minute American politicians said that he should be assassinated.
As an Englishwoman, I have been disgusted how the UK has treated him and have used the ‘Process of Law’ to virtually imprison him for two years and, eventually, to agree to send him to Sweden – from where he would, inevitably,have been sent to the US.
I repeat: he has broken no laws in Australia, the UK or, even, the USA – since none of his actions occurred in any one of those countries. One may not approve of his actions – and I aware that some here do not – but the Law should be based on ‘Natural Justice’ and not Disapproval.
I am quite sure that Ecuador has its own agenda in granting Assange Political Asylum – but I, for one, am pleased that they have done so.