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Cyclone Warning

March 27, 2017 18 comments

The top end of Queensland is prone to cyclones. Some years there are several relatively small ones, every so often they get a big one.

As some of you may know cyclones are rather unpredictable. The longer they are over water, the bigger they get … and no one seems to be able to predict exactly where they will cross the land. Read more…

Categories: General

Same Topic (Politics) – Different Venue (Oz)

July 2, 2016 15 comments

In case no-one knows, today Oz is going to the Polls. It’s a bit different from the UK.

Polling Day is always a Saturday, the polls open at 8.00 am and shut at 6.00 pm and voting is compulsory – fines apply for not voting – and every polling station has a sausage sizzle (no fines apply for not buying or eating the same). Read more…

Just the Right Size or Moan of the Week

April 13, 2016 9 comments

In my teens, I was average height – 5 feet 2 inches. Unfortunately the world has grown around me, and I am told that I am short and the average height for a woman is now around 5 feet 5 inches. Read more…

Categories: General

Referendum 2016 – Queensland Style

March 5, 2016 14 comments

I have been following the so-called arguments against the UK leaving the EU. It strikes me that those arguments are based on fear-tactics and, unfortunately, will drown out those who have the courage to go it alone…  However that is not what this blog is about. Read more…

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2015 in review

January 2, 2016 11 comments

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Read more…

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Anyone for Win 10?

August 8, 2015 25 comments

Both Bearsy and I registered for the upgrade from Win 8.1 to Win 10 on our machines. We were warned that the upgrade might take some time – but both of my Win 8.1 computers and one of Bearsy’s were upgraded on the 29th July with no apparent problems, although I, for one, couldn’t see what all the who-ha was about.

I don’t actually see that there is much difference – but Bearsy was somewhat saddened by the loss of the Charm thingamy wotsit. To be honest, I wasn’t too sad since the darn thing kept popping up when I didn’t want it.

Having got my two main machines sorted, I decided to upgrade my Sony Win 7 laptop. It proved extremely useful when a visitor came earlier this year and demanded the loan of a laptop while she was here (that’s another not very happy story!). So I upgraded – and I couldn’t log into my Microsoft Account, and I couldn’t add other users – which negated the whole purpose of keeping the thing in action.

In the meantime, Bearsy didn’t wait for the upgrade on his second machine – but downloaded it – again with no problems.

Yesterday, I decided to take the step of putting a clean install on my Sony – Readers Beware! Having wiped Win 7 and everything off my lap-top I got an error message of “Inaccessible Boot Device”. It would seem that I am not alone, and a fair few other upgraders have had their computers rendered useless.

I am stunned, I know Microsoft are renowned for releasing programs with bugs – but this is not just a bug it’s a super-fatal-bug…

Incidentally, I mentioned above ‘no apparent problems’. I have a Microsoft Surface Pro 3… made, built and sold (I assumed) by Microsoft. I love it! But, the Pen no longer works properly under Win 10. It is, so I’m told, an ‘known’ problem. For Heavens Sake – if Microsoft cannot even ensure that its own products work properly after an upgrade of this kind – how many other ‘known’ issues are there?

Categories: General

Photo Competition Result

February 23, 2015 3 comments

My apologies for taking so long to announce the result.

Many thanks to those who entered – and participated in trying to guess what the objects were.

Since no one even hazarded a guess at Low Wattage’s offering – I am awarding the prize of setting the next competition to him.

Please let us all know what your object is!

Categories: General

January Photograph Competition

January 9, 2015 51 comments
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Election Blues

November 1, 2013 6 comments

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…

Categories: Australiana

No Children

October 13, 2013 7 comments

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! 

Categories: General