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Thinking it over…

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On reflection perhaps the problem is actually just the title of the blog.

Times have changed and I’m not really sure I *want* to ramble incessantly about ‘the world as I see it’. Perhaps I really should give up on the blog in this format and create a new one based loosely around my life just posting whatever comes to mind.

Ok ‘opinion’ comes in many forms but if I’m writing, for example about spiders in the garden, adding them here might not be ‘appropriate??

Having said that it *is* my blog so whatever *I* think is appropriate *is* appropriate! 😀

Maybe I’ll have to think that one over and see where it takes me!

Perhaps “My life and welcome to it” ?? 😀

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March 5, 2010 at 1:55 pm

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It's been a while.

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If it isn’t obvious, I got ‘disenchanted’ with blogging a long time ago. I think I just got bored more than anything else, or perhaps I found soemthing else to occupy my mind/time/etc which ever, I just stopped almost a year ago.

I came back a few months later to have a look around, but didn’t really do much after that. Since then bucket loads of stuff has happened that I’d have rambled on about… but much of that went into the ‘sister site’ at the Australian Opinion Forum.

Since I spend so much time in there, what else is there to say?? Beats me.

And yet the domain is still here… the software is still here… the archives are still here so I’m obviously keeping it for something.

Dunno… maybe I *should* simply sit down and start sounding off about the world again. There are things I can say in here I can’t say on the forum… and of course there is a lot more space here to ramble than on there.

We’ll see.

Last time I said I was off to find a new theme. Well I recall cleary that I *did* go… and I recall clearly that this was *still* the best theme out there! It’s clean, it’s effective and it works – even tho I upgraded the software by several iteration that had passed me by over the last year. 🙂

So… will I post. As I said I can only answer by saying “we’ll see”. Blogging is such a solitary activity it’s not necessarily the best form of communication. After all, I type into the void… and who reads it? Anyone? Quite possibly not!

We’ll see. 😀

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March 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm

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Anyone still out there… ??

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It’s been a long time since I ‘blogged in anger’, months in fact. I’ve spent much of the last few months posting on the sister forum (Australian Opinion) mostly wrecking and rebuilding it. However I miss the old blog site where I can just say whatever the hell I like without having to take into account the feelings of a lot of other people! 🙂

Maybe it’s time to come back and get back to telling the world how it *ought* to be run… or at least tell it’s leaders how they should be behaving!!

We’ll see.

Right now I’m thinking about it and seeking out a new theme. After all ‘new beginnings’ sort or rquire a new theme. Having said that… I’m actually quite fond of the existing one. It’s clean, clear and does what it’s ttold. What else can one ask of a theme after all?? 😛

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August 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

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Down we go…

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Billions again wiped off the financial markets. The biggest drop in total sharemarket value in decades. Financial ‘experts’ all round the world perplexed and unsure what’s going on.

Sound familiar?

Maybe it’s ‘Wall Street 1929’ all over again!

It’s nearly time to stock the cupboards, lock the doors and pass the ammo!

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March 3, 2009 at 7:28 am

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Insanity in the UK.

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The level of bizarre behaviour of institutions in the UK is getting out of hand. Soon they’ll be on a par with the lunatics in the USA.

Current in the list of oddities is the case of two grandparents who were told that they were too old to look after their grandchildren… and were then told that because they had complained to the media that their kids were instead being adopted by a gay couple they would no longer be allowed any contact with them. This of course is despite them having already adopted the youngest child, the childrens repeated insistence that they be placed with their grandparents *and* the youngest girls known and recognised fear of men! More lives ruined in the name of political correctness.

Then there is the man who has been jailed because he confronted a heroin dealer and flushed 5 bags of the drug down the toilet. It’s good to know that drug dealers can rely on the full weight of the law being imposed on people trying to do the job the police can’t or won’t do. Just for added measure he was imprisoned for two months for defending law and order whilst a Portuguese lorry driver who wiped out the lives of six people gets 3 months per life! What an indictment of the justice system??

And lastly… for today… we have Virgin Rail telling its customers they can’t give each other a goodbye kiss when they drop them off at the rail stations.

The country is going to the dogs.

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February 17, 2009 at 9:02 am

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So much for that

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I must have fallen out of the habit of daily blogging suring the ‘enforced’ break over the holidays. Yesterday for example, the site hardly entered my thoughts except at the beginning of the day when I realised I had no time to cough let alone write.

Yet despite having my little netbook at hand all day, I managed to watch most of a film, visit the doctor, pick up one of the kids, and spend the evening at ice-skating (where I even had a *free* free wi-fi connection at Maccas where I was sitting), without considering for a second I could be wittering on about ‘stuff’.

Still it could be worse. I was reading a ‘New York Times‘ article pointed out to me by The Phantom on his blog about ‘slow blogging‘ which is supposed to reflect the new blogging process involving deeper thinking and a more laid back attitude to it all.

I think I was a leader in the field of slow blogging… tho it must be said my attitude isn’t so much a ‘laid back’ one… it’s more ‘laid down’.

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February 17, 2009 at 6:34 am

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So close… yet… ?

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Just for reference I thought I’d share a photo I sourced from The Australian newspaper showing just how close the fires were to Melbourne itself. You can see the burned out trees from the suburb of Kinglake and in the distance… near distance… the city itself.

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February 12, 2009 at 8:09 am

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Strange – tired again!

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Overall I really had a good day yesterday working away until my back started to ache so sat down. There’s still loads to do as always but this morning I feel really exhausted… and this is despite getting back to bed for an hour and a half!!

Obviously I’ve no idea why I feel so grotty… but already I feel like I’ll be pleased to see the bed again tonight!

Basically the blog still isn’t totally back on track as news and opinion’ site, so bear with me! 😀

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January 12, 2009 at 9:24 am

Another hot one coming!

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Temeratures hereabouts are set to become the highest for a couple of years according to the pundits. They aren’t being ‘exact’ though but suggest we can expect readings in excess of 40ºC this afternoon.

Since yesterday afternoon (at 6:30 p.m.) the car thermometer showed 39ºC I think they might be a little off with their ‘records’.

Temperature Jan 6th 2009 7:45 a.m.

Temperature Jan 6th 2009 7:45 a.m.

As you can see from the photo the temperature yesterday (bottom of the dark line) was over 41ºC and even now at 7:45 a.m. the temperature is already above 30ºC!

I appreciate for those of you struggling in the northern hemisphere with temperatures of -15ºC this doesn’t sound like much of a hardship, but I learned very quickly after arriving in Oz that it is *far* easier to warm up than to cool down!

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January 6, 2009 at 7:53 am

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Sympathy

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Just dropping by to express my sympathy to John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston on the loss of their son Jett who died recently.

I’d also like to express my condolences to the families of those children, numbering now almost 100, who have died as a result of the Israeli bombardment and subsequent invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The loss of any child is appalling but perhaps more so for someone in Travolta’s position. The people in Gaza had little enough to begin with and the attack has left them with less. Jett Travolta had everything, loving family, money and the best care possible… yet his death will mean as much to his family as the death of each of those children in Gaza will to theirs.

Rest in peace.

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January 5, 2009 at 12:31 pm