Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Monday, July 30, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
I'm not a happy camper today.
However, on a better note - Mum and Dad got a phone call from Clare and Georgia last night. So they're cheery.
Saturday, July 28, 2007
2. Today I am Albus Dumbledore.
3. Tomorrow I will celebrate another Saints win. I hope!!
4. Someday I'm going to travel the world.
5. I will never have children.
6. I might drink too much occasionally.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to nothing in particular, tomorrow my plans include more of the same and Sunday, I want to have a day off but it's not gonna happen!
This was taken out the back of the shop last night after work. I tried to find a spot with a less cluttered skyline but by then the colour had gone. :(
Later in the night was some fierce thunder and lightning. I thought about trying to catch some lightning shots but I was already tucked up warm in bed. And then it just rained again so I stayed where I was.
Friday, July 27, 2007
1. Nanna - I think I've written about my Nanna before. Still vivid in my memory.
2. Noodles - so versatile.
3. Numenor - home of the Dunedain, men of Middle Earth.
4. New Order - one of my favourite bands. Like a phoenix risen from the ashes of Joy Division.
5. Nick Cave - another favourite. Saw him on Letterman the other night, with Grinderman. Losing the hair but still got the moves!
6. Nick Riewoldt - star centre-half forward for the Saints.
7. Nieces - Holly, Georgia and Taya.
8. Nephews - James and Evan.
9. Nature - love the natural world. Hate what we're doing to it.
10. New - I love having new toys to play with (camera, car, guitar are my fave toys).
11. Nobody's Fault But Mine - great Zep tune. Both versions.
12. New Zealand - where LOTR was filmed. Haven't been there yet but I will get there. Beautiful scenery. Don't think they could have picked a better place to represent Middle Earth.
13. Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols - I remember that the major chain stores wouldn't stock this record and when I saw it in an independent store I bought it on principle. Turned out to be well worth it. "I am an anarchist!"
And I can't believe that I left Maton out of my M list last week. My Maton guitar - how could I forget that! Shame on me.
All's well. Georgia is fanging for a go on the computer. Tell Denise I got her email thanks. It will be hard to email from Switzerland but I should be able to find a telephone that works!
Sorry to hear Ma and Pa have not been well ~ please give them lots of love: and to everyone, human and beast!
Loving you! Excited about Switzerland!
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - the seventh and last novel in the series - sold around 15 million copies worldwide in its first day and set the new world record for the fastest selling book.
No wonder they don't care that the little guys are shut out of the market!
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Lots and lots of love to everyone!! Sorry about Soul's email coming first ~ I didn't get to the internet cafe that time, I don't remember why. So happy to hear that everything is well re: Tash and pussy cats. I'm very sorry I missed Dad's birthday ~ I am going to try to call tonight. We are actually in civilisation at a hotel ~ we went on Safari yesterday ~ saw various antelopes, warthog (one with baby which was very cute) and lots and lots of beautiful elephants. Then we went on a 2 hour boat ride and saw all sorts of birds and hippo and buffalo ~ one hyena. No lions or leopards, alas. It was a hell-trip of 6 hours in a bus to get there and then further time in the bus to search for animals (thank God for the elephants or we'd have all gone mad!!) Then to a dodgy safari park cafe for lunch (oh no ~ not more rice and beans!) then the boat ride which was fantastic. Then another 3 hour bus ride (hell) to this hotel ~ which seems like heaven, with running water, hot water even, sheets! Dinner in a dining room with chairs ~ amazing stuff. Breakfast! And the internet cafe. I had a shower last night and one again this morning ~ so luxurious!!!
There's so much to say and yes we have lots of photos ~ and people with better cameras than us are going to share too, which will be great. We have done so much and had such experiences ~ I love Africa: so unpredictable and quite a mystery.
Anyway, I had better go because folk are waiting and we haven't much time. Love you! Miss you! hope to talk to ma and pa soon.
Lots and lots of love from Clare and Georgia ~ we are both still in good health!!
xxxxxxxxxxxxx love and miss everyone!!
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Security! It's just a book when all is said and done, not the freaking Crown Jewels.
2. I like to use garlic when I cook.
3. Alliance Distribution Services really pisses me off. Bastards, Bastards, Bastards!
4. I've been thinking about the injustice of it all lately.
5. The last song I heard that I liked was gee, I hear lots of great stuff on RRR but who knows what they're called?
6. Camping by starlight.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to someone else cooking, tomorrow my plans include dinner at Ma'n'Pa's for Dad's birthday and Sunday, I want to celebrate a Saints win! (Ha!)
From The Paranoid One
Friday, July 20, 2007
Edit: My supplier just called - he doesn't get his stock till next week sometime. He wasn't aware of this till he called the distributor today. The distributor is only supplying the major chain stores, who've ordered hundreds, for the official Saturday release. Small operators, like me, have to wait a week before we get our stock. That's their policy and they don't give a stuff about us little people. It stinks. I am a little bit more than annoyed.
Alliance Distribution Services - bastards!
1. Muriel - we don't always agree on a lot of stuff but, what the hell, she's me Mum.
2. Misty Mountain Hop - "So I'm packing my bags for the Misty Mountains where the spirits go now, over the hills where the spirits fly." Led Zep and Tolkien all in one!
3. Misty Mountains, Mirkwood, Moria, Mordor - I think you know where I am.
4. Melbourne - great place to live, despite the nasty weather we have at the moment.
5. Moiraine - a central character in the early Wheel of Time books. Is she really dead or will she reappear in Book 12???
6. Magic - do you believe?
7. Minestrone - perfect on these cold winter nights. "Life is a minestrone, served up with parmesan cheese. Death is a cold lasagne, suspended in deep freeze." - 10cc
8. Monkees - I used to be so in love with Mike Nesmith. When I was 12.
9. Moorabbin - home of the mighty Saints! Oh the frustration.
10. Manchester - Joy Division, New Order, Smiths, Oasis, etc - so many good bands came from there, back in the good old days.
11. Michigan - home of Shirl, my oldest (as in time known, not age!) and dearest internet friend.
12. Me - I'm okay sometimes.
13. MJ Arcadia Books - the best bookshop in the universe!
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Welcome to my day.....
Better news is that I've got some of Laura's pics on disc so I'll get around to posting them later on.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Uganda! Who would've thought! How's things? Please ring ma and pa (et al)
and let them know that everything is fine with us. We are both in good
health and spirits. The food is fantastic and the accomodation safe and
relatively comfortable. We are building a school room out of mudbricks ~
with very little technology: lots of sweat and the odd tear. The school is
over-run with hundreds of children of all ages (hard to tell who's what) and
they love us "Muzungus" ~ white people. Africa is an extraordinary place ~
well, the bits I've seen. Johannesburg is a sad place ~ the poverty, the
incredible rubbish problem ~ the 'walled suburbs' that the whites have
retreated to ~ the city has virtually been abandoned and is crumbling
slowly. Crime is a big problem (tho we were quite safe and have had no
hassles of any kind). We went to a place called "Constitution Hill" which is
the site of the old prison which held Mandela among others ~ appalling and
inspirational as they have used the same bricks to build an incredible
human-rights court with fantastic thought and insight and hope for the
future ~ we also met some inner city people doing great outreach work: but
money is the problem, as it is all over Africa (unless you're rich!! and
there are rich Ugandans too!) Botswana was another kettle of fish ~ much
cleaner than SA but with a lot of poverty also. The village of Otse was
quite incredible ~ it's desert country and they clear their blocks because
of snakes, so it was kind of bleak ~ beautiful bleak, as desert can be. We
went to the Kalahari for a night which was fantastic, the highlight of the
Botswana camp for me. The African kids we met there were White Sth Africans
and I found that disappointing as they were quite arrogant and a bit of a
'bad influence' one might say - Georgia had a BALL with them on the camp and
I was at my wits end most of the time!! There were great things in Botswana,
but the Youth Camp was not what I had hoped and quite a challenge with
smoking and stuff. Ah well. G and I survived. Still, otherwise I have been very healthy ~ some of us came down with flues and strange illnesses. Tell mum we are taking our malaria tablets!! I have met some amazing people ~ Africans. Uganda has a
different vibe all together ~ it is also very poor, but vibrant somehow and
very lush and green. The village where we are staying is very poor : the
fishing part on the shore of Lake Victoria in particular: and many many of
the adults there have HIV. It is a huge problem. Many of the children at the
school we are helping to build come from the fishing village and either are
or soon will be, orpans to 'the virus'. The children are like a swarm and
very very friendly. There is something incredibly beautiful about African
children. Many of the adults I have met have been very striking also. On the
first day of work I met a farmer called Matthew and he helped me carry
bricks for a while ~ a very handsome man!! I could find a husband and one for
Georgia 10 times over! We saw some traditional doctors in Botswana called
"Sangormas" and they invited us to a celebration where they communed with
their ancestors: FREAKY!! amazing stuff.
I am so fucking annoyed with myself now. Stupid, stupid woman that I am.
The rest of the night was excellent - people all sat down together for dinner and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. I took some photos, which I haven't even looked at yet - if any are worth posting I'll do that later. My camera was being very disobedient so I put it away quite early on. Also, I didn't want to have it out after I'd had a few drinks. So there might be some pics later. I know that Laura took some too so I might get some of hers as well.
It took three of us three hours to clean up on Sunday morning!
And then we were off to the Tav to celebrate another friend's 60th birthday. Later in the evening a few people came back to our place and we had leftover soup and beef.
I'm a touch weary this morning!
Sunday, July 15, 2007
It's going to get busy! I'm working till 4 and then I have to go shopping and rush home to make pumpkin soup and mulled wine for 30+ people.
Saturday, July 14, 2007
2. Dogs next door bark and bark and bark.
3. Rome is a town I'd like to explore.
4. Silly people are far too numerous.
5. I'm longing to take a really really really great photograph.
6. Heights are so scary!
7. What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I'm looking forward to a bottle of red and watching the Saints win. Ha!, tomorrow my plans include the medieval party at home and Sunday, I want to sleep but I've another party to go to!
From Madame Snape
Friday, July 13, 2007
But look! What's that on the other side of the mountain pass? Oh no! The demon rabbit from outer space!!
Don't worry fairies. I shall guard the mountain pass. You shall be safe from now on.
1. Led Zeppelin - the band that inspired me to pick up the guitar.
2. Lullaby - Cure song I'm expecting to hear live in exactly one month's time. (Counting the days? Who me?)
3. Lord of the Rings - my favouritest book ever. Don't mind the film version either.
4. Legolas - a character from said book, portrayed pretty well by Orlando Bloom. ;)
5. Liverpool - I'm planning to go back for the first time in 2010.
6. Lennon, John - I miss him, still after all these years.
7. Language - essential for communication.
8. Life - don't particularly like mine a lot of the time but, well, where would I be without it?
9. Legs - definitely not mine! Long, lean, male legs are more like it.
10. Levis - I've never, ever in my whole life owned a pair of Levis. I feel deprived.
11. Listening - people who hear but don't listen annoy me immensely.
12. Landscapes - love a good landscape. I've seen some awesome examples on flickr.
13. Love - still hoping....
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Cornwell has a very easy, straight forward style which makes for a relatively quick read. I think his research is pretty good though. He throws in historical detail without you really noticing and I didn't ever have to stop and think "hey, that's not right".
So, if you're looking for some historical fiction with a good storyline, without too much depth, but which isn't a soppy romance saga then you could do worse than Bernard Cornwell.
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
|Travel Horoscope for Taurus|
When you travel, you demand the best. You desire total luxury.
You want a vacation full of pampering, delicious food, and the ultimate in comfort..
You should travel:
To any Four Seasons hotel
Via a luxury cruise
To world class cities like Paris and London
To any five star spa or resort
Via a private jet
All I can say is that Roger Federer is a genius with the racquet. Sheer genius.
(It was nice to see Bjorn Borg there to see his record of 5 titles in a row equalled.)
- Happen :: stance
- Terribly :: horribly
- History :: repeats and those stupid, stupid men in power refuse to learn the lessons of the past.
- Master :: Dr Who's nemesis
- Petrified :: wood
- Moan :: groan
- Attack :: defend
- Picture :: this
- Students :: learners
- Potter :: around
Monday, July 09, 2007
Edit: The guy I buy new books from was just in and I relented and ordered a couple in - to keep in reserve for when the big stores run out.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
2. When I think of summertime fun, I think of the beach, the ocean, the waves.
3. Vanilla is my favorite flavor of ice cream.
4. My new favorite drink is water, straight from the tap.
5. One of my happiest summertime memories is motorcyclin'. The wind, the sound, the speed, the power!
6. The best place to watch fireworks (or submarine races) is submarine races?? Fireworks - watching from the banks of the Torrens River in Adelaide on Australia Day night!
7. What are you doing this weekend? Tonight I'm looking forward to dunno yet, might be on a promise, might not, tomorrow my plans include that depends on tonight! and Sunday, I want to rearrange furniture in my bedroom!
from she who has deleted Percy
Friday, July 06, 2007
1. Kevin, of course. :)
2. Kiss, Kiss, Kiss - a Cure album (and a double one at that!)
3. Kashmir - Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream.
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been.
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen.
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed.
4. Killing an Arab - the first Cure song I ever heard. What a journey that set me on.
5. King, Stephen - I don't like to read him but his books are regular sellers and that has to be a good thing.
6. King - of Gondor. That'd be Aragorn.
7. Keating, Paul - ex-Prime Minister of Australia who referred to the current PM as the "little dessicated coconut". Gotta love that!
8. Knights - such a great topic to teach, would get even the most recalcitrant kid interested.
9. Knowledge - essential.
10. Karma - only when it's good though. ;)
11. Kudos - everyone likes to get these.
12. Koalas - very cute to look at.
13. Kin - family is important to me.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Australia's native dog. They're still out there in the wild but usually further north than this. There's a colony on Fraser Island (off Queensland coast) which is the purest of the lot due to no mixing with domestic dogs.
Some people shoot dingoes unfortunately. They eat livestock and have been known to attack, and even kill, humans who get too close. Personally, I think that's the humans' fault, not the dogs'. If you know it's dangerous you don't go up and try to pat it!