Navelgazery

In which I get all deep, a bit self-centred and occasionally bonkers

A FEW THINGS THAT AMAZE ME

Sometimes I hear or see little snippets of things that are really amazing and I think I want to follow that up and find out more but I just get busy and forget again and another amazing fact has disappeared, possibly forever. So lately I’ve been noting down keywords to remind myself of what I can go back an investigate. Today I have managed to sit down and inflate a […]

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Pondering: MARRIAGE

In China, almost 10,000 marriages end in divorce per day. Good golly. In Australia, almost every third marriage ends in divorce. This to me, indicates that to make marriage work, you need 1) to put some effort in and 2) a generous serve of luck. Ten years ago today, on the 10th of April 2004, I myself entered the institution of marriage. I feel both lucky and proud to be […]

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WTF Friday (Round 2)

Just a quick what the fuck Friday today, which would make it a quickie what the fuck. Off we go… WTF is with those real estate signs that say, “Selling”? What’s wrong with good old “For Sale”? Are they trying to get the buyer to be all, “Hurry up honey, make a decision, it’s selling” ?   And then there’s this – is it just me or is this inappropriate, actually disturbing? […]

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Happy Happy Day

This afternoon when I met my children at the bus stop, my daughter said, “I loved today Mum”. “That’s great,” I said, “Why was today so good?” “Because I grew a pumpkin and I picked it and here it is and it’s for you.” And with that she presented me with a sort of heirloom looking vegetable of a dark green hue. I’m pretty sure it’s a squash of some […]

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MH 370

So a big jet plane carrying 239 vanishes without a trace. 12 days later, nothing but vague reports, rumour and speculation. Just now I hear that satellites have spotted what may be related debris in the Southern Indian Ocean. Of course people are going to speculate and theorise. Of course the media are going to grab every little lead and run with it for the sake of their front page […]

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Pondering: LIFE, DEATH, ORGANS AND EXTREME KARMA

I think I believe in re-incarnation. I’m not Buddhist or Hindu or Taoist; my theories are not so well formed or religion-rooted. It was always less a theory and more a distant sense that a consciousness/awareness doesn’t disappear when a person stops breathing. I know, I sound bonkers. I’ve tried to be all rational and make myself unbelieve it but the idea just kept popping up at random moments, sometimes […]

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PLATINUM DAYS, WITH DIAMONDS

Tonight my children asked me to tell them a story instead of reading one. So I just started off without thinking, just  to see where the story went and where we might all end up. “Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Meg who lived on a beautiful farm by the river with her Mum and her Dad and her sister.” “Is that you-Meg Mum?” Asked someone. “Yes. […]

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Pondering on: FRIENDS

As I continue my efforts to be festive about Christmas (I even made short bread today), I have decided to give my friends something other than a rude tee-towel or small useless dish. Or, as is more common these days, No Thing. Yep, I have decided to make them something, because everyone says home made presents are the best. And it’s more than just manufacturing Christmas cheer. This year, for […]

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DEAR ENGLISH

Dear English, I’ve been thinking about you quite a bit lately. It’s been a big year for you and me as I teach my older children the inner workings of you. And I’m pleased to report that I think the three of us are getting the better of you at last you stubborn old bugger, so there. I don’t mean to be all naa-na-ne-naa-na. I love you dearly, you know […]

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Pondering On: CHRISTMAS

So Christmas isn’t my very favourite time of the year. I guess that was evident when I posted this song about this time last year. I know, I’m just an old humbug with no spirit (except a bit a gin and tonic on Christmas Day). It’s not that I don’t like my extended family – they’re lovely – and I do enjoy the smell of Christmas lilies. I even have an […]

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