Navelgazery

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

HOLIDAY EAVESDROPPINGS

I’m on the Annual Family Holiday – the one that you think is going to be all lovely and relaxing and thank goodness for holidays what a long winter. The one that is all exciting until you remember that you are travelling with 3 children who start their grizzling from the moment they realise the plane isn’t an incredible bit of romantic flying gear but a crampy, slightly smelly space […]

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Sorry There is A Pigeon

It occurred to me the other day when I bent over in the rose garden, got a thorn fair in the bum and jumped far enough to get a second thorn in the forehead (true story, I had the puncture wounds to prove it) that if there was a camera trained on me throughout my life, I would have scooped the pool on funniest home videos. My ponderings delved beyond […]

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Ponder on: THE BIRDS AND THE BEES

Last time the ol’ birds and the bees question piped up, the conversation went something like this: TWIN 1:  Mum, the lambs are gone. ME: What? TWIN 2: What? (gasp!) The lambs are gone. ME: No they’re not, that’s them over there – they grew up. They’re sheep. TWINS: Oh. Wow. (etc) ME: There’ll be more lambs soon. TWIN 1: Why will there be more lambs soon? ME: Because the grown up […]

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School Holiday Highlights (and lowlights)

School holidays are not a great time for serious research or brain re-booting. As a result Megoracle has little to offer in the way of in-depth context reportage (I like reportage more than reporting, seems more important, like personage as opposed to person. When I grow up I want to be a personage). What a friend of mine observed about these holidays as they draw to a close is that […]

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My 10 Favourite Novels

These are books that I feel a sense of ownership over because they are my dear friends. Meaning that if you disagree with me then say so at your own risk – criticizing these babies is like criticizing my babies (I’d listen with car-crash fascination but you may get a punch in the nose). Anyway, on with it: 1)Yep this has number one space because it is My Number One. […]

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AN OPEN LETTER TO ANNA REXIA

Dear Ms Rexia, You are a lying, selfish mole and getting you out of my life all those years ago is the best thing I have ever done. Right, that said, I have a few bones to pick with you (and no, not my bones because they are nicely covered in flesh these days and not sticking out the way you liked them). You told me that if I trusted […]

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The Songs of My Life

I was recently very honoured to be part of a new local radio series about the songs that shape our lives. I had to identify 3 songs that illustrate challenges or turning points or certain stages of my life. It was tricky narrowing it down to 3 (plus I was tempted to cool it up a little with something intelligent and obscure) but I managed it (without mentioning Wham, Bros […]

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MOTHERHOOD, DREAMS AND MUSTERBATION

Recently I had a prolonged ‘I’ve forgotten something’ feeling. Being a spontaneous shopper as opposed to a meal-plan-shopping-list kind of person, the feeling was not unfamiliar. I even have my own name for it – the ‘forgeeling’. But it usually passes once I get in the door and notice the dog looking a bit hungry or the tea bag jar a bit empty. This time, the forgeeling had been hitting […]

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7 RANDOM THOUGHTS

Some small and slightly irritating things that have been zinging around in my brain for a while that I just felt like organising and putting to bed. A lot like my children actually. 1) The Country Wave  This is what people do in the country when they drive past you, and they are powerful little gestures. Twice a week I walk 7 km around my district and I see an […]

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