After retiring from audiology some years ago, Susan’s finding life’s pretty good with lots of time to do what she likes. That includes walking, reading, having coffee with friends, and a bit of activism thrown in. Also, day by day doing her best not to worry too much over the many threats to our gorgeous planet.
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Meet Trevor. He’s had quite a colourful career, from his early days as a pub manager in Tunbridge Wells he went on to become Dunedin’s leading auctioneer. Trevor is a published author and was something of a TV personality in the 1980s as a regular panellist on a show about antiques.
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Emily is very loud, and has really bad taste in cheesy pop music. When not at work flogging goods to the public via advertising and marketing campaigns, she can be found hiding from her partner and children at the local pub. If you’re easily offended or don’t appreciate the constant use of profanities, then you probably shouldn’t read Emily’s posts. You have been warned!
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Angela has had many roles in her life including: schoolgirl, student, daughter, friend, civil servant, wife, lover, mother, manager, magistrate, landlady, teacher, grandmother, blogger, editor and proofreader.
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Have you noticed how sometimes in life one good thing leads on to another equally good? Here’s an example: when we were moving house a few weeks ago, I had an interesting time orchestrating a massive decluttering operation using the local Freecycle group. All kinds of people, young, old, needy and not so needy came to our door to take away items ranging from chests of drawers to mirrors to kitchen appliances and nearly all of them had a tale to tell (first good thing). The enthusiastic young woman who came in… Read More
Fall in and Follow Whatever their moral and political limitations, those aspiring to control our welfare have a deep-seated need for adulation and obedience from lesser mortals. Historically, in the ‘developed countries’, this was achieved by assassination, chicanery, or good old fashioned nepotism. Nowadays though, such tactics are either deemed redundant or given a more palatable label; somewhat sadly, it seems we live in an age where obfuscation conquers all and politicians just love it! Few, if any, seem capable of simple dialogue, preferring instead rambling monologues, touted as ‘statements’. A recent… Read More
The Moving Finger Writes… Tennyson was the pick of the romantics; he always seemed to be able to chuck a bit of mythology and tragedy in the pot and knock up a winner. It’s not generally known to my selective pool of readers, but, as a lad, I did pen the odd verse. Not your dead Sheila’s regatta stuff, more gut wrenching angst. I wasn’t published so those rummaging through second hand bookshops, hoping to stumble across a copy of these gems, are doomed to disappointment. I regarded these early outpourings as… Read More
Mutiny and Management Leaving aside countries beset by internal unrest and religious intolerance, there are places in this world I simply don’t want to visit and the Pitcairn Islands rank pretty high among them. The previously settled Polynesian islands were long abandoned until 1790 when they were chosen as the final destination for Fletcher Christian, his crew and six Tahitians, following the mutiny on HMS Bounty. Pitcairn is one of those sad little bits of the old Empire Britain can’t or won’t get rid of. It has minimal commercial or strategic appeal;… Read More
Last year, in July, I wrote about sorting through the myriad paraphernalia that had accumulated during 31 years of life in our family home. I confidently expected that we’d have completed our downsizing move by the time the pears had ripened on the beloved pear tree in the garden. Well, you may not be surprised to learn that this was not to be. A Setback Soon after I wrote so optimistically, we heard that our cash buyer had withdrawn his offer because we could not exchange contracts soon enough for his liking…. Read More