Sunday, 27 February 2011

Not a great deal of change. "Ti's The last day of our summer in Strayer..

The past fortnight's  variation with the temperature has been either cool , wet or hot and blistering and today overcast  with drizzle, meaning hot and sweaty. We get it all in Oz including snow ice frost, dust storms, floods drought and er is there anything I have missed?
Sitting by a cooling fan makes life more bearable, but getting along with life without a fan chasing you brings you down to earth.
I rarely drink alcohol nowadays , however, the head problems continue to run amok when unexpected. I am learning to live with the problem  I was advised that there was little that could be done to rectify the malady. My memory is good and other thought processes are excellent. The waterworks problem is under control, the 'Flomax tabs' which sent me into a spin for days did the job OK but tended to make one's legs buckle after taking them for two weeks, I now only take one every two weeks, but the furthest up the wall comp will be a thing of the past.
Not much to report on the home front, everything is going smoothly; no factional interruptions.
Hope you people in the UK are enjoying the newly discovered recipe  for breast milk Ice cream, Yuk!!
I am now off for a cooling shower before the Eng v India big bash starts at eight pm, just got a feeling the poms are in for a thrashing, We'll see.

Back Soon....Vest.
Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

I am losing sleep, Quand arrivera-t-il a' destination ?

Sleeping lying flat on a Swedish flat pack may suit some hardy sub continent persons , but those in the Sydney comfort zone have needs to be fulfilled sharpish and with little delay as possible.
If you ever thought shopping at a Swede store was confusing, try dealing with customer service.
Ms B, bought a mattress from a Sydney store in October and was told the bed base  would be available in five weeks.
This didn't happen. so earlier this month MS B,took matters into her own hands.
One staff member said over the phone that the base was in stock.
MS B was driven for forty minutes to the store only to be told by another staff member that it wasn't in stock. MS B made the two speak to each other. It suddenly was in stock again but not available.
The first staff member called the next day and said a base was available. MS B paid by credit card and a delivery time was set. Come the time of the deliver, a third staff member rang to say the base was not in stock.
MS B said this conversation ended with the staff member swearing at her, The Swede Store denies this, but admits voices were raised.
A spokesperson said it had made a mistake and apologised. they offered a refund but MS B didn't want her money back.
The bed base will be delivered free, When it becomes available. Probably? next month.

Thursday, 24 February 2011



Parents will be asked to answer a mini census about their families in a sweeping crackdown on violent and disruptive students.

Its a shame that the Cane hanging on the blackboard easel has disappeared , then most of these problems would be avoided.

However, It seems from next year it will be compulsory for all parents to reveal if their child has been suspended, expelled or involved in violent incidents.

Failure to answer these sinister and intrusive questions on violence , not telling the the complete truth or giving false information, will prevent the child from being enrolled.

What the forms ask parents.


What is your highest year of primary or secondary school completed? YES

What is the highest university qualification achieved? DUNNO

What is your occupation? MYOB

Does the Parent or Carer speak other than English at home? SOMETIMES

Has the enrolling student any history of violence? DUNNO

Are you aware of any incidents that involved the the student

outside of school hours? BOYS WILL BE BOYS.

What a lot of mamby pamby. what is the world coming to.

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LETTER TO Julia (Australian Prime Minister)

LETTER TO Julia (Australian Prime Minister
Dear Julia
Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in a nursing home. This way the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.They'd receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs etc and they'd receive money instead of paying it out. They would have constant video monitoring, so they could be helped instantly, if they fell, or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week, and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them. A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cell.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose. They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool and education.
Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, PJ's and legal aid would be free, on request. Private, secure rooms for all, with an exercise outdoor yard, with gardens. Each senior could have a PC a TV radio and daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear complaints, and the guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The "criminals" would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights off at 8pm, and showers once a week. Live in a tiny room and pay $900.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.
Justice for all we say.

Think about this (more points of contention):

They keep talking about drafting a Constitution for Afghanistan. Why don't we just give them ours? It was drawn up by a lot of really smart guys, it has worked for centuries and we're not using it anymore.

The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments posted in a courthouse or Parliament, is this -
You cannot post 'Thou Shalt Not Steal', 'Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery' and 'Thou Shall Not Lie' in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians.... It creates a hostile work environment.
Think about this ... If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone -- YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM!
It is time for us to speak up!

Saturday, 19 February 2011

Hardly a Loving Way to Save. Will 'Electricity Day' become a public holiday?

Valentines day prompted the NSW Premier Christine Keneally to waive the initial cost of becoming hitched. Most people are aware that this forthcoming election would Create lots of pork barreling and minor juicy incentives to vote for the next bunch of loonies seeking control over our lives.

The (Labour) Premier of NSW Australia Kristina Keneally increased the election's vagueness quotient by announcing that, for the next joyful twelve months only, people contemplating marriage will not pay the customary Au$45-00 licence fee.

Desperately seeking votes Kristina explained, "That's not an everyday election giveaway, this is a small gesture on behalf of the State Govt to share the bliss of Valentines day.

Although I am not totally influenced by this priceless gesture, any contribution to ease one' s financial stress received from Govt coffers should be grasped by the love lorn. The future of marriage is very sketchy for the newcomer, if you are experiencing problems prior to taking the plunge, you can be assured they will only get worse later.

Any reduction in taxation would be welcomed anywhere, although our Premier should be looking elsewhere.

So please Kristina" Can we have an Electricity day, Also a car insurance and Rego day and newly weds buying their first cheap hovel, How about a No Stamp Duty day. imagine the savings there Kristina. so please stay your loving self for as long as you reign over us. xxx Swalk". Post 740.

Vest....back soon.

BTW.Too bad that all the people who know how to run a country are too busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair

Has Canada been relocated to the Indian Sub Continent?

Am I missing something, as these monikers are not Canuk.

Canada 1st Innings - All out

Runs Balls 4s 6s

Davison b Shahzad 1 2 0 0

Kumar b Broad 3 4 0 0

Gunasekera c Prior b Broad 7 16 1 0

Bagai c Pietersen b Broad 5 9 1 0

Hansra lbw b Shahzad 1 3 0 0

Surkari c Collingwood b Yardy 22 45 3 0

Cheema c Bell b Broad 93 71 10 5

Chauhan lbw b Broad 44 74 3 1

Patel c Strauss b Collingwood 13 25 2 0

Baidwan c Collingwood b Tredwell 14 17 2 0

Rao not out 6 13 0 0

Extras 2nb 12w 4lb 18

Total all out 227 (46.1 ovs)

This was a recnt game played earlier this week......Vest.

Thursday, 17 February 2011

"How do you rate your Neighbours"

"Remember you are their neighbour too" Are your own odd traits peculiar to them, or are you the perfect neighbour or a pushover for them to exercise their neighbourly bullying.
I shall assess my present neighbours later on in this post.
To purchase a house in my neighbourhood would cost an arm and a leg, not withstanding its position which will be crucial to us oldies when the authorities condemn us to using public transport on reaching 85years of age and restrict you to local limits or deem you as a danger to the public and cancel ones drivers licence.
Our long lease residence is between two to four minutes walk to all we need,  such as doctors dentists (if you still have teeth like myself) then there is a huge supermarket, two pharmacies, newsagent, butchers, garage and spares, restaurants, bakery,  two real estate and a bean counter two ambulance chasers and a fire station and more, that is the reason for us wanting to stay put.
We moved here five years ago from a house on the lake waterfront, with an open plan rear garden giving access to our neighbours dogs to leave their calling cards and mosquitoes galore to add to the misery, only locals are aware of this problem but R/estate people make sure the newcomer is blissfully unaware of the expensive W/front property and its nasties.
We live at No 11,  xxxxx Avenue, Budgewoi on the central coast of NSW IN Australia. When we moved here our neighbours could not be faulted and we were pleased to be told we were nicer people than the previous tenants, however the lady owner from number nine passed on three weeks after our arrival and her adopted son moved in together with a host of occasional lovers plus his large dog which unknown to him was fed scraps over the fence by yours truly and we become good friends, but casual visitors beware.On the day the dog escaped through the gate  and bounded over to me sat down and allowed me to pat him, his owner was astonished as he had feared for my safety. I later told him that , I was a dog whisperer and would he be good enough eradicate the appalling smell by removing the mine field of dog turds in his back garden.
Soon after the Guy  put the house on the market but has been tenanted. since with little concern to us, although it is a shame to see the garden flora  at No 9 degenerate into a mess.
Number thirteen a pretty cottage on our other side was formerly owned by an elderly couple who we found amicable pleasant and were willing to be helpful, their house was immaculate with manicured lawn and gardens, unfortunately both  passed on within three years of our arrival, their grown daughter managed the house on her own until it was sold about eighteen months ago. It was sad to hear her tell my wife Rosemary  that the people moving in were rude and coarse.
The Mob as I shall now refer to them as, moved in like as if the circus had hit town, at a guess it must have been two families, because there out front of their house (For several weeks) was parked a nine ton truck, both evenings and weekends with a smaller truck in front of our house plus  three cars in their driveway and a ute across the road. The Fat lady driver of a ute carrying road maintenance signs drove across our frontage on a wet morning exiting via the ditch leaving a mess of deep tracks to clear up. The following morning when confronted I was greeted with a raised finger and a verbal get stuffed.
After consulting the powers that be and with photographic evidence and a sympathetic cop, in all five vehicles were booked after being warned previously.  At 1130pm that day whilst asleep, the long arm of the law arrived and fixed their problem. A sort of Mexican stand off has been the order of things ever since, although verbal clashes  have been non existent.
Wondering what sort of neighbours you could describe them as will be left up to you people who comment on this blog.  Here are a few noticeable foibles which are painfully  obvious to any person.
First of all the former beautiful garden has been effectively trashed, mainly through lack of maintenance.
Some articles of washing remain on their line or on the ground for several days. The girls bicycle together with helmet, has lain unattended near their side front gate for nearly three weeks through heat and rain, it wouldn't surprise me if the helmet could be housing a deadly  funnel Web spider or at least a couple of poisonous Redbacks. Same would apply to the nine rolled  free local newspapers which have lain strewn over their frontage since the grass was last cut ?.
The several free telephone calls to the local supermarket informing them that one or sometimes two of their customer grocery carts have been located in the front garden of the 'Bidwillians and Druits' at number thirteen, xxxxxx Ave. Bludgerwoi, takes at least two days to effect recovery. and it would seem that, theft charges do not  apply, for any warnings are ignored by the bludgers in no 13.
About two weeks ago, a white rabbit with black ears(Tame) was seen gorging on the veggie patch in my back garden, it's owner at No 13 stated after several days of us trying to catch it, 'Dont worry  when it gets hungry it always comes home,.Well!! well,. Yesterday Bunnykins did not go home.  It was last seen to be travelling in a green grocery bag to his new residence in San Remo.
This morning I re- planted the veggies. We are now experiencing thunder and lightening. but no rain as yet, I hope it will bring a cool spell.
Now it is raining and next door's washing is still on the line!!  Am I becoming a sticky beak  Or simply an old Nosey Parker. or like a N P 'Bron ' in Yorkshire..

BTW.Recently the note received from our R/estate Agents , read.

To Mr & Mrs Bxxxxx
Just a quick thank you for presenting your home in a lovely manner for our routine inspection,Thanks again , Sharon.

Back soon .......Vest.

Friday, 11 February 2011

March State Elections, think carefully and vote wisely.

My local  oriental apothecary has reminded me to clamour for the gold card again during this forthcoming State Erection. I reminded him that it was a Federal issue and also his pronunciation of basic English needed tidying.
Expect many new faces to front up on State Election day. This is due to the mass exodus of poorly performing labour lay-abouts and others taking their ill gotten  pensions.

Here is an old hot potato to spice up the occasion.
Red versus Blue Politicin Aint what it seems to be.



SYDNEY Town in the land of OZ was in a pre election frenzy. The two main Antagonists were a newcomer to fed politics (labor) bloke, Saint Kevin Rudd wearing red. and the (conservative -Liberal) Dead beat Bush suckhole and chicken Hawk Prime Miniature, J, Winnie, Howard in blue.

Now both of these sharpies were no more trustworthy than a rabid robbers dog.

Rolling into town from way back beyond the black stump; was Wally Dodds( A frequent caller to this blog) Wally the Aborigine medicine man with his horse and cart was challenged by both political mobs with regard to the medical validity of his claim, that, his Blue and Red medicines cured certain types of illness at differing times of the year. Wally being an aborigine and generally ignored by pollies was pissed off with both of the assholes shouting him down. Stated he was only carrying Red and Blue medicine.

The Red medicine was made from the bark at the top of the LACITILOP tree at the height of summer. The Blue Medicine was made from the bark at the bottom of the LACITILOP tree during the depths of winter. Both medicines laced with a syrupy juice keeps your stool loose and you fancy free, like the policies you pollies propose to inflict on the general public, during your pathetic efforts to cure the financial woes of this country.
The truth is, MR RED 's medicine; if you allow him, will skin you from the earholes down, and MR BLUE I am certain, will continue to skin you from the toe nails upward.

posted by Vest.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

A Cool Change !! But not for long, also Cricket in a 'Spin' again.

  Yes it has been a trifle warm recently with the weather pundits screaming  "Its the hottest it has ever been since gawd knows when" "Hot as Hell" Say's the recently resurrected ? Meteorological office spokesperson.
We are now experiencing a cool change, and in my office as I write the temp is now a modest 23 C or 70 F, without fans or air/con,
Within two hours of shopping time  I scored over a half century in public (yanks ignore this) It is called heat scoring, The Batsman scores one run for every mention of heat, four runs for any heat - themed cliche and six for humidity.
The English gentleman's depleted cricket team fed up with the heat and not winning the toss have departed from Australia to cooler climes, Graeme Swann the England spinner already back in the U/K, was his usual funny self; saying "Phenomenal  Sunday dinner by the wife. I might even let her sleep indoors tonight.

However, we made it through the six day sweat fest, with even higher temps recorded inland. Yesterday's cool change arrived like an old friend, also bringing a deluge of rain along the Central Coast of NSW. There was relief, too, as the States power supply held firm under what could be described as massive use. We have fortunately  avoided cyclonic weather and flooding also bush fires.
But with the current crazy weather patterns recently, perhaps we shouldn't relax too soon.
Locally, most of the grassed areas are brown and scorched from the sun , plants have wilted and seedlings dried to a crisp.

Back in 1995 the Australian cricket hierarchy demanded the omission of Muttiah Muralidaran from playing within Australia, Saying the Sri lankan  guy was a 'Chucker', M M decided he would  never again return to Australia..
 It would seem time  has eroded those  caustic remarks with  M M in his twilight years deciding to coach future Aus 'Spin bowlers for a cash incentive to assist his lagging fortunes. for my two cents I would not hesitate to describe most  fast bowlers as chuckers, the policing of this problem is fraught with even more problems some even bordering on political stand-offs  RE  Feb 1 / 81 the sordid underarm thingy by the OZ Chappelli's, when Nu zilland P M Piggy Mulddoon closed the Oz Embassy in Wellington, with Bob Chicken Hawke Oz PM, stating "ay ay ay ay er ay Its the new emergency Aussie Cricket Rules."
It is a crying shame the Aussies are such lousy losers.Will this stir the can who cares!.
On the Health scenario, little has changed, I still get the Wobbles in the early morning , the Occasional headache and the strange phenomena - the annoying throbbing in my temple which manifests itself whenever it feels it has a reason for annoying me, however it has been confirmed by the neurologist that it is inoperable and I am stuck with it,.Oh well it's better than not being in the land of the living.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
Vest... back soon.

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Vest Has Left the Building

To advise that Vest (Les Bowyer) passed away this morning. Regards, Chris (Son).