Sunday 11 February 2024
Tuesday 30 January 2024
Well, it's all been happening in the last few days. After many years with a broken shower screen I decided to replace it.
The screen broke one day when I was home alone, there was a bang and the glass shattered. I organised to get a new one but the man of the house refused to let me get it fixed and we all got used to it. Anyway, that is coming.
A few days after I ordered the shower screen, the washing machine died. In an amazing bit of luck, it didn't stop mid-cycle but quietly died after completing a load. The power board is fried and at $400 for a new board, it made more sense to get a new machine. So that's coming. I put it on Paypal's 4 payments scheme, which will spread the cost a bit and make the whole process a bit less painful to the wallet. It's fee free and interest free. Hopefully the machine will come soon but nobody has called me about delivery yet. I ordered it just last night so there's time for that.
I went to see "The Holdovers" on Sunday. It was a wonderful film with a compelling story and the fashions depicted were the styles buried in my very early memories so I also enjoyed the little nostalgia hit.
Last night, Liam and I went to Marrickville Town Hall, a lovely old building, to hear Derek Gripper, who plays the music of Africa on classical guitar. I've never heard of the guy but he came up on my instagram and for $33 I didn't think we could lose. It was a great concert. The night was muggy but it was an early finish and we all poured onto the street while there was still light and there was a refreshing breeze.
Tuesday 16 January 2024
I don't even know how to start with this post but I'll have a go.
So, for the benefit of people outside of Australia, let me remind you of the growing movement to change our national day from the day white settlement (or colonisation) started in this country to some other day in the 365 day year.
"Australia Day" is becoming controversial.
So, last week sometime, our biggest grocery retailer (Woolworths) announced that there would be no Australia Day merchandise in Woolworths supermarkets or in the associated discount store, Big W.
Woolworths said "there had been a gradual decline for Australia Day merchandise, in part due to the “broader discussion” around changing the date of the January 26 public holiday."
And then Australia went mad.
The opposition leader called for a boycott of Woolworths, the Prime Minister bizarrely chose to respond. I like the PM but who gives any energy to the ramblings of a maniac?
Woolworths stores have been vandalised.
People plan to "protest" by walking around stores without buying a thing.
All this, over some Australian flag merchandise, made in China and destined for landfill within hours.
All this when there is still another supermarket and every $2 junk shop in the country, happily filling the gap with meaningless, flag stamped,
knick knacks tchotkes rubbish.
Who can see the flag on your thongs/ flip flops when your feet are on top of it?
Why are our politicians talking about the loss of novelty sunglasses?
How long is this announcement, which said nothing of any significance, going to dominate people's thinking?
I'm sure other Australians can recall some national stupidities of the past so remind me, what was more ridiculous than this?