A Scholar, a Farmer, and a Nurse

A photo of the War Memorial in Adelaide, taken by my friend the Honourable Peter Lewis, former Speaker of the South Australian House of Assembly. The description is Peter’s words. “An amazing moment when it is possible to see the brilliance of the Designer & Creator of such wondrous things. The Grand Geometrician of the …

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Yowch!

Now that is a lesson I should have learned long ago; don’t run for long distances in wet bathers. Some bits of me are feeling sharply uncomfortable. It was a nice run though. From Min Oil Beach, run, paddle, climb, jump, around to Redbanks. This is a photo I took a few years ago. Kathy …

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Of Course, I would Have …

Not waited? Called the police? Done something to help? Rescued the girls? Saved the planet? The need to believe ourselves morally superior to others has impacts on our understanding of history, the way we respond to calls for social or environmental action, and the way we interpret current events. The story of the story of …

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CFS Live, ESL Trader, OP Solutions, etc

I have written a few times about these scammers. See here and here, for example. CFS-Live and ESL Trader are a simple but very slick share trading software scam. The pattern is that they cold call to test interest, send a polished looking brochure, make follow-up calls, give you a few websites (all fakes) to check to …

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National Bank Tops Lists of Customer Complaints

In 2007 Kathy and I needed to buy a new home. We had banked with the National Australia Bank for over fifteen years, so it never occurred to us to go anywhere else. This would be our fourth home loan with the NAB. All of our previous loans had been at the variable rate, or …

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Just Stop It

A few grammatical points. 1. Comprise means ‘is made up of.’ Comprise should not be followed by ‘of.’ Comprise includes the ‘of.’ This is a frequent error in real estate agents’ descriptions of their properties. ‘This house comprises of four bedrooms, three bathrooms … ‘ No it doesn’t. It comprises four bedrooms, three bathrooms, etc. …

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OKI Printers – Just Say No

I rarely do product reviews, and even more rarely write anything negative about something we have sold in the shop, but my experience with OKI has really been something special. We have mostly sold Canon and Epson inkjets, and HP, Brother and Fuji/Xerox laser printers. Occasionally we have had a dud, and when we have had …

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Terry Pratchett Wants To Meet Julia Gillard

So that he can ask her in person, ‘Why is assisted suicide banned in Australia?’ To save you the trouble of talking to Julia, I’ll tell you Terry. Assisted suicide is banned in Australia because it is wrong, and Australia is a civilised nation, where doing wrong is discouraged. Terry says this is about seriously …

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Prudence, Refugees and the NBN

Firstly, apologies for the lack of posts over the last six weeks. I won’t bore you by explaining what the problem was. Let’s just hope that 2011 is more restful year! I have been thinking lately about the seven virtues, and in particular, the first of the cardinal virtues, prudence. Prudence is sometimes portrayed as …

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Customers

95% of my customers are great – patient, considerate, etc. And then there’s the other 5%. Just two examples. It is time to close. I have swept the floor, closed all the photo processing equipment down, and am tallying up the till. A woman comes in. ‘I need some photos done,’ she says. ‘Sorry, we close …

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KI Doctors Again

I am starting to feel something akin to outrage at the way Kangaroo Island’s doctors continue to hold medical services on the island to ransom. See my earlier post for more details about the background. Briefly, after a long period of negotiation between government and doctors’ organisations, a contract was offered to rural doctors under …

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Psychologist – ‘Get Over It’

Darn good advice. From The Mercury: A well known Hobart psychologist has got some advice for those people still consumed with grief for Packed to the Rafters character Mel Rafter – get real. Dr Harry Stanton said people still feeling sad over the TV death were likely to be bored with their own lives, and …

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Why Do People Keep Getting Annoyed With Me?

It was perfectly innocent. It was. I was in a shop in Kingscote (where my shop is, just by the way, on Dauncey St, opposite the cafe/newsagency) and the lady behind the counter asked me to sign a petition for state funds to build a skate park in town. I said no. Well, what I …

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A Lasting Legacy

Just read the last line of this obituary. I guess every little helps. Bob sounds like he was a great guy, and I hope his family is going OK.

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