Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Not happy little Vegimites!!

Vegemite maker to cut jobs
By Nicki Bourlioufas

THE maker of the famous Australian icon Vegemite, Kraft Foods, is set to cut jobs in Australia after confirming overnight it would slash 8000 jobs worldwide and close a factory in Broadmeadows, Victoria.

Kraft said it expected to close up to 20 production facilities and eliminate about 8000 jobs, or about 8 per cent of its workforce, at all levels of the organisation.

The company said it would close production facilities in Broadmeadows and in Hoover, Alabama, in the US.

A spokesman for Kraft Foods in Australia could not be immediately contacted to comment on expected job cuts.

The company-wide cuts will come on top of those already announced in 2004.


Church Sign Posted by Picasa

Monday, January 30, 2006

A fitting sunset to farewell an old mate...safe journey, Bill.

Old, old friends

My dearest, oldest friend Sue

Always time to catch up wth old friends

Friday, January 27, 2006

Boys will be boys........local kids playing in yesterdays heavy rain Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 26, 2006


Grasshoppers conference

Oh Johnno matey, enjoy your Australia Day rain.

Medical heroes scoop Australia Day honours
Graham Lloyd

A CONFIDENT Australia, at the peak of its economic power and international standing, has rewarded medical triumph and the public dedication of two Queensland nurses to celebrate its national day.

Three of the top four Australia Day honours have been awarded to Queenslanders.

University of Queensland research scientist Professor Ian Frazer was named Australian of the Year for his development of a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer.

Bundaberg nurse Toni Hoffman was named Australia's Local Hero for her work exposing Queensland's public hospitals shambles, in particular the scandal of surgeon Jayant Patel who has been linked to the deaths of 13 patients at Bundaberg Base Hospital.

North Queensland-based nurse Sally Goold joined the honour roll as Senior Australian of the Year.

Trisha Broadbridge, the widow of Melbourne footballer Troy, who died in the Boxing Day tsunami in Thailand, was named Young Australian of the Year for her work helping young people affected by the tragedy.

Celebrities Nicole Kidman and the King of Australian television, Graham Kennedy, who died last year, were recognised with Australian Day honours.

Prime Minister John Howard used a speech to the National Press Club to highlight Australia's economic and political success. He said Australia Day should be used to renew faith in "the Australian achievement".

In a provocative speech Mr Howard all but declared victory in the long-running debate over Australia's cultural and international identity.

"We do not have to smother or apologise for our place in the Western political tradition in order to build our relationships in Asia or in any other part of the world."

Mr Howard also called for "root and branch" renewal of the teaching of Australian history in schools.

Commenting on the awards, Mr Howard said they showed how the nation was moving forward in pioneering medical research.

"It is a reminder of how much this country has achieved, how it has punched above its weight," he said.

Professor Frazer pioneered a vaccine for the human papilloma virus which causes cervical cancer. His vaccine has the ability to wipe out the cancer in a generation.

Cervical cancer is the second most common cancer amongst women, with 500,000 new cases diagnosed worldwide each year.

"It's a world-first for Australia, a vaccine that can prevent a cancer, and my great aim is to make sure that is used as widely as possible, particularly in the developing world, where cervical cancer kills a quarter of a million women every year," Professor Frazer said.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Here comes the rain....beautiful Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

The colours of white #5

The colours of white #3

The colours of white #4

The colours of white #2

The colours of white #1

Final adjustment of Senior School Tie *so proud!

Look at my gorgeous, tall son....Have a great first day of school.

Garlic croutons, with chicken breast and sweet potato added, yum.

Bear and I had a great time making a classic Caesar Salad from scratch, including the dressing, much fun.

Elastic band for What is it.

Monday, January 23, 2006

What is it?

Answer to what is it....The plunger of a pressure spray bottle, upside down Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 21, 2006

A Catholic priest and a nun were taking a rare afternoon off and enjoying a round of golf.

The priest stepped up to the first tee and took a mighty swing. He missed the ball entirely and said "Shit, I missed."

The good Sister told him to watch his language.

On his next swing, he missed again. "Shit, I missed."

"Father, I'm not going to play with you if you keep swearing," the nun said tartly.

The priest promised to do better and the round continued.

On the 4th tee, he misses again. The usual comment followed.

Sister is really mad now and says, "Father John, God is going to strike you dead if you keep swearing like that."

On the next tee, Father John swings and misses again. "Shit, I missed." A terrible rumble is heard and a gigantic bolt of lightning comes out of the sky and strikes Sister Marie dead in her tracks.

And from the sky comes a booming voice ....... "Shit, I missed."

Weekend "What is it"..Thinking caps on! Posted by Picasa


A blonde got home and told her husband, "Honey, I've got good news and bad news."
"Oh, oh," said her husband. "Let's hear the bad news first."
"The bad news is: I lost the gas cap to the car. I put it on the roof of the car, but then, after I filled up and drove away, it wasn't there. I searched everywhere but couldn't find it."
"That is bad news," said her husband. "So what's the good news?"

She replied, "Oh, the good news is: I found another gas cap that fits perfectly and is even better: it locks!"

Thursday, January 19, 2006

May your life be Blessed and fruitful.

Have a great day....and a wonderful happy life.

A toast to our gorgeous son

Parents now for 19 years, cheers!

Happy Birthday Doc

Wednesday, January 18, 2006


Two women met at a cocktail party. One said, "Isn't that a hideous man over there? He must be the most unattractive man I've ever seen!" The second icily replied, "That happens to be my husband!" "Oh, dear," said the first, "I'm so sorry." The unfortunate wife replied, "You're sorry?"

The judge frowned at the robber. "So you admit breaking into the same store on successive nights?" "Yes, your honor." "And why was that?" "Because my wife wanted a dress." The judge checked his records. "But it says here you broke in two nights in a row!" "Yes, sir. She made me exchange it!"

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

My Bear is driving *ekkk!


A bum asked a man, "Can you give me ten bucks until payday?"
The man asked, "When's payday?"

The bum replied, "How should I know? You're the one with the job!"

Monday, January 16, 2006


Did you hear about the blonde who won an Olympic gold medal?

She had it bronzed!


What Three Things did you think about changing in your life for New Year, and have you done any of them yet?

Friday, January 13, 2006

Lightning strikes...last sunday nights strikes up here in the north Posted by Picasa

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Beautiful rain...a week ago the dam was at 5%...this is so good Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

hmmmmm??? Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Never tell a woman she can't cook!

May I have your attention please...

Choking baby....

Here's a helpful hint..after making two choking baby calls...

If your child has something STUCK in his/her throat (not mouth) please do not stick your fingers in there. You will push it further back and possibly completely shut off its' airway. Number 1 cause of cardiac arrest in babies is respiratory failure. If you shut off your childs airway it WILL go into cardiac arrest.

**steps off of soapbox and walks away**

Just one of 3 of my broken windows as a result of the hail and wind of last Friday nights storm.

Monday, January 09, 2006

The rains are here...this is a causeway that I travell through on my way to work...we have just had the driest 2005 for many years...The dam that feeds us our drinking water is down to 5%, so I say...Bring on the floods! Posted by Picasa

Sunday, January 08, 2006

Bear cooks up a storm

Birthday breakfast

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Another birthday already???

Sure is amazing how fast a year goes by, especially as we get closer to FIFTY. Patty said I could go ahead and delete this link last year, but this red head saves everything (evil laugh) So go ahead, click the link and enjoy a blast from the past, and then hurry back to wish Patty a Happy 4?th Birthday! Not quite 50, but damm close. Probably a little too close for the individual in question.


Miss Gypsy as a Meerkat?

Afternoon sun through leaves