Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Bloody geckos!

I don't CARE if it's a baby and you think it's cute. It's another bloody gecko!!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Bicycle Tree

The story I heard about the Bicycle tree, was that several decade ago, someone left the bicycle by the tree and forgot about it. The tree grew around the Bicycle. Personally I would have remembered it sooner or later, and come back for it. Vashon Island is only two miles and a ferry ride away from where I live. I have never seen the tree. I have only visited Vashon Island twice.


My fingers slowly trace the rough, sharp surface of dad’s Memorial plaque.

2/6 FD.REGT. R.A.A.

The early morning sun is glinting brightly off the gold lettering, and behind me, a few families wander in and out of the brick walls of the Garden of Remembrance, holding Australian flags and bunches of fresh flowers, looking for their dead.

I didn’t bring anything for dad, but I think he may have appreciated small rum, to start his ANZAC day. I can just seeing him grinning cheekily, and raising his glass to me in a silent toast. Cheers mate! This is the 4th year he has been gone, and as a result, our 4th ANZAC Day without his booming voice lifting the hymns, and his gentle touch on a weary Vets shoulder.

I miss him, of course, but only on special days like this. Every other waking day, he is simply with me, in spirit. How can you miss someone who hasn’t left you?

Today started at 4am, on the knock, my alarm buzzing urgently to say “Get up! Time to remember!” I decided not at attend Dawn Service in the city this year, my sons are not able to be with me, and I don’t have the energy to drive in by myself.

Grief and remembrance needs company and loving arms to hold, so this morning I will sit in my own kitchen and listen to the radio, live from ANZAC Square.
It doesn’t seem right to turn the lights on, so a candle is lit, and I sit in the cool morning’s quietness, listening to Spencer Howson, listening to 10,000 people breathing as one. The air crackles with silence. Every now and then, the radio crosses to another chat show, somewhere in Australia, perhaps Sydney, perhaps Adelaide, who knows?

I think this is an automatic backup by ABC Radio, to fill the lack of announcing on-air, but I don’t really know, and whilst intrusive, it reminds us all that life does indeed go on all around the world, in different cities, with different voices, discussing different topics; a brief snatch of time to peer into their world, before returning to Anzac Square to resume our own Dawn Service.

Although my candle is soft, radiating a yellow glow, my kitchen technology blinks back at me like a dismantled Christmas Tree. Lights glow from the microwave, the radio, the computer, the speakers, the modem, and on it goes, I count 9 separate lights, blues, greens, reds. It’s too silly for words, really. Earth hour should happen every night!

Each Dawn Service follows the same format. The drummers, the speech “They shall not grow old” and I hang my head and determine not to cry. The Governor makes her speech, and another hymn, “Abide with me” calls through the crowds and reaches me – sitting by my candlelight – in my kitchen. At one stage of the Service, there is another long, uncomfortable silence, the kind that makes you imagine what our young Diggers were doing. Busy yelling; busy charging; busy running; and busy taking their time, dying where they fell.

Spencer tells us that someone from the crowd has yelled out impatiently “What’s the holdup?” and I have agree, what is the holdup? Life sometimes takes her own sweet time, regardless of what brand watch we wear, or how much we need people to rush. Wreaths are laid, choirs sing, and the crowd disperses.

Our memories of ANZAC Day 2008 have begun! Time to visit dad.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

My new address

I will be living here in about a month.Hopefully it will all go smoothly.What looks like a few rooms ontop costs as much as or more than some three bedroom homes to build.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Honeymoon's over!

Three women: one engaged, one married and one a mistress, are chatting about their relationships and decided to amaze their men. That night all three will wear black leather bras, stiletto heels and a mask over their eyes. After a few days they meet up for lunch.

The engaged woman: The other night when my boyfriend came over he found me with a black leather bodice, tall stilettos and a mask. He saw me and said, You are the woman of my life. I love you. Then we made love all night long.

The mistress: Me too! The other night I met my lover at his office and I was wearing the leather bodice, heels, mask over my eyes and a raincoat. When I opened the raincoat he didn't say a word, but we had wild sex all night.

The married woman: I sent the kids to stay at my mothers house for the night. When my husband came home I was wearing the leather bodice, black stockings, stilettos and a mask over my eyes. As soon as he came in the door and saw me he said, "What's for dinner, Batman?"

War Poetry

In Flanders fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place: and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

John McCrae (1872–1918)

For the fallen

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres.
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the stars that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain.

Laurence Binyon (1869–1943)

Beach Burial

Softly and humbly to the Gulf of Arabs
The convoys of dead sailors come;
At night they sway and wander in the waters far under,
But morning rolls them in the foam.

Between the sob and clubbing of gunfire
Someone, it seems, has time for this,
To pluck them from the shallows and bury them in burrows
And tread the sand upon their nakedness;

And each cross, the driven stake of tidewood,
Bears the last signature of men,
Written with such perplexity, with such bewildered pity,
The words choke as they begin -

"Unknown seaman" - the ghostly pencil
Wavers and fades, the purple drips,
The breath of wet season has washed their inscriptions
As blue as drowned men's lips,

Dead seamen, gone in search of the same landfall,
Whether as ememies they fought,
Or fought with us, or neither; the sand joins them together,
Enlisted on the other front.

Kenneth Slessor

Turkish Prayer

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives,
you are now lying in the soil of a friendly country.
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the Johnnies and the Mehmets to us here:
they lie side by side here in this country of ours.

You, the mothers who sent your sons from far away countries,
wipe away your tears;
Your sons are now lying in our bosom and are in peace.

After having lost their lives on this land,
they have become our sons as well.

Kemal Ataturk, the Commander of the Turkish 19th Division during the Gallipoli Campaign and the first President of the Turkish Republic from 1924-1938

Tribute to the Australian serviceman

At the going down of the sun...
I crouched in a shallow trench on that hell of exposed beaches... steeply rising foothills bare of cover... a landscape pockmarked with war’s inevitable litter... piles of stores... equipment... ammunition... and the weird contortions of death sculptured in Australian flesh... I saw the going down of the sun on that first ANZAC Day... the chaotic maelstrom of Australia’s blooding.

I fought in the frozen mud of the Somme... in a blazing destroyer exploding on the North Sea... I fought on the perimeter at Tobruk... crashed in the flaming wreckage of a fighter in New Guinea... lived with the damned in the place cursed with the name Changi.

I was your mate... the kid across the street... the med. student at graduation... the mechanic in the corner garage... the baker who brought you bread... the gardener who cut your lawn... the clerk who sent your phone bill.

I was an Army private... a Naval commander... an Air Force bombardier. no man knows me... no name marks my tomb, for I am every Australian serviceman... I am the Unknown Soldier.

I died for a cause I held just in the service of my land... that you and yours may say in freedom... I am proud to be an Australian.

A poignant tribute to the Australian serviceman, hangs in the offices of the Queensland State Headquarters of the RSL.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Head of Household

When everybody on earth was dead and waiting to enter Paradise, God appeared and said, "I want the men to make two lines. One line for the men who were true heads of their household, and the other line for the men who were dominated by their women." I want all the women to report to St. Peter."

Soon, the women were gone, and there were two lines of men. The line of the men who were dominated by their wives was 100 miles long, and in the line of men who truly were heads of their household, there was only one man.

God said, "You men should be ashamed of yourselves, I created you to be the Head of your household! You have been disobedient and have not fulfilled your purpose! Of all of you, only one obeyed. Learn from him." God turned to the one man, "How did you manage to be the only one in this line?"

The man replied, "My wife told me to stand here."

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

While I was away.

While I was down at the coast last week, my sister and I took a trip down to the beach. This is Fawley Power Station, taken from Hillhead.

Two lone canoeists.

Yachts in the Solent.

Titchfield Nature Reserve. Just across from the beach.

2004 Phoon at the playground

Always worth re-visiting, lol


Hello and thank you for calling The State Mental Hospital .....

Please select from the following options menu:

If you are obsessive-compulsive, press 1 repeatedly.

If you are co-dependent, please ask someone to press 2 for you.

If you have multiple personalities, press 3, 4, 5 and 6.

If you are paranoid, we know who you are and what you want, stay on the line so we can trace your call.

If you are delusional, press 7 and your call will be forwarded to the Mother Ship.

If you are schizophrenic, listen carefully and a little voice will tell you which number to press.

If you are manic-depressive, it doesn't matter which number you press, nothing will make you happy anyway.

If you are bipolar, please leave a message after the beep or before the beep or after the beep. Please wait for the beep.

If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9. If you have short-term memory loss, press 9.

If you have low self-esteem, please hang up our operators are too busy to talk with you.

If you are menopausal, put the gun down, hang up, turn on the fan, lie down and cry. You won't be crazy forever.

If you are blonde, don't press any buttons, you'll just mess it up.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Johnnos Friday whoisit

Ok, who is this well known singer a younger version off?
btw...last weeks answer was PINK

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The only animals you eat before they are born and after they are dead.

A body that keeps minutes and wastes hours.

Mud with the juice squeezed out.

Someone who is usually me-deep in
Cold Storage.

Cutting money in half without damaging the paper.

An insect that makes you like flies better.

Grape with a sunburn.

Something you tell to one person at a time.

A bunch of bones with the person scraped off.

The pain that drives you to extraction.

One of the greatest labor saving devices of today.

An honest opinion openly expressed.

and MY Personal Favorite!!
Something other people have,similar to my character lines.

Tommy Cooper one line jokes:

1. Two blondes walk into a'd think at least one
of them would have seen it.

2. Phone answering machine message - '...If you want to buy
marijuana, press the hash key...

3. A guy walks into the psychiatrist wearing only Clingfilm for
shorts. The shrink says, 'Well, I can clearly see you're nuts. '

4. I went to buy some camouflage trousers the other day but I
couldn't find any

5. I went to the butchers the other day and I bet him 50 quid
that he couldn't reach the meat off the top shelf. He said, 'No,
the steaks are too high. '

6. My friend drowned in a bowl of muesli. A strong currant
pulled him in.

7. A man came round in hospital after a serious accident. He
shouted, 'Doctor, doctor, I can't feel my legs!' The doctor
replied, 'I know you can't, I've cut your arms off. '

8. I went to a seafood disco last week...and pulled a muscle.

9. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly. They lit a fire
in the craft, it sank, proving once and for all that you can't
have your kayak and heat it.

10. Our ice cream man was found lying on the floor of his van
covered with hundreds and thousands. Police say that he topped

11. Man goes to the doctor, with a strawberry growing out of his
head. Doc says 'I'll give you some cream to put on it.'

12. 'Doc I can't stop singing The Green, Green Grass of Home'
'That sounds like Tom Jones syndrome.' Is it common?' 'It's
not unusual'

13. A man takes his Rotteweiller to the vet. 'My dog is
cross-eyed, is there anything you can do for him?' 'Well,' said
the vet, 'let's have a look at him' So he picks the dog up and
examines his eyes, then he checks his teeth. Finally, he says,
'I'm going to have to put him down.' 'What? Because he's
cross-eyed?' 'No, because he's really heavy'.

14. Guy goes into the doctor's. 'Doc, I've got a cricket ball
stuck up my backside.' 'How's that?' 'Don't you start.'

15. Two elephants walk off a cliff...boom, boom!

16. What do you call a fish with no eyes? A fsh.

17. So I was getting into my car, and this bloke says to me 'Can
you give me a lift?' I said 'Sure, you look great, the world's
your oyster, go for it.'

18. Apparently, 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There
are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It's
either my mum or my Dad, or my older Brother Colin, or my
younger Brother Ho-Cha-Chu? But I think its Colin.

19. Two fat blokes in a pub, one says to the other 'Your round.'
The other one says 'So are you, you fat ba*tard!'

20. Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery
acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and
let the other one off.

21. 'You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving
today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said,
'Parking Fine.' So that was nice.'

22. A man walked into the doctors, he said, 'I've hurt my arm in
several places' The doctor said, 'Well don't go there anymore'

23. Ireland 's worst air disaster occurred early this morning
when a small two-seater Cessna plane crashed into a cemetery.
Irish search and rescue workers have recovered 1826 bodies so
far and expect that number to climb As digging continues into
the night!

My sunday in paradise

On sunday I had to go out on a 60 foot catamaran for a 50th birthday and take some photos...500 to be is a bit of the on picture for a closer look...hard life up here.

Monday, April 14, 2008

This arvo's storm clouds


Ethans Pic

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Friday, April 11, 2008

New Specs

I am a good girl

It ain't easy being a Priest

A Church of England vicar has been sacked after a tribunal heard that he spat at parishioners, attacked churchwardens in sermons and was "arrogant, aggressive and rude", the church said.

The Reverend Tom Ambrose, of St Mary and St Michael Church, Trumpington, Cambridgeshire, was blamed for a "serious pastoral breakdown" that made it impossible for him to keep his job.

The Bishop of Ely, Dr Anthony Russell, ordered him to leave his post after studying a report from a rarely convened tribunal that met in London last September.

"The report discloses a lamentable situation," Russell said in a statement. "I am astonished and dismayed that there are recorded two occasions on which it is said that Dr Ambrose spat at parishioners."

The tribunal criticised Ambrose for his "rude, bullying, high-handed, disorganised and at times petty behaviour".

The trouble started soon after he joined the parish in 1999 and began to make changes:

* Ambrose upset some parishioners by using a computer slideshow during a Christmas Day service.

* He was also criticised for using so much incense that people felt unwell.

* He alienated some with plans to modernise the church by installing lavatories and removing a section of pews to create space for meetings.

* Others were angry over a decision to fell trees in the churchyard without consulting the Parochial Church Council and by changes to the date of the Harvest Festival supper.

* Ambrose also used sermons to criticise members of his flock. The bishop described that as "completely inappropriate".

The case received widespread media coverage last year, with newspaper headlines such as "Fear and loathing at the vicarage" and "Is this the rudest vicar in Britain?"

Ambrose denied there had been a pastoral breakdown and blamed a "gang of four" troublemakers bent on undermining him.

"Behaviour like that does not belong in a church," he told the tribunal. "It's like the kind of thing that goes on in the back of an unruly classroom."

He denied being aggressive and suggested that envy may have motivated his critics.

Ambrose, who could not immediately be reached for comment, must leave the post by July 9.


Thursday, April 10, 2008


The Olympic Torch Relay, San Francisco

The Olympic Torch relay turned quickly into a farce this morning. Protesters lined the route waving red Chinese flags, and huge FREE TIBET 2008 banners. At one point the torch was 'lost' for 40 mins, as it disappeared into a warehouse.

Personally I find this disruption totally disrespectful to the Runners and torch bearers, who have earnt their right to carry the flame.

They are the leaders of their society, and no one has that right to frighten them and bring the Torch into disrepute.

If you want to protest about Tibet to China, stop buying goods from them.

How about Free Taiwan whilst we are at it?

They don't want to part of China either, but there ya go.

I have long viewed the Dalai Lama with suspicion, I think he adores travelling around the world, with World Leaders throwing themselves at his feet in worship. I just don’t get it.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Perth WA 2008

Kangaroo steak!!! YUM!!

Here are a select few photos from our holiday:

My new favourite beach is Cottesloe.......

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

You can't make an omlette without breaking an egg

Our Dealership is coming down, and will be beautifully rebuilt, woot!

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Robin in the snow

Little Robin in the snow. Guarding the feeder as usual.

Snow in April

Well, it was forecast, and we got it, looks lovely though. The birds may not like it much, they will have to do a bit of snow clearing to get to the feeder.

Saturday, April 05, 2008

The Things you find on Google!

Goodness, lookey what Ijust found...hehehe.

After going through the many photos that grace this site with their visual appeal, there lives a wonderful person by the screenname PattyCam. A joyous, upbeat photographer, PattyCam is astounding. She has got one of the sweetest attitudes here on Buzznet, as well as over a thousand different photos that just ooze awesome. Her posts are unique and inspiring, and she has managed to go on posting for over 2 years!!

No one is cooler than she is.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Seriously cool website

If you don't click this site I will personally crawl through your computer and hit you. Just click it, and run shockwave. *click, click.

Joke. (not really)

A professional photographer, at a friend's house for dinner, was asked to show his portfolio from a recent overseas trip.

His friends were quite impressed.

"What wonderful photos!" said the wife. "You must have a very expensive camera."

The photographer just smiled and waited until after dinner, when he said, "Thank you for the delicious meal.

You must have very expensive pans!"

Petrol Humour

Physical Therapy

Two women were playing golf. One teed off and watched in horror as her ball headed directly toward a foursome of men playing the next hole.

The ball hit one of the men. He immediately clasped his hands together at his groin, fell to the ground and proceeded to roll around in agony.

The woman rushed down to the man, and immediately began to apologize. 'Please allow me to help. I'm a Physical Therapist and I know I could relieve your pain if you'd allow me', she told him.

'Oh, no, I'll be all right. I'll be fine in a few minutes,' the man replied. He was in obvious agony,
lying in the fetal position, still clasping his hands there at his groin.

At her persistence, however, he finally allowed her to help.

She gently took his hands away and laid them to the side, loosened his pants and put her hands inside. She administered tender and artful massage for several long moments and asked, 'How does that feel?'

He replied, 'It feels great, but I think my thumb's still broken!'

Online Virtual 20/20 Summit

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