Shocking Signage

Pet Shop SignThis sign was spotted in a local pet shop window.

Surely I’m not the only person horrified by it?

And no, on this occasion it wasn’t about mourning for lost trees – even if they are being recycled.

Nor was it wondering whether the cute wee puppies in the window came from a caring breeder or possibly one of those horrific ‘puppy farms’.

It could have been either of these things … but it wasn’t.

So what was it that made me groan so loudly I startled three other people who were cooing over the puppies? [Read more…]


Advice on Writing …

Pen and paperRemember to never split an infinitive.

The passive voice should never be used.

Do not put statements in the negative form.

Proofread carefully to see if you words out.

If you reread your work, you can find on rereading a great deal of repetition can be by rereading and editing.

A writer must not shift your point of view. [Read more…]


My Media Boycott

[rant mode: ON]

noiseIt’s official! The world may end but I will learn of it only when the end reaches me. Or perhaps when a caring friend or neighbour lets me know what’s happening.

The reason?

It’s because I am now officially boycotting all radio, TV and other public news media until further notice.

For some time now it’s been a scary, hairy and anger-producing or anxiety-raising experience listening to the news or reading the newspaper. It’s all gloom, doom and fear-mongering, with nary a good news story or uplifting moment of the human spirit in sight. [Read more…]


What Veterinarians Know That Doctors Don’t

Barbara Natterson-HorowitzI couldn’t resist adding a post to my blog about Barbara Natterson-Horowitz’s TED talk: What Veterinarians Know That Doctors Don’t.

As the daughter of one veterinarian and the sister of another, I’ve always turned to the vets in my family for sound medical advice.

I’ve found generally that vets – not only those in my family and unlike many doctors I’ve known over the years – will explain medical mysteries very clearly in terms I can understand. With another plus – not while ‘talking down’ to me in the process! :) [Read more…]


Princes Bridge Station

Some time ago I wrote I Remember – A Boomer Tribute, a blog post that definitely revealed my age. :) Well this is another one that will do the same.

Train Ticket 1975The other day, among some stuff I was clearing out, I found a ticket stub tucked away in a book. The stub was from a 1975 train ticket! Yep, we were issued with solid cardboard tickets in those days. The date is on the back. On the front are the train lines it served: Princes Bridge to … Glenroy … Holmesglen … Hughesdale … McKinnon … Rosanna.

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