Wednesday, 31 August 2011

G is for grandchildren

What a privilege to have children and then to have grandchildren.

Truly blessed.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Free Spee-------

"I cannot say any more or I will be sued."

"I cannot say what I think or I will lose my job."

"I cannot believe/think/speak or I will be killed."

It is a sad state of affairs when freedoms are taken away.

Monday, 29 August 2011


Anthropogenic or heliocentric?

8000 scientists at CERN (the world’s largest particle physics laboratory and the place where the Internet began) say "the sun plays a large role in modulating the quantity of cosmic rays reaching the upper atmosphere of the Earth." Cosmic rays help clouds to form (through some process called ion-induced nucleation, google it) which have a large effect on the global temperatures.

My, oh my, Mister Goracle, who woulda thunk that some little thing like the Sun would have some impact on Earth, I mean it's so far away and all.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Cryptics and Ordinaries

Every Saturday I work on a cryptic crossword or an ordinary one. Today was an ordinary one and I was pleased with the answer to the clue. "21 Down: Israeli capital city" Answer: Jerusalem.

I had thought at first it would be PC and say Tel Aviv or something else entirely.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Country Mouse and Town Mouse.

I have lived in both town and country.

Today I rejoiced in living in the country where I could wash my clothes in rainwater and dry them on the clothesline in the sunshine.

And walk for an hour in the twilight with my man, beside the sea.

Wednesday, 24 August 2011


If you don't know what BDS Israel is, google it. What I'm talking about here is BIS: Buy, Invest and Support Israel.

I buy hand and face cream made of ingredients from the Dead Sea by an Israeli company.

I bought a tree which has been planted on Mount Carmel. Thousands were lost in the fires of last summer.

I visited Israel (and when I can afford it will visit again, God willing), I read about Israel, I talk about Israel, I've written and illustrated about Israel, and I pray for Israel.

Monday, 22 August 2011

D is for double standards

On Monday one of our young Diggers is killed by the Taliban. On Monday al-Qaeda trained Hicks is shortlisted for the Qld Premiers Literary Awards.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

V is for violence.

There is much concern nowadays about violence to woman - domestic violence and rape. But do we forget about the violence towards unborn girls through abortion, and the violence done to young girls through FGM, and the violence done to young girls who are married off to old men?

Saturday, 20 August 2011

You've missed the soup and the fish...Let me introduce you to that leg of mutton said the Red Queen.

I have loved the Alice books since Auntie Helen gave me the Annotated Alice by Martin Gardner, when I was about 9 or 10.