Category: Non-car life

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Bleeding Heart Lefty

A non-automotive post. Attempt #4. Yes, I’ve been trying to write this one for a while. I am a bleeding heart lefty. I didn’t grow up political at all. I first noticed my political interest around the turn of the century, at 30 years of...

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Blog, Interrupted

Hi all, Forgive the lack of activity but we had a minor family emergency that called me away for a few days, followed by a busy weekend. Normal irregular transmission should resume some time this week. In the meantime, here’s one of my favourite European...

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Goals for 2013 – How Did I Go?

lease forgive this self-indulgence post, but I’ve found this recent tradition (for me) of writing down yearly goals and accounting for them to be helpful, so I’m going to do it once again. On January 1, I listed a number of goals for 2013. Here’s...

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A Year With The Beatles

ne of my goals for 2013 was to get more familiar with The Beatles. I was born in 1970, the same year The Beatles released Let It Be, and subsequently took their own advice and broke up. I grew up hearing plenty of Beatles hits...

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Merry Christmas 2013

It’s Christmas Eve here in Australia. We’ve had a BBQ dinner, played a few family games and ‘Carols by Candlelight’ is on the telly. I’ve got some presents left to wrap before they get distributed at our family lunch tomorrow. All you northern hemisphere types...

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#Auspol – Going, Going, Gonski

Never forget this quote: It is always better to ask forgiveness than to seek permission That was our new Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, after he announced his paid parental leave scheme, a scheme that even most of his own coalition didn’t like. Here’s a few...

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Australia – The Mushroom Democracy

A non-automotive post. —— It’s been 2 months now since Labor lost the federal election in Australia – and I describe it that way quite deliberately. I am convinced that Tony Abbott and his Liberal/National coalition did not win this election because they offered attractive...

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On the Australian Election

I know I said I wouldn’t mention it but just like the politicians themselves are prone to doing, I changed my mind. We have an election coming up in four days and I’ve got a few issues. I apologise to regular readers here, but I’ve...

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Please Donate To Jim’s Cancer Ride

It’s that time of the year again….. Our Saab mate James Coggeshall (that’s Jim or Coggs to his friends) will be on his bike and riding in the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s annual fundraising bike ride – the Pan Mass Challenge. This will be Jim’s...