• Coins are currency
    June 7, 2016
    My wallet is constantly full of coins - it’s heavy; it’s constantly heavy. They’re not coins that I receive since coins are legal tender and I regularly use them for their intended purpose. They’re coins the husband receives and refuses to spend. His life philosophy is clearly ‘notes only’ – just paper, no copper, no nickel.  Shopkeepers, who deal all day long with this element of our society are usually therefore grateful when the rest of us pay with coins...
  • Idols
    April 17, 2016
    Shane Gould is the only swimmer – male or female – to hold every world freestyle record from 100 metres to 1,500 metres simultaneously together with the 200-metre individual medley world record. She is the first female swimmer ever to win three Olympic gold medals in world record time and the first swimmer - male or female - to win Olympic medals in five individual events in a single Olympics. Outside of swimming circles and Australia you probably haven’t...
  • Da Nang
    March 29, 2016
    We visited Vietnam for the first time in 2009 travelling from the Mekong Delta and Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City) in the south to Hanoi and Halong Bay in the north. Along the way we stopped in Da Nang not appreciating the significance of this place seven years later as Steve (husband) now sails around the world on the yacht Da Nang-Viet Nam sponsored by the city. And it has been quite a homecoming for the crew who managed to...
  • Night Parade of Sails
    March 28, 2016



  • I'm using y'umor
    January 31, 2016
    The most I’ve laughed was when Steve and I were learning to rollerblade in Melbourne back in the 90s. It was that painful laughter when you can’t breathe, you can’t stand up (and not because you hit the concrete hard), you just want it to end but it goes on and on and you think you might actually die from laughing.
    Everyone knows I love Seinfeld but other obsessions are the Office (UK version only) and Kath & Kim...
  • Operation of the machine
    December 28, 2015
    One of my favourite bands is Linkin Park. And one of my favourite Linkin Park songs is Wretches & Kings  which begins with one of my favourite speeches of all time known commonly as the ‘operation of the machine’ or ‘bodies upon the gears’ by Mario Savio.
    Savio was an American activist and spokesman for the free speech movement at Berkeley University in the 1960s. At the time students across the USA were taking a stand against racial injustice...
  • Campaigning for courtesy
    October 16, 2015
    I love living in Singapore – everyone who knows me knows that much. You would also know that I have little or nothing in life to complain about other than pedestrian etiquette or rather the complete absence of it. And since I/we walk everywhere this is a regular irritation.
    Pedestrian etiquette requires people who are walking two or more abreast to assume a single file during a passing manoeuver ie when a pedestrian is on approach from the opposite direction. It’s...
  • In search of shade
    August 17, 2015
    There are a few signs that you’ve lived in Singapore way too long: (1) the 32 degrees (celsius) in ‘winter’ feels significantly cooler than the 32 degrees in summer and you find yourself reaching for a cardigan (or ‘jumper’ as we say in Australia). (2) You pronounce the number ‘three’ as ‘tree’ and pluralize words that are already plural eg underwears, and (3) you have a profound fear of the sun. 
    This fear of the sun will have you...
  • Pedestrian etiquette
    June 16, 2015
    I love living in Singapore as everyone knows, and have practically nothing to complain about, except for one major gripe—pedestrian etiquette. Since I/we walk everywhere this is a regular irritation. There is no pedestrian etiquette in Singapore, as there is in Australia, and in case you are not familiar with the protocol, I'll explain. 
    Footpaths as we call them in Australia (or sidewalks in the USA), are generally wide enough for two people to pass comfortably. If you are walking two or three abreast, pedestrian...
  • Sleep is for wimps
    February 16, 2015
    Apparently I need a ‘sleep coach’ which is a disturbing concept in itself. I’m hoping this person would not be in my bedroom with a whistle watching me not sleep apart from which, I don’t understand why my erratic sleeping habits need coaching into ‘normal’ anyway.
    36% of our lives are spent sleeping. If you live to 90, that’s a whopping 32 years of sleeping. Imagine what you could achieve if you cut that back to just 16 years...
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