Today’s mini-visit

Since we spent all morning blogging, we didn’t have time for an extended trip today. ¬† So it was Rockingham Castle, preceded by Sunday Lunch in a pub in Rockingham Village, in the Castle’s shadow. ¬† Roast pork and all the usual trimmings, plus Yorkshire pudding. ¬† Double apple-sauce for the Bear. ¬† Good food, and considering the surroundings and the thatched roof, not overly expensive. Continue reading “Today’s mini-visit”

A Day out

Following the excitement of my son’s wedding on Thursday, Boadicea decided that we should improve our minds with a visit to Lutterworth, a primary benefice of the great John Wycliffe. ¬† However, as happens with these things, the church was firmly locked and barred. ¬† The Museum was signposted, but after an extended walk into an industrial estate we found no sign of it – we later learnt that it is actually a cupboard inside the “One Stop Shop” civic assistance shed, which we had found and disregarded. Continue reading “A Day out”

Jessica Watson – Australian Heroine at 16

She sailed round the world alone, non-stop, in her pink yacht, but only celebrates her 17th birthday on Tuesday.   Welcomed back to Sydney by hundreds of boats and thousands of well-wishers, she still had the presence of mind to sass the Prime Minister.   Go Aussie, go girl!!

Click on the picture for the full story and more photos.

Today was Budget day in Australia

In the last financial year, the Australian economy has grown by approximately 1.5%.   Next year we are forecast to grow at roughly 3.5%, with unemployment dropping to around 5%.   We shall be back into surplus by 2013.

This from a Labor government, which is also investing heavily in improving our Heath Service (already streets ahead of the UK) and is increasing the mandatory company contribution to employees’ superannuation to 12%.

We shall be having an election before the end of the year – we go to the polls every three years – under a “Preferences” system with an independent Electoral¬†Commission¬†which ensures that constituencies are maintained fairly at the same population size.

We are a sovereign nation, answerable to no-one.

Do you wonder that we see the UK as undemocratic, oppressed and an economic failure?

Close Encounters of the Blonde kind

River Torrens

For the sake of my health I take a 40 minute ‘power-walk’ most days. It should be every day, and you might expect it to be boring, but in practice it’s neither.

Wherever we live, I invariably select a route which fits the time constraint and then stick to it, unchanging, for months at a time. ¬† My favourite route took me along the ‘Linear Park’, which runs for many kilometres¬†either side of the River Torrens, in Adelaide, South Australia.

Sounds pretty, doesn’t it, and indeed it was, although for much of its length the Torrens is but a small creek and near its source, where we lived, it’s usually dry except for the few weeks a year when it floods.

Here in Queensland I am not quite so fortunate, for although there is wonderful countryside nearby, we live in an estate which is part of a new¬†conurbation, a dormitory suburb if you will, just north of Brisbane, so I¬†walk¬†perforce alongside a main road. ¬† Well, main road to me, but a small sleepy country road by your standards. ¬† One lane in each direction (just) and a car every minute at busy times – a few more at rush hour. Continue reading …