The government settled for $1.3 billion on Monday (16Nov20) over the Robodebt fiasco. How was this scheme allowed to come into being and to run for so long despite the many warnings that it was throwing up incorrect debts on people who could least afford it? The number of suicides directly related to the hounding attitude of the government departments involved became an increasing problem in our community. Why?Continue reading “A cruelty called Robodebt”
Do things just happen by accident? The way that I came to read this book made me question that statement. Is there some sort of intentionality behind them? Sometimes. Perhaps. Let me explain the circumstances and see what you think.Continue reading “Letting go of the person you used to be – a book review”
This is from the time when I was working in the main headquarters signals centre for the RNZAF (Royal New Zealand Air Force) in Wellington in the 1960’s. Kurt Brindley prompted this memory by mentioning reading punched paper tape when he was in the Navy and that was exactly what the main signals centre processed. It received messages punched out on paper tape from each base around the country. Our job was to take the tapes received and send them on to whichever base or external party it was addressed to. You may scoff but it was state of the art for the times and we must have processed literally thousands of these messages every day.Continue reading “Chads Justice”
I was stuck on a word in a crossword this morning. It was four letters, ended in an O and the clue was patron saint of sailors. I had to admit defeat and look up the answer which to my utter surprise turned out to be “Elmo”. Elmo? Rosie’s friend Elmo of whom I wrote recently (see “Elmo and Rose” ) was the patron saint of sailors? Surely not. Please forgive my ignorance and not being a religious person, I had to consult Dr Google to check this out.Continue reading “Saint Elmo?”
Willow is looking very festive as befits the season. Read about Willow and her story in my earlier post The Odd Thing About Willow
My humble blog has just been followed for the 100th time and I thought I should show my appreciation with a special shout-out. Thank you Matt B Comic I hope you and my other 99 followers continue to enjoy my scribblings.
Meet my darling wife Molly, who I am proud to announce is standing as a Senate candidate for the Health Australia Party.
Here is Molly’s electoral “pitch”: Continue reading “My favourite Senate candidate”
You know you are getting old when you have the following happen to you. We were sitting in the car at traffic lights when my wife innocently asked me “How do you feel about dying?”. I thought about it as we travelled through the intersection and then blurted out “I’m quite looking forward to it really”, a response that nearly caused my wife to run off the road. Continue reading “Beyond?”
Did you remember to take a breath in just a second or so ago? Or perhaps exhale the previous breath? Did you remember to make your heart take another beat or to push some more blood around your body? Or recirculate the blood that was coming back in to your heart? No you didn’t did you? Well, yes you probably did but not consciously. Continue reading “Beliefs and other shortcuts”