HOSPITAL DAYS

I have just returned from two months stay in hospital. The cause was a mysterious and still undiagnosed infection that eventually led to heart problems. A difficult and challenging experience. There was one vital outcome: immense respect for the doctors and nurses of the institutions that secured my recovery. Ryde Hospital was where the ambulanceContinue reading “HOSPITAL DAYS”

By Jingo!

Image: Creative Commons – Kiss/Clipart A former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, had this to say in a recent speech: Our country has to be capable of inflicting severe damage on any adversary – and that almost certainly means increasing military spending beyond two per cent of GDP. Source: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/address-china-tony-abbott 11/12/19 By Jingo! a striking idea.  DoContinue reading “By Jingo!”

For pity is the virtue of the law

Image: Lady Justice – William Cho/Creative Commons Once upon a time a political leader said: “No one is above the law in this country…There is a process to be followed.” I choose here to forego the naming of that leader. My interest lies in the discussion of significances. “Which law are you talking about?” you may ask.Continue reading “For pity is the virtue of the law”

Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…

Image Source: Creative Commons: unsplash.com Once upon a time there was a Weatherman. He was a friendly fellow, unimposing but trustworthy. People listened to his words with respect and planned their future accordingly. Like warmth in winter or a cool breeze in summer he was always a welcome part of any day. His persona reachedContinue reading “Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…”

Some Lessons From History

Image Source: Creative Commons: https://www.imoa.ph/event-archive/ All Hail To The Expert! What must I think in the face of life’s daily challenges? What is my acceptable course to follow in times of stress? Why, just listen to an expert stupid. A nice accredited answer this,  you might say. The final solution to the thought processes ofContinue reading “Some Lessons From History”

Viva The United Nations!

Image Source: Creative Commons Public Domain A certain prime minister is apparently worried about an often-ill-defined borderless global community and worse still, an unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy. Sounds a bit like EU to me. Or the victors at Versailles in 1919. Could the right honourable gentleman be thinking of the United Nations? I hope not. WhenContinue reading “Viva The United Nations!”

The Climate Irate

Wake up World! Get your priorities right. It’s about getting people into jobs. Violent storm is a profitable norm. Don’t let the fear make you waver. There’s work as a consequence – replacement of the defacement. So the budget’s still balanced, stupid. It’s about getting people into jobs.  Predatory wildfire is in fact a boon. Don’t letContinue reading “The Climate Irate”

Links with YouTube

I haven’t been writing for a while. I’ve just had a thought that you might be interested in my youtube activities. So here are two of them. Please don’t attach to me the items on youtube that follow mine. Just me; that’s all I want you to notice. 1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=75JqZSj_Glo 2) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRAoGZsVsyo Thanks for yourContinue reading “Links with YouTube”

On This Matter Of Phonics

The old demon of oversimplification is back again with the teaching of reading. Of course phonics is a useful word attack skill but it is not the centre of the universe. Reading is a very complex task – perhaps more so than ever before in this contemporary world. Phonics alone simply cannot deal with it. ThereContinue reading “On This Matter Of Phonics”