Public hospitals and other weirdness

Over the last few weeks I have been experiencing (as a concerned onlooker) the wonderful public health system in Australia. What I have taken away from this is the determination to hang on to my private health cover no matter what. First – how to find the patient in the public health system. Shouldn’t be…

Review “A Dangerous Method”

Made in 2011, this film was directed by David Cronenberg and purports to tell about the relationship and ultimate rift between Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. It also reports the relationship and affair between Jung and Sabina Spielrein, a patient who eventually becomes a psychiatrist herself. Cronenberg is an excellent director, but I feel he…

A difficult year

I don’t really talk about my personal life much on this blog. However, 2018 has been quite a tough year for me, involving a great deal of upheaval and change in my life. I have an illness that, while it isn’t going to kill me, is not going to go away either. I have tried…

The Circumlocution Office

I need income support Sure, they say And I wait and I wait and Oh, haven’t we done that? We’ll get right on it And I wait and I wait and Oh, it got stuck in the computer All sorted now And I wait and I wait and Haven’t we done that yet? It’ll be…

To market

On most Sunday mornings I visit a local farmers market, coming away with fresh fruit and vegetables, herbs, fresh bread, free range eggs, and honey. I tend to come home from these visits feeling rather good about myself, for several reasons. Firstly, it saves money, as the vendors’ prices are nearly always cheaper than the…

That’s what friends do

I’m your friend And I want what’s best for you I wouldn’t be a good friend If I didn’t tell you what You need to hear Those clothes, my dear They must be changed Let’s go shopping Let me tell you what you need Leave it all to me Your hair my dear It’s all…

If only cats could talk …

What would cats say, if they could talk? What would they tell us?   This is Rameses. Rameses is nine years old, and has a lot to say, if the constant loud meowing is any indication. What might he be trying to say? I exist in a constant state of semi-starvation, and my human doesn’t…

Great websites

Recently I wrote about some Youtube channels I find to be excellent, and today I thought I’d talk about some website that are worth a look at. As usual, my tastes vary widely, so I hope there will be something for everyone. http://www.openculture.com/ I’ve been a fan of this website for many years. It covers…

Great Youtube channels

I thought I’d talk about some Youtube channels I think are rather good. In keeping with my site’s theme, they’re a bit of a mixed bunch, so I hope readers find something of interest in the following. I've added links to the channels and an example of each. They’re not listed in any order of…

The plan

Once upon a time there was a country where a group of people had been selected by the rest of the people to be in charge. (The rest of the people may have made a big mistake doing this, but that’s another story.) Anyway, this group could be identified in various ways. They all dressed…