Dick's had enough already of the media's
Pith & Wind -
It’s funny, isn’t it? It’s an
aspect of consumerism that affects everybody and
everybody has a bargain story to tell. A bit like
flying I suppose – everybody has a tale
or two to tell about their last hideous flight
to somewhere. It’s not just bargains, of
course. Sometimes the story is about some exorbitant
amount you had to pay for an item. Houses are
always good for mutual clucking and hand wringing.
Mind you, you have to be a bit careful with the
expensive stories - it’s part of social
etiquette knowing when to advertise your stupidity
and when to stay stum – you don’t
want to be seen as a complete fool.
But, back to bargains. Like the story of my trackie
pants. I’ve been persisting with a couple
of pairs of trackie dacks for a decade or more
now and they’ve both reached a highly questionable
stage, according to some observers anyway. The
material itself doesn’t look too bad, on
the outside anyway, although one pair has a hole
at the top of the left thigh where I’ve
attempted to pick off a drop of hardened super
Wear and tear aside, the main problem is
aesthetic. The elastic in the waist of both pairs
surrendered quite some time ago and the frayed
cords have been surgically removed, so I have
to use a belt to keep them up and without belt-loops
the effect is quite medieval-looking – even
Bill thought it was hilarious.
In the meantime my non-musical partner has become
my fashion advisor and while her personal....
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Toolbox - Enough already!
Enough already! Stop before
I scream! Another royal baby is not an earthshaking
event. Nor, in this case, is it the result of
completely unskilled labour as it is apparently
number two on Ms Middleton’s production
schedule. Why do we care, why should we care?
Why are the airwaves, television, internet and
every facet of modern media saturated with the
latest offspring of royalty? Why should we be
interested in the balding fragment of a social
hierarchy and his doughty little wife that really
have no relevance to life as we know or live it?
Unlike Mr Abbott I don’t think it ‘a
great day for Australia’ though no doubt
a nice day for the parents and child whom, incidentally,
endured yet more excruciating invasion of their
privacy with an astonishingly good grace. It was
almost as if their financial well-being depended
As, of course it does, for the institution of
the royal family is generously supported from
the public purse, the queen getting eight million..