1. Seen in a shop window at Carlingford Court – “Japanese Lifestyles. Imported from Japan. $2.50 each”. Unfortunately the shop was closed so I have no idea what they’re selling or whether I want one (or, at that price, two or three).
2. George W. arrives in town on Tuesday with a team of 655 people (No, sorry – 654. Laura has a pinched nerve and won’t be attending.) Who are all these people? Presumably the other world leaders who’ll be gathering here will now increase the number of their hangers-on. They’d lose face if they turned up with only 100 or so. George is bringing teams of dog handlers and sniffer dogs apparently. Do all the leaders bring their own sniffer dogs? How do you get a sniffer dog past the sniffer dogs at Sydney Airport? Do the Americans think our sniffer dogs are inferior to their sniffer dogs?
3. An Australian man, Andrew Johns, who is apparently a sportsman, was last week caught in London with one ecstasy tablet in his pocket. As a result, he confessed on TV this week that he’s been taking drugs for most of his career. Who would have thought it, eh? A sportsman taking drugs. This seemed to be the most important news story in the world on Friday as one of the Sydney papers had the front page and FOUR OTHERS entirely devoted to it.
4. In the last couple of weeks, someone has come to my blog having searched for “What do newborn pompoms eat?” and another person (or maybe the same one?) searched for “Swaziland maternity beliefs”. I’m sorry I couldn’t help with either of these queries, but welcome to all who come and read, however you got here.