2 September 2007

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. 


  1. 1. Japanese Lifestyle – all plastic stuff, lunch boxes, etc… love love love them. Normally found in 100 yen shops in Japan. Guess that’s why they are $2.50 here!!

    2. Everything APEC is giving me the sh*ts. It’s constantly in my view outside my office. And when did Australian Quarantine allow dogs from overseas without a 6 month quarantine period??

    3. I’m sure Andrew John’s team has been covering up for him all these years!!

    4 What’s a newborn pompom?

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  3. I’m curious too about how the quarantine period is being applied to these sniffer dogs.

  4. We see your programme “Nothing to Declare” here in the UK and I’ve witnessed a number of people on that being “done over” for attempting to bring a stick of biltong (dried meat) into Australia. Perhaps they should turn up with the whole animal – live – next time, as there doesn’t seem to be a problem with this. I wonder if the dogs are questioned when they re-enter the US, as I was. “Are you now, or have you ever been, a communist?”.

  5. I’m amazed – as is everyone else – that the sniffer dogs haven’t been subject to normal quarantine. As for a Japanese Lifestyle for $2.50 – at that price it’s worth a try! Could it be less stressful than my current lifestyle? Very probably 😉

    I wonder if pompoms are related to tribbles?

  6. I’ve just spotted a company called Pompom Games and its latest offering is “Shoot Up Experience”. And you knitters look so mild on the outside!

  7. I thought you’d like to know that I spoke with a friend who is very senior in Quarantine today, and asked him about the American sniffer dogs – he said they didn’t bring any, it was a media ‘story’… just goes to show you can’t trust what’s in the papers!

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