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Kerrie Allman/Rycroft

5 January 2015

I often get asked “What is Kerrie up to?”

Well she’s re-invented herself a number of times over the last couple of years.  For a while she was a “professional graphic designer” but that seems to have fallen by the wayside and she’s now promoting herself as a “social media expert” selling online courses on the subject.  She’s reverted to her maiden name “Rycroft”.

Frankly, I don’t really care what she’s doing as long as she isn’t up to her old tricks.

And if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you can read a brief history of the whole saga here, or read other blog posts from around the world on the subject:

Dull Roar


Sew Happy Geek

Fak’s Foughts

Happy Reading!


Just A Few Ideas, Tony

3 January 2015

Dear Tony Abbott

Just in case you’re looking for a few ideas to increase income and reduce expenditure this year.  We’ve all probably at some point in our lives found that our income is rather too close to our expenses, or even less.  So what do we do?  We look at the “big ticket” items first – shop around for a lower mortgage or credit card interest rate, and reduce or eradicate the luxuries.  What we don’t do is turn off the heating for Granny living in the spare room, and reduce the size of her meals. Which is what you’re intending to do by cutting $21million in funding for the homeless and charging us all an extra $7 (or $5 or whatever this week’s figure is) to visit the doctor.

How about:

1. Withdrawing fuel excise relief for mining companies (the tax the rest of us pay on petrol/diesel).  Increased income – $2.4 billion a year.

2.   Withdrawing funding of the School Chaplaincy Programme.  Savings – $245 million a year.

3.    Withdrawing your plan to provide funding for private theological colleges for the training of priests.  Savings – $820 million over three years.

4.     Phasing out negative gearing on property investments.  Two-thirds of those with investment properties now declare a loss (and get tax relief on their other income) from their investments.   Increase in tax income – $4 billion a year.

I’ve lots of other ideas but I don’t suppose you want to hear them.

Happy New Year



The Case of the Travelling Case

22 May 2012

We left Sydney on Saturday afternoon and 23 hours later arrived in Amsterdam.

Today (Monday), David’s suitcase arrived in Amsterdam after a bit of a trip to Paris apparently.

There’s a dreadful sinking feeling when you realise your suitcase isn’t on the carousel and all you have is what you’re wearing and the emergency kit the airline supplies (which David was thrilled to see included make up remover!)

But KLM came up trumps, found the suitcase at Charles de Gaulle airport, rushed it over to Schipol and delivered it to us at 7.30am.

We’re heading to Paris ourselves in Thursday. D’s suitcase obviously didn’t want to waste any time getting there.


A Sad Day

10 April 2011

Today, 9th April, my mother died in Harrogate. With both her daughters there and the most wonderful nursing care you could imagine.

She was 90 and in good health until very recently so didn’t suffer a long and painful illness.

When I return to Australia, I’ll post some pictures of her (so you can see what I’ll look likee when I’m 90!)


Australians, All!

3 February 2011

A couple of days ago, a letter-writer was complaining in the Sydney Morning Herald about the Government sending planes to evacuate Australian citizens from Egypt. This writer was incredibly concerned that some of these Australians appeared to be of Middle-Eastern appearance and only people who are “100% Australian” should be rescued.

Loved the response today from another letter-writer. “I hadn’t realised that there were many Aboriginal Australians in Egypt”.


Opera With Knitting

30 January 2011

It’s become a regular event in Sydney’s knitting calendar – sitting and knitting in the Domain for about 10 hours and enjoying a free Opera performed by Opera Australia.

There was a good crowd of us yesterday, desperately trying not to get sunburnt. We were even interviewed for Channel 7 TV – they didn’t broadcast the interview but there was a quick photo. I did wonder at one point if we’d stumbled into the Annual Day Out of the National Incontinence Society as a constant stream of people climbed over us to get in and out of the grass area. Have they never been to the theatre? Don’t they understand you’re supposed to stay in your seat while the performance is on?

I’ve seen such great operas at these events and was a tad disappointed this year. The sound quality was pretty poor (and the sound is more important than the visual when it’s a semi-concert performance and the stage is a fairly small dot in the distance). Some of the performances were lack-lustre to say the least. And the French! That’s the only foreign language I have more than a passing acquaintance with and for the first 10 minutes I wasn’t sure if that’s what they were speaking. It totally confused Amanda, one of our group, whose mother-tongue is French. She had no idea what language they were using but it wasn’t anything she recognised.

BUT Teddy Taho Rhodes was as usual wonderful (and gorgeous into the bargain), Julian Gavin did eventually come good in the second half (quite dreadful in the first) and Rinat Shaham – what can I say? –
incredible performance. Apparently this is the 27th production of Carmen she’s done and I can see why. Everything about her just reeks of Carmen.

Next year, Opera Australia, get your sound system sorted and take a leaf out of the English National Opera in London who perform all Operas in English. And we’ll be back (with our knitting, of course)


Meaningless Figures

27 January 2011

Do you know how many people were killed on the roads in Australia last Saturday? Or the Thursday before? Or on the same dates last year?

No? Well, don’t worry. Neither do I or most Australian residents, I would imagine. And I’ve no idea whether there are more or fewer accidents on week days than on weekends.

So why do the local media insist on giving us daily figures when it’s a Public Holiday, as in “X number of people died on the roads on Australia Day”? Is this figure more than usual for a Wednesday? Is is greater or less than normal for an Australia Day?

I don’t mean to belittle these tragedies – one person dying in a traffic accident is one too many. But when I’m given these figures, I don’t know whether I’m supposed to rejoice that our driving skills are improving or mourn the fact that too many of us are lousy drivers or drunk.

So note to the ABC, the Sydney Morning Herald and the rest of your ilk – when you’re giving us accident figures, may we have them in context, please?