the world is not enough

The World is not enough Doing America.

Start spreading the news…….we’re leaving today…..we want to be a part of it .New York New York.. Yes. It was happening. We were going to America. Home of the brave. Land of the free. The United States, the old US of A! We just made up our minds …and created it. From scratch. From start […]

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A creeping vine or how to upset the neighbours 2.5

The trades person arrived 2 days after we reported to Council our intentions to remove the small pile of vine cuttings from the laneway. Just as he was leaving with a small trailer load, to take away that dreaded vine, we chatted briefly. I jokingly mentioned how fortunate it was that he arrived so promptly, […]

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A creeping vine or how to upset the neighbours 2

Three months after the big move, the Venetian door knocker returned. I had almost despaired of ever seeing it again. If or when we were to return to tour Venezia, it was doubtful that we would find that little man in his leather apron, in a back shop, hidden along the myriad of winding alleys, […]

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The final rule of moving house how to upset the neighbours number 1

Our first Christmas in the house, I wrapped a couple of little puddings in tinsel, quite expensive little puddings and placed them carefully in boxes with coloured ribbons, handwriting “ Merry Christmas “ and their respective names on cards. Mr. G placed them gently in both letterboxes that night. Maybe not so gently he mentioned later. It was a peace offering and I thought it would go a small way to helping. Nothing was ever said about that gesture.

A successful tour

Tour Guide Memories

Participating in my own professional development – by sampling the gourmet delights of Kiltynane Winery – purely for research purposes! Hard to tell Winter is here.

On The Beach

Movie review | On The Beach

In 1959, the end of the world came to Melbourne, Australia. I thought it was the scariest movie I had ever watched in stark black and white. It had no special effects, no blood and gore, no aliens invading in gigantic and threatening spaceships, no pumped up Arnold Schwarzenegger or hunky chiselled perfect male models […]

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Book review The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

They say laughing is good for your health. When you physically have to stop reading a book in mid-sentence because you simply cannot continue, you try but the laughter emanating from you is so overwhelming, when you are snorting loudly like a pig, tears are streaming from your eyes in such copious amounts that you […]

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A sign from beyond

It was a mid morning phone call from her niece, which brought the sad news that Gwen had passed away. I couldn’t believe it. Her house empty, locked up, the 100 year old tree in the front yard, dropping its leaves as if recognising the loss.

The next day or two later, I stood at the balcony window, as I had so many times over the years, looking out over the rooftops, Gwen’s rooftop to the little chimney at the back. For some 20 seconds perhaps, I stared in silence and disbelief –

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Sleepover with the grandkids

Have you ever felt so fatigued that it is hard to engage in ordinary everyday life?  Have you thought you have some type of exotic sleeping sickness or syndrome or are lacking in a vitamin essential for daily life? Possibly I’m describing a genuine medical condition with similar symptoms and I sympathise with people who […]

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Toilets fit for a Queen. A fairy tale.

My Mother always used to say “ Even The Queen has to  use a toilet “ To a small child that statement seems miraculous and wondrous. To an adult who happens to be a Tour Guide, the word “ Toilet “ has an importance not to be avoided or ridiculed, become embarrassed at –  or […]