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Thoughts of a middle aged man…..9 December 2013

What a busy day we had yesterday, up early to make a potato salad as we were having our Xmas break-up at my bosses place. Oysters, prawns, lamb, turkey roll, and salad, very nice. Unfortunately we had to leave before dessert came out, baked cheesecake and Pavlova, but let’s face it, neither of us really needed it. Anyway my boss sent home a serving of each for us today which was lovely of her.

From there we had to go to our six-year-old granddaughter Jade’s birthday party. All the grandchildren had a ball on the bouncy castle, not to mention the wet balloon fights. I also got to catch up with my former sister-in-law and her granddaughter which was nice. My niece and her children were also there, I don’t get to see her often either thanks to my dysfunctional family.

Things are definitely winding down at the office, a very quite day, too many more of these and I will be scratching for something to do during these last couple of weeks before our Xmas shutdown.

I hear that 53 world leaders are descending on South Africa for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, and justifiably so. I am pleased that Tony Abbott will be representing Australia, but what I do not understand is why Bill Shorten is attending, he is not a world leader, he is in opposition. Just who is footing the bill for that one?

What an absolute load of rubbish on television tonight, you can tell the ratings season is over. Roll on 2014.

Thoughts of a middle aged man…..6 December 2013

I think it almost blasphemous to mention these two people in the one blog, but here goes.

My eldest granddaughter Caitlin, like millions of young girls the world over, simply adores Justin Bieber. It does not seem that long ago that Justin was a fresh-faced kid just starting out in the music industry, he came across as a lovely young man who was highly thought of by his peers and his fans, Ellen DeGeneres sang his praises for his charity work. Look at this boy now, a spoilt brat on a one way course to self-destruction like so many others before him. Many of his fans are too young to read about his antics, all they care about is the music and his “pretty” face which will soon fade if he continues on this path.

At the other end of the spectrum today the world lost a truly great man in Nelson Mandela. I remember at school learning about historic figures like Julius Caesar and Genghis Khan, in the years to come school children the world over will learn about Nelson Mandela, a hero not only to the people of South Africa but  to everyone that believes in racial tolerance and freedom. The world is a better place for Nelson Mandela, and a poorer place for his passing. Rest in peace Madiba.

More in the news today about boat people, asylum seekers that have landed on Christmas Island in search of a better way of life, who can blame them. I hear all the knockers sprouting about the flaws in government policy, but just think about it, it is a big world out there and our navy cannot possibly be everywhere at once, boats are going to slip through. Get a grip.