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Thar she Blows!!

Be sick



Lose ones lunch


Spit Up

Throw Up

Toss one’s cookies



Blow Chunks




Deliver Street Pizza

Dishonourable Discharge

Pray to the Porcelain god






Technicolor Yawn


and yuke.

I did NONE of these this weekend while out deep sea fishing on the Canopus!!

The Canopus

I won’t commit to saying that Deap Sea Fishing is one of my all time ‘To Do List’ events and I can now cross it off satisfied. I will cross it off though.

By taking ginger root capsules daily leading up to the big event, and wearing sea sick bands, and taking travel calm tablets (I was supposed to chew one and hour but ended up chewing them like minties every 5 minutes) I manage to keep my breakfast behind my gums.

Albert believes it is because I don’t actually have a motion sickness problem. More fool him!! Between climbing on the boat and making it out through the heads over the Bar (where it is compulsory to wear a life jacket..I don’t know why…duh!!) I sang every hymn I ever learned!! I tried to zone out to the chundering of the waves against the bow….or was that the chundering of my breakfast against my bowELS!!

 Anyway when all was said and done it was ok. I got to see Marlin jumping out of the water. Dolphins frolicking near the boat and joy of joys a SHARK!! That’s right you heard me. A hammer head shark. The captain said he was only a baby at 4 metres long. 

Ok so I am scared of sharks. I was fine until the 12 year old kid on board (who had already netted 14 fish) started humming da da da  da da behind me. I could have thrown him overboard! How did he know the theme tune to Jaws? It came out in the seventies!!

So between 6 of us we caught these.

And here I am with one of the fish I caught.


Impressive huh?


(They call me Ismael!!)

Mystery of the Chinese Baby Shortage

This seems to make sense.

Rachel (Trying so patiently to wait for Miranda/Atticus) 😦

Political Correctness is not the Australian Way!!

Here is a definition of Australia Day that I have taken from our Governments Website. With of course my 2 cents worth. Can you guess which are my comments?

Australia Day, January 26, is the biggest day of celebration in the country and is observed as a public holiday in all states and territories.

On Australia Day we come together as a nation to celebrate what’s great about Australia and being Australian. It’s the day to reflect on what we have achieved and what we can be proud of in our great nation. It’s the day for us to re-commit to making Australia an even better place for the future.

There are many great things about this country:

The people – The life savers on the beach and the farmers in the bush; the larrikins; our sporting heroes, artists and visionaries; the volunteers who dedicate their lives to others; the spirit of pulling together in hard times and achieving beyond expectation; the eminent Australians from all walks of life, the battlers and the ordinary Australians who are anything but ordinary.

NOT: The Boofheads and Morons who bash each other on the beach because they think it’s their territory that cannot be crossed.

NOT:The idiots at the Australian Open that think a Tennis Match is the place to demonstrate against an age old war in Europe that has nothing to do with Australia or Tennis!

NOT: The creeps who bashed a man last week because he would not hand over a cigarette.

Our land – Fragile yet enduring. Harsh and extreme, lush and bountiful-a continent like no other. Our ancient land offers boundless opportunity, sustains us and makes us who we are.

Our diversity – A nation of difference and unity. People from the city, the country, different nations and backgrounds; we are one people, living together. Through our diverse beliefs and experiences we learn from each other and grow together.

Oh great! we can have diversity, we are supposedly meant to celebrate it, but Political Correctness Forbid we would actually be allowed to carry the Australian Flag on Australia Day. Have people gone mad? If carrying an Australian Flag on Australia Day offends some people? What the hell are they doing in our country anyway? If a person comes to Australia because they want to embrace our Land, our Culture, Our Diversity then I say Welcome!! Come in and make yourself at home. However if you are here to be obnoxious and push your racial ignorance or your country’s violent history on us?  Then I say PUSH OFF! Go HOME! You are not Welcome!

The indigenous cultures – The rich and resilient spirituality; the knowledge, art and history. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are part of Australia’s identity and culture. 

Our freedom and democracy – A society built on fundamental rights and responsibilities. Freedom of thought and expression. Participation in government and respect for and equality under the law.

If you were to look around Australia today you would tend to think that equal rights and equality under the law was a bit of a joke. Sad but True.

A fair go for all – An enduring spirit of mateship and fairness. A compassionate society committed to access to employment, housing, health and education. Ours is a land of opportunity where we can do anything.

This Australia Day I say let’s drink a toast to an enduring spirit of mateship and fairness and celebrate this Australia Day with a passion. Have your Aussie Flag flying from the Aerial of your Holden Camira! Put a Flag in the Window of your House. Hang one off the Balcony of your inner Sydney Flat!

Stuff all those people who think that Political Correctness should be part of the Australian way of life!


Proud to have been picked by the best judges in England to spend the ‘term of my natural life’ in Australia!

What’s with People? Are they suffering from IS?

Seriously what is wrong with people these days?

People tend to be so rude. On the street, in their cars they are venting and raging. In just getting to work today I had 3 incidences of  what I can only describe as ‘Ignoramus Syndrome’

Road Rage1. I was overtaking a vehicle on the frreway this morning and some ‘very anxious’ person felt that he absolutley needed to overtake me on the inside before I got past the car I was overtaking. He made it but he put the life of the other driver and myself at serious risk. So to the driver of the car registered as AC 95 AN you are a fully fledged ‘GOOBER’!

2. Then on the way up the escalators at work a man nearly knocked me to the ground to get on the step above me. The heroic man must have been chasing a bag snatcher….. no! GOOBER!!

3. While waiting for my coffee in the cafe foyer I was reading the complimentary paper and a woman nearly walked into me and totally ignored me as she lent over to read the paper I was reading.

Who raised these people? Where are all the niceties and manners gone to?


So for all of those people struggling to show common courtesy, go back to the classroom and learn some manners!!

A dissapointed Rachel.

She Reads!!

Enya PetalThis is really just a continuation of the pig theme but it needs to be ‘bragged’ about. My niece Enya is only 18 months old and she has already read her first word. Yep you heard me right, READ her first word!  Who is this childs aunty?!

Due to the diligence and persistance of my sister BronwynEnya & Bronwyn at Pool  (Enya’s Mum), Enya has read her first words. She has been using the Your Baby Can Read DVD’s and flashcards and it seems to have proven very effective!

But the real kicker to this story is the word/s Enya read. Can you guess? Here it comes… and feel the tingle! The words were OINK OINK OINK!!!

 Yep it truly is the Year of the Pig!!


The Red Folder

Post Allocation Information for NSWAttached here is information for people adopting from China who live in NSW. It is all the information you could need ‘Post Allocation’.



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