Saturday, February 28, 2015

Goodbye Mr Spock

I'm old enough to remember watching the original Star Trek series in a smoke-filled haze (those were more care-free days) and marvelling at Mr Spock's ears. Sometimes you could see the join! Nimoy seemed like a really good guy, who never resented the fact that his career was defined by just one role. In fact he made the most of it. Farewell Leonard Nimoy, and thanks so much for the memories. In the meantime, I'm enjoying watching this ad again.

On a happier note, I got an email from the local library this morning informing me that the latest Marion Keyes is waiting for me. Yay! That's me sorted for the weekend.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

There is no try

I've always liked Yoda's comment, in fact I wrote it on a post-it note and stuck it on my computer.  That's all very well for a Jedi knight. It's a bit harder for mere humans. I try and try but damn, losing weight is hard!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Goodbye Celia

I've just heard that Celia died last night, I can't believe it. She was such a presence, a life force, it seemed like she would live forever. One of those people who made everyone she met feel better, just a little bit more valued. When she talked to you she gave her whole attention, as if there was no-one else in the room.  I remember one occasion at a library conference where she was to speak and her bag had been lost, with all her notes, slides etc in it. No problem for Celia - she strode up to the podium and winged it for an hour and had everyone riveted. Author, social campaigner, commenter, she made a difference. Farewell Celia, you will be missed.

No nonsense straight talking Celia.

Monday, February 16, 2015


I've become a fan of the TV series Longmire, showing now on The Vibe. I binge-watched season one over the weekend, and I've just watched episode 1 of season two. Man, it's good! I'm really enjoying it. I'm familiar with the Craig Johnson books that the series is based on, and it seems to me that the television series is faithful to the spirit of the books. Actor Robert Taylor characterises stubborn,weatherbeaten Sheriff Longmire so well, and the supporting cast are just as good. And the scenery is wonderful. I recommend it.

Traffic jam, Absaroka County

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Saturday shopping

I visited Waikanae's little Saturday market for the first time in months, and found to my surprise that it has greatly increased in size. Lots of new stalls with all sorts of stuff, but I just go for the vegetables. I have enough "stuff". I came home with a good haul of fresh vegs: a cauliflower, half a cabbage, a pumpkin quarter, beetroot, red onions, a bunch of rhubarb and some zucchini. All for $12.00. Yes I know, buying zucchini is a bit silly when most folks with a garden can't give them away, but mine have not prospered this year.  I get plenty of flowers but no zucs. I did succumb to buying little bit of stuff, namely a pretty little rimu cheeseboard decorated with a fragment of paua shell. It will look good on the table with a big chunk of blue cheese on it.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Knowledge is power

"Knowledge is power, France is bacon." This anecdote from Ask Reddit has been kicking around the Internet for years, and it makes me laugh so hard every time it surfaces.
When I was young my father said to me: “Knowledge is Power….Francis Bacon.”
I understood it as “Knowledge is power, France is Bacon”.
For more than a decade I wondered over the meaning of the second part and what was the surreal linkage between the two?
If I said the quote to someone, “Knowledge is power, France is Bacon” they nodded knowingly.
Or someone might say, “Knowledge is power” and I’d finish the quote “France is Bacon” and they wouldn’t look at me like I’d said something very odd but thoughtfully agree.
I did ask a teacher what did “Knowledge is power, France is bacon” mean and got a full 10 minute explanation of the Knowledge is power bit but nothing on “France is bacon”.
When I prompted further explanation by saying “France is Bacon?” in a questioning tone I just got a “yes”.
At 12 I didn’t have the confidence to press it further.
I just accepted it as something I’d never understand.
It wasn’t until years later I saw it written down that the penny dropped.
Here's the link to the original post on Reddit. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Here I go again

This morning I acknowledged the inconvenient truth that I have put on an uncomfortable amount of weight over the holiday period, mainly because I have deserted my grain-free sugar-free ancestral diet principles to soak up copious amounts of seasonal tucker. Time for action before it all gets out of hand and five kilos becomes fifteen.

So I am back on Dr Mosley's 5 : 2 diet. It's a good diet and it works. The only downside is the two fast days and these are bearable with a bit of self-talking-to.

I'm on a fast day today. Not enjoying it.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Weather whinge

So it's come to this. It's 2 o'clock in the afternoon and I'm too wiped out to do anything except sit by the open ranchsliders watching a three year old episode of Graham Norton. (But Eddie Izzard is a guest, so it's time not wasted. RDJ and Jude Law are also on, what a treat.) But I digress.  The reason for this enervation (is that a word?) is the weather - the hottest summer in years. Day after day of hot, humid, windless sunny days and sleepless nights. No energy, I'm a blob. I'm sick of it! It's too hot! I want some rain! RAIN, do you hear me, weather gods!

Summer. I'm over it. Roll on autumn.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

That's just mean!

I've just been out into the garden to get a lemon for my vodka and tonic and someone has pinched all my lemons! The tree was loaded this morning. Now all that are left are the ones that are too high up to reach. Oh well, I know, very minor in the scheme of things but disappointing all the same. (The tree is just a few steps up the drive and very easy to reach from the road.)

If I had some of this, I wouldn't need lemons.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Gail pies Deirdre

"Ken, do something!" What Ken does, is to try not to laugh. Farewell Anne Kirkbride. She will be missed. I'm a lapsed Corrie fan, I haven't watched for years, but I always liked Deirdre of the outstanding neck tendons.