Saturday, October 23, 2010

Life's myths

I'm planning to expose some of life's myths - things we are meant to believe but are simply not as they appear.

I'm starting off with: ``Lift here to open''.

Now, how often do you see that printed on a cardboard box of some sort, be it with biscuits inside or plastic wrap or whatever. And guess what: it never works! You lift the tab ``here'' where it says and you still have to tear the box to get the damn thing open!

It's just not right.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New home, sweet, home

Apart from a half a dozen or so boxes we are settled in our new place.

It's all good. More room for everyone (so XY5 and XY8 no longer have to share a room) and a big -although hilly - backyard.

Moving house is definitely one of those things that gets worse as you - and your children - get older. I think that's not just because you've had more time to accumulate stuff but that you know fully well what you are in for.

So with that major event mostly behind us and XY45 seemingly successful in getting rid of a bug from my PC, I'm hoping to get back into the blogosphere.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Moving forward

Maybe it's because words have been such a part of my working life, but I have a real dislike of popular phraseology.

``Moving forward'' is a particular pet hate of mine. Unfortunately its use went into overdrive today when the Prime Minister announced the August 21 Federal Election.

I first started ``moving forward'' at my former workplace when middle management types cottoned on to the phrase. They seemed to think it made them appear more progressive and intelligent than they actually were. They spent a lot of time talking about ``moving forward'' but in actuality they never went anywhere.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to the idea of making progress, looking to the future, evolving, developing ideas or embracing growth, advancement or improvement. It's the glib use of words in meaningless verbiage which irks me.

Why not just say what you mean rather than spit out the poorly chosen words frequently used by others?

In a similar vein, why is it that Julia Gillard was noted as Australia's first female Prime Minister? Wouldn't it be more correct to refer to her as our first woman Prime Minister? I'm hoping someone can set me straight on this. My train of thought is that a woman is the term for a female human being. There can be a female dog, pig, cat, bird, etc but a woman is a human who is female. If there is a grammatical reason why female is used rather than woman, please let me know.

As for ``moving forward'' it will be interesting to see what unfolds in the next five weeks during the election campaign. Maybe Australia will even get its first elected woman Prime Minister!

Things I like

  • Being eco-aware
  • Chocolate
  • Generosity
  • Good food and good wine
  • Kindness and courtesy
  • Laughing out loud
  • Openminded people
  • People who are true to themselves
  • Spending time with friends
  • Sunshine and blue skies

Things I don't like

  • Broken promises
  • Pointless arguments
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Homelessness
  • Poverty
  • War and conflict
  • Lightning and thunder
  • Small minded people
  • Discrimination on any basis
  • Over inflated egos
  • Mean-spirited people