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Wednesday, May 31 2006

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Work

Driving

Although the drive to work is long, the traffic (at least today) was not bad and the other commuters looked happy...

Happy commuter

Coffee

Although there is no coffee picture today, this was only due to logistical issues which are beyond the scope of this blog. However, I did drink coffee and it was good!

Working

I worked.

Home

Then I went home. It was just getting dark as I left work...

Pole and tree as I departed for home

Then I drove home, but it was just blur...

Training Mother

Tomorrow Mother has to go to a place at Eastwood for XX XXXXXXXXXX As she was not familiar with the route, she asked me to drive her over there beforehand so that she could learn how to get there.

As it was the only time available, we went tonight. It was a good thing too because when we got over there, the street where our destination was located was closed for roadworks in several locations. This complicated the route a lot! I drove back and forth several times over the last few blocks of the route and forced Mother to direct me. She seemed to have it memorised quite well, but she still made one mistake - telling me to turn left instead of right - on the return trip.

Eating Bull

In the evening, Yuko gave be a bull on a stick...

Bull on Stick
Eating Bull

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Tuesday, May 30 2006

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Doctor

This morning I got up early to take Belinda to the doctor for her regular checkup. I left Belinda at the doctor and then walked home. It took about 45 minutes to walk home and it started raining quite heavily when I got about half way. I was soaked when I got home.

I assumed Yuko would still be asleep, so entered the house quietly. But as I reached the doorway to the hall, Yuko, having just got up, crashed into me, scaring us both. We screamed in unison. Then Yuko told me I should apologise for scaring her - but I didn't.

Belinda
Belinda's Doctor

Later, the doctor called me to say that Belinda had a few problems which ought to be attended to. I agreed to the additional surgery - but the final bill came to a figure which I dare not repeat. We certainly refrained from mentioning it to Mother lest the shock be too much for her.

Shopping

Yuko gave me a shopping list and I went shopping for things I won't be able to buy for the rest of the week. Included on the list were three comets.

Fish man retrieves comets

Taiki

For dinner we went to Taiki with Mother.

Yuko and Mother outside Taiki
Yuko and Yukiko

Mother with prawns

Café Lifestyle Ends!

And thus, our Epitome-frequenting, coffee-sipping, paper-reading, bush-walking, chess-playing, picture-taking, garden-watering, pizza-eating lifestyle... ends!

At the risk of shocking regular readers, I must now reveal that tomorrow, I will go to work. That means no Epitome!

However, I have good reason to believe that coffee will be obtainable.

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Monday, May 29 2006

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Doyles' coffee - Not up to Epitome's standard!

Destruction in Riverview

The following shocking image depicts the aftermath of an event - perhaps a deliberate act of rampant destruction - which took place in the otherwise peaceful neighbourhood from which this very blog emanates...

Fish and Birds

We went to the Sydney Fish Market to buy (and eat) fish and to photograph birds.

Fish Market

We had lunch at Doyles.

Fish (prior to being eaten)

We photographed each other with our respective cameras...

Blogger or bastard?
Happy blogger

After lunch, Yuko took pictures of birds...

Pelican (by Yuko)

Gull (by Yuko)

Then, as we were walking back to the car, we remembered that we'd forgotten to buy fish! So Yuko went back and bought fish.

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Sunday, May 28 2006

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Envelope

In the morning I found an envelope which had been pushed under our door by the Salvation Army. But when I opened it, I found that it was empty!

Luna Park

Although we have no child, we went to Luna Park.

Evil face

Wheel (there are people in this thing!)
Evil eyed horse

Of course, the main purpose of the outing was for Yuko to take pictures. The following picture is not one of them, but the one after that is.

We didn't want to fish anyway

Yuko's wheel picture

Capitanos

After Luna Parking, we were cold and hungry. The solution was Capitanos at North Sydney.

Capitanos
Congratulations!

While we were waiting for our food, Yuko forced me to wear her watch like a nancy-boy...

Watches
Pizza

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Saturday, May 27 2006

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Mole

We went to Lane Cove at the crack of dawn (10.30am) to meet long-time blog reader Laughing Mole at Epitome. At such an hour, we were the only ones in the carpark...

Belinda alone in the carpark

Mr. Mole and Yuko compared cameras. Mr. Mole's was bigger...

We discovered that while Mr. Mole's lens fitted Yuko's camera, Yuko's lens did not fit Mr. Mole's camera. Perhaps a backward/forward compatibility issue.

Yuko tries Mole lens on her camera

Yuko used Mr. Mole's own camera to take the following picture of him. I think he's just a tad under-exposed, but the background came out very well...

Laughing Mole

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Friday, May 26 2006

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Free Lunch

I had lunch with [Name Omitted], [Name Omitted] and [Name Omitted].

They say there is no such thing as a free lunch. But they're wrong! Observe...

Free Beer

Free Lunch

Mother

Mother came to our house for dinner. Yuko made pies. We discussed the Queen of Sheba, prepositions (particularly "of") and XXX XXXXXXXXX XXXX XXXXXX XXX XXXXXXXXX

Mother with pie

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Thursday, May 25 2006

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There was no coffee today!

Liverpool

Today I went to Liverpool - home of the Beatles - or the beetles - or something. At least I saw a couple of Volkswagens!

It took a long time to get there so I didn't have time to have real coffee today - hence today's (absence of) coffee picture.

By chance I discovered that they have big chess board in the plaza. This might be a good place to tout my wares (ChesSOS). Unfortunately I didn't bring any advertising materials with me as I did not anticipate a congregation of chess players.

Big Chess at Liverpool

Making a move

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Wednesday, May 24 2006

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Graphic Vegetables

Yuko drew some pictures of vegetables and then sent me to the shops to buy vegetables resembling the pictures. I think I succeeded...

Pictures of the required vegetables
Resulting acquisitions

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Sky Phenomena

The following sky phenomena were observed in Riverview today...

Rainbow

Red sky

From Message
Laughing Mole
25/05/2006
5665 Days Ago
Were there any delighted shepherds in the vicinity?

From Message
Webslave
25/05/2006
5665 Days Ago
The shepherds were watching their flocks in a down-beat mood. But the travellers were delighted.

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Tuesday, May 23 2006

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Non-Epitome Coffee

House

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While I was there I took the opportunity to take another look at the house in Christie Street where I lived until the age of 16. Last time I went past it, there was a "For Lease" sign outside. Now it's for sale. I will have to find out how much they're asking for it so that I can lament my parents' selling it in 1979 for the equivalent of a handful of magic beans.

House for sale

That's me (when Nixon was president)

Walking

A new concrete path has recently been constructed along a section of our street where previously there was only grass and roots. This has caused great excitement in the Riverview community, so today I diverted from my regular walking route to test it. It performed adequately...

New path

Then I met a cat which rubbed itself against my legs causing me distress and ire...

Irksome leg rubber

Filthy Cat

I also encountered Yuko going in the opposite direction...

Yuko walking with an umbrella

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Monday, May 22 2006

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Feats of Strength

The tree which fell over a few days ago has been lying in the garden ever since. So today Yuko told me to cut off some branches and stand it upright.

So I pulled out a saw and started hacking...

The saw
Cutting branches

Then... an act of brute force as I righted the massive plant with my bare hands...


Video (1.9MB)

Tree righted

Meanwhile... Yuko set the garden on fire...

Setting the garden on fire

Ferret

A ferret which was running free in Riverview has been found...

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Sunday, May 21 2006

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Flag Waving

There was a free flag with the newspaper today. It represents some kind of sporting event. Yuko waved it on the balcony at Epitome...

Skeleton Beach

In the afternoon we went to Shelly Beach, which Yuko calls "Skeleton Beach". This is because a skeleton was found there a few years ago. Skeleton Beach is along a bit from the Ocean beach at Manly.

Skeleton Beach

Yuko on Beach

We walked along to Manly and attempted to obtain food at the Toilet Restaurant - the establishment which is built on top of the toilet block overlooking the ocean. But their kitchen was closed.

We took note of the trees along the shoreline at Manly. We have a small tree in our back yard which resembles these trees. We have been wondering if it is the same type and whether ours will reach this size...

Manly Tree

We walked back to Skeleton Beach and drank coffee as we watched the Sun setting (see second coffee picture at top).

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Saturday, May 20 2006

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Nothing

Almost nothing happened. If it did I didn't take pictures of it and I've forgotten it!

Yuko blogging at Epitome

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Friday, May 19 2006

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Coffee
Leg

Fire Aftermath

Through the kitchen window this morning, I observed the scene below - a mynar bird pecking the barbecue grill clean of corn residue.

Mother

We went to Mother's house for dinner. Wine was drunk and chicken was eaten...

The Return of the Tawny Frogmouth

When we got home from Mother's house, there was a Tawny Frogmouth sitting on the fence beside our driveway. I stopped the car in the driveway and Yuko took some pictures from the car.

Tawny Frogmouth

We last saw the beakless bird way back in April last year. I first thought it was a kookaburra with its beak torn off, but it was later identified by Laughing Mole as a Tawny Frogmouth.

Tawny Frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth

Then, we brought the garbage bins in...

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Thursday, May 18 2006

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Train

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Artarmon Station. I took this picture without being arrested (or shot) as a terrorist.

Fire and Corn

In the evening, Yuko made fire. Normally this fire would be used to cook a barbecue dinner. But tonight it was used only for a cob of corn.

Fire

After the fire was made, Yuko decided that there was not enough light to take pictures of the corn cooking. So I was forced to help her carry the fiery crucible by hand from the back yard to the front - climbing over the fallen tree on the way.

We completed the operation without setting anything important on fire, and the corn was photographed...

Corn

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Wednesday, May 17 2006

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Epitome

We went to Epitome in the afternoon.

Yuko and Andy (Epitome's Manager)

Smoke Detectors

With the recent law changes regarding smoke detectors, I decided to check our two devices. I do test them occasionally, but the thing that surprises me is that although I've never replaced the batteries (in 12 years), they both still work! I assume they are running on mains power.

Smoke detector

But they do have batteries, and when I took them off the ceiling they still worked, so the batteries were still good.

Despite this, I put new batteries in both detectors.

Detached from ceiling

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Tuesday, May 16 2006

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Kitchen Studio

Yuko turned the kitchen into a photographic studio today. She took advantage of the back-lighting from the window to photograph a cooking pot simmering on a portable cooker...

Photographing cooking

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Music and Sauce

Mother has in her possession a boxed set of 8 CDs of classic piano music. Yuko had her eye on it and suggested that Mother might lend it to us.

CD set (Volume II)

Then today Yuko made some nice pasta sauce for Mother and I took it over to her. Yuko denied that this was a bribe or a sauce-for-music deal of any kind. The sauce was just a gift with no strings attached.

Mother did however send back one half of the CD set for our listening pleasure on the condition that no copyright laws would be broken. Yuko was happy and surprised...

Breaking copyright laws

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Monday, May 15 2006

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Tree Down

At abut 2am, I heard a scrunching, crashing, rustling, sound outside the bedroom window. It sounded like someone was jumping over the fence and crashing into our garden. But it wasn't.

I was a tree crashing to the ground...

Tree Down

Although this tree appears to be in a pot which is much too small for it, the roots long ago broke through the flimsy pot and were (we thought) firmly buried in the earth. But perhaps not firmly enough.

The tree took down a string of Christmas lights

Chess

Yuko has been playing quite a few games on ChesSOS. At Epitome, she showed me one of her games in progress...

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Bird on Fence

Then... we went to Artarmon to buy some groceries at the Japanese shop. The little plaza at Artarmon has become a Japanese enclave. There are two Japanese grocery shops, the Genki Ramen restaurant, Sushi-ya restaurant, a Japanese second-hand book shop and a Japanese video shop.

Japanese Grocery shop

Nearby we saw something surprising... a bird on a fence...

Bird on fence

Engine

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Engine

Then I drove back...

Driving back

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Sunday, May 14 2006

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Mothers' Day

Happy Mothers' Day to Mother!

We visited Mother and gave her a present...

Mother with her present

My cousin Russell had organised a lunch for his family and ours at The Black Stump at North Sydney. We met them there at 1pm.

The other members of our party arrive

Surprisingly for Mothers' Day, the restaurant was not crowded. We attribute this to its location in the heart of North Sydney which is fairly quiet on weedends.

Black Stump
Bread with a piece of stump
Food
Food

Cousin and Aunt
Mother and Aunt

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Saturday, May 13 2006

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Mothers

The Mothers of Intention were playing in the plaza this morning...

MOI

Fire Found

While out walking I finally found the site of the fire which prompted the police to come calling on May 4th.

The cop had said it was in Tambourine Bay Reserve, but I couldn't see any evidence of it when I went down there. But today I found it on the side of the hill at the edge of the College grounds. It was much bigger than I expected.

Fire site

The Key Debacle

Shortly after finding the fire site, Yuko called me on the mobile. She said Mother had called and was locked out of her house!

I cut short my walk and made my way to Mother's house to rescue her. When I arrived she was waiting outside with her friend Jan. They had just returned from an outing. Mother had her key, but could not unlock the door with it.

Mother and Jan

So I gave it a try and opened the door easily! The problem was that Mother had accidentally deadlocked the door - not even knowing that it could be deadlocked. So it just required an extra full turn of the key.

Turning the key
The door opens

Old Camera

Yuko, being a camera enthusiast, was interested to learn that I owned an old SLR camera. I showed it to her and she played with it.

My Canon AE-1. Purchased in 1985.

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Friday, May 12 2006

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Parking

The parking situation in Lane Cove seems to have become much worse in recent months. I don't know the reason for this - perhaps it's just an erroneous perception. But we had to park in the street again today.

More English Lessons

Another English lesson from Japanese TV. This time I question the accuracy of their grammar...

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Thursday, May 11 2006

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Red Coat

Yuko bought a red coat...

Mother's VCR

Mother's VCR (the new one that she bought on March 28th) has been giving her problems.

The picture was just bad - whether playing a tape or just watching the tuner image. So today I went to her place and took the machine home to test it before calling LG service.

Mother's VCR

I connected it to a TV and fired it up and lo... it worked fine...

Then I realised the one thing I had forgotten to check at Mother's house - the TV tuning. Mother's TV has no A/V inputs so the VCR goes into the antenna input the old-fashioned way. It turned out that the channel tuning on her TV was the problem. I adjusted it and all was well.

RSPCA

When I returned from my daily walk, there was a dude in a uniform milling around out side our house. He got into a vehicle before I reached the front gate, but I saw on the side of his car that he was an RSPCA inspector.

Then, after I went inside he came up our driveway and I saw him looking over the fence into our neighbours' back yard. He must have been interested in the living conditions of our neighbours' two dogs which are confined to their back yard most of the time.

Bitches

I was too slow to get a picture of the RSPCA guy, but here is an artist's impression showing where he was standing, as seen from my kitchen window...

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Wednesday, May 10 2006

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Today's coffee picture was shot with Yuko's SLR camera resulting in a wider angle and higher quality image.

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Actor

I spotted this ad on TV and recognised the dude in it...

Actor reacting (non-speaking role)
The ad is for careerone.com.au

It's the dude who was in Loveplay which we saw in February when Yuko took publicity photos for the play.

Yuko's photo

Watering

It was watering day. I watered the front and back gardens while Yuko went walking.

Note football at upper right

From Message
Laughing Mole
11/05/2006
5679 Days Ago
Why does your paving need to be watered?

From Message
Webslave
11/05/2006
5679 Days Ago
How else can it grow?

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Tuesday, May 9 2006

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Baby Shop Closes

Patricia, formerly of Epitome, opened a baby shop at Lane Cove in November 2004 and we've been hoping for it to succeed ever since.

Patricia (with one of the babies for sale in her shop)

But today while at Lane Cove, I was shocked to see that the shop has closed. The place was completely empty and bare.

Shop - Empty

English Lessons

I am fascinated by the English lessons which appear on NHK TV (the Japanese channel). Tonight they were talking about the difference between "some" and "any"...

Using "any"
Asking an English speaker

And the following example is not very P.C. I wonder if it would go to air in Australia...

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Monday, May 8 2006

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Kimono Folding

Storing kimonos is an ancient and delicate craft. They are not hung, but folded flat. Today Yuko engaged in kimono folding...

Daymakers

The daymaking and flattening machines outside our house came to life this evening. I went out into the dark cold night to gawk. They appeared to be re-surfacing the roundabout. I hadn't noticed any problem with the original surface... but I guess it keeps people in work.

The work continued into the small hours and I fell asleep to the sounds of the machines humming and beeping outside.

Daymakers light up the roundabout

Resurfacing

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Sunday, May 7 2006

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Machines

A number of large odd-looking machines have appeared outside our house...

Nothing else happened.

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Saturday, May 6 2006

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Wedding

Today we got dressed up for the wedding of Mink and Gerrard. Belinda also got spruced up for the event. Mink is a blogger, which is how Yuko got to know her.

The Noswonkys dressed up
Belinda gets washed

Although the wedding was scheduled for 4pm, we had other duties to perform starting at 1pm. First we went to a hotel in the city to photograph the bride. Then, the whole party headed to The Rocks for some touristy photos with Sydney landmarks in the background.

Of course there was a professional photographer taking the pictures, but Yuko tagged along too. Mink wanted Yuko to take additional pictures so that she could use them on her blog immediately rather than waiting for the professional shots.

One of Yuko's pictures is now posted on Mink's Blog.

Bride in Hotel Lobby
At the Rocks

I got into the picture!

Bride walks up aisle
The program included jining!

Inside the Church
Outside the Church

The happy couple emerged from the church and lots of pictures were taken. Then they jumped into a red Ferrari...

Bride in Red Ferrari
The happy couple debarks

The reception was held at the American Club which is in Macquarie Street. It was a nice venue - just the right size for this function of about 50 people.

Small person frolicking at the reception

We were impressed with the food. The four courses were all excellent...

Bruschetta tart
Smoked Salmon

Cow
Wedding Cake

Of course speeches were made - some in English and some in Japanese. Several references were made in the speeches to Mink's Blog.

We were seated next to some tiny people with violent tendencies
Mink gives Gerrard a big gift

It was a long tiring day even though we were only guests! We therefore decided that we will only attend an event like this once every ten years. But despite this, a jolly time was had by all!

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Friday, May 5 2006

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Plumbing

Today I plumbed.

The pipe exiting out water meter has been leaking. I called our plumber about it, but although he answered the phone, he said he was on holidays. He advised me to try tightening the nut myself. I took his advice, and reduced the flow to a slow drip.

Plumbing

Fire

Further to yesterday's fire story, I walked over to Blackman park today to gawk at the scout hall which the Herald reported destroyed by fire. However, when I arrived the scout hall appeared completely intact. I didn't take a picture as there was a security dude outside and I didn't want to become a suspect.

I walked a little further into the park and discovered that there is (or was) a second hall - the Guide hall. It's partly hidden in the bushes and I have never noticed its existence before today. However, its existence had now come to an end at the hands of the North Shore fire bug!

The site was crawling with men wearing uniforms of some kind so again I decided not to take pictures.

Wedding

The wedding is tomorrow... so Yuko bought a card...

Mother

Mother invited us for dinner. Yuko and Mother got into a fight about the nature of good and evil when Yuko questioned Mother Teresa's motives for her good deeds.

We ate sheep and plants...

Sheep and plants

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Thursday, May 4 2006

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Tsunami

At about 3am, Yuko woke me (well I wasn't actually asleep) to tell me that NHK (The Japanese TV channel) was reporting a Tsunami warning in the South Pacific. As we are located in that part of the world, I thought it was a cause for concern.

An 8.1 quake near Tonga had triggered the warning but despite the sophisticated monitoring system they have in the Pacific, nobody could say whether a tsunami had actually been generated.

Eventually, about two hours after the quake, the news people contacted people in Fiji by phone. They said they had not experienced a tsunami. So it seems that they have to wait until the wave reaches a populated area before they know if there is really a tsunami or not!

Police

While I was making breakfast, the police knocked on our door. They said there had been a fire down in Tambourine Bay reserve at about 3am and wanted to know if we had seen or heard anything. I said we hadn't. Although the cop only mentioned one fire, the SMH website reported that there were THREE fires in the Lane Cove area last night.

This seems to be another episode in the series which includes the Boatshed fire a few weeks ago.

SMH Article: Hunt for North Shore fire bug

Hair

Yuko went to the hairdresser today. But before that, she asked me to cut her hair. I earned another $5.00 for this.

Cutting
Detached hair

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Matthew Wadwell
5/05/2006
5685 Days Ago
Why did you cut Yuko's hair, if she was going to the hairdresser anyway????

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Webslave
5/05/2006
5685 Days Ago
Because she offered to pay me $5.00.

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Matthew Wadwell
8/05/2006
5682 Days Ago
O.K. - so we have established why you cut Yuko's hair - you were paid $5.

By why was Yuko willing to pay $5, when she was going to the hairdresser anyway????

Enquiring minds want to know..... (assuming that my multiple personalities are counted as a plural. )

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Webslave
8/05/2006
5682 Days Ago
That's a good question. I don't know the answer. But when someone offers money, it's best not to question their logic.

Perhaps having the hair cut in advance reduced the time spent at the hairdresser, thus saving more than $5.

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Wednesday, May 3 2006

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Epitome

An Epitome staff member writes:

hi guys,
we have just checked out your pages and noticed there is no photos of Natalie on it and it is her birth day today. i would like to formally place the request to place a big photo of her at your next convenience.

In response, I believe I published a picture of Natalie on April 22. However, as it's her birthday...

Happy Birthday Natalie!

Garbage and Jellyfish

Vito (the gardener) was scheduled to go to Mother's house today to do gardening and other manual tasks. However, he didn't turn up! So Mother recruited me to perform some manual labour. She had me lugging this garbage out onto the nature strip...

Garbage

I then walked down to Burns Bay where the jellyfish were massing...

Jellyfish

Church (II)

We made another trip to the church where [Name Omitted]'s wedding will be held this weekend. This time we were able to go inside. Yuko wanted to do this to see what the available light is like for photography. It looked pretty dark, but I think Yuko will be able to get some adequate pictures.

Inside the church

In the foyer there were some bibles - apparently available for the taking. I was glad to see that modern bibles now come with a User's Guide...

Bible

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Tuesday, May 2 2006

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Collaroy Riot

Every time we tell Mother that we've been to Collaroy, she freaks out because she thinks we mean Cronulla - the home of race riots. The mistake is understandable as they both start with "C" and have "ll" in them.

Today we went to Collaroy - not Cronulla - so we were not expecting a riot, but there was a riot.

Collaroy (not Cronulla) beach

First we had lunch. Yuko had Thai food, and I had fish and chips...

Thai
Fish and Chips

There was a school group on a surfing excursion...

The disturbance started when we saw two superheroes in a face off. The police got involved to calm the situation...

Superhero face off
Police calming

Then a riot started so we ran away... but not before taking this picture...

Riot

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Monday, May 1 2006

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I got up earlyish to go to XXXXXXXX XXX XX XXXX XXXXXXXXXXXX XXXXXXXXX XX XX XXXXXXXXXXXXX For this reason, we didn't have breakfast. So when I came home we went to Epitome for lunch instead.

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Seen in Riverview...

Riverview is buzzing with the news that someone has lost their Esky! I assume the police are putting their full pool of resources into solving this potential crime...

There was a small amount of rain in the afternoon. Here's the evidence...

Music

Tonight I played guitar - which I haven't done for a while. This made my fingers hurt! I really should practice more and keep my fingers fit.

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