Jasper rules the household

WE’VE had a number of dogs and cats sharing our married life but currently ruling the household is a cat named Jasper. We rescued Jasper as an orphan kitten from a cat shelter and you would think he would be grateful for the rest of his life. Not a bit of it. At the time…

A very tall story

HAVING grown up in the imperial world, I am quite satisfied with the way in which I now understand metric measurements. With one exception: height. I am happy to drive 70 kilometres from A to B and know that if I drive at an average of 70km an hour, it will take one hour to…

Earthquake Aid: Where Do My Few Dollars Go?

Like many people around the world I donated money the other day to one of the aid agencies bringing relief to the earthquake survivors in Nepal. I just hope my money is effective. You do wonder. The whole business of charity donation is coloured with doubt. How much is actually getting through to where it…

As Time Flies By

Our granddaughter celebrates her 9th birthday today, which is another reminder of how quickly time flies by. It seems like only yesterday when I held her in my arms and purred over the arrival of our first grandchild. My daughter and her husband had held the name secret and now announced her as Summer. I…

Who says I’m old?

Who says I’m old? Certainly not the population researchers at the think tank, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA). They say I’m middle aged. Even though I’ve just turned 71. In fact, lead researcher Sergei Scherbov suggests that middle age begins at 60. According to the researchers, old age should be determined not by…

Aging rockers rush to see aging rockers

My friend JR is grinning like a Cheshire cat today. He’s just snapped up tickets for the AC/DC tour when it hits Perth in November. He refused to say how much but I did notice that tickets ranged up to A$627. It’s another example of the Baby Boomers supporting the retirement plans of our aging…

Baby Boomers spending up big

My son in London sent me an article from The Telegraph headed: ‘If you’re under 30, bad luck. You’re screwed.’ Writer Alex Proud was arguing that the Baby Boomers were spending big while their kids and grandkids were languishing in poverty. Or at least struggling to get a roof over their head, particularly in London.…