CHRISTMAS CHEER - KEEPING THE GOOD VIBES GOING !
Christmas and New Year Cheer to You All!
A warm start to the year with some rain.
Heat wave conditions second week of January in NSW, Australia plus rain.
National Broadband spreading across NSW.
Stamps gone up in price.
The anthology Break Time to get a new shot at life.
In Belgium New years Eve fireworks had to be cancelled because of the fear of terrorist attacks.
David Bowie no longer in the land of the living.
Unemployment continues to run high on the south coast of NSW, Australia. Employment agencies worse than useless to people over fifty who are trying to get work.
Apparently the Cologne Germans had a rough time on New Years Eve with rampaging fanatical Muslims acting like Nazi storm troopers or worse. Five hundred incidents recorded.
Since the Germans have been the kindest of people toward the migrating Muslims this does come as quite a shock. And during that time of year too!
Apparently there is a television series based on Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle and it is going into its second season. Looks good.
In NSW a wet December with a few really hot days.
Rain kept the bush fires away on the south coast of NSW.
Some clown in Wollongong decided to compare Santa with Satan. Crazy? You bet.
Some of the migrants flooding into Europe seem to be causing problems based on religious fanaticism. There is a huge number.
Muslim migrants have also flooded into Australia.
I managed to win Steel Rose by Barbara Custer. It is a good read.
Good weather in NSW, Australia on Christmas Day.
I enjoyed the latest Doctor Who Christmas special.
A very cold winter in NSW, Australia. Hurry on summer!
In Australia there has been further pressure put on people over fifty to continue working well past sixty five years of age.
Efforts have been made on Australian television to make it clear that not every Muslim living in the UK or in France is a terrorist.
Also it is clear that not every Muslim living in Australia happens to be bad news. This is a good thing.
Greece continues to be a financial basket case and thus a financial headache for Europe. Bad economics and promises both good and bad made by former Greek governments chiefly responsible.
The pope has spoken out in favor of those Muslim madmen who murdered at Charlie in France. Apparently he was miffed by earlier art by Charlie artists dealing with Catholic priests who kiddie fiddle. And I thought this pope might be a good man.
A very cold winter for the northern hemisphere. Hot times in Australia. I bought a nice ham and never got to finish it. During this time my fridge died. It was replaced in mid-January but the ham could not be saved. The fridge that passed away was at least twenty years old so it has served me well a long time. I don't expect a modern fridge to do as well.
A mad Muslim terrorized Martin Place, Sydney in December 2014. There were deaths. What is wrong with these people? Do they want to make enemies? Later on we have the killings at Charlie Hebdo in France. I am a writer. I hold up the pen with pride. If you are an artist or a writer you should hold up the pen with pride too.
Of late I have been involved with the small but very lively theatre at Cronulla, south of Sydney. some of my plays have been well received. The question of whether there should be a strict dress code on Australian beaches - the kind of dress code that was in force a hundred years ago - be reinstated. Personally I am against the idea.
Break Time is out and about. Heavy winds did some damage in Sydney in June. I have two new plays coming out. One in August at Cronulla south of Sydney. One in September in time for the Spring festival also at Cronulla.
For me 2014 has started off very well. In March I had a play staged at the little theatre in Cronulla, NSW and I will have another staged there in June. I have a novella in an anthology titled Break Time out in May.
There was lots of rain leading up to Easter in NSW this year but Easter was thankfully dry.
Christmas ham tends to be better from the local butcher rather than the local supermarket. The label Australian Made can be misleading. It may simply mean that the item was packaged in Australia. Thus there is a way that overseas hams can end up on Australian shelves with the label Made in Australia or Australian Made.
With ham that comes from overseas there can be the question of whether it all came from the same animal meaning the same pig. There can also be the question of whether it is all ham or some other animal's meat may have also been added in the process. Hence when it comes to selecting Christmas hams in Australia it is best to tread carefully. Meanwhile my local butcher has yet to let me down.
Australians are not passing away soon enough. According to a news report the government wants to boost the age of retirement from 65 to 70. When the age pension first began in 1909 it was not easy for a fellow to reach 65 let alone go beyond it. Now of course a lot of us will go way, way beyond 65.
Home insurance in Australia is on the rise.This year we have also had one of the wettest Novembers for a long time. This helped to save a lot of bush from going up in smoke.
In the years I have been doing this hub there have been great climate changes throughout the world. In 2013 so far Australia has experienced devastating fires as well as equally devastating floods. Even so, Australia is still a wonderful country and there's plenty to be cheerful about. I have managed to get novels such as Desk Job published and that makes me happy.
I have also managed to get my short stories into such magazines as Night to Dawn and that also makes me happy.
There is still financial weakness in many parts of Europe. The mining boom that has kept many Australians safe is over thanks to a greedy federal government.
SO HAVE A GREAT CHRISTMAS! TRY TO KEEP CHRISTMAS WITH YOU AS LONG AS YOU CAN. WE ALL NEED GOOD VIBES!
Enjoy the art!
Have a great time with your loved ones!
Try and go somewhere exciting over the break. Do something that will translate into gold in your memories. Why not? Its your life.
If you can't get away at Christmas time or getting away means taking a couple of books with you to read, maybe I can help.
For many this has not been the best year in terms of finance. See if you can keep the Christmas vibe going well into 2010. I find English writer Terry Pratchett's Discworld novels useful in taking the sting out of financial woes. He gives you the chance to laugh at the scoundrels chiefly responsible if nothing else.
Hopefully 2010 will be a better financial year for us all.
The year 2010 was okay in some respects. Financially speaking the USA has a way to go to full recovery.
The year 2010 saw financial strife in Greece, Ireland and other parts of Europe. Australia seems to be holding its own at present and China is doing fine.
Right now time with family seems to me to be a great idea.
Family are the glue of my existence.
Hopefully 2011 will be a better financial year for us all and a better year all round.
Here Lyn McConchie's Farming Daze might help. She's a great New Zealand writer. It is good for a laugh when you desperately need a good laugh.
Have a good one!
UPDATE 2011... FIRST THREE MONTHS
2011 has started out to be a tempestuous year for many. Lots of rain where I am in NSW, Australia. I wish the people of Christchurch, New Zealand well and hope most of 2011 is better for them. The same goes for the people of Japan.
UPDATE 2011... JUNE
In Australia we are in the middle of a really cold winter and the government wants to put the price of electricity up. This will hurt a lot of people. Saving the planet might best be done via the carrot rather than the stick. Alternate power other than fossil fuel? Fine. Get it out here and make it cheap enough for everyone to use.
UPDATE 2011... DECEMBER
The weather has been cold and unpredictable of late. Retailers here are doing it tough.
My novels Disco Evil and Ghost Dance are doing well on Smashwords so that's something. I have a roof over my head and a job and that is something, too.
UPDATE 2012... EARLY JANUARY
We are getting some warm days in New South Wales of late. This is a good time to be at the beach. School kids are at least getting something out of summer which is great.
UPDATE 2012... LATE JANUARY
The rains have come again and there has been flooding in New South Wales and Queensland. It is hoped that it will ease up in February.
UPDATE 2012... LATE JUNE
My new novel, Desk Job, is out and about. I am so excited! If you know someone who enjoyed Lewis Carroll's Alice books growing up this could make for a great birthday or Christmas present.
UPDATE 2012... SEPTEMBER
Desk Job has some nice reviews attached to it and is doing well. Spring has come to New South Wales, Australia and I am very pleased about that. It has been a cold winter so sunshine and spring are definitely welcome.
There have been a few sunny days indicating that we might have a nice spring this year in the land of Oz. Lyn McConchie has a new Daze book in the works. I'm working on a kind of sequel to Desk Job.
There has been flooding on the east coast of mainland USA. The American economy and also the economy of Europe remains wobbly.
Australia seems to be weathering the economic storm better than most countries but it is a storm that appears to be continuing and will continue into 2013.
There has been a massive heat wave across Australia! No one ever imagined that bushfires raging out of control in Tasmania were even possible. Yet there have been such fires this month. Our fire fighters have been in there doing what can be done. More heat, however, is expected. My own personal fear is that insurance is going to go through the roof this year.
Apparently there's a new review of Desk Job making the rounds and, like previous reviews, it is in favor of the novel.
As for you, my reader, keep the positive vibes of Christmas going. Best thing you can do. Best thing you can do for all of us.
The rains came. Flooding in Queensland and in parts of New South Wales.
Easter came early. The hot cross buns were excellent this year. The sun was out in NSW in the land of Oz and it was perfect beach weather. It was only after Easter that it started to get cold and miserable.
A tale of mine set in the days when Kansas was better known as bloody Kansas can be found in the April issue of American horror magazine Night to Dawn.
A peaceful fun run in Boston was interrupted by two mad bombers. People were hurt, people were killed. Apparently these young terrorists got the idea to terrorize from the internet. They were given the chance of a better life by Americans and this was how they re-payed them. It is a sad business.
There is talk in Australia of increasing the retirement age from 65 to 70. There has been more in the news about king hits either putting young people in hospital or killing them outright. In Australia the safest place to be is Tasmania. The king hit capital is Sydney in New South Wales.
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