Forlorn.of.thee (fa'lo:n ŭv thē), p, my only strength and stay,forlorn of thee, whither shall I betake me, where subsist?
Paradise Lost by John Milton

Friday, August 29, 2008

Secrets, mateship and the sisterhood

Mates and friends. Had me wondering as I was chatting with a Stateside friend, she mentioned that she was really pissed off with a mutual girlfriend.

“I called her but she never returned my call. I can’t believe it, and to do this to another sister too. I can’t believe she lies to me.”

She didn’t lie, she just didn’t call. Does not sharing a secret constitute a lie? The sisterhood, one of the most powerful bonds of friendship, based on intimacy, sharing, confiding of secrets and asking of advice. Everything is expected to be shared, news of lovers, break-ups, lead-ups, everything. So was this a betrayal?

Over a glass of wine with some European ladies, they said that they do not tell their 'friends' everything. Note the difference, 'friends' not 'sisters'.

The French gentleman sitting next to me chirped in “I was working in New York before coming to Sydney, I was totally shocked when my partner’s girlfriends knew everything, I mean everything.”

Is this limited to the States, is it limited to certain age groups?

What about guys. Guys brag but do they ever tell each other their deepest darkest secrets. From my experience, no. Guys do not share. Stems from the Clint Eastwood, Charles Bronson big silent type I guess.

So can a bloke be part of the sisterhood fraternity? Anything is possible, I mean men are wearing mascara and using moisturiser nowadays.

Can a girl be a mate? Or are guys only after one thing?

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Mix n match

* Warning - may offend *

Religion, the cause of so many problems in our world. Watching the Georgian and Russian beach volleyball girls hug (nudge nudge wink wink) at the Olympics, made me wonder, if one could pick the “best” practices from each religion, wouldn’t the world be a better place?

One World, One Belief, One Religion? **

Let’s start with polygamy. Those lucky Muslims come to mind and recent research suggests that polygamy is the key to a long life. Published in the New Scientist no less. So, how many wives should a guy take. Sixteen? 4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer and 4 poorer.

On sex… Friday evenings for a Jewish bloke includes the commandment that a man make love to his wife not just that night, but all throughout the next day (Saturday)!

A Jewish man's obligation, enshrined in the marriage contract, that he sexually satisfy his wife. A wife's sexual dissatisfaction is grounds for divorce. Unfortunately “satisfy” is not defined :)

How about the Catholic’s sacrament of confession? Isn’t it wonderful to have one’s sin forgiven by merely whispering it to a priest in a dark box …

“Father... During World War II, a beautiful Jewish woman from our neighborhood knocked urgently on my door and asked me to hide her from the Nazis. So I hid her in my attic."

The Priest replied, "That was a wonderful thing you did, my son! And you have no need to confess that."

"There is more to tell, Father. She started to repay me with sexual favors. This happened several times a week usually on Friday and the whole day Saturday."

The Priest said, "By doing that, you placed yourselves in great danger. However, two people under those circumstances can easily succumb to the weakness of the flesh. However, if you are truly sorry for your actions, you are indeed forgiven."

"Thank you, Father. That's a great load off my mind but I do have one more question."

"And what is that, my son?" asked the Priest.

"Should I tell her the war is over?"

** Not aware if this is a TM slogan.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Spring berries

Blue Lilly Pilly

I’ve got this tree, planted many years ago. Still recall being told, it produces sweet, fleshy edible berries. Spring’s almost here and yes, there are berries galore but they are far from sweet.

Absolutely, positively bitter...

Lilly Pilly Jam

You need:
lilly pilly fruit
lemon juice

1. Boil lilly pilly fruit till soft.
2. Strain. Save the liquid !
3. One cup of sugar for each cup of liquid. Put the liquid, sugar and lemon juice and bring to the boil. Boil until it thickens and jells.
4. Bottle in sterilised jars.

Friday, August 15, 2008

The laptop lover :)

A lighter side of online love....

Link: Crack Comedy - EP1 Laptop Lover

Monday, August 11, 2008


It's weird, something's wrong. The flowers are beginning to bloom in Sydney but its snowing in Melbourne.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Bugger me dead!

Aussie Phrase.. Bugger me dead!: extremely shocked at something

Now I've got that out of the way, what on earth is happening to the men in the world? Are we becoming more effeminate. Imitating the superior species or merely pandering to demand (is that what the ladies want?).

Been reading about how men in droves are buying pantyhose. Retailers say it better for colder climates, better support, help with muscle fatigue and wait for it looks and feels against the skin??

What about eye liner? Guy-liner and Manscara are 2 brands about to hit the market. Note Guy-liner pencils are chunkier than the female equivalent and therefore easier for men to use, we have bigger hands.

I'm going to chuck.

Guys being able to cook, I'm cool with that.
I know my shoes from my chou but this metrosexual SNAG thing.... *gag*

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Bangers and Mash

When I was living in Hull, would quite often dash across the Humber to the Scunthorpe office. For luncheon, we would partake in real winter warmer, a true Pommie delight, Bangers and Mash. It's a dish of sausages, mash potato covered in a thick onion gravy...yum!

Having moved down under, I've discovered a perfect substitute. What one needs is a packet of kanga banga, a steal at $3.54 from Coles. It promises to be 98% fat free, full of protein and the sausages are gluten free.

Next get yourself a couple of our unique Kipfler potatoes. These are a little pricey this week $5 a kilo. They make excellent mash, a gourmet offering. Don't forget the cream and butter.

Finally for the lazy, a tin of Gravox. Guaranteed perfect gravy every time.

Voilà the perfect Aussie version !