Saturday, May 30, 2009

Kea steals Scottish man's passport in New Zealand

Here's a story that caught my attention this morning. Thot you might enjoy: :)


A CHEEKY New Zealand parrot - perhaps with a desire to spread its wings further afield - has pinched a Scottish man's passport in a bag snatch.
The passport was in a brightly coloured courier bag in the luggage compartment of a bus heading into the popular tourist destination of Milford Sound in the Fiordland region of the South Island, the Southland Times reports.

The kea, the world's only alpine parrot, struck when the bus stopped and the driver was busy in the luggage compartment. When the driver turned around the startled kea flew away with the passport.

The bird was last seen heading into thick forest and the British passport's owner doesn't expect to get it back.

"Being Scottish, I've got a sense of humour so I did take it with humour but obviously there is one side of me still raging," said the man, who did not want to be named.

"My passport is somewhere out there in Fiordland. The kea's probably using it for fraudulent claims or something.

"I'll never look at a kea in the same way."

Kea are renowned for their intelligence and curiosity and the protected birds are also considered a pest for pulling rubber fittings and windscreen wipers from vehicles and rummaging in people's bags.

Friday, May 29, 2009

All The Good News Fit to Print

Hi,
Check out Gimundo..all the good news from around the world fit to print...and of course, that means all of it will give you at the very least a smile before you have finished watching the video or reading the article.

I love this web site and thot you might also enjoy.

As for life in Oz. All goes well – new hair colour today along with my hair cut, plenty of sunshine, just a smidgeon of rain, diet is working. I've eaten more veges in the past five days than I have in the past year! and the weight is slowly coming off.

Dr. said knee replacement is the only way to go – made an appointment for next February. No reason to rush these things you know..

so..be well..first day of winter here in Oz on MOnday – lovely time of year

Oh, just click on the title of today's post to get to Gimundo.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rain, rain, go away!

Hummm..three days of solid rain. Well, I know rain is NOT solid, but the sheets of water falling from the skies in my neighborhood surely seemed solid.

Below is a link to lots of pictures of the flooding caused by 8 inches of rain falling in less than 24 hours.

We had more rain at my house this past week than southern California gets in a year. New Experience!

So, I'm off to do some laundry. Sunny at the moment. I'll hang out and dry up a tit.

bye for now

http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/gallery/0,23816,5053798-17382-68,00.html

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Aung San Suu Kyi

Dear Friends,
After 13 years of detention, Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi has been jailed again on trumped up charges by the brutal Burmese regime. Call on UN Secretary General to secure her and all political prisoners' release:

Burma's democracy leader and Nobel Peace prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi, has been locked up on new trumped up charges, just days before her 13 years of detention was due to expire. She and thousands of fellow monks and students have been imprisoned for bravely challenging the brutal military regime with peaceful calls for democracy.

Risking danger to speak out for their jailed friends, Burmese activists are demanding the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners and calling on the world to help. We have just six days to get a flood of petition signatures to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon calling on him to make their release a top priority -- he can make this a condition of any renewed international engagement. Follow the link to sign the petition, and forward this email on to friends to ensure Aung San Suu Kyi and all political prisoners are freed. Burmese activists will present the global petition to the media on May 26th:

http://www.avaaz.org/en/free_aung_san_suu_kyi

Friday, May 15, 2009

Hooray, hooray – went to see the wizardesses!

Yeah..went last night to a seminar with the premier literary agent and an editor from one of the Australian publishers - Allen & Unwin.

Came away with a little happy dance. There really is a chance that we might be able to publish. Both women agreed to take a query letter from us about the possibility of submitting our manuscript!

Their commentary was uplifting: very positive, well very positive after the last six NOs. If we were accepted by a publisher, probably as noveau we might be offered as little as $5000 for our work, but possibly more. That would cover our costs for printing, transportation and we would immediately have a start.

Keeping positive here.

I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm reporting!! :)

So, sent off the query letters this morning. Will keep you appraised of the results.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Two in one Day

The great wall of China is rapidly rising on a suburban lot three doors down from me here in inner city suburb Paddington.

Construction workers and the biggest crane I have ever seen on a residential street has just erected STARGATE on a lot the size of a postage stamp - maybe an international postage stamp, but small nonetheless.

No one in the neighborhood was forewarned about the girth of this renovation that takes up 9/10 of the lot on which the old Queensland worker's cottage used to stand.

It appears that rather than explain his true motivation - to overwhelm a simple little city street by building the Twin Towers - to the city council when applying for a renovation permit, the owner pretended it was about to be same ole, same ole. Cause no one was told! Which is unusual for this neighborhood that is full of primarily heritage listed Queensland colonial structures.

I understand the concept of upgrading, but this is more like up, up, and away grading.

Yep, you do understand, the view of the ridge line on the other side of the valley which has until today been seen through my office window will very soon be a view of somebody's bedroom. Urgh!..New York City, baby, we want to pretend we live in the Big Apple!

Sigh

Just used Twitter for real purpose

Yeah!

Just made use of twitter to actually communicate with someone. Read about the process on a Virgin Blue flight last week..you know, the in the pocket magazine.

love it when the world begins to weave a web.

love you all..more laters

Monday, May 11, 2009

The Good Thief

For the pleasure of it all, I just finished The Good Thief by Hannah Tinti.

Delightful tale; dark, a tad complex.

The story of a young boy left behind. On the third page, I shook my head in disbelief as a major error in construction occurred.

Ah, but that was the last time I despaired. Two hundred + pages later, I was sorry the story had come to an end. Young Ren turned out to be a congenial friend, a smart youngster whose adventures kept me happily reading. I loved all the characters, even the murderer.

Try it; I think you'll like it.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

REJECTION!!

Sigh!

Yep, two rejections.

Oh, well. Lessons, lessons, lessons. Getting published is a big business in the USA. There are tons of web sites and even more weighty amounts of books available to instruct the visitors to this strange land about how to manipulate the system. I had no idea.

So, it's back to the drawing board. Writing the manuscript is only the smallest part of this huge production. Getting noticed is the bigger job.

So, This blog will suddenly become (in part) an important part of my attempting to (squander, create) some recognition. If only I had Janelle's turn of phrase or Coretta's visual art skills!

Stop whinging!!

Time to work... the kind of work that is going to take the next few weeks, maybe even months – urgh!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Labour Day

Workers Unite!

Even those of you like me who have laid down the plough shares and are chatting on the internet instead of mining, making, selling, growing, teaching, or protecting.

LIfe is good..Autumn bloomed with blue skies, cool breezes, and smiles.

We fly tomorrow. Wanna make a bet about how many folks in Oz are wearing those awful surgical masques on domestic airplanes? I'm gonna take the gamble and say... ah, maybe twenty on each flight. We have three in the next two days.

I'll report my findings when we return.

In the meantime, be well, enjoy your new week, hug a friend, smile with appreciation at the fine day I hope it has been.

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Manuscript completed - 347 pages of it

OKD! Have sent out three query letters to USA agents to see if we can get this manuscript on the radar!

Wish us luck!! I do believe we may actually get published! Certainly, it's a tale worth telling and hopefully it's well enough told that someone will pay $15.95 for the opportunity.

Whew! Love you all. Autumn temps are cooling things down around here..blue skies at the moment, but we had a solitary cloud rain on us just a tad this afternoon..so strange to look out my window and see one cloud surrounded by blue skies -- raining on my non-parade..

I think it may be Mother's Day here in Oz..All my chillen is elsewhere, so as you can imagine, I really don't know..but the restaurant this early a.m. had an awful lot of reserved placards on the tables..

And Labour Day is tomorrow..parades for the labouring folks too many of whom are unemployed these days.

be well..love ya all..