What the left hand doesn’t know

Last week, Friday the 13th, I intended to write about International Left Handers’ Day. Apparently it’s been a thing since 1976 – a clever way of making  people aware of this difference, at least once a year. Clearly the organisers of International Left Handers’ Day do not suffer from  Triskaidekaphobia, a fear of Friday the 13th. Phobias are an irrational fear of one or more of hundreds of strange things that induce panic attacks in…

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Take five and all that jazz

Warwick’s annual Jumpers and Jazz festival took me back to a day at the dentist in Maleny. I was lying prone, mouth jammed with all sorts of stuff. Soft, melodic saxophone music drifted down from the ceiling (with the poster of the Blue Mountains). “Than Gltz?” I garbled. Roger removed the suction hose “What’s that now?” “Is that Stan Getz?” “No, but good guess,” he said, replacing the suction hose. “What’s your best guess?” “Chrli…

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Christmas Lights and Pachelbel’s Canon

It’s Christmas Day so I’m posting this early and directing you to whatever device you listen to when playing a Spotify playlist. If you do not have an account for this music streaming app, it is free to join up. I have curated this in the true Christian spirit of peace and goodwill to all people (and dogs), with the inclusion of a few modern songs which have become known for their festive topicality. I …

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Shoe Tossing And Shoe Trees

Shoe tossing – urban myths abound One evening while walking through our town, I spotted a pair of shoes flung over power lines. They were hanging by the laces, which had been tied together to form a loop. There they hung, like galahs waiting for the rain. My Dad’s voice entered stage left: ‘What wee bawheid* wasted a guid pair of shoes like that?” My sentiments entirely. The old man had five years in the…

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