Archive for March, 2010

The Storm Takes Lives

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The newspapers have been reporting no loss of life as a result of the PERFECT STORM that hit Perth. This is good news except it isn’t completely true. They clearly didn’t know about the deaths that happened at my house after the window near my computer broke and water came through.

Car crash

RIP Gumby and Pokey

Poor fellas. Their little Echo couldn’t match the power of the storm. The insurance company has agreed the car is a write-off.

Busy Bizzy Busi

Monday, March 29th, 2010

The English language is a real odd-ball sometimes. I am currently receiving French tuition from a lovely French girl who loves language just as much as I do. When we sit and discuss the conjugation of French verbs and I ask questions that generally sound like, “Why do you say that?” we are constantly questioning the logic behind both the English and French languages. Sometimes it’s just plain STUPID. I think English takes the cake for Most Stupid Language in Existence, though. There are so many rules and so many exceptions to those rules resulting in the rules being wastes of time.

One of my biggest gripes is the fact that we don’t spell words how they sound. The fact that homophones and homonyms exist is just annoying. Life at primary school would have been so much more enjoyable if I hadn’t been forced to learn homophones. Actually, who am I kidding? I loved learning homophones but that’s because I’m a word nerd. This rant all stemmed from an email I was just writing. I was trying to write a version of the word “business” incorporating the word “whack.” I couldn’t decide how to spell it. Buswhack was my first option, an obvious derivative of business. But really that describes what happens when you get hit by a large people carrier. I then wanted to add an ‘i’ to create the right sound but business puts the ‘i’ after the ‘s’. I was oh so confused. I ended up writing ‘Bizwhack’ and avoiding the whole business concept and then wrote a lengthy explanation about what I was trying to write.

It amazes me how people can learn English when they have to get over the concept that “read” and “read” are both present and past tense. I suppose the French do similar things and I have recently discovered that there are about 5 additional tenses of French verbs that I was unaware of during my 7 years of French education. Excellent.
And now a short test for you all. Spot the error on this Sydney-based sign and win fabulous prizes!

Roed Closures sign

Good work, kids.

Because I Have To

Friday, March 26th, 2010

I can’t not put this up:

Another Thing

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Today is just blogamatic! I keep remembering things I need to tell the world. On the weekend I went to an exhibition called Perth From Space which is running as part of the FotoFreo program. The photographers are two brothers – Jackson and Gene Eaton. The photographs depict unusual moments around Perth and have a great sense of humour. Definitely worth checking out at the Free Range Gallery on Wellington Street.

Fluffballs

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I am very excited about Autumn arriving because this means clouds. When I was living in Europe I took so many photos of the sky due to the extensive range of cloud shapes, sizes, thickness, fluffinesses. It was quite spectacular. The past few days have brought some interesting cloud coverage. Yesterday on my drive to Caversham, I had stopped at some traffic lights in Guildford and had to whip out my camera to take this photo:

Cloudy sky

Wow.

I am contemplating a Book o’ Clouds. Something along the lines of every day I take a photo of the sky and write when and where this part of the sky is. Would anyone buy it? I would.

On The Side

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

I have just started writing for a friend’s new website – The Drunken Correspondent. It sounds rude, it is a bit rude, but I’m attempting to add some class to the crass. Read my first entry about my favourite Thai restaurant here!

Riding Along On My Pushbike, Honey…

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

When I noticed you!
I am officially a sheep. Not only do I follow the crowds and write about THE ULTIMATE STORM but now I have invested in a potentially over priced but OH SO GORGEOUS bike. I have just returned home from a meeting which I attended by bike. How delightful! It is an Electra Amsterdam Classic 3i – it’s black so it goes very fast and looks slick; it has a brown leather seat and handle bars; it has an adorable little light that I will most likely remove and replace with an adorable little basket; and it has GREAT mud guards. It is the coolest bike in town and it is mine, all mine! Apparently Electra only ship a few bikes in to Australia and then they are distributed widely to all of the dealers across the country, so I am very lucky to have nabbed this one. Thank you, Wembley Cycles.

Bike

Bike, these are my readers. Readers, this is my bike.

I have discovered that I will need to get used to the sweat factor. Well really, everyone around me will need to get used to my sweat factor! Gross. Oh and I had a few issues with skirt + wind. But I can step so elegantly over the low frame, sit up tall and ride around like a lady. If only I didn’t have to wear an ugly helmet. Meanwhile, here is a photo I took on my ride along the river:

Boatshed

My favourite shed in a river.

Classic

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

I have been reminiscing this morning. When I was younger and stayed overnight at my Grandparents’ my brother and I would wake up early and watch videos. Our viewing included:

  • Mr Bean losing his bathers at the swimming pool
  • A candid camera show
  • For some reason I remember watching a bulldog eating a peanut
  • The Plank.

Now, The Plank was quite something. I managed to find it on YouTube this morning and was astonished to discover it was in colour! I thought I had better share it with everyone. Enjoy.


What Else Would I Write About…

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

On Monday morning I headed to the beach and had one of those moments where nature appeared to have created perfection. The water was calm and there was an amazing cloudy sky overhead, left over from storms that had threatened but not approached the night before. But it’s interesting how things can change in a matter of hours and how you can move from loving nature to wishing it would just CURL UP AND DIE.

Ripped shade cloth

This is the result of thousands of giant hail stones hitting the shade cloth on my atrium roof

A rather intense storm hit Perth just as I was considering heading to the gym. Lucky I decided to wait for the storm to pass. And pass it did, while dropping hail (yes, they were bigger than golf balls) and rain with a dash of thunder and lightning. My brother and I ran around the house looking for leaks and attempting to stem the flow of water that filled the atrium.

Flooded atrium

That's water on the floor.

As the atrium flooded, the gutters filled with ice so when the second front hit and more rain came down, it just flooded again! HOORAY! We have five broken windows, one flooded room, numerous leaks and our garden is no longer a garden. It is a series of sticks standing in piles of leaves. It looks like an atomic bomb has gone off and every living green thing fell to the ground.

Broken window

I have my suspicions about who/what broke that window.

We spent the whole day sweeping up the debris and now have a very large pile of leaves/branches/sticks/twigs in the backyard so if anyone is in need of these, please help yourself! But the interesting thing I found was that while nature had delivered a wonderful morning but a not so great afternoon, it had picked up its game once again to offer a spectacular post-storm sky. There’s something wonderful about the culmination of cloud and sunshine. No matter how wet the inside of your house is, gazing upwards can usually bring an element of happiness. Until you look down again.

Sky

Nature strikes again

Lightbulb Moment

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

I discovered today that I didn’t know how to spell Doyleys. Now I do.

D-O-Y-L-E-Y-S.