… And the Finalists Are …

It was the end of year modelling concert last night for our 5 year old James.

He is now very proudly wearing a medal for being one of 5 finalists in his age category. He didn’t end up picking up a trophy but he’s more than pleased that he was one of the best on the night … and so is the rest of the family.

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I've Got a Secret Santa

Darren emailed me my secret santa name yesterday so I now need to come up with a devious way to do good to a fellow blogger.

If you’re wondering, my secret santa is it’s …. oops …. that’s right, I can’t tell you. If I did I’d have to kill you.

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Crash Bang Wallop

Our Saturday morning ride turned into quite an event a couple of days ago.

We were about a third of our way around the circuit we take when I heard the sickening sound of clashing metal behind me. It seemed to go on forever. It sounded as if the entire pack behind me had fallen.

We pulled over to the side of the road and then looked back. 3 cyclists had come down on a small bridge. There is a bad join between the road and bridge which one of the riders had hit quite badly.

One cyclist had just a few scrapes, one had a cut to the head, and the third had a broken collarbone. Yuck.

The group swung into action with some looking after the injured guys, some directing traffic, someone calling an ambulance, another calling his partner to come and collect the bikes of those who fell.

One the two more seriously injured guys had been packed into the back of the ambulance and Judy had turned up to take the bikes away, we rode back towards the coffee shop where we meet after each Saturday ride.

It was a rather subdued conversation, mostly focussing on the accident and previous cycling accidents.

We’ll all be back next week, hoping that we all stay a lot safer on the ride.

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Anniversary Dinner

On Friday night we headed off to Fremantle for a very enjoyable dinner to celebrate our eleven years of marriage.

We dropped the kids at Pauline’s parents place and then continued down the highway to find some place to eat.

We wound up at a smorgasbord. It was great just being a couple for a while. The food was great, company even better. Pauline feasted on prawns while I went for a good curry (among other things). I don’t mind prawns but I don’t think I should have to work so hard shelling the buggers to get my dinner, so I don’t.

After dinner we wandered around Fremantle Markets. I resisted the urge to tell the clairvoyant and her customer to ‘cut it out’. We looked at all the weird and wonderful stuff that the market sells and then headed off to get the kids back.

It was a very low key but wonderful evening.

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"We Got Him"

The US has finally got their prize – Saddam Hussein.

It’s hard to know how to feel about the capture. This man obviously needs to be brought to justice, but whose justice will it be?

Will ‘the coalition’ hand him over to the Iraqi people to be tried and sentenced? I doubt it. I imagine they’ll want to ensure that Saddam gets the punishment they think he deserves.

One of the saddest things is that the capture will be seen by many through the eyes of political advantage. Bush’s political opposition have been pushing the line that the US forces couldn’t even capture Saddam. Now it’ll be Bush’s turn to score cheap political points. And I’m sure that the polls will now swing towards Bush and, here in Australia, back towards Howard to some degree, just because one man has been arrested.

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