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Real Friends Forever!

Everyone needs friends. Friends stand by you when you are in trouble, but tell you the truth about yourself. Friends defend you against those who might wish to hurt you, either physically or mentally. They are there when you need them in fair weather or foul and they know when you need to be alone as well.

Civilization can only function with the assistance of friends, friends we may call colleagues, associates, family, acquaintances or countrymen, but all, in their own way, are friends.

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What's It All About Really?

I’m not religious, in fact I don’t believe in any sort of deity at all. My belief is that organised religion was and is something designed by man, to provide control over men and women, in exactly the same way that politics operate. That’s just my opinion of course, but it is an opinion I hold to firmly.

Though I have no religion, I still think I can claim to be a reasonably good person, just as much as anyone religious; I know the difference between good and evil; I try to do the best I can for other individuals; and I try to be as honest as it is possible to be.

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Secrets Of The Caravan Park!

“What happens on holiday, stays on holiday” right ?...

Well maybe… if you end up going back home & back to your day to day routine. But I have to say living full-time in a caravan for the past 3+ years has been a real eye-opener. In fact we’ve almost become ‘Mrs Kravitz’s’ – remember her from the old TV show Bewitched??

While there are many ‘grey-nomads’ out there right now, my wife Kaye & I like to call ourselves ‘slow-mads’.

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Secrets Of The Caravan Park!

We once asked a solo female traveller Sandra, was she ever frightened travelling alone?... she said “No not really. You can get killed or raped in your own home”. Sadly, how right she was!

And while we live by the principle ‘what you fear is what you attract’, we’ve installed a motion-sensor security light and two small CCTV cameras with auto-recording between dusk to dawn every day.

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My mum... Lucy Mavis Pickering (nee Lord)

Dear Mum….  Just wanted to say thank-you so much for your letter from April 1991. I liked it when I first read it and now – 31 years later – I absolutely LOVED it! 😊

I know some people might think it strange that I’m writing to you because we haven’t been able to chat on the phone or write to each other as much as we used to since you left us on June 11th 2009 at 8:40pm, but as far as I’m concerned you’re still with us.

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Hello?..

Finally! I have had enough… Mwaaa! (Crocodile’s tears, if you may). Thump!

That’s my fist coming down hard on my desk. If I sound frustrated, you bet I am!

What is it about people today that we don’t seem to know how to communicate with each other anymore? By ‘communicate’ I don’t just mean replying with a smiling emoji or the like on social media...

I’m sorry to say, not all, but the majority of younger generations are up there as the very worst communicators!

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G'day mate... how are ya!?

English must be such a confusing language for ‘LOTE’ speakers, right?? (LOTE=Language Other Than English!)

Years ago I lived & worked in Spain. While not ‘perfect’ my Spanish is still ok - 'después de una copa o tres de vino tinto!!! (esp. after a glass or three of ‘red wine!)

But English???... Let’s talk about the ‘C’ word!... well, the way the letter C is said in combo with a second letter.

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What?... I Missed that???

I’ll be honest up-front… I have a VERY short attention span when it comes to speeches. Unless they grab me in the first 30 seconds or so, I’m outta there… mentally anyway! Boring monotone voices are the worst for me.

As a kid I developed a keen sense of listening to the radio. Mostly radio plays and the latest rock ‘n roll music taking the world by storm. Then later listening to far away voices via the short-wave radio (with all its whistles, crackle and pop)

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Life, Love, Laughter!

Google the phrase ’what is happiness’ and you’ll find a range of interpretations.

Princeton University in the US say’s happiness is “a state of well-being characterized by emotions ranging from contentment to intense joy”

I personally quite like this one - Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Other interesting quotes are;

The purpose of our lives is to be happy. The 14th Dalai Lama 

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Trolls... Just Ignore Them!

(Singing)… “You’re the voice try and understand it… Make it loud and make it clear… Whoooaaa…” A great song by Aussie legend John Farnham, right? Since the release of this song in 1985 — pre-internet, which basically started in 1989 — many people have taken the idea of ‘free speech’ to another level. Especially online!

It’s one thing to be able to say what you think or what you feel, it’s another to put people down with derogatory comments, especially online and especially on places like Facebook, Instagram and (sigh) ex United States’ president Donald Trump’s favourite public platform, Twitter from where he was banned in 2021 due to “inciting violence via his tweets”!

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Life, Love, Laughter!

I was reading a story recently (ABC-News) about ‘Hermettes’ – a ‘secret society’ of women celebrating female ‘aloneness’. Basically, it’s a play on the word ‘hermit’ and it got me thinking, how many people - myself included – quite like our own company from time to time… (with the obvious exception of being side-by-side with my darling KB of course!! )😊

As it happens I have a few friends who think pretty much the same way… you know who you are eh Mr Grumpy!?!

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