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RMS Rangitoto -  April 1959

Jacqui and I were married in 1959, and within three months of the wedding we boarded the RMS ‘Rangitoto’, at Prince Albert Dock in London, headed for a new life in New Zealand.

Neither of us had had a greater sea voyage than the ferry from Southampton to the Channel Islands before, so we were pretty excited as we stepped onto the gangplank that eventful day, leading to what was to be our home for the next five weeks.

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'Jezabel'... My Favourite Car!

When I was young, about sixty years ago, and before I married Jacqui, I owned a little 1925 Morris “Sports” car, (Jacqui swears she fell for the car, long before she fell for me).

It was classified as a sports car because it had a cloth hood and no side-screens at all, it was open at the sides to all weather, good or bad,

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Sunset at Barnhill Station WA

My grandmother was a lemon sucker from way back. Blunt was her delivery and cutting were her words. Not indulging my emotions, she’d tell me to put my bottom lip away, to stop sulking and to be grateful.

She said words like nonsense and rubbish and codswallop. If she were a plant, she would be a cactus. With spikes and prickles, she kept you at bay.

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Electric Cars - Yes? No?

Electric cars now appear to be here to stay. Sales are beginning to grow at quite a reasonable rate and the Government is promising to make “refill stations” all over the place, so it will be a little more like filling up with petrol or diesel, and they are undoubtedly quieter and less inclined to throw a lot of CO2 and other rubbishy by-products of combustion around the place.

And that is all, undoubtedly good, for the atmosphere, for global warming and, by no means least, for the manufacturers of all the necessary infrastructure, needed to make it all work, including the vehicles themselves.

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Women... A Superior Species

First up, my wife of more years than I'm allowed to mention here came up with the title of this blog. Thank you darling sealed

And that was because I mentioned to her the other day that I’d had a dream about all the things women have to go through - things they have to ‘endure’ - throughout their lives. 

And we men… hey I include myself here!, are totally oblivious to it. Totally!

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This Global Warming Thing!..

I’ve spent a lot of time over the past few years thinking about, and reading about this global warming thing, and putting together some of the many snippets I have found, I’ve come up with what I believe, in my little mind, is the logical answer to the problem, and it doesn’t owe a lot to carbon dioxide.

We have been told by experts that the earth is, at the present time exiting an ice-age – one of many that have happened over the millennia, and we are now in an era of warming.

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Friends?... Yea Right!

There are many things in our lives that can make us stressed, but the #1 stress maker in our lives has to be people. 

Mostly, people are OK right? – Most of the time!

People in our social circles, the workplace, club, church or community groups or whatever are all generally nice to each other, down to earth, reasonably centered and overall non-confrontational…until...

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Negative News Creates More Violence

News today is stuck in the 80’s. The old TV news producer’s mantra - ‘If it bleeds it leads’ - has never been more true today with the majority of headlines having at least one of the following words...

Killed, kidnapped, murdered, sexual assault, molested, raped, bombed, terrorist, victim, tragedy, disgraced, doomed, failure, online troll, suicide and more recently the 'C' word… COVID... words that over time make us all – especially younger people - a little de-sensitised to what has become an increasingly violent and less caring society.

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Remembering Russell NZ - Image: © www.CruiseMapper.com

Milk in a churn, life on a cliff, baby in a suitcase, and the dunny with a view.

When people travel to Russell in the Bay of Islands now, they do it in comfort by car, bus, or luxury coach.   We travelled on a rattling old train, with our baby daughter in a canvas bassinet. It was December 1960.  We had settled in Auckland about 243km/s from Russell.  We were going for our first holiday since arriving in New Zealand, to the Bay of Islands.

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Solo Traveller Sandra

I bought a Jayco campervan about 2 years and I've been on the road ever since. And I'm actually enjoying it!   Plus, I've got my four-legged baby with me…  She's the boss of course!

But some people wonder WHY I’m doing this… Well basically I just woke up one day and I didn't want to die in a house.

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Wanna Be Rich & Famous?

It would be great to say ‘I’m independently wealthy’ – and in a way – I am.

Not in cash of course (like most people I still have to work to get that! - even while caravanning full-time!) but money is not independence, and I don’t work just for the money. 

Money gives you the ability to make choices that’s for sure, but you can still be independent – a free spirit if you will – with much less than the bank account of a top celebrity. 

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