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Have You Ever 'Canoodled'?

Have you ever canoodled? I wonder if millennials even know what ‘canoodling’ is… In fact, how many Baby Boomers actually know what canoodling means? As interesting as the word sounds, its origins are a bit obscure. The Miriam-Webster online dictionary says that “it may come from an English dialect noun of the same spelling meaning ‘donkey’, ‘fool’ or  ‘foolish lover’, which itself may be an alteration of the word noodle, meaning ‘a foolish person”.

So does that mean my very own mum and dad were ‘foolish lovers’?

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Flying High!

There is nothing quite like swanning about the sky in a glider! I speak from experience because I used to own one many years ago and I can assure you, drugs have nothing to offer you, when measured against the sheer pleasure of being ‘up there’, in total command of your own destiny!

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Daniel & Will's Wedding!

Going back as far as I can remember I believe I started to realise I was gay from a quite early age… maybe ten or even slightly earlier than that.

And the only way I can really distinguish that thought was I remember watching television and then thinking “hmmm.. that guy’s attractive” but not really realising what that was all about.

But I remember I wanted to watch a particular TV show because the guy I liked was in it.

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AARRGGH!... Whatcha lookin' at?!!

There are no secrets in a shared bathroom!

The amenity block in the van park we just stayed in had a modesty curtain separating the toilets from the showers. The cubicles were not designed for changing in and so you had to dress and undress in the common area. Hence, the curtain.

Like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, you want to take a peek and see what’s behind the curtain.

I was behind the curtain getting ready to have a shower...

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You want MY chair?... No Way José !!

I was brought up to offer my bus seat to my elders so I experience inner conflict whenever I’m sprawled out all over the only banana chair at the caravan park pool and someone senior to me turns up.

Am I supposed to offer the seat to my elders?... Because I have to say, when you travel with grey nomads, everyone is your elder. I’ll never get to have it to myself and some days, that's not just a banana chair - it's my only refuge from what is another hot, dry day in the middle of nowhere.

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Fit For Nothing!...

After the last year or so with all the restrictions, many of us feel the need for self-improvement;

But I’m probably a lost cause, being on the wrong side of 80 and with Rheumatoid Arthritis. But never say die, I’m about to try some gentle walking…

I do a lot of stretches and bends, and that is merely getting out of the chair! But I’ve tried many things and perhaps there is a new fitness regime just waiting for me. I can dance for at least five minutes I discovered. That may not count as an exercise session though. Especially as I fall into a chair gasping for air after the five minutes!

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Weight... There's More!...

Growing up I was taught not to compare myself to anyone else – whether that’s in sport, scholarly stuff, or looks.

Well I always thought I was better than most kids in my class at surfing & swimming. In fact one of my mates often suggested to my mum to come down to the beach to watch me!

The scholarly stuff? Hmmm… my report cards often said ‘Could do better!’ even though there were plenty of ‘A’s and ‘B’s there. And yes I guess we can all always ‘do better’

But as for looks?… well just ask my wife. She’s sure to give you an ‘honest answer’ right?

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Why So Angry?

The Definition of Anger by the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is; 
'a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad or the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc.'

I consider myself lucky... VERY lucky for the fact that I was brought up in what I felt was a loving caring home environment where there never seemed to be any arguments, hostility, slamming of doors or anger generally.

Maybe some minor tantrums were well hidden from my sister and I as we grew up in the sleepy village of Stockton, Newcastle, just on the other side of the Hunter River.

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Friends from Far & Wide

As we move through life, we have various friendships, groups who surround us, support us, and become a backdrop to work, family life and fun.

Starting married life is often a testing time, as we move away physically and mentally from the friends we had growing up. For me it was a 12,000 mile leap.  I went from being a shy nineteen year old with a few school friends, to a wife, in a new country, left in the flat we rented; knowing no one at all.

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Will You Have The Last Laugh?

A recent news story about how an ‘ordinary girl’ indirectly got back at her high school detractors got me thinking about how badly some people treat other people…

It seems as a young kid this girl (in the news story) was ‘bullied’ for many years for being ‘fat’ and wearing glasses.

Growing up she even admitted she was not necessarily ‘slim’ but certainly not fat but did tire easily and generally felt a bit  ‘sluggish’.

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Dr Anne Quain & Phil

Most people with so called nine to five jobs actually have it pretty good. Up at 6, 6:30am for a shower, have breakfast, hit the road around 7:30am and depending on traffic, trains or buses, they usually arrive at work around 8, 8.30, 9 o'clock. By 4 or 5 o’clock, they do the reverse. They get home just in time for the 6pm news…

So you might imagine being a vet or a vet nurse working with cute and cuddly animals all day is a lot of fun and really, really easy. We asked Dr Anne Quain, who's an avid blogger as well as being a great Vet, if it is really that easy being a vet or a vet nurse working with animals?

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