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Drop Your Pants Here

That is the sign at the end of our street. It is on a signboard attached to the Laundry on the corner in letters a metre high. You can see…

Ignorance Behind Granny Dumping Claims

At least once a year, usually at Christmas, you can count on a story about ‘granny dumping’ by callous families wanting a carefree holiday unburdened by elderly dependents. Such families,…

Adolescent dreams

Bruce Springsteen’s early music was about dreams. A glorified gutter rat from small town New Jersey wants to find life, and he’s going to find it in New York City…

Family Carers and Election 2014: Analysis of party positions

This weekend, eligible voters will gather at the polls to determine the political future of New Zealand for the next three years. Many thousands of those same voters will then…

My fashion statement

“Perfectly normal at your age!” said the GP. I had asked about the significance of a radiology report, which said I was suffering from ‘Severe Degenerative Spinal Disease’. “Do I…

Remembering to vote

An interesting Election Day-related item in the news today on dementia and elections gives new meaning to the old injunction about remembering to vote.  Aged care providers are saying that…

Those Ginger Nuts

I am devastated about ginger nuts. You know, the ones you have to ask for by name.  In spite of the old jingle, they do NOT taste the same!  We…

Now here’s an interesting proposal

Ah, the political springtime. The electoral sap is rising, and so are the party promises (or lack of promises) for unpaid carers. I’ll be looking at some of them over…