This piece in my Occasional Ravings category is brief exploration into my past life as a manager in various settings. ‘Pass the lemon’ is a phrase I coined to describe a phenomenon that plagues managers worldwide, especially in government service and in large corporations. It refers to the practice of dishonestly moving underperformers and malcontents … Continue reading Pass the lemon
Many years ago, when people still wrote letters, a single woman friend who’d always shared houses wrote to me that she was now living alone and was happier than she’d ever been. In my reply, I said that I was glad she was happy but perhaps over time she would miss the company. She replied: … Continue reading Single bells
Choosing the way to go I first published this piece on my Six Crooked Highways blog on April 17 2020 but my views have not changed. The way matters are developing has, if anything, reinforced my view. Lest you leap to the conclusion that this is just another woe-is-us piece on the world bequeathed to … Continue reading Choosing the way to go
For those followers outside Australia, we are a Federation of six States and ten Territories, two of which are part of mainland Australia (Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory) and each State and mainland Territory has its own legislature. I have lived in four of those States (Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and … Continue reading The virus and the fragile state.
It is difficult to escape the conclusion that universities have become corporatised degree factories and this is having a long-tail effect. A recent media article (behind a paywall, so I won't post the link) states that nearly 10 per cent of Australia’s aspiring teachers are failing to meet basic literacy and numeracy standards, a significant … Continue reading Degree factories undermining literacy and numeracy
It's not difficult to spot one. They'll be the one under the misapprehension that if they stop speaking they'll die, which must make falling asleep a terrifying experience. They'll be the one that follows your comment about elephants with "Speaking of elephants, my neighbour has the fattest dog you've ever seen". No non sequitur is … Continue reading Oxygen thieves
I’m thinking of setting up a writing award scheme/program/investment vehicle, call it what you will. Oh no, not another one, I hear you cry but in the true spirit of Roy and HG, too many writing awards is never enough. And the beauty of these awards is that everyone’s a winner because you get to … Continue reading Everyone’s a winner! – Writing in the modern era
Over the next two weeks we (i.e. me and my long-suffering spouse, Sue) will gradually be moving into our new home, so the plethora of puns and bon mots from my keyboard may slow just a tad. We have built a brand new home, which will hopefully (cliché alert) be our 'forever home'. When I … Continue reading Built environment
As my Followers will know, I enjoy posting the funny or off-the-wall side of most situations. Occasionally, however, I use the amusing to suggest a more serious and nuanced side to life and even, Heaven forfend, wax philosophical about the realities that the slings and arrows of misfortune bring on ordinary people. I share my … Continue reading This is not a knitting circle
Is it happening to anyone else that responses to posts are simply disappearing into the ether. I'm finding I have to check constantly via my own WP stats whether people have commented, so if I haven't responded, WP has eaten my homework.