It’s Election Time! Oh Joy? Also, what happened to concern for others?

Three weeks from yesterday, will be Australia's Federal election. I've been running an informal poll on my patients at work. If the circumstances are appropriate, I ask one question: 'Are you enjoying the election coverage?' The responses are not as varied as I expected. Basically there's one response. 'Is this the best we can do?' … Continue reading It’s Election Time! Oh Joy? Also, what happened to concern for others?

Don’t Criticise the Volunteer

There's been a lot of stuff about emergency response in Australian media in the last couple of weeks. It's been chaotic in both Queensland and New South Wales, with incredible amounts of rain and astounding floods destroying homes, towns, and properties. Sadly, there have been many reports of people remaining stuck in dangerous, and sometimes … Continue reading Don’t Criticise the Volunteer

Shaking My Head

I logged on to social media this evening after a few weeks when other, much more important things, have taken precedence. Of course, almost the first thing I saw, was a comparison of Covid vaccination to Nazi Germany taking control. That was followed up by someone else posting about how Covid 19 'doesn't exist.' I've … Continue reading Shaking My Head

Back After a Computer ‘Moment’

You know that moment that you dread? The one when you're happily using your laptop, and without warning, the screen goes completely black? That happened several weeks ago. So, after googling (on my phone) a variety of fixes, none of which worked, it was necessary to call (an actual voice call!) for help. An hour … Continue reading Back After a Computer ‘Moment’

The Challenges of 2021

Every second word last year seemed to be 'unprecedented.' When 2020 ended, there were many memes, comments, and hopes that 2021 would be better, and that the issues of the pandemic would be over. I remember at the time, thinking that those hopes would be proved to be futile, because the simple change of date … Continue reading The Challenges of 2021

Catastrophe

At the end of 2019, much of eastern Australia had been in drought for three years. Then a huge portion of it burned down. It was a fire season of epic proportions, with huge swathes of land completely burnt out. Smoke blanketed huge portions of NSW and Victoria, and some days, all you saw or … Continue reading Catastrophe

Entitled, Much?

Yesterday we heard on the news, that the NRL (National Rugby League) boss wants to petition the Australian Government to prioritise footballers ahead of some other Australians for the COVID-19 vaccine. On the Australian Government Health website, there is a public list of how the government is prioritising people ahead of the roll out, which … Continue reading Entitled, Much?

Politicians, Sport, and Hypocrisy

I have always enjoyed playing sport. I swam, (competitively into my teens), played netball, hockey, basketball, volleyball, underwater hockey (yes, it's a thing), and water polo. My husband played rugby union, AFL, and did athletics. Our kids swam, and played a variety of team sports. But since COVID-19 came to town, there has been one … Continue reading Politicians, Sport, and Hypocrisy