The Budget.

Our family about 1960. Frank second from left.

Our family about 1960. Frank second from left.


Our treasurer, Mr Scott Morrison had all the manners of a Moses holding his staff moments before parting the Red Sea. In fact a sea of red and obstinate budget debts is really closer to the truth. In the aftermath of his reading of the budget and recommending it triumphantly to the House, he started to be interviewed and questioned by prominent journalists. Those, whose job it is to keep the finger on the pulse and report back to the population at large. Millions of viewers were glued to the flat screens, sound bars turned up, not a word to be missed.
Innovation, jobs and growth were the catch words.

Now if this was Germany or Finland, the innovation would be pared to alternative energy. You know, solar- wind, saving the planet, showing the world real innovation. Australia, the sunniest and windiest continent in the world, but…no. Not a word. Our PM knows his hands are tied. The old guard fuddy-duddies, the clueless uncles of clinging to the past still holding him to ransom. But, hang on, our Turnbull was going to change and steer us into the future. Get away from onion eating monarchy loving PMs.

Sadly, no such thing. Back to the past and sleep and snore…The LNP the slumber party.

As for the “Almost There,” just a few more days. The final proof has been done, but each time I open the file, another spelling or funny fault turns up. Yesterday an extra f in off. It should have been a single f. I am so sick of reading my own words. It is naval gazing at its worst. A kind of verbal attempt at bungie jumping at the end of a metal chain. A most jarring experience.

But, take heart, dear readers. I am almost ready to send my second book off to the editor, the brilliant David Burton in the UK. This time, the paper-back edition will appear first and then the kindle version. I have dug into my reservoir of short bits on my Word-Press blog and found enough for many publications into the future. In the meantime I will just ramble on as it comes. The aim is to publish the words in book format as well as on WP. I shall also try and upgrade the Heading of my blog, and advertise the books at the top that I have noticed many of you do as well.

There seems to have seeped a certain lethargy into the present. An autumnal sweeping of brown leaves swirling before the bare skeletons of trees shown up stark in the evening chill. Perhaps a trip up North to warm balmy ocean shores is needed. But then again, all that sand and harsh sun-light, bags of tourists’ fries and hamburgers wafting around. We are both lovers of shade and cinnamon. Perhaps a good walk with Milo will do the trick. We will be asked; ‘How old is your Jack Russell?’ ‘He is eleven now.’ ‘Gee, he still looks very young, almost like a puppy.’ Milo looks up, but goes into a fury when a Harley Davidson roars by. He strains at his lead. Intend on killing the bike and rider.

He lifts anyone’s spirit. He really does.

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22 Responses to “The Budget.”

  1. Yvonne Says:

    A very nice précis of Signor Morrison’s budget, more ho-hum from the blokes in Canberra.

    Apropos of absolutely nothing (except maybe my personal budget) , it’s rather disheartening for us pensioners who have a little bit of savings. Centrelink deems us to be earning a touch more than we can actually achieve, at least with our savings in the banks. They chip away at us.

    We all need a Milo to bring cheer to our lives. Cats just don’t go for walks, unfortunately. They just trap mice and release them, in the house.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, deposits in banks earn almost nothing. With negative interest rates being predicted we will end up paying the banks interest on our deposits.
      We are slowly eating up our savings and just hope it will last till the end.
      Milo has no such worries. We are closely studying him and how he manages his entitlements.

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  2. Curt Mekemson Says:

    Thank goodness for the tail wagging Milo, Gerard! I wonder if his anti-Harley feelings transfer to bicycles, however.🙂 –Curt

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      No Curt. Milo only dislikes noisy bikes. He does it to protect us. He has no issues with bicycles. We have asked Harley Davidson owners to allow and give free range to Milo and accept a bite or two on either the bike or the rider. One man did, he wore strong leggings. Milo did nothing!
      I think it is the noise and the black clad riders with wearing helmets.

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Nothing like a Hell’s Angel to set your heart to racing… Mighty nice of the fellow to allow a little nip however. Apparently Milo appreciated the offer. Glad to here Milo’s irritation doesn’t include bic

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      • Curt Mekemson Says:

        Milo shows great taste, what can I say. It was mighty nice of the Harley guy to offer himself up as a sacrifice to the cause, however. –Curt

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      • gerard oosterman Says:

        Yes, I thought so too. Most Harley riders, despite the reputation, we have found to be really nice people. Often they are retirees having a great time riding their bikes. Of course with Milo straining at the leash, it is the JRT that is the terror.

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  3. shoreacres Says:

    I always get such a kick out of the reversals in your world: north to get warm, autumn replacing our spring. The good news is that Milo seems willing to be a boon companion in all seasons — what could be better?

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  4. auntyuta Says:

    Could you bring Milo along to the Book Barn next week?

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  5. gerard oosterman Says:

    Yes, we will Aunty. Looking forward to meeting up with you and Peter.

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  6. nonsmokingladybug Says:

    A good walk with a dog is the cure for many things.🙂

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, lately Milo prefers riding in the car to walking. He sits between us on the console, inches away from our faces, looking at the road for motor-bikes. When a motor bike passes, he flies to the rear and snarls. He should be restrained by a special harness. We don’t so far.
      We combine a ride in the car and a walk. The walk always results in social contact. People smile at a distance, with their eyes concentrating on Milo, not us. He gets all the nice words and compliments.

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  7. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Jack Russels seem to hold their age well. Milo looks great for eleven. Charlie is 9 and acts like 9 months. Our grandson has Trooper a female JRT who is now 17 and though she can not see or hear, she rules the roost with two other dogs. The seem to have their own agenda too. I moved a blanket off the couch where Charlie liked to lounge, and he stood on the couch and barked at us while expecting the blanket to return—it didn’t.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, they all say; ‘he looks very young.’ He insists we spend time with him in the garden. Each afternoon at about 4pm it is wine time.

      He insists we sit outside with him while sipping. He goes around trying to find lizards to ‘play’ with. It is a ritual he devised and gets miffed if we refuse to do it because of the weather. I mean it is hardly pleasurable sitting outside freezing to death because he wants it. But, as soon he hears the tinkling of glasses, he rushes to the garden door, irrespective of our wishes or needs.

      Sometimes I think he dominates us.

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  8. Patti Küche Says:

    Sympathising with your double vision blurriness with the final editing but worth it I’m sure!

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Today is the day the final proofs should arrive from the US , Patti.
      CreatSpace publisher got a pretty neat way of guiding writers through the process.. I ordered air-mail delivery and paid for it. In the meantime I’ll go again through the whole lot, centre the photos and try and make the book look as good as possible.

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  9. petspeopleandlife Says:

    I can well imagine that proofing and re-proofing is boredom personified. But take heart in the fact that it will be very worth all your writing efforts.

    Now about trying to use alternate energy. I think your politicians and the ones here in the states are all in bed with the oil, gas and, electric companies. Thus we don’t see any progress made as the planet continues to be abused at an astonishing rate.

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  10. sedwith Says:

    “I am so sick of reading my own words. It is naval gazing at its worst. A kind of verbal attempt at bungie jumping at the end of a metal chain. A most jarring experience.”
    I concur.
    I get to the point where I sound so banal….I think it would be a good idea to create a spoken word but then two of my voices would be there and maybe it would send me mad. (Madder or more mad?) Harder still when everything I write at work is redacted by someone with a passion for cut-throat editing.
    Time to read some more Raymond Carver.

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