A Euro party and a stolen car


More people watched the Eurovision song contest than at the coronation of Donald Trump. What does that say about US politics? On top of it all, China overtook America as the biggest economy at about 12.33 am last Sunday. It was almost at the same time the Ransomware attack was being plotted.

The Eurovision champion Portugal won on keeping it simple without wind storms or thunderous noises.  No jigging about or manic acrobatics on stage, still as a thought. He just sang. As for China. Watch the Silk Road. They’ll have it built in less time it takes Trump to get impeached. Usually a drawn out affair taking years. It just can’t go on. A drunken sailor comes to mind, lashing out left right and centre but more to the right than left. How did it ever get to this in the US? Is democracy at fault?

In Australia we have a discussion about Sydney’s second airport every four years or so. I was told it has been brought up since the 1940’s at every election. Our government is twisting and turning to stay in power. It is running deficits, yet promises tax cuts. They too have their coterie of drunken sailors. The big-end of town are getting another tax cut costing 50 billion a few weeks ago but has now gone up to 64 billion Aus dollars. To pay for this, they are cutting pensions, and add more water to their soup allocations as dished out by the salvation army. The queues at soup kitchen are lengthening as I write.

The good news is that the stolen car belonging to my daughter has finally been sorted out. It took a year. The car was discovered soon enough and returned to my daughter by police. She drove happily around till she found out the registration could not be renewed cause it was transferred in the thief’s name. He had forged her signature. Can you believe it took another 7 months of Court appearances, jailing and subsequent appeal by the thief and final sentence before she could register her car again. Who was the victim here? I lent her our car in the meantime, but…how come all this misery?

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13 Responses to “A Euro party and a stolen car”

  1. roughseasinthemed Says:

    The world is crazy. Or are we just old and the world is normal?

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      I think perhaps both. It often feels all is in turmoil. But then, just this morning, after I looked deep into the eyes of our Jack Russell Terrier, ‘Milo,’ all came right again. He knows!


  2. Julia Lund Says:

    I stopped watching the Eurovision Song Contest when it turned into a cast of thousands – it’s sooooo long now … (not to mention that hardly anyone ever votes for the UK these days). And Australia competing? Is it lined up to join Europe just as the UK is leaving? At least they give us points 😀

    I’m very pleased to hear that your daughter’s car trauma is now resolved: sometimes we have to wait a while and pay a high emotional price before a story has a happy conclusion.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      We watched the Eurovision to try and get a glimpse of other cultures. Alas, it is all so much sameness. That waling with white dresses. Still, there were some moments I enjoyed. The Croatians and those Ukrainian babushkas at the beginning of the show were fabulous.
      Yes, that stolen car was almost the end of us. I was besides myself with rage how the thief seemed to be given more privileges and leeway than my daughter.
      The worst was lack of proper advice.

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      • Julia Lund Says:

        And rage that stems from injustice is so exhausting. I’m glad it seems to be resolved now, and I hope it can all be behind you.

        I missed all the babushkas … I missed the whole lot.


  3. bkpyett Says:

    What a saga about your daughter’s car. I’m so pleased it’s finally sorted.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, unbelievable it took a year to get it sorted. The car was recovered within a couple of days by the police. But when the registration ran out she could not get it registered in her name again and that took almost 7 months to sort out.


  4. kaytisweetlandrasmussen83 Says:

    Your daughter is lucky to get her car back in one piece. Too much craziness in the world today. The joke is on us. We thought we had become civilized.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Yes, Kayti.
      This is why normal days become so rare. The car, after police found it, the registration had been forged and changed into the thief’s name who then sold it on to a dodgy car yard. Oh, it all is past now but I still sometimes gnash my teeth (partials).

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  5. shoreacres Says:

    I’m so glad your daughter has her car back, at last. The complexities inherent in these situations is made even worse when the proverbial curve ball (the forged registration by the thief) gets thrown. At least you had a happy ending to his saga. I can imagine the relief.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Spot on Linda. The forged registration was the issue. He did not turn up at Court so was sentenced in absence. But, the law requires the criminal to be given an opportunity to appeal. This took another couple on months. It was a nightmare for my daughter. As her car was out of registration for more than 90 days she had the car inspected by a toothcomb. It is called a ‘blue slip’. There were no problems as the car is fairly new. Even so, there isn’t a lot of poetry in this dreadful saga, Linda.
      Today will be normal.

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  6. Big M Says:

    To be honest, I can’t stand Eurovision, but I’ve learned to shut up and let Mrs M get up at five and use whichever tv has the best reception. Marital harmony and all of that.

    Sorry your daughter’s car turned into a fiasco. One always loses in these things.

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    • gerard oosterman Says:

      Tahnks Mark,

      We did not get up early for the final Eurovision and watched it Sunday evening. We knew the results but still watched it. You know how it is. A nice Shiraz and another one with marinated olives.
      And so it goes.

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