Lazy Sunday!

Since we don’t live by politix alone (I sincerely hope), what did people get up to this weekend? Join in, share some tales, regulars and lurkers all!


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24 responses to “Lazy Sunday!”

  1. John Ryan

    Hopefully First,Go the Bunnys

  2. terangeree

    … hippetty, hoppetty, Easter’s on its way…

  3. Jacques Chester

    I hope you’re all going to take part in Andrew Norton’s Political Identity Survey.

  4. Quog

    bought some dvd shelves from ikea (Benno) and assembled them, so I could finish shelving the movies. The existing shelves held A through R, so with 2 more shelves, I now have S through Z shelved. Was mildly amused to see The Sound of Music shelved between Sodom & Gommorah(*) and Soylent Green.

    (* No, not what you’re thinking, actually the biblical flic with Stewart Grainger and Pier Angeli. Get your minds out of the gutter!)

  5. David Irving (no relation)

    I spent Sat afternoon (coz Sun was going to be hectic) delivering and spreading a ton of mixed loam and Mushroom Compost (TM) to the Lady Friend’s backyard. (smirks. paid in kind for the labour later in the evening.)

    Went to a mate’s place for a vego BBQ this afternoon (although some insensitive souls showed up with meat-like objects), and took up a keg of Olde Socke Befte Mylde Ayl which was well received. (Hangs head in shame. Shouldn’t have driven home. Enough 3% beer will still get you a bit pissed. Still, some beer left so keg went back into the beer fridge.)

    Oldest fruit-of-loins invited himself to dinner, and I did Elizabeth David’s recipe for pork chops in cider (cider having been bought from the Food Forest at Gawler last weekend) with a few sides including brussel sprouts. mmmmmm …

  6. wilful

    we had an awesome saturday afternoon. The Hobson’s Bay Yacht Club, as part of the Willie Festival, had sailing on the bay. Volunteers would take people out for a half hour sail. We ended up out with a really nice old bloke, Christian, ex-army, not really my sort normally but great to chat with.

    Interesting seeing the depth sounder as we crossed the main channels – and so many fishies on on the fishfinder.

    All followed up by a steam train ride home. The three year old was in heaven.

  7. Paul Burns

    Saturday morning,e-mails, then on LP, fart-arseing around trying to update AVG which I finally succeeded in doing. Afternoon, reading and taking notes from Neil R. Stout’s The Royal Navy in America, 1760-1775. (Also about halfway through just reading Michael Briddick’s God’s Fury, England’s Fire. Am enjoying it, but it is not the exciting history I thought it would be.) Watching ABC1 at night, house in utter darkness for Earth Hour. Decided not to traipse round with candles up at Central Park, too far to walk.Especially at night.
    Sunday, watched usual Sunday morning TV (Insiders, etc – totally non-memorable). Spent most of day reading/note-taking from Stout. A moment of panic when I went on computer in mid afternoon – couldn’t open to Google using either Mozilla or Explorer and Outlook was not working. Rang David Rubie in a panic and arranged for him to come round to check out computer, but then turned switches off at main switch, then turned the computer on again and it was working fine.Rung DR back, told him not to worry, all was okay. (Not a good weekend for me and computers.) Back to research, then watching Sunday night TV, ABC 1. (Have checked out Fora on ABC2, which is mildly interesting.)Bed.

  8. The Groke

    Did he love the wooden boat display with the wee steam boats? Those teeny tiny crankshafts and coal scuttles, squeeeeeeeeee!

    I went to check out the Rebelles of whom one is a friend of mine, although with the identical costumes and wigs she was a bit hard to find. People love them, even the crusty old blokes with tatts and bare feet smile. Then went to check out Mrs Wainwright in Brunswick as per Gig Guide thread. Lazy Sunday = a bit of a misnomer.

  9. Robert Merkel

    Did a ride from Hurstbridge, up to Kinglake, and back to the city via Whittlesea. Nearly froze our backsides off until the sun came out, but anyway…for those that know the area, the fire burned all around St. Andrews, but didn’t burn the center of town. But from the bottom of the main climb up to Kinglake, it looks like an alien planet.

    I’ve seen burned-out areas before, but the landscape up there is completely denuded of life. The intensity of the fire has been amply documented in the media, but seeing it for yourself is still disturbing.

    Stopped at Kinglake for a coffee and cake; didn’t make small talk with the locals for obvious reasons. The shops in the middle of town mostly survived; a lot of the houses in the trees didn’t. The shop was doing a brisk trade; the two-wheelers, powered and unpowered, are back (as requested by the local shops, who depend on them for a living).

    A lot of the houses have stuck cardboard signs on their driveways, visible from the road, complete with a fair number of Aussie flags. One, next to an untouched house with a incongruously green lawn, caught my eye: “No, we were not lucky. We actively defended our home.”

    Had terrible trouble keeping up with one of our number down the descent into Whittlesea; she hammered all the way down, including on the flat bits, and I was going flat-out to keep up. Didn’t feel too bad when the next day she did her first A-grade women’s race…and won it 🙂

  10. Laura

    Spent every waking second of the weekend frantically trying to get shit together for wedding next saturday, commencing with pollyfillering holes around new handle on toilet door at 7.30am Saturday and finishing with drunken speechwriting at 11.45 pm last night. In between: bra shopping, food shopping, playlist assembling, hemming up brother’s new pants, washing two years worth of tea stains off kitchen cupboards, furniture moving, brushing cobwebs off outside of house, cake baking, chookshed cleaning and flowerbush deadheading.

    We had a practice run in the backyard with the celebrant (at his insistence) on Saturday morning and unfortunately I got sunburnt on the collarbone area, in a totally different config to the neck of my wedding dress. So, unfortunately, there is probably going to be a bit of strategic fake tanning in my near future.

    Weather forecast for Saturday – cloudy, isolated showers, 15 – 21. 🙁

  11. Paul Burns

    All the best for next Saturday, Laura.

  12. David Rubie

    Briefly saw my older sister on her way through to my mothers house (mum has been ill and required operation). Took sister out to the pool in the morning as she is on a fitness kick, got there and realised she didn’t know the unspoken etiquette of lane sharing. Reluctantly got in for a proper swim myself in years and thoroughly enjoyed it, trying to give her some (long forgotten) tips about efficient swimming then forgetting to do them myself. Shoulders and legs didn’t thank me and screamed at me during a 30k cycle late Saturday arvo.

    Sunday woke up with shoulders on fire and achy legs and went bunch cycling anyway. This is the first time in three weeks I’ve felt comfy on my new bike and as a result I climbed with the fast boys up the hill out of Uralla and felt terrific, only to have it all fall apart on the final hill into Armidale after (stupidly) sitting on the front of the bunch in a headwind on the highway. Massive over estimation of ability still happening – but that climb felt so good it was worth it.

    Spent the rest of the day toddler chasing and helping the eldest with a school assignment and my wife with technology issues and her teaching degree – why are our education institutions forcing their students to do Powerpoint presentations? Talk about churning out boring corporate drones. It’s inhuman. If you wish to join the revolution banning Powerpoint forever, the line starts here.

  13. Robert Merkel

    Cross fingers for you, Laura.

    By the way, I hear that applying fake tan is difficult to get right the first time, so it might be worth getting a professional to do it…

  14. Brian

    The end of an unusual week. It began on Monday when I had a small prang in my 1993 ute. It wasn’t worth much, so little in fact that the insurance company decided to write it off.

    On Friday I bought a 2006 version, the first ute I saw, for less than half the price of a new one. I’ve calculated that if debt-funded, I could pay the interest on what I should save on fuel costs if the specifications turn out to be near the mark.

    On Saturday we took delivery and now own at least one respectable set of wheels.

    On Sunday we saw the film The Reader. I thought it was worth more than the four stars it got in the local rag and disagree with the negative criticisms in the link. It seems to me that critics should critique the film they are looking at, not suggest that it should have been something else.

    Here is Kate Winslet, briefly.

    This is one of the better video reviews I’ve seen, mostly because of the footage it shows. The commentary sounds a bit gross but it’s not entirely off the mark.

  15. twiggy

    hi all,

    First attempt at posting a comment on a blog, so here we go. The weekend, mmmm what did I do?… My concern right now isn’t so much the weekend but rather some questions. I am hoping that by blogging I might learn from others, this might be the wrong blog so please re direct me if needed. I recently went to a seminar on wealth creation (not my idea to attend). I came out quite grumpy and arguing with the person I went with. I asked the presenter how they thought the government benefited from providing tax payers tax deductions that allowed them to negative gear (because earlier on they stated this to be so). The person asked a question with a question (cop out maybe?) they said, “would the government be better off providing 3% of the population with tax incentives to negative gear and hence reduce their tax and create investment opportunities or would they be better or sending in an Egyptian army to build housing?” My personal belief is sending in an army, pay them accordingly and create an economy for the general population as opposed to wealth for some and use the taxes to provide infrastructure etc.

    The person I was with asked me to cost this, I didn’t feel like costing this was the issue, more importantly it was the philosophy around responsible governance and citizenship rights. I am no economist but would my perspective have some credit economically and socially? Comments please.

  16. terangeree

    Saturday. Rostered day off. But, as I need the extra money, told the roster clerk Friday night that I’d work an 8pm-4am shift. Phoned by another roster clerk on Saturday morning offering me a trip to Ebenezer and back at 4.30pm.
    Phoned by yet another roster clerk 30 minutes later offering me a trip to Ebenezer mine and back, starting at 2.45pm.

    Our train left at 3.15pm. It was due to leave at 1.15pm.

    Didn’t work on Sunday. Could have, but didn’t.

  17. Jovial Monk

    Hmmm so much excitement I forgot to post here.

    For those following the adventures of Demi the wonder Dog 🙂 she passed the trial at Noarlunga on Saturday night! Passed pretty good too! 96/100 if you don’t mind!

    The dog god(s) willing she will pass both trials at Mt Gambier over Easter.

    In the morning, suddenly reallised forecast max was 30C not 34C and raced over to obedience club. Told everyone about Demi and 96/100 🙂 did lesson, went over to the Grade 2 class forming up to get two handlers and dogs to practice my instructing skills on. Got eight!

    That class done, go to clubhouse to get a drink for Demi, looking to get a drink (water) for myself “Tom, come on!” and I get roped into assisting with a combined Grade 3/4/5 trying to get brand new Grade 3ers to ‘stand for exam’ which was a shambles and a giggle (and a test for me I think) but leave with 15 minutes of class left with throat so dry voice was but a croak.

    Good fun!

  18. terangeree

    The dog god(s) willing she will pass both trials at Mt Gambier over Easter.

    Dog Gods can be rather nasty things to deal with.

  19. Jovial Monk

    Hmmm but they are spirits not gods.

    Wonder if it works? bwahahaha

  20. Brian

    twiggy @ 15, let me put it this way. (First up I have to disclose that I have a leveraged loan.)

    If I borrow some money to invest in a business I own I can claim the cost of the interest I pay as a business expense. If I borrow some money to buy a house and then let it out similarly I claim the interest as a business expense. If the amount of interest paid and other expenses is greater than the rent I earn, then I am said to be negatively geared. The net loss is claimable against other income I earn.

    If I invest in shares I’m investing in a number of companies as part owner. So if I borrow money to invest in shares the interest paid is a business expense. Whether the interest paid is in excess of what I get from dividends and whether I have other income will determine whether I am negatively geared.

    The government benefits in my case because even though I’m old enough to claim a pension I don’t. I pay my own way. Also the government gets company tax from the profits of the companies I part own.

    All the government is doing is treating the interest paid the same way in all cases. As it should. Anyway that’s my opinion.

    On blogging, topics like this are probably best brought up in the “Saturday Salon” thread, where you can raise anything you choose. Whether the topic flies or not is hard to predict. Often they don’t.

  21. Nabakov

    “she passed the trial at Noarlunga on Saturday night!”

    Not guilty or case dismissed?

    But can you make your wonder pooch do this? (Warning: involves confusing sheep.)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2FX9rviEhw

  22. FDB

    Right Nabs – them’s some pretty confusing sheep.

  23. twiggy

    Thanks for responding to my issue Brian.
    I am only exploring this issue, so please take no offence to the way my mind works. Here is what I think so far.
    I understand how negative gearing works and I realise that in many cases individuals such as you are not claiming a pension and are therefore independent of government financial assistance. If because you have enough wealth, you are able to utilise schemes such as negative gearing and thus make application to the tax department to reduce the amount of tax you pay each fortnight because of a loss which actually grows you wealth, then aren’t you in effect not independent of the government for your retirement and instead of getting a pension, you are in effect still receiving financial assistance from the government to grow assets which enable you what you refer to as your independent retirement?
    My concern with respect to this is, in my initial blog I mentioned the presenter asked the question with reference to building houses. Now we know that housing prices in Australia have gone up, we know there is a greater divide between those who can afford to purchase their own home and those who cannot. We know that rentals are consuming large percentages of individuals and families income and we also know that there is a skills shortage in this country. Many people do just not sit in highly skilled jobs earning sufficient pay packages to combat the rising cost of housing. We also know that one of the most basic needs is shelter (housing). Given this scenario, is it good for any government to encourage via financial assistance private ownership of more than one home per person/family, if this means that the market place will be flooded with private housing rental options which drive up the cost of rent and houses in general, to the point where other Australian are suffering?
    Another whammy of this situation is that if the person renting is on a low income, the government will provide them assistance to rent, so in effect the owner of the rental property is, 1. Receiving a government subsidy in the way of reduced tax to enable them to accumulate an asset, 2. Reducing in effect the number of houses available on the market to other individuals and families. 3. In cases where the renter is receiving government assistance to afford the rent on the property, the owner is inadvertently receiving another government benefit to allow them to continue to grow their asset.

    What I wonder is this? If the government did not provide the negative gearing option in the first place then,
    1. Wouldnt there be less people owning more than one home and therefore more housing availability in the market, if there is increased supply in the housing market and less demand, should this not drive the cost of acquiring a house down?
    2.If the owner was not able to negative gear and therefore could not reduce the amount of tax they pay fortnightly then would the government not end up with more tax, needed for infrastructure etc?
    3. If the low income renter was able to secure cheaper housing be it through owner ship or rental, wouldn’t there be less demand for their need to receive government financial assistance, thus allowing the government to retain more money for other things?

    Finally would not the sum total of 1, 2, and 3 provide the government with more income and the majority of individuals’ with more opportunity to acquire affordable housing? If so would this not be the more moral and just thing a government should be aiming to do as the government represents everyone, not only those with higher income?

    Please comment

  24. Brian

    twiggy, a couple of points about me. I would be self-funded whether any interest was tax deductible or not. But the term “wealth” does not sit easily with me. I still work in a business I set up after being made redundant from the public service in 1991 although I have reached an age when most of the population has retired. My wife works half time again at an age when most have retired. We live frugally. We both still pay tax.

    If my assets grow then the government receives tax from the income stream. The government will also receive capital gains tax from the sale of any assets I own when I die. The source of my “wealth” was in fact severance pay when the government I voted in turned the public service inside out. And some funds I withdrew from my superannuation account.

    If people own a second house and that is rented out then they too will pay capital gains when it is sold.

    There is a huge flaw in your argument in that you suppose that people owning a second home floods the market and this drives up the cost of housing. I fact the price of houses is elevated because there are not enough of them to meet demand irrespective of who owns them. There will always be house owners and house renters. The government action in allowing interest as a deduction encourages people with the available funds to invest them in housing. You need to understand that these houses, available for rent, would not exist unless the capital was provided to build and own them.

    If the government did not allow such interest as a tax deduction there would be less invested in rental houses, there would be fewer houses on the market and the price of houses, and rents, would be even higher.

    Of course the government could just tax people more, build the houses itself and rent them out to people. To some extent it does that but not as much as it used to.

    I’m happy to live under whatever rules the elected government decides, but generally speaking I’m happiest with some form of mixed economy where everyone gets some government support especially in the basic needs such as safety shelter, health, education etc.

    One form of government assistance is to forgo tax on capital gains on the family home. This tilts the playing field in favour of home ownership. It can also for rich people provide a significant store of wealth far beyond basic needs, which then passes tax-free to their progeny when they die.