Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
I'm on the "ask" here but by the end of this it'll be clear to see just how "computer savvy I am not" but still...
Some questions...have given up asking the blog people...
1. I have tried a few times to Post a photo in the profile and it doesn't work... (don't get excited till you see the photo!) simply anyone what do I do please?
2. How to upload Videos from You Tube? I press the bit where it says to send to your blog site and then name of mine comes up but after I click and it says its sent, it doesn't turn up...where has it gorn pullease?
3. How do you upload video from your own computer simply?
(see I even had stupid haircuts as a kid...while dizzy lizzy on the left got all the curls and plaits - no wonder my brain is fried..too much forehead in the Australian sun.... and see She seems to know stuff...and I am obviously having to ask her questions, like what is that man doing with that little black box thingie he is pointing at us? How dumb is that?)4. When you are mentioning something another blogger has sent or recommended how do you just show their name underlined as a link. I end up copying the whole URL but the rest of you seem to just put the name and it is the URL...
That'll do for now...even if I get one answered I will be happy as...
Friday, October 26, 2007
asked what was the name of the movie
I disliked so much
...may lose mates but I couldn't stand this movie - the beginning was promising but then as an adult I lost interest in someone so hell bent on self destruction and self absorption - no matter her beginning.
Lots of people have bad beginnings but it doesn't excuse a life making others lives and her own miserable.
Don't care how well its made, I just had no fellow feeling for her past about 25. The whole theatre went "Ahhh!" at the end and I was left there sitting wondering "why?" It was all so bloody pretentious and empty as far as I was concerned... but then maybe I am just a peasant too.Each to his or her own"
Its called "La Vie en Rose" and this is the official site
Monday, October 22, 2007
I handled it all okay... the movie was so bad that sort of took my mind off it all... : )
Carmel came back to the house and like two old diddies we watched tele and drank Chardonnay... slept like babies. About once a week or fortnight Carmel leaves her husband to his own devices and comes out here...she likes the peace and being out of town but also I know she is doing it for me. It was initially a bit freaky suddenly being on my own out of town... when she came over there was a feeling of normalcy which I really needed...stopped me losing the plot more than once...
We met thirty years ago in the old Hastings Hospital Maternity ward...I was twenty three she was thirty five. She'd just had her baby and I was in Labour. I remember her Glen (6foot plus tall)climbing in the hospital windows one night plastered, drawing the curtains around her bed and trying to climb into bed with her...she kept saying that "Therese would hear" so unable to do whatever he imagined he may be able to do so soon after childbirth... honestly! he took a leap out the window using one arm on the frame and went down crash into the rose bushes outside... probably didn't feel nor remember a thing.
We have been friends ever since... Apart from my family I really only have this one good friend, but have acquaintances with others.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
by Nick Ralston
October 15, 2007 05:50pm
THE NSW Government says it will support a proposed inquiry into Sydney's embattled Royal North Shore Hospital.
Christian Democrats MP Fred Nile said he would move tomorrow for a joint select committee to investigate the quality of patient care at the hospital.
It will be introduced three weeks to the day since Sydney woman Jana Horska miscarried in the hospital's emergency department toilet after waiting two hours for help.
Ms Horksa's ordeal prompted a flood of criticisms about patient care and budgeting at the hospital.
Mr Nile said the committee would look at clinical management systems, clinical staffing and organisation structures as well as the efficiency and effectiveness of resource allocation.
The committee will be made up of four government MPs, two opposition MPs and two crossbench MPs, including Mr Nile who will act as the independent chair.
It will consider any strategies or measures in place, or proposed, for improving care for patients across the NSW public hospital system.
It will report back by February 15 next year.
Premier Morris Iemma's office said the Government would support the inquiry.
"The Premier spoke to Mr Nile today and confirmed Labor would support the joint select committee inquiry," his office said."
February 15 is my birthday folks!!! Seems like a bit of synchronicty going on
Thursday, October 11, 2007
A very warm doggie laying in the sun... It was pretty hot but then he's old so the heat probably fixes up a few things....
We have a spare paddock next door and the neighbours out their cattle in there sometimes... today they were not interested in eating that much, just resting in the shade of the paper bark trees near the dam.
No matter the things we have to go through, things outside our small sphere go on in their own way despite us - thankfully.
And then after all this lovely heat (not too hot - just balmy - ) the power went down. We have a big generator but I was a bit scared of using it...Don used to guide me through the steps so that the house had lights and for him in one room air conditioning...he would get sick without it... I had let the battery run down and so finally with the storms of summer coming up decided to recharge it the other day...like a good girl scout I was prepared...and it went like a dream...
I am soooo chuffed with myself... but I learnt at the feet of the master I guess...
Yesterday was terrible, and felt so defeated and sad - but thanks to some of you who replied to my last post I was reminded to not expect others to do what they promise but to make sure I see it done - hence this morning I figured no pollie can be trusted to follow through - therefore I have no loyalty to them at all - my only loyalty is to my family and husband in this instance -
So I shot this off to the Sydney paper which covered our story;
You see here is his office criticising the other side (and rightly so) for being slack and they themselves didn't honour their commitment to me and "lost" the complaints in the office...
Nothing as satisfying as stirring the possum I always reckon - works a treat for what ails you.
"Daily Telegraph Health reporter,
My name is Therese Mackay. Thank you for covering the Royal North Shore hospital story so well. You covered the fact of my husband's death because of a dangerous and unnecessary operation he suffered there and subsequent treatment "torture" he endured for the following five weeks. He died as a direct result of that torture, and the cruelty he suffered still haunts us.
I have put together a 100 typewritten page complaint in to the Health Care Complaints Commission, The NSW Ombudsman, the NSW Medical Registrar Board as well as a copy to Mr Andrew Stoner and Ms Jillian Skinner.
I handed these five folders across to Andrew Stoner's office in Parliament House 24th September on the day I attended when Mr Stoner asked the following concerning my husband's treatment as well as others,
ROYAL NORTH SHORE HOSPITAL PATIENT CARE
Mr ANDREW STONER: My question is directed to the Minister for Health. Given that the Minister assured Mark Dreyer yesterday that the terms of reference of the inquiry into Royal North Shore Hospital will be extended to include any matter he wishes investigated, will she now give the same assurance to Therese Mackay from Port Macquarie, who is in the gallery and whose husband died in May, so that she can get answers to the serious questions she has about his treatment at Royal North Shore Hospital?
Ms REBA MEAGHER: First, I extend my most sincere condolences to Mrs Mackay. I am sorry that we meet under these circumstances and not outside this Chamber. The inquiry's terms of reference relate to the service provided to women presenting at Royal North Shore Hospital threatening miscarriage. However, if Mrs Mackay has concerns about the standard of care that her husband received—"
I was disappointed when I finally rang the HCCU yesterday to find that Mr Stoner's office had not forwarded my folders to the appropriate people. I had thought that they were being investigated.
I then rang Mr Stoner's office at Parliament House and was told that they had been seen around there somewhere - possibly in an "Out" tray. I was told that the three folders staff had said they would pass on for me to the Health Care Complaints Unit; the Ombudsman and the NSW Medical Registrar would be located and that they would be forwarded and that I would be contacted when this happened, yesterday. "
Hoping for some response from this - sometimes embarassing them makes them move
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
As you may have been informed by your Sydney and Kempsey staff, I rang the Health Care Complaints Unit today and was informed that they had not received my complaint as of today 10/10/07. I then rang your office at Parliament House and was told that they had been seen around there somewhere - possibly in an "Out" tray. I was told that the three folders your office said they would pass on for me to the Health Care Complaints Unit; the Ombudsman and the NSW Medical Registrar.
I had bought the five folders (one for you and one for Ms Skinner plus the other three with me to Parliament House. My intention was to post them but your staff said that they would deliver them.
I phoned your Kempsey Office this afternoon and was told that they would contact Sydney and ensure that all folders were forwarded and that they would let me know when this was done.
The family is very disappointed that they were not delivered and had been apparently forgotten.
If I had not thought to contact the HCCU this afternoon to find out why I had not received and acknowledgement I would have remained unaware and the family's complaint about Don's treatment and his death would have not been dealt with, in a fair amount of time.
I appreciate your efforts and hope that you can ensure that the three folders are delivered soon and that I am advised when the three folders actually are sent?
Monday, October 08, 2007
Saturday, October 06, 2007
so... Guess who finally weakened and bought a digital camera?
The bird war over feed was well advanced and I kept running out of film...
had to scan in the photos...
"My food" squawks the Galah...
"Bugger off its ours" pipes the pigeons
(this with my old camera...
the rest with the newie...but still like the old one best.)
"Christ now the bloody magpies have arrived, we'll all starve" thinks one of the dozens of Galahs which have descended
It was the war of the birds outside my
window... after seed and fruit.... so funny to watch the
displays of power and the "tricks" they used to dislodge each other from the tray of sunflower seeds...
" Aaaah! All mine"
(I love the expression on the Galah's faces.... sometimes they get this really stupid look but it has a real edge of naughtiness in it. in Australia if someone calls you a Galah or more often a stupid Galah, it can be closely identified with Ratbag...which to me has a more urban feeling...Galah means to me someone who really is a bit of a bushie and a ratbag to boot. These birds always make me smile.)
Another favourite of mine are Magpies. They are so bright and friendly once they get used of you. There is nothing nicer than to see a family of Maggies on the ground amongst the trees talking back and forth...using such a range of different words... and the carolling songs they sing are sometimes for us...because they will sit right near you, look straight at you and sing for ages...
(click on the picture to see how lovely this flower really is)
Don's favourite flower and plant has always been the Australian Native Flannel Flower.
Every so often over the years we would have a hunt about to see if any nursery about had these little plants. They are supposed to be hard to grow and only live a few years...but throw off many seeds...so worth it if you can get them to seed.
We never came across them and than as time passed we sort of forgot... but the flower was always Don's favourite and i know he would have come across it many times as a kid riding his horse around the back of Catherine Hill Bay and in to the bush behind.
So here is the Flannel Flower which I found whilst over at Wauchope. I had gone to the nursery there hoping to find some flowery plant which I could leave at the cemetery so there were flowers there while I was away... (the pot was still there when I got back!)...after buying the pot I looked about some more and here it was The Flannel Flower. Its planted now and thriving...looks like a type of daisy at first but the leaves have a jewelled appearance...
It reminded me for some reason of a poem that all Australian kids of a certain vintage were taught verbatim (long forgotten most of the verses)... a lot of Australian native flowers regenerate quickly after really savage bushfires have swept through...
first a little shoot of green out of the ashes and then in a few weeks apart from blackened trees its green again...especially after rain.
By Dorothea Mackellar
The love of field and coppice,
Of green and shaded lanes,
Of ordered woods and gardens
Is running in your veins;
Strong love of grey-blue distance,
Brown streams and soft, dim skies—
I know but cannot share it,
My love is otherwise.
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror—
The wide brown land for me!
The stark white ring-barked forests,
All tragic to the moon,
The sapphire-misted mountains,
The hot gold hush of noon.
Green tangle of the brushes,
Where lithe lianas coil,
And orchids deck the tree-tops
And ferns the warm dark soil.
Core of my heart, my country!
Her pitiless blue sky,
When sick at heart, around us,
We see the cattle die—
But then the grey clouds gather,
And we can bless again
The drumming of an army,
The steady, soaking rain.
Core of my heart, my country!
Land of the Rainbow Gold,
For flood and fire and famine,
She pays us back threefold;
Over the thirsty paddocks,
Watch, after many days,
The filmy veil of greenness
That thickens as we gaze.
An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land—
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand—
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly."
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
...and my apologies to those I passed on "tags" to... no more tags.
Tags seem land feel like too a intrusive thing to pass on...but when offered to pass on from friends...one feels one has to...
a bit like chain mail... so in future ...no apologies and no more tags accepted or passed on
Monday, October 01, 2007
OK, here are the rules: Once tagged, link to the person who tagged you. Then post the rules before your list. List 8 random things about yourself. At the end of your post, tag and link to 8 other people, visit their sites, and leave a comment letting them know they've been tagged!
1. I stole money from the Poor box at Church age 11
2. I was charged with locking our bastard MP into her office the day she and her Gov privatised our hospital - but she wasn't even inside... THE LITTLE COWARDY CUSTARD
3. I convinced my mum I was dying of some rare disease...and ended up having my tonsils out for nothing!!! - age 9
4. I gave my mum a cat for mothers day so dad would have to let us keep it...age 9
5. I got pregnant with our first child because we wanted to See what a mixture of US would look like...age 19...she looked better than both of us..see.
6. I taught myself how to drive when the kids were little by taking of the 'L ' plates and just driving about till I got the hang of it..with the kids in the back and before seat belts were in cars... age 23
7. I moved in with my lovely Don only 3 weeks after after picking him up in a Gay bar (?) spending the weekend with him and we lasted 35 years.
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