December 2008

Have a safe and happy holiday week everyone – and in the words of that famous red-nosed reindeer…



My computer is back up and running  just in time to stop everything and get the house ready for Christmas.  I leave you for the weekend in the company of  a few Russian Snowmen who can evidently see Sarah from their house!


There are a few sounds in this world that one should never hear. One would be the crunching sound of metal on metal just after handing over the keys for your new Ute to your spouse. Another would be hearing your 5 year old say ‘uh-oh’ just after you’ve told him no, he can’t take his glass of red cordial into the lounge where there’s new tan carpeting. But probably worse than either of these would be the popping sound of a firecracker coming from inside your computer tower – especially when it’s accompanied by the unique smell of burnt wire.

It was just after we’d installed World Of Warcraft, an act I’m now convinced offended the Blogging Gods so much they blew up my computer just to put me in my place.

I’m in the market for a good sacrifice. If any of you know one, please post the instructions below. I’m off to see if I can find a cheap one on E-Bay.

Spouse has taken my poor, fried computer into the shop and I’m at his desk with the seat so tall my feet don’t reach the floor.

The original Tim Tam is a chocolate bikkie, covered in chocolate, filled with chocolate cream. It’s touted as Australia’s favourite chocolate biscuit, selling on average 400 million packets per year in a country whose population is just over 21 million.


The name Tim Tam comes from the horse that won the Kentucky Derby in 1958. Arnott’s (pronounced are nuts) has been making this bikkie commercially since 1964. The recipes for the chocolate itself, the bikkie base and cream fillings are family-owned.

To quote Arnott’s:
The chocolate used to make Tim Tam biscuits has been specially developed by Arnott’s to give a slightly caramel taste. The cream flavour is a delicate mixture of vanilla, butter and chocolate that complements the biscuit base and the chocolate. It’s this unique cream which sets Tim Tam apart from any other chocolate biscuit.”

They are to die for. The chocolate coating, filling and bikkie somehow manage to melt on your tongue in one synchronized moment of breath-taking ecstasy you want to never end.

You never forget your first Tim Tam. I was in a shop queue with my (now) spouse. Packets of these bikkies were in stacks the length of the queue. I remember spouse smiling, taking a packet from a stack, opening it and saying “here – try this” As I bit through the creamy chocolate into the fluffy biscuit the flavours exploded in my mouth like fireworks on a hot night. I thought I would be arrested and deported right there in the queue – I didn’t care.

Mark my words: Wars will be fought over this bikkie one day.

These are the current flavours:

Tim Tam Original
Tim Tam Chewy Caramel
Tim Tam Double Coat
Tim Tam Classic Dark Chocolate
Tim Tam Love Potions Double Chocolate and Raspberry
Tim Tam Love Potions Chocolate Mud
Tim Tam Love Potions Sticky Vanilla Toffee
Tim Tam Latte
Tim Tam Mocha, Double Coat
Tim Tam Chilli Chocolate

On the other hand, Australia sadly lacks See’s Candies and I have been without Chocolate Bordeaux’s for over ten years now… if not for Tim Tam’s and Pavlova, I would never have survived 🙂

aka Lynn-in-Australia

PS Gryphen writes The Immoral Minority here

All the newspaper articles reporting Trig’s birth say the bub was born a full month early. Sharon Leighbow, Sarah Palin’s official spokeswoman, on April 18, 2008 told Anchorage Daily News and Channel ktuu news here  that Trig was one month early ‘”to the day”.

This puts Sarah Palin, a 44 year old woman and mother of four at 36 weeks pregnant on two 8-hour commercial flights, four days apart, with the second flight occuring after she’s leaked amniotic fluid, and no one on either flight crew can recall a pregnant and or stressed woman on their manifest.

My Irish mother, at age 24 went to her dentist to have a tooth extracted without telling anyone her water had broken and she was having contractions. She was determined to not go into labour with the added pain of a bad toothache. So, she bravely mopped up the amniotic fluid, took a bus downtown, and when she cried out in pain the dentist assumed he’d hit a nerve – not that she’d had a contraction. Two hours later she took a taxi to hospital where she delivered my older brother.

I get that anomalies happen. But that can’t be the case with Sarah Palin, not in the way she describes, and I can tell you why I believe this in just one word:


The following illustrations and fetal information, (obtained from West Virginia Women’s Human Health & Resources) represent the normal growth of a baby which will have a full-term birth weight of between 6 and 10 lbs. Sharon Leighbow set the timeline don’t forget. This means Trig was born exactly 4 weeks premature. That put Sarah at 35-36 weeks pregnant at the time of her trip to and from a forum held in Texas for the Republican Governor’s Association. The same ADN article puts Trig’s birth weight at 6.2 lbs.

This is a normal pregnancy at 30 weeks – If Sarah gave birth at exactly 4 weeks early, this is how pregnant she would have been when this photo was taken:


This is a normal pregnancy at 33 weeks. This is how pregnant Sarah would have been when this photo was taken:


And finally, this is a normal pregnancy at 36 weeks – the exact time Sarah would be getting on and off airplanes, walking to and from airport gates, getting in and out of public transportation, using public toilets and being seated in public restaurants. This is the bulk Sarah would have dealt with on her flight back to Alaska and yet not one of the flight crew realized she was pregnant – at all:


Sarah Palin asks us to believe outrageous things at face value. She asks us to believe without offering a thread of evidence to help us believe her. 

Sarah Palin asks us to believe that a woman whose amniotic fluid has leaked just hours before, and is now on an airplane ride home, in a cabin with changing atmospheric pressure, was not noticed waddling to and from the loo. Her bulbous belly never once bumped into another seated passenger. Her frame fit neatly into her airplane seat, the tray fit perfectly atop her belly and the bub never kicked, jostling her glass of juice or plate of food.

Sarah Palin asks us to believe she never had a moment of discomfort in the twenty-some hours it took for her and Todd to travel over 2,000 miles to get home. Her ankles weren’t swollen, she didn’t have indigestion or gas and she didn’t need to run to the loo every half hour even though there was this 6 lb baby pressing her bladder into a squashed pancake.

Sarah Palin asks us to believe a fully-licensed medical doctor, over the phone, told a 44 year-old pregnant patient in her third trimester, carrying a baby known to have Down’s Syndrome,  whose water just broke, to remain in Texas, deliver a 30 minute speech and then fly 2000 miles back to Alaska rather than check into the nearest hospital, because ‘it would be okay’.

Sarah Palin needs us to believe she never had one contraction either during or before the eight hour flight or the four hour car ride home,  but then went immediately into hard labour upon reaching the sanctity of Mat-Su Hospital.

She needs us to take her at her word blindly and without question because if we don’t, there’s a chance we won’t believe the porkies she has yet to tell. And I’m guessing the really fat, juicy porkies are right around the corner.






Fran Drescher, who’s done an applaudable job of advocating for kids with cancer, has tossed her hat into the political ring with a formal bid for Hillary Clinton’s Senatorial seat.

Complete story here:

To quote Ms Drescher:

“My title is public diplomacy envoy for women’s health issues, and I just got back from a four-country European tour of duty. I believe next I’ll be sent to the Middle East.”

Also an anti-cancer activist, Drescher has been considering a run for office. “I’ve been very successful in getting a bill passed in Washington,” she said. “I was thinking I’d take the next four years to lay some groundwork, but I’m throwing my hat in the ring.” What else makes her a good candidate? “I’m an authentic and honest person,” she said. “And I think Capitol Hill needs more of that.”

May I just say that I would fly to the US  just to witness a candidacy debate between The Nanny and The Ninny! 

Fran would eat her alive 🙂

This just made my day – you go Fran!

Dear Linda Kozak from Alaska,
Diggers in Iraq - Oz Gov Army Photo

Diggers in Iraq - Oz Gov Army Photo


We call our Australian Soldiers ‘Diggers’.
It’s a nickname they gave themselves during WWI,
(ostensibly recalling a handle given gold miners in the mid 1800’s)
when the soldiers found themselves digging trenches.
Someone, in a moment of attempted bloke humour no doubt,
evidently remembered the name and gave it a shout out. Australian soldiers have been fondly called ‘Diggers’ ever since.

American soldiers have had Diggers by their side during two world wars,
the Korean war, the Vietnam war and the Gulf war.
Diggers are currently serving in Afghanistan and Iraq.
We are there by invitation.


So you see Linda Kozak from Alaska
what happens in the United States
especially politically
is very much my business.

Actually, what happens on this planet is very much my business
and I will not be told to sit quietly in the corner while avarice-oriented people deplete it’s resources or bilk it’s citizens.

I want my great grandchildren to have plenty of green trees.
I want my great great grandchildren to know what a tree is without needing
to google an image.

I want pollies like Sarah Palin to stop looking at publicly-elected jobs
as free rides full of free goodies and actually look at the job description
before putting their hand up.

I want pollies like your governor  to stop taking government money
for building roads that go nowhere
from taxpayer-driven federal funds which might have instead been used
to build a new school or hospital or help save yet another animal put on the endangered species list by some ignorant beaurocrat who thought putting petrol in his SUV
was more important than the long-term health of our environment.

This is my planet too
Linda Kozak from Alaska
and if my involvement makes you uncomfortable
 feel free to move.

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