Friday, 21 October 2011


I've been looking through some old papers recently, and I found out that in September 1999, gold was $US268.75/oz, and oil was $24.81 a barrel.  Tonight on the news they were $1663.64 and $85.98.  


I guess this could also apply to the oil and gold prices - not exactly a smooth ride up.


Remember the millenium bug?   What a worry that was at the time.  People were told their washing machines, clocks, computers, cars, anything with electrics, might not work after January 1, 2000, because of some perceived problem with the date change to a new millenium.  (Personally, I believe 2000 was the final year of the previous millenium).   While looking through my old papers, I also found a leaflet from the Denmark Shire (in Western Australia) advising people how to cope if the worst happened - whatever that might have been.   Here is a section of the leaflet:

"Chaos, or opportunity?
The Millennium Bug, or 'Y2K', may affect more than computers and business - there could be widespread disruptions to the provision of goods and services.
No-one knows how serious the problems may be, or how long they may last, but preparations we make now, as a community and as individuals, will help to minimise any disruptions and their effects on Denmark.
This problem has never happened before, so only two things are certain:

January 1, 2000 will come
We're all in it together!"

Royal Show 50 years ago

My sister, brother and myself at the Perth Royal Show, 1951

I think the last time I went to the Show was 1983.
Every year I tell myself I'll go next year, but then I see the crowds there on TV,
and have second thoughts!

Some interesting questions
  1. Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
  2. If the professor on Gilligan's Island can make a radio out of a coconut, why can't he fix a hole in a boat?
  3. If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
  4. Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
  5. Why did you just try singing the two songs above?  

Some of my "cakes of soap"

I made these around 2 years ago, and my son still has one sitting on his windowsill!
He says it's too nice to use as soap.  

A bargain is something you don't need at a price you can't resist.

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