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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Hello? Adele? Please Stop Calling

Adele's new album is breaking records with the release of her song Hello.

Sadly, this is a scenario that many may have faced.

Sometimes the only 'closure' there is just has to come from the peace we make internally with an event or a relationship from the past.

What if someone answered? Here's how it might go...

Hello, it's me
I was wondering if after all these years you'd like to meet
To go over everything
They say that time's supposed to heal ya, but I ain't done much healing

No. Not really. Thanks. 

Hello, can you hear me?
I'm in California dreaming about who we used to be
When we were younger and free
I've forgotten how it felt before the world fell at our feet

There's such a difference between us
And a million miles


Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Yeah. I know. 

Please stop calling. 

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart

Nuh. Yah. I'm good. 

Hello, how are you?
It's so typical of me to talk about myself, I'm sorry
I hope that you're well
Did you ever make it out of that town where nothing ever happened?

Still here. New job. All that stuff. 

It's no secret that the both of us
Are running out of time 

Yah - well have to go now. Bye. 


Adele repeats what she already said and continues singing with nobody listening

So hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, ooooohh
Anymore, anymore

Hello from the other side
I must've called a thousand times
To tell you I'm sorry for everything that I've done
But when I call you never seem to be home

Hello from the outside
At least I can say that I've tried
To tell you I'm sorry for breaking your heart
But it don't matter, it clearly doesn't tear you apart

Perhaps Gilda Radner said it best:

“I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next.
Delicious Ambiguity.” 

Pre-Christmas Tips For A Good Day

Gift giving 

Who to buy for and how much to spend?
Are you still paying off credit from last Christmas?
Buying for people who ‘have everything’ - what to buy and how much is enough?

Experiences versus stuff. 

Nothing says I am just 'going through the motions',  as much as giving money as a gift. Many people regard cash gifts as “lazy and even inconsiderate. They are offended by the idea that the giver didn’t make any effort to shop for them.

For those with too much stuff already and the means to buy anything at all that we choose, the opportunity is to buy an experience for a loved one that they may not consider or would be shy about buying for themselves.

Why buy gifts anyway? 

Christmas gift giving is seen by some as a “dead weight material loss.” Many people buy gifts that cost far more than the value the recipients assign to them.  But life is not just a transaction. The evidence suggests that people behave reciprocally towards one another, so gift giving can be seen as ‘rational’ even in the context of economics if you view it as a way of strengthening a tie to someone and generating the promise of future ‘gifts’ — in the form of friendship, social networking or other things of value — from them to you.

A study in the US found that the thing that increases “sentimental value" is surprise. Pleasure is greater for unexpected gifts. Surprising gifts amplify enjoyment for both large and small items. Presumably a good surprise - not a dud gift you bought at the service station when you filled up the car.

In addition, sentimental value is increased by effort: “Recipients also felt positively toward givers who worked hard to find the right gift, even when that gift was off the mark. Givers who make the effort, but don’t quite succeed, should be heartened by the fact that recipients recognize the difference between process and outcome,”

Time sharing 

How many people will be coming to your house and then have to rush off for a second “Christmas dinner” with their partners family.

Time spent driving from place to place and cramming Christmas into one day may be counter-productive and spoil the day for parents and children who wind up grumpy and out of sorts, from overload.

Too much rushing, too much food and too much partying.

Family Togetherness – Too much of a good thing. 

A nice thing about Christmas is getting to catch up with family you don’t see often.  The downside of Christmas is having to be cooped up with people you don’t see often and have little in common with, but do have a history of family conflict.

People you don’t usually spend time with – for a reason + a confined space + alcohol and too much food = potential for explosive situations.

Survival Guide For A Happy Christmas 

1. Start with a list of people you intend to buy for and another list for people who may buy something for you.

2. Work out how much you can afford to spend on gifts and how much you can – or want to spend on other preparations for Christmas.

3. Set your spend limit for those on your list – and stick to it as closely as possible.

4. Give yourself time to find a gift that is a good fit for the person.

5. Beware gift cards that expire or mean that the receiver will have to pay more to buy something useful at that store in addition to the amount on the card.

6. Keep receipts in case the gift needs to be returned to the store.

7. Be flexible with how you’ll cover the split family arrangements over Christmas. Make the time you spend together pleasant – even it if means having your share on a different day.

8. Only take on as much as you can do without spending every minute rushing around managing ‘the event’.  Traditions are good but if a hot Christmas dinner is outside your ability to produce, tone it down to something you can cope with more easily.

9. Have lots of water based drinks and ice to serve along with the alcohol.

10. Put on your best attitude for the day and be generous with your friends and family.  Accepting them for this one day without opening up old differences will be a gift to everyone.

Christmas traditions, decorating the house, having the family together, and putting up with the rellies is how we build family cohesion and memories to look back on. It is a chance to strengthen bonds and remember our family ties. These family relationships can suffer with time and distance and loss of the parents who drew us together in the first place.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Communicating Honestly: Trickier Than It Seems

Honest communication. We'd all want that, surely?

Not so fast.

In reality we spend an awful amount of energy not communicating honestly, and those who do often find that those to whom they are communicating honestly, would rather they did anything but.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pies With Tarragon

These look good enough to eat!

One for the #recipe file.

Edgar's chicken, bacon and leek pie.

Chicken, bacon and leek pie.
Pie filling:
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
1 leek, thinly sliced
6 rashers bacon, chopped
600g skinless chicken thigh fillet, diced
2 big sprigs of fresh tarragon, can also use italian parsley with the tarragon.
½ cup plain flour
375ml chicken stock

For the pie filling
1. Place butter and olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add leek and cook until softened,
about 2 minutes.
2. Add bacon and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.
3. Add chicken and tarragon and continue cooking until chicken is just cooked through, about
another 5 minutes.
4. Add flour to pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add chicken stock  and bring
to a simmer, stirring continuously until sauce has thickened.
5. Season. Set aside to cool.
6. Roll dough out on a clean, lined bench to 2mm thickness and cut 6 circles of pastry to fit 7.5cm
base pie tins. Spoon filling into cases and cover with another layer of pastry.
7. Crimp the edges of the pie and place in the oven to bake until pastry is golden and crisp and

filling is cooked through, about 25-30 minutes.

Butter Pie Crust

Author: Bakepedia, recipe by Dede Wilson


For a Double Crust:
• 2½ cups all-purpose flour
• ½ teaspoon salt
• 1 cup (2 sticks) very cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
• 4 to 6 tablespoons ice cold water (or more or less as needed)

Friday, September 4, 2015

Shake Off The Pattern Of Ignorance

We all want to have an opinion but we often don't really know the facts of the situation. That leads us to have a view of the world that is not necessarily valid. The media don't present news as a way of showing the whole story, they promote - the sensational that will draw more eyes to view the story - and satisfy sales figures.

What is the pattern of ignorance? These videos will explore that and show you how to be more aware of the facts of the world and be able to make fact based decisions.

How Not to Be Ignorant About the World | Hans and Ola Rosling | TED Talks

           The Best Stats You've Ever Seen | Hans Rosling | TED Talks