So did you throw your hat in the ring and stay up late into the night to finish your masterpieces?
I put three offerings out there. It got my creative juices going and was no more effort than usual.
The numbers of entries at the close of the competition were:
Disregarding the big prize of $50,000 for the overall winner, there is one prize of $10,000 for each category and 100 ‘honorable mentions’ with prizes of $100. Assuming these are split equally between the four categories, there are therefore 26 prizes for…
Last week my washing machine retired. I said goodbye and sent it off to the appliance graveyard.
Unfortunately, it probably noticed the brand new shiny one taking its place as it sat in the front garden waiting to be carted off. I hope it forgives me. Perhaps it will have a new life as someone’s firepit.
I now have the machine of my dreams: all-singing and all-dancing. It automatically dispenses detergent, soaks my laundry (I always wanted that: I know, I don’t get out much!), and myriad other things.
So it has to have a name befitting its abilities. I’m thinking of a famous singer/dancer, maybe a musical star. It has to be male — women have been doing the laundry for generations, so it’s time to redress the balance!
Nature’s vitamin C is right on your doorstep
Have you ever been blackberrying? In past generations, we used to rely on the produce around us to survive. It was thrifty good sense for families to go fruit picking or foraging and then make jams, jellies and chutneys to see them through the winter months.
When I went for my walk yesterday, I took a plastic takeaway meal tub and filled it with blackberries I found en route. There’s an alleyway behind some houses just five minutes from my home, and there are tons of brambles there. …
My washing machine wants to retire. I don’t blame it. I think it’s a bit depressed. Nobody ever thanked it for all its hard work over the years. It just got used and abused almost daily.
It started complaining a few weeks back. I tried to ignore it, but the spin cycle got louder and louder until we couldn’t hear ourselves talk or think. It was trying desperately to tell us something. Then yesterday it made a loud noise and delivered a load of washing that smelled of burning rubber. So that’s it. Finito. Curtains.
I should have expected trouble…
In two hundred years, world travel has changed from sailing ships that took months to reach their destination to passenger jets that can make the same trip in less than 24 hours. If you want to, you can now fly direct from London to Perth on one plane, a journey that takes just 17 hours.
The future of air travel is even more exciting. A new generation of supersonic jets will slash the time to about four hours.
Work is what we do to stay alive. From the dawn of time, work of one sort or another has been the means for us to provide ourselves and our families with food, clothing and shelter. But as civilisation developed, work became quantified and commodified. In some industrialised nations, it’s still a badge of honour to boast of the hours we put into our work as if being busy is a virtue in itself. …