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Thursday, June 30th, 2016
7:54 am
The 2016 federal election loometh.


Crossed arms & crossed cats for the 2016 Federal election
Crossed arms & crossed cats.

For about the past six weeks Australians have been getting hammered by exaggerated political TV ads too numerous for oldsters like us to remember. However, I know I don't like the so-called 'attack ads' by any party, and I cringe when the ones featuring former, but now doddery politicians are trotted out. "Legalise voluntary euthanasia", I say. Significantly, none of these ads mention that the price of cat food keeps going up, and we cat looker-afterers have been experiencing much longer waits before the supermarkets put the stuff on special. It makes us homebodies very cross, as you can tell from the photo. I suspect that no matter who is successful in the federal election on this coming Saturday, this potentially CATastrophic situation is unlikely to change. Indeed, prices of everything will continue to rise. So too will parliamentarians' salaries.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
7:54 am
Free burritos attracted plenty of interest.


Free Mexican burritos at opening of Zambrero&quot;s, Palmyra - 28 June 2016
There is such a thing as a free lunch.

Heavy downpours of rain didn't dampen the enthusiastic interest in free burritos at yesterday's opening of a new Zambrero Mexican-style eatery, located a mere five minute walk from our house. Jill and I wandered up just after noon to discover a very long queue of other wannabe freeloaders had gotten there before us. The news had obviously spread faster via social media than an outbreak of Montezuma's revenge. Jill's photo only shows half the queue. The other half went around a corner behind the guy in red and was sufficiently long enough for us two oldsters to immediately decide not to get on the end. Instead we came home and warmed up some leftover cauliflower-cheese from the night before.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Tuesday, June 28th, 2016
8:43 am
Garbage removal action in our street.


Bubbles and Sally are good friends in winter&quot;s June of 2016.
Our two cats enjoy their peace and quiet.

We've had a bit of rain overnight, and Jill has told me that there will be more falling throughout most of today. At 8am a a team of spick and span council workers with two shiny new refuse trucks and other equipment has just scooped up our pile of clippings up from the verge. Good to see it all go to the composting works and ultimately be turned into bags of potting mix for enthusiastic gardeners like us to buy back. At least that's what I understand happens to it. At 8:05am an older garbage truck turned up to empty our regular green lid wheely bin. That takes stuff like kitty litter. Yet to arrive any moment is another garbage truck which specialises in the contents of our yellow lid recycling bin. That takes glass, plastic and cardboard. It's lucky there wasn't a traffic jam of garbage trucks. They are very noisy, so our two cats Sally and Bubbles tend to make themselves scarce when there is such exciting municipal action taking place.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Monday, June 27th, 2016
8:21 am
Our main winter pruning is done.


Jill pruning our olive tree Tuscany style, 26 June 2016,
Jill pruning our olive tree Tuscany style.

There is a decent pile of garden clippings awaiting collection from our front verge. Olives, grapevines and espaliered pomegranate all went into the mix. I took the pic of my wife Jill pruning one of our olive trees Tuscany style late yesterday afternoon. In essence it involves cleaning out all the dead twigs to enable the worker to prop themselves against the main branches and then prune the top growth down to a more convenient height from the inside. This is the first time we've tried it. We regard it as a much better method, and wish we had discovered it years ago.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Sunday, June 26th, 2016
7:55 am
Owner-build report for June 2016.


Terry and his mother Jill fixing down down flooring in T & M&quot;s owner build project, June 25 2016.
Terry and his mother Jill fixing down some timber flooring yesterday.

Over the years several of our children have embarked on some impressive owner-build house projects. Currently nearing completion is our number two son Terry and his fiancé Melissa's home at North Coogee. The couple have put in an enormous personal effort, time and money with their two story 'cottage' over the past 18 months. One of the other secrets to success with such projects is to have family and friends willing to help out in a plethora of different ways when required, and this project has been no exception. With Mel temporally absent this weekend due to her regular work commitments, it was a pleasure for Jill and myself to spend yesterday helping Terry fix some Tasmanian oak floorboards to the concrete in the downstairs area. They needed to be methodically glued, clamped and nailed in groups. I'm pleased to report that the light is at the end of the tunnel in this respect, but T&M will still have the unenviable task of sanding and sealing them.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Saturday, June 25th, 2016
6:55 am
British Banger advocates defeat the Euro-sausage.


Paul Weaver at Trafalagar Square, London 1968.
Pigeon flashback to Trafalgar Square in 1968.

Apparently there are no touristic pigeons at London's Trafalgar Square these days. A landmark decision was made by the city's beadles years ago to impose a hefty fine for feeding them, and a flock of raptors was engaged to hunt down any avian survivors. So the photo above of me feeding pigeons almost half a century ago in 1968 is a historical artifact taken in what many would describe as the good old days, well before Britain joined the European Union and the boldly converse 'Brexit" vote presented yesterday by its plebeian populace to quit the same said organization; and put a capital 'B' back in Bangers and mash. Already the British prime minister Mr what's-his-name has announced he will resign. Even worser news is that the Fremantle Dockers lost another game last night.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Friday, June 24th, 2016
8:23 am
Will the Euro-sausage prevail over Britain?


Paul Weaver alone in a selfie at Stonehenge in 1968.
Flashback to pre-European Britain in 1968.

As I type this missive the British are counting the results of the BREXIT poll which will determine whether of not they remain in the European Union. Which side will win? Advocates for the allegedly sanitized Euro sausage or those who favour the traditional British banger? For the 'whinging Poms' it must be very exciting today.

When I used a timer to take the selfie of myself at Stonehenge almost half a century ago Britain was a bit different to now. For instance, I had what was arguably the most famous ancient place in the world entirely to myself. There wasn't another person present on the entire site that morning. Nor was Britain yet a part of the EU, the organization which for so many Poms has become a hated symbol for the loss of their Britishness. Some of my ancestors were English. I have no inkling how they would have voted in today's poll were they alive. As for any influence of historical links with Australia, the British cut us Aussies off at the grass roots level a long time ago. Even when I was there in 1968 I was only allowed to stay for six months. Any longer needed to be punctuated with a visit to Europe before returning. My darling wife Jill was born English, but she saw the light and became a proud Australian citizen years ago.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Thursday, June 23rd, 2016
7:28 am
Grapevine pruning time.


Jill pruning some grape vines, 22 June 2016.
Jill carefully pruning some of our grape vines yesterday.

Despite the wet start to yesterday, the weather briefly cleared up after lunch sufficiently for Jill and I to put on our safety glasses and get into some more pruning of our grapevines. My darling wife now does most of the ladder work in these sort of activities while I scuttle about underneath clearing up all the prunings and transferring them by the armful to the street verge. We also pruned our fig tree before sufficient rain arrived in the mid-afternoon to curtail our work. We still have a few grapevines left to prune. With favourable weather, we should be able to finish them with an hour or so's effort this morning.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016
8:50 am
Mid-winter 2016 garden report.


Red pelargoniums in winter, 21 June 2016.
Red pelargoniums in mid-winter.

With the winter solstice now history, Jill and I started pruning our grape vines yesterday before the sap starts to rise. We were hoping to get the chore completed today, however that ambition seems to have been thwarted by this morning's incessant drizzle. We need to wait for the weather to clear up a bit before continuing.

We've also been tidying up our geraniums and pelargoniums. They suffered a bit during the heatwave last summer, but the winter rains have refreshed them considerably. Generally, I feel there are less flowers open than at this time last year, but there are plenty of flower buds forming and I expect normal service will resume in a few weeks. Currently one of my favorites is the double red ivy-geranium flowing from a wall planter in our back garden. I took the photo late yesterday afternoon.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
9:15 am
Superior socks sale in mid-winter


A salute to some superior socks.
Comfortable socks make for a happy man.

The Winter solstice for 2016 is a low key event in this neck of the woods. The sun is now returning from it's brief northern adventure and soon we will be enjoying Spring. My cold feet ruled my head yesterday when I bought ten pairs of the most comfortable 'outdoor' socks I have ever experienced. Enough socks to last me for a few winters to come. There was a method in my madness. Last week the Ray's Outdoors chain announced a corporate decision to close all it's Western Australian stores due to the economic downturn. Bad news, because they've ranked amongst our favourite stores during the past few years. Of course I immediately thought of their superior socks. "Non-restrictive stay up cuff, full terry lining for extra warmth, and smooth flat toe seams." Mark my words, whom ever designed these 'outdoor' socks sure knew what they were doing. I've been getting by this winter with only three pairs and some well managed laundering. Of course I have other types of socks, but they are inferior and I no longer enjoy wearing them. There was little time to waste. Ray's still had a reasonable supply of theirs when Jill and I called into their nearby Myaree store yesterday, and they were marked down to half price, which was $3.50 a pair. Ten pairs seemed plenty enough to last me a few years.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Monday, June 20th, 2016
7:36 am
Short, but lucky.


Our Weaver family, 5 November 2011
Family flashback to 2011.

It's no secret that Jill and I are proud of our nine children, and so here is another flashback of us and them taken in November 2011. Some of us had different hair styles in those days, and I wonder how many of us are still wearing the same clothes? I pretty sure I have the same blue shirt in my wardrobe, but I've shrunk a bit since then. Notice too how all our sons were already taller and more handsome than me. It's more so that way today. As for our daughters they've continued to grow more beautiful as they age, just like their mother. I sure am a lucky guy.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Sunday, June 19th, 2016
7:38 am
A Sunday morning in Fremantle.


Our feline snoozers
Our feline snoozers.

It's Sunday morning here in Freo. The sun has yet to peek above the horizon, but it won't be long. Yesterday arvo the Fremantle Dockers had another win, their third for the season. The game was telecast free-to-air with a two hour delay. We didn't bother watching it since we'd already learned the result from other media. Our two cats felt the same way.

There have been plenty of tragedies occurring around the world in the past week, both murderous and accidental. While I remain aware, I tend not to read the media reports in depth about these incidents. Everyone copes with these mind numbing events as best as they can.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Saturday, June 18th, 2016
9:15 am
The big hole at the end of our street.


The big hole at the end of our street
A pretty deep basement.

I last mentioned the car dealership at the end of our street in mid-April at http://fremantlebiz.livejournal.com/2016/04/18/. It was being demolished prior to construction of a new facility for the same business. Since the rubble was removed the site has been excavated to create the largest and deepest hole ever seen in this neck of the woods. I believe it's to enable the construction of an underground workshop. I took the photo two days ago. The noise and vibrations from the site have been pretty substantial for weeks. I've heard on the grapevine that there have been numerous complaints by people living closer to it than we do. Apparently the hole is now deep enough for construction proper to begin. The new facility won't be finished until next year.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Friday, June 17th, 2016
8:08 am
The Mexicans are coming.


Mexican excitement coming soon nearby
Viva Mexican food.

Australia is the most successful multi-cultural society in the world. More than 200 ethnicities are represented in our population, and it's fair to say that most of these people co-exist in a reasonable manner. One of the great demolishers of xenophobia during my lifetime has been the associated establishment of ethnic food outlets. There are probably many hundreds of thousands of these operations successfully representing all manner of ethnic cuisines in this land which is girt by sea, and more are opening all the time. For example just around the corner from our house the first 'Mexican' eatery in our immediate vicinity is being prepared for a grand opening towards the end of this month, replete with free tacos.

As proclaimed in the signage above, the Australian owned Zabrero organisation has a mission. According to their website, "Plate 4 Plate is Zambrero’s way of tackling world hunger. For every burrito or bowl (all the goodness of a burrito without the tortilla) a customer purchases at Zambrero, a plate of food is donated to someone in need in the developing world. At Zambrero, we also want to make a difference to people doing it tough in Australia. So, for every super food muesli bar or packet of black rice a customer purchases from our retail range, Zambrero will donate a breakfast meal to an under privileged Australian community."

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Thursday, June 16th, 2016
9:25 am
This little piggy came home.


Piggy bank from flea market, June 2016
I like this pig.

I've never owned a piggy bank before, but I couldn't resist buying this lovely china one for two bucks when I saw it peeking out of a box of junk at the local flea market last Sunday. It has a small sticker underneath which confirms it was actually made in China. I wonder if anyone can think of a pretty name for this pretty little piggy?

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

COMMENTS: Because of an ongoing problem with spammers, all comments are now screened and can only be made by friended LiveJournal users. Alternatively, email me direct.


Click here to email the Fremantlebiz experience to a friend.

RSS feed.

Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

Click here to visit 'dogandcatwatcher', my YouTube website.

Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Wednesday, June 15th, 2016
7:24 am
How to make a cat ecstatic.


Tabby cat ecstacy
Tabby cat ecstasy.

The expression on Sally's face suggests she was experiencing considerable pleasure from the shoulder massage being provided by her feline companion Bubbles. Perhaps it's a similar pleasure to that experienced by Humans when they place slices of fresh cucumber on their facial wrinkles last thing at night. I hasten to add that Jill and I prefer zucchinis to cucumbers, and only when they are oven-baked in what we call a Zucchini Slice. Perhaps my darling wife will be cooking one up for me tonight?

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Tuesday, June 14th, 2016
8:21 am
Viva la experiencia.


There&quot;s no place like home.
There's no place like home.

Jill and I breathed parental sighs of relief yesterday when Qantas delivered two of our sons and their loved ones safely back home to Western Australia after separate holiday expeditions to exotic places. For much of the past week our eldest son Luke, his partner Crystal and our grandson Jasper have been visiting Brisbane in Queensland, which is thousands of kilometers away on the opposite side of the continent. Meanwhile our second oldest son Ken and his fiancé Melanie had been much further away since mid-May in the Americas taking in some of the touristic sights and cuisine of Mexico, Cuba, Belize, Guatamala and Las Vegas. Thanks to the miracle of modern communications we've been enjoying some of their Latino inspired adventures on Facebook. I liked what I saw, especially with time-trapped Cuba. Thanks also to Google Earth for showing us where all those countries south of Donald-Trump-land actually were. Viva la experiencia.

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Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Monday, June 13th, 2016
7:02 am
A wet Monday.


For the victims
For the victims.

This morning the news headlines here are dominated by yet another appalling massacre of innocent civilians by a terrorist. This time at least 50 persons have been murdered and as many seriously wounded in Florida, USA. I'm pretty well out of words for today.

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Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Sunday, June 12th, 2016
10:28 am
Our blue eyed tabby cat.


Our tabby cat Sally has blue eyes
Young blue eyes.

I hadn't realised until I took the above flash-photo last night of our young tabby cat Sally that she has blue eyes. Until now all the cats we've 'owned' over many years have had greenish ones. Perhaps Sally has a dash of Siamese in her genetic ancestry? She also growls to herself sometimes when she plays alone. Another thing Jill and I discovered last night was the she watched intensly the footballing action of the Fremantle Dockers win over the Brisbane Lions. I kid you not, we've never had a cat before that liked to watch TV. Watch this space folks for further observations about our interesting moggy.

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Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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Saturday, June 11th, 2016
9:47 am
Just another day in WA.


Just another day in WA
Nor does hash-tag Sally give a rat's what day it is.

Our state government yesterday launched a multi-million dollar advertising campaign to try and attract more tourists to what long ago used to be called 'The state of excitement' for similar reasons. That cringeworthy slogan routinely featured on car number plates for many years. Nowadays thankfully, it's rare to see it. And who could forget another embarrassing campaign intended to attract tourists with a nubile bikini-clad woman on a Rottnest Island beach declaring to one and all, "Where the bloody hell are you?" That multi-million dollar effort tended to make true blue Sandgropers wince as well. The latest attempt has similarly featured Rottnest Island. This time the scenic grabs feature a morose female voice declaring the hash-tagged slogan, "Just another day in WA." The idea appears intended to make the scenic splendor and associated hedonistic pleasures the norm, which in a way they are for those who can afford them. But of course there are many very serious issues which will never be included in touristic propaganda. Enormous killer sharks patrolling our beaches are one example. The brutal crime rate is another. As a result #justanotherdayinWA has provided the opportunity for much cynical opportunism by social media activists which will ensure the dreary slogan is perpetuated forever in the comedic hall of fame.

© MMXVI Paul R. Weaver.

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Click here to browse through the collection of free downloadable PDF versions of my many illustrated Rottnest Island essays.

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Original still photographs are stored online in a cache at my Panoramio  website or my Picasa site.  Most of them have a brief description and a link back to a relevant essay.  Images on Panoramio can usually be enlarged several times by clicking them.

Also since May 2016 at https://www.flickr.com/photos/142242520@N02/albums

I have some free MP3 downloads of natural sounds available online. Click here.

About the writer

Check out each month's subject index on the Calendar Page for all my "common-man" monologues about survival in 21st century Australia – plus a little history occasionally.  An original essay is added most days as part of an undertaking to write at least several million words. Zzzzzzzz!



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