Daily Archives: November 9, 2008

With Sirdan and his mum at the Chinese Whisper again…

…where Simon H joined us, and we solved the mystery of the Chinese Whisper’s recipe for batter on their excellent fried bananas. Sirdan and his mum, who is here from South Africa, are off to Perth on Wednesday for a further family get-together. So no Sunday lunches this end for a couple of weeks.

We ate at Chinese Whisper last week, as you may recall.

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After that I went on another South Sydney Herald mission to photograph empty shops in Oxford Street. I did get distracted…

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Though that was in Bourke Street on the way home. I had just dropped in to the new Beresford, just to check it out, where I ran into James O’Brien and The Other Andrew, and earlier I had seen The Empress and Kiwi Nick, who is very happy, and a few others I haven’t seen for ages. Some of that you can see at Surry Hills 90: Bourke Street and The Beresford and Surry Hills 91: Oxford Street, back down Bourke, and home… on Ninglun’s Specials.

Nice afternoon. 🙂

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Posted by on November 9, 2008 in Australia, local, personal, Sirdan, Sunday lunch, Surry Hills


And that’s another thing that really gets on my goat…

Does anyone use that expression any more? It means pissed off, cheesed off, annoyed…

Today’s Sun Herald has this story: 20 things you could do to irritate someone.

…From a list of 32 common daily hassles, respondents were asked to indicate which irritated them.

Inconsiderate behaviour – including dinner-time telemarketing calls, talking to a "robot" and not a "real person", unfriendly or uncaring customer service, driving dangerously to get ahead of traffic, competing for a car space or queue jumping – was a universal annoyance.

People older than 40 experienced more irritation around technology, violence (on TV and on the streets) and bad language than younger respondents.

The Australian Psychological Society, which conducted the nationwide survey, said an individual’s response to stress could have an adverse impact on health, leading to high blood pressure, anxiety and relationship troubles…

One item not mentioned was silly internet polls, which is my cue to add to the number using the annoyances listed in that article. You can vote for as many as you like, and the responses appear in random order. Check the Sun-Herald above to see what the survey found.

There’s space to add your own pet peeve too.


Posted by on November 9, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, diversions