Against the natural order

December 2, 2009

The death of an elderly person, while sad, is part of the natural order of life.

We’re born, we grow up, we grow old, we die.

The death of a younger person is against that natural order.

Parents aren’t supposed to out live their children, young people don’t expect to lose their siblings and their friends.

When the death has come at the end of a prolonged illness like cancer, as it did today for blogger Anna Woolf, there may be relief that her pain and suffering are over. But that won’t lessen the grief of family and friends.

When someone young dies, those close to her lose not just what they had, but the hopes and dreams they would have had for her future with them.

I knew Anna only through her blog. I hope the example of her courage, strength and humour helps those who loved her.

As a member of the Bereaved Parents Club, I hope that they too will learn that, in time, it is possible to be happy again; and to know that a deeper appreciation and enjoyment of life are the most valuable legacy from those we’ve lost.

Not PC posted the news of Anna’s death. Kiwiblog , M&M and Whaleoil who knew her too, also pay tribute to her. Oswald Bastable knew Anna through her blog and writes from his experience with cancer.

Never on Sunday

December 2, 2009

Happy birthday Connie Francis.

That’s What Friends Are For

December 2, 2009

Happy Birthday Dionne Warwick.

Cheek to Cheek

December 2, 2009

Frank Sinatra would have been 94 today.


December 2, 2009

The Dominion Post has 15 questions in its political quiz  this week.

I got only 11 of them right, a performance that was judged as “adequate”.

‘es been exHonerated

December 2, 2009

Some people find it more difficult than others to go from poacher to game keeper and parliament is one of the more difficult places to do it.

Hone Harawira’s behaviour and language weren’t out of character for him, but they were unacceptable for an MP and harmed his party.

Had he been a list MP they could have kicked him out of the party. He was in a much stronger position as an electorate MP so I’m not surprised they’ve given him another chance or as Jim Hopkins put it, he’s been exHonerated.

He’s apologised again and done it well. But the test of whether or not he means it will be in whether he’s learned from what’s happened, stops acting like a poacher and starts acting like a game keeper.

And the castle is . . .

December 2, 2009

The St Andrew’s Day video of Scotland the Brave generated discussion on which castle was shown.

Richard enlisted the help of the Black Watch forum who came up with the answer: it’s Drummond Castle in Crieff, Perthshire.

It was built in 1491 by Sir John Drummond.

The gardens  look stunning and there are lots more photos here.


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