Saturday, January 30, 2010

Antidote to corporate speak.

Prudence is very excited.

Don Watson is speaking at the Perth Writers Festival. Why isn't there an apostrophe in the name? Surely the writers own the festival?

She hopes a sizable number of bureaucrats come too, as the levels of jargon she's been forced to deal with lately defy description.

For example, a sentence in a speech she wrote recently included the phrase "... within and without the department... " was changed (without her permission) to "... within and external to the Department... " (Note also the self-important use of capital D.)

Sigh.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

On ramifications

Prudence disapproves of the need to put those stupid window-mounted Australian flags on the grounds of aesthetics, but much more so because they're made of plastic.

In China.

With a huge carbon footprint to manufacture and ship to Perth.

And because they'll all end up in landfill and take a thousand years to break down.

Harrumph.

Monday, January 25, 2010

A little local knowledge

Prudence and her beloved are planning a brief sojourn in Sydney.

Any suggestions on what we should see and do?

What to do?

Prudence is congratulating herself on having had the foresight several weeks ago to book off the day before Australia Day.

Fortunately the oppressive heat seems to have abated - so how to best use a rare school day off?

Things that need doing:
  • drag oneself out of bed
  • wax legs
  • touch up roots
  • make baby-arrival card for three different friends
  • finish off restoration project - lovely 1920s kitchen dresser found in op shop, but badly abused by ceiling white and 1970s-vintage plastic cupboard knobs
Preference: find a nice cafe in which to spend an hour drinking coffee and reading the paper.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dirty little secret

Prudence doesn't like to admit it, but she does secretly enjoy a little schadenfreude. And no, she's not going to include a link to its definition, as she's certain all her readers are sufficiently educated to know what it means.

This week has seen a rather delicious cause for such snarky thoughts.

The manager who took quite a bit of pleasure in shafting Prudence just before Christmas, has himself been shafted.

Isn't karma lovely?!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

If only she'd had warning.

Prudence, still in Saturday morning torpor, has just been visited by, well, she's not sure what brand of Christian fundamentalist missionary.

Two men of indeterminate age, dressed in what can only be described as clicheed used-car salesman style. Not a name badge between them, and some very dodgy sunglasses.

One led proceedings, telling Prudence they were visiting houses to read people some scripture.

What Prudence would have liked to have said was: "Can I have your address so I can come around to your house unannounced and at an inconvenient time to read you some of my favourite fiction?"

What she did say was: "No, you're not." And shut the door.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Splitting of sides

This blog may be the funniest thing Prudence has ever stumbled across on the internets.

Monday, January 11, 2010

More on the eternal question

And what else comprises essential gentlemanly skills?

According to hazelblackberry a gentleman should be able to open a door. While Prudence thoroughly approves of the type of fine motor skills such as those required to wrangle handles and locks and such, she suspects Ms Blackberry means the opening of doors in a chivalrous fashion. Prudence agrees.

Ahem.

A gentleman should also know how to:

deliver a credible compliment;

accept directions (of the map-reading variety) with grace;

insert a doona into a doona cover the right way and without resorting to colourful language.

To be continued.

Unfortunate facial hair

Can someone please tell Kim Snowball - the just-appointed interim Director General of the Health Department - that Movember has been over for some time now.

It's time to shave off that moustache.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

An eternal question

One of Prudence's more enduring topics of conversations is that of essential gentlemanly skills.

Despite there being a number of publications devoted to this, opinion remains very much divided.

Interestingly, and Prudence's beloved is included in this, the gentlemen rarely offer suggestions, it is the ladies who have the clear ideas of what is necessary.

So far, these abilities seem to be agreed upon:

To make a good cup of tea

To tie a tie

To choose a decent bottle of wine

To just listen.

Suggestions?

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Division of responsibility

Within the building: two Fire and Emergency Services Authority heavyweights, one over-burdened with brass gewgaws.

Without the building: one rubbish bin, smouldering with intent.

Do you think those within deigned to even acknowledge, much less deal with, that without?

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Something for everyone

In a fit of New Year energy, Prudence found herself at the local green and orange hardware emporium.

And also in the car park was a beautifully restored vintage Rolls.

One wonders just what was carried home in its walnut-lined boot.