Wednesday, 28 October 2015


 Just a short note for anyone lobbing onto this page expecting to find new content. I have moved "Strange Notations" to a new platform at Wordpress. You can now access any new blog post for such at You can also like my "Strange Notations" page on Facebook. This site will remain up for anyone wanting to access content but it (content) has also been transferred over to the new site. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, 22 October 2015

Spitting in the Eye of the Devil

 It's a dull and rainy day here in south Canberra and I find myself at a loose end. My father and I have been clearing my backyard, cutting down trees, clearing brush and making trips to the tip to drop off the detritus. However, it's come to a grinding halt today with rain having set in and not appearing to want to clear. It's a housebound day and there isn't much to do.

 I am off work for the week as Linda has received her last round of chemotherapy and I am home as her carer in case anything goes wrong. She has sailed through the treatment for the most part, just the odd hiccup and the crushing tiredness of the chemo patient which most of us have heard about but thankfully not had to endure. I must say I am not missing work and could get use to this life.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Wheels Keep On Turning

 I have been out of bed for an hour and most of that time I have wasted on Facebook and pondering what I should do for the rest of the morning. Inevitably the sands run out of the hourglass and I have to go to work so if I procrastinate for too long I get nothing done. Story of my life!

  Finally, I have done something positive and decided to write a blog post as I haven't done so for a couple of weeks now and I like to keep up-to-date so as any visitors who may stumble upon my site realize that it is still a going concern.

 There is plenty else I should be doing. Dad and I cut down a swathe of trees in my backyard last Thursday and the remains are still spread across the backyard, rotting away, waiting for me to take them to the tip. Every time I think I have an hour or so free to clear up the mess something else pops up and it is too easy to leave it for another day.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Too Many Chefs May Spoil the Broth

 The World Professional Road Cycling Championship (yes, I know it is now called the "Elite Men's" road title now but this blog will always refer to it as it's much cooler, earlier incarnation!) was run and won last night in Richmond, Virginia, USA, the capital of the old Confederacy for those with a nose for historical detail.

 260 km over quite an interesting course, it was always going to favour the stronger type of single day classics rider. Thus it was that Slovakian, Peter Sagan, arguably the best all-round cyclist in the world at the moment, streaked away from the field on the last little pinch of the race, soloing to victory in a very entertaining battle.

 Sagan has won the points classification in the Tour de France four times running and is a great cyclist in the one-day events and can even hold his own in the less demanding, single week tours as his victory in the Tour of California earlier in the year will attest. His only weakness is the high mountains so we will certainly not be seeing him wearing the Yellow Jersey on the Champs-Elysees any time soon. A great rider nonetheless. Charismatic too. Larger than life and I wouldn't bet on this being his one and only victory in the World Championship road race. There is a lot more to come from him yet.

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Ulysses S Grant and the Furphy of the High IQ

 I was scrolling through my Facebook page this morning and came across one of those "guest post" advertisements that try to lure you in. This one was quite interesting though. It ranked the IQ's of the fifteen least intelligent US Presidents and the IQ's of the 24 most intelligent Commanders-in-Chief. The results were quite interesting.

 As you can imagine even the least mentally acrobatic Prez was hardly a dumbo, I think it was James Buchanan (sorry Jim if my short term memory has failed me) but interesting to note that President George W Bush wasn't near the bottom, Well, he wasn't on the bottom. I think he was eighth last with the IQ of 124. Not bad but hardly an intellectual as you might have guessed.

 I have an apology to make to James Buchanan. I have just re-checked the list and it is in fact Ulysses S Grant who has the lowest IQ of any President. Shocking! The man who oversaw the victory of the Union Army in the Civil War, who sent those good ol' boys packing, who took the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox Court House is barely smarter than me! Who would have thought?

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Cycling Dayz Gone By:Retrospective of an Unfulfilled Career

First racing bike. Preparing for training. Aged 10.
As many readers of this blog will know, I raced pushbikes reasonably seriously from the time I was 15 until I was 24. I had a bit of ability but never trained hard enough although I had my moments. Giving the sport away before I reached my peak is a shame in retrospect but I am comfortable with it. Who knows what might have been? But I don't lose any sleep over it.

 Work and a few health issues were the primary reasons for not racing seriously past the mid-1990's. Standing up all day on hard concrete floors well into the night weren't conducive conditions to enable an athlete to train at his best. And I was a lazy trainer anyway. Looking back, I should have shoved the job then and just ridden my bike. A life long commitment to not being a bum kept me with my employer. It keeps me with them now. A mistake in retrospect. Ho hum.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

A Pointless and Strange Notation

 At exactly this moment two years ago I was in a Virgin Atlantic jetliner streaking across Asian skies on my way to Europe. The twenty four months that have elapsed since then have certainly rushed by in a blur. Life has had it's challenges since then and I was feeling a little melancholy so I thought, at the risk of alienating readers who may be sick of my happy snaps of vacations gone by, that I would post a photo of myself at a very significant English landmark which Linda and I visited in 2013. Stonehenge! It's not a bad photo although we nearly didn't make it. Linda wasn't exactly enamored by the thought of seeing the ancient stone circle but as we were passing through nearby Salisbury I thought it would be a shame if she didn't get a glimpse of one of the world's great tourist attractions. So, we ventured forth and found ourselves among the throngs of Chinese tourists taking selfies at the site and as you can see by Linda's photo of me it is very hard to get a shot of yourself without some of those aforementioned oriental interlopers inadvertently photo-bombing your picture.