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When it’s closer to 40C than
35C outside there’s not a lot
to do but laze about on the
lounge in your underpants
under the fan with the curtains
drawn watching the telly.
I’m not sure if this is what
happens in other people’s
houses but I advise anyone
visiting our place on a
scorching day to knock and
wait rather than barge in lest
you be confronted by a sight
that could scar a sensitive
We live in a highly insulated
house without air conditioning.
It was a deliberate choice
when we designed and built
our home and one which I am
pleased we made.
As a result the house can get a
little hot after about three days
of 40C but I cool myself with
the knowledge that I’m saving
buckets of money and gain
additional satisfaction by being
able to parade about in my
I’m not alone here as our two
boys/young men have followed
all three of us lying about
in nothing but our undies
watching the cricket if it’s too
hot to do anything outside.
Which brings me to summer
The Test matches against the
Poms have been great but I’m
afraid I can’t seem to get into
this 20/20 thing.
It’s all color and movement but
with players swapping sides
more regularly than I do my
I have a great deal of trouble
And now there’s the tennis.
I love watching this sport but
can someone please tell me
why every player these days
needs the choice of three or
sometimes four balls from
choosing two with which to
Don’t they realise the
discarded ball – the one
considered unsuitable to use
– comes back a few seconds
later when they have to serve
for the next point?
I’ve played a lot of tennis with
balls where there is more fuzz
missing than remains and I can
guarantee these are deadly.
Such balls are best prepared
by leaving them under a bush
for at least six months and
then throwing them to the dog
several hundred times to get
the balding just right.
It requires a lot of effort but it’s
– Ian Osterman
4. One who has hopes (7)
9. Gathers together (8)
10. High, level ground (7)
11. Cooking vessel (8)
12. One who takes over forcefully (7)
15. How quickly the game is played
19. Being a single entity (7)
23. Violent emotional reaction (8)
24. Tall structure, eg on Mt Lofty (7)
25. Add notes to piece of writing (8)
26. Part of the body (7)
27. Made safe (7)
1. Pastoral stories (6)
2. One who causes trouble (6)
3. Cause deterioration (6)
4. Failing to achieve the goal (8)
5. Having many colors (10)
6. Container, repository (10)
7. Winners’ ribbons (8)
13. Inaudible sound (10)
14. One who sets the speed (4-6)
16. Brainy people (8)
17. Went off the path (8)
20. Important persons (6)
21. Wrestling hold (6)
22. Senior nurse (6)
Mrs Davies, an elderly
woman, decided to have
her portrait painted for
She commissioned an
and, on the morning of her
him to paint her “wearing
diamond earrings, a
bracelets, a ruby brooch,
and a gold watch”.
The artist appeared
puzzled and asked:
“But why Mrs Davies?
You’re not wearing any of
“I know,” she replied.
“It’s just in case I should
die before my husband
“I’m sure he will remarry
right away, and I want his
new wife to go crazy trying
SOLUTION IN HILLSTYLE
4. He dreams of a tall structure, right?
8. Naval leaders went by rail - mad! (7)
9. Gathers people for prayers (8)
10. Dish of gold on high ground (7)
11. Keeps a supply of grass for making
12. One who makes pretence a reality
15. Value too highly the bowler’s speed
18. He digs and plants ’ere grand
19. No sense, somehow, in unity (7)
23. Emotional reaction to the Syria
24. Needle without an eye! (7)
25. Girl has nothing before gallery, but
may add note (8)
26. Terribly bad sign for the stomach (7)
27. Got a top player to accept dog (7)
1. Five hundred silly, silly but charming
2. Brazilian city, model and queen
make troublemaker (6)
3. Hurt mother takes a long time (6)
4. Unsuccessful juggling of a bit over
5. Multicolored bird reported to me (10)
6. Container for mushroom mixed with
7. Toss tree around to get button holes
13. Unheard of high-pitched sound (10)
for the dog (4-6)
16. “Brains” urge on directors (8)
17. Dave and I moved ahead of Editor,
but turned off (8)
20. Big-wigs invest shilling in Noise
Abatement Society (6)
21. Hold the admiral (6)
22. Tender, relatively speaking (6)
ARIES (March 21st – April 20th)
A new friend may be much more similar to you than you
realise. You have a lot to talk about. Romance. If things don’t
go the way you expect, there will be trouble. Anybody who
tries to waste your time will wish that they hadn’t!
TAURUS (April 21st – May 21st)
A person whom you meet later in the week will have a much
more positive impression of you than you have of them.
Romance. Try to see things from a different point of view. You
GEMINI (May 22nd – June 21st)
This will be quite an exciting week. Don’t worry if you forget
what you are doing for a while. Romance. You could be
wondering where things are going at the moment. Just wait a
few weeks and the situation will become clearer.
CANCER (June 22nd – July 23rd)
A dream will give you a much better insight into how you feel
about a major decision. Make sure that you take the message
seriously. Romance. Someone whom you met recently
through your job will be interested in you. They are not really
your type, however.
LEO (July 24th – August 23rd)
may have forgotten about some money which you have
hidden in the house. Romance. This should be a very good
time for the long-term future of your relationship.
VIRGO (August 24th – September 23rd)
You will need to use your intuition this week. The most logical
solution may not be the best one to take. Decide what feels
right to you, and do that. Romance. A brief meeting with a
stranger may be the start of something new. Don’t hold back.
LIBRA (September 24th – October 23rd)
A powerful aspect to Jupiter will help to make you a little
more assertive than you have been recently. Push ahead with
an idea which you have been mulling over. Romance. Your
recent behavior may have confused your friends. Soon, they
SCORPIO (October 24th – November 22nd)
Some amusing incidents at work will help to brighten up your
week. Your relationship with your co-workers will also improve
soon. Romance. Your partner may need rather more attention
than normal. Try to give as much as you can.
SAGITTARIUS (November 23rd – December 21st)
You might be feeling a little pent-up at the moment. You need
an outlet for your emotional energy. Romance. This is not a
good time to try to make any changes in your relationship.
There are some important differences between you, but you
have more in common than you realise.
CAPRICORN (December 22nd – January 20th)
A simple misunderstanding could get out of hand if you are
not careful. Make sure that you don’t get into any deep water.
Romance. A romantic evening will go well. You will be in a
very positive mood, and will be more than willing to forget
about a recent disagreement.
AQUARIUS (January 21st – February 19th)
Don’t get too absorbed in day-dreaming. A practical solution
may be better than one that only works in theory. Romance.
A comment by your partner may make you a little insecure.
known! It may be more innocent than you think.
PISCES (February 20th – March 20th)
Time spent alone will give you a chance to think over recent
events, and to make an important decision. Romance. You
will need a lot of emotional support from your partner at the
moment. You will be glad that they are there when you need
Some like it hot
WALK ON THE
The scarlet robin
From the Friends of Cox Scrub Conservation Park, Ashbourne.
Photo: Clive Furler
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