Is there life beyond 2012?

Have you seen this cartoon on Facebook, or elsewhere? It makes me smile…however

it is more than likely that there will be a 2013.

What are you going to do with it?

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I have moved my blog

Life @ Number 8

I have switched to a self hosted blog

come on over HERE

I have only just been told the link to my new blog was broken its there now, Please join me.

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farewell Tony Curtis

Oscar-nominated actor Tony Curtis (85) has died.

His daughter Jamie Lee Curtis’ rep has confirmed the news of the legendary actor’s passing.

Tony Curtis, whose real name was Bernard Schwartz, was a most remarkable actor. Talented, good-looking & versatile

Clinical Psychologist Dr Pamela Stephenson Connolly conducted a riveting interview with Tony Curtis. She talked to Tony Curtis, swathed in black & totally bald, hardly recognisable yet still the actor.  They spoke about his violent mother, his guilt over the death of his younger brother and his relationships with some of the most famous women in the world. I found it riveting.

check out the rest of the interview here

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6 clues to choosing an iphone plan or cap

a little back ground first.

I wanted to change, as in  lower the Plan I have for my iPhone(3)

I have noticed I have huge amounts of everything left at the end of the month & so I thought I’d keep a little more of my money in my pocket.

Fair enough? You’d think so wouldn’t you?

I went to the website & read all the Plan & Cap details. (this can require the focus & attention used for writing a university paper)

No one so far can explain why a Cap is a Cap (especially when it is unlimited – what’s capped? If you know please tell me.) or a Plan is a Plan.

I thought I had it all figured out, but to be sure I rang & talked it through with a person I trust. Ok. The change takes place on 1st October. However at 3am this morning (30th Sept) I woke in fright.

I called to recheck a few things.I called the provider.

This is what I learned:

1. a $79 Cap is not $79 it’s $84 . Why? Because when you select this Cap there will be a $5 extra fee, as it is not a Cap designed for your phone.

1A there will be a sizeable fee for the privilege of changing your Cap/Plan between contract times. I evoked the I have been with you guys for 6+ years & it was waved.

2. If you select the $79/$84 Cap with said fee you will pay the $5 fee no matter what other changes you might make for the duration of you contract. Bad luck if you have 18 months to go.

3. 24 month contracts are not forever. When you get to the end of a 24 month contract you can in fact change to a 12 month contract.

4. If you call the main Call Center number – by the way this now costs 30cents unlimited time, rather than the 15 it used to cost. Did they tell us about the increase? I didn’t get the message if they did – you can be transferred through to whatever department you need, still for the 30 cents.

5. Calls to 1300 or 1800 numbers are not free from a mobile. Unless they are covered in your Cap/Plan they will be charged at 40cents per 30 seconds & a 40cent flag fall. Nice little money-spinner for them huh?

6. If you have your iPhone set to roaming (its default) then it will automatically search for the strongest signal, & if this is not your provider, again it’s your bad luck. The fees for the time will take  your account to shock level.  I was shown how in settings I could deselect roaming & so now my phone only connects to my server, so no more account shocks. I have never not had service.Depends where you are.

my provider is 3

Generally I have had a good relationship with them, & few troubles.

However the bottom line is that whoever your contract is with, they are a business, they are not there or you. You are there for them. They want your money. And they will get it. So read carefully, read the very small print, check all the * & + additions that are indicated. Ask questions. Lots of them. Then run it by someone else. Then think on it. Then be very very careful.

And by the way when overseas if you have your phone on roaming don’t assume you will have reception. Because largely you will not.

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Can a Gekko change it’s spots?


is ‘Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps’ worth seeing.


and New York looks beautiful

‘a fisherman always recognises another fisherman’.

the cancer of greed is still alive in Wall Street…then came the collapse of 2008

ironically Michael Douglas was suffering undiagnosed throat cancer as he made this film.

I hope this is not his swan-song as he is surely getting better with age.

Depending on your age, you might need to see the original Wall Street movie. I wonder what the rating on that was. I can’t recall the language/sex scene levels but I’d guess there were more than in this film. The rating on Wall St 2 I think is for the adult-concept.

(L) Shia LeBeouf (M) Josh Brolin (yes he still sounds like Jimmy)  (R) Michael Douglas

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coming soon

To my many readers & subscribers:

I have been creating & learning how to run a self-hosted blog.

Shortly I will be launching it

The new blog will replace this one.(though this one will remain)

It will have an easier URl, plus many functions that will make it easier for you,

to read, to share & enjoy.

I hope you will join me when I switch.

I will let you know when the countdown begins.

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could you pass this test?

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Australia‘s dementia week ended yesterday, but I forgot. No,don’t laugh I really did.

Today I was talking with a friend with a parent who underwent a basic questionnaire style early dementia test last week. Or maybe it was the one before.

There were 10 questions & the parent answered 3 correctly. Amongst the ones not answered incorrectly were what day is it? Now this person lives alone. There are no pointers to the day – all the days are the same. All the shops are open everyday, there is no school near by etc. The regular social clues are missing.

My friend said she would find it hard to tell what day it is. Having children in the home means you never get to forget.

We then decided to consider other questions – that would mean anyone in Australia would fail.(answers below)

1. Which political party in Australia has the majority?

2. Who won the 2010 Grand Final? (let alone what is the date of the game)

3. Who is the speaker of the House? (a Governmental/political position)

4. If you book a flight from Brisbane to Hamilton Island where will you land? (another friend recently took this flight with Jetstar & landed back in Brisbane due to the weather – why did they take off given the weather was bad before departure time? She left her home at 7am & arrived back at 7pm same day. )

5. If you book a ticket with Virgin Blue will you get a flight or just a motel room?

6. Explain the Clem 7

7. As a Queenslander why are you being invited to buy shares in QRail, which as a resident of the State you already own?

see how hard it is to prove you are normal?

But really it is a serious issue.

I saw an advertisement:

forgetting your daughter’s name is normal.

forgetting you have a daughter is not

more information here


1. it’s a knife-edge situation. 2. No one so far. It was a draw 68/68 the rules mean it has to be replayed. It is always played on the last Saturday in September. Weddings etc planned for the Saturday after are now under pressure. 3. Speaker of the house – who knows?: stand by. 4. It depends on the weather. Take out rain insurance when you book. 5. Their IT system crashed stranding thousands of travellers. 6. That’s the tunnel under the Brisbane River. A financial lemon. Hardly anyone uses it due to the toll. 7. It’s the policy of the current state Government that they forgot to mention before the last election: they are selling off all the states assets. Even though the GEC is over, & down here we are well on the road to recovery.

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