Thursday, August 30, 2007

For the weekend

This is what we want to hear girls!

Not off to the circus

When we went shopping on Monday, Dom and I spent enough money to get free tickets to the circus which is camped at the side of the car park. The cashier was really pleased to announce this happy event to us, we just smiled politely. I’ve never liked circuses, I feel that it’s humiliating for the animals and any I’ve seen close up look miserable and unhealthy (when the circus comes to l’Houmeau the animals are tethered in the park).

Dom has been studying punishment and reward as part of her course and circus animals came into it. So she told me about some of the nasty tricks they use. Yesterday I came across this site. I feel I should pass it on to as many people as possible. The video is in English with French subtitles so please don’t be put off by the French site.

It is quite shocking.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Don't go shopping with a psy.

Dom accompanied me for the weekly shop this morning, she’ll soon be going back to Poitiers and was looking around for odds and ends (for mum to pay for no doubt). When we got to the till she was very helpful but would insist on giving everything a category. For example there was ‘dead stuff’ which was mainly meat; then ‘heavy stuff’, ‘lighter stuff’ and then ‘phallic stuff’ which consisted of anything from deodorant to cucumbers. She explained that this is what you get when you take a psychologist shopping with you. Thank goodness no one could understand what we were talking about.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Another "Sunday" post: Unconscious Mutterings

  1. Uneven :: lumpy

  2. Wonder :: awe

  3. Spider :: legs

  4. Emma :: Jane Austin

  5. Swing :: saxaphone

  6. Orbit :: space ship

  7. Flirt :: 'naughty'

  8. Donation :: gift

  9. Veil :: nuns

  10. Atmosphere :: fresh air

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It is Sunday!

There is a new quiz game coming to French TV in September, you’ve probably seen it, "Are people as clever as the average ten year old?" or something like that:

OLIVIER: Did you know that more Americans know who Ronald McDonald is than know who Jesus was?

ANJI: Do you know who Jesus was?

ROB: Jesus was the son of God.

OLIVIER: Don’t be ridiculous, God didn’t have children!

ANJI: (amazed that she could remember it all)l “God so loved the world…..”

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Try again

For those who had problems with the Funny Ads site try it will take you to the same place, hopefully....

Banner problem

Nothing much is happening around the Knutsen residence at the moment. It’s been rather wet and windy over the past few days and I’ve been working hard on the postcards. I’m trying to make a banner to lead to our ebay list. I’ve created the image but I’ve now got to work out how to make it lead to where I want it to go. Other people do it so I should be able to work it out. Any ideas?

Friday, August 17, 2007

Funny ads

I get this every week. You must watch the LA County Fair one if you havn't seen it - if it's still up. Watch them all!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Red Alert

I was watching TV last night around 10 o’clock when we had a red band appear on the screen. I’ve only ever seen this once before. A 5 year old boy had disappeared in the Paris region, last seen with a man with his arm in plaster. Dom told me this morning that by the time the midnight bulletin came round the boy had been found safe and sound. The man has been in prison before (what for we don’ know) and was wearing a blue plaster cast.

It’s good to know the system works, isn’t it?

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Being in the right place at the right time...

Or being in the wrong place at the wrong time…

Dom was working here last week when a member of the public came down the stairs and told her that someone was going to throw himself off the top of the tower. He was quite calm so Dom thought that he was joking at first. He insisted that he wasn’t, so she ran all the way to the top. She found the man and managed to calm him down and persuade him to go downstairs with her. Then he ran away. She reported what had happened to her superior who notified the police. We’ve looked in the newspaper everyday and no reports of a suicide locally so hopefully he’s okay.

When she started work Rob told her that the job would be rich in case studies for her, but I don’t think meant that kind of thing. The last suicide attempt from that tower was in the early 90s. No one works there now from that epoch and the archives of the local paper online don’t go back that far.

The Forest Rangers

You know what I’m like, things suddenly pop into my head. Well, this morning it was The Forest Rangers. Do you remember them? I seem to remember watching them on Saturdays. I’ve discovered that I was between 8 and 11 years old at the time.

They’ve recently had a reunion. Joe Two Rivers was my favourite character and here he is today. More information and pics here. I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers them.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Dream time

Olivier had a strange dream, he dreamt that Rob bought me a motorbike, a big one like a GoldWing. I was hopeless on it and kept nearly falling off it. When I wanted to turn a corner I’d let go of the handlebars. When I offered Olivier a test drive – he woke up!

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Highs and lows and a clicky thumb

Hopefully we’ll settle into more of a routine; The computer seems to be working better than before (touch wood). I (meaning me by myself) installed Firefox, why didn’t we use it before?

A couple of weeks ago I went to the Doctors for my three monthly check up and I was congratulated all round for my excellent results. He even drew me a picture to demonstrate why I’ve got a clicky thumb. He’s really pleased that I control my blood sugar levels with diet, though I can’t say that I make an enormous effort. He forgot to tell me I need to lose some weight.

Two evenings ago we went for our usual evening stroll to the beach and on the way back I started to feel very strange indeed. I felt like I couldn’t walk straight and that I wasn’t really there, I was sweating quite a bit too which I put down to hot flash. When I got home I tested my sugar level and it was really low 58 mg/dL (or 3.19 mmol/L) , no wonder I felt weird. I ate a banana and a small piece of cheese and after 20 minutes I was up to 114mg/dL (or 6.27 mmol/L). Needless to say I took some sugar cubes to bed with me just in case. I had spaghetti bolognaise to eat that evening which is not out of the ordinary and usually gives a normal reading. Perhaps it’s my age?

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Chez Anji

I found this video clip on You tube. It's of L'Houmeau beach. This is where I live, so I thought you'd like to see it.

The film has been made by someone concerned about the dangers of windsurfing. The beach is steep and tricky if the tide is low. If you happen here because you are planning to come to L'Houmeau for a holiday, don't swim when there is a low tide, there are still some old oyster beds which you could injure yourself on.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


This is the August picture on my Tahitian calendar. I hope you’re having good weather where ever you are. It’s hot and sunny here. Rob and I went for a late walk a couple of evenings ago and saw the moon rise. It was huge and pinky gold, a real harvest moon, very romantic.

Rob had a visit from his expupil who sent us the calendar. They have just been home for a break and have gone back for another years slog in Tahiti! He gave us a calendar for 2008 and some playing cards. It was nice of them to think of us.