That probably means a lot of rum has been consumed by the electorate celebrating or drowning sorrows.

Personally, I find politicians irritating and politics, for the most part, boring. And now we’re on our, let’s see…fifth,is it?Sixth? Prime Minister in eight years. If they keep this up, it could well replace Australian football as the national sport!

If you’ve been hanging around this blog long enough you might remember that I introduced an old friend of mine a few years ago. And this week seemed a good time to get him back to the studio….

So, here’s a rat’s take on current Canberra politics.Take it away,Ziggy.Yes, really.We don’t want it here!


Once the llittle fella got started he was on a roll, but I’m restricting him to two.


Ziggy might have a more regular column.Or he might just loll about on his steps, dropping fag ash. (I might get him to tidy his lines;he’s woefully out of practice!)

I’ve started reading that much-touted newly-published Harper Lee book. The library has a loooong waiting list for it and I’m struggling to finish it. I think I’ll take it back to the library and maybe have another whack at it when I can concentrate. So far, it doesn’t feel “right.” Ms Lee is on record as saying she would not publish this [the first ] version of “Mocking bird” and I don’t have an argument there.

On the viability of tomato seed….this is IN my compost bin. The winter was just a tad too cold for my compost to heat up enough to stop seeds germinating.IMG_4581




I posted this a couple of years ago and it’s worth another airing.

And yet…somehow, I don’t see the Canberra Hopefuls in this. In fact, I’m rather depressed that we have  a system so flawed that, instead of starting again from Square One, the  petty squabbles and childish phone calls on all sides can claim so much headline space. Oligarchy, anyone?

Something more calming to leave you with…

Now, back to that ink!