_Kid 1: Are you a real elf?
Me: Of course, I am.
Kid 2: But why haven’t you got pointy ears?
Me: Not all elves have pointy ears.
_Blink. Where did 2011 go?
In fact, where has the last decade gone?
It’s just flown by, even though I’ve tried to borrow it, waste it, make it, speed it up, slow it down or kill it.
After all these years, however, I've given up trying to manage it. Heck, most of the time I don’t even know what day it is.
_ “You’re missing out!” my cousin reported down the phone line. “There’s a metre of snow outside.”
Yeah, right, I thought. We’d been having great weather and outside my window I spotted a cloudless blue sky.
There wasn’t a hint of snow apart from the distant white-capped mountains.
New Zealand 2008
New Zealand 2006
United Kingdom 2004
Athens Olympics 2004
Beijing to Athens 1994
I acknowledge the traditional Custodians of the land on which I work and live, the Gubbi Gubbi / Kabi Kabi and Joondoburri people, and recognise their continuing connection to land, the waters and sky. I pay my respect to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and emerging.
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