Venting


I live in Perth, Western Australia. On television and in the print media we constantly see information about “Buy Australian”, “Buy Western Australian”. More recently there was a campaign to stop buying interstate yoghurt or milk products. I understand the principle, but totally disagree with it.
What astounds me is these companies that push us to buy local, actually export their produce. Interstate and overseas markets import the products made locally. Now if these local producers want to reap the benefits of interstate and international markets, they are then not in a place where they can force us consumers to buy only local produce.
Another group of local companies that is crying the poor tale is the retailers. They are trying to change the laws to make it impossible for us the consumer to buy our goods online and from overseas. Why? The reason is the slump in their sales figures! Well excuse me, I, and other consumers, are not here to keep you in business or make your business viable. We are here to consume the goods we want and need to meet our needs, based on the money we have available to do so. Where and how we buy these goods is up to us and up to our thrifty nature to benefit the most. Do not dictate to me how and where I should buy the things I want and need. What you retailers and producers need to do is look at ways to improve and diversify in the global marketplace. If you are not able to do this, do not put your hand out expecting me to keep you in business.

On a slightly different note, but similar vein, peak period price increases is a concept that I think is just pure thievery. I understand the economic principles of supply and demand, but doubling your prices during peak periods is just robbery! We should all take a stand and stop paying these extortionate fees. What makes me laugh is that in the off-peak, these places are empty and have to offer their rooms and facilities at less than rack rate to get some money flowing in. So here is why, and it amazes me why this hasn’t been figured out by astute business people.
If you charge everyone double during peak periods, people then have zero money left to come and stay during off-peak periods. So what do get? You get only 50% occupancy during the year, but if you charged a smaller fee during peak, you would still have all the bums on the seats and people would have sufficient money to spend at another period during the year. Bingo, you would then make extra money. But no let’s get greedy and charge the highest price possible because the flawed laws of economics dictate this.

Long winded rant I know, but it is something that has been bugging me for ages and I am tired of living in a free, democratic society that is imposing more and more controls on us, just to benefit some organisations that believe they have the right for their business to be propped up by the people in the street.

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It amazes me how many people congregate when they think they are getting something for nothing or cheaper. When the petrol bowser price is reduced they drive from all over to queue for hours. When there are freebies on offer at the supermarket they congregate and push and shove. All understandable, but changing your behaviour and becoming a Neanderthal without any thought or consideration for those around you is not understandable.

A perfect example of this was on Friday when we attended the Good Food and Wine show at the Perth Convention Centre. There were many wine and food vendors offering free samples to all. Now really these are not free because you have to pay to enter the show, so in reality you are paying for the samples. So what do these people do? They gather around the trays of samples and stand there talking and hovering and not letting others near the offerings. Get what you want and move aside, and definitely do not glare at me when I say “excuse me” and reach in to get a sample.

That was bad enough but having my feet run over by trolleys these people have bought to store their purchases is worse! Drag it around mindlessly running over everything and everyone without a care in the world.

We did have a good time aside from the majority of people behaving in the aforementioned manner, and we were there to watch a Celebrity chef demonstration, which was fun.

I wouldn’t go again, the more I see the more I experience the less I like being out in the crowds with people. Though I didn’t feel this way the two times I have been to the US, maybe I was just lucky…

I am in the last few subjects of a Bachelor of Psychology and Addiction Studies and this has brought on a curiosity about substance addictions. Being an avid reader and fan of music I also have a fascination with books about music and musicians. On my book shelf I have biographies of nine musicians or groups and when I go to the library I will generally get one biography. On a recent trip to the library I picked up “I am the voice left from rehab” the second tragic biography of James Freud, who battled addiction from his teens. Tragically he took his own life in 2010. Of the nine biographies on my shelf only Sting’s “Broken Music” is not about the performers addiction.

Cover of "Scar Tissue"

Cover of Scar Tissue

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We are now in our sixth house, yes I am only 9 going on 10, it is 1975. We had a fairly large back garden. So brother dear decides to get the lawn mower petrol and pour a trail on the ground and get me to light it. Even though I had ( and still have) a scar on my stomach from where a match was put on my skin to teach me not to play with fire, I still proceeded to light the petrol, causing a little explosion that nearly included me in it. Oh boy I wish I had been a lot more aware back then! So failed attempt five came and went.

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Have you ever looked back at the early part of your life and think something wasn’t right? My parents told me recently that my older brother, by 11 months, was extremely jealous of me from the time I was born. Not sure if that exists now or even existed beyond toddler age, but there were a number of occasions that could have resulted in my demise. The first of these as early as two years of age. (more…)

Why is that when we travel the worst side of humans shows itself? Seems there are more self-centred individuals travelling than not. (more…)