Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Busy with Christmas

It has been a busy week and now I am relaxing. Aaaahhh.

The Chorale provided some light entertainment at the Somerville Community Services Christmas party on Thursday night. It was a delightful party for some really deserving people. The Somerville clients are all disabled, some very disabled indeed. The organisation is terrific in the way they provide support for their clients, carers, and families. This is a local charity begun by Margaret Somerville who as a young woman rescued more than a hundred children at the beginning of World War II and managed to get them all to Sydney travelling overland. The great work goes on, helping without any expectation of reward or acknowledgement. Nowadays of course there are professional paid staff as well as the volunteers. Each year they hold a Christmas party in one of the function rooms at Parliament House and one of the politicians picks up the tab. We sang well known carols, as did the Sing Song Signers. A small group of clients presented a small nativity play. Some presentations and speeches rounded out a happy occasion. A truly joyous event.

The choir and the ensemble.
Whoops, and a techie arranging something behind us.
Here is just one of the lovely painted windows
on the western wall.
The afternoon sun  shone through.
Then on Sunday The Darwin Chorale had our Christmas concert. Many weeks of earnest rehearsing resulted in a perfect show. St Mary's Cathedral was packed even though it was mid-afternoon and the temperature was around 35. Yes, with high humidity too. (No air-conditioning in this cathedral.) I loved every minute. People passing by crept in to listen (without paying). It's true, sweaty people covered in tattoos and looking like they have not seen a bath in days still love beautiful music.
Our concert, The Voice of Christmas, included soloists, small groups, the entire choir, and orchestral pieces. Thank you Saint-Saens for your beautiful Christmas Oratorio. Wonderful stuff. After the interval the tone was a bit lighter with carols and Christmas songs from a few different countries. It does seem rather special when you sing with the harp. Then the rousing Hallelujah Chorus out of Handel's Messiah. Oh, yes, Christmas!

These photos were not taken by me at all but have been shared by friends. I was busy singing!!

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Fabulous evening

Sing Song Signers on the left and Fiona singing.
Our Carols by Candlelight show was wonderful. In past years I have been in the audience. I have watched similar shows on TV. But ... the experience of being on stage for the night was completely different. If you ever have such an opportunity grab it.

My awfully blurry shot.
The horses and the officers were decorated  for Christmas.
We had an audience of over 7 000 people; an incredible effort really for a town of about 90 000. Suburbs around town and nearby towns are also running Carols nights, so this shows the community is really involved in delivering the best possible Christmas to the maximum number of people.

One of the local television people acted as compere, and Johnathon Uptin, you did a great job.

Well done, Johno
Standing off stage while Fiona Wake sings
The mounted Police were there - no illegal drugs were in evidence as far as I know. Private security guards were also in attendance. There is a lot of valuable equipment at a show like this.

The Kiwanis clubs ran food and drink stalls.

Every audience member was issued with a battery operated candle and a song book as people came through the gates. People had brought solar lights, torches, glow sticks, headbands with lights, and even real candles to add to the festivities. After dark the scene was really pretty.

Thank you to the Kiwanis
As people came in they could write their name on a raffle ticket. A winner was drawn and won a Samsung tablet. What a generous sponsor! One lucky winner was very pleased.

Another sponsor provided free polo shirts for every choir member, designed by Peter Morrissey no less.

As the night became dark the audience waved their candles. I've seen on TV when this happens the artist of stage says it is wonderful. I thought this was just showmanship. No! From the stage it is incredible. Wow! Black with stars moving. Get yourself on stage and see it for yourself.

Ambrose was just one of the many talented performers
One gorgeous part was when we sang Silent Night. The first verse was by a soloist singing in Greek. The next soloist sang in Tagalog. The third soloist sang in Indonesian. Beat that Myer Music Bowl!

The program was a combination of traditional carols and modern Christmas songs. Really engaging. And Santa appeared, of course, after Jingle Bells.

After the concert we had fireworks. And fireworks, And fireworks. For twenty minutes. Someone was a wonderful sponsor. Can you imagine how many huge sparkly things can be in the sky over twenty minutes? We sat there like a bunch of dills with our mouths open in awe. (Good thing there were no flies to come in.)

Some of these photos are mine are some were taken by my friends and given to me.

Gawking at the fireworks
As I said before, if you get the chance to be on stage as part of any Carols night outdoors, just do it.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

Carols by Candlelight in Darwin

Wow, can not believe it has been so long since I wrote here. Life gets in the way of living at times.
On stage. Lots of fans. About 32 degrees so quite nice really.

This afternoon we rehearsed for Carols by Candlelight. Tomorrow night is the show at the amphitheatre in the Botanic Gardens. It might rain. It did while we rehearsed today.

Some of the singers and musicians are still at school.

This is the choir. We are a combination of the Darwin Chorale, the Youth Choir, the Indonesian Mission Church Choir, the Filipino Congregation of St Paul, Vox Crox, Sing Song Signers, and Sing Australia. The Sing Song Signers not only sing with their voices but sign the carols with their hands.
The techies' view.

We have music from the Darwin City Brass Band, the Army Band, NT Music School, and Ritmico. Ritmico are a percussion band of about 20 school students.

And of course the soloists, including Shalom Kaa, Stevie Kyriacou, Danica Walker, Nimila Heys, Katie Young, Jazmin Tomsen, Ambrose Nichols-Skene, Angela Martinez, Sevasti Karavas, Fiona Wake, Brian Manning, Jemima Fernandes, Ken Broday, Mike Foley, and Angie Datseres.

Children will run about all through the concert. Food stalls will keep everyone feeling fine. Stars and moonlight if the clouds stay away. Perfume of tropical flowers. Live entertainment.
The audience will sit on the lawn. It is a fabulous venue right in the heart of the city.
Wonderful sponsors. Lots and lots of generous sponsors. Just a gold coin entry and the money all goes to charity.

After the singing and speeches there will be fireworks.

Gotta love that! Why live anywhere else? Bet you wish you were here.

Sunday, 18 October 2015

2015 Solar Cars

Today was the beginning of the 2015 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. Awesome.
I really enjoy these solar car events.

The cars started this morning from Parliament House and drove through the city, out onto the highway, and headed for Adelaide. The first car was the Stella Lux from the Netherlands.
There are 46 cars from 25 different countries.


One car is so good it is already registered to be used as a normal car on normal roads in Europe.
Several of the cars are suitable for passengers.
This unusual car was from Cambridge.
What a huge development this is from the early days when school students worked on the cars and they were not much more than bicycles. This race was first held in 1987. The course is 3 000 km long. The cars are fragile and have to be transported long distances so a big support team is required. They are permitted 6 square metres of solar panels and must complete the course on solar and kinetic energy. One car has a system of batteries so it can store the solar energy and then use it to continue after dark.

Yesterday we went out to Hidden Valley Raceway to watch the teams tinker with their vehicles and to watch some of the time trials.
I took rather a lot of photos but will post just a few. There are many support people involved in this exercise as you can imagine. And lots of spectators like me.

Lots of taking apart and tinkering.
There is no way I would ever even consider sitting in a tiny cabin under the blazing sun all day and then camping by the vehicle overnight. What inspires these young engineers?

I am not good at posting photos so these might be strung out a bit.


Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Satellite images

Have you seen these images?
This is one Himawari-8 image.
You can see that the detail is much better than in the photo below.


There is a Japanese satellite, Himawari-8, which broadcasts real-time images of our planet. These can be used for weather forecasting, for determining sailing conditions, emergency services, and for agricultural purposes. There are doubtless other uses, but I do not really know what they are.
The images from Himawari-8 are much more detailed than those from the Bureau of Meteorology satellite MTSAT-2. There is also about fifty times more data  associated with these images than has previously been available. (Yes, I am a bit lost within all the science and technology here.)

Go to this site and have a look. It is worth trying all the little buttons and options. Have fun!


The photos here are from that website.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Miniature knitting

I have a friend with a dolls' house. Not a child's doll house, but a beautiful creation with handmade accessories. Wendy has made some of the furniture herself, including the sofa she upholstered with pieces of a kid glove. She has stitched carpets, clothing, curtains, and quilts in miniature. Beautiful, and a testament to her craft skills.

I saw this video and thought some of you may be as fascinated as I am by this world of creating things on a very small scale. Garments like these are in Wendy's doll house, on dolls and in the wardrobes.


This website is fascinating. http://www.bugknits.com/
Althea Crome knits in miniature and has patterns for sale.
Here are some photos of her work (from her website).




One of these days, When I have time (!!!) I will investigate this more. I might even finish the tiny bag I started about ten years ago as a kit. Can I do it? Maybe. Wendy wears a magnifier on a headband so she can see her own work. Many things are possible.

Saturday, 10 October 2015

New family member

We are all delighted to welcome into the world little Matilda.
Here she is with her proud father, my nephew.
Matilda is the first grandchild for my younger sister.


Friday, 9 October 2015

Home and happy

We are home. Wonderful home. Happy home.

What's so good?

Yes, I cut the cake while it was still too warm
and that is why it looks a bit shabby.
The no-recipe cake still tastes delicious with a cuppa.
For a start I do not wear shoes at home unless I am going out. Like most locals we take our shoes off and on at the front door. Going out shoes are sandals of course. Shopping shoes are thongs. Gym shoes are sneakers, but actually I hardly ever remember to go to the gym. My feet are happy, happy, happy. Feel those cool tiles and soft carpet.

Happy cooking. Made a cake. Yes, I know if I eat cake I will not get any slimmer; but I still made one. Made a giant-sized casserole and stored the extra in the freezer. Happy, because we can have a home-cooked meal without any stress or shopping next week. That might go with the home-made bread that is hidden alongside the casseroles.

Happy studying. Oh, dear, very little study was done while we were away. Coulda, shoulda, but didn't. We were both really tired from all those emotions. Now I am relaxed I can make a determined effort with another assignment. Must keep that old brain functioning.

Happy looking at the busy ships on the harbour. Fishermen going out to try their luck. Big ships. Tugs. Sailing boats.

It looks quiet and relaxing, doesn't it?
Late afternoon light.
It is officially the Wet Season now. The night we arrived home the rain poured down. 82mm in our area in just a few hours. Lovely.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Fantastic Family

My husband with an aunt and two of his cousins.
Can you spot the family resemblance?
Talk about ups and downs!
From Sydney we went by train to Newcastle. It has been absolutely fantastic. Did you know that in New South Wales people in their sixties can catch three trains and two ferries all on the same $2.50 ticket? Yes, travel all day as far as you wish on the one ticket. Train, bus, and ferry were all covered as long as it was the public transport system.

My long-suffering, but nevertheless loved, husband has family in Newcastle and the surrounding district. We spent hours and hours with various cousins chatting, going out for meals, gossiping, catching up, and just relaxing.
They invited us to a birthday party. One cousin, John, turned 60 and his son Ryan turned 30.
John works on a freighter travelling from Karratha to Osaka. He is an energetic man’s man type. Blokey. Physically strong. Formal school did not appeal to him, but he has excelled in the real world. As a boy he was a Queen’s scout. He rode a motorbike from Newcastle to Perth once, just for a bit of fun. He enjoyed driving a LandRover from Perth to Darwin so much that he went to all the trouble of getting a driver's license too.
John and his mother Norah.
Norah is only 82 and is very lively.
Ryan, his son, is very similar, but academically strong as well. Ryan has just graduated with a management degree from Swinburne University.

It was decided to go to Buttai Barn for country-western themed party. That was a challenge we were all happy to accept. This place is out in the scrub and specializes in country style entertainment. Maybe there were 250 people there that night. What a terrific time we all had! You should have seen the costumes of the people there. Cowboy hats and sheriff badges, toy guns and drizabones. One girl even wore an inflatable horse costume.
At least six birthday party groups were there. And a Hens Night group too. A talented singer performed for hours giving us many old favorites. Dolly Parton would have been envious of her talent.There was a special arena with a mechanical bull-riding machine. John and Ryan each had a go at that. Food was plentiful and delicious. Something for everyone including the vegetarians and coeliacs. There was bush dancing and live music for other dancing too.

Cousins galore, and a future cousin too.
How many cousins did we see? At least one aunt, three cousins, four nephews, two nieces, two great nephews, and a few whose relationships go into the seconds, thirds, and removed categories. Just how you categorise the grandson of a cousin will take me a while to sort out. And be careful of second wives/husbands/partners too.

We hired a car and drove around the district as well. Aah, life in the sophisticated parts of Australia can be good indeed. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Complicated times and complicated feelings


I am away from home having escaped from Sydney this morning. Was in Sydney for complicated reasons.

I need to write and express my feelings. Maybe if you read it, you may find it helps you understand other people more clearly.

Michael with his sister Anne
Yesterday we visited my husband’s older sister in Lithgow hospital. This is the last time we will see her. Anne has cancer, mainly in the brain but also at other sites. Anne is just three years older than my husband and the other sister is eleven years younger again. As you can expect that visit was difficult.

Poor Anne was just feeling a little off-colour. Off to her GP she went and has never returned home again. It has been only six weeks and she is now bed-ridden, paralysed down one side and needs to be spoon fed. The positive side is that Anne has a constant stream of visitors from the Lithgow community where she and her husband have been active in many clubs and organisations for forty years.

Anne loves the great outdoors
and bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
Anne is also supported and surrounded by her loving family at this horrible time. One of her sons has flown home from Sweden where he left his wife, daughter and new-born son. This was hard to organise because of his residency status, visas, and employment. Another son has flown home from Germany, and his family will arrive in a few weeks. They have a house in Australia and their situation is easier. The oldest son, home from Kenya last year, has revealed personal fortitude and is holding the family together. Another son and a daughter are visiting as often as they can. Don, Anne’s husband, was the one with the long-term chronic health conditions so it has been a shock for him. He has found new strength.

It looks as if this is an affluent family with opportunities galore. No, not at all. Lithgow was a small coal mining town when Anne and Don met. Her parents strongly opposed the marriage, but the young couple were deeply in love. Five children followed and everyone went to Catholic schools. Anne eventually returned to teach in one of those schools after the children had left. The family grew most of their own vegetables in a massive backyard garden. No music lessons or anything fancy. Don worked as a pastry cook and eventually bought the business where he was employed. Not all the children went to university, but those who did paid their own way. Four of the five backpacked and worked in other countries. Two have never married. It is a family where everyone makes a big effort all the time. And everyone loves each other.

I was lucky enough to have accumulated some points and so we were able to fly business class from Darwin to Brisbane and then Brisbane to Sydney. That was comforting. No ambulance was needed for me this time.

The hotel we booked in Sydney, the Mercure near Central Station, was a nightmare. Yes, there were positives. The shower was fabulous. The sheets and towels were meticulously clean. The location was brilliant. We had booked for two people well in advance but it was non-refundable so we were stuck with it. The housekeeping staff did service the room while we were there and so I know that what we experienced is the recognised standard for this hotel. I like it when the phone works. Not at the Mercure! I like to have toiletries provided. At least there was soap and toilet tissue. I like it when the drains actually work and the water drains from the hand basin instead of just sitting there for an hour. I like it when the TV controls work too. I like to have a pillow for my head. The brochure about a pillow menu was completely false as no such service existed and I did not even have a pillow. The Mercure in the Sydney CBD thinks those things are unnecessary. But they were happy to take my money. Our stay was absolutely ghastly. The staff at Reception would not even serve me when I approached. Weird men in the foyer kept trying to steal my luggage even though I was holding it firmly. No-one tried to steal my husband’s luggage, so it was very unnerving. NEVER EVER book into that place. Sleeping in the gutter would be better!

Good to see family members who live far from us. Sad times. Horrible accommodation. Lovely flights. Wonderful meal at a nice restaurant last night. We went to a cafĂ© this morning for breakfast and the girl tried to charge us $60 for our food because she did not know the difference between 60 and 16. I expected the weather to be cold and packed accordingly. No, it’s not cold. There are pretty flowers. The public transport system here is wonderful. I realise I am in an emotional torrent. Up and down, tossing, bumping. To anyone who sees me there is no sign.

The next person who annoys you could be just like me right now. Or worse. Try to imagine why. It might help you to maintain your equilibrium. Someone needs to stay evenly balanced.

Sunday, 20 September 2015

Run, walk or just stagger!

The course for the famous Mitchell Street Mile
Today is a big day around town. It's the Mitchell Street Mile!!!

Yes, if only you were here you could be competing in the richest purse of any road footrace in Australia. There is a prize pool of $35 000.

Competitors have arrived from all over Australia and some from overseas. One from Japan looks to be the most likely winner in her section.

There are nine different categories so everyone can enjoy themselves. Would you like to be in the Fancy Dress race? 12 years and under? Defence Force? You only have to cover the distance, you know, because of the hundreds of competitors only one will win each section.

The weather is fabulous - sunny, tropical breeze, low humidity. The course is right in the middle of the city and the whole event is in the cool of the late afternoon. Lots of spectators to cheer and encourage everyone. Run, walk, or stagger - a mile is not far.

Am I a competitor? Not this year.

This is the link where you can find out all the interesting stuff. And it is where I found the map which I have posted here.
http://www.mitchellstreetmile.com.au/

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Wrinkles

My older sister had another birthday. She is 86. And ... the worst part is she has fewer wrinkles than I have.
It is not all genetic of course. Families do not share the good bits equally. But at 86 she is still in glowing good health.


Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Living luxury

Veronique Serrett
I copied the photo from the dso website.
We went out again! Another classical concert!
Aaah, yes, but this was different.

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra  (website    http://dso.org.au/news/dsos-new-concertmaster/) has always been volunteers, but this year we have a special concert master. Who? Veronique Serrett.
Who? The most talented and most capable violinist in Australia, that's who. And she sure does not look like a traditional lady violin player either.

The concert was called "Realm and Resonance" and the idea was to hear music which is strongly representative of certain cultural groups. The conductor, Matthew Wood, introduced each piece with an explanation of who what when where and why. Good idea. There is so much floating around inside my brain that sometimes I do not automatically catch the right bits. I needed that help.

The concert started with Finlandia. Sibelius created a dream and the orchestra did it well.
This was followed by Romanian Folk Dances collected and notated by Bartok. Wonderful.
Next was Tzigane by Ravel, played by Veronique Serrett. OK. This piece was deliberately written to be the most difficult piece ever for the violin and was a personal challenge from Ravel to his friend d'Aranyi. There is a long section by the soloist and then a shorter section that includes the orchestra. The violinist appeared. I was a little surprised. Barefoot. Half head shaved. Attitude. We were spellbound. She knew her job!

After interval Veronique joined the orchestra as first violinist. Now wearing highest of heels and trousers. More rockstar than traditional, and most of the ladies playing that night were big on black lace.
We heard Sculthorpe's Sun Music. That's not my favourite, but it is good to see (hear) orchestral music stretched and arty.
We finished with Suite Algerienne by Saint-Saens.

So who was in the audience? Not a lot of tattooed bikies. A range of ages, including babes in arms. Rich, poor, old, young. Dressed up, dressed casually.
Who was in the orchestra? A range of ages. Not a lot of tattoos. Rich, poor, young, old.
The concert was really accessible and we paid only $20 each. Some people paid more, and got nothing more than we did for the extra money. The venue was fabulous - Darwin Convention Centre. Every seat is a good seat.

The concert was absolutely fantastic. Loved every minute, even the Sculthorpe.

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Domesticity

That terrible disease, Domesticity, has struck again. Quick! Grab the smelling salts!
3 small jars plus some in a dish in the fridge
Turned to a recipe book. Was that wise?

Surprised myself by making a batch of marmalade. Yes, the love of my life enjoys it on toast. Maybe he is related to Paddington bear.

But Father's Day looms and even though my own father has gone from this world other fathers deserve something special to honour their efforts. My husband put lot of effort into being a good father.

Not sure how good this marmalade really is, but tomorrow's breakfast will provide a genuine test. It seems fine to me. The process seemed quite easy although I thought making this sort of thing was supposed to be hard.

Citrus and Tomato Marmalade
 
500g tomatoes
1 orange
1 lemon
2 cups sugar

  1. First sterilize your jars. This recipe made 3 cups for me, but it all depends on the sizes of the orange and lemon. Sterilize an extra jar.
  2. Very finely slice the lemon and orange. Probably it is easier if you have a food processor. You must include the peel but not the seeds.
  3. Chop the tomatoes.
  4. Cook the tomatoes, orange and lemon until the peel is soft. Allow about an hour.
  5. Blitz this with a stick blender.
  6. Add the sugar.
  7. Cook for about another half hour. It will spit, so stir it often.
  8. I wonder if sophisticated families add whiskey at this point. I didn't.
  9. Test to see if it is thick enough. Put  spoonful on a cool saucer. It will not be runny when it is finished.
  10. Carefully get it into those jars. Seal them.
  11. Label the jars, and don't forget the date.

Friday, 28 August 2015

The Girl in the Spider's Web

Did you get yours?
Have you finished yet?
No, I am definitely not finished this installment in the Millennium saga.

I have enjoyed the three books by Stieg Larsson and hope to enjoy this as well.
It is looking like a good weekend.
And yes, the book came with a matching dilly bag.

Update: Finished reading The Girl in the Spider's Web. The plot is absorbing. Most of the book is just what I had hoped. But ... it takes about 100 pages to get down to business. There seems to be a lot of explanation of characters that is quite slow and irritating. Long, clumsy sentences. I've had a lot on my mind so did not stay up all night reading. Lisbeth Salander's character has been developed in a new direction, leading to interesting future possibilities. Would I recommend it? Yes. Now that the new writer has found his path I am keen for a few more episodes.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Chamber Orchestra

Waiting for the moment.
No fancy sets.
No sitting down on the job.
Stand up and play!
It is the Darwin Festival this month. Lots to see, do, hear, eat, etc.

Last night we went to hear ACO2 which consists of the young rising stars of the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Fantastic!!! They played violins, violas, cellos, and a double bass.

Some members of the group did a free lunchtime concert in Raintree Park in the CBD yesterday. And the crowd was spellbound. Homeless to high income - we love a bit of music here and appreciate different styles and genres.

The Darwin Entertainment Centre was packed for this one night only show. Hi vis shirts were swapped for the good stuff. Bring out the pearls, girls. Luckily I had bought our tickets a few weeks earlier and we had excellent seats close to the stage.

The show was called Best of British and consisted of pieces composed in Britain by a variety of well-known composers. Here is a link to the program and a bit of information. https://www.aco.com.au/whats_on/event_detail/bestofbritish

The director and lead violin was Alexander Sitkovetsky. He played with enthusiasm and leadership. Obviously this man lives and breathes, laughs and cries, string music. What a performer; but he never squashes the people playing alongside him. Everyone travels together, joyously.

The best, the absolute knock-your-socks-off best, piece was the Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge. You do not have to be a violinist to appreciate this composition by Benjamin Britten. It's long, technically difficult, and a piece to be seen not just heard.

If you get the chance to attend one of their concerts then do it.

I have copied this photo from the website I mentioned above.

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Special occasion

I had a really special occasion last week. I was so excited; I felt like a celebrity.
Best bib and tucker
Piles of makeup
I was invited to a reception at Government House. The occasion was part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations for the Darwin Chorale. Honestly I was floating on air for days.

The House of Seven Gables
No armed guards
The invitation looked very grand with the gold crest and formal expressions.

We were asked to dress in Territory Rig. This means a long sleeved shirt, long trousers, and a tie for the men. Ladies are expected to wear a short dress suitable for a special occasion. Of course I wore my very best and fretted for days about the correct handbag.

Surrounded by louvred verandahs
Not a leaf out of place
I have been to Parliament House on many occasions but Government House is the home of the Administrator. We have an Administrator instead of a Governor because we are not yet a state. The Administrator is the representative of the Governor General and the Queen. It is a nominated position.

Some of us on the terrace on that gorgeous tropical evening
The house is called the House of Seven Gables and was built in 1839. When royal families visit the Territory they stay there, and yes there are heaps of visits. It's rather nice around here and royal families tend to make big investments. The Administrator and his family have a flat at the back of the building.
The gardens are always immaculate.

We had the reception on the terrace on the eastern side of the building. Stewards served both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. There were tiny things to eat. I was really impressed by the lovely speeches, but I guess you do not rise to such an exalted position if you can not do these things extremely well.
We had to be very careful when we snapped photos. Copyright is a major issue there.

Monday, 10 August 2015

A little light humour

Do you have that funny feeling?
This morning one of my friends sent me these jokes on Facebook. Someone owns the copyright and I would be happy to acknowledge them.
In the meantime enjoy a little light humour. The story is about lies our parents told us years ago.
Obviously some people had a much more recent childhood than I experienced - no battery operated toys for me.
Safety in the street however was very important.
I was told that I would get a black mark under my tongue if I told a lie. I think it is a vein. My mother must have a whopper of a vein!