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The annual challenge

About 5 years ago I started trying to do the monster jumbo humongous cryptic crossword that appears in each of the Christmas and New Year editions of The Australian Financial Review.

There is nothing very special about this version of the crossword, apart from it being about 50% bigger than the one they run each week. That’s the same one I never do, and if I did the practice would mean I’d be able to do the Monster version easily. Normally during the year there is barely time to read a single newspaper on the weekend, let alone try and do a crossword. Holiday periods, on the other hand…

So, anyhow, each year I use the time off in a highly productive manner to try and get as much of this sucker done as I can. Usually I give up and pass it to Wilma the Walrus for a while. She gets a bunch more, then it comes back, and so on. We normally put in about 10 to 20 hours on trying to solve these things, and each year come back for more. Says something about our stubbornness I suppose.

This year we managed to get the first one about 60% complete, and only had a couple of mistakes when the solution was published with the next one.

So, for those who want to know how they heck to do a cryptic crossword, here is a rough guide. It’s rough, because I’m not very good!

1. Each clue as written normally often (but not always) gives “the clue” twice, and sometimes more times.

2. Sometimes link words are used in the clue, so you need to figure out if all the words are relevant or not.

3. Anagrams abound. Hints for an anagram include words like “shattered”, “scrambled” (obvious that one), “broken”, “arranged”, and there are many others.

4. Sometimes “left” and “right” can be very important, as a hint to take one word and place it to the left or right of another.

5. Sometimes words that are an answer to a clue will be broken apart and spread either side of another word. There is usually a hint that this is going on – often “around” will be used.

6. Multiple meanings and puns are sometimes used.

Now for some practical examples:

Clue: “Counsel deficient guy with one ball”.

Answer: Guidance

Reasoning: Whilst the mind might boggle at the clue, it breaks down thus:
1. To counsel is to give guidance
2. Deficient Guy is GU (ie something has been messed about with it)
3. With – indicates linking things to each other
4. One – the number “1″ looks like “i”
5. Ball – a ball is also a dance

Clue: “Singer reproduced note right”

Answer: Tenor

Reasoning:
1. A Tenor is a type of singer (classically trained male in the higher registers)
2. Reproduced indicates an anagram
3. NOTE rearranged gives TENO
4. Right in this case indicates that the first letter of “right” should be placed to the right, giving TENOR

Clue: “Type of meat girl acquired from crooked villager”

Answer: Veal

Reasoning:
1. VEAL is a type of meat
2. VILLAGER is an anagram, and the parts left over (acquired from) villager, when you remove V, E, A & L leaves you with the letters to make GIRL.

Clue: “I held twin not delivered normally or naturally”

Answer: In The Wild (3 words)

Reasoning:
1. “I held twin” is an anagram of “In the wild”
2. “not delivered normally” tells us that it is an anagram
3. “Naturally” alludes to things being natural – hence in their wild state, or “in the wild”

Clue: “A spy, experiencing difficulty, settles a debt”

Answer: Pays

Reasoning:
1. “A spy” is an anagram of “pays”
2. “experiencing difficulty” tells that there is an anagram
3. to settle a debt, is to pay, hence “settles a debt” is “pays”

Now, all I need is help with the roughly 60 I cannot solve!

Wierd weather, this

Today was 30 degrees by about 3 pm. Then thunder and lightening but no cooler.

Right this moment, its still thunder and lightening, and HAIL STONES THE SIZE OF MARBLES!

Unexpected visitor

Had a visit from this chap the other day:

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A little blue-tongue lizard – about 30 cm long. He cavorted through the garage for a while and then disappeared back into the garden. (And he did manage to squeeze through the gap you see under that door. Goodness knows how.)

Now that we have The Spike, he’d better be careful or he’ll get eaten :(

New member of the family

Today – after some trials and tribulations, we acquired SPIKE. He’s 10 weeks old and came from the local Animal Welfare League:

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Needless to say, after being home for an hour The Spike is exhausted. We also have two very happy children.

The ONLY reason I consented to getting another cat now was that I (or we, at various times) will be home a lot more than usual for the next week (being the Western Consumer Holiday, and all that). Having a kitten roaming with nobody much home for much of the day seemed very cruel, so this time worked fairly well.

That thing you see in the background is a new cat cushion, carefully made in secret by She Who Must Be Obeyed. This thing is a cat bean-bag with extra padding. Cat gets kept better than we do! OK, just kitting. [kidding, its a pun, geddit?]

We did not even tell the children where we were going – just “get in the car, there is somewhere we all have to go”. Oldest was most unimpressed because he was dragged away from the cricket. However, EVENTUALLY selecting the cat-of-choice soon fixed those worries.

You will notice that The Spike does not have any white – less chance of skin cancer, which is what did Ted in.

Along the way we ended up a Semaphore, and found Soto’s fish shop pretty much by accident. They make their own chips, and the batter on the fish was light and not too greasy. The best fish and chips I’ve had in ages – eaten on the grass by the beach with the seagulls squawking around. (Notice I’ve fallen off the low carb diet – these chips were just too good to ignore.)

Christmas (again)

Christmas (or Western Consumer Holiday), as redcap would call it, is over with again.

In Adelaide this year it has been cool, windy, an overcast for the last few days – tops of around 18 to 20, windy, with occasional bursts of blown mist. Sometimes this mist stuff is known as “rain”, but in the circumstances that would be an insult to a decent shower.

We’ve had a excess of eating – my brother and his wife are here from Melbourne. Unlike last year’s trip to Port Douglas we have been either home, parents house, relatives house, or eating out.

A brief summary:

Saturday: Dinner, XO Supper Club, Hutt St. Read John McGraths review. The place was booked out – chock-a-block. The menu left so much for decisions. There is a heavy Spanish influence, but they also do some seriously funky pizzas which we did not even get close to trying. All the entrées looked good – so good that I suggested (and we did!) order one of everything and just share them. We had 14 entrées between 8 of us, which was more than ample. Everything was good, though possibly slightly over-salted. Having a father who knows the deputy manager helped – we didn’t worry about the wine list and just went with her suggestions. And mahty fahne they were too:

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Sunday: Dinner, our house. 2 roast lamb legs done in the Weber. Roast vegetables, salads, fruit, and a couple of excellent red wines (again!). Not enough lamb left to feed a cat, let alone get another meal from it. This lamb was just plain-old Woolworths – nothing special, by the label – but it was very tender and just fell off the bone. We’ve not had lamb that good for ages.

Christmas day: Lunch, parents house, along with extended family on both sides. Jackets helped keep the cool at bay. The BBQ came in handy for doing marinated lamb kebabs and making garlic prawns. Somebody brought a couple of roast chooks. Lots of salads. As usual we ended up with far more than we could eat. Also as usual, a couple of good reds were consumed as well. Home about 7 pm – no room for anything more to eat, apart from a glass of water or two.

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Boxing day: Lunch, at relatives house by the seaside. More food, more salad, more wine. By now I’m feeling that I’ve had so much wine that I need a break from it for a while. And I was able to keep the food in moderation.

Tomorrow: (ie Wednesday): We are planning on going to a Chinese restaurant in town for Yum Cha – preferably an early sitting for lunch – may midday. Need to squeeze this in before Liddle Bro* and his wife go back to Melbourne!

Best parts of Christmas:

Seeing family – some of whom we only see once or twice a year

Not having too many presents, which have been kept mainly for the children and left as very modest for everybody else. (How do you choose presents for people who have everything they need? We put ourselves under pressure to find crap we hope they will like, and know that they are inwardly groaning about where to put the crap they get whilst politely making gushing noises: “oh, another set of drink coasters – how wonderful – thank you!”. It is far better to give modestly, and receive with real pleasure.)

Worst parts:

Getting home on Christmas Day to find that some visitor to a neighbour had parted across our driveway. Not partly across by accident. Right across. Sideways. 100% blockage. Stupid woman was walking away as we arrived, and fortunately came back to move her car – with a dirty look as though it’s our fault. There is a lot of street. Park further down, idiot! [If that's the worst part, then it's been pretty good overall.]

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* Liddle Bro hates being called anything apart from his real, proper, name. In the spirit of keeping names of family out of the blog, he’s Liddle Bro here, through his gritted teeth no doubt.

Christmas

Its the silly season.

I hope all the 2 or 3 readers out there have an enjoyable break and a safe Christmas.

Cricket is looking up

Big news folks! Shane Warne has finally announced his retirement!!

Already the accolades are pouring in, and he’s being compared to Don Bradman.

Who can seriously make such comparisons? And how trivially shallow they are!

Bradman was a gentlemen, known for his integrity on and off field.

Warne on the other hand, is a shallow, bogan yob. The only reason he has been kept on the Australian team is that he is a good bowler. However he has done the team a terrible disservice, bringing Australia into disrepute. Shane does not know how to spell integrity, let alone what it means.

The Australian Cricket Board are not much better. By allowing the infamous Australian sledging, and by keeping Warne on for so long, they have shown a win-at-all-costs mentality that goes against the spirit of a gentlemanly competition.

A brief recap of some or Warne’s more famous moments:

1992: Test début. Performed poorly.

1993: Showed exceptional bowling.

And then the fun started:

1994: Taking money from an Indian bookmaker for providing information about the pitch (covered up for 4 years by the ACB).

1999: Sponsored by the Quit smoking campaign, and caught smoking. Didn’t pay back the sponsorship money as far as I remember.

2001: Text messages to some nurse he met in a pub. One episode of many.

2003: Found using a banned diuretic, leading to a one year suspension.

One indiscretion might be excusable. Two should raise serious doubts. The number of times Warney has been in the news for extra-cricket scandals is unforgivable. It shows a lack of integrity on his part, and a lack of judgement on the part of the ACB.

Thankfully this awful yobbo is now going to retire.

Once he’s gone I might pay a tiny bit more attention to how Australia does in cricket.

A spending frenzy

I heard on the news while driving home that our retailers expect Christmas sales to come in around $20 BILLION.

On my rough as guts figuring, that’s over $850 per person, including babies, grandparents, prisoners, the homeless, etc etc etc.

So eliminating all those who are frugal or just don’t have a motza to spend, the typical spend is probably getting on for about $1000 per person.

This is just insane.

Christmas is not a religious celebration any more (it probably was once) – it’s just become an excuse to spend money buying stuff in a rabidly consumer society, which is very sad.

I wonder what the Muslims think of the western Christian societies at this time of year? They must look at the mixed messages and think we are completely crazy. As far as I know, their festivals (eg Ramadan) don’t have an associated requirement to go and spend vast amounts of money buying baubles and trinkets.

Makes you think :-)

See previous post about the buy-nothing Christmas.

More a them old pics

From 1989…

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Boys and balls

What is it with boys and balls?

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(And big thanks to Mel for the photos)

MythBusters

Fascinating interview with Adam Savage from MythBusters.

(With thanks to Steve at “The Sneeze”)

Jury Duty over!

Today was the last day. November / December really is the best month to get on this because you get about a week less than everybody else.

First trial I took 55 pages of notes.

Second trial, a mere 65 pages of notes.

Taking notes helps me to stay awake.

Impressions:

1. Things move slow.

2. Its tiring by the end of each day.

All done!!! Hooray!

Weight update

I’ll post a list of dates and weights in a while – when I get the mythical round tuit.

But the other day I was down to 76.5 – that’s a drop of 4.5 kg in about 4 weeks.

Today I had trouble whilst bounding off to da court-house – my trousers were loose. I ended up having to do the belt up another notch. A public embarrassment would not be a good look.

And I’ve been weak-willed – I’ve had the occasional biscuit, and a few corn chips. Pretty much no bread for the last 3 weeks, though.

Low carb – not that hard to stick to at all. I’m eating like a king and the result so far have been better than I expected.

How to make a salad that is not boring, Boring, BORING!!

When eating out we STILL get served a “green salad” that is deadly boring:

Great big hunks of iceberg lettuce, and a few pieces of quartered (hard) tomato. Yuk.

Sometimes we get the more adventurous “Greek” salad – which is the above with a couple of manky olives thrown in.

Sometimes it can be REALLY adventurous and have a couple of rings of raw onion. Double Yuk.

I blame our English heritage – historically in Australia we ate stodgy crud and didn’t know how to make a salad. That has changed in the last 20 years, but we have a way to go yet. The French do it better.

Here is how to make a decent salad:

Grab a handful of mixed lettuce leaves (red, green, whatever you can get – even iceberg if there is nothing else available). TEAR these into small pieces, not great big hunks, and put in a salad bowl. The rule of thumb is that if its too big to go in your mouth, its too big! Don’t cut with a knife – the edges go brown.

Halve some cherry tomatoes and throw in the bowl as well.

Slice about 1/2 a red capsicum into strips, about 1/2 cm wide and 2 to 3 cm long. NOT CHUNKS!

Add some good Kalamata olives – at least 3 or 4 per person. Don’t use those horrid stuffed olives, and don’t use the cheap nasty black olives from the supermarket (because they are not actually black, they are something else and dyed black… urgh!).

Get one of the newer burpless cucumbers where you can eat the skin. Cut off about 2 or 3 pieces, each about 2 cm long. Cut those into straws – lengthwise, and add to the bowl.

This gives you the basic green salad. You can stop here if you want, BUT a salad must have dressing, or it’s back in the BORING category. So see below.

OPTIONS (add any or all of these depending on what’s around):

Drain a small tin of corn kernels, and add.

Halve an avodaco. Cut the half into two, and remove the skin. Take each quarter and cut into about 8 pieces, and put these in the bowl. Put the other half of the avocado (skin on) in the fridge in a plastic bag – it will keep a couple of days and when you come to use it, just cut a THIN skim of the browned part off and toss it out.

Peel a carrot, cut into pieces about 2cm long, then cut those into straws and add.

Add a handful, or two, of bean sprouts for a nice crunch.

Add some rocket. It has a nice peppery taste.

Add some sweet basil leaves, torn of course.

Add a small handful of cashew nuts.

Add some small cubes of cheese. Any sort. Stronger flavours are better.

Add some slices of orange, with the skin removed. Remember – if the skin is on you have to fiddle about with it when you want to eat it. That’s a pain.

Chop the kernels of 2 to 4 walnuts, and add those.

Grate over some pecorino cheese (mmmmmmm).

Chop some salami into small pieces, and add.

Chuck in a handful of sultanas.

DRESSING

A salad without dressing is BORING.

The dressing finishes the salad. It should be added before serving – the myth of the dressing making the salad limp is bull. (It does – if you leave the salad for 6 to 8 hours, but an hour before – no problems).

The basic dressing is about 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar or lemon juice, and about 2 tablespoons of OLIVE oil. (Do not use all those other hideous oils. Use olive oil. It’s good for you and it tastes better. Buy good olive oil, not cheap crap.)

The simplest dressing is just to put the vinegar / lemon juice straight in the bowl, along with the oil, and then gently toss.

You can tizz the dressing up a bit: Whisk the vinegar and oil together in a cup before adding.

You can tizz it up a bit more: Use herb vinegar for a better flavour.

Better again: whisk together the vinegar and olive oil, with about a teaspoon of (mild) Dijon mustard.

For a really decadent dressing, add about 1/2 teaspoon of honey to the oil, vinegar & mustard, before whisking.

Always toss the salad after dressing.

What you get:

With a few basic things around you can always make a half-decent salad.

You get flavour, colour and texture. You get things that look good, taste good, and are good.

If all the above sounds like a lot of work – it’s not. I throw together a salad, usually using about 1/2 the options in some combination or other, and it takes about 10 minutes.

Try it sometime.

Widgets

Y’all know how the classic example of making some gadget or other is a “WIDGET”.

Nobody knows what a widget is, and it does not really matter.

But… going through the photos of a trip to Europe a long time ago, we found this:

Yes!!! A shop that sells WIDGETS. All they have to do is figure out how to spell it.

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(Oh, and was in Lucerne, Switzerland, by the way).

Just for the heck of it, a bit more of Lucerne:

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(Could do more, it’s a stunning city to walk around in…. but this will do for now.)

Madness

What the heck is wrong with those idiots in Canberra?

Two examples:

1. Having flogged off Telstra, Helen Coonan is now working on a cunning plan to get State and Local Government to invest in telecommunications infrastructure. WHAT? Having sold off the government owned telco, she now wants to get cash-strapped state and local governments to create MORE government owned telcos. WHY? Sheer and utter madness.

2. Legislation has just passed both houses allowing FOREIGN investors to pay no capital gains tax when they buy and sell assets (real estate and mining rights excluded). Primarily this means that foreigners who buy and sell shares or whole companies pay no tax on the capital gain, but us poor mug citizens must pay the tax. WHY? Why are foreigners given preferential treatment? This is a fabulous incentive to flog off to foreigners what little of the country is not locally owned, and in the meantime tax the blazes out of the poor local sows who cannot manage to do a Rupert and escape. THIS IS A DISGRACE.

This evil government in Canberra must go. Mr Bonsai – I hope your lot suffer a crushing defeat in the next election. And you should be tried for treason, rather than being allowed to continue as Prime Minister.

Defence business, Dr Nelson, and the Australian Cringe

Prepare thyselves for a rant. I’ve been saving this one up until I was able to think straight, I’ve been so angry.

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About a week ago, The Weekend Financial Review carried an article about Brendan Nelson, having a go at the (few) Australian Defence Contractor companies. Apparently the top 12 firms achieved returns on sales of 12.5%, on average, and return on (shareholders) equity of 40%, again on average.

Dr Nelson thinks the defence contractors are raking in too much money because the benchmarks for industrial companies are 7.5% return on sales, and about 20% return on equity for the biggest two.

So, he wants more competition to keep them “honest”.

Before going on, who are the big 12 defence contractors?

Tenix - Australian owned, private company

ADI - Was once Australian government owned, now flogged off (to the French??) Not even sure if they still have this name.

Boeing - USA owned

BAE Systems – UK owned

Australian Submarine Corporation – ???? – Was Australian Government owned but might have been flogged by now

Raytheon - USA owned

Lockheed Martin – USA owned

After that, I’ve run out of names, but there sure as heck are not many others with a presence in Australia.

Of these “Australian” Defence Companies, you will notice that only one is actually Australian, the rest are foreign owned. These might have a presence here – in the case of BAE Systems and Boeing, the presence is pretty big, but they are not Australian companies. There are quite a few Australian defence contractor companies, but none are big. They are all bit-players, depending on the big fellas for their livelihood.

Next – the return figures quoted are not listed as taken over any period of time. Defence companies (outside the USA) are notoriously cyclical. It’s quite normal to get a big contract win and make tons of money. It’s also quite usual for a big contract to be delayed in award for YEARS – and the company has geared up, put people on, has to pay them, and loses money hand over fist.

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How do I know these things? I worked for a large SA based (foreign owned) defence contractor (and its predecessor Australian companies) for quite a few years and saw first hand the financial pain and suffering they went through.

In the period I worked for those compannies:

- The company had one period where nobody was paid because the company was technically bankrupt (and its not a nice feeling going to the bank to get cash for the weekly groceries to find there is NOTHING there). In that case, the company had to be bailed out by its (at that time Australian) parent company.

- There were at least 3 occasions when the company (under later foreign ownership) had to be bailed out by its UK parent, who seriously considered closing the operation completely.

- In the 9 years I was there, those companies made losses in at least 5 of those years.

- A large contract was split and awarded in parts, meaning the company had to recruit like blazes to do the work under contract. Then the second part was put on hold for over 12 months while the government futzed around figuring where next. All those people had to be retained ready for the follow-on phase, and they had to be found meaningful work for A YEAR.

The same was happening in other defence companies, and I see no reason for any of this to have changed.

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Next, the return figures: A high return on sales simply reflects high margins, this is normal in the defence business when a sale is made. It averages down very quickly during the periods that no sales are made.

The days of Cost Plus contracts are gone (ie, the company makes effectively a regulated margin). These days the risk is transferred to the company because they have to bid a fixed price. Naturally, the companies price in risk – this leads to high margins, which erode very quickly indeed when something untoward happens, and untoward things happen regularly in defence contracts.

So a high return on sales is a good thing, it means the companies are budgeting for risk, and might survive to play again another day.

And anyhow, even though the companies are bidding a fixed price, the Government retains the right to monitor the financial progress of each contract, and these are set up to dribble the money out on a financial drip-feed. There are no large up-front payments, everything is done by progress payments which are highly structured around demonstrated progress and milestones. It is not unusual for the Government to do a part payment, or to withhold a payment if they think the criteria are not met. The company has no option but to jump the hoops until the Government is satisfied. Naturally, the company has to keep paying its people while this goes on.

Next one, high return on equity. Without going into the tedious detail, it’s easy for any company to get a high return on equity. Just reduce equity. (Return on equity = Profit / equity). This is usually done by taking on debt. The more a company borrows, the lower the equity, the more financial risk it carries, and the higher its return on equity. Financial analysts have to cut through the headline numbers to find what the real economics of a company are and to assess if the high return on equity is genuine, or contains a degree of creativity.

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Dr Nelson: Simply put, you are a dickhead.

You make blind assertions, you don’t give us enough facts, you quote figures to suit your own end. The Australian defence businesses are mostly foreign owned, and seriously stuffed anyway. Much of the reason for this is because of insane purchasing decisions made by the Australian Defence Forces, and an appalling cringe mentality that refuses to support Australia industry, and Australian innovation.

Your attitude will only make things worse.

Different Prime Ministers

Hows this for a contrast?

In Suva, there are crowds gathering and praying for the safety of the Prime Minister in the latest military coup.

In Australia, we pray for any decent opposition to get rid of the Prime Minister.

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I ALWAYS think of the Fijian chief of the Military as Frank Barney-Banana. Why is that, I wonder?

Compensations

When living in SA, doing Jury Duty has its compensations. Something has to make up for the inconvenience, highly variable hours, and out-of-pocket expenses.

See, in Adelaide, the criminal courts where Juries are used are located in the Sir Samuel Way building. This is very grand from outside, suitably old and fusty looking to give the appearance of old, careful, slow justice. The building was constructed in 1916 (as far as I can tell) as the Charles Moore & Co Emporium. Moores department store eventually closed in the late 1970’s, and the building was bought by the government and converted to courts in the early 1980’s.

But all that nice fluffy history ignores the compensation, which is: The courts building is right next door to the central market.

This means I’ve spent WAAAYYYY too much on fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, coffee, you name it.

What a shame.

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Side note: right now, mangos are going in the market for $1 each – an Adelaide bargain for a family of mango-addicts. And cherries are $12/kg for first grade, but by hunting around it’s possible to find 2nd grade that are perfect, for only $6/kg.

To quote Ian Parmenter: Bliss!!!

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And another thing: Cons fine foods has a neat low-carb snack: Smoked turkey wings from Aldinga Turkeys – ready to eat, a mere $5 / kg, and very nice indeed. Can be a tiny bit tough so you end up looking like a cave-man chomping and slurping on these things, but hey, who is checking?

Hah! Did it!

Wrote a few days back about the kitchen range-hood which carked it.

So, in what few free moments there have been, we’ve done a quick check. Yes, we could buy a new one, but they only come in black, white and stainless steel. YUK. The one that died as “almond” – whatever that means, but it blends in reasonably well with the kitchen. So, new is not looking good.

Next, a call to the repair chap. New controller board – $150. New motor – $150. New range hood – $150 !!!!

In the spirit of our fore-fathers, I decided not to chuck it out but to have a go at a repair. I was eventually able to get it apart, the control panel fascia thing being an absolute pig because it was designed to be assembled once only and never to be taken apart again. But I managed it, and with no lasting damage.

Today I completely dismantled it, and spent about 3 hours with some very strong detergent cleaning out about 1kg of accumulated grease. OK, maybe not that much, but it was slow going. HINT: mix about 1/4 cup of mineral turps with 1/4 cup of clothes washing liquid, and use this with a toothbrush as a de-greaser. It works a treat, smells terrible, and washes off with water.

Next step – the controller electronics. A bit of fiddling around found that 1 leg of a Triac had died so the motor was being driven by 1/2 wave rectified mains. No wonder it made a shocking noise. It turns out there is a second Triac, used for dimming the over-stove light. We never used the dimming feature anyhow, so I removed that one, substituted it for the dead one, and bypassed the lamp-Triac. My expensive education was good for something!

Reassembly was not very easy because of the aforementioned build-to-never-be-taken-apart method that was used, but a couple of small design changes later, and its all working and back together. Now… just have to shove it back into the hole in the kitchen.

Result: Complete repair. Cost: Nothing (but if I wanted the lamp dimmer to work, a new triac is abut $1.

Hah!

Oldest blogger?

I have to thank Duncan for pointing me to this one (and he’s separately posted as well).

Don Crowdis is 90+, writes a blog, and is extra-ordinarily articulate. I hope I’m doing that well at that age.

Worth a look – pop over and have a read.

Bomb out the bomber

FINALLY… a leadership spill in the Federal Labor Party.

While The Bomber is the leader they have no chance at winning the next election. Tonight driving home some of the honourable members were interviewed, still pledging to support him. This makes me wonder how many times they need to see victory snatched away before the message sinks in.

The Bomber, and Jenny Who? need to go – time to replace them with some people with:

a) A Memory

b) Some get-up-and-go

Then there might be a chance of defeating the evil Bonsai.

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