Another dad trick. . . . .

One of the tricks my dad used to do was to make a mouse from a handkerchief.  He then used to make the mouse jump up his arm.  It provided lots of fun for us as children and for his grandchildren.

Here is how you can do it for your children.

Cool Uncle Tricks: How to Detach Your Thumb — The Art of Manliness

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When I saw this I thought of my dad.  No doubt there are many others who have a dad that did the same trick.

An essential part of being an awesome uncle is having a repertoire of tricks and jokes that will amaze your nieces and nephews, and crack them up. So from time to time we’ll be offering you current and future uncles out there a tutorial on some gags that’ll have them thinking you’re the coolest dude in the world. Check out all…

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The happiest refugee

Time to repost this blog post from 2014.

Gippsland Granny

I borrowed this book from the library.  I had read a great deal in the media about this book a few years ago but only now have I got round to borrowing it.

the happiest refugee

Australia, at the moment is going through a period where petty politics is playing a large part when it comes to people seeking asylum here. I wont get into the debate but I will say that Australia is a huge country and surely there is enough room and resources for those seeking asylum.  

Anh Do is an Australian comedian and started off by doing shows on what it was like to be an immigrant in an immigrant family in Australia.

His book tells of his life as he grew up in Australia as a poor, Vietnamese refugee.  He also tells how his family escaped Vietnam in a boat and the difficulties that entailed.

This is a very easy book to read…

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These made me smile.

A book I borrowed recently from the library was a book of Punch cartoons.  I think my dad used to enjoy the magazine and the cartoons.  There were many of the cartoons that made me laugh but I particularly liked these two, the first as I used to be a teacher and the second because of my lack of fitness as a result of my fall.