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The continuing ignoring of all this, the continual need to repeat & repeat & still never seem to get anything substantial happening is one of the things that wipes out my attempts at Anger Management (& despair avoidance).
How many substantial increases in the coverage & convenience of public transport do you remember, despite everyone mouthing platitudinous support statements?
How many times have authorities said "we've learnt from our mistakes of the past", and just repeated them, over & over & over - despite hundreds of apparently powerless consumer/voters telling them over & over & over what problems happened before & will reccur?
Transport and health: en route to a healthier Australia? , Chloƫ Mason, 6 March 2000, Medical Journal of Australia 2000; 172: 230-232

ABC Archive listing March 2000

Leave the car at home (ABC Science 6-Mar-2000)

Environmentally responsible motoring? (& related stories) 17 October 2001 ... The reason for the surprising disparity is that cars always have a passenger in them (the driver), whereas public transport runs at an average of only 25 to 30 per cent capacity ...

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Good News I Think
Well, had a real strong push over the last week and managed - I think - to obtain all the assorted documents needed, make all the copies needed, get all the copies certified, find & assemble all the data needed, fill in all the forms with it correctly, and then both submit the forms at the office and post the other by registered post. Had some of these before, but needed to fill in the gaps and, as the saying goes (or at least went), "get my act together".

Used up much of my personal goodwill with some people, most of my energy, an awful lot of time & travel & not inconsiderable money. But that's two very very important things started. If all goes well, these will let me take a number of very heavy weights off my poor sore back and lift onerous burdens from a flagging spirit. Very great thanks and gratitude to those who helped & harried me onwards.


Slept for about 14 hours after feeding mother, then got up to do the week's shopping & housework.

Fell into bed again that evening but perhaps because of the earlier long sleep had a very broken night. Before when I haven't been able to sleep I've got up and done some blogging or other kinds of work, but I don't want to get back into the turned-around daily rhythm, so just stewed in bed.


A Kind of Rest
Luckily weather is neither too steamy nor too frosty right now for sleeping comfortably, but fell asleep, woke again, drowsed again, slept; woke; slept; woken abruptly by phone call, otherwise I might have slept until noon. Anyway, ended up being pushed to Art Gallery to see exhibition I've been trying to get to for a month or so. It's been far too long since I got there.

This exhibition is called "Seasons", subtitled "Transience in Japanese Art". There are large screens, wall scrolls, kimonos, hand scrolls, printed book pages, painted porcelain, lacquerware, all with a seasonal theme. The trick with this particular one is that for the first month of the exhibition all the Spring and Summer items were displayed (while we were in winter), and they are changing over this week (Vernal Equinox) to the Autumn and Winter displays for the second month. Being a special exhibition, you have to pay to go into that part of the gallery, but having paid to go into the first part, you can hold onto your ticket and use it to see the second part. I succumbed to the catalogue because I do really have a thing for Japanese art, but again there was a bonus because a CD-ROM was included. Some other exhibitions I've seen they are sold separately.

My friends weren't as interested so louched around the rest of the place and the park outside (Domain) until closing time when I was gently eased out the doors. Then we walked down through the Botanic Gardens to Mrs Macquarie's Chair, sat by the harbour and watched everything around shimmering into dusk & twilight before I caught a bus home.


No News, Really
Alas, today after that rather exhausting three days, despite being awake and (eventually) strong enough to chivvy mother down the street for a combined walk and bank-visiting, bill-paying trip, the brain was not quite enough in order to actually pay the blasted bills! Got the money into the right accounts, took envelopes, bills, cheque-book, but because of hitch had to 'race' back home with mother - at mother's top speed around 0.75kph (1/2mph) - then speed back before bank closed. Somehow as I left it, total purpose of trip somehow slipped out of neural net. Should have just gone out by myself as originally planned. Even if I'd forgotten on the first or second outing, I would have time to get there and back before the places closed. Since a few of the bills are now rather overdue, I must do it tomorrow on the way to work.

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Quick Apologetic Note  
Sorry for gap, but it will continue for a bit. Having computer disconnection situation. Also concentrating on getting some important non-world-problem-solving (but self-problems-solving I hope) stuff done which takes quite a bit of time & concentration I can't devote to this.
If this stuff gets fixed by the end of the year (or even sooner!), it'll be a huge load of stress off me.
Then I'll just have to find something different to worry about instead :)

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