Otterday! And Open Thread

Otter Tracks on the Snow-Covered Ice, near to Kilkerran, South Ayrshire, Great Britain

Otter Tracks on the Snow-Covered Ice

The otters had walked up the Water of Girvan, at the place where they usually swim, leaving their distinctive tracks on the snow-covered ice. Otter tracks show 5-toed marks, with a clear “heel” behind the pad. I also saw fox tracks on the ice.

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Image via Geograph (photograph every grid square!) – this photo taken at grid reference NS3005 on Sunday, 10 January, 2010

Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

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14 replies

  1. Wonderful news from the USA, where their Supreme Court has decreed that marriage between couples who aren’t heterosexual should be just as legal as marriage between couples who are. Many congratulations to them (and I’m enjoying the way the top bar on the WordPress Reader has been rainbow coded for the occasion!).

    Now, hopefully the Australian government will stop faffing about on this whole business, and just get on with it.

  2. I really should offer an explanation to everyone for my mostly-absence on the blog over the last few months. Essentially my bipolar jerkbrain has been jerking me about with a manic upswing, and I’ve just been trying to get through each day without doing anything preposterously reckless. The main thing that has been helping keep me grounded is making music, and when I’m doing that I cannot also be typing on the internets, so that’s what I’ve been up to instead.

  3. Speaking of making music, me and my lurgi-ridden sore throat and snotty head are supposed to be performing Blondie’s Heart of Glass and Abba’s Waterloo at my singing teacher’s disco themed mid-year concert tonight. This is likely to be interesting. I decline to get dressed up in a white jumpsuit for the event.

    • Mim, although I think you would look spectacular in a white jumpsuit, I hope you were well enough to sing at least.

      Viv glad to hear that music is helping. I don’t really have a good excuse for not blogging. I must write a to do list and put it on there.

  4. Harold Blair is remembered as an Indigenous rights activist and as a talented singer. He was also the Labor candidate for the seat of Mentone at the 1964 Victorian state election, running against Ray Meagher, who was the state minister with responsibility for Aboriginal Affairs. This makes Blair the first Indigenous Australian to be a parliamentary candidate, and also the first non-white endorsed Labor candidate.

  5. Has anyone else just gotten a call from mental health services out of the blue? Is this to do with the government review of the disability pension? I’m really worried. I’ve had nothing but bad experiences with this particular service and I am terrified of having to deal with them again. I don’t know what to do.

  6. A thought occurs. I was mulling over the “when will women learn” sentiment regarding the sharing of nude or intimate photos. It struck me that rather than saying “when will women learn it’s a bad idea to share nude photos”, what they really mean is “when will women learn that no man can be trusted with your nude photos, no matter if they are your boyfriend, husband, or one night stand, whether you are still together or split up”. Which feels an awful lot like a #yesallmen idea. Also interesting, when reading comments on these articles I usually see men stating that while parts of the article paint men as untrustworthy, they themselves are indeed trustworthy, and I haven’t seen any of that on the issue of nudes being shared without permission.

  7. Victorian State election night 1970. Sir Henry Bolte visited the ABC commentary desk at the tally room and told Malcolm Mackerras which seats would change hands. This was the election at which the Victorian ALP state executive, controlled by the Left, issued its own policy statement contradicting the policy speech of the leader, Clyde Holding, thus ensuring Bolte a sixth straight election win. The executive also rejected a preference deal with the Country Party, as a result of which Labor preferences gave three seats to the Libs. Whitlam was so furious at this debacle that he he organised federal intervention in the Victorian branch to remove the Left’s control.

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