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Four Sunday Items of Note

ITEM 1: There is a campaign in Australia’s Victoria state to preserve the East Gippsland old-growth forest there. A group of elders has joined the movement calling themselves “Oldies for Old-Growth Forests.”

The group’s spokesperson, Wolf Passauer, says their goal is to preserve the forest for their children and grandchildren:

“We have something to offer society, specifically to the environmental movement,” he said.

“We have stood the rigours of time, like an old forest, we’re still alive and we [try] to give the best that we can do in our sort of sunset years,”

- ABC News Online [Australia], 25 August 2006

As most elders discover, our later years - when children are raised and careers are done - is an excellent time to work for larger causes and many choose the environment. This group’s slogan caught my attention as the best new use of a Biblical admonition I’ve seen in a long time:

“Respect Your Elders – Protect Old-Growth Forests.”

ITEM 2: Dug Falby, who first alerted Time Goes By to a U.K. blog, Life on the Pea Harvest, a couple of months ago, emailed this request:

“I'm doing some research at work and we're trying to get a handle on what American over-50s make of Great Britain. I know this is highly irregular, but would you be willing to ask the question on your blog (perhaps something like ‘Why is Great Britain good / bad’)?”

Dug’s a friendly guy and I’m curious to know too, so I agreed to ask readers (though I’m tardy in doing so). He also said:

“To date we've had some responses:
  • We like Tony Blair
  • It's a place in the Da Vinci Code
  • The UK is too expensive
  • The English have bad teeth
  • Great historical stuff
  • The hotels are too small and uncomfortable

“I'd be happy with even three or four bona fide honest opinions from American over-50s whether moral, ethical or political (even trivial would be interesting).”

So please help out, if you are so inclined, with Dug's research. He will check in here to see what you’ve said, or you can email him at dug.falbyATgmailDOTcom.

ITEM 3: A website that promotes itself as "a new way of finding people who don't suck" turned up via this link from Frank Paynter at listics. Take a look. It's an enlightening experience to read about yourself as if you're a specimen in a petri dish and not quite human.

I tried to find some humor in this. I tried and tried and tried. At least the babies can't read yet.

ITEM 4: Steve Sherlock, who maintains more blogs than I could handle including Steve’s 2 Cents, has nominated my post about An Old Woman’s Daydream in the “silly-but-fun category” of a carnival meant to enliven heat-of-summer doldrums. What a cool thing for Steve to do and I thank him.

Voting for the winner is open now at Pet’s Garden blog. The four other nominees have done estimable work in the silliness category and it would be difficult for me to choose which to vote for. To resolve that little issue, I chose myself, also because the only thing of note I ever won in my life was $4000 at a casino in Spain, and certainly a silliness award infinitely outranks four long ones, don’t you think?


Item 1: When searching for a word to define us fossils, no one (that I recall) suggested "Oldies". I like it! Since "Golden Oldies" has been appropriated to describe musical selections, perhaps people could be "Silver Oldies"?

Item 2: Having never visited the UK, perhaps my opinion is not being solicited; but, I'll throw it in, for free. I view UK with great affection--rather like a parent. I didn't always agree with everything that my parents believed, but they were still loved. I feel the same about the UK.

To Cop Car and all: I don't believe it's necessary to have visited the U.K to have an opinion about it. We all studied history in school and there is plenty of news about the people, government, politics, books, movies, etc. all the time.

I am fond of Glenda Jackson. I remember her saying something to the effect that she left California and moved back to Great Britain because she found life in the US too convenient. That in GB she had to think more about her everyday life. (I hope I remember this correctly.)

Ronni, I'll compose something for Dug. I need to collect my thoughts first.

Good luck on your entry for the Carnival silliness category! It is a good chance to highlight another side of the wonderful writing you do here. Too bad there wasn't a category for Crabby Old Lady, I doubt there would have been much competition. :-)

I know and appreciate your sense of focus on elder blogging but you are a whole person and showing these other sides (silliness and Crabby) helps us to recognize this.

One of the reasons I write so many blogs is that I have many slices of life I want to explore. The internet is a wonderful place to meet, and share. I love the variety and differences amongst us all. Otherwise, this place would be boring.

Thanks for the link!

I have positive feelings about England, that they are like us as we share a common heritage. They are allies when nobody else will be. I guess the best way to put it is they are family and I would hope we would always be there for each other in the unique way of families-- which means willing to say when the other is wrong but standing together when the chips are down.

There are obviously a lot of similarities between England and the USA. For example….

They had a King George…..and for the last six years we have had a King George! (Wish that were funnier!) Sorry Dug and Ronni….the devil made me say that.

I will stand by Rain’s comments. Could not have put it better.

I, too, feel like GB is family, especially since I know some of my ancestors came from there.

I admire the resilience of GB and residents during WWII; as Rain so aptly stated, that we "stand together when the chips are down."

I have been disappointed in GB that they might not have made enough effort to bring reason to the irrational actions of our government in recent years with regard to world affairs.

I enjoy the British humor; respect the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and the many fine actors trained there. I am grateful to GB for Shakespeare and his writings, also for the contributions of their literary artists, scientific figures and to the rule of law.

I also like GB's: scones, Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Helen Mirren, Michael Caine, John Cleese, TV series: As Time Goes By, Prime Suspect.

There is more if I think about it.

When much younger I liked GB for its fairy tale aspects; that's where Camelot is, after all, and princesses and such. :) Then, after travelling in Europe, I loved it because I could hear & speak English. With only my fractured Spanish (& a French-speaking friend)I came to feel a little isolated from the world in Belgium, Portugal, Germany, etc.
In the days when I did community theater productions, the GB accent was one I could do well, so that was fun. And now my favorite nephew has graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff, so I'm strongly pulled for that reason too....
I stayed in local housing in Liverpool for a few weeks (decades ago) and I was touched by their attempts to feed us 'American' breakfasts, and surprised by what they thought that was.
All my experiences there have been wonderful. ...With the possible exception of my failure to find the bookstore at Charing Cross Road.

It was my good fortune to go on a tour of England and Scotland some years ago and I loved it. The people are friendly and the food was very good (contrary to an urban myth). It is a wonderful country and I wish I could go back and see more of it. My only objection is, the British do drive on the wrong side of the road. (Ha!) I love the British humor and their sit-coms are the best. My favorite is, "As Time Goes By" (no surprise there). I do agree with Alan about King George and can't understand why a man as intelligent and articulate as Tony Blair allowed himself to be dragged into our misguided Iraq mess. I guess the majority in England feel the same way.

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