Category Archives: Word of the Week


Mummies at the museum

On our trip to London I took my children to visit the British Museum, one of my favourite places. My daughter who is studying ancient history at school wanted to visit the Egyptian rooms. So we headed to Rooms 62 and 63 dedicated to Egyptian death and afterlife. From about 2700 BC to AD 400 the...
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Remembering The Holocaust

This week we acknowledged the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. It is a major event in remembering the Holocaust. Survivors, mostly children at the time of the liberation, gathered at the death camp in Poland. The BBC reported that one survivor, Roman Kent, born in 1929, told the gathering why he was there: Read more

It’s a zarf!

On the weekend I went out with some friends for dinner. They had chosen a Turkish restaurant in Newtown, in the Inner West of Sydney, very appropriately called Ottoman’s. We ordered too much of the delightful food. Feeling a bit gorged we decided to have a Turkish coffee at the restaurant rather than going to a...
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Flibbertigibbet, a will-‘o-the-wisp, a clown

The flibbertigibbet misunderstanding

In the heat of a moment, and what I thought was great foolhardiness, I called my wife a flibbertigibbet. I was cross with her for trying to do too many things at once and consequently getting nothing done. Surprisingly, she took it quite well, which made me think I had, perhaps, misunderstood what...
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