Steve and Dotty

Scratch that idea
Steve Kendall
All of a sudden I started itching. It was one of those annoying back itches that needed a scratch. For some reason I have strange elbows which don’t have full mobility, so a simple scratch was out of the question. I went through various scratchpost activities at work and people..
22-Jun-2017
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The vanilla slice saga
Steve Kendall
ALONGSIDE the sad wreckage of marsupial roadkill I saw a different item on the road this week. My drive to work takes me through Sedgwick, Mandurang and Spring Gully, so I see a mixed batch of roadside fodder, but on Tuesday a saw a lone hot dog. It was not in a bun it was just solo, in ..
15-Jun-2017
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Kickin' back with Ed
Bendigo Weekly
Sometimes, more often than not these days, random thoughts cross my mind, such as how my mother-in-law has stuff that she keeps for good or special occasions. Tea towels, fine china and linen to name a few. These mothball-scented items are safely tucked away in fancy wooden chests or glass ..
08-Jun-2017
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Don't be alarmed
Steve Kendall
ON Monday morning there was a gentle but rude awakening in the Kendall household. Bleep. 5am, Bleep. It was not the clock alarm or the phone, it was the fire alarm. Why it was tweeting at us was a problem, something must be up. Of course, I slept through, but the long-suffering M..
01-Jun-2017
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Growing pains
Joel Peterson
I ADMIT, we’ve been here before. You may remember a few years ago Steve the Chief of Stuff chronicled my staggering inability to grow a beard, or anything resembling one. Recently, I’ve forgotten my facial hair-related failings and attempted to grow a beard again. Not for..
26-May-2017
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Weighing in the ewes
Steve Kendall
I had a superhero moment this month, and I would like to share. It’s the time of year when we have to think about supplementary feeding our pregnant ewes. Lambs are due at the end of June, and the ewes need the extra tucker. Last year we headed up to Durham Ox for bloody great ..
19-May-2017
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Hot fun with old flame
Steve Kendall
WITH all of this recent rain and wind, a couple of magnificent red gums came to grief on the roadside near my property. They fell across the road and such was the upheaval of the root system part of my boundary fence was folded over and damaged. It’s was a v..
04-May-2017
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Wish for a fish dish
Steve Kendall
I LEARNED last week that’s it’s not the done thing in some circles to eat red meat on Good Friday. I admit I have been sheltered from the religious side of Easter for most of my life, but it’s never too late to learn I guess. So, I went shopping at large store ..
21-Apr-2017
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A new breed of pig dog
Steve Kendall
I HAVE been making my own bread for many years now and find it tastes better than any I can buy. But just this month I had a double drama. I made a loaf with the end of one tin of yeast and the start of another. The loaf turned out as solid as a rock, but not wishing to waste..
13-Apr-2017
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A pack of trouble
Steve Kendall
IT is close to 40 years since I was first introduced to the questionable joys of beer. There are all sorts of tales about how bad it is for you in quantity, but I like it at a moderate level. In all of those years I don’t think I have ever dropped a beer glass or bottle with beer ..
06-Apr-2017
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Start the day with Mrs K
Steve Kendall
IF you think I have been looking tired recently, I have a story to tell. I am about to reveal some of the bedroom stories of the Kendall household. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall has some morning rituals which I have to pander to, and she is very demanding. Each morning at 5.45am t..
30-Mar-2017
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Shining a light on power
Steve Kendall
EVERY night when I watch the ABC news there is a story about power prices rises and supply shortfall. Even this week prime minister Turnbull announced a tweak to the Snowy Hydro scheme, just enough to keep Western Sydney powered. Here we are in 2017 and we can’t supply enough powe..
16-Mar-2017
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Life in the fast lane
Bendigo Weekly
I thought I was becoming an expert with pugs, but it turns out I was only an expert with old pugs. Pugs are those flat-faced dogs that snuffle and drool. Over the past few years, the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I have adopted a few elderly examples as they tottered out their final yea..
10-Mar-2017
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Pollies milking the cash cow
Steve Kendall
SO once again we hear of politicians stretching the guidelines on expenses. It’s as if they live in a world so far removed they can’t see the decent thing to do. I know it’s not all of them, but there appears to be a few a little too grabby with other people’s mo..
02-Mar-2017
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A final wave for IanO
Steve Kendall
WHEN I first hit Australian shores as a migrant I landed in Cairns, far north Queensland. It was a big change from London as you can imagine and I found myself banging on the door of the Cairns Post newspaper looking for a job. As luck would have it they employed me, even giving me a ch..
23-Feb-2017
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Too much hot air in Canberra
Steve Kendall
I WENT on a little trip last week to Canberra. I wanted to soak up our capital, and most notably the workings of parliament. We all watch the fuss on the TV, I wanted to see it for real. I looked at hotel cost, and as it was a parliament sitting week the prices had gone bananas. ..
17-Feb-2017
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A well-constructed plan
Steve Kendall
IT was the long-suffering Mrs Kendall’s birthday last week and I had to think of a plan. When I first met Mrs K she had a long-suffering boyfriend who failed to live up to her birthday expectations, and he was gone within the week, so I know the level of pressure. The first trick ..
09-Feb-2017
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The ABC of broadcasting
Steve Kendall
I WOULD like to do a bit of self promotion. Nothing new there I here you say, but this is about one of my true joys in life. Being on the radio. For the past few years in Bendigo I have been the occasional guest on the ABC Central Victoria morning show. Fiona Parker has put up with ..
02-Feb-2017
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Fit for the school run
Steve Kendall
THE holidays are nearly over. The youngsters are heading back to school next week. Though I have been at work the whole time, this has been a holiday for me, a holiday from the mummymobiles taking the kids to school. Now I know the precious cherubs need to get to school but these huge co..
26-Jan-2017
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Nipping out for a bite
Steve Kendall
WHEN I headed to Australia to live I was fully aware of the bitey things. Spiders and snakes were almost as high on the teaching agenda as the koalas and the kangaroos at school, so I had some warning. Back in 1989 I moved to Cairns in far north Queensland and met a whole new bunch of su..
19-Jan-2017
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