Steve and Dotty

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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All set for a family reunion
Steve Kendall
WE made a rookie error. Real farmers out there will scoff and chuckle at us Blockies trying to get it right, but every error is a learning experience. I am talking about sheep again, but to be honest they take up quite a bit of my spare time and take on an important segment of life. ..
12-Jan-2017
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Sleepless in the saddle
Steve Kendall
After many years of knowing the long-suffering Mrs Kendall she rekindled her love of horses. It had always been there, but it had taken a break from childhood only to resurface once we had an area with a bit of space. Lucy came first while we lived in Scotland. We moved to Australia ..
05-Jan-2017
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Who’s the party smarty?
Steve Kendall
THEMES for Christmas parties. Reckon I will be heading to my 39th work Christmas party next week, and some I have trouble remembering. Some are best forgotten for a variety of reasons, but others are just forgotten. What you need to keep it to mind is a theme. That way when you a..
16-Dec-2016
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Sounds of the country
Steve Kendall
OUR little hobby has grown somewhat, and last weekend we put 179 sheep and lambs through the shearing shed. I was in the lowly position of sweeping, baling and moving sheep, while the lofty ranks were filled by the classer and the shearer. The shearer rules the roost on these events, and the..
08-Dec-2016
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War in the living room
Steve Kendall
I THINK I have compassion fatigue, that or I am getting old, jaded and cynical. There’s a train of thought that old newspapermen get so cynical because it helps get through the tough jobs. I must admit we don’t have too many grisly tales here in Bendigo, but we do have enough to ..
02-Dec-2016
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Grass is always greener
Steve Kendall
HAVE you heard of meal envy? It’s where you’re out for dinner and the person you’re with orders a meal and when it arrives you’d prefer it over what you chose. I must admit I have not suffered it for a while, as I choose carefully, but it can cause unnecessary angst ..
24-Nov-2016
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All that glitters
Steve Kendall
I WAS let loose last week to attend a conference. I had to bear in mind I was representing the company, and best behaviour was the order of the day. I have mellowed a bit in recent years, so there was no real danger of me cutting loose but you never know. My biggest problem was wearing a..
17-Nov-2016
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