Steve and Dotty

Leave, me alone
Steve Kendall
There is something very special about annual leave when you are not rushing about. I am off for a couple of weeks, and there is a trip involved, but for the first week I am catching up on things. During the year I have to cram things into the weekends, like we all do, and I have purposel..
08-Feb-2018
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Tinned tuna trauma
Steve Kendall
IF I could work out the technology on this one I’d run a poll to ask about a pressing matter. Is it acceptable to eat a tin of tuna in an office? Tuna is a marvellous food, unless you’re a tuna, it’s high in protein and full of goodies and comes in convenient tins ..
01-Feb-2018
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Spray day
Steve Kendall
WHEN I first moved to Australia I met a man who ran cattle and had a farm. He had a full-time job as well, so the time spent on the farm was not always enough. I used to go to the farm a lot and occasionally helped with some tasks. It seemed that every time we used a t..
25-Jan-2018
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The whole tooth
Steve Kendall
After dodging it for a while, I found myself in a dentist’s chair. Of course I was expecting a lot to be done, but in the end it wasn’t too bad. The great thing that has moved on since I last attended is a Netflix screen on the ceiling, this is probably so the dentist can&rsq..
19-Jan-2018
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Spinning a yarn
Steve Kendall
All of the girls needed their toenails done. When I say girls, I mean the sheep. As I have mentioned, the sheep take up a major part of my spare time, moreso because the long-suffering Mrs Kendall likes to keep them in tip-top shape. The sheep, all 130 of them, are her children, and ..
11-Jan-2018
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No beer or cheer
Steve Kendall
How was your Christmas and New Year? I have asked now, so I can tell you about mine. It started in fine form with the usual frivolities, but I think I came to grief at an early Christmas lunch. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall diagnosed food poisoning of some kind. Three days later my..
04-Jan-2018
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Last innings
Steve Kendall
THAT is it. I have come on board for Australia in the cricket. It’s not a desire to be on the winning side, it’s the refusal to support an England team that just will not or can not play. When I first migrated to Australia in 1989 there was never a question not to follow Engl..
20-Dec-2017
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Tickets to history
Steve Kendall
LAST Friday afternoon at 6pm I was on the quad bike checking our growing lambs when I had cause to reflect on the previous day. At about 6pm on Thursday I had been in the public gallery at Parliament House, what a difference a day makes. Yes, that was the day the same-sex..
15-Dec-2017
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Snakes alive
Bendigo Weekly
The warmer months have me and my family engaging in more than our fair share of alfresco dining with the trusty four-burner Beefmaster barbecue earning its keep, parked conspicuously on our timber deck overlooking the bush. Weekends herald the almost mandatory bacon and eggs breakfas..
07-Dec-2017
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Slipping back to cricket
Joel Peterson
The pages of history are littered with triumphant comebacks, moments remembered for their against-all-odds outcomes. In sport they have brilliant names: The Music City Miracle and the Greatest Comeback On Ice to name a couple. In history, there’s Mandela, and they tell ..
01-Dec-2017
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Door opens on a new world
Steve Kendall
GLADSTONE my big, brown cat has drawn attention to himself recently, including in this column. He roams the house at night yelling and cussing, demanding access to rooms he has no need to be in. Finally the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I remembered the super-duper flash cat door we had..
23-Nov-2017
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In the world of the snowflakes
Steve Kendall
THE heat was on at the weekend, and I finally discovered the true meaning of the snowflake generation. Of course I have heard the term often enough, but now I have seen it. It’s something about them melting when the going gets tough or too hot. My biggest farming days of the ye..
17-Nov-2017
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Trick for a treat
Steve Kendall
I have two dogs. Well actually I have a dog and a pug. What’s more the pug has only one eye, but the long-suffering Mrs Kendall did such a good job with the surgery, he looks like he is resting one eye. He puts that good eye to very good use as you can imagine, mostly when he ..
09-Nov-2017
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Boxing with the bees
Steve Kendall
Our tech/IT man has just come back from his honeymoon, and he’s sporting a huge swelling. Custard, as we charmingly call him, has been out of the office for two weeks, he’s been to Queensland and had a grand old time with his new wife, but it was in sunny Bendigo where he came to..
02-Nov-2017
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Impelled to repair
Steve Kendall
ONE of the joys of modern living is the ability to own a dishwasher. Of course this goes hand in hand with the benefits of a clothes washer and drier, but it was my dishwasher which decided to go bung. After setting it to run overnight I had the horror on Friday morning of seeing and err..
26-Oct-2017
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Dianne Dempsey is going live
Dianne Dempsey
You would think you’d be safe mucking around on your phone late at night. You’ve pulled up the drawbridge, you’re not drinking, you’re not even driving, you’re just mucking around with Facebook… Generally I just voyeuristically look at the messages. Oh, M..
19-Oct-2017
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Life in the big smoke
Dianne Dempsey
Without meaning to sound like a total dotard (yes Donald you’re not the only one) as the years go by I find it more difficult to negotiate the city traffic. OK, I freak out, grip the steering wheel tightly, perspire (I’m a lady) and have kittens. Oh yes, I also shut my eyes...
12-Oct-2017
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Running out of steam
Steve Kendall
It is often said that you do not miss something until it’s gone. This certainly came true last weekend when the hot water ceased to flow. We had a fault with the heating and after the plumber had been the heating was fine. Trouble was, the hot water stopped working. The fir..
06-Oct-2017
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Sleep-killer cat
Steve Kendall
I was so happy when I adopted a big brown cat from the RSPCA. To be honest I had a bit of a battle to get him, but in the end my persistence paid off. He’s an elderly gentleman of 10, and he is very set in his ways, and there lies the problem. I imagine in his previous home he..
27-Sep-2017
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Ringing in change
Steve Kendall
I know I mention the sheep a lot, but they take up a lot of my spare time. Last weekend we set about the task of marking and injecting and checking the lambs from this year. Due to a variety of weather and availability reasons, we finally mustered the team on Sunday. We may have been..
14-Sep-2017
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