At some point on Saturday night the part of my brain devoted to politics shut down as if Control Alt Delete had been pressed. My brain's cache was clearly full.
Before I dropped off to sleep, I wondered about the word vilean. I have never seen it written before and while I heard the word often in the seventies and perhaps the eighties, I had not heard it for a long time but then I did the other day. I forget where. It means dirty if you don't know and I guess it is a combination of vile and unclean...........viLEAN.
My mind wandered further, back to a body corporate committee meeting when R slayed them in the aisles when he spoke of a previous building manager. Getting a straight answer from him is like nailing jelly to the wall. He brought the house down. No one, nor me, had heard the expression before. We were all very amused. R has many English sayings such as that, that we Australians have never heard. He puts them out there in conversation, usually to great effect.
I saw the same phrase used in an obituary to describe Ian Smith, ex leader of Rhodesia. Of course I was against Ian Smith back when he was in power. So was Malcolm Fraser, our ex PM. Fraser did some great work to bring about the end of white rule in Rhodesia.
Well, Zimbabwe's people are clearly better off now, not. Oh, a select few are. I expect it was with some glee that Smith observed Zimbabwe's downward path, from the safety of South Africa.
The political brain cache must be starting to clear.
Dear Jeanette, do not wrap the Royal Doulton with the hand painted periwinkles in newspaper as it can stain. Use plain paper. Happy moving back to Wollstonecraft. Not too far to go. You should get a removalist for just over $100 per hour. Hope you don't expect us to pay.