Friday, October 16, 2015

Je suis retourné

I have returned after a lovely holiday on Australia's Gold Coast. The one night when we did not go out clubbing (really?), we watched a comedy performance on a tv show to raise awareness about ??? Some worthy cause. Oh yes, Mental Health Week and once again our ABC has done us proud with a variety of interesting tv and radio programmes. The show was quite entertaining and I had so forgotten about Audrey's Kitchen. Don't be like me and think this is a short cooking show for over three episodes before I realised it was a comedy performance. The hair, the physique and the English accent are all fake and better still, in every Audrey's Kitchen episode, she will say something really politically incorrect.

Holiday details will appear at some point in the very near future. In the meanwhile go and make yourself a dish of Audrey's summer Tuscany pasta.


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  1. Andrew welcome at home and I am waiting for your photos.

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    1. Might have a post ready for tomorrow, Gosia.

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  2. Tuscany pasta for tea then. Can't wait to see your Gold Coast photos as long as they aren't just of you lounging on a sun bed!

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    1. Marie, I looked at a sunbed thoughtfully, and decided no.

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  3. It seems like you are always on holiday, and I am never...
    Holidays?

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    1. Third this year Susie, a little excessive I know, but R argues he has to travel while he is still fit enough.

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  4. Must have been a special holiday. Its always good to get away for some time off.

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    1. Blogoratti, just a cheap low key holiday. Very pleasant.

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  5. Audrey was fun. Loved a splodge in imperial measures.
    Hooray for relaxing holidays.
    The skinny one is heading off on a train trip on Sunday (fast train to St Petersburg) and I have asked him to provide photos for you.

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    1. EC, thanks for asking for photos. I think Russian railways are quite efficient.

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  6. Is it sad that the first thing I thought was "Ugh, all that heavily shellacked hair falling in the food!" ?

    If so, then sad I shall remain.

    Did enjoy the 'posh' references and the 'splodge' Imperial measure, lol. The dish looked delicious as well, (sans hair) although I'd probably use the box grater method for processing the tomatoes. Then again, I'm just a peasant at heart... maybe even a heathen as well.

    Glad you're back, have missed you!

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    1. Jac, I don't think it was made for eating. I wouldn't eat it anyway. I am imagining how a box grater would peel tomatoes. I think I have it.

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  7. Talking of not realising a tv programme was supposed to be a comedy, did you see "The Ex-PM" while you were in Qld? Andrew Dugdale is Australia's third-longest-serving prime minister, and has to make a new life for himself after leaving The Lodge.

    I realised it was a comedy performance BEFORE the show started, but not AFTER.

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    1. We were back home Hels when the show was on. Yes, I understand what you are saying. I look forward to next week's episode.

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  8. Another holiday? People don't take many vacations in America, not til they're over 60 that is, if they have any money. I've taken some 24 hour camp trips, if you could call one night camping. I think there must be some wealthy people in America who do vacation. I just don't know them. It's a shame thing to vacation here ("why aren't you working harder" sort of thing) It astounds me to hear of your trips and EC's sp's trip. Seems so strange. Glad you got to go, glad you folks there relax some by getting away. The culture must be quite different.

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    1. Strayer

      Since about 1910 it was realised that a tired worker was an inefficient and inattentive worker. Not good for the bosses and not good for the workers.

      Since then, full-time and part-time employees (but not casuals) get a minimum of 4 weeks of annual leave, based on their ordinary hours of work.

      Each Australian state establishes its own list of paid public holidays, which are allocated to employees on top of their four weeks annual leave.

      Long service leave was introduced in Australia way back in the 19th century. At the end of each ten years in the public service, I was paid for 6 months long service leave.

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    2. Thanks for the clear explanation Hels. Just to add, casual employees will probably have a higher rate of pay than a part time employee in the same job, to partly compensate them for the loss of benefits the part timer receives.
      Strayer, I have a negative annual leave balance of one week, I used two weeks of long service leave and I have week of leave that accrues to reduce my 40 hour week to the fairly standard 38 hour working week, never mind that I often work up to a 41:45 hour week. I am mind smacked by your 'why aren't you working harder' statement. While some management types are as you say, generally Australians love and can't get enough of leisure time. We work to live.

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    3. My sweetheart typically works 52 -60 hours a week, and can be required to work 7 days a week, 12 hours a day by the employer. Since this is a 'right to work' state, if he refuses then they can toss him out on his ear.

      After nearly 14 years working there he finally got 3 weeks paid holiday this year. Subject to employer approval of course.

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    4. My brother works six days a week might go on a short camping trip once a year, like four days, or ride his motorcycle somewhere for a few days. I know some companies are now realizing their employees do better if they take time off, but its like Jacqueline says, many are afraid their jobs won't be there when they return if they go. I'm glad you get to go on yours, all of you who do. I think its important.

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    5. Jac, that is outrageous and much worse than I thought.

      Strayer, it is control by fear and just should not be allowed.

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  9. I think I like Audrey, she agrees with me that pre-grated parmesan is awful stuff. On the other hand she did add chillies to that dish, urk!

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    1. River, she didn't add much chilli. Maybe not very noticeable. Pre-grated parmesan? Guilty, but only in emergencies from the freezer.

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    2. Do you buy the packets of pre-grated parmesan 'style' which isn't real parmesan? Or do you buy a block of real parmesan and grate it at home then freeze portions? Because that is acceptable, I do it myself. The packaged pretend stuff is awful and smells like old socks.

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    3. Cooking is the job for household management. At times I may delicately query what goes into a meal, but never in a challenging manner. I know which side my bread is buttered. If it was up to me, I would grate parmesan from a block.

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  10. I don't think I have seen Audrey on the ABC...must look out for it.
    We have been watching (now finished) The Principal on SBS whist in the van by the sea..
    Seems you had a nice time awa going out most nights...

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    1. Margaret, Audrey's Kitchen was a five minute spot before the 7 o'clock news a couple of years ago. It did not last for long, maybe ten episodes. I forgot about The Principal and so watched the first episode on SBS catch up tv. We have the second and third episode recorded, I think, but was there a fourth and have we missed that. We can still catch it, but have to catch up on the missed recorded ones. Life is busy.

      We went out for dinner and then back to the hotel, as we now do at our age.

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  11. Seems as if you have enjoyed your holidays ! I still don't get your comments in my mail, that's very annoying. Do you have this with other gmail users too ? Because Diane from Australia has also gmail !

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    1. Gattina, like you, Diane usually replies via email and I think she receives my comment via email. Not so Victor who does not receive my comments via email, but I don't know what email system he uses.

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    2. I used to receive your comments via email Andrew but one day they stopped coming and I still don't know why. Now I have to check my blog directly to find your comments, yet everyone else's still comes to me via email which is why I still wonder if the 'fault' lies at your end.

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    3. Victor, I think I did ask the general question publicly and it only seemed to be you and Gattina. I've been through all of the settings several times and I just can't see what the problem might be.

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  12. Audrey's Kitchen is very clever.

    Its style of humour reminds me of the time I first came across a UK show called 'Knowing Me Knowing You' in which the host Alan Partridge interviews guests. I became increasingly astonished at the host's interviewing style until it finally dawned on me at about the 45 minutes mark the whole thing was a made up comedy. The host was played by a comedian, Steve Coogan, I had never seen him before then.

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    1. The slow dawning, eh.

      As I mentioned, it was about three episodes in before I thought, that's outrageous, she can't say that on tv.

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  13. It took me quite a few years to realise that Tony Delroy batted for the same side, mentioning long summer holidays with friends of non specified gender. What's the gay code; I've been a bachelor all my life. I don't know why he continues with the charade and would have more respect for him if he came out and said it.

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    1. Hi Sandra,
      I kind of agree with you about stating the bleeding obvious, but then why should he really? I think the thing with him is that he does it like a tease and if he is going to do that, then he should just be honest about it.

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  14. Which night is the Audrey show on Andrew, sounds right up my ally. I wonder why I haven't seen or noticed it before?

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    1. Grace, it finished a year or more ago, I think. It was on before the 7pm ABC news. I might put another clip up, but a better one.

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