Frustrations of a realist 5



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One cent coins are no longer legal tender. Has anyone told the supermarkets? It is impossible to pay cash for items ending in 99cents. If you buy five of something it will result in a five cent amount. I don’t want to buy five of everything. The latest is buy two of something and save money. How can we be saving money if we only wanted one of something, but we buy two at a higher cost?

Free deals? Buy one and get one free, free postage, fly free and just pay for accommodation. Let’s face it, it’s all included in the price somewhere. The air is free and if someone gives you something for nothing that is free, but not much else.

Reality TV. What reality? Does anyone actually believe that this is the way people act in their actual lives? Surrounded by a camera person, a sound person, a makeup person, a producer, other technicians and very bright artificial lighting is an unreal situation in the first place. Then the adventurers; alone in a desert, climbing a mountain etc., they are never really alone, there must be one other person at least filming and most of the dangers are artificially created so that the adventurer doesn’t actually get eaten by a wild animal or falls off the edge of the precipice to his or her death.

Political spin. Let’s call a spade a spade. Spin is another word for a lie or distorting the truth.  The beauty of the English language is that there are many ways to describe an event without saying what it actually is. There are people employed to distort the truth so our politicians can get away with spin. They were called spin doctors. Now they are called advisors. A lie is a lie no matter who says it.

The Liberal Party isn’t liberal, it is conservative. The Labour Party no longer represents labour, the National Party is a Country Regional Party and the Greens… well nobody knows what they are.

Reporters calculate water capacity by how many Sydney harbours a particular dam or lake or Olympic Swimming Pool holds. When did Sydney Harbour become the national measure? Does anyone know how much water is in the harbour? How many Olympic Size swimming pools are there in one Sydney Harbour?

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Michael Whitehead

Michael Whitehead attended uni as a mature age student in his 50s, completing multiple postgraduate degrees in health science and psychology. He has a canoe, a pushbike, a bodyboard, a tennis racquet and a fishing rod. He uses them all. Michael is now enjoying retirement after a wide range of careers, most recently as Manager of a Family Support Service.

  1. I absolutely agree with all you say Michael! I especially get annoyed about that 99 cents price, when you ALWAYS have to go up to the nearest dollar. An easy answer to that, I believe, would be to insist that if ANY rounding is needed, then it has to be rounded DOWN, not up, then they’d either have to drop to, (say), $3 95, or they would have to quote the actual price they’re trying to avoid saying, ie $4.00. In any case, I think today’s shopper is more than savvy about making a $4 item look as if it is $3, so the shop-keepers are wasting their time doing it anyway!

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    • It’s not just the 1 cent coins not being legal tender. the 2 cent coin is also out of circulation, and now they are talking about dropping the 5 cent coin. Simple solution, pay by credit or debit card using EFTPOS, no rounding.

  2. Totally agree with all you say. As someone said common sense is not very common any more. I was watching an old interview with Alan Bennett the other night and he was decrying all the same things in Britain and I thought, wouldn’t it be wonderful if our governments consisted completely of people like him. Why are they so full of megalomaniacs, sociopaths and morons?

  3. one cent coins are legal tender, you can pay any bill in one cent coins. They are not creating any new one cent coins and they are going out of circulation. Prices are both rounded up and rounded down, you do not lose. Honestly get a life one cent will not break you. Ill health, poverty, lack of education, cruelty to refugees, xenaphobia, racism, hatred of The Other, these will hurt you. If you want to complain about such trivial things think about all the things that really need complaining about. What a group of first world complaints. You hould be ashamed.

  4. Surely, anyone can have a little rant about things like this and still be concerned about the bigger things. And one cent coins weren’t the only matter mentioned. People don’t have to be deadly serious all the time and it doesn’t mean they don’t care about other things. Apropos of being ashamed, maybe a bit of a sense of humour is needed.

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