Monday, March 07, 2005

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A distinct feel of autumn in the air this week. Only a few weeks after we were perspiring and fanning ourselves, we had the electric heater on for a couple of hours one evening. Julie's cat Jezebel thought this was great – being a Rex cat she has almost zero fur and is always interested in any source of heat.

This month is a bonanza for royal-watchers; for the first time, we have members of the British, Swedish and Danish royal families in Australia at the same time.

The big attraction of course is Mary Donaldson of Hobart – or Crown Princess Mary of Denmark as she is now known. She and her husband Fredrik have been bringing out the crowds wherever they go.

But not everyone is happy. Writing in my local paper The Mercury, Greg Barns thunders that anyone who bows or curtsies to Mary or Fredrik demeans themselves, their families, and any sense of equality or fair play they may have. Phew!

To paraphrase Lincoln, I guess you can't please all the people all the time.

Even the most dedicated fan of the Just A Minute radio programme must have felt the need to lie down for a moment on hearing the panel on this week's show included Pam Ayres, Clement Freud and Julian Clary! Waaaaugh! The words "eclectic mix" hardly seem strong enough.

Report from Ansible -- The 98th and last Star Trek: Enterprise episode airs in the USA on 13 May. This takes the Trek franchise off television for the first time since 1986; and for the first time since 1975, there will be neither a movie nor a tv show in the pipeline.

The good news for Australian fans, however, is that the television networks here have been so slack about screening the show (it's currently on at 1 a.m. on Wednesday mornings!) that we have another couple of years still to see.

Every cloud has a silver lining.

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