Hot and not

Quite a bit of hot around this week (thankfully).


First on the list, for the lass’ sake, is her FIRST EVER school camp. The Cycle Two kids (6-9 yo) simmered with excitement as they trooped up the path to the buses that will take them to Sovereign Hill for a two-day, one-night stay. The lass loves Sovereign Hill and is really looking forward to the ‘Blood on the Southern Cross‘ evening show.

Mango puree – a traditional end-of-year fundraiser for our school is mangoes. I bought two trays, distributed most of one, kept some for eating and then pureed the rest. You’ll be able to see a little contraption on the cutting board – that’s a mango cutter and it’s marvellous. It cuts down and around the mango pip and leaves lots of flesh on the cheeks for cutting out.

I can report that when using the mango cutter, 14 mangoes will yield 2.5 litres of mango puree. Good for ice cream, tarts and tropical drinks of a possibly alcoholic nature.

A tram sessions gig for the Bloke. An acoustic improv set performed and filmed on one of Melbourne old trams as it rumbled round the CBD on Tuesday evening. The recording isn’t up yet – I’ll give a shout out when it is. I’ve found the Swedish version here.


The really not hot event this week the election of the Mad Monk (aka People Skills aka Tony Abbott) to the leadership of the opposition Liberal Party. It’s just so bad, reactionary and bizarre that it seems like a joke. But it isn’t. There will be people who take this guy and his misogynist, anti-choice, reactionary policy views seriously simply because he’s the opposition leader. The only hope lies in the fact that he won with only one vote and that the Liberal moderates will be so appalled at this turn of events that his leadership will crumble just like his three predecessors since 2007.



  1. innercitygarden said,

    December 3, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    Is it bad to have mango and icecream for afternoon tea while the boy is at childcare? Mine smell fabulous in the kitchen.

  2. froginthepond said,

    December 3, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Certainly it’s okay. You want to ‘taste for freshness’ before sharing with the boy, afterall.

  3. tramsessions said,

    December 10, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    The improv tram session is now up, please go here to see it;

    and thanks for the mention!

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