Points to Ponder

This week there has been a lot of bad news to ponder about.  The question of refugees and asylum seekers; the shootings both here in Australia and in the USA that make me wonder why people do such terrible, crazy things and if the USA will ever do something about gun control laws, environmental issues, climate change, fracking, emission controls. It’s all been a bit grim.

Today though I’d like to ponder some other questions that have been bugging me.

When did coffee cups get so big?

Earlier this year I decided that life was too short to keep coffee mugs I didn’t like so I ditched a couple that I thought were ugly and decided that I’d get a nice new matching set instead of the collection of odd ones we currently use. You would not think that was a big deal but at the same time I thought that I really ought to drink less coffee so rather than drinking fewer cups I thought I’d start by using a smaller mug. Well, do you think I could find one? Coffee cups now are ENORMOUS. I’ve looked at cheap ones from Target, Big W etc, matched sets in home stores and everywhere I go they are big, big, big. The smallest ones I’ve found are made of bone china, delicate and expensive, not really what I had in mind for every day use. What is going on?

When did coffee mugs get so big?
When did coffee mugs get so big?

What’s with this “pulled” meat craze?

I think that one of the fast food chains started it, advertising burgers with “pulled beef”. Now everyone seems to be doing it and not just beef, there is pulled pork too. What the heck is it and why do we want it?

Does everything have to be an experience?

Tourist attractions and tours have got so expensive now. Everything seems to be aimed at the high-end traveller. I love to take boat trips both at home on the Derwent and when I go to other places but where once you could do a short boat trip with maybe a complimentary afternoon tea for twenty or thirty dollars now it’s all tours  that cost fifty, a hundred or even more dollars that include gourmet snacks or meals at upmarket restaurants.  I would gladly forgo the gourmet goodies when  all I want is to enjoy some time on the water seeing the sights.

It’s not just on the water either. I recently looked up the Sydney Opera House Backstage tour. I did is many years ago and it was very interesting and not that expensive. Now it is an “experience” that includes a fancy breakfast. Very nice but out of my price range, good thing I did it in the nineteen eighties. Newsflash, people who are not rich also like to have fun.

The Sydney Opera House
The Sydney Opera House

Since when was size 16 “extra large”?

I picked up a T-shirt the other day as it said XL and was horrified to discover the tag said it was a 16. When I was wearing a size 16, maybe fifteen or twenty years ago it was considered a medium size. What happened? I am talking about Australian sizes here. Let’s not even get started on how British, US and Australian sizes are different or how even different brands of clothing can be the same size but different measurements.


These and many other things are everyday things that I just don’t understand. If you can think of more please feel free to join in the rant.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. My current housemates are Cindy, my 14-year-old Staffy-Lab X dog and Polly the world's most unsociable cat who is seven.

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