Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
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Life’s little mysteries #4


(a) How does Alec know? Is there some continually updated database of Australian laundrette sizes?


(b) Is this a marketing ploy? Do people really come from miles around — from suburbs with perfectly good small laundrettes — in order to wash at the largest […]

The camera never lies … much

After the decluttering comes the photographs, as the real estate agent gets all the advertising stuff ready for my place to go on the market. He sent a professional photographer around, and the results were quite striking. I had taken a few quick shots as I decluttered, for my own personal records, and I knew that […]

State of contusion

As mentioned in August’s 12 of 12, I have taken up Futsal, a 6-a-side version of soccer that we play on an outdoor field (some versions are indoors). I played soccer many many moons ago (when I was in Grade 5 and 6) and it remains one of my favourite sports. Some folk in one of […]

12 of 12, October 2011

This month’s 12 of 12 fell on “Ride to Work” day, and so there are a few photos of my cycling journey, together with a couple of shots of some of my teaching activities.

The big thing that is happening at the moment, however, is that I am in the throes of getting my real-estate portfolio organised […]


My impending move back to Tasmania provides a wonderful opportunity to sort through old bits and pieces, and throw out some (lots?) of things.

The real estate agent calls this “decluttering”.

I hate “decluttering”.

Actually, it is more of a love-hate relationship. I love devising “systems” for filing things and having my memorabilia nicely organised, but, inevitably, I forget […]

Silver Emu

I’m a Scout leader for many reasons, mainly associated with the fact that I get a lot of enjoyment and satisfaction out of helping kids grow up, learn new things, gain confidence, experience the outdoors, build independence, and hopefully start to think about what values they regard as important … plus, also, I get to run […]

12 of 12, September 2011

No, I haven’t signed up a sponsor for this blog, the evidence in the photo on the right notwithstanding (enquiries welcome however!).

This month’s 12 of 12 fell on one of the Mondays when I teach a four-hour evening class, and I needed a snack to tide me over. I’d hoped to have time to find and […]

Decisions, decisions

It is a well-known fact — to me, at any rate — that I hate making decisions. I am very good at weighing up the pros and cons, but what typically happens is that I get the pros to precisely balance the cons, and then I freeze up and tremble in an immobilising state of indecisiveness!

Despite […]

Unsubtle hint


An answer to one of life’s big mysteries – Part 2

Okay, it was a clever solution — or so I thought — but I forgot a key condition.

My “The barber was a woman” was, as some* of you realised, my novel solution to the famous problem of “Who shaves the barber if the barber shaves all those, and only those, who don’t shave themselves?”.

In fact, this […]