Climate Plus again wishes you a pleasant Christmas/New Year and health and happiness for 2019.
Last year I went into the history and meaning of Christmas in some detail. I won’t repeat that here.
However, I do have important news. Santa Claus has been detained by Australian Border Force. Fair dinkum! Here’s the story:
- Merely days before Christmas, a Mr S Claus allegedly from the North Pole has been detained by Australian Border Force whilst trying to enter the country.
It’s believed the patron of Christmas was identified by Customs Agents during immigration, his big beard and unseasonable attire drawing attention and concern.
Upon being confronted by officials, agents were unable to determine his proper identity due to discrepancies in his story and multiple passports in different names.
“We’ve had to detain a gentleman trying to access Australia due to an inability to ascertain his identity”, stated a public official, “whilst at this stage we don’t suspect the man to be a terror threat, we intend on taking every precaution”.
It’s believed that Santa was visiting Australia to perform interviews with several Australian politicians to confirm their naughty/nice status for the upcoming holiday.
Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton, fronted media on the matter in the early hours of this morning. “This is a wonderful testament to Australia’s border security. Even if Jesus tried to enter the country, we would do a thorough background check regarding his activities and time spent in the middle east”.
You wouldn’t read about it!
I did hear a report on ABC radio that Border Force had been alerted to a planned invasion of Australian air space by a white-haired old man on Christmas eve. We can all rest easily in our beds because they are planning to shoot him down. Unfortunately I can’t verify the story, so it may be groundless alarmism.
More seriously, 2018 has been a challenging year for many people close to me, but most ended in better shape than they began. Sadly it began with news of the passing of my brother-in-law, who passed away in the early hours of the last day of 2017, after a long illness having just made it through to their 52nd wedding anniversary.
She’s my younger sister, so that might give you a clue as to how ancient I am. I’m actually feeling better than I was a year ago, so while there is life I’ll carry on, although not entirely regardless.
Again, we’ll keeping things simple at our place. My son Mark is still with us, and my younger son will come over for a quiet one on our deck. Here’s an older photo of Mark from a few years ago:
Later, before New Year, we’ll get together with the wider Brisbane clan. On Christmas day we plan to talk to my daughter and lovely granddaughter in Adelaide in a video link via Facebook. In late January they are coming up for a week. Here they are in the Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens when they were last here in November 2017:
And here is my lovely granddaughter on the day she left:
Again from Climate Plus we sincerely wish you a pleasant Christmas/New Year, health and happiness for 2018. Beyond that, may there be purpose and meaning in your life, but the capacity to be in and to enjoy the moment.