Steve and Dotty

Watch out for chuggers
Steve Kendall
CHUGGER. It’s a strange old name for a pretty harmless event. We’ve all come across it I bet, the charity collection where you feel you have to give. I resent it no end, and am quite happy with my decision to never give at intersection collections. I know most of it..
01-Apr-2016
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Not so great Kate
Steve Kendall
While we are about to be dragged through a demoralising run up to a federal election I want to turn the focus back to the family of our head of state. I grew up in England and Lizzie lived at Buck house and was the queen. That’s how it went and that is how it’s always been, certainly..
24-Mar-2016
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Feline hard done by
Steve Kendall
Tommy was eating Nina’s food, and it had to stop. Nina is our slinky black cat, and Tommy is the neighbourhood wanderer. He’s not a feral so I imagine he just runs around from house to house eating where he can. It seems like a cat thing to do. Anyway, I caught him tuckin..
18-Mar-2016
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The trouble with trainers
Dianne Dempsey
Perhaps the problem started with my concept of a personal trainer. I had in mind a film star (that was me) and a highly qualified and motivational trainer (that was him). At the very least the trainer was going to say encouraging things like, “Come on Diana, you amazing, intellig..
11-Mar-2016
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Life with an umpa thumpa
Steve Kendall
Follow @SteveKendall1 (https://twitter.com/SteveKendall1) I AM sick of star pickets. Harsh, but true. I am sure they are from a bygone age when convicts were gainfully employed fencing. My fencing was done by a machine, but some recent work at the behest of the long-suffering Mrs Kendal..
04-Mar-2016
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The bickie impossible
Steve Kendall
OUR sports journalist young Noel is whippet thin. It’s a good look I have to say, but the young man grazes all day and his drawer is full of tasty food. I say that because I am jealous. If I grazed all day I would be even bigger. Young Noel once moved desks because of constant ..
26-Feb-2016
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A long stint in print
Steve Kendall
IN case I don’t make it to number 40, I want to celebrate my 38 years in the newspaper industry. Those who know me can’t believe I am old enough to have worked that long in print, but I did start at 16. Nowadays you have to have a degree to get anywhere near most jobs, but I ..
19-Feb-2016
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Redbacks on the move
Bendigo Weekly
The ants have met a sad end. It all started on Sunday when the telltale stream ran across the verandah, under the door and across the floor to the fridge. Now I will not share the contents with ants, so out came the bottle of Ant Rid. A small dollop is all that’s needed according t..
12-Feb-2016
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Margaritas and Marilyn
Steve Kendall
I was wandering in View Street on Monday and there was the lower half of Marilyn Monroe. I’m sure you are all aware of the fantastic eight-metre tall Marilyn at the entrance to town, and how striking she looks. She’s there to promote the Bendigo Art Gallery’s ex..
05-Feb-2016
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The great escape
Steve Kendall
AT the start I must say we were asking for trouble. It’s a mistake we have made many times, and continue to do so. On one of those super-hot days earlier this month, the long-suffering Mrs Kendall and I set out to walk the dogs in the evening. “It’s too hot to go f..
29-Jan-2016
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Memories take flight
Steve Kendall
I have had reason to think about earliest memories these past few weeks, and perhaps unsurprisingly my Mum features in all four. I can clearly remember being in my pram and my Mum asking if I was OK. Now this seems unlikely but it’s as clear as anything to me. I remember Winston C..
22-Jan-2016
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Henhouse blues
Steve Kendall
THE infernal hen house drama has reared its ugly head again, and what’s more the hens are on strike. From a very presentable six eggs a day from the eight birds, it’s down to zero. It’s all because of the simple reason of jealousy or something similar. The long-suff..
15-Jan-2016
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Mind over mattress
Steve Kendall
I am out and about and spending time with Glyn. Glyn is my brother in England, and he has provided me with a put-you-up bed for the duration of my stay. Now I am getting on a bit for these contraptions, but it was all there was in a time of need. It’s a simple arrangement which fol..
08-Jan-2016
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Stick-in-the-mud-Steve
Steve Kendall
IT all started with Fatso the thoroughbred. He’s an ex-track horse and has obviously become accustomed to a wash down in the hot weather. Trouble is the long-suffering Mrs Kendall did not have that in his regime, so come the first hot days he tried to hop into the drinking trough. ..
31-Dec-2015
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What to do at the work party
Steve Kendall
WELL that year rushed by. Here we are at the Weekly’s last issue before Christmas and where did it go? Our work frivolities start early today at 1pm. The Bendigo Weekly bosses are shouting us lunch, and I think there are a few dollars behind the bar too. This is a great way..
18-Dec-2015
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Animals on the move
Steve Kendall
Mrs Smith wrote to me following last week’s column and said cats make a mess in her garden and meow a lot and keep her awake. Thanks Mrs Smith for your input, seems like backing for my idea on desexing. Mrs Smith also suggested cats should be on a lead. She doesn’t have a cat..
11-Dec-2015
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Cats versus councillors
Steve Kendall
Former mayor Peter Cox has shown his true anti-cat colours. He wants a 24-hour curfew. Luckily it did not pass muster at the last meeting, and I would make an educated guess that if it was put to the vote Bendigo councillors would far more likely be curfewed after some recent antics. Cou..
04-Dec-2015
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A moving experience
Steve Kendall
THE Bendigo Weekly is moving offices. From December 7 we will be in our swish new location at 37 to 39 View Street. It’s two doors down from the Wine Bank and in the general vicinity of many eating and drinking houses. My guess is some staff will have to have GPS trackers on them t..
27-Nov-2015
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Driving in a nanny state
Steve Kendall
SOME bright spark decided last week it would be a good idea for senior drivers to have an S plate. This would be similar to the L for learner and P for provisional in use already. As good or bad an idea as this may seem, do we really need this much information? I don’t know wha..
20-Nov-2015
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Real shearers do eat quiche
Steve Kendall
LAST week I wrote about me. No surprises there I guess, but the whole bringing in the fleece was a team effort. Let’s digress... We were hunting down a shearer for a while, not easy to find one who will work on just a few less than 100, they seem to want the big jobs. Shearers ..
13-Nov-2015
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