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Quirky Folk - November 2008



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Given that two of my neighbours in my building own dogs, I naturally assumed pets were allowed by the body corporate. I then thought it was up to the individual landlord/landlady of each unit to then have the final say.

This was until I bumped into one of the members of the body corporate one night. She started telling me animals are not automatically allowed in the building – they had to be small enough to be picked up and each unit was limited to one pet. So much for my dream of owning two Tonkinese or Burmese cats! She then showed me the application form. It asked for the name, sex, breed and type of animal. It also asked whether the animal was desexed and/or microchipped. Finally, it said that if approval was given, the pet was still to be carried when in common areas.

“But what about the two dog owners?” I asked.

“They just went ahead and got their dogs,” she said. “They didn’t even ask body corporate for permission and their landlords decided to okay it anyway.”

She then told me there were a couple of cat owners in the building as well, but the body corporate tended to be more lenient towards approving cats as they were quieter than dogs.


The lady then went on about how people don’t stick by the rules. Having been shown the body corporate rules, I thought they were a little unreasonable. Why should my companion animal be a small one? Why couldn’t I have a large dog if I wanted one? But then again, I am in the fortunate situation of living in a small building which means fewer neighbours which then equals fewer conflicts with them. Unfortunately, part of this equation includes smaller common areas so a large animal could easily block hallways. Maybe that’s why the body corporate pet requirements are so strict. I plan to ask the body corporate lady the next time I see her.
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Telephone Sheep Artwork link

This is from another email that is currently doing the rounds in my office. My first thought was, huh? It was so surreal, it took my brain a few seconds to register these images. Some of the sheep look weird but I like the cute one that’s sitting down.

From a distance the sheeps’ bodies appear to be constructed from thick grey wool. However, a closer look reveals they are actually made from telephone cords while the feet are from handsets.

Like most artworks, you can’t help but admire the time and patience it must have taken to bring it to life.

The telephones bring back many nostalgic memories for me. Like millions of people, my parents had a similar telephone at home. Years ago there used to be a dance music radio program that aired late every Saturday night. Growing up in a country town, I was starved of dance music and would take the opportunity to ring the station to request songs. I would dial each digit of the radio station’s phone number very slowly so as not to wake my parents up. The problem was the sound of my finger slowly dialling away woke my sister up and she told me to dial “normally”. One time I dialled the number so slowly it didn’t register and I got a wrong number message.

One night while I was on the phone, my father woke up to go to the toilet and heard me talking away. Scared that I was arranging to meet some boy, he started eavesdropping but soon gave up when he realised I was simply ringing a radio station.

Eventually my father installed a five metre cord to the phone so I could drag it into my bedroom so I could ring the station all night long if I wanted.
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The Caterpillar Dog

November 26th 2008 21:00


Given that I have a morbid fear of caterpillars, I find this video a little creepy. While I can marvel at the creativity and vivid imagination it took in creating this clip, I don’t like any creature that has more than four legs and this very, very long dog certainly qualifies as one.

Four legs good, more than four legs bad!


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The bond between human and beast can indeed be a strong one. Just take a look at this video that shows how strong this bond is after two men rescued and kept a lion in their London flat until he got too big and expensive to care for. The lion was released into the wild. A year later, the men decided to reunite with their friend. This is what happened next…


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Panda Bites Man Wanting to Cuddle it

November 24th 2008 00:24


How often have you been tempted to cuddle or pet an animal at the zoo? Most people would probably answer yes to this question but have enough common sense not to reach out and try and touch it – especially if there are warning signs in front of the enclosure.

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Two-Faced Kitten

November 23rd 2008 21:00
A workmate, knowing my love of cats, sent me this link. I feel sorry for the poor baby (or should I say, babies?) My heart cries out for the poor thing.

SMH story

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David’s Solution to Animals That Bite

November 20th 2008 21:00


Photo by Marek Szczepanek. Used in accordance with the terms of Wikimedia Commons’ GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.

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Cindy Visits Lenny and Riley

November 19th 2008 21:00
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Tuna Breath

November 18th 2008 21:00

Butterscotch and Gingersnap


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The Grouchy Tuxedo Cat Hates Kids

November 17th 2008 21:00
The Grouchy Tuxedo Cat



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My Insomnia Cure: Thinking About Cats

November 16th 2008 21:00
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Photo supplied by DanRos. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Photo by Ltshears. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Email of the Week…

November 11th 2008 21:00
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My Neighbour Has a Go at Someone

November 9th 2008 21:00

Photo by Matteo Gossi. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


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What the …?

November 6th 2008 21:00


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Photo by Caronna. Used in accordance with the terms of Wikimedia Commons’ GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, no Front-Cover Texts, and no Back-Cover Texts.

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My Sister’s Fly Sticker

November 4th 2008 21:00


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Not Another Melbourne Cup Day!

November 3rd 2008 21:00


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