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Cockatoos & Cashed-up Bogans: Life Across the Ditch.

by Shephard


It’s too fuckin’ hot here. No wonder the locals are all bloody miserable.

I miss my superwine biscuits, and tea. The bastard I’m living with is a lazy son of a *****, who continues to avoid doing his fair share of work – his fuckin’ room makes me sick. I suppose the locals are nice enough though. Aside from the questions about my accent that is.

*sigh* Here I am, cleaning up the mess made by someone else. Were it not for my mild(ish) OCD, this house would remain a radioactive wasteland. Bastard…

I have my GTFO fund in case my compensation ends and I still have no job, since Kiwis are treated worse than refugees over here. I just *love* how our governments keep talking up that whole ANZAC spirit bullshit when we all know that it hasn’t meant shit since 1915. So, in saying that, this will more than likely end up being an extended holiday – then I can return home and die afterwards without anyone knowing I even went back.


To the post office tomorrow morning, so I can get this tax file number sorted out. I’ll only need to get my ID card after that, then I should be good to go regarding employment opportunities. But otherwise… it’s just gonna be another lonely day at home.

I suppose I’d best get the surrounds squared away tomorrow, after I’ve done my wind sprints that is.

Take it easy, team.


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Swansong 64 10/17/2017 - 11:46 am

Before you die, please publish all your memoirs. You’re a great writer.

spectralgiraffe 10/17/2017 - 6:26 pm


Shephard 10/17/2017 - 9:18 pm

Nothing to publish, sorry. Whatever is on here is it.

freeroma 10/17/2017 - 2:30 pm

It’s a different type of disaster than I was worried about..
Though it shouldn’t rest with you, that’s least something you know can be managed. Still sucks.

But it’s nice to have a backup plan in case things go South.

Could always see if there’s a library anywhere nearby, if you were inclined.. where I usually hang out when I don’t want to be home or outside (or just in general). They generally have air conditioning, too.
Did pick up a couple books on your people recently.. It’s kinda cool. Need to look up how to pronounce a few things, though.

Rest easy.

Shephard 10/17/2017 - 9:23 pm

My friend is so shameful. I don’t understand how someone can live in filth and think that there’s nothing wrong with doing so.

Contingency plans are a must.

Don’t think there’s any here, but I did see one a little to the nor’east. Yeah, I think it’s required here by law – it’s crazy hot in this place.
If they’re by Michael King and Wira Gardiner, then yes, definitely. M. King’s book has a picture of my aunt and uncle when they were children back in the ’50s. But yeah, I suppose any book on Maoridom ought to be of interest to you.

KoneWone 10/17/2017 - 6:23 pm

Good luck with the job thing. Sydney can be a bit hellish but it’s not too bad as far as big cities go. Good to hear from you again.

Shephard 10/17/2017 - 9:28 pm

The uncertainty and paranoia that afflicts the people here is starting to rub me the wrong way. Whatever. I won’t let it bug me too much. It does however have a certain charm to it, except for the bogans who fight constantly on the trains.

Glad you’re still around too. I see Uncle Winnie still hasn’t decided who’ll be at the helm of NZ for the next three years, eh? Ah, neither of us vote anyway… Our poor country.

Take it easy out there. Back to mopping the floors.

KoneWone 10/18/2017 - 1:14 am

It does have a certain vibe to the place. The botanic gardens are a good place to escape to if you need a break from people.

Bogans are everywhere unfortunately 🙁

I have no clue what is going on as far as politics go here. Makes no difference to me (or you) at any rate. Good luck to them.

Hope your flatmate gets their act together and does some cleaning.

Shephard 10/26/2017 - 6:39 am

I’ve yet to find the gardens, but I will in time. I live out in the western area (within Campbelltown) but often travel to Liverpool and the city when I need to.

Bloody hell, they really are. The accent is killing me.

I see Labour took power. What’s interesting is that a NZ First member (Ron Mark) will get the defence portfolio – despite the fact that he was an officer serving with the NZSAS, I do not like that he’ll be taking charge of the military as a whole. Something is just off about him.

He still hasn’t done shit 🙁 But the bastard is paying all the bills for the time being, so I’ll cut him a little slack. I’ve just continued with daily maintenance.

How’s things been with you?

KoneWone 11/13/2017 - 7:46 pm

Hi again. Just found this in my seldom checked email.

How is life in Sydney? Yes – Labour in power surprisingly. I discovered that a couple of weeks ago – I wasn’t that interested TBH.

Your flatmate situation still the same? As you say – he’s paying the bills so that’s important.

I finished my temp job about 6 weeks ago so been hanging out at home again. No energy to do much at all. Just surviving is all. I have all the gear I need now for my way out so the time for that is coming up. I don’t intend being here by year’s end.

How are you coping these days?

theWhispersOfMySins 10/19/2017 - 8:34 am

Good to see you are surviving even if it’s only for a bit longer.

Shephard 10/26/2017 - 6:41 am

Howdy. It’s nice seeing you around as well. This place has really quietened down since back in ’14, eh? How time flies…

How’s Mike been doing as well? I believe you were still in contact with him, or that he shifted up north to where you are. My memory is hazy in that regard.

Anyway, I hope you and the gang are doing well. Take care out there.

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