Steve and Dotty

Air assault continues
Steve Kendall
A COUPLE of weeks ago I touched on the subject of mosquitos. I reckon I led the pack on the coverage, I led and others followed. Now is the time to revisit the subject and compare notes. By some stroke of luck I remain untouched by them, sure they have been flying around and even landing..
03-Nov-2016
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The summer slow down
Steve Kendall
WARNING, I am going to mention the C-word. Yep, Christmas is on its way, and the shops are letting us know. I have my own countdown, and it’s started this week with the Bendigo Cup. The days are (should be) getting warmer, and thoughts of that special day on December 25 are startin..
27-Oct-2016
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Sting in the tale
Steve Kendall
IN 1989 when I first moved to Australia I chose Cairns. Where the reef meets the rainforest is how the guide books describe it, and it certainly lives up to the name. In sunny Victoria we have a few snakes to worry about, up in Far North Queensland crocodiles frequent the waterways. It w..
20-Oct-2016
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Easy riding on the quad
Bendigo Weekly
I have been a man of the paddocks for a few years now, and have a couple of hundred hours on the tractor. Up until now I have managed to steer clear of a quad bike. The long-suffering Mrs Kendall decided out of the blue that she needed one, so it was put into my hands, with help from my brot..
13-Oct-2016
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Counting on the rams
Steve Kendall
THAT was a big winter, spent a few weeks of it with the lambing. Our 75 merinos were served by a couple of virgin rams, and we didn’t know what the hit rate would be. Turned out our rams were on the money with a constant stream of lambs being born from day one of due date. ..
06-Oct-2016
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Gate crashers moove in
Sharon Kemp
YOU can’t get anything past Frank. But something is going on with his black cows that makes me think they are trying to pull the hide over his eyes – to achieve their own ends, whatever that is. But he is on to them. When we visited him on the farm at Axedale recently, Frank..
28-Sep-2016
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Slurpers are taking the lead
Steve Kendall
HAVE you noticed the way fully grown adults have reverted to childish things? A few years ago the only people sucking drink through a straw were children and babies. Now everyone, everywhere seems to have a sippy cup or have to drink coffee through a lid. Always on the move, some peo..
26-Sep-2016
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Notes from a grumpy shopper
Dianne Dempsey
1. Supermarkets: To those hard workers at the checkout. I appreciate your courtesy but please do not ask me how I am as I have been indulging in an existential crisis for many years now. Please do not have self-serving type checkouts. For starters I can’t work out how to use them and m..
12-Aug-2016
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Cloak of invisibility
Steve Kendall
I DID another silly thing on Saturday. I made a fuss in a cafe about poor service before my meal. This is foolish on many levels, one you never know what little extra will be added to your breakfast or tea, and two the meal takes forever to arrive. Maybe the extra time is so they can..
05-Aug-2016
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Not hooked on crochet
Steve Kendall
Steve gets in a knot over raids by the Bendigo yarn bombers Crocheting is a fantastic pastime for people, I have nothing against it, people are free to enjoy it, but why should it be forced upon us in all its mismatched colour? I have to be honest and say my sister used ..
22-Jul-2016
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Sporting chance for young hack
Joel Peterson
Oh, how I have waited for this. In four years at the Weekly I’ve been on the front page, the back page, but never in the loftiest position reserved only for those who walk the corridors of power... Steve’s column. I have been the much-mocked subject of said column, concocted plen..
14-Jul-2016
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In at the deep end
Bendigo Weekly
Intern Tash reveals the inner workings of the Weekly newsroom MEDIA WATCH was to be the entree to my first all-important internship at a newspaper. Not what you would expect. I watched presenter Paul Barry the night before I dived in at the Bendigo Weekly for my real taste of life ..
08-Jul-2016
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Chasing the vote
Steve Kendall
SO the election is finally here. Like everywhere else in the country Bendigo has been doused with promises and the doling out of our money. On the surface these offers of cash post-election are great, but the money is from the public purse so we are only getting our own money back. We are aw..
01-Jul-2016
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End of the dark days
Steve Kendall
WE have crossed the line. We are on the outward end of the very dark tunnel called winter. It may get colder, but it won’t be getting darker. It serves me right, and it’s my own choice, but the alarm goes off at 5.45am in our house. The long suffering Mrs Kendall drinks tea b..
24-Jun-2016
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The electoral paper chase
Steve Kendall
THANKFULLY I am away on July 2 and was able to vote early. This involved walking along to Hargreaves Street from the Weekly’s city hub in View Street. The printers had been busy over the weekend, and each member of the party faithful were clutching the all-important how to vote car..
17-Jun-2016
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Cooking by the book
Steve Kendall
I have been married in one guise or another for many years now. You think I would have learned by now. Let me tell you a story... Because of the dark, evenings have become a bit of a rush, feeding out sheep/horses/dog/chooks and all of the other things that need doing, so the long-suffer..
10-Jun-2016
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The inner caveman
Steve Kendall
IT was mighty cold on Tuesday, and it coincided with me having a day at home. This was pure coincidence, and nothing to do with the fact that leaving a warm bed when outside was white with frost seemed silly, not at all. I was sick. With the wonders of modern technology and some great br..
03-Jun-2016
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Cockerel finds a voice
Steve Kendall
THERE has been a major shift in the household on two counts. The first is of a gender issue, the other is a vocal restriction. But they have a link. Our friendly Golden Wyandotte hen turned out to be a Golden Wyandotte cockerel, and believe me now he knows he’s certainly crowing ab..
27-May-2016
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Marilyn’s had enough
Dianne Dempsey
Dianne Dempsey reveals all Marilyn is getting tired. You just have to look at the fake grin plastered over her face to see the strain of working 24/7. Marilyn’s iconic pose, from The Seven Year Itch (1955) in which a gust of wind blows up her billowy white dress,..
20-May-2016
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Jeggings in a tight spot
Steve Kendall
I KNOW English is an evolving language, but a couple of words have sprung to my attention this week. One of them is a dog breed called jug. It’s a cross between a pug and a Jack Russell. To all intents and purposes a crossbreed or mongrel. This would be fine if they commanded the p..
13-May-2016
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