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The obsessive-compulsive in me...
I am ashamed to admit that I'm
the queen of self-help books. It's
a self-proclaimed title but I've
yet to meet anyone who could
Books have helped to lighten wallet
Tell me about self-help
books. What is it about
them that makes me want
to have them? What is
this power they seem to have over
me? What could one book possibly
have in it that would change my
life forever? That's the key isn't it?
They make you think that they
hold some magical answer to all
your problems with some clever,
punchy title that seems to be
aimed directly at some target on
your emotional baggage.
Shameful to say, I currently own
nearly 30 of these ''grab at you''
little books, (90 per cent of them
weight-loss related) and I just
managed to stop myself from
buying another just the other day.
TheTwoDayDietitwascalled. . .
You see, I have fallen off the
weight loss wagon with a
resounding thud and have since
being trying my best to claw
myself back on; sadly these books
make it seem all so easy!
I am ashamed to admit that I'm
the queen of self-help books. It's a
self-proclaimed title but I've yet to
meet anyone who could challenge
it. I love buying them, I love
reading them and despite not ever
having found one that held my
fairytale key to success, I will
probably buy more. I'm thinking
of the one I didn't buy as we speak.
I have an addiction, which (as my
darling husband keeps telling me)
is not always easy to fund. So, in
the name of marital resolution,
I'm just going to sell advertising
space on my now bigger-than-ever
rear end, and finance my habit on
Suzie Sykes, mother of three . . .
still trucking on.
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Our feathered friends
I'm listening to bellbirds singing
bird's heart'' (Mirror, April 17).
I too remember my feathered
friends'' each winter. I make up
sugar water (half cup sugar/a
litre of water) that I provide in a
container well away from
branches outside our house.
Having planted gums and
Grevillia victoriae (winter
flowering) plus cabbage trees,
pittosporums, coprosmas, flax,
kowhai and Griselinia littoralis,
which also have flowers and
fruit bellbirds and tui eat in
these cooler months, we are
kept entertained with song year
Killing wasp nests with carbaryl
minimises these sugar-water
thieves as well as using traps
borrowed from Landcare
Research to lessen the number
of wild skinny cats coming down
off the hill, plus the odd stoat
and ferret. Having possum traps
working year round and a well
aimed gun to shoot magpies
keeps these pests and bird-
killers down in number too.
We may not have a predator-
proof fence but by keeping bird-
killer numbers down (of wild
cats, stoats, ferrets, possums
and rats) we are lucky enough
to enjoy a natural dawn chorus.
It's great to know others
remember our feathered
friends each winter also.
Lynne Stewart, Clyde
Thank you John Buchanan for
having the vision to perform
The Armed Man -- A Mass for
Peace. Congratulations to the
Central Otago Regional Choir
and Chamber Orchestra for
your magnificent interpretation
of this complex score. The
evocative and powerful images
of war left your audience stilled
and silent. This moving
performance was richly
deserving of its prolonged
standing ovation.Marg Hamilton
Thanks for help
We wanted everyone to know
the wonderful service that St
John and Dunstan Hospital do
for this community. Noel and I
would like to extend a very
special thank you to the
wonderful staff of St John
Alexandra and to the staff at
Dunstan Hospital. I was so
blessed to receive the most
wonderful, professional, caring
support from my accident when
I broke my hip through to my
recovery. Thank you from our
hearts, without you all my
recovery would not have been
so speedy and successful.
Noel and Mai Timms
Preparing to take the bull
by the horns, so to speak
Up and down: The
rollercoaster world of dating.
It's now six months since I
started sharing my single-girl
life with Mirror readers.
It would be an exaggeration to
say I've been bombarded with
offers from eligible suitors but a
few chaps have got in touch via
One sounded promising but I
chickened out of doing anything
about it when I realised a close
link between him and a third
party in my circle. He'd not given
his name either, which I didn't
like. Admittedly, I'm in no
position to criticise others for
being nameless but often men
who won't tell you their name are
Just when it seemed that no-one
reads the column an email was
sent to my charming editor.
The writer could not be identified
on Facebook so I might have to
take the old-fashioned approach
and actually talk to him. Perhaps
a blind date is on the cards.
I've always thought traditional
blind dates engineered by mutual
friends are a good idea.
Ideally your friends have your
best interests at heart and a
reasonable idea of the sort of
person you might be suited to.
Generally we like the kind of
people our friends like.
In the rollercoaster world of
dating there are situations that
work out well and others best seen
as learning curves. But sometimes
you just have to take the bull by
the horns and see what happens. I
shall report back on developments
with the mystery man.
Queenstown's Single Girl is
looking for true love. Advice and
potential candidates should be
emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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