Thoughts on the many moods of driving.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo:

There's more than anger.  

I have the angry dragon out this week but anger is only one of the emotions we experience when we are driving: There are others like...





Concern: For people's state of mind and to give a 

WARNING: BEWARE the elderly driver wearing a hat.

Nurturing: I see opportunities for teaching moments:


Here's one demostration of a dumbass prepared earlier. (Worth a view).


It's enough to drive you to drink... (not that I condone drinking and driving) but opening a bottle once your good and home is very helpful in relieving the angst of driving with those who can't drive and should also stay at home. Dare you to..

A Quick Guide to Football World Cup 2018.

Observations of a Middle-aged Dragon with a tattoo: 

A Quick Guide to Football World Cup 2018.

Was it the best ever?

For those who aren't devotees of the 'beautiful game' here's a quick, catch-up guide to appear up-with-it at those parties or lunchroom conversations…

At first I was sceptical: 

Would this world cup be worth a watch because this guy wasn't there to look at, I mean he wasn’t playing? (I know he hasn't been in one for a long while but.... so good looking and hot.. you could fry an egg on that smouldering look).                                                Becks is so worth a look he's another shot of him.


These guys' teams (Italy and the Netherlands) didn’t even make it. Which also had me thinking this World Cup might tank. 

. Daniel Osvaldo                         Memphis Depay 



But wait there was more…

Good surprises that is: I discovered ICELAND, wohh mamma!!!

They had this guy: Rúrik Gíslason Gislason 

And the next best thing, NO not another Hemsworth, but another Norse god: Birkir Bjarnason Thor himself: Bjarnason 

And not just on the field there was this guy Hervé Renard the coach of Morocco. The internet made all the right noises as it went into meltdown about how he looked 

like Jamie Lannister (aka Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau).

More concerns when this guy, Cristiano Ronaldo left early. 


Then the upsets kept coming and the usual suspects weren’t around to keep playing through the rounds, like the Germans and the Spaniards.  No more watching the bodies... Ummm the skills of : 

Germany's Jerome Boateng

  and  Spain's Lucas Vazquez

However that didn't stop the entertainment and finally the football world realized what the rest of us have noticed for years….. This….

Most likely because of this guy Neymar Jnr…..

Neymar Jnr probably almost single-handedly was why his side, Brazil, didn’t make it through. But it’s great to see all the memes and parodies…. Here's a few of them:     

But French football great and actor Eric Cantona's can't be ignored:


Then there were the statistics, which even got a shake-up this time round: Source New York Times via: 10th July 2018. 

The 2018 Russian World Cup has been the scene for a staggering statistical anomaly which marks the event as the most dramatic World Cup finals in recent memory.

According to a statistical analysis conducted by the New York Times, the 2018 finals has set a new record for the highest percentage of goals scored occurring after the 89th minute.

23 goals have been scored in the 90th minute and second-half stoppage time — accounting for a staggering 15 per cent of all goals scored.

Like Belgium's amazing (with seconds left to go) win from the jaws of defeat against Japan: This is why this world cup has been the best: Remember to click on the Youtube link to see it.

In other words: 

It’s been a really exciting world cup to watch and not just been a bit of a YAWN… I must admit I have always thought football (aka soccer) has been 30 mins too long. So with the above stat in mind…. I reckon tune in after the first 30 mins of the 90 min game!


I had been laughing at an app people, I’m assuming probably mostly men, could buy. It was obviously not run by Optus (Australian Fans will know what I’m talking about) BUT….

Apparently, you could get this app for your phone that vibrated every time your team scored a goal. But wait, as usually the score line in World Cups is 1 to 0 or maybe 2 to 1 and this over 90 minutes; I thought what a waste. The app didn’t seem to get the most out of a vibration mode. Maybe except for the last world cup semi and you were a German fan when they beat Brazil 7 to 1.


Anyway my feeling was if you wanted to get most thrill for your bills they need to provide this app for basketball games or maybe AFL, that’s Aussie Rules Football. Now that’s what I’m talking about high scoring games, high scoring vibration …. Pleasure, ohhhh such pleasure especially AFL, you’d get a vibration for a main goal and one also for a minor score, now that’s what I'm talking about....more thrills for your hard-earned bills. Ahhh.

(There were a lot of words and writing about vibrators, I mean vibrations so I thought you'd appreciate another Becks shot).  

Anyway, back to the 2018 Football (Soccer) World Cup in Russia: these guys are in the final - so still one last twist - this is the first time France and Croatia will meet in a World Cup final.



So enjoy the Grand Final and maybe just tune in for the last 60mins. Dare you to...

(PS: The French got the job done, but Croatia were couragous)

The cost of the fun police… Individuality, comedy and laughter.

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

The cost of the fun police… Individuality, comedy and laughter.

Bring back Mae West: I believe in censorship. After all, I made a fortune out of it.

Don’t get me wrong I think minimizing racism, misogyny and bullying is very good. But we are becoming so sensitive that we can’t seem to laugh at ourselves. With social platforms beaming peoples’ quips and thoughts instantaneously to sooo many people rather than this allowing people to experience all forms of opinions and become more broadminded. Instead we have seen the general populous become so sensitive and seemingly always on the look out to be offended about ANY thing. No longer can we laugh at ourselves or be a little forgiving to a scathing wit.


If Dorothy Parker was around now she would have been sued out of town and sacked from many jobs. Her comment about Katherine Hepburn in her early acting days; like “She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B,” got published and were applauded and considered worthwhile. Dorothy Parker was an American writer and poet best known for her caustic wit, wisecracks, and sharp eye for 20th century urban foibles.

Did Katherine Hepburn shrink and cower under the weight of such observations, did she sue Parker? Did she ask for Parker’s head and get her sacked? NO!! Instead she kept working at her craft to become the most Oscar awarded female actress EVER….

Even more best actress Oscar awards wins than the amazing Meryl Streep and despite what Donald Trump says – I’m with Robert De Niro who said at the Tony’s 2018: ‘Fuck Trump’ and got a standing ovation.

Despite what President Trump says Meryl’s an exceedingly talented actress, easily in the top 3 of the best Actress’ of our time. (Katherine Hepburn has 4, Meryl only 2 best actress awards and 1 for best supporting actress).


Give Rosanne a second chance (is that a 50th chance..).

I think her rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at a US baseball game many years ago (1990), see the sadness here! It was more of a crime, than what she said on twitter. WAS the tweet really that bad…. The singing yes…. The tweet is something that should have been slapped down but let’s have a discussion about it and not summarily strike it down to be silenced and take away her livelihood (although I suspect she’s still got a few mil lying around). Hitler and Stalin used censorship, bullying and terror to stop freedom of speech…. Not nice guys.


AND YES surprise, surprise, I can,… NOT like Mr Trump and YES I still can also think that political correctness has run amok. People are less likely to have diverse opinions for fear that having them may offend. But aren’t we all individuals and isn’t it because of individuality that we have such amazing skills allowing us to innovate and create. If we all thought alike no innovation and creativity would exist….. Point: The Rosanne show, for many years was the only show on TV that reflected the struggles of the little people (there have been many of types of these shows). People actually watched and loved Rosanne for her wit, her scathing sarcasm and honesty about American life when you don’t have a squillion dollars. Couldn’t get that from the Cosby Show and I’m not being racist I’m looking at content and reality. But take Good Times now that was a show way ahead of its time. Not sugar-coating reality.


I’ve got far tooooooo serious,

Bringing back the whimsy……Remembering the timeless MAE WEST:

The real beauty of Mae West: Definitely a woman before her time and the juice to prove it. How would political correctness deal with her today?

 Source: George Tiffin: All the Best Lines: An informal history of the movies in quotes, notes and anecdotes.

Mae West: 1893-1980. She was a child actor she found her way to vaudeville. In 1926 at the age of 33 she wrote, directed and starred in the Broadway play Sex.

Arrested on charges of obscenity, she served ten days in jail telling reporters she had worn silk underwear throughout her stay. At the age of 38 she signed a contract with Paramont. During her first film, Night After Night (1932), she insisted on rewriting many of her scenes, prompting her co-star George Raft to declare: ‘she stole everything but the cameras.’

Although a supporter of women’s liberation, she never declared herself a feminist and remained as famous for her sexual innuendo in real life as on screen. 

Many of her quotes and quips have stood the test of time.

When women go wrong, men go right after them.

When caught between two evils I generally pick the one I’ve never tried before.

When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad, I’m better.

Good girls go to heaven. Bad girls go everywhere else.

I used to be Snow White, but I drifted.

Ten men waiting for me at the door? Send one of them home, I’m tired.

A hard man is good to find.

I believe in censorship. After all, I made a fortune out of it.

I only like two kinds of men: domestic and foreign.

To err is human, but it feels divine.

Is that a gun in your pocket or are you must glad to see me?

Marriage is a great institution, but I’m not ready for an institution yet.

Sex is emotion in motion… love is what you make it and who you make it with.

Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.

I always save one boyfriend for a rainy day… ad another in case it doesn’t rain.

LONG LIVE the spirit of MAE!!!!

Bring some of that spirit back to your life. Dare you to...


Sometimes I want to say - Hey you narcissist numbnuts

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo:

Hey you narcissist numbnuts don’t just talk to the hand. TALK to this...


Sometimes someone just has to say what everybody is thinking.... BE BOLD

Observations of a Middle-Aged Dragon with a Tattoo: 


When you've had one of those days, this may bring a small smile to your face and spirit. 




From A.M. Jaxon:

PEACE AND EQUALITY... a salute to the same sex marriage vote being YES.

IMAGINE if all we saw was...

How do you break a champagne flute, just so? Perfect for a 'Mad' book cover?


On the journey to publish my first book, how did I create the champagne glass on the first cover? It wasn't as easy as first thought.

I had the honour of working with an amazingly masterful photographer, Simon and artists Nina and Susie. All I had to do was provide the champagne flute for the shoot. It had to be broken just so - easier said than done!

Surely, it's only a matter of taking said flute and smashing it on to the side of a table.

No that doesn't quite do it. Not if you're after a jagged edge around the glass, not just a few spikes on the end of the stem.

Then may be smashing something like a knife to smash into the flute as it lays on its side.

Nope, that doesn't give the effect either.

I'm trying not to laugh at myself.

Here I am in my kitchen, with a champagne flute in a plastic shopping bag and I've taken a heavy knife to the glass bowl part of the flute. Gently at first and then aggressively. So even though this glass is thin, it will not break. I've used a cheap thin glass champagne flute firstly, to practice. Seems like I'm going to need more than a quick smash and run to my first photo-shoot for the eBook cover. That would be a yes.

Now I'm really trying not to laugh at myself. Who'd of thought I'd ever be standing in my kitchen deliberately cracking champagne flutes.


Arhh... this is the ever surprising, if not slightly odd, journey I have now embarked having grabbed the bull by the balls or horns whichever it is, and decided to publish my erotic romance, suspense series.

Okay; as they say in the classics, 'think outside the box'.

Back to the drawing board. I need a jagged edge on said glass to grace the cover of Madly: Too Much Too Soon. How to produce this? My mind thinks quickly because of course, thinking it would be sooo easy to reproduce the broken glass; I have left myself little time to get to the photo shoot at the agreed time....

Never fear: I have a trusty red toolbox that my farmer-Dad gave me when I left home to strike out on my own. He gifted me, what I have thought, only as time has moved on; the best gift a Dad could give his daughter when she leaves home. A tool box with an array of handy tools to cover most, if not all household needs. However, I bet Dad never guessed I'd be using it to crack a champagne flute open to grace the cover of his daughter's erotic novel. Best not tell him about this use, just stick to telling him the toolbox was indeed the best gift for a daughter. It has kept giving through the 30-odd-years since I've left home.


Taking one of the three different types of pliers in my toolbox. Did I mention Dad was a farmer who was generally very practical and over engineered everything he made or repaired? So, taking the meatier pair of pliers, I clamp down on the glass rim and crack it. Success!!

First jagged edge made. I repeat the process and now I have a champagne flute semi-close to what I have in my minds-eye.

I will need more than one, or will I?

As this is my first product shoot, how would I know. Taking a leaf out of Dad's book, I over engineer this project. Less of a down side. I crack another glass in several ways. Two destructive masterpieces and many stems as well as pieces of glass all over my kitchen top, most have been caught in the grey plastic shopping bag.

First: One more thought:

As I hurriedly wrap, stuff and gently pack my lunchtime work into a larger cloth re-cycled shopping bag; I catch myself thinking... I hope I don't get pulled over by the police on my way to the shoot. How will I explain why I have all these broken champagne flutes packed ever-so neatly into a bag... Did I mention I was wearing latex gloves when I was doing all the breaking? Not that I didn't want to leave fingerprints... somewhere in my mind I believe in the protective capabilities of latex. Mmm, not one of my better ideas, luckily didn't need to rely on those protective properties. Because of course, and with hindsight, I realize the glass would have sliced straight though the latex and any fingers, hands, arms that got in the way.

Second: One more thought:


What would I tell the ER nurse? How would I explain how I slashed my various appendages if jagged glasses got away from me? Worse still what would the ambos think if they had to come and save me, finding me in my kitchen all battered and bleeding with self-induced broken glasses all around me.

Worse still: Hard to explain kitchen scene, me laid out on my pristine shiny white porcelain tiles, covered in blood and the police are wondering what the hell went on.

All that ends well is all good.

Breathing a sigh of relief, I walk into the photography studio, glasses jangling, but secure in my, not-so-classy bag. I aim for cool.... I'm anything but... not to mind we live and learn.

Let the fun of my first photo shoot begin. (Note to self: make sure model doesn't cut herself).

Note to the reader: It should be clear from the taught, toned and tanned young body; the gorgeous model in the photo is not me! Thanks to 'Sharna' for your great body, flexibility, time and patience.