Monday, 14 May 2012

Have a Whinge

Sometimes it helps to "get it off your chest"


  1. Now that I'm officially a "Grumpy Old Woman" I'll start off the Whinge.
    A girl who attended Geelong Grammar (a really expensive Private School - Prince Charles went there when he was young) is now suing the school because her scores were not high enough to get her into a Law Degree at Uni.

    Oh yeah, lets all sue our High Schools because we didn't do well.

    The girl had been absent from school on many occasions, was poorly organised, didn't complete her assignments and was even placed on suspension several times.

    But hey, it's all the schools fault so let's sue them for all my lost wages as a lawyer and let's sue them for my Mum's lost wages because she had to give up her small business to care for me, her daughter.

    This is (partly) what Fowles writes about in The Aristos, humankind not taking responsibility for their actions. It's always someone else's fault.

    If the courts let this one through, then there will be an onslaught from every failed student. It's not my fault I didn't study, or simply didn't have what it takes to be a lawyer, it's the schools fault.

    In my humble opinion, this should immediately be thrown out of court.

    Here's the link to the story:

    Thanks Sanmac, I feel better already for getting that off my chest :-)

  2. I agree, Camelia, and besides breeding a nation of "suers", by making it almost impossible for "unthinking" people to injure themselves, the idiots are breeding faster than ever.

  3. I totally agree. I have had several examples of this sort of thing in my life and it makes me angry. My son was hit and badly injured by a young hoon and lost his business and it took 4 years to get compensation because the hoon's lawyer defended it. The problem is that the law requires that someone is at fault before compensation can be paid.

    Same thing happened to my mother - knocked down by a hit and run driver who was never found so she could only get minimal compensation.

    Years ago, at a school I taught in, a child was blinded by an apple core thrown by another child. Someone had to be at fault. You can't sue a child and they couldn't sue a teacher on duty because no one saw it happen, so the Principal as the responsible person with "duty of care" was charged, tried in court and found guilty. It ruined his career and shattered his nerves. The Dept of Ed paid the fine but how unfair is that? It's all madness. We have become a totally litigious society looking for blame because that's the way our legal system works.

  4. hi seems like I have been having trouble posting a comment. If this works I have no idea how i did it, and probably won't remember for next time..
    I didn't realise I was so dumb.

    1. Good one Beverly, It's just that it is so different to what we've been used to. Keep practicing. It will become second nature. Did the hints help?
      Cheers, Sandra

    2. I agree with all of the above and like Jaywalker I have also worked in education at different times, and this whinge absolutely highlights the litigious minefield that this profession has become.

      Admittedly like any other work force education has its fair share of good and bad employees but in the main most are dedicated, resourceful professionals who do a good (but in the 21st century a fairly difficult) job well.
      Sadly underparenting is rife in the 21st century and in some ways some of the parent role and duties formerly undertaken by parents has been relegated to teachers who are sometimes an easy target for parents on the lookout for a scapegoat to sue.

    3. leonie - I think we are standing on identical soap boxes! I agree with every word.

  5. Oh goodness... lead me to a solicitor - I can think of so many teachers I can sue for not getting high enough marks......
    I could end up with millions

  6. My whinge is how all the new migrants seem to think it is their right to reverse into a parking space even thought you are ten carparks away..I come from a migrant family so I am not being racist..but it is so dangerous you havent got a clue what to do when you go to park and they come up to you from 10 parking bays away and abuse you as happened to my poor mum last week..the lady left her verses from the koran about looking at her sins on her poor mum has said if I had known you wante this car park I would never had used it but you cant reverse park from the end of the row..what do you think of reverse parking in carparks especially when the arrow shows you can only go one way and it was forward.

  7. I don't know if it's illegal- it probably is - but it's definitely rude, thoughtless and very dangerous.

  8. Its not only migrants who are rude and impetuous when parkinhg -its most people... road courtesy dosen't exist - either in the streets or in the carparks

  9. We need a new winge. I can't think of one at the mo---- so the rest of ypou will have to think about it and perhaps someone will come up with one

    1. Is that your whinge.......that you have nothing to whinge about???? :D

  10. A new Whinge, and a bookish one at that.
    When I was in my early 30s I returned to Uni to study and one of my subjects was Literature.
    The first book we were given to read was "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad.

    I hated that book from the very first page. I don't know if it was my age, my status (married with children) or what, but I loathed it. Unfortunately, my Lecturer was besotted with it so I had to read and discuss it.

    For me, it was a laborious read. Conrad seemed to drag each chapter out and fill it with as much symbolism and imagery as he could possibly fit. It's long winded and tedious.

    yeah yeah Conrad, I get it. The river is like an artery that leads to the heart. I get it that evil resides in all of us. I get it about choosing "madness". I get it about man's inhumanity to man.

    I think this was more of a philosophical, existential bit of foreplay for Conrad. He seems to be using us (the reader) as his guineau pigs in his search for meaning.

    That's my whinge folks.

    Are there any books that you really disliked?

  11. Hi Camelia,

    I can relate to what you are saying and although I've yet to read something by `Joseph Conrad', writers like Samual Beckett - `The Beckett Trilogy' and William Faulkner - `The Sound and the Fury' come to mind and are likewise a real slog.

    These days though I have a better understanding of how they are meant to be read - a sort of `stream of consciousness' narrative, an interior monologue - a sort of moment to moment torrent of thoughts, sensations, and emotions on paper - intrinsic to the human condition......if they makes any sense.

    Anyway I still struggle with such writing but find it strangely compelling - although I've never got too far with either novel. James Joyce seems much the same - have never got too far with him either.

  12. Neither have I read 'Heart of Darkness', although it's been gathering dust on my bookshelf for years. I seem to always pass over it for something more uplifting.
    A book I couldn't get my head around is Virginia Woolf's 'To the Lighthouse'. I've read it at least twice, trying to understand it. Harold Bloom (my hero) deems it a masterpiece and it's featured on many 'must read before you die' lists. Can anyone tell me what I am missing?

  13. Sorry if this sounds like boasting - don't mean it be - we just had some great opportunities while away. Our English friends from Derby came to visit us in Hastings and took us out for the day to Virginia Woolf's country home, Monks House in Rodmel, Surrey. I got some great photos of her sitting room and bedroom and the garden is just a delight. We also walked down the path towards the river where she drowned herself. Pity I can't put photos on here.
    I haven't read 'To the Lighthouse' since Uni but I have reread her 'Room of Ones Own' and enjoyed it. I am fascinated by that whole bunch of Bloomsbury-ites, perhaps with their lifestyle more than their books. When we go to London we stay at the Tavistock in Russell Square and there is a sculptured head of her in the garden as they lived across the road in Gordon Square. I bought a 2nd hand book of the history of Bloomsbury this time and discovered a lot I didn't know before.

  14. Thought I would have a brief whinge about express check-outs and self-serve checkouts in supermarkets and big dept stores. Yesterday I waited for 20 minutes in the EXPRESS lane with three items. They had three other main checkouts open on a Friday afternoon. In our local Target which has just been refurbished there are about 15 brand new checkouts of which never more than three or four are open. Is this just Tasmania or is it the same everywhere?

    I hate self-service machines on principle - I go there to be SERVED!