ABOUT ME

A new year, a new ABOUT page.

Hi, I’m Selma. I live in Sydney, Australia. I can see the Harbour Bridge from the park at the end of my street as well as the lesser known but just as spectacular, Anzac Bridge.

I am a mother, wife, writer, sometime editor, sometime general dogsbody, sometime teacher. I like music, films and art.

I was born in Glasgow, Scotland and still have a slight accent despite years of saying No worries, mate and Fair Suck of The Sav. Even though it is rarely used in Australian conversation these days I have been known to call people drongos.

I have written lots of books and would like to get one published before I die or before the sherry I drink for medicinal purposes destroys my ability to distinguish the present participle from the dangling.

I am fortysomething. At my age the something is the all important part. I have a fear of mothballs and ventriloquist dummies. The most terrifying thing in the world for me wouldn’t be the Antichrist manifesting before me but opening a box to find a ventriloquist dummy packed in mothballs.

I love poetry and poets but I can’t write a decent couplet, rhyming or otherwise. I have been told I have a wide vocabulary but I can’t say anaesthetist. I also have trouble with interminable. I really like words that rhyme with orange.

I like nature, chocolate and limericks. One of my heroes is Spike Milligan.

Most of the time I’m only happy when it rains.

I am passionate, impetuous and eco-friendly.

Welcome to my blog. It is a pleasure to have you here.

68 thoughts on “ABOUT ME

  1. Hi DAOINE:
    Isn’t it funny how we all have words that trip us up? I wonder if it’s because the first person we ever heard say that word mispronounced it. So interesting….

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  2. We have a comic strip here in our newspaper called “Rhymes with Orange.”
    Wayyyyyyy back on my first blog (before you were born…heheh), I wrote one of my limericks….Loved reading about the (new) you.

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  3. Selma, your blog is absolutely marvellous. I really hope you get one of your books published; I’ve a hunch it’ll be grand.

    I find my inability to pronounce ‘testosterone’ embarrassing!

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  4. I stumbled upon your blogg in my search for perimenopausal relief!!
    I still have all the dreaded symptoms but you eased them all with a good laugh and reminded me that i am by no means alone!
    I actually shared your blogg on Facebook and I am sure my friends will enjoy a read as much as I have. πŸ™‚

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  5. Hi Selma, Thanks for the comment on my blog! It seems we share at least two things, an appreciation of the talent and humanity of Ricky May and my inability to pronounce ‘anaesthetist’ if I am not reading it! How did y0u know Ricky?
    I hope people won’t be offended as I roll out a few more, most about his food problems. He thought they were funny when he told them, so I guess that’s the test.

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  6. HI STAFFORD:
    Believe it or not I met Ricky May when I was a singer and my band was one of the bands that played as support on his tour. I only met him once but he was very gracious to me. Lovely man. He is very much missed.

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  7. Yes, he was a great talent. Found some more viedo of him today and will include in future post(s). The last time I worked with Rick was when he did the Daly Wilson Band tour about 1972 maybe? So much was happening then I find it hard to place events in a date line.

    Now, as you worked with Ricky, surely I have met/seen you around the gigs! I used my shortened name then [and still do among friends] ie, Ford Ray, when I played bass around the town in many venues… had my ten minutes of fame. On second thoughts, you would be a whole generation younger and wo0uldn’t have heard of me! Anyway nice to meet you and maybe you have recorded something I can refer to in my blog?

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  8. Hi STAFFORD:
    It wasn’t a regular gig, I’m afraid, and it was more than 20 years ago. The band and I recorded a couple of things but I would have no idea where they are now. I was only 7 in 1972 and living in Scotland so I definitely wouldn’t have seen you around the traps. I will keep reading your blog so I can learn more. Sounds like you’ve led an interesting life!

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  9. From Maine, USA & love Oz, stormy, rainy, snowy, foggy, etc days. Trip over too many words in too many languages to let it bother me. Just an Old Indian up here inna mountains of Western ME. Absolutely love Perth for some strange reason. Been ages so probably feel very strange to me today. Been over 30 yrs since last there.

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  10. Will be loading you to my blogroll on ‘fixed’ PC. PC has no memory yet. Subscribed already. Also added the ‘Oranges’ gal. Just noticed you’re from/lived in Scotland. One of my favorite places too. Was in Glasgow in Nov & Dec 71. Still have friends there & read e-edition Scotsman daily. Wife is Scots-Irish.

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  11. Hi MIKE S:
    Thanks for that. I am in the process of updating my blogrolls (see various pages above) so I will return the favour. Wow, you actually read The Scotsman. That is so cool. You are very well-travelled!

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  12. I’m new to your blog via Lissa, Selma. Pleased to meet a fellow Australian and writer. I look forward to exploring your blog.

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  13. Hi STAFFORD:
    I can’t stop fiddling around with my avatar. I’ve never had a webcam before and I’m always playing around with it. Hence the various avatars. I’m like a kid with a new Barbie doll!

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  14. Selma! Hello! I think we have some stuff in common – I’m also Scottish, and I just got my first teaching position (English and French). I’ll add you to my blogroll and come back and read more. Maybe I’ll have to ask you for some teaching advice at some point!

    http://petrichoric.wordpress.com

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  15. Hi SQUIRREL:
    Haha. I had forgotten I had written this. It is very idiosyncratic. Orange just cannot be rhymed. I throw out the challenge to any poet out there. It just can’t be done πŸ˜†

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  16. Hello Selma,
    I too am an author, mother, wife, grandmother(nana), and 50 something.
    I was born in the USA in Illinois, but my Irish roots run very deep from both my father’s and mother’s family. I write children’s books about my grandchildren and their magical adventures at my country home. I teach them about the old Irish and Celtic background of our family and of course, all about the fey folk (faeries).
    I loved your story about the winter fairies. I too am a storyteller. I give programs and magical tea parties were I talk all about faeries and how they have been with me since I was a child.
    I believe this world would be a better place if everyone would take a second out of their busy lives to take a deep breath, close their eyes and be at one with mother nature, then slowly open them to see the beautiful magic that is right before us.
    Creativeness comes from deep within ones’ heart or spirit, manifesting “imagination”.
    Blessings

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  17. Hi SANDRA:
    What a beautiful comment. The winter fairies is one of my favourite stories. You are so right about taking a moment to appreciate the beauty around us. What a different world it would be if that were the case. It has been an absolute pleasure to meet you. Thank you for visiting!

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  18. HI STAFFORD:
    I was sure if anyone could find a rhyme it would be you, Stafford. It’s not easy. But may I say?What an excellent attempt. You rock 8)

    Hi TBALL:
    You are such a sweetie. Love you β˜†βœ€βœΊ

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  19. Hello Selma,I too am an author, mother, wife, grandmother(nana), and 50 something.I was born in the USA in Illinois, but my Irish roots run very deep from both my father’s and mother’s family. I write children’s books about my grandchildren and their magical adventures at my country home. I teach them about the old Irish and Celtic background of our family and of course, all about the fey folk (faeries). I loved your story about the winter fairies. I too am a storyteller. I give programs and magical tea parties were I talk all about faeries and how they have been with me since I was a child. I believe this world would be a better place if everyone would take a second out of their busy lives to take a deep breath, close their eyes and be at one with mother nature, then slowly open them to see the beautiful magic that is right before us. Creativeness comes from deep within ones’ heart or spirit, manifesting “imagination”.Blessings
    +1

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  20. I came here by way of Gabrielle Bryden’s blog – your blog is a definite antidote to mine, your humour, a delight (and this deluge today must be making you very happy πŸ™‚ )

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  21. Your blog is very inspiring with all the talk about real situations. You don’t sugarcoat things, but you tell it honestly. I really admire that. As naive as a kid in high school can be, I had no idea about the extreme economic recession in Australia. Australia looks like a lovely place and I can’t wait until I can come travel there for a few weeks. It’s actually on my bucket list to travel the world. Australia is one of my top countries to see! Please check out my blog and maybe someday you’ll see a post about me traveling the world. πŸ™‚

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  22. Selma, I am also a 4(almost 1) year old mom. I am new to blogging and your blog came up when I signed on to wordpress.com. Your blog is great! I live in Vermont, USA and my husband and I want to travel the world … in two years when my twins graduate high school. I have always wanted to visit both Scotland and Australia. I can’t wait to see the bridges you are talking about and figure out exactly what “fair suck of the sav” means anyway! I am also a writer, but of poetry and have always stumbled over things that rhyme with orange, and saying fictitiously. I can’t wait to read more about you and your adventures in life!

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  23. Loved the blog and have subscribed. I also love wrting; have published one book so far. I’m very envious that you have left the UK for a new life in Oz. I’ve always wanted to do that (I live in NW England) but realise that I never will now. Hope you’ll subscribe to my blog. All the best to you

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  24. BLUEBEE,
    I am so glad you visited. The deluge at the moment from that Doppelganger post is quite wild. I didn’t expect it at all. Lovely to see you here πŸ˜€

    BUCKETLISTING,
    I hope you get to Australia one day. You will enjoy it. There are many gorgeous sights to see. It is a bit tough here at the moment but I do think it’s a worldwide thing. Hopefully, things will pick up within the next 6 months. I am really glad you visited!

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  25. MICHELLE,
    It is so nice to meet you. I hope you do get to travel to all the places you want to go.

    ‘fair suck of the sav’ is what you say to someone when you are appealing to them to be more reasonable or fair. There are many funny Aussie sayings like that. Thank you so much for visiting. You are very welcome!

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  26. JON,
    Congrats on getting published. That is fantastic. You should be very proud of such an achievement. With regard to leaving England – you just never know what lies round the corner. I still miss the UK, truth be told. I think you never truly forget the place you were born. Thanks so much for visiting!

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  27. Thank you for your kind words left on my site.
    This is a very interesting blog you have going here–one of the very few where readers actually speak their minds and disagree at times (5 greatest Torch Songs and Doris Day). That’s refreshing.
    I’m going to come back for a better look. Thank you again.

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    1. Thanks so much for that link and for thinking of me, Bluebee. I will need to get a contact email on here. I’ve been meaning to do it for ages but keep forgetting. HOPELESS!!!! Thanks again β™₯

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    1. I don’t know what’s going on, Josie because the comment box is there for me. All I can suggest is to refresh the page or sign in again. WordPress can be a bit buggy sometimes. Sorry about that.

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  28. Selma I came across your blog by accident . I was looking for something to help a friend. Her sister is always sicker then she is, when they have a conversation. We were laughing about that. I thought I would google the phenomena. Then I saw the name Selma. That took my eye and I had to read further. Not to many of us named Selma. I have been Selma since 1934. But not to confuse people here I will use my middle name spelled wrong

    From Carollline

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  29. Selma, I didn’t see a place to leave a comment on you post. It is so fantastic to see you back here and writing again. Let me say that your work is just as exquisite as before, if not better. Trust is such a fragile thing, and when it is betrayed, it shatters like ice crystals, leaving us out in the cold. We expect things never to change. We expect people never to change. But they do. Wait, that’s not correct. People don’t change, they just reveal a little more and a little more of who they really are…and sometimes that is someone you never expected them to be. I can tell you from experience that the old cliche “love is blind” is one of the truest statements you will ever hear. But the important thing is that you have transcended the pain, and as Elton John sang, “I’m Still Standing.” Now there’s a song that raises the hair on the back of my neck every time! Again, how lovely it is to see you…again.

    Much affection,
    Timoteo

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    1. My dear friend, Timoteo. Your comment has made me feel so blessed. How right you are about people revealing a little more of who they are. It is so true. I am so fortunate you are still blogging and that we can reconnect. It’s a happy day indeed xxxx

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  30. I looked for a place to comment on your post and couldn’t find one. I’m so glad to see you back. You’ve been through a lot, but I know you will emerge from all this a stronger woman. I hope you keep writing and sharing your growth with us. Hugs, Patti

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    1. PATTI!!!!! So fantastic to hear from you. I messed up the comment box on the post but it’s back now. It is awesome to hear from you and I can’t wait to come over and read your blog again. I have missed you so much. Thank you for being here today xxxx

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