Blogged or Bogged?

Blogged, not bogged …



In my very first blog post as President of CWA I talked about being blogged or bogged and what our predecessors would have thought about terminologies used today. I’m only re-visiting this because I needed to use the term blogged. As in I’m blogged out. Too many other things going on! Including some rain. Nowhere near enough to get seriously bogged though!

I have found for your entertainment, a very interesting article from one of our old Journals that I hope you will enjoy and I will endeavour to have some remarkably intelligent and witty dialogue for you by next week … well maybe only witty … or not? I’ll think of something …



So, What’s New?

A Sydney television channel recently despatched a woman reporter, armed with a bra of truly gargantuan proportions, to a department store, where she accosted a number of shoppers. Having told them that, when metric sizes are applied to bras, a bust measurement of 34in will become 87 cm*, she held out her “prop” – presumably an 87in bra – and asked them what they thought of ‘an 87″.

The reaction to this light-hearted gag was fairly predictable. Some women giggled, others doubted that they would “ever understand it”, one young woman seemed favourably disposed to the idea of being “an 87″, and one man said with considerable, if perhaps unconscious, acumen that it didn’t matter – “it will be just the same, won’t it?”

It will, indeed, be “just the same”. Women will not change; they will continue to select a bra that fits, just as we all will continue to “try on” most things before buying them.

The Metric Conversion Board’s discussion with manufacturers of bras began back in 1972. The task was to decide on a range of sizes to replace 34in, 36in, etc (A, B and C cups) – increments of 2in. Incidentally, it is quite obvious that women’s bust measurements do not vary in increments and, therefore, it is equally obvious that some women find it easier to obtain bras that fit comfortably than do other women. The eventual decision to introduce a range of sizes in 5 cm increments – 85 cm, 90 cm, 95 cm, etc (A, B and C cups) – meant that certainly no fewer women would be able to find a bra that fitted almost perfectly, as the metric increments are slightly less 5 cm = 1.968in.

The metric range is now progressively replacing imperial sizes. It is expected that 12 months from now Australian women will “have gone metric” in this important area.

It is not only bras that are appearing in metric sizes. Women’s, children’s and infants’ metric sized clothing is becoming increasingly available. Men’s metric sizes will become prevalent a little later. It should be emphasised that the women’s clothing code is unaffected. For example, the woman who is a size 12 will continue to be a size 12 – unless, of course, she herself “puts on” a few additional kilograms!

Nor are shoe sizes affected. Socks and hose sized to fit shoe sizes remain unchanged, too, although inch sizes will be converted to centimetres.

For the woman who makes some of her own, or her children’s clothes, 4 March was an important date. From that date all piece goods – dress materials, curtain materials, furnishing fabrics, etc was sold by the metre and tenth of a metre (10 cm).

“Going metric” in the apparel sector will cause scarcely a ripple. The best advice to a customer in doubt is the same as it has always been: “Try it on, or ask an assistant”.

* NOTE: No woman will be “an 87″. The “34” will be an “85”, the “36” will be a “90”.

 Courtesy MBC NewsletterAweil, maternal and child health care

Goodbye Poppet

Many tributes and expressions of grief have flooded various media for actor and comedian extraordinaire, Robin Williams, since the news broke yesterday of his tragic death by suicide.  On behalf of the CWA we express our condolences to his family.

I would like to add our voice to the calls for those suffering depression, anxiety, or any form of undiagnosed or untreated mental illness, to please, please, please seek help, even if it is just to talk to your spouse/partner/friend/neighbour. There are many organisations offering support and help online, through helplines and face to face as well as some who offer mobile units that traverse rural and remote centres.

CWA has tried for many years to raise awareness of these issues and this year we have partnered with WorkCover to promote their Alive and Well Campaign which includes advice and support on depression and mental health. We are proud to be involved in this initiative to help farmers stay safe by sharing information, stories and tips.

It is terribly sad that another person has lost their battle with these often hidden and debilitating illnesses and it is incumbent on each of us to look out for one another.


See You at the Inn

Q. Where do CWA members meet?

A. Some meet in their Branch rooms, others in member’s homes, the local community hall or, like mine, the pub.

Our “pub” is actually called The Rowena Village Inn and is owned and managed by Cindy, with a little help from Mum and Dad. Sister Jo is 2IC and between them they operate Tuesday to Sunday opening 10 am to 10 pm, give or take, depending how many customers have ventured in.

Cindy does the cooking and provides the district with not only fabulous food and a friendly, safe meeting place but she is also earning herself a reputation for creating fantastic cakes and other goodies, for special occasions. Whenever we hold our meetings there she has usually whipped up some delectable treat, including fresh batches of scones (game, I know!!), for us to enjoy. Whether it’s morning tea, lunch or nibbles and dinner, nothing is ever a problem.  Children are not forgotten either with a kids menu and a once-a-week treat of school lunch orders on Friday. What’s so special about that you ask? Lots when our school is small and there’s no tuckshop.

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The Rowena Village Inn

Rowena was home to Cindy’s family in her younger days, when her grandparents Jim and Margaret (a member of Collarenebri Branch) operated the Inn and who still help out on occasion…thank you Grandma! So now the little chicken has come home to roost! Well, not really, at just 22 there is still the odd occasion where our girl likes to burn the candle at both ends … but she manages to bounce back pretty quickly and is always on deck at the required hour.

Some would say our modest Inn is quaint or rustic, to us it is warm and welcoming on a cold night or on the other hand, the drinks are always cold and the welcome just as big, on a hot day. It’s a meeting place, watering hole, dining room, coffee shop, gourmet bakehouse, community hub; a place to share the day’s events, gossip about local happenings, celebrate, commiserate or just have a quiet beer.

It’s decorated with memorabilia, including cattle brands and wool bale stencils from district properties, historic bric-a-brac and photographic evidence that a good night was had by all … on various occasions!

We love our Inn and the people in it.

What’s special about your meeting place?

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Cindy is on the left and Jo is on the right

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   One of Cindy’s creations for 6 year old Isaac’s birthday.