Saturday, October 16, 2021



Cornelia Arnolda Johanna "Corrie" ten Boom (1892[1] – 1983) was a Dutch Christian watchmaker and later a writer who worked with her father, Casper ten Boom, her sister Betsie ten Boom and other family members to help many Jewish people escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust in World War II by hiding them in her home. She believed her actions were following the will of God. They were caught, and she was arrested and sent to the RavensbrΓΌck concentration camp. Her most famous book, The Hiding Place, is a biography that recounts the story of her family's efforts and how she found and shared hope in God while she was imprisoned at the concentration camp.


Cottage Point:


Cottage Point is a tiny waterfront suburb located about 35 kilometres from Sydney deep within Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Par

Name origin:

In colonial days, Cowan Creek was also a favourite route for smugglers in the early days. In 1842 a timbergetter came upon 200 casks of rum that had been secretly landed from the Fair Barbadian. However, the area has not always been known by the quaint name of Cottage Point. In about 1880 it was known as Terry’s Point named after James Terry who built a holiday cottage there although in 1884 it was known as Gerrard Point.


The smallest suburb of Sydney, with only 52 homes.

It is accessible by just one road and was once only accessible by boat or by foot.

The area is known for its rich Aboriginal Australian history and has many Aboriginal Heritage sites and forms of Indigenous rock art.

Local legend has it that during World War II many residents sighted a Japanese submarine surfacing in the waters and alerted authorities.

Locals also say they had a German spy living amongst them during this time.

The show Skippy was filmed around Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park with scenes featuring the Cottage Point area.

The Cottage Point Kiosk has long been the local boat shed and tackle shop of the community. Boat hire is available daily from 8 am - 4 pm. There is a range of 5-8 seater boats and 1 or 2 seater kayaks for hire.

There are secluded coves and scarcely touched beaches which provide a spot for picnics.

Looking Glass Rock juts up in the water and glows brightly when the dawn sun illuminates it like a shining mirror.

There are some fairly impressive waterfront homes. One impressive home sitting on Notting Lane featured on an episode of Grand Designs Australia in 2010.

"The Spy House" is where the rumoured German spy lived during WWII. The house is built on either side of a great big boulder.

Cottage Point is listed as a heritage conservation area supporting a wide variety of native flora and fauna.

One of the earliest inhabitants along Cowan Creek was Edward Windybank in 1890. He built his home in Waratah Bay (a few bays round from Cottage Point) where he lived with his family. Whilst quite isolated this did not stop the shrewd businessman who saw opportunities for holiday makers. He built a fleet of 60 row boats which he hired out and is also believed to have been the first person to make moored houseboats available for hire. He bought old steamers, cut them in half and converted them to make accommodation for holiday makers. Rent for a week was three pounds

In 1899, the area south of Cottage point was the subject of a bizarre plan to build Australia's Capital there. To be called Pacivica, the plans called for the town to replicate London, with castles, a tower and a suspension bridge giving access from Sydney via Bobbin Head.

In 1934 a bridle track from Akuna Bay allowed holiday enthusiasts access to Cottage Point. It wasn't until 1968 that Cottage Point received its first sealed road replacing the rough and unsealed road. Surprisingly most people continued to visit Cottage Point by boat.

In 1974 residents packed away their generators as electricity was made available to the cottages and houses.


Path leading down to the water at Cottage Point

Cottage Point waterways

Cottage Point Kiosk

One of the hidden beaches at Cottage Point

Looking Glass Rock

Rumoured old German Spy House.

Cottage Point is also accessible by sea plane from Sydney and Palm Beach, which people do for the dining.

Another view of Cottage Point Kiosk and Boat Hire

Cottage Point Inn Restaurant

Cottage Point Road

Friday, October 15, 2021





I read the following a few days ago:
If you think Thursdays are bad, just wait two days...
It will be a sadder day.
Well, today is not Thursday, nor is it sadder day, it is Friday and it is funny.

Enjoy, readers . . .



I like my women like I like my kidneys…

One is fine but I’d rather have two.

Captain Kirk and the Bezos shuttle launch . . .

If William Shatner really wanted to go “where no man had gone before”, He should have just used the employees’ bathroom at the Amazon Distribution Centre.

(For those not aware, it has been reported that Amazon employees are worked so hard that they don't get the chance to take a break for things like using the bathroom.)

My girlfriend and I went to the restaurant for the first time in ages.

The waiter said “I’m sorry but we are very busy tonight. Would you mind waiting for a bit?”

I said “No problem.”

He said “Okay, take these drinks to Table 5.”

I recently picked a new primary care doctor.

After two visits and exhaustive lab tests, he said I was doing 'fairly well' for my age. (I just turned forty in July).

A little concerned about that comment, I couldn't resist asking him, "Do you think I'll live to be 80?"

He asked "Do you smoke tobacco, or drink beer, wine or hard liquor?" "

Oh no," I replied. "I'm not doing drugs, either!"

Then he asked "Do you eat rib-eye steaks and barbecued ribs?"

I said, "Not much... my former doctor said that all red meat is very unhealthy!"

"Do you spend a lot of time in the sun, like playing golf, boating, sailing, hiking, or bicycling?" "

No, I don't," I said.

He asked, "Do you gamble, drive fast cars, or have a lots of sex?"

"No," I said...

He looked at me and said "Then why do you even give a shit?

An old Jewish man was finally allowed to emigrate to Israel from the Soviet Union.

When he was searched at the Moscow airport, the customs official found a bust of Lenin.

Customs: What is that?

Old man: What is that? What is that?! Don't say "What is that?" say "Who is that?" That is Lenin! The genius who thought up this worker's paradise!

The official chuckled and let the old man through.

The old man arrived at Tel Aviv airport, where an Israeli customs official found the bust of Lenin.

Customs: What is that?

Old man: What is that? What is that?! Don't say "What is that?" say "Who is that?" That is Lenin! The sonofabitch! I will put him on display in my toilet for all the years he prevented an old man from coming to his historical homeland.

The official chuckled and let him through.

When he arrived at his family's house in Jerusalem, his grandson saw him unpack the bust.

Grandson: Who is that?

Old man: Who is that? Who is that?! Don't say "Who is that?" say "What is that?" That, my child, is eight pounds of gold!

Years ago, my mother-in-law began reading "The Exorcist". She said it was the most evil book she ever read. So evil in fact, she couldn't finish it, took it to the ocean and threw it off the pier.

I went out, bought another copy, ran it under the tap and left it beside her bed.


God was just about done creating the universe but He had two extra things left in His bag of creations, so He decided to split them between Adam and Eve. He told the couple that one of the things He had to give away was the ability to stand up while urinating.

"It's a very handy thing," God told the couple, "I was wondering if either one of you wanted the ability."

Adam jumped up and blurted, "Oh, give that to me! I'd love to oh please, oh please, oh please, let me have that ability. It'd be so great! When I'm working in the garden or naming the animals. I could just stand there and let it fly. It'd be so cool, I could write my name in the sand. Oh please God, let it be me who You give that gift to, let me stand and pee, oh please..."

On and on he went like an excited little boy who had to pee. Eve just smiled and told God that if Adam really wanted that so badly, that he should have it. It seemed to be the sort of thing that would make him happy and she really wouldn't mind if Adam were the one given this ability. And so Adam was given the ability to control the direction of his misdirection while in a vertical position. And so, he was happy and did celebrate by wetting down the bark on the tree nearest him, laughing with delight all the while. And it was good.

"Fine," God said, looking back into His bag of leftover gifts, "What's left here? Oh yes, multiple orgasms..."




There once was a poet Dinish,
Could start but never quite finish.
He began ambitiously,
Continued deliciously,
Then stopped.







What do you call the sweat produced when two rednecks are having sex?

Relative Humidity.

(Someone else suggested Mountin' Dew, to which another reader responded Mount N’ Do)

Don’t get mad at people who call you fat.

You’re bigger than that.

You don't believe in global warming?

Be a lot cooler if you did!

What did Spock find in the bathroom?

The captain's log.

My wife divorced me because she claimed I have no sense of humour.

What a joke.


Thursday, October 14, 2021





An email from Graham E (thanks G) . . .
Hi Mr O,

Hopefully you have not seen this before and I have a brownie point for bringing it to your attention :-)

In 2005 an auto repair shop was converted into an ExtraMile convenience store. The owners say, that it had always been "easy to think of useful messages to put on the sign for things like service promotions and store specials and the like", but they wanted to do something different with it. And so they did.
Graham then provided a selection of sign pics from the above website . . .

Plus some more . . 

Sure, a lot are corny, but you have to admire someone willing to post items day after day for no gain or reward, just to bring a smile . . . (a bit like Bytes . . . )