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He will be sorely missed by those who remember him and still practice

his teachings.....


The sad passing of Common Sense.


Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who

has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was

since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.


He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as

"knowing when to come in out of the rain", "why the early bird gets the

worm", "Life isn't always fair" and "maybe it was my fault".


Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend

more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not

children, are in charge).


His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but

overbearing regulations were set in place.


Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for

kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash

after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student,

only worsened his condition.


Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the

job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.


It declined even further when schools were required to get parental

consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a

student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became

pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.


Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became

contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better

treatment than their victims.


Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a

burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.


Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed

to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little

in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.


Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust,

his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason.


He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else

is to Blame and I'm A Victim.


Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.


If you still remember him pass this on, if not join the majority and

do nothing.


Of course you could all join me in hope and wait for his "resurrection"

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Guest ford hallam

Hi there Donn,


Just a thought, was "common sense" ever really that common?


but with regard to our present pedicament, I blame a facile and vacuous media that panders to the worst traits in society. ;) Bring back public flogging I say, ;) there, that should set the cat among the pigeons, let see how liberal this forum really is.




and if someone has to be in charge it might as well be me! :ph34r:

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You scared me! ;)


I don't watch the news anymore, perhaps I might retain some common sense that way, since most things that make the news doen't make sense. I continue to believe in the goodness of people, knowing that it, along with common sense, is severly challenged every day.


Phew, glad we weren't already having to post a person's obituary!



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Guest ford hallam

Thanks Toscano,


my trip was very good, thanks. Very intense and somewhat tiring though. The monsoon season weather did'nt help. :)


Spent a lot of time with some excellent artists and studied lots of superb older work.

i only got home last evening and am still unpacking and enjoying being home with my family. I've got a busy week-end and Patrick is arriving for a 2 week stint in my studio ( foolish boy! :blink: ) on Tuesday. If I can I'll post some piccies and some stories, nothing too risque though, sorry! B)


cheers, Ford :(

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Welcome back to you Ford!


I've just returned home last evening as well! Sick child, sick computer, sick boiler, ain't it great to be home? The leaves are just turning, we've had a frost and Autumn is here for sure. The computer is operational after three quarters of an hour with a phone tech, saves a hundred mile round trip to bring it in for repair, phew.


When able, I will post piccies as well, though I took none of the netsuke...


Looking forward to hearing about your trip. I'll add some about mine as time permits.



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