I am being serenaded by a friendly magpie lark. His/her shrill calls piercing my hearing aided ears.
Lulu came limping in just after dark last night. She wouldn’t tell us what happened and we feared it may have been a snake…
We loaded her up and took her to a vet hospital in Manly, where she hopped out the car and started snuffling about hardly limping at all. We went home unvetted – she’s good.
Si and Mags arrived and made their big announcement: they were doing a Dry January. I was miffed – I would have joined them, but I had just opened my first beer of the day, year and decade. I feel better now; more like a pioneer.
Reviewing the decade, our move to Australia dominates; it was a good decision. Our little cameo stay in Oamaru holds bright if not many warm memories.
I suppose the next ten years will be about downsizing. We will get a few trips and jols in before we move into wheelchairs, so the kids still have a few years of freedom.
We have been very lucky.
My crystal ball gazing suggests:
- Africans will get poorer as their rulers fail to provide for other than themselves
- The primacy of individual rights will subside as surveillance becomes ubiquitous.
- Liberal governments will remain hampered by populist demands for attention to every little individual need. Autocratic governments will grow stronger.
- Government processes will become digitised and more efficient.
- There will be no cash money. Cryptocurrency may lead to a universal currency and a basic income may become available for all.
- Individual car ownership will diminish under shared ownership; petrol will disappear.
- Water will become highly valued. Unproductive land will be uneconomical (i.e. lawns and gardens)
- Waste management and plastic eradication will be of paramount importance
- Air transport will come to your door.
That’s enough thumbsucking. Make a note to check my predictions in 2030 – you won’t remember but Google will!
“Normality is a paved road: It’s comfortable to walk, but no flowers grow on it.”
Vincent Van Gogh