Six word Saturday: enjoying an indian summer in auckland


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Saturday morning down at the beach

Six Word Saturday is a blogging challenge hosted by

Here are some other bloggers Six Word Saturdays that I’ve enjoyed:




Eating chocolate bars encourages sexism?

There’s a new ad for Snickers bars in Australia.

It shows workmen on an inner city building site catcalling women passersby. But instead of the expected sexist remarks, the men call out encouraging – one might even say feminist – messages.

“Oi, that colour really works on you. Have a productive day” one shouts.  Another says “a woman’s place is wherever she chooses.”

Apparently, while the “tradies” were actors – or at least in on the stunt – the passersby, and their reactions, were spontaneous and genuine.

The  big reveal at the end is of course the Snickers tag-line “You’re not you when you’re hungry.”

Part of me found the ad funny – especially the reaction of the women on the receiving end of some very unexpected compliments. And part of me thought, “well, it does highlight sexism.”

But in the end I found myself slightly confused.

The implication seems to be that without Snickers bars, workmen are not just charming and complimentary towards women, but a virtual agit-prop feminist flashmob.

Yes please, I’ll have more of that!

As an ad designed to sell Snickers bars, it seems to suggest that boorish sexism is normal and somehow ok. But perhaps there is a deeper, more subversive reading:

Consuming 250 calories of milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, chocolate, skim milk, lactose, milkfat, soy lecithin, artificial flavor), peanuts, corn syrup, sugar, milkfat, skim milk, partially hydrogenated soybean oil, lactose, salt, egg whites, chocolate, artificial flavor – which may contain almonds and does contain 12 grams of fat,  27 grams of sugars and 120mg of sodium facilitates sexist behaviour.

Remove that from your diet and you’ll be a nicer person.





Now that introverted is the new black …



Introverted, Intuitive, Thinking and Judging: this is apparently my Myers-Briggs personality type, although I’m about 50:50 on Thinking. Thank you CPP for the cool graphic.

Having spent years feeling guilty, inadequate, and generally crap that I:

a) don’t particularly enjoy a lot of social occasions and want to leave early or not go at all,

b) find an awful lot of people loud, vacuous  and annoying, and

c) adore my own company …

… it is something of a relief to find that I’m not misanthropic – just an introvert.

To judge by all the feature articles in various media lately (Do Introverts Make Better LeadersIntrovert or Extrovert: What Style is More Likely to Get You a Big Promotion At Work?, Why the World Needs Introverts, 6 Dos and Don’ts for Dating an Introvert) introversion has arrived, it’s cool … it’s the new black.

We introverts should celebrate the fact that we now so popular … quietly, singly, and in the privacy of our own homes.

INTJ stress-head. Thanks to CPP for this cool graphic too.

INTJ stress-head. Thanks to CPP for this cool graphic too.

Yes to all of the above … a reminder why I like being self-employed and working from home.

Thank you to Chris at 61 Musings for getting me thinking about introversion and introducing me to these graphics – especially my stress-head.




Wordless Wednesday: in an autumn mood

Mainly dull with patches of colour. A metaphor for today? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

Mainly dull with patches of colour. A metaphor for today? Photo: Su Leslie, 2014

After weeks of mainly glorious sunshine, we’re experiencing a few more overcast and cooler days.

Ryuchi Sakamoto’s Energy Flow perfectly captures how I feel today.

Here are some other Wordless Wednesdays I like:



Reflection and distortion: too close to call


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Sunglasses stall, Takapuna Market. Photo: Su Leslie, 2013. Edited with Pixlr Express.

Does it make sense to talk about reality, when we see ourselves mainly in reflection? And if we take away the notion of real – then distortion becomes a bit redundant too. I liked this photo, but thought I’d edit it to make it “less real” for this challenge. A statement about what how we see the world, or just a bit of fun?

I also like this song by Little Man Tate, variously called ‘Reflection in his Sunglasses’ and ‘Audrey Hepburn.’

He thought they fell in love
He thought they shared a moment
He thought she was looking deep into his eyes
Right into his very soul
But she was just checking her hair in the reflection of his sunglasses

— Little Man Tate ‘Reflection in his Sunglasses’

This post was written for the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge. Here are some others on the subject that I enjoyed: