Reality of electric blues | Word in the Streets

Congratulations to Gretel Killeen and friends for organising a great day for the ladies last Sunday.

The inaugural ‘International Men’s Day Hilltops Event’ one step closer thanks to you.

Gretel Killeen pictured with the NSW Business Chamber Regional President Capital Far South Coast, Orit Karny Winters.

Gretel Killeen pictured with the NSW Business Chamber Regional President Capital Far South Coast, Orit Karny Winters.


Two weeks ago I stated that power was very much on the minds of people throughout this, supposedly, best country in the world.

Listening to talk back radio, power is definitely the current hot topic as it appears thousands of homes could be left in the cold.

This, in the ‘Lucky Country’.

We have the natural resources with coal and gas in abundance to generate power to more than satisfy our needs nationwide.

The term ‘electricity poverty’ would have been unheard of ten or fifteen years ago.

The exorbitant prices consumers now face make the poverty created by power prices an unbelievable reality.

Why you might ask has this occurred. Political mismanagement hits the nail right on the head. Politicians have allowed this catastrophe to occur.

At state or federal levels of government, whatever the political allegiance, the party that can solve this problem, improve our standards of living as regard essential services supply and costing, could, I feel enjoy a long period in power.

Sorry, no pun intended, but power is definitely the current hot topic.


Gouging money from the public borders on criminal, unethical and geared to keep shareholders happy.

Banks do it and now the power companies seem to have fallen in line. The drive for profit has people calling for an investigation into the banks. So it should also be for the power companies.

The ridiculous salaries and benefits awarded CEO’s is another matter for consideration, but the CEO’s of the power companies really know how to rub salt into the wounds granting themselves up to 25% discounts on their power bills.

How significant is that in light of the battles their customers face to even keep the power on.


Rub the salt into the wounds, another saying I’ll have to source the origin of. We’ve looked at where some of these well known expressions come from, here are some more.

England is old and small and local folk started running out of places to bury people, so they dug up coffins and took the bones to a bone house and reused the grave.

When opening these coffins, one in twenty five was found to have scratch marks on the inside. People had been buried alive, so they tied string on the wrist of the corpse, thread it through the coffin, up through the ground and tied it to a bell.

Someone would sit in the graveyard all night (THE GRAVEYARD SHIFT) to listen for the bell, thus someone could be ‘SAVED BY THE BELL’, or was considered a ‘DEAD RINGER”.


Gladys ‘Backflipian’ must be worried about her chances of holding on to government in NSW.

She is going to reverse the forced amalgamations currently before the courts.

Difficult decisions, at times, need to be made and as much as I was opposed to amalgamations, I feel sensible and needed decisions were made, especially in Sydney.

Governments need the ‘guts’ to stand by their decisions.

They could heed Reba McEntire’s saying, “To succeed in life, you need three things; a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

Politicians would love to have the first, need the second and we need the third.