I can NOT believe this stupid council. I pay rates and now i see exactly why my money doesn't stretch to cover all the ward's needs. Because of the stupid stuff they decide to do.When I first moved into this neighbourhood, this little street (a cul-de-sac) had a small grassy island at each end. Very nice. The top end, where I am, the grassy knoll had a palm tree, a struggling-to-grow palm tree in the centre (mags' driving never did much for the palm's ability to thrieve.) So after months and months of this little grassy knoll looking very sad indeed, the council decided concrete was the way to go and the grass was replaced.Fine.But one or two of the street's residents (not me) wanted a bed of roses there not concrete. So the asked and the council said "sure thing, we will plant it but the street has to look after it" . Great said the keen residents. And in went the garden. And out went the two neighbours who wanted it in the first place, the two who were going to tend this little bed of roses, upped and moved.Fine.So no one really looked after the bed of roses, and they just looked messy and crappy. I came home one day to find the garden had gone. And the concrete was back.Fine.No more than a couple of weeks later I get a letter from the council. They want to put a garden in our street. But we, the residents, will have to maintain it. NO!! I write back. Unfortunately, they received four NOs and five YES's.FINE.Today, the ground is shaking each time the digger driver drops the 12" thick slabs of concrete on the ground. He is taking the concrete away. I spose the new garden will be arriving shortly. I would love to know how much these little game is costing. And I notice, the rates have gone up. *rolling my eyes* 5:45pmspeaking of stupidity. A woman was jailed this week for manslaughter. She strangled her 17 year old autistic daughter after spending years under constant stress and without any much needed help from Social Welfare. She begged and screamed for help, and not once did the Office set up for helping such people, offer any. She finally snapped and killed her daughter. As she held her lifeless child in her arms she said she felt happy. For the first time ever, she was able to touch her child without a struggle. To be able to wrap her arms around her daughter without having to restrain or fight her. This woman should not be in prison for four years because the system let her down.dreamed last night.. of poets and musicians... of Gary McCormick and Midge Marsden for goodness sake. Spent the entire dream wrapped in a towel. I think i started a fashion trend in my dreams.