Stats May 2020

Another month of Covid19 which continues to help the budget bottom line.

Total Days Travelled 31 (485)

Total km for the month 131 (21,641)
Most km in a day 45 (298)
Average Daily Km 4 (44)
Monthly Budget $2,500 ($33,500)
Monthly Spend $1,459 ($32,984)
Accommodation Nights 31 (485)
Family/Friends 31 (213)
Low/No cost 0 (161)
National Parks 0 (4)
Caravan Parks 0 (44)
Showgrounds 0 (26)
Station Stays 0 (1)
Pub Stays 0 (13)
Motel 0 (2)
House Sit 0 (21)

Books Read 4 (68)

The Fallen by Ace Atkins

A great crime novel with plenty of action to keep you entertained. Full of bad language, bad women and really bad men. The plot is probably close to the bone with political corruption, payoffs and where life can be so cheap. It can be a real balancing act at times. If you like crime thrillers and can put up with the heavy language, this is a good read.

One Child by Torey Hayden

One of the most remarkable, poignant and memorable books I have ever read. Heartbreaking at times this book caused tears to well in my eyes and left a lump in my throat. Abandoned by the side of the road by her mother at just 4 years of age, 6 year old Sheila commits an atrocious act of violence against another child. Due to be placed in a psychiatric hospital, Sheila is temporarily placed in the author’s special education class for “crazy kids”. What transpires over the ensuing 6 months is a tale of hope, courage and love. Of not giving up, nor giving in. That every child can and should, have a future of hope and happiness. There are some wonderful educators and there are some exceptional ones, like Torey Hayden.

The Finder by Colin Harrison

A very good crime thriller set in New York City. Action packed to the very last page, the author combines Chinese and American elements of business and greed and the game of win at all costs. As with most crime thrillers, in the end the good guy gets the girl.

Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton

An enlightening read without being enlightened. Whilst I have not attended a church since my teens, I continue to be a believer in the principles of a Christian faith and of God as the supreme overseer of the known and unknown universe. The author acknowledges the good in religion and that we should base our lives on many of its principles. It has always amused me that some so called atheists still use religion as a reference focal point but deny the existence of God. The takeaway from this book is that even atheists need a religion.

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