News and Notes – 7/30/2008

Olive Riley World

Oldest blogger dies. Olive Riley, the world’s oldest blogger, died earlier this month at the age of 108. Olive lived in Australia and began blogging in February 2007. I blogged about her last fall here:  News and Notes – 9/6/2007

Clean snake. Mara Ranger of Gorham, Maine found an 8-foot long python in her washing machine. She was reaching into the machine when she felt something move. “I jumped back and all of sudden its head starts coming out of the washing machine and it looked huge,” Ranger said. She closed the lid on the snake and called animal control. The snake got into her washing machine by crawling through the pipes from outside.

I shot my mower. A Milwaukee man was charged last week with shooting his lawn mower with a sawed-off shotgun. He was frustrated with the mower because it wouldn’t start. “It’s my lawn mower and my yard, so I can shoot it if I want,” he told police. Apparently not. He is charged with a felony count of possessing a short-barreled shotgun and a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct while armed.


  1. mike rubbo says:

    Thanks Ray for taking notice of Olive. She really has been an inspiration to so many people, especially in the US it seems

    For those who have been enjoying her stories and view of life, there is one thing they could do if you feel its appropriate

    That is to ask PBS to consider running Ollie’s movie, All About Olive.

    The film, 56 mins, is a touching portrait, the story of our trip back to Broken Hill together where she was born in 1899.. (A compilation clip comes up first hit on YouTube with her name.)

    Whilst PBS rarely runs foreign material as far as I know, Ollie has such a following in the US, that they’d surely get an audience.

    Audience size is not the be all and end all. It’s the fact that Ollie inspires older people to go on living vibrantly. Thst’s she’s worth watching

    Secondly, PBS has taken my work in the past. My film on who Shakespeare really was (Marlowe maybe) was a big hit on PBS some years ago. That was called, Much Ado about Something. So, I’m a known quantity to them, i suspect.

    Ollie’s film played twice on our ABC (a bit like PBS) with tremendous feedback. I actually gave her a co direction credit on the film, (she sort of took over) and it was richly deserved.

    Cheers, Mike Rubbo, Ollie’s scribe

  2. Ray Fowler says:

    Mike – Thanks for the information. I didn’t know there had been a film made about Olive. I think it would find a receptive audience here in the States, and I hope they run it. I find the picture of Olive at the top of this post inspiring — a whole 56 minutes would be pretty neat.

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