throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship.


A jet jettisons attack countermeasures

at the Avalon Airshow. 

Avalon is an airport between

Melbourne and Geelong.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Jettison




showing smug or uncritical satisfaction

with oneself or one’s achievements.


If Taji has a bone and Candi doesn’t,

Candi waits for a while then jumps up barking

in the hope that Taji will follow…sans bone. 

Should the said bone be left behind

Candi quickly doubles back and

takes command of the bone.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Complacent




remarkably or impressively great in extent,
size, or degree.


Forty-seven years ago this month 

I purchased this painting in Alice Springs.

The Northern Territory’s

Ormiston Gorge

was one of the

late Henk Guth’s

favourite subjects.

However, Guth was a prodigious artist,

probably painting this in 30 minutes,

and this is probably worth little more

than the $150 I paid for it,

even though the artist died in 2002.

For me it is priceless.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Prodigious




a wheeled vehicle, generally drawn by horse power









Vancouver Island



Anyone who has gone on an organised tour which involves

transport by what many regularly refer to as a’bus’

soon learns the correct terminology for a tour bus,

is coach.


Courtesy of Coach Cam we can ride along with Diana 

on her wedding day.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Coach





a system of society or government in which
the father or eldest male is head of the family
and descent is reckoned through the male line.


An elephant family is just the opposite

of this definition of patriarch.

The two smallest elephants in this group

may or may not be male.

The rest would be female with the matriarch

usually being the largest in the group.

Male elephants are sent packing to live

with other bachelors at around

three years of age.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Patriarch




a person or thing that is the direct opposite
of someone or something else.


When it comes to speed,

Taji is the antithesis of Candi.

Candi expects the same result

when it comes to strength.

 However, we all know that roles

are reversed when a Labrador’s strength

is compared to a Kelpie.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Antithesis




the invisible gaseous substance surrounding the earth,

a mixture mainly of oxygen and nitrogen.


On a foggy morning…

…the air is laden with moisture.

 This particular morning the fog

did not clear as anticipated.

It was minus 2 Celsius and my

hands were nearly numb.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Air




a brief record of points or ideas
written down
as an aid to memory


Not that long ago a pen and paper

were required for note taking.

Nowadays all that is required is my iPad

or similar device.

A careful look reveals that my timetable,

camera club meeting and a birthday

are recorded on my calendar.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:..Note




a particular procedure for accomplishing
or approaching something, especially a
systematic or established one.


The idea behind feeding Taji via a Kong

was to prolong her feeding time

without adding more food

to her diet.


Thee idea worked for two, maybe three, feeds.

By then she had devised a method

for extracting her food nearly as quickly

as she could eat straight from her bowl.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:Method




a number, especially one which
forms part of official statistics or relates
to the financial performance
of a company.

The figures from which this chart is created

indicate that our economy is gradually improving

  since its low point of twelve months ago.


Fandango’s One Word Challenge:Figure