Archive for July, 2019

This could be fake news of course. Still very dark when I arise and still dark, luckily, when the jammies go on at 530 pm in arvo. Its a conundrum. I do love my QLD winters but would like some daylight at 6 am to start mowing on GC. Of course as soon that happens then you know the pleasant nights for sleeping will soon become a long lost memory. In the meantime the days are glorious apart from that one frosty morning last week. Here is one I prepared earlier

July also means we get to celebrate that quirky little event known in the trade as Xmas in July – another excuse to eat and drink too much but at least be acceptable to be wearing trakkies! The annual gathering is at TB @Canungra where it can also get a tad frosty. First up though lets lunch at Mt Tambourine as you do. Tres impressive Fortitude Brewing establishment with some very passable amber fluids and even better pizzas

The highlight though of course was right next door where there was a very clean cheese shop with a well know proprietor

Then it was down the mountain and across the plains to YabbaDabbaDo and the McLeod Spread. Would be adding to my spread lickety split. We took the 2 night B&B package – as in beer and bacon – so we were able to choose the deluxe suite next to the Galah Cage. The tribe didnt arrive until next day so thought I was rather smart here until I realised it meant I had to help set up the next morning! Used my slide rule and TSquare to fit the required 16 seats around the table only to then be informed numbers had dropped to 13. My angst at having to deal with an odd number at a rectangular table had to be balanced against the realisation that it meant more food and drink for moi. Life is a balancing act after all. Tribe duly arrived at staggered times so I staggered out to greet them and line up the 4 skinniest on the side with only 4 chairs. Being a Della gathering of course meant they were all skinny. Bastards. We ate, we drank, we hunted treasure. Rinse and repeat. A great time had by all

Fairly busy in TV land in what is a mixed bag. Loudest Voice continues to impress. Saw Rusty in recent interview so now not so sure how much is fat suit and how much is him but suggesting its about 50/50 now. Great performance though. City on a Hill is good rather than great and suffers when Bacon is not front and centre. Perpetual Grace is Fargo Lite so interesting but one needs to concentrate. Big Little Lies Season 2 started out great with Streep on Full Ham alert but that was eventually cancelled out by Kravitz’s perpetual angst and frown and poor writing. For a seemingly rushed season it dragged at times and dont be surprised if Eric wins an Emmy nod even though he was dead the whole season. Ah, thats right he is a vampire of course. Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee may well be suffering the well known Netflix effect as now more than ever just seems to be rich guys driving around in rich cars for hours while Jerry bends over in very loud but silent laughter. The first episode with Murphy E was dull apart from a few interesting anecdotes about Pryor and Cosby. Picked up after that but not sure how Matthew Broderick qualifies as a Comedian? He did Ferris Bueller and then married Carrie didnt he? Highlight so far – havent seen Short – was the Gervais line from his standup

Sober 18 yrs

Crowd applauds and Cheers

But as soon as I turned 18 have been pissed every night

In Sportsland the predictable happened in CWC. Aussies lost to South Africa and then England and NZ cant win because they wont cheat. That last ball had be an underarm surely. NRL top 4 is sorted and one could argue so are the premiers – Roosters with Storm an outside chance. The Open was on but at the wrong time of night for this LBD with the real highlight being Connor as usual. His line from “DJ” is classic

The Open 2019: Watch as Conor Sketches praises the new Open champion

DOT has approved the Qantas and AA alliance so the new flights to Chicago and SF should be announced soon. Not that I will be rushing into anything as still have to wait and see the outcome of my DSC claim for the Call Me Bwana South Africa trip next March. If successful then its straight to Gold FF for me. If not then may need to supplement a couple of soujourns before Oct 31 next year. Be nice to feel Golden for at least one year before I croak. Qantas send me about 3 emails a day but simply refuse to confirm my registration for this!

Visited Mum at the Medium Security Twilight Home on way to Canungra and she seems well settled there although still issues to deal with health wise. Focus now moves to CLP turning 60 – and retiring – at end of September and then onto the Big One – Ranny Wedding in October.

If CLP enjoys retirement I am thinking I may give it a go too. One can only work “15 hrs” a week for so long after all and still find time to watch all these TV shows

SOO 3, 2019

Posted: July 10, 2019 in Sport

Ya dont have to feel happy but at least redemption for Mitchell Pearce takes some of the pain away. Always seemed a decent fellow who just happened to run into QLD in its glory days. Much like Gallen but no one feels sorry for that ass clown of course

Even during the period of QLD dominance it usually came down to one or two plays and the presence in one team of 2-3 big match winners not present in the other side. Give NSW during that period Thurston and Slater and the results are totally different. Put Teddy and Cook in QLD last night and we win. In between that there is rarely a struck match between the two sides despite the stats. If Qld could have won last night then the nightmares return for NSW and they may never recover. Instead we have the possibility of a short dynasty. I say short because right now no QLD superstars appear on the near horizon while NSW stars are relatively young still and now not scarred irrevocably. However the next superstar may be just around the corner

As with all things human the spine is critical. Personally I dont cream my jeans at the thought of Munster at fullback. Definite star but prefer him at Number 6 not that Norman did a bad job. Qld strike is mostly in its wingers and PonGod set them up well in Game 1. Munster is more of an individual. Even Boyd would be well suited at fullback from an attacking perspective – certainly not defensively! Qld lacks good centres since loss of GI. Chambers is rocks and diamonds but 8 missed tackles is 7 too many and Mbye is nothing. Its where Broncs fall down as well with loss of Roberts. DCE was ok but should have set up FG in last two minutes. Norman is also rocks and diamonds but would stick with him. Hunt is ok but no Cook. Papali was good in patches as was Grub McQuire. Kafusi was solid but part of problem with the Qld pack is it is about 4 Kafusis! Dont get the rap for Ofahengaue – solid young player not SOO material. Lowe was very good on debut, Welch just standard. No variety in pack and no real threat

Glad NSW picked Klemmer because I reckon he is a lumbering log. Maloney was quiet along with Pearce but did nothing wrong. Turbo Tom was quiet while Wighton was dangerous. Ferguson was another redemption story and close to MOM – tip toe down sideline to set up try was icing on cake. NSW were there for the taking but we couldnt get it done and now its history and we have to live through the NSW biased media gloating

Kevvie is a great guy but not a great coach. Good certainly but purleese if around next year drop the new age crap. There is a reason he hasnt got an NRL job yet and think he would struggle there. Perfect assistant and a specialist coach like with the halves. Passion only gets you so far

Hey, at least India lost. Aussies will lose tonight which means only one thing