SOS Day 4 – Beached at Bondi ?

Posted: October 18, 2018 in Uncategorized

Well, certainly feel a bit like a whale today after yesterday’s lunch! Did venture to the gym early but the two treadmills and 1 skip rope provided for the 3000 guests were in use. Who would have thunk ? Simple plan today . Stay dry and under 120 kg. Not as easy as may sound given our last 3 days . Harkle are in Melbourne today harassing non ambulatory 98 yr olds so good chance attention will focus more on us again. Second plan then is to travel out to Bondi Beach to see Sculptures by the Sea and hope they were not washed away. First up though we sped past Mach 1 at the speed of sound and straight to Mach 2 for breakfast. Given the breakfast I had glad sound barrier already broken…

Then it was time to mix with the great unwashed , despite the rain, on the Bus To Bondi. Moved along quite well actually and we alighted a couple of stops before the actual beach is the start of 2 km coastal walk dotted with Scupltures. Or so we thought. In fairness the weather has been bad but to say the much heralded display opening was still a work in progress is being generous. Some sculptures still wrapped up, some in crates etc Of course with the arty farty crowd banging up this stuff some may look half done but actually be finished masterpieces 😏

Given that some left over roofing iron and fence palings hammered together was unlikely to enthrall for hours we also planned to visit Watsons Bay for a review in honour of Watto and a plumb LBW. We could achieve this by bus. You don’t have to actually swim everywhere in Sydney just because it is all on a Harbour. While waiting for said conveyance some pop art caught my eye.i don’t see the connection to Dirty Dancing but there ya go

By now of course the sun was blazing which made for a very pleasant stop at Watsons Bay and adjacent sand congregations. A bit of a walk around with lovely views and then back down to the wharf for some fish and chips as you do

Caught the ferry home this time and it does get along trust me. Get off at Circular Quay for the 20 min walk home. Notice many Invictus Games folk around already in their distinctive shirts . A couple of hours relaxing now and then will head across road to The Swinging Cat for a late afternoon cocktail. Apparently The Dangling Pussy next door had to close its doors for health reasons

I drunk. I swung. I even purred a little

First some book keeping. Great night last night at Opera House for Evita. Not really my type of musical but the sets , dancing and singing were fine with little Tina a standout. Lovely night for the walk home to boot . That is my kultcha done for this holiday

We heard Harkle were going to the zoo today so thought we would join them. What’s that you say, they have gone to Dubbo Zoo? The lengths that Harry goes to trying to keep Meghan and me apart. Oh, well will check out the other endangered species then at Taronga. A leisurely walk first to Circular Quay for the ferry ride across and some breakfast on the way. Didn’t exactly bounce out of bed this morning after late night. Mind you not sure how many walks left in this ankle of mine

Up your Date 0800 . Ok weather forecast looking a bit grim so give Zoo a miss today and maybe go on Friday. As opposed to my ankle the rest of me is totally flexible. So rather than a kangaroo let’s do a switcheroo and bring special lunch for tomorrow ahead to today

Done, so time for breakfast . Of course dont need to go to a zoo to see animal behaviour. Give an asshole an umbrella for starters . I have never noticed so many ignorant clowns walking around head down looking at phone. Unbelievable. Anyhoo , lovely breakfast at Cross Eatery. Ok, at least a tad annoyed eatery . You know the sauce is hot when it comes with a dropper!

Given lunch at midday thought would hobble down to Darling Harbour for a couple of hours under somewhat grey skies. Nothing was really open so thought why not go to Madame Taussauds and meet some real dummies. Bought tickets online but then the old switcheroo and the $8 discount suddenly added $8 at checkout for GST. They certainly have a great range and all look good. A fun time was had by all of course

Of course having changed plans based on solid research Old Whiskers pulled the old switcheroo and we walked out into brilliant sunshine ! This was a late birthday celebration for CLP and at her age you can’t leave them too long after the day 🤠 I chose the Spice Temple of the Rockpool Group and went with the Ming Dynasty banquet with matching wine. Luckily they provide a Ming Vase to regift into afterwards #nevertoomuchseinfeld. It was superb. Downstairs from the Bar and Grill provides a completely different dining atmosphere. Had chosen the Degustation thinking small samples of a variety of foods. Duh wrong. Servings, as images show, were plentiful. The wines were all good and was interesting to see it seems the business lunch has not disappeared given the number of suits at tables in a packed arena

Walked back up into the real world and yep you guessed it. It was raining. Waited a bit for it to slow and then waddled home. CLP said she felt really spoilt and extra special so bought her back down to earth by sending her off to the laundary to do some washing. They need to remain grounded in reality or else a world of hurt awaits

So although only mid afternoon we are done for the day and will sign off now . Dinner looks like half an apple and two grapes . Perfect

Harkle Sightings : 0
Royal Dummies : 3

Our main crack at Kultcha is booked in for tonight , A Night at the Opera , although the only Groucho will be me having to dress up in the tailored trakkies

It is actually a Night at the Opera House for the musical Evita with little Tina Arena. The Opera House will be a busy place this morning with diehard monarchists advised to start lining the western promenade at 8 am for a glimpse of Harkle strutting around about 11 am after curing Chlamydia in Koalas earlier at Taronga Park Zoo. Clearly the only real plan today is to avoid the area until later tonight. Seriously, she got pregnant just because I was in the same city for 12 hrs. If we actually met there could be another royal divorce imminent.

A very nice coffee and light breakfast first at Atmos. I phere we may return

We then strolled down in general direction of Circular Quay. Kochie has been tipped off we were in town so naturally had our photo in every background. The Opera House area and surrounds were pretty quiet really with security already in place and all the media folk lined up and ready. Despite the forecast it was a very pleasant dry day so was stuck carrying around wet weather gear all morning. Once again a massive liner was ready to board

Despite a possible Harkle sighting in next 4 hrs we headed in opposite direction through The Rocks. In keeping with today’s British flavour I didn’t wash this morning and also dropped into Lord Nelson Beeratorium

Today’s lavish lunch was planned to be of the seafood variety so headed down to Cirrus. Had the seafood platter , some fries, a couple of vinos and rather amazing desserts. Right now if I sea any more food I may vomit . It was an excellent meal but once again you notice little touches missing at such an upscale eatery. A seafood platter with no finger bowl provided? Yeah it’s First world problems but does surprise when other aspects are so top notch . I had to wipe my hands on CLPs blouse.

Then a short waddle home for a couple of hours rest . The old ankle is swollen to a degree you wish applied to all appendages but like most things it does go down over time. Another walk tonight to Opera House to deal with as well. I may just stop and rest against this building

I will sign off for today and report on Evita in tomorrow’s debriefing. Speaking of debriefing , time to have a lie down in the au naturale state as the Lord intended. Luckily on the way home signed CLP up for a course which made her so happy she forgot she was wearing a dirty blouse. It’s the little things that keep relationships humming along

Harkle Sightings : 0 Yay

And so our short Sydney October Soujourn begins under cloudy skies. Not for the first time there is a significant weather event leading into holiday . The Dome in Maryhole lays scattered on the ground , a shambling wreck of its once great stature. No doubt they will quickly rebuild for the sweltering summer ahead

As mentioned previously decided to fly to Sydney directly from Maroochydore rather than Brisvegas. Miss out on Qantas Club partaking but is only a 30 min drive to and from. It’s an early start for an 0630 flight before we land in the harbour city in the world of daylight saving at a time later than the actual time in air would indicate . The Blues win one bloody Origin series and now think they can set world time . Just hope the curtains in our hotel room are not faded.

We made it through the rain ok and arrived an hour before departure so time for a quick coffee. The SC airport seems fine although some covered walkways from car park would be useful! No last minute upgrades but do have exit row seats so get to jump first . The bar isn’t open 😰 I know I am dynamite in the sack but why do I always get singled out for the explosive residue wand over the nether regions ?

Of course we found some months ago that the Royal visit coincided with our week in Sydney but too late by then . I refer to them as Harkle so that will be the theme this week # harklewatch. Thought they were arriving Tuesday but seems like it is today. However I doubt they will be arriving at Domestic Terminal or catching train to city! Previous experience tells us the domestic and international terminals are a cut lunch and a chopper ride apart so see no likelihood of paparazzi interference apart from my usual followers

Good run down and arrived on time but because we had a Sheila pilot took her 20 mins to park it 😏 Rainy here as well but at least had a sky bridge this time. Quick baggage pick up and the rather excellent Airlink train had us ringing the reception bell at 10 am at The Grace Hotel. We had enquired about early check in – for $45 – and told won’t know until day .

“ Not sure if we have room Sir. Let me check, could take a while “
“ We will pay the $45 “
“ Ah yes Sir we do have room just come available “ Room 416
“ Look Ling Lee we booked corner premium king which is supposed to be on high floor “
“ Ah ok u can have 816”

Charm , and facts, work all time . Great room , very quiet . Windows are double glazed which makes the handles on outside window simply a tease

Quickly unpacked my 3 pairs of trakkies and one singlet and headed out in light rain for a beer and a feed. On plane trip down had read article about beef degustation at Rockpool so thought why not. But I digress. Is that a Bavarian Bierhaus across the road ?? And it’s Oktober!

The pretzel was not only hard to reach but not very filling so time to get my rocks off in the Pool. It’s an amazing establishment but reception lady was a bit non plussed when I mentioned Beef Degustation but she did ask for my number . Anyhoo, when in Rome… Simply superb lunch and the service level is excellent at the Rockpool Bar and Grill. Yes it’s not cheap but then not really extravagantly priced either. It’s the little extras you notice and we were able to share each course even the steak. Hell, they had 6 different mustards to choose from ! There and then we decided that we would go with some fancy lunches this week and some crackers and cheese for dinners. Flash Tip #1 When at a posh restaurant always mention u r celebrating a birthday . Works every time

The Grace does have a small gym and lap pool and before we left we planned on visiting every day. Seriously . At present that is still the plan but do need for lunch to digest a while. Couple of hours back home to relax and then maybe head out for a beer and a visit to Night Noodle Market for light dinner

It’s been a great first day and even though weather is dusty think we may survive . We are pretty loose with plans while trying to avoid Harkle and Rain . We have a Night at the Opera tomorrow night and tickets for Taronga Park to be used one day this week.

So went up to the gym , rode the bike for a while and did a few laps. May even try out the pool tomorrow…..

Then once that momentary nonsense had passed it was back to solid ground. First up a Guinness at the requisite Irish Pub on every block including ours. Then a leisurely dry stroll to Hyde Park for the Night Noodle Markets. Great crowd considering the weather. A light dinner was perfect before the short stroll back and wait until the sun goes down at about 11 pm apparently

All in all an excellent first day in less than ideal weather. We may be dodging showers all week but there is a reason pubs have roofs

Harkle Sightings : 0

SOS Trouble Ahead

Posted: October 1, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Ahh such memories. SOS of course can mean many things but as is my keg half full attitude (#kavanagh) lets start with the good ones. Sydney October Soujourn begins next weekend where me and the missus hit Old Sydney town for a quick 5 days just when Harkle is in town 😦 At least WE wont be mobbed at the airport for a change. It was planned some time ago long before we knew of pending royal visit and is a bit of a filler between trips OS. While Melboring remains our fave Aussie town Siderney does have some appeal especially around the bigly wet bit in the middle under the coat hanger. 5 days sounds about right and just for a change flying into and out of Sunny Coast airport. Not sure about the secure long term parking there but at least its not a cut lunch to get to the terminal. They do have terminals I hope! Certainly no Qantas Club of course, maybe two jatz crackers and a bit of cheese if lucky. We shant starve. I may well have thrown my lot in with Qantas a bit early mind you as with so much time on my good hand these days do a lot of reading about all things sky flying related and does seem Qantas are getting a tad stingy with their product. Around about the time I now have 150 k points to play with. Still a good product for flying to USA but not so much going the other side of world. First world problems of course but then they are the only ones we should concern ourselves with at this late stage in life eh

Trouble does loom ahead though with the old bod starting to show its age while the face remains remarkably untouched. Having had some increasing shoulder pain of late and as it was time for yearly digit up the date time thought would get some xrays/scans done to rule out something worthy to whine about. As it turns out there is something wrong there – a torn supraspinatus tendon, one of the 4 in the rotator cuff of shoulder. Also known as the “Cronk Crock” until 8 pm Sunday night! Obviously he could play with a 15 cm break in scapula but not with a rotator cuff tear 🙂 So off to surgeon this week to see what the options are but suggest most will include moaning ” woe is me” . Not keen on the knife caper given the long rehab time involved so will be pushing for more conservative approach like a Bex and a laydown. Basically my daily plan most days anyway. The real issue of course is cant play golf at present and generally limited in most other activities. Yes, before you snicker it is the right shoulder. And is the one dislocated many moons ago which was fixed, wired and then came apart again. Not sure what this image shows but if you have it show it they say. At leasnt now I know where those missing shirt buttons went

Speaking of Cronk it was an odd week. Some would say karma was served with Billy getting off shoulder charge and then having a sad farewell game. Love Billy but he does have grub in him but no one deserves to be booed like that after the game. Lets not become Yank sporting crowds. The subterfuge around Cronk injury was rather immaterial in end but you have to feel sorry for the guy who was in line to replace Cronk but then Coach decided “nah think the one armed guy is better option” Hard to come back from that slight. It was over after 20 minutes and Roosters simply out muscled them early and never let them back in. Mitchell is a star indeed but also has grub in him which will cause issues over time. Sad news if as just reported GI has fallen into the old DD caper just when all the life ducks were lining up. In the clearly best sporting even of the weekend Europe beat USA in Ryder Cup golf in a simply stunning made for TV arena. Tiger looked shagged on the first tee and never impacted while the usual reliable players like Poulter and Molinari starred again. Its a brilliant format. Of course also signals the end of great sport for a while following on from league. Cricket? ZZZZZZZZ Another SOS on the horizon

What can u say about US politics these days that hasnt been said a 1000 times already. Buffoon Bob should do weekly press conferences, they are mesmerising. Its like Forrest Gump if he had a lobotomy. The Kavanagh hearings are bizarre to say the least but does give SNL an opportunity to unveil a new character and Damon nails it. Still suggest the result is done and dusted but will drag out another week or two

So, the days have become even longer now and not just talking the sun up sun down routine. Work on course mostly limited to mowing fairways and cleaning beer lines and not as if the grass is growing before our eyes . The nights are still pleasant and we even got a little rain on Sunday which was much needed. Devoted followers would know of the Dome that sits over Maryhole in most weather events but it was pierced on Sunday . Or was it?? Powered down but watching approaching armageddon on BOM I was tempted to get some planks of woods and nails ready for my Noah act as surely we had a bucket load coming. It came, sat for an hour and went. During the blue deluge the sound on the roof never quite matched the images and this of course was confirmed later by reports of about 9mm downfall. Hell I do that most nights myself! It was good but could have been so much better

Where have I heard that before…….

Spring has Sprung

Posted: September 7, 2018 in Midlife Crisis in Maryhole

Earth, Wind and Fire pretty well sums up the first week of September in Gods Country just a tad north of Brisvegas. Drier than a dead dingoes donger except , oddly enough, on Fraser Island where they all live and feed on careless tourists. But you know it is Spring with the birds are a chirping early in the morning. Now where is that slug gun of mine….

And so Burt has gone. Some reports refer to it as tragic and it may well be for his family and friends but certainly doubt Burt would be too upset. He packed more living into one decade in the seventies then you or I ever will in our lives. He was the King and it coincided with my peak movie watching period. Perhaps I should clarify that with “peak as in went to the cinemas and actually paid to watch the movie with some jaffas and a bag of marella jubes” . In Brisvegas we were blessed with many cinemas in those days and would easily see one or two every week whether at the local Dawn or in the big smoke. Many folk would list Deliverance and Boogie Nights as his best movies and probably Smokey has his most iconic role but for me the one I go to is The Longest Yard with Hooper as back up . Watched TLY yesterday and no surprises not terribly PC. Apart from being a beefcake he was a fun guy with a good sense of humour and often self deprecating. Popular guest on the Tonight shows. RIP Burt

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Burt Reynolds Actor At The Dorchester Hotel.
Burt Reynolds Actor At The Dorchester Hotel.

US politics continues to ask only one question – is this the week it all comes tumbling down? It seems that question may never answered. The Sco Mo make over as Joe Average with a Bible continues. Doesnt quite register on the genuine scale for moi but mostly in the who cares list anyway. Only important thing for moi is the economy and Aussie $ and latter looking a bit shaky at present. Oh well

Big month of Sport of course. Feel the Broncs have peaked a week or two early and Dragons could be a danger game because being mere footballers does mean they are susceptible to being complacent and stupid. Which brings me to the naked elephant in the room. The Bulldogs behaviour was pathetic but not as pathetic as ex players defending them. They just dont get it. The one excuse that galls though is they had a tough season they deserve top let their pants – oops sorry, hair – down. Of course they can but not in public ya goose. When was the last time you saw a group of soldiers return from 6 months in Iraq – admittedly not as tough as a season of football where you almost won 3 games – and start dancing naked in the streets as they destress? Its a croc of shit. Great golf at present in USA with Fed Ex playoffs in full swing and Ryder Cup just around the corner in Frog Town. If only you could get updates on how The Striped One was going occasionally it would be sweet……. Cant get enthused about US Open tennis even if an Aussie gets into last few rounds but at least it does give an excuse for Roy and HG to put all into perspective. You cant beat that live cross to family as cringe fest. And of course stay on for The Batchelor review

Some quality TV around at present. Sharp Objects was a treat, although did have to pay attention. Left you thinking about if for a few days to follow. Ozark Season 2 is equally impressive and a step up from first season. Bodyguard is all class as expected and Deep State a well made “spy/agent” yarn. Aussie TV continues to struggle with latest Rake simply an embarrassment . Cleaver has gone from lovable rogue to annoying buffoon

Time to sign off and get ready to scorch the links once more as current B Grade Monthly Mug winner. For the GU, apart from getting a mug to keep one can also get free beer in said mug from members for the month u r said Biggest Mug. Sadly I wont take any advantage of this as given our little group of 4 already has $80 on the counter to drink from “the match” I already have the wobbly boot on before starting that nonsense. Does remind me of a classic month back in the eighties when you could drive while full as a state school hat rack – apparently – and the Golf Club would rock on a Saturday afternoon/night. A certain member who will remain nameless although it was Max McBean got a list of every member of the golf club to hit with said mug. The only rule is you cant ask the same member twice in any month. Most players were happy to hit their own close circle of mates but not Max. He introduced himself to every member as they came in after the round with a handshake for the right hand and the mug in his left hand. Ahh, the memories when life was simpler and the liver was healthier

But, I digress. It is Spring so time to plant some bulbs

May even do some gardening later

Has been a glorious winter but would not be a weather related comment without a whine so – we need some rain! When my drives are rocketing past 180 m then you know the course is too dry. A few more cold mornings to come they say but before you know it the single digits overnight will be gone. We can go back to a full hand and no glove…… Pretty well the sweet spot now with still pleasant nights and sun coming up just before 6 am which ties in well with my post nocturnal activities . Rake, coffee, sleep. Repeat. I suspect reversing that order could help significantly

Its a strange world we live in these days and no sign of changing anytime soon. I have more than a passing interest in US politics but it gets a bit too much week in week out in the land of Buffoon Bob so try to just catch up with every 3rd “white house disaster” You know, twice a day. Omarosa is such a clear example of what is wrong with the world today. How did this bimbo ever get anywhere – did we run out of Kardashians suddenly ? The classic example of an oxygen waster given way too much airtime. Why does anyone really think the BB brigade care if he used the “n” word. (Sidenote – while not disputing the appalling nature of the word and what it implies always seems a bit odd when African Americans use the full word for “comedic effect” like Roy Wood Jr did on Daily Show ). The more disturbing issue here surely is that a clown like Omarosa was running around the WH with a tape recorder! I am sure BB was just giving us his respected thoughts on Elba, Idris Elba playing James Bond. Speaking of RESPECT it is amazing even after all this time how thoughtless Agent Orange is. He starts his thoughts on passing of Aretha Franklin with ” knew her well, she worked for me a few times”. If they ever remake Clueless he has to be the lead

Some quality TV around at present. First up tried some Aussie drama. The main problem with these of course is same 6-10 actors appear in every local production. Jack Irish was a jumbled mess really as much as generally like him. In keeping with flavour of month – international students – Dead Lucky started well but then threw in a weird plot direction and never quite recovered. And why exactly did she do the Kojak lollipop thing anyway? Bite Club just started and again some promise but a weird scene at end of first episode involving incisors/molars was either a weak distraction or even weaker writing? Time will tell. In the meantime the always excellent Unforgotten is drawing to a close on another great short season. Not impressed with Season 3 of The Affair but had a look at Season 4 and must admit it looks much better and rather engaging. Back to split storytelling style of Season 1 but with less crossover it seems . Saving shows like Better Call Saul, Castle Rock and Sharp Objects for full season watches – if I can resist. In movie land thought the Aussie drama Breath was very poor sadly but not as bad as Skyscraper of course. Latest Avengers movie reminded of a Rat Pack movie where a group of millionaires get together to have fun but not much else. Not just into this whole series after the first – and best – original Iron Man. Deadpool 2 on the other hand was just fun

Sporting world locally is pretty much dominated by the NRL coaching merry go round. What an embarrassment to the game. A combination of poor management at club level and self serving media fuelling the fire leaves most fans cold I imagine. BBQ Gate was probably the low point but its a bee’s dick of the ground anyway. The Broncs dress in stolen Storm jerseys and suddenly can beat the Rabbits . It is just frustrating for supporters as means we have to sit through first week of finals now before Mad Monday can start. I prefer the certainty of Rugby where you just know we are no chance of taking the Bledisloe Cup, especially under the current system where it is very hard for NZ to actually lose it. Much like Steve Smiths world batting rank it seems

In travel news SOS is less than 2 months away. As in Sydney October Soujourn. A short 5 days in Sydney in part as late celebrations for CLP birthday but also because Wired for Winter still seems so far away. A Night at the Opera , a day at the zoo sprinkled with a few nice meals and the week will fly by. For something different flying into and out of Sunshine Coast airport. I think the Qantas Club there is a packet of Tim Tams and a Thermos. Fear not fans we shant go without. So not a lot happening at present so rather spookily life is in a bit of a holding pattern as well while trying to dump excess fuel 🙂 After all summer just around the corner and that means its swimming trunks time!

In more important news Daughter 2 has set a wedding date and GS1 turned 9 this week. Someone must be getting old……

Yep thats fake news but “a long time between blogs” has a certain gastrointestinal issue aura about that and my straight laced fan base would be turned off by that

So, since last we met our hero a lot has happened in what is simply a glorious time of year. Some brisk mornings indeed but the real winners are the days – blues skies, low 20s. Darool Darool. I suspect heaven on earth is drawing to a close so lets enjoy last few days. One thing people forget in winter is their pets but not Brody. Beardy has officially the highest Vit D level of any cold blooded animal recorded

First big event back in middle June was engagement party for Ranny and Richard. Always great to catch up with family and a great night was had by all. We stayed at a B&B again and Woomby certainly has some gooduns. Tony and family were driving to Brisvegas to catch a flight for a NZ holiday next morning and luckily all made it and judging by photos had a great time. No, not these photos. Other photos

July saw Mum turn in her grave. Nope, actually still with us and turned a mere 92. Anne and John put on a lovely morning tea and also able to catch up with Auntie Noela, an all too rare event these days. Then it was onto my life story as told as a musical at QPAC – Beautiful. It is of course the Carol King yarn and was simply brilliant not just with the songs but the set designs and humour throughout. Do yaself a favour and catch a couple of live shows every year

A couple of weeks at home rearranging sand with Miner’s Helmet in place as big events at course and work stated at 4 am for 3 days! Fun fact. Its actually colder when sun comes up then at 4 am. Speaking of cold it was then down to Canungra (try saying that 3 times quickly after a few sherberts) to celebrate the 60th birthday of Bruce and also usual Della Xmas in July. Had the day before hand to walk around Brisvegas for a few hrs while CLP worked. Yep that is as funny as it sounds. Lovely city to explore on foot even if not much open at 7 am! Two nights at Chateau Canungra had the trakkies fitting nice and snug and the liver earning her keep. Has to be a woman with all the moaning she does

So after that rather hectic, but enjoyable, few weeks time to detox for a few weeks back in Maryhole. One no longer feels the need to comment on Buffoon Bob because nothing ever changes. You think well that will be the last straw but nope just dyes it orange and sticks it on top of his head and moves on.

In TV land have really enjoyed some Aussie TV of late. Jack Irish is back but also enjoyed Safe Harbour on SBS and just started Dead Lucky as well. With Castle Rock just dropping also found another SK adaptation with Mr Mercedes – recommended. Of course has been a lot of talk about Cohen’s latest Who is America which I find dull and cringeful apart from maybe the Mosque in Arizona segment. Of course many forumites think if you dont think it is hilarious then “tyou dont get it” which is rubbish of course. Humour is subjective and just because you dont find this dross funny doesnt mean u dont get it. It aint rocket science. I prefer the more subtle approach of a Daily Show which just talks to Trump supporters at a rally. That is of course more scary then funny anyway. We now have concerns about whether Barry Humphries humour is too feral now? Nope it is as funny as ever, its the world that has changed. Seinfeld latest Coffee in Cars was mostly good

In sports world the Broncs are hot and cold but simply have worst 5th tackle options of any top 8 team. They wont threaten at pointy end but could be good next year. If they buy a halfback! The Open was good as always and while I didnt see last round live was intrigued by screaming headline next morning before watching recording “Molinari beats Tiger to win Open” Most sane folk would assume that meant Tiger came second? Nope. Tied for 6th from memory but of course he is all the vast majority of media write about. Yes he is competitive and its a great return but methinks his last putt in that Open – even though out of contention – tells you what we all know. It aint the same Striped One anymore. Now just tell the media purleese

Wired for Winter is slowly percolating away in background. As I write this I see Qantass has FINALLY released some sale fares for Feb 2019 and could have saved $600 if waited but think we both know that would have been spent now on anti anxiety pills and yoga lessons to get out of fetal position each morning. Speaking of which the ankle may have entered next phase. Which could be its last. Yes one does get older each year but man the joints are bad this year and the ankle mostly swollen after any activity. Much better when activity leads to loss of swelling

Ya with me…..

SOO 3

Posted: July 11, 2018 in Sport

Ah the Cherry Evans on top of the cake. The much maligned, and mostly unlikable, DCE showed his worth in first 20 mins with good control and well placed kicks. We still lacked potent attack and no doubt missed GI in the backline. The commentators as usual were creaming their jeans no doubt under instruction that SOO crowds and ratings were down but while a tense and exciting game due to closeness it was never a great game. It was a game of circumstance which can happen. Foe a number of reasons, most self inflicted, NSW were stuffed after 25 mins and even though scored those 2 tries before halftime – after Hunt came on 🙂 – the fatigue was always going to come back and bite them. It seemed to moi that Freddy finally went off the well crafted script before the game alluding to Smiths retirement and from there on things never went their way. Yes Qld probably got the rub of the green this time but mostly deserved and it was clear from start even before fatigue became a factor that the Blues were holding down in tackles and getting away with it because it was SOO. Some general thoughts before the eagerly awaited player ratings!

1. Giving Billy the Man of the Series was embarrassing. Imagine if he had played 3 matches – he would have won last years as well on countback!

2. Qld are not on the crest of a new era but still very much in transition. They lack size and attack in the forwards and will miss Billy heaps next year. They need a better dummy half option than either one they have at present

3. NSW deficiencies in the backline defense around Mitchell and Ado Carr were clear in every game. Mitchell went completely missing.

4. Why is it only our players can get dragged over the sideline?

5. It was a series of missed opportunities. Qld could easily have won the series. Blues could easily have done a whitewash. There is unlikely to be any great dominance again

So

Billy Slater – 8. Not as threatening as Game 2 but great at times including first try involvement
Val Holmes – 9 Class finisher and his stretched intercept towards end was critical
Will Chambers – 6.5. Solid at best, nothing special
Dane Gagai – 7.5. Much more threatening and involved
Corey Oates – 4. Played like a second rower with butter on his hands . Spooky
Cameron Munster – 7. Usually mixed game. Did set up critical try but can be a frustrating talent to watch
DCE – 8. Great first 20 mins with some deft kicks.If he wasnt such a tool and played for Manly could almost warm to him
Josh McQuire – 6.5. Am sure he does plenty in defense but rarely threatens to turn a game
Jai Arrow – 7. Has potential and tried hard but lacks size
Jarrod Wallace – 4. Has size but no heart
Felise Kafusi – 6 Busy but never spectacular
Josh Papali – 6. 8 for first 15 mins, 4 for rest. Simply looks unfit
Andrew McCullough – 5 Workhorse maybe but not up to this class. Maybe try a regional maiden next
Gavin Cooper – 6.5 Like McQuire am sure he does more than appears which is why I dont see it I guess. Good role in match winning try
Coen Hess – 6. Best effort of series which isnt saying much
Ben Hunt – 5.0001 . Once again seemed to notice more his mistakes than anything great but was more threatening than McCullough. Not a high bar folks
Tim Glasby – 4 Limited opportunities .For a reason

Man of Series Selectors – 1. For allowing Loz to still be associated with an SOO Howler for another year
Kevvie Walters – 6. Handled disappointment after first two matches with class but not convinced he is the answer without the stars. Not a Melbourne Cup field mind you
Freddy Fittler – 8. Did and said all the right things until the day before Game 3. Bought much needed change but methinks more a case he was up against a depleted Maroon outfit
WAGS – Mrs Smith looked sour and maybe just realised she now has to watch SOO because she is stuck with hubby. Mrs Slater not sighted but maybe in the box with the Aussie Selectors spelling Billy’s name? Mrs Cronk wisely stayed away

And its Goodnight from him

SOO Game 2 2018

Posted: June 24, 2018 in Sport

Its not so much that we lost that gnaws but that we should have won. And no, not talking about the penalty try which was a reasonable call but rather we had our chances and blew it. NSW certainly had the rub of the green this year which is fine as Qld certainly has in some recent years. It comes and goes. The disappointing aspect from a Maroon perspective is we had the chance to scar the next generation and we missed it. There are certainly some chinks in the left side defense for example with the Blues but that will improve each game they win. With prodigious young talent all they really need is confidence and a bit of luck. They had the luck and will get better each game. The last 10 minutes is where we clearly missed Smith, JT and co which brings us to the elephant in the room

Ben Hunt is our Mitchell Pearce! Its not often you can lay the blame at the feet of one player but this is as close as it gets. He missed Addo-Carr badly for first try, he gave away the penalty try, he lost the ball in a crucial tackle etc. Most of all though he fucking kicked the ball dead on the 3rd tackle against 12 men! His lame excuse “was trying to keep the pressure on and get a repeat set” Hey assclown, not sure if u made it past Grade 3 but I was always taught 3+3 is still only 6 so why not use the those 6 first! The game was lost there, plain and simple. Like Pearce he will go back to club land and shine and will keep getting picked. Have not seem him play this year but he lacked game management at Broncos especially in combo with equally useless Milf. Its why Dragons wont win flag this year. If u are going to pick Hunt again you need to make Widdop a Qlder stat! So lets run the slide rule over the team

Slater – 8.5 Brilliant first 15-20 and then tired understandably. Always a threat and will be massive loss next year
Gagai – 8. Class finisher, had weaker defense against
Holmes – 7. Solid with limited chances and up against the stronger defensive side
Inglis – 7. Not the impact of the first game but great combo with Slater
Chalmers – 6. Always a mixed bag. some defensive lapses, a hopeless kick, and a costly stupid tackle late
Munster – 6. Gould thinks he puts them to sleep. I think he goes walkabout. He is a talent but needs a more solid half next to him to shine
Hunt – -4. I cant think of anything good he did and clearly 4 bad things. Hence the score. At least now he will be remembered for something else along with 2015 GF blunder
McGuire – 7. Usual game , always solid but hardly a threat
Cooper -5. Maybe he does a lot in defense but provides nothing in attack and much like his 2018 Cowboy form
Napa – 7 . Potential to impact at times but never quite came off. Better for the run, pick him in the Cup over a longer distance come November
Wallace – 4 Largely missing again
Kafusi – 5 see Cooper although he plays better for Storm and in first game as well
McCullough – 6. 80 min goer but really provides no spark in attack

Ponga – 7/9. First one is for actual game in an odd position. Second is for potential. He is all class and while no Slater will at least provide a similar attacking threat next year but not the organisation skills at this stage. Clearly the next big thing , ok already is. Barring injury a 30+ Origin career awaits
Hess – 4 See Cooper. Not the same impact player as last year. See Cowboys
Arrow -7 Limited chances but like Ponga is the future and it is bright ( once we find a halfback!)
Papali – 3 One of the more overrated players going around. See Milford

For NSW , Maloney is always the danger, Tedesco well controlled while Mitchell and Addo-Carr are the rocks/diamonds in the team. They will win you some and lose you some. Qld had the chance to really dent their confidence but blew it. They will be dangerous in years to come

You couldnt watch the game and not comment on Gould’s ridiculous “commentary” around the penalty try. I usually like his insights and one of the games better thinkers just behind Carlos Smearson 🙂 This was embarrassing though . Everyone expects JT, Joey, Wally etc to be a bit biased but they are only “expert commentators” giving opinions when asked and not commanding the microphone for 5 mins and screaming like a banshee about the penalty try.

Winners are grinners and the biased NSW controlled media will be nauseating for next few weeks now. Pick and Stick will likely be the go and is difficult and dangerous to castigate a couple of players but you have to think of future so would suggest you dump Hunt, Cooper, Hess, Wallace and Papali. Ash Taylor gets a run and Arrow starts along with Glasby and maybe Ofahengaue. It wont happen as would be seen as panic but is needed

There was also the inaugural Womens SOO this year with the most interesting aspect being how they determine the winner when scores are locked at full time. No Golden Point but rather a “kiss off” with the first player to break contact the loser. Doesnt seem fair given the Qld women are clearly more attractive and kissable . Never going to win that one

In either format “2018 Origin Winners NSW” is like “President Trump” – it just doesnt sound right let alone plausible. The victorious NSW dressing room was the second most haunting image saw this week. There was a clear winner that cannot be unseen…..