How good is Ash Barty!

Women’s tennis is not something that I watch a great deal of – for reasons that I’ll explain later, but I’m in awe (as most Australians are) of the sportsmanship (or is it sports-person-ship!) humility and grace with which Ash Barty conducts herself.

She’s just ‘the girl next door’ with no tickets on herself – a great ambassador for tennis, sport in general and for Australia in particular.

What a pity that some of the Australian male tennis players don’t have Ash’s composure and modesty.

I’m all for equality, but when women get paid the same prize money for playing the best of three sets, as their male counterparts do for playing the best of five sets – that is NOT equality.

And that previous comment doesn’t detract in any way from just how much admiration I have for Ash Barty – it’s just a sign of the ‘world gone mad’ when it comes to trying to be ‘equal’.

18 November 2019


To all Australians.

Today is Friday 29th November 2019 and I’m p155ed off with all the junk emails flooding into my inbox today relating to ‘Black Friday’ sales.
The last time I looked, we were living in Australia.
So why are so many Australian companies promoting Black Friday?

And Halloween? Give me a break!
Halloween is an American tradition – not ours. So why are we jumping on the Yankee bandwagon. We’re losing our Australian culture.

Now, I’ve got nothing against America or their people (except their bloody dumb gun laws) – but let them celebrate THEIR traditions. We’ll celebrate ours.

By the way, Australia are currently 1/70 in the Second Test against the Paki's at the magnificent Adelaide Oval.

We’re feeling very grateful for the great time that we enjoyed with family and friends at the Christmas ritual sojourn at Port Vincent.

Constantly thinking about how many people had their holiday plans shattered by the catastrophic bushfires that are raging throughout the country – none more so than the volunteer fire-fighters. Their courage and selflessness is awe-inspiring.

Most of us greatly appreciate the efforts of these heroes – as we do, the many other first-responders – SES, police, paramedics, ambos, doctors, nurses etc.

At times like these, communities band together and donate food, clothing, accommodation and sacrifice time with family and friends to do whatever they can to ease the burden.

Hats off to everyone – and let’s pray for rain.