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henrietta
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Got up at 4am to go to the loo, couldn't resist having a look at the computer ......... didn't get any more sleep . sad.gif

Stokes had a big day and is a classy cricketer. We had our chances and fluffed them, so it will be very interesting to see the make-up of the next test team. Will Usman keep his place as Australia's worst performing number 3 batsman in history?

Congratulations to the Poms and Stokes in particular.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 23 2019, 07:37 PM


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Sun shining, beautiful day apparently. Trust our bowlers can spoil it for those Poms !!!

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 22 2019, 03:46 PM


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Marcus Harris in for Bancroft ?

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 21 2019, 11:29 AM


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I think Bradman’s average is more memorable because it is so close to 100. And ending with a “duck “ , for the best ever batsman, is priceless, and gives every batsman since, some hope.

Have just read Paine’s article in The Australian. It is fascinating, although I question the wisdom of our captain writing media articles during a test series.

We drove to Leeds on Monday tired, still excited about the Lord’s Test but keen to get the third one starting tomorrow.

There is a special feeling among this squad.

It’s an odd thing to say when you didn’t win the match, but we didn’t lose it and that was a victory in itself. There were a few things we know we could have done better, but we were all so happy about how we got through the game.

Paine’s article in The Australian

You can’t always be on top in Test cricket and things don’t always go your way, but the reason I was happy and the squad was in such good spirits is we found a way to limit the damage and hang on.

Sometimes you have to make sure you live to fight another day.

One of the things we have talked about since we arrived is finding a way when the game seems loaded against you. We are determined to dig in and defend when under siege. We know that a bad session can cost you a Test or even a series. There will be an hour when the other team has the ascendancy but you have to find a way to stop that. You can be bowled out in a session in England so you have to slow the other team’s momentum.

There was a young player in this game who did just that when called in at short notice.

We lost our best batsman, Steve Smith, we were batting in half light and we were facing some serious bowling on a pitch that was challenging. There’s plenty of things we got wrong. Our catching was bad and our use of the DRS was worse but there is a character in this group that refuses to give up and I am proud of that.

Winning away has become the hardest thing in Test cricket. To get to the third Test with a win and a draw is an achievement and one I think any touring side would take.

Everyone was talking about Steve after Edgbaston because of his centuries and they were talking about him for other reasons after he was ruled out in this one. He showed great courage to go out and bat again after being hit. It would have shaken anyone up but he just wanted to get back out there and keep batting. I guess that’s what he does.

And then everyone was talking about Jofra Archer and why not? It’s fantastic to see a young cricketer with so much talent come onto the scene and it was a bit of a buzz to face him at Lord’s. He’s fast for sure, but in Australia we’ve been brought up facing guys of his pace. Every time we have a net we have Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and James Pattinson coming at us like we are the opposition.

It’s going to be fun for everyone to watch how Jofra’s career turns out. People of his talent are why we play Test cricket. You want to face the best, you want to be on the extremes challenging yourself and putting into place all the things you’ve learned over the journey.

I can’t get over how well Marnus Labuschagne went when called in at extremely short notice. If I was giving votes for that game I’m giving them to him, but I might be a bit biased. He went to bed on Saturday night planning to have an early net session and that’s what he did. The guys not playing often leave ahead of the team so they can get a hit in.

When we realised Steve wouldn’t play we knew we had to get a message to him and we also knew he would be training and not looking at his phone. So I got into a car and headed to Lord’s. I know he is one of those guys who will train himself into the ground and I didn’t want that. He was in the nets on the nursery ground when I arrived and I went over and said “Take it easy, mate, you are batting today”.

I wish you could have seen the look on his face. Some players would panic, or get anxious about what lay ahead, but he just broke into this smile. He loves cricket like a kid loves Christmas. We might rib him about his endless enthusiasm and his constant chatter but he is one of those people who energises a group.

I hope people appreciate what he did in that innings. To replace Steve who had been concussed and to wear a nasty blow second delivery you face when you get out there would unsettle most players, but not Marnus. He revels in that stuff. It’s the sort of craziness that marks a special cricketer and he has the potential to be that.

The other thing that was so satisfying about his innings was that it further confirmed our belief that it takes a squad to win a series. You can’t rely on a Steve Smith or a Jofra Archer, you have to have depth and I believe we have that in our batting and bowling.

David Warner hasn’t hit his straps yet and I notice people getting a bit trigger happy on that subject, but I am not worried. We are 1-0 up in the series and he hasn’t got out of the blocks. He is a match winner and the sort of player who comes up with an innings that takes the game away from the opposition. He is also the most mentally tough cricketer I know. He is due a score and that is a dividend I am looking forward to.

This Ashes series is shaping up to be one of the best of all time. It’s a quick turnaround to the third Test but I am as keen for it to start as I was when I was a boy staying up late at night in Tasmania watching David Boon and Ricky Ponting take on England.

I’m hoping this series is one that will live in people’s memories a long time. It’s shaping up that way.


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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 20 2019, 12:13 PM


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Has anyone noticed the new ICC Test match points rules ?
Teams which play a 2 match series get the same points as teams playing a 5 match series. This means that the 5 match teams get 24 points per match for winning, and 2 match series get 60 points per match.
You have to win 5 out of 5 to get the same points as 2 out of 2.
Seems ordinary to me.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 19 2019, 11:45 AM


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I think the selectors will stick with what they have, maybe a bowling change ..... maybe not, but it would be tough to leave Pattinson out. I'm sure Stark would love to have a go, to show Archer a thing or two.

Can't see any batting change because so many have under-achieved. A case of crossing fingers I think. Warner is the key, so hopefully he will get some time at the crease and start causing some havoc.

Fascinating, isn't it.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 19 2019, 07:19 AM


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Well, it seems that Jofra Archer has blown yet another Langer theory out of the water. Line and length doesn't beat raw pace and aggression after all ......... quelle surprise !!!

We were lucky to get out of that last day with a draw, but the future doesn't look so good. I wonder if Stark might get a gig after all? Batting looks very brittle with no one in form, and Smith most likely not available for the next test.
Paine and Langer will have some serious discussions I imagine.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 18 2019, 02:26 PM


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Just by the way, do you think the Aussie quicks will give Archer some curry?? smile.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 18 2019, 11:07 AM


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Regarding booing, it's always a few drunks who are the most boorish ....... everywhere. Don't think our Gabba hoons would be any better late on a Saturday afternoon.

Don't think the selectors will change the team except for fast bowlers perhaps. Our batting is very fragile, but then again the Poms are faring no better. Maybe it's just difficult conditions for batsmen , what with the Pommie pitches and weather.

Bit put out that Smith didn't reach his third century ..... he deserved it.

Should be an interesting final day.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 18 2019, 09:00 AM


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World holds breath as Smith falls


A slight exaggeration perhaps?

Game is poised nicely for an interesting final day. Aussies have the luxury of being satisfied with a draw, so no need for unnecessary heroics.
Could Warner finally find some form and belt a winning innings?

Test cricket can be so entertaining .

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 16 2019, 08:54 AM


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Tennis ..... Krygios ........ why is he still allowed to play?? So he gets what looks like a large fine, but I'm sure it will be one of those fines with all sorts of riders attached so that the real consequence is minuscule.

Good that he abused so openly the "bathroom break" rule, so that tennis authorities are shown to be gullible fools ........ bathroom breaks ....... for crying out loud ..... should only be available once, after 2 hours of play.

Tennis authorities seem to pander to every player's little whim, to the great detriment of the sport in general.

When the current top players retire, I wonder how much interest there will be in this indulged sport.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 16 2019, 08:39 AM


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Khawaja actually didn't seem ready ..... had a little daydream maybe ...... but a terrible miss which destroyed Australia's momentum. Trouble is, you can't ever make up for bad misses.

Pretty even contest thus far, so let's hope we can get a big first innings . Usman needs a hundred.

Bancroft's catch was spectacular, and a real morale booster.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 15 2019, 08:12 PM


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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 15 2019, 07:46 PM


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Won the toss and decided to bowl. Goes against the usual practice, so we'll see how it pans out. Better bowl and catch well !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 15 2019, 05:18 PM


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new pet cremation business, called Patch & Purr


Could have been called Hot Dog and Pussy, but probably not as successful with serious pet owners I guess. smile.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 9 2019, 03:49 PM


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Bancroft's last four innings ...... 8,7,33,7

I guess the 33 will be enough to keep him going in a "winning" team. I would drop him.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 9 2019, 10:59 AM


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Cricket Australia launches transgender, gender-diverse policy


My guess is that this initiative will cause a lot of grief, for very little gain. Nice for the boardroom types, but a nightmare for the vast majority of cricket clubs.


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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 7 2019, 07:51 PM


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One of the best and most respected fast bowlers. His figures are exceptional.

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https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/273...orthy-all-great
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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 6 2019, 11:19 AM


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Pretty impressed with Head’s performance in both innings.
Openers will need to do better. A first innings score from Usman would be useful.
Smith ...... brilliant.
Looking forward to Warner and Smith taking them apart in the next test.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 2 2019, 07:23 PM


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Another accolade for the incomparable Ellyse Perry. Best ever ?????

https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/273...arlotte-edwards

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 2 2019, 08:59 AM


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ABC ?? Don't think the luvvies there are interested in sport mate.

Fantastic innings by Smith, and Siddle also stepped up magnificently. The rest were woeful .
England might struggle if Anderson can't bowl again, so I do hope our new look bowling line-up can deliver.

English crowd were very unfunny boofheads, not at all like the Barmy Army I've seen at the Gabba. Do hope Warner and Bancroft can get some runs in the second innings and really piss them off.

Interesting , and fairly even match so far.

Umpires didn't have a very good day at all. Interesting to see the bit about where the batsmen can and can't take strike ......... I had thought they could take strike wherever they liked.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 31 2019, 11:57 AM


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And they are telling our naive universities what to do as well. We will regret this lack of foresight.

Meanwhile, it seems that nobody in business wants Bill Shorten, so he has to start making unwanted noise in parliament again.

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Bill Shorten says Labor’s surprise election loss was “very disappointing for the nation” but has vowed to remain in parliament, arguing it is time for the party to move on and challenge the government.


Very disappointing for the nation .......... is he kidding?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 31 2019, 11:13 AM


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The newspaper talk is that Stark will be left out .......... I hope they are kidding, and it's just feed for gullible reporters.

I would imagine that England would be delighted. What ever happened to the good old rule of cricket ..... do what the opposition would least like you to do.

Seems like the selectors are going with whatever suits their plans, so we'll see what happens. How many times has Stark come good when needed and got a fivefor ?

The other bowlers did well in the practice match on a very favourable pitch for bowlers. How will they go on a less favourable pitch?

Will be fascinating cricket.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 30 2019, 07:48 AM


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Yes Mick

She's right up there with Jacques Kallis and Sir Gary in the all-rounder stakes.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 28 2019, 06:40 PM


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Shayna Jack ........ I wonder if she will swim again.

Ligandrol is used to build muscle mass and strength. If she has taken it inadvertently, then her coach has some questions to answer.

What a shame, and a disaster for her.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 25 2019, 07:52 AM


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Poms didn't look too flash at all, and the Lords pitch didn't seem too bad.

Our great experiment has been a joke, not that anyone will admit it. The only positive is for Mitch Marsh, who Langer loves anyway, and he will no doubt get the nod ........ with a test average of 25 and bowling strike rate of 76 !!!! The Poms will be trembling.

If we don't get the right players into the first Test team, we can kiss the Ashes goodbye. Will the selectors pick the best team or will they pick their favourites and hope for the best?

Sadly, I have zero confidence in Langer ....... he's a whacko !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 21 2019, 07:44 PM


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A successful politician in India has just died. With the name, Sheila Dikshit , I wonder how successful she would have been in good old Oz ? smile.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 20 2019, 02:13 PM


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Does anybody else think that this Southampton match between two Australian cricket teams, to help selectors in naming a test squad I assume, is a massive mistake and a cheap cop-out for the selectors? Can't see any benefit for the cricketers at all. Why can't the selectors just name a squad, and change it later if needed. Is this just more Justin Langer wackiness, or selector wimpishness?

So we have bowlers trying to knock the heads off the batsmen, probably injuring themselves and some batsmen as well, batsmen with totally undue pressure being heaped on them, and in the end, Langer and co will choose who they want anyway.

What a misguided farce !!

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Posted on: Jul 11 2019, 08:47 AM


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The inquest also heard from Simon Coffey, the director of Q-dance Australia, which runs the Sydney Defqon. 1 dance musical festival, the largest annual dance music festival in Australia. Mr Coffey said he had been “abso­lutely devastated” by the deaths of Diana Nguyen, 18, and Joseph Pham, 23, who died of MDMA overdoses at the 2018 festival.

He said Australia’s harm reduc­tion approach had failed young people by “demonising” and “panicking­” them at festivals, where they would be forced to walk through a “wall of police” and sniffer dogs. In countries such as The Netherlands, police had no involve­men­t in drug law enforcement, Mr Coffey said.


..... or ....... if you take illegal drugs you might well die, and it will be entirely your own fault.


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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 11 2019, 12:03 AM


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Kiwis crush a billion Indian dreams. Would be nice if we can join them in the final.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 10 2019, 05:48 PM


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As the Folau saga drags on, Izzy's wife also came under scrutiny, but at least the netball association shows a little common sense.

Did have a little smile to myself when I read this comment from England player Geva Mentor...

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“There is no room for homophobia in netball and we have players that are (gay) in England and Australia, and it is putting them in uncomfortable positions.”


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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 05:39 PM


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Indeed Mick, Alyssa is also pretty handy.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 8 2019, 09:06 AM


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Elysse Perry's figures in yesterday's one-dayer in England : 10 overs, 4 maidens, 7 for 22.
Any chance she could join the men's team ?

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 7 2019, 10:57 AM


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The Australian gets a little over-excited ........

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Aussies rue disastrous loss


The South Africans had a good day, and we nearly got there ....... hardly a "disaster". And playing the Poms might just be better than playing the Kiwis , who always grow extra arms and legs when playing Australia.

Semis should be great games.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 04:35 PM


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ECX says this today, as it sells off Graysonline and areyouselling.

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Alongside the sale, the company said it was progressing its simplification program including resizing its cost base, resetting its corporate debt facilities and establishing a defined strategic direction.


Eh ?? weirdsmiley.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 08:44 AM


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D-Max towing an Ultimate camper, and a very handsome chap !! biggrin.gif
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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 5 2019, 08:01 AM


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I look forward to seeing you "out there" some time Mick. It's a great country to explore ...... slowly !!!

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 05:37 PM


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But there has to be a service network..........

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As for sales distribution, Rivian says it plans to mirror Tesla's business model: not have a traditional dealer network and instead sell to customers directly.




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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 4 2019, 05:27 PM


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Hey Mick, that 4WD is absolutely awesome. I really didn't think I would be impressed by an electric 4WD for some years ....... but here it is, and in RHD as well as left .
I wonder which Aussie dealerships are lining up to sell them here? My only concern is that they are big ....... and that can be a problem in the bush.

Roll on 2021.

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Posted on: Mar 16 2019, 07:22 AM


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A car colided into a pedestrian which led to a bloody altercation using an axe.


and

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The 75-year-old driver who was known to the pedestrian, was later taken to Liverpool Hospital for an unrelated medical condition before returning back to the police station early Friday morning.



Our intrepid Australian young journalist's articles could improve with some proofreading.

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henrietta
Posted on: Mar 14 2019, 09:02 AM


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A most unlikely series win B .......... but very sweet for the Aussies. The bowlers were very good ( who's our bowling coach now?), and Usman had a truly outstanding series.

Kohli will be seething !!!

We should have a pretty competitive side when up to full strength . Will be interesting to see who makes a full strength team, with a couple of very disappointed players no doubt.

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Posted on: Mar 11 2019, 07:34 AM


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Must admit that seeing India 1 for 200 I gave the Aussies no hope. Very happy surprise this morning. Turner looks good ...... wonder why he didn't play the previous two games?
Usman has found his mojo and scores pretty much at a run a ball, which helps his batting partners no end.
Finch is a problem with one decent score in a series of failures. Maxwell is always a worry for the opposition, and has scored pretty consistently.
Marsh hasn't done anything, but then he doesn't have to.
Cummins has been brilliant, with 4, 3, and 5 wickets in his last three games.

Last match of the series will be interesting.

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Posted on: Mar 6 2019, 08:51 PM


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interesting to see Sean Marsh getting a gig in the one-dayers ......... just what we need .... not !!

Langer's Luvvies are looked after.

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henrietta
Posted on: Mar 2 2019, 08:23 AM


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You have to be a bit careful with these venomous bites ........ bees, snakes ....... as the effect is usually cumulative, and the reaction gets worse each time you are bitten.
I remember Ram Chandra, venom collector, gradually deteriorating and eventually dying from numerous taipan ( and others ) bites.

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Posted on: Mar 1 2019, 05:24 PM


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Langer's problem is that he seems to have a "formula", which includes "types" of cricketers, and he does not like cricketers who don't conform to his plans ..... eg Maxwell, Renshaw.

He's still trying to "prove" his ideas , even though they had very limited success in WA. Langer is proving to be a problem for CA, who of course won't do anything, especially if it means admitting they got the coach call very wrong.
I'd give Jason Gillespie a go, but perhaps he wants to get a bit more experience.

I have also noticed that Langer's pets get an extraordinary amount of leeway as regards performance ......... others get a quick boot.

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Posted on: Feb 10 2019, 11:02 AM


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Anantha Narayanan has produced a very interesting and probably controversial set of statistics about test cricket. It's a bit hard to disagree with him as he has really come up with some useful statistical tools.
Here's the link

http://www.espncricinfo.com/cricket/story/...ls-test-cricket

Will try to paste in the article as well.

Enjoy the read ....... might fill in some time for you Mick.

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ps Have tried to paste the article, but the tables become all jumbled.
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henrietta
Posted on: Feb 4 2019, 01:05 PM


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And Usman drops yet another .......

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Posted on: Feb 4 2019, 08:54 AM


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Good to see Stark showing some form. IMHO all he needed was plenty of overs in match conditions, not being wrapped in cotton wool by the coaches. I like the look of Jhye Richardson, who might do well in England.

Usman Khawaja produced some meaningless runs when his test spot was on the line, and added yet another very poor missed slips catch, but I guess he'll get to England where he'll make one decent score and miss a few vital catches ..... very cynical of me I know, but Usman drives me to distraction !!

Pretty happy with our bowlers now, a good all-rounder would be handy if we could find one with some consistency ...... maybe Matt Renshaw !!!! He's getting a few out ( well actually only one ) in T-20 with his dodgy nothing balls !!!!!

Wonder if we can finish off the Sri Lankans today without too much trouble. Should be able to, but it's always a funny game isn't it.

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ps Greg Chappell leaving the scene I see. Not a great loss as a selector in my opinion.
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Does not sound right, and I like your version better. Too many words between "can't" and "read" .

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Posted on: Feb 1 2019, 05:14 PM


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Great to see Joe Burns and Travis Head do well today. Sri Lankans didn't do themselves any favours in the field, and looked pretty ordinary. Usman got himself out again in very slack fashion and has to be ready for a demotion.
Great day for Canberrans, who looked as though they enjoyed themselves.

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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 04:20 PM


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And a "thumbs up" to The Australian journalist who got this right ......

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The trio was released pending further investigation, Victoria Police Assistant Commissioner Neil Paterson said, adding that the complex investigation stretched back to August and involved allegations of corruption in sport.


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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 11:53 AM


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The US will shiver this week in a once-in-a-generation deep freeze, forecasters warn.
The most extreme arctic blasts, caused by a spinning pool of cold air known as the polar vortex, could bring temperatures as low as -53C (-64F).


Where we lived in Alberta ,Canada, it was unusual, but still happened regularly in winter, that temperatures dropped below -45F and the propane would solidify in gas tanks.
Problem was that the propane was primarily used to heat the homes/ house trailers. Lighting fires under the propane tank was not advised, but still happened !!

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Posted on: Jan 30 2019, 11:16 AM


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Our "would be" pollies have a distinctly minimal grasp of our language ....

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This morning, Mr Yates said Mr Frydenberg had failed to take action on climate change. Mr Yates said the Treasurer should not be given credit for trying to get an emissions policy through the Coalition partyroom when he was environment minister.

“If he has tried to do it he has succinctly failed,” Mr Yates told ABC radio.


Sigh.

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Posted on: Jan 27 2019, 09:52 AM


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R Chase, 8/60, crushes England. Didn't get a bowl in the first innings. Good to see the Poms being messed up a bit ......... maybe we have some small hope in the Ashes ??

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ps Great to see Pat Cummins do well, although I feel he was overbowled in yesterday's heat. Jhye Richardson also bowled really well for his 5 wickets. What the poor buggers might get at Canberra might be a bit different. Gabba pitch gets a pass mark, but nothing like the pre drop-in pitch used to be.
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Great navigator and sailor, died young at 40 after 6 years in prison because of the France/England conflict. What a waste !!
Suggested the name " Australia".
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Apparently about 14 -15 thousand there at night ........... bit better.

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I really just don't know what the problem is triage. Maybe the rather dead drop-in wickets, maybe the QLDers are too smart to go out in the midday sun ( fierce today I can tell you) , we've all run out of money, I just don't know. Plenty at a 20/20 game which was actually a very disappointing game.

Were the Indian games well supported? I can remember seeing some pretty vast areas of empty seating. The Adelaide game seemed to average about what the Gabba first test used to get.

Maybe a few are just fed up with cricket, disappointing cricketers, disappointing cricket administrators, odd selections. The game really needs a shake up to restore some enthusiasm.

Actually T I just don't have a clue, but it is a worry.

Maybe a test win, Starc getting wickets, new batsmen scoring runs will get some interest back.

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A fast, bouncy deck and an opposition he has historically dominated may be the ideal scenario through which Starc returns to better rhythm.


So why would there be a fast bouncy deck? The great old Gabba deck has long gone and replaced by the usual placid drop-in. Might be some movement through the air, as it's a bit cloudy here ..... at least it is on the Gold Coast !!

Do hope it's an entertaining game.

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There have been 20 reported fatal drownings in Victoria this summer


Begs the question, "What is a non-fatal drowning?"

Sigh.

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Be nice if the men had an equivalent to Ellyse Perry ..........

She just finished off the Melbourne Renegades in the women's semi-final with a 6 in the super over ........ after scoring 50+ and taking wickets, catches, run-outs for a Player of the Match performance.
She debuted for Australia before her 17th birthday, also played soccer for Australia in the Matildas, and has played in World Cups in both soccer and cricket. Back to cricket ......

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/257...on-ellyse-perry

Have a read of this article about her not yet finished season in the WBBL ........ extraordinary !! If you check out her overall performances in cricinfo her stats are impressive to say the least.

Now, where's the male edition of Ellyse ?

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As Khawaja and Marsh limp along at 50% strike rate, the pressure will build on the next poor batsmen. Finch fails again. Aussies in trouble.

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“Finchy’s not far off from making some runs,” Langer said.

“He is working so hard and just needs that little bit of luck to turn things around.”


I'll bet some other Australian cricketers wished they would get the same lenient treatment.

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Wonder why Maxwell isn't getting a bowl at this stage ??

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Yes Mick, Marsh has an average of 40 in one -dayers, and has performed. My concern is that he is 35+ and we need some younger batsmen coming through.
I see that Usman was successful with his latest catch, so hopefully he can continue.

Would be a turn-up if we can beat India today, but it's a tall order.

Finch not performing at all ...... that's a worry.

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Are Khawaja, Marsh and Handscomb our best batting prospects in one day games ??? Heaven help us !!

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Disappointing (very) night after all, as far as the cricket was concerned. Not much skill on show, just lots of noise. Not sure if I'll bother again ...... maybe if my grandson wants to go !!

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Meanwhile, I'm off to the Gabba for a BBL game tomorrow night, with my son and grandson ........ happy days !! biggrin.gif

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So, our next intrepid band of tourers has been announced. The interesting inclusion is Will Pucovski. His "record" (8 first class matches) includes 2 centuries and a half century. He has a double century in that. His average is a respectable 49. His average without the double century is a less remarkable 31. Will has had several concussions and time off for mental issues. Seems like an ideal candidate for the Australian test team. Matthew Hayden must be laughing ........... or at least shaking his head in wonder.
We also have Burns and Renshaw back, so I do hope they make the most of their well earned chance.
The Marsh boys were very lucky to have the matches they played.

Another interesting time ahead.

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Here's our rather sorry batting average performances so far .....

Harris, 36.5
Head . 33.8
Khawaja, 27.7
S. Marsh , 26.1
Paine , 24.8
Cummins*, 23.2
Handscomb* , 19.2 ( 17 after 2 tests)
Finch , 16.1
M Marsh , 9.5
Labuschagne , 38 ( one innings)

Obviously a very uncompetitive effort. Khawaja has one decent score, Harris has been OK, S Marsh has failed again, Paine is losing confidence, Cummins is an all-rounder, Head has done OK but also losing confidence. Handscomb is world's luckiest cricketer recalled with an average of 17, Finch should be left out of test cricket at the moment. M Marsh not up to it but still loved apparently. Marnus Labuschagne also extremely lucky, but at least made some runs first up.

Is this really the best set of batsmen we have ??!!

Mitchell Stark seems lost .... no enthusiasm, no consistency, no life. Did he get a decent preparation ??

Can't see anything improving until the selectors and coach are changed.

Tough being a cricket tragic at the moment.

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Aussies humiliated again by a very good Indian team. We shouldn't be that far behind.
As I see it, we have two problems ........ selectors with agendas ....... Chappell and Langer.

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A classic " It's not my fault !!" WA's cricket chief makes very weak excuses for the very weak Bancroft. He has no toughness if he can't say no to cheating if he doesn't want to do it.

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Hope he can do well again, but I don't see him in the baggy green again.

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That would actually be "no one" ........

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The SEC had also demanded oversight of the mercurial Mr Musk’s social media use. But he said in the interview that noone was proofreading his tweets.


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Tasmania Police say there is a “zero per cent chance” the pilot of a twin-engine plane that crashed in the state’s rugged wilderness this weekend survived the horror ordeal.


I rather think that "horror ordeal" is quite a bit over the top. I guess that "crash" would not cut it in today's thirst for hyperbole.

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The bloke who coined " virtue signalling" writes an interesting article.
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Despite ‘virtue signalling’, words tend to fail the Right
JAMES BARTHOLOMEW


When I coined the term “virtue signalling” in an article for The Spectator, it never occurred to me that the phrase would take off. At first there were just a few mentions of it in the British press — sometimes with acknowledgments to me, sometimes not.

Then it became used more and more. Next it leapt across seas and boundaries. It appeared in India and South Africa. Then it appeared in a mainstream American newspaper — The Boston Globe, I think. I subscribed to Google notifications. At first I was delighted at each individual mention. Now there are too many to follow. They come from all across the English-speaking world every day.

For those who have not come across the phrase, it means saying something to indicate that you are a good, moral person without actually doing anything at all.


Often this is done by expressing anger and outrage. So people will say “I hate Trump” to indicate that they are the right sort of person who abhors things that Donald Trump has said and done. I saw a poster at the front of a house recently saying “Love Trumps Hate”. Implicitly the householder believes in love and opposes hate. Which means they are declaring themselves to be a good person. But note that they have declared their goodness without doing anything.

The term has really annoyed some people. The phrase is not necessarily against the Left but left-wing journalists have been particularly irritated, writing invectives against the phrase and the concept. They say it is a weapon of the “far Right” to dismiss moral behaviour and legitimate protest.

They choose to ignore the fact the original article distinguished between true virtue — such as looking after a disabled husband through the last 10 years of his life — and statements intended merely to boast of virtue without doing anything. The anger is revealing. It shows that some on the Left feel stung. The phrase has provoked them because they realise that they have taken a hit in the silent conflict you could call “word wars”.

These are continuing conflicts and skirmishes over the language we use. They take place without anyone having declared war. They are, in effect, attempts to change the way we think about things by altering the language we use.

There are many fronts on which these wars are fought. Sexuality, for example.

It was a great triumph in the war of words when those who are attracted to the same sex named themselves “gays” rather than any of the earlier disparaging and insulting words.

Race is another battleground of words with acceptable words for different races changing over time. But let’s stick to politics.

In general, the Left has been overwhelmingly more successful in word creation, starting with “socialism”. The word is based on “social”, which is a friendly sort of word. It’s vastly more companionable than the term “levellers”, which some people in Britain with a desire for more equality were called in the 17th century.

The phrase “social justice” was a clever victory for the Left, too. It brought together that friendly word “social” with “justice”. How could anyone be opposed to that? But, in fact, it was always a device to make left-wing policies sound as though they were merely a matter of justice.

Another big coup was when, in 1962, a group of sociologists got together at a conference in Britain. The poverty that existed before World War II was decreasing year by year. The statistics clearly showed more people owning washing machines and televisions, having indoor toilets and so on.

The sociologists wanted to shock people — or you might say they wanted to keep themselves in business — and they came up with the brilliant idea of redefining poverty. Eventually they decided that someone was in poverty if they had only 60 per cent of average earnings. Bingo! Poverty was back!

In fact, it would continue forever because there would always be people on less than the average income unless the government ­determined all incomes at a level rate and ownership of property was banned.

In other words, unless something akin to communism was imposed. Their great success was to persuade governments — and then international institutions such as the OECD — to accept their redefinition of the word.

Just occasionally, the Right has won a battle or two. Margaret Thatcher did well by calling for “free markets” and “free enterprise” rather than using the term capitalism — a word that Marx and tens of thousands of university lecturers around the world had succeeded in besmirching.

More recently, the Right has done pretty well with sarcasm, using the term “social justice warrior” or just “SJW” for short.

In these wars, many terms are created but most don’t catch on. Tom Switzer, the director of the Centre for Independent Studies, tells me he was once insulted as an “RWNJ”.

Mystified? So was I. It is meant to stand for “right-wing nutjob”. But it is pretty difficult to say those letters, so I guess the abbreviation will be left behind on the field of battle as an ineffective weapon.

The Left is now trying to label those it doesn’t like as “fascists”. I suspect that this, also, is a bridge too far. It relies on the public being totally ignorant of history and not realising that Mussolini, Franco and Hitler were dictators and that however loathsome Trump may or may not be, he can be removed by the American people in two years at the next presidential election.

Similarly, if you call Churchill a “fascist”, how come he was fighting Hitler?

Long ago, though, the Left pulled off a great trick in getting most people to think that fascism was right wing.

Fascism’s roots were, in fact, overwhelmingly on the Left and closely connected to trade unions, particularly in Italy. The full name of the Nazi party was the National Socialist Party. It was “national” socialist to distinguish itself from the international socialists in the Soviet Union.

And so the word wars continue. The Left generally has had the upper hand. But there are many more battles to come.

James Bartholomew is a British commentator and author of The Welfare of Nations who is visiting Australia as the Centre for Independent Studies’ 2018 scholar-in-residence.
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You're right T, today was pretty pathetic. I tried to get my ancient radio working but failed to get AM working, so watched a bit of Ch 7. Yesterday was better.

Must get the radio working again !!

We'll need a minor miracle, but where there's life ..........

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Well, thank goodness we have finally reached the point of no return, because now we can all just relax, not worry about trying to save the world, we can stop wasting billions a year on futile "climate saving" pursuits, and get on with just being happy little capitalists.

Fat chance !!

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A very good day for the Aussies. The Indians seemed to be a bit wasteful and may rue their rather careless approach early on. Bowlers were pretty good all day, and early fielding was excellent.

I actually started watching and listening to the Ch 7 commentary, and found it not too bad ........ I didn't turn it off, and actually I thought the overall coverage was quite a bit better than I had anticipated.

Preferred it to the recent Ch 9 efforts.

Usman's catch was a ripper. Amazing what a difference being fit can make, plus a touch of luck with the ball sticking nicely. Cummin's run out was brilliant, and should lift the team for the night.

Really looking forward to tomorrow's play.

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Seven confirmed Bruce McAvaney will form part of their cricket coverage, with the iconic sports broadcaster to host a lunch-break show during the Melbourne and Sydney Tests.


Oh Lord, it's enough to make one weep with anguish. It's quite amazing that TV is so bereft of fresh ideas.

C'mon Aussies !!

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Captain Tim Paine has named Australia's XI for the first Domain Test of the summer, confirming Victoria opener Marcus Harris will make his Test debut and batter Peter Handscomb will play ahead of allrounder Mitch Marsh.


Has the Aussie captain named the eleven in the past ? I had thought that the chairman of selectors usually did the team announcement. Mitch Marsh out .... oh my gosh.

Aussies will do well to be competitive, but there's no excuses for our bowling and fielding performance, so the match will be very interesting.

Ch 7 coverage ...... we await with bated breath !!

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We're all doomed .......... again !!

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Climate change: 'World at crossroads'


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Yes Mick, a pretty dismal effort getting 90 after the first three batsmen scored 81 !! The next 8 batsmen managed 5 runs between them !!

Good to see Matt Renshaw in the runs again, if only in grade cricket ....... poor old Wynnum/Manly .

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Matt Renshaw, overlooked for an Australia Test place, has plundered a record 345 in grade cricket for his club Toombul in Queensland.

Renshaw's monumental knock, which came against Wynnum/Manly, took 273 balls and included 38 fours and 12 sixes. It eclipsed the record for Queensland Premier Cricket of 311 set by Wade Townsend, the former Queensland batsman, in 2009-10. He was involved in partnerships of 256 and 206 for the third and fourth wickets as Toombul amassed 4 for 550.


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Posted on: Nov 24 2018, 03:21 PM


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From the Weekend Australian

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One Mitch Mott in the Adelaide Advertiser

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SA Power Network crews were sent to repair power lines which felled from strong winds or snagged by broken branches across Adelaide, including on Marion Rd, Mitchell Park and Seaview Rd next to Henley Beach Hotel.

Sand bags were being distributed to properties and SES volunteers were kept busy as the night unfolded.


I know that predictive text can be to blame, but doesn't anyone ever read these reports before publishing ? " as the night unfolded" ??!!

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Matt Renshaw doesn't even make the test squad ......... so much for topping the Shield in runs scored. Looks like a Matt Hayden scenario again.
In fairness to selectors Renshaw hasn't scored the runs, but I do get the feeling that coach Langer doesn't like him.

Hope he makes plenty for Queensland while the Aussies are touched up by the Indians.

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No worries Mick, we romped home .

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So what changes to be made? My guess is that they will go with that winning?? combination from the last series. Marsh boys have done enough to stay, although failing miserably in the last series. Henshaw is out of luck and form at the moment. Usman was wise and didn't play in the SS games lately, so he'll be right for the series.
More of the same ........ and same result probably. Crap.

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Asked whether the scenes of devastation had changed his view on climate change, Trump said: "No. I have a strong opinion. I want great climate and we're going to have that and we're going to have forests that are very safe."


The Donald is more powerful than we all thought !! wacko.gif

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Greg Chappell as a selector is also a problem. Has never been able to have an unbiased approach.

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No, T , he doesn't, and shouldn't be opening in this game either. I don't know if this is coach Langer's idea, but it's a bad one. If they are trying to protect Head he shouldn't be in the side.

Tell you what, I think the Langer as coach idea is going to bring misery to quite a few players before CA admit they got it wrong, and that will take quite a long time. Pity the players who don't fit Langer's little schemes. The WA team did well for a season, but not so well the next season. Time will tell.

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It's a bit bizarre Mick. It's also bizarre that he has been here since 1990's but hated our society. It's also bizarre that the Somali community regards his family ( I assume including him) as well respected.

Haven't read of any outrage or complaint about his behaviour from the Muslim community.

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"wants" should be "went".
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Thank goodness Chris Lynn wants nuts for an over. It was enough to get the Aussies over the line in the end. Hope they enjoyed the after match drinks and the "winning" feeling.
Saffas will be fuming. tongue.gif

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Well, well ,well ...... things are looking up for Australia. We damn near batted out the 50 overs, and scored over 200 runs. Adam Zampa has undoubtedly earned himself an opener position in the batting line-up. Hazelwood deserves promotion as well.
Dale Steyn has to be forgiven for going to sleep in the field when he did ...... must be tough trying to concentrate out there.

Look out Saffas, the Aussies are coming for you here in Adelaide.

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Ah yes, you do have to be a "celebrity" to rate a mention. The name of the game is video or sound bites, no real news or research required or wanted.

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All that may be true, but we're absolutely number one in AFL ........ wacko.gif

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Mitch Marsh has scored some runs so he's safe for the next series.

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6 for 66 ....... that's better . sad.gif

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Aussies going well at 3/8 ............

Glad it's not on free to air tele !!!

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Responding to Mr Yunes in an open letter, the migrants said the governor's decision to withdraw his offer to help transport people hundreds of kilometres was unacceptable.


The "refugees" heading across Mexico to the US.

Don't you love these people who "demand their rights" as soon as they enter a free country.

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I'm sure they'll be storing all that energy in a battery somewhere.

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There you go, Peever has resigned !!

Hope the players with test ambitions can get going this weekend. There are a few who need some good figures from the next couple of games.

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Simon Longstaff's review of Australian cricket seems to hit the nail on the head.
He seems to say that the "culture" of winning at all costs wasn't just the players, but also in the arrogant CA administration. He sheets most of the blame to CA, and
recommends wholesale changes in admin positions.

Can't see that happening ........ sack myself? I don't think so !!

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Rod Marsh: The Complete Illustrated Autobiography is published by Affirm Press ($45).

In the Weekend Australian, Gideon Haigh talks with Rod Marsh, and what Marsh says makes perfect sense to me. What a pity he left the selection panel.


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And now this in today's news .....

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Will Pucovski, the highly-rated Victoria batsman who made a double-century in the opening round of the Sheffield Shield, will take an indefinite break from the game for treatment on a mental health-related illness.


Poor bugger. Hope he gets well and enjoys his cricket again.

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Will Swanton ( The Australian ) , who should know better, is giving Will Pukovski huge wraps and reckons he's ready for test cricket.
What about giving the state bowlers a season to test him out and then see how he goes in the following season. He does seem to be a great prospect, but I wouldn't be rushing him into international cricket without some more first class experience. Perhaps wiser heads than Swanton's will encourage Pukovski, while letting him get more experience.

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And obviously Shaun [Marsh] and Mitch [Marsh] haven't had their best series, but we also know they're good cricketers who have had a tough time.


Ah well, that's OK then Justin. What about the "good cricketers" who don't even get a chance? Roll on WA Inc.

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It will now be very interesting to see what Langer and the selectors have to say. They obviously won't say that they got it terribly wrong !!!
Feel sorry for Usman, going well and fit. Will probably provide yet another lifeline for one of the sainted Marsh boys.
None of the new boys did very well really, but will probably benefit from the selectors' reluctance to admit they got it very wrong.
Well done Pakistan, played to the conditions much better than the Aussies ........ note the Pakistan wickets by fast/medium bowlers.

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Apart from dropping straightforward catches and not bothering to ground his bat in the crease, Marnus is doing well. Marsh brothers continue to set the world alight with batting prowess.
Selectors deserve all the rubbish they get.

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According to The Australian, Renshaw is to be sent home , with other extras, to play Shield.
Seems like the WA boys are in control.

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Google gets it wrong ........

I asked, "does Mothers Naturally Black affect paint", and Google wrongly admonished me with

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Did you mean: does Mothers Naturally Black effect paint


with "effect" emphasised.


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A very gritty effort by the Aussies, and top marks to Paine. Usman has finally been a match saver on the continent, so hopefully he can continue .
I hope Renshaw returns to the side next test, but who will make way?

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Grace Collier , in The Australian , gets a bit worked up.

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One of the most depressing things I learned from my time in the labour movement is this: the union movement is a hotbed of hatred. People within an individual union hate each other, then as a union they hate all the other unions, and in their ALP activism they hate all the people in their faction only marginally less than all the people in the other factions.

Then, if the union movement is a hotbed of hatred, the ALP is the mutual hate society, and the only thing all of these haters have in common is that they hate the bosses, the Tories, the Liberals and their stooges slightly more than they hate each other.

And this week, the present king of this gargantuan, putrid heap of steaming hatred just revealed himself for what he really is.


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Yikes!! Ordinary people have "rights" too .

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The US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple in a much anticipated decision which upheld the need to respect religious tolerance over claims of discrimination.


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The carbon dioxide load from volcanoes is taken up by oceans and plant growth.

Climate scientist Michael Mann said “unless there was a dramatic upsurge in volcanic activity, it doesn’t contribute (to climate change) at all”.


But apparently carbon dioxide from electricity generationis rejected by plants and oceans...........

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Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Retired from international cricket.. Great player with test and ODI average over 50. One of South Africa's very best.


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The only thing I can find about "quire" is the number of sheets of paper. The only other reference was this ...
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archaic spelling of choir
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Was this what you were talking about, or have I missed the point ...... not unusual!

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Police have confirmed the woman who died after colliding with a bus in Brisbane’s CBD this morning was a 51-year-old from Samford Valley.

Senior Sergeant Simon Tayler said police received a phone call just after 7am today to say there had been an incident involving a pedestrian and a bus on the corner of Ann and Wharf streets.


Do pedestrians "collide" with a bus ??


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The Age comes up with this ...

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Mr Turnbull, who also flocked to Gilmore recently in support of Ms Sudmalis, lauded her as a "phenomenal member" and a "persistent, persuasive and relentless advocate for her community".


Not quite sure how one person can "flock"........ perhaps he has multiple personalities.

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Arty was one of the best, and will be missed by many. I extend my sincere condolences to Arty's family and friends.

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Both Cronje and his "earpiece" coach, Bob Woolmer, died in what some claim are suspicious circumstances. Match fixing is a dangerous game.

Paine showing some courage, some Aussies working hard to regain some balance and acceptance. We'll probably be well beaten, but it would be nice if a couple of the new recruits batted well in the second innings. How many test centuries has our number 3 scored in his career?

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There is absolutely no excuse for what the Australians did, but I have been wondering if Rabada getting excused for his aggressiveness might have tipped Warner and co into insanity.

Lehman now going, and Sutherland ??? Maybe administrators don't have to bear responsibility.

A very long road back for Australian cricket, and I really don't think poor Tim Paine has any idea what is in front of him.

I wonder who will get the VC gig ? Lyon ? Don't think so !!

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Smith and Warner out for a year, and Bancroft got 9 months. Fair enough, although I'd be surprised if Bancroft ever recovers. Smith and Warner will have to be creative to fill in their time productively, and not let it eat away at their confidence and sense of worth. It will be very interesting to watch them, and the Australian cricket team in the next couple of years.
Meanwhile, Paine has just completed the most amazing rise from club cricket to Australian captain in a few months , fairy tale stuff, and Renshaw must be thanking his lucky stars that he was able to dodge the crap, win a Shield, and get his place back in the baggy green.
It will take some miracles of man management to get this side performing reasonably in the next match or two, as their minds will keep wandering elsewhere. Good luck to them all.

And yes, it was a great season for the Queenslanders, and I was extremely happy to be one.

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A PEDESTRIAN was killed at Bexley North last night after being hit by a car


Poor pedestrian having a very rough day ......... firstly being hit by a car, then being killed.

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Sometimes I think that Sharescene is the only place I can rely on for thoughtful, intelligent and unbiased comment. Thanks SSers.

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I must say I'm speechless with disappointment and embarrassment . It's so disappointing that anyone in the team even thought of cheating, but to have the captain and "leadership" team go along with it is just unbelievable. How could they have decided that it was a good idea, and how did they think they would get away with it ?

I can only think that the Saffas have spiked their drinks with "insanity" drugs.

I hope that Smith and Warner and Bancroft are dropped from the team for 12 months at least.

What a debacle !!

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England all out for 58 against NZ, in 90 minutes or so. Lucky not to be all out for under 30.

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Looks like he doesn't pay any price after all. Hope the Aussie batsmen get after him. He'll behave like a God until he's reined in. Kiwi match referee must be livid and disillusioned.
Good luck to the umpires in the next match.

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Two men allegedly entered the Footscray home before 11pm last night with some reports saying they had knifes and baseball bats.

“They were disrupted by the sole occupant, a man in his 20s, who was subsequently assaulted with an unknown item,” a police spokeswoman said.


My 6 year old grandson could do better.

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Hi Triage

My gripe was with the punters who jump in with no real knowledge of events, just leaping in to push their personal barrow. I know Warner isn't an angel, but let's leave it to the officials to decide what is appropriate. Smith also has responsibility here, difficult as it is.
The people who cite the Kiwis as great examples of how to play the game amuse me also. They have been good lately I'll admit.

Fantastic to beat the Saffas at home. They'll be really devastated, and it will take more than asking for tame pitches to turn things around. Boof and Smith now have to keep minds on the job and ignore distractions, which is what international sport is all about.

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Lots of garbage comments about Warner by people who wouldn't have a clue what he said, or what was said to him.

Pity they couldn't finish the test yesterday, but today will do. A pretty good effort by the Aussies in SA.

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Another 100 to Renshaw. Looks like he has found his form again. Beauty !!!

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Hi EB
I can understand your frustration and your son's disappointment. Do go to the university and talk to them about other pathways to medicine, because there are alternative ways. Also look at other possible universities ...... UQ has an excellent programme and reputation.
It's really hard to take such disappointment after years of very hard work and high achievement, but you really have to move on and find another way.
My sons had their fair share of hardships and disappointments, but completed their chosen courses eventually and have become fine successful adults.
" Kick the cat ", throw a tantrum or two, but then get on with your life , and keep your son thinking positively about his future. He'll get there with your help.

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Matt Renshaw making runs again. You beauty !!

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England 5 for 8 ........ must be some sort of record surely !!

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Squads for South Africa

For Tests in SA: Steven Smith (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Jackson Bird, Pat Cummins, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc.

For T20Is v England and New Zealand: David Warner (capt), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Ben Dwarshuis, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, D'Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa

I'm very sad for Mat Renshaw ......... I reckon he's a class act. I wouldn't bother with Mitchell Marsh. Other than that it looks OK. Will be a very stern test for the players and the tough ones will shine.

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“This is really concerning, fortunately, it’s not something that happens every day and I don’t for a second want to underscore how serious this incident is.”


Premier Gladys of NSW.

Maybe she meant "understate", not "underscore". Not uncommon for pollies to say the exact opposite of what they mean.

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Zimbabwe batsman has this recorded : Balls faced 0, out stumped ??

How can you be out stumped , yet have zero balls faced ?

Answer: If the ball is a wide.

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Wides are covered by Law 22 of the Laws of Cricket. A wide does not count as one of the six balls in an over, nor as a ball faced by the batsman. When a wide is bowled, one run is added to the runs scored off that ball, and is scored as extras and are added to the team's total, but are not added to a batsman's total.


Didn't know that !!

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About DFAT's spending on PR.

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In 2016, the department was criticised for spending $215,000 flying 23 bureaucrats business class to Paris to discuss ways to save money.


Don't you love it ? Irony doesn't have any place in government department spending discussions obviously.

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It wasn't even a cliffhanger !! laugh.gif

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Rabada is very good on the SA wickets, with a 17.34 average, and away from SA his average is 29.59, so a significant difference. Of course all players do better at home, but a 50% difference may well show that SA wickets are very much not "roads" like the Aussie wickets seem to have become. Can't really understand why The Gabba has lost its mojo, as it is not yet a "drop-in" pitch.
The Aussie batsmen will have their hands full for sure ....... I wonder how our new wonder boy Mitch Marsh will go there.
Please selectors, please, please bring back Mat Renshaw so that we have a reliable 1st slipper ...... it is just so important.

I guess we'll trundle on and clean up the Poms in the next half a day, and the boys will be pretty happy with a 4-0 result, as they should be.

We have a Brisbane Big Bash ( Christmas present) on Wednesday night so that should be entertaining, if a little deafening.

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The spokeswoman said technitions were working to restore power to the affected areas.


Wrong spelling "decition" . biggrin.gif

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So, what will Smith do? My guess is that he'll bat the first session, plus about 10 to 20 minutes of the middle session. He'll want about 250 lead.

Fascinating game. Bet Warner and Smith are dirty about missing 100's on this pitch.

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Well, we eventually got them out, or they got themselves out. Bancroft will need some second innings runs I would think, if he's to retain his batting place. Khawaja has sealed his test spot for a while and I hope he and Smith go on tomorrow to really punish the Pommie bowlers.
Could be pretty warm, so we wouldn't want to be bowling any time soon. Wicket taking some spin so there should be a result, despite gifting the Poms quite a few extra runs after the 300 mark.

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Wow, this short pitched bowling to Broad works a treat, doesn't it ? Hasn't Smith noticed anything ? Broad hit fifty last test ..... but what do we do ??
Unbelievable !! grrr.gif

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Well done Aussies. Not an easy task to save that test match, and all except Khawaja knuckled down. Warner got excited with Root bowling, who knows what Usman was thinking, but overall a gutsy effort on a dodgy pitch. Apart from Cook's batting, the Poms were not impressive. Even Cook needed a bit of luck.

Another century to Smith, and well earned it was. What a player !!

Do hope there's a bit of life of some sort in the Sydney pitch.

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It will be a stern test for our batsmen, all the way down. Mitch Marsh might be able to prolong his test career with a decent score and convincing batting. I'm still not convinced that he is the answer ........ too many inconsistencies for me. Yes B, the catching is so important, and another reason to have the main core stable ..... wicketkeeper, first and second slip. Warner is brilliant wherever he fields.
Not sure what Khawaja was trying to do, but it was not very impressive. Puts selectors under pressure again, so who knows what will happen. I guess the easy way is to leave the team as it is for the series, but not necessarily the best way.
Still keen on Renshaw and Handscomb .
We may yet be saved by the weather ...... embarrassing !!

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Posted on: Dec 27 2017, 05:23 PM


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England's day without a doubt. Bowled well and batted well, whereas the Aussies battled all day. Cummins looked really crook, so I hope they can get him back on track.
Look forward to better times tomorrow.

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Bring back Renshaw and Handscomb, dump Bancroft and Khawaja. Khawaja drove Warner nuts today, seemingly not interested in scoring. And his fielding has always been a bit sus.
Bancroft has never looked comfortable in the side. He never looks as though he really belongs, either batting or fielding.
Smith and Marsh did well and I hope they continue tomorrow. It will be interesting to see if M. Marsh gets another decent score ...... I don't have much optimism on that score. No doubt he'll finish the series no matter what. I'd much rather have Renshaw in at first slip, where he looks very comfortable, and Smith beside him looks happy as well.
Hard to see the Poms doing well after today, but who knows. Cricket is a funny game.

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Very happy day for this Aussie EB. You take any Ashes series win you can get . As Balance says, it is a pity that Melbourne and Sydney don't have an early test match. I'm in Brisbane and almost always have a cracker of a test, so I feel very lucky. You would think that M and S should also get an early test regularly, especially in an Ashes series.
Going to be interesting to see if the Melbourne test brings any changes to the teams. Stark with a dodgy foot, M Marsh bowling rubbish and dropping his only catch, Khawaja just hanging in there. Fascinating ...... for me anyway !!

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Ouch ! That was a fair old whack Anderson took from Cummins. Hope he's OK.
The Aussies deserved their emphatic win, and no doubt will enjoy a few coldies tonight. It's going to be hard for Handscomb to get back in, but I'd still have him opening and fielding at first slip. Marsh got runs, but dropped a sitter and bowled rubbish. He never seemed to be really ready in first slip, always reacting more slowly than Smith.
Hazelwood was terrific, Stark got some vital breaks, and Cummins ........ bowled a lot of short rubbish. Surely Smith didn't tell him to bowl that way.
My greatest joy, after watching Smith bat, was watching Paine keep wicket. So glad he got runs as well, so I hope he stays injury free and in the side for many more tests. I got the feeling that Smith appreciated him.
Let's hope there's a little bit of life in the MCG , for both spinners and fast bowlers, and the batsmen have to be on their toes.

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The two men were riding at 8pm on Sunday when the 55-year-old Whittlesea rider left the road and careened into a fence.


I guess he probably did lean to one side a bit as some stage.

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Wet patches , being dried with leaf blowers ?? Sounds like the U12s on a Saturday in Ulladulla !!

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The Marsh boys have done OK. Mitch looked pretty good aside from a couple of lucky French cuts. I was impressed with both the Marsh boys, so here's hoping they can keep scoring on other wickets.
As for Steve Smith ..... what can you say? Thank goodness he's Australian !!
Poor old Poms looked pretty tired and deflated, so they'll do well to force a draw. My money is definitely on an Aussie win, but the weather may yet have a say.

Very enjoyable day for all the Aussies.

Something to think about ....... how important was the Handscomb catch, a beauty by the way .

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Basically, I think we have a selector problem again. Ever since the "underarm" fiasco, Greg Chappell's judgement has been very suspect, and I believe his judgement on selections is just as bad as his playing decisions. Handscomb needed a bit of faith shown, not the door, so that a Chappell mate could have yet another chance.

Our new opener Bancroft doesn't seem to have much confidence. I hope he can work through a rough patch.
Maybe there's another Marsh boy who can take his place if necessary !!

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Smith must be absolutely gutted, along with his bowlers, to have two out of two slips chances go down. Selectors changing winning teams should be shot!

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What a very poor miss at first slip by Marsh. Hazelwood is bowling well and deserves better.

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Rohit Sharma, India's one day captain, just scored 208 not out in the 50 overs. His first hundred came in a respectable 115 balls. He scored 92 off the last 29 balls he faced, and his second hundred came up in 36 balls.

Quite a performance.

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Justin Langer has his say on the Marsh boys. I respect Langer as a person, player, and as a coach, so his opinion is very interesting.

http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/217...t-justin-langer

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Bitcoin = 22616.8 AUD

Oh my. Where will it end ? I thought 10000 would be the end, but it just keeps climbing. Must be just a very few traders with nerves of steel making very large fortunes.
Who's going to be stuck when the big crunch comes ?

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I'm not worried about Paine's batting. We don't have a great batsman/wicketkeeper, so the best wicketkeeper is the one for test cricket ..... IMO. Wonder how his hand is going after copping a couple of knocks. You're right about his age ....... quite old really , so I hope there's another young keeper coming along. I couldn't stand another round of so-called wicketkeeper/batsman nonsense , and watch in horror as they make a mess of much needed wickets.
Also wonder about Bairstow's hand which seemed pretty tender. ...... actually it looked like his finger was bent back quite severely.

Wish the Marsh boys luck, but other players will have every right to be dirty.

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Hey Triage, just realised that M Marsh has been recalled ..... and that's what you were asking about. Sorry to be so slow !

Mitch scored 0 and 6 in Sydney against our test lineup ..... not too flash against quality bowling? Hazelwood got him both innings.
Scored 95 and 28 in Perth against a not very strong SA attack. Hasn't been bowling because of shoulder injury which has apparently now healed OK. Would I pick him for Perth ? No.
Should he be picked for Perth ? No. Will he be picked for Perth ? Probably.

These Marsh boys do get their fair share (plus) of chances.

Anyone who is dropped for M Marsh will be rightly outraged, and it will not be good for the team. Don't change a winning team is the general wisdom, but our selectors have shown that they are not conservative. Might end up being just what the Poms want.

I'd play Ashton Agar if I needed an extra bowler there.

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Hi Triage

I like Hazelwood. Stock bowler who can be depended on to stifle an end if necessary. Doesn't bowl rubbish well ..... e.g. when asked to bowl short .... complete waste of time and should not be used in this way. I'd keep him as part of the whole fast bowling crew.

Not fussed on either Marsh or Maxwell, although Marsh had the runs on the board this season, and has performed well. Hate his very dodgy catching ability. Khawaja also can't catch, and his batting is sus in my opinion.
Wouldn't have Maxwell in a test team ..... he's too hit or miss, although he's a great fieldsman.

I'm hoping Renshaw will quickly regain form, and put pressure on our batsmen. Need to watch more Shield games to see what is coming through, but that's pretty hard to do, as I don't have Foxtel, where I would assume you could see some Shield games.
I'm enjoying watching a proper keeper in action, and it gives the bowlers some heart too.
Hope Bancroft can score in Perth and cement his position, but I'm a little uncertain about his toughness, We'll see.

Sorry to be a bit wishy-washy, but I'm just not seeing enough cricket action.
Hope the Perth pitch has some life, although not holding my breath. It's certainly not the WACA of old.


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So, we got there in the end. I didn't watch proceedings today (too scared) , having watched the previous day when everything went wrong for the Aussies. Therefore I can lay legitimate claim to being responsible for the Aussie win. tongue.gif
Smith no doubt started the day sh...ing himself , and probably wanted to kiss Hazelwood after the first two wickets. That was it for the Poms. So sad !!
Poms have plenty to think about between now and Perth ( is the keeper's left hand OK ?) , but maybe they just need to go golfing or to the beach.
I'm guessing the Aussie team won't change, but a couple will be looking for improved performances.

How about that unbelievable night session for the Pommie bowlers ? Was it just a maverick ball, or did the Adelaide night air do something different ? Sure did confound the Aussie batsmen and changed the game completely. Adelaide cricket will be watched with some anticipation from now on.

Love test cricket, even when I can't bear to watch !! biggrin.gif

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The pommie bowlers are certainly demonstrating to the Aussies the value in pitching the ball up. Can't all be in the night air.

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"Root is Cooked and Cook is Rooted!" squawks Sam Wilson. Ooh, and indeed, err
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Ahhhh ...... maybe I was just in the mood to be entertained by cricinfo!!

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Australia could have done better. The runout was the lift that England needed, and was unfortunate ......... never run on a misfield ?? The rest of the day was a hard slog for the batsmen, as the Pommie bowlers did much better after the long interruptions. Wicket doesn't look easy, so I'm looking forward to the Aussie pace attack being a handful, and Lyon might also find some joy.
I we can muster 350 odd we'll be hard to beat.

Smith was all over the place , physically and mentally, so I hope Boof can calm him down.

Dodgy call to field first, but we didn't really make them pay, and lost an opportunity to put real pressure on Root.

Again, another fascinating match.

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Still getting over the wedding and reception and next day big brunch etc etc.. Whatever happened to simple one day and night festivities?? Anyway it was brilliant and great fun, especially with all the Poms who were fantastic. They take a hiding with such dignity.
I was most impressed with Warner and Bancroft in the second innings, giving the Poms absolutely no joy at all. Pity Warner couldn't add to his century tally, but he seemed very satisfied with the effort and result. Also seemed pretty comfortable with his new partner.
Not sure we can afford Marsh's lack of ability to pouch catches ..... never has been any good in that department.
Otherwise, an excellent performance by all concerned, and a truly great captain's knock to top it all off.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 25 2017, 10:48 AM


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QUOTE
I've Been Saying These Words Wrong My Whole Life


Yes, and you are still saying them wrongly !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 23 2017, 09:25 PM


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As it turned out, the Poms were happy enough, winning the toss and getting through the day with just 4 wickets down.
Seemed like a very slow day from where I sat, not many runs and a pretty lifeless pitch, which was a bit disappointing. Not much the groundsmen can do with drop-in pitches I guess. Don't know where the rain came from, because from where I sat the sky was blue with some clouds about.

Not being able to look down the pitch I couldn't see how the bowlers were going, but the batsmen rarely seemed troubled. Bit frustrating for the fast bowlers I'm sure.

We were entertained by no less than the "Queen" herself on regular occasions, accompanied by enthusiastic renditions of " God save .." and "Rule Britannia" by the Barmy Army types, as "she" nodded and waved her gloved hand quite regally. She was about 6ft3 and 95kg, but pulled it off brilliantly.

Visiting wedding party had a very enjoyable day, which I was quite happy about, but I'm hoping and praying for decent weather and a good result for Smith and co.

No such thing as a bad day at the cricket, but I've certainly had better ones.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 22 2017, 02:26 PM


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On the eve of the first test at the Gabba, I must admit to some nerves. What worries me is the core of our fielding ......... Wicketkeeper, first slip, second slip.

If Smith changes to first slip, we'll have fielders in unfamiliar positions in all of our key positions, and I really can't see this working under the pressure of test cricket. And we really can't afford to give the Pommie batsmen second chances. Our keeper is very good but he hasn't been keeping, and surely it's a bit much to ask for an immaculate performance without match practice.
Smith is brilliant at second slip, and Renshaw was also very good. Change the combination and what will happen?

I'll be there tomorrow, with my son, in the middle of about 50 visiting (wedding) Poms, somewhere near the public bar area ...... oh woe is me, but the tickets come at the right price!!

It will be fun.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 18 2017, 05:53 PM


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After the celebrated Yes/No campaigns, I thought I'd check on the difference between "noisy" and "noisome".

Both adjectives were applicable to the opposing campaigns.


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Noisome describes something that has an extremely obnoxious odor. Noisome also describes something offensive or unpleasant.

Noisy describes something that emits an abundance of loud sound, something full of noise, it may also be used in a figurative sense.


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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 17 2017, 09:03 AM


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Australia XIII: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (capt), Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Jackson Bird, Chadd Sayers


Hope the selectors know what they're doing .............

Marsh ?? Again ??

Renshaw unlucky, but he'll be back.

Looking forward to next Thursday, at the Gabba , in the middle of 50 visiting Poms !!!!!! Should be fun.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 16 2017, 08:14 AM


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So the vote is done, the Yes side wins, and now we have to wait for the legislation.

There is only one sure thing , in this regard ......... the politicians will not get it right.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 11 2017, 07:38 PM


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Ellyse Perry, 213 not out against the Poms. What a champion !!

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henrietta
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What could go wrong ?

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Posted on: Nov 9 2017, 08:15 AM


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Labor Senate leader Penny Wong said the opposition was not prepared to look at another delaying and blocking tactic from the same people who had opposed marriage equality every single step of the way.

"If the 'no' case loses ... they need to get over it and they need to get out of the way," she told ABC radio.


And if the "No" vote wins, will the "yes" people "get over it and get out of the way" ?
I don't think so.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 6 2017, 10:09 AM


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Police have identified the man who killed 26 people in a Texas church, including the 14-year-old pastor’s daughter.


Sad story, sloppy writing.

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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 3 2017, 01:32 PM


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For those who, like me, are wondering what these learned scribes are on about .....

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A magnum opus or masterpiece is the greatest work of a writer, artist, or composer.


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henrietta
Posted on: Nov 2 2017, 08:10 PM


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I thought it was one of those skinny green salad vegetables ........

On another note, a new word , for me anyway.

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The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet confirmed it was aware of a breach involving a third party contractor, but said the data exposed was historical, archived and partially anonymised.


I suspect it is yet another "made-up" word ....... just because you can !!!

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 30 2017, 08:39 AM


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This morning, the Premier told B105 that she would write to the Electrical Commission of Queensland today to “put a polling booth at the Gabba”.


The Electrical Commission will probably be mildly surprised, but do its best with perhaps some flashing lights.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 22 2017, 12:37 PM


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No need to apologise Kahuna. Appreciate your contributions and the time it takes.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 20 2017, 08:14 AM


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Alex Carey of South Australia .......... next test keeper ???

Just read about him today and he seems like a prospect. But will the establishment approve ? What will the Channel 9 "commentators" think ?

As we haven't been able to decide what we want, a keeper or a batsman ....... actually the selectors keep on hoping for another Gilchrist so keep on picking batsmen, who invariably don't get runs and keep on messing up keeping wickets as well ......... it's about time we picked the best keeper available. If he can get a few runs as well that would be a bonus, but the great experiment has been an abject failure ..... Gilchrists don't happen very often, and placing mediocre keepers in test teams messes up both their keeping and batting.

I live in hope.

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henrietta
Posted on: Oct 2 2017, 12:53 PM


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Oh yes nipper, I read that article with great glee also. Seeing these eagles up close in the wild is an amazing experience, unforgettable.
They are masters of their domain.

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henrietta
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Hurricane Maria, the strongest storm to hit Puerto Rico in nearly a century, destroyed the island’s electricity infrastructure and left many without phone connections.


I was struck by the seeming importance of individual phone connections. I would have thought that the basics of food, water, safety ,health, and shelter would have been the main priority.
So perhaps mobile phone connection is one of the most important needs these days. What a different world!!


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henrietta
Posted on: Sep 29 2017, 08:23 PM


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Well, we finally managed to beat the Indians, and incidentally messed up their chance for 10 ODI wins in a row. Pretty good effort I thought, even taking into account India resting a couple of players.
On the domestic front we have young Renshaw among the runs for Queensland, and a first application of the new rule banning "pretend" fielding ......

The MCC's new Law 41.5 states that: "it is unfair for any fielder wilfully to attempt, by word or action, to distract, deceive or obstruct either batsman after the striker has received the ball". The umpires have the discretion to award five penalty runs if they determine that such deception is wilful.

In a paper summarising the Law changes, the MCC stated specifically that mock fielding, "where a fielder feigns to field the ball and/or feigns to throw a non-existent ball in an attempt to prevent the batsmen running", was regarded as unfair and was a target of this new Law. Although the MCC's revised Laws come into effect from October 1, the JLT Cup's playing conditions reflect the upcoming changes.


Bet there are few extra runs added while the tricky players adjust. Might be interesting to see the interpretations of the "feigning to field" part. If you dive and miss, it will be up to the umpire to decide if you were faking or not. Could be some some interesting exchanges on the field.

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henrietta
Posted on: Sep 18 2017, 12:40 PM


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Not very well !!

On a sadder note I see that Bob Holland has died at what seems like a fairly young age of 70. I liked the way he played his cricket.

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henrietta
Posted on: Sep 17 2017, 09:59 PM


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What could have been ! India in trouble at 5/87, then end up with 281. I guess our blokes would have taken that if offered before the game.
Now to see how we bat.

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henrietta
Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 08:57 PM


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And then he hits 25 off 17 to win the match !!

Hard work for the Aussies, but a good lead in to the season.

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henrietta
Posted on: Sep 7 2017, 05:55 PM


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Don't we have someone better than Maxwell ?
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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 23 2017, 09:00 PM


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The collision left a large hole in the destroyer's port side - the left-hand side of the vessel facing forward - and flooded compartments including crew berths. Five sailors were injured.


It wasn't so long ago that there wasn't any need to explain "port" and "starboard". I can only assume that the current lot of sub-editors have needed to look it up.
Sad.

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henrietta
Posted on: Aug 3 2017, 01:48 PM


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Well done nipper.

Have appreciated your posts for years, and always wondered how you had time to do all the research that you did.
Enjoy your retirement, and with luck I might see you in the great Australian outdoors. Do you have a large claw ?

Thanks again for your huge input.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 20 2017, 09:07 AM


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shot down as she approached the police car wearing pyjamas.


Sneaky cops will do anything to disguise their vehicle.

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henrietta
Posted on: Jul 6 2017, 11:34 AM


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I just can't understand it ...........

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Barramundi introduced into a regional Victorian fishery a year ago could freeze as cold weather sends temperatures plummeting across the state.

The disused Hazelwood power station pond in Morwell was stocked with Barramundi in April last year at a cost of $160,000.

The fish, which are native to the warm waters of Australia's far north, are "under stress" because the temperature of the pond has continued to drop after the power plant was closed in March.

Victorian Fisheries Authority chief executive Travis Dowling says the fish are stressed due to colder temperatures and a limited food supply.


weirdsmiley.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Jun 4 2017, 06:51 AM


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I really don't think they can blame the computer's predictive text for this one ...

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Schapelle’s charitous act


For heaven's sake , "charitous" ????

And no, I didn't read the story about dear Schapelle.

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henrietta
Posted on: May 19 2017, 03:34 PM


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Trade deal ‘must stay in
tact’


In today's Australian. If a word doesn't fit the line, just break it up .... easy !!

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henrietta
Posted on: Apr 26 2017, 07:32 PM


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From a jeans ad.

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These are the jeans for the bloke with a conscious.


Maybe the sub-editor was unconscious.

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henrietta
Posted on: Apr 19 2017, 08:26 PM


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In the news

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Shark deterrents need testing: scientist


I'm guessing that volunteer testers will be just a tad hard to find. sad.gif

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henrietta
Posted on: Apr 19 2017, 11:56 AM


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That may be so B, but don't you just love these crims who regularly trample over their victims' rights, but feign outrage when they get nailed, especially when they see an easy dollar in it. Probably most of this little darling's damages will go to his lawyers, so he might have to sue them as well.
I wonder what the magistrates really want to do, rather than what the law says they have to do.
No doubt the coppers will keep a very close eye on him for a while, and he may end up wishing he hadn't upset them.
Criminals suing for damages always makes my blood really boil.

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henrietta
Posted on: Mar 28 2017, 09:43 AM


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It seemed that not leading after the first innings threw them a bit. It was only a small deficit, but maybe a catch or two down and they lost a bit of heart.
Pity that their last bat was so dismal after such a good showing up to then ........ they had really tried and not given in easily.
Stark was sorely missed, Lyon and O'Keefe were not in the same class as the Indians but we're OK. All batsmen except Smith struggled but most at least tried to adapt.
Indians will deserve their (pending) victory at home, but it's a pity this last test didn't go down to the wire. I wouldn't bother with the Marsh boys any more, but I suppose we'll see a bit more of them.

Let's hope we can produce some lively wickets when the Indians next tour here.

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henrietta
Posted on: Mar 21 2017, 09:46 AM


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Impressive last day for Australia. I played an important role ( he said modestly) by refusing to see any cricket reference for the whole day !! Actually, I finally broke down and peeked at about 7:30 , and then of course we lost two wickets .
Not that I'm paranoid !

Can't remember the last time we dug in for a whole day to save a test. Great effort by young Handscomb, and Marsh.

Next test should be intense.

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