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September 23, 2017

Mr and Mrs Grumpy have just mingled mid-morning  in Parkside’s Hill Street with a largish crowd of sticky-beakers  as a venerable (read semi-derelict) single- fronted cottage on a 800-plus square metre block was knocked down to a local resident for $920,000.

One would think that,  with a price like that, the replacement building will have to be pretty specky. Or could it be that the new owners might have a shot  at a subdivision?







September 22, 2017

I don’t want to talk about it…

Burnside battles on…and on…and on

September 21, 2017

The memory is still so strong that it could  have happened a few weeks ago…

Sitting alongside a political acquaintance of mine, we watched in disbelief as paper darts and agendas flew into the Burnside Council Chamber from the agitated public gallery. Tipped the wink that the boys in blue were on their way to restore calm and dignity to the civic proceedings, we edged our way to the exit and safety.

Fast forward a few years and it seems that nothing has changed to Unley’s north-east, with former mayor Jim Jacobsen forcibly removed  after refusing to stop interjecting and interrupting the most recent  Council meeting.

Seems Mr Jacobsen was venting his spleen at what he claimed was “payback” for his public support of Councillor Lance Bagster, who has been accused of an “horrendous” campaign against senior  Burnside staff and elected members.

Watch this space.




Bad vibes in Badcoe.

September 21, 2017

Oh dear. Six months to go  before the campaign  ends for the newly created electoral seat of Badcoe (ex Ashford) and the battle of words has begun!

Enter Labor hopeful Jayne Stinson, commenting on the poor state of the Goodwood Oval and promising to front Unley Council to (as the Courier Messenger puts it)  “push the Goodwood Saints case” for the aging grandstand.

Enter Liberal hopeful (and Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne) who reveals that HIS preferred party has been working on the matter for months.

And, with just a teeny hint of sarcasm, says that : “We applaud Jayne’s recent discovery of Goodwood Oval”.

Scores level.

Game on.

Badcoe battlefield grows.

September 20, 2017

First it was just Jane Stinson for Labor and Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne for the Liberals putting their hand up for the State seat of Badcoe (mostly a renamed Ashford constituency).

Last month John Woodward, Councillor for the Keswick Ward of West Torrens, announced that he would be joining the fray.

And still to reveal their hand is the Mr X group, who have been busy, I was told at the weekend,  wading through a gathering of hopefuls…one of whom has confided in Grumpy that he might, if not chosen by the Xenophon selection committee, go it alone.

Watch this space for more news in just what is happening in the rejigged Ashford constituency.




Laser, I’ll miss you.

September 19, 2017

Five or so years ago I lashed out the huge sum of $1200  for an immaculately maintained piece of Ford  machinery.

Had a call from the local garage a few minutes ago from their repair shop  to tell me that the total cost of addressing all the defects … listed by the young police officer who pulled me over because the brake lights were not functioning,,,would be heading towards the $2000 mark!!!

Result? The Grumpy household is now reduced (perhaps permanently) to one gas-guzzler, and there has been talk (not by me) of the health and wealth benefits of joining the ranks of the pedal-pushers.


Badcoe’s Mr X-team hopefuls are lining up.

September 16, 2017

No names have been leaked to Grumpy as yet. But I understand that there could be a Xenophon candidate soon to be announced to challenge Unley’s sort-of Mayor Lachlan Clyne,  Liberal candidate for the refigured and renamed former Ashford seat. Which could be a make-or-break battle for the Libs’ North Terrace future.