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King William Road facelift.

October 31, 2017

No details available as yet, as last night’s gabfest about the future profile of Unley’s premier shopping venue was a “workshop”, which means that your elected representatives…aka Councillors… are bound by provisions of “confidentiality”.

All I can say is that there are interesting times ahead, and in the next few months a large section of the city’s ratepayers will be canvassed…extensively… on just what they would like to see in the way of an upgrade of the Yellow Brick Road.

It’s dejavu all over again for this  little possum, as his  name is the only survivor on the brass plaque commemorating the last major transformation of the popular  precinct way back more than three decades ago.

Doesn’t time fly when you are having fun?


SA’s women artists.

October 29, 2017

A long shot, I know. But Grumpy would love to hear from anyone out there who shares his collecting passion for the works of early South Australian women artists…but  might be considering down-sizing their collections.

Too many names for a full list, but Gum, Offler, Grigg, Erns, Lowcay, Kohlhagen, Priest and McNamara are just a few that come to mind.

P.s. I was lucky enough to acquire a very large  work by Elaine Wreford at Scammells Auctions on Monday. Born in 1919 she was highly regarded during her career and has received numerous plaudits in a number of volumes devoted to early(ish) South Australia artists.

China edges towards Nepal.

October 29, 2017

There’s no official reaction yet from Nepal’s southern neighbour, but it’s London to a brick that India wouldn’t exactly be overjoyed at the way in which China is inching towards the mountainous  country’s northern border.

Road and rail connectivity to the Nepal border is being speeded up in Tibet, and while there are assurances it will only enhance commercial trade between the two countries it’s  being met with scepticism in some quarters.

Light Horse larrikinism

October 29, 2017

I know. I know. Like me, you’ve probably heard the story before.

But with the centenary of the (crazy) charge of the Australian 4th Light Horse Brigade at Beersheba just round the corner in Canberra , it’s timely to be reminded of the bloody-minded madness of those sword-wielding riders who swept to victory through a murderous hail of  machinegun fire.

Today’s page-25 recollection in the Sunday Mail is prompted by the news that the flag which flew proudly above the Beersheba Post Office in Palestine  after the world’s last great cavalry charge is to be the centre of attention  in Canberra on Tuesday…courtesy of the grandson of  22-year-old Trooper  Alfred Johnson, who “souvenired ” it for his parents’ pub.

Port Moresby massacre.

October 28, 2017

There’ll be weeping buckets of embarrassment in the Welsh valleys this evening.

And no wonder…with a deadly dreadful drubbing at the hands of a rampaging PNG in their opening participation in this year’s Rugby World Cup.

In the whole of  their  outing in the last competition  the PNG 13 racked up a total of less than half the score which they piled on this afternoon… 50 to just SIX from the lads in red.

A clinical display.



October 26, 2017

Feel-good news story of the year. Today’s page eight item in The Advertiser.

Out of cash in Japan in 1922,  Albert Einstein scribbles an 18-word thank-you note to a hotel bellboy, telling him “this will probably be worth more than a tip”.

An understatement…Yesterday it sold at a Jerusalem auction for roughly $80,000 a word…



Heritage and Mr Haese.

October 25, 2017

Good to see our Lord Mayor coming out on the side of heritage buildings…

In a “think piece” in today’s Advertiser, Mr Haese mourns the loss of so much of Adelaide’s built past, quoting the  disgraceful  demise so many years ago of the Aurora Hotel, a pavement protest that “Grumpy” participated in.

Sadly, though,  it’s not just buildings that suffer the slings of  insensitivity. Witness the ongoing, crass  treatment of our city’s contribution to the world stage of military memories.

It would seem that there is little hope of anyone out there being able to prevent the  appalling, insensitive treatment being handed out to South Australia’s unique place  in the history of the First World War.

Not only should the Dardanelles Cenotaph NOT be hijacked onto Memorial Walk, but it should be returned to its original site on Sir Lewis Cohen Avenue, a plea put forward to Adelaide City Council back in 2013 by a leading military organisation…