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Burma-bound?> Beware. It’s still a war zone.

October 24, 2017

It’s more than a couple of decades since I had the pleasure and privilege of  meandering (as an independent traveller) between Rangoon and Mandalay, constricted by  the tribal tensions that made any tourist travel further north  a no-no.

Today those same racial differences have seen hundreds of thousands of marginalised people  from the north flee to neighouring Bangladesh.

Presumably the tourist firms now offering eleven-day Irrawaddy  River  cruises have taken all the above into account and won’t let their passengers stray too far from the banks of the Irrawaddy….

Meanwhile, of all the Asian countries,  my vote still goes to my beloved Nepal.


Jay’s footy day out OK by me

October 23, 2017

…except for one thing.

It would have been money well spent if the Grand Final  visit to  Melbourne had been on  a one-way ticket.


International interest.

October 23, 2017

Nice to have a widespread audience, but I sometimes wonder (as in today at 9.OO am) why my following should stretch as far as the Czech Republic, Ireland, Japan, Latvia and Tunisia…

Grumpier on the mend.

October 22, 2017

Happily my typing fingers have not been affected by my malady, but I am getting fed up with the daily enquiries from North Terrace  asking for an ETA on my ability to hold playing cards…Seems their daily profit figures have taken a hit.

Soccer. A short-sighted sport.

October 22, 2017

No, I’m not having a go at the third-best sport in the world (think Union and League in that order). I’m commenting on today’s “Mundane Snail” sports item about the suitability  or otherwise of Adelaide Oval for   the round ball game.

I may be wrong (heaven forfend) but I cannot think of a single non-rectangular  stadium in the birthplacce of soccer.  Nor, for that matter, for the two other codes worthy of mention.

With soccer you need to be as close as possible to play to enjoy the sport’s finer points, which means that it should have it’s home at Hindmarsh. Ditto Union and League. Which I still believe was responsible for the very short life of the Rams.

I’m reminded of the old Cockney music-hall ditty that declared “Wiv a ladder and some glasses you could see to ‘Ackney Marshes if it wasn’t for the ‘ouses inbetween”.

Shorth sightedness, in this context, is best.


October 21, 2017

A cliff-hanger classic if ever there was…

The game made/played in heaven was just out of this world.

What more can you say?


Marshmallow heaven for mutts.

October 21, 2017

Fingers crossed…and perhaps the $5million upgrade of the Marshmallow Park section of Adelaide’s south parklands will stem the bid by  dog owners in the northern suburbs of Unley to  have their best friends share the various open spaces dotted around Parkside.

The leash-free  park, on the southern side of the extension of Glen Osmond Road, is equipped with pooch-friendly logs, rocks and tufted areas…and shelters and seating for their owners.

Last month Unley Council rejected a petition from dog-owning Parkside residents for a share of the Leicester Street park, part of a long history of pooch-pleas in Unley.