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Sky-high larrikin.

February 21, 2019

Not as lasting as that giant carved out of the South Australian desert many moons ago. But, never-the-less, just as imaginative.

I’m talking, of course, of the sky-high plaint of  an anonymous pilot testing out a new engine in the skies above the Mid-North…and letting the world know, in letters stretching over an impressive kilometre or two,   that “I’m bored”.

Onya, sir!!!


School scramble escalates.

February 20, 2019

One can sympathise with those concerned parents venting their spleen on the powers-that-be over  the current redistribution of the catchment areas for schools.

Having spent mega-bucks on moving into high-price suburbs on the understanding that their locale would guarantee their offspring a certain level of education (and kudos), it must be galling to find that that choice has now been torpedoed by the announcement of a redistribution  of catchment boundaries.

The trouble is, schools cannot keep expanding as they have done in  the past.

In my neck of the woods (Parkside) I can well remember, as one of the Councillors for the district, supporting  the then local MP Mark Brindal, and a large group of parents opposing  closure of that primary seat of learning because of dangerously low  attendance figures.

Today a tract of the open space has been buried under  classrooms as well-heeled newcomers (willing to pay megabucks to become Parksideans) have boosted the school-roll to capacity.

Bight blight.

February 19, 2019

Just how much faith can you put in the pious promise from the Norwegian oil company Equinor that there is no possibility of catastrophic consequences from its bid to drill in the Great Australian Bight?


Greenpeace has hit the nail right on the head with it’s statement that safe drilling is a “fairytale”.  A fairytale that could so easily turn into a nightmare.

Steve Georganas comes to town.

February 19, 2019

Want to raise a matter of interest or concern with your local Federal Member of Parliament?

You can have the chance  next month, when Labor’s Adelaide representative holds his “Meet the people” gatherings  in the Unley area. The venues are at the corner of Thomas Street and Unley Road on Friday, March 1, between 10 a.m. and 10.45 a.m and at the Howard Florey Reserve , Campbell Road, Parkside, on Monday March 4 at the same time.

Grumpy will be there, standing on  the outskirts to hear your views and  worries if you pose them for public consumption…

Journalism’s loss.

February 17, 2019

Just a few days after “Grumpy” posted  acknowledgement of his first editor’s influence on  my  journalistic career, and that of Her Indoors, comes the news of  the death at 99 of Charles Curry.

One can only hope that Britain’s best local newspaper will survive the loss and retain it’s well-deserved independence and reputation.

Greek victory.

February 17, 2019

Another great Grecian event at yesterday’s Unley’s Town Hall precinct.

If the attendance keeps growing as it has in recent years we will soon have to see it moved to Unley Oval. ..

Congratulations all round.

Goodbye greenery.

February 15, 2019

Another month. Another Unley Council “development?” register. Another bunch of significant and regulated trees heading  for the chop.

A eucalyptus gum in Clarence Park.  A “significant”  tree in Fullarton. A “regulated” tree on King William Road and Unley  Road.  An elm in Unley Park, and a street tree (anonymous) on Glen Osmond Road.

Not so sure about the installation of a flu(?) in a new café on Duthy Street…