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$1.5m-plus for Unley racetrack home…

October 21, 2017

It’s busy. It’s bumpy. It’s Parkside’s commuter escape route.

But despite all the above, today’s real estate section of the “Advertiser” lists a home on  Kenilworth Road at upwards of $1.5million smackeroos.



Oval liquor licence bid goes pear-shaped.

October 20, 2017

Don’t QUITE know what is going on with Unley Oval, and a liquor licence bid for the WHOLE of the complex. But it seems that the application and withdrawal of the same broke the Guinness Book of Records for the shortest lifespan… Added to all the above, it also has been claimed by those in the know that Unley Council’s Administration was completely in the dark (blue?) about what could turn out to be a VERY contentious situation.

More elucidation, I hope, in the VERY near future.

Maybe some sort of a double “blue”???


The three Rs. Riders. Rugby Street. And Rubbish.

October 19, 2017

Another  catalogue of complaint about the ludicrous situation that has just come into being at the junction of Rugby Street and Young Street. This time about the newly sited “Stop” signs favouring our two-wheeled brigade.

Apart from the fact that I have been a persistent protestor at the whole bike-way bungle,  the  signs just put into place make it impossible, I am informed, for anyone to see what is coming either way.

My informant claims that when she wound down her window and asked the two workmen if the signs had actually  been placed in the correct position they told her that they were gobsmacked at having been contracted to undertake the installation..

I am told that our local Member and The Messenger are being contacted to investigate the situation.

Wally the Major and an amazing WW1 coincidence.

October 19, 2017

For the past month or so (the wheels in legal-land grind awful slow) Grumpy has been embroiled in a  tussle involving acknowledgement of the casualties sustained by South Australian troops in the Gallipoli campaign of the First World War..

Aspersions of a serious  nature have been cast over my  alleged attitude towards the military world, which I have responded to by revealing my four-generation involvement  with the British Army.

This morning, out of the blue, I received a telephone call from an Unley picture framing business, revealing that they had come across a long-lost Grumpy family treasure…a British War Office document which I had left with them for framing more than 30 years ago. It  announces that, in the First World War , Major Walter Sidney  Howe,  my maternal grandfather, had  been “Mentioned in Dispatches”….the next most important thing to a medal!!!



McKay’s Mart honoured

October 18, 2017

Sadly a crook back kept Grumpy away from this year’s “Small Business and Pride of Workmanship Awards” night. . .doubly sad as the top award of the evening went to my very favourite shop on Unley Road.

McKay’s Mart has been around since the 1920s and I’ve been a regular browser and buyer there for more than four of those decades, and can testify to  the friendliness and knowledge provided by the staff of the family business.

South Australian Small Business Commissioner Mr John Chapman was the special guest speaker and presented the various awards, including that to the Mart’s Peter Townsend, who accepted the overall “Pride of Workmanship”  award.

Accepting the award in front of more than 150 traders and other guests, Peter told the gathering: ” It’s an honour to have been recognised by my customers and the Unley Road business community . My family have run the mart for many decades, selling vintage furniture to customers in Unley and all over South Australia.

“We like to think of ourselves as the original recyclers!”



Petty Party politics…and a suburban oval.

October 18, 2017

Just in case you have forgotten the circumstances, I’d like to remind you of my (correct) contention that South Australia has endured/enjoyed a Labor Government for the past three years or so thanks solely  to the resurrection of the Goodwood Railway Station.

No, I’m not on the funny weed.

The above statement is unbelievable but true. The Libs, despite dire  warnings from others, including Grumpy, discounted the parochial importance of the long- closed station. The Labor letterbox- drop machine swung cunningly  into action with a last- minute promise from Ashford  sitting Member  Steph Key. And the rest, as they say, is history.

Why all the above?

In the name of sanity, the last thing that our beleaguered State needs is a re-run of that commuter farce…a State Government in power on a parish-pump platform (no pun intended).

But what is threatening to happen  in the months still before us?

Lo and behold. a public battle of bitter words between the Labor and Liberal camps on just who has so far scored most goals in the  battle for boasting points over the need for the  upgrading of facilities at Goodwood Oval, which lies in the re-figured, renamed Ashford constituency…now known as Badcoe.

Watch this space.


Le Cornu site plan welcomed, sort-of…

October 17, 2017

I have to agree wholeheartedly with the  public comments in the Press by Unley’s Deputy Mayor about the future planned redevelopment of the vast Le Cornu site on Anzac Highway..

You can’t quarrel with Councillor  Don Palmer’s description of the $25million purchase by the giant German supermarket chain of Kaufland as a “substantial” investment in our city . That’s one heck of a lot of Euros. But he is right in saying that Council would have preferred a mix of offices and high-rise housing…as “Grumpy” pointed out some days ago.

Yet another superstore on the South Australian scene will merely slice the market even thinner…and presumably the profits will find their way back to Europe.