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St Patrick’s Day: Irish breakfast goes well with a Guinness

St Patrick’s Day: Irish breakfast goes well with a Guinness

On Wednesday, fellow called himself Aidan McLaughlin emailed me a press release about today’s St Patrick’s day celebrations at the Mercantile Hotel in the Rocks. Young Aidan said the entertainment today would include traditional Irish dancers and Irish bands and performers including Blackwater Band, Shaylee Wilde and The Soniks. And that’s all nice and dandy, but then Aidan suggested that “hundreds of Irish Australians sit down for a traditional Irish breakfast’’ on St Patrick’s day, that is today. Well, you know, I have been married to an Irish-Scottish lass for nigh on 40 years and she’s never mentioned that there… Read more »

Have you heard of the big ghost statue in Campbelltown?

Well, it looks like we’re off to the polls next Saturday, March 18 for the Campbelltown byelection. It must be true because yesterday in my letterbox I found a reminder note from Labor’s federal representative, Dr Mike Freelander. “Voting is compulsory – don’t risk a fine, says the letter from my local member. Thanks for that, Dr Mike, but given a choice I would take no byelection and more than $500,000 in ratepayers money in the bank. Thinking about that, what if the state government had managed to change the law in time to save us all that dough? What… Read more »

Sharks are NRL premiers but North Sydney Bears still out in the cold

The NRL is about launch into another season with the  2016 premiers, Cronulla Sharks – that will take a bit of getting used to – hosting the Brisbane Broncos next Thursday. Just when you think something will be there for ever, bang, it’s gone. For 40 years they were the joke of the league, as epitomised by Jack Gibson’s declaration that “waiting for the Sharks to win the comp is like leaving the porch light on for Harold Holt’’. Every true leaguie knew that Gibson yarn, but that’s it, no more, it’s all over red rover. But the show must… Read more »

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Irish breakfast on St Patrick's Day

St Patrick’s Day: Irish breakfast goes well with a Guinness

On Wednesday, fellow called himself Aidan McLaughlin emailed me a press release about today’s St Patrick’s day celebrations at the Mercantile Hotel in the Rocks. Young Aidan said the entertainment today would include traditional Irish dancers and Irish bands and performers including Blackwater Band, Shaylee Wilde and The Soniks. AndRead more »

big statue of Fred Fisher's ghost

Have you heard of the big ghost statue in Campbelltown?

Well, it looks like we’re off to the polls next Saturday, March 18 for the Campbelltown byelection. It must be true because yesterday in my letterbox I found a reminder note from Labor’s federal representative, Dr Mike Freelander. “Voting is compulsory – don’t risk a fine, says the letter fromRead more »

Hurley Street library.

Read all about it: council services to be grateful for

Poor old local government can’t take a trick. It’s right at the bottom of the food chain in the Australian system of government and is not even recognised in the constitution. As many talented people as dunderheads get elected to councils every four years. It’s fate is in the handsRead more »

Just another traffic jam on Moore Oxley Road

Are you stuck in another Macarthur traffic jam?

I don’t remember a time when there were no roadworks taking place somewhere along Narellan Road. No, that’s not me saying it. A Camden local said that to me during a meeting when talk turned to how in less than 10 years we’ve gone from Macarthur being a quiet backwaterRead more »

Women footballers are as skillful as the men playing the game.

Women kicking goals as they rise to the top of the heap

As women’s sport grows in popularity it would be interesting to see in which ones the “girls’’ are just as good as the “boys’’. Many loyal readers will know that when I’m not wasting an afternoon away reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace or checking out an art exhibition, I’m inRead more »

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