This one surfaced in my e-mail inbox today, forwarded from
someone who forwarded it from someone who forwarded it… well, you get the
It’s very timely considering the recent outcome of the 2006/2007 Australia v England Ashes Cricket Test series. Thanks go to the unknown contributor.
Billy was at school this morning and the teacher asked all the children what their fathers did for a living. All the typical answers came out, fireman, policeman, salesman, chippy, captain of industry etc, but Billy was being uncharacteristically quiet and so the teacher asked him about his father.
“My father is an exotic dancer in a gay club and takes
off all his clothes in front of other men.
Sometimes if the offer is really good, he’ll go out with a man, rent a
cheap hotel room and let them sleep with him.”
The teacher quickly set the other children some work and took little Billy aside to ask him if that was really true. “No” said Billy, “He plays cricket for England but I was just too embarrassed to say.”
Will anything of substance come from the current gabfest on
what to do about our P-plate drivers?
I’m predicting we’ll simply see a range of draconian rules
instituted that will prove of little value.
Why? Because there’s no point having rules if you don’t have the
“referees” to see that they are being obeyed. In this case, I use the term
“referee” to mean police. One
of the surest ways of making sure that drivers adhere to the road rules is to
have a highly visible police presence actually on the roads.
We don’t need more rules for these new and inexperienced
drivers – they’ve already got enough to learn and think about. What is needed is better education (both in
attitude to driving and actual driving skills).
This, combined with a more visible police presence, will do far more
than trying to legislate a solution to the problem by creating even more road
The current NSW Government seems to think that by cutting spending and reducing the police force’s manpower and using static speed cameras instead is good management. How wrong they are! This is a very good example of what happens when a Government tries to do too much with it’s resources and tries to run everything on shoestring budgets.
In my opinion, the NSW Government should make spending money
on infrastructure an absolute priority, and put the minority projects back in
their rightful places at the bottom of the “have to be done”
list. Public funds should be giving priority
to health (hospitals, etc), schools, public transport/roads and our police
force. The NSW police force has been
shrinking for a number of years now, and it needs a drastic increase in numbers
(i.e., we need hundreds of officers added to the force) just to get back to the
level it was 5 years ago, and more still to get it to the appropriate ratio for
our population level.
If ever there was a case of “Nero fiddling while Rome
burns” one only has to look at what the NSW Government is doing.
Might I suggest that the two Ministers responsible for police, roads and transport issues in NSW (Mr Eric “Bus Lane” Roozendaal, and Mr John Watkins) get together and work out the priorities of their respective Ministries, and then go to their Premier, Mr Morris Iemma with a co-ordinated plan. In fact, perhaps Mr Iemma, as the Minister for State Development, needs to demonstrate some real leadership by making some hard decisions on spending priorities and then start cracking a few of his Ministers’ heads together to make them wake up to reality.
At 12.18 pm today, Australia continued their dominance of
world cricket by defeating England with ten wickets in hand to complete a 5 – 0
series “whitewash” in this year’s Ashes cricket series.
What can be said about a team that has won their last 12 (that’s TWELVE) Tests in a row? No doubt there will be cricket aficionados and commentators with far more knowledge about the game and its history than I possess that will be able to deliver fitting tributes to the Australian Test cricket team of 2006/2007. However, as a proud Australian I would like to congratulate the team on a brilliant series. They never let up, and even when they knew England were on the ropes, the Australians kept the pressure on. Their demolition of the English cricket team, and its attempt to defend and retain the Ashes trophy they so narrowly won in 2005, has been a marvel to watch and a demonstration of the awesome professionalism of the Australians.
Can I wrap it up with a piece of true Aussie vernacular? I hope so. To the Australian cricket team, their coaches and their management – “Strewth, you blokes are bewdies”
Bring on the One Day Internationals…
C’mon Aussie, c’mon, c’mon….
Tuesday, January 2, 2007, marks the start of a tremendously
important game for both the Australian and English cricket teams.
The Australian team, stinging from the loss of the Ashes
series in England in 2005, is after a 5 – 0 whitewash of the English team to
wipe out the pain of the loss the Ashes and to show that they are still the
premier cricket team that the rest of the cricketing world has to try to catch
up to. It’s also important because 4 of
the senior members of the team have announced their retirements and this
represents the last test they will play for their country on home soil. Whilst many of the pundits predicted
Australian cricket was being caught up to by the rest of the world at the end
of 2005, the Australian team have simply “shifted gear” and raised
the level of their play yet again as if to say to the rest of the world
“Come on, we aren’t done yet. If you want our place, then you’ll have to
fight bloody hard to take it.”
The English team, on the other hand, are looking to avoid
the embarrassment of losing the Ashes 0 – 5 just 12 months after they won
them. They are looking to retain some
smidgeon of the pride they gained when they won the series on home soil in
It seems to me the only hope the English team have of avoiding a whitewash lies in the weather forecast for Sydney over the next week. Although, given the way the English team have capitulated in the previous games of the series, I reckon it would take 4 days of rain to give the English any chance of avoiding a whitewash.
C’mon Aussie, c’mon, c’mon…..