Posted by: jkirkby8712 | January 5, 2011

Tuesday, 4th January 2010 – back to the ‘work’ environment, and a computer that works!!!

Overnight, surprisingly, no phone messages from Adam. I know they were intending to visit Edinburgh Castle last night [our time], and then it was Adam’s intention to return to their hotel [in which he apparently had the best room he has stayed in so far] and to search for a chemist for some medication for his throat condition – advice was that he was not really feeling much better after a night’s sleep, although they didn’t sit up watching the cricket [perhaps it’s not on the Scottish TV?] because his message last night, asked me for the score!  Anyway, his health was presumably not affecting the traveller’s overall enjoyment of the trip, based on Brent’s comment on Face Book this morning which noted  ‘In Edinburgh, seen the castle today, going to St Andrews tomorrow, this trip is getting better and better’.  Apparently, the hotel they were staying in was below the Castle!  Adam’s brief comment in the same forum simply stated ‘Loving Scotland’ which I must say, pleased his Dad J.  Whatever his throat condition, it was stopping he and Brent from being tourists, and are exploring the Edinburgh region, before heading back down to London where they are planning to meet up again with some people they met on the Kontiki tour they did around Paris. Tonight, our time, their program includes a tour of the St Andrews Golf Course –  while it is regarded by many as the ‘home of golf’, I’m not sure that it would get onto my list of priorities as venues to visit! However, both Adam & Brent, as well as their cricket, don’t mind a round of golf now and then, so I guess it is a natural interest to them.

Today, is the first day of another year at work – hopefully if plans go as intended, this will be my last year. Apart from few periods between 1996 and 2006 when I was without a job, I’ve been working fulltime since the beginning of 1965, and I was thinking that I must compile a list of the various job roles I have had [I suppose that should be pretty easy, just find my most recent resume, which has been updated many times over that time].  I must admit, that as I prepared to leave home this morning, I had no real enthusiasm for doing so, and while this next 10 months will probably disappear in a flash, in other ways, it may well appear to drag on very slowly, especially as 2011 sees the beginning of my 49th year of employment since finishing full time school.

Putting that aside for a minute, I just came across Tony Abbot’s end of year [2010] Christmas message to supporters, and that included the following brief comment:- 

“A year ago, I said I couldn’t promise victory but could guarantee a contest. Back then, only  the most optimistic supporter could have anticipated the scale of our political recovery.  The past twelve months have seen the removal of a prime minister, a first term government losing it’s majority, huge anti-Labor swings in South Australia and Tasmania and the defeat of a well regarded Labor government in Victoria. Right around the country, the Labor brand is becoming toxic. All this is testament to the hard work, unity, discipline and belief of the Liberal team. I’m extremely grateful for the support of my federal and state parliamentary colleagues, the party divisions, party members and thousands of volunteers – all of whom can take credit for the Liberal Party’s recent performance. We owe it to all the families struggling with cost of living pressures and to everyone disappointed with a government that’s been all talk and no action to do even better in the year ahead’.

Well, as many people would suggest, more political rhetoric and words to encourage and inspire the critics, but I’m glad to see that Abbott is not taking all the credit for Liberal advances over the past year, it has been a team effort. The real task ahead is to maintain that team aspect –  if divisions both within the Liberal Party or between them and their coalition partners [the Nationals] are allowed to develop over policy issues etc, which is always a danger, then the ‘good work’ will all be undone very quickly.

Meanwhile, on another aspect of politics, I was interested to read today a discussion about whether the Federal Treasurer should ban a specific takeover plan here in Australia. Peter Swain in the “Australian’ asks the question – ‘Will Treasurer Wayne Swan reject the ASX-SGX acquisition of Singapore the way Peter Costello [former Liberal Treasurer] rejected Shell’s acquisition of Woodside on grounds of national interest?’  Like the writer suggests, I believe he should.  The Government is able to use it’s powers under the relevant Act to determine what is contrary to the national interest by having regard to any widely held community concerns of Australians.  Recent polls have indicated that there is majority concern about this particular acquisition which in basic terms, sees the Singapore Stock Exchange taking control of the Australian Stock Exchange. I don’t even attempt to understand the reasons or support behind this move, but simply find it disagreeable, that once again, t6hose with the power and money to do so, seem to think it more beneficial and the only available options for Australian interests, whether it be in investment, industry, construction, mining, or whatever, to be ‘sold out’ and/or taken over by overseas interests. Not a new phenomenon but it has always concerned me personally that we are so willing to allow foreign nations to own our resources and capital.  Obviously there’s a lot more to such matters then the feeling of ‘hostile acquisitions, and even reading through Swain’s article [he is a professor in the school of banking and finance at the University of NSW] I’m a little lost as to which direction he is heading. So I don’t really have much material to support my view that too much of this country is allowed to be ‘sold’ overseas, just that I wish sometimes that our leaders would look in that direction a little more.

And in the cricket!  At Stumps on Day 2 in the 5th Test in Sydney, the scores were:  Australia: 280. England 3 wickets down for 167 in response.  Interesting that the Australian bowlers put up  a performances with the bat that made our team score look a little more respectable than it would have been otherwise. Meanwhile my radio ‘Showtime’ program tonight featured amongst other things, music from the soundtrack of the 1964 movie ‘Zulu’ with the interesting voice of Richard Burton as narrator in the background. Also played a series of tracks from the original performance of Li’l Abner, a musical from around the 1950s, and based on the comic strip of those times by Al Capp, music by Gene De Paul, and lyrics by Johnny Mercer. Some great familiar old songs in the show. Set in the hillbilly town of Dogpatch, USA, the show is, on the surface according to one view, a broad spoof of hillbillies but is also a pointed satire taking on any number of topics, ranging from an incompetent United States federal government to standards of masculinity. Anyway, I enjoyed the music which I’d recorded from a second hand long playing record I’d found in a discount shop somewhere.





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