Posted by: jkirkby8712 | March 30, 2012

Wednesday, 28th March, 2012 – a day in the garden, a night in the family tree!

Excelled myself today  – a good useful 5 hours out in the garden, pleased with what was achieved, thought I’d better make an effort, as probably no time to get out there again, before Monday!  Meantime,  although I haven’t got back to him yet, received another contact from an ex-workmate at my first job here in Melbourne, back in the 1960s. The others I have already tracked down, will be pleased at that bit of news!

There was a report in the Weekly Times today which noted that the Federal Government would be handed a belting if an election were held today [but it’s not going to be!!], according to yesterday’s Newspoll. The poll had Labor slumping to 43-57 on a two-party preferred basis. If these numbers were reflected at an election, they could see Labor lose 37 seats, leaving it with just 35 of the nation’s 150 lower house seats. Labor’s primary vote dropped from 31 to 28 per cent while the Coalition’s  rose from 43 to 47. However, Prime Minister Julia Gillard increased her lead over Opposition Leader Tony Abbott as preferred PM – up a point to 40 compared to Mr Abbott’s 37.

Also today, as a Blues supporter, I was pleased to see the announcement by the Carlton Football Club that our exciting midfielder Mitch Robinson has re-signed with the Blues for a further two years. “This is really positive news for the Club on the eve of the 2012 season and we are delighted that Mitch has agreed to continue his career with Carlton for a further two years, through until the end of the 2014 season,” said General Manager Football Operations, Andrew McKay.“Mitch is highly regarded by everyone at the club and I know the supporters love the way he plays the game. The fact he finished seventh in last year’s Best & Fairest is an indication of his importance to our team,” McKay added.  Robinson joined Carlton via the 2008 NAB National Draft as a third round selection, number 40 overall. Meanwhile, tomorrow’s night’s match between Carlton and Richmond at the MCG serves as the sixth consecutive occasion that the two teams meet in the opening round and the 208th time all up since Richmond was admitted to the VFL in 1908.  It’s one of a myriad of stats forensically compiled by Carlton statistician Stephen Williamson.  Williamson notes that in 115 seasons of League competition (1897-2011) Carlton has played off in Round 1 no fewer than 113 times, winning 63 and drawing six with a winning ratio of 58.41 per cent. Four of these draws occurred between 1911 and 1917, involving Essendon, Collingwood and Fitzroy twice. The club also took advantage of opening round byes in 1942 and 1991, while its round 3 match with Essendon in 1979 was actually staged prior to the opening round. And while on the Blues, here’s an offer, I don’t think I’ll take up!!   ‘Hi Bill,  Every day, the most committed Blues supporters gather together in one place.
On the Blue Believer Wall at Visy Park.  The Blue Believer Wall holds the names of thousands of dedicated Carlton supporters who’ve proudly contributed to a permanent record of their devotion. There’s a place for you there too. If you want your loyalty to the Blues to be publicly recognised, join our biggest fans on the Blue Believer Wall at Carlton’s heartland.  It only costs $25 – and it lasts forever……………….but the only people who will ever see it….will be Blues supporters!!.

Spent another evening working on the family tree – all of this ‘consolidating and updating of records is another step towards the completion of my ‘book’, that long-coming ‘family history’ that I’ve been talking about since the 1970s!!!  It’s a task that can be very addictive, and I’m well and truly caught up in that addiction!



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