Fruitful day on Monday — 1 — footy tipping outcome, Woolies, the Club…

Footy tipping 2022

You may recall that given City Diggers had no tipping competition, and reluctant to commit to weekly visits to either Steelers or Illawarra Leagues, I went out on my own until I was embraced by the lovely Northern Rivers town of Pottsville, thanks to FB friend and long-time real life friend and colleague from The Gong in the 70s, Rosemary. And I went OK.

It has been a pleasure to have you become the 15th tipster in the Potty Tipping club which began over a bottle of Shiraz 11 years ago with three locals deciding to inject a little competition into footy selections with the winner collecting a bottle of red. This year you became our 15th and most southern tipster. There are two from Sydney, a few from Ipswich and the Gold Coast with the remainder locals. A few trivia and card competitions and BBQ functions amongst those of us who can get together socially raise $100 prize for the winner. That winner is named at a grand final BBQ for those who can make it. Hope you will participate again in 2023.

The Bunnies get another crack at the Roosters next Sunday in the finals series.


On my way home yesterday, aside from a stop at BWS in Burelli Street to pick up a bottle of Pinot Noir — Morialta Trails 2021 — i went to the actual physical Woolies for some fresh bread, but also renewed my supply of blueberries (so both blueberries and strawberries with my Weetbix this morning). I also saw that the range of chilled meals was greater than what I normally see online, so I picked up two to try. This means my online order will be for Thursday or Friday delivery this week.

City Diggers

As I stepped off the bus I took a photo of a sign in Burelli Street right outside the Club. I had observed numerous such signs during my journey, the first concrete indications of the road closures and disruptions that the bike race will cause: “The 2022 UCI Road World Championships will be held from 18 to 25 September 2022 in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia.”

Chatting particularly to Alan from Mangerton I was amazed to learn that he knew neither the dates of the race nor what roads will be affected — particularly what bus routes. He had no idea that Burelli Street, right outside where we were sitting, would be closed down. When Col MacDonald came in he said he had not noticed the signs. So Alan and I particularly discussed how it would affect his shopping. I suggested maybe he could go to Figtree, which is not so affected.

It was interesting to learn too of Alan’s back story — how his father had died in his 40s of the dreaded dust disease. His father had been a coalminer, first in Wales, then in Wigan, and finally here in the Illawarra. Such working class stories are well worth hearing, especially in these days.

There must have been something special on at the Club, because lately Monday lunches have been very thinly attended — and serviced too by a much reduced number of staff. But yesterday at least 60 were there, not countng whoever may have been in the coffee shop. And the barramundi special was so good!

And the book, from Wollongong Library, is indeed interesting: The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin by Masha Gessen.  

Gessen’s clear, brave book makes a strong case that Putin is not merely turning a blind eye to embezzlement and skimming. He is, she asserts, an arch-practitioner. Gessen tracks down Marina Salye, one of the leaders of the democracy movement in St Petersburg (then Leningrad) in the last years of the Soviet Union. Salye was a witness to the still-mysterious rise of Putin, in less than a decade, from low-ranking KGB nonentity to Kremlin master; she now lives in self-imposed internal exile in a near-dead village in the far Russian boondocks, afraid she knows too much.

February 2012

From four years ago:

Putin is on form still!