Marianne- A Week In My Life

My life is packed with interesting stuff.  Among them are  dragon boat training, working on my  National radio program, and a spot of ballroom dancing. One more thing, I show Persian cats, seriously. Cat shows takes me to some amazing places that I wouldn’t normally go to.

This week it was a side trip to South West Rocks,  Arakoon  and Hat Head National Park. The first is home to Trial Bay Gaol,  and the easy Monument Hill walk.

Not to be missed for the stunning scenery, there was a short trek to Hat Head, where Smoky Cape Lighthouse stands on a narrow headland, surrounded by awesome coastal scenery of Hat Head National Park.

Do you think dogs get all the glory? Do you admire cats for their superior class and dignity?  If you do then it’s off to a cat show for you, because even though they aren’t quite as popular and well-known as dog shows, cat shows have a significant and devoted following.

This is what happens during judging at a cat show. 

Take a look at these happy snaps from the Coffs Harbour Show, which just happened to be an Agricultural Show as well.

In between all that there’s even just a very small window of time to maintain a huge garden, once described as stunning.

These even aren’t my job, but interests.



Dragon Boats Are Coming To Get Us

Fast, furious and fun, dragon boating is the ultimate team sport  and a great way to get out on the water with a club near you! Its origins can be traced back 2500 years ago to ancient China where races played an important role during religious ceremonies and festivals.

In April 2017,  Albury was host to 2,500 paddlers from all around Australia , from the ages of twelve to over sixty, who competed in various various races over 5 days.

Here’s how the Prime 7 TV in Albury reported some of the action,

Find out how dragon boating can be your next thing. Whether it be for fitness, friends, competition or fun dragon boating caters for all! So how can you try out with a dragon boat team? Check out your nearest dragon boat club here.



Gold Pass a Goner for Politicians?

Isn’t it Time Politicians Stopped Rorting the System?

It would seem that politicians get a great deal of perks on top of their salary which to the regular “Joe Blow” punter, seems unfair.

Take for example, the Gold pass that allows former politicians to fly business class at taxpayers’ expense – with no phase-out period.

Wouldn’t we want one of those?

It should be remembered that some of the former MPs were receiving free travel up to 40 years after they had stopped being MPs!

The perk didn’t stop there, because a significant number of trips were for ex-MPs and family members to travel to holiday destinations including Cairns, Broome, Lord Howe Island and Hamilton Island, often at Easter or Christmas.

So why did the gold pass have to go?

Politicians salaries have increased somewhat to what they were 30-40 years when the gold pass was introduced. Back then, the gold pass was an incentive to stay in Parliament.

Over the years however, there have been many instances of parliamentarians abusing this perk and using it for trips to buy apartments in the Gold Coast or attend sports events.

It’s fair to say that “the life gold pass was a relic of a bygone era, “ stated Special Minister of State Scott Ryan.

He rightly went on to say that “Australians rightly expect parliamentarians and former parliamentarians to spend money efficiently, effectively and ethically.

Hear the story from the Guardian here: Gold Pass For Pollies Days Are Numbered.


Malcolm Turnbull’s bill passed the party room without fuss on Tuesday 17th February of this year.




“Legislation to immediately axe the life gold travel pass for politicians cleared parliament, despite the objections of veteran coalition senator Ian Macdonald.

Is this a cover for recent expense scandals or is this the real thing? Believe it or not it’s the real thing . Sky news filed this report.

Listen to the Skynews report on this story here. Going, going, gone






Getting Your Rock’s Off With Bad Company

Is Bad Company Making a Comeback?

Bring together Mick Ralphs, guitarist and song writer from Mott the Hoople and lead singer Paul Rodgers from the band Free, and you have the makings of an iconic rock band. The band is Bad Company-described as a British blues-rock collective.

If you were a 70’s child you couldn’t have missed them , and if you were in the 80’s or later you would have felt their influence in bands like Bon Jovi and Five Finger Death Punch.

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Many of their singles, such as “Bad Company”, “Can’t Get Enough”, “Good Lovin’ Gone Bad”, and “Feel Like Makin’ Love”, remain staples of classic rock radio to this day.  Bad Company certainly has their place in rock ‘n roll history locked away as a rare, classic act.

The fact that they’ve survived as a band this long has proven that the can sound great and deliver on stage and not just in the studio. Something that not all bands can do.

The great news is that for the first time ever, the band has remastered Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975) using the original tapes to create new Deluxe Editions.

You can listen to the album here:

Now every rock star and fan of rock can get a taste of what it may have felt like to be in the audience during the 70’s era when they were numero uno, with their remastered albums Bad Company (1974) and Straight Shooter (1975).

One of the few singers (and bands) that sound just the same of 30 years ago. Amazing!

Teeny Weeny Mobile Phones are Hot Again?

Tired of mobile phones that break or going flat just when you’re about to make that important call?

Remember when it was great to have small mobile phones?

You could neatly fit them into the space in your handbag, or if you were a guy, the top pocket of your business shirt.

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No-ooo-oo, we’re not going that far back. Whew!

What you want is something simple that you can tuck into your sock or headband while you go trekking or doing that aerobics class??

Well, if you are tired of trying to fit that mega sized Android or iPhone into your backpack then you’re in for a treat.

HMD Global, the Finnish company who first bought the Nokia 3310 out are harking back to the “good ole days,’ so to speak, even though it’s only 15 years ago.

Could the Nokia 3310 be making a comeback?

The fact that it’s nearly unbreakable and has a very long battery life making it appear attractive when comparing it to the new mobile phones of today.

There’s even a meme about it

Indestructible Nokia 3310 is the nickname given to Nokia’s 3000 series mobile phone and the 3310  is considered to be one of the best-selling mobile phone of all time!

For $80 this could be your second phone for all those times that you’re adventuring or night-clubbing.

Oh, but hang on, if only it wasn’t for the retired 2G network or the outdated SIM cards, this could be for real.

Uh-oh 2G is a goner.

Country Music Fans Over the Moon in Boyup Brook.

None other than Lee Kernaghan, winner of 36 Golden Guitars, is to visit the Country Music Club of Boyup Brook in 2017.

Why Boyup Brook?

Before you say, where is Boyup Brook? This township has been holding music festivals for 30 years and “the Country Music Club” of Boyup Brook is a catalyst for Country Music in Western Australia and is recognised nationally for its activities.

Held since 1986,the attendance at the music festival has increased from 500 at the first festival to over 13,000 in recent years. It was originally held on the town’s football oval, but in 2007 the purpose-built “Music Park”, with a permanent 18-metre stage and sound shell, was officially opened.


A bit about Lee Kernaghan

This festival attracts big name stars like Lee Kernaghan who is a country boy at heart. The son of country music singer and truck driver, Lee was born in the Victorian town of Corryong and but grew up in New South Wales.

It wasn’t all beer and skittles as a musician for Lee, and there was a time when he abandoned that career in the late 80’s.
Luckily, after a demo recording in 1991, Lee secured a contract with ABC records.

The rest, as they keep reminding us “is history,”  with many later albums, Electric Rodeo (2002) and The New Bush (2006), winning awards.  Career highlights were being awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his fund-raising efforts on behalf of farmers and rural communities,and being named Australian of the Year in 2008.

What Happened To Love Actually?

The movie “Love Actually” screened in 2003, but did you love it, actually?

It seems people did, me included,  but some of us didn’t realise, including the film’s Director, Richard Curtis, that there were fans of the movie that were hankering after a sequel.

So here we have a sequel of sorts. The short movie was produced to support Red Nose Day in the UK, and tells us, the audience, where the characters are up to today.

Who is in the Movie?

Most of the original cast are there, including Hugh Grant, Martine McCutcheon, Keira Knightley, Andrew Lincoln, Colin Firth, Lucia Moniz, Liam Neeson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Olivia Olson, Bill Nighy, Marcus Brigstocke and Rowan Atkinson.

Missing are Alan Rickman, R.I.P. and his character partner Emma Thompson.

If we were to show you a trailer, technically it’s 10% of the movie, because the movie is quite short, being only 10 minutes in duration.

Instead of giving away the plot lines the trailer cleverly teases us with questions that it poses, like “who has aged the best after 14 years?”

Well, here’s the trailer anyhow.

Then there’s a few interesting tweets that came out post movie release.

There was even speculation that Canada’s Prime Minister was channeling Hugh Grant.