Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride

The global big event today was the annual Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR).  I rode in the Perth event, starting from the new stadium and going into the city via the Graham Farmer Tunnel, the noise from 600 bikes was quite deafening! We did a few laps of the city, then back to the stadium.

Perth had 622 registered riders and raised $76,576, of which my friends contributed $1186, thank you all very much.  Australia wide 5,242 riders raised $977,556 and Globally US$5,425,525 was raised for the Movember Foundation.  The funds go towards research on men’s health issues, including suicide prevention and prostate cancer cures.

The only down side was that half of the riders in Perth had not bothered to fund-raise at all, that’s free-riding and not gentlemanly at all.

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Wildflower Way

Last week I had a round of meetings in Dongara, we then chose to drive home through the Wheat-belt to check out the wild flowers. We were well rewarded for our efforts; it is another bumper year, similar to 2016.

We took a short drive to Mingenew where we checked into our somewhat lowbrow accommodation and then went to one of the renowned wildflower reserves called Depot Hill. This was a beautiful walk up a hill with low trees and meadows of colourful flowers. Within the meadows were some beautiful tiny flowers.

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As the light was failing we dropped into the Mingenew Hotel for a quick drink. The hotel has only recently re-opened and the current manager, Trevor has managed to develop a great atmosphere. We had chats with Dutch tourists and some robust banter with locals. One of who called me a grey nomad! I’m still getting over it!

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Next morning we went to the ‘must see’ Coalseam Conservation Park. The scenery was stunning, like a mini Pilbara, again with meadows and some smaller single flowers. We lunched at the Mingenew Bakery, then headed south through Three Springs, Carnamah, Coorow and Moora to our night’s stay in the New Norcia Hotel. The hotel was a stunning building with very high ceilings, a double staircase and monstrous balcony.

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We then headed home by taking Old Plains Road towards Toodyay. The flowers here were verge plants that were less stunning from the car, but stop and walk amongst them and each step reveals something new. This is Canola Country, so one cannot be unimpressed by the huge swaths of bright yellow. We had lunch in Toodyay and then took a slow run home on a beautiful sunny day.

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UNICEF Arrives in Fremantle

About 2 hours ago the first  Clipper Round the World Yacht Race contestant UNICEF took line Honours at Fremantle after their race from Capetown.  Close behind was Great Britain.

UNICEF are currently waiting for Great Britain to arrive so they can enter Fremantle Sailing Club together.

Excuse the rather grainy pic taken from South Mole, along with one of some enthusiastic people ready to welcome their friends and family to Fremantle.

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A tale of 2 scumbags

Today started badly due to two acts of malevolent vandalism, one personal and one political. I went out to my car to find the driver’s door window smashed. The perpetrator only wanted to do harm, as they did not even open the door so theft was not the motive. On reporting the incident the Police advised there was a spate of bicycle thefts in South Fremantle at the moment. Maybe they tried to steal 2 bikes that were close by, but were foiled by the large locking mechanism. If you live in South Fremantle make sure your bike is locked and out of sight.
The other act will have much more far reaching impacts on my life. In this case I do know who the perpetrator is, Tony Abbott. Australia’s climate reputation has been on shaky ground for quite some time now, but his latest outburst will adversely impact on Australia’s global reputation, global trade and global influence. This will cost jobs and growth.
“Primitive people once killed goats to appease volcano gods, we are more sophisticated now but still sacrifice our industries and our living standards to the climate gods to little more effect”…… “temperature rises caused by climate change could be beneficial because “far more people die in cold snaps”. Abbott said all this crap to a Global Warming Policy Forum in London. The two propositions are demonstrably wrong and an insult to all those people who have lost friends and relatives as a result of extreme climate events in recent years resulting directly from global warming.
This vandalism is of course aimed at Malcolm Turnbull who seems impotent to reign in Abbott’s attacks. Well the time has come, Turnbull has to get rid of Abbott, and get rid of him now. I have no wish to be collateral damage in the war between the liberal left and right. If that destroys the federal liberal party, then so be it, they will know whom to blame.
Today I am embarrassed and disappointed to call myself an Australian. So much wealth, yet so much stupid arrogance.

Pic courtesy Mandurah News
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On The Road

Five of WA’s Distinguished Gentlemen left the Maritime Museum today on a bike ride to Sydney, where they will join the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride.

They sported a variety of bikes, 2 Bonneville’s, a BMW, a Suzuki and an old Panther.  Fremantle’s Mayor, Brad Pettitt wished them well and officially sent them off, a little late as one had a puncher on his way to the Maritime Museum.  Good to get that over early!

There was also a large contingent of support bikes who were going to ride with them to Mundairing.

The event aims to raise money for men’s health issues, including suicide prevention and prostate cancer.  You can follow their progress and donate via their facebook site /2017ontheroad

Have a great trip guys and watch out for those wombats!

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Power Play #2

This morning’s hot media topic is energy security on the back of AGL’s decision to close the Liddell power station in 2022. The government is blaming the opposition and the same old blame game goes on. The decision was not politically motivated but was made by AGL on financial grounds. The current government are big supporters of the free market and this was a free market decision, AGL do not want expensive stranded assets so decided to close Liddell, much like Engie’s decided to close Hazelwood. The major failing is the reliance on the free market to supply essential, reliable services at an affordable cost.  See Power Plays.
The one shining light is a discussion on adopting an energy policy. Interestingly Fremantle Council is well on that trajectory with the first draft been presented to Councillors earlier this week. This draft demonstrates that a key component missing from the national debate is the need for demand management as well as supply management. The two need to be in lockstep to ensure reliable affordable energy.
Pics: Newcastle Herald & Kev Walker

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The Noongar season of Djilba is with us and flowers are springing up everywhere.  Today we took a stroll on Wireless Hill Park, and the wild flowers were putting on a real show.

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