TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Watch movie, ‘The Dressmaker’ at Palace Centro Cinema in James Street. Quite mad, but enjoyable. Ian Botham turns 60! I met him only once – in 1987 when he was playing for Queensland. There was a function at the Gabba and an amazing hail storm hit, turning the ground white. At the same time the protective sails at South Bank – put in place for Expo 88 – were shredded by the storm, despite boasts by the German manufacturers they could withstand any storm.
‘The Courier-Mail’s’ digital sports editor, Barry Dick has accepted a redundancy from News limited. Other Courier-Mail identities to take redundancies include photographers, Glenn Barnes, Kevin Bull; environment writer, Brian Williams and music guru, Noel Mengel.
Another journo, Jim Devine, finishes as Queensland Resources Media manager. I worked with Jim at the Daily News, Murwillumbah. His father, Jim Snr., originally from Scotland, was a leading soccer player, then referee on the Tweed, and Jim was a more than handy goal keeper and basketball player. This week also sees the retirement of prominent race caller, Alan Thomas, who also called rugby league, including State of Origin II in 1989 when he did a magnificent job describing Queensland skipper, Wally Lewis’s epic, barnstorming try. (Youtube it).
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Attend the Men of League Christmas Party at Ice Works, Paddington. Talk about Ipswich rugby league with Booval Swifts product, Des Morris, who played 15 games for Queensland between 1969 and ’79. Also catch up with Suncorp Stadium manager, Alan Graham, who is a Souths Magpies fan. I never knew. Chat to former Australian pace bowler, Andy Bichel, (a league boy through and through) as well as Ken Healy, brother of former Australian wicket keeper, Ian. But spend most of the afternoon with former Australian halfback, Ross Strudwick. Such a character.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Marie attends her Windsor International Motel Christmas party in ‘The Valley’, first at a Chinese Restaurant, and then at ‘The Beat’ night club, where lots of men are dressed as women. Movie, ‘Women in Love’ is played on BBC. I took a girl friend to that movie, at Sundale, Southport, back in 1971 when I was 18 and she was 17. It was the first movie where we witnessed full frontal male nudity, and it was a bit ’embarrassing’ at the time.