DIARY UPDATE: Week 21, 2016


To Parliament House for State of Origin function. Farmers are protesting in George Street, asking for a fair price for milk. It is all very orderly, unlike many protests from other interest groups. My wife would be very sympathetic to their cause, given she was raised on dairy farms.


Learn of the passing of prominent journalist, Dixon Falconer. Great man. I had lots of nightmares overnight. One involved as coach tour of Europe, where I was the leader and had failed to do my homework. To make matters worse, our driver, is a maniac. Radio TAB interviews me, re Ross Livermore Memorial Lecture.

To Broncos v Tigers match at Suncorp tonight and the Tigers are shock winners, the Broncos going down again by just one point. Broncos’ hooker, Andrew McCullough breaks his thumb. One drink at the stadium’s corner bar with secondary schools rugby league stalwarts, Phil Hall and Andrew Peach. ‘Immortal’ Andrew Johns shakes my hand in media area.


Phone Macca’s Show on the ABC, hoping to get a plug for Hugh Lunn’s delivery of the Livermore Address. I know what a fan Macca is of Hugh and his literary works, but I don’t get through. An AFL bloke gets on and talks at length about Tom Wills, and his contribution to ‘cross country netball’. Mike Colman ran something in his column today, which was very satisfying. Macca plays great song  – ‘A Full Moon’ tonight.

Our daughter, Melanie texts from Kuranda train in North Queensland. She has been on it before, when she was four. But she doesn’t remember it.

Marie Ricketts

Marie Ricketts

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