Tomic The Tank Engine Appeals

Tomic The Tank Engine
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

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Bernard Tomic The Tank Engine To Appeal!

That’s right. Bernard Tomic is to appeal his $ 80,000 fine for tanking at Wimbledon in the game he played against Jo Wilfred Tsonga.

You would have seen the press conference after the match where Mr Tomic said: “it was a pretty terrible match”.  That was due to his total lack of desire to win.

He obviously went into the match with the attitude of being there just for the 45,000 UK pound competing / appearance fee. But it has just been announced that he intends to appeal the fine received for his apparent lack of interest in the match. He will be repeating his statement of feeling unwell and being run down after having played in Turkey where he lost in the quarterfinals.

As an Australian, I for one hope that he loses the appeal against Wimbledon officials. I am tired of watching him throw away every chance he has been given to do what he is paid to do. Play his tennis in a professional manner.

If he was that sick he should have forfeited the match. he might have actually scored some points in the popularity stakes if he had.

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International Youth Day 12th August

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International Youth Day

International youth day is a cross-culture event that is held on August 12th worldwide each year.

The aim is to promote the needs of today’s young people aged between 10 and 24. The young men sitting here could be mistaken for a small group of gang members. They are actually all good mates.

This photo shows that there does not need to be a conflict in cultures or ethnicity in our society.

How you can get involved

You can aid the success of International Youth Day by sending an email to your local MP asking for more government funding for youth groups and activity centres. Activity centres could have climbing walls, table tennis, squash, gymnasiums, blue light discos or any other activity you think today’s young people would enjoy taking part in.

Send your email to the political party you voted for and also to the opposition party. We need them all to get on board.

Jumping to Astronomy

The Persieds meteor shower peaks in August this year. Coming up this weekend is the actual peak of this celestial event and it is coupled this year with something else.

A new moon. Having a new moon will help give us darker skies and, hopefully, a good light show.

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Did You Know? August Is Fishing Month

Fishing Month Is Here

You may well wonder what the attraction of fishing is. Before I go any further, I should let you know that I love fishing even though I am a rubbish fisherman. Not only am I hopeless at it, all I ever seem to catch is seaweed or blowfish. Each as inedible as the other.

Ok, I know some people do eat seaweed. Each to their own I say.

There are a few different types or techniques of fishing.

Fly Fishing

Fly fishing is done using a very flexible, whippy rod matched with a special reel and is usually the preserve of the freshwater fisherman after trout, salmon and grayling. Fly fishing can be done in still water such as lochs or lakes. You can also fish in large rivers, estuaries or tiny little streams. It can be done from the shore, dinghy, or by wading into the water up to chest deep!

You are always active when fly fishing. I enjoy fly fishing immensely even though I have never caught anything. Fly fishing is a good way to clear the mind while getting some good fresh air into your lungs.

Bait Fishing

Bait fishing is done with a stiffer rod and reel or a handline. I have seen both can be used to great effect from piers and boats. I have caught herring from Esperance Jetty (while it was still there) using a handline.

You can bait fish from the shore or from a boat. Bait fishing can give you an opportunity to either have a day out with friends or by yourself. Cast your bait, sit back and watch for the tip of your rod twitching. Or just use bait fishing as an excuse to get out of the house to read a book in a lovely location. If you catch a couple of fish then that is a great bonus.

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Rock Fishing

Rock fishing is another form of bait fishing, except that you do it from rocks on the coastline. It looks as if these two rock fishermen do not suffer from vertigo

Fishing from rocks is a dangerous sport. There have been several deaths of rock fishermen in Western Australia each year. They simply get washed off the rocks by a king wave and are lost at sea. Sometimes the body is recovered.

If you decide you want to give rock fishing a go, make sure that you tell someone where you are going and when you should be expected back. An absolute must when rock fishing is tying yourself to a stake.


Spinning is where you use a rod and reel casting an artificial bait called a lure. When spinning you are always active and will probably be walking along the shore. This type of fishing is an active one. You hardly ever stop moving around.

Match Fishing

This form of the sport is where you compete against other anglers. Sometimes the object is to see who can catch the biggest variety of species within a set time. Or it may be to catch as many of the same species possible and release them after  a weigh-in to find out who has the biggest “bag.”

So there you have it. What is the attraction of recreational fishing?

It is a sport that takes you outdoors and engages you with nature. It also gives you the choice of doing it by yourself or with friends.