Tomic The Tank Engine Appeals

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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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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

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.

Today Is Town Crier Day plus Wimbledon Announce New Tournment

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Town Crier Day

Town Criers are a bit thin on the ground these days. Go back in history though and you will find a Town Crier on the streets of virtually any large township.

 

The Town Crier would be sent to the town square with a scroll to announce items of news that the people needed to know about. For instance it could have been taxes were due, or that there had been the birth of a new heir to the throne.

 

He had a very important position in the society of the day as this was the only means of informing the populace of events. Even when printing was invented, enabling the production of the first newspapers, the Town Crier was still required. This was due to the fact that there were very few literate people in the world.

Wimbledon

You no doubt have heard of Wimbldon. Famous for two things. Tennis and Wombles.

 

The All England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began it’s first trophy competition on July 9th 1877.

 

The club was actually formed to promote croquet, not tennis. Easily told by the way the name is read.

 

The club was originally established on four acres of meadow to promote croquet. The first tournament for tennis had 22 entrants. Only 21 actually showed for the match. The scoring was based on a clock face 15, 30, etc. The tournament ws suspended to allow the cricket match between Eaton and Harrow.

 

The final for the tennis match was rained out and rescheduled for a later day where around 200 spectators paid one shilling to get in.

 

Spencer Gore defeated William Marshall at Wimbledon to take home a 25 Guinea trophy.

 

Ladies singles started in 1884.