A moving tribute to Jack Carmody at Woolfest: Word in the Streets

Jack Ryan delivering the moving tribute to the late Jack Carmody - a stalwart  of Irish Woolfest and the Boorowa community. Photo by Robin Dale.
Jack Ryan delivering the moving tribute to the late Jack Carmody - a stalwart of Irish Woolfest and the Boorowa community. Photo by Robin Dale.

That time of the year has rolled around when we set our clocks one hour ahead … daylight saving is with us right through from Sunday until April 7, 2019 whether we like it or not.

Remember when it was first introduced, women were complaining the extra sunlight would fade their curtains and such.

This thinking doesn’t seem to have completely disappeared.

In a letter to a newspaper editor, John from Pearce in the ACT wrote, “There’s been a bit of talk about drought lately, but has anybody stopped to think the impact daylight saving has had on climate? The extra hour of sunlight causes more evaporation and therefore drought”.

John goes on to say the two states that don’t have daylight saving, Western Australia and Queensland, don’t have drought.

He’s not following the news too carefully, both affected, Queensland dramatically.

John adds, “It seems to me we never had drought in this country before daylight saving came along”. 

John naturally calls for daylight saving to be abandoned.

We may agree with that sentiment, but his logic and facts are way out.

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Another successful Irish Woolfest has come and gone. For the first time in years, I’ve been able to take it all in.

When the sheep were about to run, the crowd rose almost as one – quite amazing when we take such an occurrence for granted.

Richie Fleming has taken over the MC duties and his Irish twang really suits the occasion. His banter with Jack Ryan during the parade amused and kept things running along.

Congratulations to the Recreation Club on their inaugural fireworks night, brilliant, and from all reports far better than some high profile events.

To all involved in any aspect of organization or running of events, congratulations and thank you.

One amazing feat, the winner of the Saturday Quick Shear got the wool off in 32 seconds. Amazing. One incredible feat in an incredible weekend.

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Nursing homes have been much in the news of late, with much negative publicity ensuing. A thought from Facebook:

Put the elderly in prison where they’ll get a shower every day, video surveillance in case of problems, three meals a day, access to library, computer, TV, gym, doctor on site and free medication when required.

Put the criminals in nursing homes and they’ll get cold meals, lights out at 7.00pm, two showers a week, live in a small room and pay rent at about $2000 per week.

It’s pretty sad when we treat criminals better than we treat our elderly.

Fortunately, aged care facilities in Boorowa are providing relevant and appropriate care. It’s the big money hungry conglomerates giving the industry a bad name.

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A poster found in a church in France, when translated, said:

“When you enter this church it may be possible that you hear ‘the call of God’.

“However, it is unlikely that he will call you on your mobile. Thank you for turning off your phones. If you want to talk to God, enter, choose a quiet place and talk to Him.

“If you want to see Him, send Him a text while driving.”

I don’t usually use a quote I’ve used on 2LF, but loved this one and it sort of fits with the poster sentiment:

“It takes 8460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.” (unknown)