SunI’ve just had five days of holidaying in Coffs Harbour. The weather wasn’t as nice as I was hoping, but at least it was warmer than Newcastle. One of the unexpected highlights of the trip was at the Coffs Harbourside Markets last Sunday. Visiting markets are not anywhere near the top of my list of favourite things to do, but on this occasion I had the pleasure of sitting down and spending an hour listening to the three piece band “Broadfoot“, who hail from the Mullumbimby area. I had a chance to chat with the guys after their set and buy their CD “The Sun Warms The Sea”. Fantastic.

Shark attack

I watched two rugby league matches this weekend. Yesterday I watched my son’s under 15’s team beaten by the Belmont North Sharks 74 to 10, and today I watched my local NRL team the Knights go down to the Cronulla Sharks 62 to 0, for a combined deficit over two games of 126 points. That’s one hell of a shark bite. Ouch!

The Cronulla Sharks, moments before they cross for yet another try.

Moments before Sosaia Feki crosses for yet another try for the Cronulla Sharks.


Just call me “Rocky”

rocklandNot by my choice, yesterday I found myself for the first (and hopefully last) time in a Starbucks cafe, where it was crowded, noisy, a little bit grotty, and where the beverage I consumed fully lived up to my expectations of overpriced ordinariness.  The only upside to the visit was a moment of comic relief in discovering that the service staff had noted my name down as “Rockland”.

Just call me “Rocky” for short.