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Offline JWesleyHarding

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« 2019-Jul-31, 09:36 PM Reply #775 »
Now you can start having showers again.


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« 2019-Aug-01, 05:21 PM Reply #776 »
Now you can start having showers again.

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« 2019-Aug-02, 08:39 AM Reply #777 »
I’ve been finding it hard to win consistently lately....often going close but finished up backing the wrong one when I liked a few others in the same race.... so I decided to give Letsgohorseracing Late Mail a go....Saturday  was a winning day... I don’t bet in every race only on Saturdays before going to golf. I prefer Brisbane where I’m more familiar with the horses and jockeys.

Brisbane  late Mail was for  Borazon 3.40, Red Stina 8.50, and Hold The Line in the last.... a get out special @$11 ..... tips included the Quaddie $2042 and three other winning Trifectas.

I didn’t bother with Sydney or Melbourne Tips but  checked them against the results.... 4 of the top selections saluted and  while they were no fancy prices a winner is a winner ..... Tips included 7 of the 9 winners plus Trifectas and just  missed the Quaddie when Algadon Miss upset the applecart in R7.

In Sydney 3 on top selections arrived with 5 other winners included as chances in the other races. Catesby was the only winner missed .....three winning Trifectas one worth $1388 in the race Ligulate won.

A very good service LGHR Late Mail  IMO well worth the sub.

I always watch the replays and  keep a black book one selection from my black book tomorrow is Champagne Jet.

Tony Gollan is a good judge..... his form talk on Gollan Racing on the internet is worth checking out.

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« 2019-Sep-18, 06:33 PM Reply #778 »
The AGM of the golf club is coming up on Monday week there are 7 nominations for the four Director positions three of whom are seeking re-election so if the sitting members are returned only one of the challengers will be successful ..of course it maybe that the members who bother to vote  might decide some new blood might be of benefit...hard to understand why the voting turnout is likely to be somewhere around 50%....all we need to do is fill in the voting slip and return it to the club by the closing date hardly an onerous task ...........   the President is unopposed as is the Captain but the Treasurer didn't stand again and there are 2 candidates contesting this position...I'll be assisting the Returning Officer to count and record the votes...it will be a busy few hours with the number of candidates for Board positions.

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« 2019-Nov-09, 10:05 PM Reply #779 »
The Keith Noud Quality run today in memory of the late Keith Noud the ABC broadcaster on course race caller and Telegraph Journo brought back memories of one of his few errors in a close finish. It was the last race during the Winter Carnival many years ago  I was working as a bookies clerk for Frank O'Neill a Toowoomba bookie who had been invited to field at the carnival by the QTC ...my job was paying out at the back of the stand and the only race I ever had a chance to watch  was the last as they paid out at the front  of the stand so I would always be free to go out the front and watch the race near the winning post..it was a low grade race Keith called the finish Purse Proud or Rosarium photo ...Rosarium had won clearly by a head or a neck..when I got back to the stand Frank was betting 3/1 Rosarium I said "Frank its won " I repeated that but he ignored me and kept trying to lay it ..so I pulled out a roll that one of the clerks had given me in case he wanted a bet ..Frank saw the roll and said "you've got 60 to 20" ....pounds in those days.... no oncouse TV only radio ...no sooner had he laid the bet up flashed number 6 Rosarium...."Pay Jimmy 60 quid" Frank hadn't laid Rosarium it was a Toowoomba horse trained by Les Watterson..he probaly had some mail it could win Frank was very well informed  I still remember the finish Rosarium  White with Black braces beat Herb Reardon's Purse Proud in a photo a winning day 20 quid wages plus the 60 it was fortune my weekly wage was only around 5 quid a week...today was a good result I got the quaddie when Outback Barbie saluted although Tambo's Mate second would have been better .
Vale Keith Noud.

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« 2019-Dec-06, 04:11 PM Reply #780 »
We had the Wednesday Club annual Christmas party on Wednesday night Oysters prawns various other delights no desserts but plenty of drinks the entertainer was Greg Ritchie former Test cricketer who has a wonderful gift in telling jokes in foreign accents especially Pakistani .....  One joke he told concerned two 30 yo Irishmen Paddy and Mick who shared a flat together ....Paddy said to Mick in his Irish accent "I've booked two seats for us tonight down at the local hall for The Faith Healing Program "...."I'm not going down there" said Mick "I'm stayin' home to watch the football "....."Suit yourself " said Paddy ..."I'll go by meself."..so away he went and 40 minutes later he was back home......" It was a waste of time goin'" said Paddy ..."Even those in wheelchairs got up and walked out"

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« 2020-Mar-17, 07:48 PM Reply #781 »
I had a skin check on Wednesday last week and the result is a cluster 6 basal cell carcinomas which I'm having curetted on Thursday afternoon down at  the skin cancer clinic I go to  at Coorparoo ......the big shock was my doctor took a specimen of a black spot on  my left leg near the shin .....as a precautionary measure .....unhappily the biopsy came back as a level 1 melanoma..... that's 15 of these I've had .....3 of which were level 4. I saw the surgeon on Monday and I'm booked in for surgery early tomorrow...have to be up at dawn I'm first on his list which is a good thing fasting from midnight not too onerous.
I thought 15 melanomas would be some sort of record.... no way the surgeon told me he has a patient who has had 60 of them ......that must be a world record ..let's hope neither of us collect any more...hopefully I'll be in and out of hospital by lunchtime tomorrow.

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« 2020-Mar-17, 10:36 PM Reply #782 »
Good luck Arsenal -hope everything goes your way.

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« 2020-Mar-18, 11:06 AM Reply #783 »
Hope everything went well for you Arsenal.

Carrying some stitches myself at the moment........no melanomas thankfully.

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« 2020-Mar-18, 12:17 PM Reply #784 »
All the best, Arsenal.

I always appreciate your contributions to the forum.

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« 2020-Mar-18, 04:44 PM Reply #785 »
Thanks everyone everything went well pre tests all OK only 28 minutes in surgery I'm waiting for the pathology report should be OK very good surgeon. :thumbsup:

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« 2020-Mar-23, 06:29 PM Reply #786 »
PACIFIC GOLF CLUB
Club Closure   


To our valued Members,
Last night, the Prime Minister imposed strict new social distancing laws to discourage mass gatherings and help to slow the spread of Covid-19.

As a result, Registered and Licensed Clubs, along with other hospitality venues, were required to cease operating from midday today.

Unfortunately, Pacific Golf Club will not be opening its doors today and will remain closed until further notice. This includes the clubhouse and adjoining golf course. No golf is permitted until further notice.

Though the news is devastating and will have an impact on many clubs and the communities they support, the message is clear. Social distancing is paramount. Please follow media releases through health.gov.au.

The Club is currently working to support its staff through this difficult time.

We thank our members, guests and the local community for their ongoing support and look forward to welcoming you all back to the club in the near future.

Pacific Golf Club Management

Pacific Golf Club
430 Pine Mountain Road
CARINDALE QLD 4152   Phone: (07) 3343 0888

ENDS

It appears PGC is the exception other golf clubs are closing clubhouses as directed but the golf course is open for play ...some members are making efforts to have the decision reversed ...the reason given is the liquor license covers the whole property not just the clubhouse and the question of insurance has been mentioned what relevance that is isn't clear Liquor Licensing has received inquiries from a number of golf clubs if golf can continue and the department's boffins are locked in a tortuous mental exercise trying to come up with an answer. :what:

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« 2020-Mar-25, 05:13 PM Reply #787 »
Latest news is Pacific Golf Club remains closed while other clubs are open for golf following a decision by Dr Janette Young the Chief Medical Officer.

Advice from Sanctuary Cove as follows received today outlines the conditions.


Dear Member
The past 48 hours at the Club have been extraordinarily challenging for all stakeholders, especially our staff.
On a pleasing note for our Members, last night Golf Australia received verbal confirmation from QLD Chief Health Officer Janette Young that she has approved that Queensland Golf Clubs can operate on their golf courses from today, Wednesday 25 March 2020. This will be in accordance with National Cabinets approved measures relating to outdoor gatherings which includes but is not limited to having groups less than 10 people and maintaining a 1.5 meter spacing.
The sale of alcohol is not allowed but the sale of takeaway food is allowed as long as people do not congregate around these areas as a result of the food being sold. The golf shop can be used but people must not congregate in this area.
For Wednesday 25 March 2020, the Club will offer the following golf provisions:
Golf Shop
•   Maximum 4 Members + staff at one time in the golf shop
•   No cash payments accepted, Member charging or 'tap and go' only
Practice Facilities
•   The Pines and The Palms open effective immediately
•   4m per range space between board
Tee times
•   Start from 8am
•   12 minutes tee time intervals
•   1 tee start
•   The Pines
•   The Palms closed Wednesday - open from Thursday
Wednesday Golf Format
•   Social Play - The Pines only
•   The Palms - closed (open from Thursday)
•   One person per buggy or walking only
Golf Course Changes
•   PVC pipe to be placed in holes to avoid having to touch the flag
•   Bunker rakes to be removed - rake and smooth by foot
As the information on golf course being permitted to re-open was only communicated late last night, further updates for Members in relation to golf access from Thursday of this week will be distributed later during the day.
As previously communicated, the Club implores all Members to ensure that they follow the guidelines that will assist mitigate the spread of the virus:
•   Maintain a distance of at least 1.5 meters from other people
•   In a given occupied space, there must be a density of no more than one person per four square metres of floor space
•   Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with soap
•   Use hand sanitizer regularly
Lakeview Bar, The Jabiru Restaurant and access to liquor on-site remains unavailable due to the Government regulations being enforced. Takeaway food from the golf shop will remain available during the day.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Members for their understanding and patience with the golf course closure yesterday. It was the correct and only decision that could be made. The Club received a significant amount of feedback and advice from Members on the closure, especially in relation to what other local and interstate Clubs were doing. Liquor Licensing laws are managed by each State, hence the difference between us and Clubs in NSW, VIC and other States. Regardless of other local golf courses opening, we know we made the right and only decision, which was to close. Whilst Member feedback is generally appreciated, the substantial number of calls, text messages and e-mails received regarding the closure meant a considerable amount of time had to be allocated to responses, presenting another challenge during an already difficult period. We politely request for individual views and advice to be minimised.
I give you an absolute reassurance that the Board and I are obtaining all of the relevant information and facts for each scenario before we make decisions and communicate to Members. These are extraordinary times and we will make considered decisions, always be mindful of the law, respectful of Government guidelines and most importantly, we will always operate and make decisions in the best interest and health concern for all Members, guests and staff.
The Staff, management and the Board thank you for your support during this difficult period for the Club and the community and ask that all Members respect the rules set by the Club and the Government.
Please contact Member Services on 07 5699 9000 if you have any questions, there will be continuing updates to follow through the week.
Kind regards.

ENDS
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« 2020-Mar-28, 08:30 PM Reply #788 »
I've just finished reading THE AUDACIOUS KIDD autobiography of a criminal who I had never heard of until his name was mentioned in the Bill Waterhouse thread..quite a good read apart from the first few chapters dealing with his early life which I found very boring ....Bertie Kidd is 88 yo and this is the first of a three volume story of his life and crimes mainly an expert safe breaker ....thief...fencer of stolen goods ... racehorse owner Way So trained by Peter Riley ridden by Kevin Mitchell .....also claimed to be a race fixer..(.which I expect will be covered in one or other of the next two volumes) counterfeiting ......associate of the Painters & Dockers Union ... one name I'm familiar with Steve Nittes who I grew up with in West End ..... Steve was a very good boxer  turned to crime when he moved to Melbourne .....story written by Simon Griffin .....the back cover has some endorsements by other crooks here and overseas ..."the most complete criminal in the nation's history "

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« 2020-Mar-31, 01:24 PM Reply #789 »
Trying to stay positive and sane in the current climate is a major issue for me ..no golf so that outlet is closed ...no close family contact only phone or email...I'm finding it more difficult now to get involved in studying the form ..hard to concentrate with all the turmoil going on in the world ....on Saturday I had a handful of bets .....on the Doomben and Rosehill Quaddie...I  had the first and last winners but second and third in the middle legs at Doomben.... but missed out in Sydney with only the first leg winning...had I tried a place parlay I would have had a reasonable result.....hindsight which I never considered at the time ....over the past few weeks I've managed to lob on a few long shots  Sister Pattie....Naval Strike .....Benfica Princess...which has kept the bank in credit there's another one I can't recall at present......my day consists of getting up around 7.30 or 8 am unless I sleep in ...having breakfast ...watching ABC News.... reading the paper... watering the pot plants  sending and receiving emails and watching TV ..I have found a couple of good shows to stream The Capture on ABC Iview is good and at the moment I'm watching The Outsider on Fox Ben Mendelson is the leading man...problem with watching the midweek races without having an interest I tend to drop off to sleep.
There's one SKY show I found very interesting it's the first Women in Racing show on the two Schmidt sisters both came across extremely well very attractive Priscilla no longer a blonde the dark hair suits her beautifully Now Mrs Looker in more ways than one.
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« 2020-Mar-31, 03:06 PM Reply #790 »
It's hard, Arsenal, and it seems like it's going to be the new norm for quite a while. I've gone back to jigsaws and crosswords plus plenty of reading to escape and occupy the time and it's also a good opportunity to catch up on research in various areas. I've also avoided as much of the depressing news as possible. Keep posting!

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« 2020-Mar-31, 05:14 PM Reply #791 »
It's hard, Arsenal, and it seems like it's going to be the new norm for quite a while. I've gone back to jigsaws and crosswords plus plenty of reading to escape and occupy the time and it's also a good opportunity to catch up on research in various areas. I've also avoided as much of the depressing news as possible. Keep posting!
We need to stay active in mind if not in body  :thumbsup:

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« 2020-Apr-12, 11:46 AM Reply #792 »
Sitting here in the back room of my humble abode at my computer  looking up on the wall above are framed pictures..... faded by the passage of time... of two of my best ever part owned pacers...... Leading Man and Sporting Sam .......both impulse buys at the regular pacing auctions conducted all those years ago by the late Greg Grant at the Rocklea showgrounds .... I remember this today as if it was yesterday ....although it's 40 years to the day that Leading Man won the Rocklea Easter Cup ....on 12 th April 1980 .....driven by his trainer driver Tom Clough... .....who was employed driving the water truck and the tractor preparing the track  between races...... it was no mean feat to get the track ready and then jump in the gig to drive Leading Man to victory.... in a high pressure Final after three heats had been run to qualify ....and what a courageous win it was..... from a standing start he sat in the death seat all the way around the tight little track for 2500m  holding off Special Metal and Lucy Bravado in a MR of 2.09.5...a day to remember.


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« 2020-Apr-12, 04:40 PM Reply #793 »
At Last  :thumbsup:



Finally !!!

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« 2020-Apr-16, 07:40 PM Reply #794 »
It was a beautiful day on the golf course today ..just the two of us having 18 holes .....only took 3 hours 15 minutes no hassles.....we didn't get held up .....there were only 70 players in groups of two ..some walking others in golf buggies.... it's been  about 3 weeks since I've played on the Club's main course and I am surprised with how well I hit them ..only lost one ball in the pond on the 16th .......I have never seen the water level so low there......hopefully the 15 minute tee time gap will be reduced to 7 or 8 minutes so more members will be able to get a game....it's very difficult at present with no online bookings..... we have to ring the pro shop to book and they have just one telephone line..... very frustrating trying to get through when the shop opens bookings are a week in advance.
Very fortunate that golf is exempt from lock down while other sports are closed due to COVID-19 and we need to abide by the protocols so that it will continue..I have heard that police have attended some courses to check that players are abiding by the conditions.

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