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 Return to top of page · Post #: 1 · Written at 10:10:55 PM on 24 September 2020.
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Two weeks ago, former New South Wales Premier, The Hon. John Fahey AC, died at the age of 75. Last week it was former Olympic swimmer, Lisa Curry's daughter, Jaime, dying at the tender age of 33. Tonight it was announced that former Australian cricketer, Dean Jones AM, died of a cardiac arrest in India at age 59.

Mr Fahey died a week short of the 20th anniversary of the staging of the Sydney Olympics. He was the NSW Premier, leading the government that lodged the bid and beat Beijing in the last round of voting at the IOC to win the right to host what ended up being declared the Best Games Ever.

May they all rest in peace.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 2 · Written at 10:39:45 PM on 24 September 2020.
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When I read today about Dean Jones passing, I thought "Gee, who next?"

Jumping John Fahey will be forever remembered for his reaction when Samaranch declared "The winner is Syd-er-ney".


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 3 · Written at 10:48:24 PM on 24 September 2020.
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I'll never forget that moment and he was lucky not to hit his head on the ceiling. We got some good sporting facilities and two new residential suburbs out of the Games. Unlike a lot of former Olympic cities, we didn't let those facilities get overrun with weeds and graffiti.

It's hard to imagine that Olympic Park was once cattle sale yards, rubbish tips, a major brickworks an a good place for what one might loosely call amateur drag racing tournaments. I also remember a big cold storage building and a nearby building where they'd hang cowhides to dry.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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Gee, who next?

Max Merritt, iconic Australasian musician just passed away, age 79.

Originally from Christchurch, he had two big hits on both sides of the ditch - Western Union Man & Slipping Away.


 
 Return to top of page · Post #: 5 · Written at 11:32:43 AM on 25 September 2020.
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I read that Mr Fahey was a former Kiwi too. He is lucky that he dodged the S44 fiasco that went on during the 45th Parliament and I am glad they have everything under control now.


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A valve a day keeps the transistor away...

 
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