2020, Lockdowns & Friends.


Alex, Polly Waffle, Jenny, Jude and Me wish you all


What a Year 2020 has been mega bushfires, covid 19, unemployment, grinding poverty and the rich get richer.
AND two times we tried to organise an Old Guv Get Together, only to be torpedoed both times by the virus.
Let’s hope we will be on a winner in March 2021.
T’was a week before Christmas,
And all through the town,
People wore masks,
That covered their frown.
The frown had begun
When a global pandemic
Changed everything.
They called it corona,
But unlike the cigar
It didn’t bring good times,
It didn’t bring cheer.
Air flights were grounded,
Travel was banned.
Borders were closed
Across air, sea and land.
As the world entered lockdown
To flatten the curve,
The economy halted,
And folks lost their nerve.
We rode the first wave,
People stayed home,
They tried to behave.
When August emerged
The lockdown was lifted.
But away from caution,
Many folks drifted.
Now it’s December
And cases are spiking,
Wave two has arrived,
Much to our disliking.
It’s true that this year
Has had sadness a plenty,
We’ll never forget
The year 2020.
And just ‘round the corner –
The holiday season,
But why be merry?
Is there even one reason?
To decorate the house
And put up the tree,
Who will see it,
No one but me.
But outside my window
The sun gently blazes
And I think to myself,
Let’s deck the halls!
So, I gather the ribbon,
The garland and bows,
As I play those old carols,
My happiness grows.
Christmas is not cancelled
And neither is hope.
If we lean on each other,
I know we can cope,
Rob Powell❤💚

Gudday…from Derwombat and others.

AN UPDATE for GP Office, GP Department, GP Division, SA Print and Sprint former workers.

Alex Riley reports that we are still on track to hold our scaled down Luncheon get together on Friday, 27 November. 2020, commencing 11.30 am at the West Adelaide Football Club. Richmond. Our guest The Singing Masked Dancer will be in attendance.

Have you ever been in a tunnel and just hearing the echo of your own voice bouncing off the walls. That’s how I feel during the Covid-19 epedemic.
What about you?
Update: Sadly, Don Ledo passed away some two months back. Don worked in the press room. planning and sales.
He was a quiet man,  good worker and after leaving the Guv. lived in the beautiful town of Strathalbyn. RIP.
Wayne and Angela Brown have just returned from Port Germein on the West Coast.
Evidently swearing is compulsory there and Browny soon became a local Legend. They are both well.
Don Woolman is travelling OK and sharp as ever. All the Best Don.
Vic Potticary and wife Audrey are still under lockdown provisions at Flora McDonald Nursing Home and bored ‘sh@*^xss’ but under excellent care.
Jude Marks is missing her boat cruises, but doing pretty well with her horses interstate. Go Lady Jude.
Like all of us Marianne Hunn hasn’t had a great year and she lost her husband Peter several days back after a long illness. Our thoughts go out to Marianne and family.
We report the passing of Richard ‘Dick’ Korff who worked in the Binding Room in the 1950s and 1960s. After Dick left the Guv he started a small binding operation ‘Korff Print Finishing’. Dick was a talented musician  and will be sorely missed by wife Beverley, brother Charlie and families.
And finally we believe that Alan ‘Porky’ Dell was bitten by his neighbour’s large dog. Mystery surrounds the confrontation between man and beast and we are checking as to what actually happened. More to come…
Alex and Rod

Big Bash Whenever? update.

Image: “Buggered Boats” (Wikimedia).
Once upon a time a group of old farts and slightly younger farts planned to hold an Old Guv Legends Reunion on April Fools Day, 2020.
Great Idea…You bet.
But then, in a matter of a few weeks it became a “Shipwreck.”
  • The Covid 19 virus hit the World and Australia. Since then life just hasn’t been the same,
  • My Comrades, Alex (Toff) Riley, Judy (Queen of the Turf) Marks and Jenny (The Nice One) Easther have been looking at ways of getting us all together.
  • But with all the outbreaks and restrictions we are “knackered” at this time.
  • However, “The Toff” may have something.    Rod Parham