PARRABUDDY.BLOGSPOT was started to help find a way for “Adaptive / Physically Challenged / Paralympic Cyclists ” to enjoy riding their bikes on the Daily Route of the famous Pro Tour Race Routes such as the “ Giro d’Italia " and the " Tour de France " !

Through lack of support i have been unable to achieve that goal and unless people decide to assist there is little chance that my 19th season will be any more successful !

London 2012 Paralympics was amazing for ALL , not just those participating but those who followed via the Media !

Since 2009 several other Blogs have been created to cover various other subjects !

Below is a guide to their separate purposes :

In the main Parrabuddy is about “Adaptive / Physically Challenged Sport” and Health Issues.

Skippi-cyclist is about personal issues and Road Safety Issues.

SkippyAus is about matters relating to Oz and some personal memories from my life there.

Tourdafarce & Tourdafrance are about matters relating to the Pro Tour , Racers and some personal experiences during my various visits to ride the Pro Tour routes .

Skippy (blogging) is about a variety of issues on the Internet .

NOT ALL postings arrive in their correct area but I will generally try to separate my views on Doping and Sporting Fraud from Road Safety Issues .

Comments ARE WELCOMED since this shows that those reading are interested in the subject matter ! Enjoy comments made to other blogs so wonder why only " anonymous " posts here !

Over the period of these "Blogs" I have had visibility on Twitter as “Skippydetour” and on Facebook as “Skippy Mc Carthy” where Google usually advise postings on the Blogs as they occur .

When any of you visit these Blogs I hope I am able to add value to your day and provide a source of information if not inspiration . Please consider asking your friends and contacts to add their support as many of the Para Athletes are struggling to find the resources to compete in Events at regional Levels let alone National Levels .

You the reader have the possibility to help these Amazing Athletes in your own way and contacting your National Paralympic Internet Site for relevant info is a good start !

Jan 27, 2012


Abbott and Costello show made the headlines even here in Austria !

Seems , according to ORF radio FM4 , that Tony Abbott , leader of the Australian Parliamentary Opposition wanted the Aboriginal Encampment near Parliament House removed and chose Australia Day to make this comment to the Media . Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott were dining in style that night when 200+ demonstrators let their views on this subject become clear with a rowdy and vocal display of what many politicians regard as “ over the top ” behaviour .

Whilst leaving the Restaurant , Gillard lost a shoe as she was carried to “ safety ” by 50+ members of the Law Enforcement Authorities some of whom were wearing riot gear . The Aboriginals even made front page news in a photo by offering to return the shoe . Seems like the whole thing was a “ Media Stunt ” setup to give those Aboriginals cause a more public airing but Mike_Rann former premier of South Australia state is typical of those politicians tweeting their opinions :

“ Appalled by the violent behaviour of 'protestors' in Canberra today, as should every Australian. Do they think they have advanced their …”

“ Do they think they have advanced their cause? ”

Hopefully the camp will be left alone but more Australians will voice their support and when their demands are considered and hopefully some concessions , albeit token , are met they will fade away .

My day started with a call to FM4 during the 8am News to remind them of an email I had sent asking for “ Waltzing Matilda ” to be played to mark our National Day . Some of the staff are Aussies so as I was speaking to them they were downloading a song which contained references to “ Waltzing Matilda ”. As I was speaking to John Mc Gill , a Canadian , I could hear the start of Kylie Minogue’s duet , Dark Prince , start playing . Pointed out that this could be played any old time but “ Waltzing ” was more appropriate as it is so well known worldwide .

When the call had finished and the song faded John came back on air to say there were complaints about this track , then Rollie weighed in with a version of what I had said . He decided “ WTF ” was an abbreviation of my comment . They then announced that “ Waltzing ” would follow shortly . After the 8.30am news they launched a version of a song that I had not heard before , but demonstrated how intrinsic “ Waltzing ” is to the Australian Heritage ! After this finished I again rang to suggest that this item would be more appropriate on the 25th April and John agreed that Anzac Day would have been better . He also was able to remind me that “ Canada Day ” was 1st July so I will be looking for Canadians on the Tour de France that day !

Having made a visit to Schwaz I set out to do some ski touring under bright sunny skies with below breezing temperatures as I had the day before . Half way up the climb the skins separated from the skis so it was back to find some glue to sort the problem . As I set out again I came across a local starting her daily climb , but that is another story elsewhere .

Today I finally got around to ringing a colleague from my days at NCR in Sydney . He was always “ Mr NCR ” to all that knew him and his family . Last year about this time I had spoken with Brian and he had advised that Dee was ill with Cancer so I was on tenterhooks as to her well being . Brian advised that she is in Hospital and thus this Year has not started well for him . His Sons and Daughter continue in good health and success with their careers . At 82yo he must miss Dee greatly so I could only wish them both well and hope I will get to see them when I next get to visit Oz .

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