JB’s World: The political game of One Upmanship

ONE UPMANSHIP is the name of the game in politics and Ryde mayor Clr Jerome Laxale, who just so happens to be the Labor candidate for next March’s State Government election in case you haven’t noticed, is honing his skills the closer the poll date comes around. Hence, I suspect, our TWT page 1 exclusive this week.

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JB HAS just returned from a flying visit to India which comprised six aeroplanes and four days in the air and at airports for a day and night at destination in Ahmedabad south west of New Delhi.
Purpose was to be one of two Australian representatives at the establishment dinner meeting of the Asia Pacific Region Scout and Guide Fellowship Foundation to give humanitarian aid to needy scouts and guides and others in the Asia Pacific Region.

Needless to say Brian Jackson from Wollongong and JB managed to get a dose of Delhi belly even though only on the ground a short time although we were able to visit Mahatma Ghandi’s house and the new Ghandi Museum at Ahmedabad capital of Gujarat state.

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BARRY SMITH General Manager of Hunters Hill Council heads This Week’s Birthday Honours celebrating another milestone today. Barry has served well the people and Municipality of Hunters Hill for many years and especially in recent times with the fight for survival as an independent council belonging to the locals. This will be the last time Barry will celebrate a birthday while at Council has he has already indicated he will retire in September. All will join in wishing Barry a Very Happy Birthday today and many more in the days ahead.

Jayden Trent Engisch turns fifteen today son of Trent and Jody Engisch of the Torch Publishing empire while Bill Ainsworth celebrates in Bananaland with better half Jackie and former TWT team member Patty Santoso turns 24.

John Winston Howard OM, AC former prime minster of Australia and Member for Bennelong and better known as a former TWT columnist when PM celebrates tomorrow turning 79 partying with Janette and family.

Lyn E Langtry former Ryde Councillor, Cheltenham Girls High School history teacher and author celebrates tomorrow with hubby Gareth and family and keeps busy with Ryde Eisteddfod now in full blast.

Gwen Carpenter OAM foundation member of Gladesville Women’s Bowling Club turns 91 tomorrow and will celebrate with daughter Helen and family while Margaret Wade will face 77 candles on her birthday cake tomorrow.

Lucas John Fyffe younger son of JB cousin and Goddaughter Adele Buckland Fyffe and Peter Fyffe turns 23 tomorrow and parties with big brother Nathan Stanley Wilberforce and sister Abbey Patricia and friends.

JB cousin Jan Eakin Andrews celebrates Friday same day as Riley Engisch turns fourteen son of Christian and Kristy Engisch and Andy and Yvonne Yung celebrate sixteen years wedded bliss.
Darcy Kenna adds six bars to his OBE Saturday turning 86 celebrating with his beloved Anna who celebrated her birthday on July 10 and their 53 rd wedding anniversary on Monday August 20. Mitchell Geddes of the Tennyson Point Geddes Clan also celebrates Saturday.

Ross Rocca of Midway Shopping Centre fame and hubby of the beautiful Rose notches up another milestone when he adds a Double 8 after his name on Sunday with a party with family and friends same day as former North Sydney MP and Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey now Australian Ambassador to USA will party in Yankeeland. Leon Harris is also a Sunday party animal.
Two local pollies and a former mayor celebrate on Monday. They are Ryde MP and Finance Minister Victor Dominello, Drummoyne MP John Sidoti and former Ryde mayor Jim Hull OAM.

Zara Boland of real estate fame is a Monday birthday girl while the Monks twins Beau and Harley sons of Mo Award winning Ronny Monks and Andie Monks turn 25.

Pina Lombardo Pellicano celebrates next Wednesday as does David Haynes formerly of Eastwood Hotel management and Nicola Jessica Chau daughter of Rev Ernest and Maie Chau. Happy daze all.

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BUMPER STICKER: THINK – and surprise us all!

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Keep Smiling!

– JOHN F BOOTH