It’s an ill wind …

Last Christmas I attended a farewell function in Manly for my brother Gordon’s best mate, a Welshman named David, and his wife Bridget and their 2 kids. They’d decided to go back to Britain to live after 8 years in Sydney. The kids were reaching high school age, and David thought they’d get a better education in the UK, or so he said.

The family stopped off for a short holiday in Hawaii on the way home. One morning Bridget woke up and said to David: “You don’t want to live with me any more, do you?” “Well,” David apparently said, “I hadn’t actually thought about it in those terms before. But now you come to mention it, you’re right. I don’t”. And that was that. Well, that’s David’s self-serving and no doubt drastically censored version, anyway. Even so, I suppose there are a lot of worse ways to end a spent marriage.

More to the point from my perspective, David had already bought tickets for himself and Bridget to come back to Sydney and watch the Wales versus New Zealand match this coming Sunday at Telstra Stadium. Understandably Bridget is less than enamoured of the idea, so David has a spare ticket that’s now coming my way. We’re also seriously contemplating making it an (almost) all rugby boofheads’ weekend and going to Manly Oval on Saturday night to watch the Wallabies versus Ireland match on the big screen they’ve got set up.

About Ken Parish

Ken Parish is a legal academic, with research areas in public law (constitutional and administrative law), civil procedure and teaching & learning theory and practice. He has been a legal academic for almost 20 years. Before that he ran a legal practice in Darwin for 15 years and was a Member of the NT Legislative Assembly for almost 4 years in the early 1990s.
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bailz
bailz
2022 years ago

Yes, I’ll be heading to the pub on saturday night to catch this match as well.

Will be quite the affair. Apparently the Irish drank Adelaide dry after their last win, imagine how they’ll respond when they’re drinking to down their sorrows ;)

wen
wen
2022 years ago

well you really sucked me in, Ken. I read the first paragraph & was hooked. It had all the right elements for some penetrating observation of the vagaries of the human heart ….when really it was just about football:-}

David J
David J
2022 years ago

Any chance the Welsh had of an upset went out the window with Samoa’s loss to England – when Samoa led there was the distinct prospect that the kiwis and welsh would both be doing their best to lose and thereby secure a QF against Samoa instead of England or South Africa – there would have been a few questions asked about the scheduling if that had happened.