Mister Noosti: On everything of interest. Here goes!

CASPA, JUST LIKE THE ONE HERE, COMES HOME. 

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

CASPA, THE RUN-AWAY CAT

“It’s just such an awesome Christmas present,” said the Paraparaumu woman from New Zealand.
Caspa the cat, who had run-away from home two-and half years ago, was reunited with the anxious woman. The 11-year-old Caspa “was brought home” after disappearing in August 2017.

What happened to Caspa?

Well, it’s like this. “He’s been couch-surfing among other families”, said the woman. “We sold our house and moved and he had come to the new house with me”.

But Caspa kept on going back the old house. “He did that a few times” she whispered.

Well, now, he’s back, in the new house, and it appears that Caspa is practicing some sort of bedsurfing in … one of the bedrooms.

HOW TIME FLIES: Sydney airport celebrates its centennial

NIGEL LOVE TAKES A PASSENGER, THEREBY CHRISTENING THIS NEW ERA OF AVIATION

Adapted by FRANK MORRIS

Nigel Love, the aviation pioneer, took off in a two-seater Avro 540K biplane from a former cow paddock on the northern shore of Botany Bay.

It was November 19, 1919 - Sydney airport, which turned 100 last year, was established for a new aviation business.

Sydney Airport, or Mascot Aerodrome, changed its name to Kingsford Smith, after Sir Charles Kingsford Smith. It’s become one of the world’s oldest continually operating airports.

This was new era in aviation.

In 2019, the airport welcomes their billionth passenger. NigeL Love’s solitary flight has led to than 44 million passengers over the past century.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1932 AND THE WORLD WAS IN GRIP OF ECONOMIC DEPRESSION. THE GAMES MOVE OUTSIDE EURPOPE TO LOS ANGELES. A SCHEME, TO HELP THE GAMES, WAS THAT THE ATHLETES IN THE OLYMPIC VILLAGE WERE FED AND HOUSED FOR $2 PER DAY. A TOTAL OF 33 NEW OLYMPIC RECORDS ARE SET. CONTINUED.

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Charles Ulm was one of Australia’s dinky-dye aviation trailblazers, having flown the record-breaking circumnavigation of Australia in 1927.

In 1928, he was of part of a four- man crew on the Southern Cross that flew from the United States on the world’s first trans-Pacific flight.

A newspaper said, “As part of its celebration, Sydney Airport has renamed its two corporate buildings to honour Love and Ulm”. Both men played a part in the history of the airport and the nation. SOURCE: Rewritten and expanded from RAHS’s Sydney Airport turn 100.

Next: In 1920, two young Australians in the outback started a tiny airline with big dreams.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …1932, AND H.R. PEARCE TAKES THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE SINGLE SCULLS FOR THE SECOND OLYMPICS RUNNING.  C. DENNIS WINS THE WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE AND E.L. GRAY SCORED THE GOLD IN THE CYCLING 1000M TIME TRIAL.


TENNIS CHAMPS: Bromwich’s two-handed grip was always considered “unorthodox” and even “bedazzling”

JOHN BROMWICH, READY FOR ACTION. Below: THE BROMWICH UNORTHODOX TWO-HANDED SHOT.

Written and adapted by FRANK MORRIS

John Bromwich was a classic, no nonsense player. He was born in 1918 and represented Australia from 1938.

Adrian Quist called Bromwich his “great doubles partner”; and Jack Kramer deemed him as the “greatest right court” player.

His unorthodox and ambidextrous two-handed forehand grip became his trade mark. It was said that he was deprived of what could have been his finest years in sport by World War II. 

But he still developed an enviable record, particularly in Davis Cup rubbers.

He was a masterly exponent of doubles.

Bromwich won the singles Davis Cup in 1939 and 1946. In 1948, he was close to a Wimbledon Crown after holding 3 match points.

“Secret of his success was his stamina,” said a journalist.

His strokes were unorthodox and could use both hands to play a forehand shot.

The journalist said, based on expert opinion, he is “one of the world’s three best players”. The other pair are Adrian Quist and Bobby Riggs of America.

Bromwich was a good sport – winning or losing.

He went on to win two Wimbledon doubles finals with partner Frank Sedgman. He held the Australian doubles with Adrian Quist from 1938 to 1950.

He won the US doubles in 1939, 1949 and 1950.

Between 1937 and 1950, he played in 52 Davis Cup rubbers for Australia. He was a member of Australia’s first ever winning Davis Cup team in 1939.

He died at Geelong in 1999.

Frank Morris comments: I knew of John Bromwich as a kid and I used to play on the Bromwich tennis court, but never met him in person. The tennis courts were not far from my place. I followed Bromwich’s career and I am completely bedazzled by his two-handed forehand.

>>Tennis Greats from 1920 to 1960; Hall of Champions Sports House, Sydney.

Next: Monica Seles, American: Monica on Monica and the stabbing.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1932, AND H.R. PEARCE TAKES THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE SINGLE SCULLS FOR THE SECOND OLYMPICS RUNNING.  C. DENNIS WINS THE WOMEN’S 200M BREASTSTROKE AND E.L. GRAY SCORED THE GOLD IN THE CYCLING 1000M TIME TRIAL.


FESTIVE GREETING: This year, send a Happy New Year to your friends in their own language!

Jamaica Blue Escape, Summer 2007/08.
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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1939-1947 -- TOKYO, WAS TO BE THE HOME OF THE 1940 GAMES, WITHDRAWS. THE SECOND CHOICE, HELSINKI, IS INVADED BY RUSSIA. WORLD WAR II CANCELS ALL HOPE OF FURTHER GAMES.

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IT’S THE OLYMPICS …
1948 AND BRITAIN STAGES THE XIV GAMES IN WAR TORN LONDON. A RECORD 59 NATIONAL TEAMS AND ALMOST 5000 ATHLETES WERE IN ATTENDENCE. STAR OF THE OLYMPICS WAS FANNY BLANKERS-KOEN, OF THE NETHERLANDS, WITH 4 GOLD MEDALS. AUSTRALIA WON 2 GOLD.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 24 January 20

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