President's Report - August 2009

Greetings All,

The accompanying photo, taken by Rick Phillips, appeared in my column last month, but without explanation. Those who were there will recognise the event: our annual Bastille Day Dinner, held this year at Vivaldi Restaurant on the ANU campus. Swine flu and other commitments conspired to reduce numbers compared to previous years, but those of us who did attend the dinner were unanimous in pronouncing it one of the best we have had. A combination of good food (and plenty of it!) and wine (at reasonable prices), not to mention our own fine company, meant that everyone went home very happy - some more happy than others, depending on wine consumption. Needless to say, Vivaldi will be high on the list of possible venues for next year's dinner.

Picture of birthday dinner

Lightning does strike twice! For the second time in a year, our 306 has been rear-ended, at the same intersection (the slip lane from the northbound land of the Monaro Highway onto Hindmarsh drive). Although the damage was minor on both occasions, the resultant loss of car, while repairs are undertaken, is a pain. Fortunately, being car-rich, our 505 has been pressed into service as a backup. After buying a 407, to replace the 505, about 12 months ago, the 505 was earmarked for sale. However, with one son still on his L-plates, the 505 was the ideal vehicle for the purpose - virtually indestructible, very easy to drive and not exactly immaculate bodywork. In fact, now that L-plates have become P-plates, the same ideal characteristics still apply and the 505 remains in the family.

According to a list published in the Canberra Times, recently, it's good to see that at least some of our local politicians own good cars. Of the 17 ACT MLA's, two drive Pugs - Vicky Dunne (Liberal) and Andrew Barr (Labor) while Simon Corbell (Labor) has a Citroen. The other marques include Toyota (4), Honda (3), Ford (2), Holden (2) and one each of Nissan, Audi and SmartCar. Interestingly, all four Greens MLAs drive "green cars" - Toyota Prius (3) and SmartCar (1). Let's hope that more of our local MLAs can be won over from the "dark side"!...

Just a reminder that our monthly meeting will be held at the Canberra Services Club in Manuka at 8 pm on Tuesday 25 August, with dinner from 7 pm. Now that the days are getting longer and warmer, there should be no meteorological excuse not to attend. Why not come along and join us?

Keep on Pugging,

Brad Pillans

Picture of Brad