Friday, March 03, 2006

An "open season on ‘aggro grannies’ " is under way. We’ll take a break from the Classie Corner 25th anniversary flashback party with this column which appeared today in the Rural Press newspaper, the Redland Times. Just before you settle back for the read, I'm sorry if the basic text emphasis on this site annoys anyone. I am struggling with the demands of this interactive site on my old IBM running Windows 98 and with a dial-up connection. I still need to set up the ads better. Flash freaks have no need to worry: My computer update is on order. The presentation will improve.

THE buyers, sellers, wheelers and dealers are responsible for just some of the activity in the marvellous world of classified advertising.
The notices in many categories say a lot about what’s happening in our world.
Readers can find out who’s doing what. Keen eyes scan the notices at certain times including spring and autumn-late summer, the seasons of the AGM.
A wag once said the acronym means "aggressive grandmothers" but the "doers" in community and sport groups ensure their annual general meetings do not go unheralded.
Spring meetings aim to get business out of the way before the Melbourne Cup starts the "silly season" in November; late-summer meetings use a brief "window" between the madness of the summer and Easter holidays.
In a recent edition of the Times, Cleveland District State High School and Thornlands State School parents and citizens associations and Redland Bay Tennis Club all advertised their AGMs.
Tennis is always a good subject after the Australian Open but Redland club president Alan Hope would rather talk about his club’s open champion, Frayne Bloor.
Frayne is the head coach for dozens of enthusiastic youngsters.
"I really like to see not only the kids but also older people on the courts," Alan says.
"We have players from three or four years old to the mid-eighties.
"You don’t see that age spread in many sports."
Alan says the club has about 160 members and a waiting list for courts at peak times.
The AGM received an update on a further expansion plan after construction of two new courts and a clubhouse in 2004.
Alan hopes funding will be available for another two courts to make a total of eight, all with synthetic surface.
He says the opening of a licensed bar last year has helped the club become a social hub.
Innovations have included a Tuesday night "business challenge".
About a dozen teams have entered. Alan says the sport helps off-court teamwork.
Alan’s love of tennis stems from his childhood on Melbourne’s bayside with Seaford Tennis Club.
He came to Queensland in 1988 and to the Redlands in 1997.
Alan, a graphic designer, put up his hand on Sunday for another term in the club chair he has had for the past two years.
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