Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Love all, luvvie

What a marvellous time in Melbourne. The tennis is happening. While I have little interest in tennis, the tennis authorities maintain my vague interest by tolerance of bad male tennis behaviour and some extraordinary and unsettling noises emitted by female tennis players as they whack the ball. Stop both and get some respect back into the game.

Yes, such a feel good time in Melbourne when the tennis is on. Is it self funding? Perhaps not. The government perhaps pays for the facilities. Well, when the Melbourne car racing Grand Prix is on, all the people who love and go to see tennis, stay at home with their noses held firmly in the air about car racing. The Australian Open doesn't cost us much to put on and generates huge amounts of extra money from visitors. Not so the Grand Prix which is a terrible financial drain on Victorian taxpayers. Why not take the money from the failing Grand Prix and put it into tennis and the Australian Open?

Anyway, a question for you foreign types. If you are overseas and watch the Australian Open, do you get local commentary or take an Australian feed. I hope the former. I know Marie likes tennis. Do you get a BBC commentary feed? Ken and Walt in France, do you listen to it in French or take an English language feed from where? Anyone else?

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  1. Sorry, I don't follow tennis:(

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    1. Sandra, how unAustralian of you.

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    2. LOL. Ya got me:)

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  2. My guess is that France would get its own commentary of the Oz Open. I'm pretty sure that the BBC/ITV, or whatever, provides its own commentary for the Old Dart, I've heard excerpts of their commentary previously on the BBC World Service.

    I understand that BBC Radio long ago stopped taking Australia's commentary of Ashes cricket series played in Australia. They found it just as excruciating and one sided as we find their commentary of those series played in England.

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    1. Victor, yes, you only have to listen to British cricket commentators to appreciate how good they are compared to our theatrical lot.

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  3. Don't follow the tennis, but I enjoy watching the fun charity matches with the pros having a hit n giggle.

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    1. Jayne, the old hit and giggle club. That's my kind of sport.

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  4. I love tennis and always watch the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But you are right about the grunting. So if a player is a known grunter, our tv is put on silence mode until the game is over.

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    1. Hels, you probably don't miss at times the inane commentary either.

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  5. I'm overseas Andrew :), we get it in English - I just keep and eye on the tennis and don't care for grunting women or men whilst they play!

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    1. Overseas indeed, Margaret. You obviously get the Australian commentary.

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    2. Yes in Australian English.

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  6. I would fine those female tennis player $1000 per grunt; that'd soon stop them.

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    1. Cro, and men too although I find the noise women players make far more annoying.

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  7. If I didn't already dislike tennis that disgusting grunting would definitely turn me off. There's simply no need for it, we already know they're putting a lot of effort into their game. It should be stopped. it is possible to exhale without activating the vocal cords. Tennis was better when the players didn't sound constipated.

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    1. River, and in my opinion when white was de rigueur and not hot pink teamed with black. Pleated tennis dresses looked ever so nice. But you see how bad behaviour and awful vocal noises have interested me who is not interested tennis.

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  8. I am not a sports fan so I do not care but .... Andrew if you do go ... do not take that baby with you!!! LOL
    What is worse ? Grunts or baby cries???? LOL

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    1. Lady J, grunts are worse. You can always put your hand over a baby's mouth to silence it.

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  9. Love the gratuitous half naked tennis player Andrew.. game, set and match 😀😀

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    1. Lleyton Hewitt, I believe Grace. Next thing you will accuse me of putting up a picture just because I can and for the titillation factor.

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  10. Have a good one, Andrew.

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  11. The BBC don't have the viewing rights so i have to watch it on sky which i dont have but my son and daughter do. My grandson arrived at such a convenient time for me to be staying with my daughter so i can watch the AO. I stay up with the baby of course to a ridiculous hour to watch or get up in the middle of the night to watch. The commentators are English which suits me. The grunting needs to be stopped as it detracts from the tennis. I am not happy about umpires ignoring bad language and poor behaviour on court. I would put a stop to that straight away.

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    1. Marie, I assumed the BBC would have it. I guess it was outbid in the rights. A very convenient time for your grandson to arrive indeed. Most people think as you do about poor behaviour.

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  12. I love the tennis, and as I've written previously in my blog, I've been bingeing on it throughout January...starting off with Perth's Hopman Cup, the Brisbane International through to the Aus Open...love it! It's a fabulous sport.

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    1. As I read, Lee. I really admire people who have such a focus, whereas I have none.

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  13. I don't get many channels here, but there is ta do, I've heard, on the Open in Australia so I would imagine its on channels here I don't get, with local commentary. Although, on Saturday morning, past the news, soccer comes on, from England, and its all British feed and commentary, so I don't know about the open.

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    1. Jesus, another fucking unAustralian person.

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  14. It's all French commentary here. The player's interviews after matches are simultaneously translated by the commentators (which is pretty impressive). The AO is carried by Eurosport this year on our satellite package. I record a lot of it since it starts at 01h00 our time. I get to see the night sessions live, at 09h00!

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    1. Walt, so you listen to it in French, and not English?

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  15. The only downside of the AO is the altered tram route along Flinders Street. I find it very difficult to get a tram all the way home, with most terminating before they reach my stop and heading back out to the Arena.

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    1. Understand Ad Rad. The tennis shuttles don't go far enough and the tennis congestion makes the 70 and 75, yet it shouldn't as it is known delay and should be catered for. I hope you haven't had to travel on the City Circle with all those tourists.

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