Chapter 11 Written / Published 7.2./14.2.18 (Pics by author, unless indicated)
Every January Adelaide's sports calendar is dominated by a cycling race. This and another race feature big in this chapter. All link to another sport - football.
During the week's writing, a senior figure in our Federal Government dominated our News. We shall see a silver lining in the dark cloud hanging over him in Canberra. Couldn't help having fun with a German word.
My main sport, shooting photos anywhere and seeing magic later, came during church in the morning and that bicycle race in the afternoon. It's all so amazing to comprehend.
Revelations just keep coming; one from outer space - literally!
11. HE 1
On Saturday February 3rd, 2018 our Adelaide United football team played against Perth Glory at home. That day I did not go to Cooper Stadium to watch. I had worked all day, cleaning out my tool shed, throwing out years of useless stuff and reorganizing the rest. My old bones needed some rest.
Besides this, the match was broadcast on free to air TV; not many matches are. As I followed the young team play and listened to the two commentators, Ned Z and Brenton S, one brief comment one of them made puzzled me:
My peculiar, number-sensitive mind picked this up and wondered, what was that all about? What numbers are we talking about? As the first half of the game progressed I was still pondering their comment. What I saw next, and where it would be leading to, I now find amazing. Had I gone to the stadium I would certainly have never given a thought to what I discovered, a historic number.
You see, in my days of playing soccer the players carried numbers on their jerseys, which indicated what position they play at, i.e: 1 (goalkeeper), 2 (left fullback), 5 (centre midfield) etc. Numbers higher than the mid 20's were seldom seen.
Watching a Perth player that evening wear jersey number 88, another number 66, made my NOS brain question: "What is the total of all the Perth team's numbers on the field?" It was hard to catch the back of the team's eleven numbers, but by half-time I came up with these:
4 - 3 - 8 - 7 - 9 - 66 - 88 - 14 - 23 - 17 and 33.
Just to be sure I checked online, if this was really the correct line-up. It was. Would the total be on of my numbers, I wondered as I added them up? It was: 272.
As I wrote all this into my diary the next afternoon, more revelations came. As things unfolded, one after another, I questioned my sanity: Was I going nuts, was I allowing my thoughts to create something, a spooky story out of nothing but a few numbers that happen to add up?
That afternoon was very hot, well above 40 deg. One of our sons was visiting, but it was too hot for anything, except keeping cool in front of the air conditioner. The television was tuned into SBS, even though nobody in the room was paying attention.
When I heard the voice of Phil Liggett I started to take more notice. The gentleman is called 'the voice of cycling'. There was a bicycle race broadcast live. Gradually it became clear that SBS was broadcasting live the of Victoria.
Now I paid closer attention to the television. The name of the place where the race was finishing jolted my brain to full attention. I snapped the picture below, seconds before the finishing line.
TV picture (SBS) - Sun Herald Tour, 2018, Finish 50 m, Kinglake
The winner of that day's stage around Kinglake was rider No. 72. Take a look:
SBS TV screen, 4.Feb.18 - Overall winners list
(Two weeks earlier.)
The year 2018 marked the 20th year of the Tour Down Under (TDU), South Australia's popular cycle race. It's the first on the international, professional cycling calendar. Riders from all over the world come down under to participate, among them German Andre Greipel.
His arrival particularly interested me, because previously there was a time, whenever I made the effort to watch a race, Greipel won. (Bk. 13, 3). In 2018 it was no different, but only at two of the six stages, the first and the last.
The opening race on Sunday 14th is only a warm up, an exhibition event, not a stage as such. Yet, if we were to include it, we could say Greipel won the 7th and the 2nd race!
Above shown race finished in Lyndoch, in the Barossa Valley. The weather again was very hot, and there were things I could have done instead. Looking back, I'm glad I made the effort to load my bike into the green Suzuki, drive to Sandy Creek and ride to Lyndoch to be part of this great event:
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Before the big event had started (the 20th anniversary of the Tour Down Under) I wondered what it would bring to write about? Looking back, I am amazed as to how much transpired, which I saw and felt urged to record in my diary. More amazing was the fact that number ONE, the digit which featured in the previous two chapters, again was showing off.
Take a look at this, the list of each race (and stage) winners in the week-long cycling event:
Anyone thinking No. 141 spoilt the poker, think again:
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When commencing this chapter I had considered just giving it a very short title - HE. (Read on to understand why). As the above numbers of the winners emerged, I decided to add 1. What came next, looking through my many photos, could almost be described as prophetic. As I browsed my picture gallery I spotted the following picture - a perfect match:
I had no idea, who I was photographing as the peleton came racing down Montefiore Hill on the final race of the tour. It was No. 185 Scott Bowden, an Australian rider.
Peleton, Race 6, Adelaide Circuit, Sunday 21.1.18
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There were more peculiarities I discovered surrounding Le Tour 2018. Let's just for a moment leave the hard work in the saddle and return home for some armchair recreation - television.
Following the previous chapter's publication, as happened frequently, names that I had written about crossed my path. This time is was the name Will.
Returning home from Lyndoch after Greipel's great win, a strange 'will episode' came up on Channel Nine's TV quiz Millionaire Hotseat. I wrote into my diary: Amazing stuff.
Wikipedia tells us that William 1 was also called William the Conqueror. Few riders in the Tour Down Under could be called conqueror. Let me declare rider No.1, Richie Porte of the BMC team, the conqueror of Willunga Hill.
Tour Down Under, Stage 5, Saturday 20.1.18
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At this point (13.2.18 - 8.50 EST) a very powerful politician in Canberra is about to make a statement in a much anticipated press conference. The gentleman has been under pressure to step down from his position as Deputy Prime Minister.
As happens a lot in the workplace, the Dep. PM, Barnaby Joyce, had an affair with a female parliamentary staff member. The lady fell pregnant. His wife and four daughters are deeply hurt.
In my humble opinion Mr. Joyce, having chosen to become a political leader, should live an exemplary life. Being in the spotlight, with people looking up to them, any leader should live a life above reproach.
But there is a silver lining in the dark Canberra cloud. So far I have not heard anybody mention it. It seems the media is avoiding it, since what I'm about to write could open a can of worms. It may stir public discussion on another controversial subject - abortion.
To their credit, the pregnant staff member and Mr. Joyce did not decide to kill the newly created life, but they chose to let it live. If any young ladies, who find themselves in an unwanted pregnancy, were to think: "If our Dep. Prime Minister can cope with the shame of this, I can too," the whole affair would serve a purpose. Many babies on death-row would be allowed to live.
Because nobody in the media mentioned the silver lining in above sad saga, I felt an urge to do so in a brief email to TV Channel Nine. An earlier segment in their Today breakfast show had a child prodigy, a four year old toddler, fluently reading from a book. In the same segment the little genius was also shown, reading a car registration plate, when aged two or three.
It so happened, I saw that day's date (2/10) in the digits of that registration plate: 120. The letters that came with it - PQY - at first meant very little. Only after I had started typing my email did the question (Q) as to why (Y) nearly made me P (sorry just kidding).
Typing the word Deputy (Prime Minister) I sudden thought of a funny German word. It made me laugh out loud, because it only took the letter P to create. Here is the text:
Anyone from Southern Germany knows what a Depp is: a fool).
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At our church service on Sunday 21st January the theme was about doing foolish things for God. The subject of our Minister's sermon was the victory the Israelites of the Old Testament won, obeying a foolish command from God: Take a high-walled, fortified city by blowing trumpets!
The Israelites were ordered to walk around the city of Jericho once every day for six days. On the seventh day they were to walk around it seven times, then blow trumpets and rams horns and let out mighty shouts. They did it. The foolish plan, totally irrational, worked. The walls fell. Israel won their first battle after entering Canaan, the promised land.
The sermon that Sunday was given by a lady in a white uniform shirt. Because my wife was not with me in church, I decided to sit on the far right of the church, next to a friend, who always sits on his own. After sitting down, very much 'off-side' I noticed that the microphone cables, which took so much of our attention in recent years, were outside my line of vision. Good, I thought, no need for any photos today!
I was wrong. During the prayer at the very end of the sermon, I did take a picture. It was uncanny, because what I saw with my eyes and heard with my ears, the song we were singing, stirred my mind for action. Here are the lyrics:
Ingle Farm Salvos, January 21, 2018
But HE did not end there. The 'foolishness' continued. I find it hard to explain, but facts remain facts, totally unplanned and out of my control:
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Still, there was more. That same evening HE cropped up again in a crossword puzzle. The peculiarity was that it was a different kind of crossword, one where you get clues and you have to find the dividing line between words.
As happened in Chapter 8 with Cer (Cerium), which also linked to the church screen, this time it was Helium, ie. 'Zeichen fuer Helium' = HE.
Crossword puzzle with a difference: HE
Roestbrotscheibe = Toast / Zeichen (sign) fuer Helium = HE
Two weeks later, Feb 4th, 18, sitting in the usual spot in church, HE again made an appearance. This time my wife was beside me. I didn't feel like starting World War Three, not about HE, so the following drawing has to suffice:
HE - as head of the Salvation Army!
That Sunday, everyone received this bookmark with the Army's latest motto:
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In the days leading up to this chapter my mind was occupied with an unresolved issue from long ago. Regular readers may have wondered what was happening in the matter of my jailed magistrate friend Peter Liddy inside Mount Gambier prison. I am touching on this touchy subject, because something did happen, and also because a little googling led again to an unexpected He.
With this thought in mind I googled the biblical phrase 'Corruption in high places'. The very first result (googled it again right here) was an essay, published in the NY Times, written on Jan. 5, 1861.
Take a look at the author's name, how well it fits into our chapter:
Rev. Dr. Canfield - Corruption in High Places (NY Times).
Nothing has changed in almost 158 years. If anything, corruption in all quarters has grown, not only in America but the world over. Corruption stalls progress, individual venality ruins entire nations. Dr. Canfield would be shocked at the moral state of America today, and indeed the entire western world.
Why no space in Hemakes?
The bible verse Dr. Canfield used as text is found in the Old Testament book of Isaiah.
Thank God, HIS will is not that everyone will perish, but all come to repentance and to love HIM.
What a perfect day - Valentine's Day - to point to an ancient scripture, where God declared HIS love for HIS people:
(Deuteronomy 14, 2)