‘Tis the silly season. . . .

Silly mid-on, silly mid-off etc.  Australia is in the throws of an Ashes Series so cricket is at the top of my agenda at the moment.

I might mention that the Big Bash League is also in full swing.  I thought that there could be no better time to read this autobiography.I am really enjoying the read and at the same time I am learning a bit about the way a cricket team operates behind the scenes and the relationships among the players in a team.  It is an entertaining read and is a bare all account of his cricketing career.  He has been controversial at times and it was interesting to read his version of various events.

If you are a cricket fan then this is well worth a read.

 

 

Money makes the world go round. . . . .

We were recently in Canberra for a day and we paid a visit to the Royal Australian Mint. The picture above is the entry that we used when we visited with our children many years ago.  We were now visiting with our granddaughter and we were surprised to find that this is no longer the entry to the Mint.

There is now a fancy, ,much more touristy entry to the Mint and it is wheelchair accessible.

The entry is around the corner from these photos.

The gallery for viewing the Mint is a huge improvement on our experience back in the 1980s.  They have excellent displays and interactive exhibits.  There is a discovery booklet for children and plenty for children to see and do.

There is a robot on the work floor but unfortunately we were there during holiday time so the robot was only doing a set pattern to let people see that it actually worked.  We will need to go back when the Mint in producing money to see the robot in full action.One of the exhibits that caught my eye was the Melbourne Cup trophy from 1888.

It is such a beautiful trophy compared to the trophy the winner receives these days.

The Royal Australian Mint is certainly somewhere you should visit if you are ever in Canberra.  I will be returning when the Mint is in operation as I want to see the robot in full working mode.