Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sometimes You Find It's Not Always Easy to Say Sorry

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Sometimes You Find It's Not Always Easy to Say Sorry

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IT seems Prime Minister Kevin Rudd is king of the apologies.

And good on him.

Certainly the apologies he has delivered to indigenous people and Forgotten Australians have been long overdue. And they have been heartfelt.

But, in a light-hearted vein, a couple of my mates have suggested apologies that also need to be delivered.

Who is going to apologise for the price of beer going up every year?

Who is going to apologise for making us work almost every day, year in year out when we would be much happier just lolling around on a tropical island?

Some of my braver friends have suggested I might ask my wife for this apology, but they don't seem game enough to take up that particular challenge themselves.

Who is going to apologise to Australian rugby fans for the Wallabies' ability to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory - time and time again?

I reckon "Dingo" Deans should be in the frame for that one.

Who is going to apologise for our cricket team losing the Ashes to a group of average Pommie cricketers?

Ricky Ponting, perhaps? Or do the selectors take a swing at that?

Who is going to apologise for slow racehorses, rainy days, hangovers, ingrown toenails, sullen shop assistants, terrible music, awful movies, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Alan Bond, global warning, smaller chocolates, inept columnists, failed diets . . .

The list of apologies needed is too long and awful to contemplate.

Then, as we thought about it a bit longer, we reckoned there probably were a few apologies that we should send out.

So, I'd like to apologise to a few tennis partners of mine.

I know I've missed my fair share of volleys at the net and I've really appreciated your restraint in not saying anything until I'm out of hearing.

I'd like to apologise to several of my friends' mothers who still blame me for their sons' bad habits involving racetracks and pubs. …

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