Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

World Events Prove Very 'Grump Making'

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

World Events Prove Very 'Grump Making'

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SWANNELL

PETER SWANNELL

IT was just after lunch last Saturday and I was feeling more than a bit grumpy.

Donald Trump had just announced his vice-presidential running mate would be Mike Pence, the Governor of Indiana. Most commentators gave Pence the thumbs up; he's good value for money.

He will, they say, be a great asset for Trump's campaign and greatly improve his chances of gaining the presidency.

That is enough to make anybody grumpy. Anything that improves the chances of Donald Trump getting into the White House is seriously grump-making, not to say deeply concerning.

When, as on Saturday, it is preceded by news of the latest Turkey coup, with many people killed in a military uprising in Istanbul you realise once again what a chaotic, dangerous place the world is right now.

And, this latest atrocity almost pales into insignificance compared with the maniacal events in France. Nice was a far-from nice place to be, with a deranged driver at the wheel of a very large truck.

The "randomness" of who becomes the victims adds to the sense of insecurity that is a characteristic of these attacks no matter how many innocent bystanders suffer.

So, with several hours still to go before kick-off time in the Broncos' match there was every reason to be grumpily depressed.

I decided that the best course of action was to retreat to the toilet with part of the weekend Chronicle and the expectation of a lengthy meander through the local trivia from a moderately comfortable sitting position.

I've often found this soothes the mind especially when I've already done the chores associated with clearing up the previous evening's dirty dishes and my wife is on the Saturday shopping roster.

With most things happening fairly normally below the belt, it was time to take in the speculation surrounding the Janetzky v Thorley play-off. …

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