Simon the Pieman wasn’t the only one to contact me after seeing me on Mass For You At Home today, but certainly he was the first.

As for myself, I was still fast asleep at 5:30 this morning! If I was so inclined, I’d wait until the episode is uploaded to the MFYAH website.

At this point (Sunday evening) the website still shows last week’s Pentecost Sunday Mass, which was offered by Monsignor Anthony Ireland, who was the rector of Corpus Christi College for more than half of my seminary training!

I don’t rate my homilette on the Trinity, but if you get in early, you can still catch Mgr Ireland’s much better Pentecost homily on the gift of listening. You’ll also find it on page 40 of last issue’s Kairos.

Both of Mgr Ireland’s homilies published in Kairos incorporate a quote from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. A lot of priests have done this in observance of the Year of Faith. It’s not something I have done up to this point, but I might start next week.

Incidentally, it’s only just occurred to me how prescient it is, that I was instructed when recording my TV masses to pray not for “Benedict, our Pope,” but “His Holiness the Pope.”

Touché TV land. Touché.

Race 3 at Hamilton

Race 3 at Hamilton

Simon the Pieman has sent me a few tips for tomorrow’s races in Ballarat and Hamilton. (Both great cities, but I’m now wondering why I always end up in the coldest places in Victoria!)

Of particular interest is Hamilton race 3. Simon tells me this is a high weight race, meaning that it features jumps jockeys, who are riding on the flat. Jumps jockeys are heavier and taller than normal jockeys. There’s quite a few Irishmen in the field of jumps jockeys at present, bulking up Australia’s thin numbers. You learn something new every day!

For those who like a punt, the Pieman recommends nos. 13, 6, and 4. This is significant, because another reader owns shares in Little Villain, who’s starting from barrier 3. A close relative of the said owner has dubiously enquired, “Isn’t this horse on a merchant ship somewhere, feeding 300 sailors?”

Little Villain’s loyal owner insists this would never happen – at least until Monday, when the option might be reconsidered. Depending on the results of Sunday’s race of course.

I’m of a mind to back Little Villain, for the simple reason that the Pieman doesn’t rate him. Based on the Pieman’s past form, that may well be a good thing!

In reply to the Pieman

In reply to the Pieman

Some posts write themselves. And some posts are practically written by others. This is such a post.

I received the following e-mail yesterday, in response to the comment thread below my previous post. (I hope the contributors to that discussion – I’m one of them! – will receive this with the good humour intended!)

The comment Pieman has made on your last post on celibacy was fantastic. A fitting end to a com-box debate that was going nowhere.

(At this point, I might interrupt and reply to the Pieman’s enquiries. I’m not a big fan of fried fruit Simon, so I’ll pass on the frittata. But it would by privilege to make you a hot chocolate on my beloved Miss Silvia. I’m quietly confident it will be every bit as good as anything you get at the Westpac Centre!)

[The Pieman’s intervention] reminds me of a story Chesterton tells of his sister-in-law (also a journalist). H.G. Wells had written an article on racial segregation in the deep south.

A man from Bexley wrote a letter to the editor stressing that inter-racial marriages would be the end of society and no integration could be possible. He signed his letter ‘White Man.’ Wells replied to ‘The White Man of Bexley’ that he was not generally inclined to marry everyone and anyone he met on the street, and that within the circles he frequented “the ettiquette was calmer.”

This correspondence sparked off one letter signed by ‘Black Man,’ and another from an Asian noting that discrimination isn’t limited to Africans alone, signed ‘Brown Man.’

The exchange of views was capped off by a letter calling for everyone to work hand in hand for the common brotherhood of humanity, signed ‘Mauve Man with Green Spots.’ Chesterton attributed this to his sister-in-law.

In the case of Simon the Pieman, the green spots might be replaced with black and white stripes!

The May racing carnival

The May racing carnival

Simon the Pieman, last seen on the side of tram no. 2032, has sent me his tips for tomorrow’s big day in Warrnambool.

The nation may stop for the Melbourne Cup, but the city of Warrnambool stops for the whole week of its May Racing Carnival! But the big ones — the Grand Annual Steeplechase and the Warrnambool Cup — are held on the first Thursday of May.

A little precaution though. Simon the Pieman’s opinions are far from infallible. By way of example, he claims that “we were lucky” we won the Anzac Day match. A highly dubious claim. I’d put it down to Collingwood’s insurmountable talent. But that’s just me.

Hello Fr. John. How are you going? I went to the football last week. We were lucky.

Last week St. Pius X celebrated 50 years since the first Mass held at West Warrnambool. There’s an article on the diocesan website.

There are 10 big races tomorrow at the Bool. I’ll try and give you a winner.

Race 1 Hurdle.

1. Honour the Force
4. Goldtown
6. Thomond Park
7. Luck Lindsay.

Race 2.

11. God’s Own Country.
16. Rainbow Queen.
8. Sir Tully
17. Fifteen Schooners.

Race 3

6. Staddle the Stars
3. The Miggstar
13. Mister Cool (This horse is ridden by my mate Jason Benbow he lent me his goggles one day.)
9. King’s A Star.

Race 4.

2. Crafty Cruiser
13. The Fonz (This is a local horse trained my mate Jarrod Mclean at Yangery.)
20. Le Roi Charlemagne (This horse might not get run but just check the scrachings — it is fourth emergency)

6. Glenisla Crossing. (This horse is traine at Hamilton.)

Race 5. Simon’s Waterfront sponsors this race!

This is two year old’s race. Watch for the superstar.
1.Gold Medals
13. Latino Goss
9. Strop
6. Monbazillac.

Now the Big One. The Grand Annual.

33 fences and 5500 and Rick McIntosh calling who loves the jumps he brings jumps racing alive.
3, Tobouggie Nights. (This is trained my my mate John Wheeler. He has won 4 Grand Annuals.)
4. Pay the Aces
6. Grizz
9. Big Jam (This is trained by Jarrod McLean he has two runners in this another one is Cats Fun it has got a chance too)

Race 7.

6. Finishing Card. (When I have a box trifecta my favourite numbers are 2,6 and 12 because they were the numbers when I got my first box tri.)
2 Forty Two Below
12. Belleza Veloz
3. Youbolt.

Race 8. The Cup.

Dandy Andy won this race is 1988 and won the Australia Cup. Last year’s runner up won the Sydney Cup last weekend.

16. The Black Oak (Jason Benbow is riding this)
10 Swooper
7. Module
15. Abitfado

Race 9.

5. Mikeys Magic
11. Jetta
7. Tolka Polka
6. Shysta

Race 10.

The lucky last — but the party continues at the pubs afterwards. I’m having a $3 box tri on 2, 6 and 12.

3. Wealthy Lad
12. Diamonds of Dusk
6. Famoss
7. Nicastro (Yes this is trained by Jarrod McLean too!)

All these horse are all good each ways bets, but just check the scratchings.

I backed a horse today which paid $14 for a place (it came 3rd). I say if you can’t back a winner, just soak up the atmosphere and thanks be to God for letting Warrnambool have its big three day carnival with jumps races!

Keep Well and Happy Punting from Simon the Pieman.

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