Season's Greetings

Dec 24, 2016

We aren’t going to die of boredom in 2017

Wishing everyone happy holidays and good fortune in 2017

Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Charles Frydrych's study of a sheltered summer river scene

If you were to go fishing or camping say 20 kilometres to one side of the Sydney-Melbourne flight corridors in the Monaro High Plains these paintings capture the clear light and tranquillity of the Australian countryside south of Canberra and into the state of Victoria.

Here’s wishing those who take a break at this time of the year such calmness and peace as seen in Charles Frydrych’s sheltered river scene (above). It might reach 39C out in the open but ribbons of gum trees following the watercourses can keep temperatures in the mid 20s.

From the Monaro high plains not too far from this reporter’s home the outliers of the Snowy Mountains will show themselves, as in the Leonard Hugh Long painting (below) as blue hills during the hot summer months.  You can trail ride this landscape for hours and never encounter holiday road traffic or even hear the sound of one of the busier jet routes in the world.

It’s a fine place for a break, but Plane Talking will be open for news, and conversations, as events might require until the great southern land goes back to work in the middle of January.

Wishing All a much better 2017 than many expect. Whatever happens, no-one is going to die of boredom.




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9 thoughts on “We aren’t going to die of boredom in 2017

  1. comet

    2017: Trump is going to start a trade war. That won’t be boring.

    1. Dan Dair

      It’s not the trade wars that DJT will start that concern me,
      it’s the other kind…….
      As Ben cannily says,
      We won’t die of boredom.

      I hope with all my heart I’m completely wrong.!!!!!!

      ……..& on that happy note;
      Merry Christmas everyone.!!!!!

  2. anthonyhall

    Thanks Ben, all the best for this and next year.

  3. chris turnbull

    Thanks Ben for another year of great reporting and analysis. Happy holidays to you and to everyone who makes such considered comments (and respectfully tolerate some of mine )!

  4. Crocodile Chuck

    Heaps of thanks to Ben & also the other denizens of Plane Talking, who make this site so interesting.

  5. TomTom

    It will never be boring, so long as Ben Sandilands is on the beat and his followers are exchanging opinions and verbal jousts. I join those above in thanking you, Ben, for all of your efforts to date and in looking forward to what it is to come. I hope that you will be able to enjoy restful and peaceful holidays, for as long as that lasts until the next boredom-smasher jumps into the headlines.

  6. Tango


    Thank you and the same to all on the site.

    1. Tango

      And sadly with DT in office its going to pretty awful (and we can hope just that)

      We have gone from the President I think who most reflected Lincoln to one who most reflects Herman Goering with the powers of Mussolini.

      And in passing, I will say God Speed John Glen, you checked out just in time.

  7. Bill

    I’ll add my thanks to you Ben for another year of your blog and the lively discussions that ensue.

    Successful 2017 to all!

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