Auctioneer Haesley Cush thought he had auctioned every before — until now. AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.I have auctioned some amazing stuff over the years. Some great homes, some amazing experiences for charities, beautiful pieces of art and artefacts from around a the world.Regularly people ask, “What’s the craziest thing you’ve been asked to auction?”.But yesterday I received a call from my dear friend, Diane O’Reilly, who asked if I could do an auction at the ‘Mother of Boys Lunch’ next Friday 11th May.She is emceeing the event with Kylie Lang and they’re are raising money for the Red Rose Foundation.As I was checking my diary, I casually asked her “What are we selling?”.There was a pause.“Well Haesley you’ve probably not done one of these before” she said“Try me,” I jeered condescendingly.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“We are auctioning off a vaginal rejuvenation treatment”. Long pause.“You’re right” I replied after what seemed like an inappropriate amount of time.“What is that?”.Diane went on to explain the amazing work conducted by Brisbane gynaecologist, Rod Allen. She went to great lengths to explain that the procedure was ideal for many woman, that it was not cosmetic and it was a highly in demand procedure that could be life changing for may women.After her pep talk and knowing I would have a room full of captive women. I flicked through the diary to ensure I could recite my new insights in modern magical medicine.Unfortunately I will be overseas!!But in true Mothers of Boys spirit Diane jumped straight on the phone and my good mate Peter Bergin, from Place Estate Agents will be wielding his gavel over what I can honestly say is the most surprising prize I have ever seen on an auction catalogue.
GERMAN regional rail operator Regental Bahnbetriebs-Gesellschaft has reached agreement to run its Vogtlandbahn services into the centre of Zwickau over the tracks of the local tram network. The company’s eight RegioSprinter low-floor diesel railcars are to be fitted with direction indicators, brake lights, warning bells and electric point actuators for street running.A connection between the railway and tram networks is to be built at the city’s main station, and Zwickau is to lay an additional rail along the metre-gauge route into the city centre to accommodate the standard-gauge trains from Plauen and towns close to the Czech border. Through running is expected to start with the 1998-99 winter timetable. o
BENNINGTON, Neb. – Ten race dates at tracks in three states comprise the 2017 schedule for the Sprint Series of Nebraska.Each main event in the tour for IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars pays $700 to win and a minimum of $250 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Allstar Performance State and special series points will be awarded.The series visits two tracks for the first time: Raceway Park in Jefferson, S.D., on June 18 and the Belleville, Kan., High Banks on July 3. The latter will be co-sanctioned with the United Rebel Sprint Series.Nebraska venues on the schedule include I-80 Speedway, Eagle Raceway, U.S. 30 Speedway and Boone County Raceway.More information about the third annual tour is available from Director Roger Hadan at 402 639-4722.2017 Sprint Series of Nebraska schedule – Saturday, April 1 at I-80 Speedway, Greenwood; Saturday, April 15 at Eagle Raceway; Thursday, April 27 at U.S. 30 Speedway, Columbus; Thursday, May 18 at U.S. 30 Speedway, Columbus; Sunday, June 18 at Raceway Park, Jefferson, S.D.; Thursday, June 22 at U.S. 30 Speedway, Columbus; Monday, July 3 at Belleville, Kan., High Banks; Wednesday, July 12 at Boone County Raceway, Albion; Thursday, July 27 at U.S. 30 Speedway, Columbus; and Friday, Sept. 8 at Eagle Raceway.
Asked about the prospect of winning his first title this weekend, Fitzpatrick said: “Hopefully it will come with time. I have said to everyone it’s not something I am absolutely chasing and focusing on. “If I don’t win between now and the Masters (next April) but get into Augusta on the world rankings, I will be a happy man.” As US Amateur champion, Fitzpatrick partnered defending champion Adam Scott and US PGA champion Jason Dufner in the first two rounds at Augusta in 2014, where he missed the cut by a single shot. Press Association Self-confessed “geek” Soren Kjeldsen marked down another successful round in his own record book after setting the clubhouse target in the British Masters on Friday. Kjeldsen was level par for the day after 11 holes before holing a bunker shot on the third and picking up further birdies from close range on the fifth and sixth. “That was nice because I had a little bit of a slow start,” Kjeldsen said. “I made a nice birdie on one and then a poor bogey on two. I hit a bad second shot on three into the bunker there a nd then I holed that nice bunker shot and that sort of set me up for the back nine. I played well after that.” Asked if he was playing the best golf of his career, Kjeldsen added: “I t’s not far off. It’s been really good the last six months. But still, I’ve been to 31 in the world and right now I’m 59. So to be able to say that I’m better than ever, I need to play on that level a little bit.” Fitzpatrick held the overnight lead after an opening 64 and was briefly two shots clear when he birdied the 10th, his first hole of the day, but dropped shots on the 11th, 16th and first. The 21-year-old former US Amateur champion then produced a contender for shot of the day to birdie the third, conjuring up a delicate chip into the fringe and onto a steep downslope before seeing the ball curl perfectly into the hole. Ireland’s Shane Lowry was two shots off the clubhouse lead after a round of 69, with English pair Robert Rock and David Howell on five under after rounds of 65 and 66 respectively. Fitzpatrick finished in style with a birdie from seven feet on the ninth to complete a battling 69 and join Kjeldsen in the lead on nine under. Fitzpatrick is in his first full season on the European Tour after coming through the qualifying school last November, but is currently 36th on the Race to Dubai after three top-three finishes in his last seven events. Kjeldsen carded five birdies and two bogeys to add a 68 to his opening 65 and finish nine under par, one shot ahead of England’s Matt Fitzpatrick, who had two holes to play. The 40-year-old Dane has kept statistics and notes of every round since he was 11 years old, an approach which appears to be paying dividends this season with victory in the Irish Open and runners-up finishes in Sweden and Denmark, where he played his 500th European Tour event.