Seniors Week Bike Ride 2015

Sunday 4th October was the launch of 2015 Victorian Seniors week and Melbourne turnedIMG_0604 on a glorious day – sunny, warm and blue skies, certainly up to the reputation of a ‘most livable city.’
For the third year running Life Activities Clubs of Victoria organised it’s 11km “Poker Bike Ride” on a circular course from Federation Square along the Yarra River and return. The objective, as well as taking a leisurely and companionable bicycle ride, is to pick up five playing cards at various check points and attempt to return with a winning poker hand. Omnicycle had a reputation to uphold as they took out both the first and second prizes in last years competition.

IMG_1740Although this year the numbers riding were significantly down but Omnicycle was suitably represented, sporting the new seasons 2015 T-shirt, in an attempt to live up to last year’s coup (luck!) – which, unfortunately was not to be.
The ride along the Yarra was leisurely, perfect conditions with the river almost sparkling (as much sparkle as can be attributed to our much-loved and maligned river that can be imagined) plenty of energetic activity along the banks as well as on the water. Runners, walkers, dog walkers, cyclists, leisure cruises, canoe paddlers, rowing teams and gaily painted Dragon Boats with their enthusiastic teams out practicing lustily for some future event.

Well, it seemed like Team Omnicycle could only make a pair of twos this year whereas Sandra -congratulations Sandra – took the day with a full house!

Janet from the COTA Silver Streaks team, Sandra the winner and Nick from Team Omnicyle

Janet from the COTA Silver Streaks team, Sandra the winner and Nick from Team Omnicyle

Many thanks to Lindsay and Heather from Life Activities Clubs Victoria for staging the Poker Bike Ride event – looking forward to next year’s.

Note – To find out more about Life Activities Clubs Victoria go to  or click on the link on the blog home page.

The Problem With the Today Generation…..

Out on the town these old texters stand,
Grasping their Iphones in their long bony hands.
Fixed is their gaze on the Alphas and the Ohs
Won’t they be happy if the message really goes!

Tap go the keypads….. tap, tap, tap….
One asks “How do you work this? I think I need an App!”
Don’t look at me the other says, I’ve just made a blue
And curses at the wretched thing ‘cos it’s…..

“………modern technology which I really don’t understand and haven’t a clue why I’d want to go through all this anguish at mucking around with all this typing and entering stuff when I could just dial a number and talk to someone that I know who would love to hear my voice and understand what I’m trying to say…… that’s if I’m really trying to say anything at all. uuuuugh!”

****Profound apologies to the author of “Click go the Shears” as two verses could almost be sung to the same tune……* Admin

.….In June 2013 it was discovered that a version of the song was first published in 1891 in the regional Victorian newspaper the Bacchus Marsh Express under the title “The Bare Belled Ewe” and the tune given as “Ring the Bell Watchman.” That version was signed “C. C. Eynesbury, Nov. 20, 1891,”[1] Eynesbury being a rural property located in the Bacchus Marsh area.[2] It is possible that “C.C.” was the author of the song.