|Thursday, 18 March 2004|
The end of the sadness
I have had a sad few weeks in relation to my still new car.
A few weeks back my car was violated by Qantas Valet Parking located at Sydney Airport. I returned from a trip interstate to find the right hand side of my car scratched and dented. I felt sick. My baby had been violated. The valet company accepted no responsibility for the damage - as per their Terms & Conditions. What a copout! They could at least have told me and said sorry. I am really disappointed with the service from Qantas in relation to this.
The day came and I took it to the local office. AAMI provides a taxi from their office to your next destination, as well as a taxi to collect the car, so I went back home. It was tough leaving my car behind.
The following day, I got a call from my Client Manager, who told me the car was at All Ride Smash Repair, and that I could collect it on Mar 17. I was happy, because I knew when I would collect the car, and the smash repairer had a website!
However, as we got closer to the date, things didn't turn out as expect. In the end, the car pickup was delayed by one day, and I finally got it on Mar 18. Doesn't matter in the end - I now have my car back.
It has been really inconvenient this week without my car. Having four kids is a challenge most of the time, but having to ferry them all around with just one car has been a real challenge for my long suffering wife. Oh well, it's all over now.
Martyn continues run revival - Cricket - www.smh.com.au
Damien Martyn scored an unbeaten century on the third day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy with Australia 5-320 - a lead of 229 runs - as rain brought an early end to the third afternoon of play.
Players were forced from the field an hour before tea. Umpires later abandoned play for the day.
Martyn is not out 104 and Andrew Symonds on 6 in Australia's second innings total of 5-320 - a handy lead of 229.
The batsmen out today were Adam Gilchrist for 144, Darren Lehmann for 21 and captain Ricky Ponting for 27.
Earlier, Australia went to lunch on 4-299 on the third day of the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka.
At the break, Martyn was not out on 90 and Ponting was on 27.
Martyn has been lucky, dropped on 0 and 65, both times by Mahela Jayawardene at second slip off the bowling of Nuwan Zoysa.
His early life today, when he had added just one run to his overnight score, reinforced the need for patience and he crawled through the rest of the session, scoring just 26 runs in two hours.
After taking more than more five hours to make his drought-breaking century in the first Test in Galle, Martyn was set for an even longer ton here, having batted more than five and a half hours already as Australia tries to build a big lead as well as use up time.
Ponting injured but Gilly leads fightback - Cricket - www.smh.com.au
Adam Gilchrist proved a worthy deputy in more ways than one as captain Ricky Ponting sat out the start of Australia's second innings with a back injury in the second cricket Test against Sri Lanka at Asgiriya Stadium here today.
Batting at No.3 in place of the injured Ponting, the Australian vice-captain scored his 10th Test century to lead the Australian rescue program on the second day.
While Ponting got continuous treatment for his damaged back, Gilchrist rediscovered the form that had abandoned him in the latter part of the summer.
His last century was in the first Test against Zimbabwe back in October and this ton ends a string of single digit scores for the wicketkeeper.
At stumps, with bad light stopping play, Australia was 2-221, with Gilchrist on 140 and Damien Martyn on 64.
Australia leads by 130 runs with eight wickets in hand.