Monday, December 09, 2019


LAST year Micky "The Bantam Rooster" Norris lobbed a cherry pip over 10metres.

He was lucky.

The year before you had to make 14metres to win.

This year? Who knows. It could be you. Or your mate.

Heats start at 9am, right outside the Visitors Centre.

First prize? Same as always: RETURN TICKET TO NEW ZEALAND.

One commitment: You can't go until March and then you have to spit off in the Rural Games Olive Pip spitting competition.

Why olives? By then the New Zealanders have eaten all their cherries and they are down to their last olives.

What do you care, it's a free trip and you can make a big deal of it and take the entire family. Mickey did and three of them had a such a great time they stayed there.

See below for the official note:
Compete in the annual “pip-off” as contestants vie against each other to see who can spit their cherry pip the furthest. Anyone can enter so come down and have a go!
Heats - 9:00am, Manjimup Visitor Centre
Finals - 10:40am, Main Stage
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Sunday, December 08, 2019


FOR those of you who have not followed the career of Micky "Chunky" Norris, here are a few details and photos of  his trip to Palmerston North, NZ, earlier this year.

Palmerston North, South, East and West, is the epicentre of all that is the best of New Zealand and home to the New Zealand Rural Games, where men are men and the women are better.

Micky Chunky spat in the final and blitzed the field. His olive pip went a remarkable 5 kilometres. Hang on, sorry, that's how far Micky's hotel was from the venue.

Distance is not important in finals - it's the win that matters.

And Mickey won, bringing joy and honour to Manjimup, Western Australia, Australia. And that's not all, in the words of one of our leaders, he brought relief to policemen and women working over the Christmas season, to nurses, doctors, dentists, emergency workers. Let's not get carried away here, to volunteers in all areas - home care, flood recoveries, cats caught in trees.

Thank you, Micky!

And now for more unreliable details.

This how they do it over there, along a green mat. Very precise. Very efficient.
Nothing at all like our madness from the back of a truck, down a main street, with small children in immediate danger.

Here's the Chunk getting ready for the Dunk.

While in NZ, Micky's natural charm, but more particularly, and his wife Aimie's poise, sophistication and sensibility, made them much sought after for photographs with locals wanting to benefit from their auras.

Here is a classic example.

The Mayor of Palmerston North, Grant Smith, Micky, Aimie, and the Mayor's wife Michelle are pictured below. Grant did not spit off in the final, apparently due to an injury sustained earlier in the week during a spat with another regional councillor. He needed the positive publicity and it is believed in the only poll taken since, his popularity jumped 16 percentage points.

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Micky Norris spat his way unto Manjimup Cherry Harmony  history with a 10.5metres projectile and the right to represent Australia in the Australasian Cherry Pip/Stone Spitting Championship in Palmerston North, New Zealand, in March next year.

Only trouble is, March is a non-cherry month and he will have to get his lips in front of an olive pip.

"Should be no trouble," said Micky, or would have said if this blogger had bother to ask him. "I'm very competitive and would spit anything to get to New Zealand.

"It's a very stable country and run by a woman. NZ and I have a lot in common because my life is also run by a woman, an exceptional lady called Aimie."

Micky will fly to the land of the long distance spitters courtesy of GlobeVista.