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UNDER THE PUMP

Life’s a fine balance, isn’t it? When you’ve got time to twiddle your thumbs you find yourself wishing you were busier. And when you’re flat chat with work and life commitments you find yourself dreaming of a slower pace with time for contemplation, day dreaming and fishing. As the old cliché goes, be careful what […]

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AN OPEN LETTER TO RUGBY LEAGUE

Dear Rugby League, Welcome back. I missed you. I didn’t know I had missed you until I read about Kyle Lovett being caught with cocaine in his underpants about a month ago. There was something so wonderfully ‘you’ about it all. It served to put all that annoying stuff about Ben Barba out of my […]

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Business in the front, party at the back.

DARTS – A BEACON FOR ALL OF US WELL PAST OUR SPORTING PRIME

“One hundred and eighty!” If you’ve ever watched a professional darts contest, I’d wager good money that there’s only one way you could have read that – with the wild hysteria of someone who loves their bar-sports. And why not? Everything is so serious and horrifying these days. Watching chubby men competitively throw darts in […]

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TIME WAITS FOR NO MAN

Where the hell did 2016 go? It’s fascinating to sit and try to recall all the days that flashed by – the good, the great, and the forgettable. It’s all part of the rich tapestry of the lives we lead. How will 2017 shape up in comparison? Does it really matter? My mother often says: […]

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SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY, SAIL AWAY

A life on the sea. The very thought evokes all sorts of romantic ideas. The salty air blowing your hair back and washing the troubles of land away. A man or woman and their Labrador, sailing around the world at their own leisure. Going from port to port. A lover in every town. And then, […]

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WEEKENDS AWAY WETTING A LINE

Weekends away with mates are one of the highlights of an addicted angler’s calendar, especially when the weather is warm, the sea is calm, the beer is cold and the food is tasty. It’s on weekends like these that lifelong memories are made. As I write this, it’s the Friday arvo before a weekend like […]

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You just have to hope the sharks aren't hungry.

SWIM OUT PAST THE BREAKERS

The human being is a mighty strange creature. What other animal will not just flirt with death in the pursuit of pleasure, but dry hump its side like a Chihuahua that’s chewed through an entire packet of its owner’s Cialis? We jump out of aeroplanes, climb sheer cliff faces with no harnesses and, here in […]

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Grand Final Weekend

Can you hear the drums, Fernando? The random cheers emanating from your neighbour’s (and possibly even your own) lounge room? Those roars mean that one of the grand finals (AFL or NRL) is on and you’re missing it. Grand final weekend has etched out some of my favourite memories over the course of my lifetime. […]

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What Are You Running From?

Ah, spring, you magnificent beast. Vanquish those cold mornings and let us wallow in your warm and loving embrace. Is there any better time of year? No. If you think otherwise, you must either still be in school or you’re a sociopath. One of the most marvellous things you can experience in the east around […]

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Zika, Zika, Zika – Oi, Oi, Oi!

“Together we can change the world”, the Olympics website boldly proclaims. It is a noble message, especially when paired with the prerequisite hashtag: #OlympicPeace. If only hashtags could change the world. If only the bad guys were listening. They are wonderful sentiments and you won’t see them touted for any other major sporting event, but […]

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