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Bledisloe Blows

The old expression goes that rugby union is “the game they play in heaven”. This is apt, be- cause the game is very nearly dead to me. It currently remains on life support, waiting for me to have a quick glance at the Last Will and Testament before I lean over and pull the plug, […]

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Doing the Geoffrey Boycott, Ronaldo Style

Soccer, football, kick-kick-goal, whatever you want to call it, is currently balls-deep into its greatest show, the FIFA World Cup; where good grace goes to die. There have been more than a few utterances that any half decent person would turn their televisions off and eyes away from what is ultimately one huge middle finger […]

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When it Rains, it Pours

When it rains, it pours – isn’t that the old adage? We all hate a drought, whether it’s in real terms or more metaphorical ones, like love, business, sex or even fishing. We all know that feeling when you just can’t turn a trick, win a project or land that fish. Then there are the […]

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Randwick Community Race Day Returns This Weekend

Don’t miss out on your chance to get down to the Royal Racecourse this month as The Randwick City Council and the Australian Turf Club partner up as hosts of the now well-established Randwick Community Race Day. The event will take place on Saturday July 7 at the Royal Randwick Racecourse and is sure to […]

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Stand Up, Gentlemen?

I always knew I would die at the hands of a middle-aged white man. After all, most of us will. I generally assumed it would be a war-mongering politician or a jealous farmer, angered by the quality of my home-grown jalapenos, who would claim my scalp. But now, I have made peace with the fact […]

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A Month of Opportunity

June, with its westerly winds, crisp short evenings and icy cold ocean, is always a melancholic month in Sydney. Longing for spring and vaguely recalling autumn, the wet weeks can drag and the nights oft feel somewhat lifeless as everyone rushes home from work to avoid the winter chill. But I guess that’s the joy […]

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Balls and All

By the time you read this, the dust will have hopefully settled. Appeals may or may not have happened. The Cape Town Three will be getting on with their lives, doing whatever the hell it is that cricketers do when they can’t play cricket – practise playing cricket, I assume. The scandal was an interesting […]

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Challenged by our ‘Two Selves’

This past month I’ve been challenged by my own thoughts. I guess we all are from time to time. I used to feel like there were two personalities in my head, and now I know there are. “Crazy?” I hear you ask. Nope, just honest with myself, and unashamedly honest with all of you. Recently […]

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Happy Colonial-Commonwealth Games!

Ah, the Commonwealth Games. This may come as a surprise, but I absolutely love them. More so than the Olympics. Sure, they’re the result of a dark and murderous history, but we win lots of stuff, so I dig them – even if the other half of that ‘we’ doesn’t know I exist and would […]

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Preparation, Anticipation and Daydreams

What an absolute cracker of a month we’ve just experienced. The start of autumn, fish everywhere, warm water and the final days of daylight saving gave us all the chance to jam more into every day. April, although darker after work, is shaping up to be a stunner too. The Sea Surface Temperature charts are […]

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