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Seven Deadly Sins

The HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series comes to town this January. Held at Allianz Stadium on the Australia Day weekend, it is a competition that only the players – and perhaps Fijians – care who wins. But the series has very little to do with the actual games. Any sport that actively encourages you to […]

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HIT AND GIGGLE OR THE DEVOLUTION OF HUMANKIND?

In the lead up to Christmas a strange phenomenon will resume. No, not the frantic shoppers swarming Bondi Junction with bedraggled hair and wild looks in their eyes. I’m talking about the Big Bash League (BBL) – cricket’s contribution to the further dumbing down of our society. Can the Scorchers go back to back? Does […]

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PERSISTENT CONSISTENCY, OR WAS IT CONSISTENT PERSISTENCY?

One thing is for certain in this world: to get solid success, you need to be focused, determined, and unwavering in your goals. And, you need to put in your ten thousand hours to be become an expert. Some millennials may disagree, and good luck to them, but don’t come to me looking for advice […]

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FISHERIES MANAGEMENT AT WORK

A little over eight weeks ago, the Federal Government proposed to change laws relating to the extensive Marine Park net- work that will essentially cut conservation efforts. While this was met with elation from some in the fishing fraternity, many of us fishers – and a lot of scientists – were left disappointed by this […]

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HORSES FOR COURSES

Spring has sprung, which means so will the horses from the starting gate at Randwick very soon. So dust off those fascinators and suits that fit just a little too snugly, and get ready to lose some money. Or win it. Apparently that can happen sometimes, although I’m yet to experience it. This year’s Spring […]

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GETTING BACK TO NATURE

What would we all do without our mates – mates to get you into trouble, mates to get you out of trouble, mates to make you laugh so hard your facial muscles hurt, and mates who are there for you in tough times or just to give you shit. Weekends away with a group of […]

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WAITING FOR THE WINTER BLUES

Last month’s article touched on the annual run of tuna that sweeps up the south east coast of Australia, often reaching Sydney’s far wide fishing grounds during July, August, and September. Whilst these majestic and sought after fish have not turned up wide of Browns Mountain or even around Heatons Hill just yet, they are […]

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THE RODEO CLOWNS ARE BACK IN TOWN

On Saturday, July 22, the cowboys are coming to Sydney’s Olympic Park. No, not the footy team. Genuine cowboys. Blokes in big hats with wide gaits and strong jaws. You better lock up your daughters and twinks.* “This is not a rodeo,” they attest. “It’s the one and only Professional Bull Riders.” I am not […]

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EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY

With the coldest May and June days on record for some time making us all face up to the fact that winter has well and truly arrived, it’s time to execute plans to get the hell out of here, or rug up and find time to go fishing or diving when the conditions and time […]

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Dirty June Thirty

Imagine if your employer texted you this evening and told you not to come in tomorrow; they’ve sold you. To another company. In another city. You start next week. No, you can’t bring your cat. You might be so unhappy in your present state of malaise that you welcome it, but for most it would […]

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