“10 Things We Learnt From the First Ashes Test”

Winning the toss – and batting first – is crucial At 8/122 on day one Tim Paine probably thought batting first was a bad idea. He probably wasn’t feeling much Continue Reading →

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Australia’s politicians need to change their behaviour

I generally refrain from initiating election comment, though I often feel duty bound to respond to extreme or what I consider irrational or illogical positions. I’m not a believer in Continue Reading →

Australia’s Slow Journey to a Fast Train

It’s 226km from Rome to Naples, the gateway to Pompeii. Our train slides out of Rome Termini at 9:17am, only two minutes behind schedule, pretty good I reckon for a Continue Reading →

Alan Turing is my cousin!

Today I was researching some family history and I made a bizarre discovery. My family is related to Alan Turing the famous computer genius, widely regarded as one of the ‘fathers’ Continue Reading →

The Wisdom of W. Somerset Maugham

I’m a big fan of W. Somerset Maugham so couldn’t resist this little gem found in a charity shop and I’m happy to say that  ‘Willie’ didn’t let me down right Continue Reading →

Abandoned Trolleys

  There seems to be an increase in the number of supermarket trolleys abandoned in the streets around  Brunswick and North Carlton. This one, in an open field at the Continue Reading →

Penalty Rates

So, Labour Day; lovely sunny day, kids off school… we rode our bikes to a local cafe for lunch, as you do. Nothing special about that, however, I was intrigued Continue Reading →

Sports Writers Festival 2016

An event worth going to… lots of interesting speakers and topical discussions. David Walsh, the man who exposed Lance Armstrong’s systematic doping regime in cycling, will be a highlight.   Continue Reading →

The World According to ‘Luke’

Sometimes you find something on the side of the road that just makes your day. I picked up a soggy piece of paper near my house the other day, annoyed Continue Reading →

13 Olympic Sports you’ll never see again

So the Olympics is done and dusted for another four years and our attention now turns to Tokyo in 2020. An IOC decision a few years ago allows the host Continue Reading →