“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 better about it when England got 374 – a lead of 90 – but, as the old saying goes, ‘runs on the board’ and batting […]

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 the idea that simply holding an opinion – even if it be a truly an honestly held view – makes one immune from having that […]

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 from the start. I also couldn’t resist sharing this little extract from the opening chapter of ‘The Summing Up’. I guess in modern terminology we’d […]

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 to read the above note stuck to the salt shaker on our table. As you can see from the picture above it reads: “Please note […]