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Here’s to a Christmas full of cheer, finally

Finally, it is starting to look like there’s light at the end of the pandemic tunnel. An incredibly rapid rate of vaccinations in the past two months has got us to a place we never thought we’d get to. But here we are, briming with optimism that soon life will return to something like it was back in late 2019. Most of us know that things will never be the same again, but we accept this for what it is and move on to the next chapter of our lives. And there’s no doubt that the pandemic has changed us… Read more »

C’mon Gladys, say thanks to Tokyo for keeping us distracted in lockdown

C’mon Gladys, say thanks to Tokyo for keeping us distracted in lockdown

Gladys Berejiklian really ought to pay a special tribute to Japan and its people for helping us get through 17 days of this lockdown. OK, sure, we initially embraced the Olympic Games because our swimmers went on a gold rush. But eventually we saw this event for what it really was: our temporary salvation from the relentless boredom of being cooped up in our homes for more than 40 days – and counting. Oh what joy it was to switch the TV on knowing the Olympics were on and athletes from every corner of the world were in Tokyo to… Read more »

Soccer needs more goals, basketball fewer slam dunks

Soccer needs more goals, basketball fewer slam dunks

Imagine you’re master of the universe for a day, but your power only covers sport. You have free rein to make changes to any sport you like. But of course, you need to need to remember that with great power comes great responsibility, so go easy there. For instance, you could not just cancel a particular sport because you had personally found it boring. The challenge is to impose changes to make it more attractive for more people. So for example, if you think football or soccer could do with a few more goals per game then do something about… Read more »

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Winged keel, penalty shootout and supercoach

MY personal best sporting moment was coaching the St Andrews under 14s cricket team to a Camden Association premiership more than 20 years ago. Even though it would have been the St Andrews club’s first ever premiership in any age group, I hadn’t anticipated the reaction when my mighty boysRead more »

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Summer time means good times

Spring has sprung and summer’s just around the corner. You beauty! We love the seven-eight months of the year when the weather is pleasant enough to discard heavy clothing, so here’s our Top Five things in summer: Number 5: You have been cleaning the pool all winter and the rewardRead more »


Why south west is great

This week’s Top Five takes a look at what we like best about in the great south west of Sydney. It doesn’t really do the place justice to name just five things we like about it, and we’re happy to confess we like many, many more. But rules are rulesRead more »

Number one: Campbelltown Golf Course at Glen Alpine.

Get your golf clubs

OK, boys and girls, get your clubs out, we’re off to the golf course, but the question is, which one? We have plenty to choose from in south west Sydney, from Moorebank’s New Brighton to Picton’s Antill, and lots more in between. But we only have room for five, andRead more »


Here’s cheers to our pubs

This week we do a bit of bar hopping, sort of, in a responsible service of alcohol kind of a way. But seriously, when we say our top five pubs, we’re looking at the ambience, the food, the service, the whole shebang. The days of The Kontos Report just goingRead more »

One way is a slow way: Queen Street, Campbelltown

Traffic jams at every turn

In the second installment of our Top Five we look at the south west region’s busiest roads. Narellan Road, between Campbelltown and Narellan, wins hands down. It is a shocker, not just at peak times. It is undergoing widening, and not before time. But even when that’s completed it’s doubtfulRead more »

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Our favourite coffee shops

  WE kick off our weekly series of Top Five by naming our top five coffee shops in the south west. ONE: Ristretto & Co, Northumberland Street, Liverpool – Surry Hills comes to the south west. Frank and his team have created a splendid little coffee joint that serves theRead more »

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