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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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Never mind the state border wars

These border wars between our states got me thinking some of them could do with new names. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not into that cancel culture stuff. But looking at almost half of the country being called Western Australia made me think surely we can do better. And whenRead more »


So sad comedy has gone to the dogs

It’s very sad what’s happened to humour during the pandemic. Two things actually happened to the funny side of life. One, humour is in short supply right now. And two, any current attempts at humour are not very funny. So where has humour gone, because our funny bone hasn’t goneRead more »


How much worse can things get in 2020?

Many moons ago the editorial team in a local newspaper dubbed a work experience kid “Sixty Questions’’. The reason being that the kid, who was a lovely young fellow by the way, just kept asking questions of all of us, day after day for a week. I was reminded ofRead more »


Pressure’s on to impress your Valentine

OK, girls and boys, Valentine’s Day is just four days away and the pressure’s on. Whether it’s for the first or 50th time, the conundrum remains the same: what will I buy for that special person in my life, the love of my life. So, start thinking, because there’s notRead more »


What if it never rains again and other silly claims

I remember the words well: “If it rains again.’’ They were said by a politician during an interview late last year and I recalled them today as I sat by my window watching the rain tumble down in Campbelltown. I won’t embarrass them by naming them, but those four littleRead more »


Just about had enough of 2019, so bring on 2020

Bushfires burning for weeks, drought, water restrictions; 2019 is certainly going to be a memorable year for all sorts of reasons. We also voted twice during the year to elect – for better or worse – new governments in NSW and Canberra. In the state, by the time the LiberalRead more »

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