Leicester paints the town blue

Leicester is not a glamorous city, perhaps best known as the place where a dead king was found buried in a car park. And not a great king, revered and all conquering, but Richard III, whose controversial reign lasted as long as a modern day Australian prime minister and ended just as bloodily. Said king…

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What World Twenty20?

Virat bloody Kohli. He sledges like an Aussie, so much so he could probably earn an honorary place in our team. But in his latest outing, he let his bat do all the talking. It was a lethal conversation, at the end of which Australia was no longer in the World Twenty20. Since then, we’ve…

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Matildas sound the perfect Peter Allen tribute

If Peter Allen’s hit song I Go To Rio doesn’t make it back into the Top 40 this week, I’ll eat my maracas. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the celebrated ditty from the bloke who, no matter how far or how wide he roamed, still called Australia home. I’ve been thinking of a…

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Aussie tennis bromance sours

It was probably only a matter of time before Australia’s tennis bad boys turned their ill-trained weapons on each other. The surprising thing is that it’s happened in the one forum where they’re supposed to be brothers in arms. The Davis Cup. A game away from going two sets down to John Isner in a…

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A mug’s guide to the Super Bowl

They reckon there are about twelve people on the planet who fully understand the financial instruments that brought about the global financial crisis. I suspect the same can be said of American football. And yet in a few hours, my office and many others around Sydney will come to a standstill to watch the Super…

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Help, I’m having tennis withdrawal

Reader’s request There’s always a little bit of heartache when the Australian Open finishes. For one, it means the end of a very short local tennis season. No sooner have we welcomed Roger, Rafa, Serena and Vika into our living rooms than they’re packing their bags and off to the airport without a by your…

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Australian Open or school playground?

Watching some of the local players at the Australian Open, I’ve wondered if I was watching a tennis tournament or an episode of Summer Heights High. Then I found these reports cards. Bernard Tomic: B- Bernard is much improved this semester but still has a habit of picking fights in class. His latest feud is…

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The Aussie Open on a ground pass

Having a kid changes the way you watch live tennis. Pre-progeny, I’d hunker down in Rod Laver Arena all day, working those neck muscles left, right for hours on end, me and 15,000 people getting into the soporific rhythm of summer tennis. You’d have time to study the nuances of the game, the tweaks players…

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A night at the Fast4 tennis

I’m a purist. I don’t like stuffing around with tried and tested formulas. Fifty-two types of Tim Tams? Just give me the original, thanks. The latest Star Wars? Ain’t going there. I also like to see innovations widely road tested before I jump in. For at least a few years. Which means I was one…

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Why Chris Gayle’s comments matter

Within minutes of Chris Gayle propositioning reporter Mel McLaughlin on national TV, one bloke tweets: “Waiting for the attack of the feminazis after that interview.” You wonder if he sees the irony in what he’s written, his own sexism towards anyone who takes issue with Gayle’s sexism. Sitting at home watching it all unfold, you…

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Only in Queensland…

On holiday in Queensland this week, it’s clear there are only two things going on in the world. First, a giant sinkhole on Fraser Island swallowed a bunch of cars, a caravan, a trailer and the holiday hopes of 300 campers. Vast sinkhole swallows vehicles and caravan at campsite in Australia http://t.co/DUx6luEm2Z pic.twitter.com/4nFS37PnPz — The…

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