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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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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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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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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What we can learn from Jarryd Hayne

Welcome aboard mate!#HaynePlane #49ers pic.twitter.com/seyJ89ocnO — San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) September 5, 2015 San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Tomsula summed it up perfectly. “I can’t say enough about his approach and the kind of person he is. He’s a world class athlete. He’s a national figure back home and — just think about that now…

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The demise of comic genius Sepp Blatter

In the end, it all happened very quickly. One minute he was there and then he was gone. A bit like this. The man who just a few days ago declared euphorically to be the ‘President of everybody’ suddenly wasn’t feeling the love anymore. “I do not feel that I have a mandate from the…

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Friday funnies: And the numpty of the week is…

You have to wonder at the particular brand of knuckle-headedness that governs cycling. This week, at the Giro d’Italia, there was a positive story to be had. Not the failed drug test kind of positive but a solid gold good news story. Worthy of a Chariots of Fire soundtrack. That good. The scene opens on…

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Here’s the story of a man named Brady

To get an idea of how charmed Tom Brady’s life is, take a look at  this photo of his wife breast feeding. Yes, that’s supermodel Gisele Bundchen. She posted this picture on Instagram 18 months ago. And was bewildered that it somehow failed to resonate with other mums of the world. “What would I do…

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A wacky week in rugby league

History was made this week when ‘rugby league’, ‘Voldemort’ and ‘free speech’ were used in the same press conference. And while I rarely venture into the cauldron of rugby league commentary, it’s hard to resist a word combination like that. Canterbury coach Des Hasler was having a bit of a snot after copping a $10,000…

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A day in the life of a remote control thumb

8am: The human is particularly excited this morning, talking about a big night of sport and checking the batteries in the remote. This looks ominous. 9am: Now, she’s carb loading. Banana pancakes. Which I’m expected to help her cook, by the way. Midday: So, it seems tonight I am to navigate the Australian Open women’s…

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The year in sport… in song

Who better than Miley Cyrus and the cast of Deliverance, among others, to recap some of the highlights — and lowlights — of the year in sport? Budget schmudget Vladimir Putin spent $US51 billion staging the Sochi Olympics, more than every other Winter Games combined. It wasn’t enough to adequately furnish the facilities, light up…

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The Christmas Truce of 1914

You’re as close to hell on earth as you can get, stuck in a frozen muddy trench a few hundred metres across from a bunch of blokes trying to kill you. It’s five months into a conflict so devastating they’ll call it the Great War and — at least for the next twenty years —…

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