By jingo, it’s gold, gold, gold

THERE’S not much to admire about the Olympics these days what with drug cheats and host countries diving into debt with unfinished stadia. But there is one bright spot. The Olympics offers a great opportunity to be jingoistic. It’s the ultimate sporting nationalism. And there’s nothing better for a Pom living in Australia for the…

Hole in one

THERE’S a certain vicarious pleasure in playing a round of golf with a man who gets a hole in one. It would be more pleasurable if it were me, of course, but the fact that a playing partner can do it means there is hope yet for my humble game. As a relative newcomer to…

How’s your handwriting?

THE FACT that exam markers in Western Australia have highlighted illegible handwriting as a problem comes as no surprise. My own handwriting, once a source of praise from my primary school teachers so long ago, has deteriorated to such an extent that I rarely put pen to paper. When I do, I have difficulty in…

What makes a cult movie?

MY RECENT virginal experience with audience participation at The Rocky Horror Picture Show prompted some research into what makes a cult movie. And what other films generate audience interaction such as dressing up in character, call backs to the screen, and singing or dancing along. Look up Wikipedia for a list of cult movies and…

Just not cricket, old boy

FORMER England cricket captain Michael Atherton once famously described the game of cricket as “a game of skill and gentlemanly conduct where everyone hates the Australians equally”. The next Ashes series between England and Australia starts towards the end of 2017 but already the MCC lawmakers at the home of cricket at Lords are looking…

The mistletoe tradition, Bristol style

CHRISTMAS is a time for tradition, one of which is the age old custom of kissing under the mistletoe. The serving class of Victorian England is credited with first recording the custom but it seems the power of the mistletoe goes back much further. According to Wikipedia, the tradition dictated that a man was allowed…