By Jingo!

Image: Creative Commons – Kiss/Clipart A former Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, had this to say in a recent speech: Our country has to be capable of inflicting severe damage on any adversary – and that almost certainly means increasing military spending beyond two per cent of GDP. Source: https://www.lowyinstitute.org/publications/address-china-tony-abbott 11/12/19 By Jingo! a striking idea.  DoContinue reading “By Jingo!”

For pity is the virtue of the law

Image: Lady Justice – William Cho/Creative Commons Once upon a time a political leader said: “No one is above the law in this country…There is a process to be followed.” I choose here to forego the naming of that leader. My interest lies in the discussion of significances. “Which law are you talking about?” you may ask.Continue reading “For pity is the virtue of the law”

Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…

Image Source: Creative Commons: unsplash.com Once upon a time there was a Weatherman. He was a friendly fellow, unimposing but trustworthy. People listened to his words with respect and planned their future accordingly. Like warmth in winter or a cool breeze in summer he was always a welcome part of any day. His persona reachedContinue reading “Let us shut our eyes and talk about the weather…”

Some Lessons From History

Image Source: Creative Commons: https://www.imoa.ph/event-archive/ All Hail To The Expert! What must I think in the face of life’s daily challenges? What is my acceptable course to follow in times of stress? Why, just listen to an expert stupid. A nice accredited answer this,  you might say. The final solution to the thought processes ofContinue reading “Some Lessons From History”

Memories Of A Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings  III “Look after that shine please!” John Blomley, Brilliant Swing Bowler Attribution: Wiki Commons I have explained earlier, in my personal cricket narrative, that in 1958 I gave up my sporting ambition and returned to teaching. My appointment at a one-teacher school in the outer reaches of the Hunter Valley, with week-dayContinue reading “Memories Of A Second Class Cricketer”

Tea Break From The Cricket

Poems Through A Glass Starkly   A Word On The Yellow Press That picture above of the Yellow Kid is linked to the reason we have the current term “Yellow Press.” The cartoon character was the creation of Richard Fenton Outcault who was working in the 1890s in the United States for the extremely racistContinue reading “Tea Break From The Cricket”

Memories of a Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings II  One of the most captivating aspects of the Victorian age was its tendency to confuse issues which ought not to have any logical connection at all. Among these the concept of the Gentleman loomed like a cloud over the landscape, permeating every backwater of social intercourse, tilting the balance of debate.Continue reading “Memories of a Second Class Cricketer”