Memories of a Second Class Cricketer

A Good Innings I Because cricket was for many years my chief escape from what are sometimes  laughingly called serious affairs, I promised myself I would never write about it. This is the seventh book I promised never to write. Benny Green A History of  Cricket  Barrie and Jenkins, London, 1988. For my agnostic father Alex,Continue reading “Memories of a Second Class Cricketer”

Gateway

My Time With Gateway This is a little story about a university group. It is a tale of adversity, determination and, in many cases, ultimate triumph. The students who joined that group had experienced life the hard way. Some had been floored by drugs, there were several divorcees with children, one candidate had MS andContinue reading “Gateway”

Nostalgia

Good morning Illness and life-struggle have kept me away from this place for a while. I am glad to be back. It seems sometimes almost a duty to keep on sharing. When you are old, above the average life span, it is hard not to think of the past. Old friends who seemed eternal piecesContinue reading “Nostalgia”

Please Spend Time With The Remarkable Ernest McQuillan OAM NOW

A day in Ern’s life so many decades ago What does a day in your life mean to you? Much routine, no doubt. Work somewhere, unless you are like me and dispensed with. Then home. But What of Ern’s Day? Rather different from yours or mine it’s quite an adventure to tell you. I’ll do myContinue reading “Please Spend Time With The Remarkable Ernest McQuillan OAM NOW”

Racing: More On The Importance Of Being Ernest McQuillan

This race book is a kind of carbon copy of many  years for Ern. The W S Cox Plate for 2014 has just been run at the time of my writing of this post. Ern and I feel we owe the remarkable Cox family the respect of beginning this post with a link to its positionContinue reading “Racing: More On The Importance Of Being Ernest McQuillan”

The Further Adventures of Ern McQuillan OAM

We continue the Ern story as promised. Imagine you were the one wanting to be a press photographer in the early 1940s. This seems a good place to resume the story. You see, the Second World War had started for us school kids when Ern made his debut in the press photographer business… In the Thirties, Forties andContinue reading “The Further Adventures of Ern McQuillan OAM”

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST McQUILLAN

Fate plays strange tricks on ordinary people sometimes. It did with me when I first met Ernest Mervyn McQuillan. That was about two years ago. I was the ordinary person. Ern was, among other remarkable things, the trick that Fate played on me.   The meeting arranged by my friend Les Johns did the trick.Continue reading “THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST McQUILLAN”