Why Quinn’s Post matters

I wonder if it says more about me than many that I can better describe the key landmarks on the battlefields of Gettsyburg and Antietam than I can Gallipoli. It was with that realisation and the then soon-to-be-aired Gallipoli on Channel 9 that I read Prof Peter Stanley’s excellent book – Quinn’s Post, Anzac, Gallipoli. And

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Two from eleven tipped four years ago

Such are the prognostications of armchair selectors, four years ago I boldly predicted the starting XI of the Australian test team for this test summer just gone. They were: Hughes (NSW) Bailey (c) (Tas) Khawaja (NSW) Ferguson (SA) Marsh, M (WA) Smith (NSW) Paine (TAS) O’Keefe (NSW) McDermott (QLD) Hazelwood (NSW) Pattinson, J (VIC) The

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Australia’s batting – a Rubick’s Cube

With the Ashes now being retained by England, we look to the long-term, the big picture. Three down, seven to go. For me, still, what’s unsettling about this series has been and remains the unsettled nature of the Australian batting.   To read the full post please visit The Armchair Selector.

Why I loved ‘the’ Cricket Australia tweet

Normally I’m one of the first bemoaning poor management and governance decisions in sport, especially when it comes to Cricket Australia. As a communications consultant and former political adviser, I’ve spent much of my career working with people to try and mitigate risk. The adage “don’t say anything you don’t want on the front page” was

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Melbourne sacking was inevitable, but it doesn’t make it any less sad

As a little kid in outer suburban Chirnside Park in the late 1970s, I still recall my parents giving me the opportunity to pick the footy team I’d barrack for. Would it be Collingwood, for whom Mr Carthew, across the street, had played? Essendon, the team of my grandfather?   For the full post, please

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What ER’s Dr Mark Greene and Eddie McGuire have in common

There’s a strong parallel between the opening episode of ER and Collingwood President Eddie McGuire’s handling of the racial slur directed at Sydney Swans player Adam Goodes. In the episode, a newly-minted senior ER doctor Mark Greene in the midst of a (fictional) crisis in his unit is counselled by a senior colleague thus: You set the tone…You set

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