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Getting home and wrapping up

We were greeted by the news at check-in that our Qantas flight to Dubai was delayed by some 5 hours. This meant we had at least 30 hours before us until we reached the comfort of our home. Sitting in the soulless executive lounge of Qantas we reviewed the last month. The cricketing fraternity felt [...]

January 11, 2018 // 0 Comments

A la Colthard

Readers will know my suspicion of restaurants with panoramic views and expensive menus who are up themselves so on both counts I went to The Icebergs on Bondi Beach with some trepidation. I need not have done so as it was superb. The cuisine is regional Italian, the view over Bondi Beach [...]

January 10, 2018 // 0 Comments

Putting it in perspective

Our fresh-faced captain Joe Root hailed – but now criticised – by the press seems a forlorn figure both mentally and physically. You can make all the excuses but England were outplayed. Dear old Pargie had followed the Racing Post cricket guru and placed his tenner on a 4-0 win. The [...]

January 9, 2018 // 0 Comments


I have been critical of Sydney’s city but yesterday I spent the day exploring the harbour and coves and felt more positive. When I went to the ATM first thing I could see was Sydney was going back to work after the Xmas break: workers scurrying , lattes in hand, scrutinising their mobiles [...]

January 9, 2018 // 0 Comments


In a day in Sydney of unparalleled  heat  (58 degrees Centigrade being recorded on the pitch and Sydney the hottest place on the planet) Australia batted on and on and only a rain storm can now save England. To win a Test you need at least 6 convincing performers with bat and ball. The three [...]

January 7, 2018 // 0 Comments

The third day

In a day more memorable for the pink colours everywhere celebrating the Glenn McGrath cancer foundation, the Aussies built a formidable lead on a wicket baked by scorching sun. It’s been rifles v cannons with England chasing the games. “Magic Marsh partnership piles on more Pommy pain” [...]

January 6, 2018 // 0 Comments


In the morning the England tail wagged in a lively session but the next two, with the Australians batting, could be termed attritional (cricket-speak for boring). Australia do not want to lose this match but one has the impression that they are relaxed  if they do not win it either. I suspect they [...]

January 5, 2018 // 0 Comments


Daffers always says don’t trust a restaurant with panoramic views. To an extent you could say this of Sydney. As a harbour city, it’s up there with Cape Town, Vancouver and San Francisco. But there is a key word and that is Harbour. Go into the city and it’s an unhappy mish-mash of sky [...]

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

The First Day

Again I will assume my reader knows the close of play score; has read of the final, final session that deprived England of pole position; the questionable decision not to use a night watchman; and the failure of James Vince and Mark Stoneman to make meaningful scores. I will now make my own [...]

January 4, 2018 // 0 Comments

A La Colthard

Five restaurants and a hotel to review so I will be briefer than normal on each. When we arrived at the Amora on New Years Eve at 12.30 the rooms were not ready. Fair enough, but not at 2-30. Hotels are charging premium rates for New Years Eve and should get extra staff to cope. The room itself on [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

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