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The Tanner Report/ Fulham 4 Ipswich 1

Older fans will recall Boxing Day 1963 when Fulham laid waste 10-1 to Ipswich and lost 2-4  four days later. Graham Leggat scored a hat trick in 4 minutes. No such free scoring yesterday but we did manage 4 goals in 7 minutes. In fact we dominated play from the start but, for the umpteenth time, [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

A tour to Hunter Valley

Yesterday ( Tuesday) we went on an organised wine tour of the Hunter Vallley wine region. It’s the main viticulture area of Australia boasting over 130 wineries. I have to confess that I am not a enthusiast or regular drinker of Australian wine. A friend of mine who is deeply knowledgeable on [...]

January 3, 2018 // 0 Comments

New Years Day Concert Vienna

The ‘attend versus watch it on tv’ debate does not apply to the Vienna traditional New Years Day concert as tickets are gold dust, so I watch it every year on tv. This year they added a short film of an attractive young blonde girl on a bicycle touring the Belvedere and Leopold museums [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Sydney v Melbourne

You get the distinct  feeling in Melbourne that they do not like being regarded as Sydney’s poor relation. They counter it is the sporting capital. I have already listed its main sporting events but excluded the Melbourne Cup. They tell you what great food their restaurants  produce. They [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

New Years Eve Sydney

If you have to spend New Years Eve anywhere it might as well be Sydney Harbour. I am no fan of this night of revelling: too noisy, crowded and too many transport problems for my taste. In fact – to extend the Rust ‘be there or at home’ debate to New Years Eve – I suspect a [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Al la Colthard

Melbourne is both bi-cultural and multi-cultural. The dominant cultures are American and British. The skyline is one of skyscrapers, there is a grid system of blocks. You feel you are in Houston or Seattle. Alongside this the Queen is on the coin, the Union Jack on the flag and there is colonial [...]

December 31, 2017 // 0 Comments

The final day

There were 3 reasons why England failed to win this game: the unresponsive pitch, Steve Smith and the weather. My neighbour in the MCG announced himself with these words: “I expect a bloody boring day” And it was. The problem is that Australia, now that the WACA is gone, have only one pure [...]

December 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

the 4th day

Although we are nicely set up for an intriguing final day with any result possible I do criticise Joe Root and the backroom team for being inattentive to detail; he should have had at least 5 weather reports before him for Thursday, my two were showing rain. Armed with that knowledge he should have [...]

December 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Walter Lindrum/Australia’s greatest sportsman

Many of our 3 million readers may be shocked by my choice and I would wager the Pargie tenner that many would not even have heard of him. If you take as your criterion mastery of your chosen sport then Wally Lindrum beats them all. The Kalgoorlie Cannon so dominated his sport of billiards from 1933 [...]

December 29, 2017 // 0 Comments

Sport in Melbourne

Melbourne is the capital of Aussie sport and a true sporting city. Much is centred around the MCG complex which has the Rod Laver and Margaret Court tennis arenas too. The G as it is known has superb statues of Australia’s sporting heroes and a museum which I intend to visit at a dull point [...]

December 28, 2017 // 1 Comment

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