It is time for Cricket (the true World Game) to resume its place at the Olympics

It irritates me greatly when the Australian news media, as has been its unpatriotic and irritating habit of the past 15 years or so, to refer to Soccer (aka Association Football) as Football. In Australia, particularly in Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and the NT, Football means Australian Rules, which I consider true football. …

Bruce Springsteen’s daughter wins silver at the Olympics

One of my late kinsmen was the village idiot of Sunshine North. He happily used to live some of the time on a vacant block there which resembled a garbage tip with abandoned cars and machinery he collected. He also would have trouble with the RSPCA from time to time as he would harbour wild …

Reading Maoist Propaganda is most interesting

I have long been in the habit of occasionally reading extracts from Mao’s Little Red Book for laughs. Yes, I do need to get a life. But just in the past few days, I have discovered The Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party’s answer to the BBC and Voice of America, and I must say …

Trying to find a silver lining in the lockdown

So, this is our sixth lockdown in Victoria the failed technocrat Daniel Andrews has inflicted on us since this plague reached us 16 months ago. I don’t normally bother watching the press conferences for him or any of the other technocrats currently ruling us by decree, but a group of us in the office gathered …

Shoeshine Boys and the Fall of Cryptocurrency

I have no sage like powers. In retrospect, I would have been better off to have left my money in the share market last year rather than to pull it all out in March 2020 and then trickle it back in over the intervening 16 months. But this week, I was reminded of an anecdote …

Pandemic reaches 200 million cases

Sometimes it’s good to be wrong. Just over 6 months ago in this blog when we hit 100 million Covid cases I wearily predicted that at the then current rate of infection we would double to 200 million cases by Easter. I was wrong and I’m glad. Instead, it’s taken about 27 weeks instead of …

The Only Time When Gold Is Worth $1 Billion Per Ounce

People who know me well are aware that I am only ever half joking when I say that I wish the British Empire still existed and that I would much prefer for the Commonwealth Games to revert to its original name, The Empire Games. Whilst I have very little interest in sport (except that the …

Why the Olympics in Brisbane is a Good Thing

I consider Australian Rules Football to be true football, and aside from my enjoyment of Ted Lasso on Apple TV+, I do not have any interest in soccer (aka Association Football). Nor do I have any real interest in the Olympics. If I did, I would be posting on this blog this week headings like …