Will No One Rid Me Of This Turbulent Priest? The State, Civil Society And The Essendon CEO Debacle

In 1170, after a falling out with his former friend and sponsor, Henry II, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas A Beckett, was murdered in his Cathedral by four knights from the King’s household. History since then has generally accepted that Henry’s frustrated utterance ‘Will no one rid me of this turbulent priest?’ was taken as …

On doing Grand Final Eve lunch in South Melbourne

http://www.theage.com.au/sport/afl/south-melbourne-pub-rolls-in-100-barrels-for-the-swans-faithful-20220923-p5bkgy.html Funnily enough, I ended up doing lunch today at the Rising Sun Hotel in South Melbourne. I though I knew most pubs within a 20km radius of the GPO, but I had never been to the Rising Sun, a pleasantly old school pub with the most emphatic AFL theme to its decor, predominantly based …

Wendy’s burgers to reopen in Australia

The news report that Wendy’s is to open in Australia is welcome. There is just one thing niggling away at me – obviously the reporter is not aware that Wendy’s already launched in Australia in the mid 1980s, but did not last long. Hopefully they do better this time. http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/food/restaurants-bars/us-cult-fast-food-chain-wendys-to-launch-in-australia/news-story/a28b10ea5c61cc8cc86504a71cbf7f61

The Railway Hotel, North Fitzroy

I have been pondering for a while the sad disappearance, through either redevelopment or renovation, of most of the old school typical Australian pubs I remember from years gone by. What I crave, I guess, is a pub with its last renovation and furnishings from the 1970s, such as red vinyl covered chairs, and laminated …

Fun For All The Family! Kiss Reach The End Of The Road

Kiss are retiring after this tour and I am sad. I was 11 in 1980 when I witnessed KissMania in full swing. Kiss had released their Unmasked album (FYI they did not start their makeup free era for several more years) and announced their Australian tour, with a concert to occur at VFL Park in …