February 26, 2020

Between summers, a man's still gotta earn a buck ... This job was no walk in the park.

It’s 20 years since the Australian Football League played its final fixture at Mulgrave’s justly tagged Arctic Park.

Officially, the ground had seating for 72,000 patrons. For the fina...

February 26, 2020

Teenagers showing early promise deliver old lessons.

Never work with children or animals, WC Fields famously cautioned.

Having put my hand up to umpire in this month’s JG Craig Under-15s competition, I’ll confess the quotation might annoy some of the players I umpired. O...

May 7, 2019

For cricket's fanatics, no conditions are too hostile.

As welcome rain tumbled down around Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, motorists may well have marvelled at cricket’s putative ‘flannelled fools’ gambolling in the parks they were passing.

That so many cricketers were...

November 23, 2018

Weird and wonderful, but all in a day's play.

It’s a dramatic moment, and certainly not cricket.

Surely, ducks are more likely to attend Melbourne cricket’s opening round than bees. But no such luck as I walked, 90 times, from square leg to behind the wicket and vice ver...

Glenn Cross was born with cerebral palsy and works as though within a ‘different’ time zone.


Characters who conjure visions of Christopher Robin, Mole, Rat, Toad and Badger leap from the imagination of artist Glenn Cross before being penned and...

July 20, 2018

Cricketers squish their way to winter finals.

So much of cricket umpiring, including Melbourne’s winter competition — now two matches shy of the 2018 finals — involves much more than raising the finger (for out) or keeping it holstered (not out).

Drive to Fairbairn Park,...

Bernie and I were returning from a men's group summer bush camp at Minto, south of Sydney, and were far from relaxed and fulfilled as we'd imagined we would be.

In fact, at Sydney Airport he was like the proverbial cat on a hot tin roof, and I shared the tension because...

May 31, 2018

TAXI driver Praboj Rhani heard the racist insult on a Saturday night, about the same time his shoulders became footrests for one of the three young men in the back seat.

Mr Rhani had collected his passengers in King Street just before midnight, about the time pubs and n...

November 15, 2017

Action that's dramatic, comical and mundane can be relied upon.

Occasionally, even cricket’s lower grades throw up something remarkable. It can be a skillset maintained over a five-hour ‘day’, worthy of a stadium and onlookers numbered in the tens of thousands . . . or...

Rayna Brown (left) and Joyce Jenkin with the rug intended to draw attention to the plight of refugee children and their families.

GRANDMOTHER Julie Valent pauses and swallows to forestall the tears when she talks about the 11-year-old girl who tried to kill herself in t...

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