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Talking table-tennis

September 6, 2019

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First published in The Big Issue, edition 594 (23 August to 5 September 2019). I am laying face-down on the physio bench talking table-tennis with the intern, Dan. (Or is it Dane, or Dean or Dave? It’s hard to put a face to a name when you’re looking at the floor.) I’m telling Dan that […]

Talking table-tennis (preview)

August 23, 2019

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The Big Issue has just published a fun piece about table-tennis, written a few months ago to work my way out of a creative drought. I am laying face-down on the physio bench talking table-tennis with the intern, Dan. (Or is it Dane, or Dean or Dave? It’s hard to put a face to a […]

History in the ma(r)king

March 18, 2019

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Dear Reader, After all these years you’d think I’d written enough about footy, and especially kick-to-kick. And maybe I have. But another story, light as a feather, appeared over the weekend.   There was still dew on the morning grass so John and I knew to keep the ball off the ground. We stand 20 […]

Backyard Croak It

January 10, 2019

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Thank you to The Big Issue for running this story in its recent summer edition (#577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019).   Chang was no cricketer. For starters, he was a dog. And not one of those dogs that can chase and even catch cricket balls. No, Chang was a Pomeranian-cross. Small, orange, […]

Backyard Croak It (preview)

December 24, 2018

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‘Nice to be in the final Big Issue of 2018 (and the first of 2019) with a little yarn about the perils of a Pomeranian pet being on the field during backyard cricket. Edition 577. 26 December 2018 to 10 January 2019. Available from your local vendor for $9. Cheers.  

Meeting Geoff Blethyn

November 6, 2018

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Sometimes writing takes you to surprising places. In 2014 I wrote a curious piece about how wearing a particular T-shirt helped me through the suburban trauma of doing the supermarket shopping.