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First kick is the deepest

March 24, 2011

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Another Australian rules football season is underway again. Here’s an extract from a story the Age ran at the start of the 2007 season: It’s a simple pleasure. Fathers and sons, brothers, friends, girls sometimes, kicking a footy to each other. Back and forth, to and fro, end to end…If there is any soul left […]

The drop kick chronicles

March 24, 2011

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The term drop kick is now quite a negative turn of phrase but the two words once embodied a particularly graceful aspect of Australian rules football: that type of kick in which boot, ball and earth must all be in sync. For some years I’ve wanted to write a long essay about the drop kick […]

Dispossessed: the closing of bookshops

February 18, 2011

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Bookshops are in the news again, with bookstore chains such as Borders and Angus & Robertsons hitting hard times. But what of the small independent bookshops, especially those that sell second-hand books? Here’s a story The Age ran some years back, about a local bookshop. It begins: You turn left at the post-office and there […]