Category: culture

Cricket bats and caps signal national grief

  Never have cricket bats been such a poignant symbol of culture.  Neighbours were among countless Adelaideans who placed cricket bats and caps on their properties as a sign of respect – and sadness – for the untimely and  tragic death of  Redbacks cricket star Phillip Hughes.  The nation’s overwhelming outpouring of grief  when Phillip […]

Saturday December 6th, 2014 in culture | No Comments »

Michael’s batting an innings into his 70s

On a much more joyful note, here is a photograph of quite a famous South Aussie Master of cricket – Michael Willson, who sent this snap of himself hooking the ball at the Australian Over 70s National Interstate Cricket Championships held in Melbourne recently. Michael is the SA Captain and also the Australian Vice Captain.  […]

Friday December 5th, 2014 in culture | No Comments »

Peter leaves an Australia-wide wine legacy

Congratulations to renowned viticultural researcher and educator,  Peter Dry, who has won the 2014 Maurice O’Shea Award for his outstanding service to the Australian wine industry over 40 years. He began his career in 1970 in the Riverland as a research officer with the South Australian Department of Agriculture in Loxton.  After five years, he […]

Tuesday December 2nd, 2014 in culture | No Comments »

My family wins table at Heston’s Fat Duck

  Pity it wasn’t one of those multi-million dollar lotteries, but from the exhilaration from my son Tyson’s household you would think they had won the jackpot.   However, in an exciting win, his wife, Vanessa’s name came up in the ballot results for  reservations at Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck restaurant at Melbourne’s Crown. Thousands missed […]

Thursday November 13th, 2014 in foods, my journal | No Comments »

Footy culture flavours family life

AFL football has gained new-found interest in my life since my team – Port Power – reached top of the AFL championship ladder and this elation has been a great conversation booster over the past few months. Allegiance to a footy team adds colour to family life, too and I notice on my grandson Zachary’s baptism invitation that […]

Wednesday June 25th, 2014 in culture | 1 Comment »

Hicks gives goss on Hollywood stars

Oscar-winning Welsh actor, Anthony Hopkins can be “really stroppy’’, Clive Owen brings “a laugh onto the movie set’’, and Catherine Zeta-Jones is “so unpretentious’’, says renowned Australian film maker and screenwriter, Scott Hicks. These titillating snippets were among tales of Hollywood stars from Hicks in an entertaining Q & A with Dr Nick Prescott at […]

Monday June 23rd, 2014 in culture | 2 Comments »