‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team

Baseball is America’s national pastime. Well, that’s what US sportswriters and columnists have been saying since the National League was founded in 1876. I’m not so sure now, given the amount of publicity afforded to the National Football League and the Super Bowl, and the National Basketball Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s March … Continue reading ‘Dem Bums’ are coming to town; Time to root for the home team

Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?

I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?

Looking after each other: From the Mater to Peter Harvey, a newsman for all seasons

There is a new group of “United Nations” in Australia – located at Mater Hospital in North Sydney. Like most UN organisations, they look after the sick and dying, young and old, before and after surgery, and prepare them for the outside world when they’re ready to take that big step. You’ve never heard of … Continue reading Looking after each other: From the Mater to Peter Harvey, a newsman for all seasons

It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism

It has been one of those weeks when the news ranged from the depressing to the positively uplifting. On the depressing side, the release of the Australian Crime Commission report on drugs and organised crime in sport last Thursday, called “the blackest day in Australian sport” by the former head of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping … Continue reading It’s time to recognise Aborigines, vote on gun control, and acknowledge racism

The 2013 Inauguration: Poems and Prayers and Promises

Four years ago I was in the Sky News Australia newsroom in Sydney watching Barack Obama’s first inauguration when the tears started to flow. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, began to sing My Country, Tis of Thee to a million people gathered around the mall in Washington, and to millions of viewers around the … Continue reading The 2013 Inauguration: Poems and Prayers and Promises