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

The Sydney Swans: Ugly ducklings no more

There’s no denying the fact that the commercial side of football has now developed into a big business. That was written in Football Life, the official publication of the Victorian Football League (VFL), which evolved into the AFL, in July 1971. Forty-one years later on Grand Final weekend, not only can it not be denied, but it’s … Continue reading The Sydney Swans: Ugly ducklings no more

Deadline looms for Kennedy Awards

This is not my usual blog format, just a special one-off notice for journalists who are interested in entering the inaugural Kennedy Awards for Excellence in NSW Journalism. The awards will celebrate the quality of news breaking, storytelling and creativity in the metropolitan and regional media, and the entries are coming in thick and fast. … Continue reading Deadline looms for Kennedy Awards

A Super Tuesday with Jimmy Breslin

Super Tuesday became Mediocre Tuesday, or Predictable Tuesday, according to US pundits this week. Mitt Romney won six states, including the bellwether, Ohio, but impressed nobody, except himself. Rick Santorum took Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota, and came close in Ohio, blessed by evangelical voters, but is nowhere near the Holy Grail. Newt Gingrich easily … Continue reading A Super Tuesday with Jimmy Breslin

Mitt sets the scene for another Super Tuesday

It was Super Tuesday in America yesterday, and Mitt Romney was the winner. Wait a minute, you say, it’s not Super Tuesday until next week when ten States hold their primaries and caucuses in the Republican presidential race to choose a nominee to take on Barack Obama in November. Yes, but that’s a different Super … Continue reading Mitt sets the scene for another Super Tuesday