What Aussie expats are up to

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 12 2006, 1:20 pm

"Six times during the weekend, police here responded to the same call: a 100-pound emu running wild near Illinois Route 3. But each time, the rogue avian evaded capture - until Monday morning. That's when officers shot and killed the emu."

Emu shot and killed by police in Granite City
Leah Thorsen, St Louis Post-Dispatch, 11.10.06

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AB, you un-Australian ambush marketer, you

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 11 2006, 2:00 am

"We think ambush marketing is fairly un-Australian,"

- Geoff Donohue, corporate affairs spokesperson for Fosters Brewing, as reported in the Sydney Morning Herald of 11.10.06

Allan Border's second stint as a national selector of the Australian team ended on Monday after just four months.

"...my various commitments are far heavier than I had expected back in mid-year and I don’t think it is appropriate to do what is a really important job if I am not able to give it the full attention it deserves."

TV rights for the BCCI: Just say No!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 10 2006, 3:25 pm

The wealthiest sporting body in the world not to have its own website, the Board of Control of Cricket in India (BCCI), wants to buy the worldwide broadcasting and new media rights to all ICC-run tournaments from 2007 to 2015. There is just one word that should be said, if not screamed, in reply:


Never mind that the BCCI's current executive conducts business with a coherence and transparency that makes the North Korean Government green with envy, it's the simple conflict of interest involved in one franchise owning all the most lucrative rights to a competition in which it is one of the players.

Up the Youtubes

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 10 2006, 9:38 am

"Innovations such as YouTube are just one of many reasons why technology and time are making a nonsense of the current media rules."

- Senator Helen Coonan, addressing the conservative Millennium Forum, Sydney, 3.10.06

One week after the Minister for Information and Communication Technology cites Youtube as an example of contemporary media diversity, we are greeted this morning with the following news: Google To Acquire YouTube for $1.65 Billion in Stock.

Desmond Tutu's prayer for Darfur

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 7 2006, 7:59 pm

On September 17, as part of the Global Day of Action for Darfur (sadly ignored by most of Australia), many clerics around the world offered prayers for the people of the Sudanese province. On Desmond Tutu's 75th birthday, I reproduce his prayer for Darfur:

We pray for the people of Darfur who have been terrorised and forced from their homes; for those who have fled to refugee camps, and who still live in fear;

We pray for those who have died, and for their families;

Fight no battle you are not sure of winning

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 7 2006, 9:33 am

Julie Bishop is one of the brighter hopefuls in the ever-depleting talent pool of the federal Liberal Party. Alternatively, she has been pushed to the forefront by the Howard Government as the Anti-Gillard. Certainly she is one of the few female members of cabinet the JWH era who is neither (a) in the mould of Jeanette Howard, or (b) Amanda Vanstone. (Or indeed c, the unrelated Bronwyn Bishop).

Peter Norman 1942-2006

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 4 2006, 12:48 pm

Peter Norman died in Melbourne yesterday at the age of 64. He should be regarded as one of Australia's greatest sporting legends. He probably won't be.

At a time when Australia's prowess on the athletics track was in decline, Norman's crowning achievement was to win the silver medal in the 200 metres at the Mexico Olympics in 1968. The gold medallist in that event was Tommie Smith, the bronze medallist John Carlos.

Inzi takes a holiday

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 3 2006, 12:35 pm

Ranjan Madugalle's verdicts in the Inzamam ul-Haq hearing last week were no surprise to me. I expected the ball-tampering charge to be chucked out, and likewise I expected Inzi to be found guilty on the disrepute charge of not returning to the field. The four match suspension seems reasonable enough. The full text of the judgment can be found on the ICC website.

Madugalle dismissed the charge, saying:

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