Book Review: The Greatest Year: The 1971 Tours of the West Indies and England

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 28 2020, 10:19 pm
As 2020 wends its tortuous path, it sets a bar so low that we can only hope and imagine that 2021 will be a great year by comparison. But 2021 will also be the fiftieth anniversary of what author Anindya Dutta has described in the title of his new book as “The Greatest Year”.
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Sports news from 1920: Interstate baseball is back

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 24 2020, 8:43 pm

Interstate baseball returned to Sydney on 24 July 1920 for the first time since the Great War as New South Wales played Victoria at Petersham Oval in the first of a three-match series.

The best known names from the two teams are two future international cricketers: Alan Kippax, third base for NSW, and Bill Ponsford, catcher for Victoria. A crowd of about 4000 packed into Petersham Park however the match on a fine Saturday afternoon was a bit of a rout, NSW winning 27 runs to 3. 

Newcastle to Hamilton 2009

Submitted by Rick Eyre on July 13 2020, 1:25 pm

Knowing that this experience was set to be taken away from us by a cocktail of state governments and property developers, I poked my camera out the window on a train ride from Newcastle to Hamilton late on a Sunday afternoon in January 2009. The Newcastle line was closed on Christmas night 2014 and now terminates and what was previously known as Wickham Station. A light rail line was built to replace the last stages of the old Newcastle line. Has the promised economic boost to the inner city ever happened?

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Sydney Film Festival, twitter reviews 2009

Submitted by Rick Eyre on June 3 2019, 9:51 pm

With 2009 being the year I discovered Twitter, I began dabbling in tweet-size reviews from that year's Sydney Film Festival. Only 140 characters per tweet in those days, of course.

"The Cove" justified a blog post unto itself.

Sydney Film Festival, my attendance 2006-2018

Submitted by Rick Eyre on May 31 2019, 7:30 pm

As we await the commencement of the 66th Sydney Film Festival on June 5 2019 - my ninth - here is a list of all the films and related events I have attended since my first festival in 2006. Links to my reviews (some merely tweets) where available:

Sun 11 Jun 2006 A Hero's Welcome GU George St 1430 

Sun 11 Jun 2006 An Inconvenient Truth State Theatre 1755