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First, they came for Gloria Jean's, and I said nothing because they were too expensive. Then, they came for Michel's Patisserie, and I remained silent because their pies were pre-cooked in faraway factories. Then they came for Muffin Break, and I cried "What about the free brownie with my next coffee?"
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.
#sff "Looking For Eric": Incredibly funny, sad, violent. A Ken Loach comic fantasy? Yep. Unexpected gem, maybe best soccer film ever. 9/10
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
The federal election on May 18 2019 will be the sixteenth in which I have taken part. I have seen nine elections in Shortland (1977, 80, 83, 84, 87, 90, 93, 96, 98), four in Grayndler (2001, 04, 07, 10), one in Watson (2013) and following a boundary change, one in Reid (2016) before this one.
Nationally, I am supporting the emphatic removal of the Liberal/National government led by Scott Morrison. I am supporting the formation of government by the Australian Labor Party with Bill Shorten as Prime Minister.
Western Suburbs defeated Newtown 18-8 in front of around twenty thousand people at the SCG on Saturday 24 August 1918 to win the City Cup for the first time.
In the early game Eastern Suburbs defeated South Sydney 10-4 to win the reserve grade League Cup, while Harold Horder won the 100 yard sprint final.
Preview: The Arrow, 23/8/1918
Report: The Sun 25/8/1918
The Commonwealth Games: do we really need them? Their strength is as an alternative to the Olympic Games for those sports that don’t gain Olympic exposure and as a spotlight for those nations that have little chance of Olympic medals.
My personal interest in Commonwealth Games has been intermittent over the years. Brisbane 1982, Kuala Lumpur 1998, Gold Coast 2018 the three I have found the most captivating — and that mainly because they were in similar time zones to my own and I had the free time to pay attention.
It has been coming for a while but Senator Brian Burston (PHON, NSW) has blocked me from commenting or reacting on his official Facebook page.
He has every right to do this, of course, but I think I have been removed posting too much dissenting opinion in the comments, too much literate reasoned dissent, too much polite dissent.
In short, I have polluted the wall-to-wall cheerleading of the devoted One Nation faithful.