Gabba Day 1 podcast playlist

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 24 2006, 9:34 am

Just over an hour of bedtime listening late last night for me, with MP3 audio summaries from the ABC, BBC, Guardian, Telegraph and CricInfo. The BBC, Guardian and Telegraph are all producing special daily podcast programs.

The ABC's Ashes podcast feed consists of a collection of four clips, being the stumps summary, two press conference interview and a radio highlights package. All of the ABC's material is also available for download from the Cricket Australia site (which does not have a podcast feed).

Return of the Midwinter-Midwinter

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 24 2006, 6:54 am

The Midwinter-Midwinter is back for 2006-07: The rickeyre.com Ashes Best On Ground award. Just like an MVP, except it's a BoG...

To update what I said on the announcement of the 2005 Award, you can take your Border-Gavaskar, Compton-Miller, Chappell-Hadlee, even your Peden-Archdale... I am now presenting my award for the Ashes Player of the Tournament.

Presenting: the Midwinter-Midwinter. Who needs to invoke the names of two legends when you can honour one person twice?

John Howard's cricket vault

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 22 2006, 9:20 am

Throughout the Ashes, I'll be watching the Prime Ministerial website for cricketing references in John Winston Howard's media interviews. I'll also be keeping score on the number of references he makes to Darfur or any other major African conflict. (As regular followers of this blog will already be aware, the number of times that John Howard has used the word "Darfur" in public as recorded either in Hansard or in the pm.gov.au transcript archives currently stands at zero.)

Let's kick it off with JWH's interview with Virginia Trioli at 2BL ABC Local Radio Sydney on November 13:

The announcement that had Australia holding its breath

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 22 2006, 8:03 am

So Natural Foods Australia Limited
(ASX code SNF)
21 November 2006

Response to Announcement of Retirement from Swimming of Ian Thorpe

So Natural Foods Australia Limited ("SNF") advises that while we at SNF will miss Ian competing in the pool, we understand his decision and fully support him as he moves into the next phase of his career.

On the Beeb again

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 21 2006, 1:49 pm

I've just done a brief interview on BBC Five Live's Pods and Blogs program, the second time I've been on their show. They were doing a segment previewing the Ashes, talking mainly about the BBC Online coverage (which will include Test Match Special podcasts after each day's play).

But they also trotted out one of my more infamous podcasts from The Net Sessions, after which I gave my take on this year's Ashes (ie, that Australia's experience will be the decisive factor) and discussed blogging a little.

Go Australia II

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 21 2006, 12:01 pm

Australia is poised to become the first country to make copyright infringement a "no-fault" offence, a move aimed at broadening criminal penalties for infringement.

- Source: Intellectual Property Watch, 17.11.06

More on the potential impact of the amazing Copyright Amendment 2006, currently before the Senate, in yesterday's Sydney Morning Herald.

Go Australia!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 20 2006, 8:27 pm

We're number 47! Australia has been ranked 47th out of 56 nations covered by the Climate Change Performance Index, conducted by Germanwatch.

That's three places behind the Ukraine, four behind Indonesia, but six ahead of the USA and seven ahead of China.

Sweden is number one on the index, with the UK at two. Interestingly, India is at nine. Saudi Arabia drags the chain at 56.

The one area that bogs Australia down badly is in the realm of climate change policy.

Anoth

Iraq: Dujail Trial Fundamentally Flawed

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 20 2006, 4:41 pm

Iraq: Dujail Trial Fundamentally Flawed - Court Should Overturn Verdict, Death Penalty
The trial of Saddam Hussein and seven other defendants before the Iraqi High Tribunal for crimes against humanity was marred by so many procedural and substantive flaws that the verdict is unsound, Human Rights Watch said in a 97-page report released today. The shortcomings of the trial, for the killings of more than 100 people from the Iraqi town of Dujail, also call into question subsequent proceedings at the tribunal.
[Human Rights Watch]

A right way and a wrong way to counter Israel

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 20 2006, 12:18 am

The UN General Assembly has, quite rightly in my opinion, condemned Israel for the killing of Palestinian civilians in Beit Hanoun on November 8. Their attacks on, and blockading of, the Gaza Strip represent a continuing outrage bordering on the genocidal.

An article posted on the highly recommended Haaretz.com today tells of some of the most heartening news I have heard from Gaza for a while. The IDF called off an air raid in northern Gaza on Saturday night after hundreds of civilians barricaded a house earmarked for attack. The best defence against attack, by sheer weight of humanity, and something the locals should have organised sooner.

More on:

Tresco

Submitted by Rick Eyre on November 19 2006, 11:46 pm

Marcus Trescothick is one of my favourite cricketers of the last few years, and it's sad to see that's he is out of the Ashes series with what is apparently a recurrence of a depressive illness. Let's hope he does return to the England team once he is well enough. It was good to see a broad consensus of sympathy towards Trescothick among Australian fans this week after the news broke.