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.
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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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