December 2005

Roy, Kerry, a shameless Hussey and a pair of ducks

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 31 2005, 8:49 am

A pair of ducks. Swan Bay foreshore, Lake Macquarie, 28 December 2005.Kerry O'Keeffe used to call him the "Oswald" in the Australian one-day team alongside (Shane) Lee and (Ian) Harvey. But Andrew "Roy" Symonds has suddenly decided to snap into gear as a wannabe born-again dreadlocked Andrew "Fred" Flintoff. Or maybe, even more ambitiously, a Jacques "Jacques" Kallis with personality.

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Christmas 2005

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 27 2005, 6:36 am

"The fence prevented tourists from walking into town on the biblical-era route likely used by Jesus and Mary. Instead, they were forced to enter through an Israeli checkpoint. Shops, restaurants and businesses that once thrived remained shuttered, split off from the rest of the town by the barrier."

- 30,000 pilgrims flock back to Bethlehem for Christmas, Ha'aretz, 25.12.05

Coverage of some of this year's celebrations of the birth of Christ:

Chestnuts on a open fire... dammit, it's a total fire ban!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 27 2005, 2:18 am

"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
Jack Frost nipping at your nose
Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
And folks dressed up like eskimos"

- from The Christmas Song, Mel Torme and Bob Wells, 1944

There are three things about Christmas that irritate me:

One, of course, is the obscene commercial exploitation as we indulge in the December 25 orgy of Xboxes, bad ties, and "The 30 Greatest Beer-Drinking Songs on CD, Volume 9".

Merry Christmas

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 25 2005, 11:56 pm

A Merry Christmas to all who celebrate the birth of Jesus today. To everyone, I wish peace, happiness and harmony for the festive season and beyond.

And to the Australian and South African teams, don't work too hard in the MCG nets today :-)

Net Sessions 6 (Ogg version)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 24 2005, 3:36 pm

This issue of The Net Sessions is a bit different to my previous podcasts, indeed to most conventional podcasts, as it is a Podcast With An Appendix.

Also enclosed with this audio file is a playlist file which will take you - provided you are on-line at the time, of course - to a number of other audio files available for streaming on the net dealing with cricket over the last couple of weeks.

A double for Hodgie!

Submitted by Rick Eyre on December 21 2005, 2:05 am

Brad Hodge's 203 against South Africa at the WACA continues to demonstrate the remarkable depth of batting reserves available to the Australian selectors.

Both he and Mike Hussey have given excellent service since being promoted to the Test arena during the West Indies series. Hussey has two centuries in four Tests, though his 23 and 58 in this game means his Test batting average has actually dropped to double figures (88.7 to be precise).