October 2009

Champions League semi-final preview, or, Elvis has left the stadium

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 21 2009, 11:00 pm

"What I have seen in India is Bollywood, whereas we are more Under Milk Wood. If you compare the match we played against the Deccan Chargers the spectator experience was like an Elvis Presley concert. I think back to Twenty20 finals day at Edgbaston and it was like watching Des O'Connor."

October 16: Three Proud People. Mexico 68.

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 17 2009, 10:23 am

Yesterday was the 41st anniversary of the final of the men's 200 metres in the track and field competition at the Mexico City Olympic Games. The result - gold Tommie Smith, silver Peter Norman, bronze John Carlos - is less memorable than the powerful political protest made on the medal dais afterwards.

Forget the schemes. Just cut the carbon.

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 15 2009, 9:07 pm

(This item is my entry for Blog Action Day October 15, 2009. It has also been posted to Earthwitness.)

There are times when it is really frustrating to be an Australian. We're in a great position to be a world leader in renewable energy production. Our politicians think so too... but only after they change the definition of "renewables".

Youtube do dia: iCoal 2.0

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 14 2009, 10:31 am

Something very noticeable about local television when I was in Newcastle for a few days last week were the frequent ads featuring a chappie from the Central Highlands Regional Council speaking on behalf of the Australian Coal Commission and promoting its Orwellian "cut emissions not jobs" website. With the Newcastle viewing area being host to a number of collieries, this was clearly one of the areas that the ACC was targeting with an intense advertising campaign.

Rio 2016, Delhi 2010, and the Shooting World Cup

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 3 2009, 11:04 am

"An ongoing program of citywide investment will continue to result in further improvements, in areas such as security and transport. The long-term physical transformation of the city will be fully integrated with initiatives to deliver social inclusion, with new homes, training and jobs; to engage young people and promote education; and to invest in sport. [...]

Youtube do dia: Beds Are Burning, the remake

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 3 2009, 9:09 am

In 1987 Midnight Oil released one of the greatest songs about Australia ever recorded. A song forever associated, through its chorus, with the campaign for indigenous land rights, the official music video a work of art in itself which is, frame by frame, etched into my brain and that of many other Australians of grandchild-bearing age.

Rio de Janeiro gets the 2016 Olympics. And the winner is... ?

Submitted by Rick Eyre on October 3 2009, 7:20 am

Of the four final candidate cities to host the 2016 Olympic Games, I believe the best choice won. Congratulations to the people behind the Rio 2016 bid.

I have serious problems in offering commiserations to the Chicago/USA camp, for all the effort put in. More analysis from me to come, but if you want eight minutes of comedy, watch this discussion from the CNBC Power Lunch crew as news broke that Chicago was the first city eliminated from voting: