Memo to Channel Nine: the Raiders are ready for prime time
Opinion
Over the past 30 years or so there have been three perennial issues about Canberra which refuse to die. The top issue that has resonated for as long as I can remember is the cost of petrol in Canberra compared to almost anywhere else in Australia. Various explanations have been given for Canberra’s high comparative petrol price but none really...
Do the Raiders need to go on a recruiting drive for next season?
Sport
In the wake of the 30-10 loss to the Melbourne Storm in the preliminary final, there was a certain amount of despair among Raiders fans. They came so close to another grand final appearance. Not that this season was a disappointment. Far from it. With an injury toll that had seven first graders on the sidelines for much of the...
Magpies are evil, rotten, malevolent, dead-eyed bastards. Fact check: true
Opinion
Nature is wonderful. The scent of flowers, whales breaching in crystal clear waters, rolling hills, fields of canola and a sunrise or sunset can all lift the soul. They are glorious. These moments make life worth living. But magpies are bastards. Magpies are proof of a vengeful God. Like wasps. And vegan bacon. There's no reason for their being. And...
Why the Raiders might be erecting a statue of Wighton next to the great Laurie Daley
Opinion
Laurie Daley ran onto the field 244 times for the Raiders and there was always the expectation he would do something out of the ordinary. With the ball, Daley was constantly on the attack, while he was fearless in defence. As a commentator, I remember the sense of anticipation every time he took on the line. His ability to lift...
A note from the coast as you prepare for the summer
Opinion
With the streets in bloom and the cold days of a particularly bleak winter behind us, it's time for Canberrans to turn their attention to the coast. Dreaming of long days and warm, salty air, it's time to pull out the shorts to reveal legs that have only seen the light of a bathroom, pack the car and head down...
Ranking the Raiders’ most unforgettable home finals of the past 20 years
Sport
The Canberra Raiders’ surge towards the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership title takes flight on Saturday, 3 October, with an elimination final against old foes the Cronulla Sharks at GIO Stadium. To mark the game, here are the seven NRL finals the club has hosted since 2000, ranked from the good to the extraordinary. 7) Qualifying Final, 2003: Melbourne Storm 30...
A tale of two buildings and a lone gunman
Opinion
If a police officer faced off with a gunman outside a police station in a large city – say, Sydney – all hell would break loose. Cops everywhere. If that happened, you’d expect to hear these words in the aftermath: “The criminality here is extreme." “It's a very unusual event, but something that really concerns us." "The police are trained...
Making memories: What do you want to preserve from your parenting years?
Opinion
I recall being sleep deprived and irate with my first baby, dabbing milky vomit from my shoulder and having older women come up to me on the street saying, "Oh, they're little angels, aren't they? Treasure every moment!" Grumpily, I thought these were the moments I most wanted to forget. My aching arms, his needy squawks, the overflowing nappy bag...
Are we hugging? Navigating Stage 2 COVID-19 restrictions and social contact
Opinion
"Are you hugging?" I ask everyone I meet. Some come at me with open arms while others keep a respectful distance. One friend suggested we adopt an arms-length, side-by-side mutual bum pat. Social affection was potentially awkward enough pre-COVID-19 but, with a pandemic at play, who we touch, and when, has become a minefield. Guidelines from NSW Health Stage 2 restrictions...
Why does Australia give migrants such a hard time?
Opinion
Employers in Goulburn’s meat processing, hospitality, aged care, supermarkets and health sectors recruit from a stream of migrants desperate for work, permanent residency and citizenship. But strict travel restrictions abroad and at home to contain the spread of COVID-19 have stopped migrants arriving or leaving the country. Southern Meats human resources manager Kenny Conroy says the disruptions mean a fight...
My most memorable Brumbies Super Rugby final
Sport
Having called all six Super Rugby finals involving the Brumbies, it may surprise you, but the most memorable wasn’t one in which the Canberra team won the title. In fact, it wasn’t even in Australia. In 2002 the Canterbury Crusaders had won all 12 games in the lead up to the final against the Brumbies at Jade Stadium in Christchurch....
Entering the ‘nightmare-ish’ world of the horse owner
Opinion
It's probably fair to say we've all made some questionable purchases during 2020. There's nothing like a lockdown to encourage online binges at Dan Murphy's, Amazon and eBay, not to mention sneaky trips to Bunnings to buy all manner of household items that suddenly seem crucial. But I took it one step further. My COVID-19 present to myself was a...
Five pandemic lessons (or why we don’t need any more baristas)
Opinion
It's been a strange but instructive six or so months since COVID-19 disrupted our lives, some more so than others. It's either a black cosmic joke or there are a few lessons we can take out of the experience. Here are just five that I hope will resonate: 1. Don't mess with nature. Hey, it wasn't our fault. It's the...
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