keywords: Basketball

  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Australia through American eyes

    • Brian Doyle
    • 18 January 2011
    15 Comments

    Do Australians hate Americans? No, because Americans invented basketball. What do Australians eat? Yeast paste. It tastes like someone ground up a penguin and then left it in the rain for a month before adding rubber and dirt to it.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    A child's 'Christ bus' in America

    • Brian Doyle
    • 18 December 2009

    Once I opened a present on which a young niece had written MARY CHRIST BUS, with every iota of her tongue-clenched diligence. If I was a wise man, I would have saved that paper, so that I could even now open it and see the world as it is, ancient, glorious and written endlessly by the young.

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  • MEDIA

    What real feminists want

    • Ruby J. Murray
    • 28 September 2009
    10 Comments

    During the last week, a fight broke out in the media over the place of feminism in Australian society. It's an old fight, that's been going on ever since women broke out of their bloomers and demanded the vote. What's the real deal, feminism?

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Make sport, not war

    • Brian Doyle
    • 03 June 2009
    1 Comment

    Jimmy was a high school basketball superstar, who went to war after graduating and had both his hands blown off by a mine. Imagine a world where instead of violence, international disputes were decided via epic sports tournaments.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Grand Prix: anniversary for a meaningless death

    • Roger Trowbridge
    • 25 March 2009
    2 Comments

    Dennis was the neighbourhood character. Full of good humour, he had a capacity for quipping his way through life — no one out-quipped Dennis. One day Dennis went to the Grand Prix. That evening he did not come home.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Debate points to refreshed post-Bush America

    • Tony Kevin
    • 29 September 2008
    1 Comment

    Both candidates in Saturday's presidential debate came across honourably, with the right note of steel. Obama will have pleased younger Americans with his empathy with their concerns, McCain older voters for his reaffirmation of traditional values.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Vote 1 Michael Palin

    • Brian Doyle
    • 18 September 2008
    3 Comments

    When I heard John McCain had chosen 'Palin' as his running mate, I thought, wow, Michael Palin! Palin understands women (he's worn his share of dresses), animal rights (especially dead parrots), and commerce (particularly the cheese industry).

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Greed infects the gentleman's game

    • Hector Welgampola
    • 14 March 2008
    1 Comment

    While the reputation of cricket has survived match fixing, doping, secret commissions and money laundering in the past, its status as the gentleman's game appears to be relegated to history. An editorial in Sri Lanka's Daily News asked whether cricket will come to be regulated on the stock market.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Recollections of a reluctant kids sports coach

    • Brian Doyle
    • 27 February 2008
    4 Comments

    At the end of his last season as coach of his sons' basketball team, Brian Doyle found himself savouring the job that he didn't want three years ago. While occasionally there is a flash of creativity and grace among his players, it's the egregious mistakes he will miss the most.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    The storycatcher charged with finding stories that matter

    • Brian Doyle
    • 15 May 2007
    5 Comments

    Brian Doyle said 'no' to an editor's request in the aftermath of September 11: "The only proper thing in your mouth at such a time is prayer." His kids had to reflect back to him: "Well, dad, you are always lecturing us about how if God gives you a talent and you don’t use that talent that’s a sin."

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  • AUSTRALIA

    The myth of belonging masks our insecurity

    • Colin Long
    • 02 April 2007
    2 Comments

    The Prime Minister has used myths surrounding Gallipoli and racial politics to tap into our felt, but barely understood, craving for belonging. The tenuous nature of our sense of community make us susceptible to the fear campaigns that have dominated Australian politics over the past decade.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Hands on

    • Morag Fraser
    • 11 May 2006

    Morag Fraser meets recent travellers to East Timor.

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