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    Why I will be watching the Sochi Olympics

    I have struggled for a long time with the conundrum of the Sochi Olympic Games. People who know me well know that I will watch almost anything sport-related. (Except motor “sport”. It’s not even a sport – it’s people driving for Pete’s sake!) And yes, even curling. On the one hand, I want to boycott the Olympics, to not watch them out of solidarity for our LGBT sisters and brothers in Russia. On the other, I want to watch them because we have openly gay athletes competing, including Aussie snowboarder Belle Brockhoff. We also have a lot of support from non-gay athletes who think the Russian laws are draconian and…

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    Second Ashes Test Wrap Up

    Yesterday marked the end of the Adelaide test match, which was all but over for England on the second day when the Aussies declared with over 500 runs on the board. It was great to see us finally get passed the early wobbles, and while Warner holed out again, he was on fire. I love watching him bat, and he’s the type of batsman that either gets out early or goes on to get a big score, and no matter which it is, he’s entertaining to watch. On the bowling side, it was hard to pick a stand-out. Johnson again played havoc with the English heads, bowling fast and mean.…

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    The Ashes – First Test Wrap-up

    Balance has returned to my world, thanks to the Aussies’ thumping First Test win against England on the weekend. After our dismal first innings batting performance, improved only by Brad Haddin’s and Mitch Johnson’s partnership, I thought ‘Here we go again’. And while we still have questions to answer in the top order, what really impressed me was the fact that our bowlers stood up to be counted. They worked as a team throughout the test match, and though Mitch Johnson failed to find his mojo early, he certainly had it in spades by our second innings in the field. In all honesty, Mitch Johnson wouldn’t have been in my…

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    Let’s get Sonny to meet P!nk!!

    I want to tell you about a great friend of mine (and some time great rival), Sonny Hughes.Β  Sonny and I played for rival soccer teams, and were sworn mortal enemies for the best part of 10 years. She was a young and cocky striker, and I was a young and smart-mouthed goalkeeper. It was a rivalry made in heaven. There was no greater satisfaction for me than denying her a goal, and some of my greatest and fondest memories in the sport are of our matches against each other (not to mention the “friendly” banter). To me, Sonny was always energetic and full of life. She was tough and…

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    Fighting my way through a perfume haze.

    One of my pet peeves is people who smell bad. I’m not a snob about this but you know, deodorant is something that not all people seem to have the hang of. And with a nose as sensitive as mine, it’s worse. If anything is worse than bad-smelling people it’sΒ people who bathe in their au de perfum of choice so you can virtually see their scent trailing behind them as they walk past. The first one makes me gag, and the second one makes me sneeze and get an immediate perfume-headache (kind of like a brain-freeze headache, but without the ice-cream). I hate gagging as much as I hate sneezing.…