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[3 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football | 4 views ]
Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football

As the thirty-seven contributions about the most heartfelt moments in VFL/AFL demonstrate, Aussie Rules football cuts across all divides. Hence this book of original essays includes contributions by and about football players, supporters and administrators who are vastly different in religion, class, income, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual preference.
The contributors within range from committed Christians such as Cardinal George Pell, Geraldine Doogue, and John Birt to devout atheists and like myself, Dick Whitaker and Barry Dickins.
Contributors to this collection of fine writing about heartfelt moments in Aussie Rules football also …

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[2 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on National launch: Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football | 233 views ]

The long awaited football tragic’s Heartfelt Moments in Australian Rules Football edited by Ross Fitzgerald and featuring 37 authors has been launched in Melbourne.
It was launched in the heart of Blues territory at Carlton’s Il Gambero on the Park.
One of the authors is Cardinal George Pell. His Eminence, it should be remembered, signed to play for Richmond in his final year of school in 1959. As Pell writes in the book: “I was promised a place on their training list and financial help to attend Melbourne University.
Alas, seminary life made …

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[18 Oct 2015 | Comments Off on Going Out Backwards | 0 views ]
Going Out Backwards

Bumbling Mangoland academic, Professor Dr Grafton Everest, has been elected to the Australian Senate, without really knowing why, and due to the influx of weird independents, finds himself holding the balance of power. Despite this, his personal life is a train wreck. A prostatectomy has left him impotent, his daughter is staging a theatrical event with an outlaw motorcycle gang and he suspects his wife is planning to have him put to sleep. On top of it all, Australia is facing natural disaster from Tectonic Change. Can Grafton save his …

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[9 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Maddie our dog tries dogcam | 50 views ]

WHEN I heard GoPro was releasing a harness for dogs I was curious. Could dogcam vision be as riveting as hang-gliding action, mountain biking, rock scaling or clips of catching that big wave?
So I harnessed up our favourite local dog, a West Highland White Terrier called Maddie who attends a weekly dog obedience class in inner Sydney.
She wore a regular GoPro Hero3+ black edition camera for the exercise — the same one used by extreme sports nuts.
Maddie just fits the weight range of dogs GoPro says the harness is suited …

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[3 Sep 2014 | Comments Off on Member of The Order of Australia | 153 views ]

Dame Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, awards me a Member of the Order of Australia at Government House, Sydney, on September 3, 2014. I was appointed Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia, for significant service to education in the field of politics and history as an academic, and to community and public health organisations.

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[18 May 2014 | Comments Off on Busy in the Fog | 0 views ]
Busy in the Fog

Busy in the Fog is a wildly funny sexual-political romp which will amaze, delight, annoy and almost certainly offend. Grafton Everest is now at his wit’s end facing life in his gluttonous middle age. Forced to deal with unexpected changes in his wife Janet, their allegedly gifted child Lee-Anne, and in his supposedly academic place of work, Grafton passes through episodes of ‘spiralling, phobic anxiety’. Ross Fitzgerald’s Queensland has more than its share of terrorists, religious ratbags, free enterprise maniacs and right and left-wing zealots.
“Utilising a lethal wit, Fitzgerald’s writing …

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[24 Dec 2013 | Comments Off on Pushed from the Wings | 6 views ]
Pushed from the Wings

Ross Fitzgerald’s novel “Pushed from the Wings is a riotously funny black comedy set in Queensland, Australia. His teetotal hypochondriac hero, Grafton Everest, is destined to become an Australian legend: an Antipodean early middle-age mix of Walter Mitty, Billy Liar and Sandy Stone. An anti-hero of outrageous proportion. “Pushed from the Wings is now an eBook.

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[28 Jul 2013 | Comments Off on Soaring is now an eBook | 156 views ]
Soaring is now an eBook

Ross Fitzgerald’s Erotic Novel of the Year is now available as an eBook. Drawing on classic themes of betrayal, death and metamorphosis, Ross Fitzgerald has created an enthralling contemporary mythology in Soaring.
This extraordinary novel moves between Melbourne and Brisbane, Australia, and Ireland, with its cast of flamboyant misfits playing out the eternal search for love and passion.
Rodney (hang-glider and merchant of erotica); Rebekah (19 year old Alcoholic’s Anonymous member, father unknown) ; and Michael (maverick motorcycling priest) are the three voices which speak powerfully, nakedly to us in Soaring.

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[29 Jun 2013 | 14 Comments | 4,806 views ]
Australia’s Game

In Australia, nothing excites such passion as the tribal loyalties generated by Australian Rules football. Australia’s Game is a collection of essays and writings capturing the agony and the ecstasy of our great game from some of Australia’s best storytellers.
More than 50 contributors share their oval dreams in reflections ranging from witty and affectionate reminiscences and expressions of hope for the future, to statements of deep alienation and betrayal. Featured writers include Don Watson, Paul Kelly, Geoffrey Blainey, Gerald Murnane, Paul Daffey, John Harms, Emma Quayle, Barry Oakley, Peter Corris, …

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[23 Jun 2013 | 2 Comments | 2,365 views ]

THIS month in 1935 the world’s most successful self-help group, Alcoholics Anonymous, was founded in Akron, Ohio. As it happens, it was in Akron and in Cleveland, Ohio, that I did a lot of drinking myself in the 1960s.
I turn 69 on Christmas Day. And if I survive until Australia Day I will have had no alcohol or other drugs for 44 years. This means that, with the support of AA, I’ve had 44 more years on the planet than I would have had.

Like a lot of teenagers who are …

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[22 Dec 2012 | Comments Off on The Lost Diggers | 1,317 views ]

A TREASURE trove of recently discovered images bears silent witness to the tragedy of World War I.
Almost a century ago hundreds of Australian soldiers took their rest and recreation leave in the small Somme Valley town of Vignacourt, just north of the city of Amiens. During three years of bitter fighting, our Diggers gained relief from the horrors of the trenches – a mere day’s march away – flirting with girls from the village, playing with the children, drinking local wine and having their photographs taken by the talented local …