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John Bell rehearsing 'King Lear'. Sydney Opera House, 2010. © Greg Wood/AFP
John Bell’s 'On Shakespeare'
By Louis Nowra
The Serious Australian
By Gideon Haigh
Still the most compelling aspect of the legend is The Average. One hundred is not the maximum possible arithmetic mean score in cricket, but 99.94, with its tincture of human fallibility, its hint of Oulipian constraint, could not have been more exquisitely contrived. To a generation addicted to measurement and
Illustration by Jeff Fisher.
By Mungo MacCallum
Words: Shane Maloney | Illustration: Chris Grosz
By Shane Maloney and Chris Grosz
Why we're still more English than American
By Gideon Haigh
It was a big story for a while, although it was more an unexpectedly extreme version of an acknowledged phenomenon than something unprecedented. Great teams visit Australia full of glorious personalities to play compelling cricket, but nothing sells like a tour by our oldest opponents. The West Indies paid a famous
Everywhere is anywhere when you travel these days, whether it's invasions or gardening shows.
By Robert Dessaix
The image that first flashed onto the TV screen that evening was of Peter Cundall, the lovable talking garden gnome from Gardening Australia, throwing blood and bone about and enthusing as only he can about broad beans. I was aghast. CNN in Vladivostok is one thing; one expects CNN to appear on TV screens in hotel