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  1. Paxter

    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    I think you're right, but there are a few other problems including: Not enough top Aussie players in the comp (c.f. the IPL, where all the Indian stars play) Relatively low-quality foreign imports (apart from RK), as the likes of De Villiers play the BPL The new broadcasting deal, which locks in the current surfeit of games, as well as fragmenting the audience
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Absolutely incredible from Sri Lanka. Is there any innings that comes close to that in terms of a fourth innings ton to win a test match? Maybe Gilchrist against Pakistan? But that was at home. I can’t think of a better performance in those circumstances. Very meh about the BBL this season. It’s gone right back to the pack as far as I’m concerned.
  3. I think most Aussies alive at the time would remember it (it was obviously a very major political event), but these days it is probably more remembered for being the source of famous Cold War conspiracy theories. Probably a very good thing...keep it up! On a related note: these next couple of months are going to be exhausting - two major elections, with a likely very long Federal campaign. What a slog.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished Pane, Pasta, Vino by Matt Goulding. This is a fantastic food/travel memoir, only marred by the inability to actually sample the amazing food described. The chapters on Sardegna, Lake Como and Puglia were the highlights. Also featured are Sicily, Bologna, Rome and Naples. I also read The Refugees by Viet Nguyen. I was ultimately left a little disappointed by this collection of short stories about Vietnamese migrants to the US. It wasn't a poor read per se, but about half of the stories were quite forgettable and felt devoid of purpose. I regret not picking up The Sympathiser instead. Now reading Shelley's Frankenstein. Then I'll probably get back to some contemporary SFF.
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Haha. That was a crazy series. Kudos to Holder and the West Indies. And kudos to Root for standing up against homophobia! South Africa appear to be struggling slightly against Sri Lanka. Surprising and a little concerning given the low ebb of Sri Lankan cricket at the moment.
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Yeah different pitch to the previous match. This one was a 150-200 par score batting first.
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    England's selection policy has quickly gone from masterful (the return of Buttler, Ali) to manic (Jennings again? Two spinners at Bridgetown when WI pick four quicks?) It really is anyone's guess what kind of line-up they pick these days.
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Awesome stuff from WI. A series I thought would be dull has gotten exciting!
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Jeez, the Windies bottled that. Looked to be in a pretty good position at 200-4. The first Sri Lankan test match is about to get underway. I'm not at all optimistic about the visitors' chances, even though the could hardly be facing Australia at a better time.
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    First Quarter 2019 Reading

    I finished a re-read of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire over the summer break. Surprisingly I enjoyed re-reading it more than the Prisoner of Azkaban, which I had previously considered to be the best of the first four books. Perhaps the darker overtones make this one a lot more readable as an adult. Now on to Pasta, Pane, Vino: Deep Travels Through Italy's Food Culture. This has been absolutely fantastic so far - almost as good as actually eating the food described!
  11. Agreed. The question is whether the private sector is bearing those costs efficiently. The universal system might well do a better job at a lower cost. Similar arguments abound with superannuation - Canada went down the path of a universal fund and I think that has delivered a more efficient outcome.
  12. Pretty big blow for the Coalition with O’Dwyer announcing she won’t recontest the next election. Putting aside the small but increased risk of losing Higgins, Morrison is going to find it hard to find any sort of gender balance in his next Cabinet/Shadow Cabinet. O’Dwyer made it very clear that she expects to be replaced by a woman in Higgins!
  13. The problem is that we are not even close to being 'at the start'. Wealth inequality is already massive in the Western world, so simply tinkering with income taxes is not enough to change wealth distribution on any sort of decent scale. To do this you would need wealth taxes, like inheritance and land taxes. Personally I think wealth taxes are very difficult to implement, but ultimately they are a lot fairer than other policy tools cherished by economists, like VATs.
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    Cricket 34: Bring Your Own Sandpaper

    Sadly I don’t think it’s overly surprising. The corruption and cronyism that infected the entire country during the Rajapaksa years didn’t spare cricket. I like Australia’s selections for the India ODIs, but it’s probably too late to be making these kinds of changes so close to a World Cup.
  15. Some selection shocks yesterday for Australia with the Marshes, Handscomb and Finch all dropped for the Sri Lanka series. Pucovski, Burns and Renshaw will be duking it out in a tour game next week, with the highest run-getters likely to play the day-night test at the 'Gabba.
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