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An England fan says hello to Monty Panesar at Raby Sports Complex this morning, where rain held up the start of play between the Ghosts and Uni of NSW.

Monty Panesar plots his way back into first class cricket from Raby Sports Complex

Playing for the Campbelltown Camden Ghosts this summer is Monty Panesar’s third gig in the Sydney grade cricket competition. But this is the most important one of all for Panesar, who last played a Test for England in December of 2013 in Melbourne. That was his 50th cap for England, but he is trying very hard to make sure he gets a few more chances to add to his 167 Test scalps before he finally gives the game away. At the age of 34 and as a slow left-arm orthodox spinner age is not an issue. What is the issue… Read more »

Blame it on the weather: Raby 1 yesterday.

Blame it on the weather: Premier cricket to be played at second grade field

Blame it on the weather. That’s what Campbelltown Council says is the reason the premier playing field at Raby Sports Complex is unavailable on the eve of one of the biggest weekends of cricket for the Ghosts. The centre square of Raby 1, as the premier field is called, was ripped up and new turf put down during winter. Campbelltown Council says the plan was to have Raby 1 back to a playable condition when the cricket season started on September 24. That was almost a month ago and the Camden Campbelltown Ghosts who call Raby home have still not… Read more »

Dr Diana Adams: clinical trials can be a game changer for women with gynaecological cancers.

Campaign wants to lift lid on women’s cancer taboos

Every day 15 Australian women are diagnosed with a gynaecological cancer and four die as a result of it. The stats are scary, yet it’s not often in the spotlight. The campaign with a cheeky name, Save the Box, is determined to see that change. The campaign aims to spark conversation and take the taboo out of talking about women’s cancers. With over 16,000 women currently living with a gynaecological cancer in Australia, ANZGOG (Australia and New Zealand Gynaecological Oncological Group) kick started Save the Box to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials and the need to improve… Read more »

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    Fearless comment, a peek behind the news, some fun and satire with Top 5, topped off with the week’s most interesting image - or two.


    Malcolm Turnbull with Lucy, who is the chairperson of the Greater Sydney Commission.

    Maybe we’ve got the wrong Turnbull in the Lodge

    After putting together the story about the Greater Sydney Commission vision for a city called Bradfield around the second airport at Badgerys Creek I couldn’t help thinking maybe the wrong Turnbull was in charge of the country. Sorry, Malcolm, but you could learn a thing or two from Lucy, your wife and chairperson of the above Commission. Let’s start withRead more »

    South West Confidential

    The quilt is displayed on the western front in France.

    This wonderful quilt project tells 100 years worth of Australian stories

    A wonderful Australian military history quilt called At The Going Down of the Sun made by members of the RSL women’s auxiliary has just returned from Europe where it was a big hit with the French. The quilt project was the brainchild of local identity Pauline James, who is the president of the RSL Central Council of  Women’s Auxiliary NSWRead more »

    Top 5

    Women footballers are as skillful as the men playing the game.

    Women kicking goals as they rise to the top of the heap

    As women’s sport grows in popularity it would be interesting to see in which ones the “girls’’ are just as good as the “boys’’. Many loyal readers will know that when I’m not wasting an afternoon away reading Tolstoy’s War and Peace or checking out an art exhibition, I’m in front of the idiot box watching a bit of sport.Read more »

    Picture This

    This spooky display at Minto Woolies is for Halloween.

    C’mon Woolies, c’mon: think global but act local

    For someone like me, seeing this spooky display for the first time I couldn’t help thinking, gee, isn’t that nice, Woolies is joining in the spirit of our Festival of Fisher’s Ghost. Naturally it only took silly old me another five or 10 seconds to realise what was really going on here. That’s right, this had nothing to do withRead more »



    Man, 37, charged over stabbing

    A man has been charged in the wake of yesterday afternoon’s stabbing in Claymore. About 3.20pm (Friday, October 21), emergency services were called to Ramsay Way, Claymore, following reports of a stabbing. When police arrive don the scene they found a 36-year-old man with a stab wound to his stomach. He was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics at the sceneRead more »

    MP Anne Stanley is not happy with the internet situation in her electorate.

    MP hits out at internet inertia in Werriwa

    A new federal MP wants to hear from local residents who are experiencing internet problems. Anne Stanley, who won the seat of Werriwa for Labor in the July election, says she is concerned her electorate is getting a raw deal when it comes to the rollout of the NBN and the internet in general. “The people South West Sydney shouldRead more »


    Man touted as a future Prime Minister will be guest speaker at a business luncheon at Wests Leagues on November 18.

    Angus Taylor: Hear the man touted as a future Prime Minister

    Hume MP Angus Taylor is assistant minister for cities and digital transformation, but some people believe he is destined for higher honours. He has been touted as a future Prime Minister, no less. Macarthur business people will get the chance to find out if there is any substance to the Angus Taylor when the man himself comes to the heartRead more »

    Stand Out Home Improvements will build you a patio cover you will love entertaining under.

    Stand Out raise the bar on outdoor entertaining spaces

    Wherever they live, Australians love entertaining out the back of the family home. The weather’s perfect, the kids are having a swim in the pool and dad’s cooking a barbie. What could possibly beat that? Well, how about doing it all under the roof of a stylish pergola or patio. And that’s where the team at Stand Out Home ImprovementsRead more »


    The great duel between Orlando and Rinaldo to conquer Angelica’s heart

    Sicilian puppet theatre Down Under for first time

    If you’re on the lookout for local entertainment offering something a little different this weekend you could try a slice of Sicilian puppet theatre. Presented by the Italian Cultural Institute in Sydney, two shows will be on at Casula Powerhouse this Sunday. The magical world of France’s Paladins, which is narrated by Mimmo Cuticchio, master in the art of the Teatro dei PupiRead more »


    Beware the risks of drifting into complacency

    As we face the regular daily routines of our lives, it can be easy to drift into complacency, says psychologist, author and speaker Margaret Lambert, in the latest instalment of her column in South West Voice in Macarthur. We are fairly familiar with what it is in store for us each day and how to progress through the daily business.Read more »


    Online portal saves time and money for operators of heavy vehicles.

    Keep on trucking: online customer portal saves time and money

    After a successful staged roll out, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) new online customer portal will become the main platform for heavy vehicle access permits from September 30. AccessCONNECT program director David Carlisle said there has been an average of 70 per cent of access permit applications received per week through the online portal as more customers embrace theRead more »

    Our roofs the biggest power plant in Australia?

    Our roofs could be the biggest power plant in the country

    The millions of Australians with solar on their roof can help revolutionise the electricity system for the better. As energy ministers meet to draw up plans to tackle increasing power prices, it’s agreed batteries are an important part of the solution. The question is: will these batteries be owned by energy companies or Australia’s homes and businesses? Energy software companyRead more »


    Small gains in property prices in Sydney during the June quarter.

    Small gain for property prices in most cities

    The Real Estate Institute of Australia (REIA) says that property prices increased in the June quarter with the weighted average median prices rising 2.1 percent for houses and 0.4 percent for other dwellings. According to the latest REIA Real Estate Market Facts publication, the weighted average median price approached the $700,000 mark for houses and was around $545,000 for other dwellings.Read more »

    The 30 storey Skyhaus

    Skyhaus: tallest residential tower in south west region sets the pace

    The tallest building in South West Sydney by a country mile is almost here. Skyhaus, a $100 million apartment complex of two 30 storey towers will set the benchmark for the entire region, which is about to receive a massive population boost from Liverpool to Camden and beyond. It was designed by influential local firm Mosca Pserras Architects. Work isRead more »


    Sportsman Series Super Compact champion Matt Lisle is loving the simple life this season following a switch to Modified Bike.

    Bike switch works wonders for this champion rider

    Summit Racing Equipment Sportsman Series Super Compact champion Matt Lisle is loving the simple life this season following a switch to modified bike. A last minute decision, Lisle’s original plan was to continue racing the familiar Mazda RX7 known as “Goldmember” until an incident at the Winternationals left the car bent out of shape. Rather than sit around and waitRead more »

    A raft of new laws are coming which affect P-plate drivers.

    Mobile phone use to be banned for P-platers

    The NSW Government will introduce new laws from December 1 prohibiting drivers who hold a Provisional P2 licence from using their mobile phones while driving. The new law is among a raft of amendments from the Baird Government aimed at curbing the rise of road fatalities. As at July 23 this year, 43 P-plate drivers had died in car crashes;Read more »


    Nikolai Topor-Stanley has left the Wanderers

    Departure of Nikolai end of a Wanderers era

    The departure on Monday of Nikolai Topor-Stanley is the end of an era even for a young club like the Western Sydney Wanderers. Following four incredible seasons in the Red & Black, two as captain, the big defender has signed with a club in the United Arab Emirates but he left with the blessing of the club. Topor-Stanley played inRead more »

    Local cricket fans will get their first chance this Saturday to see the England international spinner in action when the Ghosts host University of NSW.

    Monty’s first game at Raby as Ghosts eye victory points

    Local fans of the Campbelltown Camden Ghosts will get their first chance to see star signing Monty Panesar in action this Saturday at Raby Sports Complex. It will be the club’s first home match of the 2016-17 Sydney Premier Cricket season when they host University of NSW. But as well as the England international’s home ground debut, it will beRead more »

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