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News flash: last person finally gets out of Leichhardt Oval

News flash: last person finally gets out of Leichhardt Oval

There’s a rumour going round that the last fan has finally left Leichhardt Oval after Sunday’s match against the Sharks. The fact that it can take hours to leave after a game at the inner city venue seems to have escaped those who indulged in an orgy of praise before, during and after the 25-8 defeat of the Wests Tigers. I stopped going to Leichhardt Oval years ago because life’s too short to waste so many hours trying to get out of the parking areas around the ground. What’s more, anything more than 10,000 people in attendance and you’d miss… Read more »

When we shuffle off this mortal coil, it would be good to attend our own funeral

When we shuffle off this mortal coil, it would be good to attend our own funeral

It’s rather ironic that we can’t go to the one function that we’d kill for: our own funeral. But what’s really interesting are the answers you receive when bringing up the subject – yes, Your Honour, I did that recently – guilty as charged. And the first response was from one of the wits sitting nearby: how do you know you can’t attend your own funeral? Which I must admit knocked me over at first, but when you think about it, it’s possible we could be capable of attending our own funeral but we just can’t confirm it; not while… Read more »

Beware of the traps in the fascinating world of friendships

Beware of the traps in the fascinating world of friendships

It’s fascinating how we make friends in so many different ways. Writing the story of the two Danielas from Twosome Creative reminded me that some things will just happen, so it’s good advice never to try to force anything when it comes to friendship. For those two you can see that even though they didn’t know each other from a bar of soap until they were 18 their individual trajectories were heading towards each other and it was inevitable that they would end up great friends themselves as well as their families once they started working, got married and had… Read more »

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Add spice to your life

You know how men become instant experts at anything they try their hand at, right. Well, cooking is no exception. And since The Kontos Report started working from home we have become the master  of our kitchen domain, producing culinary masterpiece after masterpiece, sorry, joking, producing sufficiently edible dinners whichRead more »


Planning holiday activities pays off

The boss has told you to take some extra leave this Christmas to help the company reduce the pressure on the bottom line, and all you can do is say, no worries, chief, will do. But then you think, well, yes, that’s all well and good, but what am IRead more »

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My heroes, from Captain Cranky to Steve Jobs

We all have heroes, some of us quite a few, and they range from our fathers/mothers to a work mate to historicasl figures, sport stars or even, heaven’s above, politicians. I gotta tell you, when you sit down to name just five of the people who have inspired you inRead more »

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You get to choose one country from each continent

You’ve won first prize with the InterGalacticTours raffle you bought at that cocktail party where you had a little too much sauvignon blanc and completely forgot all about the 10 tickets you bought. Now you have received an email telling you first prize is an all-expenses paid trip to fiveRead more »

Gough Whitlam

Word of advice: hard work never killed anyone

This week’s Top Five is about all the tips we get as we go through life. No, not Melbourne Cup tips, we’re talking about the good advice we receive from parents, uncles, friends and associates. If you have your own top five on this or any other topic, please shareRead more »


Some of Gough Whitlam’s greatest hits

According to the Top Five schedule – yes, there is one – this week we were going to compile the top five things we would like to get from Santa this Christmas, but it will have to wait for a week because the great man, Gough Whitlam, passed away onRead more »


Born to be Wild is such a great memory

At some modern funerals they play a few of the deceased’s favourite songs but that is not what I am thinking here. I confess that is what started me thinking about what my top five songs would be, but more in line of which ones would you choose if theyRead more »

Pets are becoming popular as excuses for sickies

When you need an excuse for a sickie, be creative

At high school, a friend came to school after not turning up the day before, and the teacher asked him where he’d been. I went to my grandmother’s funeral, the youngster replied. The teacher thought for a moment, then said: I think this is the third time you’ve missed schoolRead more »

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Winged keel, penalty shootout and supercoach

MY personal best sporting moment was coaching the St Andrews under 14s cricket team to a Camden Association premiership more than 20 years ago. Even though it would have been the St Andrews club’s first ever premiership in any age group, I hadn’t anticipated the reaction when my mighty boysRead more »

summer time

Summer time means good times

Spring has sprung and summer’s just around the corner. You beauty! We love the seven-eight months of the year when the weather is pleasant enough to discard heavy clothing, so here’s our Top Five things in summer: Number 5: You have been cleaning the pool all winter and the rewardRead more »


Why south west is great

This week’s Top Five takes a look at what we like best about in the great south west of Sydney. It doesn’t really do the place justice to name just five things we like about it, and we’re happy to confess we like many, many more. But rules are rulesRead more »

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