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More election lowlights than you can poke a stick with

More election lowlights than you can poke a stick with

It was originally going to be Top 5 highlights of the 2019 federal election campaign. But the more you think about it the more it becomes obvious there haven’t been any highlights – quite the opposite, there have been lowlights galore. And if the first casualty of war is truth the first casualties of an increasingly presidential election campaign are local candidates. Which is a shame because there’s bound to be many cases where voters aren’t keen on the national leader but quite like their local candidate and are happy to vote for him or her. But it is a… Read more »

What gets your goat when you go shopping

What gets your goat when you go shopping

Ordinarily, going shopping can be a pleasant experience. If you regularly go to the same local shopping centre, as I do, you get to know some of the staff, who greet you with a friendly smile when you arrive. Then there’s the mingling in close proximity and interaction with your fellow residents in whatever suburb you live in. And of course the big one, buying things, and who doesn’t get a little happier buying new things, even if some of them are lemons or curry powder. I still remember as a kid watching mum place the paper bags containing her… Read more »

If you think something is amiss, maybe it’s because today is April 1

If you think something is amiss, maybe it’s because today is April 1

If you were on social media this morning, you had to be on your toes Why? Because today is Monday, April 1, April Fools Day, that’s why. And because unless it happens on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, it doesn’t really happen. But it is true that we don’t go for big pranks anymore on April Fools Day. Which is a shame because nobody died – that I know of – as a result of an April Fools joke. I guess people change and things change and this old tradition now lives on in cyberspace and social media platforms…. Read more »

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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 »

Number one: Campbelltown Golf Course at Glen Alpine.

Get your golf clubs

OK, boys and girls, get your clubs out, we’re off to the golf course, but the question is, which one? We have plenty to choose from in south west Sydney, from Moorebank’s New Brighton to Picton’s Antill, and lots more in between. But we only have room for five, andRead more »


Here’s cheers to our pubs

This week we do a bit of bar hopping, sort of, in a responsible service of alcohol kind of a way. But seriously, when we say our top five pubs, we’re looking at the ambience, the food, the service, the whole shebang. The days of The Kontos Report just goingRead more »

One way is a slow way: Queen Street, Campbelltown

Traffic jams at every turn

In the second installment of our Top Five we look at the south west region’s busiest roads. Narellan Road, between Campbelltown and Narellan, wins hands down. It is a shocker, not just at peak times. It is undergoing widening, and not before time. But even when that’s completed it’s doubtfulRead more »

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Our favourite coffee shops

  WE kick off our weekly series of Top Five by naming our top five coffee shops in the south west. ONE: Ristretto & Co, Northumberland Street, Liverpool – Surry Hills comes to the south west. Frank and his team have created a splendid little coffee joint that serves theRead more »

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