Blogging the 2010s — 42 — South Sydney Herald

To see what I was posting in April 2019 go here. I note that Matt da Silva came down to The Gong. Wow, Matt! How different that day would have been had it been this year!

Now to my short career as an unpaid journalist for the South Sydney Herald. You will find most of my pieces listed at Journalism 2010.

I was particularly chuffed about that one as I made the front page!

Another I recall with pleasure is Aunty Beryl’s three word dictionary, actually from November 2009.

Aunty Beryl has been part of the Redfern community for fifty years now, but her beginnings are with the Gamillaroi people. The Centre’s web site says: “Yaama means ‘welcome’ and Dhiyaan means ‘family and friends’ in Aunty Beryl’s Yuwaalaraay language of the Gamillaroi people of north west New South Wales.”

“A great life,” I read somewhere years ago, “is a dream formed in childhood made real in maturity.” Aunty Beryl would probably reject that applying to herself, but it’s hard to deny.

She wanted to know if this would be a positive story as we had talked a bit about the dark side and the way Aboriginal issues are represented so often in politics and the mainstream media. How could it not be positive? Seeing the college, the students, and meeting Aunty Beryl have been inspiring. Anyone who dropped in would be inspired too – and well fed, if you happen by when food is on offer. As Aunty Beryl told SBS’s Living Black: “We specialise in bush tucker. We might have crocodile – we’ll do that with a lemon myrtle sauce, we might have kangaroo and we’ll just do that with skewers, and make a bush tomato sauce for that, vegetables in some of our herbs and spices.”

But my apogee, written in fact here in West Wollongong towards the end of 2010, has to be Mr Howard vs David Hicks.

Howard’s late-blooming desire to see Hicks returned to Australia had everything to do with VP Cheney’s visit to Australia in February 2007, when the deal that led to Hicks’s “conviction” was stitched up, and behind that was the 2007 Election. Howard knew the issue was losing him votes.

Colonel Morris Davis, the prosecutor in the case, recalls that in January 2007 he received a call from his superior Jim Haynes asking him how quickly he could charge David Hicks. (Now an attorney for Chevron, Haynes had in 2005 told Davis: “Wait a minute, we can’t have acquittals. We’ve been holding these guys for years. How are we going to explain that? We’ve got to have convictions.”) David Hicks was eventually charged on 2 February 2007, even though the details about how the commissions should be conducted weren’t published until late April. (Interview Amy Goodman and Col. Morris Davis 16 July 2008.)

Davis resigned from the Military Commission after prosecuting David Hicks, stating that “what’s taking place now, I would call neither military or justice.”

Blogging the 2010s — 39 — April 2016

More on Anzac Day

I went down to City Diggers yesterday. As I said on Facebook:

Fascinating conversations at City Diggers Wollongong today, one with a Macedonian who arrived Oz 1990 and had recently been back witnessing the refugee crisis, and the other with someone who served on HMAS Murchison in the Korean War. The things you can learn from a good conversation.

On the second see HMAS Murchison in the Han River.He told me about this. See Wikipedia. I wish I had known more when I had that conversation!

My cousin Russell Christison added this photo:


Also on Facebook is this wonderful photo of the dawn service yesterday at Shellarbour Village.


This is a place I get very nostalgic about. See last year’s post Next Saturday is the centenary Anzac Day. (Or rather of the Gallipoli landings.)

Thinking of my father’s home town of Shellharbour…

My uncle Ken’s name is on that memorial. See ANZACS born in Shellharbour, NSWRemembering some of our Anzacs, and Illawarra Remembers

Just back from East Redfern/Moore Park

Had dinner with M last night – Cleveland Street’s “Little India”. Stayed overnight at M’s in East Redfern. Been quite a while since I was last there. Here are a couple of memories, as I had no camera this time.


M’s orchid 2009: On a balcony overlooking South Dowling Street.


South Dowling Street from M’s Balcony 2009

I did spot the weird structure taking up an inordinate amount of space in Moore Park. Bloody awful, and useless! See Bridge to nowhere: The plan to give away Moore Park (ABC Radio National 20 March 2016).

Mark Davis: It’s Saturday night at the Sydney Football Stadium, less than an hour before kick off between the Waratahs and the Reds, and the stadium is starting to fill. Thousands of fans are trudging up the hill from Central Station in the CBD, a kilometre away.

To finally get into the ground, fans have to cross here at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Moore Park Road. 400 metres down the road sits a new and rather gigantic pedestrian bridge. But the fans are still crossing here at the lights.

Why choose here and not the bridge as your crossing point?

Man: Because this is a direct line. It’s in the wrong spot.

Mark Davis: It should have been here, if it was a bridge it should have been there.

Man: It’s in the wrong spot. Any dill can work that out. It was always in the wrong spot up there.

Mark Davis: And if you look over there I think there’s a couple of people on that bridge, it’s bizarre…

Tibby Cotter Bridge aerial shot ABC

This month the new stadium scheme came unstuck: Football codes unite against Mike Baird’s plan to build on Sydney Football Stadium site.