Footy Finals Song # 1: South Adelaide

August 23, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE, Modern Music |

OK, P is grumpy that the Glenelg Tigers miss out on the finals (again). And the final five is now settled: (1) Norwood (2) Sturt (3) Eagles (4) South Adelaide and (5) North Adelaide. The order may vary slightly after the last minor round, but not in a meaningful way: Sturt and Eagles might change places but they will still square-off in the Qualifying Final; South and North might swap 4th and 5th places, depending on results, but they will still contest the Elimination Final. So we have 5 finalists and 4 Club Songs (Norwood and Sturt share one, mutatis mutandis).  The Varnished…

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Eating Crow

August 19, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg v Adelaide (Glenelg Oval) 19 August 2018 An old-fashioned goal-fest at the Bay saw the Tiger forwards cash in – Ian Milera, Lachlan Hosie and Luke Reynolds with 4 apiece, Terry Milera with 2. The Crows started better but missed too many shots with the breeze to carve out a lead. After quarter time, Glenelg simply outran their opponents and were better organised in-mid-field and when rebounding from defence. 11 goals to 5 in the second half sealed a thumping win, a necessary but insufficient requirement to stay alive for the finals. The other thing the Tigers needed was an Eagles…

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Izaac Walton – The Compleat Angler

August 9, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Classic Books, LIFE, WRITING & LITERATURE |

Izaak Walton (born 9 August 1593) wrote one of the best goofing-off books ever.  First published in 1653, the full title was: The Compleat Angler or the Contemplative Man’s Recreation, divided into two parts: I, “Being a Discourse of Rivers, Fish-ponds, Fish and Fishing”; II, “Being Instructions how to Angle for a Trout or Grayling in a Clear Stream”. As Walton confessed in a preface, “…most Readers may receive so much pleasure or profit by it, as may make it worthy the time of their perusal, if they be not too grave or too busie men…I have in several places mixt…

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“Utter Carnage”

August 7, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | Australian History, AUSTRALIANIA, HISTORY, LIFE |

7 August 1858: The First Game of Australian Rules Football is played. Victoria’s Cricket Captain, Tom Wills, is credited as the main inventor, developer and driver of the Australian Game. (He wanted something to keep the cricketers fit during the winter off-season). On 7 August 1858, the first ever recorded match was played between Melbourne Grammar School and Scotch College, held (appropriately) at the Richmond Paddock. The game ended in a draw (a goal apiece). One hundred and fifteen years later, of course, the ne plus ultra of the sport would play out in Adelaide… It has become something of…

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Don’t Cook Tonight, Call Chicken Delight

August 6, 2018 | Posted by Peter Jakobsen | AUSTRALIANIA, LIFE |

Glenelg Tigers v North Adelaide Roosters at Prospect Oval, 5 August 2018 If only we’d won a couple more close ones. Be that as it may, the Tigers are still a Very Silly Chance for finals, and perhaps more sensibly (and more importantly), seem to be developing the cohesion and application that all good sides have. In wet and windy conditions at the notorious lop-sided ground, Glenelg held its nerve and out-lasted a more fancied opponent by maintaining consistent scoreboard pressure, a factor lacking in previous years. The Milera boys were up and about, but Lachlan Hosie, on a bad…

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