Things I Like

That first glimpse of Lake Bonney in early January

Richard Ford’s The Sportwriter

Barbeque ignition

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala

Clare Valley Riesling

The beach and jetty ruins at Port Willunga

9.55am ACDT on Boxing Day

Pushing open the door of The North Fitzroy Arms

Cool McCool

Tim Winton’s ear for dialogue and eye for nature

Vampire Weekend

Langhorne Creek Cabernet Sauvignon

Bruce Dawe’s Suburban Lovers

The shotgun crack of an Adam Gilchrist six

The Glenelg North esplanade

Coopers sparkling ale

EH Holdens

The Big Lebowski

Annie Proulx

The guitar and keyboard solo on Father John Misty’s So I’m Growing Old On Magic Mountain

Bill Bryson’s self-deprecation

Glenelg Football Club

Shaun Micallef’s eyebrow

The menace of Keef’s guitar

Lake Wazzapamani

The Magpie and Stump pub

Kapunda High School’s croquet lawn

Allen de Botton’s The Art of Travel

Lana Del Ray

Group 1 racehorse and super stallion Snitzel

Clare Golf Club’s seventh hole

The Broadway’s beer garden

Frank Zappa

The Footy Almanac

Greg Chappell cricket hats


Wichita Lineman

Triple J

humour in Courtney Barnett’s music

The architecture of Santiago Calatrava

Gideon Haigh’s cricket writing

The pause at the top of Shane Warne’s run up

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Belle and Sebastian’s delicate nostalgia

1998 Group Three Canterbury Cup winner Waikikamukau

Unexpected snow

The suggested intimacy in Josh Pyke’s lyrics

Paul McCartney’s boyish optimism

Three Little Bops

Blundstone boots

The Trip

Possessive apostrophes

Sonic Youth’s beautiful guitar noise

The DK Lillee statue outside the MCG’s Gate 1

Three D radio

Beauty and dread in Radiohead’s OK Computer

Bitches Brew by Miles Davis

Sea monkeys

Kapunda’s Prince of Wales pub

Dunlop volleys

The 1976 SANFL grand final

Paul Kelly’s evocations of summer

The Hammersmith & City Line


Rose of Cimmaron by Poco when the banjo and harmonica emerge ever so quietly and briefly


Wes Anderson’s shot composition

The Group 1 LKS MacKinnon Stakes

Don DeLillo

Championship Vinyl

Tim Lane’s commentary


The sound of a bag of ice being dropped near an esky


6 thoughts on “Things I Like

  1. Thanks Grant. Of course my list is limited to things which are ultimately wonderful distractions. What I’d most love on a desert island is company. Of course this then means it’s no longer a desert island. Actually, a dessert island might be good!


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