More Things I Like

Knowing that if Gough Whitlam had come over you’d, “play chess and drink claret”

Adelaide Oval’s Morton Bay Figs

Bringing in the bins Fridays after an hour in the pub

Helping our 99-year-old neighbour sort her Foxtel

Kapunda Footy Club being among the world’s oldest and playing under its original name

Garry McIntosh’s handball

Lamb cigars from The Broadway butcher shop

Degraves laneway in Melbourne

Hertfordshire’s Ye Olde Fighting Cocks pub

Staring at the Grand Canyon from its Western Rim

DK Lillee’s delivery stride

Exile on Main Street’s dangerous sprawl

The surreal sadness of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Whyalla’s Bottle and Bird as a concept

Bung fritz

Onkaparinga National Park

Listening to Islands in the Stream with old friends

The Old Gum Tree’s barbeques being regularly cleaned by the local council

My wife leaving chocolate on the laptop keyboard

“Let’s Give a Cheer for Father” from the Looney Tunes cartoon, A Bear for Punishment

Glenelg Footy Club’s past players’ beer caravan

“I’ll tell you what pressure is. Pressure is a Messerschmitt up your arse. Playing cricket is not.”

Joni Mitchell’s guitar playing on Blue


Op Shop radios always being not quite tuned to a golden oldies AM station

Damien Martyn stroking one through the off-side

Listening to Skyhooks in a HQ Holden

Getting married on the lawn of our old high school

Having our wedding reception in our hometown footy club

The beauty and satire of “Chateau Lobby #4 (In C for Two Virgins)” by Father John Misty

Getting a giant pillow of chips from a fish shop

Being round a table with friends and all knowing the story someone’s about to tell

The 42-minute version of Wichita Lineman by the Dick Slessig Combo

Picking mint leaves from the garden for a gin

Changing my wife’s car radio to Triple J

When my boys finally said “thanks” without prompting

The Ned Ryerson scene in Groundhog Day- Bing!

Pubs with Friday night meat raffles

Scorsese’s use of the slide guitar and piano coda from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominoes in Goodfellas

Sylvia’s Mother

Noel’s Caravans

Tex, Don and Charlie

Opening a Barossa shiraz to share with Dad

The bawdy humour and joy of Under Milkwood

Saying, “West Coast Eagles” in my head and it only being in Dennis Cometti’s voice

Julia Jacklin’s plaintive melodies

John Cusack’s character breaking the fourth wall in High Fidelity

Chook as a concept

Chook salt as a concept

Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections

My wife buying me an unexpected gift

Scenes from an Italian Restaurant by Billy Joel

Kalamata olives

The Indianapolis Speech from Jaws

The Fish Tales pinball machine

Sid Waddell commentating, “There’s only one word for that: magic darts!”


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