Exit the stage straight to Opera Australia…again
Dev Kapilthe 20th century Indian cricketer in front Sunil Gavaskar and Sachin Tendulkaris more often seen hanging out with movie stars and prime ministers than cricketers these days, but he retains a special bond with the teammates he captained to World Cup glory in 1983.
The team has a WhatsApp group titled ‘Champions Forever’, after coming together to help make a film directed by the legendary Kabir Khan which celebrates their historic victory. Dev and Khan were at the MCG on Friday for an invitation-only function to open the Melbourne Indian Film Festival, where guests included the former Victorian prime minister Ted Baillieu.
Dev made an appearance in the film, capturing a crowd in his own world record rounds against Zimbabwe, while the late, tall, West Indies fast bowler Malcolm Marshall is played by Marshall’s son — “spitting image, same action,” Khan said.
Dev’s favorite MCG memory is the 1981 Test when India won to force their first draw on Australian soil, a game best known for Gavaskar’s infamous “walk-off” incident. “After 40 years, I think he [Gavaskar] said, ‘I got carried away,'” he said. Australia will host the Men’s T20 World Cup in October, and Dev believes the India-Pakistan clash scheduled for October 23 at the ‘G will be one of the biggest events in world sport this year. He recently caused a stir by suggesting Virat Kohli, the ex-superstar captain who struggled for form, may not be an automatic selection. But he changed his tune. “A great player will always have extra chances,” he said. “If I’m the captain, I’d like to have him.”
Will Timey (sic) fix this fence?
That’s a good question, although misspelled. It has been almost 10 months since the controversial Victorian MP for the genteel streets of Kew, Tim Smithcrashed his car into a Hawthorn house and blew the legal blood alcohol limit twice.
As the question scribbled on a temporary wooden board suggests, the damaged fence remains unrepaired.
Chins have been wrestling for months in Victorian political circles over why the fence has not been repaired.
Smith, who must have his own bike parking space at the Sky News studio in Melbourne, hasn’t coughed yet?
The temporary cover provides comic relief at least. The word “Chappaquiddick” is written in banner style at the top of the picket fence, referring to Senator Ted Kennedy’s 1969 accident on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts.
Waterhouse honors the Kennedy Awards
The 2022 Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism, took place last Friday evening at Randwick Racecourse, and while The Sydney Morning Herald won numerous awards, another notable feature was the lack of speeches at the gala and the absence of Adam Walters.
Last year, journalist Walters was expelled Australian Financial Review journalist Michael Roddan and cut him off halfway through for his outstanding financial report gong, when he called the awards – named in honor of the former Herald crime reporter The Kennedys – the “Bogan Walkleys”.
Kennedy Awards General Manager Anna MagnusFormer CBD Walter’s absence was because he worked for Sky News in Canberra and “had nothing to do with last year’s issue”.
On this year’s glittering occasion, the horse trainer Gay Waterhousefeatured sports legend Seven Bruce McAvaney with the lifetime achievement award he accepted from the UK, after the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Skye Lekie, widow of the former television director David Lekie, presented the inaugural award on behalf of her husband for outstanding current affairs (long form) supported by her sons Well and Harry. Over $3,000 was raised during the evening to help Courier Koori, the newspaper written and owned by Indigenous Australians, whose offices in Lismore were destroyed in this year’s floods.
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