One of the giants of my musical experience, Robbie Robertson passed away yesterday at 80 years of age.
Robbie was lead guitarist for Bob Dylan in the 1960s and early 1970s but really came to my attention as guitarist and songwriter with the Band with classic songs like the Weight, Up on Cripple Creek, the Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Ain’t Got No Home and many others.
Former Blue, now Richmond AFLW player, Jess Hosking, is in the news for the wrong reasons; she has been charged with allegedly driving a jet-ski while under the influence of alcohol on a trip to Queensland.
It’s only a very brief report in the Age online but the phrase “former Carlton AFLW player” doesn’t appear
The Diamonds/Rinehart spat is dominating the environment thread but it has nothing to do with the environment or climate change.
Bubbling along at the same time are Pat Cummins’ anti-Alinta stance, Saudi Arabia’s use of golf to try to improve its image, the ban on Russian athletes, and now the Socceroos’ powerful criticism of Qatar’s human rights abuses:
Going back in time there are the Olympic boycotts, Peter Norman’s support of the Black Power protest, athletes taking the knee in support of Black Lives Matter, the Springbok protests and eventual ban on South African sport. I guess the dreadful Munich Olympics tragedy could also be included as could Hitler’s use of the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Then there’s tobacco, alcohol, gambling, etc advertising.
The old adage, “sport and politics don’t mix” seems to be more honoured in the breach.