I arrived in Adelaide Wednesday afternoon in preparation for a couple of functions this week – including the Almanac drinks at the Adelaide Lutheran footy club on Thursday. (C’arn the Doogies). The trip was very pleasant.
Having taken up seat 10A on the tarmac at Tullamarine I turned on the TV screen in front of me and to my great surprise (and joy) on came the second quarter of the Geelong-Carlton match.
If that weren’t enough the pilot took us on a southerly route, over what was possibly Horsham and then across the Coonawarra and along the Coorong, over Lake Alexandrina and the mouth of the Murray and for a while you could make out the entire shape of the Fleurieu Peninsula. We then flew over the Hills and approached from the east.
I am sorry to inform traditionalists (and lovers of the elongated ellipse) but the Adelaide Oval is no longer the classic long Adelaide Oval shape – it looks far more circular. (I hope I am wrong, but a circle is fairly obvious insofar as equidistance from the centre is concerned.)
I felt I was in another nation.
This was confirmed when I watched the ABC TV news. Although disappointed it wasn’t read by the unrivalled Dominique Schwartz (that’s right: she’s in New Zealand now) I was taken by the order of stories and by the time given to each.
The story of James Hird’s appearance before ASADA today came at 7.20pm and was given 25 seconds (at the most). My question: parochialism (we don’t give a toss about Melbourne footy clubs) or balanced news values?
Off to the Barossa tomorrow.
JTH (PS – Join us on Thursday night at ALFC)