Fifth Test – Day 2: Smith stands up in swinging London as the Poms scrap to stay in the match

Smith puts Australia in a good position but the story of the second innings is the wasting by Australia of the new ball. The visitors are playing with intent to win but there are three days ahead and twenty wickets remain to be taken.

Ahh now, about the hurling

A shared love of sport – in this case hurling – traverses all borders, as David Wilson can attest.

AFL Round 21 – Hawthorn v Collingwood: Great Expectations and the human condition

E. Regnans leaves his Dickensian life to head to the MCG with two colourful Russian women, and finds the spirit of Dickens in the MCC as well. (Quality Regnans – again. Ed) [Good to see appearances from Miss Havisham and Fagan – JTH]

AFL Round 18 – Collingwood v GWS: Bullfighting

E. Regnans finds himself with children and Jeremy Cameron at the MCG.

AFL Round 15 – Carlton v Collingwood: Awakening under the stars

Superb stuff from E. Regnans on last night’s game. [Hard to believe I know, but you’ll enjoy every Collingwood word of it – Ed]

O Coach, My Leader

With much discussion about finding the “right” coach for Melbourne, David Wilson asks: What actually is the job of a coach?

AFL Rounds 11, 12, 13 – Bye Bye AFL: Memo – Grasp the light

Footy, and interest in footy lives and dies on the weekly conversation. The weekly cut and thrust at work, at home, in one’s mind. By scheduling each team to have a bye over a three week period, the AFL has diluted interest in the competition over this entire period.

AFL Round 12 – Collingwood v Western Bulldogs: Word associations and unanswerable questions

David Wilson is multi-tasking (badly) and would like some help from the ABC commentary team. Stop spouting cliches and reading statistics – give us the vibe of the match.

AFL Round 10 – Collingwood v Brisbane: Dr Seuss and the big storm

There was a game on Friday night but David Wilson (aka e.regnans) had bigger fish to fry: A thought-provoking week; a brilliant community book launch; a crackerjack storm. Dr Seuss was right.

AFL Round 9 – Collingwood v Sydney: Acceptance under the May full moon

Can Buddhists be competitive asks E. Regnans? Full moon or no full moon?

AFL Round 8 – Collingwood v Geelong: Thinking differently as the penguins huddle

View Melbourne and the Pies-Cats clash through the eyes of those from Darwin. As their host says, they think that little bit differently in the Top End.

AFL Round 6 – Collingwood v St Kilda: Homebody’s neighbourly duty brings him into the world of the tweet

“As I ease through the back door,” writes E. Regnans, “I immediately clock that my aforementioned life partner is wearing her flannelette pyjamas and it’s not yet 6.30pm. That’s a solid claim to home base.”