|Issue No 99||15 June 2001|
The Locker Room
Jim Marr's Mixed Grill
Our Man in the Outer shares his notes rom the not-so cheap seats at Origin 2.
QUANTITY - there is no doubt that the individuals playing the game at this level are at least equal to those going around in any previous generation. Fittler, Barrett and Lockyer are ball players from the very top rawer and Andrew Johns, possibly the best of the lot, wasn't even th ere - EXCELLENT.
QUALITY - certainly not a masterpiece but you have to admire the intensity and physical commitment that have made these occasions famous. The fact that the Blues got up on home turf to keep the series alive only added to the flavour - GOOD.
AMBIENCE - fireworks lit the crowd with expectation but there is something about a venue with thousand of empty seats, even when it is down to refurbishment, that dimishes the experience. And, the Wizard cheergirls are, well, plain tacky, they've got to go - POOR
STYLE - This dish has been compromised by circumstances and time. Unfortunately, changes have seen it cross the barrier which divides simple from simplistic. Intense wrestling for dominance in the tackle might get coaches drooling but it is not what the great unwashed come to savour. A bit more footy, amidst all the athleticism, wouldn't go amiss. It's not as though the ingredients are lacking. - ORDINARY.
HIGHLIGHT - Wee willie waver Craig Gower stamped his class on this evening. Entering from the bench, his dummy half running, on the back of strong gains from Mark O'Meley and his fellow packmen, broke the Queenslanders apart. From
the time the softening-up entree was cleared, it looked ominous for the meringues, I mean the Maroons. They need a couple of good, stiff Gordens to be any chance in the decider - VERY GOOD
VALUE FOR MONEY - The blokes who run this chain still have a bit to learn about their core clientele - 80 bucks a head for seats in the rain, six rows back from the fence, where the action, apart from the afore-mentioned Wizardettes, had to be glimpsed through a forest of players legs - mmm. Might do the trick for the their once a year corporate mates but hardly likely to endear the establishment to the very people they are banking on coming back on a regular basis - HARDLY
Interview: In Defence of the Umpire
Australian Industry Group chief Bob Herbert on why the Industrial Relations Commission is worth fighting for.
Unions: Diary of a Dude
One.Tel worker Warren Manners thought he had a dream job and no need for a union. That was until the money ran out.
Legal: Dot.Com Casualties
The high profile collapse of One.Tel had significant implications for its employees. But what about its contractors?
Industrial: The Shopfloor, United
Chris Christodoulou argues that without an active union membership, workplace democracy is just a pipe dream.
International: A Saharawi Woman's Plea
Sydney unionist Stephanie Brennan travelled to Africa to witness first-hand the struggle for independence in West Sahara.
History: Once Were Tuckpointers
Trawling through the files, Paul Howes stumbles upon some unions that represented workers long departed.
Politics: Out Of The Comfort Zone
In his new book, Brett Evans argues that while Labor is honing its reform agenda, it is still struggling to reform itself.
Satire: World Domination
The US has threatened not to pay the UN the money it doesn’t pay anyway.
Review: Wiped Out
Bread and Roses is a new movie about the struggle of invisible office cleaners to gain dignity and respect at work. Pity you won’t see it here.
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