The title makes it sound like a self help, inspirational genre book, but it's really a short book with Kevin Sheedy's views on AFL football. Including...moreThe title makes it sound like a self help, inspirational genre book, but it's really a short book with Kevin Sheedy's views on AFL football. Including player trading, Aboriginal players, expansion of the game interstate and one day overseas, whether 10 Victorian clubs is too many, and suggested improvements to the Brownlow medal voting. (which haven't been put in place)
This was published more than 10 years ago in 2001. Since then a lot has changed, there are two new teams including one which Kevin Sheedy now coaches Greater Western Sydney. And Essendon's recent premiership form has dropped, Sheedy proudly stated they had won 4 premierships in 21 years, now it's 4 premierships in 32 years (since 1980).
Other changes to the game since the book was published (but the need was not mentioned in this book) include, the video referral system for goals, the modified interchange, free kicks for purposely putting the ball through the posts to get possession, and various other changes such as being more strict with 50 metre penalties, if a player who marks it is touched after marking it.
Something that I always find absurd in the game since one of the new rules came in is whenever a player puts the ball through the posts to get possession, the commentators seem to always say "Ahh it's under pressure so there shouldn't be a free kick." If it's not under pressure they would NEVER put it through the post and concede a point. And there would be no point in having the rule! Whether that's the commentators not thinking through what they are saying, or the rule committee I don't know?
Anyway I don't know of any coach who has coached the one club continuously for so long (1981-2007) (only one other has according to wikipedia, but I don't know who?) and this is an interesting short read with Kevin Sheedy's views on some off the ground areas of the game.(less)
A short and very action packed story, including the lead character Scarecrow and others in the Marine unit including Mother, getting out of many situa...moreA short and very action packed story, including the lead character Scarecrow and others in the Marine unit including Mother, getting out of many situations that seem impossible but for the strategic minded Shane Schofield. Lots of action and apes! Make this a short and entertaining read.(less)
This was a really good and quite a different type of book. It was set in a world where there was giant Australian animals such as giant rat kangaroos...moreThis was a really good and quite a different type of book. It was set in a world where there was giant Australian animals such as giant rat kangaroos that brought up a child! There was also a religious conspiracy twist to the story. And the search for answers about a mysterious piece of silver provide for plenty of motivation to read further and find out the meaning. I received this book as part of Goodreads first reads giveaway, thank you!(less)
This is a short book about John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace, and his transformation from 'sinner' into a believer. In ten short chapters it ex...moreThis is a short book about John Newton, the writer of Amazing Grace, and his transformation from 'sinner' into a believer. In ten short chapters it explains the history of how his God devoted mother died before his seventh birthday, with his new stepmother being distant he turns into a vulgar character with a miserable lifestyle. His conversion to Christianity was slow, becoming a slave trader after his conversion, it was only later that he called for the abolition of slavery. This was an ok book, the last chapter was a bit preachy especially right at the end where it suggests if you don't acknowledge you're a sinner and that Jesus died and rose for your sins, then you'll spend eternity never needing a heater! Not using those exact words of course. It's more suited to someone who already has some faith, rather than someone interested in history as it's a short book focusing on John Newton's faith journey and God's 'Amazing Grace' rather than an extensive history book.
Some years ago (2008) I was in my local bookstore and there was Peter Rahme at a table selling his book, so I bought a copy and got it signed, and because it was obviously Christian I had it made out to my mum, and gave it to Mum as a late birthday present. Now years later I've finally read it.(less)
‘So Much To Tell You’ is about a girl trying to understand her feelings after a trauma in her life. She is attending a boarding school as a 14 year ol...more‘So Much To Tell You’ is about a girl trying to understand her feelings after a trauma in her life. She is attending a boarding school as a 14 year old, and has started writing a diary as their English teacher encouraged them to write in them. Marina has had her face disfigured as part of an acid attack and is struggling with her feelings towards her father and mother. She has stopped talking altogether, and expresses herself through the diary. She is very withdrawn and self-conscious, not joining in the sports, and not wanting others to see her reactions. I think what was also significant was the way in which not having a voice affected her; The frustration of her not being able to express herself when needed or show she cares and not having a voice to do this. Although Marina could talk, she doesn’t, and is herself confused as to why. The other students were quite supportive of Marina, but initially she doesn’t know how to react to them. She does eventually become not quite as withdrawn and accepts the offers of friendship by one of the students and a teacher.
This was a book I had to read in year 9 English class. A lot of books from earlier in school I don’t remember much about them, but ‘So Much To Tell You’ is very interesting and I still had memories of it which prompted me to re-read it.(less)