This year’s Manjimup Cherry Harmony Festival is the 15th.And they said it would never last.The spitters will make their mark again, on the tarmac, on the road, where the pips land.And don’t forget the first prize in GlobeVista Cherry Pip Spitting Championship of Australia and All Other Freedom Loving nations of the Entire Universe is: … Continue reading Better Bigger Brighter
What can we expect this year?The big spitting Clint World's Best Practice Thomson will be back to defend his Globe Vista Australasian Championship belt.They sent this bloke, Mike Wardill (right), a couple of years ago and he did fine but this year, guess what, Two Big Guys.Shane and Jack Jordan know how to chop, spit, … Continue reading YES, IT’S SPITTIN’ TIME AGAIN!
MANJIMUPDecember, 2014.On Saturday the 13th it will be someone's lucky day. Lucky because no-one can tell in the spitting game - one spitter who spat 13 metres in a heat will choke and only manage 10 in the final.It has happened. And this year will not feature the current Australasian Champion, New Zealand's Mike "Wide … Continue reading Cherry Pip Spitting at it’s best!
It was 1968. The world was falling apart. Bits of it were burning. In Europe, Britain and America students were running amok. In Perth they did what they always did: studied, got pissed, stumbled in and out of relationships, played tennis, went to the beach, fought, fucked, bragged about fucks that never existed, and drove … Continue reading To The Highlands, 2012
Dedicated to all those boys who carried their scars into manhood, Boy on a Wire is about an underdog who bites back. Sent to boarding school at a young age Jack Muir quickly has to decide who he is going to be. Will he roll over or bare his teeth at the bullies, the bullied … Continue reading Boy on a Wire, 2009
Friday, 10 January 2014Spitting titleholder's family has talentCromwell cherry stone spitter Mike Wardill successfully defended his national title on the weekend and it seems his family is set to follow in his footsteps. With a winning spit of 12.09m, Mr Wardill smashed his previous record of 11.5m and outspat the Australasian champ Adam Buckley, of … Continue reading Home town advantage
MANJIMUPDecember 2013.THIS year's festival will be blessed with the spitting prowess presence of the current New Zealand Champion Michael "Pulp" Wardill.In 2012 Michael spat the Aussie Champ Clint "Dark Cloud" Thompson in the grand final in Cromwell, a town forever to be known as a shadow to holiday central, Queenstown.It was a remarkable comedown for … Continue reading THE GLOBE VISTA AUSTRALASIAN CHERRY PIP SPITTING CHAMPIONSUIP OF THE WORLD
The Bali flight from Perth was full of screaming children and parents trying to look cool and be cool. Some made it. Other didn’t. Me? Can’t remember. I was so tired it was all a blur. All that remains in memory are the screams.Denpassar Airport is new, very new. We got off the plane and … Continue reading Ubud 2013
Recently I spoke at a book launch for Bruce Russsell's latest novel. Here is the spoken in text. When I was a boy, the surf lifesavers down at Cottesloe and North Cottesloe were big, brutal, and packed with fleshy muscle.I wasn’t one of them. I belonged to the other mob, the surfers, we were generally … Continue reading Sharks are not the only predators