Museums capture the imagination, museum pieces known as cricket commentators don’t, and Scrubs is preferred to ancient artefacts
from Roger, Richmond THERE’S a brilliant lifestyle show on the ABC called The Museum. It’s on Tuesdays before the 7pm news. Last week it looked at the British Museum and how difficult it is for it to acquire items of a historic nature with a limited budget. There was one chap who specialises in medals who had only $100,000 a year to buy new ones. And to see the begging and pleading that was needed for the museum to fund the purchase of a slavery artwork was quite distressing. I hope Australian museums don’t operate the same way.
‘Old man’ Chappell
from Col, Carnegie WHEN is Channel 9 going to update its cricket commentary team? Aussie opener Matthew Hayden appears to have reached his use-by date— maybe the same could be said of the Nine commentators. I saw Ian Chappell at the MCG last week and he looks like a very old man— with even older ideas about cricket. My 11-year-old son asked me who he was, as if he thought he was walking on the ground because he was an elderly Make a Wish recipient. It’s time Nine rejuvenated the commentary team with younger blood, people who can relate to young cricket fans such as my son.
Hackett’s reading feat
from Angus, East Melbourne SOMEONE should tell Mrs Richards (Guide, Dec 24) that you can’t go taking potshots at sporting icons such as Grant Hackett, so I’ve appointed myself to the task. Hackett reads slowly, missus, because he was a long-distance swimmer. Only people with small feet are able to talk quickly, and Grant has two enormous plates of meat. If you want a sportscaster to read the news fast, get Channel 9 to use Darren Gauci or Damien Oliver.
Grant can hack it
from Bob Blythe, Scoresby WHAT has happened to the great Aussie tradition of giving a bloke a fair go? Grant Hackett has jumped straight out of the pool into the job of TV sports news presenter. He is going to take time to adjust to his new career and you can see that with experience he will improve. He is a sporting legend and deserves to be given a fair go.
Child’s play no joke
from Neville, Bentleigh East PERHAPS police should consider charging Australia’s Funniest Home Videos producers with child-abuse violations. Not only does this show depict images of children slamming into brick walls and being bashed about the head by playground equipment, but it does so under the banner of comedy. How far has our society sunk that we find children in pain a source of amusement?
Nicholas on the mark
from Maureen Smith, Indented Head TO BARBARA (Guide, Dec 31): at least Mark Nicholas is a polished, top-class commentator who has a command of the English language. Of course, an Australian could front the cricket commentary, but most should do so only after elocution lessons. I cringe every time I hear the word ‘‘Austrayia’’ spoken, along with quick, uneven speech, resulting in words that can’t be understood. Richie Benaud, Ian Healy, Ian Chappell and even Tony Greig, along with Nicholas, are a pleasure to listen to, and have such a broad knowledge of the game as well.
Return right as rain
from Grateful, email THANK you Aunty for putting Rain Shadow back on. This is not a feelgood series but it certainly makes you realise how easy most of us have it. It is emotional, thought-provoking and at times humorous, and well worth watching.
Scrubs instead of duds
from Troy, Noble Park IT’S the silly season and Channel 7 is dusting off all the duds ( Rich List, Las Vegas). Yet the earliest timeslot they can find for Scrubs is still 10.30pm. What a joke! It would have been the perfect show for the 7pm slot, but instead they keep filling it with old episodes of How I Met Your Mother, which is about as funny as, well, the American Kath & Kim.