Mu­se­ums cap­ture the imagination, mu­seum pieces known as cricket com­men­ta­tors don’t, and Scrubs is pre­ferred to an­cient arte­facts

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Mu­seum plea

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.

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