By Phil Jarratt
Endlessly broke, he may devour a spider for a lager, or drink dust from a puddle for a chew of a pie. The heritage of Australian browsing has been packed with pioneers, outlaws, hooligans, and mavericks. This lavishly illustrated ebook, with profiles of a hundred legends of Australian browsing from 'ancient history' (pre-1950s) to the present day, is the best reward for any surfer or surf aficionado. that includes many infrequent and archival photos, besides countless numbers of lovely modern surf pictures, Australia's most well-liked a hundred browsing Legends is a banquet for the eyes. choked with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from insider writer Phil Jarratt, this can be a riveting account of the pioneers at the back of Australian surfing's previous, and the mavericks who're now moulding its destiny.
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But in its own way it was also true of Rivett. That this was its own significant pressure even after Rivett had left Adelaide, and that the Bradmans were seen by the Rivetts as precious exceptions to it, comes through clearly in one of the few letters in the series from Rohan to Don. ‘We are coming in from Manila arriving Adelaide airport 2 pm on Friday, September 7,’ Rivett wrote from the Montreaux Palace Hotel in Switzerland in early July 1962. ’ 29 The Letters Bradmanqrk4 9/9/04 2:11 PM Page 30 Bradman’s thinking and writing as expressed in the letters was extremely precise.
As usual I lapped up all your “advice” on our cricketers,’ Bradman wrote in late November. ‘We won’t pick the team you want for NZ but then poor old DGB will be outvoted again. ’ was, of course, Rupert Murdoch. Vic Richardson, a legendary player and grandfather of Ian, Greg and Trevor Chappell, began his speech at the event by saying it was right to call on him since he’d been playing for peanuts all his life. But there was a ‘PS’: Bradman asked Rivett to check on the quiet whether the news on the grapevine was true that a particular cricketer and his room-mate were hitting the grog.
The ACB was like the boiling frog in the classic management parable: the one in the water where the temperature is rising so gradually that the frog doesn’t register until it is already half-cooked that the water is nearly boiling. There were so many immediate challenges and crises to deal with. In October 1965 Rivett warned Bradman about the developing situation in Rhodesia and South Africa. Bradman told Rivett that his assessment frightened him, but he nevertheless (and for the time being correctly) clung to the view that cricket fixtures in South Africa were not yet about to be disrupted in an anti-colonial or racial war.