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armball
Melbourne
Amateur cartoonist with a scientific profession
Interests: Astronomy, Cartooning, Cricket, Motorsport
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I am witnessing a time warp. An oversized baggy green cap, the upturned crumpled collar, the lengthy cuffs that reach the fingers and look like Steptoe's fingerless gloves. Yes, Chris Rogers has brought back the pre-war cricket dress code. He even adds to his scruffy appearance by wearing the arm-guard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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The third Test is underway and I can see that Old Trafford has had a facelift. Gone are the dull blue and white bleaches. Now crimson and glass towers thrust upward heralding some glossy new age. Are they an attempt to hide the grim past of the 'dark satanic mills?'... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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What a Test Match. Every day Trent Bridge delivered a new surprise, a new twist, another fight back. Even the last day had everyone on the edge of their seats. A great hard fought downright gritty game of first class cricket. Of great joy to me were the extensions of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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I think maybe replace 'top job' with 'hot seat.' All I could think of when Cricket Australia changed the coach was the out of the frypan into the fire expression. So my cartoon expresses the peril in which Lehmann suddenly finds himself. The pressure certainly is on with an Ashes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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As I write New Zealand are playing England in a Cricket Test at Headingley. This may be just England's warm up campaign before the Ashes, but for me Headingley always brings back that nightmare of the match in '81. The Aussies led the series, Botham had relinquished the captaincy, England... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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From Mornington I watched the Solar Eclipse through my telescope using the solar filter, see pictures. I also tried to follow the eclipse via the web on Slooh.com but they lost all feeds at the critical moment. ABC TV just had a brief shot of the ring of fire moment... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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Yes the battle for that tiny trophy is on again. In 2013 we send another team of aspiring Australian Cricketers to England's green and pleasant lands to try and claim back the priceless urn. So I have decided write my version of an Ashes Diary with my hopes, despair and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at as drawn by the armball
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Jim Russell and his Ford Special. This car has Testa Piatta (Italian for flat head) written on the side of the hood. Under the hood is the legendary flat head Ford V8. Jim used to campaign another red Ford in Historic racing but sold it a few years ago. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at as drawn by the armball
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Moody monochrome magic. Old school photography turns everday reality into dreamy wonder. This shot of Bushranger's Bay in Victoria was taken on Kodak Tri X 35mm film and stored away for the last 16 years. I pulled it out and scanned it to put on my flickr account. It was... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at as drawn by the armball
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After about 10 years of indecision, I finally bought a digital SLR camera. The Pentax K-r. A colleague at my astronomy society had one so I was aware of its capabilities. The first requirement was to be able to use my existing collection of K and KA lenses that date... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2012 at as drawn by the armball
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Classic motorcycle racing came to Phillip Island again in January. Being a sucker for old aircooled four stroke noise I had to be there. I thought if the racers were game to race on period machines then I should record some of the day with period camera equipment. Yes I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2012 at as drawn by the armball
daisymae, thank you for dropping by. I agree with your comment but I couldn't help wondering, given the context of the drawing, if your comment on political freedom hinted at our leaders being bloodsuckers? the armball
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In 2008 I wrote about my attempts to record radio outbursts from Jupiter but was plagued by severe background noise around 20-22Mhz. This year I've cut dipoles to test 24 and 28Mhz looking for a quiet region of the spectrum. 28MHz proved the quietest. The Moxon antenna (http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/) for 10... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2011 at as drawn by the armball
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Having recently read Bram Stoker's Dracula I was impressed by some of the images created by his great descriptions of scenes. One in particular was of Dracula descending his castle wall, 'Once more I have seen the Count go out in his lizard fashion.' So I was inspired to sketch... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2011 at as drawn by the armball
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I went to the Phillip Island Classic races on Saturday to see old style motorcycle racing and listen to 4-stroke noises from the V-twin and singles classic era. It was an action packed day with riders crashing on the high speed pit straight.....twice. Rex Wolfenden of T-Rex Racing (pictured) blew... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at as drawn by the armball
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An innings defeat at Adelaide, and England look invincible. Well the Aussies have an uphill battle in the remaining Test Matches if they are to reclaim the Ashes. I say they when I actually mean we. I feel personally resposible, it hurts me so. I was there that day 24... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2010 at as drawn by the armball
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I've just watches some of the opening session of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane. It appears to be a battle of the moustaches. Many of the Aussues are sporting half finished facial hair as part of the Movember charity. That is understandable, but what is Pietersen's excuse. He looks... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2010 at as drawn by the armball
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The Liberal Party in Victoria have done it again. Last time their Senate Preferences elected the Family First candidate, this time their preferences have elected another loony party, The Democratic Labor Party. A long forgotten bunch of wowsers, the DLP have risen from the grave and snatched a senate seat.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2010 at as drawn by the armball
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