28 December 2022

2022 Year in Review: Six things that got you talking

| Kim Treasure
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From sport to dressing dogs in clothes, here are six opinion pieces you enjoyed in 2022.

6. Do sport and politics mix, or should players keep their mouths shut about funding sources?
by Ross Solly

Netball game

Should netballers have the right to refuse sponsorship deals? Photo: Netball Australia.

Plenty believe sport and politics don’t mix, but who loses when major deals collapse because of player opposition? Ross Solly says everyone’s entitled to their views, but it’s not without cost.

5. What to do when your own dogs dress you down
by Sally Hopman

Dog in jumper

Whatever have you made me wear, asks Mickey? Just as well I can’t see it. Photo: Sally Hopman.

As someone who struggles to dress herself properly, putting clothes on Sally Hopman’s dogs was never going to happen.

Particularly if there was anything fluffy, glittery or embroidered involved, particularly with words like “hot” or “dog”.

4. Hackers be damned, how do we stop the dodgy texts?
by Ross Solly

optus store

Optus, and now Medibank, have fallen prey to hackers. Photo: File.

Do you get dodgy texts or calls from scammers? Ross Solly certainly does, and he reckons more needs to be done about keeping our details safe.

3. In the wake of the Ricky Stuart post-match press conference, we need to ask: why do we have them?
by Tim Gavel

Ricky Stuart at media conference

Ricky Stuart in the fateful post-game press conference that cost him a one-match suspension and fine. Photo: Screenshot.

Post-match media conferences are as much fun as a visit to the dentist and, as Ricky Stuart well knows, can be even more expensive. Tim Gavel wonders why the NRL even has them.

2. Do I have to spell it out for you? Beauty is in the hand of the op shopper
by Sally Hopman

Koala teapot

Some people rifle through op shops for rare vinyl, vintage clothes or designer brands. Then there’s those of us with taste who opt instead for ugly Oz china, preferably in the shape of a teapot. Photo: Sally Hopman.

Here’s a handy hint if you’ve got designs on finding flash stuff in your local op shop … it helps if you can spell.

As a long-time op shopper and volunteer, Sally Hopman reckons part of the fun is watching who goes for what – and what they do once they’ve found it.

1. Looking to move to the country? Here’s all the dirt
by Sally Hopman

Empty plates on a table

When your invite says “bring a plate”, here’s a handy hint – put some food on it, regardless of how pretty your plate looks naked. Photo: Sally Hopman.

When it comes to moving to the country, there are a load of rules. Problem is, though, that most are unwritten – and you usually only find out about them after you’ve broken them.

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