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Articles by Leigh Josey

Cost Benefit delusions of the NBN

If you actually know how economic cost benefit analysis works, you understand that it is completely incapable of producing even a marginally meaningful result on a project like the NBN.

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Pakistan match-fixing scandal: what now?

The allegations of a match-fixing scandal that has embroiled Pakistan may not come as a surprise … but the fact that it was English an tabloid that exposed it may have surprised a few.

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Crikey election omen betting: time for some real action to recoup my losses

Gambling is for idiots. Gambling on horses and dogs on the basis of the relevence of their names to this federal election campaign is for people who wear aluminium foil on their heads and enjoy the musical work of William Shatner. I am, apparently, one of those people.

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The front pages: Ibrahim, Cousins, fake Ibrahim and Steamboat Tony

How some of the nation’s newspapers are leading this morning.

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The inside scoop on Paul the clairvoyant calamari

How is it that a humble cephalopod can somehow predict, with terrifying accuracy, the outcome of games played on another continent? A Crikey tipster set us on the scent of a scandal…

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Can’t bat, can’t bowl: Howard ICC failure as ‘gang of six’ blocks post

Former Prime Minister John Howard, a well-known cricket tragic, appears to have been run out without facing a ball after his nomination to be International Cricket Council Vice President was blocked.

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PHOTO GALLERY: how Julia Gillard said no to the Labor leadership

From being the full forward for the Western Bulldogs to starring in a Spielberg film, Julia Gillard has had some clever quips for rebuffing claims that she was after the ALP leadership. Photoshop genius Leigh Josey made those dreams a reality.

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World Championship Chess: Topalov’s embarrassing Bulgarian standoff

Veselin Topalov’s insistence that he would play the entire World Championship match without offering or accepting any draws, may have cost him the world title, writes Grandmaster Ian Rogers.

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT|

Lethal’s AFL tipping advice: Round 4

Put in your tips yets? Lethal Leigh Josey previews this weekend in AFL footy, offering up his expert picks for the Round 4 clashes. Has Fremantle’s lucky run ended? Can Richmond only fight in hotel rooms?

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT|

Crikey’s expert AFL tipping advice: Round 3

Put your AFL footy tips in for the week yet? Leigh Josey gives his expert tipping advice on who’ll emerge victorious (St Kilda) and who’ll be ashamed (Richmond) so you’ll emerge the office winner.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Collingwood announces new Westpac sponsorship, Westpac announces interest rate rise. Coincidence?

On the same day that Westpac reveals it is taking over as Collingwood Football Club’s major sponsor, it also suggests that an interest rise is imminent. Leigh Josey sniffs a conspiracy.

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Leaked: Laneway Fest’s private rider request — booze, cigs & .. souvenir teatowels

Ever wanted to now what your favourite band consumed backstage before a gig? Crikey’s got the complete rider list for all the Laneway Festival artists.

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Barnaby’s Watergate: the audio

Here’s the full Barnaby Joyce interview on Newsradio. You can hear the relevant part of the interview with the suspect sound in question below: Here’s the audio of the suspect sound with Barnaby’s voice stripped out. Toilet flush or garbage truck? You decide. Still can’t decide? Here’s some audio of a toilet flushing: And here’s […]

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Tiger to press on out of the woods: Media tees off first

Disgraced golfing superstar Tiger Woods will come out of a self-imposed three-month exile tomorrow, and, predictably, the media have gone nuts. Tiger may try to control the news, but he cannot control the tabloids.

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10 years of comments: the inside story on Crikey’s readers

If we’re celebrating Crikey’s 10th birthday, it’s probably more than fair to celebrate the people that make Crikey what it is — our readers.

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT|

The inaugural Crikey Sports Monday week in sports wrap (official name pending)

First Dog on the Moon and Leigh Josey get together to shoot the breeze in the inaugural wrap of the sporting week that was. Rather hilariously inappropriate sporting commentary from the Crikey bunker.

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Crikey Blogs | UNCATEGORIZED|

The Australian Open: vent your spleen

The Australian Open kicked (Hit? Volleyed?) off in Melbourne this week. Who will win? Do the Aussies stand a chance? Does anyone actually care about the mixed doubles? Have your say on Crikey Sports.

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News Limited overcooks Matt Preston’s arrival

MasterChef judge Matt Preston has joined News Ltd as a high profile food writer and, from the looks of it, he’s going to be a busy man, with each state’s News masthead claiming ownership of the eminent epicurean.

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GQ | SPORT|

Charlie Brown was a terrible baseball player

Are you an obsessive nerd about sport? Well you ain’t got nothing on this guy, who has calculated Charlie Brown’s pitching average.

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Crikey Blogs | SPORT|

First Agassi, now McGwire. Who next? Benaud?

So baseball legend Mark McGwire has joined the long list of drug taking sportsmen, admitting to taking steroids in 1998; the year in which he broke the single-season home run record. Jeez, who’s next? asks Leigh Josey.

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Crikey Blogs | ADVERTISING|

“Racist” KFC ad only the second worst cricket ad ever

So KFC has come under fire from overseas for its latest TV ad being supposedly racist. But the real question is, why are cricket ads so terrible? asks Leigh Josey.

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I love Mr Cricket

Leigh Josey pens an ode to Australian cricketer Mike Hussey, “the zany uncle of the Australian cricket team who really isn’t that zany at all. But he is also steel personified. Chuck Norris is scared of him.”

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The Daily Beast | SPORT|

The mysterious woman behind the Tiger

Even more perplexing than Tiger Woods’ strange behavior early Friday morning is that of his elegant and discreet wife, Elin Nordegren.

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Crikey Blogs | JOURNALISM|

Tiger Woods’ crash: Airtime, innuendo and bad headlines

Tiger Woods’ car crash should be a goldmine for subeditors looking to make some cheap and easy golfing puns — rough, crash, drive: the headlines virtually write themselves. But subbies of the world have come in well over par on this one, says Leigh Josey.

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Classic Crikey presser: Tasmanians unite to free Jason Krejza

Is this Crikey’s funniest ever press release? Join Concerned Tasmanians for Jason Krejza (CT4JK), a lobby group aimed at getting Tassie spin bowler Jason Krejza selected for the Aussie side.

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