Take a Stance on: Asylum Seekers (by request)

October 2012 Update… It’s now two months since the Manus Island / Nauru solution was reinvented (see August update at the bottom of this post) and 3421 people have floated on over in 56 boats, including a record 2295 people seeking asylum last month. A total of 10,528 have arrived in Australia since January. It has been reported that numbers from Pakistan have decreased, while numbers of Iranians have remained […]

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Brush Up On: ABORIGINAL CULTURE

(Take a seat and have a coffee with this one – or maybe read it in installments – because some bees got in my bonnet – a lot of stingy ones because I got a bit swollen with the issue. Sorry in advance.) If I’m underqualified to write anything current-affairsy (i.e. most of this blog) then I am horribly underqualified to write anything at all to do with Aboriginal affairs. So don’t, […]

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A Motion for Browsing

I always have the urge to do poos when I’m in a book shop. Honestly, whenever I have trouble with the Big Jobs (which is pretty much every time I travel) I can just pop into a book shop and we’re in business. Only I need to ensure there’s an oval office very handy because it will happen very suddenly. Evidently this is not a phenomenon peculiar to me. Steve Vizad wrote in his memoir […]

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Catch up on: THE LIBYA SITUATION

OK so what the bloody hell’s going on in Libya? My personal thoughts are that fella Gaddafi has been beaten half to death with the ugly stick – good grief, it’s like he wears two sanitary pads under his eyes and what’s with the facial hair? Did he eat a mud pie then dip his chin in it? But looks aside, further reading suggests he is likely to be beaten […]

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By Request: SUPERHEROES

So it was probably remiss of me to report that Spiderman was ranked third in IGN’s 2011 list of the top 100 comic book heroes without naming the top two, or for that matter, for not revealing how IGN came to their conclusions or indeed who the boody hell IGN are anyway. Well… IGN (Imagine Games Network) is a news and reviews website that focuses on video games, music, film and […]

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Things I Learnt Today

So today was a shambles. In light of the horrific famine in Somalia and the tragic house fire in Queensland, I do hate to complain, but I am thinking I can reflect on the day, learn something from it and then not be too cross with my bogan children tomorrow. So firstly here is a precis of the day: Wake at 6:05 (too fucking early for this non-morning person) to […]

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Quick Q&A – Get Brainy in a Flash!

WHAT IS JIHAD? The “Greater Jihad” is the struggle to be a better person and a better Muslim to please Allah and to achieve an harmonious society. The “lesser Jihad” is Holy War when the faith is threatened. Jihad forms the basis of Al Qaeda ideology. WHO ARE THE TALIBAN? “Students of Islamic Knowledge Movement”. They ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001 when they were ousted by the US military […]

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Take a Stance On: (AUSTRALIA’s) CARBON TAX

So I know I’m a dumbo but what is carbon tax exactly, other than a tax on carbon? Rightio, well it’s a tax of $23 per tonne of carbon pollution that goes into the atmosphere, payable by Australia’s top 500 polluters (so no, farty old Gramps won’t have to cough up on his trouser coughs). It is designed to hurl in energy use, change attitudes and reward clean energy use such […]

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I Wee’d In The Wilderness

I wee’d in the wilderness, it happened like this: A very long trek, I needed a piss. I felt very shy though I was quite alone, An off-the-track outcrop I chose for my throne. But no dilly-dally for me on the rocks, Or else I’d have wees running down to my socks. So down went my thermals, my knickers to follow And I squatted neatly right over a hollow. When stream […]

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