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People like myself 1

People like myself

Our lovely Prime Minister recently said (while proposing a ‘debt levy’ for high income earners), that “Certainly it is my intention that people like myself, high-income earners, should bear a significant quantum of the burden when...

Groundhog day 0

Groundhog day

A nature walk on the banks of the Potomac River in Leesburg, Virginia. A refreshing (if muddy) escape from four days of listening to dry presentations about project management best practice in large rooms...

The 23rd country 0

The 23rd country

Minus 15º at noon. Plumes of power station stacks on the horizon. Traffic ignores pedestrians in a desperate rush to somehow be somewhere not here. Such dry air. A stray dog licks a block...

Three things I learned today 0

Three things I learned today

Three things I learned today (but not from the Herald Sun) Australia is the worst performer out of 57 countries on climate change. The Coalition could not care less about the UN climate talks....

What is “the normal law of the sea”? 1

What is “the normal law of the sea”?

Tony Abbott told 2GB recently that “…the normal international law is that if you are rescued in a country’s search-and-rescue zone that country has an obligation to take you. You can go to the nearest...

The end of the Woolwich Street deli 0

The end of the Woolwich Street deli

They knocked down the last of our corner shop the other day. In its former glory it was always a family business. There was a Chinese family – they sold the business when the...

Sorry, did you say _you_ stopped the boats? 0

Sorry, did you say _you_ stopped the boats?

In a joint doorstop interview at Whittlesea on the 2nd, Tony Abbott said: You have the government which started the boats. You’ve got the Coalition which stopped the boats. As an exemplar of a shallow...

It ain’t heavy, it’s my journal… 0

It ain’t heavy, it’s my journal…

Got one of those cards from the Post Office saying we had a parcel to collect. It was marked  “heavy (assisted lift required)”. Couldn’t work out what it might be. Wine? Airplane parts? 35lb...

The end of the Norian House 0

The end of the Norian House

In a corner of a former boxing school in the grounds of the Taranaki Aviation Transport and Technology Museum, you will find the last few remnants of a most peculiar house. There are two...

Shot or no shot, that is the question… 1

Shot or no shot, that is the question…

Why don’t people want to vaccinate? I travel a lot for work, and some of the places I go to have some scary diseases. Rationally I wouldn’t travel to an area where cholera or...