How ‘Angry’ is ‘Doctor’ Catherine Cumming really?

My mother has very sensible instincts. After two decades or so of exposure, as a Maribyrnong ratepayer, to the municipal intrigues of the Cumming family, local landowners and perennial council candidates, she is very cynical about Catherine Cumming. After all, as a long time councillor and erstwhile mayor of the City of Maribyrnong, ‘Doctor’ Cumming …

Chairman Dan’s Great Leap Forward

Like many Victorians, I have a deep seated and long standing affection for the long gone State Electricity Commission of Victoria. My father was involved in building its headquarters, Monash House, in William Street in the early 1970s, and then worked in its maintenance team for a decade. That building still stands, under a shiny …

The FTX Collapse – Why Are People Surprised?

Joseph Conrad has been one of my favourite novelists since my late teens, when I first read the novella Heart of Darkness. He could be hit and miss sometimes – Under Western Eyes is brilliant, but the similarly themed The Secret Agent seemed a mere shadow of his greatest works. His best work is in …

Worst World Cup Ever – Serves FIFA right for holding it in Qatar

http://www.news.com.au/sport/football/world-cup/qatars-world-cup-beer-ban-is-a-deliberate-f-you-to-the-rest-of-the-world/news-story/6eba818e66e6a15428e000bded1eb521 The only good thing about the Soccer World Cup being awarded to Qatar after the payment of mucho bribes to FIFA delegates was that it stopped Australia from getting hosting rights ( yes I hate soccer that much). But after spending billions of dollars and uncounted lives of guest workers to build the stadia, …

Hospital or Hail Mary Pass? The DLP Gamble Their Principles on the Prospect of Electoral Success

I am not too familiar with American Football, suffice to say that my NFL team of choice, the Cleveland Browns, are renowned for their lack of success. I do however know what a ‘Hail Mary Pass’ is. As it is, there have been two times in living memory where the Cleveland Browns have won a …

Do Karens Prefer Netball?

We have all been rather bemused and befuddled recently by the rather unnecessary drama around the sponsorship of Netball Australia. To recap: Netball Australia announced that a company connected to Gina Rinehart was going to sponsor them for $15 million. Netball Australia is close to bankrupt and otherwise would find it difficult to raise the …

The Latest On The Doha Airport Incident

http://www.theage.com.au/world/middle-east/qatar-sued-over-invasive-strip-searches-of-five-australian-women-20221022-p5bryy.html My view is that civil action by the women who were the victims of this incident is not enough. The Australian government needs to ban Qatar Airlines from our skies, and the Socceroos need to boycott the soccer World Cup in Qatar in December. All sponsorship deals by Australian sporting clubs with Qatari companies …

It’s called Avondale Heights for a reason – thoughts on the Maribyrnong River Flood

Back in early 1996, I was planning to buy a flat. Maribyrnong was the suburb of choice. I really liked one which I inspected in Newstead or Navigator Street – the floor plan was much better than that of most other flats. And it was about 3 minutes’ walk from the Anglers Tavern, a riverside …