When The Beer Goes Sour: The BROO Boardroom Stoush

Did you happen to know that most of the well known beer brands in Australia are now foreign owned? Japanese to be most precise. Kirin have long owned the portfolio of beers held mostly under the Tooheys umbrella, and Asahi have sometime in the past decade ended up as owners of what used to be …

Elvis Costello may always have been Woke, but he is still a good musician

Declan McManus, who is most commonly known to us as the singer Elvis Costello, is someone of whom I have been a moderate fan since the late 1980s. I was rather saddened but somewhat unsurprised by his recent announcement that he will no longer be performing ‘Oliver’s Army’, his anti-military song (the British Army traces …

Morrissey Always Was The Jerk That Smiths Fans Deserve

My passing acquaintance with the music of 80s angst minstrels The Smiths is limited to what you would expect someone like me to have. Namely, their appearance on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack (a flawed movie given that the ending was changed at the last minute so that the rich handsome guy gets the girl …

Whether you love or hate the MONA, at least its advertising is honest

I was at the cinemas today for a bit of a treat, and one of the advertisements before the movie was a reel for the Museum of Old and New Art (aka the MONA) in Hobart. It consisted of quoting the one star reviews which the MONA has received. One, featuring a tear rolling down …

Putin rides a bear from which he dare not dismount

‘Dictators ride to and fro upon tigers from which they dare not dismount. Discuss’ From memory, 3 decades later, my Politics Honours General Paper (an exam prerequisite to pass to get my Honours degree but which did not cover a particular topic I had studied as an undergrad), was an open question very similar to …

The Return of History? Russia’s Invasion of the Ukraine

‘Do you think that the Faith has conquered the World And that lions no longer need keepers?’ T.S. Eliot – Choruses From The Rock It is a long time since I read any Fukuyama. His neo-Hegelian take on ‘The End of History’ was all in vogue in the early 1990s, when we in the free …

Pot and Kettle and related Hypocrisies

We obviously have some reds under the beds at the moment. Our Prime Minister has described the deputy opposition leader as a Manchurian candidate. I assume that he expects that most people actually have seen that 1950s movie – personally I have not. Let me put on record that (surprise surprise) I dislike Richard Marles. …