Two Cheers For Brisbane 2032!

I’m old enough to remember when the Melbourne City Square opened in 1980. The hype of the opening quickly turned into derision and it rapidly turned into a moribund white elephant in the heart of the city. The main symbol of this Quixotic attempt at creating a civic centre was the strange angular metal sculpture …

I for one welcome our new insect overlords…

If you pardon the quotation from the classics, the title to this blog post comes from the Simpsons episode ‘Deep Space Homer’ from season 5 of that show. It is uttered by newsman Kent Brockman when live feed from the space shuttle shows an ant farm Homer has inadvertently broken. Kent interprets that as meaning …

Where did all the wine guides go?

Tempus Fugit, as Mork from Ork might say. Almost half a lifetime ago, I spent 7 months living in Canberra. Despite being bored and frozen and probably not doing my career any favours from that adventure, I do not regret it for three reasons. The first is making two close friends who are still amongst …

ATARI or ATAGI – both are failures but I wish I had the former with me now during lockdown….

What the hell does ATAGI stand for anyway? I don’t mean what it is short for (Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation). I mean what it represents and what values drive the experts who sit on this body and tell our political leaders and the rest of us whether or not a vaccine should be …

Vaccines: Where the bloody hell are you? (Musings on alternative advertising campaigns)

The vaccination rollout in Australia has appeared to me to be a debacle at all levels of government, where the technocrats ruling the states and the Commonwealth have all dropped the ball in various ways. This was brought home to me particularly this morning when I looked more closely at the letter my elderly mother …

Football is coming home and despite being ethnically Italian, I do not mind at all

youtube.com/watch Even Dorothy knows it… Let me put on record that I loathe Association Football (otherwise known as Soccer) and consider Australian Rules to be Real Football. Given that, I do not usually get too excited about soccer tournaments and I do get a spot of malevolent glee when the Socceroos fall flat on their …

Why My Local Upper House MP Bernie Finn Deserves A Knighthood

People reading my blog are going to surmise after a while that despite my libertarian convictions, I am pretty conservative on a lot of things, if not downright reactionary. For example, as a property owner and a ratepayer, it appalls me that mere tenants are able to vote in local government elections. I consider this …

Cross Bench MP Suddenly Realises Election Is Approaching, Puts Fridge Magnets In Letterboxes Of Constituents

I have been reading the somewhat satirical Betoota Advocate a lot lately, which claims to be one of the oldest newspapers in Australia (it actually did not exist until its online edition was introduced a few years ago, in case you are inclined to take it seriously). Hence you might see a resemblance in the …