Monthly Archives: September 2008

>Has anyone checked between the sofa cushions?

>Today on the Australian Stock Exchange, $55 billion was lost. (“I could have sworn it was in my wallet when I went to work”, the Chairman of the ASX said, “and then when I went to pay for my morning … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, US politics

>I’m with Gebrselassie for the first 100m

>On Sunday in Berlin, Haile Gebrselassie broke his own world record in the marathon of 2hrs 3 min 59 sec. Running on the course where he set the old mark last year (and where Paul Tergat had set the previous … Continue reading

Posted in Sport

>Paul Newman: 1925-2008

>How long was Paul Newman’s career? Well his first two big breaks in movies were in Somebody Up there Likes Me (1956) and The Left Handed Gun (1958) in two roles intended for James Dean, and his last work in … Continue reading

Posted in Film

>It was a bluff

>Back on September 1, after John McCain chose Sarah Palin as his running mate I declared Barrack Obama the winner of the US election. Within a week of my making that prediction, McCain’s polling went up and the Daily Gallup … Continue reading

Posted in US politics | 1 Comment

>Let’s call a time out

>You may have heard the John McCain decided to call a halt to his campaign because of the Financial crisis. I guess this is because Presidential candidates can’t do 2 things at once. Anyhoo. The one thing he really should … Continue reading

Posted in US politics

>On the QT: Deja vu all over again

>Have to say I watched most of QT today, but felt like I was watching a re-run of the entire week. Questions from the Libs on the credit crisis were recycled; the Govt slapped them away with similar answers to … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Question Time, US politics

>On the QT: Have straws, will clutch

>Julie Bishop had a shocker yesterday. She is clearly the target of the Government front bench in much the same way the Libs tried to target Swan at the start of the year. The problem is Julie Bishop thinks she … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Question Time

>On the QT: Shakespeare and Demidenko

>Today was a significant day in Australian politics: it was the first day a woman has acted as PM in Question Time. Julia Gillard gives the impression she has been waiting to sit in the big chair all her life, … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Question Time | 1 Comment

>On the QT: What news on the Rialto?

>A new team on the opposition side, but little change in proceedings really. First up Turnbull came in off the long run and pitched up a half volley to Kevin Rudd. He asked: “Will the PM before he jets off … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Polls, Question Time

>Flick of the Week: "I’m only borrowing your Hum-Vee"

>This week’s flick takes us from The Longest Day in 1962, which featured the fine early work of Sean Connery, to 1996 and Connery as a star in Michael Bay’s action blockbuster, The Rock. Now The Rock is not by … Continue reading

Posted in Flick of the week