Monthly Archives: November 2008

>Sport is not a fairy tale

> Yesterday, after finishing his third round in the Australian Masters Golf tournament in the lead, Robert Allenby told how his mother was dying of cancer. An emotional Allenby said: “Mum is the best mum in the world and I … Continue reading

Posted in Golf, Sport

>Oscar is always wrong (except when it’s right) Part II

>And now (by request) for the second installment of me rectifying the mistakes of the Academy Awards. 2002 Best Picture: ChicagoNominees: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Gangs of New York, The Hours, The PianistShould have won: The … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Film, Oscars

>There’s an "I" in Minister

>Back at the end of October, I wrote about the German doctor in Victoria who was being denied premant residency because his 11 year old son has Down Syndrome. I said at the time:I am sure this decision will be … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics

>On the QT: "Faux outrage Day"

>Before Question Time today, Kevin Rudd made a Ministerial Statement on the Global Financial Crisis. He spoke for 22 minutes, but all that really mattered was the 30 odd seconds it took him to say the following: “If Australian economic … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Question Time

>Newspoll: ALP 55- LNP 45

>Today I dopely forgot to tape Question Time, so no ‘On the QT’ today. Today another Newspoll came out, and as it was on the 12 month anniversary of last year’s election, it is a good one for seeing how … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Polls

>Toxic blogs and tastless jokes

>Last Friday Crikey released the results of its poll to name Obama’s new puppy. Among the choices were such ones as “Karl Barx”, “A Poodle called Kevin”, and my favourite “Joe the Dog”. One of the choices however made me … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Culture

>Flick of the Week: "I know things about people, Lilly"

>The week’s Flick of the week takes us from a young Clint Eastwood in Where Eagles Dare, to an aging Clint in In the Line of Fire. In the Line of Fire is about John Malkovich playing an ex-CIA assassin, … Continue reading

Posted in Flick of the week

>Now that’s how you start a show

>Following on from my blog yesterday about TV’s decline in quality; today I’m on something I’ve been thinking about for a while. That crucial aspect missing from TV; that most important part of any good 70s,80s or 90s show. I’m … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Television | 1 Comment

>When TV Ruled My Life

>The other day I realised that I have stopped watching TV. Sure it’s always on, but I’m not watching it in the way that I used to. I no longer care about getting the TV program in the Sunday newspaper, … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Television | 2 Comments

>On the QT: Julia shows how it’s done.

>Ok, it’s pretty obvious I’m a bit of a Julia Gillard fan. She’s the soul of the ALP at the moment. Kev won the election, and is still as popular as Makybe Diva on Cup Day; but there would not … Continue reading

Posted in Question Time