Monthly Archives: January 2009

>Patient Zero: Finding out who caused the Global Financial Crisis

>If there’s one thing wrong with the Global Financial Crisis it is the lack of a good bad guy; someone everyone can focus their blame on. A patsy if you will. If the GFC were a disease, we would be … Continue reading

Posted in Economy

>The Changing Tastes in Movies, or the Change in Movies?

>When writing about the nominations for this year’s Best Picture Oscar, I wrote about how there seems to be a lack of adult dramas that Hollywood used to do well; instead everything seems to be more targeted towards teens – … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Film

>Economic policy and the Opposition are strange bedfellows

>Today in Crikey their Canberra correspondent Bernard Keane wrote an open letter to Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop. It’s about the most sensible thing I’ve read this year (ok not a big call, but it’ll take some beating). It certainly … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy, Journalism, US politics

>U2’s "Get on Your Boots" and dodgy radio tapes

>I have been a U2 fan for longer than I have been a fan of any band. Each new album is always guaranteed to get me down to JB HiFi and opening up my wallet (most other bands will merely … Continue reading

Posted in Culture

>A Song a Year: 1985, Man Overboard

>In 1985, I got serious about music. Every month meant buying another copy of Countdown Magazine (infinitely superior to Smash Hits – though I bought that as well), and Take 40 on Saturday and Sunday mornings was a must see, … Continue reading

Posted in A Song a Year, Culture

>Flick of the Week: "When it comes to the affairs of the heart, even the greatest warriors can be a consummate idiots."

>This week’s flick of the week, which also doubles as “Oscar is Always Right (except when it’s wrong) Part IV“, takes us from Tomorrow Never Dies with Michelle Yeoh to the amazing martial arts film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The … Continue reading

Posted in Film, Flick of the week, Oscars

>The Tennis Fan’s Tennis Player

>Last night the match of the tournament in the men’s singles was played at the Australian Open. Roger Federer and Marat Safin played a third round match, and Federer won in three sets, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6. The score line disguises … Continue reading

Posted in Sport, Tennis

>The Unpopular Oscars

>The nominations for the 2008 Oscars were announced this morning, and regarding the nominations for Best Picture, the odds will be pretty short that you have not seen more than one of the five nominated films. In fact the five … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Film, Oscars

>So long and thanks for the memories

>It’s only a few hours before George W Bush will be nought but a painful memory. Dave Letterman has marked the end of the Bush presedency with a recap of his “great speeches”. So just watch and enjoy, and know … Continue reading

Posted in US politics

>Newspoll: ALP 54-LNP 46

>You have to feel for journalists sometimes. Their job is to tells the news but also to sell newspapers, or in the case online papers, to get a high hit count. So when you get a Newspoll that once again … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Journalism, Polls