Monthly Archives: September 2009

>Glenn Stevens and Barnaby Joyce (or The teacher and the kid sitting up the back not listening)

> OK, I know I said I was on a 2 week break, but today I noticed the Hansard of Reserve Bank Governor Glenn Stevens’ testimony before the Senate Economics Committee from this Monday was up on the Parliament house … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy | 3 Comments

>Time for a break

>Since I started this blog back on 15 July last year, I’ve written 324 posts or around five a week. I pretty much broke the first rule of successful blogging right from the get go, which is that you should … Continue reading

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>Oscar is Always Wrong (except when it’s right) Part VII: 1997

> I haven’t done an Oscars post for a while (since June!), and I have to admit the main reason is that I was up to 1997, and for mine, 1997 was not a great year for film. Have a … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Film, Oscars

>Balibo and the Australian Film Industry

> On the weekend, Robert Connolly’s film Balibo made $64,467 to scrape into 20th place on the Australian Box Office, and sneak over the $1 million mark in box office gross to $1,055,892. It’s unlikely to be around for much … Continue reading

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>What Price a Job?

> At the moment the Senate is conducting hearings into the Government’s stimulus package. Yesterday a number of economists fronted up to give their views. Two of them – Steven Kates and Sinclair Davidson from RMIT predictably came out in … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Economy | 2 Comments

>Too Many Books, Not Enough Eyes

> Last night I made a foolish error and paused at one of my bookshelves and instead of just looking at the books and trying to decide what I would read next, I counted how many books on the shelf … Continue reading

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>Flick of the Week: “Real diamonds! They must be worth their weight in gold!”

> This week’s Flick of the Week takes us with Billy Wilder from Witness for the Prosecution to the greatest comedy film of all-time – Some Like it Hot. When it comes to discussing the greatest director in history, Billy … Continue reading

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>A Song a Year: 1993, Aunty Raelene

> When you are at uni, you need a band that is yours through hell or high water. If you were at uni in the early 90s it could be Nirvana (if you were a bit of a sheep), The … Continue reading

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>On the QT – It was the Summer of 69 edition

> A commenter yesterday asked me if I had the transcript of Julie Bishop’s “1969 Keating” question from yesterday’s Question Time. In lieu of the fact that today’s QT was mostly pointless – the Opposition moved a censure motion against … Continue reading

Posted in Australian politics, Question Time

>Federer loses the US Open. Ok, so he is human. Bugger

> As I sort of predicated yesterday, Juan Martin Del Potro beat Roger Federer in the US Open final. Sigh… deep breaths… I can get through this… Del Potro started slow, but played some excellent tennis in the 4th and … Continue reading

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