Category Archives: Books

The Rise of the Fifth Estate–excerpt

My book, The Rise of the Fifth Estate is released tomorrow. It is available in ebook form in various formats. Here is a bit of a taste – an excerpt from the first chapter. ****** Chapter One: Thrills and Spills … Continue reading

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My Book– The Rise of the Fifth Estate

On Tuesday, as usual, I discovered news through Twitter. Michelle Bennett of 3RRRFM tweeted me saying my book looked good and she couldn’t wait to read it. This rather surprised me as I had no idea the release had even … Continue reading

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Drum piece – Rates, jobs and speedboats: the economy explained

My Drum piece this week is on interest rates and some remarks by Andrew Robb that I found amusing. Not much else to add today. My book is due with the publishers on 22 February, so life is currently a … Continue reading

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On the QT: The element of predictability

And so it reached 3:15pm. There was a sense of nervousness in the air. The House was restless; the gallery confused; the people on Twitter techy dishevelled and at a loss. Surely on this the anniversary of the rolling of … Continue reading

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Friday Night Relaxer: Vale Borders

I first encountered Borders in 2001 when my wife and I visited friends who were living in Vancouver. I think I spent about 3-4 hours in the Borders and I probably drooled most of the time. So I was a … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer: Record Books

> A couple months ago I wrote a piece for the Walkley Magazine on 10 Things You Need to Know to Blog Your Way to Success (success, obviously being a pretty flexible term). Rule Number 5 was Be regular  Ironically, … Continue reading

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>A Lack of Confessions

> On Tuesday night in Canberra I went along to the book signing of Paul Howes’s book “Confessions of a Faceless Man: Inside Campaign 2010”. At the launch he made some good points about the ALP – that they need … Continue reading

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>Friday Night Relaxer – Just give me some truth

> If we were to go back in time some 30 odd years, and you were to go looking for me in the library of my primary school, the most likely spot you would have found me was either re-reading … Continue reading

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>On the QT: Bloomsday Edition

> June 16 is Bloomsday, that day when all things James Joycean are celebrated and the great novel Ulysses is enjoyed by many in between a few pints of Guinness. I am one of those who believe it is the … Continue reading

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>My Top 5 Asterix Books

> By the time I was 12, all I knew about ancient history, I had learned from Asterix comics. Ok, maybe that’s a slight exaggeration – afterall I pretty much knew that Obelix was not the one responsible for the … Continue reading

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