• On Correcting Others and the Golden Rule

    On Correcting Others and the Golden Rule

    I heard someone finish a story today with the expression “WALL-AH”. They were explaining how they had accomplished something and finished with this satisfied declaration and an open hand gesture. Given the context, I am […]

     
  • Housos add Racism to Misogyny: SBS

    Housos add Racism to Misogyny: SBS

    With SBS refusing to address misogyny and death threats, the Housos Facebook page has added racism to their repertoire. In the wake of sexual harassment and institutional sexism scandals, Australian Chief of Army David Morrison […]

     
  • The Spirit of Ghandi lives: But no one seems to care

    The Spirit of Ghandi lives: But no one seems to care

    Mahatma Gandhi is revered as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in his native India but his legend and legacy belong to the world. He is an inspiration for activists around the globe who protest violence, […]

     
  • On Surnames

    On Surnames

    ‘What’s in a name?’ mused the Bard. ‘That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet’. Romeo and Juliet were certainly not fussed but broadly speaking society has frowned on […]

     
  • On Political Footy Fans

    On Political Footy Fans

    Karl Marx famously claimed that religion was the opiate of the people, however, many insightful sociologists have noted that things are different in Australia. For the Australian masses it is not religion but sport that […]

     
  • On the Peter Slipper affair: the trick is in the timing

    On the Peter Slipper affair: the trick is in the timing

    Written over several years, the playwright David Ives, named his unconnected montage of single act plays, It’s all in the timing. It would be an appropriate name too for the Peter Slipper affair. Far from […]

     
  • Australia’s Got Talent (but the judges don’t)!

    Australia’s Got Talent (but the judges don’t)!

    Major international celebrities are known for their precious, often petty, egos. Even more fragile is that of the minor, B-grade celebrity. More often a target of ridicule than veneration, the B-listers are notoriously touchy about […]

     
  • On the Art of Listening

    On the Art of Listening

    ‘Help, I need somebody, Help, not just anybody, Help, you know I need someone, help.’ John Lennon was blunt and upfront when talking about the opening lyrics to the Beatles hit single in an interview, […]

     
  • On Facebook Friends

    On Facebook Friends

    The internet has often been referred to as the digital Wild West and the analogy is, to my mind, quite fitting. The internet is by and large a lawless place filled with wonderful things, horrendous […]

     
  • On Popular Mythology in American History: Part three.

    On Popular Mythology in American History: Part three.

    Few of the mythologies in American history are as firmly entrenched in the modern psyche as that of the civil war. The American civil war has become synonymous with the anti-slavery movement. The head of […]