Monthly Archives: January 2010

Artistic talent and crime

Via Jason Soon’s Sick of Politics blog I came across an interesting piece by Clive Hamilton on talented artists who commit crimes. Like Jason, I think it’s probably the first time I’ve been in unqualified agreement with Clive. Wonders will never cease. Hamilton says: Should artistic talent place those who possess it above the law? […]

You wouldn’t read about it

A Muslim protester accused of calling soldiers murderers at a parade claims he did not intend to upset anyone. Munim Abdul told Luton magistrates he did not expect to cause offence because his group had spoken “the truth”. Seven men deny using threatening, abusive or insulting words and behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm and […]

Life’s a beach

The Eagle family has just spent a few days down on the coast, staying with some friends who have a beach house. It was really lovely. The beach plays such an important role in my childhood memories. My parents are both Sydneysiders, and we used to visit their childhood holiday venues. We would go camping […]

Fancy an Indian?

An Indian man is in a serious condition in a Melbourne hospital after being attacked and set alight by a gang. It comes a week after an Indian graduate student was stabbed to death in the city, prompting a travel advisory from the Indian government. Melbourne police said the latest attack appeared to be random […]

Baby, it’s cold outside!

Photo: NASA/GSFC, MODIS Rapid Response From the BBC News website.

The Last of the Mohicans in Space

Well, finally managed to drag myself off to see James Cameron’s Avatar, which — it’s fair to say — divides people. In the red corner (US political colour configuration), we have Miranda Devine irritated at untoward greeniness, while in the blue corner we have this selection of links over at Hoyden About Town. Other (slightly) […]

World’s First Pastafarian Protest

A priest who advised needy people to shoplift has been drenched with spaghetti and ravioli by a protester. Father Tim Jones, parish priest of St Lawrence and St Hilda in York, said in a sermon that stealing could be the best option for some vulnerable people. He was approached on Sunday by a man who […]