Tag Archives: Victoria

No wonder people try to get out of jury duty

Crossposted Online Opinion – 10/8/09 When I was a young and green blogger with only my own small site, one of the posts which got the biggest hits was entitled “Excuses for getting out of jury duty“. It must be a disappointment for Googlers who are looking for convincing excuses – the post actually links […]

Publication with prejudice

A man has been arrested and charged with arson causing death of at least 11 people in connection with the Churchill bushfire. Initially, the identity of the accused was subject to a suppression order, but despite this, vigilante groups on Facebook published the accused’s name, address and photograph. A magistrate has lifted the suppression order, […]

The Bent Spoon

Every year, the Australian Skeptics bestow the ‘Bent Spoon’ Award on the ‘perpetrator of the most preposterous piece of paranormal or pseudo-scientific piffle’. Upon receipt of the award, part of the small print is that anyone wishing to acquire the trophy must remove it from our keeping by paranormal means. Well, I have to say that I’ve […]


The smoke from the Victorian bushfires is casting a pall over the mountains today, providing a sombre reminder of the devastation which occurred on Saturday. Elvis, the fire-fighting helicopter, has a flight path which goes just above my parents’ house, and has been going back and forth constantly. Saturday was the hottest day recorded in […]