Monthly Archives: January 2007

Roman Graphics

Here are two of my graphics, originally designed to go with the ‘Pasts Imperfect‘ piece. I haven’t figured out how to put them on the front page as yet, but if you click on the links below you can have some enjoyable fun pretending to walk around the Roman Forum in the late evening. Once […]

Past Imperfect

The past has occurred. It has gone and can only be brought back again by historians in very different media; for example in books, articles, documentaries (…) not as actual events. The past has gone and history is what historians make of it when they go to work (…) It is this work, embodied in […]

Throwing away the key…

The Victorian Sentencing Advisory Council has released discussion papers suggesting that laws be introduced which enable a Court to order that a sex offender with a high risk of recidivism remains in custody or is closely supervised. This proposal raises interesting questions about the balance between the right of the broader community to live in […]

Hayek on Amazon

Since we’re shameless promoters of all things Hayek around these parts, and we’ve all no doubt contributed to improving Amazon’s share price over the years, I decided to sign us up as an Amazon affiliate. Those of you who’ve been sold on our Hayek advocacy – or who simply aspire to know more than Hevvie […]


Does your cat look like Adolf Hitler? Do you wake up in a cold sweat every night wondering if he’s going to up and invade Poland? Does he keep putting his right paw in the air while making a noise that sounds suspiciously like “Sieg Miaow”? If so, this is the website for you. Discovered […]

Credit where credit’s due

Just a little something I’ve been thinking about, thanks to an interesting line of comments on my post on water restrictions. “Anonymous” got me thinking a little more broadly about making people pay more for services because of environmental concerns. As Anonymous points out, a disadvantage of charging higher prices for water is that the […]

Palm Tree Justice – Part II

I see that Sir Laurence Street has concluded that it is worth pursuing charges against Chris Hurley, the officer who arrested Palm Island man Mulrunji. Mulrunji died very soon after he was placed in custody. For a summary of the circumstances behind this decision, see my previous post here. I think that it is a […]

Front yard flags

There’s been a bit of to-ing and fro-ing over the flag of late. The link is to a piece about Australian outfit Jet, who seem to have taken the right approach to the whole dust-up. Last week’s debate took me back to 1990, though, my first year at UQ. Logan City – where I spent […]

What makes a good blog post?

I’ve never been good at “Top 30 Lists”. My husband and his friends obsess about Top 30 Lists of the musical variety (a la High Fidelity) and e-mail them back and forth. Top 30 Beatles songs, Top 30 1980s bands etc, etc… One friend, in particular is the King of Top 30 Lists. My favourite […]

The New Puritans

I think the present water restrictions in Victoria are ridiculous: a prime example of shutting the gate after the horse has bolted, just so that the government looks like it is doing something constructive. I’m not the only one who is upset. Denise Gadd’s recent article in The Age describes the plight of gardeners, heartbroken […]