Monthly Archives: March 2009

Guest post by thefrollickingmole – A different view of detention centres

[Note by LE: We invited thefrollickingmole, a contributor at The Tizona Group, to write a post for us about his experiences as a officer at a detention centre after the discussion he initiated on the Marcus Einfeld thread.] I was a detention officer from around 1998 through to 2002 at Port Hedland. This coincided with […]

Whiskey Galore

A lorry carrying whisky has crashed, causing alcohol and fuel to spill onto a road in the Highlands. Emergency services were called to the scene on the A95 at about 1415 GMT. Northern Constabulary said diversions were in place through Skye of Curr and the Dulnain Bridge road until the wreck was cleared. Meanwhile, emergency […]

Need to know about cheese?

Every year, British magazine The Bookseller runs a competition for the oddest book title. The winner for 2008 is “The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais”. It costs $795 on Amazon. I was wondering how there could possibly be a market for a book like this, or why anyone would write it?  […]

Peter Siddle and Delhi’s ultimate impersonator

Australian quick bowler Peter Siddle tries out his media talents when he talks to a bloke in Delhi who has half the Australian team completely down pat. Look out for the Ricky Ponting rip-off in particular — Siddle completely loses the plot and the whole thing dissolves into a memorable exercise in the giggles.

The final ignominy

I watched Four Corners’ interview with Marcus Einfeld last night. I’ve had an interest in the matter throughout. Einfeld was sentenced on Friday for perjury and will spend the next 2 years in gaol. I’ve already speculated that Einfeld is a “denier” rather than a “justifier” (see this post for explanation). The interview confirmed for […]

Stephen Conroy is an unrepeatable vulgarity

I haven’t been able to follow this as closely as I’d like from afar, but it’s becoming increasingly clear that KRuddy and friends are pushing ahead with Australia’s version of the great firewall of China. Catallaxy’s Jason Soon has been keeping tabs on things for some time now, and his posts meant that I discovered […]

No condoms please, we’re Catholic…

Pope Benedict XVI, who is making his first papal visit to Africa, has said that handing out condoms is not the answer in the fight against HIV/Aids. The pontiff, who preaches marital fidelity and abstinence, said the practise only increased the problem. “A Christian can never remain silent,” he said, after being greeted on arrival […]

A visit to Lord’s

As part of my college’s 500th anniversary celebrations, sundry sporty types (fellows, students and alums) got together at Lord’s this week to celebrate. In matters cricketing, Colin Cowdrey is Brasenose’s most notable graduate, although there have been others who starred at county level, or as administrators. I’d never been to Lord’s before — not even […]

New! Improved!

Documents showing intelligence chiefs were urged to make a key dossier on the Iraqi threat as “firm” as possible have led to new calls for a war inquiry. Intelligence head Sir John Scarlett was pressed in an e-mail to make analysis of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction as “authoritative” as he could. Details of this […]

A tort of invasion of privacy for Australia?

I only started properly paying attention to the ‘Pauline Hanson pictures’ scandal after reading Iain Hall’s post on whether or not the pictures do actually depict Hanson. I should add that I’m linking to Iain’s post in large part because he’s been careful to crop the image and do a proper analysis ‘for the purposes […]