This year’s Australia Day got me thinking about patriotism and the role it plays in the modern world. I have often believed patriotism to be one of the greatest scourges afflicting the globe. The kind of patriotism that promotes self-righteousness and a closed view of the world exudes the most pungent of odours – an Read more about Patriotism preserves diversity[…]
This Devonshire tea review is somewhat delayed, and considerably outside our original reviewing scope of Brisbane and its surrounds. Nevertheless, we felt that Grant’s Reserve, just outside of Belgrave in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne, deserves its own Devonshire tea review. Grant’s Reserve is set amongst tall tree ferns and towering Mountain Ashes. Upon arriving, Read more about Devonshire Tea at Grant’s Reserve, Dandenong Ranges[…]
Africa In a recent essay written for The Economist, British Prime Minister Tony Blair states that Britain will use its recently acquired presidency of the G8 to push for aid to Africa and to address climate change. Africa is a continent of massive potential. It is home to almost 900 million people. It has an Read more about Tony Blair on African poverty and climate change[…]
Last weekend Karen and I took Random to Wynnum (photos here). It was Random’s first visit to the ocean. He loved it! Unfortunately, it wasn’t one of my better days with the camera, so some of the photos are a bit dark. But it turned out to be a really great day. Our day at Read more about Random goes to the seaside[…]
Two school boards in the US have made further challenges against the teaching of Darwin’s theory of evolution in science classes by offering Intelligent Design as an alternative. Their complaint is that the theory of evolution is not fact. My counter-claim is that Intelligent Design is not science, and has no place in the science Read more about Evolution vs Intelligent Design[…]
With the resignation of Mark Latham as Leader of the Opposition and from politics altogether, the burning question is who will the Labor Caucus elect as their new leader? So far Kim Beazley is the only contender for the position. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that he’ll probably remain the only Read more about Labor’s woes[…]
Virgin Atlantic will be equipping its Airbus A380 airliners with a beauty therapist area, a gym, a casino and double beds. Richard Branson, chairman of the Virgin Group, cheekily stated that since you have gaming and you have private double beds, maybe there are two ways of getting lucky on a Virgin plane. Watch for Read more about Airbus A380[…]
It seems the new lamb advertisement featuring former VFL player Sam Kekovich is causing a huge stir. Many vegetarians and vegans are complaining that it vilifies them. Well, I just want to say that I am definitely not in that camp. I reckon the advertisement is one of the funniest things I’ve seen on television Read more about The lamb advertisement[…]
I watched three films over the weekend: Finding Neverland Excellent. About Schmidt Excellent. The Shipping News Okay.
Previously, I linked to Ben’s recommendation of five new mid-sized cars. Well now he’s posted his advice for all to see.