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Random Notes from an Irritable Traveller

Random Notes from an Irritable Traveller

My flight out of Sydney to Dubai was delayed. My flight out of Dubai to Manchester was delayed. My train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool stood on the platform for 45 minutes waiting for another train to leave. On going back to Manchester Airport to fly to Budapest, my train
Woe to be in England

Woe to be in England

The cost-of-living crisis in the United Kingdom (UK) has pushed households into financial hardship and the looming prospect of poverty. According to a survey conducted in February 2024 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a near majority of households reported an increase in their cost of living compared to
Medi-couldn’t-Care Less

Medi-couldn’t-Care Less

I wonder how many Australians, like me, have found communicating with our national health care bureaucracy, Medicare, about as easy as winning Lotto? It shouldn’t be that hard, Boomer — after all, the website features a 24-hour contact number, right? Well, yes. But after finding that a refund of $41.40
Brazil vs Musk on the Front Lines of Free Speech

Brazil vs Musk on the Front Lines of Free Speech

A concerted initiative, backed by the Brazilian government, is threatening freedom of speech across the globe.[1] It is not clear how many international accounts have been affected, but there is little doubt Big Tech titans — Google, Facebook, Uber, Instagram and WhatsApp — have directly assisted the Brazilian government by
Alas That We All Had Dick Smith’s Clout

Alas That We All Had Dick Smith’s Clout

Poor Dick Smith. As you probably know by now, the Australian entrepreneur and conservationist – founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Australian Geographic and Dick Smith Foods – was hit by the everyday reality that anyone who dares to question the Left’s narrative on climate becomes a target. For those who
The Man, the Myth, the Mess in Argentina

The Man, the Myth, the Mess in Argentina

There are those moments, perhaps in an unfamiliar hotel room, when you’re briefly disconcerted, unable before full consciousness burns off sleep’s lingering fog to know where you are and what it’s all about. Such was my lot as the dawn clambered over Buenos Aires’ skyline on Tuesday, when the silence
The ANZAC’s New Foes Put the Turks to Shame

The ANZAC’s New Foes Put the Turks to Shame

I once asked a social worker friend why family disputes can so often lead to terrible fighting, sometimes spilling out onto the streets. His cynical, but amusing response was “Oh that is simple, it’s because conflict and fighting is exciting and fun, cheap, and the whole family can join in.”
Here’s an Idea: Elect the Governor-General

Here’s an Idea: Elect the Governor-General

Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has just appointed a notorious political activist as Australia’s latest Head of State, the incoming Governor-General Samantha “Sam” Mostyn, a  ruling class insider who has likened Australia Day to “invasion day” in online posts and has been a Labor functionary for years, more recently working
Trust us, Kids, We’re Climate ‘Educators’

Trust us, Kids, We’re Climate ‘Educators’

There’s nothing new about academics stoking schoolkids’ climate fears and depression. But nothing I’ve previously seen can match the onslaught on those from seven upwards by the University of Tasmania (UTas), which helped it gain World No 1 ranking for climate activism. [1] ABC Radio has assisted by publicising and

Random Notes from an Irritable Traveller

Random Notes from an Irritable Traveller
My flight out of Sydney to Dubai was delayed. My flight out of Dubai to Manchester was delayed. My train from Manchester Airport to Liverpool stood on the platform for 45 minutes waiting for another train to leave. On going back to Manchester Airport to fly to Budapest, my train

Woe to be in England

Woe to be in England
The cost-of-living crisis in the United Kingdom (UK) has pushed households into financial hardship and the looming prospect of poverty. According to a survey conducted in February 2024 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), a near majority of households reported an increase in their cost of living compared to

Medi-couldn’t-Care Less

Medi-couldn’t-Care Less
I wonder how many Australians, like me, have found communicating with our national health care bureaucracy, Medicare, about as easy as winning Lotto? It shouldn’t be that hard, Boomer — after all, the website features a 24-hour contact number, right? Well, yes. But after finding that a refund of $41.40

Brazil vs Musk on the Front Lines of Free Speech

Brazil vs Musk on the Front Lines of Free Speech
A concerted initiative, backed by the Brazilian government, is threatening freedom of speech across the globe.[1] It is not clear how many international accounts have been affected, but there is little doubt Big Tech titans — Google, Facebook, Uber, Instagram and WhatsApp — have directly assisted the Brazilian government by

Alas That We All Had Dick Smith’s Clout

Alas That We All Had Dick Smith’s Clout
Poor Dick Smith. As you probably know by now, the Australian entrepreneur and conservationist – founder of Dick Smith Electronics, Australian Geographic and Dick Smith Foods – was hit by the everyday reality that anyone who dares to question the Left’s narrative on climate becomes a target. For those who

The Man, the Myth, the Mess in Argentina

The Man, the Myth, the Mess in Argentina
There are those moments, perhaps in an unfamiliar hotel room, when you’re briefly disconcerted, unable before full consciousness burns off sleep’s lingering fog to know where you are and what it’s all about. Such was my lot as the dawn clambered over Buenos Aires’ skyline on Tuesday, when the silence

The ANZAC’s New Foes Put the Turks to Shame

The ANZAC’s New Foes Put the Turks to Shame
I once asked a social worker friend why family disputes can so often lead to terrible fighting, sometimes spilling out onto the streets. His cynical, but amusing response was “Oh that is simple, it’s because conflict and fighting is exciting and fun, cheap, and the whole family can join in.”

Here’s an Idea: Elect the Governor-General

Here’s an Idea: Elect the Governor-General
Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has just appointed a notorious political activist as Australia’s latest Head of State, the incoming Governor-General Samantha “Sam” Mostyn, a  ruling class insider who has likened Australia Day to “invasion day” in online posts and has been a Labor functionary for years, more recently working

Trust us, Kids, We’re Climate ‘Educators’

Trust us, Kids, We’re Climate ‘Educators’
There’s nothing new about academics stoking schoolkids’ climate fears and depression. But nothing I’ve previously seen can match the onslaught on those from seven upwards by the University of Tasmania (UTas), which helped it gain World No 1 ranking for climate activism. [1] ABC Radio has assisted by publicising and