Footy – A Richmond Tale

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I have a confession to make. I was an Essendon supporter until I was fourteen years old. My maternal grandfather captained Essendon to two premierships in the 1920s, so I was a 'sworn' Bomber. But then I went to the footy with my father, and I changed teams. Just like that! No-one does that in … Continue reading Footy – A Richmond Tale

Balance is over-rated


The Australian press and media is stricken with a terrible misunderstanding about its role, and responsibilities. It thinks that each and every view, no matter how stupid or misled, or just plain muddle-headed, needs to receive equal time. This is wrong, because, in the immortal words of Donald Rumsfeld, there are certain things, which are … Continue reading Balance is over-rated

Santo Santoro – Matchmaker


It is often great to catch up with folk we have forgotten about. One such individual is Santo Santoro, a man with an interesting background, and clearly a big future. Like many of our candidates for the "He'll Never be Prime Minister Award" Santoro was never elected to his position in the Senate. That is … Continue reading Santo Santoro – Matchmaker

Politicians Behaving Badly


As if no-one has noticed, the good people of Australia are heading to an election soon. This has given both sides the chance to present themselves in the best light possible, should they wish to, but there has been much pompous posturing going on, and a couple of gratuitous phrases have recently slithered their way … Continue reading Politicians Behaving Badly

The View from Yesterday


Sometimes we come across a piece of writing which just 'nails it'! Many readers may not have heard of H.L. Mencken before, but he is worth a read. Following is the strangely prescient quote: "As democracy is perfected, the office of President represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some … Continue reading The View from Yesterday