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It’s Time

January 24, 2015 - 09:45 -- Admin

It’s time for Labor to come out swinging. It’s fine for Tanya Plibersek to say that Labor needn’t comment on Liberal leadership tensions because the Liberals are doing it for them. But Labor can’t just hope that the Liberals will free fall, and allow Labor to coast into office in 2016 on a wave of anti-Liberal sentiment. The Liberals may be doing their best to lose the election, but Labor still has to win it.

In Praise of Tony Abbott

January 23, 2015 - 16:41 -- Admin

Now before you start screaming, and wondering what kind of drug is this stupid bastard on, let me take a moment to explain.

Yes, it’s true I have been mainlining schardenfreude and it’s heady stuff, the real deal, not that synthetic crap you’d score from some guy called Sir Rupert behind the dunnies at the Melbourne Club.

Happily, there are many more like me and it’s all due to the efforts of Tony Abbott.

Death of A Salesman – Metaphorically Speaking!

January 23, 2015 - 16:01 -- Admin

WILLY: Don’t be so modest. You always started too low. Walk in with a big laugh. Don’t look worried. Start off with a couple of good stories to lighten things up. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it—because personality always wins the day.

Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller


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Abbott: “Frankly the alternative to this government is national decline” – I Never Thought National Decline Would Sound So Appealing!

January 22, 2015 - 12:15 -- Admin

“You know, if there is one lesson to be learnt from the fate of the former government in Canberra, maybe even from the fate of the former government in Victoria, is you do not change leaders,” Abbott told 3AW on Thursday.

“You rally behind someone and you stick to the plan and we’ve got a good plan.”

The Guardian 22nd January, 2014


Now why does this sound familiar? Oh that’s right!

Book Review: Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese

January 21, 2015 - 18:17 -- Admin

Cutting for Stone (2009) isn’t directly autobiographical, but it has a bit of a documentary feel to it. This is because Verghese did have some of the Ethiopian and American experiences he writes about, and also because his career, other than being a writer, is as a doctor. The extensive medical detail in the book reflects his lived experience. It took a while for me to get into this book, but then I found it hard to put down.