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Deus Vult

August 26, 2017 - 19:05 -- Admin

This season’s Game of Thrones is proving to be an object lesson in storytelling. Good writers, especially fantasy writers, know that you can have a deus ex machina - as long as you earn it. It needs to be foreshadowed properly, and it can’t violate the rules of your universe, but you can have one.

The Game of Thrones (not A Song of Ice and Fire) writers don’t seem to be aware of this rule and are copping the appropriate amount of criticism for it.

We gotta see the Penguin: Origin 3 player ratings

July 13, 2017 - 00:00 -- Admin

QLD 1.
Billy Slater – is simply all that and a bag of crisps. Brilliant.
Hopefully Darius Boyd was sitting at home, scribbling notes about how
to be a good fullback.

2.
Valentine Holmes – 3 great finishes for tries. Still looks more
nervous under the bomb than Dresden circa 1945. It took NSW 210
minutes of football to figure this out. Laurie Daley – supercoach.

The Curious Incident Of The Bigot In The Senate

June 23, 2017 - 13:42 -- Admin

I’ve been reluctant to comment on Pauline Hanson’s noisome remarks regarding autism and schooling. Like wildfire her vacuous bigotry requires oxygen and I am loath give her the attention she so desperately desires.

However there are times when one must stare into the abyss.

I have what was once known as Asperger’s Syndrome, now coalesced into the all-encompassing autism spectrum.

I’m one of what Hanson calls ‘those people’.

Out of Left Field

June 13, 2017 - 17:59 -- Admin

Trickle-down economics used to be known by another name, in a time before the ‘mad men’ of laissez-faire capitalism branded it the must have accessory of a first world country. It used to be known as ‘Horse and Sparrow’ economics. The reasoning being that if you fed a horse enough oats then eventually, by sheer weight of averages, its dung would contain enough undigested oats for a passing sparrow to feed on.

Royal Flush

April 19, 2016 - 18:21 -- Admin

Was there ever a better example of the necessity of an Australian republic than yesterday’s farce with the Governor-General?

Royal Flush

April 19, 2016 - 18:21 -- Admin

Was there ever a better example of the necessity of an Australian republic than yesterday’s farce with the Governor-General?

I come here not to mourn Abbott, but to bury him

September 17, 2015 - 00:00 -- Admin

(Ahh the difference between my last post and this!)

Tony Abbott is no longer Prime Minister of Australia. Let that fact sink in. Tony Abbott is no longer Prime Minister of Australia.

This sentence carries with it the same sense of solace as “the cancer is in remission”. Jubilant news to be sure, and a relief, but not without the knowledge that for a time there was a lethal, malignant tumour growing inside you.

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