Like Caitlin Welsh, I reckon the media has totally missed the Zeitgeist on the diatribe Julia Gillard unleashed on Tony Abbott. Abbott, the man whose Alan Jones -like world view is so poorly hidden. Abbott, the man who somehow remains PM-in-waiting, despite the litany of self-made political disasters that have befallen him. Abbott, whose judgement was so poor that he stood across from Gillard and used the phrase ‘died of shame’ even while the Jones fallout continued.
Welsh’s Vine article nails it. The Abbott outrage is not a party political one; it is the product of 1950s views that a progressive 21st Century nation should not be normalising in its political leadership. Gillard’s eruption was brilliant, and its cultural significance has been recognised all over the world. But not here.
A bunch of larrikins posing as council workers has gone right down Swan Street in Melbourne’s CBD changing every sign they could reach to ‘Hawks Street’. If Hawthorn is victorious against the Sydney Swans in the AFL Grand Final on Saturday they even intend to petition for the change to be made permanent.
What I like most about this story is the relaxed attitude of the Lord Mayor – the signs will remain in place until after the big match.
I found this, um, arresting ad in the Katherine Region visitor guide, 2005-06. No, I’M not sure why a tourist would be looking for a butchers either. Nor that shouting threats while wielding a cleaver is the best way to attract business. Still, beats “Katherine – less than 1000 km from Wolf Creek”.
What’s better than viewing a rare total solar eclipse? Viewing one at the Palmer River Eclipse Festival in Far North Queensland! Live music, art, workshops and food. And the love – like the eclipse – comes for free.
Sold? Unfortunately, the next total solar eclipse in Australia isn’t until 2028 – and won’t be visible anywhere in Queensland. Drainer.
Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital can boast a world first: a zoo-maintained animal enclosure. A piece of south-western African desert has been created for a family of meerkats to call home, inspiring delight and a much needed joie de vivre in its young residents.
The night sky over the Australian outback is a wonder – 5000 bright specs on a pitch black dome stretching to the horizon in every direction, suspended in eerie silence. If you had a couple of hundred million years to spare you could watch them make a complete orbit of the supermassive black hole at the centre of the Milky Way. As you probably don’t, photographer Lincoln Harrison gives you the opportunity to see the star trails caused by our twenty-four hour daily tumble through the cosmos. New and mesmerising views of a 13.2 billion year old galaxy.
It’s tough for up-and-coming bands to fit in gigs around a nine-to-five, so some talented Melbournians have got together to set up their own business to pay the rent – something musos are ready-made experts at... moving.
No, sadly it wasn’t Andrew Bolt. A reporter trying to get a scoop on Free West Papua movement members slipping into PNG from Indonesia was told a critical interview would be dependent on submitting to circumcision by bamboo sticks. Simon Eroro got the exclusive, plus News’ Scoop of the Year award – small consolation for such pain and the ongoing hit on his sex life.
The News Limited judges heralded Eroro’s piece, talking about the subsequent “major [PNG] operation to tighten the borders and close down the OPM refugee camps”. Which is a tidily black & white assessment, given how Indonesia’s claim to West Papua is hotly disputed and widely considered a hostile occupation.
Eroro’s PNG Post-Courier article, at under 350 words (see link below), is less than Bolt might expend describing what he’d just learnt from his cab driver on the dangers of multiculturalism. Personally, if I’d just had my manhood desecrated I’d want my own Oprah-style TV network at the very least!
An international diplomatic incident making it into The Guardian? Yes, it's Kevin Rudd's battle to get his Vegemite into the US. There's also a smackerel of trivia. But the icing on the Vegemite cake would have to be the pic of Rudd's middle-finger salute...