I’m a big fan of Blue Bloods, a US TV series about an Irish Catholic family of police in New York City, featuring the Police Commissioner; his father, a former commissioner; his two sons, a detective and a patrol cop, and his daughter, an assistant district attorney – their blue blood runs deep. As well … Continue reading Donald Trump: Maintain the rage until the final tweet
I knew it was time to chill out when I got into an argument at the TAB – the local betting agency – over Donald Trump. All I said was I hope I have better luck with my bets on the races than my vote against Donald Trump. Out of the blue, a bloke I … Continue reading Why I can’t trust Donald Trump
“One of the chief Functions of a television critic is to stay at home and watch the programmes on an ordinary domestic receiver, just as his readers do. If he goes to official previews, he will meet producers and directors, start understanding their problems, and find himself paying the inevitable price for free sandwiches. A … Continue reading Sarah Ferguson’s interview with Joe Hockey: Bias is in the eye of the beholder
It’s a question everyone is asking: Where were you when President John F. Kennedy was shot fifty years ago this day in November? (The AP photo on the left shows Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon Johnson leaving Fort Worth Texas for Dallas on that fateful day.) Nothing dramatic in my case. I was in an … Continue reading Where were you on that fateful day in November?
It was the 17th Century English poet John Donne who wrote: “No man is an island … Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee.” Donne’s oft-quoted meditation came to mind as I contemplated the deaths of … Continue reading What they had in common: The Grantham grocer’s daughter & the Mouseketeer
Yesterday was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Richard Nixon. I did not celebrate. However, I will celebrate on August 9, the day he resigned as president of the United States. It will be 39 years since one of the happiest days of my life. Every year I remember the date and where I … Continue reading Richard Nixon: A crooked legacy
In my nearly 42 years in Australia, there are two things I have never really understood: why rugby league players kick the ball backwards to start a play and compulsory voting. The former has always reminded me of cowboy star Roy Rogers and his horse Trigger. Roy asks Trigger how old he is, and Trigger … Continue reading Why I’d vote against compulsory voting
What better time to talk about books than those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer (apologies to Nat King Cole), when nearly all of us have time to fortify ourselves with a couple of good reads that will last us for the next year. I have two books to recommend: one a novel about baseball … Continue reading The art of Paradise: To err is human, to read divine
“No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” That quote has been attributed to one of my favourite writers, HL Mencken, and I used to think it was a harsh assessment. Then Richard Nixon was re-elected as president of the United States in 1972 in a landslide against the liberal Senator … Continue reading Nixon revisited, as Obama and Romney go neck and neck
You’d think a US Republican presidential candidate would be aware of one of the tenets of good speech-making: Know your audience. Mitt Romney’s audience in Houston was the annual convention of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), one of America’s oldest and most respected civil rights organisations, established in 1910 to … Continue reading Mitt Romney: Who am I talking to?