It’s been a while since my last blog post. The reason: I have been reading the mammoth memoir of the distinguished journalist, foreign correspondent, presenter and author, Kerry O’Brien. It’s 834 pages of meaty material, with 36 more: acknowledgments, notes, bibliography and an index. No photos. Otherwise, it would have reached 900 pages. (The TV … Continue reading Kerry O’Brien: A mammoth memoir and a history lesson
I’ve been thinking a lot about Tony Abbott lately. Why? I guess because I’ve been wondering what kind of a Prime Minister he’d make. I couldn’t bring myself to vote for him, mainly because he’s a Liberal, and I’ve been voting for Labor and the US Democrats for decades. I don’t normally declare my political … Continue reading Fifty years after JFK, can LBJ teach a lesson to Tony Abbott?
The judges of The Australian/Vogel Literary Award have decided not to declare a winner this year in the nation’s most prestigious prize for young writers. They said none of the entries had the “special quality” of previous winners, and it would damage the award to “pick a winner just because a winner had to be … Continue reading The Observer Effect: A TV show with time to reflect
“It's the worst Walkleys I've been to in terms of entertainment," a veteran journalist told Crikey.com.au media journalist, Matthew Knott, after the awards night on Friday, adding it was “extraordinarily dull.” Do you go to a Walkleys Awards night, expecting to be entertained? I don’t, although, of course, it would be a bonus. I go … Continue reading A night at the Walkleys
This is a tale of two anniversaries – the Bali bombing ten years ago, and the Battle of El Alamein 70 years ago (Left: Photo of Diggers in 1942. Australian War Memorial). Both of them brought back memories of the Channel Nine Sunday Program, where I was working as a supervising producer on the morning of … Continue reading Lest we forget October: The month for sad anniversaries