You know the song "Nature Boy" - "there was a boy... a very strange enchanted boy..."? Nat King Cole made it is his own, but it was written by a bloke named eden abhez (he refused to capitalise his name), a Los Angeles bohemian who for a time lived underneath the first 'L' of the Hollywood sign - which until the 40s actually read "Hollywoodland", the name of an early piece of property speculation in which Mack Sennett of Keystone Kops fame had some big money.
I have to admit, after years of studying them in the wild, I don't understand liberals, writes Guy Rundle. They raise their banner to stoutly defend freedom in all its manifestations but when push comes to shove, they collapse back in fear of what might happen if things get "out of control".
The announcement that the proposed EU Constitution "Treaty" version would be ratified by UK parliament rather than by public referendum was the real story to come out of this week's Labour Party conference.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back and put in new share orders... comes a report from the IMF that the private equity market is at much at risk of a meltdown as the sub-prime mortgage market, with potentially greater consequences for global investment.
For architecture tragics the destruction of the Myer building in Hobart is a disaster. Yet its absence raises the question as to what is to be done with key urban sites like this. Are they simply to be left to the developers to plonk something down, or should a city have a say?
It's always good to start a political campaign off with a bang. In Lebanon's case it was another political assassination, writes Guy Rundle.
Strange things happen when celebrities go bad. And there is no greater example of that than the case of "Wall of Sound" producer Phil Spector, whose murder trial appears to have ended in a jury deadlock.
Like milk on the doorstep or a good new Woody Allen film, an old fashioned run on a bank was something you thought you'd never see again.
Bernard Kouchner, founder of Medicin Sans Frontieres and now French Foreign Minister, has announced that the world should prepare for war with Iran and that "we will not allow a nuclear weapon to be built".
As General Petraeus presents his entry for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction in Washington, and Afghanistan quietly goes to pieces, attention has switched away from Pakistan for a couple of days, the state that should really have everyone shopping for brown underwear.