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Guy Rundle

Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle  — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle is correspondent-at-large for Crikey. He's a former editor of Arena Magazine and contributes to a variety of publications in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Rundle: Never mind the polls, Fanta was a Nazi nature boy

Rundle: Never mind the polls, Fanta was a Nazi nature boy

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.

Rundle: I just don't understand liberals

Rundle: I just don't understand liberals

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".

Brown signals an end to European integration

Brown signals an end to European integration

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.

IMF signals the credit squeeze is far from over

IMF signals the credit squeeze is far from over

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.

Hobart's chance to lead the world in civic imagination

Hobart's chance to lead the world in civic imagination

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?

Lebanese vote an exercise in confusion

Lebanese vote an exercise in confusion

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.

Long shadow cast over Spector’s classic work

Long shadow cast over Spector’s classic work

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.

Northern Rock a must-see for the Marxist disaster tourist

Northern Rock a must-see for the Marxist disaster tourist

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.

France's angel of death talks tough on Iran

France's angel of death talks tough on Iran

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".

Meanwhile in Pakistan...

Meanwhile in Pakistan...

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.