She is acknowledged to be someone we must all bow down to, living at a level above us all, associating only with a small coterie of inbred sybarites – I speak of course of photographer Annie Leibowitz, most recently the author of a portrait of the Queen, writes Guy Rundle.
New British PM Gordon Brown has issued a cautionary tale to justify his decision to nix plans for a super casino. He's cited one fine city whose culture and law and order has been devastated by open slather gambling. The city in question? Melbourne, reports Guy Rundle.
With every doctor in the west named Patel or Habib now facing the prospect that their patients will be staring carefully at their white coats, checking for the outlines of a bomb-jacket, much bewilderment has been expressed at the juxtaposition of the healing profession and the delivery of death.
The worse things get for the Coalition of the Willing in the not-so-new Middle-East, the more its most vociferous Australian supporters seem to be subjected to bouts of magical thinking, whereby merely saying will make it so, writes Guy Rundle.
Brendan Nelson’s casual announcement that he is either a) a doofus or b) an official candidate for Liberal party leadership has had one great side-effect – it’s put godzone country onto the front pages and up the Google news listings, writes Guy Rundle.
News that PM John Howard has been micro-managing the drafting of the new history curriculum (Crikey, yesterday) should come as no surprise.
There are some places where the hallowed forms of research – sliding into a bar and asking people what they think – is not on, and Turkey is one of those places; at least as far as ‘the bears’ are concerned. The bears? Read Kurds.
Britain is obsessed by the problem of binge drinking - as well they should be because her city centres are violent and threatening beyond anything else Europe has to offer, writes Guy Rundle.
Better write nothing and have people question your intelligence than blog away and remove all doubt, might be the paraphrase occasioned by Noel Pearson’s blog, writes Guy Rundle.
That's democracy and freedom in the West's official good Muslim state, which I must say is also a fantastic easygoing place, full of douceur de vie, especially compared with the grim soft-1984 CCTV hell of the UK.