June 28 - July 4, 2014
Letters, Cartoon & Editorial
Saying yes to PMs and premiers
What a hoot that Mike Seccombe reckons that I am “the Eeyore of Australian public life”. I shall regard this as an endorsement. I make the following comments on “The Henderson …
Political judgement goes awry
As an inaugural judge of the Prime Minister’s fiction award in 2008, I was puzzled by Senator Brandis’s assertion that no panel member (fiction and nonfiction, later poetry and history) …
John Michael McDonagh on his new film ’Calvary’
Writer-director John Michael McDonagh revisits his Celtic roots with the tale of a persecuted priest.
Coming up roses
Seeking rich, colourful reward for little toil? An old-school thorny friend sets the standard.
Law & Crime
Teller wins copyright lawsuit over magic trick ’Shadows’
A US federal court has ruled that magician Teller can maintain his silence on his most famous trick.
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“Great day for red tops.”
The Murdoch headline celebrates news Rebekah Brooks was cleared in her phone-hacking trial, although Andy Coulson was not so lucky. Her crimes against consonants went similarly unpunished.
“Neither Mr Badar, the St James Ethics Centre, nor Sydney Opera House in any way advocates honour killings or condones any form of violence against women.”
The Sydney Opera House clarifies its position after cancelling Uthman Badar’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas speech, “Honour Killings Are Morally Justified”.
“I was quite proud of the fact how Georgian society spat at the parade.”
The Georgian soprano condemns a gay rights parade, describing homosexuals as the “West’s fecal masses”. She was to play Desdemona in Opera Australia’s Otello but was sacked over her hatred of the beast with one back.
“Air moves around the world.”
The dinosaur collector explains, with the puzzling assistance of Al Gore, why global action is needed on climate change.
“Also, in 10 years you’ll deeply regret your affiliation and support of Sea World ... To hazard a guess.”
The former Neighbours star and Twitter intellectual castigates Bindi Irwin in a feud over modesty and the clothes young women might regret a decade hence.
“Eli: 98 years old. WWII vet. Married 66 years. 3 kids. 50+ movies. Danced with Marilyn. Raised hell with Clint Eastwood. That’s how it’s done.”
The New York Times film critic and nephew to Eli Wallach mourns the passing of the Ugly to Clint Eastwood and Lee Van Cleef’s Good and Bad.