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The views are pretty spectacular from the sixty-first floor of Governor Phillip Tower.
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Great Views

As someone who works from an inside office on the second floor of a building in Ultimo, I couldn’t help but be impressed as I gazed out the window of Governor Phillip Tower. Sneakily, I took a photograph, worried that I might be picked up by a security guard concerned I may have been a terrorist. Sadly, I felt too […]

Crikey Election Guide
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Airport Reading

For my recent trip north I bought two books at the airport; one going up and one going down. As I’m quite interested in politics, especially the electoral process, on the way up north I settled on “The Crikey Guide to the 2007 Election”. Although I found much of the book went through material I was already familiar with, there […]

Walsh Bay, Sydney Australia
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Harbour Day

It was one of those really great winter days in Sydney, where the sky is blue, the sun is warm, and there’s lots to do. Although unfortunately I didn’t make it to the Italian Festival in East Sydney, I had a really enjoyable day hanging out around Circular Quay and Walsh Bay. The day started with a bit of thud […]

Bipolar Nation by Peter Hartcher
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In stark contrast to last week when I went to the Unisex Amateur Strip Night, tonight I went to a rather erudite discussion at Glebe Books about the forthcoming Federal Election, followed by tapas at a nearby Spanish restaurant. The occasion was a discussion between former ABC journalist and now political aspirant, Maxine McKew and Sydney Morning Herald journalist, Peter […]

Dressed for a funeral, at the wake of a mate who lived on property outside Wagga Wagga.
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Makes Me Cry

It’s late at night and I’ve just been watching the film, “The Sum Of Us”, and once again I found it a teary affair. There’s one scene, in particular, that gets me every time I watch this film. And it got me wondering if this was a normal reaction? Well of course it is, as it’s a very moving scene, […]

At the time of interviewing Peter Ryan he'd recently been relieved of his duties as Commissioner of NSW Police.
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Three People

I mentioned the other day on this blog that I’d received an autographed copy of the new Edmund White biography. When I got around to putting this in my bookcase, I just sat down for a while and had a look through some of the other autographed books I’ve been lucky enough to obtain. As each of these books has […]

Edmund White
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Edmund White

I had a lovely surprise at work today, being presented with this autographed copy of the new book by Edmund White, an autobiography. White had been in to work a few days ago and I’d mentioned to a colleague how much I’d enjoyed A Boy’s Own Story (and after that “The Beautiful Room Is Empty”) as a teenager living in […]


The Dismissal

Although I was a child (10 years old) when the Whitlam Government was dismissed, I was fairly politically astute for my age. I knew about and was interested in politics, although I didn’t come from a particularly political family. I found this book interesting on several levels, both in the choice of those asked to write and in their reflections some of which have mellowed with time and others of which remain unfixed, unquestioning. Due to the relatively recent occurence there’s still a degree of self-serving going on, with a number of the writers, including Gerard Henderson and Tony Wright still wanting to defend the roles they and those close to them played in the dimissal. Also interesting is the […]


Sins of Scripture

Although I’d heard about John Shelby Spong as being a fairly liberal Christian, I wasn’t really aware of the detail of his theology until I read this book on a flight between Sydney and Adelaide. Yes, while the rest of the plane was reading the Da Vinci Code, I was reading another book which seeks to provide an alternative reading of the Christian story… although, of courser, a lot of Christians would argue both are works of fiction. The essential argument of the book is that throughout history various bible texts have been used selectively to condemn homosexuality, keep women “in their place”, deliver war and encourage environmental unsustainability, amongst many other things. But isn’t the bible the word of […]


Graham Kennedy

I’ve really loved Graham Kennedy for a long time. My earliest memory is of his return to night time television in the 1970s. One of the unfortunate parts of living in the country in this period was dodgy communications which meant that the “live” Graham Kennedy show from Melbourne was often disrupted due to telecommunication failures between Sydney and Brisbane. For that reason I don’t actually remember the famous crow call when Graham said, “Faaaark” and soon afterwards was removed from live television. A stronger memory came with the arrival of “Blankety Blanks” which I absolutely loved. I loved it so much I used to watch it a couple of times a day. First on the local television station, RTN8, […]


Not Happy John

I quite enjoyed reading this book, “Not Happy John” by Margo Kingston on the plane between Perth and Sydney and then Sydney to Melbourne. Because it had lots of interesting things to say, I thought it was a good page turner. I must admit, however, there were times when I had to skip, either because Margo said what I expected her to say, or because the book has an annyoing habit of including guest writers who, in my view, just don’t live up to Margo’s fabulous skills with the written word. When Margo said the things I expected her to say, I skimmed the book. When she said things I didn’t expect, such as revealing she voted for John Howard […]


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