I come from the Karri and Jarrah forests of SW WA and bush fires were an integral part of life and death on the farms and town in the small community of Pemberton. For these reasons I am always aware of the dangers; I feel for the victims and the volunteer and professional firefighters. I
BRITAIN’S first private navy in almost two centuries is being created by a group of businessmen to take on the Somali pirates who are terrorising an expanse of the Indian Ocean. Simon Murray, Clencore chief, is building the force. Its armed vessels – including a 10,000-ton mother ship and high-speed armoured patrol boats – will
Reading this morning’s paper I notice some people were amused at the hoax perpetrated by two 2Day FM talking heads prior to the news of the hoaxed nurses suicide. Making telephone calls that make decent honest folk going about their business look rediculous is funny? I listened to a spokesman for Auststereo describing how devastated
Re reading The Fatal Shore when this caught my eye. Governor Darling is having an argument with the media in 1826. He is losing to Wentworth and Hall who are pressing for trial by open jury and representative assembly so he; …makes a clumsy lunge against the opposition press. He tried to muzzle the Australian
FBI finds 30,000 pages of correspondence between General Allen and Ms Kelley. 30,000 pages! When did he ever get time to play General? THE widening CIA sex scandal has engulfed the Australian and US defence talks in Perth, after visiting Defence Secretary Leon Panetta ordered an investigation of the US commander in Afghanistan John Allen for
Much like my wife and I discussing what we would do if we won Lotto, Gillard announces her latest distraction from the mediocrity of her government – The Asian Century. The white paper, unveiled in Sydney by the Prime Minister yesterday, sets a series of ambitious goals, including elevating the nation’s schools system into the world’s
Gillard is off to India to try and recover from ALP Stuff-up #435 when in the earlier days of government they reneged on uranium sales to India that had been initiated and signed off by the Howard government. At the time (Jan 2008) I wrote; I can imagine a host of other countries waiting for
The family Labs ready for an outing that turned sour for them when it turned into a dog wash. It turned sour for me as well when I’m left holding the baby who very quickly decides I’m not Mum. She is not happy. Saturday morning is supposed to be devoted to reading The Weekend Australian.