Newsflash: Alexander Downer is stupid

After Indonesian police claimed some of the ‘Bali nine’ had recently visited Indonesia under false passports, it was revealed one of the accused smugglers’ mother and brother work in the passport office. Opposition foreign affairs spokesperson Kevin Rudd challenged foreign affairs minister Alexander Downer “to provide immediate answers to the Australian people about the security…

What a rip-off

Compare Tony Blair’s political slogan “Britain forward not back” to Kodos’s speech in the Simpsons Treehouse of Horror VII: My fellow Americans. As a young boy, I dreamed of being a baseball, but tonight I say, we must move forward, not backward, upward not forward, and always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom. Tony’s just not…

But is it art?

Funny what you can get away with being a contemporary artist. For instance, here’s what one critic had to say about the Rosemary Laing exhibition at the MCA: Each ensuing photograph takes the visitor deeper into an imagination determined to dislocate any convenient reading of normality with powerful symbolism. I thought a more accurate description…

Picking at scabs

Poor Avril Lavigne. Despite earning gazillions by shouting tunelessly and looking sulky a lot, she still finds giving media interviews intensely frustrating because “she can’t be bothered to hide her boredom and can’t think of much to say to stoopid questions that she’s heard, like, a million times before”. She tends to spend “most of…