A meaty issue

Utterly predictable outrage and blowhardery today after The Australian reported comments by the ever controversial and inconsistently spelled Sheikh Taj el-Din al-Hilaly in a sermon during Ramadan to the effect that women who dressed immodestly only had themselves to blame for being preyed upon by lascivious men. The Sheikh unfortunately chose an analogy of meat…

Did Shakespeare work in customer service?

For every trifle are they set upon me; Sometime like apes that mow and chatter at me And after bite me, then like hedgehogs which Lie tumbling in my barefoot way and mount Their pricks at my footfall; sometime am I All wound with adders who with cloven tongues Do hiss me into madness. –…

Note to self

Decoder Ring‘s soundtrack for the movie Somersault still makes me melancholy after two years.

Only in Newtown

Wandering home from the pub munching on some chocolate and a cab pulls up in front of me. The driver asks for directions to a street I didn’t know. I recognise the passenger as the lead singer in a band I’ve seen live a few times. She says her phone is dead and she can’t…

Business as usual

The Sydney Morning Herald has launched a new lifestyles site that covers “sex, food, parenting, celebrities, beauty, fashion, health and decorating”. How is that any different to the rest of the website?

Generation Y(awn)

Spruiking her credentials as someone who is in touch with the hip, the now and the youth of today (unlike me), Sydney University media and communications lecturer Kate Crawford has told us to stop believing the stereotype that today’s kiddies aren’t political. Sure they don’t join political parties or unions and don’t vote in any…

PR 101 for reality TV shows

Get some idiot to say something offensive or controversial. Ensure controversial statement offends someone who has a fairly organised lobby group. Lobby group will, with only the best of intentions of raising awareness of its particular barrow, issue a public statement demanding an apology. Don’t apologise. Draw out the process for as long as possible…

Parklife was parkshite

It’ll be hard to write this without sounding like a boring old geezer complaining about how the young people these days dress funny and listen to awful music that sounds like noise. So I won’t bother trying. Young people these days dress funny and listen to awful music that sounds like noise. At least this…