Testing the limits of understatement

Tonight at the Sydney Writers’ Festival launch I was inspired beyond words (and you know that’s not like me) by Andrew O’Hagan’s speech, particularly the idea that so many of the world’s problems – wars, famines, corruption, and the rest – are caused by a failure of imagination. I believe it is a failure of…

Finally, SATC helps me get laid

Sydney Morning Herald and Sun Herald staff went on strike yesterday afternoon over planned redundancies of 35 staff. If one had hoped we would at least be spared another Miranda Devine outrage, it turns out one would have been disappointed. Though perhaps in support of her striking colleagues, it could at least be said that…

Behold the fiscal prophet hath spoken

With the powers of prophecy the Lord has granted me, I can predict a full 24 hours before the treasurer publishes the federal budget that it will contain: Handouts for breeders in McMansions Handouts for old geezers Pork barrelling for marginal seats More money allocated to advertising than alternative energy research Meretricious and ineffectual spending…

Newsflash: journalist has principles

PC World magazine Editor-in-Chief Harry McCracken resigned this week, claiming new CEO Colin Crawford tried to kill a story that was critical of Apple and Steve Jobs. Crawford reportedly also told editors they needed to be nicer to advertisers and write less critical reviews. It’s hardly shocking that a publisher tried to heavy editors into…

Religious does not equal trustworthy

Brit backpackers Caroline Day and Mei-Yin Lee’s elation when they found out they won $574,000 soon turned to shock and dismay when it turned out the friendly chap at the newsagency, Chrishartato Ongkoputra or Chris Ong, had done the old switcheroo and submitted a claim form with their ticket and his name on it. NSW…