A crime of passion after all

Indonesian police have paraded before the media a man who has admitted to murdering Heidi Murphy. 23 year old Ahmad Fahrul Rosi was arrested last night in East Java. Police say he had been robbing Murphy’s house when she woke up and made a fuss, whereupon he stabbed her 37 times with a kitchen knife…

Eat shit and feel ill, celebrities

Ordinarily, celebrity stories are meant to make us envious. Tales of glamorous, wealthy people dining on fine foods and quaffing bank-account-draining beverages supposedly make us see the futility and meaninglessness of our lumpen existences, which we seek to fill by purchasing the goods and services our celebrity heroes endorse. The same must obviously be the…

Crime of passion?

Absent of any facts, speculation rages in the Aussie meeja about the motive for the gruesome murder of Heidi Murphy in Bali. The current odds-on theory is a revenge attack for not paying workers’ wages. If it’s true, it puts the debate on industrial relations laws in this country into sharp relief. Always striving to…

Bacon sandwiches

Could someone explain why I woke up this morning with intense pain in two muscles at the back of my head – about level with the tops of my ears? The best suggestion I’ve heard so far was from a colleague who said she used to get the same muscular pain after taking acid. Of…

Barack the Builder – can we fix it?

During the recent Australian federal election campaign, Herald columnist Annabel Crabb lamented that both party leaders were helping police with their inquiries into the death of political oratory. I may the last person in the world to have noticed, but the same can not be said for the US elections. A prime example is Barack…