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Hey, Donald, Sir Les is Raring to Go!

Filed in Archive, Blog by on November 13, 2016 0 Comments
Hey, Donald, Sir Les is Raring to Go!

When news broke about Donald Trump’s election, Sir Les Patterson was thrilled. This happy snap shows Sir Les when he heard the news while up the bush, extending his heartwarming love affair with Australia. Sir Les immediately pitched his services to Mr Trump, citing his long and distinguished career as an international cultural attaché for […]

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The Three-Act Story Model: A Framework Not A Formula

Filed in Archive, Blog by on March 20, 2016 4 Comments
The Three-Act Story Model: A Framework Not A Formula

Warning: this model will affect the way you read novels and watch movies because it makes story design more transparent. You may later find yourself watching a film with thoughts such as, “Oh yes, everything now looks great because the unlikely couple is finally kissing in the rain, which must mean we’ve reached the Act […]

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The Hampton Festival of Killing and Other Thought Crimes

Filed in Archive, Blog by on December 28, 2015 0 Comments
The Hampton Festival of Killing and Other Thought Crimes

In 1997 screenwriter and author Tim Richards published a prescient and darkly humorous novel titled The Prince. Not to be confused with the book of the same name by political theorist Niccolo Machiavelli, published in 1532. The Prince by Tim Richards, published by Allen and Unwin, tells the futuristic story of the Hampton Festival of Killing, […]

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Twitterpated: Spring or Sprung?

Filed in Archive, Blog by on November 28, 2015 0 Comments
Twitterpated: Spring or Sprung?

Were you “twitterpated” during spring? The Disney meaning of twitterpated is to fall head-over-heels in love, which – according to this scene from the (1942) Bambi movie – happens to almost everyone in springtime. However, Twitter has had a new meaning since 2006. So the word “twitterpated” needs to add an updated definition. Should this extra meaning […]

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Winmar and Goodes: Their Gifts to the Game

Filed in Archive, Blog by on October 26, 2015 0 Comments
Winmar and Goodes: Their Gifts to the Game

Nicky Winmar’s stand against racism in 1993 led to the AFL publicly drawing the line at on-field racial abuse. Sadly, there was a loud minority of public protest at the time about the support the AFL gave Winmar. It was most obvious on talkback radio. The indignant logic of too many callers was simple-minded and […]

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Is It a Dog-Eat-Barbie World?

Filed in Archive, Blog by on September 20, 2015 0 Comments
Is It a Dog-Eat-Barbie World?

In times past it was fairly easy to read omens and portents. Instructions for reading tea leaves could be found in plenty of glossies. Fortune-cookie forecasts were available to anyone with basic literacy. And no-one needed any sort of education to understand the more direct symbolism of horse heads in beds. But I puzzled over […]

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Khe Sanh: Winning a Battle, Losing a War

Filed in Archive, Blog by on August 21, 2015 4 Comments
Khe Sanh: Winning a Battle, Losing a War

Pouring sweat in Da Nang, Vietnam. Standing in a four-storey war museum loaded with historic photos, old machine-guns, tanks and fighter jets but no air-con. And not a single fan working. No other tourists here today. Obviously smarter than me. Two bored female soldiers are guarding the entrance and exit on the ground floor. This […]

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