Archive for 2013

Your Own Rapid Response Team

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Your Own Rapid Response Team

Last week on my way to work in Melbourne, I watched a Rapid Response Graffiti Removal Team cleaning up some colourful daubs around a shopping centre. This week Ellen DeGeneres and her wife Portia De Rossi (Amanda Rogers from Geelong) flew into town, praised Melbourne’s graffiti and made it the theme for their big TV […]

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Cow Tight Lipped on Artist

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Cow Tight Lipped on Artist

The sign on this street art installation near the Victoria Market in central Melbourne reads: “FOR SALE $999 – BASED ON $ PER SQ MT IN MELB. CHEAP!  Leave cheque here * COW NOT INCLUDED.” Disturbingly, the artist’s name was nowhere in the vicinity. I asked the cow (inset) who the artist is. She remained […]

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Ugly Duckling’s True Beauty

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Ugly Duckling’s True Beauty

Book publishing has been in turmoil lately. Amazon has sued multiple publishers for price fixing, Penguin has merged with Random House, while libraries and bookstores have been busy moving Lance Armstrong’s books onto their Fiction shelves. So it was refreshing , on a recent visit to New York, to be introduced to a one-of-a-kind small […]

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The Boganaires’ Pin-up?

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The Boganaires’ Pin-up?

Gina Rinehart is not just a pretty face. Her activism with the BLF (Billionaires’ Liberation Front) against the evils of a mining tax required the courage of a commander storming the beaches. She also had the fortitude and decency to give us the tough love and home truths we deserved about our sense of entitlement […]

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Cow Tipping for Real

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Cow Tipping for Real

Cow tipping is not a myth. Cows can be tipped over by a single person who has the knack. Admittedly two people make the job much easier. Despite the lame YouTube videos that show plastic figurines tipping cows or failed cow tipping expeditions, it is not only possible but an everyday work practice in some […]

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Name Pain Relief for Bogans

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Name Pain Relief for Bogans

With a name like Euan, I can empathise with a generation of bogans who are sick and tired of having their names misspelled and mispronounced. But a Celtic form of ‘John’ such as ‘Euan’ was never intended as a deliberate misspelling to make its owner as unique as a snowflake. In the UK, particularly Wales […]

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Dummies Break Silence

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Dummies Break Silence

“I am so OVER the sex toy jokes!” says Kevin (not his real name). “If one more person winks and nudges and asks me what I’m doing after work, I will just scream.” Kevin and his colleagues work at a respected Victorian university. They are highly specialised medical aides. But students and staff subject them […]

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