I miss getting a paper paper, but like others above decided the Murdoch press was getting too predictable and then, when they really put the partisan political boot into Labor, plus had their UK incarnation make them notorious for phone hacking, it was all over red rover. So I was reading the fairfax press (via Brisbane Times and also the Global Mail (now lost funding) when the Guardian Australia (excellent online paper) arrived to save the day… I love having these choices and can stick it to News Ltd. But I am of the age that grew up reading the paper, so though I am in Bris and the new Saturday paper (which I put my name down for) turns out to only have a paper edition in southern capitals, I am hoping they will branch out to Brissy so we can hear the Thwack! Don't they realize that unlike the southerners we have no Fairfax paper paper?! Untapped market! I have had an idea that we (yes we means news makers and news readers - we are all in this together) should cobble together a News Anthology Australia (the NAAaaaa) with the independent and less mogul dominated news outlets contributing a couple of pages each…. whaddya think? - Ms Behavin
A pox on all religion, and more especially on all misogyny. So much of the latter is practiced in the name of the former.
As a resident of Sydney in a largely Shia Muslim area, I get on well with most of my neighbours, and expect they would be as appalled as I am by events in Iraq (a-hem - many of them are refugees from Irag....)
I have been sexually harassed near home by young men, walking home from the station (and I am in my 50's), but I don't reckon that's exclusive to Muslim women - I'm an old enough feminist to know that was happening before large scale immigration from Islamic parts of the world!
Howard successfully both saw off Hanson, and embraced her rhetoric and co-opted her supporters, such that the debate shifted seemingly forever, about refugees and xenophobia rose again. The limp and vapid "me too" ALP followed suit.
I think this party will have a go, like other parties of its ilk in the past, until it too is co-opted by the major parties. Bleak and depressing outlook. unless the major parties start foreswearing their current policies which feed these attitudes. - RosieM
I hear you Geri! We have a hospitality business, we are open every day of the year except Christmas Day (much to peoples disgust that we are closed then I might add) and on call 24/7. Our choice, we bought this business not realising what we were getting ourselves into in all honesty! We can't compete with prices in Bali/Thailand etc, as we have to pay (and are happy to do so) our cleaning staff a decent wage (we have no other staff, decided it was easier to do it ourselves and use the money for the very occasional weekend away!) but guests expect us to be able to charge the super cheap rates per night they can in some Asian countries because again the wages are so much cheaper over there. We too watch every penny, work every shift ourselves bar the cleaning and will never again work for ourselves! What doesn't kill you makes you stronger!! - Karen
Thank you, Amy. And also to Shazza - my feelings entirely. Yes, this is a little bit hazy and confuses scepticism with cynicism. Odd story from Mrs Woog... I usually enjoy her posts but she seem a bit woolly-headed here. I'm a sceptic in my approach and I don't think it's a bad thing. My reading helps to keep me balanced and I am very wary of spin! And in this world of badly researched stories, clever marketing and PR departments and ever-shorter news cycles, this keeps me from being reactionary. There's always room for instinct, but underpinning instinct is generally a sound education and good reasoning. For those who may be interested the science behind trusting your instincts, read Malcolm Gladwell's Blink. Fascinating! - pusskin
For me nothing beats the feel, smell, and inkiness of a fat Saturday newspaper. I even read the Australian to see what old Rupe has instructed his editor to say. I do regret the shrinking of the Sydney Morning Herald though. I do look at some papers on line too but it's just not the same. - Groucho
So they can only keep playing if they are naturally pretty enough and don't miss any words/notes? erghh. I am sure that is not really what you mean.
I hate the idea bands/singers should retire if they get old. Farout that is so offensive. I say let them play music and entertain us for as long as they enjoy it and people want to see it....be that a stadium full, a dinner and a show experience or a cosy house concert.
You lost me with your DD reference as they have never stopped releasing new material or touring and their last tour here was fantastic as was LeBeard ;-) . Bad choice and set you up to sound snarky. I see a lot of music. New and old. I went and saw your 'hottie' James Reyne last night at Moomba and he hit the stage with 3 other 70s/80s Aus Rock 'icons' (Ross Wison, Daryl Braithwaite and Joe Camelieri). Now none of these 4 were anywhere near my wall as a teen or my 'hottie' radar, but the show certainly highlighted to me that the most awesome thing was the music, the fun and the happiness was everywhere, both onstage and in the crowd.
Over the last few months I have seen Barnsey (for the first time solo haha!), Boom Crash Opera (awesome gig over the weekend!), Jon Stevens (check out the Dead Daisies for supposed "aging rockers" from around the world still bringing it!), Diesel, Baby Animals (Suze Demarchi just turned 50) just to name a few....thank goodness none of them are abiding by the 'too old' philosophy... they all certainly seemed to be in fine form.
If YOU don't want to see them don't. eg. If Paul McCartney still enjoys performing but you don't like watching. Don't watch. Simple. But why should he retire from live performance if he doesn't want to? Such a weird philosophy. Many performers really enjoy that aspect the most.
(Oh and PS if you had referenced the latest gig guides from around the country you may have noticed John Farnham is actually back on stage this week but I think he dug his own hole with his 'The Last Time' tour or whatever it was called LOL!!! ) - Susannah
The LNP is modelling itself on USA . it's a race to the bottom as far as wages are concerned. - rhonda
OK Sandy. No silver spoons here. But that's not the point. The point was simply that when you're in business and your income is X and your expenses are Y . . . . quite often Y out ways X and something has to give. And when you're talking about small businesses it's often either a) let someone go or reduce their hours b) continue not to draw a wage yourself or c) close your doors on weekends or permanently. - Nick
I agree, it's pedophilia pretending to be marriage . Hardly consenting adults when one of them is 9 years old!
Sick really. that it is still going on under the guise of religion. - rhonda
This is legalised paedophilia, apparently soon to be entrenched even more in some parts of some societies. Pre-pubescent girls.
We know that these imams are ignorant, medieval throw-backs and that there is an educated moderate kind of Moslem who does not carry out these primitive practices. But unfortunately imans wield a fair bit of power and many, usually poor, uneducated people will be swayed by them, especially if there is an economic benefit.
I hope that reason will prevail. - evie
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