A Twist in the Tale

Here are two recent examples of the narrative being twisted to suit the feminist agenda, one in the sphere of domestic politics and one in international sport. The toxic, so-called bullying environment in Australian Parliament—which is no doubt bad for all members—is being hyped as a key reason why women don’t go it to politics. […]

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A great, big, terrible idea.

In the late 1960s, Blue Mink wrote a song called Melting Pot, which yearned for a world where there were no differences between us: What we need is a great big melting pot Big enough to take the world and all it’s got And keep it stirring for a hundred years or more And turn […]

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Malachi’s Shoes – a retelling of The Elves and the Shoemaker by the Brothers Grimm

Malachi was the toast of the town. He had opened his shoe store almost a decade ago in Town Square and it was now legendary. All the prominent folk of Sutchbury bought their shoes at his store because they were beautiful and comfortable. But it was more than that. People came to be near Malachi, […]

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A Serve of Ambrosia

  Helen loved online shopping. It was so much more relaxing than going to the Mall. Buying whatever she wanted was just a click away. Only yesterday she’d bought a beautiful little tuxedo for Maxwell; today, a damask tablecloth for her upcoming dinner party. Hopefully both would arrive tomorrow. She got up from her computer […]

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Parents who don’t work full-time are disadvantaging their children? Whaaat?

As a parent, there is nothing like peer pressure to make you change your ways.  And if you believe what journalist and mum Natasha Robinson tells you in her recent article for The Australian, that ‘home is so old school,’ then you will enrol your child in after-school-care for the upcoming term tout de suite! […]

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Author Profile: Neil Gaiman, King of fantasy books.

Since Halloween is this Friday, I’ll start by talking about All Hallow’s Read, a five year old tradition started by English author Neil Gaiman. The event’s message is simple: this Halloween, give someone a scary book to read. “We’re not saying don’t give candy,” says Gaiman, “Candy is important. Fake blood is important.” And while […]

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Kids on the Screen

There’s a TV show premiering this Sunday night that I’m not looking forward to. In fact, I will do everything in my power to avoid it. It’s The Voice Kids. Yes, I get that some of these pipsqueaks are probably somewhat talented, but I’m still not interested. Who among us is? I can’t imagine. Hopefully […]

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Review of ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown’ for Canberra International Film Festival

Click on the link below for my review of ‘The Broken Circle Breakdown,’ a Belgian film directed by Felix Van Groeningen, which is being shown on Thursday 31st Oct and Saturday 9th Nov as part of the Canberra International Film Festival. The film will have you asking: “If you could see the heartache that lay […]

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