Dublin

On Sunday evening we arrived in Dublin. I’d managed to track down an old friend I went to school with, who I hadn’t seen for around 20 years. He was part of my ‘gang’ from High School – and the only one who lives away from South-East Queensland. He’s lived in Dublin for well over…

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Carrickmacross, Inniskeen and Oldness

Over the weekend we got a good chance to get a sense of life in country Ireland, visiting a few different places in the vicinity of Carrickmacross. Mind you, it’s only an hour or so drive out of Dublin, so by Australian standards it’s hard to think of it as the country, but it certainly…

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Ireland

The joys of plane travel impressed itself on me again, with delays getting a landing spot at Heathrow in London making us have to run to catch our connecting flight to Dublin. For some bizarre reason we had to walk for what seemed like a mile, then go through immigration again and walk for another…

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Thoughts on the London Bombing – #2

Today’s Age newspaper carries comments from 5 different Australian Muslim and Arabic groups and representatives. All condemn the bombings and some also rightly call for a rethink on the tactics and approach to the so-called ‘war on terror’. I for one don’t want my country to be permanently in the middle of a war we…

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Some Thoughts on the London Bombings

Tragedies such as this are awful not just for those directly killed and injured and their friends and families, but because they engender such fear in everybody. Fear and uncertainty creates dangers of their own and it is important that these natural reactions are not exploited or responded to irrationally. I’ve received a few emails…

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A Few Short Updates on previous topics

A Bit More Budget Reaction – Following on from its declaration of Peter Costello as a “working class hero”, Sydney’s Daily Telegraph has found something to criticise the Treasurer for – its front page story notes “his terrific budget for the hard-working people of NSW” but complains that he “has spurned his Sydney Rugby League…

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Electoral Reform in the UK?

I wrote here about the travesty of democracy shown with the recent UK election, a view that was picked up in a blog by Peter Black, a Liberal Democrat Member of the Welsh Assembly. I’m pleased to see a report in today’s Independent, which says that “a national campaign for voting reform is to kick…

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UK election – you cannot be serious?!

I really have difficulty figuring out why the big story from the UK election is not something like: – “British Public Robbed – Electoral System a Sick Joke”, – “19th Century Voting System determines 21st Century election result”, – “Senile Electoral System from Ancient Democracy Caught Wandering Around in Full Public View”, or a variation…

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Albatross!! (+ a Holiday Treat)

Today was a public holiday in Queensland to commemorate Labour Day. I marked it by sleeping in. I must say, all these public holidays do make it hard to get work done. In keeping with the holiday spirit, I placed a bet on an albatross race. I put out a statement about it, which you…

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