Simon Collins

Simon Collins

16 September 2017 9:00 am

Hate gets a bad rap these days. Children are taught that they mustn’t hate each other, divorcees are counselled not…

Simon Collins

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Perhaps there were plans for some tax-payer-funded, public service web content with a catchy, kid-friendly slogan: ‘From eleven to three,…

Simon Collins

15 July 2017 9:00 am

It has been brought to my attention that many of my closest friends have long-standing connections to communities which have…

Simon Collins

10 June 2017 9:00 am

‘That sounded like gunfire,’ said one of my dinner companions, glancing towards the window. We were a quarter of a…

Simon Collins

13 May 2017 9:00 am

When Geoffrey Blainey’s seminal work The Tyranny of Distance first appeared in Dymocks’ window many people didn’t realise it was…

Simon Collins

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Of all the names Mark Latham was called last week, the one which could most seriously affect his future employment…

Justin Milne’s Stand Up Comedy Routine

28 March 2017 9:34 pm

If the Walkleys had a Most Humorous Headline category, ‘No bias at the ABC vows new chairman’, would surely take…

Simon Collins

4 March 2017 9:00 am

As a man without a faithful atom in his body I am fascinated by the phenomenon of radicalisation; the alchemical…

Simon Collins

21 January 2017 9:00 am

As I write this the Trump inauguration is still three days away, so the US intelligence community still has time…

Simon Collins

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Forget Thredbo, Charlotte Pass and Falls Creek; Australia’s best skiing conditions are to be found in Canberra! For reasons which…

Simon Collins

29 October 2016 9:00 am

I can’t be the only Speccie reader who’s lost sleep thinking about the Crown Resort employees awaiting trial in China.…

Simon Collins

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Big Oil, Big Tobacco, Big Agri, Big Pharma… every industry these days seems to have its bogeyman collective, the theory…

Simon Collins

3 September 2016 9:00 am

It’s a little know fact that when French aristo Baron Pierre de Coubertin averred that ‘the important thing is not…

Simon Collins

30 July 2016 9:00 am

I may have been labouring under a misapprehension. In all my years in the advertising caper I’ve always believed that…

Simon Collins

2 July 2016 9:00 am

Currencies will plummet, markets will crash and there will be rioting on the streets of capitals. Followed, perhaps, by the…

Simon Collins

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Whether or not Australians get to vote on the subject of gay marriage later this year, nobody would dispute the…

Simon Collins

23 April 2016 9:00 am

Given the popularity of Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here it’s hardly surprising that other networks…

Simon Collins

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Crosses may have huge symbolic significance for Christians but the physical reality of crucifixion is something most of us only…

Simon Collins

13 February 2016 9:00 am

Working my way back to Australia after a long exile in the US, I stop off in London the day…

Manchester reunion

2 January 2016 9:00 am

One of the enduring benefits of emigrating at an early age is that you are not expected to attend school…

Simon Collins

28 November 2015 9:00 am

If the Aussie dollar could be said to have gone up and down like a bride’s nightie over the last…

Dogzheimers

24 October 2015 9:00 am

How far should a man be prepared to go for a free meal? Two weeks ago I came 12,000 miles…

Dope ‘em up

26 September 2015 9:00 am

Australian athletes only managed to get two silvers at the Beijing World Athletics Championships. But the good news is that…

Driving Dixie

8 August 2015 9:00 am

I am driving my son from Washington DC to Charlottesville, Virginia, for a two-day ‘orientation’ at the university he will…

Normandy landing

4 July 2015 9:00 am

When you’re told by a Harley Street specialist that you’re not, as you had feared, about to cark it, you…