Aussie Life

Aussie Life

6 March 2021 9:00 am

If you asked a roomful of Poms to list Winston Churchill’s greatest achievements, few would put ‘introducing the minimum wage’…

Aussie Language

6 March 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘unconscious bias’ is back in the headlines. First came the good news that Oxford’s Somerville college had rescinded…

Kiwi Life

27 February 2021 9:00 am

For New Zealanders to be losing our democracy may be due to sheer carelessness, ignorance, or even stupidity, not to…

Kiwi Language

27 February 2021 9:00 am

Nancy Pelosi succeeded in banning ‘mother’ from appearing in the paperwork of Congress. Now the ANU’s Gender Institute Handbook wants…

Aussie Life

20 February 2021 9:00 am

The most powerful ad I created for David Cameron’s 2010 election campaign was a billboard featuring a still from a…

Aussie Language

20 February 2021 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has asked if it is linguistically permissible to label the tactics of climate catastrophists as ‘brainwashing.’ The…

Aussie Life

13 February 2021 9:00 am

It’s likely that 2021 will see the last walkers freely ascend the summit of Mt Warning in northern New South…

Aussie Language

13 February 2021 9:00 am

The word of the past decade (2011-2020) is ‘fake news.’ That, at least, is the opinion of the fine folk…

Aussie Language

6 February 2021 9:00 am

The North American Scrabble Players Association, has issued a list of 236 banned words – all deemed to be ‘offensive…

Aussie Life

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Has any speech by an American politician ever received more attention in the Australian media than Joe Biden’s inauguration speech?…

Aussie Lingo

30 January 2021 9:00 am

Every other day some minor celebrity complains of being ‘trolled’ on social media. The answer is to get off social…

Aussie Life / Language

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Simon Collins Can you remember when ‘We live in interesting times’ was an acceptable response to the disruptions caused by…

Christmas Covid Outlaw

9 January 2021 9:00 am

I was sitting with one other person in a sterilised public hospital reception area waiting to be tested for COVID…

Woke for kids

9 January 2021 9:00 am

Now that hate-speech has been recognised as an act of physical violence, using non-problematic language has never been more important.…

Language notes

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Word-of-the-year of the Year It’s that time of year once again – the season when dictionaries announce their choice for…

Aussie Life / Language

12 December 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins Contrary to popular belief, the largest and deadliest constrictors do not kill with speed and ferocity. Rather, having…

Aussie Life / Language

28 November 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins Things must be getting back to normal again in Australia if we’re arguing about the wording of the…

Aussie Life & Language

14 November 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins A British newspaper once ran a TV ad extolling the virtues of journalistic objectivity. ‘Point of view’, which…

Aussie Life & Language

7 November 2020 9:00 am

Tony Letford In a recent article in the Weekend Australian, Alison Broinowski refers to ‘America’s unjustified atom bombing of Japan’…

Aussie Life

31 October 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins As soon as distance ceases once again to be a tyranny for Australians I will visit my elderly…

Aussie Life & Language

24 October 2020 9:00 am

Michael Scammell Coming out of Melbourne lockdown is like coming down from drugs. Or more precisely coming down from the…

Aussie Life & Language

17 October 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins I have been wondering what whale tastes like. There must be quite a few Australians who know. After…

Aussie Life & Language

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Brendan Ward A re-run of Cathy Freeman’s heart-stopping 400 metre race at the Sydney Olympics in September 2000 recently animated…

Aussie Life

3 October 2020 9:00 am

It is the season of hyperbole. Conservative columnists are finding parallels for Dan Andrews’ pandemic policy in Mao’s Great Leap…

Aussie Life

19 September 2020 9:00 am

Simon Collins ‘That’s 6 in a row. #Melbourne is, once again, the world’s most liveable city!’ So tweeted a proud…