Aussie Life

Aussie Life

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Go on, admit it; just when you thought it was safe to go back to the pub, or the office,…

Aussie Language

23 October 2021 9:00 am

Andrew Bolt, among others, has been scrupulous in drawing our attention to what he calls ‘race baiting’. For example, Greens…

Aussie Life

16 October 2021 9:00 am

The political career of Christian Porter has been destroyed by the ABC. This is someone who was the Commonwealth Attorney-General…

Aussie Language

16 October 2021 9:00 am

A Speccie reader has emailed asking me for an explanation of the word ‘climatarian’. We know what Presbyterians are, she…

Aussie Life

9 October 2021 9:00 am

One of the most compelling things about Stanley Kubrick’s sci-fi masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey, is the way we don’t…

Aussie Language

9 October 2021 9:00 am

A new study by researchers at the University of Western Australia shows that the most trusted accent in Australia is…

Kiwi Life

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A crisis by design It is increasingly sad, so many New Zealanders saying they would leave – if they could…

Kiwi Language

2 October 2021 9:00 am

A tech company claims that anti-vax and anti-lockdown rallies have been ‘astroturfed’. Which means? Well, ‘AstroTurf’ was the world’s first…

Aussie Life

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Not everyone was as pleased as most Australians were to learn about our historic new defence pact with the UK…

Aussie Language

25 September 2021 9:00 am

Just published is Testosterone: The Story of the Hormone that Dominates and Divides Us by Harvard biologist Carole Hooven. She…

Aussie Life

18 September 2021 9:00 am

When maverick ex-New York Times reporter Alex Berenson said that the Covid-19 jabs didn’t stop infection or transmission, and were…

Aussie Language

18 September 2021 9:00 am

When Extinction Rebellion vandalised Parliament House they were engaging in ‘stuntism’— a word that was coined by Mark Latham. When…

Aussie Life

11 September 2021 9:00 am

Do fish have feelings? And if they do, does anybody care? RSPCA Australia’s willingness to lease their logo to salmon…

Aussie Language

11 September 2021 9:00 am

The New York Times has chosen a word to describe what happens to people under Covid restrictions: ‘languishing’. Under lockdown…

Aussie Life

4 September 2021 9:00 am

As a child in Budapest, I heard my grandfather tell the family around the Sunday lunch table to beware the…

Aussie Language

4 September 2021 9:00 am

You’ve often come across the charge that ABC news and current affairs programs are being made by ‘activists’ rather than…

Aussie Life

28 August 2021 9:00 am

We now know that Boris Johnson’s initial reluctance to impose Covid containment regulations was prompted by a confidential January 2020…

Aussie Language

28 August 2021 9:00 am

TV host Paul Murray spoke on Sky News Australia about the role the word ‘misinformation’ is currently playing in the…

Aussie Life

21 August 2021 9:00 am

One recent golden morning, as I struggled to corral my customarily disordered senses into working order, I was suddenly hit…

Aussie Language

21 August 2021 9:00 am

‘LGAs’. Since when did this ugly piece of bureaucratic jargon become part of everyday English? Because the bureaucrats keep rattling…

Aussie Life

14 August 2021 9:00 am

At time of writing, Australia is sixth on the Tokyo medal ladder and with only one day of competition left…

Aussie Language

14 August 2021 9:00 am

In December the various dictionaries will announce their choice for the Word of the Year title. For a while I…

Aussie Life

7 August 2021 9:00 am

The voiceover says new ABC series Ms Represented is all about Australian women in politics but really it’s all about…

Aussie Language

7 August 2021 9:00 am

When Kaylee McKeown won Olympic gold her comment on worldwide television became the headline. Her sister and mum were watching…

Aussie Life

31 July 2021 9:00 am

For obvious reasons, lockdowns have been much easier to deal with for Australians who live alone. Not for them the…