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Amateur cartoonist with a scientific profession
Interests: Astronomy, Cartooning, Cricket, Motorsport
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Before the Senate are a group of bills to tamper with Superannuation fund management, especially industry funds. The Superannuation Laws Amendment (Strengthening Trustee Arrangements) Bill 2017 proposes to change the board structure so that one third of the board must be independent and the chair must be independent. As an... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2017 at
The proposed infrastructure loan of as much as one billion dollars of taxpayers money to Adani had me in a spin. To finish a rail line from the Carmichael coal mine of unlikely profitability, to a port endangering the Great Barrier Reef will be sheer folly. If that money is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at
On the Planet Oz the shrouded elder beings carried their heads on spikes. Well they could not have been their own, for how would you remove your own head? Answer: section forty bloody four of the Australian Constitution. That absurd set of obscure ineligibility clauses that catch out unwary politicians... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2017 at
Ah, the torture if Eurovision is upon us again. A multitude of songs that blur into one, overblown costumes and pyrotechnics, and it goes on for three nights. This year I had the sketch pad handy to expunge my frustration. I seem to have let fly on Montenegro and Iceland... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2017 at
"Off to Mexico to see a man about a wall....Oh and Mr Wig do try to keep up!" Gobsmacked voters and failed political pundits have inspired me yet again to lift a pen. An unpredictable President in the House will surely be a bottomless pit of comic inspiration. Fellow scribblers,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at
Isaac Newton claimed that it was the summer of 1666, in his mother's garden that he saw the apple fall from a tree that became the legendary inspiration for his mathematical interpretation of gravity. Admittedly, his Principia Mathematica was published much later, but I believe the moment of inspiration deserves... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2016 at
For some time now I have been experimenting with a truck hubcap and SLR camera to take whole sky images. The poor man's fish-eye so to speak. The hubcap is used as a mirror to reflect the image towards a downward facing camera. Earlier post on this. I have successfully... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2015 at
A colleague of mine has just retired. I drew a caricature for his farewell card (pictured), pondering on his first task of retirement:- to finish the world's first vegan powered Riley. Yes he is a Riley car nut and eats a healthy diet. His farewell saw most of the department... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2015 at
2015 brings another fascinating but appalling centenary; 100 years of chemical warfare. In January 1915 at the Battle of Bolimov, the Germans used tear gas on the Russians. Unfortunately one story goes, the wind was blowing in the wrong direction and it blew the gas back towards the Germans. Hence... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2015 at
I have just been to see a show, a rare treat. Vivaldi's the four seasons, performed by Dale Barltrop and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. What a whirlwind of sound. That autumn red shirt, the flick of blond hair, and the capacity crowd. What a night. A special treat for me... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2015 at
We have just lived through one hundred years since the fateful ANZAC landing at Z Beach on the Gallipoli Peninsula, April 1915. My thoughts turned once again to find the public's attitude to the war at the time. I have been studying Australian cartoons of the period with their mix... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2015 at
What a World Cup! I was enthralled from start to finish. Admittedly I had to follow most games on radio, but there were plenty of great matches. Even the Associate Nations were putting on a great show. Gripping finishes in the Ireland UAE, Ireland Zimbabwe, and Afghanistan Scotland fixtures provided... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at
The ICC World Cup is well under way here in Aus. and NZ. Highlights for me so far have included the Thriller between Aus and NZ at Eden Park and the nail biting victory of Afghanistan over Scotland last week. A further joy has been the misery of England. Yes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2015 at
Recently events marking the centenary of the start of World War One have taken place, both here at Point Nepean and abroad. Commentary in the news reports have called it the Great War, a term that I don't like, it gives WWI an aura of dignity, nobility even. Given the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2014 at
And is that Woman all her crew? Is that a Death? and are there two? Is Death that woman's mate? With apologies to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, but that passage from his 'The Rime of the Ancient Mariner' sprang to mind when seeing the photos of Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at
Yes, beards are back bigger than ever. The FIFA World Cup has given us 2 fine examples in the Goalkeepers of USA, Tim Howard and Algeria, Raïs M'Bohli (both pictured). Both have displayed superhuman powers in front of goal producing miraculous saves. It must be down to the beards. Or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2014 at
The FIFA World Cup turns it on again and Luis Suarez is centre stage. The hungry goal scorer found his powers of mastication tested by Chiellini's shoulder late in the match of Uruguay v Italy. Suarez plays for his country with the 'whatever it takes' mentality that runs through Uruguayan... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2014 at
I am witnessing a time warp. An oversized baggy green cap, the upturned crumpled collar, the lengthy cuffs that reach the fingers and look like Steptoe's fingerless gloves. Yes, Chris Rogers has brought back the pre-war cricket dress code. He even adds to his scruffy appearance by wearing the arm-guard... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at
The third Test is underway and I can see that Old Trafford has had a facelift. Gone are the dull blue and white bleaches. Now crimson and glass towers thrust upward heralding some glossy new age. Are they an attempt to hide the grim past of the 'dark satanic mills?'... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2013 at
What a Test Match. Every day Trent Bridge delivered a new surprise, a new twist, another fight back. Even the last day had everyone on the edge of their seats. A great hard fought downright gritty game of first class cricket. Of great joy to me were the extensions of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2013 at
I think maybe replace 'top job' with 'hot seat.' All I could think of when Cricket Australia changed the coach was the out of the frypan into the fire expression. So my cartoon expresses the peril in which Lehmann suddenly finds himself. The pressure certainly is on with an Ashes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2013 at
As I write New Zealand are playing England in a Cricket Test at Headingley. This may be just England's warm up campaign before the Ashes, but for me Headingley always brings back that nightmare of the match in '81. The Aussies led the series, Botham had relinquished the captaincy, England... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2013 at
From Mornington I watched the Solar Eclipse through my telescope using the solar filter, see pictures. I also tried to follow the eclipse via the web on but they lost all feeds at the critical moment. ABC TV just had a brief shot of the ring of fire moment... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2013 at
Yes the battle for that tiny trophy is on again. In 2013 we send another team of aspiring Australian Cricketers to England's green and pleasant lands to try and claim back the priceless urn. So I have decided write my version of an Ashes Diary with my hopes, despair and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 30, 2013 at
Jim Russell and his Ford Special. This car has Testa Piatta (Italian for flat head) written on the side of the hood. Under the hood is the legendary flat head Ford V8. Jim used to campaign another red Ford in Historic racing but sold it a few years ago. The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at