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Sydney, Australia
Freelance wordsmith, cultural historian, broadcaster and peformer.
Interests: Devising a unified field theory of comedy.
Recent Activity
We’re all familiar with the role of the Daily Telegraph (and its interstate tabloid equivalents) as power-brokers creating regime change in Australia. On the day after Senator Cory Berndardi makes headlines for ‘defecting from’ (leaving) the Liberal Party to found his own, all-new ultra-conservative party, of course this news story sounds suspicious. Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Stand and Deliver!
Did you know that NSW has an official “graffiti removal day”? Well it does. And it’s today. Just saying. That’s the message the Premier, the Hon Michael Bruce Baird, MP posted to accompany a photographic portrait of himself standing next to a satirical painted portrait of him as ‘Casino Mike’.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Stand and Deliver!
When, as an undergraduate enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Sydney, I was told – or perhaps it was written in a handbook or on a noticeboard – to sign up for Philosophy subjects under the jacaranda tree, it sounded very quaint and ‘fairies at... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Stand and Deliver!
I find myself part owner of a book shop – Desire Books & Records, in Manly. How I came to own a fifth of it is a blog post for another time (I know I say that a lot, but it’s too long a story to tell now, especially as... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at Stand and Deliver!
A university is offering a degree in David Lynch. Or David Lynch is teaching about his work. Or something. You get an MA in Film, learning from David Lynch. Possibly about his work. I think it’s a fair estimation he will offer extensive examples from his oeuvre. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
The other day I received an invitation to like Laminate Wood Flooring’s Facebook page. Laminate Wood Flooring is a carpet and flooring concern located in Cork, Ireland. (I wonder if they offer cork flooring options…) Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
The week began with news that Cilla Black had passed away. I wasn't a massive fan, but knew a number of her songs that still stand as classics, as enduring and recognisable as her ranga bob and prominent choppers. Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
Which would you rather face? A pretend spear being pretend chucked at you? Or a tribe of warriors pretend threatening to pretend rip out your heart and pretend eat it? If you can handle the Haka, shut up about the spear. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
Rest in Peace, Stuart Wagstaff - one of Australia's finest BLANKS. Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
The Grateful Dead were reconvening for their 50th Anniversary. • Will there be a return of the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Tests? • Will the Kool-Aid be available in drip-bags with deluxe attachments that older fans may affix to their disability scooters? • Who will fill the spots left vacant by founding members who haven't managed to last quite as long as the band? • Has Jerry Garcia ever given you the finger? Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
Probably the stupidest story to appear on a 'news' site ever. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
Our Lady of Peripheral Indulgence - the stuff you find when out walking at lunch time. Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Stand and Deliver!
Sydney Morning Herald confirms rumours of Malcom Young's dementia - in an article demonstrating symptoms of dementia. Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
Way back in 1928, Walt Disney's legendary creation Mickey Mouse sort of made his debut in the animated featurette Steamboat Willie. Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
Guest House Paradiso wasn't a cinematic masterpiece. It was, however, an opportunity to see Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson being violently hilarious on the big screen. And for me,thanks to the free weekly entertainment rag Revolver, it was the opportunity to meet Rik 'n' Ade in real life. They'd come... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
Benedict Cumberbatch photobombs U2 at the Oscars. Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
A brilliant paean to the pleasures of collecting records - the best discumentary ever. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
"I went to Reading Gaol and all I got was this lousy haircut." Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
Last week the Sydney edition of MX - a bastion of journalism - threw up as its 'music memory' January 23, 1990: the day Bowie announced his Sound+Vision world…ish tour. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
In the 21st century, in a civilised, industrialised, first world country, there is absolutely no excuse for the existence of a kitchen dunny! Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
Dom is now following greg smith
Jan 18, 2014
As long as there are nerds who can string sentences together and remember the lyrics to an overplayed '80s track, there'll be teachers rickrolled. And online 'news' sources reporting it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 18, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
One of the questions children ask Santa most when visiting him in shopping centres is, 'where are your reindeer?' Here's Santa's answer. Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
This was the story: a children's show in Japan featured a host whose jumpsuit bore rude slogans… Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!
As loathsome as The Chipmunks might be, just remember: without David Seville and The Chipmunks - or perhaps, just without 'The Witch Doctor' - there'd be no David Bowie's 'Laughing Gnome'. And wouldn't the world be a poorer place then! Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Stand and Deliver!