Why the USA needs to add “none of the above” to its ballot paper

Something scary is happening in the USA. Two candidates, both described by media as “unpopular” have come out of the “Primaries” – the selection process by which party members vote for the person they want to be the next President of the USA. After a “race” (as they call it) between a batch of people…

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Europe’s Migrant Crisis: volenti non fit unjuria.

In three days, it will be a year since Californians Lester Louis Huffmire and his wife, Petra, were convicted of neglecting their children. They would lock them in a caravan for several hours each day while the 41 year olds played World of Warcraft, a computer game. The Orange County District Attorney said there were…

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Sometimes, you just have to laugh.

The world is a funny place. While we increasingly get our news in soundbites, headlines, ticker banners on screens, there is a deep web of stuff that happens, gets reported but is buried under the scramble not to be left out of reporting the current top three headlines, even if reporting is just repeating what…

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TV Games

Drinking games or sweepstakes can enliven a boring evening before the TV. Here’s some of mine. The use of clich├ęs in TV programmes, where the same phrases come up over and over again, has reached epidemic proportions with some programmes being little more than strung together expressions from the parts bin of scriptwriting. It’s formulaic…

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Dropping the Confederate flag is wrong.

France. From where several of the Southern States were formed. Here’s something important – if the USA wants to remove the Confederate Flag, then it has to remove the Stars and Stripes, too. Why? Because true history, not the contorted version that is currently being pushed to an ignorant population, says so. Images from http://www.usflag.org/…

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Marriage Proposal

In 2008, I started writing a novel “The Cave at the End of the World.” I actually wrote the beginning and the end but I got bogged down with the middle. I had planned it as an epic, one of those hundreds of pages long, books with a mix of fantasy, love story and a…

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20140922 The joys of moving a website

Melbourne IT’s epic fail: do this or else – then their own IT falls over. I have to say that the people who have worked on the migration of my website have worked above and beyond any reasonable call of duty. It’s all part of a rationalisation process that the people who manage this site…

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Selling shame in Singalore

Singapore: in its early days, it was one of the most sinful cities in the world. It had little purpose other than as a trading point and with that came drink, drugs and widespread prostitution. Read the history of the Lion City and it’s a shocking tale of debauchery on an epic scale. Over time,…

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A blank page

This isn’t an article or a piece of news. It was going to be. I actually wrote an article. It was about a close friend, someone very special to both Starfish and me, who’s in trouble. We know she is lost and lonely. And scared. But we don’t know where she is or exactly how…

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Win a major prize.

I’m horribly busy so this is a very short posting. You don’t want to know how many hours I sit at this keyboard all day, do you? You do? Wow, that’s creepy. Go and bug Ann Rice or someone. So, what did I do for a break yesterday? I played a game on my wii…

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