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  • Today in Things One Never Expected To Ever Say To A Stranger

    A very old and scraggly woollen scarf, knitted in rows of many colours a la Tom Baker, the 4th Doctor

    Just come up to the rooftop. I’ll be the only middle-aged woman up there wearing a scarf reminiscent of Tom Baker in Doctor Who.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

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    It’s been a while since our last Open Thread, and I couldn’t let this headline pass without sharing it here: Otter at Red River Zoo Destroys OtterBox-Protected Phone

    Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires.

  • Media Circus: Vegemite Chocolate edition

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    The very idea is undoubtedly an Abomination unto Nuggan, and Ed Milliband would probably make a mess of eating any. Bill Shorten will say something graceless, and the teaser for the SBS documentary will be epic.

    What’s piqued your media interests lately?

  • Friday Hoyden: Amy Schumer on Showbiz Realities for Older Women

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    A sketch from this week’s Inside Amy Schumer: Amy stumbles upon a group of her show-business heroes celebrating a rite of passage – for one of them this is her Last F**kable Day (transcript included).

  • Media Circus: Lest We Forget edition

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    The enduring lesson I learnt about ANZAC Day from the family members who served in either/both World Wars is that political incompetence costs lives, and that the sacrifices made by the dead are best honoured by the rest of us keeping a really close eye on our political class. I wish our mainstream media understood this ongoing need for vigilance better right now.

    What’s piqued your media interests lately?

  • Quickhit: Another Woman Appointed To High Court

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    New High Court judge Michelle Gordon lauded as a ‘fabulous’ lawyer and jurist: her appointment will keep both the state balance and the gender balance stable within the High Court.

  • Media Circus: No Vaccination No Benefits edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    The Australian government has announced that it intends to stop welfare payments to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

    I have some reservations about this policy.

  • Vale Richie Benaud

    an elderly paleskinned man with silver hair smiles as he watches a cricket match

    I’m an occasional cricket fan rather than a diehard, but Richie Benaud’s commentary was always one of the best reasons to tune in. I was never entirely convinced that cricket was as essential to the concept of Western civilisation as Benaud seemed to believe, but he made me believe there might be something there.

  • 2014 Tiptree Awards announced: Byrne and Walton winners

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    The James Tiptree Jr. literary prize for science fiction or fantasy published during 2014 that expands or explores our understanding of gender was announced over the Easter weekend. Congratulations to Monica Byrne and Jo Walton, this year’s winners, and congratulations also to those authors selected for the honour list and the long list.

  • Hands Up Who Saw This Tweet Coming

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    So in Rupert’s world, if you are famous and popular enough to make oodles of money for people like him, then you should be allowed to punch people and everybody else should just shrug and move on.

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