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  • Having some Dorothy Parker moments

    Sean Connery starring in the movie Zardoz. He is wearing some sort of orange nappy/bandolier with thigh-high black boots.

    Yes, I am ploughing my way through the Hugo 2014 nominated works, why do you ask?

  • Media Circus: Tracking Abbott’s Wreckage edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    Link of the day: as of 29 June 2015, 457 seperate referenced items of Abbott’s Wreckage –

    What media story has caught your attention lately?

  • Rainbows everywhere

    hoydens marriage equality

    As I compose this post, the WordPress admin toolbar at the top of the page has a rainbow background. On social media, corporations have reworked their logos in rainbow hues. Over in the USA, rainbow flags are waving all over the place as same-sex couples rock up to courthouses and get married following SCOTUS ruling that state government bans on same-sex marriage violated constitutional guarantees granted by the 14th Amendment for all citizens to equal rights and protections under the law.

  • Otterday! And Open Thread

    Otter Tracks on the Snow-Covered Ice The otters had walked up the Water of Girvan, at the place where they usually swim, leaving their distinctive tracks on the snow-covered ice. Otter tracks show 5-toed marks, with a clear "heel" behind the pad. I also saw fox tracks on the ice.

    This open thread is brought to you by otter tracks on snow-covered ice. Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything great happening in your life? Anything you want to get off your chest? Reading a great book? Anything in the news that you’d like to discuss? Commiserations, felicitations, temptations, contemplations, speculations?

  • Media Circus: the “to no one will we sell, to no one deny or delay justice” edition

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    So this week marks a big round number anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carta. I’m expecting our Prime Minister will say something especially cringeworthy to mark the occasion.

    What news items have caught your interest lately?

  • Vale Joan Kirner 1938-2015

    A portrait in oils of a woman wearing a red jacket and a pleasantly determined expression, resting her chin on one hand while gesturing towards the viewer with the other hand. She appears to have just made a persuasive argument.

    Australia’s first female premier, 1990-92 in Victoria, has died aged 76.

  • 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

    text graphic over a line drawing - an otter circled into an O shape

    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

    Photo of Australian Parliament House (APH) in Canberra

    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

    Inside-Amy-Schumer-Last-Fkable-Day

    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).

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