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More election lowlights than you can poke a stick with

More election lowlights than you can poke a stick with

It was originally going to be Top 5 highlights of the 2019 federal election campaign. But the more you think about it the more it becomes obvious there haven’t been any highlights – quite the opposite, there have been lowlights galore. And if the first casualty of war is truth the first casualties of an increasingly presidential election campaign are local candidates. Which is a shame because there’s bound to be many cases where voters aren’t keen on the national leader but quite like their local candidate and are happy to vote for him or her. But it is a… Read more »

What gets your goat when you go shopping

What gets your goat when you go shopping

Ordinarily, going shopping can be a pleasant experience. If you regularly go to the same local shopping centre, as I do, you get to know some of the staff, who greet you with a friendly smile when you arrive. Then there’s the mingling in close proximity and interaction with your fellow residents in whatever suburb you live in. And of course the big one, buying things, and who doesn’t get a little happier buying new things, even if some of them are lemons or curry powder. I still remember as a kid watching mum place the paper bags containing her… Read more »

If you think something is amiss, maybe it’s because today is April 1

If you think something is amiss, maybe it’s because today is April 1

If you were on social media this morning, you had to be on your toes Why? Because today is Monday, April 1, April Fools Day, that’s why. And because unless it happens on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc, it doesn’t really happen. But it is true that we don’t go for big pranks anymore on April Fools Day. Which is a shame because nobody died – that I know of – as a result of an April Fools joke. I guess people change and things change and this old tradition now lives on in cyberspace and social media platforms…. Read more »

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Spring is almost here and what joy it brings

The really good news is that winter will officially end this Friday and spring will take over a day later, on Saturday, September 1. But the really excellent news is that the change of seasons also means the arrival of a stack of indoor and outdoor events and attractions aroundRead more »


It’s a merger at first, but the takeover is not far off

The merger of Channel Nine with Fairfax Media announced this morning has lit up Twitter and other social media sites. Mostly it’s Fairfax print journos worrying about their future, and who could blame them. It is ironic they’ve expressed their frustrations on social media platforms – one of the mainRead more »


Welcome to the age of infinite irritations

Other than your winter electricity bill what else would you like to see the back off? We could probably list 50 things that give us the heebie-jeebies. Which would make us a world class whinger or simply a savvy modern consumer, depending on your point of view. The thing isRead more »

no bull.

Really love what we do, and that’s no bull

Maybe it’s the stories and functions we’ve covered so far in March, but we’ve heard a lot about steering the young people of Macarthur towards trades and away from university degrees. When you think about it there’s a persuasive argument behind it, a certain logic in overturning this idea thatRead more »

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