Enduring multiplication

“Almost a whole month endured days above 30 degrees, with 26 of them during the summer, or more than triple the nine usually recorded.” Leaving aside the question of who or what endured the hot days, readers of this quotation had to endure the mathematics....

Oh, er, good, I guess

“The Vatican gave its blessing to cremation in 1963, when it said ‘it was not opposed per se to the Christian religion and funeral rites should no longer be denied’. The Vatican is not opposed to the Christian religion? Good to know. Source: The Australian, October...

Lost in translation?

‘He must take into account the situation and give a sense of what would be the meaning of his candidacy and a new term of office’. French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, commenting on whether the President, Francois Hollande, should seek re-election. Hollande’s approval...

Some sound advice

‘Say it with flowers, say it in mink, but never, oh never, say it in ink.’ – Helen Dale, political policy adviser. Good advice for us all, really, in one context or another. Quoted in ‘Guns for votes hurts all’ by David Crowe in The Australian, October 20th,...

Speak for me

In an opinion article in the Weekend Australian, October 16, 2016, senior journalist Greg Sheridan makes the point that Thailand has, in the past, informally represented the Australian position(s) in regional discussions to which Australia is not a party. But Thailand...

O Canada, where art thou?

“The roads are clear as I set off from Vancouver, Washington …” Must be the sister city of Vancouver, BC. Either that or there has been a quiet but effective imperialist coup, probably from the south. Source: Fifty Shades of Grey, E L James, Vintage Books,...

A measured response

‘To rebuild there would be a towering act of insuperable idiocy. Building sea walls won’t help, it will destroy the beaches’. John Corkill, a PhD student with expertise in land title issues for coastal properties, making his views clear on whether...

Calculating your chances

‘I’ve never been too good at math but I can figure that one out. I think that he better do a little mathing.’ US Senate Minority Leader, Harry Reid, encouraging presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders to resign his campaign as Hillary Clinton moves...

A source beyond question

‘According to a person who tracks media ad buys, the Trump campaign has spent nearly $US800,000 on television and radio ads in Indiana’ (leading up to the State Republican primary). Well I’m convinced, if such an impeccable source says that $US800,000 was spent, then...