The 2024 US election is up to you, my American friends. You have my sympathies.

The 2024 US election is eight months away as I write this and what a sorry story it is. The blue corner…. A guy with an objectively admirable record of service and leadership over a long period of time. A few mistakes made, for sure. Afghanistan was a disaster and his backing of Israel to the full extent that he has is now looking unwise. But the economy’s humming along – the Dow is up around 25% compared to when he took over – and things, generally speaking, are OK. His environmental leadership is admirable. He’s hampered by a ultra-conservative […]

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How I lost 25 kilos at age 50

Erik, Britt-Marie, Swade

Introduction I originally prepared this text about losing weight in your 50s for the benefit of a family member who asked me about my weight loss experience a few years ago. I was going to make a few dot points and send them via text but then I figured a fuller explanation might be more helpful. Given that this website is occasionally visited by men-of-a-certain-age, I thought it might be helpful here, too. Nothing is being sold here. I’m not holding myself out to be some sort of diet guru. This is just my story and how things worked out […]

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The Post-Trump Lesson I Pray We’ll All Learn

I promised four years ago that I’d leave this website free of commentary on Donald Trump. Unlike the former president, I’ve kept to my word.  Well, until now, I guess. The demise of The Donald – and my god it feels good to write that sentence! – gives us a brief moment to assess the important lessons to be learned from his time in power.  There are many.  Don’t nominate a Clinton again.  There’s one. The lesson I’m mostly interested in, however, is the one Joe Biden alluded to in his inaugural address when he talked about truth and lies.  […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same Sex Marriage – Resolving the Issues

This is the third (and final) instalment in a series on Australia’s current debate over making same-sex marriage legal. The first instalment looked at the backstory to the issue. The second instalment looked briefly at the Yes and No campaigns, as well as my view on the issue. In this final instalment, I’d like to look at a few of the key issues and try to shine some light on those issues. —— The ‘Yes’ campaign has a pretty simple platform: It’s time for same-sex couples to get the same access to marriage as heterosexuals. Australia is an egalitarian society […]

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Australia and Same Sex Marriage – The Campaign, and My View

This is the second in a 3-part series on the question of same-sex marriage, which is currently being ‘debated’ in Australia ahead of a non-compulsory public vote that is not binding on the government (and if you’re wondering “if it’s non-compulsory and non-binding, why have it?” – please join the massive queue forming on the left). Part 1 of this series discussed the backstory to this issue. Onwards and upwards, then…. The Ballot This is the question on the postal survey form sent out to Australian voters in the last few weeks. It’s pretty simple. Or it should be. Advocates […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same-Sex Marriage – Backstory

My home country is fighting with itself right now. The issue? Same-sex marriage. Rather than do what they were elected to do (legislate), the Australian federal government, which has the sole legal jurisdiction over the definition of marriage, decided to outsource its job to the people. They’re holding a nationwide, non-compulsory vote on whether or not the definition of marriage within the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to allow for same-sex marriage. Ballots have been mailed to citizens around the country and the Yesses and Nos will be tallied as of November 7. The results will be announced on […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride for a Cancer Cure

It’s that time of year when I ask you – once again – to support the endeavours of our mutual friend Jim Coggeshall as he participates in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This is Jim’s seventh tour in the Pan Mass challenge and my guess is that we’ve been supporting him for at least 6, or maybe all 7 of those rides. Jim is a cycling fanatic, an owner of 4 fine Saabs (and a very nice MG), a connoisseur of fine music and just a general all-round great guy. I first […]

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A Short Study In Fake News

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016. If that (now) dubious honour doesn’t go to ‘Fake-news’ in 2017 – hyphenated for eligibility purposes only – then nobility and integrity must be counted as things of the past at the Oxford. No one phrase has embedded itself in political discussion quite like it this year. Fake News – now capitalised for effect – is now commonly recognised as “anything that Donald Trump doesn’t agree with”. But there was a time, quite recently, when Fake News actually meant something more than that. Fake News, at the outset, was […]

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Up To Our Necks In It

I wouldn’t normally reproduce a friend’s Facebook status on here, but this has been with me all day. Thanks Nige, for letting me reproduce this post from yesterday: We were just driving over the Tasman Bridge and I saw a young lady climbing over the rail. I said to Rachael look she is going to jump. Took eyes off her, back onto road as we passed. Then I looked in the mirror and I saw her fall. Please, if you are feeling this way, seek help. There’s a picture of the Tasman Bridge at the top of this post. It’s […]

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Like the Minority of US Voters, I’m Choosing The Blue Pill

Theoretically, one should never say never, but as my mind stands right now, this will likely be my final post loosely based on the lying liar that a minority of voters chose to ascend to the office of President of the United States – Donald J Trump. It’s just my opinion, but most of those who voted for Trump took the blue pill on November 8. They chose to ignore the fact that their country is changing in a way that is unstoppable. They chose to ignore the fact that Trump lied over, and over, and over again. They chose […]

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