Years ago, for the fun of it, I set about writing a Politically Correct Joke Book. The idea was to take the structure of the conventional one-line joke and direct it towards a more deserving target. At the time, such jokes always seemed to be about blondes and Irishman and other groups to whom, personally, I was quite partial. read more
Lynched in effigy, but no real harm done.” The words belong to Tim Fischer, Australia’s deputy prime minister in the mid-1990s — the moment when Australia radically changed its gun laws. He used the phrase yesterday when, in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, I asked him about the political pain involved in taking on the gun lobby read more
According to reports from the UK this week, radio is in rude good health. Despite years of dire predictions, there are rising audiences for almost every breakfast program, both BBC and commercial. In Australia, too, radio listening is resilient: on average, we now spend two hours, 10 minutes, listening to live radio, up on a year ago. read more
A reader has enjoyed one of my books. He's written to me about it. This is entirely good news and, considering the quality of the books, an astonishingly rare experience. Here's the problem: having enjoyed the book, he wants me to recommend another of my titles. read more
Do you ever get over the death of a dog? Right now it doesn't feel like it. Our dog Darcy was put down this week and the misery seems to fill every part of the house.
There's not a corner of the place that comes without a memory. In the bedroom, it's the memory of me reading the newspaper at the start of every day, holding the Herald with one hand as I stroked his head with the other, his outrage palpable when I tried to move my hand to turn the page. read more