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Richard Glover: Laughing all the way to the bank

Richard Glover: Laughing all the way to the bank

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

How Australia beat the gun lobby and passed gun control

How Australia beat the gun lobby and passed gun control

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

Richard Glover: I swear it's scientifically proven...

Richard Glover: I swear it's scientifically proven...

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