Abbott, Birthers, written constitutions, judges, hilarity

Australian PM Tony Abbott was born in the UK in 1957. Being born in the UK between 1948 and 1983, he immediately became a British citizen by birth. His mother was an Australian citizen, so he also immediately acquired the right to Australian citizenship by descent. Paperwork and patriotism The law in force at the … Continue reading Abbott, Birthers, written constitutions, judges, hilarity

Meanwhile, at the Festival of Russian Language Films

"We're really excited about this Russian-language film festival we'll be hosting with you guys. But, um, we're a bit uncomfortable with the fact that Putin's rights-abusing and civilian-killing government is contributing to the funding. Their grant is only GBP1,400 so it's no biggie; we're happy to make up the difference ourselves as long as you … Continue reading Meanwhile, at the Festival of Russian Language Films

Of course I’m fucking cynical, that’s why I’m alive and not in gaol

I'm not dead Mashudur Choudhury, a chap from near enough to where I grew up that it might as well be the same place, went off to Syria to die. His leaving letter to his missus went, "what good is a husband, father, brother that sits in comfort, sleeps in comfort, eats in comfort but … Continue reading Of course I’m fucking cynical, that’s why I’m alive and not in gaol

The Dorkiest Fun-Spoilingest Thing Ever Written About Breaking Bad

This joke does the rounds a bit too often: It doesn't work. In the show, because Walter White is a salaried professional, his insurance covers the same procedures that national healthcare insurance schemes generally cover in the sensible world. The nature of the extremely expensive experimental cancer treatment for which he needs the money isn't … Continue reading The Dorkiest Fun-Spoilingest Thing Ever Written About Breaking Bad

Bands of distinctions

I an a civilised gentleman with a fine reputation; my father has a reputation as a smart bastard who stirs up shit. He also introduced me to the delightful and amazing Kirstie MacColl and by proxy, Johnny Marr. I feel the need to stick up my dad's Trayvon commentary, because it needs a home. This … Continue reading Bands of distinctions

Quick and unoriginal Eurovision thought

Eurovision is massive in Australia, probably more so than it is in much of Europe - despite the fact that there aren't any Australian participants, we don't get to vote, and it's shown on time-delay. Which is odd. Of course, its importance is symbolic. Eurovision was first shown in Australia in 1983, which was exactly … Continue reading Quick and unoriginal Eurovision thought

The Boeing Comet is still on sale

The first jetliner was Boeing's square-windowed 707; it was grounded after a few months following tragic incidents which wiped out a fair proportion of elite Americans. The money flowing to De Havilland to create a civilian airliner progamme to promote their non-murderous plane trumped nationalist concerns. Despite the fact that the 707 is a finer … Continue reading The Boeing Comet is still on sale