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 news from the horrible (and immensely stupid: who the fuck would allow a chemical plant to be built literally next door to a school) West fire in Texas today, with its "70 injured, no I mean 70 dead, no I mean 5 dead" just reminded me of this brilliant commentary on newspaper reports of … Continue reading Thanks for all the fish
The average woman weighs less than the average man, as does the average child. This is undeniably true. By far the most important cost for the average aeroplane flight is fuel, which is directly dependent on total take-off weight. This is undeniably true. The average woman joining a passenger aeroplane flight carries more luggage than … Continue reading Consistency, aviation and discrimination
Wasn't going to blog on the demise of the most important British political figure since Winston, but since everyone else has and this blog is being archived by the British Library (I know, right - nobody tell them I'm Strine now), I thought I'd stick this originally-an-FB-comment line up there. I grew up in the … Continue reading Because you’re all desperate for JB’s views on Maggie
Tony Blair was selected to win elections for the Labour party, by giving good PR face and convincing people that Labour wasn't terrifyingly left-wing any more, despite being way to the right of most activists and MPs. David Cameron was selected to win elections for the Tory party, by giving good PR face and convincing … Continue reading PR leaders and their downfalls
If you like nerdy dissections of UK by-election results based on over-analysis of post-election opinion polling, combined with random abuse directed at almost everybody involved (but especially UKIP, because obviously), then you'll probably like my latest piece at Liberal Conspiracy.
I was Googling for an old Banditry post yesterday, as part of a discussion about that new 'people lie about their drinking' study. Eventually I found it, only to discover that I'd linked to a (London) Times article, and that therefore the paywall had ruined the whole thing (curiously, even though the Times now shows … Continue reading Pharma hackers gonna pharma hack, 2013 edition