On Lone Wolves

With the festive season behind us, one is able to reflect on how the time was spent. What did you do in the lead-up to your Christmas celebrations? Did you bake for your loved ones? Did you decorate a tree? Or did you spend it travelling? Well, two European women chose to spend it travelling in Morocco. And just as they did, a group of men decided to stab and decapitate them…

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Dr Johnson And The Absolutists

‘This is the proportion. Let me see; forty times forty is sixteen hundred. As three to sixteen hundred, so is the proportion of an Englishman to a Frenchman.’ Samuel Johnson made this remark after signing a contract with William Strahan, worth 1,500 guineas, on 18 June 1746, to publish a commanding dictionary of the English language…

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Spot The Bollard

The idea of simpler times, even as recently as two decades ago, is often jeered at. But it is in some respects true. Those who usually argue such a case, though, tend to be far too theocratic for my liking. Say what you like about the reactionaries and religious conservatives who wish to purify our society, but when I was a child, we didn’t have bollards from Geelong to Cairns…

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