A Little More Gaslight #2
“Come in.” A swirl of a red dress. Capped off by a pair of red shoes. The owner has her face hidden in her hair. She won’t even make eye contact. An ominous portent indeed. A thud as she falls into the armchair opposite. “I wish…” Deep breath. “I wish…to report a case of sexual…
A Little More Gaslight #1
“Come in.” The last one, he thinks. But at least we’re getting the numbers down. And the iron laws of arithmetic don’t apply. A pair of red shoes enter. The owner strides in, pulls out a leather armchair, scrapes it along the carpet. She sits down and crosses her legs. Without any preamble, she begins.”I’m…
May’s Federal Budget, the standard script. The lock up from which no one escapes! Winners! (Everybody rejoice). Losers! (No one important). Next the wide-eyed superficial analysis. The breathless interviews with families singles, couples, pensioners, wage earners, etc fully economically briefed. The joyously satisfied interest groups. We always set aside the whispers and whispers of the few…
Bang! Crash! Wallop! The Real Game Of Cricket.
Bang! Crash! Wallop! Throbbing music and flashing lights. People stomping, clapping and shouting.
Green is the new Red!
Apparently, being concerned about the environment and supporting Same Sex Marriage is red. Communist red that is! Wow! Or rephrased as Green is the new Red! Really? Let’s look at the history then… Caring for the environment was never a priority for any communist state. Name one. Certainly not China. Or the Soviet Union. Both…
When the Rainbow Opened My Eyes
My niece got engaged yesterday to her partner. Now my brother has two daughters instead of one. I’m joyful for both as they’ve found that love is love is love. But it took me a while to understand… For I must have lived in a sexual vacuum. Growing up I never even knew what homosexuality…
Political Insults? Been There Heard That!
As a writer who was in a verbally abusive relationship for many years, the current political climate is rather familiar. Funnily enough my main reaction to both is the same. It’s not being offended at being insulted. After the initial six weeks (in a relationship) or fifty years (in politics), I become bored… Socialist Communist…
Horse and Carriage or Unfinished Symphony
I had to laugh (out loud on the train)! For My Dad, Kevin Whalan’s latest blog,opens with the same words as the following speech, written and delivered in 2001, while I was going through… “Love and marriage go together like a horse and carriage “ Well, you don’t see that any more do you?
I am Andrew and I am an OverResearcher : Writing Out Loud #2
“You over-research too much,” she said to me. I looked up from my desk, covered in academic papers. Then down at the floor, strewn with textbooks, references and more academic papers. “Do I? I suppose I do.” My wife shook her head at me. My name is Andrew and I am an over researcher. My…
The Space Between Feminism and Neo-Masculinity
An Open Letter To Neo-Masculinists, MRAs, And General Dudebros Everywhere Hardly a call to feminism is it? With a title like “An Open Letter to Neo-Masculinists, MRAs, and General Dudebros Everywhere”, it just has to be click bait. Besides what the heck is a Dude-Bro? I checked the Urban Dictionary and its not me! But…
Blue Sky Mine : The Wittenoom Tragedy
Every time I hear Blue Sky Mine by Midnight Oil, about the Wittenoom mining tragedy, I’m taken back in time. To 23 May 1988, to probably the saddest TV interview I have ever seen.