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Missives misgiven on Jan 27 2012

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

SheepOverboard’s editors unanimously proclaim Australia [phon: oztrillia;oztraylya; toff: orstrellia] a leading combatant in the unseemly international brawl craving this coveted slur: 51st aspirant of that irascible empire, the United States of Amnesia. Perennially mistaken by Yanks for Austria, this is no minor Nazi bivouac of the old world, but ...

Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Sep 13 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens’ clamour. As we more cynical and paranoid know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia’s tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. One hundred years ...

Australia A to Z on Jun 20 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

ACT – Australian Capitol Territory – Former sheep paddock. Now a sheep management institute.  AFL – (Australian Football League) – ‘Aussie Rules’ – This bizarre ill-mannered game – bastard child of despicable unwashed lower-class rabble leisure activity using time theived from workhouse overlords – in its modern form comprises a ...

Writers on Sufferance on Nov 23 2005

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Recently we have been extending the reach of democracy by killing people in the hope that the survivors might get to vote" Killing people, especially killing people at a distance, is something we now do very well," barbed Inga Clendinnen, startling her "Republic of ...

Way Down Under on Feb 21 2004

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Travel in Asia, Pacific, Europe, and the Americas, reveals a affectionate admiration for the peoples and lifestyle of this great sunburnt country, this wide brown land. Asians in particular regard us warmly, especially recalcitrant Muslim States to our north who accept our kindness and generosity with both awe ...

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