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Bobby, This is Rubbish on Dec 9 2017

by Throsby | ˜

In the Great Southern Land we have an anticipatory aphorism: “She’ll be right, mate.” Deployed phonetically as “shilbi roight moite,” it’s designed to comfort wunnannuther with some future bliss. Although it hasn’t been seen in print or heard in conversation for half a century, and back ...

Much Ado About.. stuff on Dec 2 2017

by Throsby | ˜

The international reader - should the northern hemisphere lapse into inexplicable torpor and attention drift towards Britain’s remaining colony, Terra Australis - might need a helping hand with the goings on around this place. Well, Throsby is here for you. The perpetual background noise dominating our ...

Stay Calm on Nov 23 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Another exciting week in Australian federal politics. The 47th such, this year. Exciting for government opponents - like lion fans at the Roman Coliseum. Exciting for government supporters - like bus passengers careening down a forested hillside. Exciting for Throsby, too, like a food-throwing contest, the menu? Shit pies. ...

The Baker’s Dilemma on Nov 16 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Australian politics digs down each day, infatuated by how deep is possible. Throsby likes to “have his cake and eat his cake” (as Howard told Cromwell) so his pointy little ears pricked up (so to speak) when a government zealot waxed despondent that Australians had approved same-sex marriage.   ...

Who Doesn’t Relish a Constitutional Crisis on Nov 12 2017

by Throsby | ˜

“I’m a good man in a crisis” declared the leader of Australia’s most crisis-ridden government in decades. A wag tweeted: “I blend in.” Throsby is tickled pink to be covering Australian Politics at such an intricate juncture in the timeline of this great democracy, a nation founded ...

Australia’s Parliament: UN in Miniature on Nov 6 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Throsby, you won’t be surprised to learn, is captivated by the mediocrity of antipodean politics. Such ordinariness, born of a national trait, honed to patriotic specialty, assumes to punch above its international weight, making merriment among our Asian neighbours – that abiding yellow peril to our foreboding north, the ...

Don’t Tread on Our Inselberg on Nov 5 2017

by Throsby | ˜

Exploring central Australia in 1873, William Gosse stubbed his toe on a half-buried gibber and cursed Sir Henry Ayers out loud for not cleaning up. So for a century hence Australians called their desert landmark “Ayer’s Rock” and, as men do boast, hailed it “the world’s biggest rock.” Seventy ...

Cacophony on the Pacific Rim on Nov 5 2013

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In long isolation and lacking verbal assurance from others on this Earth, before the laying of a great telephone cable Australians had developed a truly odd argot of vulgarization. They wield a canting accent that is not only impossible to understand by English-speaking visitors to this fair and lucky ...

Way Down Under on Feb 21 2004

by Throsby | ˜

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 ...