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Missing Keating

I never voted for the guy nor for his party but, man, was Paul Keating a great politician. In the House of Representatives he would regularly flay the conservatives who opposed him and he held the entire chamber in his hand when he delivered his insults during...

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Ian Collins & News.com.au Shill for Kim

The editorial team at News.com.au have dropped the ball entirely and published a piece that does little more than offer a pro-North Korean take on the world, extolling the beauty of the place and the happiness of the people while ignoring the reality of a totalitarian...

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Wintry Walk

At the end of the afternoon today I decided to take a walk to settle my stomach after a very late lunch/early dinner of broccoli, lardons, and cheese. It was a great feed, you see, and I looked forward to the chance to enjoy the wintry air before heading back home to...

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The Rudd Error

Amongst all of the nostalgic pieces around this past week on the tenth anniversary of Kevin Rudd beating out John Howard in the 2007 Australian Federal Election and taking his place in The Lodge have been some interesting discussion threads on /r/australia on Reddit....

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Mitt Ain’t It in Alabama

As the Ray Moore debacle in Alabama draws closer to its car-crash like conclusion - because who can look away, honestly? - there is a lot of interesting commentary out there reflecting on just whether the new Senator will be a guy who is rumored to be more than a...

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Better Off Dead

It was only a few days ago that human rights in Australia took a nice step forward with the postal survey returning a strong 'yes' in favor of same sex marriage. I didn't - and still don't - like the idea of majorities voting on the rights of minorities but at least...

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100 Years, 100 MiIlion Lives Lost.

There have been a great many pieces recently written about the 100 year anniversary of the Russian Revolution - I wrote about it myself a week back - including this new article in the Harvard Crimson by Laura Nicolae: Last month marked 100 years since the Bolshevik...

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Footing During Fencing

A long day with an early start which meant that I didn't really have a lot of time to fit in my run. Still, where there's a will there is a way and so I found myself running in the Parc de la Tete D'Or in the early evening while Jamie was at fencing. The day started...

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Heartstarter

Sometimes it is good just to wake up, pull on the shoes, and see what you can do in half an hour. I set out this morning to do not a lot more than lay down a 5K. I have been hurting on and off for the last few weeks and while I know I have the Saintelyon coming up in...

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Lena Dunham In Her Own Words

Lena Dunham on Twitter on 4 August: Things women do lie about: what they ate for lunch. Things women don't lie about: rape. Lena Dunham in The New York TImes on 9 October: I hear stories from victims themselves at a rate that feels positively dystopian. Last year, I...

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Velvet Revolution

Twenty-eight years ago today the Velvet Revolution got started in Czechoslovakia: The Velvet Revolution (Czech: sametová revoluce) or Gentle Revolution (Slovak: nežná revolúcia) was a non-violent transition of power in what was then Czechoslovakia, occurring from...

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2018 FIFA World Cup: Predictions

I know precious little about football (soccer) but, living in France, I am aware that every four years or so the countries of the world get together to sort out who the best at kicking a round ball into a rectangular goal is. And, as the FIFA World Cup qualifiers are...

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61.6%

The Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey is over and the results are in: Of the eligible Australians who expressed a view on this question, the majority indicated that the law should be changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, with 7,817,247 (61.6%) responding Yes...

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18,000 People Who Want To Kill Me

So this is disturbing: French intelligence chiefs have revealed that a list of individuals considered radicalized and potentially violent now numbers 18,000. Some 4,000 of the most dangerous are under close surveillance. The head of France's internal intelligence...

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Citizen of the Year?

GQ magazine has announced its Citizen of the Year: Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed...

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Vaising

It was a very grey day today in Lyon and I spent the morning at the museum with Jamie instead of hitting the pavement. However, come the afternoon and with no change in the weather, I left Jamie and a couple of his buddies in front of the game console and headed out...

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Imagine There’s No Lenin…

As we're at the 100 year point since the experiment in human misery most commonly known as the USSR was launched by Lenin with the Russian Revolution, there have been no shortage of pieces reflecting on this event and its impacts. It's hard to deny the significance of...

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