Giles Auty

Rainy day notes

8 December 2018 9:00 am

As I write rain is absolutely bucketing down in the form of what is commonly known in the UK as…

Teaching notes

1 December 2018 9:00 am

TEACHER’S VOW TO TURN KIDS OFF LIBS: so read the lesser front-page headline of the Australian on November 21. From…

Remembrance notes

17 November 2018 9:00 am

Exactly a year ago I was on my way home starting the final stage of recovery from prolonged surgery.  Indeed…

Learning notes

3 November 2018 9:00 am

A week or so ago my wife thought she might be losing her mind when she heard the late Freddie…

Australian notes

1 September 2018 9:00 am

In the hour and a half it took me to drive to Sydney on August 23, I listened to what…

Brutopian notes

30 June 2018 9:00 am

A few weeks ago I had the privilege to be present at the launch of Kevin Donnelly’s vitally necessary new…

Parklife

19 May 2018 9:00 am

During more or less the whole 20 years that my wife and I have lived in the Blue Mountains we…

Home & away notes

31 March 2018 9:00 am

Over the space of a decade or so, a number of young Australians managed to bring themselves forcefully to international…

Cautionary notes

10 March 2018 9:00 am

It strikes me sometimes as a fortuitous coincidence that the word communism shares its start with the word compulsion because…

High horse notes

3 March 2018 9:00 am

For me, at least, one of the less edifying sights of recent times was watching Australia’s Prime Minister and his…

Neo-Marxist notes

17 February 2018 9:00 am

I can best explain my temporary absence from these pages by saying that I agreed to write a ‘short’ book…

Arch-conservative notes

6 January 2018 9:00 am

A devoutly Catholic Polish couple I know who came to Australia thirty years ago to escape the extreme unpleasantness of…

Rhetorical notes

25 November 2017 9:00 am

Some decades ago in Britain a better than average advertising copywriter came up with the following rather clever slogan: ‘Tern:…

SSM notes

4 November 2017 9:00 am

How would you react if you saw a somewhat naïve and impressionable friend about to step off the edge of…

Identarian notes

30 September 2017 9:00 am

It is hard if not impossible to express my sympathy for Neil Brown adequately having taken full note of his…

Arts notes

16 September 2017 9:00 am

I don’t know how many were present a week ago at The Speccie prolonged lunch but do know that I…

Arts notes

9 September 2017 9:00 am

I intend nothing short of a compliment by saying Australia is – or was – a land built on physicality…

Batty notes

2 September 2017 9:00 am

When I was a small boy growing up in England, the expression ‘ to have bats in the belfry’ was…

Stasi notes

26 August 2017 9:00 am

As the years race by it is tempting to hunt for any advantage one can possibly associate with age. Yet…

Australian notes

12 August 2017 9:00 am

On my first visit to Darwin twenty odd years ago to cover the annual Aboriginal art awards a number of…

Post-modern notes

29 July 2017 9:00 am

For those of us who exist long enough it is all too easy to live on somehow through decades of…

Life and death notes

22 July 2017 9:00 am

Few sensible people who have ever looked at a map would dispute that we are a bit physically isolated down…

Art notes

10 June 2017 9:00 am

‘Come and take a look at this – you’re not going to believe it’ my wife called out recently from…

PC notes

20 May 2017 9:00 am

On May 3 Tony Abbott urged his audience at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research in Perth to place…

Art notes

6 May 2017 9:00 am

Prompted by Neil Brown’s perceptive analysis of the role of arts administrator (‘Brown Study’, 22/4) as among the more useless…