Simon Collins

Aussie Life

4 July 2020 9:00 am

It has been brought to my attention that the rename Victoria suggestion I made in these pages two weeks ago…

Simon Collins

20 June 2020 9:00 am

Like most Speccie readers I am anxious to give public vent to my outrage at police brutality, institutional racism and…

Simon Collins

6 June 2020 9:00 am

The uncompromising nature of Australia’s lockdown may well have been inspired by the example set by other countries. Or it…

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23 May 2020 9:00 am

Some people like to round off a meal with a glass of brandy and a cigar; others settle for coffee…

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8 May 2020 11:00 pm

People who shout and gesticulate while walking unaccompanied though city centres used to be called nutters. But we now have…

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24 April 2020 11:00 pm

After the cancellation of the Tokyo Olympics, the postponement of the 2020 Tour de France couldn’t have taken many people…

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11 April 2020 9:00 am

‘What did you do in the war, grandad?’ ‘I stayed in.’ If this really is a war, as we are…

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28 March 2020 9:00 am

I began my self-quarantine last week, after returning from London, but it wasn’t until five days later that the symptoms…

They’ll be able to squeeze pizza under the door when I’m back home self isolating, won’t they?

17 March 2020 5:04 pm

I write this in the Singapore Airlines lounge at Heathrow. My flight doesn’t leave for another three hours, but these…

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14 March 2020 9:00 am

A friend recently invited me to a Sydney gallery opening to see paintings by a group of first nations artists…

Simon Collins

29 February 2020 9:00 am

Apparently many travellers now pay more attention to a hotel’s guest reviews than to its advertising. I tend to ignore…

Fear itself

15 February 2020 9:00 am

‘A very merry Christmas,’ sang John Lennon in 1971, ‘and a Happy New Year; let’s hope it’s a good one,…

Simon Collins

1 February 2020 9:00 am

If you stay single long enough most of your married friends will stop trying to match-make you and take up…

Simon Collins

18 January 2020 9:00 am

‘Dr Martin Luther King didn’t say “I have a nightmare,”’ is the opening line of a letter the IPA recently…

Simon Collins

21 December 2019 9:00 am

I’m starting to think the Victorians were right about children. And when I say Victorians, I’m not talking about that…

Simon Collins

30 November 2019 9:00 am

Like any right-thinking Australian, I was outraged to learn from a newspaper that our oldest bank has broken the law…

Clive James isn’t dead. He’s just off learning something new

28 November 2019 7:22 am

There must be poets writing today who can’t remember a time when Clive James wasn’t dying. Indeed, his capitulation to…

Simon Collins

16 November 2019 9:00 am

‘We are assessing the concerns raised and will investigate whether the program met our editorial standards,’ said the ABC’s managing…

Simon Collins

2 November 2019 9:00 am

With its manicured beachfront and sparkling, yacht-speckled view out across the water to the harbour heads, The Bathers Pavilion at…

Simon Collins

19 October 2019 9:00 am

For aesthetic reasons I did not participate in this year’s Sydney Skinny, the all-nude fund-raising harbour swim organised by my…

Simon Collins

5 October 2019 9:00 am

No institutions play a bigger collective part in the socio-economic future-proofing of a country than its universities. That’s where its…

Woodstock woes

21 September 2019 9:00 am

Thanks to the refusal of Australian weather to stick to the IPCC script, Sydneysiders have just experienced one of the…

Queen's Land

7 September 2019 9:00 am

If last ditch Remainer attempts to block a no-deal Brexit fail, our head of state, already seen to have aided…

Simon Collins

24 August 2019 9:00 am

In a recent Speccie column my friend Giles Auty recalled his late father’s difficulties with door handles. This may have…

Simon Collins

10 August 2019 9:00 am

When I filed my first Spectator piece the Aussie edition was still a twinkle in the eye of the then…