Simon Collins

Aussie life

20 July 2024 9:00 am

Not very long ago, the propensity of some Australians to sit around watching other people do things on screens rather…

Aussie life

6 July 2024 9:00 am

For most of China’s 1.4 billion population, 2024 has been the Year of the Dragon, which makes it, according to…

Aussie life

22 June 2024 9:00 am

Being an AFL umpire does not look like a job for the thin-skinned. Given the passion of the code’s fan…

Aussie life

8 June 2024 9:00 am

Encomium or insult, tribute or travesty; the line between portrait and caricature can be a very fine one. Readers who…

Aussie life

25 May 2024 9:00 am

It is a point of principle for the residents of the smarter parts of Manhattan not to notice – and…

Aussie life

11 May 2024 9:00 am

As the terrible events in Bondi Junction last month reminded us, fortune doesn’t always favour the brave. Indeed, the courage…

Aussie Life

27 April 2024 9:00 am

Almost exactly 50 years before James Cook’s first encounter with the Gweagal and Gameygal peoples on the shores of what…

Aussie life

13 April 2024 9:00 am

It’s been a long time since the beer garden of the iconic Oaks Hotel in Sydney’s Neutral Bay lost all…

Aussie life

23 March 2024 9:00 am

Which part of ‘No thanks’, many Australians may be wondering, does our Prime Minister not understand? Six months after the…

Aussie life

9 March 2024 9:00 am

The Banksy retrospective which has been drawing modest crowds to the basement of Sydney Town Hall in recent weeks is…

Aussie life

24 February 2024 9:00 am

Surprisingly, perhaps, it was only 20 years after the Union flag was first raised in Sydney Cove that white Australians…

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10 February 2024 9:00 am

At time of writing, we do not know whether there is any truth to the allegations which have been made…

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27 January 2024 9:00 am

Move over, Errol Flynn. It took long enough, but as of last Tuesday you are no longer Tasmania’s most popular…

Aussie life

9 December 2023 9:00 am

While the donning of keffiyehs by actors at the end of a performance of the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of…

Aussie life

2 December 2023 9:00 am

Who can honestly say they’ve never contemplated murder? What red-blooded Australian can put their hand on their heart and swear…

Aussie life

18 November 2023 9:00 am

I’ve never been a fan of Gordon Ramsay. More prudie than foodie, perhaps, I’ve always believed that what comes out…

Aussie life

4 November 2023 9:00 am

Now that the referendum is behind us, we must start doing something about Australia’s burgeoning ICE problem. You wouldn’t know…

Aussie life

21 October 2023 9:00 am

Timing matters just as much in tragedy as it does in comedy. And it is important to remember that the…

Aussie life

7 October 2023 9:00 am

The death of actor David McCallum last week prompted me to google the theme music for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,…

Aussie life

23 September 2023 9:00 am

There was a time when Australians prided themselves on their nose for bulls–t and for their willingness to call it…

Aussie life

9 September 2023 9:00 am

Presumably, you don’t get to become head of football’s governing body in a football-mad country like Spain without putting in…

Aussie life

26 August 2023 9:00 am

Holding dual Australian and UK citizenship is only problematic when both countries reach the final rounds of a major sporting…

Aussie life

12 August 2023 9:00 am

‘Senior moment’, being an affectionate descriptor for the kind of harmless temporary memory failure which presages more serious cognitive decline,…

Aussie life

15 July 2023 9:00 am

If British women’s rights activist Kellie-Jay Keen goes ahead with the defamation suit she is reportedly considering taking out against…

Clothing the gap

11 July 2023 5:30 am

An oft repeated argument for voting No to an Indigenous Voice is that it would be just the latest in…