Aussie Life

Aussie Life

24 July 2021 9:00 am

It used to be that sporting endeavour was regarded as a noble cause, and that our sporting pastimes were governed…

Aussie Language

24 July 2021 9:00 am

Talking to Peta Credlin on Sky News I coined a new expression, ‘language communists’. I used to call the bullies…

Aussie Life

17 July 2021 9:00 am

When I switched on my TV last Sunday I was not at all surprised to see a three-star Australian general…

Aussie Language

17 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Gain of function’ is a chilling new expression—well, new to most of us—that has entered our language as a result…

Kiwi Life

10 July 2021 9:00 am

One of my goals over the coming months is to watch an entire rugby game for the first time in…

Aussie Language

10 July 2021 9:00 am

We are told that sexual assault and sexual harassment happen because men don’t understand consent. NSW has a law before…

Aussie Life

3 July 2021 9:00 am

The only time that the BBC has ‘emu-lated’ an Australian broadcaster was in the early Seventies, when it suspended its…

Aussie Language

3 July 2021 9:00 am

‘Muck-raking’ is an old journalism expression coined in the US around 1900 to describe two types of journalists: a) those…

Aussie Life

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Every time a dog cocks its leg to urinate on the Federation Pavilion in Centennial Park, Sydney, a terminally ill…

Aussie Language

26 June 2021 9:00 am

A report in the Australian said ‘anti-Semitic’ hate crimes are on the rise in America – and the FBI and…

Aussie Life

19 June 2021 9:00 am

One of the advantages of being an internet sensation is that it greatly reduces the likelihood of you being eaten.…

Aussie Language

19 June 2021 9:00 am

The settlement of Christian Porter’s defamation action against the ABC produced the predictable sneering responses from the activists at the…

Aussie Life

5 June 2021 9:00 am

The cold snap enveloping much of NSW at time of writing won’t help regional communities battling the mouse plague, such…

Aussie Language

5 June 2021 9:00 am

A campaign is needed against the word ‘partner’—so I have started one. It was launched on Peta Credlin’s program on…

Aussie Life

29 May 2021 9:00 am

It’s always sad to see the end of a love affair, particularly when the lovers had seemed so enraptured of…

Aussie Language

29 May 2021 9:00 am

Writing in The Speccie Dot Wordsworth said: ‘The most effective weapon in cultural warfare is to find a form of…

Aussie Life

22 May 2021 9:00 am

Unlike most of the panellists on The Gruen Transfer, I still make ads for a living, and try to exercise…

Aussie Language

22 May 2021 9:00 am

The Australian Breastfeeding Association has declared the word ‘mother’ to be ‘non-inclusive’. Does this make linguistic sense? Not for a…

Aussie Life

15 May 2021 9:00 am

A recent jaunt through the NSW South Coast town of Bermagui sparked a friendly family rivalry over whose forebears had…

Aussie Language

15 May 2021 9:00 am

There is an organisation called ‘Dying with Dignity’. In their most recent newsletter they say, ‘The NSW Parliament looks set…

Aussie Life

8 May 2021 9:00 am

As a child I had a version of OCD called Just Right syndrome. This doesn’t mean I lived entirely on…

Aussie Language

8 May 2021 9:00 am

Brauer College in Warrnambool, Victoria made the news for having required all the boys at an assembly to ‘stand up…

Aussie Life

1 May 2021 9:00 am

I’ve travelled to Melbourne several times a year since I was a child and visited last month for the first…

Aussie Language

1 May 2021 9:00 am

The expression ‘culture cringe’ was coined in 1950 by literary critic A. A. Phillips to describe the cringing assumption that…

Aussie life

24 April 2021 9:00 am

The café of the suburban outdoor pool I swam in when I lived in Melbourne in the 1990’s had a…