I made an incredible discovery when I was in kindy, I figured out a whole new way to argue. It was awesome. All you had to do was to stick fingers in ears and keep yelling “I CAN'T HEAR YOU” over and over. It worked like a charm, I never lost an argument – until I tried it on dad.
It must be great being a pessimist. When you always expect the worst, surprises are usually pleasant ones. Little wonder then that pessimism is so popular.
Are you a good person? It’s okay, you don’t have to answer that question. I already know the answer. Of course you are a good person. You never lose your temper except when people (or inanimate objects) annoy you. You had that girl in the office in tears the other day but that was her fault. She should have returned your pencil on time. You never hit your wife... when she cooks dinner right. Hard but fair, that’s what you are.
Once upon a time, two crafty tailors convinced the Emperor that they could make him a set of magic clothes. They told all the people that these robes would be so magic that only smart people could see them. Everyone went along with the deception because no one wanted to admit that they were too stupid to see the wonderful clothes.
Regular Pickering Post readers will remember my bold prediction. I wrote that within ten years, Islam will cease to exist in any meaningful sense (excepting the odd nutcase of course). Well, in light of recent events, I’m starting to think that, not to put too fine a point on it, I may have been wrong.
A hung parliament, an obstructionist senate, possibly even a Labor/Greens socialist Government. Not surprisingly, many Liberals are left wondering about the wisdom of dumping Abbott for Turnbull.
Now that Brexit is a reality, the talk has turned to trade. Who will be allowed to trade with who? Who will get a free trade deal? Who won’t get a free trade deal? Who will be the new trade winners and who will be the losers? The whole free trade thing can be extremely confusing. I know, I had things completely about face until I bought my Ducati 900SS motorcycle.
Could it be that the Brits have just saved Europe from dictatorship for the third time in just over a century? That might sound melodramatic but there is no denying that the EU is no democracy. What’s more, it has been steadily increasing its stranglehold on the nation states under its sway.
So you hate Nigel Farage. He is an ex Tory, who was in Maggie Thatcher’s Government. You think he is arrogant and argumentative? You figure his anti-immigration rhetoric is hiding closet racism and all the decent people you respect seem to hate him too.
Robin Hood is a charming English folk tale that has enthralled children for centuries. The story is usually told more or less correctly however, people consistently come to completely the wrong conclusion.
Despite its failings, democracy has been a true blessing to the English. It has allowed them to restrain tyrannical kings and queens beneath a democratically elected parliament. Since they achieved this (with much bloodshed) in the 1700s the Poms have never looked back.
I don’t always agree with the left leaning academics of the Western world. Fortunately, there are a few areas where we can find some common ground.
A really weird situation existed in England when mum was young. At that time, anyone who expressed concern about the Nazis was accused of being a violent rabble rouser and warmonger.
I have to admit to misspending at least some of my youth. My friends were no angels. Many of them smoked pot. The more adventurous ones would occasionally take some speed or LSD. I wouldn’t describe it as “harmless” fun but, with a few notable exceptions, it was mostly under some sort of control.
Charter for Compassion International have recently released a guidebook on Islamophobia. After reviewing it, we can honestly say we had no idea it was such a problem. This document gives lots of helpful ways for non-Muslims to reduce Islamophobia.
Three students in one of Queensland’s top Universities wandered into an unmarked (or at least under marked) facility looking to use a computer. They were stopped and questioned about their ethnic ancestry. When it turned out that they belonged to the “wrong” ethnic group they were refused access to the computers and asked to leave the facility.
Just a few miles from where I grew up, there lived a disturbed young man named Ian Brady. Ian met a young girl at work called Myra Hindley and they began a love affair. Unfortunately, Myra was also particularly twisted and their partnership would lead to horrific tragedy.
It’s nice to have a couple of days away from the news but flicking through this morning and what do we find?