Author Archives: Patrick

Which club would you like to join?

Club 1:Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Mali, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Sri Lanka. Club 2:Bolivia, Brazil, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mexico, Peru, Republic of … Continue reading

Posted in Libertarian Musings, Politics - international, Religion, Terror | 14 Comments

A Swedish model for Australia?

In the last few days two articles caught my attention:

Posted in Life, Politics - national, Society | 34 Comments

The French Elections

For some time now I have contemplated posting here on Troppo on the French elections. More than anything else, I have resisted the temptation with diligent application of laziness. Second only to laziness has been the suspicion that very few … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - international | 10 Comments

In praise of progress generally, and blogging specifically

Last week, Eygptian blogger Wael Abbas (NB he writes in Arabic!) was credited by French newspaper Le Figaro with striking a major blow against oppression, thanks to three of the ubiquitous incidents of material progress a mobile phone with integrated … Continue reading

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Ireland 21 v 6 Australia, 19 November 2006, Dublin

(crossposted at sidelined) I am almost too disappointed to write this. Frankly, what a waste of a game. I suggested before that the backline selection was illogical, and indeed two people who had never played together in the centres before … Continue reading

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Fred Argy, respected intellectual v Patrick, rugby fan

Fred Argy has written a letter to the AFR protesting changes to cross-media laws. In it appears, to me at least, the incredible implicit assertion that Fox News is bad for American democracy. Because I think he is an intelligent … Continue reading

Posted in Politics - national, Print media, Uncategorised | 11 Comments

Ireland v Australia, Dublin, 18 November 2006

also featuring: Ireland A v Australia A, Limerick, 15 November 2006 cross-posted for the first time to sidelined. Australia A v Ireland, 15 November 2006 Australia A play the Ireland A tonight, which might not seem like big news but … Continue reading

Posted in Sport - rugby | 3 Comments