Author Archives: Rafe Champion

15 seconds of fame

My neighbour does Meals on Wheels and she was involved in a program on A Current Affair. She called in desperation a few weeks ago when her husband refused to appear at the door in front of the TV cameras … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 21 August

Post of the week. Don Aitkin, always a good read, on weather, climate and land use. Event of the week. Opening Barangaroo Point Reserve this weekend. Culture. The Spectator Culture House weekly. New release of remainders at Clouston and Hall. … Continue reading

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David Leyonhjelm on the need for Parliamentary debate on involvement in the Middle East

Thousands of miles from here a backward, misogynist, psychotic group of Sunni Muslims is terrorising all within their reach. Quite rightly, the Australian Government has not committed a single soldier to counter this evil. I speak of Boko Haram in … Continue reading

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Kilmeny Niland exhibition in Sydney

Declaration of interest. At the Artarmon Gallery through August. The website of the artist with samples of wildlife, miniatures, portraits, cards, haiga (picture plus haiku) and book illustrations. Article about Kilmeny with a nice photo of her with the young … Continue reading

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Jeremy Corbyn, life imitates art

If he did not exist, he would have to be invented as a cartoon strip figure to parody the trendy left. A bit like the ABC and SBS (foundation members of Friends of Zaky Mallard). PS Important pieces by Judith … Continue reading

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Lets hear it for the mining industry

Be there or be square. h/t Alan Jones on 2GB the Power Station. And fast tracking fracking in the UK.

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Around the town, 14 August

New on the list. The Australian Liberty Forum, designed to supersede “Around the Town” for Australian events. Around the town. Hendo and the media watchdog [Updated on Friday afternoon]. The Australian Institute for Progress, (AIP) “because the future does not … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 13 August

Post of the week. Paul Monk on The Challenge of an Islamic Reformation and the need to revive the spirit of the Congress for Cultural Freedom that kept the idea of freedom alive through the Cold War and mount a … Continue reading

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Lets hear it for the Protestant missionaries

Robert Woodbury gave a talk at CIS last week on this topic. Should have blogged on it but was too busy. Next best thing, read the source paper. From the American Political Science Review Vol. 106, No. 2 May 2012 … Continue reading

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Rafe’s Roundup 6 August

International politics. Look out for the Tartars! Remember the old saying, scratch a Russian and you find a tartar! Culture. Spectator Culture House. New York Review of Books. Climate. Roundup from the Global Warming Policy Forum. Adjusting the temperature records. … Continue reading

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