Category Archives: History

Revisionism Is Just a (Cheap) Shot Away

ANOTHER fiftieth anniversary being marked this week is the 1969 Altamont concert by the Rolling Stones at which Meredith Hunter was killed by members of the Hell’s Angels hired as security for the event. A new book has inspired Mark … Continue reading

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How Agatha Christie (Sort of) Saved Civilisation

THIS weekend marks the fiftieth anniversary of one of the truly epochal events in the history of culture. On 30 November 1969 the Tridentine Mass – the usus antiquior – was set aside by Pope Paul VI (Giovanni Battista Montini) … Continue reading

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Bill Waterhouse

I was sad to hear of his death yesterday, aged 97. He was no saint and never pretended to be. But nor was he the tainted “colourful racing identity” of some ignorant imaginations. His most famous alleged infractions – regarding … Continue reading

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Inspiration for Victorians

I’ll definitely make sure I see this. The Michael Herbig-directed film tells the true story of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families who escaped East Germany to freedom in a home-made hot-air balloon in 1979. Via Instapundit. Deutsche Welle review: ‘Balloon’ depicts … Continue reading

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The ongoing suffering of contemporary Western women

Dear ABC: If you’re going to push ‘social change’ 24/7 – about Women still battling sexism in the workplace, for example – at least require your ism roundsmen to come up with better sob stories than this one: Simone Loone … Continue reading

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Danger Ireland

Amongst the nick nacks of my late father I treasure most are the old lapel badges he wore from adolescence right through to his final days. The most important of these to me is his RAS badge. Possibly beneath it … Continue reading

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Remember, remember the 9th, 10th and 11th of November

See if you can see any connection. November 9 was the day, thirty years ago, that the Berlin Wall fell. November 9-10 was Kristallnacht in 1938. November 11 was the day the Armistice was signed to end World War I, … Continue reading

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11/11: Remembering the Norman conquest (and comedy)

It’s possible a jester somewhere in history lived his calling – come what may – in a fraught situation involving a ruthlessly ousted king and a gathering of his murderously livid courtiers. But I’m not aware of an example.

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It was twenty years ago today

In addition to celebrating the defeat of Malcolm Turnbull’s first exercise in nation-wrecking on this day, we can also happily remember the role a humble poet played prior to the failed republic referendum of 6 November 1999. It was Les … Continue reading

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You don’t have Trump to kick around – ever

Remember David Cay Johnston? He’s the manic unauthorised “biographer” and long-term tax affairs stalker of Donald Trump who was welcomed and feted as a disinterested guru by the ABC back in 2017. Like most of the chapters in the anti-Trump … Continue reading

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