Daily Archives: March 22, 2008

Murdoch’s good war

The Australian is celebrating five years since “SHOCK N AWE”: celebrating being the appropriate word. See Iraq Invasion – Special Report(s). Much is made of this story: Saddam had Aussie killed.

SADDAM Hussein’s Iraqi regime had an Australian aid worker killed as part of a state-sponsored terror program that also considered a plan to “eliminate” Australian-educated Martin Indyk, the former US ambassador to Israel. Read the rest of this entry »


Posted by on March 22, 2008 in current affairs, Iraq, politics, USA


Nostalgia or factual analysis?

There is no doubt whatsoever that Patrick Buckridge is suffering from galloping nostalgia, even if in defence of a good cause, when he goes in to bat for poetry on ABC: Poetry: better than texting!

It’s a strange thing, but in the current enthusiasm for creative writing courses in Australian universities, poetry – the oldest of the literary art forms – has been left out in the cold.

In Brisbane, for example, Griffith, UQ and QUT all teach full Creative Writing programs, but I’ve heard of only one poetry-composition course (irregularly offered by the Brisbane poet Ross Clarke at QUT.) Read the rest of this entry »