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Beardy from Hell – February 2019

AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 Despite Sydney being way shitter than it was 10 years ago, it’s still the best city on Earth, so quit your whinging. PISCES FEB 20-MAR 20 The mates you’ve got now are the mates you’re going to be stuck with for life, so make the most of them even though they’re […]

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The Unreliable Guide to… Consumerism

The Unreliable Guide is fed up with advertising, the proselytising arm of the latest and most insidious religion of them all: consumerism. Don’t believe it’s a religion? Consider Xmas.com and EasterTM. These formally religious occasions are now celebrations of consumption (no doubt to the amusement of Pagans whose Yule and Oestra festivals were similarly hijacked […]

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On Being a Mummy Taxi

Lately I’ve been ferrying a five year-old grandchild to preschool, joining the ‘Mummy Taxi’ fleet that clogs our roads and schools in the mornings and afternoons. Like many, I have railed against this practice, which can result in neurotic, overweight, gormless children, fraught mothers and unnecessary traffic congestion. My childhood experience was far more robust, […]

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Where There’s a Will…

Raise your hand if you made a New Year’s resolution. Now keep your hand up if you’ve man- aged to stick with it and keep that resolution going. Okay, is your hand still in the air? If not, don’t feel bad; you’re in good company. Fact is, fewer than 10 per cent of us who […]

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Summer in the East – A Time for Family and Feast

There is no shame in admitting that we are all pretty lucky to live in the Eastern Suburbs and that this is particularly evident over the summer period when our geographic features become the centre of so much of our recreation and sport. We have a great many lovely beaches, bays and sea pools, as […]

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A Bitter Pill to Swallow

The advice of my parents is something I am very grateful for and I will continue to seek it for as long as life gives me that oppor- tunity. I can’t recall any occasion when their advice didn’t put my best interests and wellbeing first and foremost. Back in 1970s and 80s society, some topics […]

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Yo Yo Yo, Slomo Has to Go

How low can Australia’s political climate go with the self-named ‘ScoMo’ as Prime Minister? It’s bad enough that a country which prides itself on larrikinism and egalitarianism is so caught up in materialism and the fallacy of economic growth that it continues to elect and tolerate conservative governments with their warped version of capitalism. But […]

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Letters – February 2019

TAKING THE MYSTERY OUT OF SPOTTING SHARKS Without a doubt, one way to deal with the sharp rise in shark attacks around Australia is to increase sur- veillance (Local Shark Sightings Fail to Overturn Drone Trial Snub, The Beast, January 2019). To this end, the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) has joined forces with Australian […]

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Beardy from Hell – January 2019

CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 20 It is not totally necessary to inform your partner every time you fart, so leave something to surprise – especially at the dinner table. AQUARIUS JAN 21-FEB 19 You will no longer be able to resist the urge to sniff your own toilet paper. Be careful to avoid swiping the end […]

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The Beaches and Beauty of Milos Island

Departing Athens from the port of Pirius on a 7am ferry got us to the island of Milos at around midday. We were greeted by a cloudless sky and a warm, gentle breeze. There were only a few taxis around so we had to scramble into the first available. From the port it was only […]

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