Will the election affect Australia financially?

It is now time to think in depth about the US presidential election and the long time effects. Firstly to us in Australia the initial impact is nominal. Change always sees a rise or a slump in shares and currencies. The market hates uncertainty. This does not mean we are in for a recession, it … [Read the full story]

Primal Scream bring the house down at Clockenflap

Primal Scream brought the first day of Hong Kong’s Clockenflap festival to a close last week, with a greatest hits set at the Kowloon Waterfront Park. The show marked the band’s first appearance in Asia with new permanent bassist Simone Butler, who was officially anounced as Mani’s replacement in October. After Bobby Gillespie greeted the … [Read the full story]

A touch of Australian history

This is an Australian story, but it starts in Spain. Two young, well educated men lived in Spain six hundred years ago. Francis and Ignatius were very pious and holy men. Ignatius went on to be a saint and started the most famous order of Christians. But our story is about Francis. He always wanted … [Read the full story]

Tommy Taylor’s SRU (Sunday Round-Up)

Another week of spin and pollies ducking the issues they promised when elected. Both parties highlighted issues relating to education, policing and health. Crime is increasing…especially violent crime. The promise of more police officers recruited to the force has been a miserable failure. There’s going to be more doctors and nurses to boost our hospitals … [Read the full story]

Is the 21st December 2012 Armageddon Day?

Predictions for the end of the world on the 21st of December 2012 are to a historian really unlikely. We base our predictions on the past and what is likely to happen again. Looking at the current news and the red line policy for the middle east, shows similarities with the twelfth and thirteenth centuries. … [Read the full story]

Governments rely too much on donations

Like me, I expect you get mail most days asking for your help in selling raffle tickets or donating money to worthy causes. Add to this the TV adverts showing the under-privileged in Africa or Asia requesting our monetary assistance, from fresh water, starvation and of course disease. Often I find myself saying, why the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1940

On this day in 1940, the actor and martial-arts expert Bruce Lee is born in San Francisco, California. In his all-too-brief career, Lee became a film star in Asia, and a pop-culture icon, posthumously, in America. Lee was born while his father, a Chinese opera star, was on tour in America. The Lee family moved … [Read the full story]