As a very, very white Australian man, I am following, enthralled, debate on the 18C race-hate issue.
Ian Warden is a columnist for The Canberra Times
The expression "Pauline Hanson and her fruitcakes" (her One Nation candidates) was used so often in the media during the WA election campaign that it began to suggest a catchy name for a band.
Think what wonders might be done for the image of federal parliament by a heartwarming blockbuster movie musical.
The lake's intimidating, glassy vastness is one of the things that makes it so hard to love.
To the one big reason Canberra of course already has for envying the city of Kalamazoo, Michigan (there's no worthwhile song about Canberra but Kalamazoo features in one of the greatest, catchiest popular songs of all time*) there is now added another jolly good reason.
I have been picking up the remote, pointing it at the TV and tuning in to Question Time.
Thinking mankind's spines have just been chilled by the decision of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to push the hands of the Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight.
All the talk is of Donald and Melania, I have turned instead to a better American couple.
Why I am so excited by Nick Kyrgios and left so weary and uninspired by Bill Shorten?
Modern-day tennis on Lyneham's prehistoric plain