Glad yours went well.
Me? A very good'un. Lots of time on the beach, lots of reading, big chunks of writing, and endless hours moseying around NSW trying to get the hours up for two kidlets going for their driving licences. But, good to be back in the saddle. Giddy up.
Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear.
This is just too delicious!
You will recall that cabal of Conservatives, led by Professor David Flint and Alan Jones, among others, who launched Australia's Tea Party CANdo, a year ago. Among other things, Flint and Jones are hugely devoted supporters of the monarchy and outspoken deniers of climate change. We all know Jonesy's shrill attacks on all who would bow to science, but Flint, too, has been strong, accusing those who supported the idea of an emissions trading scheme as ''demonstrating the same blind faith as the Bolsheviks did on collectivisation, which was imposed at massive cost on the Soviet Union. It ruined the nation's agriculture and was even responsible for the outbreak of famine. Like collectivisation, the ETS is a dangerous and damaging obsession.''
And here's the delicious part. On Thursday, in London, Prince Charles - the man Flint and Jones eternally champion to become the King of Australia - described denialists as a ''headless chicken brigade,'' wilfully ignoring overwhelming scientific evidence, while also mounting ''a barrage of sheer intimidation'' against all who speak sense on it.
Your thoughts, Professor?
I think we need to know.
Two years ago, ABC News took some brief time off from promoting its FILTHY LEFTIST PROPAGANDA to - just for once - give equal billing to our then prime minister Julia Gillard and her conservative counterpart in the Land of the Long White Cloud, Prime Minister John Key. After a quick announcement as to what they had been discussing that day in Wellington, the camera showed them lining up for their photo opportunity in front of the Australian and New Zealand flags … only to get momentarily mixed up! Laughing, they quickly swapped sides. On Thursday, to my amazement, the highly admirable Key floated the idea of holding a referendum this year, where Kiwis could decide if they wanted to change the flag, saying he personally would back a change - just like Canada did in 1965, when prime minister Lester Pearson guided the nation to the magnificent and immediately identifiable flag they now have. I know, I know, it will be a cold day in hell before our Prime Minister announces the same kind of referendum for us. But, prima facie, it looks like once again the Kiwis are moving ahead of us, and if they do change, it will highlight more than ever how anachronistic our own flag is, giving such prime acreage to the flag of another nation.
Joke of the week
An 82-year-old man called Morris goes to the doctor to get a physical.
A few days later, the doctor notices Morris walking down the street laughing and chatting with a drop-dead gorgeous young woman on his arm.
At their next appointment, a week later, the doc says: ''You're really doing great, aren't you?''
''Just doing what you said, Doc,'' Morris replies. ''Get a hot mamma and be cheerful …''
''I didn't say that,'' Doc interrupts. ''I said, ''You've got a heart murmur; be careful.''
They said it ...
You would like the national broadcaster to have a rigorous commitment to truth and at least some basic affection for the home team ... [It] dismays Australians when the [ABC] appears to take everybody's side but our own.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott says part of the role of the fourth estate is to support the second estate. It's not.
This is the first serious suggestion I know of, certainly in the last half a century, where a prime minister of the country is suggesting the Australian public be denied access to the truth, and ... that a prime minister has seriously intimated that the ABC should censor and withhold information from the Australian public.
Former ABC managing director David Hill.
Not the girl next door but the granny next door now.
Jackie Weaver on receiving the Raymond Longford Award for her roles in movies over the past 48 years.
I think your responsibility is to shine light but not generate heat ... you're not a participant in the political process.
Our next governor-general, Peter Cosgrove's thoughts on his new role.