John Birmingham

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Recap

Game of Thrones S4E8 recap: The danger of impossible romances

John Birmingham Everyone’s favourite festering sinkhole of vice was put to sword and flame on Monday night, by Ygritte and her Wilding chums, attempting to draw out the Night’s Watch in defence of their precious,...

Review

Review: Jonah From Tonga and the genius of Chris Lilley

Chris Lilley in the guise of Jonah

John Birmingham Chris Lilley seems at times to be mocking the most powerless and even toying with racial contempt. But the arc of his humour bends towards tragedy, not cheap shots.

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Season 4

Will Game of Thrones bring the winter of our discontent?

Daenerys Targaryen - Game of Thrones.

John Birmingham As the new season kicks off on Monday, we look back on what has happened to bring George R.R. Martin's warring families into contention for the Iron Throne.

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Guy Manfellow: The utter perfection of the man doing things

John Birmingham Guy Manfellow is waiting for me at the bar of a stylishly obscure bar. It is quiet, perhaps only half the seats are taken, but every head in the stylishly obscure bar is turned just a little way...

Without too much effort, we can master the art of doing very little

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John Birmingham Good morning. Oh, wait. Yes. Sorry. I meant good afternoon. And welcome to the Procrastination Masterclass.

When a computer scammer tries to open my windows, porn saves the day

John Birmingham The phone rings. It rings about the same time most days. Four in the afternoon for me.

Call me barking mad, but the purrfect shape involves a meeting of the minds

John Birmingham Dig out the trackie daks and ditch the catnap, maybe it's time for a return to the dog days in the gym.

Can you live up to the standards of Cory Bernardi?

John Birmingham Ho, fellow conservative Australians! And welcome to this, the foreword to Cory Bernardi's new book. I would like to thank the good senator for inviting me to write a few words, but even more than...

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Joss Whedon returns with a wise-cracking, kickass marvel in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Agents of SHIELD.

John Birmingham Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury cameo, right at the close of Seven's two-episode introduction to Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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No true grit: Squizzy takes the wrong road

Jared Daperis stars as Squizzy Taylor in latest <i>Underbelly</i> series.

John Birmingham Having failed to imbue their production with any real sense of period filth or moral squalor, Squizzy reached low.

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As a corporate top dog I'm a failure, and my employees act like animals

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John Birmingham Important working people are always meeting and if we were not to be left behind.

Finale

Biggest Loser recap: Appetite for reduction

Biggest Loser Next Generation: Michelle Bridges with crying contestant.

John Birmingham We gorged on a combination of fat, tears and humiliation, now it's time for regurgitation, Biggest Loser-style.

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Freetard free-for-all because Foxtel won't compete

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John Birmingham So, Foxtel has put a bullet into the deal that let Australian viewers buy Game of Thrones, and other premium HBO series, episode by episode as they aired.

The breakfast menu: stick with Rice or go the blundering goose Kochie?

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John Birmingham And if a breastfeeding mums' frenzy is not enough, there's always the dopey days of Nene's life.

Why good guys can't always win. Or live

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John Birmingham One of the great joys of reading a story or watching a movie where you've bonded with a character who is in great peril is not being quite sure whether they're going to survive to the end.

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