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Ask the women in your life how often they feel scared
Opinion
Opinion

Ask the women in your life how often they feel scared

Put yourself in a woman’s place. In a car park at night. An elevator alone. On a dark street. In a bar.

  • by John Birmingham

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Unless it's a Nobel cause, I'm over ignoble calls
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Phones

Unless it's a Nobel cause, I'm over ignoble calls

Old-fashioned phone calls have been so weaponised — not just by scammers but also by slightly less dodgy operators cold-calling for charities, businesses and survey companies — that it feels like answering any unknown number is an invitation to a shakedown.

  • by John Birmingham
Save yourself a headlock and get that spot checked out
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Skin cancer

Save yourself a headlock and get that spot checked out

The melanoma's gone now. In its place I got this awesome-looking Frankenstein scar and a cautionary tale about putting off doctor visits.

  • by John Birmingham
Politics is broken because the whole system is broken
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Opinion

Politics is broken because the whole system is broken

Sometimes when things break, it’s a mystery. But even when we can’t figure out what went wrong, we understand that something did fail.

  • by John Birmingham
Grill'd has got beef with its 'fast food' ranking - and it's right
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Food

Grill'd has got beef with its 'fast food' ranking - and it's right

The angry hamburger dude from Grill’d is threatening to unleash the hounds on obesity researchers who lumped him in “with a bunch of fast-food outlets”.

  • by John Birmingham
Blimey, that royal wedding impressed even this fierce republican
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Opinion

Blimey, that royal wedding impressed even this fierce republican

Those loved-up crazy kids and their royal wedding. I’m a fierce republican and I will send them to the tumbrels when the revolution comes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a couple of hours of day drinking followed by an evening of dress-ups, celebrities and ridonkulous English nuff nuffs.

  • by John Birmingham
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I beat Brisbane's peak-hour traffic with muffins and coffee
Brisbane

I beat Brisbane's peak-hour traffic with muffins and coffee

Brisneylanders are getting back into their cars because whatever governments are doing with public transport isn’t working.

  • by John Birmingham
An Australian content quota for Netflix? What a pile of Bullpitt
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Opinion

An Australian content quota for Netflix? What a pile of Bullpitt

The idea of telling Netflix it has to fill its ‘schedule’ with a quota of fair dinkum content for happy little Vegemiters is so stupid it has a good chance of being made government policy one day.

  • by John Birmingham
Why I'm barely on talking terms with Apple and Amazon's ladies in a can
Apple

Why I'm barely on talking terms with Apple and Amazon's ladies in a can

“Here’s what I found on the web about your creeping sense of existential dread, JB.”

  • by John Birmingham
Which Anzac Day tweet will set off a holy war this year?
Anzac Day

Which Anzac Day tweet will set off a holy war this year?

Ferociously policing the meaning of Anzac Day does nothing to improve the lot of veterans who continue to suffer the very real challenge of leaving behind their days in uniform.

  • by John Birmingham
The new television rights deal is just not cricket
Media & marketing

The new television rights deal is just not cricket

Seven and Foxtel’s joint billion-dollar deal for the broadcast rights to Test and limited overs cricket is about as clear a breach of the anti-siphoning legislation as you could hope for.

  • by John Birmingham