No-one is saying the colourful Melbourne identity that Victorian Liberal leader Matthew Guy had a secret dinner with is a mobster. They're just saying: "In an affidavit filed in court in June to support Mr Madafferi's ban from Crown Casino and all Victorian racetracks, Detective Superintendent Peter Brigham said the police hold "substantial intelligence" indicating that Mr Madafferi had "substantial and close involvement with serious criminal conduct including drug importation, murder and extortion"." Matthew Guy. He may not be so "tough on crime" but he does LOVE a lobster dinner. Shameless.
I reckon y'all need some political *good* news today, given the appalling decision by the Liberals to continue their support of the unleashed hate campaign which comes with a (multi-million-dollar, not even binding) plebiscite on whether LGBTQIA+ folk are allowed to get married. So HERE is that good news; federal Labor will NOT be supporting the wasteful, ineffective conservative brainfart of drug-testing welfare recipients - a scheme that comprehensively failed when already attempted in New Zealand and parts of America. Hooray!
Do you know anyone who votes Liberal, National or One Nation? Are they the exact same people who complain about rising power bills, and grumble about how services aren't as good as they used to be, and how healthcare is too expensive, etc etc? Then you might want to wordlessly drop this in front of them, so they learn that the "asset recycling" proposed by the Libs, Nats and ONP is just fancy words for the privatisation they hate SO MUCH. "Asset recycling" and "asset leasing" = PRIVATISATION. And Australians *hate* privatisation.
This makes me really sad. These are tasty biscuits and 28 local jobs in a small town. I'm going to Coles and Officeworks to buy them. Woolworths, what's wrong with you? Don't you like Australian-made snacks? Please share.
Today, I made a delightful jaunt out to the gorgeous Gordon Hat Shoppe, in one of Victoria's most picturesque villages. Tell me, am I more a fez, tricorn or top-hat girl? OR SHOULD I SAVE UP AND BUY ALL THREE?!!
Me and Sally McManus are going out to Ballarat to continue the campaign against cures to penalty rates. ONE IN SIX workers in the home of Eureka are affected by the cuts to pay in the retail, food, accommodation and pharmacy sectors. These are wage cuts that hurt real people and take money out of vulnerable regional economies. Come and join us as we fight back.
The degradation of higher education -universities, TAFE and apprenticeships - under the Turnbull government is just idiotic. If anyone thinks you can run a prosperous society with a poorly educated population being ordered around by a self-appointed handful of rich dodos, I'll see you in the muddy pit we're left in, comrade. Please lend your support to this national day of action on August 8.
First Dog On The Moon is my colleague at the Guardian and he has slayed both Donald Trump and Malcolm Turnbull in this cartoon for their appalling carelessness with human lives. I am proud to know him. Also, there are milk people.
The new leader of the New Zealand Labour Party, Jacinda Ardern, had only been in the job *seven hours* before some radio host asked her whether she planned to get knocked up if she became prime minister. And I had a total and complete ragesplosion about it, so wrote this for the Guardian. PS Go, Jacinda!
The Turnbull government is giving free workers to pubs. Not actually joking. Would be very interested to know how many people with jobs that pubs were once obliged to pay award wages find themselves on fewer shifts from this point. This is a failed scheme. It is a disgusting exploitation of young people as free labour for profit-making businesses, and it makes every single person's job unsafe.
SPIDER-MAN vs DUNKERQUE – Les deux films à voir au cinéma en ce moment, excellents. « With great power comes great responsability ». On se souvient de la formule célèbre du premier Spider-Man. Après le 11 septembre 2001, mais avant la guerre en Irak et avant Facebook, le super-héros prévenait l’Amérique de ses responsabilités. Quinze années plus tard, la troisième adaptation et sequel de Spider-Man vient de sortir en salles en France. Le héros, de Tobey Maguire à Tom Holland, n’a pas vieilli d’une toile. Forever young. De retour à la maison, dans l’Amérique de Trump, le nouveau Peter Parker est désormais accro aux réseaux sociaux. Plus question de jouer aux cowboys et aux indiens : l’éjaculateur précoce Spidey est devenu geek. Il se filme avec son smart-phone et poste sa petite vidéo sur YouTube. Devenu sa propre marque, égocentrique, Peter Parker prend l’ascendant sur Spider-Man. Qui est fiction, qui est réalité ? Où est la vie, où la fantaisie ? Comme Don Quichotte ou la pantomine d’Hamlet, on ne sait plus. Peter Parker fait sa propre « curation » et, parmi les Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, La Vision et autre Captain America, il reste dans sa bulle avec les Avengers. Il faut dire que c’est un Spider-Man en stage ; il a quinze ans. Ni Spider, ni Man : pas vraiment encore une araignée (la scène de la piqure transgénique a disparu) ; pas même un homme. Les « bites » sont remplacés par les « bits » ; la « spider » est devenu « web ». Pour impressionner sa copine, Peter est même prêt à abuser de ses superpowers – c’est immoral non Spidey ? –, mais il préfère finalement rester dans sa chambre à jouer avec son smart-phone et aux légos avec son meilleur pote-de-la-diversité. De loin seulement, il géolocalise les supervilains ; il se bat avec un drone (qu’il appelle Drony) ; il joue avec les codes visuel de SnapChat. Digitalisé, billy-elliotisé, adolescent liquide et donc youtuber, c’est alors qu’apparaît à l’écran le secret narcissique de cette histoire dans l’histoire : « Un film de Peter Parker. » On le voit : désormais, small power comes with small responsabilities. (extrait de ma critique parue ce dimanche en Italie sur la Repubblica) Sur Dunkerque, que j'ai bien aimé, voir la vidéo des 7 approximations historiques du film. Pauvres français que nous sommes maltraités !! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OgRyu3Rmw8s&t=111s
My Guardian piece from yesterday on inequality and lying politicians has been shared by Q and A. Which is almost as lovely as some of the valentines addressed to me that appear below the post. LOVE YOU, TOO, BOYZ!!! ❤️❤️❤️
Katie Walsh writes: The chile relleno at Matt’s El Rancho in Austin—which was Lyndon B. Johnson’s favorite dish here—came covered in queso instead of ranchero sauce, by request. My sister Julia ordered the Grilled Old Fashioned tacos, which we’ve been eating here for at least 20 years. We’d just caught wind of the recent Daily Texan opinion piece, and we both took a moment to marvel over the absurdity of insulting such beautiful, delicious food before happily digging in. http://robbwalsh.com/2017/07/dear-audrey-texans-deserve-better-than-trashing-tex-mex/
Hoping to see old friends and new over the next two weeks in Australia. I'll be attending writers' festivals and other public events in Bendigo, Brisbane, Byron Bay, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney. It's my fourth excuse to visit that beautiful part of the world, and I'm so grateful for the invitations. https://byronwritersfestival.com http://www.canberrawritersfestival.com.au http://bendigowritersfestival.com.au
The whole family had a fabulous time at Broughton Shopping Park on Wednesday at their fabulous free Broughton Goes Wild activities! I can highly recommend it. Read my blog post for more information and activity details, and get yourself along, my kids were exhausted afterwards, always a bonus! xx
HEY! Live in Melbourne? Work in hospo? Sick of being treated by customers/bosses as if you're a stick of free meat? 3pm tomorrow at the Old Bar: drinks, chats, music, other people getting together to demand #RespectIsTheRule. Literally the easiest way to fight your own corner ever. Tell them Van sent you.
But.. if we miss an opportunity, a poem allows us to go back and make a hot mess beautiful and fruitful. 🦋 Whether the experience is painful or bursting with miracles, it's never too late to live moments in•verse. 🙃😉 #poetess #poems #poetrylovers #poetry #quotes #quotesandsayings #spilledink
Good morning! Australia's two (2) richest billionaires own as much as the poorest 20% of the population. But Scott Morrison will tell you it's all in your head, silly! Look, over there! A JetSki! I'm sick of this garbage and you should be, too. My latest piece in the Guardian.
Smothered pork chops were the special on Thursday at Mama Frances Soul Kitchen. The pork chop plate comes with a mound of homemade mashed potatoes and savory brown gravy plus two sides. I went for some very porky tasting mixed collard and mustard greens and the creamy black-eyed peas. Head chef Shirley Crowder runs the place with her husband, cashier and bottle washer, Chris Crowder. [ 381 more words ] http://robbwalsh.com/2017/07/review-mama-frances-soul-kitchen/
Senator who BLAMES HIS MUM for all his problems also forgets his job is supposed to be representing the people of Queensland - NOT actually representing the billionaires in the mining industry, Matt Canavan, you ginormous *pillock*. *ragesplosion*