LANGUAGE ABUSE

For those for whom reading is a key activity, language abuse smacks them in the nose when it’s encountered.

THE LUCKY COUNTRY

In these troubled times a massive salve has been provided by sport and no more so than in Australia, the so-called lucky country.

FAMOUS PEOPLE

Last week, discussing famous people I’d met, I baffled my audience when I mentioned Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, as the most notable.

DOMINION-POST EDITOR ATTEMPTS SUICIDE. NOW IN HOSPITAL

Would the Stuff website run the above heading if, as would certainly not surprise anyone, it was true rather than made up by me?

NANNY STATE AUSTRALIA

Australia today has the pathetic honour of being the only country in the world which currently prohibits its citizens from foreign travel (excluding visiting New Zealand during the spasmodic bubble periods) without specific permission. They’re doing this under the provisions of the 2015 Biosecurity Act which speaks for itself.