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For Americans

Just in case, you know, there is an American citizen somewhere in the world who has managed not yet to see this ad. One way or another it is what most Australians think and fear for the USA and ourselves

Soul Murder

“Soul murder” — not a phrase one comes across every day.   By Luigi Novi / Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7815388 Sir Roger was listening to the ABC Science Show today. It was Robyn Williams’ homage to Oliver Sacks (Awakenings, The Man Who Thought His Wife Was a Hat, Seeing Voices, Uncle Tungsten etc. etc. […]

Sprezzatura – the New Cool

Sir Roger has been somewhat troubled of late that persons of his (ahem) “vintage” have become quite out of step with the young’uns these days. Not in terms of worldliness, because after all his generation have seen a lot more world (times Time), with all its available varieties of grief and joy, of wonder and […]

Men and Whitlam of Australia

  Men and Whitlam of Australia… “The decision we will make on December 2 is a choice between the past and the future, between the habits and fears of the past and the demands and opportunities of the future. There are moments in history when the whole fate and future of nations can be decided […]

Lord Roger Migently?

  Sir Roger Migently, as you must surely realise, has been quite unwell. He has been managed like an unlucky skier in an induced coma these many months since September 2013, when the floor of the Migently Mansions entertainment complex collapsed beneath him and he landed heavily on his Conservatory, hitting his head repeatedly against the wall. […]

Rentier Socialists

  Just (sorry) Sir Roger thinks IT’S TIME to refer back to the recent squabble about certain t-shirts and heap some shit on those who assert ownership of the commonly used English phrase “It’s time”.  Universities once, in all the centuries up to but not including this one, were laboratories for learning and thinking, experiencing […]

Democracy – Dancing for Joy?

About 300 years ago, like a smouldering kapok pillow, a massive revolution began its slow burn.  A scientific revolution. A social political revolution led by great minds. Newton, Spinoza, Locke, Voltaire, Rousseau,  Diderot, d’Alembert, Montesquieu. Hume. Robert Burns. Thomas Payne. The Age of Enlightenment surged on and rational, egalitarian thought swept everything from its path. Except religion, of course. You’ve got to give […]

A Moron in a Hurry – Part 4 (Final)

Drawing by the extraordinary Doctor King .  Men and Whitlam of Australia, not to forget the moron in a hurry, it’s time to bid farewell to old plinth-bound, red-taped Goth the Whittler, his soul, his vision and his legacy chained and frozen in stone within the walls of the Wiblam Edifice, protected by the Hooded […]

A Moron in a Hurry – Part 2

     GOTH THE WHITTLER EDIFICE Legal traps and electronic security  are secreted everywhere. Instructions for grovelling are necessary for the uninitiated and unimpressed    So as you know Sir Roger has been stood over by the rozzers of the Whitlam Industry, accused of the most nefarious crimes in the most aggressive tones. Almost as […]

Life in Australia

Robert – a self-styled “foreigner” to our shores – is most upset to have been hoaxed by the false promise and dashed hopes of life in Australia. A few days ago Robert commented on an ancient post here at Values Australia and his comment was upsetting. Sir Roger cannot bear the thought of another’s pain […]

The Next Big “Sorry”

Want a long-range heads-up? The question we should be asking Abbott and Gillard and all of their various immigration spokespeople right now is this: How do you feel about the inevitability that – possibly in your lifetime – a future Prime Minister of Australia will stand up in Parliament to make a heartfelt apology on […]

VERDI REQUIEM: DON’T MISS IT IF YOU CAN*

  Sydney Sings Verdi Requiem If you’re in Sydney next weekend (3pm Sunday 28 April) Sir Roger has a shameless plug for you. Actually, Sir Roger has a PEAK MUSICAL AND SENSUAL EXPERIENCE FOR YOU (Sir Roger knows how much you like a sensual experience.) This year marks Verdi’s 200th birthday and the truly excellent […]

Migently Mountain Manifesto: Stave the Second

In one the most savagely beautiful and exceptional works of fiction, the book of John begins, “In the beginning was the word…”

Migently Mountain Manifesto: #1 (unscheduled interruption)

We interrupt this pre-recorded segment to bring you an impromptu message from our sponsor. Sir Roger has been touched by the loyalty of one of his longterm readers and a fellow-blogger to muse on the importance of friends. What is a friend? A friend is someone who cares, fosters, encourages and shares, someone who is […]

Migently Mountain Manifesto #1

Sir Roger is returned from the Mountain with the Migently Mountain Manifesto and here are Tablets One to Five: 1.   Do what is right.     2.   You are safe. Now, at this instant, you are safe. You are safe, right here, right now. This might allow you to calm down and get […]

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