Cheap

Cheap

By John Carr When I was growing up in the 1940s and 50s, I was often intrigued by some of the pejorative terms used by adults. The adults of my childhood and youth were members of my parents’ and grandparents’ generations, born between roughly 1870 and 1920. Many of...
Woke folk

Woke folk

By John Carr The metaphoric use of ‘woke’ reached mainstream Australian media only during 2020 – when there were lots of more important issues to worry about. It appeared to be used as a derisive term for any annoying or stupid Left-wing person, practice or language...
Louis and those weird Americans

Louis and those weird Americans

John Carr recommends… I’ve long been a fan of Louis Theroux and am currently enjoying ‘Life on the Edge’, a retrospective TV series on ABC Ch22 made last year during lockdown. Theroux and his work are best known outside the USA and it’s good to see that he’s now...
Educating about sexual pleasure

Educating about sexual pleasure

By Rodney Eivers I have been pondering a news item I saw this week. It involved an interview with a young woman in her teens in Tasmania who criticised the style of sex education which was being presented to high school students in this day and age. Statistics were...
Deadly theology

Deadly theology

By Greg Spearritt In the wake of the Australia Day honour bestowed on tennis great and influential Christian homophobe Margaret Court, Alistair Macrae – a former president of the Uniting Church in Australia – has, like several other noteworthies, rejected his own...