Day one at The Herald

The torrential rains over night have stopped, main street Naracoorte is slowly filling with the sound of steel tray utes and beef road trains. I am 10 minutes late for my first day at the Herald….shit!! This is the production team my boss tells me, work station carrels, lay out sheets and the smooth grey(…)

Best laid plans of mice and men

I had taken the back way, a long and descending trek down Jubilee Tce and around Mt Coot-tha towards Ipswich on the journey home. For as long as I remember country radio had never been my taste, but today it would all seem too fitting. After a short trip around Ipswich heading north when I(…)


I just got the joke in the Style book about clichés. It’s not subtlle either, I just wasn’t looking for it. It’s pretty good. Excerpt from News Ltd Style Book Third Edition CLICHES These should be avoided (like the plague). End Except. Get it? Get it!? ‘Cause it’s a cliché! I think it was the(…)

Rules for returning expats in Brisbane

Pretty much any old fool would think he could survive back in his own country after a spell in the Orient.  However, there are a few details to being a returning expat in Brisbane. 1. Remember traffic lights are there for a reason in this country.  Crossing the road and weaving through traffic doesn’t work(…)


The saying ‘a smile costs nothing’ has become so clichéd it brings a frown to my face. I don’t wish to be controlled at the best of times, let alone be forced by social conformity to show kindness to complete strangers. If I don’t know you, do not expect to be greeted by me. If I(…)

Few months to go.

Every time I spend some time abroad I come to realize what a great place my home country is. Australian seems to be so far behind in so many things and they are most patriotic people I’ve ever met. (Except maybe American) It makes me appreciate more my country and where I come from. Australia(…)

A possible radical change in Japanese political world – Part 1

What do you associate Japan with? – Sushi, Tempura, Geisha, Ninja, high-technology, the world’s second largest economy, Tokyo – one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, Kyoto – a beautiful historic city… However,  if you were in Japan now, you might not enjoy them whether you were in Tokyo or in Kyoto. You(…)

Proofreading,25197,25904631-12377,00.html Bush crash? Desley could teach them a thing or two.

Bye Bye Bretty

I believe congratulations are in order for Bretty after being the first 09 Jschooler to get a job. As I think everyone already knows Brett is heading to South Australia to head the Naracourt(?) newspaper’s sports section. It will take some time to fill the gap he will leave but I’m sure if we can(…)

Barfoot’s leadership in doubt after embarrassing gaffe

By Tim Eakins – Mock Federal Parliament Correspondent  Opposition Leader Brett Barfoot’s leadership of the Bevan Party came under fire again yesterday when he embarrassingly admitted to not knowing the difference between Greece and Turkey. Mr Barfoot, who should had been on the attack over Prime Minister Tim Eakins’ trip to Melbourne on a dumpling(…)