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What if you banned the burqa and nobody came?

I’m ambiguous about the burqa and the niqab (more Islamist than Islamic head to toe “modesty wear” which leaves the whole face covered except for eyes). On the one hand, …


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Pussy Galore in the new Bond

The meh news of the day: Since Daniel Craig announced he was standing down as James Bond, debate has raged whether the next 007 should be a woman, or black. …


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One such day

Seventy-five years ago, late afternoon on 1 August 1944, the biggest single act of resistance in the Nazi occupied Europe menced in Warsaw. The Uprising was to last two month, …


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Monte Cassino, great-grandfather and a bear

On May 18, the day Australia goes to the polls, on the other side of the world we will be memorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the bloodiest …

Hands off my books, Marie


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Happy birthday to a broken escalator

Probably not as funny as residents of Toronto creating an impromptu roadside?shrine to a dead raccoon, whom the city council workers have not cleaned up for 12 hours, but in …

Lending a pinching hand


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Nice guys finish last

A new study, which looks at the satisfaction and longevity of relationships, suggests that nice guys (and gals) finish last – or finish first by finishing last (their relationships, that …