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British woman weds dolphin

British tourist Sharon Tendler has finally made her dream match – by “marrying” a dolphin she has been visiting for 15 years in the Israeli resort of Eilat, the mass-circulation Yediot Ahronot daily reported. She kissed him, to the cheers […]

Predictions 2006: Democratisation gathers momentum?

Following up on my musings on the art of political prediction as the year turns, I’ve just noticed that Open Democracy has published forecasts by 48 of its distinguished contributors, which you can read here and here. Ramin Jahanbegloo begins […]

Travelling Australia’s Number 1 Goat Track

My folks live up in Grafton on the NSW North Coast and I was up with the Beloved visiting between Christmas and New Years. By car the trip up there is about a 7 hour journey up the Pacific Highway. […]

Neo-liberalism: Hasta La Vista in Latin America?

Evo Morales gave a speech (extract over the fold) a week ago, so what is really happening in that part of the world? The usual knee jerk reaction of the right is to bring out the “commy” and ”narco” labels, […]

2006 to be just like 2005

Still excited from his recent foray in hagiographic critical reportage and analysis on the life and legacy of his still dead boss, Tim Blair – who two out of three right wing Americans regard as Oceania’s number one blogger – […]

Ain’t gonna blog war no more…

I was going to write a post about the US military’s unease over soldiers’ blogging but Mel Gregg has said it all, really, and very well indeed.

Anti-gay movement’s hidden agenda exposed!

It’s difficult to make an argument for same sex civil rights without opponents or defenders of so-called traditional values letting slip that lesbians and gays have some sort of nasty hidden agenda. One of the ironies about one of the […]

Troppo relocates

Home away from home to some current LP bloggers, Crikey’s blog of the year, Troppo Armadillo has a new home and a new name – Club Troppo. Go over there and tell them how spiffy it looks!