Observations of Tony Blair at the Iraq War Inquiry

I dropped into the live webcast of Tony Blair being questioned by the Iraq Inquiry. Only intending to watch for a few minutes, I was still there two hours later. After a somewhat nervous start, perhaps due to the fact that he no longer engages in the cut and thrust of British parliamentary question time, Blair’s old zealotry was soon on full display.

What quickly became evident here was the Continue reading

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Paper Art – A Prosaic Object Transformed

Danish artist Peter Callesen is currently working almost exclusively with single A4 sheets of paper. The beautiful artifacts he creates are even more stunning because of the everyday nature of the medium he works in.

Here are some of my favourite examples… Continue reading

Australian politician’s advice on virginity not a votewinner

We’ve previously looked at virginity a couple of times (here and here) at Notes, particularly the way in which virginity can become overvalued within a culture, and how that overvaluation is often associated with Continue reading

Topless sunbathing versus the New Puritanism.

It’s summer time in the southern hemisphere and for many people that means heading to the beach and getting your gear off. It appears, however, that in many countries women are taking off Continue reading

Victoria Cross winner back in the combat zone

Arriving to receive the Victoria Cross 2007

A couple of thoughts on Victoria Cross winner SAS Corporal Willie Apiata now the debate over publication of his photo after a firefight in Kabul last week has blown over (storm in a teacup really).*

Firstly, he looks like a real salty hombre when he’s tooled up compared to the almost shy demeanour demonstrated when receiving his medal a couple of years ago.

Secondly, I know that Special Forces often go “native” when in combat zones, but given the fact that there are trigger-happy American forces on the ground, is it a good idea to accessorise yourself with a Taliban-style beard? Continue reading

Cheer up. It could be worse…

There are times in your life when things aren’t going too well. Times when everything you touch seems to turn to Continue reading

Dirty Harry Vs Rain Man

It’s cartoons like this that make xkcd required reading for me…

What’s that youngster?

Who’s Dirty Harry?!?!?!?

Sigh… only the greatest movie cop to have ever graced the silver screen, young’un…