Apr 11, 2013

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The vexed and vexing issue of child abuse

There is a lot of wickedness in the world and many of the things we encounter in the news are simply appalling. But child abuse ranks up there as something that simply should not happen in a civilised society. As we know, though, it does and its prevalence is a damning indictment of contemporary values. It is disturbing, too, to realise that many people are abusing the whole...

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Apr 10, 2013

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Nanny state becomes a welfare paradise

There was a time some decades ago when the United Kingdom adopted an ideal of the welfare state in which people were looked after by government from the cradle to the grave.  It was a halcyon notion that lasted as long as it took to figure out that it would bankrupt the nation. Mind you, that did take quite a while as the Poms seem to be slow learners – or they just like a...

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Apr 9, 2013

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Responsibility for a roof over your ...

Some people just don’t get the message about personal responsibility, do...

Apr 8, 2013

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Ya gotta be quick to put the bite on...

To be an admirer of horseflesh usually puts one in the class of racetrack...

Apr 7, 2013

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Vaniety and the cult of the male

Now, this may be purely an Australian thing. But I suspect not. Girls,...

Apr 4, 2013

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The wonderful magic of WordPress

So many people who blog, honour all manner of great influences on their lives....

Apr 3, 2013

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The lovely land of Lilliput

The Japanese are wonderful people, no question. But they aren’t the...