Guns are the Trojan horse of the US

As the latest mass shooting in the US unfolded, rumours flew that there were possibly three gunmen involved sparking debate that this was a terrorist attack. It wasn’t. It was just another example of the high toll citizens pay for their right to bear arms. The 13 latest deaths bring to 175 the number of…

Why are these men wearing bras on their faces?

They are demonstrating the practicality of improbable research. In this case it’s a brassiere that quickly converts into two protective face masks – a winner of the 2009 Igs. Improbable Research is an organisation that honours research which makes people laugh and then think. “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable,…

The roar is back with (Kelly) Tigers

The Richmond Tigers’ journey for 2013 may be over, but their namesakes, the Glenrowan Kelly Tigers Football and Netball Club, are keeping the dream alive. The first thing to point out is that the Kelly Tigers don’t play a mutant form of combined football and netball, it’s just that the town can’t really support two…

Reiwoldt resigns!

There has been a sense of foreboding on the mean streets of Richmond lately. Rumours were circulating about the future of the Tiger’s full forward with the golden boot, Jack Riewoldt. His contract finishes this year and we feared he would head north to Sydney and the cashed up GWS club. Imagine my consternation when…

Champ quits on a high

This title was the headline for an article in the Herald Sun yesterday (24/7/13, p. 81). Was it a joke or is writer James MacSmith psychic, since this morning we woke up to the hardly even an-eyebrow-raised news that the day after announcing his retirement from professional cycling Stuart O’Grady has been named as one…

In bed with the devil?

Coca Cola and the Bicycle Network today announced an alliance as part of Coke’s healthier living campaign. The campaign has three features: smaller portion sizes (Ha! who can forget the great TimTam scam of 2011 which saw smaller portions sold for the same price?); a greater range of low kilojoule products; and support for community…

Nigel the pig makes the front page

You have to love the Herald Sun. Elections are looming, wars are raging, disasters are befalling. But the front page story today lead with Pork Pest Pounces about a pig on a “rampage” in suburban Seaford . An HS photographer was on an assignment when he noticed a large pig “skulking” down the road, pursued…