Monday, 17 June 2013

Quadrant QED Posts, 2011

For more QED posts, see:

QED Posts, 2009

QED Posts, 2010

QED Posts, 2012

QED Posts, 2013


Christmas 2011: Philippa Martyr
December 13, 2011
I don't know what it is about Christmas that makes me think of gangster movies, but they do seem to go together quite nicely. This may be a reflection upon my upbringing.

Abbott 1, Obama nil
November 17, 2011
Tony Abbott showed that he has a greater love for America and her abundant ideological gifts to the world than Obama does; the influence of Mark Steyn was unmistakable. (Steyn should be charging Abbott royalties).

Singing in the West
November 2, 2011
David Hobson and Teddy Tahu Rhodes in concert. Both exercise a strong pull factor for women of a certain age: Hobson verges on the Liberace school, while all Rhodes has to do is take off his shirt.

I came, I saw, I CHOGM’d
October 31, 2011
Well, thank goodness that’s over – although here in Perth we are confiding to each other that it turned out to be a lot more fun that any of us expected.

By the minority, for the minority
October 14, 2011
This week, a mere 60 ordinary Australians paid a protest visit to Canberra and secured the undivided attention of no less than 40 MPs. They had come to ask for gay marriage legislation.

The Eye of the Storm
October 12, 2011
I’m not keen on Geoffrey Rush at the best of times, principally because I have a very low luvvie threshold, which is a genetic problem and one over which I have little control.

Fright Night
October 6, 2011
Thankfully there is no singing or crotch-grabbing; just a human fireball and a wooden stake blessed by St Michael, which is all that any self-respecting vampire slayer really needs.

Canberra knows best
October 4, 2011
Poor old Angry. It’s a shame, because he’s got the bald head right – but if only he’d written more songs about fashionable minorities and the rape of the environment.

This was today
September 30, 2011
Tony Abbott pilloried, Footy Show excused, shop assistant pardoned, Wayne Swan praised and Andrew Bolt guilty.

Red Dog
August 25, 2011
It’s adorable: you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll vote Liberal in the next election. It’s what Red Dog would have wanted.

Captain America: The First Avenger
August 2, 2011
In The Spectator recently, Nick Bryant compared Arnold Schwarzenegger to ‘an anvil dipped in caramel’, and that’s kind of what you get here.

Doing the Vatican Rag
July 27, 2011
I wasn’t the least surprised to see Enda Kenny, in the face of an economy destroyed by stupidity, greed and irresponsible government, decide to be a man, take responsibility, and attack the real culprit: the Catholic Church.

The faces of fear
July 22, 2011
I know anti-Semitism when I smell it, even when it’s dressed up as human rights – and so do they. The demonstration I saw was not a manifestation of free speech; it was bullying, plain and simple.

The Lincoln Lawyer
April 13, 2011
The good news is that they’re making Dirty Harry movies again. The other good news is that they’re making them really, really well.

Unknown - the movie
March 11, 2011
Much to his surprise, Liam Neeson is hit by a falling fridge and almost drowned, waking from a coma four days later to find that he has missed most of the conference’s swanky cocktail parties and hobnobbing. From there, I think it would be safe to say that things go from bad to worse.

True Grit
February 24, 2011
Unreconstructed aspects of this movie that Quadrant readers may enjoy are the prevalence of heavy drinking, smoking, eating cholesterol-laden food, and a travelling dentist clad in a bearskin.

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