On Australia’s Vote for Same Sex Marriage – Resolving the Issues

This is the third (and final) instalment in a series on Australia’s current debate over making same-sex marriage legal. The first instalment looked at the backstory to the issue. The second instalment looked briefly at the Yes and No campaigns, as well as my view on the issue. In this final instalment, I’d like to look at a few of the key issues and try to shine some light on those issues. —— The ‘Yes’ campaign has a pretty simple platform: It’s time for same-sex couples to get the same access to marriage as heterosexuals. Australia is an egalitarian society […]

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Australia and Same Sex Marriage – The Campaign, and My View

This is the second in a 3-part series on the question of same-sex marriage, which is currently being ‘debated’ in Australia ahead of a non-compulsory public vote that is not binding on the government (and if you’re wondering “if it’s non-compulsory and non-binding, why have it?” – please join the massive queue forming on the left). Part 1 of this series discussed the backstory to this issue. Onwards and upwards, then…. The Ballot This is the question on the postal survey form sent out to Australian voters in the last few weeks. It’s pretty simple. Or it should be. Advocates […]

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On Australia’s Vote for Same-Sex Marriage – Backstory

My home country is fighting with itself right now. The issue? Same-sex marriage. Rather than do what they were elected to do (legislate), the Australian federal government, which has the sole legal jurisdiction over the definition of marriage, decided to outsource its job to the people. They’re holding a nationwide, non-compulsory vote on whether or not the definition of marriage within the Marriage Act 1961 should be changed to allow for same-sex marriage. Ballots have been mailed to citizens around the country and the Yesses and Nos will be tallied as of November 7. The results will be announced on […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List (Part 2)

After publishing what has turned out to be Part 1 of the 2017 Automotive Bucket List, last week, a few people pointed me towards cars that made me extend my thinking a little. The first two are both cars that I’ve thought about in the past and by rights, they should form part of my thinking today, too. To recap last week’s potential purchases: Mini Cooper S JCW Jaguar XKR Maserati GranTourismo Porsche 911 (996) Alfa Romeo 156 GTA Morgan 3-Wheeler The Mini and the 911 are the clubhouse leaders as we turn for the back nine (of which there […]

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The 2017 Automotive Bucket List

Life has been a little bit unconventional since I last published an automotive bucket list back in 2014: I’ve taken a new job, which I absolutely love, but it’s a job that came with a 30% pay cut compared to my old job. I’ve moved half way around the world. I’ve formally separated from my wife and the relative financial security that that relationship allowed. I’ve bought an apartment here in Angelholm, which means I’m not only tied to a mortgage again, but I’m down to one parking space, too. Given those changed circumstances, one can hopefully understand why automotive […]

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Please Support Jim’s Ride for a Cancer Cure

It’s that time of year when I ask you – once again – to support the endeavours of our mutual friend Jim Coggeshall as he participates in the Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This is Jim’s seventh tour in the Pan Mass challenge and my guess is that we’ve been supporting him for at least 6, or maybe all 7 of those rides. Jim is a cycling fanatic, an owner of 4 fine Saabs (and a very nice MG), a connoisseur of fine music and just a general all-round great guy. I first […]

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Saab Festival 2017

Everyone’s Saab Festival is different. Some people go for the cars. Some people go to dream. Some people go for their once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage to Trollhattan. Some people go just to catch up with their mates. I last went to the Saab Festival in 2015 and I don’t think I wrote anything here about it. I was winding down from my previous job and about to start a new job at Koenigsegg and I just wanted to be there and enjoy the moment. It was great. At previous Saab Festivals, I’ve worked feverishly to get all the news and pictures from […]

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The 10 Best Prince Songs You’ve (Probably) Never Heard

This week marks the first anniversary of Prince’s death. He was the greatest musician of my lifetime, definitely one of the most prolific songwriters of my lifetime and arguably one of the best. He was, unarguably, the greatest showman. It still saddens me to know that he’s gone, that he passed alone like a junkie in an elevator, albeit an elevator at his home studio, Paisley Park. And of course, it saddens me that there’ll be no more new music written and no more shows. But this isn’t a time for sadness. A life like Prince’s should be shared and […]

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A Short Study In Fake News

‘Post-truth’ was the Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016. If that (now) dubious honour doesn’t go to ‘Fake-news’ in 2017 – hyphenated for eligibility purposes only – then nobility and integrity must be counted as things of the past at the Oxford. No one phrase has embedded itself in political discussion quite like it this year. Fake News – now capitalised for effect – is now commonly recognised as “anything that Donald Trump doesn’t agree with”. But there was a time, quite recently, when Fake News actually meant something more than that. Fake News, at the outset, was […]

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Up To Our Necks In It

I wouldn’t normally reproduce a friend’s Facebook status on here, but this has been with me all day. Thanks Nige, for letting me reproduce this post from yesterday: We were just driving over the Tasman Bridge and I saw a young lady climbing over the rail. I said to Rachael look she is going to jump. Took eyes off her, back onto road as we passed. Then I looked in the mirror and I saw her fall. Please, if you are feeling this way, seek help. There’s a picture of the Tasman Bridge at the top of this post. It’s […]

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