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The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser (2004)

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 2:54pm

I could count the number of conservative politicians in Australia whom I respect on about two fingers. Tim Fischer is one. Malcolm Fraser is the other.

"The Life and Times of Malcolm Fraser" is another superb documentary from the SBS Independent stable screening in the Thursday night "Storyline Australia" collection. It paints a personal picture of the septuagenarian former PM, with the backdrop of his political career and home movies from his childhood.

Bono and Bill

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 6:19am

Legendary spinner Bill O'ReillyI have to confess that I watch The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox "News" Channel sometimes (it's on live at 10am here, repeated at 1pm and 6pm), mainly from a perverse fascination in watching the interviewing skills of someone so smarmy and devious. I'd heard in advance that Bono was going to be on his show, and was expecting some sort of fireworks.

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RNC04: A Fascist Informercial

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 4:29am

Flip! Flop! Flip! Flop! Doh I\'m a Republican!I've just watched about two hours of the Wednesday night session of the Republican National Convention on broadband from C-Span. The Green Party of California described the convention as a "Fascist Infomercial". Informercial it certainly is.

October 9: Day for Regime Change

Submitted by Rick Eyre on September 3, 2004 - 2:47am

It's on. JWH didn't want to do it on the weekend of the AFL grand final, or the weekend of the NRL grand final, and he didn't want to call it during the Olympics. The federal election will be held on October 9.

I'm going to leave the nuts and bolts of documenting this campaign to other bloggers to whom I shall link selectively, but I'll put my voting intention cards on the table right now.

I think that it is extremely important that the Howard Liberal/National Government is removed from office on October 9. In my view, John Howard is manifestly unsuitable to govern this country. He has presided over the most inhumane, most dishonest, most arrogant Australian government in my lifetime. He has done his darnedest to unravel much of the good work done by Hawke, Keating, Whitlam, even Fraser.

Day 15: Best day ever

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 30, 2004 - 2:11pm

You can just see Steve Cram dribbling over his keyboard as he wrote his BBC Online recap of Saturday night's athletics. But you can probably close off the polling for the 2004 BBC Sportsperson of the Year right now. Kelly Holmes has it in the bag. She won the 1500 metres to add to her 800 crown earlier in the week.

Day 14 Part 2: Waterford Crystal, Salvadore Dali and bingo

Submitted by Rick Eyre on August 29, 2004 - 3:55pm

Waterford Crystal won the 8.40 jump at Markopoulo on Friday night. The thirteen year-old gelding, ridden by C.O'Connor and trained by J.Doyle, finished a neck in front of French-born Brazilian stallion Baloubet de Rouet (R.Pessoa), who took second place in a photo over US stallion Royal Kaliber (C.Kappler).


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