THE BETTER PART OF US

The 1959 German film Die Bruecke by director Bernhard Wiki is set in the final days of World War 2, as American tanks drive the Allied victory home on German soil. In a small German village seven young schoolboys declare their fierce determination to defend their country against the American invaders. When they are called [...]

April 24th, 2017|International, Opinion|

A SMALL, SMALL WORLD

On June 28, 1963, the then-President of the United States of America, the late great John Fitzgerald Kennedy, addressed a joint session of the Oireachtas Eireann, the national parliament of Ireland, in Dublin. He spoke not only as the world’s most powerful political leader of his era, but as the proud descendant of an impoverished [...]

April 21st, 2017|International, Migration, Politics|

BETWEEN MAN AND MYTH

There is so often a deep, unpassable chasm between man and myth. The late James Rieher Snuka, the professional wrestling icon better known to his legion of fans as "Superfly," who died last month, was a hero to a whole generation of TV wrestling fans. Inducted into the World Wrestling Federation’s Hall of Fame in [...]

February 10th, 2017|Criminal Law, International, Sport|

SELECTIVE AMNESIA

Remember that awesome pub-crawl you went on in first year uni, the one organised by your student social association, where you started on shooters, then learned how to play beer pong, the whole hilarious process captured on your mobile phones, got absolutely legless, and ended up dancing on the tables? Those were the days, right? [...]

November 21st, 2016|International, Privacy|

THE EDUCATION OF AMASA

The Bible tells us that the sinner Saul was struck down on the road to Damascus. In a sudden flash of light from heaven, he experienced a divine, life-changing epiphany. For most of us the getting of wisdom follows an infinitely more gradual and circuitous path. Amasa Coleman Lee was a humble country boy, born into [...]

October 27th, 2016|Criminal Law, Entertainment, International, Opinion|

ATTACK OF THE DRONES

With the currently almost endemic proliferation in Australian society of audio- and video-recording mobile phones, and the recent announcement by CASA of the relaxation of laws and regulations around the use of surveillance drones in Australian airspace, perhaps it’s time we all sat down to have a good hard rethink about some of our rules [...]

September 30th, 2016|Entertainment, International, Privacy, Sport, Technology|

BIG MONEY BARNEYS

Big-time prize fighting has always walked hand in hand with big money litigation. It’s a world of feast and famine, full of tough guys and shrewd businessmen, all capable of being very heavy handed, each in their own way. The fast and the lucky rake in the big bucks while the rest are left to [...]

September 14th, 2016|Criminal Law, International, Opinion|

CITY OF DREAMS

When I was a young girl growing up in Brazil, I would often visit family and friends in the beautiful, bustling city of Rio de Janeiro. It was a magic place, sunny and warm, with an average summer temperature of around 22°C, teaming with people and bursting with life. We took long walks on the [...]

August 22nd, 2016|International, Opinion, Travel|

TRIAL OF THE CENTURY

I was blown away by the latest ESPN ‘30 for 30’ documentary, ‘O.J.: Made in America’. Like the equally popular Channel 10 true crime drama ‘The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story’, the critically acclaimed 5 part documentary is already being touted for various industry awards and is the early front runner for the [...]

July 20th, 2016|Criminal Law, International, Opinion|

THE WINDS OF CHANGE

What goes around comes around, I guess. My wife and I spent this week visiting our youngest daughter at her home in Brooklyn, New York City, where we rubbed shoulders with the beautiful people on the borough’s trendy Bedford Avenue. How times have changed. When we first came to New York City in the early [...]

June 23rd, 2016|International, Opinion, Property, Travel|