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Last updated on March 6th, 2018 at 12:30 am

Pamela Bone, formerly one of the sane voices at The Age, is now writing for a more respectable publication.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/24/2006 at 11:01 PM
    1. “pictures of Danish men with raised fists calling for the beheading of some group or another do not come readily to mind.”

      True. But maybe it’s time to re-read “The Ballad of the White Horse”

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2006 02 24 at 11:17 PM • permalink


    1. I hope she gets better.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 02 24 at 11:18 PM • permalink


    1. Good for her! I hope her “temporary recovery” lasts a long, long time.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 02 25 at 12:11 AM • permalink


    1. yes a miracle for pamela would be nice – maybe a transfer of her myeloma to andrew jaspan would be fitting.  after an impressive record of violent invasion, the danes worked out a while ago that rape & pillage was not the way to go.  maybe they’ve gone a bit too far to the left, but they are on the right tram

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 25 at 12:13 AM • permalink


    1. Off topic,but speaking of sane voices, whats become of Professor Bunyip?

      Posted by debi L. on 2006 02 25 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. I worry about Professor Bunyip. He hasn’t been seen since Christmas.

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 02 25 at 12:44 AM • permalink


    1. Hate to revive an old murmur but I notice the Prof’s absence from blogging coincides with Imre’s elevation to general reporter for The Australian. Could the brilliant academic (or his alter ego from the swamp) be doing a stint around the forges in preparation for levation to the head red penciller position? Great to see Pamela creative and comfortable. After reading this, I’m sure she’s relieved to be well away from broadsheet comment on women’s issues. How could an otherwise great newspaper disgrace itself with such a self-obsessed pile of regurgitated, irrelevant garbage?

      Posted by slatts on 2006 02 25 at 12:52 AM • permalink


    1. I took a shorthand transcript of ex-Age staffer Andrew Bolt at the lunch to launch his book, “Still not Sorry” last week. It includes this passage:
      An example of how we have group thinking – I exempt the Herald Sun – is when I first started at the Age. What woke me up to that? I was a boy from the country, from a migrant family. John Leahy, a lovely and experienced journo, went to cover a women’s protest at Pine Gap with all its street theatre and mother earth stuff. Leahy thought it funny and wrote a piece on how funny and silly it all was, and the journalists at The Age including some leading prize-winning journos, doyens of the profession, signed a petition and posted it above the staff book attacking him and ordering him to be silenced. I thought it was so professionally shocking. That was an obvious manifestation of the group-think. 
      John Leahy was a sub at BRW for many years and then he gone to Queensland droving, and we don’t know where he are.

      The Bolt transcript is sitting on my computer and if anyone has any idea how I can make it accessible to the legions of Bolt fans, let me know.

      Posted by percypup on 2006 02 25 at 02:03 AM • permalink


    1. Send it to Tim, or if he doesn’t have space for it, to me and I will put it on a blogger page that’s doing nothing useful at present.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 02 25 at 03:14 AM • permalink


    1. That Bone woman is a howling maniac. Listen to this:

      I have never quite worked out the etiquette of the shared olive oil plate: if you dip your piece of bread into the oil and take a bite, is it then permissible to dip the same piece in the oil again?

      No, no, no, you gibbering cow, the first letter after a full colon is capitalized.

      Furthermore, you tear the bread, like a civilized human being, if you’ll be dipping it into a shared… uh… substance, of whatever description.

      Jesus suffering Christ! I’m no fan of Lowenstein and Margo, but this bimbo takes the cake. Of course, it’s easy for Margo and Lowy. They get their faces right down in the bowl. Shared olive oil is hardly a concern.

      Posted by P. Froward on 2006 02 25 at 03:19 AM • permalink


    1. Pamela Bone is, of course, the sensible voice of Australian leftism and feminism. She’s a peach. And what a statement about the impact of blogs that she’s now writing for one.

      Posted by Major Anya on 2006 02 25 at 04:46 AM • permalink


    1. Meanwhile, The Age discovers ‘blogs’.

      The real beauty of the blog is the ease with which you can publish a random thought in a sentence or two, or take a more considered approach.


      Unlike a structured written piece, a blog often takes a less formal and looser format.

      Unlike a badly written item in a newspaper.

      A typical example is based on a template that includes a title, the date and the blog text.

      An atypical example has horns, bellows and gives birth to triplets in September.

      Reading a blog can be a bit like reading someone’s thoughts.

      Reading The Age can be a bit like wondering why it still sells, what, 190 thousand?

      Posted by ilibcc on 2006 02 25 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. OT
      Sometimes you read sometning that is sheer ENLIGHTENMENT and nice to know it is from an Australian who stands like a giant over the ADAMS Ramseys loewensteins etc and reduces them to dust!
      Dunno if Tim has linked to this previously ?but nethertheless worth repeating endlessly.
      read his critiques of Pilger,Fisk and Chomsky-pure nectar (links on site)

      Posted by davo on 2006 02 25 at 07:20 AM • permalink


    1. #10 fuck off – she’s right – all that olive oil wankery is such a crock.  half the time the oil is just one step up from the stuff greek grannies buy in 4 litre tins. and if my immune system had been stuffed by chemo, i’d be worrying about sharing germs too.  if fact double-dipping is just plain rude any time. there’s no rule that says she has to write about deep ishoos on a blog

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 25 at 09:49 AM • permalink


    1. I’ll be following her writings, if only for her thoughts on mortality.  She’s going to have a deeper insight than most of us (thankfully) can manage right now.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 02 25 at 10:55 AM • permalink


    1. Professor Froward: “the first letter in any word after the colon is capitalized.” Must be a MS Word thing; I’ve been working with playscripts from the Restoration through the nineteenth century, most of them typeset in the early 20th century, and I’ve never seen it done that way.  Or is that one of those quaint Commonwealth thingies like writing “practice” with an “s” or use “que” where a perfectly good “ck” will do?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 25 at 12:30 PM • permalink


    1. If it’s the first letter afte a semi-colon, do you set it in small caps?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 02 25 at 12:31 PM • permalink


    1. #14: I am relentless in my firm and oft-expressed opposition to the repulsive and criminal practice of double-dipping.

      What I’m saying is you can like tear off a bite-sized piece of bread with your fingers and dip that. We have, in our hands, the technology to end double-dipping for good. All that is lacking is the political will to make this dream a reality.

      That having been said, I was, like, joking.

      Posted by P. Froward on 2006 02 25 at 12:32 PM • permalink


    1. #7: Er. Oops. Maybe cap-after-colon is just US usage. Which would make me a dumbass.

      Posted by P. Froward on 2006 02 25 at 12:34 PM • permalink


    1. Richard and Professor: I was taught in school that since semicolons and colons separate two parts of one sentence, any word after them that is not a name of a person or place is not capitalized. However, this seems to be a disputed grammatical issue. (Also, I could swear all the versions of Word I used to use did automatically capitalize all words after the colon. Maybe that was Word 95—that article refers to Word 97 and later versions. I use all versions all the time depending on what computer I’m on at work or home, and I don’t think that any of them automatically capitalize words after colons. My main home computer has awful Office XP installed, and the version of Word on it does not capitalize after those punctuation marks.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 02 25 at 01:58 PM • permalink


    1. I forgot to add—capitalized words after colons drives me nuts, I guess because of my early grammar lessons, so I never do it unless the item after the colon is a list.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 02 25 at 01:59 PM • permalink


    1. #1
      The Vikings came upon our land,
      A Christless chivalry.
      Who knew of neither arch nor pen,
      Great, beautiful half-witted men,
      From the sunrise and the sea.

      Misshapen ships stood on the deep,
      With eyes that glowed like fire.
      And hairy men, with horms like sin,
      Came wading in,
      through the long, low sea mire.

      What, you want a new barbarian invasion?  I think the beaurs will bring it to France at any rate.

      Posted by Michael Lonie on 2006 02 25 at 05:59 PM • permalink


    1. #18 – as well as getting with the programme & not using a capital after a colon, you’ll have to up the humour signalling in your prose.  butter. butter. BUTTERRRRRRRRRRRRRR

      Posted by KK on 2006 02 25 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. I thought the joke was obvious. KK you’ve been reading too many left-of-far-left troll comments.

      Posted by Sensible Swim on 2006 02 26 at 07:21 PM • permalink


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