Category Archives: No Laughing Matter

The Sapphires DVD Cover: Racist or Clever Marketing?

There are lots of writing blogs telling us to get our book covers just right. I’ve also written a couple of posts about the mistreatment of indigenous people recently. Today they come together.

Sapphires USA DVD Cover

No, The Sapphires are not an obscure backing group for a slick and horrid in-your-face white dude dancing

The Sapphires is an Australian movie based on a true story about four talented aboriginal girls, played by Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell, who, in the 1960’s, fight racism and discrimination to become recognised as the great singers they were. Continue reading

Beware the Bastard Scammers

My sister-in-law called me up last night, all distressed. Apparently her computer has been running slow lately, you know, hard drive grinding away and nothing happening on the screen. Eventually it stops and decides to respond to its master. Or mistress in her case.

Anyway, last night, same old same old and she thought to herself she must take it to the computer shop to have it looked at. Literally as she thought this the phone rang.

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The Time-bomb We Didn’t Know Was There

Imagine a loved one discovering they had been living with an unexploded time-bomb for God-knows how long. Possibly up to ten or twelve years. A time-bomb without the convenient digital readout telling you when it will blow. Continue reading

A Postscript to Myki

Dear Myki,

On the very day I wrote to you expressing my frustration and disappointment with your performance, the state government announced it decided not to get rid of you after all. This means it’s just you and me kiddo and a million or so other passengers, so we have to learn to live with each other. Continue reading

A Letter to Myki

Dear Myki,

I tried to like you. I wanted our relationship to work so I give you more chances than you deserved but you’ve disappointed me. At first things worked very well between us, even when you ignored me I was willing to look past that. I was patient but you let me down, Myki. I don’t have the trust in you I expected at this stage of our relationship. It’s been over a year! Continue reading