Here’s The Thing: a new ranty column by me

This entire area could really be a lot better, peace-wise

This entire area could really be a lot better, peace-wise

Look, I rant a lot and often I need more space to rant than any sane person would let me do in a column.

So now I’m taking things that I want to screed about in a larger format to Here’s The Thing, my new column at TheVine, and brilliantly named by my better half who pointed out how freakin’ often I use that phrase.

The first one is all about my nonthusiasm regarding our involvement in Iraq. SPOILER: it’s a terrible idea.

Hope you like it.

Yours ever,


There’s a new column in the world’s column-place!

And the nation celebrates the launch of another opinion screed by some dude in Sydney!

And the nation celebrates the launch of another opinion screed by some dude in Sydney!

As promised, last night was the triumphant launch of my new column What’s Going On at the Sydney Morning Herald, the column that one commentator accurately described as “like 10 Things”. And yes, that’s pretty much it.

Just to quote a bit of m’self doing what experts call “managing expectations”, or possible “setting agendas”, here’s how I’ve described it assuming you can’t be bothered clicking on a nice easy internet link:

In order that there be no confusion about what follows, I should make clear that I’m a big fan of the notion that we humans are pretty great, that we do all our best stuff when we work together, and that we could all stand to be a bit kinder to one another. I realise that these are not notions that are at all popular with our current government, or indeed with the internet as a whole. And to a large extent it’s not a philosophy that’s getting a lot of traction around the world, from Nigeria to Ukraine to a decent slab of the Middle East.

However, I still reckon that “how’s about we stop acting like dicks for a bit and see how that shakes out?” is an idea worth trying, since the alternative seems not to be getting great results.

But anyway, this is my column. Thanks for popping by. You’re looking well. That haircut suits you.

And it does. It really, really does.

Anyway, that’s the first one. There’ll be many, many more. Presumably.



10 Things: and that’s a wrap

Yes, after two years of early starts today I’ve handballed 10 Things at the Vine over to my pal Amy Gray, who is amazing and will do amazing things with it. And I’m missing it already because it’s been a huge part of my life. Between that and leaving Time Out it’s been a real time of… um, leaving objectively good writing gigs. That should have been a better metaphor, really.

However, the reason that I’ve stopped doing 10 Things is a good one – I’m still writing for TheVine (and for Time Out, for that matter), but I’m delighted to announced that my new column What’s Going On will debut on SUNDAY 21 SEPTEMBER on Yes, my weird lefty ranty take on current events is hitting the mainstream!

(I believe it’ll also be on all the other Fairfax sites and mobile devices, incidentally.)

I am incredibly excited about this, not least because it involves not getting at up 5am. Oh, that is going to be BLISS.

In the meantime, here’s the last little while of 10 Things. Remember the good times, friends…

Writing update #2: January’s not a walk in the park for doing things either

Dear the Internet,

…And this has been a frantic couple of weeks as well. Cover story on Neil Young for Australian Guitar, some film reviews for the Sunday Telegraph, and some other things.


I’m told this is pretty fun.

Like what, you may justifiably ask?

Like the Five Worst Songs of 2012 for TheVine,  interviews with Grizzly Bear and Cold Chisel at the Guardian, for whom I also did a thing about Australia’s disproportionate love for Pink, and this opinion piece on Cory Bernardi and what’s probably about to become a hideous culture war over abortion.

Time Out’s got a load of stuff, including an interview with Clutch, memories of the Abercrombie Hotel, the new ride at Luna Park and a review of Amanda Palmer at the Sydney Festival (and also a less glowing one of Scotch and Soda), plus a bunch of columny things like Seven Tips for Recreating a Big NYE Night Out At Home and possibly the silliest thing I’ve ever written: Your 2014 By The Stars. Nice gif though, thanks to Tom Hislop.

And, of course, 10 Things at TheVine. Last week looked rather like this:

A shitload of Sydney Festival pieces will be tumbling in for Time Out over the coming weeks, and hopefully some other things as well as soon as I can free up the bit of my brain full of Arrested Development quotes – the reason for which is below.

See, I’ve been doing some of those other fun things I occasionally do, like being snarky on ABC radio, hosting an Arrested Development trivia night at GoodGod – should really write those questions, now I think about it – and got to work out a set and a suitable costume for DJing at a roller disco. Yes. Living the life.

Some sleep would be nice.

And remember: there’s always money in the banana stand.

Love always,