Sunday, 28 August 2011

mX - Tomorrow's Fish & Chip Wrapper Today!

Image not doctored.
Do you pick up a copy of mX on the way home? I do, if I can't get my phone to work...or I don't have a book...or I'm not spending time with another human being...or I'm in a mood to hang on to the last functioning vestiges of brain I have left. In other words, not much. A recent study carried out by a major research organisation found that if all mX newspapers were placed in a big pile, they'd make the awesomest bonfire ever in the world.
But when I do pick up a copy, oh how I love it! I love it so much i have to share. Here are a few things I've noticed about the eastern seaboard's favourite daily rag:

Friday, 26 August 2011

Strange Justice - The West Memphis Three.

L-R: Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. - Top, just after their arrests. Bottom, Aug 19, 2011.

Last week, three young men who have come to be known as the West Memphis Three were set free after 18 years behind bars for the murder of three children. In 1993, they maintained their innocence. The courts found them guilty, sentencing two to life and one to death. On 19 August, after changing their pleas to guilty, they were conditionally released, time served. Sound odd? Read on.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Birthdays, Deathdays and the Beauty In Between.


Birthdays often call to mind one's mortality. Certainly the last few years have been that way for me ("Oh it's all 'me me me' with you isn't it Nx?!" Yes my treacle-covered readers, yes it is.)

This year's no different's different.

Monday, 15 August 2011

A Note on Daniel Morcombe (with update)

The arrest and charging of a suspect in relation to the death of Daniel Morcombe has led to a wholly expected froth of media interest in the case. Concomitantly and perhaps more importantly, renewed public interest has thrust a crucial issue into the spotlight: how our use of social media may affect the outcome.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Shut Your Bigmouthery.

Bigmouthery was close to breathing its last this week. Even as I make tiny changes to design and create new Facebook pages in an effort to revivify my (and hopefully others') interest, as I write a faint death rattle still sounds.

Sunday, 7 August 2011

The Census Religion Thing...Again.


Yesterday's entry on the census religion question came with an update. A reader commented: 'You can write down "Atheist", "Agnostic", "Humanist" or "Rationalist" in the box and you will be counted in one of these categories, which fall within the broader group "No Religion"'.

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Census 2011 - Tips for the Non-Believer.

Update: According to a commenter below, and my partner Rhonda, who is currently working for the census helpline, there is provision for a little elaboration around the 'no religion' category. My thanks to both Glenn and my darling Rh for this info. I haven't had a look at the census form yet and don't plan on doing it tonight because a Wild Turkey is calling me, but if there's anything to report, you'll read first, or possibly third, at Bigmouthery.

(Full update HERE.)

The Australian Census is next Tuesday, August 9. While there are a few people who consider such headcounts as the Big Brotherish machinations of evil, most of us have hemispheres of brain not stuck together with Clag, so we get it. (More...)

Wednesday, 3 August 2011


Everyone hates phone companies. And banks. And insurance companies. And internet providers, if they're not already part of phone companies. And any other organisation that knows we've come to rely on them so heavily, they seem to delight in getting away with pretty much anything. And despite their protestations to the contrary, they do. (More...)