#HeyAsio

#HeyAsio: I’m pretty sure Religious extremists have infiltrated a mainstream political party and the highest levels of government, trying to undermine our secular democracy with ideas inspired by medieval texts. I heard a man on the radio calling for acts of violence against the Prime Minister. It seems armed organisations use slick videos and sophisticated social media campaigns to…

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Ban the burqa: an immodest proposal

Ban the burqa, say 55 per cent of 1300 respondents in a snap Morgan SMS poll. Ban the burqa, say a senator elected by 22,000 Tasmanians, a Liberal Party ideological fringedweller and who is the other guy anyway? Ban the burqa, because muslim women are oppressed, and we should immediately liberate them by telling them…

A plate of rice

Feed Me Now

We just want to be fed. To be seated at the table, look at the menu, order food, and then forget about it until we are eating it. We don’t want cheap Asian on a Thursday night presented as an accidental degustation menu, one dish at a time, with inexplicable and unpredictable pauses between each while an army…

Worst meal – ever

Father’s Day. Not a good day for an unplanned meal out. (“We don’t celebrate Hallmark holidays,” says my son, ironically channelling his mother, as they remember they’ve forgotten … but they’re not in primary school any more, so there’s no Father’s Day junk stalls to remind them.) Chinese barbecue on a Sunday night. Not a good…