All posts by Paul Costigan

despots galore

Posted by Gilles Massot on Thursday, 10 August 2017

alternative facts

another that assists in understanding the US and perhaps some of the goings-on in Australia

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Thursday, 10 August 2017


The pursuit of clicks – and how it can / or has destroyed true journalism

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

David Marr on equality

Thank you David Marr – more wise words on this issue Abbott's obstruction of gay marriage is a defence of privilege and the power of shame

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Wednesday, 9 August 2017

iGen and depression

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Monday, 7 August 2017

culture, arts and city planning

lessons from the UK should be applied to Australian cities – or it is too late? do city planners understand culture and the arts?

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Monday, 7 August 2017

Randy Newman

New album from Randy Newman – Dark Matter. here's a track from the album – 'Putin'

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Saturday, 5 August 2017

being Trumped & being Turnbulled

the circus continues!

Posted by a WORD or TWO on Friday, 4 August 2017

a Telstra NBN story

Another mess made by Malcolm Turnbull

Hi Telstra. This is my 84 year old Nan, Pat. Your technicians were supposed to come and install the NBN for her four…

Posted by Jen Fankhauser on Tuesday, 1 August 2017


“Call us dull, call us sellouts, call us gentrifiers – just don’t call us copycats”

Our lust for originality is wrecking the city, delivering a rash of formally new but ultimately anti-urban hideous skyline baubles reducing city-making to a spectacle of super-size billboard branding gestures while inhibiting the multiplication of good ideas. Click here


Architecture and all that spin

If there is one occupation that I could not imagine doing, it is being an ACT Government planner who spends most of the day looking through development applications (DA) for commercial developments.

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Rebecca Solnit on Trump

It’s Time (again)

It is definitely time for all forms of peaceful and concerted actions to adjust our democratic structures to deal with the damage being done by forces that have resulted in Trump and his cronies being where they are.

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NO is NOT enough

New book by Naomi Klein

“This is one attempt to uncover how we got to this surreal political moment. It is also an attempt to predict how, under cover of shocks and crises, it could get a lot worse.

And it’s a plan for how, if we keep our heads, we might just be able to flip the script and arrive at a radically better future.” — From the Introduction

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Nicole Lawder, a Liberal who has your back

We expect a lot of our politicians. People rightly expect their elected representatives to do just that – be representatives of the people who elected them. That’s not always a success story.

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Frank Hurley and Australian Native Plants


Searching for Frank Hurley along our northern beaches

Did you know that Frank Hurley was a very keen gardener and photographer of wild flowers?

In April 2018 The Manly Art Gallery and Museum will be launching a very special exhibition titled: Frank Hurley – Sydney Harbour photographer: From Circular Quay to Collaroy.

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