I’m on the road again. Since I just finished a few days at the Perth Writers Festival (and I promise to blog about how great it was catching up with authors Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold and Jane Caro – by the way, get their books), what to pack for the plane trip to Sydney and Melbourne (and back again) is on my mind. This is a revised post from a few years back. Many of the recommendations still hold, although… Read more

Judeo-Christian traditions saturate our culture but are they still relevant? Do we need God’s guidance to be good? Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro and Canon Frank Sheehan discuss. It’s happening tonight! Features … well, kind of an overwhelming number of awesome atheists on the stage. And Canon Frank Sheehan, who thankfully has a rather good humor about these kinds of things (he married Tim Minchin and was hilarious when interviewing Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Perth a little while ago)! Tickets are $22 from BOCS Ticketing… Read more

Batman’s beginning to wonder if his movie makes any sense at all. Read more

Quick update for folks in Melbourne! Shelley Segal is doing a gig tomorrow at Miss Libertines at 34 Franklin St in the city. It’s from 2-7pm, with five bands for $5 and it’s all going towards organising a fundraiser on March the 10th that is raising money for a women’s shelter. Head down to hear the music and support a good cause! Shelley Segal is a singer-song writer from Melbourne, Australia. Growing up in a musical family, Shelley began singing… Read more

After a fairly rotten morning (missing shoe, comments, impending global warming and so forth), I decided to cheer myself up by arriving at the University of Western Australia’s central campus via TARDIS. And then it broke down. FML.   Some very nice students helped me tow it to the UWA Atheists and Skeptic Society booth, where I called Gallifrey Auto Repairs and they said they’d try to be there around lunch, give or take a century or two. The team were… Read more

I’m honestly wearing just one shoe and about to run out the door as soon as I find the other. But quickly: “The O-Day Festival is the BIGGEST student event on campus!  Taking place on Friday 24 February 2012, the last day of O-Week, UWA explodes into life for the year with live music, giveaways, food, hundreds of stalls and thousands of students covering James Oval and Koort Kwoba Dandjoo (Guild Village).” The UWA Atheist and Skeptics society has a… Read more

I’m about to run out the door to attend a lecture by Germaine Greer (it happens to be the opening night of the Perth Writers Festival), but here’s a few snaps from another first: The Murdoch University Atheist and Agnostic Society. I met Robert of the MASS near the social sciences building, just on the edges of the Bush Court. Which is why all my photos are kind of washed-out, as it was a bright morning and the light was… Read more

Okay, the title is clearly hyperbole. But I laughed anyway: A BRISBANE woman fleeced Nigerian scam artists by stealing more than $30,000 from their internet car sales racket, a court has been told. Sarah Jane Cochrane-Ramsey, 23, was employed by the Nigerians as an “agent” in March 2010 but was unaware they were scam artists, the Brisbane District Court heard today. Her job was to provide an Australian bank account through which they could funnel any payments they received through… Read more

A quick reminder: Thursday, 23rd February (today!) – Murdoch University students – sign up with the Murdoch Atheist and Agnostics Student Society. Head down around 9.30am and be a part of Market Day! Friday, 24th February (this Friday!) – University of Western Australia students – sign up with the UWA Atheist and Skeptics Society during UWA’s O-Day Festival! Everything starts at 11am. Don’t forget that this is the week of the Perth Writers Festival, featuring Alom Shaha, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro… Read more

“It’s that time of year again, when anti-choice group 40 Days for Life celebrate the run up to Easter by picketing abortion clinics, spreading misinformation and generally making life difficult for women using services and clinic staff. This year, inspired by the lovely 40 Days of Treats, we have decided to use the annual protest to celebrate the right to safe, legal abortion and run our very own 40 day choice-a-thon.  Every day we’ll be posting small, positive steps that we can… Read more

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