Are you off your trolley?


VISITING Sydney last month, I noted that the light-rail project that has rent the CBD asunder and created traffic havoc along virtually its entire length still is nowhere ...

VISITING Sydney last month, I noted that the light-rail project that has rent the CBD asunder and created traffic havoc along virtually its entire length still is nowhere near finished. It’s just possible that by ...


Wake up to yourself, and give me a break


THIS column is written for the man I met at a cocktail function in Melbourne last week who bragged about how he could do the journey from where he lives in Melbourne to ...

THIS column is written for the man I met at a cocktail function in Melbourne last week who bragged about how he could do the journey from where he lives in Melbourne to where his kids live in Sydney in just under ...


I had one but the wheels (almost) fell off


BEWARE if you drive a 2019 Mazda3. If you’re a Madam Wheels reader you probably don’t, but maybe one of your kids does. Mazda issued a recall on July 3, concerning “an ...

BEWARE if you drive a 2019 Mazda3. If you’re a Madam Wheels reader you probably don’t, but maybe one of your kids does. Mazda issued a recall on July 3, concerning “an issue with the wheel studs that connect the ...


Music auction hits a bum note


THE Companion is an enthusiastic if somewhat unskilled guitarist. He’s noodled around on various instruments for decades, never really progressing past a reasonable level ...

THE Companion is an enthusiastic if somewhat unskilled guitarist. He’s noodled around on various instruments for decades, never really progressing past a reasonable level of competence as a rhythm guitarist. But in ...


I'll do it later: why we procrastinate


RECENTLY I read that the root cause of procrastination for many people is, in actual fact, perfectionism. So the theory goes, people put off starting a task for fear of ...

RECENTLY I read that the root cause of procrastination for many people is, in actual fact, perfectionism. So the theory goes, people put off starting a task for fear of not being able to complete it absolutely ...


The grand unified Theory of Roadworks


I HAVE a theory. Bear with me – it has to do with roadworks. And it formulated in my mind recently because the end of a financial year seems to be when there are more ...

I HAVE a theory. Bear with me – it has to do with roadworks. And it formulated in my mind recently because the end of a financial year seems to be when there are more roadworks taking place than at other times of ...


Let me slap your face and call it a ‘luxury'


I DON’T know if you’ve ever strapped yourself into a Lotus Evora, or one of McLaren’s vehicles – say, the 720S, or something even more maniacal like the Senna – and given ...

I DON’T know if you’ve ever strapped yourself into a Lotus Evora, or one of McLaren’s vehicles – say, the 720S, or something even more maniacal like the Senna – and given it a bit of a push. But let me tell you, ...


Giving blue lights the red light


LONG before I heard the sound I saw the flashing lights in my rear-view, catching me quickly on the freeway. My first reaction was to check my speed: 112km/h. That should ...

LONG before I heard the sound I saw the flashing lights in my rear-view, catching me quickly on the freeway. My first reaction was to check my speed: 112km/h. That should be OK, shouldn’t it? No-one gets booked for ...


Getting a big bang out of a big band


EVERY now and then The Companion and I get dressed to the nine and head to the Sydney Opera House (if we’re in Sydney) or to Hamer Hall (if we’re in Melbourne) to ...

EVERY now and then The Companion and I get dressed to the nine and head to the Sydney Opera House (if we’re in Sydney) or to Hamer Hall (if we’re in Melbourne) to experience a symphony orchestra in full flight. ...

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