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Chemo Notes

26 July 2014

It’s now six months since I was diagnosed with cancer. That was a terrible start to the year. The surgeon informed me that, at my stage of the disease, survival… Read more

Diary Australia

26 July 2014

After years of arguments, days of negotiations and hours of speeches from the Greens, the carbon tax was finally abolished. The symbolic emblem of Julia Gillard’s reign didn’t end with… Read more

Diary Australia

19 July 2014

Australia is a long way from the US. I left Washington on 4 July of all dates for Melbourne, there to deliver the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation Commission’s annual Gandel lecture,… Read more

Sicilian Diary

19 July 2014

Most of my dealings with the mafia — to the best of my knowledge — have been pleasant ones. Visiting Sicily three years ago, we stayed at a delightful hotel… Read more

Diary Australia

12 July 2014

To Darwin, for the wedding of dear friends. An idle morning in that gem of a city provided me with the NT News — what a discovery! After the arrest… Read more

Diary Australia

5 July 2014

Many readers would be aware of the recent passing of Ray Evans. Ray’s funeral service was held last Friday at the Anglican Parish of Christ Church, Brunswick. Ray’s children spoke… Read more

Diary Australia

28 June 2014

Everyone who appears on the cover of a magazine feels angst about how they look. As the editor of a magazine, I sympathise, I really do. Yet I also have… Read more

Diary Australia

21 June 2014

One of the worst aspects of the way we go on these days is not only that we are all so uncivil to each other, but we all accuse each… Read more

Scottish diary

14 June 2014

Not so long ago I travelled to Dumfries, Scotland, the first leg of the trip being on an Emirates A380. This was my first time on the world’s biggest passenger… Read more

London Diary

7 June 2014

I am a stickler for the rule that a London diary should start with a cabbie story, so… In a taxi en route to the Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury the… Read more

Beersheba diary

31 May 2014

Chips Rafferty never came to Beersheba. And he definitely never visited Be’er- Sheva, ‘The Opportunity Capital of Israel’. Be’er-Sheva was the Hebrew Bible’s name for Abraham’s city and it lives… Read more

Diary

31 May 2014

One of my favourite destinations when travelling internationally is the airport bookshop. Not to buy a book. I just love standing in front of the business books. They are so… Read more

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24 May 2014

Budget day. It has its time-honoured rituals which outlive governments of all persuasions. There’s the pre-budget leaks both intentional and accidental. The Treasurer’s pre-budget photo opportunity with his family, the… Read more

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17 May 2014

I muttered an abusive riposte. This breaks the first rule of dealing with demonstraters even when they stick their murderous contorted faces slap-bang in yours. Expressionless and silent, always the… Read more

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10 May 2014

I knew from reading his book that Bob Carr was colossally vain. But still I’m stunned when, 90 seconds before Q&A goes to air, he barks: ‘Brendan’s chair is higher… Read more

Andrew Neil's Australia diary

3 May 2014

No rest for the wicked. We touch down before dawn in Sydney after a 22-hour flight and by 7am I’m live on radio 2GB with Alan Jones. I’m aware talk… Read more

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26 April 2014

It’s not often you have a foretaste of paradise. Recently I spent a month in Europe — the UK, Ireland, France and Belgium. It was all very enjoyable. I like… Read more

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19 April 2014

Some years ago, on a flight from Adelaide to Sydney, while putting my hand luggage in the overhead compartment, I caught the attention of the cabin manager. As I resumed… Read more

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12 April 2014

A lamentable by-product of the media in the digital age is its frequent lack of good manners. Ridiculing opponents rather than answering their arguments increasingly characterises what passes for public… Read more

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5 April 2014

I’ve recently rediscovered the lost, forbidden pleasure of the smoko. My earliest memories of enjoying a smoko were back at school, when my friend Simon and I would scurry across… Read more

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29 March 2014

A rabbi, a Catholic priest and an Anglican minister all gathered for afternoon tea. No, it’s not the start of a bad taste joke: it is the mid-point for what… Read more

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22 March 2014

I don’t normally put a great deal of thought into my tweets. Chatting idly on Twitter one night I had no idea that I was about to send out a… Read more

German Diary

15 March 2014

The Greeks may fear and loathe Frankfurt as a crass citadel of German capitalism. Not me. It’s Germany’s aviation and financial hub, but my experience of the city is a… Read more

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8 March 2014

Here’s a piece of news you may have missed. The EU has shelved its trade talks with India. At the same time, the tiny European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Liechtenstein,… Read more

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1 March 2014

My wife and the mother of our six children, Lucia, is from an Italian family and two of our disagreements are whether Bolognese sauce can be served with spaghetti and… Read more