Diary Australia

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31 August 2013 9:00 am

Australians worry too much. You don’t dress warmly enough, especially on chilly airplanes. Your coffee isn’t as great as you…

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24 August 2013 9:00 am

It’s the Friday before the first weekend of the election campaign and one day to go before the launch of…

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17 August 2013 9:00 am

Holy hellfire: the Law of Unintended Consequences struck me out of right field for the first full week of the…

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10 August 2013 9:00 am

In a life garlanded by few and modest distinctions, I do enjoy, I suspect, one that is unusual. As we…

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3 August 2013 9:00 am

The rhythms of my new life are becoming clear. Waking early for exercise, not a morning call. Immersing myself in…

Palace diary

27 July 2013 9:00 am

At exactly 9.45 p.m., glasses charged, we stand while a toast is proposed to the Queen. ‘The Queen’, we all…

Ashes diary

20 July 2013 9:00 am

 Nottingham, UK When I previewed the Ashes series in England in these pages two weeks ago I erred on the…

Mark Scott's diary

13 July 2013 9:00 am

Al Forsyth, a man who has crossed the Kokoda Track nearly 90 times, told me not to worry, to trust…

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6 July 2013 9:00 am

The phones have stopped ringing. It’s eerie and doesn’t feel right. The usual mischief-makers have stopped taking calls and answering…

29 June 2013 9:00 am

Dublin It’s strange how you see things differently when travelling overseas. At a recent business conference in Ireland, the talk…

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22 June 2013 9:00 am

Helen Mirren is the Queen. At least, Queen Elizabeth II as reflected on the London stage at the Gielgud Theatre.…

12 June 2013 2:21 pm

‘That’s Uncle Tom,’ the young Chinese student says to his European pal, pointing at the huge British Library poster for…

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7 June 2013 9:50 am

My last Spectator Australia diary was filed shortly after a tour of the Colosseum in Rome where, I explained to…

29 May 2013 11:43 am

Washington, D.C. Five years. If a week, as Harold Wilson once observed, is a long time in politics, five years is…

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25 May 2013 9:00 am

Could there be a more frustrating creation than name-tags? The typeface is always too small, or the thing has twisted…

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18 May 2013 9:00 am

Rupert Murdoch’s omnipresence in News Ltd is exaggerated by his critics. Securing two minutes of the chairman and chief executive’s…

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11 May 2013 9:00 am

Moscow With the recent release of Russia’s Foreign Policy Concept for President Putin’s third term marking the re-emergence on the…

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4 May 2013 9:00 am

As the bus taking a group of us to Margaret Thatcher’s funeral left Fleet Street and followed Ludgate Hill towards…

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27 April 2013 9:00 am

Washington, DC From the windows of his cottage at the Old Soldiers’ Home, on the edge of Civil War-era Washington,…

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20 April 2013 9:00 am

It’s now official. I was introduced on radio recently as ‘veteran journalist’. The title is not all beer and skittles,…

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13 April 2013 9:00 am

It is a week for thinking about freedom. The death on Monday night of one of freedom’s greatest champions is…

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6 April 2013 9:00 am

Years of wise counsel about television studios, microphones and profanity were forgotten as I unclipped my lapel mike and swore…

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30 March 2013 9:00 am

When Kevin Rudd arrived at Brisbane’s Riverbend Books on a sunny Saturday morning to launch For The True Believers: Great…

Diary Australia

23 March 2013 9:00 am

I’m lining up to get autographs of the players of GWS Giants AFL Team at the Sydney Swans and GWS…

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16 March 2013 9:00 am

If a conservative in Canberra asserts that the Tea Party and the Occupy Wall Street movement are fighting the same…