Diary Australia

Diary Australia

12 July 2014 9:00 am

To Darwin, for the wedding of dear friends. An idle morning in that gem of a city provided me with…

Diary Australia

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Many readers would be aware of the recent passing of Ray Evans. Ray’s funeral service was held last Friday at…

Diary Australia

28 June 2014 9:00 am

Everyone who appears on the cover of a magazine feels angst about how they look. As the editor of a…

Diary Australia

21 June 2014 8:00 am

One of the worst aspects of the way we go on these days is not only that we are all…

Scottish diary

14 June 2014 9:00 am

Not so long ago I travelled to Dumfries, Scotland, the first leg of the trip being on an Emirates A380.…

London Diary

7 June 2014 9:00 am

I am a stickler for the rule that a London diary should start with a cabbie story, so… In a…

Beersheba diary

31 May 2014 9:00 am

Chips Rafferty never came to Beersheba. And he definitely never visited Be’er- Sheva, ‘The Opportunity Capital of Israel’. Be’er-Sheva was…

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31 May 2014 9:00 am

One of my favourite destinations when travelling internationally is the airport bookshop. Not to buy a book. I just love…

Diary

24 May 2014 9:00 am

Budget day. It has its time-honoured rituals which outlive governments of all persuasions. There’s the pre-budget leaks both intentional and…

Diary

17 May 2014 9:00 am

I muttered an abusive riposte. This breaks the first rule of dealing with demonstraters even when they stick their murderous…

Diary

10 May 2014 9:00 am

I knew from reading his book that Bob Carr was colossally vain. But still I’m stunned when, 90 seconds before…

Andrew Neil's Australia diary

3 May 2014 9:00 am

No rest for the wicked. We touch down before dawn in Sydney after a 22-hour flight and by 7am I’m…

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26 April 2014 9:00 am

It’s not often you have a foretaste of paradise. Recently I spent a month in Europe — the UK, Ireland,…

Diary

19 April 2014 9:00 am

Some years ago, on a flight from Adelaide to Sydney, while putting my hand luggage in the overhead compartment, I…

Diary

12 April 2014 9:00 am

A lamentable by-product of the media in the digital age is its frequent lack of good manners. Ridiculing opponents rather…

Diary

5 April 2014 9:00 am

I’ve recently rediscovered the lost, forbidden pleasure of the smoko. My earliest memories of enjoying a smoko were back at…

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29 March 2014 9:00 am

A rabbi, a Catholic priest and an Anglican minister all gathered for afternoon tea. No, it’s not the start of…

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22 March 2014 9:00 am

I don’t normally put a great deal of thought into my tweets. Chatting idly on Twitter one night I had…

German Diary

15 March 2014 9:00 am

The Greeks may fear and loathe Frankfurt as a crass citadel of German capitalism. Not me. It’s Germany’s aviation and…

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8 March 2014 9:00 am

Here’s a piece of news you may have missed. The EU has shelved its trade talks with India. At the…

Diary

1 March 2014 9:00 am

My wife and the mother of our six children, Lucia, is from an Italian family and two of our disagreements…

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22 February 2014 9:00 am

The Governor-General hosted an informal BBQ dinner for parliamentarians and their partners at Yarralumla the night before the first day…

Diary

15 February 2014 9:00 am

I watch yet another ugly Schapelle Corby scene on the television news: she’s being released from prison and bundled into…

Diary

8 February 2014 9:00 am

Here in Patterson Lakes — Melbourne’s Mecca for cashed-up tradies and tattooed ladies — Tony Abbott has an image problem.…

Davos Diary

1 February 2014 9:00 am

‘Shaping a better world’, the theme for this year’s World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, was nothing if not…