Australasia

Viva Riva

A good meal is hard to find in celebrity-obsessed London

Underrated: Tony Abbott

Australia's no-nonsense leader is a lightning rod for progressive hatred

Underrated: John Howard

The former Australian leader's continuing popularity has befuddled the news media and the political class

Easy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown

Australian liberals missed their opportunity to vote for a monarchy-free state; it may be a while before the chance for a republic comes around again

Exposed: Carnita’s Cover Story

A ticket for a burqa-clad driver in Sydney became a national controversy and reopened the debate about multiculturalism

The Drumming of an Army

The Australian floods were encapsulated by underrated national poet, Dorothea Mackellar, whose poem "My Country" best captured the post-diluvian mood

Old-order Collapse

Australia's performance in the Ashes is symptomatic of the newly-prosperous nation's fixation with consumerism

The Lesson of Oz

"Australian politics is in turmoil of a type and intensity not seen for 70 years"

Gone are our Frontier Values

‘The objection to pooftahs was indeed characteristic of Australians, even clever ones’

A Modest Proposal for Rugby

No doubt the haka is all very well in its time and place – but that place was long ago and far away. It’s essentially a cannibal war dance designed to scare the living daylights out of those you hope to kill and eat

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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