June 02, 2004


This week’s Continuing Crisis column for The Bulletin is filed from sunny seaside Wollongong and mentions violence, beer, death, wealth, bluejuice, Jake Stone, Stav, BlueScope, Immortal Dominion, Fleshgrind, John Tulloh, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, the UN, the ABC, Tony Delroy, David Marr, and -- via Alan E. Brain in comments -- Tony Blair and George W. Bush.

Posted by Tim Blair at June 2, 2004 02:11 AM

Lucky! Mrs J and I spend as many weekends as we can in a little rented cabin on the beach, slightly further down the coast, at Kiama.

It's shocking how the sound of the rolling ocean can get the creative juices flowing.

Posted by: Mike Jericho at June 2, 2004 at 03:41 AM

Kiama is one of the most beautiful places on earth. Beats me why all of us Internet-linked people don't abandon the cities.

And -- Mike will know more about this than me -- there are probably fine hunting opportunities available. Yes?

Posted by: tim at June 2, 2004 at 03:45 AM

How sad most the mainstream media is these days.

She must use Notepad as her spell checker...

Posted by: Roger Bournival at June 2, 2004 at 05:54 AM

Wrong comments section! AARRRRRGGGHHH!!

Posted by: Roger Bournival at June 2, 2004 at 05:55 AM


Posted by: Andrea Harris at June 2, 2004 at 07:13 AM

...there are probably fine hunting opportunities available. Yes?...

Yep. The escarpment from Dapto to the Shoalhaven hosts Oz' best population of rusa deer. They're just about to come into hard antler, too.

Posted by: Byron_the_Aussie at June 2, 2004 at 10:58 AM

BHP Steel could have chosen from a wealth of evocative names, Metallica, Iron Made In etc etc

... and they choose BlueScope?

And what's wrong with BHP Steel?

Posted by: ilibcc at June 2, 2004 at 11:45 AM


It was a condition of BHP Steel's de-merger with BHP Billiton that the company take a new name before June 2004.

Posted by: tim at June 2, 2004 at 01:03 PM

In Wollongong, it never went away. Some venues, such as the Oxford Tavern, feature live music almost every night. Sydney hip-hop/funk/soul/whatever-the-hell-you-want-to-call-it outfit bluejuice played to 250 or so people there on Saturday, and it was surprising to learn afterwards that this excellent band has no recording contract.

Same here in Newcastle. Once the home of solid Aussie rock outfits like Cold Chisel, we now also have a thriving hip-hop scene, some great jazz musicians, excellent dance venues, and one-and-a-half orchestras. In other words, music for the snobs, and music for the yobs - it's all good!

Posted by: TimT at June 2, 2004 at 04:13 PM

Some 80,000 military personnel still occupy dozens of bases. Is Germany's government, to use Tulloh's suggestion, a "transitional authority"?

Transitioning to sharia, maybe?

Posted by: Andjam at June 2, 2004 at 11:55 PM

Will it take fewer than 20 minutes to load? Probably not. You've got to post these here, too, Tim! Surely your republication agreement with them can be voided on the basis of their site is crap?


Posted by: Brian Jones at June 3, 2004 at 12:17 AM