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Words from The Monsieur: The Groom’s Wedding Speech

January 11, 2011

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Thanking you all for coming. Uncle Terry, Aunty Chris, Uncle David, Aunty Aggie, Uncle Gary, Aunty Lanabelle, Aunty Valerie, Uncle Martin, Kate’s family, my mom-in-law- Janet, father-in-law Choi Boon and Uncle Albert for letting us have his beautiful daughter Rebecca as our flower girl and all the other important people without whom this wedding might […]

Ancient Chinese Leadership Advice and How Not to Follow

November 2, 2010

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Let me tell you a story… Over two thousand years ago, during the Warring States Period in China, a simple old woman had the common sense to realize that people need to be decently fed. Zi Fa was a general in the State of Chu. In a battle with the State of Qin, his food […]

Time and Type

October 20, 2010

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If this story was done 50 years ago, I would imagine that we would be slaving over the issue with typewriters. Beneath the hammering of keys and the hypnotic click-clack of cast iron on paper, your canvas would lay. Clean, fresh. No windows, no folders, no YouTube — a writer’s dream, perhaps a nightmare for […]

How Apple Mastered “The Non Apology”

September 2, 2010

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Governance, specifically corporate governance, has turned into a fine art form. Looking back at the economic crisis of yesteryear, I’ve found that we have come a mighty long way in this great skill I call, “the art of the non apology”. Many have tried it but many have faltered. It occurs more than once every […]

An open letter to Mel Gibson

August 2, 2010

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Dear Mr. Gibson, I would like to profess my undying love for you, especially now that you have earned your rightful place as Australia’s Next Top Redneck within the hall of shame. Your latest spiel to your ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva, calling her a “F—ing pig in heat who risked getting raped by a pack of […]

4 Simple Rules for Dating

July 26, 2010

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Men like Neil Strauss have called it The Game. The fact that his account of it – detailed over 452 pages like a dater’s tips for dating – has been quickly picked up at bookstores, shows a large majority of men regard the dating game with deadly seriousness. And therein lies the crux of the […]

Is the world around us getting more offensive, or are we merely taking things the wrong way?

June 26, 2010

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There’s been a storm in a teacup that is threatening to overflow. Not unlike in The Name Of The Rose, public libraries have been removing Tintin in the Congo from their shelves and keeping it under lock and key because people are offended by it. That’s right, people are offended by a cartoon Belgian reporter. […]

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