Will you be making a New Year’s resolution this year? According to researchers at the University of Sydney, half of all Australians will. We’re a pretty predictable bunch when it comes to resolutions.

Sorry, we're full… Pic: Andrew Tully

No doubt this year our resolutions will include avoiding the 18th series of Masterchef, deciding to ignore cryptic, attention-seeking Facebook updates from friends who never supply the second sentence (“Couldn’t have imagined a worse day ever :-(“), spending less time working, and more time with the family (or vice versa).

Or maybe making no more resolutions.

But assuming you haven’t already adopted the final item on that list, perhaps 2013 is the year to get a little more ambitious with your resolutions.

I’ve come across no resolutions more ambitious than those of Jonathan Edwards. Nearly 300 years ago, at just 19 years of age, Edwards made not one or two but a staggering 70 resolutions. These weren’t resolutions for the next 12 months - these were resolutions for the remaining years he’d be on this Earth.

Like many of us, he made some resolutions around healthy living, for example:
Resolution #40: Resolved, to inquire every night, before I go to bed, whether I have acted in the best way I possibly could, with respect to eating and drinking.

But his resolutions were far broader and covered seven areas, ranging from his life mission and time management, to dealing with suffering and his spiritual life. How did he even remember them all? In the preface to his resolutions he resolved to read over them all once a week.

Here are some examples of what he resolved to do:

Resolution #14: Resolved, never to do anything out of revenge.

Resolution #15: Resolved, never to suffer the least motions of anger to irrational beings.

Resolution #69: Resolved, always to do that, which I shall wish I had done when I see others do it.

I like it - he’s taken the time to consider and then write down the kind of life that he wants to live.

But what is most striking about his resolutions is their razor-sharp focus. At only 19, he had formed the concrete realisation that many never actually face up to - that his life on this earth will one day end.

Resolution #7: Resolved, never to do anything, which I should be afraid to do, if it were the last hour of my life

Resolution #17: Resolved, that I will live so as I shall wish I had done when I come to die.

Resolution #52: I frequently hear persons in old age say how they would live, if they were to live their lives over again: Resolved, that I will live just so as I can think I shall wish I had done, supposing I live to old age.

Facing up to reality as a teenager, he was able to live the rest of his life backwards - living today in such a way so as to avoid the regrets so many experience as the night closes in.

Someone with a lot of experience at the back-end of life is Bonnie Ware. She worked in palliative care, and wrote about the five most common regrets people express on their deathbed:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
2. I wish I didn’t work so hard.
3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

We can learn from these experiences - from resolving to get home before the kids go to bed, to picking up the phone keep in touch with an old school friend. There’s no reason why the regrets of others need to be repeated by us.

But Edwards inspires us to be even more ambitious with our resolutions. His life was shaped not only by the reality that it will end, but also by the knowledge that this life is in many ways preparation for what Edwards called ‘the future world’.

Resolution #50: Resolved, I will act so as I think I shall judge would have been best, and most prudent, when I come into the future world.

Edwards’ perspective was shaped by the wisdom of Jesus, who said in Matthew 16:

“What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world,  yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Life is approached very differently in the light of eternity. Eternity clarifies what’s important, and provides focus for what’s worth striving for, and what’s simply a short-term distraction.

Eternity reveals that the greatest gains and achievements in 70-odd years are ultimately pointless, if they come at the cost of your soul.

As you make your resolutions for 2013, by all means get healthy,  spend less time at work and avoid repetitive reality television. But also take a moment in the scheme of eternity to consider how to prepare your soul for the life to come.

Comments on this post will close at 8pm AEDST.

Most commented

49 comments

Show oldest | newest first

    • Tedd says:

      05:25am | 28/12/12

      Yes, ‘‘There’s no reason why the regrets of others need to be repeated by us’ and it is best to have ‘the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected’. To that end can we justify manipulating people? especially youth?

      Things like ‘living for “eternity”’ (via “the afterlife” in “heaven”) and a “soul” are merely propositions for which there is no evidence or proof. Likewise, the gospel stories are unproven - nobody really knows who wrote them or how much they are embellished.  Nobody knows who wrote the letters attributed to the a Paul -  he states he got his gospel from no-man (Galatians 1:11-12) and does not seem to know the synoptic/canonical gospels.

      A “soul” may be a euphemism for personality or character, but they are tied to cognition which is tied to brain function ie. tied to current biological life.

      That is the only life we can be true to.

    • Mack says:

      08:37am | 28/12/12

      @Tedd, you are correct. There is no ‘eternity’ - this life is it. Enjoy it as best you can without hurting other people.

    • acotrel says:

      09:42am | 28/12/12

      @Mack
      ‘you are correct. There is no ‘eternity’ - this life is it. ’
      Especially with the LNP around in opposition ?

    • Al says:

      01:37pm | 28/12/12

      acotrel - are you capable of discussing anything without bringing politics (and your own prejudice regarding politics) into it?

    • Terry2 says:

      05:56am | 28/12/12

      Perhaps a collective resolution to ignore the antics of the Kadashian family; they might just go away.

    • Elphaba says:

      06:36am | 28/12/12

      Those 5 common regrets? I already live life like that, so I’m not too worried. As for resolutions, no, I won’t be making one. It’s better to identify goals and start working on them straight away, not wait for Jan 1st.

      I don’t believe in a life after this one, but since I try to be the kindest person I can be, I believe if there is a God, believing in him is a minor detail He will forgive me for. But since the idea of an afterlife is a highly dubious one, I’ll stick with enjoying my current one.

    • I am what I say I am says:

      10:29am | 28/12/12

      ” May she die a lonely, death and move onto a hate-filled eternity.”

      Yes, I see a real kind person in there somewhere.
      NOT

    • Elphaba says:

      11:31am | 28/12/12

      If you can remember the context in which I actually said that, I will be flabbergasted.

      You will also prove beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you’re in love with me.  It’s flattering.  A little (lot) pathetic, but flattering.

    • kim says:

      06:49am | 28/12/12

      you were going so well until you got into all the god bothering stuff; each to their own, but why not be content to live a rich life and leave the place and the people and place a little richer for your efforts, and just shuffle off?

    • Its good nite from him says:

      07:46am | 28/12/12

      I agree Kim, Steve’s comment re the Facebook cryptic attention seeking posts is pure gold and so true… (oh how I hate it when Fakebook wankers do that!!)

      But I drifted off as soon as it became a sermon of sorts….Zzzzzzzzzzz

    • ramases says:

      06:54am | 28/12/12

      You are of course presupposing that all people believe in the fairy tale of the Bible or any religion. For those who don’t, what then , hell and damnation or a life free from the intended consequences of religion, GUILT.
        A bit rough I hear you say but lets look at the christian religion where the stick and carrot method of making people do what others want is so prevalent. All through their Books there is this underlying theme that unless you follow this or that rule your sole, as if, will be damned for ever to spend time in hell or worse, but follow the teachings and be subjugated to the will of others and apart from saving your sole you will be a good person. Crap.  You don’t need to believe in a mythical being to be a good person and only those who are either so unsure of their own individuality or need a crutch to get through life fall prey to this widely accepted notion.

    • OverIt says:

      07:58am | 28/12/12

      ramases, I always smile to myself when I hear Christians of all denominations refer to the fact that they have ‘better morals’ than non church goers.  You’ve probably met them, those people who go to church on Sundays, perhaps attend bible study classes, then behave like a***holes the rest of the week. And what is it with bible study classes?  Wouldn’t the time be better spent providing practical help to all those in the community who need it, rather than studying the words of a book that was written 600 years after the events allegedly took place?  All my non-religious friends do just that, whenever they can.  Give me a decent heathen any day - they have better values!

    • acotrel says:

      08:12am | 28/12/12

      People who are brought up under an authoritarian regime complete with lashings of guilt, are often the worst kind of liars, even if it is a sin to tell porkies.

    • acotrel says:

      08:22am | 28/12/12

      The Bible is not the most up-to-date publication on modern life.  Within it there are only two references to risk management. One is the ‘build my house on a rock’ statement , the other is a religous law about sleeping on roofs without parapets.  As a result up until 1992, we had people w ho placed their trust in God, rather than doing essential risk assessments and controlling the risk appropriately. God must have forgotten to include some important stuff, or perhaps he thought we might figure it out for ourselves ? He works in wondrous ways his miracles to perform ?

    • ramases says:

      10:58am | 28/12/12

      Over it, your right. I live in a small country town and the prevailing thing here is religion in all its forms, Church on Sunday, religious study Wednesdays and the list goes on. But and a big but the other prevailing thing here is gossiping about those who miss the service, don’t turn up for Bible study and those who happen to be different which makes our place in the community somewhat different as we arent religious, are nudists and speak our minds contrary to popular held beliefs. Interesting to say the least but great fun baiting the bastards.

    • Gregg says:

      07:17am | 28/12/12

      Johnathan would seem to have been a guy who had a good sense of principles to guide his life’s way for him and at a young age too.
      You would have to wonder somewhat how he would handle the conflict that may have arose at times in dealing with material ambition, sexual urges and protection of and welfare for his family over and above others.

      I suppose he could have summarised much of his seventy with ” do to others as you would have them do yo yourself “.

      Someone no doubt will find politics in this somewhere.

    • Tim the Toolman says:

      07:34am | 28/12/12

      One of the most irresponsible articles yet, I have to say.  That line of thinking has brought us joys such as government officials throwing environmental concerns away because, hey, Jesus is coming back anyway and the unecessary prolonging of suffering because of all kinds of silly invented reasons, like a soul.

      Improve the world for now and for future generations of humanity.  Improve yourself because based on all evidence, this is the only chance to get.  Don’t do it because of an imaginary afterlife or because of some imagined god who is going to supposedly torture you for eternity.

      If these writings were abut anything other than approved religion they’d never be printed because of their outlandish and unverifiable claims.

    • marley says:

      07:53am | 28/12/12

      I think that’s a bit harsh. Whether you’re a believer or not, the principles young Mr. Edwards resolved to live his life by are good ones.  I doubt there’s an afterlife, but if I could look back at the end of this one and say I’d lived according to these rules, I think I’d be at peace with myself. And I don’t see why taking time to be a decent person means you’re going to wreak havoc on the environment or otherwise fail future generations.

    • acotrel says:

      08:27am | 28/12/12

      @marley
      ’ I doubt there’s an afterlife, but if I could look back at the end of this one and say I’d lived according to these rules, I think I’d be at peace with myself.’

      I agree. I’ve been close to death a few times, and I am at peace with myself. Sometimes we should think about what we are leaving behind us - what have we achieved which was not self-centred or cynical?

    • Rose says:

      09:02am | 28/12/12

      How was it irresponsible and how is it going to affect any other concerns, environmental or otherwise? Why does it matter whether his intention to live a good life comes from a belief in an afterlife or comes from the belief that this is all there is? The most important message here is that he is promoting the idea of living a good life, a fulfilling life and a life which may be free of many of the deathbed regrets of those who have gone before.
      We need more people to be good people, it doesn’t matter one bit why the choose to be good, as long as they do!!

    • acotrel says:

      10:18am | 28/12/12

      @Rose
      It makes a difference when it comes to commitment to improve how things are.  When it comes to having a vision about how things could be , if we have goals and work towards them managing the risks along the way.  If God predetermines everything , why bother to make an effort ?  Of course there is always the escape clause ‘God helps those who help themselves ’ - a recipe for ending up in jail ?

    • Rose says:

      04:15pm | 28/12/12

      Acotrel you have no idea what you’re talking about. I was raised a Catholic, educated in 3 different Catholic schools. Not once was I ever taught that things were pre-determined, I was taught that God had given people free will, i.e. people are free to make their own choices.
      As to vision, a vision according to Catholic teachings would see people doing their best to protect the environment and to ensure that all of “God’s creatures” were treated respectfully and equitably.
      Whether or not some people have distorted Christian teachings to serve their own ends is one thing (and many definitely have), but if some one wanted to live literally by the teachings of Jesus, they would be doing their best to be a good and decent person, and that would include ensuring that their vision for the future would make things better for generations to come.

    • Tubesteak says:

      07:39am | 28/12/12

      No-one will live an eternity. No-one has yet managed to crack 130. There is nothing else after this. It’s just something people tell themselves so that their lives don’t seem so meaningless and pointless. It’s simplistic reassurance.

      Work to fund your existence. Make sure you’ve got enough to be comfortable and enough to fund your retirement. The more money you have the more you will be comfortable. Work at building assets that will generate income and avoid needless debt. No use being a slave to too much debt because you tried to live beyond your means.

    • sunny says:

      07:40am | 28/12/12

      Geez - ambition aside - he’s going to need a secretary or a PA to be any hope of staying on top of everything on that list.

    • vox says:

      07:43am | 28/12/12

      This rubbish has about as much relevance to today’s society as Fred Flintstone had to the space age.
      What juvenile trash we are being served up in an age when we can go to the moon, cure all types of diseases, solve complex problems at the touch of a keyboard, and fly from Country to Country in a few hours. And yet there are still those who would press upon us the superstitious fear first expounded by a bunch of desert dwellers two thousand years ago in order to opress and control the even more ignorant peasants of the Middle East.
      My grandson and I have fun comparing passages in the Book of Fear, (sometimes called the ‘bible’), and try and outdo each other in finding the most ridiculous story. We ask eack other questions, mostly rhetorical, about some of the swill being spilt onto the table from which these gullible “believers” eat.
      Today this fellow, Kryger, tells us that jesus said this, and that, and it must be so because it is recorded by Matthew. Matthew wasn’t even thought of at the time of jesus’s supposed existence, and the boy wonder certainly didn’t have his biographer following him around recording all of his chatter.
      The scribes and the pharisees weren’t his travelling mates. we’re told that they didn’t get on at all after they turned a place like the Vatican into a money chamber, so they would definitely not have given him any help, and they were the only ones who could write. (He would love the Vatican today. Another temple turned into a bank. A BIG bank!).
      Still, people who would have us believe that they are fit to represent us at the Government level declare their belief in this arrant nonsense.
      A pox on all their houses!

    • acotrel says:

      08:29am | 28/12/12

      @vox
      ‘This rubbish has about as much relevance to today’s society as Fred Flintstone had to the space age.’

      Do you mean Fred Nile ?

    • P. Darvio says:

      08:47am | 28/12/12

      Quote: (He would love the Vatican today. Another temple turned into a bank. A BIG bank!).


      Not True – Fictional Jesus Person (FJP) hated Banks and Bankers because according to the Christian Bible FJP bashed up bankers who were merely going about their banking business – no wonder people today hate banks so much – Christianity has taught them to hate people including bankers…..I can only imagine that when Christians have a problem with their bank or bank account they go down to their local bank branch, FJP Whip in hand, and beat their bank manger into submission – I mean FJP did it – so it must be OK,  – mustn’t it….???

    • St. Michael says:

      12:03pm | 28/12/12

      “Fictional Jesus Person (FJP) hated Banks and Bankers because according to the Christian Bible FJP bashed up bankers who were merely going about their banking business”

      If you’re going to have fun with literal readings of the Bible, Pee, at least get the literal reading right.

      Mark 11:15 “On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.”

      Matthew 21: 12-13: “And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all of them who sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.”

      John 2: 14-16: “In the temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money.  So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.  But he said to those who sold doves, ‘Get these out of here! Do not make My Father’s house a house of trade!’”

      Luke 19:45: “Then he entered the temple area and began driving out those who were selling.”

      So, not bankers.  (And no assaults, either).  Merchants and moneychangers, i.e. currency traders, and salesmen.  Jewish theological law as set out by Moses required certain offerings to the Temple for certain occasions.  However, the Temple obligation brought people from around the world and merchants took advantage of them.  The timing of this event is dated at around Passover, which all but necessitated pilgrimages back to Jerusalem from Jews abroad.  Trouble was, you could not use Roman money because it was a graven image, so you had to convert it to local currency.  Money exchangers had high markups, which destroyed the value of your own money for what was meant to be a devotional, religious exercise.

      The thing about doves was because they were a last resort offering for the poor: if you couldn’t afford any other offering, you had to give two doves.

      In all cases the theme is consistent, and consistent with Jesus’s teachings across the Gospels: don’t profit off religion, and particularly don’t profit from a religious act which is fundamental to people’s beliefs.  The Protestant Reformation occurred for similar-ish reasons.  It’s a lesson most organised religions have to be taught at some stage in their development, in some cases repeatedly.

      Oh, and vox? If you like hindsight hilarity, then in the science field I thoroughly recommend to you the works of Sir Cyril Burt, the great pioneer of Western educational psychology who fabricated pretty well all of his data but still held sway over educational thought in the West right through until his death in the 1970s.  Or the works of those wonderful scientists who happily massaged their data to establish that brain size was racially correlated with intellect—in other words, eugenics, which was a highly popular concept until around 1939 or so.  They’re all twentieth-century eminent thinkers rather than second century ones, perhaps the humour will translate better.  Don’t think that science is any more honest a system of discovery than other fields of human endeavour.

    • vox says:

      12:28pm | 28/12/12

      P Darvio. I was kinda writing about the Vatican, and Jeebus liking it, with my tongue firmly embedded in my cheek.
      Acotrel, I meant my Fred not yours, because although my Fred didn’t exist he’s still a better contributor to the Planet than Nile. But I reckon that you probably know that to be so.
      I get a bit disturbed when folk write on the subject of allowing everybody to have their own beliefs and then decry my right to do so by calling me a “leftie”, or a “commie” or suchlike. At least my beliefs are based, even if wrongly so, on the words of real people not on the “voices” of imaginary beings floating around in the minds of paganistic ritualists who cannot stand on their own two feet.

    • marley says:

      01:19pm | 28/12/12

      @vox “I get a bit disturbed when folk write on the subject of allowing everybody to have their own beliefs and then decry my right to do so by calling me a “leftie”, or a “commie” or suchlike.”

      I’m just wondering why it is that think you can trash other peoples’ beliefs but expect your own beliefs to be treated with respect. You have every right to your own views, just as religious people do, but you have no more right than they do to expect an exemption from criticism or even derision.

    • Stephen says:

      08:01am | 28/12/12

      I resolve to live forever.

      So far, so good…

    • Chris L says:

      08:06am | 28/12/12

      A nice story, a worthwhile message… followed up with a commercial for the Jesus club.

    • Al says:

      01:47pm | 28/12/12

      Maybe (as Dolly below sugests) ywe can treat it like commercial TV and take the article (i.e. the show we are watching) and simply ignore the advert as being irrelevent to the main content.
      BTW I for one do not believe in any theistic or supernatural entity watching over us, not because I don’t like the idea, I would realy like to be able to believe, but unfortunately the evidence just doesn’t exist.

    • Dolly says:

      08:06am | 28/12/12

      Why can’t people just read the article, be inspired by it, and simply ignore the “god bothering” part at the end. There’s so much to like about this article. If you disagree with a sentence or two at the end, let it go. Life’s too short to be ignoring 95 % of the article, only to get all worked up about a the 5% you can simply ignore.

    • NESLIHAN KUROSAWA says:

      08:22am | 28/12/12

      Hi Steve,

      You know what?  We are all searching for our little bit of heaven on this earth but it seems to be a hard task to deal with at the moment!  We are being bombarded with a lot of conflicting and negative messages most of the time that finding and taking a hold of true happiness may particularly be proving to be a little more difficult than it was for the previous generations.  I don’t mind your personal list of new year’s resolutions at all.  However on a personal level I would like to come up with a list of new year’s resolutions with a touch of global thinking. Because our personal lives can sometimes be a reflection of our daily struggles and stresses dealt with on a daily basis out there in the big wide world.

      I personally want to see more charity, compassion towards the less fortunate and more careful planning when it comes to our children’s future on this planet. Because all babies born into this world are pretty much similar in relation to their parents’ personal hopes and dreams for their future.  I would like to see less hunger, homelessness, violence and poverty in our world as well as making sure that all children do have the rights to demand a safe and stable future without any wars, gun related violence, conflicts and suffering no matter whether they happen to live in the USA, Africa or Syria!  Kind regards.

    • Robert S McCormick says:

      09:20am | 28/12/12

      My wish for the new year is that our parasitic politicians stop making Promises, most of which they break & simply make “Proposals” which they will bring into effect when the money is there to do so. I mean Real Money not the bloody Credit Card so beloved of the ALP & Greens.

    • TChong says:

      10:33am | 28/12/12

      Agree Bob
      “Proposals” = “non core”
      Neither side , with this current line- ups are capable, or deserve to lead this nation.

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      12:51pm | 28/12/12

      That’s right- the Coalition aren’t putting their gold plated maternity scheme on the credit card, they’re putting a whopping tax upon business….....

    • line says:

      10:04am | 28/12/12

      An interesting one - this was on my mind on Christmas eve.

      I was thinking about new years resolutions and how “the best laid plans of mice and men…” tend to go.

      I was thinking that rather than making any resolutions maybe I ought to read that chapter of (Corinithians I think) which talks about how I am not my own and bought with a price - and what a price when we think of Easter rather than Christmas - so maybe the “resolution” which is most appropriate is to be obedient to the purpose God has for me in 2013.

      Not that I’m advocating being too lazy to plan or anything but maybe just being willing in the heart to change course as directed by my very upper level manager.

    • P. Darvio says:

      10:06am | 28/12/12

      Quote: Will you be making a New Year’s resolution this year?

      I resolve and hope comes true for 2013 that the Christian Priest Child Sex Rape Royal Commission Inquisition finally exposes the extent of the Christian Priest Sex Rape and the level of cover up by Christianity, and brings those Christians (and any other religions and institutions) found guilty of these horrendous crimes against our children, and those within Christianity who have covered it up, to account and then dragged before our secular democratic courts to be punished.

      Please please please……

    • Troy Flynn says:

      01:09pm | 28/12/12

      Sadly, I won’t be holding my breath on this one. As much as I hope you’re right, the protectionism of this filth runs very deep.
      I wonder what Fred Nile or George Pell will do if people they know personally get exposed by this commission? I suspect they will go back to their old staple of being apologists.

    • St. Michael says:

      01:24pm | 28/12/12

      Let’s hope it includes all the cases of forced circumcisions conducted on Aboriginal children, hey, Pee? http://www.noharmm.org/aborigine.htm

      And let’s also hope it includes all the cases of child brides taken in Aboriginal culture, too, hey, Pee? http://www.isx.org.au/forums/read.php?18,310,310,quote=1

      Looking forward to your comments denouncing these cultural practices you have endorsed in previous posts by endorsing Aboriginal culture as a basis for Aboriginal land rights, while at the same time stamping your feet and demanding that religions give up any such right or any legal protections at all.

    • Ken Oath says:

      03:45pm | 28/12/12

      Hey St. Michael,

      When you point your finger at others, there are three fingers pointing straight back at you.. . .

    • St. Michael says:

      04:14pm | 28/12/12

      So when I point you out as a legend, Ken, that makes me three times the legend you are.

    • Cath says:

      10:42am | 28/12/12

      Haven’t you guys ever heard of Pascal’s wager?

    • Peter says:

      01:33pm | 28/12/12

      Thanks Steve. Appreciated.

    • Ravi says:

      01:37pm | 28/12/12

      I agree with Billy Connolly: “You’ve had two thousand years to get it right, and you’ve f**ked it up. It’s over! Pick up your Bible, your Vatican, and your Holy Land, and f**k off.”

    • Ken Oath says:

      03:46pm | 28/12/12

      Amen to that Ravi!

    • St. Michael says:

      04:20pm | 28/12/12

      On the other hand, Billy Connolly has also said: “I don’t believe in angels and I have trouble with the whole God thing. I don’t want to say I don’t believe in God, but I don’t think I do. But I believe in people who do.”

 

Facebook Recommendations

Read all about it

Punch live

Up to the minute Twitter chatter

Recent posts

The latest and greatest

The Punch is moving house

The Punch is moving house

Good morning Punchers. After four years of excellent fun and great conversation, this is the final post…

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

Will Pope Francis have the vision to tackle this?

I have had some close calls, one that involved what looked to me like an AK47 pointed my way, followed…

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

Advocating risk management is not “victim blaming”

In a world in which there are still people who subscribe to the vile notion that certain victims of sexual…

Nosebleed Section

choice ringside rantings

From: Hasbro, go straight to gaol, do not pass go

Tim says:

They should update other things in the game too. Instead of a get out of jail free card, they should have a Dodgy Lawyer card that not only gets you out of jail straight away but also gives you a fat payout in compensation for daring to arrest you in the first place. Instead of getting a hotel when you… [read more]

From: A guide to summer festivals especially if you wouldn’t go

Kel says:

If you want a festival for older people or for families alike, get amongst the respectable punters at Bluesfest. A truly amazing festival experience to be had of ALL AGES. And all the young "festivalgoers" usually write themselves off on the first night, only to never hear from them again the rest of… [read more]

Gentle jabs to the ribs

Superman needs saving

Superman needs saving

Can somebody please save Superman? He seems to be going through a bit of a crisis. Eighteen months ago,… Read more

28 comments

Newsletter

Read all about it

Sign up to the free News.com.au newsletter