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rednecksSarah Palin, governor of Alaska, becomes the Republican Party’s poster girl when selected as Vice-Presidential running mate in the 2008 election. Her conservative views and empty-headed comments reminded me of Pauline Hanson, an Australian politician who rose to prominence in the 1990s.

Meeting the Prime Minister

I used to wonder what I’d say if I ever met the Prime Minister. Well, now I know.

One quiet day in August I arrived at the Newcastle Herald, made myself a cup of coffee, walked out into the newsroom and there right in my path was Julia Gillard. Before my brain had a chance to turn on I was introduced as the newspaper’s cartoonist and the PM’s gaze fixed upon me – along with most of the newsroom and her security entourage. She began with a comment about the way cartoonists draw her nose. At this point I should have swigged down the coffee, mumbled some pleasantries and moved away, but instead I discussed her pointy shnozz and then gushed that she was my favourite cartoon subject. Now, I could have said this about a male PM but not a female one. The newsroom erupted with embarrassed laughter and I was on the back foot for the rest of the conversation. To her credit the PM seemed amused by the whole thing and posed shortly after for a group shot.

Revenue of the Sixth

George Lucas’s film ‘Revenge of the Sith’ is released in 2005, ending the second trilogy of Star Wars films. Despite a mixed critical reception the film made $848 million. After the Star Wars franchise was sold to Disney in 2012, a third trilogy was announced, this time without Lucas in an active role.