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The week of Slipper gate

Posted April 27, 2012 by Mina Durack in Regular Items
FNDP Madeleine McCann

What a week! Thank goodness for Anzac Day breaking the week in half. You toasted the Diggers several times which made it hard to be on your best game Thursday. Then Friday rolled around and you still hadn’t really read the papers or watched the news. But now you want to big it up at Friday night drinks without looking like a dunce. What to do? A solution is at hand.

What to read if you’ve been too busy to read this week.



  • Sarkozy goes to the polls and is now fighting for survival against the frontrunner, Socialist Francois Hollande, in next week’s presidential election run-off. To be reelected, he must attract the votes of many of the record 6.4 million people who voted for the far right’s Marine Le Pen the first time. Speaking points: you’ll be amazed to learn that the daughter of Jean-Marie Le Pen is also controversial. Last year she said that the weekly illegal blocking of public streets and squares throughout France (notably the rue Myrha in the 18th arrondissement of Paris) for Muslim prayers is comparable with an occupation of parts of French territory.
  • Sensational testimony in the case against former Democratic Presidential hopeful, John Edwards, in which it is alleged that he said the woman he was having an affair with “she was a crazy slut and there was a one-in-three chance that it was his.Speaking points: what a shame this guy did not become US President.
  • An anti-human-trafficking ad goes viral. Speaking points: the looks on the faces of the people watching at the end are compelling.
  • Rupert Murdoch appears in front of the Leveson inquiry and is cross examined with good comic effect by Robert Jay QC. Speaking points: the way the media is reporting this is fairly triumphant. The Age actually has in its story, “Here are some of the best exchanges.” Now that’s what I call journalism.
  • Vogue deletes a puff piece about Syria’s first lady from its website. Speaking points: obviously she is ghastly but also, how great would it be if you could do this for mistakes in your own life. Oh that thing, didn’t happen!

Entertainment & Gossip

  • Missy Higgins releases her first single in five years. Speaking points: she’s got blonde hair now. The video is a bit arty. She is pretty awesome but always strikes me as just a tiny bit smug. Maybe I would be too if I was that cute. Pretty sure she votes for the Greens. At the end of the new video, she inexplicably ends up clothed only in small colourful bits of paper folded into paper cranes and looking a bit put out.
  • The Hoff leaves Celebrity Apprentice. Speaking points: Jason Akermanis is angry about this. Does this mean that we all like The Hoff more?
  • The Voice dominates ratings and makes people cry. Speaking points: will it survive now that the blind audition shenanigans are over?
  • Cher sells the key to the city of Adelaide given to her in 1990 for £55,000 on eBay. Speaking points: she says it is a stuff up by her office – way to defend your staff. Also, great that a key to Adelaide is worth that much. Go Adelaide!
  • Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley adopt a second daughter. Speaking points: isn’t it amazing how quickly actors seem to be able to adopt? Aren’t you glad that children’s services answer to the higher calling of “celebrity?”


  • Collingwood wins the Pies vs Bombers clash in a thrilling one point finish. Speaking points: you’d have to say Collingwood earned this as they were leading for most of the game. Although, if you hate Collingwood, you would not have to say that at all. Up to you. Should other teams get to play on the big day?
  • Brisbane Roar wins A-League Grand Final after a controversial penalty is awarded. Also they give man of the match to the wrong person accidentally. Speaking points: get angry about all of it. Berisha’s haircut tells you all you need to know about him, though remember do disapprove under your breath because he is passionate and Albanian. Full recap here.
  • Ange Postecoglou appointed Melbourne Victory Coach. Speaking points: why do they call coaches, “managers” in some sports? But back to Ange: this is a relief for Victory; it can’t get much worse.
  • Chicago White Sox’s Phil Humber throws a perfect game in a 4-0 win against the Seattle Mariners. Speaking points: given the unexpected nature of his achievement, the Late Show did a top ten thoughts that went through his head at the time which included, “Thank goodness I drafted myself for my fantasy team.”
  • Ricky Ponting dismissed by a “periscope”. Speaking points: I would like to dismiss some people in my life by periscope. It sounds detached but comical.

Emergency go to subject

  • Madeleine McCann could still be alive say UK Police and release pictures of what she might look like, if alive. Speaking points: it is amazing what they can do with computers these days.

Prediction for next week

  • You will wish you had remembered to watch the new Andrew Denton game show, Randling on Wednesday at 8.30pm. Interesting how hard the ABC is advertising it on The Age website.

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About the Author

Mina Durack
Mina Durack

Wilhemina (Mina) Durack was born in Lithgow, NSW to Henry and Shirley who, in the absence of sons, forced her into the family business. She became an apprentice blacksmith at the age of 15 but her true passion was Cheese Rolling at which she longed to turn professional. She trained secretly in the Blue Mountains. Despite her parents entering her in the Lithgow St George's Day International Jousting Tournament, she ran away to Gloucester, England where she entered The Cooper's Hill Cheese-Rolling and Wake, coming twelfth in 1995 and third in 1996. She struggled to break into the cheese rolling speakers’ circuit and eventually resettled in Fitzroy, Melbourne where she lives with her husband Fred, offering a boutique cheese advisory service. She collects vintage swimsuits and is an avid swimmer and online shopper.