Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Making a goat of yourself

I've no idea who wrote the copy for this supermarket's website. A subsidiary of Parmalat, Paul's is a leading manufacturer of diary products in Australia. It also makes goat milk. Not only is Paul's incorrectly spelt as "Paws," the paragraph ends in a jumble of disjointed adjectives and nouns, and some confusingly placed hyphens.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Tilts head quizzically

It's an easy mistake to get Lorde and Bill Cosby confused. I do it all the time. I don't know if this error is the fault of the Sydney Morning Herald, who published the story, or the Google News aggregator. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Not the news

It seems that even the venerable CNN is not immune from spelling errors and typos on its website. What does "fort he" mean? Presumably, the author of this article meant to write, "for the." 

Nitpicking aside, Oliver Stone interviewing Russian President Vladimir Putin sounds like compelling television. 

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Coffin nails

In the cut throat world of the Australian state school system in the 1980's and early 1990's, kids were often under considerable peer group pressure to take up cigarette smoking in order to fit in and be seen as "cool." As I was never part of the in crowd, this never concerned me.

To combat this, in 1986 public health authorities devised the Bag the Fag campaign, reaching the youth of Australia with the message that they didn't have to smoke to be cool, just like the trendy looking, but clean living people in this promotional video. I have no idea if the singer wearing sunglasses is Brian Mannix from the Uncanny X-Men, or a lookalike. The song also sounds similar to Pete Townsend's solo hit from the previous year, Face the Face. 

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

The pedant

As reported in today's Guardian, the life and career of Whitney Houston will be retold in Whitney: Can I Be Me, a new documentary that will be released later this month. It is five years since Houston died of suspected drug overdose.

With all due respect to the memory of the deceased, the writer of this article erroneously claims that the 1992 film The Bodyguard was inspired by David Roberts, Houston's real life bodyguard at the time. While there are some similarities between Houston and Roberts, and the characters in the movie, in actual fact, The Bodyguard had been in development since the 1970's, long before Houston became famous, and was originally intended as a vehicle for Steve McQueen and Diana Ross.


Thursday, June 01, 2017

Brain fade?

The Age has done it again. the writer of a film review mixed up an actress with the character she was playing in the film. This mistake could easily have been avoided by looking up IMDB. The staff cuts at Fairfax Media must really be biting.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Dodgy registered training organisation (RTO) Acquire Learning went into voluntary administration earlier this month, and yesterday was fined $4.5 million by the Federal Court for its unethical conduct, preying upon vulnerable prospective students, The company used brokers to convince students to sign up for courses they were unlikely, and in some cases incapable of completing. As an inducement, they were also offered free laptop computers.

Not only is the Australian taxpayer being ripped off. It sullies the reputation of Australia's vocational training industry. In late 2015 I visited their premises for some career advice. The consultant I met with didn't even bother to look at my CV. She was more interested in attempting to enrol me in a course. I recently completed a course at a legitimate RTO, I am glad that I was not taken in by Acquire's sales tactics.