Bandicoots with bananas for ears

By Warren Nunn Here is a bandicoot and it has 12 bananas for ears. What exactly do I mean? That just doesn’t make any sense. I agree. It’s not meant to make any sense actually. Rather, it’s about making a point. In a world with a myriad of opinions...
Black Lives Matter, so what’s the matter?

Black Lives Matter, so what’s the matter?

By Warren Nunn People throughout the world have had enough and stand united in their determination to end racism. Black Lives Matter is the movement that seemingly represents them. There could not be a more noble cause than to end racism. No thinking person could be...

Why do we treat each other so badly?

By Warren Nunn The horrors of the violent protests that have engulfed America are too much to comprehend. For any human to badly treat another human is unacceptable by any reasonable measure. We have a right to live and to be respected as humans, don’t we? When that...

Meet the crazy beast and the crazy things written about it

By Warren Nunn Meet the creature that paleontologists are calling the crazy beast. It’s a mammal from Madagsacar with such odd features that it has been assigned a new genus and species, Adalatherium hui. Its front teeth apparently continually grew and it also...

Evolutionary dogma designed to suppress

By Warren Nunn Each time the creation-evolution debate gets an airing, there is a clear, passionate divide in which strong opinions are voiced. In the United States there have been court cases in which school boards  have been sued over teaching students about...

Raelene Castle takes the fall for poor decisions

By Warren Nunn Until this week, Raelene Castle was Rugby Australia’s CEO, the first woman to hold the prestigious role in that sport. She leaves the post dogged by controversy, mostly over the handling of the Israel Folau case. Former players wanted her out of...

Seriously, it’s a funny place

The court-room is meant to be a serious place but people being people, humour is not far from the surface. Hystericals – Liverpool Echo 30 April 1918: When two women were summoned at Bootle to-day for assault, the following interesting passage took place:-...

I’ll set my wife on you

Threatening payback – Worcester Journal 18 April 1850: ASSAULT.-Jones v Evans- The defendant in this case (who is a half-witted broker, or “general dealer,” better known by the appellation of “greasy pockets,”) had evaded their service of...

Surviving lockdown by a whisker

By Warren Nunn If lockdown because of the global Wuhan coronavirus pandemic means changing routine, why not let my beard grow? Perhaps this is somewhat trivial but it’s one way of recording what happened in my life. The first week was marked by lots of telephone...

Coronavirus, Spanish flu and how diseases spread

By Warren Nunn As the threat to humanity of the Coronavirus (COVID-19)  has been revealed, some comparisons have been made to the Spanish flu outbreak a century ago. The following is only meant to review what one person wrote at the time about the disease. An unnamed...

The media and poor science journalism

By Warren Nunn The BBC has conducted a campaign which it claims will help people better understand evolution. It can be found at https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-45564594 Unfortunately, the article is not an example of good journalism. Rather it fails to...

How a fist fight impacted this young boy

By Warren Nunn Growing up in a small railway settlement in Queensland gave me an intimate, gentle introduction to life. However, the first time I witnessed a violent act, it left me detached and incredulous that someone would want to hurt another person. Particularly...

A cross coroner’s examination

A very useful witness who could not remember dates – Illustrated London News 16 December 1899: An amusing dialogue occurred at an inquest held in the Westminster Coroner’s Court, Horseferry Road, by Mr John Troutbeck. An elderly female witness was giving...

Snuffling, snorting and scratching

By Warren Nunn He would grab his nose and snuffle; and then he’d snort. After that he would thrust a hand down the front of his trousers and scratch  … seemingly oblivious to his inappropriate behaviour. His hand would stay there for some time … which was...

A warm day and too much gin

An Irish Tea Party! – Illustrated London News 14 May 1842: A brace of Irish ladies came before Mr. Hardwick with all the evidences upon them of having been recently engaged in pugilistic contest. The complainant in particular had her face so tatooed by the nails...