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Australian Workplace Laws in “bottom 25”

Australia’s WorkChoices Workplace Relations Laws are in the bottom 25 of the world, according to a UN agency: Yes, that really is “reform” Mr Howard. If Labor doesn’t jump on this, they’re missing out on a goldmine.

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asides

Privacy? Fuggedaboutit

Google Street View shows a) people do stuff in public that they probably don’t want photos of and b) other people have waaaaaaaaaaaay too much time on their hands

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review

Movie Review: The Illusionist

Sepia-toned does not a period flick make, but this one did use it well to set the tone. The illusions are well crafted, though you’d struggle to believe they weren’t CGI. The setting isn’t entirely convincing either, but the underlying story could be set in any century (which is a complement).

Paul Giamatti is excellent in so many ways – his performance has just the right mix, and his character ultimately drives the story along. Ed Norton and Jessica Biel, despite being the leads, really don’t get lines or action, surprisingly – their characters are by and large almost static, introduced at the start of the movie and that’s more or less where they remain. Giamatti on the other hand moves along, going from innocent bystander to key protagonist, restrained subtext expressed carefully – he wants to be loyal to the prince, but he’s also fascinated by the Illusionist of the title and his awe-inspiring magic. Ultimately it’s him you’re cheering for – perhaps that is the intention after all? I’m not entirely certain, but The Police Chief of Vienna might not have been such a enticing title.

★★★

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quickie travel

ZOMG

I have teh visa. So I am officially going next week.

Yikes!