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The Wheels of Chance

The Wheels of Chance

  It was a tram driver’s strike in Melbourne back in the early Nineties that got me riding a bicycle again as an adult. I was living in Elsternwick that year, one of those old bayside neighbourhoods in the city's inner south. I didn’t own a car but relied instead on...

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Book Review: Fear by Bob Woodward

Book Review: Fear by Bob Woodward

Power is fear according to Donald Trump, in a rather unsettling quote he gave in an interview with Bob Woodward, and which inspired the title of Woodward’s new book on the inner workings of the Trump White House, published just this past week. The book – three quarters of a million copies of which have been sold already – turned Washington on its ear with its revelation of a “soft” administrative coup d’état by Trump’s inner circle who appear to have taken over the running of the country from their Twitter- and TV-obsessed boss.

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