Go figure. For what it's worth, I think it is 6:40AM AEST. I wouldn't want to be a Cityrail staff member this morning.
Update 6/4/08 12:35PM AEST: The SMH website indicates it is 12:34PM AEST. The News website indicates it is 11:48AM AEST. Time and Date has it listed as 12:34PM AEST, along with the correct DST parameters. As much as it pains me to say it, oops for News. I guess it is better than being 3 hours wrong (as above earlier this morning).
Well, a couple of days has well and truly gone, and I have produced no new post. I am refreshed and rejuvenated after my trip. But interestingly enough, I have had few ideas for a post. Well, not anything that I would consider worthy of drawing in readers. Question is: Idea Exhaustion or Information Overload?
To all Auspundits regular readers: I will be taking a well-earned break for five weeks. Whilst I am gone, my co-contributors will continue to fill this site with thought-provoking analysis and commentary.
This afternoon, most of the Auspundits crew met with Sydney-based Pajamas Media blogger extraordinare Richard Fernandez a.k.a. Wretchard the Cat of The Belmont Club over a very long lunch. We were hosted at Lounge Lizard's prestigous Club in Sydney. We had an excellent time chatting about blogs, how blogs could most effectively be used to impact Australian politics and culture and beginning some strategic discussions on how to effect this. Richard's contributions to this end indicates why he is one of the most highly regarded thinkers on many an issue in the Blogosphere.
We also discussed many an issue: the U.S. political system (and comparing it to Australia's political system), the War on Islamism, the Battle for Iraq, the Australian Culture Wars and books (most notably, The Shield of Achilles by Phillip Bobbit).
After our wonderful meals and desserts (courtesy of the patronage of Lounge Lizard - many thanks from us all!) we heard of some of Richard's early life and how he has become who he is. I was very moved by the eloquance with which Richard shared some of his more emotional experiences. A thoroughly decent, thoughtful, honest and down-to-earth guy who has experienced what it has been like to have little and what is has been to have much.
May this will be the first of many productive meetings. Hopefully Auspundits will, over the next couple of months, begin the process of developing a strategy for effectively entering the political and cultural dialogue that is occuring in Australia which may in turn draw in some new and well-qualified contributors.
And last but by no means least Hat tip: Lounge Lizard.