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Blog (old stuff at medium.com/tdha)

I've blogged on various platforms over the years as a way to express my thoughts on things important to me, though undoubtedly irrelevant in the greater social discourse. For me, this is my Theseus' ball of thread, a token of memory made permanent so that I may look back and judge my intellectual growth – and any audience is just an artefact of chance. 

I did spend some time on Medium but as its focus on long-format has sharpened, it no longer suits my snippet-like musings. But if you're interested...

B.Y.O.

From the microcosm that is one's own backyard entrenched in an island mentality, I get it – why do I have to buy something that was once free?

Australia's plastic bag ban has finally peeped its nose from under the twentieth-century blanket and decided to join the rest of the world in cleaning up the place. Everywhere from the Americas to Europe, this has been the norm over the past many years but wow, you wouldn't believe the howls of murder from this corner of the planet.

Given the history of descending from the other whinging lot on the British Isles, perhaps it's in the DNA. Whatever it is, there's a certainty that the land down under is currently a laughing stock by the way it's carrying on – this article's last few lines sums it best:

“Bag rage!?” wrote one incredulous Facebook user. “You’re not serious. Apparently the US doesn’t have the market cornered on entitled douchebags.”

It’s not every day that a nation’s people can be called douchebags by a country that elected Donald Trump. Take a bow, Australia. What a time to be alive.

Ton Ha