Australian PM's partner apologises for Asian doctor joke

Tim Mathieson.

Tim Mathieson made the comment on Monday during a reception at Gillard's official Canberra residence, The Lodge, attended by members of the West Indies cricket team. Mathieson, who is not married to Gillard, has worked to raise awareness about men's health issues. He brought up the need for men to have regular checks for prostate cancer.


Wednesday, 30 January, 2013, 4:59am

Rant: lack of security for old guard

Rant: lack of security for old guard

16 Sep 2012 - 2:36am

Get in line

'I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.' Elvis Presley (1935-1977)

In my line

Elvis was using the word 'line' to mean 'job' when he gave his famous comment about the pop music industry.

What sort of 'lines' are these?

1 a hard line

a. very strictly sticking to policy or opinions

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

A fine line

'There is a fine line between fishing and just standing there looking like an idiot'

Steven Wright (1955 - ) - American writer and comedian

The production line

A line is a long thin mark between A and B.

But what sort of lines are these?

1 a production line

26 May 2010 - 12:00am

When my best lines fall resoundingly flat

Stand-up comedian must be the hardest job in the world. I don't mean it's the worst job in the world - that would be the position of Admiral on the Death Star. But stand-up comedian would be the hardest job to do well.

28 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

John says . . .

What would it be like to follow a superhero around for a day? Would their life be as we imagined? Or could their attempts to help ordinary people sometimes create problems for them? Wai-ki's story comes up with some interesting answers to these questions.

3 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

John says . . .

Among all the pieces of advice young writers may receive, probably the most important is, 'Don't bore your readers'.

There's not much point in writing a meaningful story if your readers have lost interest or fallen asleep before they've understood the message you're trying to get across.

20 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Traffic jingle stirs debate in Guangzhou

A recent music video featuring Guangzhou's terrible traffic attracted 40,000 clicks in just half a day after being uploaded to the internet. The video was a hit because it takes the tune of the song Welcome to Guangzhou and changes all the lyrics into a description of Guangzhou's traffic jams.

One especially memorable line is: 'It takes me one hour to drive 1 kilometre.'

13 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Off-the-wall idea puts musos into Wacko Jacko's shoes

Michael Jackson's comeback tour might not include Hong Kong, but that hasn't stopped RTHK producer Andrew Dembina from going wacko for Jacko. The Radio 3 producer rounded up six disparate local music groups to each do two songs by the 'King of Pop' - one assigned, the other of their choosing.

12 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Judy Carter

DRESSING DOWN I'm a very informal person. So when I came to Hong Kong and was a guest at the Grand Hyatt hotel I felt a little underdressed. I asked if I could wear my tracksuit at the dinner table. They said that was OK but not my slippers.

8 Feb 2009 - 12:00am


Be a leader and learn about life

The Student Union is one of the biggest student associations in a school. It represents hundreds of students and acts as a bridge between them and the school authorities.

As chairperson of my school's Student Union, my work is full of satisfaction, challenges and frustration.

22 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

What a laugh!

Did you know that it takes 13 muscles to smile and 39 to frown? Smile, everyone!

What is laughter?

Complete this passage by choosing the correct word from the brackets.

17 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Tell us a joke

Astha Agarwal, 14

I'm not really good with jokes. When my friends and I have awkward silences, one of us always shouts, 'Fat penguin!' When everyone looks surprised and confused, the shouter says, 'I just needed something to break the ice!'

Chien Wei Lui, 15

Why did the skeleton cross the road?

To get to the body shop!

13 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

getting it wrong

Keep your head cool when watching TV

Hey look, Man U are playing Liverpool

Liverpool are going to win

You wish

Hey, Liverpool are way better than Man U

You kidding? Man U dominate!

Um ... this is golf.

. . .

Let's pretend this never happened


7 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Who better to tell bad jokes on the sorry state of the world than 'wigs' and 'pens'?

It's not quite as secretive as Fight Club but one of the rules of a Wig & Pen gathering is, you're not supposed to write about it. Obviously, CitySeen is breaking rank somewhat, but last Friday one such event was held at the Foreign Correspondents' Club.

3 Oct 2007 - 12:00am