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Personae Non Gratae

The sweet smell of success

Katy Perry's latest album, Teenage Dream, takes bubblegum pop to a whole new level. Except it's more like candy floss - more fluffy, with less substance.

Sunday, 12 September, 2010, 12:00am

Public Eye

Double standards on free speech

3 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

When justice has to be observed

There is nothing unusual about the legislative process in Australia: politicians make the laws and police and the courts ensure they are followed. Public confidence in the system rests in each stage being strictly adhered to - but that assurance has been jolted by the case of Indian doctor Mohamed Haneef.

22 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Justice must be colour-blind

The Australian defence minister's assurance that screening of migrants at ports of entry will not be race-based is symptomatic of a cleavage in international society that no one talks about. It is not the Clash of Civilisations but the great divide along racial lines.

24 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

A rebel's yell

George f****** Galloway?' spits an apoplectic Brick Lane restaurateur of Bengali extraction about his local Member of Parliament (MP). 'Oh my God, don't talk to me about that man!' When told of this reaction, a councillor from Galloway's tiny British political party, Respect - The Unity Coalition, says quietly: 'George is an issue ... but something we can manage.'

25 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Promising start with gospel roots

John Legend is a rising star in the R&B scene who has been billed as a male Alicia Keys. His debut album Get Lifted stormed the US charts and has sold almost 115, 000 copies in the first week.

The 25-year-old, Ohio-born musician began playing classical and gospel piano at four. He was the first artist signed by mega-hit producer and rapper Kanye West.

8 May 2005 - 12:00am

Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg

R&G - Rhythm & Gangsta:

The Masterpiece


Snoop must be getting soft in his old age: 'Leave her, don't hit her,' he advises on the suggestively titled I'm Threw Witchu. Then again, maybe not: 'I've reached the status / of a modern day John the Baptist', on I Love To Give You Light.

12 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Visa application rejected

I AM a first year student at Hongkong Polytechnic.

My brother is a student in Canada and he promised me that, as a birthday present, he would send me an air ticket, so I could visit him this summer.

I started saving up. I wanted to be well prepared and went to the office of my department head, to get a letter of reference.

14 Apr 1993 - 12:00am