28 8 / 2013

Fare-thee-well, Julia.
From shoes to sandwiches to parking tickets to implications that her live-in boyfriend must be gay, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard proved to be one tough Tim Tam.
Through controversy after controversy, Gillard’s resilience was tested day in and day out over a tumultuous 3-year run.
On June 26, Gillard met the fate of her predecessor in a day described as an “unprecedented day of political bloodletting” that returned former PM Kevin Rudd to power and left Gillard out of politics.
Gillard demonstrated a grittiness right to the end, declaring whatever the outcome of the final face-off between her and Rudd, that the “loser retire from parliament to end the debilitating Labor leadership war.”
And, with her loss, we bid Julia and her style adieu.
Should she come back someday, so will we!

Fare-thee-well, Julia.

From shoes to sandwiches to parking tickets to implications that her live-in boyfriend must be gay, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard proved to be one tough Tim Tam.

Through controversy after controversy, Gillard’s resilience was tested day in and day out over a tumultuous 3-year run.

On June 26, Gillard met the fate of her predecessor in a day described as an “unprecedented day of political bloodletting” that returned former PM Kevin Rudd to power and left Gillard out of politics.

Gillard demonstrated a grittiness right to the end, declaring whatever the outcome of the final face-off between her and Rudd, that the “loser retire from parliament to end the debilitating Labor leadership war.”

And, with her loss, we bid Julia and her style adieu.

Should she come back someday, so will we!

28 8 / 2013

In a bizarre interview on June 15 with a Perth radio station, deejay Howard Sattler took a leap, and pressed PM Julia Gillard about her long-time de facto relationship with hairdresser Tim Mathieson,
Sattler has since been sacked for implying the PM couldn’t possibly have such good taste in shoes unless her live-in boyfriend was um…gay.
This photo was snapped after the interview. Clearly, things did not go well.

In a bizarre interview on June 15 with a Perth radio station, deejay Howard Sattler took a leap, and pressed PM Julia Gillard about her long-time de facto relationship with hairdresser Tim Mathieson,

Sattler has since been sacked for implying the PM couldn’t possibly have such good taste in shoes unless her live-in boyfriend was um…gay.

This photo was snapped after the interview. Clearly, things did not go well.

03 6 / 2013

Australian PM Julia Gillard is very much alive and well, although her dry cleaning bills may be a little higher these days after having had her tailored suits struck first by one or more Vegemite sandwiches and then a salami sandwich with a butter-like spread.
The spate of sandwich assaults have got us over here on the other side of the Pacific thinking outside the bun and ready to launch a Subway franchise in honor of Ms. Gillard as soon as we can collect enough dough via a Kickstarter campaign we haven’t kicked or started yet.
But we’re inspired by the tale of another Australian PM, the late Harold Holt, who went for a swim in 1967 and never came back. It’s presumed he drowned.
The Aussies did him proud, and named a swimming pool after him. Naming a sandwich shop after PM Gillard just seems like the right thing to do.

Australian PM Julia Gillard is very much alive and well, although her dry cleaning bills may be a little higher these days after having had her tailored suits struck first by one or more Vegemite sandwiches and then a salami sandwich with a butter-like spread.

The spate of sandwich assaults have got us over here on the other side of the Pacific thinking outside the bun and ready to launch a Subway franchise in honor of Ms. Gillard as soon as we can collect enough dough via a Kickstarter campaign we haven’t kicked or started yet.

But we’re inspired by the tale of another Australian PM, the late Harold Holt, who went for a swim in 1967 and never came back. It’s presumed he drowned.

The Aussies did him proud, and named a swimming pool after him. Naming a sandwich shop after PM Gillard just seems like the right thing to do.

03 6 / 2013

A second attempt to pelt PM Julia Gillard with a sandwich occurred last week at a Canberra high school.
On the heels (pun, of course!) of not one, but possibly two Vegemite sandwiches tossed at the PM earlier in May, a

…bread-based missile, which appeared to contain salami and a butter-like spread, was lobbed by an as-yet unidentified culprit in a crowd of students. It is reported to have hit her arm before falling to the ground.

Per usual, Madame Gillard took the prank in stride. She later stated at a press conference, “‘They must have thought I was hungry.”

Read more and watch a video at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/second-sandwich-hurled-at-pm-20130530-2ndi4.html#ixzz2VC0aEdfp

Additional reporting for this piece by Ashley, live from Sydney.

A second attempt to pelt PM Julia Gillard with a sandwich occurred last week at a Canberra high school.

On the heels (pun, of course!) of not one, but possibly two Vegemite sandwiches tossed at the PM earlier in May, a

…bread-based missile, which appeared to contain salami and a butter-like spread, was lobbed by an as-yet unidentified culprit in a crowd of students. It is reported to have hit her arm before falling to the ground.

Per usual, Madame Gillard took the prank in stride. She later stated at a press conference, “‘They must have thought I was hungry.”

Read more and watch a video at: http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/second-sandwich-hurled-at-pm-20130530-2ndi4.html#ixzz2VC0aEdfp

Additional reporting for this piece by Ashley, live from Sydney.

09 5 / 2013

The student who allegedly threw a half of a Vegemite sandwich at PM Julia Gillard the other day has been suspended from school for 15 days.

As this interview with the student will reveal, however, not only could more than one student have been involved in the incident, more than one sandwich could have been airborne, too.

No word yet if said sandwiches were tossed from a grassy knoll…

But the student in question, one Kyle Thomson, insists he was protecting the PM, and reports her nose is not as big in person as it appears in photos.

Thanks again to Ashley for the tip!

08 5 / 2013

A half of a Vegemite sandwich was thrown at PM Julia Gillard the other day. It missed her shoes, and landed on the floor.

Read the whole scandalous account here.

Or in sum, PM Gillard was making an appearance at a Brisbane high school. According to one teacher, she was mobbed by students seeking autographs and photos with their mobile phones. The teacher likened the throngs around the PM to resemble more of a One Direction concert than the visit of a stuffy old politician (albeit one with good shoes).

Others claim the PM was booed and called a “loser” before nearly being pelted with one half of a Vegemite sando. No doubt those are the types who prefer to eat shit rather than spinach.

Thanks to my friend and loyal reader Ashley for this tip!

A half of a Vegemite sandwich was thrown at PM Julia Gillard the other day. It missed her shoes, and landed on the floor.

Read the whole scandalous account here.

Or in sum, PM Gillard was making an appearance at a Brisbane high school. According to one teacher, she was mobbed by students seeking autographs and photos with their mobile phones. The teacher likened the throngs around the PM to resemble more of a One Direction concert than the visit of a stuffy old politician (albeit one with good shoes).

Others claim the PM was booed and called a “loser” before nearly being pelted with one half of a Vegemite sando. No doubt those are the types who prefer to eat shit rather than spinach.

Thanks to my friend and loyal reader Ashley for this tip!

09 4 / 2013

The Australian federal election is still months away, and among other things, it is in danger of getting as ugly as going on as long as those ones they have over in America.
PM Julia Gillard sits about where President Barack Obama sat at this point in the US 2012 presidential election. There are just plain haters out there who have never liked Gillard and will vote for someone else in spite of their best interests simply because the other candidate is not her.
It was the same for Barack Obama, but in the end he prevailed, on the backs of Big Bird, binders and the US cavalry.
Maybe this tweet will be Gillard’s “Big Bird moment”? While thoughtful press is out there ("A Fair Go for Prime Minister Julia Gillard"), if social  media savvy plays as big a role in Australian politics as it does in America, Gillard’s got a shoe up. 

The Australian federal election is still months away, and among other things, it is in danger of getting as ugly as going on as long as those ones they have over in America.

PM Julia Gillard sits about where President Barack Obama sat at this point in the US 2012 presidential election. There are just plain haters out there who have never liked Gillard and will vote for someone else in spite of their best interests simply because the other candidate is not her.

It was the same for Barack Obama, but in the end he prevailed, on the backs of Big Bird, binders and the US cavalry.

Maybe this tweet will be Gillard’s “Big Bird moment”? While thoughtful press is out there ("A Fair Go for Prime Minister Julia Gillard"), if social  media savvy plays as big a role in Australian politics as it does in America, Gillard’s got a shoe up. 

07 1 / 2013

We learn today that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s taxpayer-subsidised private car has been caught eight times in six months for traffic offences, but whose foot (or shoe) has been on the accelerator?
Read more.

We learn today that Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s taxpayer-subsidised private car has been caught eight times in six months for traffic offences, but whose foot (or shoe) has been on the accelerator?

Read more.

30 12 / 2012


"You can also do this with your shoelaces."

PM Julia Gillard finger knitting with children at the Woodford Folk Festival.

"You can also do this with your shoelaces."

PM Julia Gillard finger knitting with children at the Woodford Folk Festival.

18 10 / 2012

Julia takes a tumble. Or, as the Aussies say, she fully “stacked it.”

Australian PM Julia Gillard and her shoe made headlines yet again when she tripped and fell near the Gandhi Memorial in New Delhi the other day.

It appears she was wearing her favorite pair of dark blue size 36 Midas wedges, perhaps even the very shoe that was kidnapped earlier this year, when her heel got stuck in the grass and “then the rest of it is as you saw.” 

Gillard is no stranger to embarrassing shoe incidents. In addition to the kidnapped shoe that was briefly held for ransom back in January, this “heel malfunction” is the second one she’s faced down this month. Just last week she took a misogynistic male opponent to task for his relentless abuse of her as a woman in charge. Heels, of any kind, may trip her up, but she’s quick to get back up on her feet.