Opinionator: A train driver's nightmare

Opinionator: A train driver’s nightmare

And now four years later, I still see the drunk guy’s eyes coming toward me closer and closer and closer whenever I relive the moment. Opinionator: October 12.

“Fear and loathing on the Pakenham line”, by Hunter Perske, The Punch.

Express running is the worst, or running empty cars back to a depot because you are not scheduled to stop but the punters are attuned to the stopping of trains at platforms. They assume you’re going to stop and if they quickly duck under the safety barrier they can still catch your train!

Read it at The Punch

“Taking a punt on punters’ addictions”, by Karen Brooks, The Courier-Mail.

Is it really possible to change people’s behaviour by changing the law? History is full of failed attempts to do exactly this – from banning booze in the US to making homosexuality illegal and enforcing segregation in public (and private) on the basis of race and sex.

Read it at The Courier-Mail

“Beyonce v De Keersmaeker: Can you copyright a dance move?” by Luke Jennings, The Guardian.

To read about Beyoncé Knowles and Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker in the same sentence is, well, weird. Beyoncé is … OK, you know who Beyoncé is, and De Keersmaeker is an avant garde Belgian choreographer. This week they’ve been brought together by De Keersmaeker’s claim that the Texas-born R&B artist has plagiarised a couple of her experimental ballets, Achterland and Rosas Danst Rosas. And she may well be right.

Read it at The Guardian

“The Jobs-lot politician: where inspiration meets capacity”, by Greg Jericho, The Drum.

Last week when news of the death of Steve Jobs broke, the reaction online was overwhelming and effusive. This was not altogether surprising given those with a tendency to congregate in the online suburbs of Facebook and Twitter are going to contain proportionally higher owners of Apple devices than those who live offline.

Read it at The Drum

“The elephants in the room”, by James Traub, Slate Magazine.

In June, Republican presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty delivered a speech at the Council on Foreign Relations. Speaking before the council or writing an essay in its house organ, Foreign Affairs, had for decades offered candidates a means of proving their foreign-policy gravitas. And the former Minnesota governor was running his campaign by a traditional script.

Read it at Slate Magazine


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