For that I’m sorry. I’m sorry to budding young pianists who looked up to me as a role model. I’m sorry to all my audiences. I’m sorry to piano teachers everywhere. I’m sorry to Lane Cove Music Club who booked me when I was 9 in the hope I would turn into something special. I’m sorry to the late Fred Blanks for writing a mean article about him in this very magazine. He was right all along. I am sorry to the charity of which I am patron, the MicroLoan Foundation, and especially its beneficiaries: the toiling women of Malawi who must resort to cruel ingenuity to provide a plate of rice for their kids, to whom I am also sorry (even though, strictly speaking, they did come out on top as a result of my recitals). I don’t have any children yet, but I’m pre-emptively sorry to them as well. Mostly, I’m sorry to God.
For the last decade, I’ve doped. From Sydney Opera House to Campsie RSL, my performing career has been an exercise in subterfuge. Peruse my CV; let your eyes rest on a competition victory. I doped for that too. My childhood competitors probably remember an awkward, gangly-eyed boy with scant hair and a preternaturally calm demeanour. I was high even then. The plastic trophies I captured during Eisteddfod runs in the 90s were pawned to Happy Hockers in exchange for a fix. During the filming of Shine in which I was the hand double for the young David, I was embroiled in my own private psychodrama (currently being negotiated for the big screen, Charlie Sheen set to star). My recordings, noted for their slow tempi, should have had another name on the liner notes. Its scientific name is Metropolol, but is most commonly known by its generic name: Beta Blockers.
Even though my career is in the doghouse, I do not want to bow out of public life without trying to make something positive out of all this. I submit that nothing less than a full scale, zero tolerance crackdown is needed. Heads will need to roll.
– Compulsory stagefright checks at all stage doors throughout Australia.
– An inquiry headed up by Justice George Palmer to examine and weed out collusive behaviour by members of the classical music hierarchy.
– A media campaign titled ‘Beat da Blocker,’ figure-headed by Australian Rugby League legend Blocker, designed to rehabilitate classical music in the public’s eyes and simultaneously open it up to younger audiences.
– A televised interview between me and Oprah which will lend this cause the profile it needs in order to truly permeate the public consciousness. With the funds I have illicitly gained through doping, I will give each live audience member a house.
In the meantime, I hereby announce my retirement from public life. I intend to spend more time with my close family and pursue my other great passion: cycling.
Each participant was given an image of either an obese male, a lean male, an obese female or a lean female and asked to rate the guilt of that defendant.
Male participants judged the obese female significantly more guilty than the lean one, but female participants judged them equally.
There was no difference in either gender’s assessment of the men’s guilt, regardless of bodyweight.
”The results … indicate that bodyweight and sex of a defendant have an interactive effect on juror perceptions of guilt and responsibility,” the authors wrote of their findings, published in the International Journal of Obesity.
”Male respondents endorsed greater anti-fat bias than female respondents. In addition, female participants were more likely than male participants to attribute obesity to biological and environmental causes as opposed to personal shortcomings.”
Full story here.
Mr Lock said the pair had discussed acting out a master/slave sex fantasy for months before it happened on August 6 last year.
Mr Lock said they agreed to use the code word ‘red’ if either of them wanted to stop the role-play but, he says, the woman never mentioned the word.
She claims he put a rope around her neck, padlocked her wrists and made her bend over on the bed where he whipped her 14 times, cause 14 centimetre bruises on her backside.
After the whipping Mr Lock had sex with the woman and left her tied up while he used his computer.
The woman was able to send a text and a picture of herself tied up to a friend asking him to call the police because she had been ‘chained up and whipped like a dog’.
Mr Lock eventually released her and told her to leave which is when police turned up at his residence and noticed the woman in the street in a distressed state.
Asked by defence counsel Roger Thomson if Mr Lock and the victim had read Fifty Shades of Grey, Mr Lock replied: “That’s where we got the idea from.””
He said: “It’s the right verdict. This case should never have reached court. As far as I’m concerned, it was a consensual activity between adults.”
The court heard the couple took part in group sex and bondage together and the woman had the words “Property of Steven Lock“ tattooed around her genitals.
Despite a recent report in the Illawarra Mercury raising criticism of the faculty of law at Wollongong University, it appears that the Dean of Law has some level of support for planned changes to render the faculty a shadow of its former glory – from some leading figures in Wollongong’s legal profession.
The decision to end the UOW PLT course was not made lightly and had been under consideration for several years. The financial challenges facing the course have increased over the last 5 years to the point where the deficit could no longer be sustained by other programs. The vast majority of Australian Law Schools do not offer PLT courses but those that do face similar challenges as the PLT market has become increasingly competitive. Most recently, the University of Western Sydney closed its PLT course (the College of Law now offers a PLT course at UWS).
Fewer than half of our graduates undertake their PLT at UOW. Some graduates choose not to seek admission as lawyers and therefore do not undertake PLT. Others undertake PLT courses with alternate providers that better suit their circumstances or meet employer requirements.
UOW is confident that the decision to end the PLT course is the most prudent course of action. Our graduates will still be able to seek admission as lawyers through completion of PLT with other providers such as the College of Law and ANU Legal Workshop which offer PLT courses in a range of formats. A number of larger law firms also provide “in house” PLT courses for their trainee lawyers.
Our focus on students and teaching quality remains paramount. We will now be better able to strengthen our primary course – the LLB. We have announced the appointment in mid-2013 of a Director of Clinical Legal Education to lead the reinvigoration of the distinctive practical experience-based components of the UOW law degree. We look forward to continued engagement with alumni and the local profession. I recently met with Mr David Potts (President of the Wollongong and District Law Society) and discussed with him our plans to enhance the skills training and practice-based learning components of the LLB. David kindly offered on behalf of the Society continued and further support for UOW Law which is greatly appreciated. I have also been delighted to receive similar pledges of support from other members of the local legal profession, including from Mr Craig Osborne and Mr Michael McGrath of RMB Lawyers.
You may also be aware that UOW is currently undergoing restructuring in line with its new strategic plan which aims to position UOW in the top 1% of universities in the world (we are currently positioned in the top 2%). The restructure includes a refreshed approach to research (focusing on addressing global challenges) and new Faculty arrangements. UOW will change to a 5-Faculty structure. The Faculty of Law will join with the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Creative Arts with the new name “Faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts”. Our current Faculty of Law will become the School of Law within the new larger Faculty. It will continue to have a Dean and will continue to remain a strong and cohesive unit. Professor Amanda Lawson has been appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty.
2013 and 2014 will be important years as this transition takes shape. I am confident that the new arrangements will strengthen UOW Law.
Professor Warwick Gullett
Dean of Faculty of Law
The University of Wollongong”
This blog post is the personal opinion of Aaron Kernaghan.