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Mark Latham Goes Bling Bling

From The Daily Telegraph (and here's me thinking April Fools was two weeks ago): FEDERAL Opposition leader Mark Latham today promised the young people of Australia more "bling-bling". Mr Latham made the pledge during a light-hearted interview on Perth's Nova 93.7 FM radio, where he was schooled on how to appear more "cool" than Prime Minister John Howard. The Labor leader was given a T-shirt emblazoned with a new moniker Lath-Daddy, a pimp-style cap with a feather in it, and a hip-hop theme song: 'Lath-Daddy's in the house. Which house? The Lower House'. "We're going to take that all the way to Lodge," Mr Latham declared. The Opposition Leader was told that to win over youthful voters he needed to talk the talk, using phrases like "bling-bling" - an American hip-hop term referring to flashy jewellery. "Youth of Australia, Labor's policy is bling-bling," said Mr Latham. "Bling-bling for everyone." H

On Favourite Books

Playing Portishead last night and feeling decadent, I decided to compose a list of my favourite five books. This took alot longer than I expected. Let me begin by telling you about my bookcase. It arrived raw pine, in a kit, from my mother three years ago. I finished, varnished and assembled it myself, and I am so proud that what was once a pile of bare wood is now a huge, elegant showpiece in my lounge room. Anyway, I spent about 2 hours last night in front of it, taking books down and returning them, muttering " can I leave this out...I don't like this that much..." etc. After all that, I finally arrived at the list, in alphabetical order: Paula Isabel Allende (non fiction) I love the way she writes. This is just a beautiful, informative story - autobiography intertwined with the tale of watching over her dying daughter. And the ending is my favourite ending of any book. Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (fiction) What could I say about this book that hasn