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Submitted by admin on May 31, 2008 - 11:00pm.
About Webdiary
Who we are, how to register, how to comment, editorial policy, etc.
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Submitted by David Roffey on September 16, 2012 - 1:59pm.
Not with a bang ...
After twelve years of Webdiary, it's time to hang up the green eyeshades.
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Submitted by Margo Kingston on July 4, 2012 - 2:46pm.
Webdiary Turns Twelve
I’ll never forget her birth. I tossed off an opener and lo and behold, a few people responded. One of the first was the mercurial David Davis. And he still loves her too.
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Submitted by Trevor Maddock on May 30, 2012 - 9:00pm.
So long, Trevor
Trevor died on Monday of pancreatic cancer, and will be buried tomorrow.  In his memory here's a reprint of his last Webdiary piece.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on December 4, 2011 - 6:28pm.
As you were, chaps...
UPDATE: Webdiary is unsinkable once more, thanks to the wit, wisdom, and work of Nigel Sim. Many thanks, Nigel.
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on November 28, 2011 - 9:01pm.
Loose lips sink ships
.....or we'll rip yer bloody arms off.....
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Submitted by Fiona Reynolds on January 28, 2011 - 1:32pm.
Vale Malcolm B Duncan
In memory of longtime Webdiarist Malcolm B. Duncan. His delightful writing, wit, insight, and generosity will be greatly missed.
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Submitted by David Roffey on September 8, 2010 - 2:38pm.
Server move
We've just been informed that the site will be migrated to new hardware sometime in the next 7 days - the exact date is pending. This will incur some downtime, and may result in unforeseen issues with the site. If you notice anything wrong with the site over this period please let me know at gm-at-webdiary.com.au
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on July 13, 2010 - 1:42am.
Richard's (very short) Wither Webdiary
I invite anyone who is interested in seeing Webdiary continue to donate a piece on whatever they care to write about.
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Submitted by Harry Heidelberg on July 4, 2010 - 2:59am.
Webdiary Turns Ten
If you're younger you may not get the significance of this. This was world Internet and media history and Margo was making  it. In 2000 there were no comparable models. Not in the New York Times, not in the Washington Post and not even in that stupid bloody British rag that you wretched lefties love so much, the Guardian".- Harry Heidelberg
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Submitted by Richard Tonkin on December 19, 2009 - 3:09am.
Summer madness?
The media Silly Season strikes. Wondering if anyone's gpt anythingthey'd like to discuss?   Maybe it's the right time to scribblesomething?  Or perhaps we should open up a random rambling thread towhile away January? All ideas welcome.
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Submitted by admin on October 31, 2009 - 7:39pm.
Remember remember the Fifth of November...
Normal transmission is about to be resumed.
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Submitted by David Roffey on September 5, 2009 - 4:26pm.
Winter/Spring Break
Fiona & Richard are both in need of a break, and I'm in London, still. So, we'll close the comment boxes for a while and have a break. 
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on August 16, 2009 - 1:22pm.
Letter from TOP: Geoff, Claude and Audrey at CLUB 27
My dearest Psycho, I hope all is well in the land of the livers and I hope this message finds you not dejected. As I have been having such a top time at TOP (the other place) I find myself compelled to share some of it with you, and let you in on some wonderful news. I’m in love ...
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on July 24, 2009 - 11:17am.
An albatross swan song – Verse 9: Mission accomplished – and home again
There are many good human beings amongst us; human beings like my Dad and The Flying Dragon Ghost who did good and were motivated by the right stuff. There are also many people who have contributed to Webdiary who are decent and understanding human beings – passionate. These are the people we need, people who will play the game in the interests of all; or even better – not play games at all. On that note it’s now time to withdraw from this little game and disappear into the ether ...
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on July 12, 2009 - 8:19pm.
An albatross swan song – Verse 8: Back to a Weird Dairy lunch ...
As a ghost of China’s living past lay in fading silence I could see my Pumpkin had reconnected with someone she loved and a country they both cared for. It was wonderful to see Pumpkin get her wish and meet her special Ghost who in spite of everything stood the fiery test of virtues held true. He was a good Ghost, a humble Ghost who worked as one of the team and did good things for the people he loved.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on July 5, 2009 - 9:57am.
An albatross swan song – Verse 7: The Last Tango in Yanjing and a Weird Dairy lunch…
Mona welcomed us both with nie hao/s and hugs then escorted us towards the back room as the girls chattered in crescendo. I wondered why the girls where getting excited but then I got distracted – by now the room was humming harder. I tried to do cartwheels across the floor – but I can’t do cartwheels – so I hopped up and down on one leg.
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Submitted by David Roffey on July 2, 2009 - 8:16am.
Management Update 42 & Fin Year 2008-9
Stats and financials for June and the financial year
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on June 28, 2009 - 3:30pm.
An albatross swan song – Verse 6: Mona Loser, lunch, and some ghosts
On an earlier stay at the abode of Mona I attempted in vain to explain to her the English term “harmony”. I had to resort to song (which is bloody obvious when you think about it) and began singing Frère Jacques – she immediately laughed and then spontaneously harmonised in Mandarin.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on June 21, 2009 - 3:15pm.
An albatross swan song – Verse 5: Driving along on a Potomac, baby …
When I think of Kath I think of children, for Kath is a loving and devoted mum and it shows big time. But she is not alone, for most parents love their kids. To love your children is catholic and reflects the very simple but universal truth of Christianity. We love our kids and would die for them.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on June 14, 2009 - 11:59pm.
An albatross swan song – Verse 4: Ten toes for Geoff, a budgie and neat little numbers
On a more serious note allow me to return to my childhood and share something that is now indelibly tattooed in my brain; something that had almost faded away. Nothing profound, nothing really important to me personally but it is, and was to millions of human beings, Geoff included. It’s a ghost, harmless to me personally but a ghost of the nasty kind that does mean something to many. One degree of separation.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on June 7, 2009 - 1:12pm.
An albatross swan song – Verse 2: Postcards
I decided to go and have it out with Mr M and waddled off in the general direction of the mausoleum. But all of a sudden I got a bloody great big chill down me back and my feathers stood on end. It was hard to be sure whether it is the poor dead dear lying in that somewhat solemn and stately design or the cop car just behind me.
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Submitted by David Roffey on June 1, 2009 - 5:09pm.
Management Update 41
May stats & financials
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on June 1, 2009 - 12:32am.
An albatross swan song – Verse 1: A fairytale?
Come dear friends, let me take you by the hand, and lead you through the streets of Zhong Guo; a dialectical magical mystery tour into the dungeons and dragons deep in the heart of the Middle Kingdom reaching all the way back to the Tang Dynasty. Enjoy a few postcards as truth turns into fantasy, while fantasy turns into truth; if only in a small way.
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Submitted by Justin Obodie on May 29, 2009 - 2:26pm.
An albatross swan song – a teaser
A very important message from the Middle Kingdom ... and keep watching this space.
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Submitted by David Roffey on May 3, 2009 - 8:19am.
Management Update 40
Abbreviated report submitted from a motel in Lightning Ridge, where unexpectedly have free WiFi broadband access (enabling me to use Skype from my iPhone for the first time to compensate for Vodafone having no coverage here - how the world moves on, eh?)
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Submitted by David Roffey on March 31, 2009 - 11:25pm.
Management Update 39
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Submitted by Claude on March 6, 2009 - 10:40am.
Send not to ask
On Tuesday at about 4:30 pm, long-time, and much loved, Webdiarist, Claude, breathed his last in this world as a result of a lethal injection administered by his treating vet. Atypically, he went quietly. In a prescient piece of subterfuge, he managed to get out this message which washed up on the Editor’s desk today.
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Submitted by David Roffey on March 1, 2009 - 1:21pm.
Management Update 38
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Submitted by admin on January 11, 2009 - 11:07pm.
We're baaaaaaack
Webdiary returns, in fighting trim for an interesting 2009.
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