from the mean streets for 2005
This was the year when peak oil probably peaked; the year John Howard brought in the notorious sedition laws and Hunter S Thompson cashed in his chips; the year of the 7/7 London bombings. It was also the year Hurrican Katrina devastated New Orleans and Bob Carr resigned as premier and went to work for the Macquarie Bank.
from the mean streets for 2004
it on", George W Bush said in 2003, and 2004 certainly did. The year
was dominated by a rapidly deteriorating situation in Iraq, the revelation
of US atrocities at the Abu Ghraib prison and the curious affair of the
beheading of US contractor Nick Berg. A detailed study of the events and
the notorious beheading video led Nick Possum to conclude it was a "black
operation" by Neocon-aligned US security operatives. By the end of
the year, Bush was being credibly blamed for a massive vote-rigging operation
in the presidential elections.
Whispers from the mean streets for 2003
2003 opened with right-wing columnist Paddy McGuiness accepting an Order
of Australia, an award the old fraud had rubbished for years. The American
imperialists looted Iraq's cultural treasures got bogged down in a guerilla
war. Our hero got hold of an audio tape recorded at a secret meeting of
John Howard's media cheer squad and delves into the twisted affair of
alleged al Qaeda operative Willie Brigitte.
from the mean streets for 2001, 2002
began with Nick stumbling on a mental health emergency in Hyde Park and
getting to meet God. The Sydney City Hub disappeared in a miasma
of bad weirdness and amphetamines, depriving our hero of a regular print
outlet. Then a brief fling with the satirical fortnightly, The Chaser
sent him on a doomed mission to Central Asia in search of his long lost
business partner, Bruce Possum.
from the mean streets for 2000
hype forced Nick and Joadja to take refuge in bed with a bunch of old
comedy videos; internet stocks go mad, Nick gets involved in the greyhound
doping case; Paddy McGuinness and Peter Costello meet in the mouth brothels
of Paris and an American stripper beats local favourite Rose Porteous/Handcock
to gold in the last event of the Olympics -- the Womens' Freestyle Wealth
from the mean streets for 1999
Minister Bruce Baird develops a death wish, the Whitlams have a bad week
and the NSW cops get white line fever; Nick writes to John Howard urging
him to find a better class of friend; The Bob Ellis imbroglio brings much
pleasure to a lot of simple folk; Old Possum explains why the monetary
system is ultimately doomed; Nick signs up for a hazardous mission to
help the East Timor independence fighters; Meg Lees and Cheryl Kernot
go missing and Nick stakes out the Parramatta Mall, posing as a Mormon;
our hero confronts a lynch mob led by Daily Telegraph journalists;
a chilly wind blows through the corridors of power in Canberra and Jakarta
as the friends of Indonesia's dictatorship find themselves redundant and
Nick is reminded of bogus community groups run by a certain Rodney Johnstone.
December 1998 Nick was blackmailed into taking
part in a top secret Australian - US mission to kidnap an Indonesian general:
really bad weirdness and treachery in foreign affairs. He eventually made
it out alive in January 1999. This adventure ran "in real
time" in the Sydney City Hub.
from the mean streets for 1997 and 1998
palace coup dislodges historian Robert Manne from the editorship of Quadrant,
the house journal of Australia's neo-conservative intelligentsia; the
wharfies strike to defend their rights; the NRMA gets involved in greenwashing;
and our hero stumbles on a sinister right wing support group in the course
of a routine matrimonial investigation.