* why do people care so much about what Mia Freedman and her "what women talk about" website Mammamia say or do? I gather she's an "oversharer", as (it seems to me) a lot of women now tend to be. I also take it that she unintentionally upset an obese guest but many people (mainly women) don't see it that way. Big deal.
* I think that Benjamin Law often writes well in his Weekend Magazine gig for the Fairfax press, but I have tried a couple of times watching his (more or less) autobiographical family comedy/drama-ish show The Family Law, and can't say that I'm impressed. Much of the humour is based on his oversharing/embarrassing mother, and is often somewhat scatological (something of Law's special field of interest, apparently) but it really seems to me that the jokes and writing are strained, despite a cast that is doing their best with the material. I feel I have to say it, again: I don't think the material produced by Australia's gay writer/comedians is all that funny, but they do seem to have the orientation that makes funding their shows a whole lot easier at SBS or the ABC than it really deserves. (Come on, Josh Thomas fans, attack me again for not liking Please Like Me.) I wanted to like Law's show - it's even made in Queensland, a rarity for Australian TV, and I'm sympathetic to Asian family comedy - but I just don't find it worth watching.
* I see that Pirates 5 has already made $600,000,000: maybe will top $700 million? (The last one made more than a billion dollars, believe it or not. I think this one will come in well under, but still nothing to be sneezed at.) I wonder if a No 6 will be on the way.