January 2000 Pseudo-millennium hype forces Nick and Jo to go to bed
with old comedy tapes and Jo explains her new theory of modern comedy.
Distributor tolls for thee
13 January 2000 Joadja recalls that we were warned there would
be serious resistance to the $3 toll on the Eastern Distributor and weird
political operator Rodney Johnstone pops up again.
20 January 2000 PR wankers Bruce and Tarkis break out the champagne
to celebrate the big internet merger and Nick tries to explain to them
how real capitalism works.
of the West
27 January 2000 Nick flies to Perth to look into BHP's attack on
the unions, the break-in at Rose Porteous's place and an escaped cane
Grey Mardi Gras
Nick is asked to investigate why anybody would want to steal a huge quantity
of human growth hormone.
fear of living dangerously
In which Nick's daytime snooze in Joadja's garden is interrupted by a
call from Jakarta where a 'creeping coup' by the army is feared.
Lunch for Comment Affair
17 February 2000 Nick is on the trail of the mysterious 'third
man' who lunched with 2UE shock jock Mike Carlton and John Sharp at Eduardo's
Restaurant in Noosa. Was Mike tempted into changing his line on Badgerys
ocean view is like sex or money
24 February 2000 CEOs roll in wealth while poor Aboriginal kids
are gaoled for stealing a few pencils.
undertaking of great advantage
2 March 2000 Nick gets his tail chomped by a Killara pig-dog and
Bruce and Tarkis burn their fingers on internet stocks.
should be called in for questioning
9 March 2000 Helen 'Demidenko' Darville, fraudster author of the
anti-semitic novel The Hand That Signed the Paper surfaces in Australian
The filthy rich escape gaol everywhere and Paul Keating reckons it's "cheerier"
in Jakarta than the West.
up with the Pratts
23 March 2000 Money: for some people it breeds in the dark, for
others it arrives in a sickly little trickle, but Nick gets an eerie feeling
that money has changed somehow.
incident on Oxford Street
30 March 2000 Nick gets a casual job counting consumers on Oxford
Street and gets into a punchup with a bunch of rugby hooligans.
best of all possible crashes
6 April 2000 In which Joadja reckons Ross Gittins is the Dr Pangloss
of economics and Old Possum explains why Wall Street today is scarily
similar to Wall Street in 1929.
Push comes to shove
13 April 2000 In which Joadja discovers Paddy McGuinness is the
attorney for atavism and the Rumpole for the reactionaries.
20 April 2000 Nick gets involved in the greyhound doping case and
has nightmares about his father's death.
long, lost, weekend
27 April 2000 The Easter long weekend catches Nick by surprise
and he gets hideously drunk.
fevered vision of heaven on an autumn afternoon
4 May 2000 Nick comes down with Possum Creek Fever, goes to heaven,
and discovers where Sydney Anglicans go when they die.
tale of two Sydneys
In which Nick is hired to get the dirt on the a rust belt redevelopment
proposal and tails a developer to Circular Quay.
backwards, looking forwards
18 May 2000 Nick and Old Possum catch the ferry to Manly and Old
explains the mechanism of a stockmarket crash.
the licence test
25 May 2000 Nick discovers a very curious defence of teachers who
have sex with their pupils in one of Paddy McGuinness's columns.
by the river
1 June 2000 Joadja and Nick go on the Reconciliation march and
then ride the Airport Line to visit a threatened Georgian villa by the
dead leaf test
15 June 2000 Three National Parks firefighters die in a freak firestorm
and Joadja explains that the bush, like the sea, can turn on the unwary.
Olympic bed-time story
22 June 2000 In which Old Possum revisits the modern morality tale
of film director Leni Riefenstahl who got into bed with Hitler (politically
flight to Versailles
29 June 2000 Crazy rightist commentator Paddy McGuinness and Treasurer
Peter Costello fly to Paris for the high season.
5 July 2000 Crime Boss Louie Bayeh is gunned down at Narwee and
Nick reflects on the transient nature of tough guys.
touch with reality
12 July 2000 John Howard hits London, acting like a pig-dog on
speed and the Salvation Army mullahs take over Australia's drug policy.
20 July 2000 Nick ponders the death of Fashion and wonders why
the casino enquiry will tell us what we all knew before Star City opened.
travels faster than light
27 July 2000 In which physicists claim to have broken the lightspeed
barrier and Nick and Jo go into partnership with Federal Parliament Inc.
race to the bottom
3 August 2000 The trucking industry is a quiet, never-ending, tragedy
that polite society politely ignores.
the celery juice off my toga
10 August 2000 Nick is hired to investigate Bob Carr's weird behaviour
and discovers he's infatuated with the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius.
time at the loony bin
17 August 2000 New evidence shows Richard Nixon sabotaged the '68
Paris peace talks.
times they are a'changing back
24 August 2000 The Brushtail Café is trashed by a drunken
mob from the new-look Sydney Morning Herald.
minutes into the digital future
31 August 2000 Are virtual journalists the wave of the future?
Maybe the Scientologists are onto something.
7 September 2000 Final Olympic preparations are in full swing,
and the bracing competition between Third World terrorists and the security
specialists is just one aspect of the pursuit of excellence.
The ghastly aging shock jock John Laws escapes jail and Nick wonders whether
some journalists aren't keeping very sinister company indeed.
has to be made
21 September 2000 Poisonous jellyfish and lawnmowers at the Olympic
opening ceremony confuse overseas viewers and the Indonesian army is up
to a few tricks of its own.
oil, wasting time
28 September 2000 The world has already used up half the oil in
the ground. From now the price will keep going up all the time but the
politicians are likely to go on a witch hunt rather than face the truth.
on a spring night
5 October 2000 An American stripper beats local favourite Rose
Porteous/Handcock to gold in the Womens' Freestyle Wealth Redistribution
Handicap -- the last event of the Olympics.
was unwell and his column didn't appear on 12 October 2000).
19 October 2000 Our hero falls victim to a terrible bout of Possum
Creek Fever and is hired to investigate bashing allegations at an exclusive
Anglican school. Palestinians and Israelis negotiate in their characteristic
26 October 2000 Down at the Sydney Hotel a mysterious spindoctor
tries to hire Nick to bump off Peter Reith and Peter Collins.
2 November 2000 The Sydney Morning Herald ain't a happy
place as the once-favoured Bog Irish editor Paul McGeough gets an offer
he can't refuse.
9 November 2000 So how come the odious Peter Reith got away with
what are arguably crimes in his attack on the wharfies but got crucified
over the phone card affair? Old Possum explains.
things have happened
16 November 2000 How Ralph Nader could end up President of the
hype and clarity
23 November 2000 Nick investigates a dot com code warrior and feels
glad he sleeps in the ceiling above an office he owns.
night of the Nigerian scamsters
30 November 2000 In which Nick gets a curious fax from Dr Idris
A. Boro, JP of Lagos, Nigeria, who wants to park $28 million in Nick's
bank account. A cautionary tale.
premonition of radical evil
A "Lace Curtain" is descending across Europe -- old Possum explains
Poland's historic dilemma.
14 December 2000 Nick is called in to mop up when capitalism goes
mad in an orgy of mobile phone freebies.
Christmas card from Bruce (includes the
prequel, Rumours of Bruce)
PDF 4.0 download . A4 format, 1.8 Mb.
Nick's latest search for his long-lost business partner, Bruce Possum,
began in Perth in late December 2000. A cryptic Christmas card sent our
hero on a visit to Tanzania. This is the sequel to the classic Rumours
of Bruce, which is in the same PDF booklet.