of the Brushtail Café & Gallery and Nick Possum's girlfriend.
Joadja (her parents for some obscure reason named her after a little-known
ghost town south-west of Sydney) was once a national parks ranger. Interested
in ecology, film, theatre and urban affairs.
selection of Jo's thoughts ...
loaf of dread beneath the bough
March 99 Joadja speaks her mind about David Williamson's latest play
and the wimpish state of Australian drama ...
in shit, but free to be proud
14 April 1999 From the Balkans to Australia, high-flown hokum
abounds while Nick and Joadja dig up the drains.
Bob Carr question: is stupidity genetic?
21 April 1999 In which Nick finds himself on a blood-soaked battlefield
and Joadja gets angry about the Great Leader's stance on the drugs crisis.
Vichy Republic of Balmain Peninsula
21 July 1999 Joadja discovers the hidden agenda for the Great
Balmain Rebellion on Chardonnay-stained coasters from the Riverview Hotel.
fart of darkness
23 September 1999 In which Nick, Joadja, and Old Possum discuss
the hurt feelings of the Indonesian military and the Javanese elite and
a huge inflated effigy of Paddy McGuinness appears in the sky above Balmain.
vindicated (more or less)
11 November 99 In which Joadja explains there's new evidence that
cometary impacts had a big influence on human history.
30 December 1999 Toll-paying traffic on the Eastern Distributor
is so low it's hard to see how it can ever pay its way.
6 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
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.
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.
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.
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.