Thursday Forum: January 16, 2014

This entry was posted in Open Forum. Bookmark the permalink.

808 Responses to Thursday Forum: January 16, 2014

  1. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    you shouldn’t blog and drive

    Spent all day behind the wheel – any blogging done is from my library. Steve, we were talking about Tom Ronan some time ago – light reading over the Lagavulin (snigger) is “Strangers on the Ophir.” Did you ever read Ronan’s first novel?

  2. John Comnenus

    Zulu,

    How could you possibly stuff up your living arrangements so badly that the Whiskey is 15 minutes from the library? I know a good architect who might be able to help.

  3. Talleyrand

    Comnenus – The Nina Simone concert was mid 80s. Her voice was not that of her peak of course, But she had enormous grace and stage presence. The highest notes eluded her, but the fiery passion burned white hot. Simone’s piano Work was remarkable and I am glad I spent my few student dollars to see her live.

  4. John Comnenus

    Well done Talleyrand. Well spent dollars no doubt.

  5. John Comnenus

    Now Billy is singing about Leningrad and perestroika. LOL, choking on the cigar with laughter.

  6. Brian of Moorabbin

    Australia just beat England in the 2nd One Dayer… 9-302 with Faulkner hitting 12 runs (3 boundaries) off the last 3 balls.

  7. .

    Sensational end to the Cricket.

  8. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Oh my.

    The Benghazi timeline… just go.

    The Preshizzle (Paco™) is a worthless incompetent. The people to whom he owed his duty never stood a chance with a blithering worthless poltroon like this stupid narcissist in office.

  9. Infidel Tiger

    Shits all over that crappy twenty twenty onanism.

  10. sdfc

    Don’t forget the two huge sixes in the previous over.

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The Nina Simone concert was in the mid 80s

    Saw her in Perth in the early 90′s, and wasn’t impressed. Rather wooden, and was left with the feeling she was just going through the motions.

  12. Rabz

    Billy is singing about Leningrad and perestroika

    Glutton for punishment, Comnenus?

  13. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    hah!

    Drayton’s white muscat for me.

  14. John Comnenus

    Rabz,
    You know too much is never enough for me.

  15. John Comnenus

    Dont know about the white muscat.

  16. Andrew

    Australia just beat England-South Africa-NZ-Ireland XI in the 2nd One Dayer

  17. John Comnenus

    Andrew,

    I take it you are saying that we beat the whole fucking Empire.

  18. Brian of Moorabbin

    It’s amazing isn’t it Mk50.

    If it had of been a Republican in the WH when the US ambassador, 2 ex-SEALs, and a State Department IT guy (for the record, my friend Sean Smith) were killed in Benghazi, the Leftist MSM would have been all over every single little tidbit or snippet of information or rumour; breathlessly reporting innuendo as fact.

    But because it’s the Magic Negro….

    And then they also have the hide to claim that anyone interested in finding out the truth about Obummer’s lies and overall incompetence are ‘tin-foil hat wearing conspiracy nutjobs’.

  19. Brian of Moorabbin

    Andrew, you forgot India (Ravi Bopari)

  20. .

    Brian

    I don’t know if they do this consciously. I wonder what gets drummed into them at J-school.

  21. ZK2A, I’ve got Strangers on the Ophir, but not yet read it (I spent a bit of time around Orange, so have a more than passing interest in that one), but I’ve no idea which is his first book.

  22. John Comnenus

    Good point Brian, the jewel in the crown, the largest volunteer Army in the history of mankind, and they willing fought for the British Empire. Good luck India.

  23. Rabz

    Berisha – f*cking lunatic.

  24. John Comnenus

    You’ve got to love an album called ‘talking to the taxman about poetry’. God bless Billy Bragg, pity he is such a dumb jerk when it comes to economics and socialism. Lovely tunes, and beautiful loves songs though.

  25. Rabz

    Never a fan of the “big nosed bard from Barking”.

    Is he still alive?

  26. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    John:

    Dont know about the white muscat.

    Barbarian. Fortified wines are the height of civilisation. I have been drinking Drayton’s fortifieds for decades, their white port and white muscat being favourites. Regrettably, they stopped making my very favourite, Madiera, so I had to switch to Blandy’s. Just as nice, but four times the price – Draytons really are that good.

    Brian – yep. the serial scandals just keep racking up. Acquantance of mine was watching all of this unfold from the Pentagon. He’s still incandescent about it: the ‘clean, articulate’ magic negro does not believe the world outside Chicago machine politics is real.

    he has sowed the wind… and you know how the rest of that terrible quote goes.

  27. John Comnenus

    Oh my god Talking to the taxman about peotry has ended and it is time to listen to listen to ‘Workers Playtime’ LOL got to love Billy living in his south coast mullet million dollar huge carbon footprint mansion.

  28. Grigory M

    Mk50 #1155117 at 2:46 pm

    Even been to a county where unless they apply for an exemption (Quakers) it’s not legal for an upstanding citizen to leave their property and go in public unless armed.

    That seems surprising. Which county is that, in which US State?

  29. John Comnenus

    OK MK50, I will keep an eye out for the white muscat and give it a bash. Re fortified wines I am still scarred from drinking port at the subbies court after heavy duty dining in nights in the regimental mess. But by god I played mess rugby like an All Black after ten or eleven port penalties drunk in rapid succession.

  30. Andrew

    Andrew, you forgot India (Ravi Bopari)

    Apologies to India for the omission. Also Gary Ballance is from Zimbabwe. And Chris Jordan is Barbadian. And of course by Ireland I mean the Emerald Isle as opposed to the Republic of Ireland, as Rankin is from Northern Ireland.

  31. John Comnenus

    Any suggestions on what I should listen to next?

  32. Brian of Moorabbin

    Any suggestions on what I should listen to next?

    Anything written by (and performed by naturally) Freddie Mercury…

    ;)

  33. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Steve at the Pub – different Ophir. “Strangers on the Ophir” was Tom Ronan’s first book, written in 1944, and it’s a “prequel” and parts of it run concurrently with “Moleskin Midas.” It’s the same dry humour as “Moleskin Midas” and the same howlingly politically incorrect style of writing. The next time you’re near the Lagavulin, pour yourself a large one and just read the book. The characters are the same, but did you know Devlin, the Irish copper, and the fair Rosamund Temple were an item?

  34. John Comnenus

    Great suggestion Brian. I cannot believe that the UK Olympics wasn’t closed with we are the champions. But, alas, I have no Queen on the iPod.

  35. eb

    John C…listen to some Blue Oyster Cult. Shit all over ELO.

    I’m listening to Agents of Fortune now while enjoying some slightly chilled Tyrrell’s Vat 9.

  36. John Comnenus

    Time for choosing the next album approaches, just about to listen to the great leap forward.

  37. Nic

    Anything written by (and performed by naturally) Freddie Mercury…

    +1

    John, yes, WATC wasn’t performed, but Brian May’s solo made the hairs stand on the back of my neck.

  38. John Comnenus

    Nice call Eb. But I have no Blue Oyster Cult. But I am curious about them. What rock ‘genre’ are the Blue Oyster Cult?

  39. John Comnenus

    I might listen to Jonathon Richmond’s Pablo Picasso was never called an arsehole, Dodge vegomatic and Egyptian Reggae.

  40. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I am still scarred from drinking port at the subbies court after heavy duty dining in nights

    And then, I suppose heard the charges, and handed out hangings, floggings and solitary conffinement after the latest brawl in the O.R.’s boozer…..

  41. eb

    Ah…yes. Good question John. As they date from the 70s and 80s, I’d say hard rock, heavy metal on occasion. Definitions change over time. Just listen to an album and make up your own mind.

  42. Brian of Moorabbin

    Blue Oyster Cult is ok… but they need more cowbell for mine ;)

  43. did you know Devlin, the Irish copper, and the fair Rosamund Temple were an item?

    Er…. I’ve not read either Moleskin Midas or Strangers on the Ophir. (I feel so dumb for thinking it was something to do with Orange, but then again, Tom Ronan was a Territorian…. I shoulda known)
    Currently I’m vacillating between Richard Townsend Bickers (WWII fighter pilot who wrote several good books, both fiction and non-fiction, about the air war) and Ion Idreiss’ seemingly endless series of novels about the Torres Strait.
    After that there is a pile of books written by snipers who served on the Eastern Front, & somewhere in there I’ll start reading Tom Ronan.
    Oh… and that thing called “career” will be doing plenty of intruding into reading time.
    I used to be a novel a day man, until TV arrived, then I moved to town & had lotsa other distractions, then came the pub trade, which just about killed every last aspect of any life I could have ever hoped to have. *sigh*
    Somewhere in there I’ve got 100 Biggles books to read.

  44. John Comnenus

    Zulu,
    No hangings and gloggings, just lots of punishment ports.

    EB,

    I will check them out. If your taste in music is as good as your taste in wine they will be excellent.

  45. Dan

    So let me get this straight… Ford’s ‘global’ boss; the man with the ultimate say in whether Ford manufacturing in Australia would be closed, laments the fact that the loss of manufacturing in Australia could damage the economy… then confirms that Ford will not continue manufacturing cars in Australia.

    The irony just sailed right over his head, didn’t it…..

    Not really. His duty is to his shareholders

  46. John Comnenus

    I have gone for Tex, Don and Charlie ‘All is forgiven’

  47. John Comnenus

    After plenty of red wine it is time for a combination if gospel, country, soul and blues that Tex, Don and Charlie offer that won turmoils shuffle lotto.

  48. Not really. His duty is to his shareholders

    But…. but… gasp…..you mean his duty isn’t to “sustainable car-making”?

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    no hangings and gloggings

    Is a “glogging” some terrible punishment, akin to that King of England, who is supposed to have died with a red hot poker inserted into that end of his body incapable of facial expression?

  50. John Comnenus

    FMD Zulu,

    A glogging is obviously a drunken flogging.

  51. C.L.

    Not the night to get into religion …

    Why’s that? Is it Facebook o’clock already?

    ———————————————————————-

    Reading the older pages I was somewhat taken aback by the medical and psychological advice proffered to Alice’s husband. My advice is that if he wants to go to the pub with his mates, he should do so. Grief is not a medical condition. If he believes that right now he wants Jack Daniels and not Jeff Kennett, good luck to him. It is, in any case, none of our business.

    ———————————————————————-

    Onward to breaking news … spruiking has begun for the latest “scientific” report by the IPCC.

    It recommends that modernity be scaled back. For that is the essence of opposing … energy.

  52. John Comnenus

    Good night and in the immortal words of Tex, Don and Charlie ‘I must be getting soft’. Good night Cats.

  53. Infidel Tiger

    Reading the older pages I was somewhat taken aback by the medical and psychological advice proffered to Alice’s husband. My advice is that if he wants to go to the pub with his mates, he should do so. Grief is not a medical condition. If he believes that right now he wants Jack Daniels and not Jeff Kennett, good luck to him. It is, in any case, none of our business.

    From Aliice’s description he wanted to go to the pub and never leave. Drinking is a magnificent past time, but by God you don’t do it when grief stricken.

    A holiday with the lovely Aliice would be better for both.

  54. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    FMD Zulu

    You don’t deny someone whose military career peaked at the rank of lance corporal (unpaid, unloved and unwashed) the chance to pay out on a former officer, do you?

  55. Reading the older pages I was somewhat taken aback by the medical and psychological advice proffered to Alice’s husband. My advice is that if he wants to go to the pub with his mates……………

    I must say, I’m struggling with this use of the words “pub” & “depression” in the same sentence.
    I cannot speak for other (lesser) publicans, but a pub is a happy place. The atmosphere is usually fantastic.

    Where do you blighters drink? Soul-less suburban beer barns? Uncaring yuppie spewatoriums?

    Think of the pubs in “Midsomer Murders”. Now you’ve got the sort of place a pub is should be.

    When I was younger & had enough time on my hands to feel blue (read: hadn’t seen another human for a week or two) I’d go to the pub. Nothing like a couple of hours in there to adjust one’s outlook on life.

    Waddaya think we do, let someone sit morosely quaffing a bottomless glass of hard spirits? If someone isn’t having a good time, we do our best to adjust it.
    Pubs have been providing men with an emotional safety valve, for a long time. We’re expert at it!

  56. C.L.

    From Aliice’s description he wanted to go to the pub and never leave.

    I didn’t read anything like that.

    Drinking is a magnificent past time, but by God you don’t do it when grief stricken.

    Men have done so for centuries. He’s a grown man so it’s his call.

  57. Fisky

    People have different coping strategies. If I lost a loved one, I’d probably hit the sauce too. At least if he’s down at the pub, there’ll be people to talk to. I’ll concede drinking alone might be a different matter under the circumstances.

Comments are closed.