Wednesday Forum: March 19, 2014

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  1. JC

    The editors revolted and Rupert took their side – he’s a newspaper man!

    What was Williams doing that got him into trouble with the editors? If they were all against him Murdoch really had no choice but go with them.

  2. Megan

    Ahem, $1265 per bottle. Won’t be finding out what the world’s best single malt tastes like anytime soon.

  3. Motelier

    The Japanese are huge whisky fans, and one of the biggest markets in the world. They have been seriously making it for about 50 years now, and some of them are very good indeed.

    I watched a Japanese family friend polish one of these off one night at dinner.

    When the two sons when to stay with them in Kanagowa, they each took a 10kg rib fillet and a bottle of Bundy’s finest. Bundaberg Royal Liqueur.

    The bbq on the balcony was a great hit with all of the friends that came along. And so was the Royal Liqueur.

    Alas good taste always seems to be worldwide.

  4. Cato the Elder

    With No Mercy™.

    Naturally. There’s no point otherwise.

    Meanwhile, in other round ball news, if Roar beat Victory termorrer, they win the Premiership. Nine points clear and four games to go. We never got anything like that when Ferocious Frankie was here.

  5. Nic

    Japanese distilleries? WTF?

    Shit yes. The Japs are great at emulating and have high standards. Japanese whiskey is not to be dismissed. There’s also a v good producer in Taiwan

  6. Rabz

    The original story, headlined “An old flame faded into black”, was removed from the web but has been preserved for posterity below. It appeared to have incorrectly substituted the word “trust” for “slush” in reference to the fund overseen by Wilson and set-up by the PM.

    Wow. Lady Lardarse got all screechy and called them to account for calling a “slush fund” a “trust fund”.

    Missing these now legendary and hilarious hijinks yet, peoples?

  7. johanna

    Megan, my Inner Pedant compels me to remind you that whiskey with an “e” is either the Irish variety, or bourbon. Not the subject of discussion, in which my interest is purely academic on Mondays, Wednesdays and quite often … other days.

    And yes, I have tasted some very fine Japanese whisky – sure beats sake, which must be an acquired taste.

  8. Cato the Elder

    – sure beats sake, which must be an acquired taste.

    They stopped drinking sake when whiskey became available.

  9. Rabz

    The Japs are great at emulating and have high standards.

    Hence the phenomenon of Japanese Fenders.

  10. politichix

    At the end of the day, while there is currently platform uncertainty in media’s future (print v digital v whatever), quality content is the asset you need to hang on to. Cost cutting in this area is short term and no one would ever accuse Rupert of being a short term thinker.

  11. calli

    oops – that was a different dickless dickhead who grovelled to lady lardarse…

    Their name is Legion, Rabz. No harm in getting them mixed up.

  12. Vain hope, will probably require a trip across the Strait.

    The distillery’s website, Megan, provides shipping at no extra cost.

  13. Rabz

    quality content is the asset you need to hang on to. Cost cutting in this area is short term and no one would ever accuse Rupert of being a short term thinker.

    He is so desperately trying to maximise his last days on this planet.

    Hey Rupe, I actually do hope you stay alive for at least another 30 years – thanks to groundbreaking medical technology only you will be able to afford to access.

    The ongoing and incessant lefty head explosions will make it all worthwhile!

  14. nerblnob

    whiskey with an “e” is either the Irish variety, or bourbon

    Except for at least one bourbon, Makers Mark, that choose to spell it with no “e”. And another, Jack Daniel, which is not a bourbon since it’s made in Tennessee, that uses the “e” spelling. Much-maligned due to its huge popularity, but a decent drop that deserves to be drunk without any mixers other than a splash of water. Not that the owners will give a shit, must be crying all the way to the bank.

    Generally speaking though, those that follow the Scotch style and tradition (Canada, England, Wales, Japan, Tasmania – and there must be an NZ whisky, no?) choose the e-less spelling and those following US/Irish choose “ey”.

    Then there’s Indian whisky ….. I found a drinkable one once, but it took dedication.

  15. Rabz

    Thanks Calli – they all look the same!

  16. JC

    @bencubby Imagine working in the Fairfax newsroom. U look around- there’s barking Betty, Gittins, Butch Cartlon, Kenny, Cubby. You’d suicide

  17. Leigh Lowe

    Wow. Lady Lardarse got all screechy and called them to account for calling a “slush fund” a “trust fund”.

    When that first happened, Rabz, I had to read it and re-read it slowly several times.
    I knew she was stupid but having her “Aha!” moment over the term “slush fund”.
    FFS!
    When Joe Public hears “trust fund” they think “sharp lawyer, doctor or accountant”.
    When they hear “slush fund” they think “crook”.

  18. Cato the Elder

    Then there’s Indian whisky ….. I found a drinkable one once, but it took dedication.

    And a lot of courage. Now that’s the spirit of scientific enquiry.

  19. Sinclair Davidson

    See the Bombers fly up.

  20. johanna

    See Megan, bargain – no shipping.

    It’s actually cheap when you consider the cost of a top of the range still wine or champagne.

  21. JC

    See the Bombers fly up.

    Oh no, six months of this?

  22. Leigh Lowe

    @bencubby Imagine working in the Fairfax newsroom. U look around- there’s barking Betty, Gittins, Butch Cartlon, Kenny, Cubby. You’d suicide

    If they are wavering with the razor, tell them Patrick Smith is coming over from the Oz.
    That’ll push them over.

  23. Rabz

    @bencubby Imagine working in the Fairfax newsroom. U look around- there’s barking Betty, Gittins, Butch Cartlon, Kenny, Cubby. You’d suicide

    Or double down on the sheer unhinged, cat hurling insanity!

    Gold Star, JC.

  24. Sinclair Davidson

    Oh no, six months of this?

    I hope so. :)

  25. Leigh Lowe

    See the Bombers fly up.

    With no chemical assistance – AS IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN.

  26. Rabz

    See the Bombers fly up.

    Gloating already, Perfesser?

  27. Brian of Moorabbin

    Hey Sinc, any thoughts on the furore I caused (and reported on) earlier vis-a-vis Caroline Wilson’s article?

    Just want another Bombers fan’s opinion, since the original one busted several woofer valves over it…. ;)

  28. Leigh Lowe

    Bundaberg Royal Liqueur.

    How much Coca Cola would one mix with that, Motelier.

  29. Rabz

    When Joe Public hears “trust fund” they think “sharp lawyer, doctor or accountant”.
    When they hear “slush fund” they think “crook”.

    Well spotted Leigh.

    Go and get your front fence rebuilt.

    Bonus points if it didn’t need to be.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    See the Bombers fly up.

    North Melbourne complained about all their narrow losses last year.
    No such problem tonight.

  31. Leigh Lowe

    Go and get your front fence rebuilt.

    The Fat Greek is going to fix it for me when he finishes at the AFL – cesh in hend, off course.

  32. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Then there’s Indian whisky

    Brought a bottle of Malaysian made Scotch, once – and once only. I think they put anti freeze in the stuff to improve the flavor.

  33. Rabz

    The Fat Greek is going to fix it for me when he finishes at the AFL – cesh in hend, off course.

    Here’s hoping he subcontracts it to that legendary figure, “Bill the Greek™”*.

    *Alleged to be a “Big Greek Bullshit Artist™”.

  34. johanna

    Still, it’s interesting that whisky, however bad, has become so popular in Asia. It says something about the jungle juice that they used to drink.

    In John Le Carre’s 1970s novel “The Honourable Schoolboy”, everyone who could afford it drank whisky in S.E. Asia. And it was considered a sign of wealth and sophistication to drink Johnnie Walker Black Label with your meal in expensive restaurants in Hong Kong (something guaranteed to ensure that you couldn’t taste a thing).

  35. Combine_Dave

    Brought a bottle of Malaysian made Scotch, once – and once only.

    Did the bottle mysteriously vanish?

    Also I don’t think Allah would approve of Malaysians brewing alcohol… ^^

  36. Leigh Lowe

    Then there’s Indian whisky

    An Indian colleague was describing to me once the popular drinks in India.
    First he said, was “beer”, followed by “distillery spirits” and finally home brewed spirits, which he described as “country liquor”.
    The way he articulated that final one in his thick Indian accent sounded decidedly naughty.

  37. Rabz

    The way he articulated that final one in his thick Indian accent sounded decidedly naughty.

    FFS, you’ll be back in the bin again, at this rate, Squire!

    :)

  38. Nic

    Dave, check out Taiwanese whiskey, some good stuff there

  39. Sinclair Davidson

    Brian – I would have insisted that Wilson and Smith resigned their positions as part of the settlement.

  40. Leigh Lowe

    FFS, you’ll be back in the bin again, at this rate, Squire!

    I, sir, have never, ever been in the bin!
    (Admittedly, the other day I rolled around the rim and lipped out)

  41. Andrew

    See the Bombers fly up.

    See the Bombers shoot up?

  42. Megan

    Thanks Johanna…I’m usually the pedant on the spelling of whisky, and my Scottish dad would have given me a clip over the ear for messing it up tonight. I can only plead that my day started at 4am this morning and exhaustion has overridden my inbuilt Spelling v2.3.1 app.

    And, Deadman, at $1250 a bottle, free shipping would need to include insurance. And even then, no. But one can dream.

  43. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I don’t think Allah would approve of Malaysians brewing alcohol.

    We did come to that conclusion that, if you weren’t allowed to taste the stuff, quality control should be difficult.

  44. Tintarella di Luna

    Leigh Lowe you have been decidedly whippersnapperish over the last few days. Do you use the same arm to do the shit-stirring or do you rotate left then right?

  45. Leigh Lowe

    Leigh Lowe you have been decidedly whippersnapperish over the last few days. Do you use the same arm to do the shit-stirring or do you rotate left then right?

    Shit-stirring?
    I’m hurt to hear my sage contribution to serious debate described as such!!

  46. Motelier

    How much Coca Cola would one mix with that, Motelier.

    With Bundaberg Royal Liqueur you do not need any.
    2 nips over ice, sip and enjoy.

  47. johanna

    They need to do some promotion, Motelier. I would like to try it, but have never seen it on offer during many years of sluicing and browsing in bars and restaurants in Sydney and Canberra.

  48. Motelier

    *always enjoy responsibly
    I forgot to add that..

  49. Brian of Moorabbin

    With Bundaberg Royal Liqueur you do not need any.
    2 nips over ice, sip and enjoy.

    You dilute Bundaberg Royal with water??

    HEATHEN!! BLASPHEMER!!

  50. Motelier

    Johanna,

    They need to do some promotion, Motelier. I would like to try it, but have never seen it on offer during many years of sluicing and browsing in bars and restaurants in Sydney and Canberra.

    The only place you can make a purchase by the bottle is from the Bundaberg Distillery. To have a taste you have to stay with us and then go to our restaurant.

    We had to sign a contract to get that far. They really do want the exclusivity. Meh…I just love the stuff.

  51. Motelier

    BoM,

    Ahem
    The bigger the glass etc.

    However I do agree with you sentiment. It is sacrosanct to dilute the nectar of the gods.

  52. Rabz

    my sage contribution to serious debate

    We’re all in there, Squire.

  53. Motelier

    Anyhow peeps,

    We have a promotion on atm because we have roadworks happening outside of the northern motel. That successful promotion means that I have to get happening and start cooking sausages at 6.00 am. Trouble is I need a shower before hand.

    So, good night all, play hard and play clean, breakfast is at 6.30 tomorrow, but it takes longer to cook.

  54. Brian of Moorabbin

    I’ll have my eggs sunny-side up thank Mote ;)

  55. johanna

    I go for the classic James Bond breakfast myself – bacon, eggs, toast, coffee and orange juice. Nobody recognises that when I order it . :(

    Nite, Mote.

  56. Bundaberg Royal Liqueur is cellar door only these days eh? How the fallen have become mighty! The stuff used to grace every bottleshop shelf in the land.

    Cheap crap, like everything else those poms make, I was once silly enough to present a bottle to an overseas person. They manfully & politely pretended it was nice. I got a crock of Danish Viking Mead in exchange. It was rough stuff, but I definitely won on the exchange.

    Actually the bundy royal doesn’t sell all that fast, I’ve still got about a dozen bottles on the back shelf.

  57. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I go for the classic James Bond breakfast myself

    Try a South African bush breakfast – steak, eggs, bacon, boerwors, Boer rusks, orange juice and coffee. Whether it is a breakfast, trial by ordeal, or a subtle form of revenge for the Boer War, I have yet to decide.

    Night, Motelier.

  58. Eh?… “Nectar of the Gods”? That anyone could call any of that kerosene output from the pommies “nectar” demonstrates a total & complete lack of exposure to some of the finer liquids in life (metho for example, which comparitively is a far finer drop)

  59. Tel

    The Japanese are huge whisky fans, and one of the biggest markets in the world.

    Don’t get into drinking games with Japanese backpackers. It starts out fun but while Westerners enjoy a bit of fun where everyone gets equally hammered, Japanese have a mean streak that comes out wanting to see someone go down bad. There’s a subtle cultural disconnect.

  60. Don’t get into drinking games with Japanese backpackers.

    Unfortunately for them, most Japanese cannot handle alcohol. You generally win easily, about the time when you’re just warming up, your Japanese opponent falls sideways off his stool.

    One benefit, you can pretend to be totally hammered (as they really are) and make inappropriate comments/gestures/advances to your female Japanese companion, without any risk of later embarrassment, as they seem to be far more “cool” than westerners. with writing off inappropriate conduct as “the grog was talking”.

  61. johanna

    Steak for breakfast is a bit much. I seem to recall that there was a book of that title written in the 60s or 70s by Nino Culotta (John O’Grady).

    But fried blootworst (known as black pudding in the UK) with fried apples was a common brekkie when I was growing up. Yum.

  62. Steak for breakfast is a bit much.

    It was a staple when I was growing up. It was all we ever saw for breakfast (+ eggs). I’ve never gone off it.

  63. dover_beach

    What cut of steak?

  64. Combine_Dave

    Dave, check out Taiwanese whiskey, some good stuff there

    Added to my to do list after I saw your comment :D
    Although my inlaws only seem to drink imported stuff.

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