Wednesday Forum: July 9, 2014 deja vu edition

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  1. Grigory M

    It’s nothing to do with the tropics as in locations around the globe etc.

    candy – the go to person for tropical medicine ;)

  2. Motelier

    Calli.

    So do MrsM and I. I want to go back and get into the culture. We did that down in the south of France and across in Epernay. However Paris has lots to see and lots to do.

    For a foodie it is great. However we could not find frogs legs in any restaurant.

  3. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Speaking of hoaxes – wasn’t Jonathan Moylan – he of the Whitehaven coal hoax – supposed to have had his horoscope read to him today?

  4. .

    I’d like to visit Kyoto, Lake Biwa, Shikoku and the West of Kyushu/Northern Shore.

    Any recommendations? I like out of the way stuff.

  5. France is great, if one has a month up one’s sleeve, & the readies to spare, there are far worse things than a month or so drifting around the countryside, eating, drinking, touristing, etc.

    Thoroughly recommend it.

    Just it’ll be a looooong time before I go near the place, coz while I no longer dry retch at the thought, it still kills mmy appetite to think of how unhygenic the place is. 2 years after the fact. (that’s it from me, no dinner tonight now that I’ve thought about French restaurants – I’ll not be able to keep food down)

  6. calli

    Calli, how the heck is it possible to be romantic in a city full of gypsies, overprice tourist ripoffs, dog poo, where they allow dogs in restaurants (shed hair everywhere, lick the plates, etc)

    And where the whole city, at best, looks like a greek village that’s been whitewashed with dirty water?

    Depends who you’re with, Steve…

    Be careful, you’re starting to sound like Victor Meldrew on vacation…I don’t belieeeeeeve it! :D

  7. James in Melbourne

    Looks like they have caught one the Aussie jihadists.

    Please do not extradite him. Back here, the ill-favoured childhood he undoubtedly received would have him released pronto, to a hero’s welcome, a gig on The Project and a book deal with Melbourne University Press.

    An anthill in the Philippines will do just fine.

  8. Who is Victor Meldrew?

    Calli, there are far better places than an expensive city full of garlic breathed swarthy types, gypsies picking your pocket & other stuff.
    Any number of desert islands, highland trout streams, wilderness log cabins in north america, all will do the trick far better for me

  9. Leo G

    They do the same here, but call it Libertarianism.
    Conservative Libertarians to hell in a hand basket, Social Libertarians to Heaven in a wheelbarrow, eh?

    “Oh, this oppressor must needs go to heaven! What shall hinder him? But it will be, as the byword is, in a wheelbarrow: the fiends, and not the angels, will take hold on him.” – Thomas Adams (1618)

  10. Motelier

    France is great, if one has a month up one’s sleeve, & the readies to spare, there are far worse things than a month or so drifting around the countryside, eating, drinking, touristing, etc.

    Yes. It actually easy to do regional France pretty economically. Great wines and good food all at really reasonably prices.

    The speeding ticket sucked though.

  11. JC

    Stevie

    You love crowds by the sounds of things.

  12. An anthill in the Philippines will do just fine.

    Amen to that.
    We already have Mamdou Habib, Davey Hicks & co, we don’t need another idol parked on that pedestal.

  13. Carpe.

    We also played a game “What happens next?”

    I was in Karachi in the Navy, fvkers on the wharf were trying to sell us their kids, beggars everywhere, the stench was unbelievalble i would happily nuke the joint.

  14. Yes. It actually easy to do regional France pretty economically. Great wines and good food all at really reasonably prices.

    Indeed Mote. I was surprised by how much was still in the pocketbook when I left.
    It certainly was cheaper than a month on the road doing the same thing in Oz. But with much better tucker, plonk, ambience and scenery. + the novelty value of slowly picking up the rudiments of a foreign lingo.

  15. Motelier

    Carpe I have no intention of visiting any Muslim entrenched hell hole.

    I will take you words of experience as gospel.

  16. blogstrop

    As much as I like you guys and gals, the ever-present other is a disincentive to lingering.
    He’s winning, Sinc. The blog is losing.
    Good night.

  17. calli

    Who is Victor Meldrew?

    All I can say is…never ever order a skip…you will definitely find a kindhearted neighbour has put a mattress in it, or a small, unwanted vehicle.

    Let’s just say, poor Victor has a negative view of life. In the end, the poor soul was run over by a bus.

  18. Okayama is possibly the prettiest city we found on Honshu

    .

    Come to Kobe in spring it is amazing (if you don’t get hayfever), when thre cherry blossoms first drop it is a collective madness to go outside and let them fall on you.

    On the upside if you ever get to Kobe Look me up & i’ll take you up to Arima for drinks (Altitude & Alcohol you know it makes sense)

  19. Stevie
    You love crowds by the sounds of things.

    Indeed JC. Nothing to put on in a mood to nuke all of humanity like having to traverse Paris streets lined with sub-saharan immigrants, algerians, gypsies (depending upon suburb) all glaring at you, loan sharks, money lenders, & assorted dealers in under the table stuff.

  20. candy

    He’s winning, Sinc. The blog is losing.

    Nah, he’s not “winning”, blogstrop. He might be just lonely and wants company, I think.

  21. Motelier

    SatP
    MrsM learnt French at high school. Me not a word. However driving (MrsM will never drive a car with the steering wheel on the left side of the car) made me look closely at all of the roadsigns and billboards.

    It took me about two weeks to start to recognise key words. I have forgotten it now.

    We drove from Draguignan up Napoleons Way to Austria then to Strassborg. Only driving about 200km a day. Then on to Epernay for MrsM to enjoy Moet and Chandon.

  22. oldsalt

    Would love to get to Japan, glad one of the kids is learning the lingo.

    Dad served with BCOF in Sasebo til he went to Korea, he brought back a case full of vinyl 78s with titles like By the Light of the Tiger Moon Lily which I suppose might be worth a quid one day.

    I was on a Japanese mothership for a bit, the Seiyo Maru aka Sea Biscuit. When you went below everything sloped down and down and down, including the galley and berths. I copped a jolt from an exposed light socket behind my bunk and must have looked like a Ka-Zap! frame in a Batman comic. The crew were seriously weird and disappeared like a boatload of Scottie’s best at least once every day, leaving the boat to steam along on autopilot. We thought they may have been on the booze in some secret cofferdam, because the engineroom was deserted too. They taught me the Japanese Bowline a quick way to bend a loop into the midsection of a rope, it bites on two pieces and never seizes so I’ve used it ever since.

  23. Lake Biwa

    Yeah, it’s a nice spot.

    The passes for the shinkansen that you can order before you head over are absolutely worth the money. We did Okayama to Sapporo in the one day; the travel in and of itself is an experience. That single day’s travel would have cost more than we paid for the tickets if we were local.

  24. MrsM learnt French at high school. Me not a word. However driving (MrsM will never drive a car with the steering wheel on the left side of the car) made me look closely at all of the roadsigns and billboards.

    It took me about two weeks to start to recognise key words. I have forgotten it now.

    I was there a month, & was able to buy rail tickets & order tucker & grog in French by the end of it, plus have a brief (very brief) conversation with B&B landladies.

    Had I not been travelling with two chicks who flatly refused to even pretend to use a bit of French (they would not even say “bon jour” to restaurant staff – everything was “good morningdoyaspeakenglishmate?”) then I’d have been one helluva lot better at French. Didn’t know a word (apart from what you learn by being an English speaker + the stuff you pick up from reading Biggles, and the basic Commando comic words).

  25. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Reference my last – Moylan is to be sentenced at a future date – prosecution has indicated they will NOT be asking for a custodial sentence.

    F##cking magnanimous of prosecution, says I.

  26. Reference my last – Moylan is to be sentenced at a future date – prosecution has indicated they will NOT be asking for a custodial sentence.

    Easy to see we dont get to vote for prosecutors in this great country.

  27. Motelier

    SatP

    We where the same.

    I call it the survival instinct.

    We needed ice for the esky we had purchased there. MrsM sent me out. It took me about 15 minutes to work out that glace meant ice.

    I really have to start reading and studying latin. glace. glacier.

    WOW

  28. Armadillo

    I was in Karachi in the Navy

    Reminds me of a site I used to read, particularly just after 9/11 (Pakistan’s English Language Newspaper) – http://www.dawn.com

    It’s a really interesting (or used to be) insight into the mindset. The letters to the editor were hilarious. I wandered back over there for a look, and there is article about a discussion the Cat had the other day about the age of consent in Islam (not that the discussion interested me in the least, but this is a different take on it). This dude is arguing Aisha was 18.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/696084/of-aishas-age-at-marriage

  29. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    goodmorningdoyaspeakenglishmate

    Standing in the “dam” – the main square of Amsterdam – a few years ago, and someone plucked at my sleeve. A strine accent, every bit as broad as mine, inquired nervously “Excuse me, mate, do you speak English?”

    I resisted the temptation to have fun…….

  30. Mr Rusty

    Reference my last – Moylan is to be sentenced at a future date – prosecution has indicated they will NOT be asking for a custodial sentence.

    He won’t have any cash being a moocher so they can’t fine him, so what are they going to give him? A slap on the wrist? He needs dropping down an abandoned mine shaft.

  31. Motelier

    So in matters climate. Hehehehehehehehe
    Is anyone feeling cold.

    The northern motel is averaging -2.7 C under average this month for the minimum temperature.
    It is averaging 0.2C over average this month for maximum temperature.

    sigh.

    The left will use the maximum to prove “Glowball Warming”and use the minimum to prove “Climate Change”.

  32. I’d like to visit Kyoto, Lake Biwa, Shikoku and the West of Kyushu/Northern Shore.

    Any recommendations? I like out of the way stuff.

    Dot – go to Kyoto in late (northern Autumn) to avoid the tourists and stay at traditional inns, i can reccomend Tawaraya (PMs & the Royal Family has stayed there) and Yoshimizu (stayed there it was fantastic), If you go to Kyoto work on your fitness because you have to walk up to the old site and castle.

    It is an amazing place as it was never bombed in WW2 some of the architecture is from the 1200s

    Also try Hibiki Whisky

    If you want to see rockabilly singing cosplayers and gothmetal lolibots or just your run of the mill moeblob go to Shibuya, Omotesando and Akihabara. (Harajuku is a geographic area not a burb)

    Also let me know when you are in country and Lady Jugulum & I shall give you a tour in the mountains, showing people deserted villages usually blows people away, and as i posted upthread altitude and alcohol is a wonderful mix.

  33. Motelier

    well peeps….I am going to wrap myself up in a blanket and go to bed.

    Play hard and play fair.

    See you after breakfast service tomorrow.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Ah, travel blogging. Takes me back to last week when we flew in and the dreaded lurgie hit us all. HIA has been struggling to work, I have been sick in the beach house, the older kids have been sick while we were away and are just recovering, and now number four (the youngest and thus still subject to all-in physical responses to viral attack) is temping with a sore throat and throwing up grand style. Looks like a bad night coming up for me. Nothing beats Mama on nights like this. HIA did sterling work going for the extra Panadol, and only one phone call to ask which sort.

    Carefree child-free days at the Ritz in Moscow just a distant memory. As is the high life on the Baltic with Cunard’s attentive taking care of all our needs and requirements. It’s back to slog on the blog.

    Oh, as I’m reminiscing, I should tell you all that my ‘pulled pork’ was a triumph last night. Regardless of Ms. Eliza D’s reworking of the concept earlier up thread. Food blog time: I did some onions caramelized in butter, a little garlic, fried in same some parboiled potatoes, added chopped pork belly overdone roast, stirred it up and served with a flourish topped with chopped fresh tomato and garnished with blanched snow peas. The meat softened up well, and the flavours were mwah!

    I am not so hopeless after all.

  35. Cheryl

    Been a cold winter so far in Logan Mote. It reminds me of 1998 when my one and only child was born.
    Sat in a blow up swimming pool all summer whilst pregnant.

    She was born in March and it was 33 degrees bringing her home. By July we had heaters going and 2 degrees at night.

    Very similar season. Just another weather cycle really.

  36. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    He needs dropping down an abandoned mine shaft

    With you on that one. The “it’s only money” attitude gets me pretty shirty – I lost a fair amount due to the dealings of one (spit) Alan (spit) Bond (spit) with Bell Group all those years ago.

  37. calli

    Fascinating program on SBS about Olivetti Programma 101 computer, the first ‘personal computer’. Worth a lot, despite the subtitles.

    What really gets me is the footage of the World Trades Fair, 1964 in New York – the optimism even at the height of the Cold War.

  38. calli

    Fascinating program on SBS about Olivetti Programma 101 computer, the first ‘personal computer’. Worth a look, despite the subtitles.

    What really gets me is the footage of the World Trades Fair, 1964 in New York – the optimism even at the height of the Cold War.

  39. Armadillo

    From the bears link.

    Last year, the firm’s COO Cath Evans told The Lawyer that the brand has 80 per cent unprompted recognition in Australia – a target the firm aims to replicate in the UK.

    I wonder why that is? You only get one TLS (thank Christ).

  40. H B Bear

    Reference my last – Moylan is to be sentenced at a future date – prosecution has indicated they will NOT be asking for a custodial sentence.

    Piss weak. An open cheque book for swampies, GetUp and Greenpeace.

  41. calli

    That was odd…seems I have an evil twin…

  42. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Night, Motelier (pours a second Triple Wood Laphroaig – another log on the fire.)

  43. Armadillo

    I lost a fair amount due to the dealings of one (spit) Alan (spit) Bond (spit) with Bell Group all those years ago.

    Heres a chance to redeem yourself Zulu. Looks like a sound investment (smirk).

    http://au.pfinance.yahoo.com/education/investing/article/-/24436593/cynk-surges-36-000-per-cent-as-buzz-builds-for-1-employee-company/

  44. Oh come on

    What is it with the deluge of terminally unfunny comedians about these days? Case in point – that idiot who’s got a gig on the Optus ads…he’s just not funny. I suppose news.com.au readers (and journos) find him hilarious. They pick up all the signals he puts out that suggest he’s “edgy”, and guffaw appropriately, yet lack the wit to perceive there isn’t the slightest bit of humour in what he’s saying.

  45. Night, Motelier (pours a second Triple Wood Laphroaig – another log on the fire.)

    Lagavulin 16yo myself. Quiet night.
    Though no fire. The chillier-than-usual winter does mean that I don’t have to run the air con all night, though I probably will.

  46. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Armadillo, I might look like an idiot, but it’s just the way they dress me.

    Enjoy the Lagavulin, Satp

  47. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Hey, Mote. Before you go to bed, you should know that on Sunday Da Hairy Ape is making a special trip to a kitchen shop to buy us a second egg poacher for our Sydney residence (the first one is now in the beach house). They have, he tells me, improved his domestic situation considerably.

    We are all watching some tweenie, teen show on Go! before I shunt the older kids off to bed. Boys kissing girls seems to be the main theme. GLBT would surely not approve.

  48. I

    should tell you all that my ‘pulled pork’ was a triumph last night

    Funny, last time i suggested that dish i got kidney punched. No gourmands in my family.

  49. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Armadillo – going through the “personal papers”, there was a prospectus for Laurie Connell and Rothwell’s Bank. Now there’s a bullet I’m glad I dodged.

  50. Grigory M

    OCO

    “yes”

    That anaemic little tweep actually says: “Yus”

  51. kae

    Lizzie B

    If I ever travelled to Sydney I used to come back to Queensland most trips with an URTI.

    I think it was a Sydney bug that I was susceptible to because I hardly ever get them in Qld.

  52. kae

    No, GM.

    He screeches it.

  53. Enjoy your triple wood Lafroig.
    There’s a bottle of Lafroig Quarter Cask (whateve that means) on the top shelf, almost gave it a nudge, but opted for the Lagavulin.
    Had someone (a fair sized business operator, no slouch & no fool, a really sharp codger) eye the scotches on the top shelf a few days ago, asked where the single malt scotches were from, so I went over & read out the locations they are made, thinking that’s what he wanted to know. Nope, he wanted to know which country each of the scotches was from.

    He could see the big “Islay Malt” written all over the label of the first one, and declared “that isn’t anything like a Scotch word” followed by “what country is it really from? Coz scotches all have scotch type names, and that ain’t a scotch name mate!”

  54. Oh come on

    Optus would be happy with their investment knowing that it had made people talk about their ads. Problem is that they fill me with an overwhelming desire to switch to a Telstra plan.

  55. MsDolittle

    If you fly international on cattleclass you are a mug.

    Couple of sleeping tabs saves me $5,000. I am short though.

  56. they fill me with an overwhelming desire to switch to a Telstra plan.

    Omg, as a Telstra customer I urge careful consideration before any such move.

    Act in haste repent at leisure.

    I’d near recommend a pair of tin cans & a length of string before I’d recommend anybody enter the world of pain that is Telstra.

  57. Fisky

    What is it with the deluge of terminally unfunny comedians about these days?

    It’s an Australian thing. We do not have any funny comedians at all. Not one.

  58. Couple of sleeping tabs saves me $5,000. I am short though.

    For $5,000 I can even do it awake. Easiest Five Grand I’ll ever make (one way of looking at it).

    Am becoming quite parsiminous in my advancing years.

  59. Couple of sleeping tabs saves me $5,000. I am short though.

    Ms Doolittle – Business Class, try it just once you will never go near cattle again.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    the optimism even at the height of the Cold War.

    I have been reading Max Arthur’s “The Silent Day: a landmark oral history of D-Day on the Home Front”, just published. Some wonderful accounts of people taking adversity in their stride. It was another world then; everyone pulled together, no whinging. Or not much.

  61. hoppers

    I use webjet and a n other to search for business class deals back to blighty.

    May I die and moulder before I patronize wotif, or whatever that green donor site is called (You know the one).

  62. Oh come on

    The politically-minded comedians are almost exclusively hard left and intersperse “poignant” boilerplate about refugees with jokes making fun of Tony Abbott’s budgie-smugglers – and paedophile priests. These oft-repeated, exhausted japes invariably cause gasps and uproarious laughter from ABC audiences who in turn flatter themselves with the notion that their doctrinaire perspectives are somehow edgy.

  63. Oh come on

    The politically-minded comedians are almost exclusively hard left and intersperse “poignant” boilerplate about refugees with jokes making fun of Tony Abbott’s budgie-smugglers – and p@edophile priests. These oft-repeated, exhausted japes invariably cause gasps and uproarious laughter from ABC audiences who in turn flatter themselves with the notion that their doctrinaire perspectives are somehow edgy.

    Oops, forgot the spaminator doesn’t like the p word.

  64. I’m done troops, until the morrow, i bid you farewell

  65. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Premium Economy with the children, Business Class without them.
    Occasionally, parsimony sets in, and Economy will do for a shorter hop.

  66. JC

    Planes and travel..

    look it doesn’t really matter where you’re parked in the commercial jet. Front or the arse end. It’s all disgusting. The only, only way to travel is by private jet. All the other stuff doesn’t count.

  67. MsDolittle

    Ms Doolittle – Business Class, try it just once you will never go near cattle again.

    Sleepers don’t discriminate and work just as well in 1st class. Sometimes it’s about the destination rather than the journey. Habit of a lifetime. Lard arse can even sit next to me. I’ll just dribble on her.

  68. JC

    Lefties come back all is forgiven and I promise to be nice.

    Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out Thursday.

    http://news.yahoo.com/hostile-people-more-likely-suffer-stroke-214432403.html

    Hi Stephanie, how was your day old son?

  69. JC

    On second thoughts, I think I’d rather have a stroke.

    Stephanie, fuck off and go get a job.

  70. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Couple of sleeping tabs

    I like to take some of these with me, not for use on aircraft where I sleep well if left alone to do so, but for dealing with the time shifts. Useful for a day or two. However, try getting a script for these without a ‘tame’ doctor – they are all terrified you are, or are going to become, some sort of feeble-minded addicted female and suggest herbal teas or, shudder, ‘counselling’, because you must have deep-seated problems to ever have any ‘sleep issues’. Fortunately, I do have a doctor who will give an occasional script if I explain I am going upside-down time-wise and still have to function on at least two of my cylinders.

    Nannying to the extreme, imho.

  71. incoherent rambler

    Given the MSM news you would never know we have TURC.

  72. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Feeling cynical and hostile toward others may double the risk of having a stroke in middle-aged and older adults, according to a study out Thursday.

    Oh noes. All Cats here are facing an early extinction.
    We’ve just gotta stop being cynical and hostile to the likes of Gillard, Shorten, and the crew.
    No can do. We’re all doomed.

  73. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    you must have deep seated problems to ever have “sleep issues”

    If you live in rural Western Australia, you cite the drought and a run of shocking years.

  74. JC

    This is an amazing firm. It lost money only in one quarter in the crisis. Every other, Wells Fargo comes up with $5 or $6 billion net profit. They just reported this evening.

    Wells Fargo kicked off second-quarter earnings for the banks.

    The bank reported Q2 earnings per share of $US1.01. That’s right in line with consensus analyst estimates.

    The fourth largest U.S. bank was expected to report adjusted earnings per share of $US1.01, up 3% year-over-year, according to analysts polled by Bloomberg.

    Revenue for the quarter came in at $US21.1 billion, which was better than analyst estimates.

    Revenue for Q2 was expected to come in at $US20.836 billion, down 3.4% year-over-year, according to Bloomberg.

    “By continuing to serve customers we grew loans, increased deposits and deepened our relationships. Our results also reflected strong credit quality driven by an improved economy, especially the housing market, and our continued risk discipline,” Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf said in the earnings release.

    Net income of $US5.7 billion, up 4 per cent from second quarter 2013

  75. Fisky

    Left-wing comedian: TONY ABBOTT IS A FUCKING C*NT!!!!!
    Audience: BwahahahahahahahaHAAAAA!
    Left-wing comedian: TONY ABBOTT IS A P@DOPHILE PRIEST
    Audience: AHHHHHHHHHAhahahahahaHA!

    /Australian comedy act

  76. JC

    The Kenyan… a fabulously popular president.

    72% APPROVAL
    (AMONG MUSLIMS)

    http://www.politico.com/story/2014/07/poll-obama-approval-muslims-highest-108797.html

    Drudge.

  77. john constantine

    watching a bit on samoa air, where a rep of the company is explaining that because of the size of samoans, they are now selling seats by weight, dollars a kilo.

    this lets the company load the aircraft efficiently up to load limits, without putting overloads of big units on.

    [mind you samoa air aint running big planes, and aint taking off from impressive strips].

  78. Elizabeth (Lizzie) B.

    Da Hairy Ape’s done a few private (corporate) jets. He’s also done Business Class (funded ticket) with me and the kids in Premium Economy (we pay). When this happens he does have the good grace to visit us and shoo me into Business for a little break while he entertains the troops down on the reservation: I sneak in to the Elysian Fields and hope the cabin crew don’t notice. They’ve never said anything.

  79. val majkus

    This is an amazing firm. It lost money only in one quarter in the crisis. Every other, Wells Fargo comes up with $5 or $6 billion net profit. They just reported this evening.

    what does it do?

  80. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Australian comedy act

    And they get to vote? FMD

  81. kae

    Isn’t the Hunters & Collectors song about a one night stand?

  82. Most of my more exotic flying has been in Cessna 206′s and 402′s, between various tiny airstrips across PNG.

    One time we were heading back to Telefomin for the school holidays; had made it one stop away (on a good day a 15 min flight). But it wasn’t a good day. Telefomin was clouded in, and wasn’t exactly an instrumented strip. But the place we were at had no fuel, and wasn’t somewhere to spend the night. So we went off on the hope the clouds would open up and let us through. They didn’t, and the fuel situation was getting low. So the pilot took reckonings off a series of beacons and just dove down through the clouds.

    Eyes peeled for the mountain ahead of you moments, they were.

    Fortunately for everyone, he’d gotten his calcs correct and we dropped through the clouds right over the airstrip and got home safely.

  83. Mick Gold Coast QLD

    Who started this sort of stupid language:

    “The Daily Telegraph can reveal Dragons CEO Peter Doust reached out to Bennett as recently as a fortnight ago, …”

    and why? What happened to “contacted”?

  84. Leo G

    Shorty’s man Dastardly Sam Dastyari on Emma Alberici’s Lateline:-
    Shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, shemozzle, …
    Emma, she muzzle not.

  85. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    watching a bit on samoa air

    Saw an aircraft from a certain South Pacific airline land, thirty years ago. The pilot wore footie shorts and thongs.

  86. Oh come on

    Most of my more exotic flying has been in Cessna 206′s and 402′s

    I’m not sure that’s what JC had in mind when he spoke of private planes…

  87. Oh come on

    That’s not a carbon footprint…

  88. JC

    Lol…it’s the equivalent of the sun’s energy for a day…

  89. Gab

    Sorry guys but that Netanyahu speech is a hoax.

    Really? What a shame. It was a damn fine speech.

  90. JC

    OCO

    On a half serious note a former Microsoft executive developed a much cheaper version of a jet and got the price down to about $2 million which was really an achievement. It’s the Eclipse.

    If you had a license some of these fuckers are almost withing reach of the upper middle class, but they won’t fly intercontinental.

    http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/lifestyle/10-cheapest-luxury-jets/

  91. Gab

    go to Osaka and get the Shinkasen to Tokyo Kyoto

    and have a brilliant time. Btw, did you notice that Tokyo is an anagram of Kyoto? True story. :)

  92. Oh come on

    There’s only one thing that says Gaia-raping plutocrat more clearly than a Gulfstream…

  93. Gab

    Charles de Gaulle

    Merde! of an airport and where the customs guys can’t be bothered stamping your passport in or out of the country unless you plead with them.

  94. JC

    Look at the interior of one of these fuckers. You gotta laugh.

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/101193827/page/2

  95. Gab

    Look at the interior of one of these

    I WANT ONE! Any one of them will do, I’m not a snob.

  96. Oh come on

    How much does it cost to land a business jet on a secondary airport runway? What about hangar space? Ballpark.

  97. JC

    There’s only one thing that says Gaia-raping plutocrat more clearly than a Gulfstream…

    I reckon it’s the Bombardier Global Express. If you have all the money in China and wanted to say, “fuck it, I want to live like big fat Al Gore”, you can’t go past this one.

    Which reminds me, does anyone know how Al Gore snuck into Australia? I only heard he was here, because of the interview with big fat Clive. I bet he flew here by private jet.

  98. JC

    Dunno about the hangar space because some are left outside. Landing for a jet was around $2500 bucks at Heathrow at peak about 5 years if I recall correctly. So it’s possibly around that now for a secondary airport. It’s not huge bucks.

    The cost of a jet isn’t the capital cost, the real cost is the maintenance and bullshit that goes with it. You could buy say a 20 year old Lear for $2 or 3 million but maintenance is huge. That and pilot cost.

  99. Oh come on

    $2500 a landing? That’s cheaper than I thought it’d be.

    Re maintenance costs: I guess that’s why John Travolta is (was?) a Qantas ‘global ambassador’. Running that old gas-guzzling banger of a 707 would probably be beyond his otherwise substantial financial capacity.

  100. Poor Old Rafe

    I thought Wells Fargo was the US version of Cobb and Co coaches and the pony express, and they turned to financial services when the US Government took over the mail but it seems they were primarily banking and finance from the start, which was mostly in the wild west.

    http://www.wellsfargohistory.com/history/

  101. JC

    Re maintenance costs: I guess that’s why John Travolta is (was?) a Qantas ‘global ambassador’. Running that old gas-guzzling banger of a 707 would probably be beyond his otherwise substantial financial capacity.

    Yea, and I forgot fuel cost. It would probably cost 50K for a flight to the US one way just for fuel on one of those bigger jets. That’s some support for the fossil fuel industry right there :-)

  102. JC

    Did you bank with them Rafe?

  103. Mr Rusty

    Oh come on
    #1377764, posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:29 pm
    What is it with the deluge of terminally unfunny comedians about these days? Case in point – that idiot who’s got a gig on the Optus ads…he’s just not funny. I suppose news.com.au readers (and journos) find him hilarious. They pick up all the signals he puts out that suggest he’s “edgy”, and guffaw appropriately, yet lack the wit to perceive there isn’t the slightest bit of humour in what he’s saying.

    OMFG, I hate that unfunny bum lover. I remember him on that failed schoolkids show on Channel 10 a few years ago, just could not work out how he got on TV. Are his parents in showbiz or something? He’s like the SH-Y of entertainment, something we have to put up with because of the idiosyncrasies of contemporary “entertainment”, or maybe it’s the quota system…
    Every time that ad pops up with has “YAS”, I want to vomit.

  104. Oh come on

    It is a bit like that. He’s gay plus he’s socially awkward (though not in a funny Larry David Brent way) plus he has ‘quirky’ mannerisms (though these aren’t funny or even particularly quirky) = HE MUST BE A HILARIOUS COMEDIAN! Just ignore the fact that nothing he says or does is remotely amusing.

  105. Oh come on

    Which reminds me, does anyone know how Al Gore snuck into Australia? I only heard he was here, because of the interview with big fat Clive. I bet he flew here by private jet.

    Probably, but he offsets. Great, Al. So we don’t need to worry about our carbon footprints as long as we all offset our carbon emissions? That’s a feasible solution for the entire globe? No? Well, then. It’s not a solution, is it? And you’re a hypocrite, aren’t you?

    No wonder he doesn’t do interviews.

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