Wednesday Forum: August 16, 2017

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  1. Carpe Jugulum

    I think I may be suffering from ocean lassitude.

    I think you are living the dream, not always great, but you will never regret it.

  2. Pedro the Ignorant

    Stay where you are, Dr B.

    Perth has surrendered to Climate Change and is either pissing rain, freezing cold or blowing the dog off the chain.

    Watching thunderclouds on the horizon, contemplating the regularity of the waves rolling in on the beach and pondering the vagaries of the travel habits of furriner turtles is a far, far preferable way of life.

  3. Snoopy

    Monty, who wan’t in Charlottesville, claims Fields “hit the accelerator” more than a block before the crash.

    A reporter for the Alt-Right LA Times, who was there, disagrees.

    The car and its driver, hidden behind tinted windows, advanced slowly at first. [Police have since identified the driver as James A. Fields, 20, of Ohio, who was previously seen marching with Vanguard America, a fascist group.] Then, just a few feet in front of protesters, the vehicle accelerated suddenly, plowing into at least a dozen people in a gut-wrenching crash, sending bodies, shoes and personal belongings flying through the air.

    Monty caught out lying again.

    H/T notafan @ 9.13.

  4. Gab

    LOL. Thanks, Bwana! I can rest easy now all my questions have been obliging answered.

    Hope you have pants to wear on the flights back to Perth as it’s a tad chilly and windy there 🙂

  5. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Perth has surrendered to Climate Change and is either pissing rain, freezing cold or blowing the dog off the chain.

    Cold as your mother- in- laws kiss, here at the moment. “Global warming”, my ar$e.

  6. 2dogs

    Monty caught out lying again.

    Monty was all for the presumption of innocence when it involved Julia Gillard and Craig Thomson. But now he abandons that principle entirely for someone he has never met.

    Now, Gillard and Thomson had a lot of power, while Fields is a nobody. It seems Monty only abandons the presumption of innocence in order to punch down.

  7. Oh come on

    This Confederate monuments brou-ha-ha. It has really come out of nothing very, very suddenly. Suspiciously so, even. It’s been all police shootings of blacks and the rape culture. Within a week, there’s this meticulously astroturfed campaign being rolled out across the country against statues of Confederate figures and the like.

    Seems to me that the big money-backed liberal long term strategy just changed a gear.

  8. Nick

    Bruce Macavaney, what a twat.

  9. Oh come on

    What we’re seeing now would be the equivalent in some parallel universe where, after centuries of indifference, Northern Irish Catholics suddenly discover a deep and violent antipathy to Orangemen marching season when they criss-cross Ulster.

  10. C.L.

    Then, just a few feet in front of protesters, the vehicle accelerated suddenly, plowing into at least a dozen people in a gut-wrenching crash, sending bodies, shoes and personal belongings flying through the air.

    Ah.
    So he panicked about leftists bashing his car and ran over an Antifa terrorist.*
    Is that about right?
    —————-
    *Described by her father – ominously – as “passionate.”

  11. Baldrick

    sTan Grant has a new op ed on TheirABC:

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    Typical leftist victimhood tosh from an aborigine who’s done pretty well for himself, despite his hatred for this country and the opportunities it’s given him.

  12. egg_

    sTan Grant has a new op ed on TheirABC:

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    $Tan’s just ca$hing in, whitey bashing.
    Swampee Brandis will no doubt approve?

  13. Oh come on

    This is a crucial, strategic play by Soros and his crowd. It’s about toxifying and pathologising a previously resolved part of US history. A very, very important part. If the leftist rewriters of history have their way, it will be impossible to retell the Civil War with any historical accuracy. We will simply have to parrot some Disneyfied version where the Union inevitably triumphs over the knuckle-dragging Confederates (who will all live in deep Appalachia and be inbred) – led by Democrat Abraham Lincoln, played by Morgan Freeman in the upcoming Hollywood biopic.

  14. egg_

    sTan Grant has a new op ed on TheirABC:

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    Isn’t sTan just a Rich Old White Man (ROWM) with a tan?
    He’s borrowed one of Scrote’s old ray lamps?

  15. egg_

    Didn’t sTan abandon his Aboriginal wife for whitey – Uncle Tom?

  16. Pedro the Ignorant

    The statue speaks still to terra nullius and the violent rupture of Aboriginal society and a legacy of pain and suffering that endures today.

    From Baldrick’s link; sTan Grant.

    Here we fucking go. I was waiting for the first of the “celebrity” fauxborigines to start this crap here, slavishly taking their cue from their fellow travellers.

    Didn’t take long, did it?

  17. Oh come on

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    Yeah, I read Stan Grant’s piece earlier today, too. Have to say that isn’t it condescending how the ABC trots out the same token Aboriginal journalist to opine over such matters. You’d think they’d have a bit more diversity.

  18. zyconoclast

    Common Sense Voting Rights Reform (USA)

    Comrades! I’ve been thinking about how Trump stole the election this last year.

    We spent a LOT of money on the campaign. We rigged the primary so Hillary would be the uncontested candidate. We had the media operating as a campaign Fifth Column.

    And still we lost.

    How? How could the American voter, bombarded for months with the pure and sweet message of Progressive Truth, refuse to vote correctly? I can tell you in one word: Hate.

    These hateful white supremacists are so wrapped up in their hate that they cannot do anything that isn’t hateful. That includes their vote.

    We already have managed to get the courts to declare some kinds of speech “hate speech” and stripped such speech of Constitutional protection. We are currently forging ahead with the concept of the microagression, that wonderful idea that if something offends a Progressive, it is unacceptable and must punished.

    Why not take this to the next logical Progressive step and prevent hate votes as well?

    Walk with me here. Progressive causes are pure and loving and inclusive and diverse. They really cannot be opposed by anyone with a good heart. Thus anyone who does oppose them is by definition bad. Hate is bad, so these bad people are filled with hate. We can ban hate speech, so why can’t we ban hate votes?

    Let’s say that the city council in your home town has voted to remove the statue of Thomas Jefferson from a public park because Jefferson was a White Racist Slave Owner. You are a hate-filled White Supremacist who thinks (wrongly) that Jefferson made valuable contributions to the founding of the nation and penned concepts vital to human rights. In the next election you want to vote against the council members who voted to remove the statue…but the only reason you would vote against them is because you hate them for the way they voted. Thus you would be guilty of a hate vote, and your vote should be nullified.

    If you are White and vote for a White candidate in an election where there is also an African American candidate, the only possible reason for your vote is hate, so your vote should be nullified.

    If you are a male and you vote for a male candidate in an election that also has a female candidate, the only possible explanation for your vote is hate, so your vote should be nullified.

    (Please note that this does not apply to voters who vote for a candidate because they are African American or female. That would be classified as a social justice love vote and count twice as much.)

    As you can see, this would make elections both free and fair. Everybody gets to vote, so it is a free vote. Only the votes that are cast without hate would get counted, so it would be fair. Any vote against a Progressive candidate or proposition would of course be a hate vote. Any vote for a Progressive candidate of proposition would be a social justice love vote.

    We could confidently expect to win any election with a 200% majority in favor of Progressive causes under this system.

    Somebody call Maxine Waters…I think we have a winner of an idea here.

  19. rickw

    sTan Grant has a new op ed on TheirABC:

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    What a fucking wanker.

  20. egg_

    Art of the Deal co-author predicts Donald Trump is about to resign

    It must be true! Fucking wankers.

    Heavily promoted on MSN’s homepage – but Trump derangement syndrome probably pays the bills handsomely.

  21. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But surely we need no longer maintain the fiction that he “discovered” this country. It dishonours the people who reached this continent 60,000 years before Cook.

    From Baldrick’s link.

    The people who reached this country 60,000 years before James Cook? Maintain the fiction that James Cook “discovered” this country? The Dutch knew all about the west coast Of Australia 150 years before Cook. William Dampier knewl about the West coast. There was no gold, no spices, no opportunity for trade, so the Dutch weren’t interested. The Portuguese are supposed to have circumnavigated Australia, well before Cook. I’ve every respect for James Cook as a mariner, and explorer, but what James Cook did was claim the East Coast for the British Crown.

    The people who reached this country 60,000 years before James Cook, and were still living the same Stone Age culture 60,000 years later?

  22. Oh come on

    Stan really hasn’t had an interesting perspective in his entire life. He should have stuck to Channel 7’s current affairs show.

    I mean, imagine if he wasn’t Aboriginal? He’d be long buried – and deep – in the Everest-like journalistic scrapheap in this country.

  23. DrBeauGan

    Australia has gifted the Aborigines with the best of Western Civilisation, the English language and the rule of law, except in the outback enclaves where they live in squalor. It isn’t to be expected that they will be grateful, but sTan Grant bloody well should be. I don’t know how arseholes like him live with themselves.

  24. min

    Ignorant Green shaking hands with someone in a burka. Muslims not allowed to shake hands with a woman.

  25. C.L.

    First thing I learned about the Civil War in high school – and again at uni, with pointed emphasis from lecturers – was that the idea the war was a Goodies (North) Vs. Baddies (South) contest about slavery was simplistic nonsense. The very first thing you learned about the war was that. In those days, both mainstream and avowedly leftist historians rejected the moral supremacy of the Union and the purity of its motives. The insistence on this from these historians was dogmatic for two reasons: first, historical verisimilitude (which still existed as a goal); second, a shared unwillingness to see Appomattox as the beginning of liberty – any sort of racial liberty, much less one designedly sought. Now, 22 year-old ‘reporters’ and Twitter neurotics who have never read a ‘book’ tell me Old Dixie was exactly equivalent to the Third Reich. Well, it wasn’t.

  26. calli

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    How can this be possible when The Tan and pals incessantly remind us?

  27. Pedro the Ignorant

    sTan wants to tear down the Captain Cook statue in Hyde Park.

    Erected to honour one of the world’s greatest ever explorer, scientist, navigator, surveyor, chartmaker and sailor who voyaged around the known world from Canada to the Roaring Forties, added immeasurably to the world’s scientific knowledge and is honoured as such with monuments, statues and memorials around the world, not the least of which is in the foreground of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.

    sTan’s mob bent a stick and made it come back.

  28. calli

    Erected to honour one of the world’s greatest ever explorer, scientist, navigator, surveyor, chartmaker and sailor who voyaged around the known world from Canada to the Roaring Forties, added immeasurably to the world’s scientific knowledge and is honoured as such with monuments, statues and memorials around the world, not the least of which is in the foreground of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.

    Yeah. Bloody White Male Privilege. Again.

  29. Rabz

    Has anyone done a ctrl F thread search on the term “nazi”?

    m0nty, you loathsome twat – you’re not just some banal, staggeringly stupid, collectivist cockhead, you’re even worse.

    There are no nazis that exist on this planet, you faeces flinging howler monkey.

    They were extincted in 1945, you illiterate, innumerate, ahistorical imbecile.

    I made the observation about your use of the N word for a very good reason. You are trying to attract your braindead fellow howler monkey faeces flingers to this blog by continually using that term.

    You are also trying to attract the eye of your beloved government bureaucrat stasi anus explorers, you vile stupid insanely jealous knobgobbler.

    You are one of the most repulsive craven cowards to have existed in the history of this planet.

    I am ashamed that scum like you have existed in the history of this universe.

  30. duncanm

    ABC The Drum ✔ @ABCthedrum
    Are there statues, memorials etc in Australia which you think should be relocated/ renamed due to links to past racism?

    well — there’s the tree of knowledge. How about we start with that?

  31. Makka

    You are one of the most repulsive craven cowards to have existed in the history of this planet.

    Don’t be so easy going on the turd.

    The big question really is ; why is mUnty still allowed here??

  32. Rabz

    I’m not finished, yet, BTW.

  33. sTan wants to tear down the Captain Cook statue in Hyde Park.

    Captain Cook is grossly over-rated.
    Credited with discovering Australia.
    Big fucking deal.
    How could he not have discovered Australia?
    Have you seen where his cottage is?
    Fitzroy fucking gardens, that’s where.
    He walks out the front door and he’s standing in Australia.
    Back door … same.
    Climbs out the window and … you guessed it … Australia.
    Unless he stayed in bed his whole life he couldn’t help but discover Australia.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Dr. BG, Sri Lanka is a wonderful place once you hold your ticket out in your hand. You won’t ever forget how physically beautiful many of the people are, truly gorgeous women with thick black braids and golden glowing skin, and some tall, dark and interesting men alive with slightly come-hither smiles of welcome, especially around the Kandy area near where we lived, less so in the lowlands. We caught the train up when we first arrived and I was overtaken with the sheer beauty of the place and people as I gazed from the window running from side to side for a better view. All that faded as life in the third world became a reality. But when you’re about the leave it, it all comes back, the wonder and on-going sense of sway, a sort of grace, in the myriad of people everywhere, moving along in the slow processes of daily life wherever you look. I didn’t know then that such desultriness it meant no-one ever put real elbow grease into cleaning. 🙂

    Have you had a proper SL breakfast yet? Kirribat – a sort of compressed coconut rice with left-over cold curry as a condiment, and that special brown crumbly sweet stuff which I think is made from coconut sap and sugar cane. And the small fried Maldi-fish, crisp and yummy. Eat up! We were in East Perth overlooking the river for two days a few months ago. Stayed at the old Hiatt where you might enjoy the trio of elephants in the foyer as a final farewell to Lanka. You can get a good rate for a high floor with great river views and club access (brekky and evening drinks with nice nibblies), which was all very pleasant as an end to our Kimberley trip. Always good to be let down from an excellent trip with a nice few days at the end. Will you be glad to be back, and what plans then? Lots to tell Spiky anyway.

    I am currently reading up on Gaughan in preparation for Tahiti. He was quite crazy, but interesting.

  35. Des Deskperson

    ‘America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.’

    two points:

    (1) Why is an opinion piece the third item on the ABC ‘news’ site??

    (2) According to page 3 of Volume 1 of ‘A History of Australia’ by one ‘C. M.H. Clarke, the first inhabitants of Australia were ‘the Negrito people’ who were replaced by ‘the Murryains,.. who either destroyed the Negritos …or drove them south’. If we agree with Stan, then clearly one of the first thing we need to do is discredit, dump and generally erase from library, bookshelves, websites and memory, the works of Manning Clark.

  36. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Australia has gifted the Aborigines with the best of Western Civilisation, the English language and the rule of law, except in the outback enclaves where they live in squalor. It isn’t to be expected that they will be grateful, but sTan Grant bloody well should be. I don’t know how arseholes like him live with themselves.

    The whisky and the mood for black mischief (no pun intended) is upon me. Here’s a challenge for Stan Grant. We’ll turn the clock back to 1769. Bring a few of your fellow travelers. We’ll drop you somewhere in remote Australia, with your spears, possum skin cloak and a few dogs. Oh, and a dead kangaroo- suitably aged . We’ll drop you near a waterhole. We’ll light a fire before the chopper leaves. No mobile phone, no emergency beacon, no matches, no first aid kit, no whitefella technology whatsoever. No camera crew, nothing. You won’t be told when the white fella will be back to collect you – in fact nobody will care if you live or die..

  37. rickw

    Aboriginals claim to fame is that no culture or society has done less in 60,000 years.

    If you are horrified by living conditions in Aboriginal communities, then you are horrified by traditional Aboriginal living.

    Little wonder they wholeheartedly surrendered to escape the harshness and squalor of their traditional life.

  38. Stimpson J. Cat

    Ignorant Green shaking hands with someone in a burka. Muslims not allowed to shake hands with a woman.

    I almost got lynched in India at a wedding trying to kiss a Muslim grandma.
    It was an innocent mistake.

    😁

  39. rickw

    I almost got lynched in India at a wedding trying to kiss a Muslim grandma.
    It was an innocent mistake.

    Where did you try and kiss her?

  40. Caveman

    sTan Grant has a new op ed on TheirABC:

    America tears down its racist history, we ignore ours.

    So he’s thinkin about takin down the Big Banana.

  41. Stimpson J. Cat

    sTan’s mob bent a stick and made it come back.

    Ahem.
    Of course you mean the world’s first robot dog.

  42. zyconoclast

    Marxist group disbands because members were too rich, white

    A Marxist student group at Swarthmore College disbanded itself earlier this year after realizing that its members were too rich and too white to be real commies.
    A farewell letter from a former member complains that the group’s founders were “entirely white, with the exception of one person of color,” and that none of them came from “low-income and/or working class backgrounds.”

  43. dopey

    Stan cared so much he lived overseas for 16 years.

  44. Stimpson J. Cat

    Where did you try and kiss her?

    I was going in for a hug as I am very friendly, and I thought I’d try my luck with a kiss as well for luck, but she recoiled like I was a hideous agile white manmonkey trying to steal her best bananas.
    She had apparently never been touched by another man except her husband.
    How quaint.

  45. rickw

    The big question really is ; why is mUnty still allowed here??

    To save people the trouble of exploring the interweb for themselves to find out how fucking dumb lefties are?

  46. Haidee

    Ought one pose the question – could ‘trolls’ be on the payroll?
    This monty draws a lot of attention.
    He’s more popular than S J.Cat …
    .

    “no one will care” Stan

  47. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    First thing I learned about the Civil War in high school – and again at uni, with pointed emphasis from lecturers – was that the idea the war was a Goodies (North) Vs. Baddies (South) contest about slavery was simplistic nonsense.

    I don’t have an exact quote, but it was Abraham Lincoln who said that if he could preserve the Union, by freeing all the slaves he would, If he could preserve the Union by not freeing a single slave, then he would. I’d be obliged to any Cat who can post the exact quote.

  48. Rabz

    the group’s founders were “entirely white, with the exception of one person of color,” and that none of them came from “low-income and/or working class backgrounds.”

    Yet another example of staggering m0ntyesque hypocrisy.

    At least “the group” had the decency to recognise the almost indescribable idiocy of their actions and bring the preposterous farce to a long overdue end before it collapsed under the weight of its myriad absurdities.

    These people are insane.

  49. DrBeauGan

    I’m immune to come hither smiles from blokes, Lizzie. If I’ve been getting them I haven’t even noticed.

    Third world poverty is man in his natural state, and overcharging understandable. Spiky said she was astonished I haven’t been robbed, so I explained that I got robbed every day. Mama’s charges 400 rupees for a bottle of diet coke. The bloke operating the deli down the road charges 80. Last night, a lobster dinner plus a revolting Chilean Chardonnay cost 15,000 rupees.

    But as carpe said, I’m living the dream. Not even the Australian government can steal memories, and I’ve collected some good ones.

    I’ve stayed at the Hyatt and used to dine there back in the days when you could follow your meal with a Havana cigar and a waiter in white gloves would light it for you. But that was long ago and in another country.

  50. egg_

    Erected to honour one of the world’s greatest ever explorer, scientist, navigator, surveyor, chartmaker and sailor who voyaged around the known world from Canada to the Roaring Forties, added immeasurably to the world’s scientific knowledge and is honoured as such with monuments, statues and memorials around the world, not the least of which is in the foreground of the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, England.

    The Aborigines didn’t circumnavigate the globe in a bark canoe?

  51. Rabz

    cost 15,000 rupees

    Bluddee hell, Doc – they’ll be charging you eleventy gazillion rupees next time if you let your gourd* down.

    Come on back home. It’s finally warming up and you’ve proved* that you can live among savages.

    *Deliberate
    **For reasons that escape me

  52. egg_

    Stan cared so much he lived overseas for 16 years.

    Not Europe, surely?

  53. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    oops. Should proof read, there are a few typos in there. Failure due to being absolutely exhausted organising everything for Hairy and me to get away next week, talking to schools, bringing in Mrs. Mum and Big Sis on duty etc. Plus it has been a trying evening with the children, involving lots of driving, cooking, supervising and making sure they don’t destroy this week’s new tiling around the place before it is properly set and gets sealed and declared walkable. Travertine marble is very smart, but I suspect cleaning and maintaining it is going to be arduous and require specialists. Probably should’ve gone to Specsavers and not chosen the stuff that is full of little holes; from Turkey, thus my own little piece of Anatolia.

  54. BrettW

    The Drum covered memorials in Oz. Macquarie was mentioned as was the founder of Townsville (Towns).

    I note Stan mentioned having Aboriginal names on the Wall of Remembrance. I wonder how many names he is going to expect ? Do we then include whites killed by Aboriginals ?

    Last time I was in the National Museum ACT it was big on Aboriginal culture / history. No reason why they can’t install a list of names there.

  55. Mark A

    DrBeauGan
    #2473212, posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    Last night, a lobster dinner plus a revolting Chilean Chardonnay cost 15,000 rupees.

    $123.55 AUD??? In SL, in a no star hotel??
    Surely you jest?

  56. Baldrick

    Haidee
    #2473201, posted on August 18, 2017 at 10:56 pm
    Ought one pose the question – could ‘trolls’ be on the payroll?
    This monty draws a lot of attention.
    He’s more popular than S J.Cat …

    Jealous Septimus he gets more attention than you?

  57. egg_

    Ought one pose the question – could ‘trolls’ be on the payroll?
    This monty draws a lot of attention.

    Sponsored by Krispy Kremes?

  58. areff

    DeltaA: glad to be of service.

  59. Rabz

    could ‘trolls’ be on the payroll?

    Given that a certain Perfesser is running them all, yes.

  60. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Captain Cook was the son of a poor agricultural labourer; an up by his bootstraps success story, a magnificent navigator and sea captain, rising through the ranks of one of the most staid institutions of the 18th century, the Royal Navy. He lead the way for others to emerge too, right out of the days when many aristocrats still thought that educating clever boys beyond the ‘estate’ of their birth was somehow treasonous.

    No-one could be more deserving of a statue or monument in Australia.

  61. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I note Stan mentioned having Aboriginal names on the Wall of Remembrance. I wonder how many names he is going to expect ? Do we then include whites killed by Aboriginals ?

    In a culture with no written language, how are those names recorded?

    “How many names is he going to expect?” Um, there have been incidents of “maybe two,maybe three hundred of our people shot and burnt” that were fully investigated, and found to be nothing more than stories “that my Nanna told me.” What burden of proof will be required?

    “Whites killed by Aboriginals” Good idea. Look up “Cullien La Ringo” and “Hornet Bank” some time.

  62. DrBeauGan

    Rabz
    #2473216, posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:09 pm
    cost 15,000 rupees

    Bluddee hell, Doc – they’ll be charging you eleventy gazillion rupees next time if you let your gourd* down.

    Come on back home. It’s finally warming up and you’ve proved* that you can live among savages.

    Today’s four egg tomato omelette, chicken soup and glass of fruit juice should come to around 2,000 rupees, Rabz.

    The natives are less savage than m0nty and sTan Grant. Friendly and much better manners. I ran into the lady who usually serves me breakfast this evening, recognisable by a missing front tooth, and she gave me a lovely smile and said ‘hello’, while surrounded by her friends or relatives. Maybe she is hoping for a big tip. I was planning one anyway.

    ZK2A tells a different story about the weather, and his agrees with other reports from WA..I am not returning until the schedule says I have to. Why quit paradise early? Well, it’s not quite paradise, paradise would have Havana cigars. But close. 😁

  63. Stimpson J. Cat

    He’s more popular than S J.Cat …

    More popular than an agile unconventionally attractive bald man with serious mental illness.
    Winning.

    😁

  64. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy watching two ‘early’ Bond movies tonight, interspersed with the footie.
    They are really very silly. I sit here blogging keeping him company. He likes that.
    Thanks also to whoever above kaiboshed the Hamstead movie.
    I was being pressured to join some girlfriends to see it on Tuesday.
    Saved the bother now, and the much needed time.

  65. Haidee

    I think dot might appreciate the new name that Robert Mc has given him; it’s respectful.
    “Ought” is quite dignified.
    It can’t be denied that dot is very, very clever; although a pain in the arse (as clever people often are).
    Yes.
    dot Ought to be flattered. And it makes him look taller

  66. Rabz

    I stand corrected, Bwana, Enjoy.

  67. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    No-one could be more deserving of a statue or monument in Australia.

    I’ve seen his monument in Whitby, Yorkshire. I’m looking at the monument, and got asked (translated into English, from a Yorkshire accent) “I haven’t seen you before, you aren’t from these parts, are you?”

    “Nah, mate, not me. A bit further out.”

  68. Dr. BeauGan: Does your itinerary include a dinner at the Taprobana Resort? (apparently at Galle?)

  69. Haidee

    Everyone knows you’ve got wavy black hair

  70. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Show now on about Battle of Long Tan. We went there when we went to Vietnam around 2011. It has become even more popular now. This show on History Channel is interesting to us both, having been there. But I must get to bed. Hairy can record it for me. Just letting other Cats know it is on.

  71. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Hairy just corrected me. It was in 2013 we did Vietnam. 2011 was Borneo, and Sandakan memorial.
    I am hopeless remembering it all, times and dates. I do remember places well though.

  72. rickw

    Their parents may have been stunted by lack of nutrition, but the kids we got were well fed and went on to better things.

    I’m not sure the importation of Europeans who had just contributed to wrecking their homelands to varying degrees was a great thing for Australia in the longer term. Same applies to current day homeland wrecking immigrants.

  73. DrBeauGan

    Mark A
    #2473220, posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:21 pm
    DrBeauGan
    #2473212, posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:04 pm
    Last night, a lobster dinner plus a revolting Chilean Chardonnay cost 15,000 rupees.

    $123.55 AUD??? In SL, in a no star hotel??
    Surely you jest?

    Fraid not. It was the Chardonnay tipped it past the reasonable. Wine is expensive here. The lobster was big and well cooked. I’m going back to omelettes mostly from now on..

    This isn’t Mama’s, it’s a little restaurant down the road from there.

    Just got the bill for fruit juice, a good soup and a four egg tomato omelette: 1793 rupees. I just managed to pay it, must buy some more money tomorrow..

  74. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    “Jeremiah Was A Bullfrog” by Three Dog Night is a song of great significance to me. I discovered alcohol, at the Senior High School Ball, to the stains of that song, and shortly afterwards, it was suggested that I was not suited to an academic career.

  75. Pedro the Ignorant

    No-one could be more deserving of a statue or monument in Australia.

    Hear, hear, Lizzie.

    “Captain” James Cook was one of the Royal Navy’s officers who was dragged up “through the hawsehole”. He was officially a Lieutenant, Master and Commander, but was never made “post” (confirmed in his rank as a Captain).
    The term “Captain” was an honorific for the officer in charge of a vessel, regardless of official rank.

    Any study of Cook’s history will reveal a man with limited formal education, but incredible scholarly ability and with the drive and ambition to succeed in his profession, despite the class distinction of the 18th century that dominated the Royal Navy, where preference and connections were far more important than seamanship, competence or ability.

    Most Australians have no idea of Cook’s early surveys and mapping of Newfoundland, Canada, his small craft surveys of the St Lawrence River under fire from the French artillery, his first voyage to the Pacific and precise navigation before the chronometer was perfected, his study of the transit of Venus, the list goes on.

    His maps of the coastlines of Pacific islands, New Zealand and the East coast of Australia were so accurate they can still be used for maritime navigation today, well into the era of GPS navigation.

    The more I read into the background and achievements of James Cook, the more I respect and admire him.

    Yet, sTan Grant wants to pull down his statue in Hyde Park because “racist”.

    We regress as a country.

  76. dopey

    Trump: Make America great again.
    mOnty: O dear, O dear.
    Trump: Stop the illegals.
    mOnty: O dear, O dear.
    Trump: I’ll deal with North Korea.
    mOnty: O dear, O dear.
    Trump: Who is that up the back saying ‘O dear, O dear?
    mOnty: mOnty from down under.
    Trump: Shut up mOnty, you are rake news.
    mOnty: O dear, O dear.

  77. DrBeauGan

    Salvatore at the Pub
    #2473237, posted on August 18, 2017 at 11:41 pm
    Dr. BeauGan: Does your itinerary include a dinner at the Taprobana Resort? (apparently at Galle?)

    Didn’t know about it, satp. I’ll look into it. Thanks.

  78. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Hairy just corrected me. It was in 2013 we did Vietnam.

    The Memsahib, and I lobbed into Ha Noi, the day after the hero of the revolution, Vo Nuygen Giap, Ho Chi Minh’s right hand man, died. It was an interesting place to be. We stayed at the Metropole Hotel – the grand old lady of Ha Noi, and I kept my mouth shut about how the French paratrooper officers had had a night out there, before they jumped into Dien Bien Phu, from where so very few returned.

  79. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    We stayed at the Metropole too, Zulu. One of the loveliest hotels in the old style. Excellent French restaurant there too. I lost a diamond earring at the entrance to it waiting for a driver; I didn’t fix the clasp properly. I still wonder if it is sitting under the edge of a pot plant somewhere there. If not, I hope it went to someone who might benefit from it.

  80. egg_

    Trump: Who is that up the back saying ‘O dear, O dear?
    mOnty: mOnty from down under.
    Trump: Shut up mOnty, you are rake news.
    mOnty: Donut forsake me…

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