Wednesday Forum: December 27, 2017

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  1. Infidel Tiger

    From the ads for the new series Romper Stomper it looks to be all about awful white people trying to blow up mosques and shock jocks encouraging them to do so.

    It’s exactly the TV series Australia has been crying out for.

  2. Motelier

    Phew.

    Missed the reserves bench for once.

  3. Pete of Perth

    Did not know it was wednesday. Thanks for the time check.

  4. Bruce in WA

    TopEnder (from the old fred): One of the advantages of being Managing Editor of a publishing company was that I could insist on hanging hyphens (pre- or post-1945). Buwahahaha—the power.

  5. Joe

    Don’t watch James Bond anymore. Haven’t since the end of the Brosnan era. May be true to the original material, but it I want to watch Bourne films I will – not made over Bourne films with a Bond flavour.
    By the same token Moonraker was the weakest bond film as it was a rip off of Star Wars and even that was heaps better than the angst laden over the top emotion BS of the Craig era.

  6. PK

    How about the tax free status of employees of the UN and agencies?

  7. Motelier

    Only reserves from this point on.

  8. Top Twenty

    And this joint still has that new car smell too.

  9. Myrddin Seren

    What is the Bataille de Jour at Le Chat ?

  10. Boambee John

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Cultural appropriation!

  11. Pete of Perth
    #2594509, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Did not know it was wednesday. Thanks for the time check.

    It’s Wednesday? Curse you Asahi Brewing Company, your tasty beveridges had made the time pass too quick.

  12. Pete of Perth

    In Singapore visiting feuding relatives. This time the govt has decided to run a security campaign… posters plasted everywhere extolling secure Singapore etc. On the MRT they have short films advising what to in a terror attack. The bad guy featured is a hoody wearing whitey. I still wonder why Sg hasn’t featured in the jihadi greatest hits with such a large population of Muslims. The govt must have the imams by the balls. Going to Orchard rd today for to eat dancing crab… I’ll keep an eye out for diversity bollards.

  13. Delta A

    Too good to leave on the old thread:

    Steve of Kenmore
    #2594505, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:34 am
    We good ones are all taken.

    Like parking spaces in a shopping centre, all the good ones are taken, those left are handicapped.

  14. Motelier

    And this joint still has that new car smell too.

    Only until some fool like googlary/rae/septimus sh1ts on the nice new leather seats.

  15. egg_

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    We already have the delicious gals from the Tomb Raider genre, luv.

  16. Jo Smyth

    They need to make the next James Bond a woman, just to prove what an abject failure it would be.

  17. Joe

    We already have the delicious gals from the Tomb Raider genre, luv.

    Not to mention Buffy et al.

  18. Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    And in breaking News Bruce Jenner to play the lead in the “”Power Puff Girls Movie – Trannies on Parade”

  19. Boambee John

    MV at 1134

    You can’t successfully do both, John.
    Success in the HoR requires doing preference deals, presumably with the Lieborals.
    Success in the Senate requires burning all others, especially the Lieborals.

    Apart from Custard, I’m not sure any posters here are in a position to do preference deals. The discussion has largely about what we, as individuals, can do (at least as I read it). Hence your comment about posters here voting Lieboral because at least they aren’t Labor.

  20. egg_

    I’ll keep an eye out for diversity bollards.

    “Dancing with the Cars”.

  21. Arky

    top emotion BS of the Craig era.

    ..
    Daniel Craig.
    Worst Bond ever.
    Probably worse than even whatever black lesbian quadraplegic muslim they pick next.

  22. Joe

    They need to make the next James Bond a woman, just to prove what an abject failure it would be.

    And to kill off the franchise. The only way to resurrect it would be for JB to take on the mad mullas.

  23. Motelier

    And to kill off the franchise. The only way to resurrect it would be for JB to take on the mad mullas.

    Sorry, but too late, it has been done.

    Taken franchise.

  24. Arky

    Probably the next bond will be a transexual epileptic.
    Won’t need xer martinis shaken.

  25. Joe

    True, and thinking about it, JB always has gorgeous scantily clad women and that would be verboten in a mad mulla movie.

  26. Infidel Tiger

    Daniel Craig is a knob jockey in real life but a fantastic Bond. His Bond is closer to Fleming’s vision than the poncey Brosnan and Moore versions.

    Daniel Craig revived a failed franchise.

  27. Arky

    The romantic interest in the next Bond movie will be a female to male transexual called Pussy No More.

  28. Bruce of Newcastle

    Volcanic temper.

    New Zealand’s Mount Taranaki to become a ‘legal personality’

    Mount Taranaki in New Zealand is to become the third landmark in the country to become a legal personality in its own right.

    The dormant volcano, which is thought be New Zealand’s most frequently climbed mountain, follows in the footsteps of the Whanganui River, which earlier this year became a legal personality.

    The move comes after the government signed a legal agreement with the eight Maori tribes, or ‘iwi’ of Taranaki, who will share joint guardianship for the mountain.

    The status effectively means that if someone abuses or harms it, it is the same as harming the tribe.

    How do you hurt a volcano? Maybe by watching her intimate moments, which you can do on her very own webcam.

  29. lotocoti

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Sure.
    Don’t bother with a new franchise, just kill off an old one.

  30. Infidel Tiger

    Flinders Street car attack: two men still fighting for their lives

    Thta’s all very well, but let us not lose sight that a refugee now has no car.

  31. Pete of Perth

    JB cracking onto burka clad chicks. It would be a Russian Roulette take on lucky dip

  32. notafan

    Black Audi in Point Cook

    Be interesting to see who the driver and passenger were

    So sorry for the innocent women in the other car

    A witness on Palmers Rd, who did not wish to be named, said she was sitting at the bus stop when a black car sped past.

    “They were going so fast, I only had a second to step back from the road, I was so taken by surprise,” she said.

    “Seconds later, I heard a crash. I thought the driver was doing a stunt manoeuvre at the time it happened. They came over on to the right side of the road.”

    Three people killed in Melbourne in Christmas Eve crash

  33. Rae

    Daniel Craig.
    Worst Best Bond ever.

    FIFY.

  34. stackja

    Pete of Perth
    #2594526, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:49 am

    Chewing gum banned?

  35. notafan

    Thta’s all very well, but let us not lose sight that a refugee now has no car

    Yes and another one is very upset about her son’s drug problem.

  36. cohenite

    Boambee John

    #2594522, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:47 am

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Cultural appropriation!

    Jaimee le Bond? What a bunch of bullshit. Still, big stupid arnie played a sheila in Junior. But really this whole mixing of superheroes and their genders is summed up here:

  37. notafan

    The good thing for the refugees is that they have two other late model SUVs and a big boat.

    Something to cling on to in terrible times

  38. md

    Yet another example of what the Left have done to Britain … and pretty much every Western country:
    Boxing Day CHAOS: Thugs clash in front of horrified shoppers in Stratford Westfield City

  39. Nick

    Strangely prescient;

    The Wind Cries Mary
    Jimi Hendrix

    After all jacks are in their boxes
    And the clowns have all gone to bed
    You can hear happiness staggering on down the street
    Footprints dressed in red
    And the wind whispers Mary
    A broom is drearily sweeping
    Up the broken pieces of yesterday’s life
    Somewhere a queen is weeping
    Somewhere a king has no wife
    And the wind, it cries Mary
    The traffic lights they turn a blue tomorrow

  40. cohenite

    Daniel Craig.
    Worst Best Bond ever.

    FIFY.

    Nah; as someone said above, he introduced the angst crap. Anyway he’s too short; he only comes up to Sean Connery’s dick, non-erect.

  41. stackja

    Car crashes into Point Cook house
    Chanel Kinniburgh, Herald Sun
    December 27, 2017 7:56am
    Subscriber only
    A YOUNG driver has been taken to hospital after her car ploughed into the side of a house in Melbourne’s west early this morning.

    Emergency services were called to the a double story home in Featherbrook Drive, Point Cook shortly after 3am.

    Leo the property manager of the house looks at the damage

  42. notafan

    Now that really is a car hole

  43. Zatara

    Anyone else still sweeping for mines?

  44. Infidel Tiger

    Nah; as someone said above, he introduced the angst crap.

    Bond was full of angst.

    Craig’s Bond needs to smoke more however.

  45. stackja

    Accused Flinders St driver Saeed Noori faces court
    Padraic Murphy, Herald Sun
    6 minutes ago
    SAEED Noori appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court today charged with 18 counts of attempted murder following last week’s Flinders Street incident.

    The 32-year-old was placed behind protective glass and stared at the floor for the duration of the short hearing.
    Defence lawyer Tass Antos said Mr Noori needed to be assessed for mental impairment and that his fitness to plead may be an issue.

    Magistrate John Hardy remanded Mr Noori in custody to reappear in May.

  46. Makka

    Melbourne was always going to be a dead rubber.

  47. Baldrick

    60th Battalion A.I.F

    Wrigley, Hugh (1891–1980)
    On 17 August 1914 Wrigley enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force as a staff sergeant and was allotted to 3rd Brigade headquarters. He served at Gallipoli from April 1915 and was made temporary warrant officer in October. Commissioned on 20 February 1916 in Egypt, he was posted to the 59th Battalion. In June he was promoted lieutenant and sent to France as adjutant of the 60th Battalion. For his ‘gallant leadership’ at the battle of Fromelles (19 July), during an attack on enemy trenches in which he was severely wounded, he was awarded the Military Cross. He spent two months in hospital in England and was promoted captain in November. Rejoining the 60th Battalion in January 1917, he resumed duty as adjutant in May.
    Wrigley transferred to the Indian Army in July and joined the 6th Rajputana Rifles as a second lieutenant. He took part in campaigns in Afghanistan (1919), Iraq (1920-21) and Waziristan (1922) as a captain before returning to Australia in 1922.

  48. Arky

    Tigger, you are even more wrong about Bond than you were about Trump.
    This is because you are again missing the point.
    Moore was the uber Bond.
    Moore took a miserable pulp fiction character and turned it into the essential English gentleman spy.
    Unflappable.
    Even when about to get his todger lasered off, still able to muster a bon mot.
    Every other Bond played it the wrong way.

  49. Baldrick

    Rae
    #2594549, posted on December 27, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Fuck off Robbie 1234

  50. Nick

    Even when about to get his todger lasered off, still able to muster a bon mot.

    You just know that a future Bond will willingly laser their todger off.

  51. JohnA

    Delta A #2594527, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Too good to leave on the old thread:

    Steve of Kenmore #2594505, posted on December 27, 2017 at 11:34 am
    We good ones are all taken.

    Like parking spaces in a shopping centre, all the good ones are taken, those left are handicapped.

    Ah, nicely ambiguous:
    Can be read as either
    “those which are left are handicapped”
    or
    “those who are left are handicapped”

  52. Infidel Tiger

    Even when about to get his todger lasered off, still able to muster a bon mot.

    Those ridiculous bon mots were the worst part of every movie.

    Bond was a man, not some dandy.

  53. cohenite

    Moore took a miserable pulp fiction character and turned it into the essential English gentleman spy.
    Unflappable.
    Even when about to get his todger lasered off, still able to muster a bon mot.

    That was big Sean:

  54. C.L.

    I recall reading the production honchos were thinking about casting the black dude who plays Luther in the British crime show as James Bond.

    Yes, we’d be expected to un-remember the canonical back-story about Bond being the orphaned son of hereditary Scottish land-owners.

  55. Daniel Craig.
    Worst Best Bond ever

    They turned his nuts into smashed avocado in his first movie, so the lady interests on every movie since are clearly fake.

  56. Jo Smyth

    Now that Pres. Trump, our Saviour, has signed an Executive Order blocking the property and assets of people who are involved in serious Human Rights abuse and corruption and as the list maninly involves people closely involved with the Clinton Foundation, what next? The boss of Google has already moved on. Will people be prosecuted or will they be allowed to quietly disappear? I reckon one of the main reasons Trump ran for the Presidency was to get at these low life. I hope they are named and shamed to the full extent.

  57. Infidel Tiger

    Yes, they will have to completely erase the Skyfall story for black Bond.

  58. calli

    Yes, we’d be expected to un-remember the canonical back-story about Bond being the orphaned son of hereditary Scottish land-owners.

    The Black Douglas?

  59. Nick

    The Black Douglas

    The Afro-Caribbean Hebrides

  60. Marcus

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Great idea. As her first mission, the female Bond has to recover MI6’s top-secret Plutonium-Loaded Oceanic Transporter (P.L.O.T) which was last seen in the PM’s Office and was unaccountably lost by the current occupant.

  61. Tom

    Defence lawyer Tass Antos said Mr Noori needed to be assessed for mental impairment and that his fitness to plead may be an issue.

    Amnesty courtesy of Dickhead Dan’s Islamic State caliphate.

    Jihadis and JBs, please thank Liars attorney-general and judiciary stacker Rob Hulls (1999-2010) for your Get Out of Jail Free card.

    Under the next federal Liars regime, country shoppers in the Australian replacement population program need not use the risky nautical method: they will be arriving express with full wifi, all meals and an Australian Border Force welcome via Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

  62. Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Because feminism is all about copying existing masculine roles.

  63. Infidel Tiger

    It’s time we saw more women in gay pron too.

  64. notafan

    Because feminism is all about copying existing masculine roles.

    Isn’t it just?

    Taking over the patriarchy one male role at a time

    Then crying a lot because too hard

  65. John Constantine

    Headlines.

    Their high court of Australia demands increased Security.

    For themselves.

    Being hellbent on the mass importation of replacements for the proles they despise, they are now nervous that the ordinary Australian is becoming aware that our elites are committed to deindustrialise, balkanize and economically genocide our country.

    The elites demand the proles be taxed to pay for the continued unchanged lifestyle of their high court circuit.

    As our country burns.

  66. Arky

    Moore was given some of the most stupid Bond scripts and made them almost watchable.
    If they had given him From Russia With Love most of you would not even have heard of Connery.

  67. C.L.

    ‘fan, nice Benedict post earlier.
    Good heavens, what a saint.
    Makes you contemplate one’s own wretched self. Room for improvement – to say the very least.

  68. Bruce in WA

    Daniel Craig is a knob jockey in real life but a fantastic Bond. His Bond is closer to Fleming’s vision than the poncey Brosnan and Moore versions.

    There has only ever been one Bond — Sean Connery when he was younger. As big a knob as he is in real life, he was the quintessential Bond. Fleming described Bond as “That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow … there was something a bit cruel in the mouth, and the eyes were cold”. This is how a commissioned artist visualised Bond; no Moore or Craig there.

    At his tiredest and most harassed and unkempt, Brosnan was pretty bloody good too.

  69. C.L.

    Makes one contemplate one’s own wretched self.

  70. C.L.

    That black hair falling down over the right eyebrow …

    Apparently Connery was wearing a hair piece by Thunderball.
    Craig is good; the body beautiful thing, however, is un-canonical.
    As if Fleming’s Bond would spend any time pumping iron.

  71. John Constantine

    Their high court are of course feeling threatened by literally Nazi clinging racists, who deny the reality that the craven capitulation conventions have already been signed, and all outposts of colonialist racism where English is spoke must Babel from now on in non racist tongues.

    Comrades.

  72. Mike of Marion

    Jo Smyth
    #2594576, posted on December 27, 2017 at 12:47 pm

    I reckon Trump is going to go full bore to get that treasonous No 2 in the FBI – McCabe

  73. 132andBush

    The Gunfighter, a ballet of death

    “That music, seems kinda ominous, don’t it?”

  74. JC

    Hasn’t been occurring through breeding programs since man jumped on a horse?

    Genetically engineered horses designed to be faster, stronger and better jumpers will be born in 2019 after a breakthrough by the same laboratory which clones polo ponies.

    Scientists in Argentina successfully used a powerful DNA editing technique called Crispr to rewrite the genomes of cloned horses.

    Healthy embryos were produced following the procedure, which the researchers plan to implant into a surrogate mother within two years.

    The team focussed on boosting the myostatin gene sequence which is crucial to muscle development, endurance and speed.

    Theoretically, animals designed in such a way should be able to run faster, for longer, and jump higher more easily.

    Traditionally the same traits would be achieved by breeding animals which already exhibited desirable features. But it can take many generations to develop a beneficial trait.

  75. mizaris

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    Because Britain has nothing else for her to worry her sweet little head about.

  76. Dr Fred Lenin

    Red Cross appealing for more money to help the wives and kids of islamofascist terrorists in Myanmar ,the West supports the families ,the arabs supply the men with arms and ammo . Another item Trump reduces u.n. Comtribution by $280.000000,cites wasteful spending as reason sets a precedent to us with our stupid polliemuppets , government spending ruses by 5 per cent Politicians and public service wages and perks fall by 20% ? That might work.

  77. Marcus

    In other much more sensible news, Stuart Broad finally looks like he gives a damn and England have fought their way to a tight contest. 9-327 at the moment, Warner, Smith and Shaun Marsh in the runs, and a lot of profit to be had bowling half-trackers aiming for the drag-on for the quicks.

  78. C.L.

    If you missed Lady Lucan discussing her life with Lord Lucan on SBS last night, dial it up.
    It’s pretty interesting.
    Lucan was a fascinating rogue.
    Cubby Broccoli wanted to cast him as Bond – and is said to have been influenced by his gambler’s persona.
    The revelation for me was Lady Lucan. What a piece of work. Her own three children have refused to see her for 35 years.
    The Lord’s son is a very successful financier, funnily enough.

  79. Tom

    Australia all out three hundy and summink, caught at short leg by public expectation.

  80. EvilElvis

    I’ll throw my hat in the ring here. My partner, a mad bond fan, and I have gone through the box set in chronological order. Timothy Dalton, brilliant. Perfect for the time. Same with Moore and Craig, completely different but perhaps period correct. After Dalton we are battling to get through the Pierce years, he is a shite actor trying to be a bit Timmy and a bit Moore without doing either great. Connery was ok, the man they had to have with a bit of star pull, didn’t quite nail it though, but much closer than Pierce.

    2 cents…

  81. DrBeauGan

    Just made $500 buying aud against usd, JC.

  82. Ivan Denisovich

    Connery was comfortably the best Bond and From Russia With Love the best Bond movie.

  83. max

    The Church of Sweden has decided to abandon the opening greeting used in its services ‘In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’.

    They want a gender-neutral expression and have opted for ‘In the Name of the God of the Trinity’.

    Islam says God does not have a Son. Sounds like they’re on the same page.

  84. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Black Audi in Point Cook
    Be interesting to see who the driver and passenger were

    I told Hairy that the black ones had a bad reputation.
    He wouldn’t listen even when I said I might be mistaken for a drug dealer’s moll.
    A black Q5 or Q7 is da typical workhorse car around here, he said. (Which is true.)
    You are not at risk of being mistaken for anyt’ing other than a local housewife, he assures me.
    Rats. There’s not much drama in that, just being the kids’ taxi driver and shopping transit. 🙂

  85. cohenite

    There has only ever been one Bond — Sean Connery when he was younger

    Correct. In Dr No and From Russia he was as tough as nails; the fight scene with Robert Shaw is still the best in the Bond genre:

  86. Up The Workers!

    “Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future…”

    Well, there’s certainly no shortage of candidates.

    Most of the blokes in her Front Bench are Old Women (and her Test cricket team, for that matter!)

    The only way the pommy Test touring team could be assured of a Root, was to bring their own. Onya Joe – now there’s a bloke who would bend over backwards for his team (or vice-versa).

  87. Go over to the NEM site to watch PSRSA & PSRV teeter on the edge of blackouts…

  88. herodotus

    Agree Bruce of WA re the young Connery being right as Bond – I was reading the books as the movies appeared, and he fitted the bill very well. They often played at the old State Theatre in Market Street.

    Cubby Broccoli’s daughter was out here a few years back and in an interview said that Connery was selected because “he was testosterone in a suit”.

  89. egg_

    Quantum of Solace for my money.
    Assembled cast:
    Daniel Craig
    Olga Kurylenko
    Mathieu Amalric
    Gemma Arterton
    hard to beat for visual splendor.

  90. nemkat

    Red Cross appealing for more money to help the wives and kids of islamofascist terrorists in Myanmar
    Could be a handy distraction squirrel for Turnbull in the new year.
    Bring in some oppressed Rohingya through the UN.
    Sure to win him adulatory praise from the Gaystream Media.

  91. Myrddin Seren

    China test flew a big, new flying boat on Christmas Eve.

    More force projection:

    Xinhua news agency broadcast that the aircraft was the “protector spirit of the sea, islands and reefs,”

    Uh oh – those ‘islands and reefs’ again.

    The AG600’s chief designer,……. was quoted in the official China Daily earlier this month as saying the aircraft can make round trips without refueling from the southern island province of Hainan to James Shoal, a disputed area claimed by China but located close to Sarawak in Malaysia.

    Looks like Beijing may be planning a lot more new reefs in its self-declared maritime protectorate.

    The transport plane in the background of the photo sure has familiar lines for a Chinese military transport.

    An old article from five years ago notes,

    China’s new military transport plane exposed. And it looks like a C-17, An-70, A400M hybrid.

    hybrid – clone – copy – rip-off ( All your intellectual property am belong to us )

  92. egg_

    “Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future…”

    Emma Peel was hawt.

  93. Up The Workers!

    “Black Audi in Point Cook
    Be interesting to see who the driver and passenger were”

    In Victoriastan, the A.L.P. (Allah’s Local Party) Magistrates and Bail Injustices won’t let you behind the wheel of such a car unless you first join Apex and have at least 56 concurrent grants of bail to your Name.

  94. Top Ender

    How long before the first tranny Bond?

  95. jupes

    Red Cross appealing for more money to help the wives and kids of islamofascist terrorists in Myanmar …

    The Red Cross work for the enemy and have been doing so for over a decade.

    Donating to them is no different than giving money to an Islamic “charity”.

  96. JC

    Manhattan Contraian has a piece describing just how dishonest, unnumerate and malacious is the UN.

    Don’t reduce their funding, eliminate it!

    http://manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2017/12/21/the-malicious-un-addresses-poverty-in-the-united-states

  97. calli

    hard to beat for visual splendor.

    The cinematography is pretty much perfect. Every single shot is thoughtfully composed, the editing tight too.

  98. Myrddin Seren

    How long before the first tranny Bond?

    Native South American-Caribbean creole, trans-lesbian, Muslim-convert with a disability.

    All boxes ticked with the possible exception of anyone paying to see it.

    At least Theresa May can applaud the continued prevalence of Middle-Aged White Men as the villains.

    (Teresa May is arguable a bigger waste of space as the leader of a ‘conservative’ party than Waffleworth – and that is saying something. )

  99. Marcus

    Quantum of Solace for my money.
    Assembled cast:
    Daniel Craig
    Olga Kurylenko
    Mathieu Amalric
    Gemma Arterton
    hard to beat for visual splendor.

    But didn’t they rap the song or something?

    I’ve only seen it once and I’m no Bond purist, but all I remember is that the theme song just put me right off the rest of the movie.

  100. Marcus

    Native South American-Caribbean creole, trans-lesbian, Muslim-convert with a disability.

    All boxes ticked with the possible exception of anyone paying to see it.

    Get Shia LaBeouf to play that Bond and you’d sell at least one ticket.

  101. notafan

    Indeed CL

    What a darling little boy he was

  102. Apart from Custard, I’m not sure any posters here
    are in a position to do preference deals.

    Fair enough, John. Let’s leave it at that then. Quite frankly, I’m sick of the whole thing. If fifty years of historical data can’t convince people of what doesn’t work, there’s no reason to think I can.

  103. Michel Lasouris

    At a recent social gathering, and being known to be a Pom, I was asked….”what about cricket then?” I thought for a moment….” Not my field (sorry) , en-gineering is my game, not en-tomology. ” Stunned silence………

  104. Geriatric Mayfly

    The Red Cross work for the enemy and have been doing so for over a decade.

    Is Hindmarsh Tickner still running the show here? Not a groat will cross my palm in alms, while he prevails.

  105. Rae

    In one of those From Russia With Love clips on the train the Red Grant character (Robert Shaw) refers to James Bond as OhOhSeven, not DoubleOhSeven. Interesting nuance.

  106. candy

    There has only ever been one Bond — Sean Connery when he was younger

    Absolutely. Daniel Craig’s ears are too big and Pierce’s Brosnan’s head is too small to either be really called handsome. Roger Moore was just a dandy. Sean Connery has the essential masculinity/sex appeal.

    As things go, next up will probably be a gay James Bond, a transgender Ms Moneypenny and Q soon coming out of the closet in a charming frock.

  107. Snoopy

    Accused Flinders Street driver could be Marilyn Munro reincarnated, court hears.

  108. JC

    More recklessness and stupidity discussed at Manhattan Contraian.

    The Kenyan administration was stupid on a very grand scale, but it was also reckless and malicious on a grand scale too.

    The blog post describes a very stupid lawsuit working its way through the courts. Nothing surprising there as the US sees really stupid lawsuits fronting the courts. This one was about gerbil warming.

    Now get this.. a few days before Trump was sworn in, the US Federal government provides answers to the lawsuit….. ESSENTIALLY AGREEING with the plaintiff case. The Trump administration now has to untangle the deliberate mess created by the Kenyan therefore ending up at the SCOTUS. The alternative is de-industrialising the American economy.

    And the Left aren’t a cancer?!

    Rtwt

    http://manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2017/12/12/the-stupidest-litigation-in-the-country-reaches-the-ninth-circuit

  109. stackja

    Spectre ‘lady in Russia was a confused ‘man’.

  110. H B Bear

    Go over to the NEM site to watch PSRSA & PSRV teeter on the edge of blackouts…

    Won’t be long before Victoriastanis will be cooking their dinner over smouldering dung fires. All of Fat Mandy’s Africans will have the last laugh then.

  111. struth

    Does Theresa May go out in public with all female “girl power” security?
    If not why not?

  112. JC

    Pierce’s Brosnan’s head is too small to either be really called handsome.

    A former Bond gal thinks he’s gorgeous.

    Earlier in the year we were vacationing in Sardinia and Brosnan was there with his fat wife for about the same week.
    He said bon giorno to wifey one morning and she’s been head over heels since.
    He’s actually not a bad looking dude although he was sporting a silly goatee.

    He’s had a difficult life. His first wife died of ovarian cancer and that was followed by his kid dying of the same thing about two years after. First wife was much better looking than the present lardball.

  113. stackja

    GM Tickner left RC in. 2015.

  114. struth

    In your scenario you “assume” a great deal memoryvault.
    I am done with it. ………for now.

  115. At this rate line honours in the Sydney to Hobart will have been decided by nightfall.

  116. stackja

    MV race win by 7pm was mentioned this morning on 2GB.

  117. mh

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    And it will strike fear into the jihadis.

  118. struth

    A female is supposed to beat the tough bad guys in a fight?

    Haven’t we all gotten over this fairytale that has some young miss muffets believing they can mix it with the boys and paying the price?

  119. Stackja, at current speeds >25 knots Commanche will finish in about four hours. Of course, it will be slower once she rounds Port Arthur, but still a new race record. Wild Oats II, Black Jack, Infotrack (last year’s Perpetual Loyal), and Beau Geste, all look like breaking the old record.

  120. old bloke

    Winston Smith
    #2594618, posted on December 27, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    Go over to the NEM site to watch PSRSA & PSRV teeter on the edge of blackouts…

    Doesn’t make sense, total demand = 24082, total generation = 22913 (all states).

    Is there some virtual electricity floating around the grid?

  121. The Church of Sweden has decided to abandon the opening greeting used in its services ‘In the Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit’.

    No one should not be surprised even if one can’t help still finding it shocking.

  122. John Constantine

    In yarragrad, the court has handed out two hundred hours of community service to one of the Faithful.

    He punched the face in of a policewoman that tried to arrest him for a burg.

    Now the violent, mentally ill ice addict gets to spend two hundred hours with parking fine and speeding fine cut out proles.
    Supervised by some social worker chick.

    It is their lefty elite that is the true enemy of the people.

    Mentally ill, violent, ice addicted third world peasants just bash occasionally, on instinct.

    Our judges deliberately, with cold,baleful, malicious intent, labour to destroy the entire Old Country.

  123. jock

    So may wants a female bond? Well that works for me. Julian clearey to play mother theresa? What about will ferrell to play queen victoria?

  124. stackja

    Will Jane Bond have only lady friends?

  125. Zatara

    Red Cross appealing for more money to help the wives and kids of islamofascist terrorists in Myanmar …

    Let’s see the list of Red Crescent contributions to catastrophes in non-muslim countries first.

  126. Infidel Tiger

    It’s sad, but Sweden deserves everything it is getting and has coming.

    A simply awful country full of degenerates.

  127. DrBeauGan

    Theresa May is either a very silly woman or she believes the voters are very silly. The latter has some evidence to support it.

  128. Muddy

    Baldrick.
    60th Battalion A.I.F
    Wrigley, Hugh (1891–1980)
    .

    Served in the 2/6th Australian Infantry Battalion AIF during WWII, initially as 2 i/c then commanded after Bardia, where he had been wounded, the capture of Tobruk, and through the Greek debacle. He was one of many whose Great War experience provided backbone for the early development of the 2nd AIF and allowed time for junior leaders to develop. The 2/6th Bn went on to serve in Syria and Ceylon (no combat at either), the slogging Wau-Salamaua campaign in New Guinea, and then the forgotten northern New Guinea campaign until war’s end. (Wrigley did not command the 2/6th after Greece however).

  129. Will Jane Bond have only lady friends?

    Well, it would provide fertile new ground for the Bond movie obligatory seduction scenes.

  130. struth

    The plainly sexist PM of Britain, this pop culture tart of no political integrity is going to pull Britain out of the EU?

    Spare me.

  131. notafan

    Well, it would provide infertile new ground for the Bond movie obligatory seduction scenes.

    Just to be clear

  132. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    THE NATION
    Flinders St driver urged to take medication by magistrate

    The Australian
    12:21PM December 27, 2017

    Pia Akerman
    Reporter
    Melbourne
    @pia_akerman

    The man accused of deliberately ramming pedestrians at one of Melbourne’s busiest crossings has been urged by a magistrate to take his medication for mental illness.

    Saeed Noori, 32, was charged with 18 counts of attempted murder and one count of conduct endangering life after allegedly driving at dozens of people crossing outside Flinders Street Station last Thursday.

    The Melbourne Magistrates Court today heard Mr Noori might be preparing to lodge a defence of mental impairment, and was suffering from mental health issues and possible drug withdrawal.

    The court heard police wanted a slightly longer period than usual to prepare the brief of evidence against Mr Noori, prompting defence barrister Tass Antos to reply that this would hopefully give him enough time to seek material on whether his client was impaired or otherwise mentally unfit.

    From the Oz. Why do I have the uncomfortable feeling the way is being prepared for a defence of “Not guilty, on the grounds of insanity?”

  133. Myrddin Seren

    Dr BG

    Theresa May is either a very silly woman or she believes the voters are very silly. The latter has some evidence to support it.

    Embrace the power of AND

  134. stackja

    MV the sheets would cover what?

  135. zyconclast

    Gay pr0n studio under fire for using a didgeridoo as a dildo

    Victimhood poker in action. Love it./i

    Poker, I geddit.

  136. Zatara

    The Melbourne Magistrates Court today heard Mr Noori might be preparing to lodge a defence of mental impairment, and was suffering from mental health issues and possible drug withdrawal.

    Just out of curiosity, what would they be claiming if he was stone ass drunk?

    How much more mentally impaired could he be than that and why does that matter?

  137. zyconoclast

    It comes as social demographers say the higher number of women gaining university degrees is creating a “dating gap” for women hunting a man they consider their intellectual equal.

    It’s not just the intellectual equality. The man will have to be intellectually superior or why would the woman bother.
    The man will also need to have/earn or money than her, or why would the woman bother?

    There are only so many Christian Greys out there.

    On the plus side, there are plenty of blokes called Mo.

  138. MV the sheets would cover what?

    The dildos of course. Wouldn’t want to get hit with an ‘R’ rating.
    (Mind you, if there was a bit of instruction on their use, the film would probably qualify as educational under the Safe Schools Program here in Australia).

  139. cynical1

    So May wants a female bond

    Posh Spice would be good.

    We may as well make it believable…

  140. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    The 2/6th Bn went on to serve in Syria and Ceylon (no combat at either), the slogging Wau-Salamaua campaign in New Guinea, and then the forgotten northern New Guinea campaign until war’s end

    My grandfather, and his brother, served on the North coast of New Guinea in those “forgotten campaigns.” They described them as an unnecessary waste of lives, fought only for political reasons.

  141. Baldrick

    Muddy
    #2594666, posted on December 27, 2017 at 2:59 pm
    Wrigley, Hugh (1891–1980).

    Thanks for the addition Muddy. If only we still had men of his calibre around today, but then again I’m not sure they’d be best pleased.

  142. Andreas

    How about a woman plays Maxwell Smart and a man plays 99.

  143. jupes

    Haven’t we all gotten over this fairytale that has some young miss muffets believing they can mix it with the boys and paying the price?

    Dunno what you mean by “paying the price”, however there is no one in a position of authority in this country who is willing to speak out against the fairytale nightmare situation of “miss muffets” mixing it with the boys.

    The Australian Army not only allows women to serve in the infantry but at one stage last year they were only allowing females into their basic infantry course.

  144. Geriatric Mayfly

    From the Oz. Why do I have the uncomfortable feeling the way is being prepared for a defence of “Not guilty, on the grounds of insanity?”

    But still banged up at Her Majesty’s pleasure, I presume. Or has that option been tossed aside as well by Liberty Victoria and Hulls?

  145. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    DEFENCE
    AE1: sub searchers fear looters may trash wreck

    The Australian
    12:00AM December 27, 2017
    Ean Higgins
    Reporter
    Sydney
    @EanHiggins

    Organisers of the audacious hunt for the Australian submarine AE1 hope to mount a second mission within months to document it, amid fears less scrupulous groups might try to find it and loot it.

    A maritime archaeologist who was on the search vessel, Nigel Erskine, said that while the location was being kept secret, the fact AE1 was found in a narrow channel in the waters of Papua New Guinea and with its last movements now widely known meant it would not be that hard for another operator to track down.

    From the Oz.

  146. candy

    He’s had a difficult life. His first wife died of ovarian cancer and that was followed by his kid dying of the same thing about two years after.
    Very tragic.

    He looks better as he has aged though, the more distinguished older gentleman type suits him well.

  147. From the Oz. Why do I have the uncomfortable feeling the way is being prepared for a defence of “Not guilty, on the grounds of insanity?”

    Nah. The judge will bring out the “different cultural standards” line.
    Rest easy.

  148. Stimpson J. Cat

    It’s exactly the TV series Australia has been crying out for.

    F$ck that.
    I want more Here Come The Habibs.
    Just a great show, well worth watching.

  149. jupes

    My grandfather, and his brother, served on the North coast of New Guinea in those “forgotten campaigns.” They described them as an unnecessary waste of lives, fought only for political reasons.

    Dunno about that. There were plenty of Japs to kill and plenty of Aussies willing to kill them.

    That being said, after the Kokoda Track and Beachhead battles in ’42 / 43 where they suffered appalling casualties, the Australian Army developed jungle fighting tactics which were second to none.

    In New Britain, the Yanks invaded the west of the island and pushed east toward Rabaul, where the Japs had their HQ. They got about half way then the Aussies took over and continued to push the Japs east.

    The island narrows significantly about 5/6 of the way along the length of the island. The Aussies pushed the Japs back past that narrow neck and held there, in effect bottling them in for the RAAF to bomb the shit out of them until the end of the war.

    I suspect it was a bit harder to bottle them in on the north coast of New Guinea.

  150. Baldrick

    AE1: sub searchers fear looters may trash wreck

    It’s a war grave. Grave looters should be summarily executed.

  151. stackja

    Curtin and Evatt wanted post war influence so accepted war plans.

  152. Top Ender

    AE1 is about 300m down.

    That’s well out of range of even experienced scuba divers using compressed air.

    Mixed gas divers are limited to around 120 meters.

  153. cohenite

    I guess this woman will be the next jimmy bond:

    Anna Muzychuk, 27, is World Champion of two chess disciplines
    The Ukrainian has refused to play in this year’s championship
    It is being held in Saudi Arabia where women are routinely oppressed
    She says her refusal is in response to gender inequality in Saudi Arabia

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5213169/World-chess-champ-REFUSES-defend-title-Saudi-Arabia.html#ixzz52Qvfw2w1

  154. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s a war grave. Grave looters should be summarily executed.

    Hasn’t stopped anyone wrecking HMAS Perth, or the Dutch cruisers, sunk in the Battle of the Java Sea.

  155. Delta A

    How about a woman plays Maxwell Smart and a man plays 99.

    Or cast an hermaphrodite and call it 69.

  156. jupes

    Oh good. The token female commentator has entered the commentary box on channel 9.

  157. Infidel Tiger

    Oh good. The token female commentator has entered the commentary box on channel 9.

    Clarke or Warney?

  158. Top Ender

    The cruisers are in very shallow water Zulu. Easy for air diverse to get down and attach cranes or lift bags to pieces of the wrecks after they’ve ben cut away.

  159. Boambee John

    Saw a news item proclaiming that “Stop-Go” sign holders working under a CFMEU EBA get around $130,000 pa.

    When businesses charge excessive amounts for their goods and services, the Liars, unions, MSM, and SJWankers (BIRM) call it “price gouging”.

    When unions charge excessive amounts for their membrrs, should this be called “salary gouging”?

  160. mh

    Oh good. The token female commentator has entered the commentary box on channel 9.

    That spoilt the Big Bash coverage last night, too.

  161. old bloke

    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
    #2594679, posted on December 27, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    My grandfather, and his brother, served on the North coast of New Guinea in those “forgotten campaigns.” They described them as an unnecessary waste of lives, fought only for political reasons.

    The only decent thing Blamey did was to refuse MacArthur’s order that Australia should take on the Japanese in Java.

  162. Anna Muzychuk, 27, is World Champion of two chess disciplines

    Just to be clear, she is the Women’s World Champion of two categories of speed games.

  163. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    It’s a war grave. Grave looters should be summarily executed.

    IIRC, just after the wreck of the “Bismark” was discovered, the West German Government announced the wreck was a war grave, and anybody interfering with said wreck would spend a long time in the jug.

  164. Boambee John

    Zulu at 1505

    From the Oz. Why do I have the uncomfortable feeling the way is being prepared for a defence of “Not guilty, on the grounds of insanity?”

    In which case, an order of “Confined at Her Majesty’s pleasure” until fit to stand trial on the serious charges of attempted murder would be appropriate?

  165. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    In which case, an order of “Confined at Her Majesty’s pleasure” until fit to stand trial on the serious charges of attempted murder would be appropriate?

    I have an idea Western Australian law still allows you to be “detained at the Governor’s pleasure” – there was a notorious rapist, facing the prospect, and the SJW’s were up in arms.

  166. Oh come on

    Theresa May calls for a WOMAN to play British super-spy James Bond in future saying it would be a victory for ‘girl power’.

    May is such a tedious bore. It’s patently obvious what happened here. She saw the female Dr Who and thought ‘I just need to suggest giving Bond the Dr Who treatment; what a great headline that’d be!’. No, it’s a crappy headline that just confirms in everyone’s mind what a second-rate, pedestrian character May is. Fancy her claiming the mantle of Margaret Thatcher. It’s about as ridiculous as casting a woman as Bond.

  167. egg_

    How long before the first tranny Bond?

    Caroline Cossey?

  168. mh

    Surely a gay Bond has to have priority over a female Bond?

  169. stackja

    Old Bloke Blamey did much that was little publicised. Many anecdotes about Blamey are repeated.

  170. Myrddin Seren

    In all the excitement from Melbournabad, I missed this one over the Christmas period:

    A gunman who shot at police in a terror attack last week came to the U.S. on a family-based immigrant visa, the Department of Homeland Security said, highlighting a program President Donald Trump has criticized.

    Ahmed Aminamin El-Mofty fired at a Harrisburg police officer Friday afternoon and later at a state trooper, wounding her before pursuing her, Dauphin County District Attorney Ed Marsico said. El-Mofty was later killed by police.

    Department of Homeland Security acting press secretary Tyler Q. Houlton said Saturday that El-Mofty was a naturalized U.S. citizen who was admitted to the country from Egypt.

    “The long chain of migration that led to (El-Mofty’s) admission into the United States was initiated years ago by a distant relative,” Mr. Houlton said in a statement.

    Mr. Houlton said incidents like the one involving El-Mofty “highlight the Trump administration’s concerns with extended family chain migration.” He said chain migration and the diversity visa lottery program have been exploited by extremists.

    From Ace.

    Fortunately, as Waffleworth assured the ‘diverse’ Q&A audience, we have a skills based immigration programme here. ( cough )

  171. Wow, what a turnaround. An hour ago Wild Oats II was 10 nautical miles behind Comanche, but Comanche was further out to sea. Then they both tacked to reposition for the final leg down to Port Arthur, Comanche seems to have lost the wind a bit, and now there’s only about 300 metres between them, with Wild Oats barrelling along seven knots faster than Comanche. It’s anybody’s race now.

  172. Michel Lasouris

    Has anybody else had their Paypal account hacked of late? I have…twice. Tried to contact Paypal which is a joke. Even their invitation to contact them if a Fraud is suspected doesn’t work! Only one remedy; cancel this awful service. Oh and send a mass email to all 2300+ of my email contacts suggesting they too cancel their subscriptions. Paypal….mongrels!

  173. Michel Lasouris

    Sydney to Hobart…..Go the Chinks!

  174. Tom

    Surely a gay Bond has to have priority over a female Bond?

    Not very good at trashing winning movie franchises, Hollywood-style, are you? The next Bond will be a female moozley suicide bomber avenging the haters who said Allah shouldn’t be allowed to rape his nine-year-old child bride.

  175. calli

    Wild Oats barrelling along

    Chortle.

  176. mh

    Character names like Arsehole Galore might work.

  177. Sydney to Hobart…..Go the Chinks!

    Currently third by 37 miles, but not making any ground on the leaders.

  178. And the lead changes again!
    Comanche rocketing along at 33.6 knots.
    That’s 62 klm/hr.

  179. old bloke

    memoryvault
    #2594722, posted on December 27, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    Sydney to Hobart…..Go the Chinks!

    Currently third by 37 miles, but not making any ground on the leaders.

    Where did you get that from? According to the Rolex site, Commanche is still in the lead.

  180. JC

    Looking back, it’s really been an amazing ride over the past 11 months.

    William Mcgurn
    The Wall Street Journal

    This time one year ago, the assumption dominating political coverage was that the only people more stupid than Donald Trump were the deplorables who elected him.

    Since then, of course, President-elect Trump has become President Trump. Over his 11 months in office, he has put Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court and four times as many judges on the appellate courts as Barack Obama did his first year; recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel; withdrawn from the Paris climate accord; adopted a more resolute policy on Afghanistan than the one he’d campaigned on; rolled back the mandate forcing Catholic nuns, among others, to provide employees with contraception and abortifacients; signed legislation to open up drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; initiated a bold, deregulatory assault on the administrative state — and topped it all off with the first major overhaul of the tax code in more than 30 years.

    And yet that Mr Trump is a very stupid man remains the assumption dominating his press coverage.

    The ANWR oil reserves are potentially enormous.

  181. According to the Rolex site, Commanche is still in the lead.

    It is. And Wild Oats II is second. That changed briefly, with Wild Oats in front on a course change. But Comanche regained the lead. Throughout that, Black Jack remained third. I was under the impression she was Chinese owned, but I just checked,and I was wrong. So I have no idea where the Chinese are.

  182. Myrddin Seren

    So I have no idea where the Chinese are.

    Look up at the camera on your monitor or laptop.

    Wave.

    Big shout out to the lads and lasses in the State Security Bureau hacking centre in Shanghai !!

  183. But Comanche regained the lead.

    Belay that. Wild Oats back in front.
    Can you imagine it?
    Two 100 foot super maxis duking it out, way out in the middle of the ocean.
    Silently – no engines.

  184. classical_hero

    Infidel Tiger
    #2594591, posted on December 27, 2017 at 1:10 pm
    It’s time we saw more women in gay pron too.

    Perhaps they should get digeredooed.

  185. classical_hero

    Comanche is the Chinese owned boat.

  186. stackja

    MV will WO lose on protest?

  187. classical_hero

    Tom, hopefully better late than never, but the Gary Varvel from 26th did not show. Unfortunately you copied the above cartoon.

  188. Ubique

    21 people killed on NSW roads since 15 December. We do hope none were making a trip to recover their drink container deposits.

  189. Comanche is the Chinese owned boat.

    I thought she was owned by the people who own the Leyland-DAF distributorship here in Oz.
    But I’ll happily stand corrected.

  190. MV will WO lose on protest?

    No idea, Stackja.
    To be honest I know bugger-all about the rules of sailing.

  191. Leigh Lowe

    Wild Oats will get taken by a Chinese submarine.

  192. Tom

    JC, I saw Bill McGurn talking about that WSJ piece this morning on FNC. He really nailed the mental illness of the American left — that is, the entire MSM — which is still beyond belief. It’s some sort of weird sociological experiment — for which not even the Third Reich is an accurate reference point — that a free commercial media would feed its entire readership/viewership a neverending stream of disinformation that can be easily refuted to justify its hatred of one man.

  193. min

    Hope the Flinders st Driver wasn’t getting any ideas from old film shown on tv recently with Richard Gere and Edward Nortonwho showed how to play a guy with a mental illness getting off after killing a priest. His voice told him to do it.

  194. Oh come on

    Two 100 foot super maxis duking it out, way out in the middle of the ocean.
    Silently – no engines.

    And yet some here deny the science of Climate Change!

  195. Muddy

    I suspect it was a bit harder to bottle them in on the north coast of New Guinea.

    The Americans had the opportunity to cut them off at Aitape, but neglected to. Then they shot off and the Aussies were left to pursue the remnants.

    Regarding Blamey, while he wasn’t perfect, he was very much hamstrung by Curtin.

  196. MV Chinese own LDV.

    Uh uh – just looked it up:

    Jim Cooney, best known as the owner of Brindabella and Maserati purchased LDV Comanche in December with his wife, Samantha Grant, and will skipper her in this year’s race. He will be crewed by his daughter Julia, son James, ex Waratah Jeremy Tilse and familiar faces from Comanche’s 2014 and 2015 campaigns and face InfoTrack, Wild Oats XI and Black Jack (former Alfa Romeo), the yacht Crichton sailed to line honours from WOXI in the 2009 race.

  197. Oh come on

    Comanche is the Chinese owned boat.

    Don’t forget, this Chinese vessel will get penalised for cultural appropriation. American Indians are quite high up the victim hierarchy. They’re sleeper victims. I’ve seen a few SJWs barrelling along, thinking they’re absolutely creaming the game of political correctness, only to be suddenly and spectacularly wiped out by a seemingly innocuous American Indian reference.

  198. Comanche back in lead – by about 400 metres.

  199. Oh come on

    Jim Cooney, best known as the owner of Brindabella and Maserati purchased LDV Comanche in December

    Oh, a straight white male owns the LDV-sponsored Comanche? He is totally going to be pinged for that.

  200. Tom

    Classical Hero, I think there are only two Gary Varvels I have posted this week here and here. Most of my American cartoons come from here. Cheers.

  201. Infidel Tiger

    Sailing really is the people’s sport.

  202. Oh, a straight white male owns the LDV-sponsored Comanche?

    Given that he only bought the boat a couple of weeks ago, I’d say maybe LDV were sponsors to the previous owners. Doesn’t really seem to have been enough time to do anything with the sails.

  203. 21 people killed on NSW roads since 15 December.

    What was the speed camera revenue over the same period?

  204. Oh come on

    LDV = the remains of what was known as MG-Rover, previously known as British Leyland, which was the amalgamation of the British car industry when it was nationalised in the 1970s. From world beaters to basket cases in a little over a decade. Yay, unions! Yay, social democrats!

  205. Blamey was a dickhead.

    From several first-hand accounts.

  206. Sailing really is the people’s sport.

    My first date with the future Mrs MV was sailing a Hobie Cat on the Swan. It was quite exciting given that neither of us knew anything about sailing but each of us thought the other did.

  207. Boambee John

    I thought the Chinese Communist Party was against the capitalist sport of sailing.

    They don’t want their red sons in the sail set!

    (Runs away)

  208. egg_

    Teh Dumb Summer Season Repeat – NDIS with a Signer FFS – enjoy, Grigs!

  209. Oh come on

    Sailing really is the people’s sport.

    It’s down there with polo. Who wants to rub shoulders with the hoi polloi in a seemingly endless stream of horse floats hooked up to Porsche Cayennes and Range Rovers? So tacky.

  210. Confused Old Misfit

    Stackja –
    As I saw it Comanche had the right of way, being on a starboard tack, and Wild Oats tacked dangerously close causing Comanche to deviate from her course.
    Now it has been a very long time since I sailed and longer still since I raced. (Brisbane-Gladstone in the ’80’s) so the rules may have changed and/or there may be special rules in place for particular competitions of which I am unaware.
    However, I would uphold a protest from Comanche.

  211. Confused Old Misfit

    The only question in my mind would be “Was Comanche sailing below her proper sailing line?”

  212. C.L.

    The Australian Army not only allows women to serve in the infantry but at one stage last year they were only allowing females into their basic infantry course.

    Being in the infantry of the Australian Army, though, is about as dangerous as working at McDonalds.
    Nobody even pretends that our “army” will ever be dispatched to a war.

  213. Rae

    MV will WO lose on protest?

    No idea, Stackja.
    To be honest I know bugger-all about the rules of sailing.

    When Wild Oats XI tacked in front of Comanche back in Sydney she should have done a 360° turn penalty within the same race leg (ie. before the next mark). She didn’t and now it’s possible that Comanche will lodge a formal written protest at the end of the race in Hobart. If upheld, that could result in Wild Oats XI being disqualified.

  214. Beau Geste, now owned by Chinese businessman Karl Kwok, and currently coming fifth, would appear to be the first of the Chinese owned boats.

  215. Geriatric Mayfly

    Sailing really is the people’s sport.

    Quite so. Though I doubt if there will be lager louts on the dock in Hobart punching the shit out of boat supporters they don’t like, wrecking pubs and then being banned from the Mendicant State for life.

  216. calli

    Sailing really is the people’s sport.

    Sure is. Girt by Sea comes to mind.

  217. egg_

    Beau Geste, now owned by Chinese businessman Karl Kwok, and currently coming fifth

    Fifth on teh kwok?

  218. Delta A

    Thanks for the commentary, MV. You’ve convinced me to turn on the TV.

  219. Infidel Tiger

    Great hundred to Cook. He’s a genuine champion.

    And he celebrates like a non-dickhead.

  220. Delta A

    Tom, again, thanks for the daily toons.

    My favourite today – it gave me goosebumps – was Dana Summers #2.

    Simple, yet bursting with emotion.

  221. Marcus

    Oh good. The token female commentator has entered the commentary box on channel 9.

    I’m pretty sure it was just a guest slot.

    Besides, she wasn’t nearly as bad as some of the men they’ve had in recent years. James Brayshaw … ugh.

  222. Geriatric Mayfly

    Cruisin’ without the salmonellae, but this is enough to cause one to foul one’s breeches in lieu.

    At least 27 people have been injured after a Swiss passenger ship on the Rhine River hit a motorway bridge pylon near Duisburg in Germany. The vessel, named Swiss Crystal, crashed into a supporting pillar of the A42 autobahn, damaging its bow, as it travelled towards the Netherlands. Due to the size of the rescue operations the number of people reported injured varied.

  223. Nick

    And he celebrates like a non-dickhead.

    Unlike that vacuous bogan, Warner.

  224. You’ve convinced me to turn on the TV.

    I really don’t know if there’s any coverage at this stage, Delta.
    I’m going off the tracker page on the Rolex site.

  225. Delta A

    I’m going off the tracker page on the Rolex site.

    Ah. More thanks to you.

  226. H B Bear

    21 people killed on NSW roads since 15 December.

    Considering the massive increase in kilometers traveled, including by once a year country drivers on shitty roads that weren’t designed to carry high traffic volumes, the increase in road deaths over Christmas and Easter is entirely predictable. Throw in a couple of alcohol affected multiple fatalities too.

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