Open Forum: February 9, 2019

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  1. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Golly gosh. Is Tailgunner a meme? Who knew?
    Come on down and explain yourself, Gunner.

    Next they’ll be coming for my darling Fay Wray and her special Hairy Ape.

  2. Cumborah Kid

    How come there has been SFA advertisement about Jordan Peterson doing a tour of Australia? Just found out he is speaking in Perth – tonight and the show is sold out. Grrrrrh!

  3. Ƶĩppʯ (ȊꞪꞨV)

    Mountain Sounds festival cancelled citing government’s “war on festivals”

    After destroying Sydney’s nightlife the killjoys are moving on to the next soft target. The only valid activities for the proletariat are work and sleep.

  4. cohenite

    I think Latham has screwed up in having emma eros as his new PHON candidate; she is a fucking drop-kick:

  5. dover_beach

    The new law, the “New York Reproductive Health Act,” allows abortion “at any time” to protect the “health” of the patient, Ms. Littlejohn said.

    Even where the physical health of the mother is in danger, the ‘protect the health of the mother’ claim has always been a lie. You don’t need to ‘deliberately kill the child’ to save the mother. If the child presented a complication to the mother’s health a doctor could always induce labor and deliver the child naturally, or perform a C-section. This is always possible, particularly in the third trimester, and then both the mother and the child could be treated separately.

  6. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    BrettW, I have got this far as Elizabeth Beare and I am not changing now.
    King Arthur will just have to put up with me. 🙂

  7. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Twodogs is only 1?

  8. min

    Lizzie hang in there ,the worst part is not knowing what you are really dealing with ,try and get as much information as you can and good luck.
    I have just discovered that ongoing symptoms that I have had was the result of side effects from a pill that I was on . GP did not pick it up however cardiologist did ,which was very surprising according to pharmacist friend . I usually read instructions in the packets .
    I had been on it a while and only had reaction in past number of months and no MIMs in it these days.. But there it was on Dr Google. But strange that there now seemed to be reaction after years, pharmicist suggested toxic build up.

  9. Steve trickler

    A first time for me.

    Listening to Yuri Gagarin as he orbits the planet for the first time. It goes for 1:39:14. It is a real time recreation of the flight using the images from ISS combined with actual footage. Watch when you get the time.

    The opening 10 minutes should hook you in. And i guess it is the BBC we hear?



  10. Steve trickler

    And real time radio communication.

  11. Dr Fred Lenin

    I cannot see that climate change is the greatest threat to the western world ( it does not of course apply to the rest of the world does it? Ask the internstional communist climateers or ICC,a fully owned subsidiary of the untidy nations . No the biggest threat is the number of dickheads involved in politics yes fickheads of all the many many genders ,he she it and the rest . I mean have you ever seen such a motley crew ?
    Insanity is rife and the idiots get away with it ,Trump and Farage lus a few others stand out like lighthouses really,we are going to have to introduce standards for admission to politics with rigorous standards . Niw that gets rid of 99.999 per cent of the existing maggots we have a lot of work in front of us to clear this shower from any power , guillotines and gulags spring to mind dont they?

  12. calli

    The Herald understands that Sydney’s wealthy Salteri family, who made their fortune as one half of construction giant Transfield, chose not to renew their relationship with the decorated dual international on the back of the controversy last year.

    This Transfield?

    As the elderly faithful die off, the younger ones are…not so much.

  13. areff

    Lizzie’s review of The Husband Hunters just posted at Quadrant. A good read, as you might expect.

  14. Old School Conservative

    a crowd of children six-deep watched in horror.

    My guess is that it was an organised fight with a 6 deep crowd of eager observers.

  15. Nick

    Waverley College is a shit school, though it’s strange that such a fight made the papers.

  16. Tintarella di Luna

    And wait until the NDIS gets ratcheted up by Labor and all those ‘poor victims of capitalism and neo-liberalism’ are having their every need cared for by NDIS service providers ( who will in turn need NDIS Provider Security Teams ) so they can fully concentrate on scoring their next fix or bottle, and leave the rest to the taxpayer.

    Julia Gillard botched it completely, completely and utterly and the SFLs have been too craven to fix it

  17. mh

    I think Latham has screwed up in having emma eros as his new PHON candidate; she is a fucking drop-kick:

    Oh no! What is going on with PHON?

  18. calli

    I also believe the old owners of Transfields had the site at Seven Hills blessed before building commenced. I can’t find anything on the interwebs about it, but my old Dad remembers.

    They were all of Italian Catholic descent. I suspect their view of homosexuality was pretty much the same as Falou’s.

  19. Nick

    Latham will take votes away from The Australian Conservatives in NSW. At least he has ideas.

  20. calli

    Waverley College is a shit school

    Brutal rugby players, but. 😄

  21. Leigh Lowe

    As the elderly faithful die off, the younger ones are…not so much.

    I worked for one of the family companies for a while.
    The old man was retired but still took an interest in the company and he seemed to be rolled gold.
    The sons were OK but somewhat lightweight and “hands off”, enabling carpet-bagger execs to run their own agenda.
    That, coupled with some nepotistic appointment of 40 watt family friends and relatives to key roles dragged the place down.
    At one stage they had a former Australian NASA employee on the books as “Technology Executive” or somesuch title.
    Not sure he contributed much more than inflating the travel and “sustenance” budget.

  22. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    in Upper Village Road, Vaucluse and at the Gap

    umm. That’s getting perilously close to us, that is.
    Wot about my peaceful walks? I ask.
    Has Hairy spent all that money for him to end up next door to people like my rellies?
    Where is the justice in that? He’s paid lots of dues in that direction already.

    Can’t fight progress though, I guess.
    Hope I am around to see our SMH-reading neighbours’ expressions. 😀

  23. Nick

    Seriously Calli, your husband went there?
    If so, my condolences.

  24. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Re the perils of Latham vs Aust Cons.
    The Australian Conservatives are simply playing a longer game.
    Depending on how things go with the Libs the Aust Cons could consolidate the true centre.

  25. Lizzie,
    Was not trying to suggest you use a different name. Just recounting story of an Australian female author who obviously liked the same historical era as you.

  26. Dr Fred Lenin

    Feeling pity for the comrades at BoM and their climate change /global warming agenda , its 14 degrees celsius in Melbourne , there is still three weeks of official summer to go this year ,we gave had about three weeks of warm weather and two days above 40, thats a summer?
    I dont suppose there is anything to worry about they will just say it was the Hottest Summer Ever . Lies dont count when you are advancing the desttruction of Western Civilisation ,there must be a poultice of bribes about to help the rentseekers and carpetbaggers achieve their goal

  27. Tintarella di Luna

    in Upper Village Road, Vaucluse and at the Gap

    Bloody hell no, what was I thinking, no, it’ll have to be along New South Head Road, near Redleaf Pool, and on all along Military Road from Bondi to Dover Heights where I know there’s lots of wind. That should do it I think.

  28. Nick

    Yeah Tint, the refugee camp is going in Vaucluse

  29. Boambee John

    Fred Lenin

    I dont suppose there is anything to worry about they will just say it was the Hottest Summer Ever .

    I read somewhere that the UK Met Office calculate the “hottest evah” by averaging the three highest temperatures recorded in the period. Three hot days and 27 cold days still means “hottest evah”.

    I suspect that if the same methodology were to be applied to lowest temperatures recorded in a period, it would be statistically possible to have a period simultaneously recorded as the “hottest evah” and the “coldest evah”.

  30. Farmer Gez

    Dr Phelps defending her legislation.
    “What we need to do is to focus on real issue at hand here and the real issue is that the medical profession is saying, in great numbers, we must have a medical solution to this medical crisis.”

    Lots of positions for doctors are vacant for years in country Australia. This isn’t a crisis that interests Phelps. Better to treat non citizens for free than local folks who pay Medicare but don’t even get basic care.
    Comrade Dr. mate.

  31. it would be statistically possible to have a period simultaneously recorded as the “hottest evah” and the “coldest evah”.

    The old problem of how do you measure the temperature of the earth?

    I keep telling people to insert a rectal thermometer in Canberra, but nobody listens.

  32. CL, you will be interested in this:

    The Boy Scouts of America welcomed the establishment of Troop 86 in Vulcan and Troop 219 in Helena on February 1st. But these two troops are different — no boys, all girls. The first two of their kind in Central Alabama. With the formation of these two troops, a debate has taken hold. Some think this compromises the central mission of the Boy Scouts, whereas other believe it gives girls new opportunities that they never had before.

  33. Geriatric Mayfly

    I dont suppose there is anything to worry about they will just say it was the Hottest Summer Ever

    But, was it angry? That’s the ultimate test.

  34. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    BrettW, I didn’t think you were suggesting a new name. Good to hear Arthur titles end up on remaindered sale at Big W. Hope for me yet.

    Elizabeth Beare is actually a new name.
    I didn’t decide on Elizabeth till I was fourteen.

    And now:

    Lizzie’s review of The Husband Hunters just posted at Quadrant. A good read, as you might expect.

    Areff, thank you. You’re a sweetie. xxxx
    My Christmasses coming all at once.
    Well, except for Hairy. But nothing’s certain yet. We take hope from that.

  35. Tintarella di Luna

    Nick
    #2929196, posted on February 9, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah Tint, the refugee camp is going in Vaucluse

    Oh well I guess that’ll be a relief for the good people of Liverpool and Fairfield who just in the last year or so have welcomed 12,000.

  36. zyconoclast

    ‘Shocked and concerned’: P0rn takes over Catholic church website

    A website purporting to be St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra is now hosting hardcore p0rnography.

    St Christopher’s vicar general Father Tony Percy said the church was horrified and was trying to have the page removed.

    “Apparently it is quite graphic,” Father Percy said.

    “I don’t know how these things work, but it’s the old domain name they’ve somehow taken over.”

    “Obviously we’re concerned, if we can get it taken down the sooner, the better.”

    Father Percy said they had been made aware of the site over the Christmas break when a friend of a church-goer had searched for mass times.

    He said it was unlikely people would click on the link. But, when this reporter searched for the church on Google, the p0rnography website was the third and fourth listings.

    The site was reported to police on January 4, however as p0rnography is not illegal and the site was not hacked, police have no jurisdiction in the matter.

    The church had also asked for advice from their current website host.

  37. calli

    Seriously Calli, your husband went there?

    He was a Boater Boy of a different stripe. As was No1-and-only son.

  38. Rockdoctor

    In transit & catching up on posts in Qantas lounge Brisbane.

    Crisafulli is a good bloke & potential future leader. He was a loss to Townsville compared to the vacous clownshow running the town now. We have Les Walker running the disaster management and for anyone that doesn’t know him he is as useless Mike Reynolds was (a very mediocre Beatie Minister) so unless the state & Feds assume control of this I am not filled with confidence.

    Tel

    #2928931, posted on February 9, 2019 at 10:23 am

    Young fella in the car didn’t come unstuck in that depression just past Parramatta rd towards Guildford West adjacant to the old gas storage towers did he? From vague memory there used or still is a bridge there. Been a while though but I know the area well from my childhood & yeah that underpass would fill quite rapidly…

    The more I read on the Land & Environment Court ruling the more I believe it needs to be appealed. That Judges bio is such that he should have recused himself or at least the miners lawyers should have moved it. If they didn’t they need new Legal counsel. I will read a bit more over the next few days just been too busy but on surface appearences seems an appaling judgement and exposes the shallowness of an increasing number of judicial appointments that are near impossible to remove once on the bench.

  39. Nick

    Oh well I guess that’ll be a relief for the good people of Liverpool and Fairfield who just in the last year or so have welcomed 12,000.

    Exactly.

    I was interested in your post regarding your sons’ treatment at a hospital, though I’m not surprised. At a Coles supermarket that you’d know of, a man raised his voice at the self check out area. Within 2 minutes, 6 security guards arrived, watching. I’m not sure what he’d done.

  40. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tinta’s been to our place, Nick. Party house.
    She has a vested interest in not ruining the parking around there. 🙂

  41. Nick

    He was a Boater Boy of a different stripe. As was No1-and-only son.

    Whew. 🙂

  42. cohenite

    The politicisation of business is also being encouraged at the highest levels. The draft governance standards proposed last year by the Australian Stock Exchange state that companies must earn their licence to operate by acting ‘socially responsibly’ with regards to inherently politically contentious issues including human rights, climate change, taxation and wages. The well-established CSR doctrines and structures across business make it very difficult for corporate leaders who might wish to prevent political meddling — on top of which is the reality that those who push back against ‘progressive’ agendas can face career-limiting professional repercussions.

    https://www.facebook.com/dallas.beaufort/posts/10156251854049370

  43. calli

    And no, he didn’t go to Cranbrook neither. 🤣

  44. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    “What we need to do is to focus on real issue at hand here and the real issue is that the medical profession is saying, in great numbers, we must have a medical solution to this medical crisis.”

    One thing is certain. All new people-smuggler arrivals will come as usual without passports but now all will be clutching a sheaf of medical documentation about their various aches and pains requiring immediate attention within Australian borders from Dr. Phelps and her medico-legal team. We might also expect to see a rise in self-inflicted injuries (sewing lips together springs to mind again) which will also require immediate treatment for infection and makes a great press release. The less stalwart may decide simply to go down the dreadful unexplained headache route. That is a long one, requiring many MRI’s and much hand-holding in Australia.

  45. Nick

    And no, he didn’t go to Cranbrook neither. 🤣

    Double phew.

  46. Mindfree

    Folau doesnt give a damn he will go to France after the pool rounds of the World Cup.

    Woolfe

    My bet is Folau will after the world cup go to 1 Japan (mega mega bucks but too easy) or 2. England Aviva Premiership not as many megabucks but strong competition to test or 3 Top 14 in French (like England but not as strong these days although entertaining) as you suggested. He has been tempted from all 3 competitions with big dollars over that past years since last World Cup
    Of course a huge rumour last year which I thought was most likely was that he would go back to the NRL but given their image problems not such a great idea

    Anyway that’s my take

  47. Geriatric Mayfly

    The less stalwart may decide simply to go down the dreadful unexplained headache route. That is a long one, requiring many MRI’s and much hand-holding in Australia.

    Equatorial sunstroke could be the trigger and easily contracted in less than a day.

  48. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Shore boaters, Calli? Our son got into Shore for Year 7, but Hairy said he’d decided against a ‘Hooray Henry school’, so we sent him to the next top private one on our list. Worst mistake we ever made. He drifted. He ended up with mostly Shore boys as his friends anyway when he went to St. Paul’s College at Sydney University, as he is such a sporting soul (takes after Hairy). St. Paul’s has been the making of him. Our daughter has powered away with every advantage I never had and is looked at through smoked glass. Glows with beauty and brilliance.

    Worlds I once never knew existed.

  49. Farmer Gez

    Australia should have the UK system where provider numbers are tied to locations.
    You can have your medical degree but you don’t get to cash in on the taxpayer Medicare system unless you have a provider number.
    The country doctor problem would be solved and those medicos who won’t leave the city can fend for themselves by offering their services at full, unsubsidised cost, just like vets. Fairs fair.

  50. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Father Percy said they had been made aware of the site over the Christmas break when a friend of a church-goer had searched for mass times.

    Ah, the old ‘friend of a friend’ eh? Romping around the pron sites and lookee dis!
    Better let old Father Perce know though.

    Oh okay. Maybe it was genuinely a search for mass times.
    Hope they survived the initial shock. And weren’t maiden aunts.

  51. calli

    Worlds I once never knew existed.

    Neither did I. The first day I had a walk around the grounds and a peep into the classrooms, I couldn’t believe it.

    The fees matched the looxury, but it was worth it.

    And now that he’s got his daughter booked into something similar, he wonders – Mum, how did you ever afford it? For three? Save up and do without was my answer.

  52. Leigh Lowe

    Of course a huge rumour last year which I thought was most likely was that he would go back to the NRL but given their image problems not such a great idea

    I hope he is in high demand and issues strict instructions to his agent to run the red texta through any clause which puts a crimp in his freedom of speech.

  53. zyconoclast

    Everyone is complaint that UK MP Christopher Chope under fire for blocking anti-FGM bill

    But

    A 37-year-old woman on Friday became the first person in the UK to be found guilty of female genital mutilation (FGM) over an assault on her 3-year-old daughter.

    The Ugandan woman was convicted following a trial at London’s Old Bailey during which she pleaded not guilty.

    Her Ghanaian partner was acquitted of FGM and of failing to protect his daughter from the risk of FGM.

    The UK’s Serious Crime Act defines FGM as involving procedures that include the partial or total removal of the external female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

    It has been a specific criminal offence in the UK since 1985 but until now no one had been convicted.

  54. areff

    Father Percy, eh.

    appropriate

  55. Bruce of Newcastle

    Seven News reports Albert Finney turned down Lawrence of Arabia to play Tom Jones instead.
    Should I be surrounded by Arabs or surrounded by lovely ladies?
    Decisions, decisions… 😀

  56. Bruce of Newcastle

    St. Paul’s has been the making of him.

    If he can survive the food he will be capable of anything.
    I had a year there, we had Nationwide C grade food, which was a grade lower than Long Bay gaol.
    Recently I was contacted by someone trying for a reunion of St Paul’s culinary victims.
    I’ve not replied…

  57. Dragnet

    Is there any doubt now left that Harken Now is the latest snidest incarnation of Grigorae ?

  58. areff

    Harken, wanking is best done in private. Try to remember that.

  59. JC

    Harksie

    2,567,890, 2567891, 2,557,892….

    Still waiting.

  60. Tom

    Trollscum, as a wilfully ignorant peon who has rejected knowledge and the classical method of accumulating it, you know nothing about literature and learning. Back to your cave with the rest of humanity’s ignorant ferrets. You’re what happens when the stupidest people ever born are treated like adults.

  61. Elle

    Lizzie darling, please check your email.

    I am back from dwelling in victimhood land, after significant loss last year.

    You’re a tough gal. One day at a time.

    Booby hugs 😘

  62. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – History has lots of good stuff. And archaeology. I read this earlier this evening, it was very interesting:

    ‘X-ray gun’ helps researchers pinpoint the origins of pottery found on ancient shipwreck (8 Feb)

    About eight hundred years ago, a ship sank in the Java Sea off the coast of the islands of Java and Sumatra in Indonesia. There are no written records saying where the ship was going or where it came from—the only clues are the mostly-disintegrated structure of the vessel and its cargo, which was discovered on the seabed in the 1980s. Since the wreck’s recovery in the 1990s, researchers have been piecing together the world that the Java Sea Shipwreck was part of. In a new study in the Journal of Archaeological Science, archaeologists have demonstrated a new way to tell where the ceramic cargo of the ship originally came from: by zapping it with an X-ray gun.

    The X-ray gun thing is a bit of artistic licence – it’s just a dime a dozen portable XRF. They’re cheap, and rock kickers in WA use them to find yummy stuff. Use of a portable XRF to pinpoint a single kiln in China from 800 yr old porcelain found off the coast of Sumatra is rather good though. Then the story led me to look up the Java Sea Wreck and the Srivijaya Empire.

    So much wonderful information we can access now. I am bemused by the Left’s abandonment of history, since we can learn so much from it.

  63. Elle

    EvilElvis! We will soon be celebrating sodomy. The gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is just around the corner. I assume you have rubber gloves and plenty of lubricant. 🙃

  64. Farmer Gez

    Hark! Hark.

    Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake

    The fairy tale follows Stan in his quest to find the missing half of the moon, after seeing a half-moon in the sky one night. Along the way, he saves a fly from starvation, and in gratitude the insect tells him of someone who can answer his question and also tell him the philosophy of life itself. With magic power, Stan intones, “If all the flies were one fly, what a great enormous fly-follolloper that would bold,” and the fly grows to gigantic proportions. Seated on the giant fly’s back, Stan takes a psychedelic journey to the cave of Mad John the Hermit, who explains that the moon’s disappearance is only temporary, and demonstrates by pointing out that Stan has spent so long on his quest that the moon is now full again. He then sings Stan a cheerful song about the meaning of life.

    Pretty fly for a white guy.

  65. Elle

    Hello areff. I’ve almost finished a piece you may like.

  66. mh

    EvilElvis! We will soon be celebrating sodomy. The gay and lesbian Mardi Gras is just around the corner. I assume you have rubber gloves and plenty of lubricant.

    Which float will you two be on?

  67. Geriatric Mayfly

    The house kookaburra arrives for the afternoon silver service. Shows no interest in descending for the cordon bleu rolled mince balls. Patience wears thin, expletive deleted. A magpie squawks, kooka scans the skies. I follow the direction of the beak pointing vertical, nothing obvious above. Some parrots screech and kooka goes into radar mode. Then incoming, at low altitude, two wedge tails and two hawks. Kooka withdraws at speed to the dense, dark foliage next door. The hawks disappear, but the two wedgies, soon joined by a third, make the most of the brisk southerly and become the major distraction as they soar, sink and soar again, breasting the wind or running free with it behind. A superb lesson in aerodynamics, while my meatballs fester on the shrivelled grass.

  68. areff

    I hope it doesn’t involve lubricant and rubber gloves.

    That was the most, er, unusual return since Uncle Norman broke his leg on the Tarax Show

  69. Baldrick

    Of course it’s just a coincidence. 😉

  70. Siltstone

    THanks areff. I can just recall Uncle Norman, more so Jofa Boy (a distant relative).

  71. Bruce of Newcastle

    Hark – As for King Arthur I can recommend the very delectable Prof. Alice Roberts and her doco on Tintagel, which SBS showed recently.

    King Arthur’s Britain: Truth Unearthed

    From it you can easily see how the power structures and local economics would feed into Geoffrey of Monmouth’s story. A small extremely rich kingdom in SW Britain built on tin, with banquet accoutrements purchased from Constantinople.

  72. Memoryvault

    Evening Elle.

    Good to see you are back.

  73. DrBeauGan

    So much wonderful information we can access now. I am bemused by the Left’s abandonment of history, since we can learn so much from it.

    Once you’ve gone for dogma as a less stressful substitute for pursuing truth, new knowledge can only cause doubt and confusion. It should be avoided.

    Either it confirms the dogma, in which case it is superfluous, or it contradicts the dogma, in which case it is heretical. Either way, burn it.

  74. Elle

    mh, look for a built Nigella Lawson type gal in a blue uniform. Weapon positioned on a voluptuous hip, baton dangling, handcuffs and taser at hand.
    Police float.

  75. areff

    Professor Ratbaggy turned me into a carrot at the age of four, so the memory of Melbourne kids’ TV is somewhat more vivid. I got to keep the carrot when he changed me back.

  76. bespoke

    Dragnet
    #2929246, posted on February 9, 2019 at 6:33 pm
    Is there any doubt now left that Harken Now is the latest snidest incarnation of Grigorae ?

    This fixation on lizzie points that way.

  77. Elle

    Hi Memoryvault. Have been thinking about you and your darling.

  78. calli

    Booby hugs 😘

    Chortle

    Is there any other type?

  79. Boambee John

    The draft governance standards proposed last year by the Australian Stock Exchange state that companies must earn their licence to operate by acting ‘socially responsibly’

    I can remember when a company was “socially responsible” if it gave staff paid leave for Defence Force Reserve service. Now it probably comes out of annual leave.

  80. Memoryvault

    Why is it that whenever Farken Dumb pops in, erstwhile intelligent Cats all line up to respond?
    Don’t you people realise he is not here to debate anything? His presence is solely to disrupt and derail the thread. Theree is no point on trying to engage him. By the time you even come close he will have already headed off on a new tack.

    Also get over the naive idea that he is some simpleton, or kid, misled by his teachers. He is a very intelligent person here for one purpose, and one purpose only.

    Just ignore him.

  81. mh

    A police float?

    Good grief. Thank God I’m in Queensland.

  82. Snoopy

    The Sod Squad. Of course.

  83. Tom

    Elle, glad you’re back. In future, please consult Lizzie about being a tough chick. We would hate to lose you again.

  84. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why is it that whenever Farken Dumb pops in, erstwhile intelligent Cats all line up to respond?

    Dinner time. Trolls taste like chicken.

  85. Des Deskperson

    ‘I can just recall Uncle Norman, more so Jofa Boy (a distant relative).’

    I was told once that Joff Ellen, aka Joffa Boy, was formally named Raymond Ellen when born in 1915 but was always called Joff because, as a baby, he resembled or reminded people of General Joffre, who, IIRC, was paunchy.

    Dunno whether to believe or not. As a kiddie, I had the hots for Susan Gaye Anderson

  86. Elle

    Tom, good evening handsome.
    I’m a tough chick. Well, I think I am. Emotional? Yup. Piers Akerman once had me in the mud, writhing around with a gal on his site. It was not very PC. Fun times.

  87. Des Deskperson

    ‘I can remember when a company was “socially responsible” if it gave staff paid leave for Defence Force Reserve service. Now it probably comes out of annual leave.’

    Still a standard entitlement in most APS EAs:

    ” An employee is entitled to leave with pay, of up to 4 weeks during each financial year, and an additional 2 weeks paid leave in the first year of ADF Reserve Service, for the purpose of fulfilling service in the ADF Reserve.”

  88. Atoms for Peace

    Larry Correia has an interesting commentary on the book community on his blog. Harkenberg fits the concern troll profile in the book community.

  89. struth

    He is a very intelligent person

    FMD, MV…………………………………..I’ll let you off knowing what you are going through, but ……………………………………FMD

  90. areff

    BoN: put some jam on it for the poor cocky. They like apricot. My stripped bare tree is prepared to testify for the prosecution on that score.

  91. struth

    Hello Elle, whet hiv you bun ep to?
    Oh, pardon me, that was South Africaaaaaaaaaaan.

    Hello Elle, whet hev you ben up to?

  92. Elle

    Struth – sweet pea. I have been trying hard to keep the community safe. The bureaucracy is against me though.

    I dud vusut EnZud recently though.

    I flew business class. My fear of flying reduced. I was pampered by very camp stewards.

  93. Leigh Lowe

    areff

    #2929274, posted on February 9, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    Professor Ratbaggy turned me into a carrot at the age of four, so the memory of Melbourne kids’ TV is somewhat more vivid.

    No such wizardry, fun and frollicks for country viewers.
    We had two choices … ABC and BTV6 Ballarat.
    The highlight of the week was the Nature Show with Mr Sonzi.
    Note … “Mr”.
    Very formal.
    No first name familiarity, thank you very much, and certainly no nick-names.
    Various fauna was captured by the kids in the viewing area and sent via post to Mr Sonzi who would identify the specimen and give a very, very interesting talk on the genus in question.
    I can’t recall any of the beasts making it alive to the studio.

  94. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Media firms ‘can’t be sued if unaware of Facebook content’

    Deborah Cornwall
    Journalist
    @deborahcornwall
    12:00AM February 9, 2019

    Media companies cannot be sued over defamatory comments made by the public on their official Facebook pages if they are not aware the comments are there, a Sydney court has heard.

    Barrister James Hmelnitsky SC told a landmark hearing in the NSW Supreme Court yesterday a defamation action filed against three Australian media companies by Dylan Voller, a former inmate of the notorious Don Dale Youth Detention Centre in Darwin, posed a critical and “novel” challenge for the courts.

    Mr Hmelnitsky, for the media companies, said his clients could not be held liable for 20 allegedly defamatory comments about Mr Voller that appeared on their Facebook pages between late 2016 and mid-2017 because they had never seen them. Nor were they notified they were there

    The comments included alleg­ations Mr Voller so savagely assaulte­d a Salvation Army worker who had visited him in Don Dale that he was left “blinded in one eye and deaf in one ear”.

    Other comments also accused Mr Voller of being a serial rOpist and attacking an elderly woman.

    Mr Hmelnitsky said the first the media companies learned of the offending comments was when Mr Voller filed his lawsuit in the Supreme Court in December 2017 — at least a year after the first of the comments had been posted.

    “There was no complaint about these publications … no email, letter or phone call, notice of concern or anything of the like,” Mr Hmelnitsky said

    From the Oz.

  95. Leigh Lowe

    areff

    #2929299, posted on February 9, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    BoN: put some jam on it for the poor cocky. They like apricot. My stripped bare tree is prepared to testify for the prosecution on that score.

    Just chased 4,000 (*) cockies out of one of my plum trees.
    Fuck I hate them.
    .
    * … estimate only.

  96. Nick

    Leigh, I hope you didn’t scare them. /sarc.

  97. Memoryvault

    FMD, MV…………………………………..

    Fair enough, Struth.
    I humbly bow to your superior knowledge vast experience in these matters.

  98. JC

    Elle

    Remind me, didn’t you take off in huff never to return? What happened with that?

  99. Leigh Lowe

    Nick

    #2929308, posted on February 9, 2019 at 7:53 pm

    Leigh, I hope you didn’t scare them. /sarc.

    Ran out the back door waving arms and screaming like a banshee.
    Cockies depart.
    I then see my neighbour having a drink in her garden.
    “Sorry … cockies … plums”
    Sheepishly retreat inside.

  100. JC

    This is so great to watch.

    Second Woman Accuses Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of Sexual Assault

    A second woman has come forward to accuse Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax of sexual assault.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/second-woman-accuses-virginia-lt-gov-justin-fairfax-of-sexual-assault-11549662072

  101. Steve trickler

    The F-16 pilot at 4:45.

    “Look mum, no hands!”



  102. Nick

    Ran out the back door waving arms and screaming like a banshee.
    Cockies depart.
    I then see my neighbour having a drink in her garden.
    “Sorry … cockies … plums”
    Sheepishly retreat inside.

    Ha.
    Should have told her that the birds were disturbing your plant totem.

  103. Elle

    JC. Yup. I spat the dummy and took a break from the internet.

    Just like a child.

  104. Bruce of Newcastle

    JC. Yup. I spat the dummy and took a break from the internet.
    Just like a child.

    Not. 😀

    The Zombification Of America Accelerates – 45% Of Teens Are Online “Almost Constantly”

    Fully 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 45% say they are online ‘almost constantly’, according to the latest Pew Research Center poll, increasing concerns, about what The Atlantic’s Jean Twenge calls the most crucial question of our age… “have smartphones destroyed a generation?”

    And we were told 40 years ago that TV was rotting our brains…

  105. Memoryvault

    I spat the dummy and took a break from the internet.

    Don’t beat yourself up over it, Elle.
    I’m sure many feel that way from time to time.
    I know I do.

    It’s just good to have you back.

  106. Bruce of Newcastle

    That’s a ripper track by Kasey Chambers, btw.

  107. Siltstone

    Maybe Struth can answer this for me.
    Why to the vast majority of Australians who record songs and speak with an Australian accent, sing with an American accent?

  108. zyconoclast

    Finland basic income trial left people ‘happier but jobless’

    Giving jobless people in Finland a basic income for two years did not lead them to find work, researchers said.

    From January 2017 until December 2018, 2,000 unemployed Finns got a monthly flat payment of €560 (£490; $634).

    The aim was to see if a guaranteed safety net would help people find jobs, and support them if they had to take insecure gig economy work.

    While employment levels did not improve, participants said they felt happier and less stressed.

    So, did it work?
    That depends what you mean by ‘work’.

    Did it help unemployed people in Finland find jobs, as the centre-right Finnish government had hoped? No, not really.

    Mr Simanainen says that while some individuals found work, they were no more likely to do so than a control group of people who weren’t given the money. They are still trying to work out exactly why this is, for the final report that will be published in 2020.

    But for many people, the original goal of getting people into work was flawed to begin with. If instead the aim were to make people generally happier, the scheme would have been considered a triumph.

    One participant, former newspaper editor Tuomas, pretty much summed this up when he told BBC News about how the basic income had affected him.

    “I am still without a job,” he explained. “I can’t say that the basic income has changed a lot in my life. OK, psychologically yes, but financially – not so much.”

  109. Elle

    BoN, it is awesome! Turn it up loud! 🙂

  110. JC

    Snoopy, I can’t figure out who you’re trolling.

    Explain.

  111. Memoryvault

    Why to the vast majority of Australians who record songs and speak with an Australian accent, sing with an American accent?

    Simples.
    America is by far the biggest market.
    And it’s not just Australians.
    Have a listen to a few Abba tracks.

  112. JC

    Nick
    #2929334, posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I can guess

    Guess what, spit it out. What’s with this cryptic-like code.

  113. Siltstone

    America is by far the biggest market.
    Thank MV
    And if China were the biggest market, they’d sing with a Chinese accent!

  114. bespoke

    Nick
    #2929334, posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:40 pm
    I can guess

    Me to

  115. Leigh Lowe

    Should have told her that the birds were disturbing your plant totem.

    Yeah, nah, Nick.
    Never give the vaguest hint in Sodom that you have even a passing interest in hippie shit.
    You will die in a stampede of cheesecloth and patchouli.
    Actually I don’t really give a shit about the plum tree. I don’t want them getting near the house and developing a taste for my weatherboards.

  116. JC

    I wouldn’t be so optimistic but it’s also good to dream a little.

    Kimberley A. Strassel WSJ Piece.

    Opinion Potomac Watch

    The Socialist That Could
    Meet Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the secret Republican weapon for 2020.

    The Republican Party has a secret weapon for 2020. It’s especially effective because it’s stealthy: The Democrats seem oblivious to its power. And the GOP needn’t lift a finger for it to work. All Republicans have to do is sit back and watch 29-year-old Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez . . . exist.

    This should be fun to watch.

    For them, what’s not to love? She’s set off a fratricidal war on the left, with her chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, this week slamming the “radical conservatives” among the Democrats holding the party “hostage.” She’s made friends with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s Labour Party, who has been accused of anti-Semitism. She’s called the American system of wealth creation “immoral” and believes government has a duty to provide “economic security” to people who are “unwilling to work.” As a representative of New York, she’s making California look sensible.

    On Thursday Ms. Ocasio-Cortez unveiled her vaunted Green New Deal, complete with the details of how Democrats plan to reach climate nirvana in a mere 10 years. It came in the form of a resolution, sponsored in the Senate by Massachusetts’ Edward Markey, on which AOC is determined to force a full House vote. That means every Democrat in Washington will get to go on the record in favor of abolishing air travel, outlawing steaks, forcing all American homeowners to retrofit their houses, putting every miner, oil rigger, livestock rancher and gas-station attendant out of a job, and spending trillions and trillions more tax money. Oh, also for government-run health care, which is somehow a prerequisite for a clean economy.

    Lol

    Buried in the details, the Green New Deal also promises government control of the most fundamental aspects of private life. The fact sheet explains why the resolution doesn’t call for “banning fossil fuels” or for “zero” emissions across the entire economy—at least at first. It’s because “we aren’t sure that we’ll be able to fully get rid of farting cows and airplanes that fast” (emphasis mine).

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-socialist-that-could-11549583738?mod=trending_now_1

  117. JC

    Snoopy
    #2929338, posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Sleep easy.
    ☺️

    Get out of my kitchen!!!!!!!!

  118. Bruce of Newcastle

    Why to the vast majority of Australians who record songs and speak with an Australian accent, sing with an American accent?

    Hehe…

    NIDA American Accents

    For adults 18 years +

    Level: Core Techniques

    Add to your actor’s essential tool kit by developing your General American accent. You will explore the techniques required to speak naturally in General American and apply these skills to a variety of situations/contexts.

    Course components
    Phonetics: learn the technical essentials of the Standard American accent
    Apply technique to a variety of texts.
    Employ phonetics to explore the variations in approaching an additional American accent e.g. New York, Texan or Californian

    Outcomes
    Ability to break down the phonetic elements of American accents
    Practical exercises to maintain your technique after the course

    And you wondered why there are so many Aussie actors in Hollywood…

  119. C.L.

    Strassel is right. Ocasio-Cortez is obviously a Trump plant.

  120. JC

    When you think about it, the left’s recent love of Occasional -Cortex is the real life equivalent of Chauncey the gardener. The more ridiculous nonsense she spouts, the more popular she is with the left.

  121. Memoryvault

    And if China were the biggest market, they’d sing with a Chinese accent!

    It won’t happen. Not the way you mean, anyway. China is already a huge market for entertainment, possible already challenging the US market in sheer size.

    However they prefer both their song lyrics and movies in Chinese, even if the music itself is ‘western’.

  122. zyconoclast

    bespoke
    #2929330, posted on February 9, 2019 at 8:37 pm

    This is even better (nice an loud)

  123. Bruce of Newcastle

    Our Aussie Chinese friends aren’t here to stand out from the crowd.
    The relos at home need them to not make waves.
    Maybe the next generation will sing on YouTube in Aussie accented Chinese.
    Depends on how active local PLA plod is.

  124. mh

    Elle, I bet you see this sort of thing all the time

    Man bites off part of boyfriend’s ear over alleged cheating, police say

    https://www.foxnews.com/us/victim-held-part-of-ear-on-hand-after-suspect-allegedly-bit-ear-police-say

  125. JC

    Wow, there’s a bit of a war going on, inside the D’rat party. I doubted what Bloomberg said,

    Says Bloomberg: “If you want to look at a system that is not capitalistic, just take a look at what was perhaps the wealthiest country in the world and today people are starving to death. It’s called Venezuela.”

    But he may be correct, going back 40 plus years ago.

    The Gross Domestic Product per capita in Venezuela was last recorded at 13709.04 US dollars in 2014. The GDP per Capita in Venezuela is equivalent to 109 percent of the world’s average. GDP per capita in Venezuela averaged 13171.53 USD from 1960 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 15557.33 USD in 1977 and a record low of 9710.31 USD in 2003.

  126. Memoryvault

    Woopee doo.
    Marilyn has gone to bed early (8.00om instead of 9.00pm).
    That means she will be up to spend a penny early – maybe even by 11.00pm
    That means I can give her her night time pills, and have a relatively early night myself.

    And I can watch some more Grantchester.

  127. JC

    I think what Bloomberg was referring to was an apportionment of the oil reserves per capita.

  128. Steve trickler

    Yes, the lady can dance. At 1:10, the gyrating crotch takes a break. A gifted lady with a hula hoop takes control. And another follows up.



  129. Leigh Lowe

    When you think about it, the left’s recent love of Occasional -Cortex is the real life equivalent of Chauncey the gardener. The more ridiculous nonsense she spouts, the more popular she is with the left.

    It is bizarre.

    Her support base is the loony left in a pocket of New York and the Dems are getting all hot in the tubes about her appeal to Middle America.
    She is the Adam Bandit of US politics.

  130. candy

    My opinion is that the Cortez lady is very pretty, slim and lively interesting personality. Whatever she says is about everyone getting more money and being happy ever after. It’s a package probably many under 35 cannot resist. For the guys because she is quite sexy, for the gals because she is a dynamic sounding feminist with beautiful outfits and hair and makeup lovely.

    She can say outrageous dumb stuff that a plain overweight Dem lady would get laughed at for.
    A movie star thing – Americans love it.

  131. Snoopy

    Shock! Alfred E. Neuman wins SA by-election for ALP.

  132. Gab

    Ran … waving arms and screaming like a banshee.

    Heh. That’s my dance when I walk into a spider’s web in the garden.

  133. Memoryvault

    Thanks Steve – nice hoops.
    I do admire a well-made hoop.

  134. Bruce in WA

    Hi Lizzie

    Sorry to hear your news about your husband. Hope he recovers completely; he sounds like a nice bloke.

    As for the drugs: my cardiologist took me off beta-blockers as soon as he could (after 6 weeks).

    But I’m afraid I’m on Plavix (Clopidogrel) for at least 12 months, as well as Cartia, statins, Coversyl Plus and Zanidip for life. Not happy about the statins …

    Keep us informed how he goes, please.

  135. bespoke

    AOC has no appeal outside the SJW’s.

  136. Pedro the Ignorant

    One of my rellies is a commercial pilot flying a King Air.

    I emailed her Steve Tricklers Death Valley video, pointing out the King Air doing its low level thing.

    She just sent back a reply: “If I ever even thought about pulling that sort of air work, CASA would have a small bonfire with my licence and ratings”.

    Over regulated, over governed, and treated like potential criminals by our Lords and Masters.

  137. Snoopy

    AOC has no appeal outside the SJW’s.

    There’s appeal and there’s appeal, isn’t there IT?

  138. Bruce of Newcastle

    For the guys because she is quite sexy

    Yikes, I’m ashamed for my gender.
    AOC reminds me of a female praying mantis.

  139. Snoopy

    AOC reminds me of a female praying mantis.

    Irresistible. To male a male praying mantis.

  140. Memoryvault

    Bruce in WA
    #2929372, posted on February 9, 2019 at 9:37 pm

    Bruce, you shouldn’t need to be on the Plavix for longer than 12 months, regardless of what has been done to you. And unless your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) readings are through the roof, dump the statins.

  141. Siltstone

    Follow up question for MV. Of the many Australian singers who play in pubs and clubs and who busk, and who have no intention whatsoever of selling to the USA (or any overseas destination for that matter), why do the vast majority sing with an American accent?

  142. Memoryvault

    Lizzie,

    I’ve only come in at the end of your words about Hairy.
    For what it’s worth, after the last stroke (March 2018) my eyes were so far out of kilter, and the vision through my left eye was so bad, that I literally could not make my way from my bed to the toilet (less than twenty paces) without careening all over the place, bumping into things, and, losing my balance and falling over. There was no way I was ever going to be able to drive again.

    But after about six weeks it had all cleared, apart from impairment to my vision on the far left.
    Remember, always hope for the best.

  143. Memoryvault

    Siltstone

    A vast kaleidoscope of reasons. Many have high hopes of expanding their horizons, many think that’s the way it’s “supposed” to sound. The reasons are as varied as the songs they sing.

  144. Notafan

    Domain name issue is perfectly believable.

    Had my business domain pinched when I forgot to renew it a couple of years ago.

    I actually rang the guy that did it, as if he didn’t know what he was doing, he promised to give it back but of course he didn’t.

    It is a very easy thing to overlook for those not particularly savvy, you pay the hosting fee and think you are done.

  145. Shy Ted

    Decided against PNG, against Mexico and Bahamas, against Cuba and so on. Off to Singapore. Thought I might say hello to young Alex.

  146. Shy Ted

    Any minute now Tom is gonna tell us Week in Pictures is up. Can hardly wait.

  147. Nick

    Cruise out of Singapore ?
    Bang for buck, KL is much better, but you have to know what you are doing.

  148. Leigh Lowe

    Shy Ted

    #2929391, posted on February 9, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Any minute now Tom is gonna tell us Week in Pictures is up. Can hardly wait.

    Bang ….. bang.
    False start.
    Ted penalised 2 metres.

  149. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Very up-cheering words thanks Memory Vault. I’m still hoping it’s all to do with the parlous state of Hairy’s health right now due to the cellulitis, the stent, his previous DVT’s and all of the necessary treatments for those things. I’ve read him your piece and it did make him more hopeful, which is what is needed right now.

  150. Memoryvault

    Interesting to note that, as of next Monday morning ScoMo has a maximum of 52 days to start campaigning and making election promises, bring down a Budget, allow the Opposition a day’s grace and then the right of reply, visit the GG and request dissolution of Parliament, and announce a full general election.

    All by close of business Thursday, April 4.

    Parliament sits for three days next week, and four days the week after.
    It is not currently scheduled to sit at all in March.
    It is not scheduled to sit then, until April 2, the day the Budget would have to be delivered.

    What odds now on a split election?

  151. Memoryvault

    All good to hear, Lizzie.
    If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the last decade, it’s that the human body has an astounding ability to heal, especially with a bit of TLC from the right source.

  152. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Keep us informed how he goes, please.

    Will do. Thanx for the support and sharing, guys.

  153. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    What odds now on a split election?

    I’m hoping ScoMo has a “cunning plan”, otherwise Chloe Shorten might as well begin organizing the removal now. Death duties, and a wealth tax, anyone?

  154. struth

    Maybe Struth can answer this for me.
    Why to the vast majority of Australians who record songs and speak with an Australian accent, sing with an American accent?

    If you sing with an Australian accent you get Missy Higgins.
    Our accent is anything but lyrical.
    it is a closed mouth mumble with barely any mouth movement to keep out the flies.

    Let me explain it like this.
    Listen to Glen Shorrock with Little River Band.
    Is he singing with an American accent or just trying to sing clearly and make the proper Vowel sounds.
    Scottish try to sing Clearer than their extreme accent and so do many other accents that would punish the music.
    They are not trying to sing with an American Accent, more not with an excessive Australian one.
    Big Difference.

  155. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Tom, good evening handsome.

    Elle, you’re back and still game. I wish I’d had the courage to say that.
    Tom drives, or once drove, a cute little Mercedes sports too, so he said.
    We gurls do need to encourage our very best male talent on Catallaxy.
    We could offer prizes. For best shoulders, thews, hips – just the regular stuff.
    Northern Territory News offer the best beer bellies. There’s surely talent in that here too.
    Hairy has lots of unused designer aftershave, years of unwanted gifts.
    We could present that to the winners. They wouldn’t use it either. 🙂

  156. Week in pics is up. Some good ones on the women in white during SOTU.

  157. What odds now on a split election?

    Think you might be right MV. Scomo needs something to be remembered for and such an unusual decision would see him written into history books. It would also throw the minor parties a major curve ball and ensure the ruling triumvirate aren’t threatened with a Senate that resembles the Star Wars cantina. Also gives him space to buy votes in the Budget and with a Labor-Green majority in the Senate the dumb Proles will react by voting LNP in the House to “ensure stability” without knowing they are voting for the Uniparty anyway. The farce will continue.

  158. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Curse you lot…..

  159. Memoryvault

    Zulu, when you’ve finished playing with you toy soldiers,
    maybe we could go to Ichycoo Park?

    We’ll take Elle, of course.
    As long as she promises not to tell our wives.

  160. Bruce in WA

    Bruce, you shouldn’t need to be on the Plavix for longer than 12 months, regardless of what has been done to you. And unless your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) readings are through the roof, dump the statins.

    Mate, I’ve always had low “bad cholesterol” readings. I was told this is a “precautionary” tablet. Don’t like it, but was told just get used to it.

  161. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Because, honestly, you might not like the reviews if you’re published by someone who finds whatever charm you exert in person irresistible.

    Harken, firstly, please learn to capitalize my name. That is a basic grammatical fault which you fall into in your diatribe above. Please also know that the editors of Quadrant and Quadrant Online have published my work without ever having met me in person. They make their decisions on things other than appearances, difficult for you in your fancy-dress to comprehend no doubt. Only very recently have I met one of these editors, Keith Windschuttle, in person. So that piece of snipe, along with all of the others in your sad little attack, is easily whisked away. Why do you bother?

    Should you have any intellect at all you really do need to find other ways of expressing it. It comes out all wrong, you weird little pretend apparition. Surely you can do better than that. It sounds so archly inept; itsy, arty, campish and yes, foolish. You don’t like me or what I write? On present evidence, that’s your problem, not mine.

  162. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For a lady, a long time ago.

  163. Memoryvault

    Love to, Elle. But all jokes aside, I have my Lady to look after.
    Marilyn got all teary earlier in the week – not about the state of her health, but about the way she looked. To cheer her up I played her a romantic love song expressing the way I felt.

    It worked a treat.
    Lizzie might try it with Hairy.

  164. Elle

    Oh, MV. A bit of fun. Nothing else.
    Best wishes to you and your gal.
    I hope she is pain free.
    Sooth her soul with music and your soft touch.
    Bless.

  165. Elle

    Struth! Am putting my headphones on and turning it up loud.
    Cheers!

  166. Memoryvault

    Nice song, Zulu, but my Irish Catholic redhead has blue eyes.
    In that respect we are a matched set.

  167. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    I don’t think Harken is Grigorae, Cats. I’d go for Steve from Brisbane redux or maybe some disgusting new life form. Harken’s been taking lots of notes. Re my travels, for instance, which to clarify, are never mentioned gratuitously as he claims, but as part of the thematic discussion in a long essay – for example, re the Durack homestead, a Moscow hotel, or the Atlantic ‘crossing’. Harken has also retained ideas about my Arthur write up that I’ve floated here occasionally over the years that may or may not form part of the forthcoming book.

    He is vewy, vewy interested in me and what I do and say. Creepy.

  168. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Memory Vault, you mentioned the IMMORTAL Credence Clearwater Revival…

  169. Memoryvault

    It’s getting a bit slow, folks.
    We better up the tempo.
    After all, it’s that Time of the Season.

  170. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    Nice song, Zulu, but my Irish Catholic redhead has blue eyes.
    In that respect we are a matched set.

    Wot? You have blue hair and red eyes?

    umm, maybe I’m tired and it’s bedtime. Night all.

  171. Arky

    No model A video, because this:


  172. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    I don’t think Harken is Grigorae, Cats. I’d go for Steve from Brisbane redux or maybe some disgusting new life form.

    I’m going for the love child of Numbers Bob, and testpattern. Trolls need to know that anyone monstering a Kitteh tends to attract the attention of the truly anti social, with a capacity for a deep and terrible revenge.

  173. Elle

    My mum’s era. 1950s/60s gal. Wish I lived it. Love the short dresses and the way the gals got their groove on.

    Sorry JC. Nought about economics here.

  174. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    My mum’s era. 1950s/60s gal. Wish I lived it. Love the short dresses and the way the gals got their groove on.

    The memsahib confirms that her shirts were just as short, back in the day, and the secret was to wear colour co ordinated knickers….

  175. Memoryvault

    Nice clip, Elle.
    But why did you pick one with a girl wearing such a long, formal dress (for the time)?

  176. Zyconoclast

    Teaching Young Dogs Old Tricks
    Exploring the role of mentorship in the gay “pup play” community.

    When at their leisure, some queer people socialize and sweat it out at LGBTQ badminton games. Others enjoy hearing a reading at the local queer bookstore. And for still others, the best way to spend free time is rolling around on floor mats with each other while wearing puppy masks, collars, and tail-shaped butt plugs, barking and sniffing like real pups. Known as pup play, this is a brand of BDSM role-play where people imitate adolescent canine behavior in order to get off. When done with other pups, it’s considered a “mosh,” and it happens regularly at leather bars all across the country. For some, pup play is just for Saturday nights. But could the fetish lifestyle offer more than just a good time?

    https://slate.com/human-interest/2019/02/pup-play-fog-city-pack-mentorship.html

  177. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    But why did you pick one with a girl wearing such a long, formal dress (for the time)?

    Memsahib says that the acid test was whether a lady would bend to pick up anything less then a twenty dollar bill – one bent at the knees.

  178. Elle

    I hope Mark Vincent represents us at Eurovision. Alan Jones has been promoting him.
    Rightly so

  179. Memoryvault

    Is it late enough for some naughty bits?
    (Hard to believe this was a kid’s show, on at 5.00pm in WA, back in the ’70’s).

  180. Memoryvault

    And this was “family entertainment”.
    On at 7.30pm.
    (Vimeo – may take a few seconds to load)

  181. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    (Hard to believe this was a kid’s show, on at 5.00pm in WA, back in the ’70’s).

    Kenny Everett, and “Hot Gossip”, on every T.V. set, in Jo Bjelke Petersen’s Queensland, on “panic night” – Monday night – at R.A.A.F. Amberly…

  182. Elle

    It’s late. I should go to bed. Maybe a wee nightcap while watching Vikings

  183. EvilElvis

    Too early for

    hanky panky?

    It’s never to early, Elle. Or late… 😉

    On a side note to Zulus clip, nearly had a nag of a Trotter with a mate which we were going to name ‘Hey Rodriguez’. Nearly…

    Shine on you crazy diamonds!

  184. Memoryvault

    Tell me Zulu, did you break the speed limit to be home by 5.15pm in time for the Bugs Bunny Show?
    (Hosted by Sophie Lee?)

  185. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    For Cat’s on a Saturday night, who ever woke up Sunday morning, with the hangover from Hell, not too sure whose bed they were in, and the question burning in their minds “I beg your pardon, Miss, what was your name again?”

  186. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sorry, was meant to be Kris Kristoffersen, “Sunday Morning Coming Down.”

  187. Memoryvault

    Naughty girl Elle!!
    You’ll end up getting your bottom spanked if you carry on like that.

  188. Elle

    A brilliant version, Zulu! Fecking awesome!

  189. Memoryvault

    Nothing especially wrong with a song about the future, Zulu.
    And no, I don’t mean politics or elections.

  190. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    This on’s for Memory Vault.

    Perth, in the early 1970’s, had the best nightlife in Australia. I’m not saying that some of the nightclubs were rough, it’s just that the furniture was bolted to the floor, and, if you went home with some of the young ladies there, it was a good idea to wear two condoms – what they could give you, would eat through one condom, without pausing to draw breathe.

  191. Rockdoctor

    Flew out of Townsville this morning. Ross River didn’t look any different to normal and certainly nothing like a few days ago, amazing how quick it subsides in these parts. Flight down to Newcastle spent dodging storms & thrown round a tad descending into Williamtown. Hope the parts of NSW got a drink that need it… Now for a nightcap…

  192. Elle

    MV, it’s too late for an over the knee spanking.

    Night night.

  193. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Night, night.

    Memory Vault, F.F.S, all you have to do is just ask.

  194. Elle

    Well, it’s never too late. But yeah. 🙂

  195. Memoryvault

    Memory Vault, F.F.S, all you have to do is just ask.

    Thanks Zulu, but I wasn’t talking about Marilyn and me personally.
    From 2008 we have been slipping into a Grand Slar Minimum. The transition is now complete.
    Last time this happened it occurred in two stages.
    The first stage is now referred to as the Maunder Minimum (1645 to 1715).
    Collectively the period is referred to as “The LIttle Ice Age” (1650 to 1850).

    The so-called “polar vortex” currently freezing America is not an “unprecedented event”.
    It is the foreseeable future for the Northern Hemisphere.
    History, or “climate” if you prefer, is in the process of repeating itself.
    As it always does.

  196. Elle

    MV, sweet pea, do an Armadillo!

    I think it is just you and I awake. Go for it! 🙂

  197. Memoryvault

    Thanks for the invite, Elle, but that’s not really my cup of tea.
    If there’s no one left to share music YouTube clips with, you and I can discuss classic literature.

    Have you read “The Story of ‘O'” perchance?

  198. Elle

    I was about to post a song, MV. I will do after this.

    I have read The Story of O many times.

    The pages are wrinkled with many dog ears and book marks.

  199. Elle

    Maybe Sinc is awake and will dance with me 🙂

  200. Memoryvault

    Perth, in the early 1970’s, had the best nightlife in Australia.

    True, Zulu.
    And I could go into any nightclub in Perth or Northbridge, free entrance and never buy a drink.
    I was considered the Guardian Angel of the Perth Gay Community.
    I was given a tee-shirt with “Bodyguard To The Bent” on it.

    The first serious date I took Marilyn on, was the grand opening of Holly Wood’s nightclub/music hall.
    As we entered, Marilyn on my arm, Holly came screaming up, in full drag, leaped up on me with his legs around my waist, and gave me a big kiss on the cheek.

    Marilyn spent the rest of the night wondering just what sort of a relationship she was getting into.
    We still have a good laugh about it, from time to to time.

    Sadly, Holly passed away about decade ago.

  201. Elle

    The Story of O.
    Only read the book.
    Don’t watch the movie!

  202. Memoryvault

    The pages are wrinkled with many dog ears and book marks.

    Based on my limited knowledge on the subject, Elle, I think you just described about 50 million copies of it.

  203. Memoryvault

    Maybe Sinc is awake and will dance with me

    You do know don’t you, Elle, that girls only wore those skirts to keep cool.
    Nightclubs were such hot, stuffy places in those days.
    I used to get very hot and sweaty a lot myself.

    Often it was hard, very hard.
    To keep cool, I mean.

  204. Elle

    MV, I hope you are keeping cool and hard. I hope you can multi-task.

  205. Elle

    Nighty night. Sleep tight.

  206. Memoryvault

    I hope you can multi-task.

    I only have limited experience at it, Elle.
    When Gough sent all the Nashos home Christmas 1972.
    Transport was impossibly booked out, so I decided to hitch-hike. In uniform.
    I had already told my mother by phone I would be home for Christmas.
    Got stuck at the turn-off towards Ceduna, on the road from Port Augusta down to Whyalla.

    Towards sunset two incredibly “sociable” young ladies in a totally smicked out Mini Cooper, kidnapped me and took me home to their place.

    Five weeks later the police arrived. They had been looking for me and had reports of someone fitting my description at the address. My mother had reported me “missing”.

    Sharing a bed with with young ladies who get on incredibly well together, requires a certain amount of “multi-tasking”.

    Only happened once in my life. But I still remember it from time to time.
    Vaguely.

  207. Memoryvault

    Looks like everybody’s gone to bed.
    So me too.

  208. struth

    Yes picked up at the tanks and taken to Whyalla MV.
    When the steel works scaled down there a lot of girls left without fellas who had pissed obff.

  209. Nob

    I dunno about “best”, but in the 70s Perth had tavern licences and 1am closing as standard for many places, when Melbourne was still hotel bars only and 10pm unless you had entertainment and food, in which case it was 11:30pm.

    Martini in Carlton, a famous “rock pub” at the time, was typical of this.

  210. Leigh Lowe

    Well I woke up Sunday morning
    With no way to hold my head, that didn’t hurt
    bom, bom, bom
    And the beer I had for breakfast wasn’t bad
    So I had one more for dessert
    bom, bom, bom
    .
    .
    Sorry, I can’t embed musuc videos.

  211. Eyrie

    Like the WIP about the uni grad vs the tradie. Son of a friend has just completed first week of apprenticeship with Ergon as electrical fitter. Pays well during training, Ergon provides uniforms, tools, etc, nine day fortnight (already banked one RDO -LOL!). He’s laughing all the way to the bank. Parents are professionals and father doesn’t want his son going to uni to face debt, no job and left wing indoctrination. Kid will be about $200,000 ahead after 4 years by doing apprenticeship. Good to see.

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