Friday Frolyks in the weekend wonderland – where you been?

As Kevin has just posted, the former member for Bennelong is creating a furour in Washington and Rudd is accused of being overseas too much, so we thought we’d pose a question for the blogocrats – where have you been?

I have been to 44 countries – more if you count the ones in the breakup of the former Yugoslavia.  And out of that count I have actually worked and lived in 12 of them, which I think is quite impressive for someone so young and optimistic. 😛 And what have I learnt with all that travel – that everyone is the same.

So get counting blogocrats. Who knows – maybe the one with the most countries visited gets a free CD from reb?

And this being a Friday Frolyks that melds into the Weekend Wonderland, this thread is an open one to chat about anything that grabs your fancy. Just play nice!

joni

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236 Responses

  1. “quite impressive for someone so young and optimistic”

    Impressive? Yes. “Young” and “Optomistic?” Hmmmm.

    I’ve been to;

    Scotland
    England
    France
    Spain
    Italy
    Egypt
    AfricaDjibouti
    China
    Cambodia
    Vietnam
    Malaysia
    Korea
    Thailand
    New Zealand

    I think that’s about it. favourite place – a toss up between Penang, Malaysia and Chiang Mai, Thailand…

  2. That is impressive Joni when you think I am middle aged ( or nearly) and have been to New Zealand and The US. What a limited exposure I have to other cultures and lifestyles.

    reb

    So is yours compared to mine ( countries youve been to that is ) 🙂

  3. Africa is now a country ?!?! LOL

    Are you Sarah Palin in disguise?

  4. People,

    There are some v. good wines available on the Grays Premium Wines Auction today (2000 RWT for example). Worth checking out (just don’t outbid me on the Meerea Park Alexanda Munro. Some interesting stuff on the other auctions as well (although the old stuff on the private Cellar stuff is a bit exy in my view.

    And sorry for kicking off the thread with a wine post joni, I’m going to be busy today and though I should give the heads up.

  5. Maybe blogocrats should have a link to AA 🙂

  6. Amateur Athletics?
    Automobile Association?
    Arthur Anderson?

  7. And whoever recommended the Jaraman Shiraz deserves a pat on the back. Was lovely.

  8. joni @ 3

    Are you Sarah Palin in disguise?

    LOL

  9. “Africa is now a country ?!?! LOL

    Are you Sarah Palin in disguise?”

    Another candidate for VPeez of of PSEICO.

    “Just play nice!”

    I probably won’t be around in future. Some of the posters at this site have made it quite clear that others are not welcome. When you ask a poster to clarfiy their post and get accused of ‘attacking the person’ or make a suggestion (I thought you guys welcomed suggestions to help make this blog better) and one of the ‘authors’ accuse me of being ‘bitter’ then it is clear that certain posters, myself included, are unwelcome.

    Enjoy YOUR blog.

  10. Africa is now a country ?!?! LOL

    Bastards. The lot of you.

  11. Are you Sarah Palin in disguise?

    Fair go Joni, I’ll bet Reb can see Vostok Station from his kitchen window.

  12. Polly

    Not true… reb and myself do want you to stick around.

  13. Polly,

    I second what Joni said.

    Don’t let one smart arse remark from TB put you off.

    He’s probably just bitter about his teeth or sumthin’

    Now back to the countries thing….

  14. Mmmmmm………..!

    I’ve been to

    England
    Scotland
    Wales
    Republic of Ireland
    Northern Ireland
    France
    Netherlands
    Belgium
    Switzerland
    Italia
    Czech Republic
    Austria
    Germany
    Greece
    Egypt
    Algeria
    Spain (inc Gibraltar)
    Thailand
    Malaysia
    United Arab Emirates
    Vanuatu
    New Caledonia

    Oh and of course Tasmania

    In the year 2000 I promised myself that I would not travel to the USA until Bush was out of Office. Looks like time is almost up.

  15. LOL Tony. It’s amazing how far those Taswegans can see.

  16. Have we finished yet…? Are we done..?

    All having a good laugh at my expense…?

  17. IATW

    Thanks I forgot Tasmania LOL

  18. 9. Pollytickedoff
    Ditto.
    I sent an emal to the blogocrats last night offering my ‘resignation’. Seems that I am no 1 on the hitlist of 3 who are not welcome on ‘OUR’ site.
    Can’t even make a comment/opinion without it being seen as an attack.
    Guess min really is the last gal standing.

  19. Of course I think one of the great experiences in life is flying over a City’s rooftops just before landing and then feeling the jolt of the wheels hitting the tarmac.

    The most bizarre for me was flying into Cairo for the first time and whilst taxi-ing to what they called a terminal seeing lines and lines of very old jetliners covered upto their passenger windows in sand as they’d been parked and forgotten about for so long.

  20. No reb…. we have hours of enjoyment left.

    My list of countries is:

    Australia, England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Isle of Man, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Hong Kong, Japan, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Fiji, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Ecuador, Dutch Antilles, Hungary, South Africa, Vatican, Monaco, Lebanon, Singapore

    And I have worked/lived in:

    Australia, New Zealand, Canada, England, Ireland, Isle of Man, Hungary, Portugal, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Netherlands.

    When I was in Ecaudor in 1997 I flew on an internal flight from Machala to Quito in an old DC3 Dakota.

  21. “Isle of Man?”

    How not surprising.

  22. Was still an innocent little boy in those days…. what wasted time.

    😉

  23. Why are some offering or wishing to leave ?

    Differences will happen. I took a deep breath and moved on. I had no intention of leaving blogocrats simply decided not to comment on that particular topic.

    No doubt I will agree with Adrian on many more topics and disagree on others.

    This site is great, our comments are posted unedited and immediately, unlike many others where comments are strongly edited and many trashed.

  24. Just for the record, and for what it’s worth, I have no beef with anyone here.

    We all say things in the heat of the moment we wish we hadn’t, but once that send button has been hit, they remain said.

    That’s why I think it would be a good idea to cut one other a little slack occasionally. If there is someone you just cant engage without things turning ugly – avoid them for a while.

    If ‘blog therapy’ has lost its enjoyment for you, why not give it a little break?

    Finally, try to keep things in perspective: we’re just trading opinions here, that’s all. Try not to take things personally.

  25. Kittylitter and Pollytickedoff.

    I have responded to KL’s email and joni and I have gone to great lengths to point out that the blog belongs to all of us.

    As we’ve mentioned before, we don’t moderate the blog. The downside being that some people can and no doubt will make comments that others find offensive.

    It’s up to all of us to “haul these people into line”

    And joni and I have assured everyone that we will act if we receive a complaint – which can include banning people.

    While I agree that TB’s comments were out of line, I’m really beginning to feel that you are assuming that TB’s comments are indicative of how everyone else feels on this blog, which would be both an unfair assumption and not correct at all in this particular instance.

    Personally, I feel that this place is a lot more user-friendly and respectful of other’s opinions than the vitriole and personal attacks that used to fly thick and fast at Blogocracy. But that’s just me.

    I really don’t know what else to say or do that’s going to appease you both.

    I think I speak on behalf of everyone when I say that we really do value your participation and contributions here, but there’s only so much me and joni can do to try and maintain things.

    Naturally the decision is up to you. I’m not going to say any more on this matter, just that I think it would be a great shame for you both to throw in the towel just because of one person’s comments.

  26. “He’s probably just bitter about his teeth or sumthin’”

    I would say he is bitter about his whole life because to quote one of your authors “people always judge others by their own values…”

    I can see why Polly has decided to leave you to it. She was quite unfairly attacked by tb for making what I thought was a reasonable suggestion. Particularly annoying I imagine coming from the great hypocrite whose attitude seems to be ‘do as I say not what I do’.

    Disclosure: I know Polly so I may be biased but I think calling someone bitter because they make a suggestion is both unwarranted, abusive and offensive. If tb didn’t like her suggestion all he had to do was to say so – there was no need to be abusive in response to a post that was not abusive.

  27. I’ve been to;

    England, Ireland (both).Scotland, Wales, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Russia, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Emirates (only Dubai), Liechtenstein, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong (before it was returned to China) and New Zealand.

    I haven’t been to USA, Canada or Tasmania. My better half wants to go to Iceland but if she is willing to wait a little while I’ll be able to buy the entire country very, very cheaply.

  28. N5 “buy the entire country very, very cheaply” – and still have enough left over for a pizza.

  29. I’ve only been to USA, Canada, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and Guatemala. Off to Indonesia (Bali) in two weeks. I’ve also had to stopover in Fiji on the way to the US (Fuel crisis in early 80s) but I don’t think that counts.

    Still haven’t been to WA (which I’m embarrased about because I think you should see your own country first) but have been to all the other states and territories inc Tassie.

  30. Mexico?

    I’ve always wanted to go to Mexico, but a bit worried about getting kidnapped!

    What’s it like Dave?

  31. Can’t you see Mexico from Tassie?

  32. joni
    Can’t you see Mexico from Tassie?

    😆 That’s great!!

    reb,

    I was pretty young when I went to Mexico so I’m not the best to comment. I wan’t to go back though and do Mexico and the West Coast of Guatemala and down into Nicaragua and Costa Rica.

    The Southern parts of Mexico (Yucata) seem very interesting.

  33. Thanks for trying to make it better reb.

    I dunno where you sent your response, just checked and nothing there or in the trash/spam ? hanging somewhere in cyberspace.

    I found TB’s posts abusive and offensive and I’m suspicious that the, ‘…love to see you embrace Sharia law…or have you already? / …bitterness becomes you’ comments were meant as a sexist denigration as well.

    While I agree that TB’s comments were out of line, I’m really beginning to feel that you are assuming that TB’s comments are indicative of how everyone else feels on this blog,

    I guess when you’re feeling under siege it seems like it.

    IMO people are too quick to jump in as ‘blog police’ and reprimand others, rather than waiting to see if the commenters themselves can sort out their differences – we usually do.

    COME BACK ADRIAN!

  34. I knew I steered clear of the Gaza threads for a reason!

  35. Oh and polly (presently ticked off)
    i’ve always thought your posts to be knowledgeable, insightful, straight forward and humorous too – loved each and every one of them!

  36. “I found TB’s posts abusive and offensive and I’m suspicious that the, ‘…love to see you embrace Sharia law…or have you already? / …bitterness becomes you’ comments were meant as a sexist denigration as well.”

    Very definitely.

    “and joni and I have gone to great lengths to point out that the blog belongs to all of us”

    Such a shame then that one of your authors doesn’t appear to agree with you and appears to believe that the blog is only for some of you as demonstrated by his “OUR blog” comment last night.

    I notice, BTW, that tb has not joined your ‘Welcome Committee’ nor offered an apology for his offensive comments so excuse me if I’m sceptical.

  37. I knew I steered clear of the Gaza threads for a reason!

    34. Dave55 | January 9, 2009 at 11:47 am

    Mmmmmm……..Yeh I just had a look too. Talk about getting excited about an area of the World I gave up on years ago. They should just build a giant brick wall around the Middle East and close all borders to trade until they can all work it out one way or the other.

    It’s all kind of like our Aboriginal problem which I also gave up arguing about years ago…………everything has already been said (but little gets done) and the topic these days just bores me to sleep.

    Ooops……..one more country I’ve been to………..boring old Singapore.

  38. Gray skies are gonna clear up,
    Put on a happy face!
    Brush off the clouds and cheer up,
    Put on a happy face!

    Take off that gloomy mask of tragedy,
    It’s not your style.
    You’ll look so good that you’ll be glad ya decided to smile!

    Pick out a pleasant outlook,
    Stick out that noble chin,
    Wipe off that full-of-doubt look,
    Slap on a happy grin!

    And spread sunshine all over the place, just
    Put on a happy face!

    Put on a happy face!

    Put on a happy face!

    And if you’re feeling cross and bickerish
    Don’t sit and whine.
    Think of banana splits and licorice,
    And you’ll feel fine!

    So spread sunshine all over the place, just
    Put on a happy face!

  39. So

    back to a topic that we seem to able to discuss amicably..

    what are we all planning to drink tonight then?

  40. For all blogocrats:

    My intention last night was to try (however crudely) to try and demonstrate how Shane must have felt with your attacks…

    …as for “the three” – they never existed – only in your own minds…

    …obviously I have offended a number of people here both in the past and currently and I certainly apologise to those who believe my comments were “sexist’ – strangely, I have recently been accused of being racist too…maybe homophobe next… 🙂

    …like all of you I can misinterpret comments directed at me and I will defend my position – unfortuntely I was tought many years ago that attack is the best form of defence (like others here)…

    …as for blogocrats – thanks for the ride – if anyone should “resign” it is me…I will pop in occasionally to see if you are playing nicely…

    …reb and joni – keep up the good work…and many thanks…

    ———————————————–
    I prefer to live in a society, rather than survive in an economy…

  41. ♪♫♪♫☺

  42. IATW

    What’s the old US saying – Give ’em guns and let God sort em out (or something like that).

    Well I reckon they’re giving that option a pretty good shot over there in Palestine at the Moment. Problem is they have been for 50 years. 🙄 I think maybe the Wall option is a good idea.

    I’m a bit like you about the aboriginal issue as well although occaisionally I will chime in on that one.

  43. Kittylitter – don’t you go anywhere. I like you too much.

  44. Music Break!

    Min – check out the hairdo! I want one of those!

    http://au.youtube.com/watch?v=8M_DHe-iozw

  45. TB

    I don’t think anyone should go or resign or do anything, differences will happen. I only disappeared last night because the day at work ended and I only have bloody dial up at home, but hopefully broadband at the end of the month.

    I value everyone on here with no exception.

  46. what are we all planning to drink tonight then?

    Don’t know fore sure, but am going to call in to Dan Murphy’s and select something aged, possibly Penfolds, and probably shiraz, from their cellar release area (I don’t have the discipline required to keep a cellar of my own :(). I’ve had a pretty good week so I might even lash out on a moderately expensive bottle.

  47. reb@45

    Which hairdo ? the beehive playing the keyboard or the singer giving herself whiplash with those ponytails.?

  48. And whoever recommended the Jaraman Shiraz deserves a pat on the back. Was lovely. (Joni).

    Joni, are you sitting down for this one? Get a stiff drink and brace yourself . . . It was Tom of Melbourne!!!!!

    I can’t believe that you actually read his post. Or did you only read mine where I agreed with him on the Jaraman?

  49. ToSY

    In my (not so) humble opnion, you can’t go wrong with anything from Penfolds.

    I’m in a perilous position.

    We’re having indian for dinner tonight.

    What goes well with Indian one might ask…?

    A nice full-bodied-heavily tannin laden spiced Shiraz or a pot of chamomile tea..?

    I can’t take this anymore. I’ve been drinking chamomile tea every f**kin night this week.

    Heeeeeeeeellppppppp meeeeeeee, somebody pleeeeeeeeeasse…..!!!!

  50. Reb @ 45: Min – check out the hairdo! I want one of those!

    Actually reb, my image of you was always one wearing a multi-coloured beehive hairdo. Chuck in the handle-bar moustache and the gray goatie as well as the plates in the lips.

    Am I close?

  51. Shane,

    The beehive keyboard player.

    Imagine trying to get through Customs with that. You could get away with 7kg of excess baggage in there.

    Although I might go for the whiplash look in time for Easter – y’know all that self-flaggelation thing….

  52. “Chuck in the handle-bar moustache and the gray goatie as well as the plates in the lips.”

    “Am I close?”

    Not remotely. More like a bit of a Sir Humphrey appearance with Dylan Moran attitude (if that makes any sense).

    By the way, was my chesterfield armchair description of your good self close to the mark last night?

  53. reb@52

    ROFLMAO fly Jetstar and you could get away with 17kg of luggage on the 10kg cheapy flights,

    Can’t stop laughing imagining it and trying to hold the head straight while squeezing into the economy class seat.

  54. Shane @ 54

    LOL!!

    Or even trying to walk down the aisle to get to your seat..

    “Mind my hair please”

    “Sorry, excuse me, if you don’t mind; my hair?” (gives blue steel look)

    “Look, don’t touch the f**kin hair okay!”

  55. LOL

    reb I think the case handle hanging out the side of the beehive might be a bit of a give away.

    And what about the whiplash to the neck when the plane takes off and your head is flung backwards and knocks out the passenger sitting behind you.

    The brace position would also be interesting, although all the hair should make for good cushioning.

  56. Miglo

    I tried to find who said it first but could not correctly determine it… and so, Tom of M…. thanks for the tip.

  57. 40. TB Queensland

    Apology graciously and gratefully accepted TB, it goes a long way towards the healing the rift. Maybe a new beginning? No need to fall upon your sword.

    Can’t speak for polly of course, but am hopeful that she will continue here as well as yourself.

    …as for “the three” – they never existed – only in your own minds…

    There never was any ‘attacking’ of shane either, only in your own minds.

    If we were on another blog, say LP for instance, he would have known he was being attacked and challenged and expected to answer – part of the blogging.

    So now to shane,
    My apologies for any misunderstandings and my contribution to you feeling undert ‘attack’, there was never that intention.
    On the old blog, we regularly had debates with another poster who had the same ‘I’m innocent and know nothing’ persona and then proceeded to argue with all and sundry about the opinions he said he didn’t have. So many posters have changed their names when they came here that i don’t know who is who anymore. I wanted to be sure.

    Of course you should not restrict yourself from commenting on the gaza or any of the other threads, jump in, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  58. “the brace position”

    LOL…I have tears in my eyes…!!

    You know those inflatable neck support things..?

    Imagine how huge it would have to be to hold up that head!

    It would be like one of those giant triangle dunlopillo things!

  59. kittylitter

    It wasn’t a matter of feeling under attack those were not my words, more a disbelief that some were thinking I had an ulterior motive, so I apologised quickly and left it at that.

    Trust me I am too dumb to think of ulterior motives and probably too naieve to think anyone else would be doing it.

  60. LOL @59

    Would have to be a tractor innertube to hold the head in position.

    Now roaring imagining her blowing the damn thing up and the 2 passengers beside her slowly being squeezed to death as the innertube inflates.

  61. Have not posted here for a while. Can’t seem to get published on Albrechtsen’s diatribe either.
    Today Janet entertains us with a blog subject entitled:
    ‘Why I Blog’. Excellent. Millions are wondering same.
    I shall contribute to Janet’s metaphysics, in my most polite manner, considering the constraints of politeness forced upon me my Janet the dingbat.

    But seriously folks, with particular reference to posts I have read on this thread, and in past lives over the years from Pollytickedoff and Kittylitter, I must express my regret of these two lucid contributors exiting the scene.
    I’ll take this opportunity to thank Polly and Kitty for past exchanges of thoughts. I wish you both well for all of your future years.

  62. Now roaring imagining her blowing the damn thing up and the 2 passengers beside her slowly being squeezed to death as the innertube inflates.

    Damn you shane, Now I’ve got a picture in my head of the inner tube deflating and propelling her around the cabin – like a big flying beehive.

  63. *correction *by

  64. Oftenbark

    ‘Why I Blog’. Excellent. Millions are wondering same.

    ROTFLMFAO

  65. Dave 55

    I have a picture in my head of her giving the tube one too many puffs and it sucks her inside it from the pressure. then she looks like a black toffee apple.

  66. LOL @ 61

    The “auto-inflate” variety..

    And then of course, at 4.00am …

    “Excuse me, can I just squeeze past, just need to go to the bathroom…”

    *staggers down the aisle with tractor tube and hairdo narrowly scraping through the gap between the overhead lockers…

  67. LOL @ 67

    With the valve scraping all the heads as she walks down the aisle.

  68. and tearing off headphones…!

  69. Ta migs and OB (((big hug)))

    I never got any comments accepted at planet janet either.

    off to work now – running late.

  70. Reb @ 53: Reb, this is the response I posted last night . . .

    Actually reb, I’m sitting in my leather office chair, procrastinating whether I should have a cup of Liptons after my dinner of scraps. Had the half corona with a cappuccino down at the golf club earlier in the evening.

    Today I have been contemplating my station in life, which is currently filled with dramas.

    A good time to kick a bloke is while he is down.

  71. “Today I have been contemplating my station in life, which is currently filled with dramas.”

    I see. Well you’ve been through a lot lately Miglo.

    I’m trying to think of some pithy motivational quote I can offer up by way of moral support, but frankly, at this point in time, it’s beyond me.

    They’re usually all bollocks anyway.

    I know. Howabout a song?

    The sun’ll come up
    Tomorrow
    Bet your bottom dollar

    That tomorrow

    There’ll be sun!

    Just thinkin’ about
    Tomorrow
    Clears away the cobwebs,
    And the sorrow
    ‘Til there’s none!

    When I’m stuck a day
    That’s gray,
    And lonely,
    I just stick out my chin
    And Grin,

    And Say,

    Oh

    The sun’ll come out
    Tomorrow
    So ya gotta hang on
    ‘Til tomorrow
    Come what may

    Tomorrow!
    Tomorrow!
    I love ya
    Tomorrow!

    You’re always
    A day
    A way!

    F**k it. I need a drink……

  72. Reb@45. You have no idea how difficult it is to achieve one of these. But if you want one, then I admire your courage. Are you good with pain?

    Firstly twist one’s hair tightly around large size rollers, spray lots and lots of chemicals. Then tease (aka knot) vigorously. Add at least 2 hair pieces, likewise rolled, teased and sprayed.

    After the night out, you will of course be too pooped to deal with it that night. A sight to behold the next morning. Not that I’m speaking from experience or nuffin’.

    And then there’s the makeup, but that’s another story.

  73. reb @ 72

    F**k it. I need a drink……

    Yes you do- especially if staying dry is going to make you sing songs from Annie.

  74. Miglo..have emailed, hope that this is useful as a starter.

  75. Miglo,

    Heads up mate, things get tough at times but there is always humour, good friends, stimulatuing discussion on Blogocrats and, of course, bloody good red wine to help us through it all. The half caronas help as well.

    Cheers

    Dave

  76. Miglo,

    What Dave said….

    Cheers
    reb.

  77. Tb the post i found offencive from you was that Q;
    if you would live next to an arab/israel.
    But i got over it.
    I respect you.

    Glad your not leaving Kitty, but Polly has me worried now.
    You made a good point about letting things sort out before others jump in( im guilty off jumping often)

    Polly dont go ppppppplease.

    …. Got to get Scaper back too

  78. Please tell me that Adrian has not left the building! or anyone else for that matter.

    It would certainly be disappointing to lose great contributors.

  79. Dave 55 @ 65.

    Funny thing that. The moment I read the ‘Janet’ blog heading ‘Why I Blog’, could not help but think of the George Orwell essay ‘Why I Write’.

    I shall go back to read her introductory diatribe with the specific purpose of exposing any possible plagiarism by the braindead Janet.

  80. @ 79..T-Boss
    I really second that…

  81. Thanks Min,
    I’ve been meaning to email but can’t get my brain into gear. Returned to work yesterday and already I’m expected to run the country.

    Reb,
    How about a song? I was afraid you’d suggest Durham Town.

    Dave55,
    Have a red. Yes, it is planned over the weekend.

    Tingleboss @ 79.
    “It would certainly be disappointing to lose great contributors.” Thankyou, but don’t be concerned about me. I’m going nowhere.

  82. How about more country lists and poor teasing of reb?

  83. Joni @ 63: How about more country lists and poor teasing of reb?

    Doesn’t make sense. Did you mean ‘more teasing of reb’, ‘no more teasing poor reb’, or are you actually referring to a low socio-economic status with the word ‘poor’.

    Is it his choice of wine on which you judge him? Hasn’t he been to enough countries in your opinion?

    Poor reb. You’re the last person that I thought would denegrate him.

  84. “Doesn’t make sense. Did you mean ‘more teasing of reb’, ‘no more teasing poor reb’, or are you actually referring to a low socio-economic status with the word ‘poor’.”

    Or the poor quality of the teasing?

  85. and poor teasing of reb?

    I though the teasing had been of a high standard and not at all poor!

    I just can’t bring myself to make fun of him not drinking anything other than chamomile tea. Reminding him of it though is kind of fun.

    reb, re the indian, I always enjoy a pale ale beer rather than a wine with indian. James Squires IPA is excellent with indian (opps, you’re not drinking beer either are you 😉 )

  86. Huh

    Beat me to it!

  87. OK fine – pick on me then for a big typo (which I cannot understand how I got poor from more? I am an ID 10 T).

    😉

  88. What goes well with Indian one might ask…?

    50. reb | January 9, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    A good bloody Reisling (No NOT a Traminer, so forget the TR2 )……………….Petaluma wherever possible.

    In fact I’m thinking of stopping by one of the Sea Kitten Merchants by the Bay on the way home this evening as I thought Sea Kittens on the BBQ would be nice for a change especially being a Walrus and a lapsed Catholic on a Friday night.

    And if you don’t know what a Sea Kitten is then look here……….

    http://www.fishinghurts.com/

  89. OK fine – pick on me then for a big typo (which I cannot understand how I got poor from more? I am an ID 10 T).

    It was a Freudian slip. You really do think little of reb and the keyboard took over.

  90. Miglo
    If it was Freudian slip don’t you think I would have written “pour”? hehe

  91. “OK fine – pick on me then for a big typo (which I cannot understand how I got poor from more? I am an ID 10 T).”

    Your supposed to blame the spell checker. Isn’t that the standard excuse these days?

  92. Cannot blame it as IE6 here is too old to even have a spell checker.

  93. Your supposed to blame the spell checker. Isn’t that the standard excuse these days?

    -or lack therof – That’s my standard excuse.

  94. spell checker… my mistakes make me who i am and ill figure out what that is one day.

  95. “Cannot blame it as IE6 here is too old to even have a spell checker.”

    LOL but none of us can see that, can we?

  96. My Microsoft Outlook spellchecker did not recognise Obama, suggesting that I replace it with Osama. Had the office in fits of laughter.

  97. Just for the weekend:

    Cheats Butter Chicken (close your eyes lekhni):

    Pan fry 500g chicken breast in ghee
    Add 3/4 jar Patak’s Butter Chicken. Cook for 10 mins on high heat. Reduce heat to medium then add
    1/4 cup natural yoghurt, 3 tablespoons cream
    1 tspn chilli powder (Lekhni said the dark red one)
    1 tspn garam masala

  98. Miglo imagine that happening to Bush the headline would read:
    Microsoft boss sent to Guantanamo

  99. oh.. all i had to do was sign in to get my nickname back… who would of thought.

  100. oh.. all i had to do was sign in to get my nickname back… who would of thought.

    You’ve been drinking seawater again, haven’t you?

  101. back off, theres plenty for both of us…

  102. Miglo i didnt realise it signed off automatically when i updated my P.C.. last place i looked

  103. chips or seed? I reckon he’d get a motza on ebay

    http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2009/01/09/48825_tasmania-news.html

  104. @102, hope i didnt seem offencive i was just TRYING to be funny buddy. I have started drinking, that means my brain is broken

  105. speaking of ebay HUH
    i saw an air guitar sell for $20

  106. 58. kittylitter | January 9, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Thank you for gracious acceptance, KL…but I shall move on…

    78. Hexx | January 9, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Hexx your post prompted me to go back to that Q. and re-read my post…

    3. Who would you feel safer with, living in the middle of your home? (Hamas/Fatah Palestinians or Israelis)

    …and I can now understand why it was considered racist at the time (and now)…my intention was to highlight Hamas/Fatah -poor representatives of the Palestinians IMO…as has been said, innocent civilians are always the ones to suffer on either side…as I have posted before they just want to get on with life, like the rest of us…I simply don’t consider myself racist and many of my “other” race friends around the globe and here don’t (Asian, PNG, indigenous Australians/Canadians)…- still I made a mistake…hindsight is a wonderful thing…

    …following on from that I do owe N5 an apology for my reaction to his apology…and anyone else who was offended – I can understand why…but the question was not meant to intimidate…nor intended to be racist…bit like asking who you would prefer the in the Northern Ireland conflict I thought…both as bad IMO…

    …hope you all AVAGOODWEEGEND…

  107. 104. Huh | January 9, 2009 at 4:07 pm
    chips or seed? I reckon he’d get a motza on ebay

    Looks more like a typical reb sex toy………..!

  108. I knew i had respect for you for a good reason TB

    Hope you have a good weekend too

  109. I’m having a problem with WordPress. When I log in it shows the dog as my gravatar, yet when I go into my profile it shows the duck. When I blog, the dog shows up.

    This only happens at work. Is the ethernet trying to tell me that I shouldn’t blog while at work?

  110. Miglo,

    It’s something to do with each PC. I can’t work out why it happens but at work I’m me and at home (and everywhere else I think), I’m Lionel Hutz). Even the posts where I’m me at work show up as LH when I log in at home (go figure).

    You’re Daffy to me here.

  111. Miglo

    Try clearing all your cookies (mmmmm…. cookies). And then restart your browser.

    My avatar here at work is my photo, but on my mac, mobile, iTouch etc it is the cartoon avatar.

    hmmmm

  112. Miglo, it seems obvious that you are having image problems..are you a dog? Or are you a duck?

    I personally am 2 dog’s backsides in front of a fireplace.

  113. joni,

    Didn’t work for me. It might be the work cache stuffing things up.

  114. Back on topic. I’ve been to Nambucca Heads.

  115. I personally am 2 dog’s backsides in front of a fireplace.

    Min, you mustn’t put yourself down like that. We all luv ya and don’t think of you as two dog bums at all.

    :mr green:

  116. oops – I meant
    :mrgreen:

  117. not just the cache miglo – you need to clear the cookies too!

  118. Min, I’m not confused – my computer is!

  119. Must work out how to change that avatar? Hoo hoo joni!

    Ok..got that step 1 Clear bookies. Yep I’ve got that. Umm, how?

  120. Joni

    I’ve been to 36 sovereign States as listed by Wikipedia. I haven’t used World Cup criteria as you seem to have done in some cases. Only included places where I went through immigration. Airport transit lounges excluded. Have also seen a few countries but not crossed the border.

    All people are the same in that they are all different. Haven’t been anywhere where life is cheap, except other people’s.

  121. Gee whiz thanks Dave. That’s the nicest thing that anyone has said about me for a long time. Mind you a shitzhu’s bottom and a kelpie’s bottom are not the worst things that I’ve seen. And this input is via a bloke wearing a fedora….

    ps..Love the hat. Hugs…

  122. I’m back.

    What’s all this? Pick on “poor” reb day?

    That would be “middle class” reb to you lot, thank youse very much. Can’t you tell by my equisite taste in wine. Not quite up there with Miglo mind you, but then he’s on a public servant’s salary.

    Bloody nora! Just got home half an hour ago. Thought I’d do some burning off (we have 3 acres) and there’s a pile of old cuttings/branches etc about 2 metres high.

    Phoned up the fire service just to let them know.

    Then poured just a dash (or at least that’s what I thought) of petrol on the heap “to get it started” and then WHOOSH!

    Flames flying 12 feet high and nearly burned me tits off (sorry Min). Has since died down.

    Have opened a nice sem sav blanc to calm my nerves to be closely followed by a cheeky little shiraz to go with the indian takeaway.

    f**k the chamomile for tonight. I’m onto the hard stuff.

    BTW, now that we seem to have resolved our family issues, can we all have a virtual *clink* – and that includes you TB! I know the bar is opening at any minute now!!

  123. I might add…

    when the other half saw the flames leaping into the sky, he came running out of the house screaming “WHAT ARE YOU DOING!!”

    While running towards me with a small bucket of water….

    If he were to trip “accidentally like” would that void the life insurance policy, or could I realistically make a genuine claim..?

    (just a purely hypothetical question, of course, although he is still out there… cautiously tending to the embers)…

  124. Just popped in because Huh told me TB had posted an apology.

    TB,
    “My intention last night was to try (however crudely) to try and demonstrate how Shane must have felt with your attacks…”

    So you thought the way to demonstrate that was to abuse me over a post that contained nothing more abusive or offensive than the suggestion a very long post might be better placed as a thread?

    “I certainly apologise to those who believe my comments were “sexist’ ”

    Thank you, apology accepted re the general offence you may have caused.

    Now how about one for the specific personal offense of abusing me without good reason? Especially as you claim you were just trying to make a point?

    “if anyone should “resign” it is me”

    No, I don’t think so. I don’t think anyone wants that (not even Huh who loves pointing out when you go into what she calls your Pot.Kettle mode). Just learn to play nice yourself and not think that anyone who responds to one of your posts is having a go at you personally (except maybe Huh if you go into Pot.Kettle mode).

    Shane,
    Hope you didn’t take offence at my ‘naive’ comment on the ‘Truth’ thread – if you did I fully and unreservedly apologise. I was not intentionally having a go at you or trying to be insulting although reading it later it might come across that way. All I meant was that although what you were saying would be nice it isn’t quite as simple as that.

    Everyone else – thank you for all your lovely comments.

    PS any and all typos are all the fault of my dpell checker.

  125. Min @ 73

    I’m a child of the eighties. You can’t teach me anything about teasing and hairspray that I don’t already know.

    Especially the old trifecta. Wash hair. Then apply:

    1. Moose (and blow dry and tease)
    2. Then apply hairspray (and tease, and blow dry)
    3. Then apply gel (and tease, and cold set)

    The result. A stunning bouffant that looks incredible, but could easily render someone unconscious if you gave them a “glasgow kiss!”

  126. I know that it’s not an earth shattering topic, but important re consumers being ripped off.

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/groceries-unit-priced-by-end-of-the-year-20090108-7cyf.html..Under the plan, stores will have to display prices per unit measure – per 100 grams, 100 millilitres, per metre or per item.

    That is one can’t have a LARGE package on special and try to con the shopper into thinking that they are getting a bargain when per gram (or ml) the item is more expensive than the item not ‘on special’.

    Which gets me to probably my least favorite politician..the infamous Senator Steve (dumbo) Fielding who is ag’in it all..Quote: But the Government’s plan has been attacked by Family First senator Steve Fielding, who believes it panders to large supermarkets.

    Steve, Steve you poor lost soul, it’s the large supermarkets who don’t want it.

  127. Do my comments make people angry?
    Have i written something to upset ?

  128. wb Polly 🙂

  129. could easily render someone unconscious if you gave them a “glasgow kiss!”

    Or have someone’s eye out.

    /my mother

  130. While running towards me with a small bucket of water….

    If he were to trip “accidentally like” would that void the life insurance policy, or could I realistically make a genuine claim..?

    Was the ‘bucket’ real or were you figuratively suggesting that he kick it?

    Good to see you back off the wagon as sobriety seems to give you homocidal tendencies (and make you recite songs from Annie which gives us those tendencies).

  131. Reb@126. Beat’ya, I am a child of the 50’s. No such thing as gel or mousse in those days, all that we had was curlers, hairspray and muscular hairdressers.

  132. Aquanut @128:

    Do my comments make people angry?
    Have i written something to upset ?

    No sweetheart. For the best part we can’t understand a f**kin word you’re saying (although strangely enough it all seems to make sense when I’m ‘smashed’).

    So no, you haven’t offended anyone, and stop feeling so paranoid. Now, pass the gear…

  133. Min @ 132.

    Gasp! No gel? No mouse?

    But ‘muscular hairdressers?” now that’s not something you don’t see nowadays…

  134. Miglo & reb – you can’t go wrong if you take my advice on red and IR/unions.

    As for everyone getting along – I’m disappointed I missed the various exchanges. I always enjoy hurling gratutious insults, though I’m not sure I’ve ever received any. I don’t bother to read the replies.

    I’ve had very lively exchanges with many of the regular contributors. I’ve tried to be even handed in sending invective to all and sundry. If anyone has been offended – I’d like to say – GET OVER IT!!

  135. Coming back to my music break @ 45.

    Hasn’t the bird that’s dressed like a wedding cake got some great dance moves?

    I’m gonna have to practice those for my next big night out..

  136. ouch…

  137. I meant that in a nice loving way aquanut…

    🙂

  138. When I was young(er) I travelled overseas quite a lot. The wasted (?) years.

    I won’t list all countries, but I found the Andean countries of South America particularly interesting.

    My informed opinion is that any country is great – as long as alcohol is easily accessible. It’s all better than dusty outback tracks.

  139. “I’m gonna have to practice those for my next big night out.”

    Then you’d better grow your hair or get hair extensions because moves like that only work when you’ve got lots of hair to swing around. Without the hair you just end up looking like a really, really bad dancer rather than just a really bad one.

    You could try a wig but unless you make sure it is well glued on you take the risk of it flying off mid hair toss.

    And don’t bother asking how I know…

    “you can’t go wrong if you take my advice on red and IR/unions.”

    No we can’t. Have no idea about the reds (BTW do you keep them under your bed) but you let us down on the recent IR thread. Was looking forward to a good rant on the subject from you and them we got a mild comment or two. Is that really Tom from Melbourne or do we have an imposter in the house?

    PS, reb and joni did you manage to find a jelly wrestling kit last night?

  140. “My informed opinion is that any country is great – as long as alcohol is easily accessible.”

    Once again I find myself in complete agreement. The ability to communicate or find directions, food, shelter et cetera all being ancillary concerns.

  141. Thats ok reb you deserve points for being the most polite in telling me i dont fit in. I wanted to bring humor but failed and then tried to engage in debate and failed that too. Thats many good people in this room but i have felt this way for a week or so now but kept on trying incase i had it wrong.

    I will just read from now on….that way i cant still enjoy everyone company.

  142. “Without the hair you just end up looking like a really, really bad dancer rather than just a really bad one.”

    Perhaps in that case, I should just stick to “the pogo”

    Nup, haven’t found the jelly kit. Somehow I’m leaning towards a heavily alcohol laden tiramisu wrestling kit. Now that would really be something…

    May be no wrestling involved, just all the blogocrats armed with spoons!

  143. Aquanut,

    For fuck’s sake dude, it was a lame attempt at humour.

    WE LOVE HAVING YOU HERE!!

    Please continue to contribute.

    I apologise if you were offended. seriously. I was just kidding…

  144. Reb@134. You’re missing something. My last hairdresser was bloke by the name of Joe, 6’3″. Such a sweetie, gave the best head massages.

  145. “gave the best head massages.”

    Half yer luck.

  146. You’re drooling aren’t you reb. I can give you his phone number 😉

  147. You are a tease Min. I’m (supposedly) “happily married”.

  148. And now must choof because as per usual hubby would like to be fed…it’s just this strange thingy of his, likes to eat dinner.

    Hugs to all, Min.

  149. “I will just read from now on….”

    Nooooooooo. Don’t you dare stop posting.

  150. 140. Pollytickedoff – I’ll improve my ranting. I’m following some of the threads from my mobile. It isn’t exactly the best device for posting a lengthy (but cogent) discussion about the destructive and bullying behaviour of some of the unions.

    They (and their running (lap) dog mates in government) will ruin this country, and remember where you heard it first.

  151. Whoops sorry Reb, with due respect to V (hugs to V). Am likewise ‘supposedly happily’ married..coming up to 34 years. Can’t recall how the conversation started (with someone) but I concluded that if after 37 years I was yet to train the partner to pick his washing up from the bedroom floor then I would have no hope trying to train someone new..so am sticking with the one that I’ve got.

  152. “I’m following some of the threads from my mobile.”

    Phew! That explains it. I knew there had to be some reason for it. It just wasn’t the same. Now we know it was Tom on Mobile, a circumscribed version of Tom of Melbourne.

    “and remember where you heard it first.”

    As if we’re likely to forget.

  153. Tom

    I’ve got to hand it to you, you’re a dedicated blogger

    “I’m following some of the threads from my mobile. It isn’t exactly the best device for posting a lengthy (but cogent) discussion about the destructive and bullying behaviour of some of the unions.”

    I’d have to agree that there are certain union factions who need to become much more enlightened and civil than they’ve been in the past.

  154. Kevin

    “I haven’t used World Cup criteria as you seem to have done in some cases”…. Yeah – I know – but I did not count all the Yugoslavia countries! hehe

  155. Then I’ll add Scotland, Wales, England, New Caledonia and Norfolk Island.

  156. Tom @ 135: If anyone has been offended – I’d like to say – GET OVER IT!!

    Please feel free to lead the way Tom, by getting over your dislike of unions.

    Moving on is good for the soul.

  157. 139. Tom of Melbourne

    “It’s all better than dusty outback tracks.”

    You mean you inhaled? An admission that Clinton never made.

    Perhaps:

    I never had … with that …

    Any more admissions in the pipeline?

    157. Miglo

    “Please feel free to lead the way Tom, by getting over your dislike of unions.”

    Be fair and honest. Tom is not opposed to Unions across the board. He is opposed to certain Union Officials who use their position for personal advancement and do so at the expense of members long-term interests. And he has a valid point.

    Tom has history. And in many ways he has lots of wisdom Knows where the skeletons are buried. But nevertheless should understand that Rudd is not beholden to unions. He is a ‘technocrat’ – broadly defined.

    BTW Tom at the moment, one needs a snorkel if one wants to venture off the beaten tracks. Dust ain’t the problem. Mud is.

  158. Kevin

    Absolutely…. add away!

    Can we count that little country in WA?

  159. 107. TB Queensland | January 9, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    “following on from that I do owe N5 an apology for my reaction to his apology”

    BullShite. Apology is NOT accepted because it was never requested and is certainly not required.

    Keep posting TB! I am told it keeps you off the streets and that’s good for both you and me. Lol

    BTW, We had lunch at the Redcliffe RSL on Wednesday. Great steaks, good food. But very slow in terms of service.

    Lost a small fortune on the pokies which made the lunch very, very expensive. Lol.

  160. “I will just read from now on….that way i cant still enjoy everyone company.”Hexxx

    Not you too!!! I like your offbeat sense of humour, I can’t channel it if you’re not commenting.

    What’s been ‘appenin’ around here!

    I think Tom’s advice (not the baseless attacks on my beloved CFMEU BTW) is good.
    Take it all with a grain of salt, assume “playful” insults & “good natured” stirring.
    My skin is thick & I don’t read too much on here that I would characterise as “personal” attacks.
    Sure, there are sometimes animosities but it makes for interesting reading & we are all grown up enough to turn the other cheek or put it in perspective.
    It’s the web, interaction is fun. I don’t read too much of the bitter hatred or venomous goading as is to be found around the blogosphere.
    However, I am but a paeon & just because things don’t offend me doesn’t necessarily mean that others will not be offput I suppose.

    It would be a shame to lose contributions.

  161. ACHTUNG!

    WTF is up with this reb?! were you ahead of your time?

    http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,28383,24894249-10388,00.html

  162. Well, there you go. Three attempts at posting on Janet dingbat’s blog at the Aus, all to no avail. I’m shattered, or shatoff.

    So there I was, with my blog piece, alluding to the fact that Janet may follow in Rupert’s wake in realising their common lifelong ambition of becoming ‘bloody journalistic prostitutes’, and I don’t get a gig? Why?
    Oh, I get it, Janet must object to my use of the word ‘bloody’.

  163. Who, or what, is a “hellip”???

  164. Who, or what, is a “Toiletboss”???

  165. LOL.

  166. Sigh..called once in again. Toiletboss a hellip is (Ref Urban Dictionary) A lump of semiliquid substance, typically a mixture of saliva and mucus coughed up from the respiratory tract as a result of infection or disease. **See over to the Gaza topic. It’s some sort of thingy re computers.

    And Miglo, a Toiletboss is a bloke who picks up a brush on occasions to help one’s partner. Doesn’t happen around this abode, but I’ve heard of it happening.

  167. Seems I missed all the action, as usual.

  168. i feel like an absolute dic88ead for leaving and making REB feel the way i made it. I was a baby and nothing less. I’d like to say thanks to HUH and T-boss also Reb And Joni for telling it how it is. One thing i learnt is you cant just read, If you leave you have to leave it all and i’m not ready for that.

    Min if i have made you feel uncomfortable I am sorry and i take it back no matter what it is.

    Reb please accept my over reaction and apology

    It would be easy to leave this site if it wasnt for the bastard nice people who occupy it. (joke 🙂 )

  169. whats with the &hellip?

    who’s hellip and dose he/she really share my opinion. we should talk if your gonna attach yourself.

  170. Reb i truely feel like sh8t.
    You did not deserve that treatment for me…and i over did it.

  171. I’m not 100% sure but I think I coughed up a hellip in the shower after work tonight.

    Bedtime now, goodnight Hexx&hellip.

  172. Hex/aquanut…

    No worries at all…

    🙂

  173. No problems Hexx. However it is true that I am a delicate little flower :-))

  174. Thank you Min and Reb
    if i get a little upset in the future i will not abandon the online people i call friends.

  175. Shark attacks are not only going to double but i’ll bet they will triple.
    Sharks are behaving in an unusual manner lately.

    Something fishy is going on.

  176. Shark attacks were always lower under Howard.

  177. i cant stop laughing, Miglo

  178. Aquanut. After almost daily shark sightings close in along our metropolitan beaches since early December, the director of SurfLifesaving WA categorically states ‘there are not increased numbers of shark sightings in 2009 in comparison to previous years’.

    Absolute rubbish. I have the advantage of age, experience and history over this guy, and I might question from where he’s getting his info.
    For example, I’m a regular ocean swimmer at 4 of our popular metro swimming beaches. I cannot honestly recall being called out of the water because of sharks on more than perhaps one occasion for at least 20 years. And yet, swimmers have been called out of water on numerous occasions since early December 2008 to now.
    I would read with interest your comments as to why sharks ARE moving close to shore in greater numbers than I can ever recall.

  179. I’m enjoying the recent hysteria in Adelaide about (shock,horror) multitudes of sharks off of the metro beaches.
    I used to spend more hours in the water on the midcoast & south coast (where they’re truly prolific) surfing than I did on dry land, & plenty more spent a lot more time than I.
    Still here, all arms & legs attached, to tell the tale. I think that the sharks are only being noticed now because people are actively looking for ’em. They’ve always been there & are a negligible risk.

    As I said I’ve spent a lot of time in the water & never worried about them, not to say that they should be entirely disregarded or not afforded the obvious respect that they deserve.

    They sure scare the crap out of landlubbers though, hehe.

  180. ‘Shark attacks were always fewer under Howard’

    Many reasons for that Miglo.
    Firstly, anything under Howard could only be described as whales**t.

    Second: The sharks were busily trading on Wall street in vast numbers, as the world remained in denial.

  181. Q. Why don’t sharks eat lawyers?
    A. Professional courtesy.

  182. OB@179

    ” I think that the sharks are only being noticed now because people are actively looking for ‘em. They’ve always been there & are a negligible risk.”

    I honestly think that the increased monitoring accounts for the perceived increase in sightings. Evolutionarily speaking sharks have gone unchanged for countless millenia, they are perfectly adapted maritime predators, & haven’t modified their behaviour. It is more a case of people playing closer heed to them & they never fail to make fantastically frightening headliners just to keep them at the forefront of our psyches.

  183. Oftenbark,
    My information comes from personal experience and i always expect to be questioned.
    Sharks have a language not a complex one but a series off body movements which i read clearly.
    It could be an overfishing thing but think its more complex like pollution, Pilchards are the top of the food chain next to krill and both are dieing in large numbers for unknown reasons.

    sharks are showing a more aggressive stand towards anything that moves not just divers. I believe its a hunger driven thing which is changing there behavior. with any luck i will have better knowledge by next week and have more info for you.

    Oftenbark i mean this advise, dont treat the ocean as you did 5 years ago please be careful with your swimming.

  184. Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water . . .

  185. T-boss that was always true till some noticed behavior that wasnt right and sent messages to divers with the ability to report back behavior changes. Even in one meter young sharks are doing there hunting different( i have many examples). But its not just sharks its just the sharks are more noticeable

  186. I love sharks and always will. i respect there role in the ocean it seems now they have extra choirs.

  187. Krill are dying because the oceans are warming. I think I posted the link to the study somewhere. The oceans warming might also explain the change in shark behaviour (a white pointer was spotted off Tasmania).

    As the water gets warmer more krill are born that are deformed and thus cannot swim correctly, which means they starve.

    Slight correction aquanut. Sharks are at the top of the food chain, krill are at the bottom with pilchards above them.

  188. Correction, krill are near the bottom as they feed on phytoplankton, which are at the bottom.

  189. Also in NSW the Blue ring occy will make a come back soon.
    I’ll give the info on this later if i am correct.

  190. Adrian i am sorry i just re-read what i wrote. I ment to say krill are dieing in large numbers around the cold water up north which the whales feed on. in my excitment of explaining something i forgot a large section.

    Your correct to point that out thank you for reducing my mistake.

  191. I got krill on the brain…
    lol i should of left that bit out as i think krill is wrong too…

  192. Has anyone seen/heard the garbage that has nearly formed an island I think it may be the indian ocean but some sailors claim the garbage is so thick you can walk on some parts off it.

  193. No probs aquanut, hope I don’t come across as too smart allecky.

    The study I read took place up north in the cold waters, which is where they found large numbers of krill being born deformed. Then they found in the laboratory if krill were born in warmer water deformity levels shot up, and the deformities are mainly to the swimming limbs.

    Measurements of the northern waters show a rise in sea temperature and ergo a rise in deformities leading to starvation.

  194. Adrain i read 189 and only just saw your post at 188 (bows head in shame)

  195. Smart allecky.. lol no way
    I look to you for a lot of info and often how it is said tells me how well you know about the subject. I dont see you as rude, just proud.

  196. I was thinking the shark behaviour had something to do with climate change too.

    Gotta go to work, night shift sucks. I will appreciate the nice glass of wine I plan to have in the am when you guys are at work!

    Keep on keeping on hexx/ Aquanut! We loves ya baby! (best kojak voice).

  197. Thanks Kitty that was some confedence boosting comment you gave me there. Loves ya back

    Adrian your comment if i had read it could of saved 5 silly comments from me. At least my head filled up the recent comments list(hope your not eating).

  198. “Sharks have a language not a complex one but a series off body movements which i read clearly.”Hexxx

    Dead right. Obviously you have the first hand, up close experience in their natural environs that I’m lacking; I haven’t surfed regularly for a few years, & you can’t observe ’em from the surface in the same manner that you could from beneath it.
    I have been obsessed with sharks from childhood & Marine Science was my thing at Uni.
    Very interested in your observations mate!
    The body movements etc. & communicative postures are definitely how some of ’em do it…I learned that from a book, you’ve seen it with your own eyes; that must have been pretty damn thrilling dude!

    Plenty of Great Whites in my part of the world, & that’s how I like it.

  199. Toiletboss: I do not doubt that reporting of shark sightings, probably due to the advent of mobile phones and text messaging, are on the increase. In which case I may change my name to Oftenbark, The Fortunate One, as you would know Toiletboss, true ocean swimmers on most occasions swim behind the shore break.
    High temperatures here since early December may have contributed to the perceived and actual increase in shark activity. This summer, almost every beach in the metro area has sounded warning siren alerting swimmers to leave the water.
    However: Consider the following:
    Reacting to a request from SurfLifesaving WA 2005-6, the former Premier instigated and funded fixed-wing and helicopter patrols of our suburban beaches due to increased shark activity.
    The current Premier, Mr. Barnett, promised to maintain same patrols during the State election campaign.
    Yet, refer to my earlier statement given by the Director of Surflifesaving WA and we have a true conundrum.
    BTW, no warning siren sounded at our local beach today.

    I heed what you say Aquanut as an exercise in self preservation. I will respectfully read any other comment you wish to make on this subject as the ocean very near and dear to me.

  200. “It could be an overfishing thing but think its more complex like pollution, ”

    No doubt in my mind that the modern world is raping the ocean on a variety of fronts…much like it’s raping the land & the air we steal.
    The ocean is soooo cool. It’s like another planet at the shores of our own.

    You are like an underwater astronaut Hexxx.

  201. Correction: ocean *is very near . . .

  202. “as you would know Toiletboss, true ocean swimmers on most occasions swim behind the shore break.”OB

    Spoken like a true board rider, & if you do it without a board you’re balls are even bigger IMO.

  203. T-boss
    i have touched 8 great white sharks the biggest was 5.8 m cause we measured it and gave it a back scratch.

    the best language a shark will give before attack is almost like an electric shock going through the shark the second is similar to a tail flick from mid body. You have about 30 secs max to comply and leave. Then the shark attacks

    That is a common advise i use to teach also comes the bobbing affect which is equally important.

  204. No board! Not any longer. Too old!

  205. OB your comment made me sad, cause its true.
    T-boss imagine your swimming and take a dive down to a 3m bed.
    once down there you look around for life, plants, rocks or inward mounds for sting rays or crabs hidden under the sand. but all you find is a grey soot covering everything in some places an inch thick in other places just forming it sticks to you like a wet spider web but washes off like dust. No factory around the area and no houses for miles.. While they take tests around the offending company(if thats what it is) they find little traces of anything unheatly to the area as it has formed where the current took it.

  206. Aquanut and Toiletboss:

    The last 2 occasions on which I was mildly wary of ocean animals was (1) after sighting fins in the water near me, when 2 dolphins headed directly for me, playfully crisscrossing each others path prior to and after passing me, very close.
    An amazing experience.
    (2) While resting in relatively deep water at a metro beach after a long swim on a very hot day, I duckdived to cool off, only to come within inches of a sea lion, peering at me with gleaming eyes.
    I’m well aware that size of objects under water may increase somewhat erroneously, however, I was in no mood to ask the walrus of his true body weight. Put it this way, in football terms, I may have played him at centre half back.

  207. One trick if your concerned about our sea’s garbage bin(the shark)

    Some hints to feel safe.
    ! soak your shirt in chlorine if its a short swim.
    ! wetsuit a cup of chlorine inside and nothing will what to know you.
    ! a syringe full off chlorine will clear an area around you in seconds once discharged.
    or dont… 🙂

  208. Ive said to much….. now i have to kill you all

  209. Thanks for the info Aquanut. No more urine on cold days? And secondly, pass.

  210. Aquaman and OB,

    Wow – the blogocrats continue to amaze with their knowledge.

  211. Adrian being proud in what you write.
    Did i offend you Adrian? sorry for misspelling your name in other posts.

    Thanks Joni 🙂

    Just take care out there OB i havnt felt i had to warn before.

  212. Oh and aquanut – you’ll always be aquaman to me.

  213. the New Zealanders call me flipper, when im there.
    In india i was the sea slug.
    soloman islands (is the best) some name that meant Legion, they hated me and thought i had many inside my body due to how i new the depths and interacted with sea life.

  214. Kitty: Professional fishermen will always tell you of their many sightings of sharks whilst fishing relatively close to shore.
    We have recently had large schools of baitfish migrating north, close to shore, which may explain the increased shark sightings.

    Love the joke about lawyers Joni. Which reminds me.
    Friends often ask if I persist with my ocean swimming regimen during summertime. After answering ‘yes’, some still quaintly suggest that instead of applying sun lotion to my body, perhaps I should marinate myself in soy sauce. Hahaha.

    Aquanut has now given me the perfect answer. No more urine in wetsuit, no more sun lotion, no more soy sauce, chlorine is the go. Thank you Aquanut.

  215. Oftenbark – No one is ever too old to have a board.

  216. Nice sentiment Tom. Thank you. And I agree, of course.

  217. tb @ tbqueensland… | January 10, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    “…and that’s the last of my apologies, blogocrats…”

    Of course it is. Why on earth would you apologise for a personal attack on another poster. Says to me that the personal attack was fully intended and puts the lie to your mealy mouthed self justifications.

    Confirms my decision to give this blog a miss in future when that isd the attitude of one of the authors.

  218. Mornin’ Polly. Good to see you’re still around albeit in negative phase, unfortunately.
    Give these guys the flick Polly, and join us one more, as the refreshingly lucid Polly we once knew and admired.
    This board needs you.

    Attention: Sadly, I must mention another reported shark attack, this time, I believe, at a beach south of Wollongong. Hmmm.

  219. And another 2 shark attacks, one in Tasmania and one just south of here (Banora Point) at Fingal Head.

  220. 220. Reb

    Speaking of music breaks, where’s scaper? (Hope he hasn’t been barred or anything.)

  221. Hi Tony,

    Not sure where scaper is at the moment (joni may know)

    he’s not been banned or anything. In fact no one has been banned.

  222. PollyTO at 218…

    TB has apologised and may or may not be back…

    Let’s move on shall we….

  223. “PollyTO at 218…”

    Reb, he apologised for general offence, he apologised to N5, but I don’t see any post apologising for what was a specific and personal attack on me.

    “Let’s move on shall we….”

    I have – just not in the sense you mean it.

  224. Polly
    if you think your not needed here and one sorry is going to make the difference, i offer ten sorries and a camel.
    Your comments always hit a brutal truth and i admire how you think.

  225. And as for me, I’ll go on doing my simulation of high-functioning Aspie behaviour for Min’s undoubted delight, and say I’m well-pleased with the apparent (re-)norming and almost-performing after the storming. Ya’ll could prolly character assassinate each other and resurrect each other a zillion times before I quit just typing. Fighting, what fighting? Alliances and mesalliances? Posturing and horse-trading to elicit or repel positive or negative strokes? All irrelevant. Thems are the perquisites of running a pseudo- Aspie persona on the web.

    Just by-the-by, I’ll highlight a piece of uncommon wisdom that almost became lost in the thread, and of arguably prime significance for mutually respectful living in a shared world: per renniek, All people are the same in that they are all different.

    And to round off, I’ll say that I’ve been everywhere Kafka has been and all the places he hasn’t, including to see the C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate.

  226. your right Legion,
    it’s part and parcel of any relationship being friend, family, stranger or animal. The day you give up is the day you move on.

    These discussions will lead to either strengthening friendships or the other. i for one am hooked to this website now and have been seeking help for a natural cure.

  227. Thems are the perquisites of running a pseudo- Aspie persona on the web.

    A fair job you are doing of it, too (to the extent that such a thing can be simulated by writing).

  228. Legion…you are a replicant?

  229. And as for me, I’ll go on doing my simulation of high-functioning Aspie behaviour for Min’s undoubted delight,

    hehe, is that why I feel like i’m in an episode of “the big bang theory”!

    Polly, we need the girls and we obviously need your thinking skills!.

  230. is that why I feel like i’m in an episode of “the big bang theory”!

    more like “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” from where I sit.

  231. As reb rips the watercooler from the floor and …….

  232. As reb rips the walrus watercooler from the floor and …….

  233. “Polly, we need the girls and we obviously need your thinking skills!”

    I’m trying to convince her but she doesn’t feel like hanging around to be a metaphorical punching bag for one of the blog authors when he feels the need to vent. I don’t think she’d be quite so ticked off if
    1) TB weren’t so quick to lecture others about ‘playing nice’
    2) the attack had come from another poster who wasn’t also a blog author ( ME: you can suggest the rules to posters but IMO the authors should be leading by example)
    3) TB hadn’t gone out of his way to refuse to apologise for a personal and abusive attack while apologising to everyone else for generally offensive comments and going out of his way to say sorry to N5 and Adrien (ME: Why do I get the feeling that he was making a point of apologising to others while refusing to apologise to Polly?).

    Anyway, I might talk her around one day.

  234. I hope so Huh, as now she is letting the people who like her down,
    she could still share our company.

    I have a strong feeling however that reverse psychology is not going to work on Polly.

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