Frolykz!

Welcome to Friday Frolykz!

Our Weekend thread where anything goes. Speaking of threads, I’m wearing one of my new linen suits, with a pair of new black brogues. Brogues may not be in fashion, but who cares.

We’ve had quite a few new people join us in recent weeks, so welcome one and all. Feel free to write to us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Books. I’ve been reading some Janet Evanovich novels recently. They’re hilarious. Not in the acerbic self-depracating style of Sedaris but good yarns nevertheless.

So what’s on for this weekend? Rumour has it that joni’s still trying to put the pieces back together after Mardi Gras weekend, but that’s another story.

This week’s music is for me, cos it’s one of my favourites at the moment.

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232 Responses

  1. reb,

    That was only the first weekend of MG… this weekend is the construction of the AI float for the parade.

    And my AI ad is going down a treat. I will put the youtube link up for it when I get a PC that will connect to youtube.

  2. And Reb I am currently wearing yoga pants, a cheesecloth top and no shoes.

    Thank you for the Bowie clip!!

  3. well Min, at least you’re wearing what sounds look loose fitting natural fibres unlike someone else around here who shall remain nameless (but I think he comes from Queensland).

  4. From Wikipedia, a list of the contents of TBs wardrobe.
    • Rayon (1910) (artificial, not synthetic)
    • Acetate (1924) (artificial, not synthetic)
    • Nylon (1939)
    • Modacrylic (1949)
    • Olefin (1949)
    • Acrylic (1950)
    • Polyester (1953)
    • PLA (2002)

  5. Let’s not forget a pair of those grey shoes with zips up the sides, a man bag, and a pair of wrap-around Cancer Council sunglasses to complete “the look.”

  6. Rayon, Acetate, Nylon, Modacrylic, Olefin, Acrylic, Polyester and PLA…. aren’t they the name of the kids of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates?

  7. Umm reb, that sounds like my hubby. However he wouldn’t be caught dead toting a ‘man bag’. Re shoes, who looks at your feet anyway.

  8. No Joni. Those ‘poly’ names are titles to albums released by Kneel Diamond.

    . . . and, . . .HAGW all.

  9. Min,

    Gasp! “shoes” like a decent watch, maketh the man.

  10. LOL OB… just for that Neil is going on the iPod now.

    # where it began, I can’t begin to notice…..#

    #Sweet Caroline… wah wah waaaahhhh #

  11. Joni, you need help.

  12. I obviously need a makeover reb. Having moved up north I am missing my hairdresser Joe, 6′ 4″ gentle, gorgeous and gay.

  13. Here’s the recommended image for TB.

    • Power blue polyester safari suit – the Don Dunstan look – with shorts.
    • Powder blue polyester shirt, short sleeves, worn with a shiny polyester tie (paisley print) on special occasions.
    • Walk socks, white.
    • And yes, grey zip up shoes, made from the finest quality vinyl.

    The clothes maketh the man.

  14. “Gasp! “shoes” like a decent watch, maketh the man.”

    Yoiks! I’m surely rooted then.

  15. Well, hasn’t demonpyne had an interesting week.
    His plan to carefully undermine the party he infiltrated appears to be working a treat.

    To celebrate I believe he intends to take flight tonight & snatch children from unsuspecting Liberal voting parents.

  16. LOL@reb’s pic of TB.

    Got to go & get the youngster from school soon, will check back later to see if the conversation has further degenerated.

  17. Well at least TB’s clothes are ironed courtesy of The Minister. I’ll bet that a number of you lot just drag things out of the clothes dryer.

  18. I think someones been watching through my window!

    Irons are strictly for use as improv weapons whereby they are swung by the cord when necessary for home defence.

  19. what great picture Reb, lmao

  20. those pants, the belt is nearly around his neck..
    i dare anyone to stare at those pants and not crack up in laughter.

  21. I rather prefer this look for TB.

  22. LOL!! Tom..

    check out the creases on those pants Min..!! You could slice a man in half with those things!

    We’re all going to be in for it when TB shows up…!

  23. Don’t men have creases down the center of their pants any more? OMG..Min’s failure to keep up with the times..I’ve spent the last 34 years ironing hubby’s trousers incorrectly!! No wonder he is a laughing stock at the desal plant.

  24. TB, looks like one of the leyland brothers,
    travelling all over the country side.

  25. “And Reb I am currently wearing yoga pants, a cheesecloth top and no shoes.”

    Me, a potato sack. They were on sale.
    N’

  26. However, I am certain that Mrs Aqua irons Aqua’s wetsuit with the correct creases 😉

  27. N’ and what is wrong with yoga pants, they are comfy and functional.

  28. “and what is wrong with yoga pants, they are comfy and functional.”

    I dig Yoga Pants…could use some right now…this potato sack is getting very hot & itchy.
    N’

  29. Just let me know your size N’ and I’ll knit you a pair.

  30. “Just let me know your size N’ and I’ll knit you a pair.”

    Size HUMONGOUS…you’d be knitting all year Min. Thnx for the offer.
    N’

  31. ” rather prefer this look for TB.”

    lol…tho I think Howard was imagining himself as this:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_Savage_(movie)

    N’

  32. Tom, if you’re out there. You may want to look at this.

    Some poor soul is trying to hijack the name you brainstormed.

    http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/2009/02/20/legal-reasons-suspended/#comment-234

  33. I just hope JMc reads this thread!

    What a bunch of bullying @r$holes you turned out be…

    As soon as a person’s away (visiting sick relatives in hospital) you pick on him…

    I hope you’re ashamed of yourselves…

    Fancy ganging up on me with Tom BOO! Unions of Melbourne – the city of fashions….!

    Don’t you lot watch Underbelly, ToM is probably a bloody mafia boss, or drug runner, or a hitman (this thread proves that)! Still while he’ds picking on me he’s leaving legitimate unions alone.

    Not one person defending me all putting their knives in – et tu sreb! 😦

    PS I could never afford a safari suit my boss used to wear them like the one in the JWH photo…every colour under the rainbow!

    I might write a couple of 10,000 word posts on blog bullies…

  34. Wave wave TB – I said that hubby also has to put up with ironed creases down the front of his trousers – and that I wear yoga pants and cheesecloth tops.

    I’m sorry if I missed it, but how is Auntie?

  35. Sorry TB

    We wouldn’t help it.

    But look on the bright side, as Oscar Wilde said.

    “There’s only one thing worse than being talked about, and that’s not being talked about”

    🙂

  36. Very true reb. And Oscar was another man who wore brogues.

  37. reb, he also said:

    Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
    Oscar Wilde

    :)…N’

  38. Brogues never go out of style in my humble opinion…

    Did Oscar also say “Style is more important than substance” or was it the other way around??

  39. Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.

    Oscar Wilde

  40. On the subject of shoes..and yes reb I love shoes too. My favorites were a spunky platform number bought in Little Collins Street. 3 inch carved platforms with soft lime green and dark blue leather twist ties. Ahh them were they days.

  41. Min – in word – rambling – took mum today, who has dementia and the conversation between the sisters was hilarious to say the least (frightening actually).

    sreb, Oscar who?

    N’ – don’t follow – I am in shock y’know – hurts being picked on from afar – do you mean the consistent attacks on me?

  42. Min, & Reb…I’m ordering the black version of these shoes for my wife for her birthday next week:

    http://www.veganwares.com/fred3.htm

    To run around in.

    i had a pair of brogues years ago reb.
    Comfortable.
    N’

  43. “do you mean the consistent attacks on me?”

    Don’t follow TB…you must be misinterpreting. Explain.
    N’

  44. I take it the shoes aren’t leather, N’?

    BTW, everyone the bar is open “clink”!

  45. N’

    Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
    Oscar Wilde

  46. TB..ah well at least if one sister said the wrong thing, then neither of the old darlin’s will remember it. My late dad could remember everything about fish and fishing but when asked couldn’t remember my name..knew who I was, but the words just got lost.

    Thinking of you..hugs MinXXX

  47. well that didnt last long, i really should check session times. i could of been stuck watching bride wars.
    ——–

    TB, looks like one of the leyland brothers,

    It was Tom that put the link up. so
    that was ment to say Tom not TB

    It all looked harmless. TB, I’m sorry in contributing to make you feel that way.

  48. Nice taste you have there Nasking, which colour are you getting? I’m sure mrs Nasking will be pleased.

    The brogues I’ve got are a Rockport slimline version of the old clunkers.

    In fact here they are here:

    http://www.wildgooseshoes.co.uk/rockport-farren-black-brogue-p-121.html

    Price in Melbourne $299.

    Price in Penang $70.

    And people wonder why I do all my clothes shopping overseas…

  49. TB, “Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.” As in reb’s “consistent” points about your clothing. I think he got the joke…use of Wilde.

    “I take it the shoes aren’t leather, N’?”

    so what? Am I meant to conform each time or such?

    Don’t forget TB, we vegos get meat eaters ads & comments shoved down our throats constantly, non-stop. I obviously need to find a vego site.

    N’

  50. *virtual clink* TB and other fellow imbibers.

    🙂

  51. Sounds good to me TB..off for an ouzo and coke, a big thick piece of deceased animal and couscous salad. Sounds a wee bit of a hotchpotch, but it works.

  52. BTW, I’m sorry yer having a hard time TB…truly…wasn’t having a go at you previously at all. Was just trying to chat & have fun. I thought a bit of sarcasm now & then was part of this sites ambience…:)

    “Nice taste you have there Nasking, which colour are you getting? I’m sure mrs Nasking will be pleased.”

    Thnx reb. She is.
    N’

  53. Min,

    I am convinced that anything you would serve up to your hubby would be delicious! I can tell that you’re someone that can whip up something from nothing, when your not carefully planning ahead what hubby’s going to be treated to for dinner.

    On the other hand, I wouldn’t trust “T (Hog’s Breath) B,” to make me baked beans on toast!!!

  54. TB, no one is picking on you. Certainly not me!

    There is a degree of envy, as I’ve never been able to carry off the safari suit look, not quite my era.

    As for polyester, I do envy those that are able to wear it. I’m too sensitive for synthetic material.

    I’m sure the Lowes, polyester, safari suit look really suits you.

  55. This bloke’s wearing one of TB’s shirts. And drinking his wine.

  56. “which colour are you getting? ”

    black…goes w/ the clothes she has. Tho she’s not a Goth…or Emo…or Twilight Vampire…:)

    Classic South Park episode the other night.
    N’

  57. N’ both of my daughters are vegos..mentioned before. I have 2 chopping boards, one for carnivores and the other one never contaminated with meat products. And I can’t cheat as youngest would be able to smell it.

  58. Have ye no mercy Tom?

    You’re really rubbing salt into TB’s wounds.

    TB’s having a bit of a rough time at the moment. The least we can do, is at least appear to be sympathetic.

    It’s a bit of a stretch, I know.

  59. “You’re terrible Miglo”

    TB, you wouldn’t happen to be fond of Ken Done’s artwork by any chance…?

    There’s something distinctively quintiseentially “Queensland” about it..

  60. Well done TB – I think you’ve given them all (except Tom) a case of the guilts 😉 I’d join you for a *clink*, but I’ve got to drive out to the airport to pick up son in a couple of hours.

  61. TB I found your shoes. You left them in the garden

  62. you should see me in latex. But the noises i make getting into it are very disturbing.

  63. “And I can’t cheat as youngest would be able to smell it.”

    Hehe, tell me about it.

    Most of my mates are meat eaters. I shouldn’t get so antsy about it.

    You people have been good to me on here. It’s been stimulating & lots of fun. I retract my “find vego site” comment. Bloody Irish side of me short temper…:)
    N’

  64. Here’s some platforms for ya Min.:

    http://www.geocities.com/FashionAvenue/1495/1970.html

    Check out the Elton John ones. Amazing.
    N’

  65. N’..hubby (going back) is half Irish and half Italian. Storm in a teacup as my old granny would say.

  66. # I retract my “find vego site”

    good, i was worried for my garden.

  67. Aqua, I have seen you in latex. I secretly snapped this photo.

  68. Aqua..you in latex??? A camel in latex???

  69. You really should get rid of that photo from your bedside, people might get the wrong idea.

  70. nasking, on February 20th, 2009 at 6:45 pm Said:
    Here’s some platforms for ya Min.

    N’ you obviously haven’t seen my wedding photos.

  71. “Storm in a teacup as my old granny would say.”

    haha…an Irish cappucino…plenty of whisky.

    “good, i was worried for my garden.”

    aquanut, been sniffing that cornucopia of veges out…but doesn’t show up on Google Maps…:)

    N’

    N’

  72. “you obviously haven’t seen my wedding photos.”

    Must see…get ’em up Min.
    Hope it wasn’t windy that day…be a real balancing act…:)

    N’

  73. Thank God for that. It’s, it’s, it’s . . . . . . . .

  74. Have to choof. Hubby: work experience kid, looks 13 but is 15. Hubby asked, How did you like your 1st day on the job. Ans: They swear a lot don’t they 🙂

  75. Hey renniek…just read your review of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Informative. Had a chuckle at this:

    “It is hard to suspend disbelief in the early parts of Benjamin’s life. It seems a bit too much like Bilbo Baggins in old age.”

    Have to agree by the trailer shots I’ve seen.

    Fincher is one of my all-time fave directors. I even luv his Alien 3.

    Where would you or others put Benjamin Button if you transformed the following list into “Best to worst”?:

    Alien 3 (1992)
    Se7en (1995)
    The Game (1997)
    Fight Club (1999)
    Panic Room (2002)
    Zodiac (2007)
    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

    My faves in order are Fight Club, Se7en, Alien 3, The Game, Panic Room,…I actually found Zodiac a bit long, boring & uneventful.

    Looking forward to his version of Heavy Metal. Gore (Pirates of the Caribbean series) Verbinski has signed on for the project too.

    Cheers
    N’

  76. Hi Toiletboss

    How did I know that the Lieutenant Governor of Crapperville would follow our entertaining exchanges?

    Nice to know that we have some deranged visionaries continuing to follow these discussions!!!

    Must head off, there is a lot of wine awaiting me.

  77. “Rayon, Acetate, Nylon, Modacrylic, Olefin, Acrylic, Polyester and PLA…. aren’t they the name of the kids of Bob Geldof and Paula Yates?”

    Joni, more likely to be tucked away in the Sarah Palin book of baby names, I reckon.

  78. Back again, my kids just turned up and raided the beer fridge (sreb, that’s wine cooler to you)…lovely nattering around the table…outside…life’s pleasures are so simple…

    Actually, I have a belief that if people can take the piss they think you can take the piss, I’m very proud to be a Blogocrat…and no offence taken at all…

    …however, I need to reply to some posts since I left…

    nasking, on February 20th, 2009 at 6:27 pm

    N’ – No, no, no, not picking on you – genuine enquiry…just curious – what they are made out of ($200) is a lotta mula in this household! No offence meant! What people look like, believe (even my sister!), EAT, sexual pref., where they come from fine…

    …good guys come in all shapes and sizes…

    …I am an agnostic in ALL ways…different beliefs and lifestyles are a source of information and knowledge…

    …and you are certainly a source of knowledge and information…
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Tom of Melbourne, on February 20th, 2009 at 6:31 pm Said: I’m too sensitive for synthetic material.

    You really meant to say:

    I’m too synthetic for sensitive material. 😀

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    reb, on February 20th, 2009 at 6:38 pm

    FFS! You know I’m not gay@! 😯

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    bacchus, on February 20th, 2009 at 6:42 pm

    Thanks, bacchus, drive carefully – ’tis Friday!

  79. Just about to sit down to watch The Day The Earth Stood Still remake.

    With Jedda out of town you’d think I’d be heading for the corkscrew, but nay, the remote control it is.

  80. “Nice to know that we have some deranged visionaries continuing to follow these discussions!!!”Tom

    I kinda thought it was more like a deranged jilted lover stalking the discussion.

  81. Hello Jane. I’ll be going down to Manuka on Sunday to watch Chad and Warren excite the adoring crowd of many.

    Port are in town. Canberra is abuzz.

  82. “just curious – what they are made out of ($200) is a lotta mula in this household!”

    Here too TB…S’ has been wanting to get a pair of shoes from that company for years, and as a mate & her parents agreed to go in w/ me (the paltry amount I make from internet surveys and the odd mowing of lawns) I thought “yea, finally an opportunity to get ’em”. She rarely buys herself anything expensive in the way of clothes & shoes…we usually go Target & such…but as it’s her birthday…wanted to spoil her. And we only have one car. So no extra costs of that burden…:)

    I also get her makeup from Inika Mineral Cosmetics twice a year…certified vegan, natural, toxic free products, 100% & cruelty free.

    “They established manufacturing links in South Australia and created Inika cosmetics, an all Australian company using quality minerals sourced from the very rocks that form our land.”
    (from their site)

    and from Vegan wares:

    Materials We Use
    Vegan Wares shoes are made from the best vegan materials we are able to source.
    The uppers are a high-tech synthetic microfibre material which is breathable and very durable. The material is also water-resistant, lightweight, supple and easy to maintain. In most circumstances its performance is superior to leather. Microfibre material is made from a blend of polyamide fibres & polyurethane. For most of our shoe styles we line the inside of the shoe with hard wearing woven fabrics which are designed to draw moisture away from the skin. Out-soles (ie the part that touches the ground) are generally rubber or rubber resin. Many of our mens shoes & unisex boots have Vibram brand soles, probably the worlds most well know high quality out-soles. In-soles (the part that your feet rest on) are made from high grade cellulose shoe board, bonded to soft, shock absorbent, non-compressible army-grade foot beds.
    ——

    TB, both Vegan Wares (the shoes) & Inika are Aussie companies…we like to support locals &/or internet-based small companies if we can.

    “No offence meant!”

    That’s cool…same here. The wife & I just had a good, long walk & chat. Realised I’m very concerned about the economy & how it will impact our small businesses…& govt. revenue. And I’m wary of the corporate & private raiders…& robber barons searching for bargains. Walks are good for working out the kinks…& anxiety.

    Time to eat & watch a flick methinks.
    N’

  83. “…good guys come in all shapes and sizes…”

    ain’t that the truth

    “…I am an agnostic in ALL ways…different beliefs and lifestyles are a source of information and knowledge…”

    I’m the same.

    “…and you are certainly a source of knowledge and information…”

    As are you. Thnx for the clarification & feedback.

    “life’s pleasures are so simple…”

    Amen to that.

    🙂
    N’

  84. N’

    “clink” – WT is all natural, trust me I used to work for the government!

    Till later!

    Thinks? I should do a thread about aspartame…mmmm

  85. “clink” back TB. Mines iced coffee…but tomorrow…:)

    N’

  86. Gido, billy connelly playing a pet zombie.

    its on now but how could i forget Heartbreak ridge, some of the actor made it a little corny but Eastwood did a great job.

  87. Was a good film. Not overly accurate…but filmed well.

    You might find this worth reading aquanut:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Invasion_of_Grenada

    (Invasion of Grenada, codenamed Operation Urgent Fury)

    How was the film you saw?

    N’

  88. Compared to real life Nasking i loss out as its a sickening site.

    As a movie with clint eastwood i enjoyed it for the one liners. I guess a war movie may not have been in good taste to bring up.

  89. ” I guess a war movie may not have been in good taste to bring up.”

    Not at all…you watching a war movie has nothing to do w/ the dopey decision-making of GW Bush & friends.

    I love most film genres. Saw a few war films myself lately on World movies. Interesting stuff about the Winter War between Finland & Russia. Sad too.

    Didn’t you go to see Gran Torino tonite? Interested in what you think of it.

    N’

  90. Hey aquanut, this is one top Eastwood film…great one-liners…heaps of fun. W/ the odd sad moment.

    Space Cowboys (2000) – Trailer

    N’

  91. No i didnt check the session times for that movie so hopefully tonight.

    When i scanned your link i thought it was the acuall war that the movie was based around.

    Russians have probably had it worst when it comes wars, the weather can be a blessing as with the germans invading or a curse onto themselves getting caught in it.

    Germany could of won the war, if it didnt rush things and take on two fronts. As for Japan i guess they wish they started 2 years earlier.

  92. Nasking, was thinking about how difficult it used to be, to be a vego. Fortunately these days there are heaps of scrummy yummy vegetarian receipes, plus restaurants which compares with not that many years ago when a person was looked at as if they had two heads if they said, Sorry but I don’t eat meat.

  93. I have also seen and own a video on world war 2 in colour. my advise is unless you have a very strong mentally dont watch it. If you need the info of who it was that shot the fotoage just ask me i’ll run downstairs and find out.

  94. Good morning Min, i didnt expect life here for a couple of hours.

  95. ‘morning everyone…

    Nasking, Resident Evil Degeneration was disappointing. Animated gore just doesn’t measure up to the real thing.

    BTW I watched Gran Torino on DVD (was of those $2 jobs from Asia). Thoroughly enjoyed it. Probably the best movie I’ve seen in years. Clint Eastwood was brilliant, as was the kid who played Tao and the girl who played his sister.

    Miglo,

    How come you managed to watch the Day the Earth Stood still? Is it out on DVD yet?

  96. Morning Richie, morning all.

    And another Saturday and I am stuck at work, but at least I am getting to be a programmer – which is what I love to do. Normally I am doing managements and firefighting issues, and so when I get to be a code-monkey the time passes quickly.

  97. Morning joni,

    How’s it going?

  98. Good mate…. coding so fast there is smoke on the keyboard, and fire in the sky.

    Can I just say that I think the quality of the comments this week has been just fantastic?

  99. Top o’ the morning to yer!

    (I expect at least one international traveller here to know the Irish reply)

    joni, my eldest grandson (17yo) has just started a double Diploma in programming and software development…will take about 18 months…give him a year off the degree…he wanted to try before doing a degree (his OP14 will get him in OK)…

    …he really enjoys it (that usually means he can do it easily)…and I thought it was a good choice given that computers won’t go away now…(even though Mr Conroy and Co would like to see that happen)

    …any idea what the job prospects may be in 18 months…I suspect a downturn coming this year and a pick-up maybe towards the end of next year…

    …any thoughts, advice?

  100. Morning to Aqua, Joni and Reb..am just back from good old food shopping. I had a wonderful Saturday planned, got up to find hubby dressed for work..sigh..I had my Saturday’s confused.

  101. TB

    The market for programmers is dire at the moment, and will only get worse for the next twelve months or more. I now have four mates (who are very good) who are now out of work and there are no jobs out there for them, but your grandson will be OK. Things will pick up.

    What I would suggest for him is to get some business knowledge – especially accounting fundamentals. It is all well and good being able to do fancy graphics, but the important stuff is the businessy stuff.

  102. Top of the Morning, TB , Min, Joni et al.

    TB, I second joni’s comments about programmers having some good knowledge about business systems particularly finance and accounting.

    Project Management skills are also useful, and if your grandson gets involved in managing the implmentation of enterprise wide solutions like SAP, he should do fine…

  103. …and the rest of the day to you, sreb

    (did you note the Irish reply sreb? I’ll be testing later through the year!)

    joni and sreb, thanks for the advice re grandson…

    …might be a bit difficult (I think his head is in gaming software rather business) – he and his 15 yo brother are already making their own computer games and putting graphic enhancements into videos they script, act, edit and shoot at home (their 10 yo cousin just up the road develops the concepts!) …some of them are quite clever too…

    …he will have a bit of family expertise to draw on…

    …his stepfather is a Project Controller, uncle up the road is a Sales Manager, grandma is the family bookeeping expert and you already know my background…and fashion sense apparently!

    I agree with your comments and have discussed it with him (my quals are in business) – I might see if i can get him to read your replies…

    …as for SAP, sreb, I could never understand why such an awful clunky software program “rules the world” then realised it was developed in Germany! 😀

    I had a bit of exposure to SAP on the minesites I worked with…(eg reports, OH&S, maintenance)

  104. Morning to you too TB. I don’t know whether or not this is useful but eldest’s bf started off with an electronics engineering degree at RMIT. Pat is at: http://itradio.com.au/security/

  105. PM skill’s – absolutely.

    Another skill is writing. You need to be able to write clear and consise documentation. Very little of what a programmer does is actual cutting code. Most of the work is all the peripheral stuff that surrounds the programming.

  106. TB

    Even in gaming software the business skills are still very essential.

    Maybe they could come up with an exciting accounting package? Imagine being able to shoot off the bad debts, fly around the chart of accounts.

  107. Good morning all.

    Reb, I get my dvds from the USA and at a much cheaper price than can be purchased here, and not only that, they seem to get here quicker too.

    I recently ordered a Ross Ryan cd from Melbourne that took five weeks to arrive, and in the meantime orders from England or the USA were arriving promptly.

    And onto last night’s viewing of The Day The Earth Stood Still 2008 style: In a nutshell – average. Those who have not seen the original might enjoy it, but for those expecting something that might match the original will be extremely disappointed, as I was. The movie couldn’t end quick enough, IMO.

    It was flawed too. Without wanting to give too much away, scientists thought that an asteroid was going to crash into New York, and at such a speed that the city would be obliterated. What lands instead is a UFO, to be greeted by the army with machine guns ready and aimed.

    Now tell me, who sits around waiting for an asteroid to plummet into Earteh with a machine gun ready to shoot it?

  108. “…and the rest of the day to you, sreb”

    Well there you go. I’ve learned something new.

    I’ll keep that up my sleeve should the need arise in the future…

    🙂

  109. Gidday Miglo,

    Hmm, I’ve heard it was mediocre.

    I’ll probably still watch it though.

    I can highly recommend Gran Torino for those that haven’t seen it yet.

    Time for me to do something productive, like make a cup of tea…

  110. Yo reb. Gran Torino will be my next purchase. I have been waiting to see this film with restless anticipation.

    “Time to do something productive, like make a cup of tea”

    I am about to do the same, and with Jedda out of town I might just burn one of my hidden cigars that are stored away for such rare opportunities.

  111. Actually I have noticed a distinct improvement in quality of comments and feedback Joni and reb throughout ‘Blogocrats’ I’m quite proud about being involved in the process.

    Something very positive seems to be evolving. It’s like a common understanding and respect despite differences of opinions. It’s easy to play the I’m right and you’re wrong angle, but when people are actually willing concede to various aspects of another’s argument , it’s very productive.

  112. Have a look at the new thread I have put up about comments…

    Notice the “Older Comments” link down here:

    !
    !
    V

  113. Miglo, on February 21st, 2009 at 11:10 am Said:

    Yo reb. Gran Torino will be my next purchase. I have been waiting to see this film with restless anticipation.”

    Honestly the best film I’ve seen in a very long time Migs.

  114. joni, on February 21st, 2009 at 11:11 am Said:

    Have a look at the new thread I have put up about comments…

    Notice the “Older Comments” link down here:

    !
    !
    V

    Confused the crap out of me at first (Lol)

  115. Yeah – i guess it will take some getting used to, but I think in the end it will make the blog much better

  116. A cigar? At this time of the morning?

    That’s despicable. A gentleman would at least wait until midday.

  117. Joni

    Does the ‘older comments kick in at 20 or what? I note it is there already on the uncle Joe thread at 20

  118. “Germany could of won the war, if it didnt rush things and take on two fronts”

    Remind you of any media moguls?…lol.

    “When i scanned your link i thought it was the acuall war that the movie was based around.”

    It is aquanut.

    N’

  119. yes D55 – it should kick in at 20

  120. Well reb, I’ve got 27 minutes to go. I think I can hold out that long.

  121. Pleased to hear it Miglo.

    Noon would coincide with a respectable hour to pour a gin and tonic as well..

    You may as well be hung for a sheep than a lamb.

  122. “Fortunately these days there are heaps of scrummy yummy vegetarian receipes, plus restaurants which compares with not that many years ago”

    Hi Min….too true. Tho I found the eating out bit better when Fed Labor was in power last time. Must be a “cultural diversity” thing. We used to go regularly to vege cafes at Surfers Paradise & Beaudesert…but alas most of those disappeared under the Howard reign.

    Even Sizzlers offered a wider variety of pasta sauces and such.

    And our yeast-based pate disappeared from the shops. It was yummy.

    But still, at least there’s the recipes books & sites available now.

    And certainly some restaurants cater more to vegos than in the past.

    We make our own vege pies…but I wish shops would start selling them. Nice for a snack when yer lookin’ round the shops & such. Used to get beautiful pies “out there” but I’m darned if I can them anymore. Guess we’ll have to stick to bananas…:) And the traditional spinach & cheese roll. Sigh.

    Hehe…I was a Vegan once & I can remember being drunk as a skunk at the ‘Britannia Inn’ & mentioning it to another pissed patron…he replied “I don’t watch Star Trek”.

    N’

  123. Thanks sreb & joni – might make more sense coming from “other” people (well I could have said alians!)

    He does occasionally read Blogocrats (I usually know when he adds to a smartarse comment from sreb… 😉

    …as for Gran Torino – The Minister’s comment as we left the cinema – I could watch that again…I agree…one of (if not THE best) from THE best producer, director, actor (but not singer!) in the business…

    joni, the older newer comments was feature of Blogocracy if I remember…should be good.

  124. aliens Duh!

  125. ” Resident Evil Degeneration was disappointing. Animated gore just doesn’t measure up to the real thing.”

    reb, I’ll keep that in mind. Thnx for the feedback. Speaking of animated horror…I was watching the ABCs ‘Good Game’ (think that was the name) last night. Seemed plenty useful for gamers…I used to be into it heavily a decade ago, the original Playstation & such…certainly moved on since.

    That game Fear…& Fear 2…look pretty amazing. Ever played it?

    Also watched a cool episode from ‘Eureka’ last night. Ever seen it?:

    Eureka is an American science fiction television series set in a town inhabited almost entirely by geniuses. In the UK, it is known as A Town Called Eureka.

    Eureka takes place in a high tech community of the same name, located somewhere in the Pacific Northwest inhabited entirely by brilliant scientists working on new scientific advancements for the United States government that frequently go disastrously awry. The town’s existence and location are closely guarded secrets.
    (Wiki pedia)

    Good bit of fun on Sci-Fi channel. But I’m pissed w/ them for putting the final series (4) of Battlestar Galactica on before Series 3.
    N’

  126. “joni, the older newer comments was feature of Blogocracy if I remember…should be good.”

    I agree w/ TB…I likey.
    Good stuff. And yes, the comments & opinion pieces were of generally high quality. I enjoyed reading them…well, at least most.
    🙂
    N’

  127. N’ used to watch Eureka on 10HD Thursday nights, when it was all sci-fi, including BSG. Eureka is a clever show but very tongue in cheek. I actually watched some of the re-runs of the early X Files. (Can’t wait for the day when every show is HD not SD thrown up to fill a “slot”)

    My favourite new show is Lie to Me (Tim Roth) very clever (I used to train and assess in Accident Investigation and used similar NVC techniques, although not quite as “sophisticated’). I’ve always been a big fan of Alan Pease too.

  128. Hi N’..next time you’re down south Humble Pies at Billinudgel do a very nice lentil.

    Love that one: Vegan to Earthling, I come in peace.

  129. “My favourite new show is Lie to Me”

    Just looked it up TB…sounds like it’s right up our alley. Thnx for the heads up.

    Any show that has a psychologist that “detects deception by observing body language and microexpressions” (Wiki) is going to get a viewing in this house. Speaking of which, luv ‘House’.

    “I used to train and assess in Accident Investigation and used similar NVC techniques, although not quite as “sophisticated’”

    Cool. What was your career TB? You certainly sound like you’ve had an interesting life.

    And thnx for feedback on Gran Torino all…I’m dying to see it now.

    Shame about ‘Day the Earth Stood Still’ Miglo. Your comment about awaiting an asteroid w/ machine guns was funny…:)
    N’

  130. “If you need the info of who it was that shot the fotoage just ask me i’ll run downstairs and find out.”

    aquanut, I’d like to know the name. I think I’ve seen similar.

    This footage demonstrates how sad & vicious war is…

    and to think that Netanyahu is thinking of leading Israel into a war w/ Iran…gawd forbid.

    I thought Eastwood did a highly commendable job w/ his film ‘Letters from Iwo Jima’. I have ‘Flags of our Fathers’ but haven’t watched it yet.

    Fancy Darwin being bombed more than Pearl Harbour? Didn’t know that. They were tragic days indeed. I like the fact Australians don’t usually HYPE things up or go to FULL ON like the Yanks do sometimes. Aussie more balanced methinks. Less SELL. Altho the Howard years had me worried.

    N’

  131. N’, I tend to agree..that Australians generally have a far more realistic view of war compared with Americans…at least in the past this seems to be so. Perhaps a little to do with the American film industry having mostly glorified war eg John Wayne movies compared with the few Australian-made’s such as Kokoda and especially Changi (my favorite with the very excellent actor, the late Slim de Grey).

    That is, a lot of US films re war have been pure fiction and earlier propagana for the war effort whereas Australian films have had historical content.

  132. “Vegan to Earthling, I come in peace.”

    Min….:)

    “Earthlings, I am speaking to you from the Central Eggplant, hovering above your planet”.
    ——–
    “next time you’re down south Humble Pies at Billinudgel do a very nice lentil.”

    Cool. Is that Billinudgel, near Byron Bay? Haven’t been down that way for yonks. Used to go to Fingal Lighthouse & Byron Bay. Good fun…great walks. Yummy food at Byron.
    N’

  133. N’ I note that you mention a Vegan eggplant rather than Mork’s egg 🙂

    Yes Billinudgel is just north of Brunswick Heads, just north of Byron. My stomping ground for the last 17 years until the move back to the ‘burbs just before this Christmas.

  134. “my favorite with the very excellent actor, the late Slim de Grey”

    aka Clifford Frank Degrey. Born in Cairns, Queensland.

    Hard to find heaps of info on him. I’ll have to check my Aussie film books.

    Seems he was in They’re a Weird Mob too…a fave of mine.

    “Kokoda and especially Changi”

    Changi was top notch. Yet to see the other. Yes, plenty of American war films have that propaganda element…has a bit to do w/ producers/directors getting permission to access US military equpt/locations. Helps for realism but also means military get to intervene & censor in relation to scripts etc.

    And of course there were a number of films made to mobilise the people & instill “patriotism”. ‘Green Berets’ for one (John Wayne, as you mentioned).

    And of course Frank Capra:

    World War II
    Frank Capra was commissioned as a Major in the United States Army Signal Corps during World War II. He produced State of the Union and directed or co-directed eight documentary propaganda films between 1942 and 1948, including the seven-episode U.S. government-commissioned Why We Fight series—consisting of Prelude to War (1942), The Nazis Strike (1942), The Battle of Britain (1943), Divide and Conquer (1943), Know Your Enemy: Japan (1945), Tunisian Victory (1945), and Two Down and One to Go (1945)—as well as produced the African-American targeted The Negro Soldier (1944). Why We Fight is widely considered a masterpiece of propaganda and won an Academy Award. Prelude to War won the 1942 Academy Award for Documentary Feature. Capra regarded these films as his most important works. He was decorated Distinguished Service Medal in 1945 as a colonel.

    Cheers
    N’

  135. N’..I certainly remember They’re a Weird Mob. If I ever get to unpack all of my books, I’ve got this one plus Gone Fishin’.

    Re war movies. My favorite has to be Reach For The Sky, the story of Douglas Bader played by Kenneth More.

  136. BTW, Capra info was from Wikipedia.

    Here’s an interesting assessment of the recent American blockbuster “Iron Man’

    Torturing Iron Man
    The Strange Reversals of a Pentagon Blockbuster
    May 22, 2008 By Nick Turse
    Source: TomDispatch

    Maybe the Air Force hasn’t hit the Top Gun-style jackpot with Iron Man, but there can be no question that, in an American world in which war-fighting doesn’t exactly have the glitz of yesteryear, Iron Man is certainly a military triumph. As Chuck Vinch noted in a review published in the Air Force Times, “The script… will surely have the flyboy brass back at the Pentagon trading high fives — especially the scene in which Iron Man dogfights in the high clouds with two F-22 Raptors.”

    Coming on the heels of last year’s military-aided mega-spectacular Transformers, the Pentagon is managing to keep a steady stream of pro-military blockbusters in front of young eyes during two dismally unsuccessful foreign occupations that grind on without end. In his Iron Man review, Roger Ebert called the pre-transformation Tony Stark, “the embodiment of the military-industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned against in 1961 — a financial superhero for whom war is good business, and whose business interests guarantee there will always be a market for war.”
    ———–

    more here:
    http://www.zcommunications.org/znet/viewArticle/17700

    YEEHAAA…:)
    N’

  137. Min., Kenneth More was a wonderful actor. I think I remember ‘Reach for the Sky’. About the fella who lost both his legs but perserved, continued flying & got imprisoned. Overcoming hurdles movies can be brilliant & inspiring. .

    I also loved More in:

    The Admirable Crichton (1957)
    A Night to Remember (1958)
    Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
    The Longest Day (1962)
    Doctor in the House (1954)
    Battle of Britain (1969)

    To name a few. I’d consume them on the B/W teles we had as a kid. Occasionally I’d get lucky & see one on the cinema like ‘Battle of Britain’. Boys can be easily swayed by war films.

    I’m a big fan of M*A*S*H, Das Boot, Why We Fight (the recent look at corporate-driven war in America), The Burmese Harp, Catch 22, Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, Come ansd See, Fail-Safe, Paths of Glory & Cross of Iron. Saving Private Ryan & The Pianist are also very well made.
    N’

  138. make that “perservered”.

  139. “Melbourne author Harry Nicolaides, who was jailed in Thailand for criticising the country’s royal family in a book, is on his way home to Australia after being granted a royal pardon.”

    Personally, I would’ve liked to have seen get at least a few lashes before being sent home.

    There’s just no justice anymore.

  140. Letters From Iwo Jima was also a superb war movie, and one that I will likely view multiple times.

    One problem with it though – and this is only personal and does not distract from brilliance of the movie – is that the viewer develops an affinity with the Japanese soldiers. Some of them were warm and bubbly like little koalas.

    But they weren’t. My father fought against them in New Guinea. They possessed a cruelty that my father could barely talk about. Until his death last year I heard it muttered only once. He did though say that he respected them, and subsequently forgave them for what they did, and I was proud to hear him say that. But his attitude was that it happened a long time ago and is best forgotten.

    I earlier mentioned a flaw in a movie I watched last night. Here’s another one that amused me greatly. In the first Planet of the Apes movie the spaceship lands in the ocean, and the aquanuts – oops – I mean astronauts row to the shore in their raft. I ask you: who takes a boat into outer space?

    That’s almost as unusual as James Mason wearing a tie to the centre of the earth.

  141. Oh dear, Miglo..I hope that they haven’t wrecked The Day The Earth Stood Still entirely. To me, being during the Cold War, the theme was just because we’re different doesn’t mean that we’re here to destroy you..you Earthlings. I mean to say, the very elegant Michael Rennie as an alien compared with fangs and drool.

  142. You’re right Min. The original The Day The Earth Stood Still was released at a time when it had impact on the frightened US population.

    The remake was produced for entertainment value only. It failed.

  143. Hey Miglo, good point about the raft in Planet of the Apes.

    I can still remember being freaked out as a boy at the drive-in when they showed the female astronaut all shrivelled like a prune.

    Here’s some interesting info:

    Colonel George Taylor, played by leading man Charlton Heston…is recaptured and while hanging in a net stuns the crowd by speaking, shouting the famous line, “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” He is put on trial to determine his origins (in a parody of the Scopes Monkey trial). During the trial, he is treated like a beast with little or no rights. Taylor tells of his two comrades and explains that one was killed and the other lost. At this point the court is directed to a group of humans that were captured at the same time as Taylor where he sees Landon, who has been lobotomized.

    Scopes Trial” (State v. Scopes, Scopes v. State, 152 Tenn. 424, 278 S.W. 57 (Tenn. 1926), often called the “Scopes Monkey Trial”) was an American legal case that tested the Butler Act, which made it unlawful, in any state-funded educational establishment in Tennessee, “to teach any theory that denies the story of the Divine Creation of man as taught in the Bible, and to teach instead that man has descended from a lower order of animals.” This is often interpreted as meaning that the law forbade the teaching of any aspect of the theory of evolution. The case was a critical turning point in the United States’ creation-evolution controversy.
    ————-
    Amazing what you find in films.
    N’

  144. “Personally, I would’ve liked to have seen get at least a few lashes before being sent home. ”

    Is that the sadomasochist in you speaking reb or are you a real Monarchist…:)

    Remember this?:


    (The Church-Electric Lash)

    N’

  145. And Nasking, in the second Planet of the Apes movie, after an astronaut had died, a hole was dug to bury him in. The instrument used to dig the hole was a shovel. Obviously shovels are a required item when choofing off into space, as are boats.

  146. But, but, but..both the raft and the shovel were useful. After all what if you landed into liquid after you arrived on an alien planet? And what if a crew member died..then you would need a “£$^£!! shovel.

    However, very observant..I had missed it.

    ps..maybe they also had snow shoes and a team of huskies on board but they just so happened to arrive onto a planet where these weren’t needed.

  147. N’..thank you for the comment about the Scopes trial. I had always interpreted the stinking paws/dirty apes as being a racist comment.

  148. “Obviously shovels are a required item when choofing off into space, as are boats.”

    Useful for driving along the narrative but problematic if yer searching for Realism…& Verisimilitude.

    Which interestingly brings me to:

    Verisimilitude the Novel
    Verisimilitude is the title of a 2005 novel written by Australian author Harry Nicolaides. It became noteworthy on January 18th, 2009 when its author was sentenced by a Thai court to three years in prision for a violation of Thailand’s “lese majeste” law, forbiding any insult of the Thai monarchy. Nicolaides’s novel had a brief reference to a fictional prince of Thailand as having marital problems.
    (Wikipedia)

    How’s that for synchronicity reb?…:)

    N’

  149. “maybe they also had snow shoes and a team of huskies on board but they just so happened to arrive onto a planet where these weren’t needed.”

    hehe…I wonder if they has a bar on board?

    N’

  150. N’ I should imagine that if one lobbed onto a planet to find it inhabited by a gay ape (McDowell) and the very attractive Kim Hunter wearing a rubber mask, then one may indeed have needed a bar on board.

  151. lol Min…

    I’m off to get ready for my wife’s birthday night…celebrating earlier than usual to accomodate her family.

    Have a goodie. Good chat.
    N’

  152. N’ have a wonderful evening! Likewise about to choof due to dinner duties.

  153. what happened?

    this isnt the same as last night, the comments have disappeared.

  154. “How’s that for synchronicity reb?…”

    Remarkable Nasking, and the Church “Electric Lash” Bloody Hell that’s a blast from my miss-spent youth!

  155. nasking, on February 21st, 2009 at 12:22 pm Said:
    What was your career TB?

    Auto trade
    National service
    OH&S
    Management (Service, Production, OH&S, Training)
    Own consultancy last 16 years as an RTO (mostly the big miners BHP, Rio, Wesfarmers) specilaising in Competency Based Learning (Management/OH&S/Workplace Learning & Assessment)

    Most posters know my b/ground – and the clothes I wear by now… 😀

  156. what’s an “RTO” safari man?

  157. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25086982-2,00.html

    My heart gose out to those missed in the searches.
    The people conducting them have a great human nature to help out others.
    But..
    A search and recovery of the area should not be done unless 100% effort is there. ( I do understand they are under manned right now, but theres no excuse for half a job in this instance).

  158. Holy bat crap, its 7.45pm already. i was thinking it was midday.

  159. http://www.news.com.au/story/0,27574,25089089-23109,00.html

    why why why, Damn you people who call yourselves adults, peace can start the moment You deside to put your weapons down, if not for yourselves then look down at your ankles that little thing is a child and look at what your choices will give them.

    I dont care anymore if your right or wrong. It just starts with a decission that no bastard is willing to make.

    This goes to all wars.

  160. Again, does anybody have Adrians email or phone number to find out if he is alright.

    If i missed his reply or an answer to his whereabouts then could you please let me know also.

  161. Hey, Tassie Boy!

    reb, on February 21st, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    RTO

    Recognised Training Organisation within the National Training System…Federal, State & Territory – one standard across borders – a first!

    …could issue qualifications in registered courses ie Diploma of Frontline Management under the Australian Qualifications Framework – AQF)

    Government audit controlled under the Australian Quality Training Framework – AQTF

    A PJK initiative in 1992 – first National conference in Brisbane – that’s where I met him…

    =====================================

    aquanut – I agree re Adrian – its been too long…he may be away somewhere – he was working on a major project…

  162. aquanut

    RTO, in TBs, case means Retro Turgid Outfit.

    It is another term for safari suit.

  163. Tom of Melbourne, on February 22nd, 2009 at 11:51 am

    I am starting to worry about you now Tom, either this GFC is starting bite or you’ve changed your medication.

    I’m not sure what it is but you’re becoming obsessively paranoid week by week. First it was the unions now my clothing, or just me pehaps 😳 – trust me, I am happily married…I’m not interested, Tom… 😉

    I am concerned for you.

  164. aquanut, on February 21st, 2009 at 11:21 pm

    Aqua, idk about Adrian, and too have been wondering. I vaguely recall his saying something about being busy with work on one of the threads…right in the middle of his changing avatar to the verisimilitude of V, and the flurry of posts, then nothing.

  165. MIglo, hope you enjoy the match and that is has a satisfactory outcome. I’d much rather watch a match live than on tv. My youngest is the opposite. I gather Junior and Rodan aren’t playing owing to becoming new daddies.
    Anyway, I hope everyone gets a good run and start ironing out any wrinkles.
    Cheers and Go The Mighty Power!!

  166. Yeah, Where be Adrian?

  167. Holy shit, Sydney must be resting a few players.

    BTW, the Crows didn’t want to win last night. cough…

  168. I think i might mention Adrian every couple of days in the hope he may see it and say hello.

    legion i do recall a convo like that, Its better he is busy and cant comment then the other thoughts i have been manufacturing….

  169. Manufacturing thoughts in lieu of actual utterances on a blog seems dangerous to me aqua.
    It’s impossible to have accurate, on the ground, information about what people are up to in their lives ex-blog.
    Not worth worrying yourself.

    Adrian is a standup guy, at least that is all I can deduce from his consistent considered contributions. I’m sure he’ll be here when he can, health permitting.
    I doubt that he has an axe to grind with anyone here, far too rational IMHO.

    Look forward to reading his stuff again soon.

  170. “have a wonderful evening!”

    Thnx Min., we did.

    Went to an Italian restaurant, fairly good food…lots of positive, animated chats & laughs…caught up w/ S’s relies who can be alot of fun…her Dad gave us 2 more organic pumpkins & a bunch of potatoes grown on his wee farm, always goes down a treat – thoughtful of him – and a good time was had by all.

    The meal was a bit on the greasy side, but heck, we haven’t spoilt ourselves “out” for awhile.

    Tho we were melting from the heat. Plenty of other diners. Gonna pick a restaurant w/ more air flow & oxygen next time…:)

    S’ looked gorgeous last night, wearing the new makeup from Inika (got here quick). Tho I reckon she looks marvellous w/ or w/out…& almost always is gorgeous INSIDE. She reckons I’m biased…lol.

    She’s filled w/ so much confidence these days & enjoying the challenges of her Acting Head of Department role. I think having a female Premier (Anna Bligh) & Federal Education Minister (Julia Gillard) who give a sh*t about education makes a difference.

    I’m cooking for S’ on her actual birthday. Celebrate in an intimate setting. Will use flowers & such from the garden.

    Cheers
    N’

  171. “BTW, the Crows didn’t want to win last night. cough…”

    I know the feeling Tboss, the Power weren’t too fussed today, either. 65 points….only just managed to get over the line. blush.

  172. Yeah, lucky the Swans don’t have Gary Ablett playing for them or Port would have gotten hammered by 200+ points.

    Actually, I’m pretty sure Port will now play Geelong in Adelaide next week.
    That will be interesting.

    If it were any other team bar Port playing Geelog I’d be behind ’em. Don’t much like the Cat’s unbeatable status.

  173. Jane
    # “BTW, the Crows didn’t want to win last night. cough…”

    That cracked me up.

    Lol they just came for the pies, the game was a bonus.

  174. “and the Church “Electric Lash” Bloody Hell that’s a blast from my miss-spent youth!”

    Yea, the good old days when we could consume all & sundry w/out taking a week to recover…:)

    Another blast from the past:

    (Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax)

    N’

  175. “Lol they just came for the pies, the game was a bonus.”aqua

    I don’t think that they were there for the pies. everybody knows that Victorians love dogwaste in their pies, especially at the telstraDomeTM.

  176. Now, now Tboss, don’t bitter. You should just barrack for a better mob, wearing better colours.

    I was disappointed that Melbourne got beaten by a lousy 3 points. Would’ve given the Hawks a bit of a fright, though.

    I’m reliably informed by old Paddy that we’re playing Geelong next week, which I don’t expect to win, but will be a very good training run against a good opposition. I’ll really chuckle if we win. Take the salt out of the Cats’ bloomers.

    Aqua & Legion, maybe Adrian’s having internet probs. I know that feeling.

    BTW, haven’t clocked Shane lately, either. Hope he & young Riley are OK.

    Hope your birthday dinner goes well, N’.

  177. nasking, on February 22nd, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Mate, what a lovely post.

    I bet your love don’t care about yer cooking!

  178. “National service”

    Did you serve in Vietnam TB?…I know a few posters on Road to Surfdom did. I’ve heard some sad stories from there by a fella I worked w/…he flew in w/ the helicopters to protect medics as they picked up the pieces, assisted the wounded. He reckons oneday they were called in to assist and found nothing but dead Americans. And obviously Viet-Cong. Sad stuff.

    i signed up but was rejected after a couple of weeks due to chronic asthma…they reckoned I wouldn’t survive the bush training & said I wasn’t allowed to take my puffer. Pretty annoying. Most of my family (males) served…all bar one who is a lecturer in the UK.

    “OH&S, Management (Service, Production, OH&S, Training)
    Own consultancy last 16 years as an RTO (mostly the big miners BHP, Rio, Wesfarmers) specilaising in Competency Based Learning (Management/OH&S/Workplace Learning & Assessment)”

    Cool. Be pretty demanding eh?

    My Dad worked in construction for years in Canada…sales manager and area VP for Liebherr, John Deere, Komatsu & such…has a mate in the mining exploration area here in Australia. She’s amazing, very bright.

    I worked as a clerk in a few construction places…temp before Uni. And as a packer of construction boots one summer in my late teens.

    What would we do w/out mines & infrastructure construction-related jobs eh? I used to love going to the big machine shows…even tho I’m not a big car buff.

    “Most posters know my b/ground”

    I used to shoot in & out of Blogocracy…rapid fire stuff…:)

    was mainly on RTS. Here I primarily commented on the Top 5 until recently. After RTS closed I decided to take a bit of a break from political commenting. 2 & 1/2 years on there full-bore, occasionally on Lavartus Prodeo & Blogocracy…plenty of researching & posting to Huffington Post and polies/media before that…& 3 years on an alternitive music site based in the USA during early 2000s. Tried to promote alot of Aussie bands such as Art of Fighting, Crow, Died Pretty, Ed Kuepper/Laughing Clowns, Swirl & such. Spread the word on good Aussie talent.

    thnx for filling me in.

    Cheers
    N’

  179. Hi Jane (and Tboss),

    What a wonderful game. My brother came up from Cootamundra for the agme, and get this, the last time he went to a footy match, Fos Williams was playing. That’s some time long in the past.

    That little Wade Thompson is a gun. He’s a Port Augusta kid and his uncle is one of my best friends. He suggested that I get a chance to say Nunga Yurakarti to him, which in his native tounge of Adnamathana means “hello bloke”.

    I was near the race so at half time I said those words as he walked down the race to the rooms and I got the dumbest look of all time. Why? I’d said it to the wrong bloke. I’d picked out Marlon Motlop. Have you ever felt like a dickhead?

    I had the chance to redeem myself at the end of the match, and I was rewarded with a big smile for my efforts. But I could see he was on a high.

    He’ll probably ring his uncle tomorrow and tell him that some weirdo white guy tried to chat to him.

    Port win. Crows lose. Great weekend.

  180. “Port win. Crows lose. Great weekend.”

    Next weekend (I think)…

    Port VS Geelong

    Darker shades of 2007 Grand Final.

    Awesome weekend of glorious schadenfreude.

  181. Did you see G.Ablett last night?

    ZOMFG

    You guys are in for a clockcleaning. Bwahahahaha…………

  182. “Hope your birthday dinner goes well, N’.”

    Thnx jane.
    The rain is handy…as is the worm farm for getting fertiliser…providing a few juicy chillies & capsicum for the pizza…the herbs are flourishing…& the rosemary is abundant for the Foccacia. I was able to pick up some local organic garlic so it should be delightful on Wednesday night provided I don’t burn it…:)

    Gotta grab a wine tho. Any ideas?

    “Mate, what a lovely post.
    I bet your love don’t care about yer cooking!”

    Cheers TB…:)…S’ is very tolerant of my culinary cockups…lasy year I made Gado Gado (Her fave dish)…was a wee bit thick w/ peanut paste…I felt like Mr. Ed when talking.

    and another year I did Moroocan orange & couscous salad…it was “interesting” S’ said. Tho she dug the spicey Gazpacho soup.

    N’

  183. Jane,
    # Aqua & Legion, maybe Adrian’s having internet probs. I know that feeling.

    You know after i read that i feel you may have got it.
    Makes more sence and has a better feel to it then my idea. Thank you Jane.

  184. Top five is delayed this week as I have flat out all weekend with work and AI stuff and so my brain needs a rest. Apologies.

    Unless the Man from Del Monte (in a white suit) brang one back from his holidays.

  185. What is this Joni, you slave it out for others doing redicules hours, what about us.
    Beside i came online thinking you had dinner made already but how wrong was i.(gets the whip out, thinks about and puts it away again) 😉

    I for one dont care just relax if you need it Joni.

  186. Unless the Man from Del Monte (in a white suit) brang one back from his holidays.

    BRANG! F***IN’ BRANG! when will you learn, boy!

    OK, so, AI stands fo Artificial Intelligence – I knew that…

  187. TB @1.01 – I think you are one of the characters of blogocrats. As such you need an image, and this should not be left to chance.

    And your image should be that of a mature gentleman, with some traditional opinions. But obviously without any sense of contemporary fashion.

    Really, why would you complain? It’s an honour to have an “image”!

  188. As brang is in a dictionary I will continue to use it as I see fit 😛

    (actually I piss myself off with using it… I did it once by accident and now have to maintain the charade).

  189. “Top five is delayed this week as I have flat out all weekend with work and AI stuff and so my brain needs a rest. Apologies.”

    No probs joni. Enjoy some time off.

    Just found out that my wife’s Uncle & Aunt who we also went to dinner with last night won 50, 000.

    I saved up & paid for last nights meal, so you know who will be paying for the next one…:)

    Good for them tho…nice couple who’ve had it tough financially & health-wise lately. .

    N’

  190. Brang means bringed. This is the past tense of broughted.

  191. Tom, i just got the image of Rebs picture, Man crack.
    The character in the picture made it that much more enjoyable (that airport pose is hilarious)

  192. “broughted.”

    LOL

  193. Tom, all I can say say is – you are a Dick!

    LOL! 😆

  194. “Darker shades of 2007 Grand Final.” (Tboss).

    Typical of a Crow’s troll.

  195. “you are a Dick”

    And a surgically enhanced one at that!

  196. Excellent stuff, migs. Wade Thompson is a little rocket and seems to have heaps of footy nous, from what I saw. Loved that goal on the run in the last quarter.

    Tboss, save your bwa-ha-has for after the match. I have a very good feeling about it. We’ll humble the cocky sods and then win both the Showdowns on the trot by ever-increasing margins. Ha-ha-ha!!!!! Tredders’ sprig marks on Rutten’s head-the stuff dreams are made of.

    N’, I’d be happy to gargle a Wangolina Station semillon sauv blanc with that delicious sounding meal you’ll be tucking into. It’s making my mouth water.

    Do you reckon you could send a bit of rain our way, though?

  197. “Wangolina Station semillon sauv blanc ”

    I’ll look out for it jane…many thanks for the heads up.

    “Do you reckon you could send a bit of rain our way, though?”

    I’m doing a rain dance for ya right now…my half-brother is one-eighth Native America Indian, I’ll use his moves. And I saw ‘Shadow of the Hawk’ in 1976. Call me “Bear w/ bindies in paws’…:)

    Ouch

    N’

  198. Poor little dog i thought, stuck in the drain. I climbed down and there are three large drains, which bloody drian did you go in you little sh8t. So i picked the left one and walked in, nope the water is knee high i’ll try the second one some thing. I looked into the third one and the little furry ball shot out up the wall and ran down the street. i just stood there like i was waiting for him to turn around and give a thank you wave while i was standing in….

  199. Thanx N’, every drop will be appreciated, the old tanks are starting to sound a bit hollow.

    Aqua, he probably was grateful, but scared.

  200. Could everybody please stop blogging for 24 hours so I can have time to catch up on all the reading.

  201. “I looked into the third one and the little furry ball shot out up the wall and ran down the street. i just stood there like i was waiting for him to turn around and give a thank you wave while i was standing in….”

    for aquanut:

    The smallest deed is better than the greatest intention.
    John Burroughs

    For even in dreams a good deed is not lost.
    Pedro Calderon de la Barca

    In the final analysis there is no other solution to man’s progress but the day’s honest work, the day’s honest decision, the day’s generous utterances, and the day’s good deed.
    Clare Boothe Luce

    Sleep well aquanut.

    N’

  202. dont feel sorry for me, your suppose to laugh at misfortune.
    Beside if you really feel bad for me. donations can be made to….

    seriously i wanted humour not sympathy.

    Let me try again with a drunk attempt at humour.
    ————————————————————
    But he just left me there.

    (Eric Banner stare) I can only take so much from little dogs. Im thinking so this dosnt happen again, draw him in with a bag of Good-o-s and kick him to Tasmania and let Reb deal with him.
    (relocation scheme)

    I love animals.

  203. Cheers for that Nasking.

    I liked that.

  204. reb vs TB vs tom

  205. Very nice and very tasteful Kittylitter,

    Terry Wogan is a most attractive man, and the resemblance is amazing! Though I am only referring to resemblance in the surgically enhanced region.

    With regard to the image of reb, I had in mind more of the young Prince Charles look, like this –

  206. Extraordinary Tom and KL.

    Those images are spot on, especially Tom’s. That’s the spitting image of me in my school uniform when I was a boy, and I have no problems being compared to the dapper “Steed” from The Avengers.

    One question, is that a sack of potatoes in Terry Wogan’s underwear?

  207. No sack of potatoes there reb.

    The potatoes have to be mashed and combined with the finest quality concrete and silicon before being implanted. That’s the surgical enhancement that I had.

  208. Fair enough Tom.

    __________________________________________

    I would rather survive in Cashmere, than thrive in Polyester!

  209. This place is good for the soul 😀 – kitty & Tom especially have had me PMSL this morning & the Costello thread exposure of Neil was very entertaining – thanks guys & gals. Special thanks also to joni & reb for branging this blog into being 🙂

  210. Yes, I was laughing hysterically as I posted the terry wogan pic, especially the comments in the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ article – I’m still laughing as I type, it’s funny.

    A fan of Sir Terry, who earns £800,000 a year, leapt to his defence, saying: “I think the cameraman was taking the proverbial.

    “Terry isn’t usually framed that way. He probably thought it was the usual waist-up shot and wasn’t giving a thought to the lunchbox.”

    Another added: “Can’t the man have a mid-life crisis in peace? In the animal kingdom such displays often attract a willing mate.”

    …Wogan insisted they were his own trousers and defiantly added: “Everybody’s an expert – you can’t appear on television without a crowd of idiots telling you look like something the cat dragged in.”

  211. reb, on February 23rd, 2009 at 9:50 am

    LOL!

    Nothing wrong with high quality polyester…Tassie Boy!

  212. nasking, on February 22nd, 2009 at 8:07 pm Said:
    “National service”
    Did you serve in Vietnam TB?

    Apologies for late reply, N’

    No. Luckily. Lost one mate (blown up on an APC) and another mate’s brother was KIA.

    I was deferred for two years (studies) – by the time I had finished studying I’d got married and had a daughter…still called me up – the army was/is always short of motor mechs.

    I’ve mentioned this before but I wasn’t Australian when I served – got “neutralised” about two years after my discharge…another story.

  213. “Yes, I was laughing hysterically as I posted the terry wogan pic, especially the comments in the ‘wardrobe malfunction’ article – I’m still laughing as I type, it’s funny.”

    It was hilarious kittylitter.
    It’s a Billy Connolly style kafkan next for our Terry I imagine.

    Here’s reb out on the town contemplating a wardrobe change:

    N’

  214. “No. Luckily. Lost one mate (blown up on an APC) and another mate’s brother was KIA.”

    Dreadful stuff. Sorry to hear about your mate. Glad you didn’t have to go thru that tempest.

    “I’ve mentioned this before but I wasn’t Australian when I served – got “neutralised” about two years after my discharge…another story.”

    ahhh, I do recall you mentioning something about a British background. I sometimes get posters mixed up tho.

    I’m starting to get an image of you in my mind now. And clothes have nothing to do w/ it…:)

    Here’s me getting out of a mate’s pool:

    N’

  215. IT IS ME!!

    Don’t you just love those contrasting burberry and tweed sleeves with the herringbone collar??

    There’s simply no substitute for style!!

  216. N’
    That’s our reb, you’ve captured him perfectly nas, the affectation, the snotnose, superiority – the beauty of it is he doesn’t even look out of place dressed like that in tassie!

  217. Does that mean reb was Sherlock on blogocracy?

    And in that photo I reckon the model is Turnbull.

  218. “the beauty of it is he doesn’t even look out of place dressed like that in tassie!”

    ‘specially when he’s in the DVD shop working out the mystery of the missing BlueRay version of Hellraiser 2: Pinhead’s version.

    Well, let’s just hope this economic downturn doesn’t get too full on…or reb will be looking like this:

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/2008/10/10/robert-downey-jr-as-sherlock-holmes-first-pictures/
    (Scroll down the page)

    🙂

    N’

  219. “the snotnose superiority…???”

    I can’t help it, if I’m a man of irrepresible taste and disctinction..!!

    _______________________________________

    I’d rather tiptoe in tweed than fanny about in flanelette!!

  220. “I’d rather tiptoe in tweed than fanny about in flanelette!!”

    What’s wrong w/ flannel?…here’s me as a youngun in the early 70s:

    N’

  221. “sir reb” LOL

    I think of you more as a Duchess… hehe

  222. Real gentlemen have hereditary titles and peerages, therefore it’s Lord Reb.

    A “Sir” is more likely to be a self made man. Having to earn a “Sir” probably prevents the life of indulgence that appears to be sought by our own Lord Reb.

  223. Nasking

    LOL

  224. reb a Lord eh?

    Yes, I can see it now:

    Thunder Lord of the Web.

    N’

  225. Tom. You are actually spot on (Min skulks off to do a little gardening). A Sir is a title that is earned (or supposedly so) and is not an hereditary title.

    [Note how I knew to use ‘an’ rather than ‘a’ before the word ‘hereditary’].

    And so yes most knighthoods have been earned..however some are bestowments for example on a younger son.

    Whereas, as Tom states, Lords, Earls, Dukes and Princes are hereditary titles. Just once in a blue moon however, sometimes peasants are elevated to the peerage.

  226. Hey Dave55, any pics of yourself? Or a description perhaps?

    Here’s another of me learning to ride at Bullens:

    N’

  227. Nasking, TB.
    who are you two voting for, i found there are so many good chioces out there. Paying the fine for not voting is one of them.

    Not sure its even worth thinking about.

  228. Miglo,
    its ok if you dont agree, but i thought it was important to extend my thoughts. Email. 🙂

  229. “who are you two voting for, i found there are so many good chioces out there. Paying the fine for not voting is one of them.”

    Labor in QLD aquanut.
    N’

  230. well if i dont vote im not entitled to a say. so i might just go down and see, get to play with the people out front with there exciting sales pitches on who to vote for.
    ———————
    Gee i would do anything for a dive tonight, but i have been making some funny choices today. best i sit down and shut up about it and give you all the pleasure of my company.( ok i’ll pay use all ). 🙂

    time for a walk.

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