Friday Frolykz

Hello! Hello!!

Good afternoon and welcome to Friday Frolykz! Our end of the working week – beginning of the weekend thread.

I hope you’re all enjoying yourselves.

Now, for those of you that think I’m a complete pisshead, I’ll have you know that I haven’t had a glass of anything containing alcohol – well except for listerine – for OVER ONE WEEK!

That’s quite an accomplishment where I’m from.

Interestingly, Catalyst the other night reckons that scientists have identified a gene known as “the A1 gene” that can determine whether you’re going to be the sort of person that can enjoy a standard glass of wine with your meal, or whether you’re going to gag that standard glass back in two seconds and be on to your second bottle of wine within twenty minutes.

I think I must have the A1 gene coming out of my arse. Speaking of which I’ve recently discovered Yahoo “Answers.”

Have you seen it? It’s camp.

It’s basically like a message board where people can ask questions and others can answer them, with the best answer receiving a reward in “points” from the proponent of the question.

The other day I stumbled across this question from a young guy who was asking “why don’t chicks (sic) dig anal sex?”

After thinking about this for a moment I suggested that he ought to try shoving a medium sized carrot up his arse to find out the answer to his own question in a practical manner.

Well blow me over with a feather! He said my answer was the best one and invited me ’round to his place where an assortment of zucchini shaped vegetables were going to be on offer.

Although humbled, I graciously declined. Vegetables aren’t really my thing.

Now how did I get onto that?

Oh and another thing, while there’s some good TV on at the moment (Moving Wallpaper, The Tracey Ullman Show and the Graham Norton Show) to name but a few, one show I won’t be watching tonight is “The Perfect Vagina” on SBS. However I imagine a few of the boys here might be tempted to tune in.

I’ll expect a full report on my desk first thing in the morning. But please spare us the gruesome details..

Hip Hip!


165 Responses

  1. poor naive young thing we ‘chicks’ dig lots of things. And if you are watching a show re ‘the perfect vagina’..well, given that you’re a gay bloke..

  2. You are a goose, reb!

  3. Hmm, in hindsight maybe I should’ve posted that over at the gutter. My facade of intellectualism is deteriorating rapidly.

    I can’t even pretend that I’m intelligent any more!!

    Lord help me !! HELP ME!!!!

  4. Nah – it is a prefect FF thread.

  5. And there are some Climate Change Rallies around Australia tomorrow. I will be heading to the Sydney Rally. I hope to have a video up tomorrow.

  6. Speaking of vegetables and arses …

    I’m on the train to work this morning. I only have two stops to go and I often walk. It was early. Cold, too. I took the train.

    As it approaches my stop, a message comes over the intercom …

    “Passengers should take care when detraining from the vehicle.”




    I would like to find the person who thought of that and smash their f**king stupid head into a toilet bowl until they become de-f**king-brained.

    F**king spacwad.

  7. And WTF is the CommBank on about?!?!?

    They have raised interest rates by 10 basis points!!!!!!!!!

  8. Bastards:

    CBA today said it would raise its standard variable mortgage rates by 10 basis points from Monday, June 15.

  9. oh look Joni – “snap”

  10. They say that great minds think alike – but in our case?


  11. Ross,

    The best sign I’ve seen at a train station was one at the platform at Penrith station. It read (and this is the honest tuth):

    “Stand behind the yellow line as the train approaches or you might get sucked off”

    I think I still have a photo of it somewhere….

  12. ** this one **

  13. (joni leaves immediately for Penrith)

  14. reb:

    I think I must have the A1 gene coming out of my arse.

    the wine goes in the other end.

  15. That’s it Bacchus!!!!!

  16. Reb..that joke re being sucked off is so old as to be embarrassing. It was a Rastus joke from the 60’s..Hey Rastus, how come you stand so close..the train, she come so close that she sucked me way offf.

    It’s from the late 60’s.

  17. …and Myth Busters proved that a train, even at very high speed, cannot suck you off. At worst it can blow a little.

  18. Anyone seen this? Looks truly bizarre and mind-boggling, if the report is accurate.

    What caught the policemen’s attention were the billion dollar securities“.

  19. And in other interesting news…if there’s competing points of view on offer, we tend to go with the person who appears most confident, even despite knowing their past record of poor predictions.

    This would explain a lot 😉

  20. Lotharson – um, WOW!!!!

  21. And in a related concept, debunking a lie can result in people believing the falsehood more strongly and questioning the credibility of the debunker.

  22. Lotharsson

    That story about the Bonds is incredible – I read it earlier this afternoon. Could be the easiest $38Bn the Italian Government ever made (and the worst investment decision the owner ever made).

    I guess they have to be fakes but if they are as good as the real thing how would you know unless someone spills their guts (and goes to jail as a consequence).

  23. If they’re fakes but as good as the real thing…one would think it spells big trouble for anyone in the habit of accepting them – it’s probable someone with major resources is counterfeiting.

    If they’re real…it’s perhaps even more mind-boggling. Who carries around billion dollar bonds like that, let alone that many?

  24. They say that you should never get in an argument with an idiot – because they drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    Well – this week I sent an email detailing the cause of a problem in our system. The senior manager that I deal with in Manila then put some words around my email and forwarded it making out that she discovered the answer.

    I emailed her and said that all she did was paraphrase my cause and make out that it was her own discovery. She emailed me back saying that she did not paraphrase – she just put what I said in her own words!


    Thus proving the point about idiots.

  25. Lotharrson,

    I’d be willing to bet that the US would honour them anyway – if it got out that they were fakes but they were indistinguishable from the real ones, the US bond market would crash in a very ugly messy heap. I expect the Chinese Government and Saudi Oil is playing very close attention to this.

    If I was the counter fitter, I’d be very very worried right now, and it has nothing to do with being arested for fraud.

  26. joni,

    lets hope the senior manager isn’t a reader of Blogocrats 😉

  27. If she does I might have more time to spend on the blogocrats.

  28. joni

    ‘more’ time?

  29. They say that great minds think alike – but in our case?

    Yes, they do say great minds think alike… but then again, so do sheep! 😛

    That said, perhaps we shouldn’t bring sheep into a thread starting off with reb being offered various fruits & vegetables for intimate use.

    Related link

  30. [Scroll on by…a bunch of stuff in one hit for those who are interested.]

    Senator asks a bunch of questions that should be asked about US detainee treatment programs, but that seem to be missing from the main debate. He’s clearly implying he is constrained by classification laws from debunking some of the lies told by Cheney (both father and daughter), et al. And he asserts that Abu Zubaydah produced no further actionable intelligence after he was given back to the CIA contractors and their “harsh interrogation methods”. Read both links.

    Greenwald notes the ACLU pushing for greater transparency and accountability in government, including for the release of photos that Obama wants special laws passed to keep hidden. It is noted that Obama appears to be complicit (agitprop link) in covering up Bush-era policy and likely crimes.

    Meanwhile, the CIA appear to be playing games with the judge, trying to limit their revelations in response to a court order.

    Someone – Legion? – was wondering way back whether tasers were used in detainee treatment regimes, but perhaps not mentioned because they are now so routine in the US for enforcing compliance, even for argumentative 72 year old grandmothers stopped for traffic violations.

    Meanwhile some Scotland Yard officers have allegedly been waterboarding suspects during drug searches – but no-one seems to seriously calling for waterboarding white domestic terrorists.

  31. …the US bond market would crash in a very ugly messy heap…

    Hmmm, good point.

    The Asia Times article noted that some governments printed top quality currency of their enemies during WWII which could be used as a kind of weapon…

  32. reb, on June 12th, 2009 at 2:54 pm Said:

    can’t even pretend that I’m intelligent any more!!

    Lord help me !! HELP ME!!!!

    ~~And rightly so. It’s luck that you’re cute and cuddly isn’t it.

  33. Umm..It’s cute and cuddly.

  34. Min,


  35. …the US bond market would crash in a very ugly messy heap…

    I remember reading that many fraud attempts and cyber-security attacks against banks were not reported to police, because it was better for business to wear the loss than to inspire a certain … lack of confidence in the bank’s security.

  36. I’m buggered!

    I actually went to work today for a change, I had no choice as my guys haven’t been taught how to transplant large trees but they sure learnt a bit today.

    As I prepared the trees about four months ago they came out like corks from Port bottles, had a crane, bobcat, backhoe and semi trailers for the big moves and it was a Champagne job.

    The biggest tree was eleven metres high…a Delonix which is known as a Poinciana.

    The first lift was at 6:30am and we finished at 4:00 and I’m sore all over, a very profitable day.

  37. Love your work rebsta.

  38. Friday slander….erm, I mean Friday Fussball with Tome of Melboring?

  39. That is a damn big tree (to move) scaper.

    I’ve often wondered how such feats are performed. There must be a knack to doing it correctly because if it all went wrong, due to the scale of the task it would be messy wrong. Quite a unique skill to have learned.

    Some of the tree-fellers down here are acrobatic chainsaw artisans out in the radiata plantations. Not a job for the squeamish. Up high, wielding the saw with hefty lumber toppling around you.
    They deserve the cash.

  40. We had a 5 metre cocos palm taken out this morning..the blokes turned up at 7.10am and it took them all of 20 minutes to chop it out, mulch it and to grind the stump. Cash in hand of course.

  41. Ummm, derrrr I think I have the Adumb chromosome. Tom has already put a thread up.

  42. Easy money if you’ve got the tools & the knowhow min.
    I don’t have either.

    The tools or the knowhow that is.

    A necessary niche service they perform.

  43. Yes Tboss..they were very impressive..mind you they did turn up a day late, but did the job in very quick time once they did arrive.

  44. Rightyo bloggies – it is now beer o’clock – I am now heading to a poncy bar to drink poncy beer with poncy people…. woohoo!

  45. Am going too joni..sadly not to a poncy bar. However, the chinese pork fillet and fried rice is looking very nice.

  46. Reb, one week without alcohol is very impressive, it is not easy to do considering that if you watch TV there is so many scenes where the liquid is consumed which I never noticed before the want disappeared.

    As you know I just stopped drinking just after New Year for no reason that I can identify and I feel a tad healthier for it but that’s it!

    After four months I tried a drink and it just does not taste the same but I have a glass of wine when I feel like it but can not see myself getting shitfaced again.

  47. Joni,

    Let me guess….the Hilton?

  48. MPB (Martin Place Bar)

  49. Scaper,

    Well done. I hope I can get to that stage too.

    And you’re quite right. Grog is everywhere – especially on TV. Last night I was watching “Moving Wallpaper” on ABC 2, and they all go “right, let’s go to the pub for a drink” and I’m sitting there with my chamomile tea thinking BASTARDS!!

    Tonight it will be the same on Silent Witness. They always go to the pub too.

    I hope I get to the stage (one day) that you’re at where you can just have a glass of wine and that’ll be it.


  50. Joni,

    Tosser. Have you been to the upstairs bar at the Hilton?

    I went once (taken there by friends from Sydney). It;s very impressive.

    But now being a semi-recluse-soon-to-be-partial-retiree-to-Asia country boy, it was a bit overwhelming…

  51. Ross and others,

    I noticed a sign on a bus, on the window next to the driver. It read “Please enter the bus from the door on the other side”.

    WTF! There must have been a big problem with people trying to climb in through the driver’s window.

    Must choof now. It’s red wine and cigar time at the golf club.

  52. Pigs arse! I’m definetly not Elliott’s bloomin love child, OK?

  53. …a mate of mine (for 50 years) turned up on Wednesday arvo, with his “new companion” – it now costs $11 to refill a portable oxygen tank … he is dying of emphysema (not his words mine – I know ’cause my father died from it) … and there is no turning back …

    … he told me he knew it would happen but when it did it was a bit of a shock … duh!

    … of course he’s just given up smoking (he’s three months older than me, I turn 62 in 17 days) …

    … after reading the Focus on Addiction thread – I reckon I’m all ‘toleranced” out …

    … I might be a “grumpy old fart” and I loved growing up in the 60’s and 70’s as part of the music/TV industry but I really get pissed off with the assumption that we were all high on drugs – BS! – it was always available in every Green Room but most of the musos I know left it alone … and still do – booze, well … guilty

    … having said that I do enjoy my WT… “clink” to all … being introduced to rum and coke and beer at 22 in the army …

    … I believe that addiction is a disease but ….

    Disclaimer: I started smoking at 11 (I nicked the fags from my parents fish & chip shop to get in the “gang” but had to do “the drawback” to become a member … I went cold turkey one Saturday driving over the Hornibrook Highway (N5 will tell you where that is) – threw the smoke out of the window and became a “non-smoker” – craved tobacco for nine years!

  54. with respect TB.

    I think that the drugs that were around in the 60’s and 70’s are nothing compared to the potency and addictiveness of the hard core stuff that is around today.

    If you can get a chance to watch the Ben documentary, it might change your mind…

  55. joni, on June 12th, 2009 at 3:02 pm Said:
    And WTF is the CommBank on about?!?!?

    They have raised interest rates by 10 basis points!!!!!!!!!

    reb, on June 12th, 2009 at 3:03 pm Said:

    CBA today said it would raise its standard variable mortgage rates by 10 basis points from Monday, June 15.

    Mr Rudd and Mr Swan are furious – furious I tell ya – at the Commonwealth. It’s fair enough for them to feign indignation, and put as much public pressure on the bank as they can, but there’s not a thing they can do about it.

    As a matter of fact (note: fact, B. tolputt ;-)) interest rates have been put under increased upward pressure because the government is in the bond market every week borrowing billions of dollars. Simple supply and demand: the government has increased the demand for funds, so the price – interest rates – have to go up.

  56. Mr. Rudd & Mr. Swan want to toggle your chains Tony.

  57. Leave the hydo alone, the sun grown remains the same mon.

  58. Tony,

    The additional increase in funding price that is attributable to Aussie Bonds is miniscule compared to US, European and Japanese Bonds. The fact you are reading from the Hockey song book here Tony should have given you pause for thought before posting.

  59. On smoking addiction – I don’t know why, but I never have gotten addicted nor suffered withdrawals per se. There was a period of time where my wife & I had split where I picked up the vice “to fill in time”. Smoked a pack every two three days for about six months. Then stopped when we reconciled and I lived with my children again. Always wondered why I never had problems giving it up, as I’ve seen how hard it is for others to quit and I know they aren’t faking it.

    Funny thing, one of the best chats I ever had with my father was while smoking cigars celebrating the birth of my last child (no more possible after he was born).

    Never been a big drinker, so I can’t say I ever got addicted to that either. Red wine always makes me feel ill, and vodka is just too expensive to be drinking all the time.

  60. Actually, Tony is quite correct in that there is going to be upward pressure on interest rates going into the future, but the biggest push is going to be an improving economy.

    Something I find amusing is how often people forget that interest rates are a (crude) control mechanism for the economy. When the economy starts speeding up, faster than is comfortable for the Reserve Bank – interest rates go up in an effort to force people to save their money &/or pay off loans (decreasing the liquid funds flowing through the economy). When the economy starts to choke, the interest rates are dropped in an effort to get people & businesses to borrow more (increasing the liquid funds flowing through the economy). So as the economy gets better post this recession – the interest rates will naturally rise as the Reserve tries to keep it from speeding up out of control.

  61. I understand why banks want to put up interest rates, it is because they want to maintain their profits.

  62. OK, Dave, our government along with the others you mentioned are complicit. It’s still gilding the lily for Rudd and Swan to lay the blame at the feet of the banks when they are contributing to the problem to some degree. You wouldn’t dispute that the banks’ cost of funds has risen, would you?

    (Hockey said this? How do you know he’s not reading from my song book.)

  63. “Leave the hydo alone, the sun grown remains the same mon”

    Strongly agree horace… while also acknowledging the pleasure of varietal sampling.

  64. I understand why banks want to put up interest rates, it is because they want to maintain their profits.

    Too bloody right. That said, they are in it for the profit – what else should we expect. The only option is to legislate the interest rates banks could charge. Were the government to do that – it would have global implications with Australia likely to end up the loser.

    I’m not justifying the greed. Just noting that circumstances dictate the government can’t do anything about it.

  65. Ben,

    Are you sure you’re not confusing monetary policy, which the government, through the (independent) reserve bank, can control domestic interest rates, with bond markets, which are market driven, and in which the government must compete with all other large borrowers for investors’ funds?

  66. Which reminds me of another point: you don’t seem to hear Mr Swan telling mortgage holders to ‘vote with their feet’ much any more, do you? Whatever did happen to that revolutionary account switching apparatus we used to hear so much about?

  67. “Whatever did happen to that revolutionary account switching apparatus we used to hear so much about?”

    Shit happened?

  68. Not confusing them, no. I am well aware of the difference – just highlighting that interest rates (in general) are going to be pushed upward as the economy increases.

    That said, the interest rates (as set by the Reserve Bank) do determine the value of bonds to a large extent. The Reserve Bank will likely need to raise the coupon rate of the bonds somewhat over the short-term; but how much depends on the interest rates of other countries around the world. The coupon rate of bonds already in the market cannot be changed, so how high to set our interest rate (and hence the rate of interest on new bonds) should be compared to current offerings around the world.

    Man, where is John McP when you need him?

  69. …again?

  70. Yes, Mr Toilet Boss mon, variety is the herb of life!

  71. Shit happened?


    As any plumber will tell you, shit is always happening. The difference on a day to day basis is whether or not the pipes are blocked and the shit is backing up into your freshly carpeted home. 😀

  72. “Man, where is John McP when you need him?”

    He’s most probably focusing on something else that was coming up.

    I’ll see what I can find out.

  73. Hey Gillard, while yer’ve got the kettle in yer hand be a doll an whack it on would yer? Then put another log on the fire, girlie, an come an tell yer Unca Bwoocie all about yer day an serve moi tea, OK?

  74. Wonder if Reb’s gonna live-blog the 500,000 hits party. Hope not – it took me two days to get over the budget reply. 8)

  75. Wow, France’s highest court declared internet access to be a basic human right, gutting a law meant to cut off access for illegal downloaders. (I wonder what this implies for gay marriage rights! ;-)) I’m guessing the Swedish Pirate Party are happy about this decision.

  76. I said that there will not be consensus at Copenhagen and it looks that there won’t be.

  77. Did someone mention a party?

  78. A fellow in Adelaide received this letter from the real estate agent about pets in his apartment. His email exchanges follow. (I love his humour).

    Dear Mr Thorne

    It has come to our attention through complaints by other tenants in your building that you have a dog at the premises. Under the agreement that you signed as part of the Strata, animals are not permitted.

    Please call me or email me at helen.bailey@xxxxxxxx to discuss the matter as soon as possible.

    From: David Thorne
    Date: Thursday 21 May 2009 10.16am
    To: Helen Bailey
    Subject: Pets in the building

    Dear Helen,

    Thankyou for your letter concerning pets in my apartment. I understand that having dogs in the apartment is a violation of the agreement due to the comfort and wellbeing of my neighbours and I am currently soundproofing my apartment with egg cartons as I realise my dogs can cause quite a bit of noise. Especially during feeding time when I release live rabbits.

    Regards, David.

    From: Helen Bailey
    Date: Thursday 21 May 2009 11.18am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Pets in the building

    Hello David

    I have received your email and wish to remind you that the strata agreement states that no animals are allowed in the building regardless of if your apartment is soundproof. How many dogs do you have at the premises?


    From: David Thorne
    Date: Thursday 21 May 2009 1.52pm
    To: Helen Bailey
    Subject: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    Dear Helen,

    Currently I only have eight dogs but one is expecting puppies and I am very excited by this. I am hoping for a litter of at least ten as this is the number required to participate in dog sled racing. I have read every Jack London novel in preparation and have constructed my own sled from timber I borrowed from the construction site across the road during the night. I have devised a plan which I feel will ensure me taking first place in the next national dog sled championships. For the first year of the puppies life I intend to say the word mush then chase them violently around the apartment while yelling and hitting saucepan lids together. I have estimated that the soundproofing of my apartment should block out at least sixty percent of the noise and the dogs will learn to associate the word mush with great fear so when I yell it on race day, the panic and released adrenaline will spur them on to being winners. I am so confident of this being a foolproof plan that I intend to sell all my furniture the day before the race and bet the proceeds on coming first place.

    Regards, David.

    From: Helen Bailey
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 9.43am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    David, I am unsure what to make of your email. Do you have pets in the
    apartment or not?


    From: David Thorne
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 11.27am
    To: Helen Bailey
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    Dear Helen,

    No. I have a goldfish but due to the air conditioner in my apartment being stuck on a constant two degrees celcius, the water in its bowl is iced over and he has not moved for a while so I do not think he is capable of disturbing the neighbours. The ducks in the bathroom are not mine. The noise which my neighbours possibly mistook for a dog in the apartment is just the looping tape I have of dogs barking which I play at high volume while I am at work to deter potential burglars from breaking in and stealing my tupperware. I need it to keep food fresh. Once I ate leftover chinese that had been kept in an unsealed container and I experienced complete awareness. The next night I tried eating it again but only experienced chest pains and diarrhoea.

    Regards, David.

    From: Helen Bailey
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 1.46pm
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    Hello David

    You cannot play sounds of dogs or any noise at a volume that disturbs others. I am sure you can appreciate that these rules are for the benefit of all residents of the building. Fish are fine. You cannot have ducks in the apartment though. If it was small birds that would be ok.


    From: David Thorne
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 2.18pm
    To: Helen Bailey
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    Dear Helen,

    They are very small ducks.

    Regards, David.

    From: Helen Bailey
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 4.06pm
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    David, under section 4 of the strata residency agreement it states that you cannot have pets. You agreed to these rules when you signed the forms. These rules are set out to benefit everyone in the building including yourself. Do you have a telephone number I can call you on to discuss?


    From: David Thorne
    Date: Friday 22 May 2009 5.02pm
    To: Helen Bailey
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    Dear Helen,

    The ducks will no doubt be flying south for the winter soon so it will not be an issue. It is probably for the best as they are not getting along very well with my seventeen cats anyway.

    Regards, David.

    From: Helen Bailey
    Date: Monday 25 May 2009 9.22am
    To: David Thorne
    Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Pets in the building

    David, I am just going to write on the forms that we have investigated and you do not have any pets.



  80. Likewise ROFLMAO (or somethin’)..and of course ducks are not pets, they are livestock. The lease of course would not exclude livestock.

    The above with the proviso that Miglo is clearly a pet and not livestock.

  81. Just popped into work for a but after the rally – decent turn out.

    But on my way to the office I was stopped by a police officer who asked my name, what I was doing taking photos and if I belonged to any organisation.

    I mean – WTF!!!!

    I am a respectable member of the community – well, I have never be accused of being a WCP (Wealth Crazed Prick).

  82. Min, on June 13th, 2009 at 12:33 pm Said:
    “and of course ducks are not pets, they are livestock. The lease of course would not exclude livestock.”

    The problem is that anyone who has livestock, usually has deadstock as well. But they probably come under different rules.

  83. Joni..they were clearly looking for South Park types wearing little blue hats. Which reminds me, what happened to the jamies suit that you were going to buy and which partner said that he wouldn’t be caught dead walking next to you if you wore it.

  84. “a respectable member of the community …”

    Oh sure. I bet that’s what you tell all the boys in uniform.

  85. Still gotta get my suit made – was actually thinking that I need to get a pair of dungarees made for the climate change rallies to make be look like a true rent-a-crowd-crusty-leftoid-pinko-poofy-troublemaker.

  86. You mean joni, that you are going as is? Was wondering how one should attire in order to look like a poofy troublemaker…and can I join in? Instruction required.

  87. Damn.

    Damn damn damn.

    I turned on the TV and To Sir With Love was just ending.


  88. And Migs..the reason for this post is??? Or did I miss something.

  89. Min, I missed the movie. IMO it’s a classic.

  90. Obviously Helen Baily has only had experience with geese.

  91.’ve never seen To Sir with Love? One of the first times that a negro/colored person was ever given a serious role. I believe that Harry Belafonte was first offered the role, but turned it down and Sydney Poitier was brought in.

  92. That was brilliant, Min. I love that style of humour… Any chance it’s true?

  93. Ben..which one?

  94. Min, the real-estate email 🙂

  95. still trying to overcome the vapours due to your finely chiseled features 😉

  96. Definitely not the image I was going for when choosing Sherlock Holmes as my avatar! 🙂

  97. (joni tries hard to resist saying No Shit Sherlock).

  98. Bloody hell – I mixed you & Miglo again… Sorry Min! No offense to Miglo of course, I just prefer ladies that enjoy my chiselled good looks 😛

    So Miglo… any chance it’s true…

    *slaps self in forehead… must stop mixing Miglo/Min & Tom/Tony!!!*

  99. @joni:
    My superior skills of deduction tell me you failed in not saying it 😛

  100. (SLAP)

  101. And it must be cold outside everywhere – been a fun afternoon of conversation on the blogocrats.

  102. Yeah, bloody miserable here. My kids are watching “Australia’s Home Videos of Kids Hurting Themselves”, the missus is reading a new series of novels I bought for her today, and I’m putting off reading my new novel “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” 🙂

  103. Ever tried walking in and switching off the tellie? It would take a brave man.

    Ben..Miglo is a duck, he is a bloke, he is a public servant living in Canberra, married to Jedda. I am a female person, previously at Billinudgel now at Banora Point. I am currently a rainbow lorikeet but previously a scenic view of Byron Bay. But apart from that we are fairly similar 🙂

  104. Switching off the TV after they’ve been pretty damn well behaved today would take a braver man than me, that’s for sure. My boys let me & my girl spend an extra hour in bed this morning, used their best restaurant manners at our Yum Cha lunch, and put away all the shopping when we got home. If they want to watch kids hitting their father in the groin – I’m going to let them… after all, better they watch it then do it! 😛

  105. You lot will hate this…

  106. You’re right Toiletboss, that is terrible 😛

    If you have to go near the gothic music genre – give me Nightwish, Lacuna Coil, and perhaps Bella Morte.

  107. The Sunset Will Never Charm Us…

    I can’t imagine what it must be like to be a desk jockey.

  108. Eeeeeew Nightwish, although I can see the popular attraction.

    Lacuna Coil is noteworthy at times.

    I can’t believe you even watched Fainted Blue Ornaments BT. Despised Icon are very much an acquired taste; brutal complexity. Not gothic BTW, loosely called “Deathcore”.

  109. Just found out Zathura is on, great.

  110. F**K Zathura. I’m watching teh Battle of The Titans.

  111. Toiletboss,

    What was the second-last line he sang in that Despised Icon video? I couldn’t quite pick it up.

  112. I can’t believe you even watched Fainted Blue Ornaments BT.

    *laugh* Stating that we’re going to hate something and putting the video right there to watch… It’s like making a big red button with “Don’t Press This” written on it 😀

    As for any further “deathcore”, I’ll give it a miss. My ears are bleeding as it is…

  113. Last two lines Tony.

    …The Mozart effect reveals a newborn confidence.
    The reptilian brain is now the one involved, the one that will conquer them all.

    Not sure what they are implying. Judging by the clip I’d say we’re supposed to imagine the hapless individual going mondo caine with a fire arm after a bad day at work?

  114. Always with the uplifting subject matter, the deathcore subgenre. I am laughing inside.

  115. The mail-room boy going postal, perhaps?

  116. (And a little confession: I didn’t understand one word of it.)

  117. Believe it or not he was saying something poignant throughout. I like the pig squeals. There are actually two “vocalists”.

    It is all about the ear bleeding.


  118. I’m glad you put those inverted-commas around vocalists. Does that noise even come from the vocal cords, or somewhere a bit deeper in their black guts?

  119. On a (slightly) more serious note: I haven’t played the drums for years, but is that a kind of dual-bass-drum-roll they’ve got going on there? It’s certainly different to any ‘traditional’ drumming I’ve ever heard.

  120. Now you’re getting it!

    They are proud Quebecois. True story.

  121. Kick peddals, double bass. Very cool. Staple brutality.
    Punctuates the “vocalists”.

  122. Gulp, pedals.

  123. I’ve changed Toddles the cat’s name to Oilcan Harry. Much better, no?

  124. Freudian, perhaps. No doubt you meant peddles?

  125. Yes, but does the cat still come when called?

  126. Oftenbark,

    If you’re still around: I fear a certain noble steed may be shown the exit to the Freedmans’ farm in the very near future (if not today); he was awful yesterday.

  127. Howdy,

    My partner has just launched a new blog about his passion for food and cooking. (As some of you may know, he used to have his own restaurant).

    You can check it out here.

  128. I received an email from John McP this morning.

    He is fully focused on an important matter and can’t afford the distraction of blogging at the moment and will be back when it is over.

  129. That’s good to hear Scaper. I thought he might have been depressed by all the good financial news. 😉

  130. Come on people…

    Please give my partner a little bit of encouragement by leaving a nice comment at his new blog.

    Unlike me, he’s very shy and could use a bit of encouragement with his new hobby..

    Please… PLEASE!!!

  131. Morning Tony. Have not yet caught up with all results, yet I presume you refer to Disco.
    Such is life. The books must show profit, not sentiment.
    BTW, 2 races coming up at Royal Ascot for ‘Blast’. Caution recommended, as always.
    Have it on excellent authority there are 3 more juvenile Scenic progeny ruminating blissfully in the deep south of moi locale.
    Sex and grass. Oh for the life of a horse!

  132. Thanks everyone!

    My partner is sitting tapping away – delighted with receiving some comments so soon!

    Really appreciate it..!


  133. reb

    you better add it to our blogroll

  134. Who else watches The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan (Fox Bio, Ch115)? I love it, and I don’t even have a dog.

  135. A furtive monolgue can be nihilistic & by happenstance may invert your eyeballs into obsidian retribution.

  136. That’s a very nice song Tioletboss. Touching lyrics.

    Though I think I’m grateful that you aren’t my neighbour.

  137. The walls of the Buffalo Lodge are thick Tom; I’ve never had complaints.

  138. Not sure what the odds are of me repeating the youtube typo but I did it.

    That would be “monologue”.

    Damn obscure Quebecois song titles.

  139. This new US general in Afghanistan has obviously been corrupted by gay leftist pinko commiefascist traitors who infiltrate the military and disrupt “cohesiveness” by spreading their nutty political views – and worst of all, by strategically coming out as gay.

    It’s just insane – now he’s saying that

    …to win in Afghanistan, “You’re going to have to convince people, not kill them.


    Next he’ll be saying that the US should abide by international and domestic laws and regulations for detainee treatment, that torture won’t get him the high quality intelligence info he needs, that the US should close Guantanamo…or something equally off the planet.


  140. [Scroll on by…John Yoo, torture memo author, ordered to testify in court].

    He is to answer allegations that “his work led to a prisoner’s being tortured and deprived of his constitutional rights”.

  141. Those $1 billion US government bonds seized by Italy were apparently dated 1934, and have zip codes – which hadn’t been created then. It is also said that the largest note ever issued by the US was for $100,000. It seems there’s a history of scams using very large (counterfeit) US bonds from the ’30s coming out of the Philippines…

  142. Radical proposal for declining US cities – they may have to bulldoze to survive.

  143. Welcome back OB.


    I have to go out today, so I don’t have time to author a thread – but – my son alerted me to this story on Sunday morning – if its been covered, apologies but … 😯,27574,25632250-5006009,00.html

    What a bizarre world you all live in…

    Thank goodness I will be beamed off your planet when my mission is accomplished …

  145. TB Queensland, on June 15th, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Yes, it’s fascinating delving into the history of banking and counterposing differing banking types. I can well-imagine that modern Western banking presents a few problems for Western banks trying to sell their ‘interesting’ model to those encountering it and not acculturated into it. (A longview historian might even speculate that it’s an issue which is at the centre of many historical events over many, many centuries.) 😉

  146. Thank goodness I will be beamed off your planet when my mission is accomplished

    Any seats available, TB?

  147. Hold on; do beams even have seats?

  148. TB Queensland, on June 15th, 2009 at 9:00 am Said:

    It might find acceptance in Australia, but it is not really meeting the spirit of the concept of Sharia loans in which both parties consider themselves partners and share the risk equally. No bank is ever going to do that here in Australia.

  149. For instance, on a slightly grander scale, it does, perhaps, raise ‘interesting’ questions about fiat currency, fractional-reserve banking, seigniorage, inflation, (and skimming), etcetera.

  150. “Who else watches The Dog Whisperer with Cesar Milan ……..”

    Tony, on June 14th, 2009 at 7:34 pm Said:

    Mrs Walrus and I watch it with our 2 fur covered razor blades.

    To think he has made his fortune on the basis of helping Oprah with her dogs is quite staggering

  151. johnd, you notice in the article that the loans “will be offered to other Australians” …

    I wonder – mortgages with a “fixed” outcome is an interesting concept …


    … ToSY a while ago I’d say that you qualified as a alien but these days … ???

    … I come from a place where everyone is equal – IMAGINE? I’ll see if I can book you a beam …

  152. Walrus,

    I found Milan’s wiki entry interesting, especially the part about him being one of Sparta’s despised border hoppers. 😉

  153. “Millan counsels people to use calm-assertive leadership and consistently gives dogs rules, boundaries and limitations to establish themselves as solid pack leaders and help correct and control unwanted behavior.”



    Myself and Mrs Walrus already readily admit to being total failures in relation to our own 2.

  154. Joni,

    And there are some Climate Change Rallies around Australia tomorrow. I will be heading to the Sydney Rally. I hope to have a video up tomorrow.

    Any progress on the video?

  155. Um – I do have the photos up on my facebook, just that I did not get a chance to put them into a youtube clip. I have slapped myself and will do it tonight.

  156. Joni..don’t you dare slap yourself..there are plenty of voluteers to help you out 😉

  157. Lol, last year these guys were predicting a 40% increase over the following 2 years. I suppose that it’s in their interest to try and talk the market up.

    House prices tipped to lift by 2012
    House prices could rise by as much as 22 per cent during the next three years, an economic forecaster says.

    “The conditions are ripe for a sustained recovery in residential property prices,” according to BIS Shrapnel’s Residential Property Prospects, 2009 to 2012, report.

    “Low interest rates, solid growth in rents and housing shortages are evident in most markets.

    “However, the current economic malaise will mean confidence will only recover slowly during 2009-10.”

    Not sustainable! In fact, banks know that the end is near as far as increased lending is concerned.

    Banks unlikely to pass on any more official rate cuts – broker–broker-20090615-c7yv.html
    A home loan broker has warned borrowers the nation’s banks are more likely to increase interest rates than lower them.

    The banks were also likely to hold back some or all of any future rate cuts by the Reserve Bank.

  158. Tick..tick…tick…tick

    First-home grant a ‘$25bn time bomb’,26860,25273566-5015795,00.html
    THE First Home Owner’s Grant may become a $25 billion time bomb and make it even tougher for people to get their first house.

    As the development industry called for an extension of the $14,000 grant to all homebuyers to stimulate a dormant market, Reserve Bank deputy governor Ric Battellino warned the funding could backfire.

    Analysts also forecast a potential housing crisis later this year with rising unemployment pushing up to 460,000 households “close to the edge” through mortgage stress.

    Mr Battellino said the $21,000 available to first-home buyers could end up being priced into the cost of the home.

  159. Hi there, John,

    What do you think the effect will be if the government reduces the FHOG, a rise in interest rates and unemployment on the latest prediction?

  160. Tick…tick..tick

    Housing fears as loans hit new high
    THE average first-home loan in NSW has risen more than $50,000 in just over a year, climbing to $300,000 on the back of low interest rates and generous government grants.

    The success of the boosted first-home owner grant in stimulating the market has drawn applause from the Government, but experts warned of the potential danger of a housing bubble as young couples take on loans they will struggle to maintain.

    First-home buyers are taking out a record 28 per cent of the value of all home loans, Bureau of Statistics figures released yesterday showed.

    But the surge in borrowing runs the risk of overinflating the lower end of the housing market. “We have just got to make sure that we don’t get a recovery on the back of over-extended young couples,” said Julian Disney, an affordable housing expert from the University of NSW.

    The Reserve Bank Governor, Glenn Stevens, cited similar concerns last week, saying it would be counterproductive if low interest rates encouraged marginal borrowers to take on large debts. Yesterday’s release came alongside a rise in consumer confidence, attributed to the resilience of the economy amid global recession.

  161. Scaper

    The fallout is going to be very nasty.

  162. Hello John,

    Here’s an interesting point, lost among the ‘outrage’ and ‘disgust’ coming from Rudd, Swann and Gillard over the weekend; from catallaxyfiles:

    “Despite the rate rise, CBA has the equal lowest standard variable mortgage rate of the Big Four, along with National Australia Bank at 5.74 per cent, compared with 5.81 per cent for Australia and New Zealand Banking Group and Westpac Banking Corp.”

    So the lowest priced firm is being accused of abusing monopoly power?

    joni: just corrected the HTML 😀

  163. I have just popped up a post about BIS Shrapnel’s property report….

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