Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to Monday by the Magazine rack.

I’ve just returned from a weekend trip to Adelaide, which, by all accounts, was thoroughly enjoyable.

Despite its reputation, Adelaide is actually quite an interesting place. It’s also very pretty.

It’s also not Queensland, which further adds to its appeal.

And it’s very user-friendly. The airport is very nahce – and is only a twenty buck fair to the City. Compare this to Melbourne where a taxi ride to the city will now cost you fifty smackeroos.

Adelaide also has wine. Lots of wine. And good wine too.

There is also a very nice little seaside town called Glenelg. A very pleasant 30 minute tram trip from town and is similar to say Manly, but without the white trash.

Victor will no doubt provide a full report on the restaurants we went to, so I won’t dwell on that here.

One peculiarity is that the city is almost entirely shrouded in shade. I guess that’s because it’s facing South, or maybe it was just because it’s Winter.

It reminded me a lot of Christchurch but with the distinctive advantage of not being part of New Zealand.

However, Adelaide, like the rest of Australia, is not part of Asia. Which is always a disappointment when staying at five star hotels.

Compare the service you get here to the service one receives in a five star hotel in Asia, and by and large there is simply no comparison.

Catching the flight home also provided some entertainment, with an elderly lady behind me verbalising everything that she could see to her immediate family.

“Oh look, there’s a Cathay Pacific plane”

“It’s about to take off”

“Look Jimmy, the plane’s taking off”

“I think we’re about to take off now”

“I wonder when we’ll be taking off”

“Oh look, they sell coffee”

“And muffins”

“Do you want a muffin?”

“Does anyone else want a muffin?”

“Let’s just eat these chips I brought from home”

“I’m not paying five dollars for a muffin”

“Who in their right mind would pay five dollars for a muffin?”

“Glad I brought these cheezels with us too, eh”

“I wonder when we’re gonna land”

“Is that Hobart there?”

“Aw what a lovely beach”

“Can you see the beach?”

“There’s a coupla boats down there”

“Can you see the boats?”

“Can you see those two boats?”

“Down there.”

“Those two boats…”

“Can you see them?”

“Noice eh?”

“I can’t see the airport”

“Can anyone see the airport?”

“Maybe that’s not Hobart.”

“Where are we goin?”

“Is that Hobart?”

“That can’t be Hobart.”

“That’s a nice beach”

“Oh, he’s turnin’ the plane my way”

“ We’re turning around”

“Yeah, we’re turnin’ around”

“That’s a nice beach”

“Aw, that’s the same beach I saw earlier”

“Can you see the beach?”

“The beach. Can you see it?”

“Down there”

“Aw,and there’s those two boats.”

“Can you see ‘em?”

“Down there”

“the two boats”

“Nice eh?”

I think you get the general idea. This went on non-stop for the entire 90 minute duration of the flight.

All the while I was thinking “Excuse me madam but would you mind kindly just SHUTTING THE F**K UP!!”

But, it’s her family I felt sorry for. Imagine having to live with that night and day.

Jeesus wept.

Monday by the Magazine rack.



Good afternoon and welcome to Monday by the Magazine rack. And what a lovely day it is too. There’s almost a wiff of Spring in the air, if only it weren’t so sodding cold and if you had dropped half an e for breakfast.

Who, in their right mind, I ask you, could complain that life’s been boring lately?

We’ve had Kevin, on a mission from God, drop in on ‘his papalness’ at the Vatican with a cask of wine half expecting that that would rally the old codger into granting Kevin an Express Post service for Aussie’s own Madge McKillop to the position of Sainthood. The rumour on the street is that Tony Abbott and Christopher Pyne are ‘incandescent with rage’ with the idea that Kevin thinks he’s got the power and the influence to sway the old git.

Of course, Kevin has arrived home, only to find himself in a media frenzy over the Chinese government’s kidnapping of Rio Tinto employee Stern Hu. For all his parading around and hob-nobbing with the black haired mop tops in Beijing, it will all amount to naught if Kevin can’t quickly resolve this situation.

Feeling stressed out lately? Well you’re not alone. A new report has found that nine out of ten of us feel stressed out and that most of us put this down to work! Who would’ve thought? Apparently, concerns about money stressed out two-thirds and one in five were “highly stressed” about it.

This may be partly responsible for this other finding that Australians are becoming rampantly addicted to painkillers and anti-depressants.

Over half a million Aussies are addicted to prescription only painkillers and sedatives – the anti-depressant Zoloft has been issued more than 230, 000 times in the past twelve months, while prescriptions of the powerful sedative Xanax have risen by 40 percent in the past ten years, in NSW alone.

Sensational stuff. But is it surprising? Frankly, I think not. With the news that Tony Abbott is about to launch a new book who wouldn’t be compelled to reach for a jar of sedatives?

Ostensibly based on an idea that it’s too easy to get divorced these days, Tony Abbott has a vision for Australia where woman are treated as second class, subservient citizens, and gays and lesbians are of course, the scum of the Earth.

Destined to be an international best-seller, Tony’s book has already been universally praised with an enthusiastic response from within his own party.

“What Tony’s doing is putting forward, I gather, is his own personal views on a particular matter” said Julie Bishop when pressed to comment.

One of the founding judges of the Family Court of Australia, John Fogarty, was even more enthusiastic..

“There isn’t any merit in it,” he said.

Family First nutjob senator Steve Fielding, was also keen to lend his support to the idea. He said, through a spokesman, “there were more important things to talk about.”

Sadly, poor old Malcolm hardly rates a mention this week after his credibility has been shot down in flames over the entire ute-gate affair.

And while Tony may have stepped in and dragged us all kicking and screaming back to the Howard years with his recent performance, his leadership aspirations may be trounced by Joe Hockey who represents the “generational change” that perhaps the Liberal party needs.

Certainly if this poll which has just been released is anything to go by, Malcolm should be worried…

Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to Monday by the Magazine Rack. Our beginning of the week chit chat thread.

I hope you all had a fun filled weekend. As Ben mentions this morning, poor old Malcolm has taken a hammering in the polls following the Ute-gate affair.

Outwardly, the Liberal party, or at least Tony Abbott is pretending that it’s all happy families at Liberal Party HQ, however one can’t help but wonder what Joe Hockey could be scheming behind the scenes.

What do you think – is it time for Malcolm to fall on his sword?

Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to Monday by the Magazine Rack, our beginning of the working week chit chat thread.

And by all counts, this week is going to be filled with the promise of sheer levity and much hillarity! Things are off to a spell-binding start with a new report from BIS Shrapnel predicting that we’re on the cusp of a nationwide property boom ! (cue the canned laughter), and as joni points out, the honourable member for something Peter Costello has decided to tip-toe out of politips.

Which has some Blogocrats asking “will others follow in his wake?”

Well surely, you’d have to take a good, hard look at Tony Abbott. (Or perhaps not).

But Malcolm Turnbull must be delighted with the news and is no doubt gagging back his second flute of vintage Krug as we speak.

Coming back to property for a second, poor old Professor Steve Keens must be crying himself to sleep with the BIS Shrapnel report – having sold his Sydney home through fear of the property market crashing further. Or, could it be, that the BIS Shrapnel report is what we technically call “a load of bollocks?”

Meanwhile in more important news Oscar Wilde and George the Greek Car Thief continue to entertain on Master chef. Check it out on Channel Ten tonight at 7.00pm.

Thanks to Tom of Melbourne, I will dining at George’s restaurant “The Press Club” this Saturday. I will be taking my little notepad and Victor will no doubt have his camera so there will be a full blow-by-blow analysis over at the Food Trail next week.

By the way, me and joni are thinking of setting up a Facebook Group for all you cats. What do you think any interest?

So happy Monday everyone, and since we haven’t had some music for a while, here’s a little something to get everyone in the mood. Feel free to join in if you know the words…

Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to Monday by the Magazine Rack, our beginning of the week complete nonsense thread.

It also happens to be the first day of Winter. Congratulations.

A recent poll reckons that the Prime Minster has a “nasty streak,” at least that’s what 43% of respondents think. Which is a really interesting finding. Seeing as the only stories in the meja that would allude to such a vile temperament, have been second hand news stories about a ham sandwich and a hairdryer. Have these 43% of people been on the receiving end of a Rudd dressing down? I suspect not.

Besides, if 43% of people reckon Rudd’s got a nasty streak, what the hell must they make of Tony Abbott…??

In more important news, Michael Jackson’s worried his nose is going to fall off, Susan Boyle’s in rehab and a man has chopped off his willy just for the sake of it.

Do people ever cease to amaze you..?

Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to “the rack”. Feel free to select a magazine of your choice.

Firstly, congratulations to all who entered yesterday’s Philosophy Quiz.

While all the entries were, well, interesting, as with all competitions, there can only be one winner, so I think on this occasion the prize goes to Handyrab!!

Congratulations Handyrab (applause), please email your postal address to and you will receive the rare and highly sought after distinguished and delectable “The Stars Of Country” prize CD!! (Still unused and sealed in its cellophane wrapper!!).

So anyway, this is our beginning of the working week thread, where we get to talk about anything, so giddyup!

And a reminder that if anyone wants to post a topic for discussion all you have to do is email us ….

Faster pussycat…!!

Monday by the Magazine Rack.


Welcome to our beginning of the week idle chit-chat thread…