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 “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



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

Today I brought my own lunch to work. What’s so odd about that I hear you say.

Well it’s probably the first time I’ve made my own lunch and taken it to work in about ten years.

Usually I would just trot ‘round the corner and get my usual pide roll and occasionally, if I’m feeling indulgent, add one of those decadent large size chocolate covered Florentines to the order.

So why is today any different? To be honest I don’t really know. However I suspect that it’s something to do with an increasingly pervasive sentiment that in today’s current environment – “it’s good to be frugal”.

And it’s not just me. Matt Preston, the “Oscar Wilde” type food critic that appears in the Masterchef show I discussed last week, wrote in the Weekend Age, that it’s good to eat-in rather than go out to eat. Which is out of character for one who is usually recommending nice places for people to spend their money eating out.

It seems that while shoppers are still prepared to spend money, they demand more value and more heavily discounted prices than a couple of years ago.

Last week, by way of another example, we purchased a new fridge for the home from a leading national retailer. No not Hardly Normal, I wouldn’t shop there if you held a gun to my head. Well maybe I would, if you did, and it came to that, but you get the idea.

Anyway, after comparing a few prices, the retailer we finally bought it from sold it to us at the cost price – just to get the cashflow. Some $700 below the RRP.

Is it just me, or are any other Blogocrats starting to watch the dollars and cents more closely, than say, in comparison to this time last year?

It’s weird, because our household financial circumstances haven’t changed. If anything we’re better off because we can afford to pay more into our mortgage with the lower interest rates.

It seems that retailers are having sales for the sake of having a sale as they compete for the consumer dollar, and consumers, accordingly, realise that they are in a superior bargaining power.

Take a look at the sale of new vehicles for example. They’ve taken a severe nose dive. Even in the small town of Hobart about 4 or 5 dealers have shut up shop..

It’ll be interesting to see how it all pans out..

Anyway over to youse..

Monday by the Magazine Rack



Good afternoon and welcome to our beginning of the working week idle chit chat thread.

We’re all doomed.

I’ve summarily reached this conclusion after following recent news stories. North Korea is hellbent on flexing its nuclear muscle, Kevin Rudd is about to spend billions on defence (which makes me wonder whether he knows something we don’t – like an imminent world war), we’re all going broke in record numbers due to the financial crisis, collapse of the economy and escalating unemployment.

Furthermore, global poverty is expected to increase dramatically as a direct consequence of the GFC. Desperate people resort to desperate measures. Perhaps we may see increasing violence locally and globally. Today I was sickened to read about a father who attempted to rape and murder his own 2 year old son. The boy is in critical condition in hospital. What sort of society have we created that drives people to commit such horrific acts?

Meanwhile, as the world teeters on the blink of oblivion, scientists have come up with a very useful invention – a robot penguin. Just what we need right now. Makes me wonder how we ever got by without them really.

Oh, and I would like to personally thank Kevin for sending me my $900. Although it will be going straight into the mortgage along with 70% of all the other recipients of the dosh.