Posted on: Thursday, Mar 8, 2012

I must remember to ask James just what exactly he does at university.  Just found this on his FB (Jimmy at the back). 

Got another personal ad snippet from David Rose’s book, Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland… ”The finest mind in the academic world conceived this ad but it was his secretary who took two and a half hours out of her day to collate his angst-ridden ramblings, phone the LRB and pay for it with her own money. He’s basically looking for an affair with a twentysomething idiot tart who needs good grades. I’m looking for a better job, a decent pension package, and a man up to 50 who’s great in bed and doesn’t make condescending comments about every damn book I read. Man, 57. Or his secretary, 43.”

Republican Race

Posted on: Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012

After ‘Super Tuesday’ primaries in the US it looks like the cartoonly named Mitt Romney will be the Republican candidate against Barack Obama in November but the equally cartoonish Newt Gingrich and the appalling Rick Santorum aren’t willing to concede yet.

This was just an excuse to repeat the observation by a US talk show host that Romney looks like the free photo you get when you buy a frame.

Gundagai Flooding

Posted on: Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012

I grew up in Gundagai on the Murrumbidgee River and, as a kid, I remember flood waters lapping at our back steps. This week’s flood has gone higher than that. We lived just across from the large building with red brick and tile and the bottom photo is the end of the street we lived in. 

Downstream, Wagga Wagga is experiencing the worst flood since 1853. That flood did no damage to Gundagai because the 1852 flood totally wiped out the town and it was then rebuilt on higher ground so flooding couldn’t happen again. Gundagai, in Aboriginal, means “cut in the back of the knee with a tomohawk”, after the sharp turn in the river.  Looks like the turn won’t return until April.

Chillin’ MTV Birthday

Posted on: Monday, Mar 5, 2012

Gotta hand it to James.

MTV is going to universities around Australia offering nice prizes if people want to dress us and clown about for the cameras.  So Maverick (James) and a mate hear that MTV is on campus inviting competitors to take part in the Lighten Up Challenge.  They enter and they win.

They will be part of a two-month campaign on MTV and they each walked away with over $2k worth of goodies including a laptop with software, a high-end mobile phone and ten beers. What I call a happy birthday. Jimmy’s the one on the right.

From Dave…

Posted on: Monday, Mar 5, 2012

Three bad things happened to me yesterday:

I found out my friend slept with my girlfriend.

My friend got hit by a bus.

I lost my bus driver’s licence.

Say it’s your birthday…

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 4, 2012

Rip their bloody arms off!

Posted on: Sunday, Mar 4, 2012

Meet Geoff Stephens – an embarrassment to himself, his family and his country. Geoff migrated to England 26 years ago, got a job as a council worker and is now suing the council because his fellow workers made jokes about him being an Australian! Fair suck of the sav Geoffie – if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the bloody kitchen. He’s all stressed because they greet him with racist comments like “G’day sport” and ask him if his girlfriend’s name is sheila. Struth, for 200 years Pom and Aussie bashing has been a sport! Drop ‘em like a school case, flash ‘em a brown eye mate, make jokes about their dental health, personal hygiene and the weather. What do you call an English cricketer with 100 next to his name? A bowler!! What do you call an English batsman who does score a century? A South African! Get into ‘em son!!! Sheesh…

A bit on the side…?

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 3, 2012

Peter FitzSimons pointed SMH readers at a book taking the UK by storm called Sexually, I’m More of a Switzerland (by David Rose) – it is a quote collection from personal ads. Here’s one: ”Tall, handsome, well-built, articulate, intelligent, sensitive, yet often grossly inaccurate man, 21. Cynics (and some cheap Brentwood psychiatrists) may say ‘pathological liar’ but I like to use ‘creative with reality’. Join me in my 36-bedroomed mansion on my Gloucestershire estate, set in 400 acres of wild-stag populated woodland.”

Mardi Gras

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 3, 2012

Delightful Kylie Minogue was the focal point at last night’s Mardi Gras in Sydney – the Kylie tribute float became the biggest in the festival’s history with 127 participants. Kylie was there to mingle and graciously receive flowers.

Huge cheers for the sex workers who work for Touching Base, looking after disabled clients – they pushed a group of men and women in wheelchairs. One man’s sign read, “I need love too”.

And the tennis players? Well, they are giving a serve to former tennis great, Pastor Margaret Court who wants to return to Biblical values with same sex relationships. Leviticus 18:22 specifically, where the Lord lays down the laws to Moses. Leviticus also tells us that the lame, blind, those with eye or skin diseases or flat noses are banned from communion and Leviticus 11:9-12 states that, “whatsoever hath no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination to you…” A big round of applause from me on this one. Have you seen the price of lobsters and other crustacea lately?! And oyster mongers are charging up to $4 a bi-valve! Now that’s what I call a sin!!!

(Photos Janie Barrett, SMH)

Aelan Taem (Island Time)…

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 3, 2012

A few years ago we sponsored the release of a tagged turtle and Annie and the kids released it back into the wild on Moso Island in Vanuatu.  They are rescued from the beaches as hatchlings and kept for at least 12 months in the turtle sanctuary to give them a better shot at survival.  Our turtle’s name is ‘Kava Minicuds’.  Mini after Minnie our cat, Cuds after Cuddles our dog and Kava because it also comes in shells.  Don’t know why but this morning I was wondering what he’s up to these days…

If you are in Vanuatu, you can release a turtle with naming rights and a certificate for 5000 vatu ($55) as part of a Coongoola cruise outing. 

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