CHILLING SAGA CONTINUES

Latest column: more coldening.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/21/2007 at 04:19 AM
    1. The whole cause is the sun. Now if the sun would stop shining all the problems would end. Can we organise a campaign to stop the sun shining?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2007 07 21 at 04:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Just cover up Al’s arse.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 04:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Only if we want to ski. Every day. In the dark.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 04:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nice one Tim. I thought Martin Durkins comment in The Australian was good too. These wankers are going to look sillier by the year. Scared of shadows, if it weren’t so pathetic it would be funny.

      Posted by WaZoBia on 2007 07 21 at 04:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. 95% CO2 reduction?  Bah! Gaia Raper! Where is the courage of your convictions? I’ll see your 95% and raise you 10%.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 21 at 05:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Duffy was right. We did not learn about the 59 deceits in Farenheit 911 from the ABC either. Even if they had been telling us about it they would have spent most of the time arguing whether it was 56 or 59.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 21 at 05:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. #1 stackja1945:

      Understand.  Better get Christof to cue the Sun, or banish it as needs be.  I’m not too keen to live in such a manipulated society (Seahaven in the film) where the world is changed by whim.

      BTW, I like Carrey in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind …

      Posted by Stevo on 2007 07 21 at 05:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m increasing my carbon footprint right now through the cooking of two delicious looking T-bone steaks on a perfectly wonderful barbeque.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Computer says the greenhouse gas cuts Australia must achieve to prevent dangerous climate change should be as much as 95 per cent by 2020.
      It’s not poor old Clive saying it, he’s just the messenger of the harsh realities.

      Posted by chrisgo on 2007 07 21 at 05:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. I have to ask, if we cool the planet, what will happen to tropical rainforests, and coral reefs and crocodiles and bananas and mangoes and indigenous people who don’t wear many clothes,and, well, polar bears?

      How warm is too warm, and how cold is too cold?

      There will be people having to answer this. I’m already laughing.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 05:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #8 Ash, another cold night is upon us here in Darwin.Still no sign of the globe warming……. this year anyway.

      I am also going to keep myself warm at the barbecue cooking some thick juicy steaks.

      Bon apetit!

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 06:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #11 Dave, is it a mere 30C or something there? I feel so bad that it’s so cold there!

      These T-bones are beautiful. I cook a great steak, if I may say so myself.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 06:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. #10 mareeS:

      Who will answer … the UN … or is it the un … or the Unbelievable … Umm …

      Posted by Stevo on 2007 07 21 at 06:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. #10, mareeS,

      I have found that it’s too cold at about 5.30-6am.  By 3pm, after the Besser blocks have been heating up all day, it’s too hot.  At least it’s too hot inside.  So I turn the aircon on.  Usually.  This year.  In previous years, in the dry, it got hot inside at about midday, as opposed to 8am in the wet.  This dry, for the first time in 12 years, there have been quite a few days when I didn’t need to turn the aircon on at all.  So I’m thinking that this year is just plain too cold.  For my comfort, that is.  As far as I know, from reading anthropologist’s reports, the indigenous people hereabouts used to wear mud to keep the mosquitos off.  Maybe they also found it useful to help keep them warm on cold dry season days.  Down south, I believe, they used to wear furs.  No matter what, we could do with fewer crocodiles.

      Posted by Janice on 2007 07 21 at 06:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. #14 Janice, this is the first dry in 12 years we haven’t been up your way because floods have kept us here, cleaning up. Friends fishing up there tell us even the sandflies aren’t biting because of the low temperatures, and mozzies aren’t hatching yet. I did hear a rumour about crocs that there’s to be a hunting season opened again. What do you know? Personally, we find them a bugger to deal with out on the creeks. A tiny wee bit of shooting doesn’t hurt, we’ve found.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 06:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Great column Tim.

      I should spend more “quality” time reading your columns and participating in your excellent blog.

      Thanks

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 06:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #15, maree,

      there’s to be a hunting season opened again

      I believe that proposal got killed.  The world is full of stupid people.  What can you do?

      Posted by Janice on 2007 07 21 at 06:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #12 Ash, its 24C inside the house,and about 22C outside. 22C is just bearable standing by the barbecue,but once it gets to 21C its time to fire up the patio heater (more of those dreaded emissions).

      I also cook a great steak.Medium rare is the way I like it.About 30mm thick,black on both sides, and bright pink,warm and juicy in the middle. I am starting to cook them NOW!!

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 06:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #18 Dave, I think I’m really, really jealous. 22C is just bearable?! Something about this seems really unfair, because I’m freezing here!

      My steak is usually medium rare too, anything more than that is a waste of a perfectly good steak, and just cruel to the poor animal it came from. I cook mine to be medium brown on the outside, but it’s bright pink and delicious on the inside. Positively delightful.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 06:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. #17,Janice, we fished the Sale River in the Kimberley last year and there were thousands of baby crocs 12-18 inches long. From an almost extinct species in 1970, there are many thousands now.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 07:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Damn sun was so bright I had to flip down the visor (gerbil wooming) then I had to crank up the window a bit (coming ice age) then I got over to Redding and had to crank the window back down! I tell you this climate change will be the end of us all if we don’t raise awareness now!

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 21 at 07:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #21 What’s this “climate change” you speak of Dean? I’ve never heard of it.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 07:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. #16

      I should spend more “quality” time reading your columns and participating in your excellent blog.

      Beats the hell out of freezing your buns off in Darwin and not reading Tim’s columns and participating in his blog!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #23 You’re sympathetic too, aren’t you Kae? It’s jolly chilly in Darwin!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 07:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ash, you should pay more attention to dudes on skateboards who advertise the local skateshop with green shirts (oops I mean raise awareness.)

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 21 at 07:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh man, is that how I’d find out about it Dean? Here I was, thinking all that those guys could do for me is sell me dope.

      Not that I smoke it.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 07:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #24
      Huh? Er, ah, yeah. Very sympathetic of it being freezing in Darwin. Yeah. Sure.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. #27 Poor Dave. His blood must have frozen in his veins…

      It’s freezing here.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 08:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. (Sorry, Dave, but, you know. When it’s minus zip here I really can’t be too sympathetic.)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Janice and mareeS, you’ll get a laugh out of this.

      Some program on teev thisafternoon about things to do in Brisbane. One of them was climbing up on the Story Bridge. The reporter (arrgh!), was saying how much you can see from the top of the Story Bridge in Brisbane. You can see Mt Cootha. You can even see all the way to the Flinders Ranges.

      er, correct me if I’m wrong, but the Flinders Ranges are in South Australia? Golly, you CAN see a long way!

      If you are on the Gold Coast, take a drive along Panorama Drive. It’s magnificent.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 08:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hi all,
      Steaks were delicious.Although one which was slightly thinner ended up being medium instead of medium rare, which was a pity.

      As for the weather,we are expecting an overnight low of 17C…….Is that cold enough for all you southern folk? Right now, outside, where I “blog” it is about 20C and falling.

      Tomorrow we are expecting a high of 29C. Once again, lower than usual for a daytime temperature – at least in my 30 years of living in Darwin.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 08:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. #31 I officially HATE YOU! I think your overnight ‘low’ is higher than our daytime high!

      You have no idea how truly jealous I am!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 08:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well I just changed my Weather channel desktop to show the temperatures in Celsius so I could speak your strange foreign language. It’s 8:45 AM and already 28 degrees. The high is supposed to be 33. Why is Australia so far away? And where is that instantaneous transport we were supposed to have by now? (Based on old scifi movies about the 21st century, that is.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 08:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #33 Andrea, 28C? High of 33 (91.4 degrees Fahrenheit)? I don’t like you. I’ll be lucky if it hits 12C (53.6F)  here tomorrow. It’s cold. It’s very cold.

      When does the global warming arrive?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 08:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. I will take so much more interest in the ‘global warming disaster facing us’TM when the proponents of the theory actually refuse to leave the shores of whatever continent they have their home because it might damage the planet. Given people like Keith Urban (not that I want to pick on him but his example comes to mind) climb a plane from New York to Darwin the day after appearing in the New York-arm of the Earth saving concert to see his missus (a telephone call or Skype being insufficient for him to say ‘I love you Nicole’) appears to fly in the face of the (apparent) earth destroying problem.  I remain convinced that the goal is to stop the rest of us from feeling comfortable, to reduce our carbon emissions, so that they can go on ‘burning the planet’. I’ll be buggered if I am going to subsidise their excess.  And while I am in the mood why is no one making noise about the idiots around Kevin Rudd?  For fuck’s sake!  Julia Gillard with a budget is simply terrifying! That’s enough I am now going to get pissed and run the heater for hours in silent tribute to the poor, the weak and the clear-headed.

      Posted by stickit on 2007 07 21 at 08:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #30 kae,
      On a clear day from Mt Cootha you can certainly see a fair way. But they were saying that you can see the Flinders Ranges in South Australia from the Storey Bridge….WOW!! “I’d like to see that!!!”Anyway,I bet it is freezing in Brisbane tonight. Imagine being at the top of Mt Cootha right now! BRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 08:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kae,  Flinders Ranges from the Storey Bridge? Tell her she’s dreamin’.

      You can’t get across the Storey Bridge except at 3.30am, vewwy bad idea at 5.30pm as I discovered recently while visiting my sister at Chermside. And Mt Cootha’s a fond memory lost in the smog.

      Inform me about Panorama Drive…what am I missing?

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 08:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Are you worse off?

      Current winners: Thanks to current economic growth I AM MUCH WORSE OFF!

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 07 21 at 09:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. Can’t remember the suburb, one side is the Hinze dam, the other you can see Brisbane to the north and to the south, Coolangatta.
      You can see Surfers in the middle.
      It’s amazing.
      People build there. The land is probably worth millions.
      My brother and SIL took me there one time, they’d been all over looking for a place to buy.
      They ended up buying in Mudgeeraba.And yeah, I’m pretty sure you can’t see South Australia from the Storey Bridge.

      (I left the e’s out up there, oops!)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 09:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. #35 Julia is scary enough without any kind of real power. With a budget she’d be a fucking catastrophe the like of which I have never lived through (having thankfully missed St. Gough altogether).

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 07 21 at 09:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Julia Gillard with a budget…think Medicare gold amd be scared shitless if you have private health insurance.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 09:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #32 Ash, I still love you,even though you hate me.

      Those cozy Melbourne bars with the guitar player singing a love song still hold a “warm” place in my heart! There is always something positive to be found even when the temperature in Melbourne is so low.

      I was in Melbourne in October last year and the overnight temperature was 6C, but whilst indoors in heated bars and restaurants it was lovely. But when its time to go back to the hotel…..BBBRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!

      I think I will stay here for the term of my natural life,but still visit all other parts of Australia regularly,including my home state of New South Wales, or what’s left of it after the Carr/Iemma disaster has finally sent it broke.

      Actually I visit NSW every year to see my parents,and have witneesed the disgraceful mismanagement of my state of origin under Labor.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 21 at 09:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Alas, Hamilton wasn’t at the institute’s Canberra hut. He was on a break to do some writing, a helper told me, so had headed north to get away from Canberra’s freezing weather.

      Hope he’s enjoying the walk; I wonder if he’s going by way of the Climate Spine. Let’s hope he doesn’t get trampled by any fleeing Ents!

      Posted by Paul Zrimsek on 2007 07 21 at 09:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. What gets me is that no-one cares. I mean, these guys can’t even maintain services in Sydney, yet they’re still in power! WTF?

      Posted by wreckage on 2007 07 21 at 09:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. #39 Hi Kae, I think you might mean The Panorama, Tallai.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 07 21 at 09:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. #42 I love you too. Victoria offers so much! Cold yes, but also enjoyable!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 09:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hi Skeeter.
      Something like that, it’s the name of the street.
      Have you seen it? Amazing.If it wasn’t so bloody cold outside I’d go get my street directory out of the car…

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 09:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Now, I’ve finished my cuppa so I’m off to bed. Feather doona, here I come!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 09:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. #44, wreckage,

      The ALP is a fatal virus. You don’t realise it’s got you till you’re almost dead with no hope of recovery. That’s NSW.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 10:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ash_—I’ll trade your weather for mine any day. I own a sweater, I can take a little chilly weather. It’s too hot to go outside naked right now. That’s the thing about cold versus heat—cold at least you can bundle up; when it’s hot enough you can’t remove enough clothing to get comfortable. (And if you’re modest like me you’re screwed.) And I haven’t even mentioned the humidity, mostly because it’s unmentionable. Thank God for air-conditioning, Western Civilization’s greatest invention. They’ll pry my thermostat out of my cold (or rather, hot and parboiled) dead fingers.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 10:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #49 Maree, I think it’s even worse than that; NSW’s relationship with the ALP is an advanced case of the Stockholm Syndrome.  The frightening thing is, like the virus you speak of, it seems to be contagious.

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 21 at 10:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #50 Ash_—I’ll trade your weather for mine any day. I own a sweater, I can take a little chilly weather. It’s too hot to go outside naked right now. That’s the thing about cold versus heat—cold at least you can bundle up; when it’s hot enough you can’t remove enough clothing to get comfortable. (And if you’re modest like me you’re screwed.) And I haven’t even mentioned the humidity, mostly because it’s unmentionable. Thank God for air-conditioning, Western Civilization’s greatest invention. They’ll pry my thermostat out of my cold (or rather, hot and parboiled) dead fingers.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 22 at 12:41 AM • permalink

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 10:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #50 & #52: You can say that again!

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 21 at 11:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hm… I have an echo…

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 11:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. 53 That happens in the snow… with the freezing cold snow!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 11:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ooh Adrian Bain doesn’t like you Tim.  You’ve obviously given his world a bit of a shake up.

      Posted by murph on 2007 07 21 at 11:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #51 Ubique, the worst thing about the labor movement is knowing it from the inside. I was a union officer once upon a time, to my eternal shame, my father was president of a seriously militant trade union. There’s nothing like the hatred from the ALP when you go to the dark side. Fatwahs are minor stuff compared to what the ALP will do to destroy you.

      The thing that gives me the shits is, Labor boys and girls are so exceptionally inept at EVERYTHING. They can’t run schools, hospitals, transport, taxation, anything in the public service. Saying so is the big no-no within the ALP.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 11:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #57 Maree, I know exactly what you are talking about, having been on the receiving end of an assault lasting five years by a particularly feral union, aided and abetted every step of the way by the responsible (Labor) Minister of the Crown and staff of union hacks.  We lost our home and had to leave town but the workforce refused to be cowed and never attended a stop work meeting!

      Posted by Ubique on 2007 07 21 at 12:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Here am I in a nice warm Chonburi, Thailand. Not too hot, a balmy 34 yesterday.

      And in 2 weeks I’ll be hitting Canberra, where it was -5 a few days ago. Oh Joy.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2007 07 21 at 12:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ubique. I hate to admit this, but we actually got a hitman from the BLF (my second cousin) to sort the difficult ones in the ALP to be civil. All good now, they don’t monster us, we don’t talk to them.

      Try to tell people in the real world how bad it is to be tangled up with the Labor Party. They’re murderous bastards when they don’t get their way. Just ask the last few people who’ve “committed suicide” at Watsons Bay Gap, or have gone overboard off boats near Broken Bay. Usually with a concrete boot.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 21 at 12:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. #50 & #52 Andrea, you will need more than a sweater around here if you go outside.
      We are 12 miles from the ocean at the same distance from the equator as Tampa FL.This is what your almost-President has done to our cow paddock.
      There have been several lowest-ever-recorded temperature readings around south-east Queensland this week.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 07 21 at 02:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Flannery needs to take a holiday.

      Maybe Clive Hamilton has a spare bunk in his writing cave.

      Oh, I’m sure they could snuggle up together.

      And I’m sorry, Andrea #50, that’s it’s too hot for you to walk out naked. Really sorry.

      Posted by Dminor on 2007 07 21 at 03:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. #2 Kae
      Brilliant!  (no pun intended) *laughing*

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 03:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. #50 Andrea
      I agree with you. I would much rather have the cold than the humid swamps we call our nation’s capital.  And it is much more fun to cuddle in the cold 😉

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 03:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Too many pointless comments again today.

      same old thing as yesterday

      Well I stood here before inside the pouring rain ..

      or some such crap.

      Who gives a fuck about how well you cook steak or what the fucking temperature is when you cook it.

      Silly, pointless OT comments are going to ruin what we have here.

      Yeah, I’m a fuckin’ curmudgeon and a RWDB as well

      Posted by Jack from Montreal on 2007 07 21 at 05:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #61
      Is that frost Skeeter?#64
      Yes, missred, I agree with you about the cuddling.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 05:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. #66 Mornin’ Kae. Sure is.
      We’ve had occasional frosts here over the last 20 years but this was the first time we have seen one like this.
      When you live on a hill and there is frost on your roof like this you know you are deep in it.
      We moved to Queensland to keep our old bones warm. A pox on Gore, I say.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 07 21 at 06:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Skeeter, I haven’t seen frost on my roof.
      I haven’t seen frost in the morning at home, but then again, it’s dark when I leave. It’s been below zero on many mornings lately and the last leaves on the frangipanis have gone brown with frostbite and fallen off. I suppose we should have guessed this would happen, hot and extended summer and the winters have been quite mild the past few years.
      And AlGore.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 06:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Kae, this is what the frost did to our paw paws and bananas.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 07 21 at 06:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Good morning, Kae
      It may be cold but the frost does make for some very pretty pictures, Skeeter

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 06:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. Alas, Hamilton wasn’t at the institute’s Canberra hut. He was on a break to do some writing, a helper told me, so had headed north to get away from Canberra’s freezing weather. I hope he took his coat; it’s barely any warmer in Sydney and Brisbane airport this week recorded its first sub-zero temperature.

      I hope Clive walked, or took some form of low carbon transportation.

      Or he could follow in the footsteps of The Goreacle™, and fly to Florida to get warm.  Perhaps Andrea could provide him room and board, through Provisions And Cots Organization™.

      For a substantial fee, of course.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 07 21 at 06:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Silly, pointless OT comments are going to ruin what we have here.

      I’m sorry, I threw out my ability to care when I moved. Honest, I thought I had packed it with the “gives a shit”—actually, that seems to be missing too. I do have a box of yawns, and also a tiny violin. Would you like me to play a song for you on it?

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 06:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s raining here now. Finally a proper rain, not a bunch of ominous thunder and clouds that only squeeze out a few sprinkles.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 06:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. Skeeter, yeah tropical fruits just don’t like frosts.

      Hi missred. Yes, pretty photographs, but frosts on/near the Gold Coast? Sunshine/Beach Capital of Australia?

      I live about 100k (60 miles) inland, maybe a bit more, and further north than the Gold Coast, and we get frost here. Maybe a few days here and there. I’ve seen frost in close to Brisbane when the sun’s come up. It’s probably good I can’t see it at home, I’d feel much colder.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 06:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Mr. Gore is welcome to stay with me. He can sleep on the balcony.

      By the way, one of the people who live upstairs do their own home haircuts. I found hair bits all over my outdoor chair when I went out there today. (The balconies don’t have screens and the floors are just slats, not solid.)

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 06:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. Skeeter: don’t worry, they’ll be back, if where you live is as fecund a place as Florida. We often have frosts here that lay wastes to any tropical plant. Most of them grow right back the next year.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 21 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #73
      Don’t you hate that. When clouds and so on promise a huge gutter-runner storm, and all you get is noise and a light show. The drought’s been so bad here for so long that we just haven’t seen the storms we usually get in the summer, the good ones that clear the hot air and cool things down before nightfall. We’ve had a few storms, but not like years ago.
      Bloody climate change.#75
      Yuck. Just what you need when dining al-fresco on your balcony. A hair shower.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 06:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #75
      Actually, that’d make it the best place for Al to sleep. He could have his own hair shirt afterwards.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 06:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. #78, Kae,
      Wearing a hair shirt implies penance and I doubt the weirdo understands the word. ;D

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Andrea

      I found hair bits all over my outdoor chair when I went out there today.

      What was your bail set at and when is your first court appearance?

      Oh and did the cops confiscate all of your spears, knives, guns, etc.?…lol.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 21 at 06:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh and did the cops confiscate all of your spears, knives, guns, etc.?

      If they did that, El Cid, I imagine it’s only moments before Wronwright puts on a fake uniform…

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 21 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. El Cid, I am sure our Andrea is much more refined than to resorts to acts of violence.  She is however, plotting a sweet stealthy revenge.

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 06:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. good grief, i must learn to read my posts before i hit submit
      resort*

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 06:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. Could very well be Ash_. Then again wron, could be the hair cutter OR haircut tee just to piss Andrea off.

      That be the case…wronwright’s ass is grass and Andrea is the lawn mower.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 21 at 06:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. missred

      Preview is for cheaters…:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 21 at 06:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well then I am certainly no cheater ;D

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #79
      At least I didn’t say he’d know what to do with it!
      teehee
      Maybe it’d keep him warm.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. LOL Kae, then he would have to admit to being cold!

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. #51 and others, re NSW Labor.
      Taking up the latest meme from the media, I wonder why we are not being told that the NSW ALP government has been around too long and run out of ideas. Oh, and they were never really reformers after all.
      This is what I hear from the ABC/SMH arts/media complex every day re the Howard gov.
      Credit to Michael Kosta for being game to (publicly) express his climate scepticism.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 21 at 07:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #88
      Naaaah. He’s not going to admit that he’s cold.
      Up there preaching to us all, in the rain, hail and snow. In his dick-togs*. Oh, look. Here’s a picture of Al’s body-guards in Al’s natural habitat (which seems to follow him around the world!)*Dick-togs = speedos

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m a little worried.  It’s been an unusually cool summer here in North Hollywood.  I actually napped through the hottest part of the day today…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 21 at 07:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #90
      Ok, the body guards will do well for a cuddle in the goreball worming forecasts!
      and love the name dick-togs.  Excellent trivia for the lunch group on Monday!

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #90

      And look, here they are, before they stripped to their budgie-smugglers*.

      * see dick-togs

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Great!! the men will be blushing on Monday.  (evil laughter)

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #91

      So, Richard, we won’t be seeing you in your budgie-smugglers?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. If you cut that address back they were swimming in the Antarctic.

      Here’s the link.

      I’m sure we can find lots of interest*.

      *Maybe even ridicule.

      I think it’s some sort of last fling before the polar ice-caps melt…

      I dunno, I haven’t read it. I wouldn’t usually bother with something titled “Students on Ice”, cos I figure it’s more of a Today Tonight/A Current Affair/60 Mintues/4 Corners type thing.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Come on, Richard, share a pic!

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. From the studentsonice site:

      Canadian climatologists have discovered that water that existed for thousands of years is disappearing from Ellesmere Island’s landscape, prompting climate researchers to sound the alarm. The scientist’s alarming research, which was conducted over 24 years, was published yesterday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences online journal.
      The Globe and Mail ran the […]

      Der. Maybe it’s frozen?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Now stop distracting me, I have stuff to do!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T – Nothing on Haneef, Tim?
      So much effort is being put into the discrediting of the Feds (police & govt) over the evidence that some important pithy aspects have disappeared among the polemical trees.
      The “jihadist doctors” phenomenon is not to be trivialised because it resembles a Dr. Who episode. This represents further negation of the usual red herrings put about, such as “disenfranchised youth” when the jihadis are home-grown, or “small minority of misunderstanders of Islam”. There are now so many categories of jihadi that the truth has to be faced: it’s the religion, stupid.
      Regardless of the SIM card, Haneef has to be investigated for his connections to that group; and he was about to do an impeccably timed runner to a country which has some extradition difficulties. He should be extradited to the UK and they can sort it out. It all relates to events there.
      An examination of the Willy Brigitte matter will reveal a degree of shizophrenic behaviour by our media. The first reaction was “hey, why didn’t you Fed guys pick him up sooner?” Then “How come you’re extraditing him to France – aren’t our laws able to deal with it, or has he done nothing wrong?”  There was the poor little wife he left behind, and the suspicion that it was all a conservative beat up. Later, after France’s tough anti-terrorist judge had put the pieces together, it became accepted that this was in fact a dangerous organiser who we were fortunate to have got rid of.
      Saturday’s SMH is full of the Haneef matter, and it is all following a rather predictable course.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 21 at 07:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. #99,
      ok, I will behave

      Posted by missred on 2007 07 21 at 07:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. #100

      There was the poor little wife he left behind, and the suspicion that it was all a conservative beat up.

      It’s Deja Vu.

      I’m afraid in the any instance of suspected terrorist connections we cannot afford to take any chances.

      And when even people touched by terrorism beat the drum for the poor, downtrodden, misunderstood perpetrators, what hope have we got?

      And it’s definitely the ‘religion’, stupid.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Blogstrop, do my ears decieve me, or is all silent on the left re. Willie Brigitte?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. (wasn’t calling you stupid, but, blogstrop)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 07:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. #38 – wreckage, although I am 10 times better off now than at the start of the boom, I don’t feel hugely better off because of bastard friends who have been working at Maquarie Bank and are now just so much richer than I am.

      It’s not the absolute level of wealth that counts – it’s the relative level.  I need to drop my rich friends and start hanging out with welfare mums and homeless people in order to start feeling better about my wealth creation efforts.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 07 21 at 08:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ok, here’s something involving Australia, cold weather AND Harry Potter.

      Posted by paco on 2007 07 21 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. mr creosote

      The reason for this is simple and the solution even simpler.
      There is only a finite amount of happiness in the world. Therefore every happy person is, in essence, stealing from you. We all agree stealing is bad.

      You can counter this by inflicting meaningless misery on complete strangers to you thereby increasing your own and your loved ones overall happiness. Try by letting down a few car tyres in your neighbours driveways, smashing a hummer or burning a ski lodge.
      Groups of leftists have been doing this for some time and it must be making them quite happy.This has been the policy of the PLO, Hamas and Al Qaeda for some time now, and look how well it works in the middle east!

      You can only achive true happiness when everyone ele is more miserable than you. (Also see headings under Gore, Al)

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 21 at 08:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Heehee.  Screen An Inconvenient Truth and then Grill Laurie David.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 07 21 at 08:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well you denialists can say global warming isn’t happening all you want.  But it was 89 degrees farenheit here today, and it is supposed to be 90 tomorrow.

      What’s that you say?  The average temperature here in July?  Let me check…oh…95?  Never mind…

      It’s been a very pleasant summer here in Memphis.

      Posted by Furry Lewis on 2007 07 21 at 09:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Great article, Tim.

      I can’t decide, however, if you are the funniest smart guy I’ve ever read, or the smartest funny guy.  Either way, if all journalists were like you, we’d be tied up in stitches all day, and the world wouldn’t be so buggered up.

      I do think that if you and Lileks ever met, the whole universe would self-destruct in a riot of laughter.

      Posted by Hucbald on 2007 07 21 at 09:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s not only Jouranlists that help us to lighten up.  There is a guy that blogs as Fake Steve Jobs, who writes like he is Steve Jobs.  His blog is called ‘The secret Dairy of Steve Jobs’.  Anyway, while a lot of his diary is Apple and IT related, he often has little digs at the AlGore (who happens to be on the Apple Board).

      Today’s article is an absolute cracker.  Here is an extract from a fake dinner party:

      Al says, I actually never talked about global warming. That’s just not what I said. Jerry says, Actually that is exactly what you said, but anyway, if you’re going to weasel out of it now and talk about climate change, okay, be my guest. But tell me this. If you don’t like change, what are you advocating? That the entire planet’s climate should remain exactly the same forever and ever amen? No change at all in any direction can ever be allowed? Or what is it? We could have a little change, but not too much? How much would be okay? And who’s going to decide this? You? Or some panel at the United Nations? You really think we should get involved in trying to micromanage all these little microclimates and if they’re deviating in any direction, up or down, we’ve got to keep pulling all these levers and changing our behavior trying to just keep the entire planet the same, temperature-wise, for the rest of all time? One year things start to get too warm, we cut back on fossil fuel usage, but then if things get too cold, we do what, we burn more gas or something to try and bring things back to normal? And if Africa’s getting cold while we’re getting warm do we burn more gas in Africa but less gas here or what?

      Posted by entropy on 2007 07 21 at 10:04 PM • permalink

 

    1. OT. A couple of weeks ago I foolishly extinguished a flaming shot with my hand. I now have a crescent of islam burned into my palm. I hope it fades.

      Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2007 07 21 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #100 Blogstrop, I am not at all convinced this bloke was a raving terrorist.  No doubt he knew his mates in the old country were up to no good, but I would not be surprised if he did not know the details.  You know, like the moderates that do not stand up to the islamists.  Perhaps he moved to the other side of the world to get away from them.  I have read on other blogs posts by people (GC doctors) that know him, and have a high opinion of him.

      It all comes down to when he decided he had to get a one way ticket to India.  Was it booked well beforehand so he could visit his wife and new baby ( why was a heavily pregnant wife in India anyway?)  Or was it when he heard about his cousins, and knew he could be implicated?

      Posted by entropy on 2007 07 21 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. For master manipulation see Dr. Edward Morbius

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2007 07 21 at 10:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmm, I’m afraid that I tend to agree with #65 Jack from Montreal.

      There is a subtle difference between blog posts and chat-rooms.  Ideally, a “Tim Lounge” would magically appear, along the lines of the “Lizard Lounge” at LGF.

      Although the usual friendliness of almost on-topic chat creates a feel-good atmosphere, it is certainly not outside the realms of possibility that threads can be hijacked by well-meaning contributors chatting amongst themselves.

      So, (going out on a limb here!) I don’t think Andrea’s put-down of Jack’s view was entirely fair.

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 07 21 at 10:21 PM • permalink

 

    1. To clarify:  Jack’s rather curmudgeonly view.  It could have been put far more betterly.

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 07 21 at 10:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, Kaboom, you can only ridicule lefties, AGW proponents and so on for so long before it all sounds the same. We seem to agree on so much there’s not much new we can say. We need to feed on more posts.

      It’s all about tolerance.

      (ducks behind cat)(I hope it’s a BIG cat, there’s too many of us hiding here!)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 11:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Maybe you’re right, Kae.  We need more TROLLs!

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 07 21 at 11:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hmm. Or feed on more trolls. And not your drive-by, seagull ones, either.
      We need ones we can get out teeth into. Argue with. Shoot down in flames.
      Yeah, flaming.
      It’s good!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 21 at 11:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Rare bit of sanity sneaks through in today’s weird-weather scare story in the Age:
      Stewart Wortley, a meteorologist at the Met Office, refuted suggestions in front-page newspaper headlines that the storms hitting Britain resembled monsoons in India.“Whilst they are unusual to be widespread like this, they’re not totally unusual. They have happened before,” Wortley told AFP.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2007 07 21 at 11:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. I do believe the individuals here are of the highest quality, (leave me out, please)in knowledge, pure intellect, wit, everydayness and humor.

      It is also a place to collect, just as one would in a real everyday world.

      The virtualness of Tim’s place and watched over by Andrea, make this no different. It becomes reality.

      We also care. Right now I care for the answer to what in the hell, has happened to one of us…that one, is RebeccaH. (and of course, MentalFloss) but as of now, RebeccaH.

      That cryptic post written as Paco mentioned, in the third person, signed by “RebeccaH”, isn’t good enough.

      What has happened to RebeccaH?

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 07 21 at 11:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. #34 “When does the global warming arrive?”

      This is a heads up, Global warming officially begins tomorrow at 0800 Pacific Daylight Time when I start my 1976 Ford F-250 pickup with a 360cc engine. Global warming officially ends when the pickup goes through a tank of gasoline, approx 5 minutes later. Hopefully you’ll be awake to enjoy it. After that we’re back to Ma Nature’s crap shoot. The world will be better for it, mother knows best.

      Posted by Mike H. on 2007 07 21 at 11:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. 360cc sounds a bit pooncy for an F-250.

      About right for a 1976 Honda Z, though!

      Posted by Kaboom on 2007 07 21 at 11:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Condor smugglers, Kae, condor smugglers…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 22 at 12:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Life isn’t fair, Kaboom.

      And I still can’t find my gives-a-shit, and what do you know, my sympathy must have been in the same box. I have my tea though—but no sympathy. For anyone.

      Have a cup of tea.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 22 at 12:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #124

      Photographic proof?

      I’m sure missred will agree with me that it is a requirement after such a, majestic, claim.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 12:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, all right. My Picture

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 22 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Andrea
      Isn’t sympathy in the dictionary between, shit and ahh, syphilis, yeah, that’s where it is.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 12:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #127
      I think we meant in the condor smugglers.Jimmy Durante eatcha heart out. Hachachacha.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 12:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Richard, if your condor togs look anything like these, I think we might give it a miss.

      Thanksanyway.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 12:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kae—what is this, Dennis the Peasant?

      I feel so used.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 22 at 01:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. #131

      LOL. Whatever.

      I think you should practise your photoshopping. Though you could get a job in the meeja.  Can you do smoke and flames?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 01:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. #100- My brother has been briefed by the minister in this matter- the Poms have supplied a shitload of info on him, and it appears he’s quite a naughty boy.

      The mmeja is only going on what’s been leaked to them by his idiot barrister, who by the way is now in more shit than Michael Moore’s tapeworm. If he avoids contempt charges, the bar board is going to be all over him like Phillip Adams self importance, as he was 1/. not briefed by his client to release the interview transcript (and may have harmed his defence by so doing) and 2/. he had no permission from the court to release a priviliged document. I’d say bye bye to his licence to steal.

      Most of the info is classified so the meeja’s never going to see it, which is unfortunate in that it gives the chattering classses an excuse to blather on about transperency and due process; what’s being ignored is that the only challenge to his detention is based on whether the minister has the delegation to order same- a colossal waste of court time as not only has the minister the power, it is delegated to all secondry migration officers and some gazetted customs officers, who can not only detain someone but can also cancel their visa and order their immediate removal.

      I know the old saying that he who represents himself has a fool for a client is usually true, in this case I think Doctor Detonator’d be better served by pleading his own case, or maybe briefing Bryan Law to lead.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 07 22 at 02:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yeah 360 is kinda lightweight, but it was the right price and it had a stick. I think that the main point was that I could use it to increase my footprint without having to buy a mansion, a la Algore.

      Posted by Mike H. on 2007 07 22 at 02:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Habib,, pray tell more (if you can).
      I must admit though I am sick of this whole leaking crap though. The accusations that the feds are playing politics should result in charges if they arent substantiated. For far to long the stock in trade of journos and ratbags has been the authorities are evil. Most of them wouldnt know evil if it was 6 foot up their arse with lights and sirens on.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 22 at 02:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #133

      Oh my a naughty boy indeed. This is one of the problems with the media – and it follows a predictable pattern.

      1. Police arrest terror suspect. Media salivates with excitement.

      2. Police hold suspect. Media engages in wild speculation.

      3. Police actually start the hard work of following leads and establishing a case. Media gets bored turns to defence lawyer.

      4. Defence lawyer holds court. Media laps up his propaganda with a spoon.

      —Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 07 22 at 03:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Just had some Imam on CH10 news snorking on about Haneef, and how he should be released so the Islamic community “doesn’t feel like it’s being used as an escape goat”.

      WTF? Is this some new fiendish development by Islamoblammos to flee the scene of carnage and destruction wrought by them, concealed in a conveyance camouflaged as a capra-like critter?

      Can’t say much of what the info from the Poms is, as my brother hasn’t been told a lot (and of course won’t pass it on anyway) but Scotland Yard would like a chat with the doc as soon as we’re done with him.

      I note the Free Hicks/Tibet/Cones crew has started turning out for Doctor Detonator, albeit in reduced numbers; there’s not that many people who can handle being repeatedly humiliated by their cause, then bounce back to defend some other indefensible idiot with the same inevitable outcome.

      (I note serial lost cause defender and shameless media trollop Andrew Boe is on board, ensuring the good doc will be banged up with all his previous clearly innocent clients who’ve had their human rights crushed and been railroaded by a corrupt judicial system in the thrall of HoWARd and his bloodthirsty cabal of neocon jackbooters ).

      Posted by Habib on 2007 07 22 at 03:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. #136

      5. Keysar Trad interviewed, spouts ‘muslim victim’ shit. (His is the only phone number the media has and he’s available 24/7 to spout shit.)

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 03:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. I note serial lost cause defender and shameless media trollop Andrew Boe

      How does he keep getting work? He’s as useful as a hip pocket on jocks.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 03:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. An escape goat?  I thought those were just novelties at fratparties.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2007 07 22 at 03:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. #137

      Boe has always struck me as a little-man-wanna-be. A sort of ‘me too’ bloke. He occasionally writes for the Brisbane Institute which tells you where he’s at.

      Frankly there is something slimy about him.

      —Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2007 07 22 at 03:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. I suspected that there was much interesting information on Dr Det. when his visa was revoked. What does that tell a normal person? Shady stuff to be investigated. And I knew that UK investigators would like to interview him in the UK at some stage.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 03:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. Boe came here from Burma.
      Brisbane Institute link.
      I don’t think I’ve ever seen him represent anyone that I wanted to see win their case.Um. Brisbane Institute, their

      people.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 03:35 AM • permalink

 

    1. Escape goat???
      Stoop davy dave??

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 22 at 03:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. ot – men of moustachioed appearance indulge in clan warfare

      Posted by KK on 2007 07 22 at 04:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #144 frollicking

      Escape goat???

      I think it must be a Muslim thing.

      Posted by Wand on 2007 07 22 at 04:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. Escape goat? That would be the first in Allahdom.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 22 at 05:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. #50 Andrea is it ever really TOO hot to go outside NAKED?

      Sure, if one has fair skin it may best to limit exposure to areas of the body that may not be sun-hardened. But natural nakedness on a hot day is almost always a pleasant experience.

      Nakedness is not uncommon here in Darwin,as most of the time the weather is very conducive to such a state.

      I imagine this is also the case in your part of the world.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 05:36 AM • permalink

 

    1. I wonder if Al Gore in a posing pouch??

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 07 22 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #137 Habib, Doncha just hate it when the goat escapes?

      Informative posts BTW.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 07 22 at 05:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Sorry. Rather dull around here at the moment.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 22 at 05:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. #151, dean martin, that was sad.

      But not as sad as egypt, where they’re reduced to cutting off moustaches instead of heads. Dull there as well. There’s no fun to be had.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 07 22 at 05:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #149 Al Gore naked! That could make even the most highly sexed woman become frigid (cold).

      Could this be Al Gore’s ONLY contribution to reduce global warming?

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 05:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. #148 What, Dave, is it a mere 40C there today or something?

      Soooo jealous.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 05:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. #61 at the same distance from the equator as Tampa FL

      You mean as the crow flies, don’t you?  The Tampa was a ship

      Posted by PeterTB on 2007 07 22 at 06:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. #154 Ash, its 26C inside the house, but dropping quickly.

      Outside,where I “blog” ,it is usually 2-3 degrees less.

      Already I am thinking of going inside,having a hot shower and putting on some warmer clothes. 23C (outside) is way too cold for shorts and T shirt!

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 06:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. …just back from Port Douglas to the Canberra weather…and feeling a bit frivolous…..

      Posted by PeterTB on 2007 07 22 at 06:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #156 Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!

      Oh wait, you weren’t joking, were you?

      It’s 16C in the house and it feels amazingly warm. That should tell you something about how warm Melbourne is.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 06:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, the Tampa was a ship bound for somewhere other than Christmas Island, like north towards Indonesia, and was diverted by means of the “refugees” bringing emotional pressure on the Captain. It was a de facto hijack.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 22 at 06:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. #133 – thanks for pointing that out Habib, but I reckon that anyone who has seen two episodes of Border Patrol could work that out for themselves (if they bothered to think about it).

      I of course had not bothered to think about it.  I guess that means most of the media has even less reason to think about it, given that I doubt that they watch one of the more popular shows on commercial TV.

      Posted by mr creosote on 2007 07 22 at 06:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. In haste, and just in case you missed them – a couple of links.
      1. Matin Durkin re his show and its rabid reception by our ABC.
      2. Paul Kelly appeared on the Insiders today and spoke about the Haneef case in terms of the possible problems for the government and the Federal police, but did not reflect his views in this article (published yesterday!) in The Australian, which casts it as the “war the legal profession is destined to lose because of its flawed intellectual position, its engulfing hubris and the ultimate reluctance of the Australian people to accept the legal polemic about the threat to our democracy.”
      Curious disconnect there, I thought.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 07 22 at 06:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. #151 dean
      Don’t be sorry. That’s great. Benny Goodman is cool.
      I tried to find some Don Burrows on You Tube, but couldn’t.
      Thanks for that!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 06:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Quite right Maree. KK’s moustache story set me off, thinking “it’s no use, Let’s all just dance.” Oh well, back to work.

      Posted by dean martin on 2007 07 22 at 06:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #158 Ash, yes it does. As much as I like Melbourne,having experienced the winter weather there on many occasions,I could NEVER live there.

      I am warmer now, I have my heavy-duty shorts and T shirt now. So far so good – as long as it does not get below 23C, that is.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 06:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. #164 Dave, summer is much more fun down here. The temperature is bearable, and I get to walk around in a swimsuit.

      Only problem is, I live near a forest and the Department of Scorched Earth does very little to prepare for summer.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 06:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. #143, some of the people on that Brisbane Institute list of members are, well, dead.

      Posted by entropy on 2007 07 22 at 06:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. #155 PeterTB: Not sure what the ship Tampa has to do with my comment. I was just trying to locate SEQ for our northern hemisphere friends. Tampa Florida is about 28°N Lat and Surfers Paradise is about 28°S Lat.
      So both places are are about 1,680 nautical miles colder than the equator.
      Melbourne FL is also the same distance from the equator but I thought that might confuse too many people.

      Posted by Skeeter on 2007 07 22 at 07:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ah Andrew Boe … His firm acts for 2 kinds of people.

      1. those who can afford his services
      2. those who can assist his media profile

      I act for one of his former clients, in class 1, and not a very happy chappy too I might add.  It will be interesting to see how Mr Boe’s firm justifies the fees charged by the firm in that matter.

      I’d love to say more on Haneef – but my brother won’t tell me!  Can’t wait for his committal hearing, so then we can chat!

      There is a hell of a lot more to this one, and as usual, the usual media muppets are putting out press releases faster than you can say “He reminds me of David Hicks”.

      Back to the topic!

      We just ordered 2 more air conditioners – 1 for our bedroom and 1 for the lounge room.  It worked out cheaper to have 2 units instead of 1.  suck that gaia!  Though we did get the converter option – 30% more efficient apparently.  Can’t help being green sometimes.

      I’m excited, got a kiwi trip booked for the first 2 weeks in November – we are taking our then 7 month old to see where they made Lord of the Rings and all sights in between, on the South Island.  So need a holiday!

      cheers all.

      Posted by peter m on 2007 07 22 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #166
      Yes. It’s a common affliction in the public service and the yarts.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #165 Ash, I have been in Melbourne on those stinking hot summer days. I know it can get unbearably hot down there.

      The trouble is that the next day or even that night the temperature will drop to some ridiculously cold level,and freeze your socks(b***s) off – for those of us who have them (socks that is).

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 07:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. Boe has always seemed a slippery character to me.
      Maybe it’s the influence of the people he represents?Perhaps not.

      where they made Lord of the Rings

      Good luck with that. They pulled all the sets down.
      It’s a beautiful country. Green and blue.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 07:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #170 Thus the need for the swimsuits. It can be a thing of beauty.

      Some of us have both air con and a pool though, both of which are wonderful assets.

      I remember one day last summer it was 40C, and that night it dropped to 10C.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 07:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. After a solid arvo and evening in the Rocks celebrating a misspent youth, all I can say is that I’m not feeling much at all.
      It’s probably freezing, (and Dirty Harriet is already a’bed), but I’m quite toasty, thanks the same.
      Don’t think I will be throwing on the budgie smugglers anytime soon though (help if I had a pair to put on!)

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 07:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. #173 Please don’t put on budgie smugglers. I’d lose all the respect I have for you!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 07:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. #174 Ash_
      I’m not quite that loaded.  🙂
      I see you had a bbq steak dinner? Hope it was nice?

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. #169 Spot on kae!

      As I say over and over again,big government and the armies of expensive and pathetic “living dead” that it creates are one of the “sleeping” problems Australia faces.

      Whilst the Howard Government unfortunately has also expanded its bureaucracy during their period in government,this almost pales into insignificance when compared to the massive bloated,inefficient and wasteful empires that have been created by state and territory Labor governments.

      The public service is the last bastion of the old style, unionised, overpaid,underworked employeee who often knows “bugger-all”, loves to “strut his stuff”,could never make it in the REAL world,but will almost certainly vote Labor in order to keep their parasitic “job” going.

      Clearly if Rudderless Kev becomes Prime Minister,federal bureaucracies will increase and expand, the economy will contract as the unions and the Greens exercise “payback”,GST and other federal funds will dry up as the economy shrinks and the state and territory Labor governments will be broke.

      Without the successful Howard Government no-one will be around to keep the economy moving in the direction.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #175 I did, and it was truly excellent. It accompanied the spiciest, hottest salad I’ve ever prepared. It was magnificent.

      Want some chocolate?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. #174 Ash,
      Don’t you like “Budgie Smugglers” (I assume you mean Speedos)?

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. #177

      Want some chocolate? mmmm Yes Please.

      The salad sounds nice too,Ash.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Skeeter (comment #61)—I live in Orlando, which is about an hour and a half drive from Tampa. So wear long pants and a sweater. It’s only frost—the sun will melt it away.

      Okay, okay, and gloves. And socks. And get one of those dorky yarn hats—they make you look stupid, but they keep your head warm, and you can wad it into your pocket when the day gets warmer. Yes, frosty mornings are chilly. But if your climate is the same as Tampa’s (though they do have the Gulf climate to mitigate things, but the temps can drop there—it’s even snowed, if just for a few minutes, so I’m thinking your climate might be more like Orlando’s which is twenty miles or so from the Atlantic) then it will warm up soon.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 22 at 08:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #178 No, no I don’t Dave. I prefer guys to have a little bit of mystery in their swimwear.

      Besides, I’m sure it’s legally mandated that budgie smugglers must be worn by overweight men who like to look at us ladies a little too much. Ew.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #177 Ash_
      A little please,  :)Funny thing, my barber (a lovely old Sicilian gent) told me that when he rang home the other day it was 40 degrees C, and expressed surprise that anyone there thought it was abnormal. When he grew up (about 50 years ago) it was a standard temp in Sicily. As he always says, ” People, they’re strange sometimes”. He also says “Where did that scar on the side of your head come from? If I cut it too short, people will think you are a crook or something!”
      I explained where the scar came from, and his reaction was ” You shouldn’t get into fights, you young men, I swear”

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. #179 Help yourself to the chocolate Dave. I have lots and lots of it. I bought it for a good cause.

      My neice’s school is fundraising again, and I was apparently her first call. There’s a rumour going around that I’m a chocolate eating pig.

      The salad was great. It’s all to do with the dressing.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nice to have someone think you are ‘young’ when you are turning 35.  🙂

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. #181 OK so Speedos are out!

      Phew,lucky I checked first. I prefer to be a “man of mystery”…..at least for a while.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. #182 Young men fight. Did you win that one?

      Help yourself to the chocolate.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #184 35 is still young, 185600, trust me!

      #185 I prefer men to be men of mystery too, I assure you!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. #180

      dorky yarn hats

      A beanie?

      #176
      I have to go to bed, or I will be a dead hanger-on at work tomorrow. (And there’s people I have to be nice to, more’s the pity.)
      Semester 2 teaching starts tomorrow so it’s going to be a crappy three weeks. Traffic will be unbearable, until the students decide that they don’t need to attend classes any more, in about 6 weeks. Then things ease off a bit traffic wise.
      Night all, will reply to forgotten emails tomorrow, before the proverbial hits the fan at work.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 08:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. #183…. A chocolate-eating pig? What is that exactly, Ash?

      Is it similar to a reasonably fit 54 y/o man in speedos,who has a bit of a gut, and likes a bit of chocolate?

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. 185600
      You are a spring chicken.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 08:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #189 It simply means that I never stop eating, and chocolate is one of the six food groups. I’m yet to find anyone who would like to hook up an IV to pump chocolate straight into me, so I have to manually eat it.

      That all depends on how much chocolate the man likes to eat.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. Me too kae. Goodnight kae. Good night all.Goodnight Ash.

      Anyway I am getting a tad cold out here, it must be down to 21C now!!  BBRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 07 22 at 08:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. #186 Ash_
      Why thank you, I will. 🙂
      Um, not sure, it was a funny fight, there were too many people involved?
      But I know I was still standing at the end of it, and the only reason I went to hospital was because a mate dragged me there.
      God I have to stop having birthdays, too many memories for such a short span of time.  🙂
      Oh, and no budgie smugglers, ever. I prefer boardies for the freedom.  🙂

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Good night Dave. I hope you don’t freeze to death in your sleep! It might get down to 19C.

      A temperature that can surely not support life?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. #192
      I have a surplus of knitted neck warmers* I could send you one if you like..* scarfs, scarves – where’s BIWOZ when I need her?

      Nite all.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 08:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #193 Still standing means you did pretty well and probably did win.

      I prefer men in boardies than budgie smugglers. I don’t see anything I don’t want to see then.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. G’Night Kae. Sleep well.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #190 kae
      Thanks for saying so, but when you run around with a bunch of twenty somethings all day in this job you start to realise that there is such a thing as ‘too old’.
      I won’t give up though, because they need me, someone has to be the cranky old man, and I guess it’s me at the moment.  🙂

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #198 I have trouble believing that you could be cranky mate. You’re definitely not old either.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. #199 Ash_
      I really can be that cranky, and my lads know it. I expect professionalism, the old ’ if I do it, you have to’ routine.
      But in this game, you really are the old man at 35.
      I am as soft as marshmellow when I am home, but at work, you have to be diamond. You cannot play around with that sort of thing. As I have often said to my boys, ‘I have enough mates”.
      When they have done what my mates have done, then they can complain, until then, do the job.Oh, and at least with boardies you don’t have to wear undies, unless you are John Holmes or something. 🙂

      Posted by 185600 on 2007 07 22 at 08:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #200 185600 I suppose when you’re training the soldiers, you can’t be soft with them. Otherwise the Iranians would have been able to capture those Aussies when they tried, rather than being told off.

      Boardies are great on guys. Far superior to budgie smugglers. It’s terrible when there are old guys wearing them who are enjoying the view of the ladies a little too much. Shudder

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 08:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is it possible to enjoy the view of the ladies too much?

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 22 at 12:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. It is for the ladies concerned when you’re wearing budgie smugglers Richard.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 07 22 at 04:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. #192
      21 degrees, eh, Dave?Sheesh, I dunno how you can survive!

      Poor bastard, like Ash, I feel for you.

      Bring on the Globull Warmenation, to save Dave of Darwin!!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 05:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. #198 185600

      When you’re pushing 50 tell me, I might listen.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 05:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Where’s that violin of yours, Andrea?

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 05:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. When you’re pushing 50 tell me, I might listen.

      Wait ‘til you’re dragging it…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 07 22 at 06:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. No, Richard, as Dame Edna says “Approaching 50. From the wrong side.”

      Now, I have a work catastrope to sort out. Cyas!

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 06:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not approaching 50, 50 is approaching me—like the headlights of an oncoming train.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 07 22 at 07:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. Andrea, I hear it’s painless.

      I’ll let you know after next September.

      If I survive.

      Posted by kae on 2007 07 22 at 07:46 PM • permalink

 

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