DAY ONE

All suggestions/comments/criticism taken on board. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site) will be made speedier. Solutions will be found. Justice will be delivered!

Remember, we’re only 24 hours or so into this. Don’t fear the newness. Only a few years ago my site had no comments facility at all; I used to get slammed for that, too. And later for allowing too many comments. Now, for not posting comments quickly enough …

We’ll sort things out. Might take a little while, but still.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/12/2008 at 10:40 AM
    1. Tim, we’re still in a state of shock; and worried about losing touch with our mates.  We’re definitely fearing the newness.

      Posted by Ubique on 2008 05 12 at 10:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. I think the biggest concern we have is the risk of loss of community:  we’ve been a pretty rowdy bunch in the past, been able to say what’s on our minds, and are fearful of what might be lost.

      I also profusely thank Andrea for allowing us a refuge.

      Also, where the !%#$ did all the mead go?  After dealing with an idiot doctor last week, I sure as heck need some!

      Elizabeth
      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2008 05 12 at 11:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Good luck with getting used to the new system Tim. It’ll take us all some time.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 12 at 11:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Please keep in mind that although your posts were witty and priceless, albeit few in number, this blog was built on the comments.  This community has essentially crafted a unique situation.  I don’t know any other like it.

      You lose that when you go over to a newspaper blog.  Yes, you’ll gain much too, such as a positive position with your superiors.  I’m sure they’ll like the hits to the web site.  And I do realize you probably have little choice in this.

      But I can tell it won’t be the same as this blog.  For one thing, it’s not enough that moderation is being done.  I detest 95% of the trolls and I’d just as soon they’d be eradicated.  You can’t do that on a newspaper blog.

      But it is your right.

      Posted by wronwright on 2008 05 12 at 11:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim, fancy pulling the plug on my birthday.  My laptop and I are almost too old for this migration thing, the new page is loading at a glacial pace.  I’ll give it another shot tomorrow and see how it works.

      And many thanks to Andrea who’s been a swell administrator.

      Posted by Crossie on 2008 05 12 at 11:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Down with newness!

      In fact I’m going to boycott newness and start rereading the 2002 archives…. heh Michael Moore what an idiot! Isn’t Margo hilarious?

      Posted by Ross on 2008 05 12 at 11:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Lose the Google ads!

      Posted by swassociates on 2008 05 12 at 11:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wronwight, I agree, the repartee was/is swift, immensely amusing and merciless at times, everthing that makes it so enjoyable.  Tim, is it possible to keep both blogs running?  Promise not to use any bolds or italics.

      Posted by Crossie on 2008 05 12 at 11:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, I for one welcome our new MSM overlords, and I remind them that as a trusted commenter I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground ink caves.

      I left a cluebatting comment to a Warmenista earlier. Can’t seem to get on the site now, but I used the word “bollocks” in the comment, so it’ll be a good test.

      Cheer up, Tim, if people didn’t love you and what you’ve done here so much, they wouldn’t be so panicky. It’s like seeing your girlfriend talking with a good-looking dude. Until you find out he’s her gay friend, you assume the worst and get angry.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 11:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. #9 Your comment is up there Dave, complete with “bollocks”.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 12 at 11:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Charge extra for people who write in bold.

      Posted by Zonc on 2008 05 12 at 12:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, that was a short trip:

      Disallowed Key Characters$Version

      Posted by Big Dan on 2008 05 12 at 12:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh, no! We’re like the Comment Section of the Damned!

      Actually, I posted one comment over there, and it made it through the tomahawk-wielding gauntlet of moderators, and I’ve got another one, presumably being mulled over.

      Posted by paco on 2008 05 12 at 01:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Power
      /off
      /steals the bold tag reserve fundThere is a chill wind blowing!

      Posted by 13times on 2008 05 12 at 02:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, as Big Dan pointed out, there is nothing at the new site except the cryptic error message “Disallowed Key Characters$Version”. I can’t say I’m impressed with the new regime. Andrea would never have allowed that sort of thing.

      Posted by sundog on 2008 05 12 at 02:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ya Tim, I’m hearing a lot about change here in the States too.

      I pray that yours turns out a bit better than mine.

      Posted by gajim on 2008 05 12 at 02:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Meh, if anyone here had to navigate the multiple, customized software packages that I am forced to use at my office merely to do routine tasks, they would go bonkers*.

      The Daily Telegraph set up is a cake walk in comparison.

      But Elizabeth has the right of it.  This is like moving to a new neighborhood.

      ===================
      *:  How do you know that I am not bonkers as a result of my job?  Heh heh heh heh…..

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 12 at 02:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. This isn’t one of those Hope/Change deals, is it?

      Posted by Harry Bergeron on 2008 05 12 at 03:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Moderation … will be made speedier. Solutions will be found. Justice will be delivered!

      This sounds familiar. How about,

      “We need to internalize this idea of excellence!”

      “Everyone should try to realize their full potential!”

      “It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun!”

      and for dealing with the trying times while Tim works out the kinks:

      “Pot … helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack though!”

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2008 05 12 at 04:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. I don’t see why we can’t just barricade ourselves in here – you know, like the students at the military school did in that movie, Taps.

      Posted by paco on 2008 05 12 at 04:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s not going to work keeping this blog open as well. It would just become the “Which Blair Project”.

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 12 at 04:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m with ya, Paco! Richard, help me move that desk, please. Hell no! We won’t go! Hell no! We won’t go! Hell….what? They have Tim and tomahawks?!? I can’t say “he..”, you know, that word! Paco, you go first.

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 05 12 at 04:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 “I detest 95% of the trolls and I’d just as soon they’d be eradicated”

      And by “eradicated” he doesn’t mean simple barring from comments. Perhaps with the income from advert-hits on the new site, the VRWC can buy more Uzis.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2008 05 12 at 05:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Newness?

      Ahhh, *SHINY*.

      But is it utilitarian?

      HMMMMMM?

      We love your site, Tim, but it’s the people who make it a good place to be… Without those comments it’s just a column highly polished column (or two – ??!!??!!!) with a notice board.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 05:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. 22 May Brekkie Creek after 4:30pm

      A wake?

      And maybe a Welcome?

      Up, up and… werk.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 05:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19
      Forgot:“moving forward”

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. It would be good to keep the “strike” feature, which greatly helps our funny people.  Expect the general level of spelling to revert to pre-literacy standard (some of the spelling on Bolta’s blog would disgrace a blowfly.)
      And expect to lose the sense of community -there was something comforting in being part of a group who enjoyed preaching to the converted.BTW… nasty in China…AGW-induced, do you think

      Posted by Rod C on 2008 05 12 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. It would just become the “Which Blair Project”.

      Nice!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 05:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. OK, I see we have some worried people.

      I agree that we may – MAY – lose a bit of the community feel. But for God’s sake, people, since when are we communitarians?! Act like the RWDBs that you are!

      Me, I’m looking at the new site, with its open access for leftards, as a target-rich environment.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 06:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Target rich, yeah.
      But they scuttle away when you have to wait for moder’kenration and you can’t get them.
      Most trolls just hit and run, like old Divide from here.
      Don’t care about anything anyone else says, just has a spray of kool aid acid and run.
      Any who stay to chat are welcome. But they’re few and far between.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. So Tim, just a question I’ve been wondering about since reading your news yesterday.  What will happen if you leave your job at the Tele?  There will be no blog at all.

      Posted by Westietoo on 2008 05 12 at 06:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. I knew a gnu that hated all that was new …

      Posted by Adriane on 2008 05 12 at 06:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T (ha ha ha)
      why doesn’t that stupid woodpecker go and have speech lessons?she’s on the radio now sounding like she’s talking and crapping at the same time.oh wait!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26—Good one

      And, of course:

      “Hope—Hope in the face of difficulty. Hope in the face of uncertainty. The audacity of hope!”

      “We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”

      Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2008 05 12 at 06:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #7 I expect the google ads pay for the moderator.

      My big concern is that this place is a 24 hour a day conversation between like minded Right Wing Death beasts. How else are we to craft our Vast Conspuiracy?

      With “moderation” will come delay.

      My littler concern is that I have to enter my bloody name and e-mail address each time grrr.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 12 at 06:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bruce, lay of the Obamead, it’s more addictive than absynthe.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 12 at 06:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. Example:
      Madonna King on ABC612 is trying to rip the water minister a new one over the rising price of water (he’s telling us they have to increase 100% the price of water because SEQlders want it).Over on the other blog, how long until that comment appears (I’m not going to bother putting it up there).

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Okay, maybe I overdid it with all that funeral march/end of the world stuff.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 06:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Perhaps this blog could hang around for a while to relay these notices about how the new blog is shaping. Response time is everything. We’ll know from what is written here whether the new one is Blairish or Boltish. If it becomes a larger forum full of the sort of people who comment on all the other News Ltd. blogs then it will be read only the items, not the comments.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 06:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hi MM. Love your work!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 06:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. kae – good morning and yes, you’re right about all that.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 06:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey blogstrop – right back at you.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 06:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Suggestions??

      Ok then
      Number the posts, it makes it much easier if people refer to another comment.

      Speed for comments going up (nag nag I know)

      As annoying as it may be F**k would be better than losing the whole post to bad language.

      Avatars if possible

      A 2 tired comments system, where regular posters dont have to log in or be moderated after they reach a certain number of trouble free posts.

      Oh and import Andrea, shes not that big so you could probably smuggle her in in your carry on luggage.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 05 12 at 06:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site)

      Err, why is it unavoidable ?

      Moderation is control and thus is the enemy of fun in all aspects of life.

      Next time you get on the piss, just have one beer and go home.

      Next time you have a shocker hangover, just have one aspirin.

      Next time you go salt flat racing, don’t go over 60kph.

      I’ve no doubt that you’ll do your best, however, it seems that the keys points of differentiation between this blog and Bolt, such as registered commenters, instant posting and pretty much free for all comments seem to have been ignored.

      As Mr H Beeb pointed out yesterday, it’s a bit rich for a moderator to stomp on a comment for naughty language and then go home and turn the telly on and listen to that pommy chef call some poor kitchen slave a worthless fuckwit a hundred times cause he overcooked a chop.

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 06:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #38 MM

      No worries MM, everyone gets maudlin when their dog gets run over, specially when it’s me that ran the poor bastard over.

      But the next day, it’s back to the pound to get a nutherie !

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 06:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. An academic friend recently reuturned from Europe and the UK (holiday). She brought back a magnet for me (I have a collection of them on my whiteboard).
      The magnet says:

      Si tu obéis à toutes les régles, tu manqueras tous les plaisirs

      Which roughly translates to

      When you always follow the rules you take the joy out of life.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m sad that there’ll be no more Andrea. Her Administration was wise and witty and her comments were always strict but fair. Can’t she run for four more years?

      Posted by arrowhead ripper on 2008 05 12 at 07:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim,

      I’ve been checking out the new site but it makes me nervous.

      Many regulars are there but it’s already brought Janine I out of her Darlinghurst cave, making my stomach sink (and churn, for that matter).  Like Phatty Adams, Janine reached all her conclusions at two years of age and hasn’t adjusted to any reality since.

      Like paco at #20, I’m all for barricading ourselves here.  Can’t you at least get the Tellie to subcontract Andrea and get her to bring out the whip there as well?

      Posted by ann j on 2008 05 12 at 07:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site)
      In other words, some committee decided that moderation was essential, kind of like the letters pages in the “normal” news outlets.But it’s not necessary. There are plenty of legal precedents now for the policy of removing undesirable posts in a timely manner. There are some many sites that don’t have moderation. Look at Yahoo Answers. It’s owned and run by a Fortune 500 company (Yahoo!) and it’s patrolled like Bondi Beach on Boxing Day. But it isn’t moderated.Moderation, to use computer science lingo, isn’t “scalable.” Once there are a certain number of users, it becomes unfeasible.

      Anyway, that’s the end of my rant. There is nothing – absolutely nothing – that Tim can do about it. You have to pick your battles, and that one has a pretty low probability of getting anywhere.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 07:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. What’s done is done. Tim possibly needs our support and numbers, move on, move over or make other arrangements i suppose.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 12 at 07:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. “To enjoy the flavor of life, take big bites.  Moderation is for monks.”

      Then again,

      “TANSTAAFL.” Dude’s gotta make a buck.

      Posted by reese on 2008 05 12 at 08:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. #51
      Is that it?
      Jeez, Reese, wait until I see the husband of a French speaking colleague… good with the conversational stuff, useless with the transaltion!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 08:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. #52
      Oops
      Nevermind.About moderation. I’m a non-practising Methodist. I always said that if I ever changed religion I’d go for Roman Catholic. I can identify with their “Everything in Moderation” idea.(What’s moderation mean?*)

      *that’s a joke.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 09:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Day One, or Year Zero?

      I see Lindsay Tanner’s blog is coming along nicely.

      Lindsay Tanner – a man of substance.

      Posted by monaro on 2008 05 12 at 09:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Preview was my friend…(sob)

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 09:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Something for the fashionistas

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 09:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Margosmaid, I have found your chopper pilot on the glaciers at Tizona’s.

      Tim, good luck with your new found bloggers.

      Posted by gin&tonic on 2008 05 12 at 09:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. O/T

      I’d like to mention before this merry band disbands that in a fortnight I take my first ever trip to the US. It fact it will be my first ‘overseas’ trip for 25 years (you can’t really count NZ as overseas).

      I’ll being staying with a friend I knew from Ford, starting when our kids were toddlers (they’ve long since left the family home).  It’s a week near Hot Springs AR followed by a week at his business townhouse in Austin TX.

      One outing will be to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock.  Whatever one’s views are on the Clintons it looks like an interesting place to visit.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 12 at 09:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. #4 – Wronwright – Please keep in mind that although your posts were witty and priceless, albeit few in number, this blog was built on the comments.  This community has essentially crafted a unique situation.  I don’t know any other like it.

      Spot-on. That’s what I’m down-in-the-mouth about.

      As my wife said, “He’s sold out and gone to the other side”.

      Granted, however, that it must have been difficult to keep a private blog going as well as a full-time job. Possible conflicts of interest too.  We know posts were thin when a deadline loomed. There’ll be a plethora of posts at the new venue.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 12 at 09:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Too bad you’re torpedoing a wonderful blog. Selling out to the MSM sucks. The years of enjoying the spontaneity of this blog and its commenters are over. I can understand why you’re doing it, but it still sucks.

      Oh well. So who’s left that hasn’t sold out?

      Posted by goldsmith on 2008 05 12 at 10:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #20 – I don’t see why we can’t just barricade ourselves in here – you know, like the students at the military school did in that movie, Taps.

      Or if your background is British inspiration would be Lindsay Anderson’s If.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 12 at 10:01 PM • permalink

 

    1. #58: One outing will be to the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. 

      Don’t miss the adult reading room.

      Posted by paco on 2008 05 12 at 10:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. Solution:  A simple mirror site!

      Whatever Tim B posts is copies to the mirror, and it retains the free-for-all commentary that has made Blair’s place great.

      Of course, employment conditions/copyright/ other miscellaneous liability issues may well preclude this.

      For instance, it is simple to set up a mirror blog – however, without Tim’s approval (and management approval), mirroring his posts to the DT would be a breach of copyright, and subject the mirrorer to all sorts of legal angst.

      I think that this is the end of an era.

      Fuck.

      Posted by Kaboom on 2008 05 12 at 10:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. The gathering will be thursday of next week, in Sydney.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 10:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #64
      And there’ll be one at the Brekkie Creek in Brissie. 22/5.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 10:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. Look, Tim deserves our thanks, our support, and (if more filthy lucre is coming his way) our congratulations.

      It’s been hella fun here, and now it’s time to move on. Sure, the moderation lag at the new site is a bother, but I predict most of us will find our way there as regular as always, and a new community will form.

      And here’s a nice feature of the new blog: nested comments. So we can have nicely-sorted conversations now.

      Buck up, little campers!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 10:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. I think we should put the tissues away. This is Tim’s blog. He gave us a forum to robustly discuss issues with others of similar mind. Andrea gave of herself too. We should be thankful and congratulate Tim on converting his blog to something he can make something of, whether that be $$$ or career wise. Good on him.

      Posted by lingus4 on 2008 05 12 at 10:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Very sad Tim – yours is (was) the only site that I regularly visited to read the comments as much as your posts.  Blair posts were often simply “leaping-off” points for the pithy remarks and observations made by the blairites from around the globe.

      Moderated comments open to the masses simply reduces the commentary to mindless blather (I’d like to think we generally provided sensible blather).

      In short – thanks for the blog over the last few years AND PLEASE RECONSIDER – we need this blog to continue.

      DOWN WITH NEWNESS!

      Posted by Vincent Gerome on 2008 05 12 at 10:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #21 🙂

      “Which Blair Project”

      … becoming the Blair Bitch Project?

      Thanks for several years of top-shelf interactive infotainment, Tim.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 10:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Actually, my favorite part of timblair.net is Tim Blair. And it appears the new Tim Blair blog has heavy Tim Blair content. Win!

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 11:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. I kinda like the .net

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 11:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. no need to bookmark .net

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 11:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Starting my stop watch…now!

      Posted by BB77 on 2008 05 13 at 12:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Cripes, that was near instant.

      Who’s complaining about speed?

      Posted by BB77 on 2008 05 13 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. #64 Daddy Dave

      Bugger. I’m in Sydney the week after that.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 13 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Well, It’s been 24 hours and the Doc reckons I’m doing fine. Next week he’s releasng the strap on the jacket one notch and after that he says we can talk about removing the lithium IV. Probably the hardest thing has been typing this with my forehead.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 13 at 12:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look, Tim deserves our thanks, our support, and (if more filthy lucre is coming his way) our congratulations.

      Amen!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 13 at 01:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look, Tim deserves our thanks, our support, and (if more filthy lucre is coming his way) our congratulations

      Ditto. The move is showing some true colours perhaps.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 13 at 01:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. #76 IT

      Are you sure that Dr has been looking at the right end ?

      Perhaps you are awaiting a happy event ?

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 13 at 01:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. #78
      No Nic, the move is showing how differently we all think about what’s happening.
      True colours? For heaven’s sake!Anyway, I reckon he’s probably taken a pay cut so that he can blog and get pissed on company time:Posts may – may – commence after 7.30pm. Drinking certainly will.

      He’s not stupid, ya know.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 01:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. #29 Dave S.

      Act like the RWDBs that you are!

      Thanks Dave. That helped to ground me.

      Still…sometimes change truly blows.

      Posted by Thomas on 2008 05 13 at 01:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Agree with Dave S and Lingus4.  More content from Tim Blair can only be a good thing.  Some reactions seem a little over the top…

      Posted by 8_8_8 on 2008 05 13 at 01:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #82

      Hey, 8_8_8, I think you spilt something you ate.

      (he he)

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 01:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. You’re reading too much into what I wrote Kae.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 13 at 02:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. I just posted over at the daily telegraph, was well OT, and it took less than a minute. Not too bad.

      As for placing gross profanities, maybe we need to develop a code over here that we can refer to, so that we may be properly understood.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 02:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. Thus…Flannery can go and 14g (iii)

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 02:32 AM • permalink

 

    1. When the going gets tough..

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 13 at 02:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #29
      “I agree that we may – MAY – lose a bit of the community feel”Sorry to say, but there is no “MAY” about it.News Ltd blogs simply do not accommodate that kind of environment at present.

      What drew many people to this blog (and kept them coming back), was the free and easy exchange of ideas, the chance of an instant riposte.

      Whats the point of a cogent or witty remark, when it takes half an hour to appear,
      sometimes far removed from the original post.

      Sure the latest system they use, where you can address the actual post, is much better, but the time lag is still there.
      (and judging by Bolta’s blog the lag can even be longer than 30 min.)

      The fact that some trolls complained, and never returned, proves only that they had no good argument to put up against seasoned debating warriors.

      As to the contents of this blog, even going back a few years, I cannot see why a need for a moderator, apart from removing a few chosen words, which only gave a bit of flavor anyway, and if required we can all exercise a bit of restraint.

      I’m sorry to see it go, but it cannot be kept artificially.

      A healthy blog needs a new seed (prompt, idea) every day to keep it going.

      Cheers

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 13 at 02:54 AM • permalink

 

    1. “Moderation” Well that’s me Fucked.

      Posted by Howzat on 2008 05 13 at 02:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #86
      ‘I couldn’t give a flying Flannery’?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 03:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #85
      It all depends of the timing of your post.
      The moderator goes through every thread only so often, maybe 10 or 15 min. intervals, if you happen to post just before h/sh gets to your thread, you are lucky.

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 13 at 03:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kaboom @ #63:

      Solution:  A simple mirror site!

      Whatever Tim B posts is copies to the mirror, and it retains the free-for-all commentary that has made Blair’s place great.

      Of course, employment conditions/copyright/ other miscellaneous liability issues may well preclude this.

      For instance, it is simple to set up a mirror blog – however, without Tim’s approval (and management approval), mirroring his posts to the DT would be a breach of copyright, and subject the mirrorer to all sorts of legal angst.

      Sure, reproducing the blog posts in full would be a legal problem … but what about a blog like this one where each new post on the News Ltd blog was merely linked to in a new post here (or wherever), with the comments appearing underneath as per usual?

      It would be kind of like a (positive) “Blair Watch”. Any dedicated fan could do this, it wouldn’t even need to be “official”.

      Posted by Stumps on 2008 05 13 at 03:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #84
      Oops, my apologies, Nic!
      Sometimes I’m obtuse.
      Like a plank.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 03:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tis a shame, but needs must as employment demands.

      I posted a comment over the new blog, but my conclusive proof (well, rank speculation) of a link between Gordon Ramsay, brussel sprouts, Antarctica and todays federal budget was clearly too much for the moderators.

      Posted by phil_b on 2008 05 13 at 03:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, I wonder how many 1.618’s will be posting at the new site?

      Not to mention other “multiple personality” disorders who will find the new site a great place to talk with themselves.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 03:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. # 95 – 1.618 posts at Andrew Bolt. Probably not an issue.

      Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 13 at 04:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not really talking about 1.618, more your “1.618s”.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 04:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Look, can’t you keep this little blogsite of yours as a sort of private changing room/steam room/semantically orgiastic retreat?

      When the outside Telegraph blog becomes too full of respectability and constraints, we could come here and relaa-a-a–ax.

      Naturally, not being a mead-type (or is that Mead-ia type, ho ho)I’ll be heading for the lime-juice with my outsize glass, feet cosily encased in spa slippers and a pink linen sarong.

      Posted by carpefraise on 2008 05 13 at 04:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. By crikey, there’s a terrific amount of pornography to look at on the net. And here I was thinking it was a medium for classical liberals, unreconstructed Tories, libertarians and communists to lay waste to each other. I wonder what per chance I will discover tomorrow? Thank you for unshackling me, Blair.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 13 at 04:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Andrea’s set us up a new playroom.

      Mead, Tardis, spear, the lot.

      Posted by SandiM on 2008 05 13 at 05:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. #99 IT Stop it, You’ll go blind.

      Posted by Contrail on 2008 05 13 at 06:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. Not much budgetty bloviating thus far- personally I predict a brain drain unprecendented since the last bucket-bong zombie attack of the munchies, myself a possible candidate. If these fuckers think that hosing high-earners who have mobile qualifications will encourage them to hang about and be hoovered so some amateur marxists can further the failed experiment that is the welfare state, they’re stupider than Wayne Swan certainly gives all the appearances and impressions of being.

      Expect also an explosion of mooching from all quarters- the lipless lounge lizard and his rello from the special school have let loose they’ve got a lazy 40 billion of other peoples money, and nary a clue on what to spend it on; a couple of rubes from up ‘Nam way’s jsut blown into town with their wallets hanging out of their pants, and the spivs are circling.It’d be a hoot to watch if only it was their cash that was about to be traded for some magic beans, shares in the Storey Bridge and trainfares for a blubbering urchin whose sister just had an embolism in Bundy*.

      *A mate of mine got hornswaggled with that one on Sunday night to the tune of $60. If it had’ve been me I would’ve said “No need to rush, I believe Dr Patel’s back in residence”.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 13 at 07:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. Tim, please suggest this to your overlords:

      1) Allow more than a couple of links in the text. Right now, if you try that, you get an error message (which is actually a rudimentary anti-spamming measure). The messages are moderated, so it shouldn’t matter if someone adds a bunch of links.

      2) An “email when this is published” thing like on some of the other News blogs.

      3) A PREVIEW button! This will stop idiots doing things [bold]like this…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 13 at 08:37 AM • permalink

 

 

 

  • Dan! Perview is your fiend, remember that!

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 08:56 AM • permalink

 

  • Moderation is working far faster over at the new site. 10 min at 11.00pm Sydney time

    Posted by Nic on 2008 05 13 at 08:57 AM • permalink

 

  • Strewth! [/bold] you really did it this time!

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 09:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. oh dear, I’ll get it right eventually…

      That’s probably because Tim’s doing it?

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 09:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. Struck out!

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 09:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Wonder if SnowConeTone will invite TGGWS’s Martin Durkin onto his new show, Q&A, hmmm …?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 09:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m sympathizing with all the comments so far, but I think Dave S. is right.  Tim provided us with a fun forum for a lot of years (eons in net time), but he had a rough last year, and he deserves to have some good things going his way.  I’ll miss Andrea’s BDSM moderation, but I’ll be spending more time over at her place than I (shamefully) did before, plus a few other blogs of people who comment here.  And I’ll still be looking in on Tim’s new digs.  There’s still fun to be had if you look in the right places.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 13 at 11:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kevin Drum notices people drive less with higher gas prices, but misses something just as obvious.

      Fuel Efficiency Continues to Decline
      Kevin Drum observes that people respond to higher gas prices by driving less.

      He fails to notice that along with the decline in fuel production is a decline in GDP growth.

      He also fails to notice that miles driven have decreased much more than fuel production. That’s right, fuel efficiency is declining with higher fuel prices.

      According to Kevin, fuel production has declined by .7%. Average Daily Miles Driven have declined by 5%.

      Some of this decrease in efficiency is due to increasing population and limited growth of infrastructure. Some may be due to people forgoing long trips to recreational destinations. But none of this comes close to explaining a 5% decline in driving. It’s hard to believe that long recreational drives are a big part of American culture, let alone the greater than 5% of driving necessary to drive down efficiency.

      I have my own theory. Markets only perform well when there is good flow of information. Because of people’s misconceptions of what is efficient and how they affect traffic, they are modifying their behavior in counter productive ways.

      Popular belief is that people will notice their decreased fuel efficiency and correct their mistakes. However, among other complications, I believe gas prices are no where near high enough to get people to seriously consider the consequences of their driving.

      Posted by aaron_ on 2008 05 13 at 11:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ll give it a go; though I would be sad to miss you all commenting even if I don’t so often. And the colourful descriptions – only as emphasis of course.

      Posted by stahlblume on 2008 05 13 at 11:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. Long live Andrea!

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 05 13 at 12:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. I remember Tim’s tree-house, the seemingly endless days of horsing around, the laughing, the secret handshake, some sad and a few scary episodes…

      But mostly I remember the laughing.

      Then it was taken down and we were asked to meet in his mom’s kitchen.

      I often wonder what happened to the old gang.

      Posted by Tai Chi Wawa on 2008 05 13 at 12:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. can you call my phone?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 13 at 01:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Uh, oh! Look, ma! The sheriff’s comin’ up the walk with eviction papers in his hand!

      Posted by paco on 2008 05 13 at 04:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. I still haven’t bookmarked the new site.
      LA FORCE!!

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 13 at 04:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Move noted at the Lav

      Chief moonbats Mark and Phil manage to contradict themselves within 2 posts, as usual …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 06:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. But I like it here in Shadowland. Paco, ma said to use her rifle! Wronwright’s got the spears! Go get ‘em, boys! Don’t let ‘em take the farm!

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 05 13 at 06:23 PM • permalink

 

    1. #116 And then enjoying pikelets, jam and cream, all washed down by lashings of ginger beer. Those were the days.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. tch, tch, tch, some bad language this morning over at Tim’s site. There is just a better class of commenter here in the shadowlands.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 06:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Brekkie Creek
      Thu 22/5
      after 4:30pm
      email me

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 06:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. #116
      Naughties edition:Tree houses are banned (trees have Rights); mum’s put boy-hating confirmed spinster, Aunty, in charge and so no-one is allowed to climb higher than the disabled kid, peanut-butter sandwices are banned …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 07:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. #125
      Tree houses are also banned because of OH&S issues, what if the kiddies have a fall.
      Tree houses have now been placed on the ground. And all the rosebushes have been ripped out.
      The disabled kid has trouble with stairsa step!
      No fizzy/sugary drinks.
      No meat pies.
      No processed food.Have fun, Kids!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 08:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #126
      I recently remarked to a (Public) edumacationalist how I enjoyed a hot dog (frankfurt sandwich, actually) from the tuck shop after Winter Saturdays’ soccer as a kid and was promptly instructed that it is now a ‘blue group’ food, whatever-TF that is?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 08:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Sydney meet is delayed by one week so that MarkL can attend.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 13 at 08:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #117 I can of course call your phone, Ash_, but will it listen?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 13 at 08:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, I’ve struggled to make 4 posts over the past two days. Very fatiguing. Why do I have to enter my bloody name every time, when everyone already knows it!

      I’m heading over to Andrea’s for a drink.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 13 at 08:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #130
      1. Disable reply.
      2. Numbered comments.then you don’t have to re-read thru the whole pile of comments.Too time consuming.

      That’s why a lot of people abandoned left Andrew Bolt’s to the moonbat/goonbat/loonbats.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 08:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. #130 Wimpy,

      we’re having tea at Andrea’s right now.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 13 at 08:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. #128 Daddy Dave,

      #@$%&#@ Typical flamin’ Canberrans.

      Think all of Australia has to rearrange it’s timetable to suit theirs.  😉

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 13 at 08:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, look at what I found on a site via Andrea’s blog. I was cruisin’ the blog roll and came across this fascinating piece.

      Rich Lowry certainly “takes no prisoners”.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 13 at 08:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t you just love the R.O.P.!

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 13 at 08:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. 120 – this is from Mercurius:
      Blair’s blog was the online equivalent of a bunch of pig-rootin’, sister-lovin’ good ol’ boys getting together to suck down some hooch, git riled up, jerk each other off and then find themselves a fag to bash.
      I don’t know about you guys, but after a solid day’s pig-rootin’ and sister-lovin’ I haven’t got the energy to jerk myself off, much less anyone else.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 10:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. Of course, there is nothing wrong with Tim’s new site, and it will probably go from strength to strength.

      However, I don’t know if you are feeling it, but the appeal and credibility that comes from posting at the Shadowlands is hard to resist. You don’t have to wear the uniforms that people in the future have to wear.

      In the Shadowlands, we live in the shadows for there are shadows across this land – in the land of shadows. We don’t have to wear no uniform or get weighed down by heavy rules.

      And while we don’t have to wear no uniform, I would just suggest we start to look like this for we are Shadowlanders, and we are proud, and that is exactly the sort of thing you would expect Shadowlanders to wear.

      We also probably need some guidelines, to keep the riff raff out – for example, inappropriate wearing of futuristic uniforms, and some form of moderation.

      So – who is ready to join us in – the ShadowLands!!!!

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 10:00 PM • permalink

 

    1. MM, those uniforms look like another product from the mighty Dorcus line of menswear.
      Not for me. Not at all.
      They will take my black leather jockstrap from my cold dead… er, fingers.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 10:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #136 Swinish

      Yeah, caught that.

      The usual far-Left bile and put-downs, very ‘progressive’?

      If one is a confessed voyeur of activity as described, what does it say of oneself?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 10:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. 139 – ‘find themselves a fag to bash’ – somewhat revealing, that.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 10:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #138 Actually, now you mention it, probably not such a good idea.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 13 at 10:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #140
      Noted, also: tinged with masochism?Echoes of David Marr-diGras?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 10:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. – ‘find themselves a fag to bash’ – somewhat revealing, that.

      Not to mention it’s utter bullshit. Has there ever been any “fag-bashing” in here?

      I’ll concede the “sister-loving.” I mean, my Sis is hot. Whattaya gonna do? And as far as the mutual masturbation, well… the Tardis got stuck for a month in the Pleistocene, we had thirty cases of Sumerian mead, Wronwright had just dried off from a shower under a waterfall… again, whattaya gonna do?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 13 at 10:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. #120
      Just visited the site, I wonder what makes them hate the commentariat on this blog the so much?
      Envy perchance!?

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 13 at 10:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. #144
      The few who’ve visited have lost the battle-o-wits they’ve had here; but how arrogant to ‘debate’ (troll) with an entire blog site’s commenters, it’s asking for an arse-whooping …Some have paid homage to the wit/humour, however.

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 10:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. I had a look at “BlairBolt Watch”. What losers. Don’t they know they can watch just by visiting the site? Anyway. I rebuked them.
      But what of this pig-fancying, sister-hoochin’, jerk-bashing and so on. Have I been on Tim Blair lite all this time?
      Missed out again.

      Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 13 at 10:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. But what of this pig-fancying, sister-hoochin’, jerk-bashing and so on. Have I been on Tim Blair lite all this time?
      Missed out again.

      It’s “Blair After Dark.” Premium channel.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 13 at 11:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #144 envy indeed. While they watch our late-night parties with ancient meade, beautiful women, and repartee, they’re stuck light beer, no time travel, and a dearth of wit.
      They wallow around in dimly lit, trash-filled apartments holding their ears and moaning, occasionally flinging themselves at the keyboard to tap out a furious message of hate at enlightened folk, and the society that has nurtured them in general.
      It is a soul-less, tortured life they live. They pine for the light, they yearn to be among us, but years of deprivation have reduced them to bitterness.So I suggest that you go easy.Before you speak harsh words, imagine what it must be like to be them, and pity them.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 13 at 11:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #146
      They must’ve been invited to the wrong parties

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 13 at 11:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #120 They haven’t a clue what “bitching” is if they define a mere question as bitching.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 13 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t pay any heed to the know all wank-sticks at LP. Kim has copped a few pastings here for her views about most things, as has Bahnisch. Part of this is payback. What do you expect from two commo-lezzos? Their posts are full of contradictions, no mention of Bahnisch’s gig at News Ltd amid all of the hoots about ‘independent blogging’.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 14 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. They wallow around in dimly lit, trash-filled apartments holding their ears and moaning, occasionally flinging themselves at the keyboard to tap out a furious message of hate at enlightened folk, and the society that has nurtured them in general.
      It is a soul-less, tortured life they live. They pine for the light, they yearn to be among us, but years of deprivation have reduced them to bitterness.
      All that… plus Traceeeeeeee too.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 14 at 12:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. 151 – that “Kim”: she of the FGM debate?

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 14 at 12:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. SC, the same.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 14 at 12:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #151
      You’re not insinuating her attitude has been coloured by her experience, are you?

      Posted by lotocoti on 2008 05 14 at 12:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. I hope for Tim’s sake, that News Ltd pulls out the finger, re. the speed of the blog.

      Tried both, Bolt and Tim, and both timed out.
      Definitely not my browser, took two sec. to get on here.

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 14 at 12:50 AM • permalink

 

    1. 154 – Right.
      Those Lav Pro’s – where do they get their ideas? They don’t know me at all. I’m just an everyday normal AND NSFW guy…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 14 at 01:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #155. Either category of experiences seem to have left ‘a nasty taste in her mouth’

      #156, I had a comment posted in 10 min at 11.00pm last night. Go figure eh?

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 14 at 01:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Bah, cos of delays, I accidentally posted twice over at Timboland.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 01:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #153 Kimbo has moved on to criticising Big Brother for condoning the removal of a toy unicorn from some bint on Big Brother. You certainly can’t accuse modern feminists of avoiding the big issues.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 01:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m not sure why the lavatory rodeo folk are so worried by Big Brother…it would seem to me to be counterproductive to have loud denunciations of it.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 01:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #160. Anything with a horn is a worthy target to Kim.

      Posted by Nic on 2008 05 14 at 01:27 AM • permalink

 

    1. TimboLand is a bit of a Bermuda Triangle for comments at the moment.

      Just goes to show that the might of News Corporation cannot replace our Andrea.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 02:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve had all three of my posts up within reasonable times – including one at about 10pm last night, which I expected to sit in limbo until the dawn.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 14 at 02:09 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m going to take advantage of the limited chance to vent here. I’ll just say on the Federal budget… the baby bonus is not welfare.
      It’s an incentive. It’s not supposed to help with groceries or day care or any of that shit. It’s literally a payment for breeding. If you means-test it, well that makes as much sense as means testing income.This leads me to the conclusion that Wayne Swan is a moron.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 14 at 02:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. #165 daddy dave

      This leads me to the conclusion that Wayne Swan is a moron.

      I second that.

      One thing though is that this budget was largely prepared by the Libs and it seems that this mob were unprepared to make major changes or risk the electoral consequences.  Having said that a few of the old ways have crept back (actually the socialist agenda is always there waiting to come to the surface) so we now have the politics of envy.  I watched him for a short time answering replying to questions after his luncheon address at the National Press Club today.  My considered conclusion is “the man is inept”. He is way out of his depth.

      Posted by Wand on 2008 05 14 at 02:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. #160
      Kimbo has moved on to criticising Big Brother …Say no more … purveyors of the pinnacle of kulcha …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 14 at 03:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Who moderates your new blog, Monica Attard?  On the subject of pig-Rootin’, it sure beats goat and camel shaggin’ my days of rebellious individuality will have to be reevaluated.

      Posted by Howzat on 2008 05 14 at 03:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. #6=165
      Daddy dave
      They should reverse means-test it.If you’re a moccie-wearing dole bludger, or a teen mum, you shouldn’t get it.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 03:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. I am going to miss this site, it has a simplicity and purity about it. Not to mention the ferocious anti-troll security.

      I just want to add my thanks to Andrea for all the excellent work and troll eradication that she has done over the last few years. I am truly going to miss that as well as the fantastic and witty comments that I have enjoyed for so long.

      I am sure the new site will work out fine but this is an end of an era and I am a bit sad for its passing.

      Posted by rbresca on 2008 05 14 at 04:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, I have been trolling for years and Andrea has never caught me. I still want to know what she has against the fine Scottish restaurant, however.

      Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 14 at 05:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. #169
      kae, you beat me to it.
      I know whole families where three generations are unemployed and the youngest grand daughter has two kids at 18.

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 14 at 06:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. When I see the word moderator I think of someone like a Methodist Moderator. Now this seems a bit strict. Sit up straight, no talking in church..etc,etc. This is what seems wrong at the moment. But we may yet Wronwright, yes?

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 14 at 06:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Who’s this bad-arse-enema, anyway?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 14 at 06:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. With his ‘Scottish restaurant’ obsession, egg, bad-arse-enema is highly appropriate.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 14 at 06:53 AM • permalink

 

    1. Does the ‘Scottish restaurant’ serve Haggis? Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish.
      There are many recipes, most of which have in common the following ingredients: sheep’s ‘pluck’ (heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally boiled in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 14 at 06:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’m rather perplexed by he/she/it/s obscure obsession, but I must say there used to be two rather fine Caledonian restaurants up here in the uncivilised north, sadly lang gan’. If you feel a need o’ neeps it’s do it yourself, and as for a sheeps stomach stuffed with offal and oats, forget it- a shame, as it puts lead in your sporran.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 14 at 06:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. #172
      Great Minds!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 07:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hi everyone!

      I am Badass Cinema, and no the fine Scottish restaurant doesn’t serve haggis, but it does serve McMuffins.

      Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 14 at 07:52 AM • permalink

 

 

    1. Anyone had the good fortune to come across this gem on diversity-rich SBS?

      Imagine if you can, combining smug inner-urban leftist comdians with wacky followers of the Prophet (PBUH) such as Wahlid Ali- sort of a Glass House of Saud.

      Expect to see LOTS more of this for the next three years.

      A highlight was a gag about the half million dead in Iraq caused by the Great Satan’s chief imp, who apparently brought on the whole thing as a result of a call from God- surely it was just a prank call? Also features a hilarious Where’s Osama regular skit, featuring Osama doing his laundry and swiping slurpees from a 7-11 in Footscray and much hilarity ensued when they considered the Afghan version of American/Australian Idol and the fact that for the first time a finalist was female, despite much beard-tugging (but not mentioned bomb plotting) by the local mullahs.

      The studio audience brayed as enthusiastically as any Gore Hill collective or Melbourne Comedy Festival indentured viewers, but I’d say no nitrous was involved- I’m guessing the “APPLAUSE” signs had been replaced with video monitors showing a harlot being pelted with gonnies or an orange overall-clad unbeliever having his noggin sawn off.

      A Gold Logie beckons.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 14 at 08:48 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, guys, it’s all over. Tim’s sold out. You’re all out of a home.

      Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 14 at 10:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. #182 Hey BC! Whatsa matter? You worried that there is a Conservative in your neighborhood? We aren’t out of a home. Where Tim goes, we go. So you better get used to the new faces on the playground. BTW, he didn’t sell out. Didn’t take a vow of poverty either. See ya on the playground. (eyes narrow, evil smirk)

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 05 14 at 02:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of the other side of the pond, a detour to the US through France might be worthwhile.

      Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 14 at 02:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #182 – actually, BC, there’s a bunch of us regulars at the new place kicking back and shooting the shit. There are already holes in the wall next to the dartboard.

      Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 14 at 02:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. I know that as a fully paid up, card-carrying, lefty-smashing RWDB I shouldn’t indulge in sentimental mushiness. But hey, I still like kittens and Fairy Floss. Anyone have a problem with that? )))GLARES((((

      So here’s a fitting anthem for the end of this blog.

      I mean really, who knew?

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 14 at 05:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #182 Tim’s sold out. You’re all out of a home.
      If it’s for filthy capitalist reasons that’s okay by me. ‘Suffering for your art’ is for lefties.

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 14 at 07:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. what’s the deal with the sydney wake/commisseratory drink? I’ve had enquiries.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 07:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. Strictly speaking, I’m not sure Mr Bad Bottoms deserves to be banned, but it would be good to see Andrea hurl the spear one more time just for us sentimental old fools.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 07:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #188 Kae,

      If anyone is interested in joining Sydneysiders for a wake to commiserate the end of an era, email Daddy Dave pronto. He’ll give you all the details.

      See you there!!!!

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 14 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks Pogs.
      Someone emailed me using the Bio here, and it doesn’t tell you who is emailing you, so I dind’t know who it was!!!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 07:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. And I leave you with this…

      Bad Ass Cinema, suck my nuts.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 14 at 08:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. just one thing: if you contact me or anyone else via their bio, make sure you mention who you are. In other words, mention what your screen name is (e.g., “paco”, “wronright”, etc.).

      Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 14 at 08:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. daddy, that’d be another improvement, if you are registered here any contact you make with another member of the enrolled is ID’d with your nic…

      Oh wait, that’s a bit redundant, isn’t it.

      Well, something for the new site.

      Along with the other suggested enhancements, I hope.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 08:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #182, You see, BAC, we’re not really out of a home.  We’ve merely had to move to a new place.  We will continue to be the stubbornly, irritatingly, grounded-in-actual-reality RWDBs we’ve always been, and there’s not a damn pixiedust-fairywing thing you can do about it.  Get used to the rib-jabs and nut-crunchers.  We’re not going away.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 14 at 09:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. Badass Cinema is banned! Just because I felt like it.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 14 at 10:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. And that’s also another great thing about here.
      Andrea.*sob*I hope they’re not making a mess over ‘t your place, Ms Andrea.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 14 at 10:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thankyou Andrea, thank you. Now I feel strangely at peace.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 14 at 11:17 PM • permalink

 

    1. Banned, but no doubt enjoying the glory of being the last troll out of Casa Blair. Hear that smug buzz disturbing the cybersphere? His buddies are sick with envy…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 15 at 12:22 AM • permalink

 

    1. Vor you ze var is ove..Bang!

      Haw

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 15 at 01:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hmmmm.

      @ Tim Blair

      “Disallowed Key Characters$Version”

      You’ve got an error message for a webpage.

      Tell the developers to stop playing silly buggers and this thing moving.

      Posted by memomachine on 2008 05 15 at 01:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Shadowland? The only people in the shadows are the moderators. Declare yourselves you dissent crushers!!!

      Posted by Penguin on 2008 05 15 at 03:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ahhh, that felt good! My comment was up here within seconds of being submitted. Machines really are faster than people.

      Posted by Penguin on 2008 05 15 at 03:10 AM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks Tim, Thanks Andrea, but most of all a big Thank you to you my fellow bloggers, it has been a great honour to vent the spleen with you.  As the homicidal maniacs screech to the faithful as they commit another atrocity: “Allans new Snackbar” but I say don’t let the Bastards grind you down, Freedom of Speech FOREVER!

      Posted by Howzat on 2008 05 15 at 03:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. Moderation queue now 90 minutes and counting- perhaps because I alluded to some possible dark perversion enjoyed by a senator from Tasmania, but made no specefic mention as to what use he’d put the device, if in fact he owned one.

      This is about as much fun as peak hour traffic when there’s a suicidal cretin atop the Gateway Bridge, only slower moving.

      Fuck this for a game of soldiers.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 15 at 03:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. #205
      Oh, Habib. So it was a jumper on the bridge yesterday.
      Brisbane in Gridlock.They shoulda pushed him off. They push cars off the highway, don’t they?

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 03:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. This never would have happened when John Howard was the Prime Minister…

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 15 at 03:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Not a bad way to do it if you’re suicidal but don’t have the bottle to top yourself- by about 7PM last night that prick had about a quarter of a million people who’d happily croak him, and feed the mangled remains to the mutant catfish that lurk under the pilings of the tallow wharf.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 15 at 03:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. #207
      What, Brisbane in Gridlock ‘cos of a jumper on the Gateway?Or you mean the other thing?(Exactly how MUCH did everyone donate to Tim’s fund raising drive? I reckon he musta got a motza and he’s bought out some of the Tele….. he’s got big plans I say! This is only the beginning… next, he starts getting rid of the leftness left at the Tele, then, well, the sky’s the limit!)

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 04:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. Can’t see myself posting very often on the new site.  Not that I really ever was a frequent poster.  My posting usually had a direct correlation to my BAC.

      However I add my thanks to the mighty Andrea and hope that maybe someday when Tim gets promoted high enough he will return to private blogging.  We will be waiting.

      And as a postscript can I thank all of you who have made reading this blog and its predecessors so enjoyable.

      Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 05:40 AM • permalink

 

    1. Kae I should be in.  That way Habib can finally see that there is a difference between me and Pickles.  Speaking of Pickles does anyone have a link to the original “Lake” thread.  Pickles hasn’t seen it and now at the end it seems moot that we relive Wronwrights greatest moment in the sun.

      Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 05:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. Cool, see ya there. I have the next day off… woohoo!
      Do a search for russian lake on the index page of tim’s bottom left.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 05:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. #212
      “tim’s bottom left”
      kea, We didn’t know you were THAT familiar with Tim!?

      Posted by Orion on 2008 05 15 at 05:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. You know JABL, Wron should have a link to that himself. It’s his biggest modern-day cock up, er, achievement.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 05:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey Kae,

      make sure you don’t scare off everyone at the Brekky Creek meets of the Blairheads. I’m going to be up there in a couple or three months and I want an opportunity to out drink Habib while I’m up there. heheheheh

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 06:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. Piece of piss. Googled wronwright lake too easy.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 06:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. This is it

      Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 06:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. #217
      Ah, ya showoff. You’re just another bloody lawyer!I gave you a start point!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 06:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. Indeed you did.  Underlines the first rule in my household “No-one likes a smartarse”

      Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 07:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. #219
      LOL
      I’m the only one in my household, and I make the rules. Only one smart arse allowed. Me.<G>It works!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 07:06 AM • permalink

 

    1. I must have made at least one immoderate comment at the DTs. Some go missing.
      I second comments about all the fun.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 15 at 07:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. The Brisbane jumper will sue someone for sure. Meanwhile

      Sydney Police today revealed why thousands were stuck for more than four hours in a Sydney traffic jam yesterday while a shot was fired during a chase.
      It was all part of Operation Avert, a major three-day police action that led to 460 arrests, including more than 200 for outstanding warrants and 55 for breach of bail. Some 640 charges were laid. linky

      One precious petal sought bail and claimed police hit him.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 15 at 07:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. The sniper was still firing when the Predator’s 100-pound Hellfire missile came through the window and eliminated the threat.
      linky

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 15 at 07:45 AM • permalink

 

    1. If anyone reads this…

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 15 at 09:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. Message to all West Australian contributors and/or readers: there is a meeting proposed for the 22 May at 7pm; venue to be decided, but most likely to be Perth or inner suburbs.
      I have emailed some of you. If there is anyone I’ve missed – Wizard of WOZ and Razor, I couldn’t contact either of you – please email me at the address on the Members List.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 15 at 09:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ah well, I’ve given it a shot but I’m an impatient and lazy bastard- I won’t even order sang choi bou because I’ll be fucked if I’ll order something I have to fucking make- my familt motto is “Give Me Convenience Or Give Me Death”; I’ve had a few comments either dissapear or be moderated into limbo, put up with pages that load slower than a trebuchet firing cats, suffered tabs that cause all three of my browsers to brown their trousers and seen the troll army of Boltania begin infiltrating down their very own Ho Chi Minh trail- I put up with beter interwebby performance, user friendliness and reliability in systems I get paid a poultice to fuck with, I’m fucked if I’ll do it for free.

      See y’all round like a rissole- it’s been mighty. I’m a bit cut up about it, so I’ll say ‘bye with a song that sums up my feelings for you all, even the trolls. I might pop by to read some items, but I don’t have a sufficiently long remaining life span to be arsed with the comment threads.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 05 15 at 09:19 AM • permalink

 

    1. #226 oh Habib!,

      that’s my favourite Skyhooks song of all time! *sniff* I’m all choked up.

      Hey mate, please get the Diatribe going again. A lot of us would come and get sloshed with you.

      I’m hoping to get up that way and visit Kae in a few months. We can all go on a pub crawl and see if we can find the Sailor’s bar with the foetal blood stains on the floor.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 09:29 AM • permalink

 

    1. #171

      Hey, I have been trolling for years and Andrea has never caught me. I still want to know what she has against the fine Scottish restaurant, however.

      Wonder if it’s the bigmac troll on the new site?

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 15 at 10:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. #226
      All the best.Will never forget the Egyptian traffic update post 🙂

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 15 at 10:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. At least this blog will be archived and (I presume) we’ll be able to go back and read Habib’s classics whenever we like (which will be often).

      Habib, ol’ fellow, I’ll say it once more: you’re depriving the world of a unique talent. I don’t imagine that would necessarily bother you, crusty bloke that you are, but it seems to me that fine writing, like everything else in short supply but high demend, ought to make it possible for you to pull the stuff in by the sackful.

      Posted by paco on 2008 05 15 at 01:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. This has been my homepage for many years. All good things come to an end and, truthfully, Tim’s blog has. The Tele incarnation cannot be the same.
      I have thoroughly enjoyed the contributions from all – reading timblair in dingy cafes in various corners of the world has been like going to my local pub or coffee shop but without having to put up with the hippies.
      It had to end sometime – its only the left who fail to move on.
      Thanks Tim, Andrea and all the wonderful contributors.

      Posted by Harold on 2008 05 15 at 04:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. #229
      Thanks Egg. It was good to walk down memory lane there.Lord, there’s some funny people in this pub!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 05:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. It’s too much change!

      I’ll be over in the corner, clinging bitterly to my guns.

      Posted by Achillea on 2008 05 15 at 05:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #233
      Yeah. The bouncer’s aren’t as efficient as the one at this place. Or as charming. Just facelss ones.And reading the blog isn’t something you can do easily, with the “reply” comments all over the place.
      If the “reply” thingy would make the comment go to the end with the original entry quoted – just a reference (NUMBERS NEEDED) it would be betterer.Just sayin’.

      Can’t be too hard for some software dude to write that, y’know?

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 05:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. #234 Kae,

      It’s not in the budget.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 05:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wait ‘n see.

      Tim knows what made the blog what it is.
      I’m sure he’s working on making the new one at least as good with the facilities at hand.

      As he said, it will take time.

      (I don’t like the new place either. It’s not the newness. It’s the lack… )

      #3234
      bouncer’s? BOUNCER’S? Strewth. Must have changed my train of thought.

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 05:59 PM • permalink

 

    1. #236 Kae,

      I’m sure Tim will make a go of the new place, but it will never replicate what we had here.

      You can’t go from being your own boss, to work for someone else and expect things to stay the same.

      I understand change happens. I also understand “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it”.

      Face it, Tim’s left the old neighbourhood and moved on.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 06:07 PM • permalink

 

    1. This is the part in the drama when the hero, having been lured away from his gruff but affectionate (and underneath loving) companions by the prospects of rising higher, realises what he’s left behind. With some sappy music welling in the background he stares our of his new penthouse window, probably seeing someone down below who reminds him of the friends he’d left behind. Suddenly he turns, ripping off his tie and charging for the door.

      And the ending we all know……..

      Anyway. It has been fun reading Tim and the commenters. Tim’s posts are still as good at the new place. Not quite as much fun with the comments but nothing stays the same. I’m sure I’ll be seeing a lot of the commenters here popping up on other blogs.

      cheers

      Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 15 at 06:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. >Sitting, fingers in ears… chanting<

      LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA LA

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 06:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. #238 Francis H,

      this blog won’t be here much longer. We can only comment until it’s closed, which will be soon. Then it will be archived. Lost to us forever.

      BTW, how are you? I was going to try to organise another Canberra meet, but since the death notices have gone out, it seemed rather pointless.

      We are having a wake here in Sydney in a couple of weeks though, if you can make it up here.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 06:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. I had a browse through the comments at the new place, and it is depressing to see the same old kiddies corner instruction having to take place between stalwarts like TRJ and this troll clone called Unavoidable. How appropriate that name is.
      I have to admit I’m bored with explaining to these unavoidables the facts of life. Similarly tiresome are ABC journos such as the one on AM who, instead of asking some searching question of Brendan Nelson re his speech, launched into his bad poll figures!
      It is a sad fact also that there are enough people with votes in the world whose understanding is so limited that they may well elect “no preconditions” Obama to run foreign policy for the US. Watch for some gesture from Iran during the campaign which makes it look as if talking to them does pay some sort of dividend. Meanwhile they are fomenting trouble on multiple fronts including Lebanon, and Israel remains in the sights of all groups.
      At the 60th anniversary, the displacement is still being blamed on Israel rather than the endemic poor leadership which sent people on the road to permanent refugee status. Ephraim Karsh has an article on this, using recently released British records from the time of the mandate. Lost the link at present but it’s compelling reading.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 15 at 06:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hi Pogria

      I’m good. Another Canberra get together would have been great. But you’re right, a Blair would be a bit pointless. Not sure if I’ll be able to make a Sydney one but let me know timing. Would be nice to put some faces to names.

      Ahm gonna miss the ol place.

      Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 15 at 06:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oops that last one should have read

      “a Blair Alumni meeting would be a bit pointless”

      Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 15 at 06:36 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey Francis,

      get in touch with Daddy Dave. He’s organising it and will give you all the details.

      It’s in a couple of weeks time.

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 06:37 PM • permalink

 

    1. I knew what you meant Francis!! 😉

      Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 15 at 06:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Thanks for the link to the lake stealing debacle. As is the case in many of these threads, it developed much in the manic manner of a Goon Show, a bizarre collection of silliness more than just for the sake of it.

      Although not a long term commenter by any means, I’ve enjoyed it immensly. Fortunately for me I was lucky enough to get in after only a week or so lurking, a refugee from Bolta where I just got sick of the constant angst.

      This place has made my life difficult in so far as in my line of work I sometimes have to listen and appear serious while remembering some particularly incisive Habibian spray or Infidel Tigerish mental image, which ain’t easy.

      The poetry of Lyle and the non ryming stuff from paco will be especially missed.

      It’s been fun hanging about with people who are intelligent enough to find the silly side of most things cause we all need a giggle, but also able to mount a half decent argument on serious matters.

      It is also heartening to realise the disparate back and current grounds of the commenters here. Gives one faith that at least the sensibilitiy (or not, as the case may be)is spread around a bit, from deep in the bowels of the earth in a nickel mine, to those who grind gears for a quid, scions of business, public servants across the world, former and current members of the military (hats orf), retirees, men and women of letters and wigs, a Hollywood name or two, people who make shit, break shit, that sheila wot I shagged after Wacer’s B&S in 1987 and even that bastard Darrin who pinched me jacket at Cowra in 1990 and won’t give it back.

      I have faith in TB. He above all knows what has made this place the go. I won’t be at all surprised to see the new place change significantly, as it is the old inkys that have to adapt to the new age, not the other way round and Rupert is no fool.

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 15 at 07:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #246
      Fuck Gee whiz, Pickles. That was an eloquent summation.Yeah, what he said, speshly* the last paragraph.(*sorry about the ‘speshly’)

      Looks around….
      I’m going to miss this place, and these amazing people here.

      *sigh* Please give it a go, keep checking in!

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 15 at 07:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. I can but repeat a comment over at Cl:
      CL I found you at Blair. And the other cast of characters.
      You are all probably too young to know the below but it sums much.

      We’ll meet again
      Don’t know where
      Don’t know when
      But I know we’ll meet again some sunny day.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 15 at 08:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #205 Habib

      perhaps this was the device that you were alluding to ?

      In eytye, but you’ll get the point, as it were…

      Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 15 at 08:31 PM • permalink

 

  1. It’s not (yet) turned into the blandathon I expected on the new blog. My comments are going up within ten to fifteen minutes, and they even allowed the word ‘felch’ through the other day.

    The U creature sounds very familiar. Wouldn’t be surprised if it was a troll that our beloved Adminatrix booted. Or maybe they’re all like that – born with the Smug Lefty gene.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 15 at 09:30 PM • permalink

    All suggestions/comments/criticism taken on board. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site) will be made speedier. Solutions will be found. Justice will be delivered!

    Remember, we’re only 24 hours or so into this. Don’t fear the newness. Only a few years ago my site had no comments facility at all; I used to get slammed for that, too. And later for allowing too many comments. Now, for not posting comments quickly enough …

    We’ll sort things out. Might take a little while, but still.

    Posted by Tim B. on 05/12/2008 at 10:40 AM
      1. #247 kae that would be six years ago. Oh the joys of youth.
        kae did you notice #250 is #69?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 10:09 PM • permalink
      1. Huh? wot?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 10:19 PM • permalink
      1. Where are the Page 3 pin-up girls?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 10:31 PM • permalink
      1. #2 led balloon joke forget it.
        #3 yes that last page went quickly.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 10:35 PM • permalink
      1. Gareth Evans wants to invade Burma.
        Why did not Hawkey do it?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 10:42 PM • permalink
      1. lyle is over at new tim. A first? Or me just missed him earlier?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 10:51 PM • permalink
      1. I can’t get into the two most recent threads.

        I haven’t seen Lyle there yet, but I may have missed him…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 10:53 PM • permalink
      1. Should I …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 11:06 PM • permalink
      1. #8
        If you stay you maybe trampled underfoot.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 11:47 PM • permalink
      1. Hate the new site.

        Posted by lyle on 2008 05 20 at 12:43 AM • permalink
      1. Screw it.

        Posted by lyle on 2008 05 20 at 12:54 AM • permalink
      1. #10
        Hello lyle.
        We’ve missed you!

        Lots of us don’t like it… but I’m sure Tim’s improving it as it goes… he said it will take time….

        Try and stick it out! Please! We need you lyle! we luvs ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ you lyle!

        I luvs ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ everyones here…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 12:56 AM • permalink
      1. I can’t even get into the last two threads comments.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 12:59 AM • permalink
      1. Hold fast Lyle, there are meetings of the Maquis being held all over the antipodes and dirty work afoot. Check Margo’s should this transmitter be finally spiked.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:17 AM • permalink
      1. #9
        From the promoted videos: infomercial break

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 01:17 AM • permalink
      1. #12

        Thanks, kae, the feeling is mutual.

        When I started commenting here, I wanted to try something different. I had never seen anyone comment solely in rhyme. It seemed like a goofy idea.

        I didn’t know whether I could keep it up but in the end I wrote almost four hundred poems. Sometimes I made myself laugh.

        No one else could have supplied the wealth of inspiration that Tim did.

        And most of all, I enjoyed the company. We all share the same sense of humor, and the same sense of the absurd.

        I’m sorry to see this party break up. The new site won’t be the same.

        Posted by lyle on 2008 05 20 at 01:19 AM • permalink
      1. ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

        We can’t lose what we have here…. noooooooooes!

        ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 01:26 AM • permalink
      1. Gerry

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:35 AM • permalink
      1. Out on the patio we sit

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:39 AM • permalink
      1. Have been unable to get to any of Kae’s Blairite meetings but reckon they’re a great idea.
        Anybody interested in getting together in the Gold Coast area?
        If so, email me though our Members’ page before this site vaporises, and we’ll see what we can organise.

        Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 20 at 01:44 AM • permalink
      1. Lou

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:46 AM • permalink
      1. Hunters

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:48 AM • permalink
      1. Kelly

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 01:53 AM • permalink
      1. The Big Push

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 20 at 02:04 AM • permalink
      1. I wrongly assumed this thread was dead. Have just spent an hour enjoying all the comments I had missed.
        Pickles, I like your idea at #167 page 2. Count me in. This place has become a big part of my otherwise mundane life in retirement. I would sorely miss it.

        Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 20 at 02:58 AM • permalink
      1. #25 hey skeeter,

        when I get up North to visit Kae again, we’ll organise something down your way as well. Even if it’s just the three of us at your local.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 03:49 AM • permalink
      1. Skeets, Skeets, Skeets – we’re here to the death!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 03:55 AM • permalink
      1. lyle, I said hello at new tim but immoderated it seems. Good to see you back. MM, Andrea, CL, etc will always welcome you. Keep rhyming, we like it.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 20 at 04:34 AM • permalink
      1. kae only 25 to go before you reach the Paco prize zone.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 20 at 04:38 AM • permalink
      1. #30 now Kae,

        you know that it’s either ONE exclamation mark or THREE. Never more, and never two.

        Remember? We were informed of that only recently? 😉

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 05:34 AM • permalink
      1. #28

        Hi, stackja. I only saw your greeting much later. It takes so long for comments to post that a conversation is impossible. Thanks for the kind words.

        Posted by lyle on 2008 05 20 at 05:34 AM • permalink
      1. Lyle, stick with us. We’ll work something out.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 05:47 AM • permalink
      1. #30
        maybe not wronwright, but sounds like someone who had access to a special sort of a conveyance!!!!

        I mean, 400 trees stripped of olives, no sound heard, no vehicle tracks, happened in a short period of time??? suspicious to say the least!

        Posted by Orion on 2008 05 20 at 05:54 AM • permalink
      1. #34
        I reckon it’s Wronwright. He’s branched out.
        Lakes, schmakes… olives.

        You know you can make biodiesel out of them?

        He’s selling it to environmentally aware aliens.

        Only explanation.

        You know the BIGHooverDyson Kirby? Who had it last?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 06:00 AM • permalink
      1. #34 Orion,

        they’re the new Crop circles!!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 06:00 AM • permalink
      1. kae,
        “He’s branched out. “
        intended or not, good one, love it!

        Posted by Orion on 2008 05 20 at 06:20 AM • permalink
      1. anybody home???

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:31 AM • permalink
      1. G’day surfie.
        Saw yours mentioned in the MSM the other day. That bloke was a ‘tard.

        Gives the sport a bad name.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 06:34 AM • permalink
      1. kae – which one was that?

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:34 AM • permalink
      1. lyle, your verse has been exceedingly enjoyable!

        Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 05 20 at 06:39 AM • permalink
      1. You don’t dive alone.
        You don’t cave* alone.
        You don’t bushwalk alone.

        I thought it was common sense.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 06:39 AM • permalink
      1. kae – got you, the phone has been running hot here the last 48hrs.

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:42 AM • permalink
      1. We got “the firms” name out in the spotlight as well.

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:45 AM • permalink
      1. It embarrasses me that he was called experienced.
        Just made a laughingstock of all the experienced people doing that sport by making them look as stupid as him.
        Idiot.
        Mum told me about the adventure of the conference, etc. on Sunday night. And the sudden resignation…. like to know more about that, too…. he he

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 06:45 AM • permalink
      1. Are you talking about the resignation on Weds last week or is there another one I haven’t heard about?

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:46 AM • permalink
      1. the one that made my rellies have to rip bust and tear down to the conference because one of them had to represent the resigned’s area

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 06:47 AM • permalink
      1. kae will respond by secure link (email)

        Posted by surfmaster on 2008 05 20 at 06:49 AM • permalink
      1. Just a reminder that you are all welcome to find shelter at The ShadowLands

        Anyone can start a blog like this and my experience is that it really is very easy, there is no cost, and the kickbacks from the tobacco companies are tremendous.

        I will be setting up a blogroll shortly, and you are welcome to email me at the Shadowlands if you would like me to link to any new ventures or if you would like to put up a post, or even set up a group blog if you wish…

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 20 at 06:52 AM • permalink
      1. I’d love to, Margos, but really so many of us don’t have time to do that – it’s much easier to just leap in and comment.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 07:02 AM • permalink
      1. Plenty of room for commenters too kae – let’s all stay in touch is all…

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 20 at 07:06 AM • permalink
      1. Running a blog is like having another job. I feel bad if I don’t put up a couple of posts a day…it gets somewhat obsessive.

        Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 05 20 at 07:09 AM • permalink
      1. #50 kae How is the post count going? Do you get a gold pin for being the top poster on this blog?  Does it end up in the Guinness Book of Records?

        Hey I once got a gold pin for skiing 35,000 vertical feet in a day at Mount Norquay in Canada. That was a few years ago now – then I lost the pin a couple of years later somewhere! Ho hum.

        And in more trivia, to keep the thread going, tonight I watched the end of Diego Bunel on Nat Geo channel 517 with Don’t tell my Mother …where he is in North Korea for three weeks taking the mickey out of them all – hilarious. He reminded me a little of Ruby Waxwith her interviews in the US.  Plenty of Ruby on UtonRuby Wax on U Tube but none of her interviews in the US.

        Enough trivia for the moment…

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:11 AM • permalink
      1. You know we all approve your style,
        So full of wit, so light on bile.
        This thread should stretch for mile on mile
        To savour yet more verse from Lyle.

        Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 20 at 07:14 AM • permalink
      1. Hi wand,

        while we’re on trivia,

        the name of the Pub where the baby was born is………………………

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 07:15 AM • permalink
      1. #49 Great work MM – love what you’ve done with the place! I’ll crash there from time to time if that’s ok – or, more likely, crash and burn.

        Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 20 at 07:18 AM • permalink
      1. #21
        Got a little green bag and a green tambourine, man?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 07:18 AM • permalink
      1. How about Pubescent?

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:20 AM • permalink
      1. 57 – And maybe you’ll need an Association, too.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 20 at 07:28 AM • permalink
      1. #53 WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAND?!?!?!

        How far vertical?

        You’re crazy!
        . .
        . .
        hmmmmm

        You’re in good company here.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 07:29 AM • permalink
      1. #58
        Placent Inn?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 07:31 AM • permalink
      1. #60 KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAEEEEEEEEEEEEE?!?!?!?

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:33 AM • permalink
      1. Amnio Central?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 07:35 AM • permalink
      1. #60 to continue…

        How many posts?

        10,984 and counting …

        You’re crazy!

        .
        . .
        hmmmmm

        You’re in good company here.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:35 AM • permalink
      1. #61 Kae,

        Shouldn’t that be Placent Out?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 07:36 AM • permalink
      1. Cord Express?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 07:37 AM • permalink
      1. #61 kae – Ok I guess mum was on the still wine, however dad was on the sparkling.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:37 AM • permalink
      1. And talking of numbers, here’s another number and the number is 32,000.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 20 at 07:47 AM • permalink
      1. Will the lurker who emailed please say g’day here? if you can.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 08:15 AM • permalink
      1. #59
        Not too middle ofthe road, man?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 08:17 AM • permalink
      1. #30 – Kae, the linked story has it that Wronwright was deterred from stripping the two olive trees nearest the house by a “censor light”.  The mind boggles.  I thought all censors were of the heavy sort.

        Spell checkers aren’t really a substitute for learning how to spell.

        Posted by Ubique on 2008 05 20 at 08:24 AM • permalink
      1. #26 Great idea Pogs. And #55; I seem to remember a Story about that pub.

        Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 20 at 08:26 AM • permalink
      1. #72
        Yes, I also noticed that.

        Spellcheck sux.

        Whole word learning and concentrating on the story not the grammar, punctuation and spelling at school has done that.

        Hard words and tricky words can be mixed up. But simple ones*?

        *confession, there’s probably bad stuff out there I’ve written… pfft.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 08:31 AM • permalink
      1. #74 kae 14 to go. kae you are getting younger now.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 20 at 08:36 AM • permalink
      1. #73 skeeter,

        had a Bridge in it, as I recall.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 08:39 AM • permalink
      1. #71
        A better duet exists?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 08:41 AM • permalink
      1. I wish we could find Wronwright.
        I think it’d be interesting watching him squirm as he tried to hearing him explain the olive thing.

        Golly, just heard there’s been an earthquake in China… hurricane in Burma.

        I couldn’t believe it when some programme, oh, 60 minutes, were reporting live from the disaster area.

        Please. Give it a rest.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 08:47 AM • permalink
      1. This one?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 08:48 AM • permalink
      1. #76 Pogria.
        That’s the one. I am so proud of myself for remembering that. Maybe I’m warding off Alzheimer’s after all. Now, what day is it again?

        Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 20 at 08:52 AM • permalink
      1. Ahhh.

        Lucid moments.

        They scare the shit out of me.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 08:58 AM • permalink
      1. New Tim says go here: WTF as some may say

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 20 at 08:59 AM • permalink
      1. #80 Do I know you?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 20 at 09:00 AM • permalink
      1. Long cooldevil wymmin lurv bass?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 20 at 09:03 AM • permalink
      1. #83 Nup. Only through Kae and these pages, as far as I know.

        Posted by Skeeter on 2008 05 20 at 09:15 AM • permalink
      1. #69 kae

        Hi – could be me!

        I emailed you to find out when the Sydney get together is on, I’d love to have a drink or two with Sydney Blairites

        Only I forgot to say it was me, as in aussiemagpie

        Hope you’re still here

        Posted by aussiemagpie on 2008 05 20 at 09:46 AM • permalink
      1. I just got moderated at Tim’s new site.  I was ever so polite and all.  I didn’t know anyone worked that late over there.

        Posted by Crossie on 2008 05 20 at 11:56 AM • permalink
      1. #87
        Probably Tim, he’s a bit of a nightowl!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 02:47 PM • permalink
    1. psst, new thread, pass it on….

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 20 at 02:50 PM • permalink

     

  2. All suggestions/comments/criticism taken on board. Moderation (unavoidable at a mainstream site) will be made speedier. Solutions will be found. Justice will be delivered!Remember, we’re only 24 hours or so into this. Don’t fear the newness. Only a few years ago my site had no comments facility at all; I used to get slammed for that, too. And later for allowing too many comments. Now, for not posting comments quickly enough …We’ll sort things out. Might take a little while, but still.
    Posted by Tim B. on 05/12/2008 at 10:40 AM
      1. Guys, give it time.If you look at the new site, flashes of ‘what once was’ is still there, plenty of off the wall humour being bounced off people who ‘click’ though have mostly never met.

        I hope to see some familiar names over there:)

        Habib, keep posting mate, either at the new site or The Diatribe.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 15 at 09:45 PM • permalink
      1. viva la timblair.net!

        Posted by ultra_violet on 2008 05 16 at 12:27 AM • permalink
      1. Any mead left around here?

        Somehow, I feel …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 04:39 AM • permalink
      1. Always, the sun makes one golden brown

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 04:59 AM • permalink
      1. But, eventually, we fade to grey

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 05:00 AM • permalink
      1. Hey, you Canadians, don’t steal my sunshine!

        ‘specially down at echo beach

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 05:06 AM • permalink
      1. HELL NO!
        I WON’T GO!*strips off clothing*I’M STAGING A SIT IN!

        (it’s cold in here, that explains the ummm…never mind)

        Posted by Penguin on 2008 05 16 at 05:21 AM • permalink
      1. #7
        ME TOO!(pops off shirt, after FIRST STOKING THE FIRE)I’m not a Melbourne Pensioner, or a Cabbie, but hey! It worked for the Cabbies.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 05:25 AM • permalink
      1. It’s not too late

        For Kylie’s (and Little Eva’s) 1st hits’ writer through those fine days in the 60s ‘til tomorrow

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 05:53 AM • permalink
      1. belly button lint

        raotflmao

        collectors

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 06:05 AM • permalink
      1. MARGOS MAID!!!

        YOU’RE SPRUNG, BIGTIME!!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 06:09 AM • permalink
      1. Dear Abby

        What should a lady do when confronted by her ex’s sister (ie: ex sister-in-law?

        a)  arrgh, no cat – hide under the table

        b)  don’t hear your name called

        c)  jump off the balcony

        d)  tip coffee everywhere and leave

        e)  pretend to be someone else…

        (It wasn’t so bad.)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 06:16 AM • permalink
      1. #11 ??

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 06:18 AM • permalink
      1. If you must see my true feelings, ropes are available in the foyer.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 06:22 AM • permalink
      1. Don’t take the big ‘A’ train just yet …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 06:49 AM • permalink
      1. #13 egg_,

        go to ABC Collectors, and check out tonights episode.

        Pay particular attention to the “lint” collector.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:04 AM • permalink
      1. #14 Habib,

        It used to be a wild life. But, Tim’s weapon of choice now, is how to make a turducken.

        I believe Blairs Blog was more than this, and that we should stick together.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:38 AM • permalink
      1. Thank god this long and tedious road has come to a whimpering, simpering end!

        Posted by Miranda Divide on 2008 05 16 at 07:38 AM • permalink
      1. I’m going to Alice’s for some chocolate brownies.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:42 AM • permalink
      1. #18 Oh Miranda!,

        piss off. we found out who you were ages ago.

        You fucking plant.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:43 AM • permalink
      1. #18
        Miranda Divide.Seagull extraordinaire.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 07:44 AM • permalink
      1. #16 Pog
        I understand that there’s a ‘Rudd’ fellow on next week, with a record-breaking earwax collection?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 07:46 AM • permalink
      1. Here’s a Whole Wall, of Mirandas.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:48 AM • permalink
      1. #18 fuck you you tedious stupid git.

        Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 16 at 07:49 AM • permalink
      1. #22 egg_,

        RAOTFLMFAO!!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:49 AM • permalink
      1. egg_,

        Do you reckon it’s “thick” enough to hold a cotton bud upright?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:50 AM • permalink
      1. #20
        Hint for those of a small attention span?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 07:51 AM • permalink
      1. #22
        Good one!Do you think that he was called Kevin as a mispronunciation of cerumen?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 07:52 AM • permalink
      1. Poor Miranda, we really shouldn’t be so mean to her.

        The poor girl is just lonely.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:55 AM • permalink
      1. #27,  exactly!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 07:56 AM • permalink
      1. Miranda, a warm, comfy home awaits you at Tim’s new place. Not at mine alas—I’m afraid the digs aren’t elegant enough at my blog for your splendor. But do put your comments in Tim’s new moderation queue! I’m sure they’ll be put through forthwith. Or… will they? Perhaps you are bitter because none of your missives to the “bloghead” got accepted? Well, those are the breaks when you comment on the big blogs…. And since I’m not in charge over there, I’m afraid there’s nothing I can do. Oh well. Excelsior!

        Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 16 at 08:01 AM • permalink
      1. #28 Kae,

        I thought that was just another name for headcheese.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 08:03 AM • permalink
      1. Actually, this, is what I was looking for.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 16 at 08:09 AM • permalink
      1. well it’s been entertaining folks, but the new blog is not for me as a regular thing. you are all absolute gold-plated fabsters & i will miss the rants. especially habib, defo the funniest & most pithy of all

        Posted by KK on 2008 05 16 at 08:41 AM • permalink
      1. Try this for some reality.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:07 AM • permalink
      1. #240

        this blog won’t be here much longer. We can only comment until it’s closed, which will be soon.

        Last!

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 16 at 09:12 AM • permalink
      1. One thing most people don’t yet realise they’ll miss at the new site is the ability to privately email people.

        Some of the backchannel discussions I’ve had over the years were even funnier than those in public.

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 16 at 09:14 AM • permalink
      1. The words, by Irving Berlin I think.

        The song is over, but the melody lingers on.

        So this blog maybe soon over but the commenters will continue to comment on.
        We have just begun to re-comment.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 16 at 09:22 AM • permalink
      1. I’ve never fucked with that, and don’t give a fuck about it; I’m goddam drunk and like to abuse motherfuckers who disagree with me.
        Jeebus wept I’m drunker than a member of the Canberra press corps, and have just been on the ‘phone with someone who’se seen Kiwi Air Power- we’re 3 hours from total domination!

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:22 AM • permalink
      1. I’ve seen their capability.
        I sleep sure in my cot.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:26 AM • permalink
      1. #246. Pickles. RA RA. Well said. Like the rest of our daily lives we now have moderators telling us what we can say on this blog. Which is a bit of what this blog has been railing against for a while.

        My golf club has signs telling us what tees we can smoke on, drink on, eat on. Who gave moderators that fucking right?

        Easy going acquiescing Aussies. Letting the progressive thought pigs gain too much control before the dummies out there realise whats happening.

        Aah well more sake please.

        Posted by mehaul on 2008 05 16 at 09:43 AM • permalink
      1. Does anyone know how to save a copy of the entire archive of blairdom somewhere?

        Posted by KK on 2008 05 16 at 09:44 AM • permalink
      1. Habib, get onto the Belgian Trappist ale.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 16 at 09:47 AM • permalink
      1. #26 Pog
        Now we know how he applies his wax seal to official documents … (ewww)

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 10:27 AM • permalink
      1. #34
        Will miss your wry late night comments (Big Kim, Big Bad Kim … 🙂

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 10:29 AM • permalink
      1. #28
        Krudder:Cerumen
        I’m in cerumen

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 10:35 AM • permalink
      1. #37
        Yes, Dan.
        I call for bios on the new blog.

        Pretty please with sugar on top.
        Darling dear honey bun
        Apple of my eye
        Sweetiepie
        Kitchey-coo

        (I had to say this to my uncle, in full, when he was tickling me/holding me down, so he’d let me go. It would have been easier to say “Uncle”.)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 06:15 PM • permalink
      1. Hey Miranda, thanks for the cheerio, it’s been a blast.

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 16 at 06:28 PM • permalink
      1. Is anyone in authority paying attention to our pleas/demands?

        I’m putting my top back on.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 06:31 PM • permalink
      1. This will be my last comment on this site. If any of you RWDB’s find yourself in Cairns in the next few years then please drop me a line:

        rbresca at hotmail dot com

        Who knows I might even let you use the pool 🙂

        http://www.elysiumpalmcove.com.au/

        Take care people and thanks.

        Posted by rbresca on 2008 05 16 at 06:42 PM • permalink
      1. Newspaper front end is too cumbersome.

        It used to be fast to look up comments and replies in one continuous stream. The reply function is good if you’re replying but bad if you don’t have time to keep going back to old pages and looking for interesting replies, or replies to your replies. Or counter comments/puns/jokes.
        That and the lack of spontaneous posts will kill the mood for a lot of commenters who would think of something quick to say and get it on the blog.

        I’m hoping this is heard and that it can be fixed…

        There are more new people there and that makes it interesting, but it will become just like Bolts (but funnier) because moderation slows it down.
        No more, “Oh, Quick, look at ***** now on the TV”.
        And some comments seem to disappear.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 06:56 PM • permalink
      1. BTW- Amberley airshow 4/5-10, not yet announced. I’ll be there and pissed.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 08:36 PM • permalink
      1. We are still here for now.
        Agree News blog not good.

        I’m hoping this is heard and that it can be fixed…

        Agree, 10kae.
        Sorry others are leaving.
        I will persist for now.

        Al Powell: You ain’t pissing in somebody’s pool, are you?
        John McClane: Yeah, and I’m fresh out of chlorine.

        So lets pee in the pool and make them use lots of the chlorine.

        #42 ask Andrea, it seems to be a set of files somewhere.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 16 at 08:58 PM • permalink
      1. Don’t know what it is about News Lts websites, they’re all shit-awful. They work barely in IE and any other browser they’re slower and more buggy that a three-toed sloth with the ‘flu; the only other ones as bad that I’ve had the misfortune to encounter are Commonwelath Govt ones- perhaps they’re written by the same crew. I had no idea that the House With no Steps had gone into software development.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:19 PM • permalink
      1. Just though of a better simile while hydrating my hangover in the shower- slower and buggier than an Amish automobile. Geddit?

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:27 PM • permalink
      1. #55
        Yup. Goddit.Thanks for the airshow info… should make an effort… I went to one at Avalon in the early 90s and before that the Schofields Airshow in the 80s. They’re fun, but you can get a back rick in your neck, and sunburn in places that don’t usually get sun – like under your chin!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 09:31 PM • permalink
      1. I’ll probably be working, no doubt getting lumbered with making sure bogans don’t stick their pointy heads into the rear nozzle of a Pig when they’re about to light the afterburners or eat the asbestos tailings outside the hangars of 6 Sqn. It’ll be fun (as long as the mess is open and still flogging stubbies for a buck fifty).

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 16 at 09:36 PM • permalink
      1. Bibi,
        Are you right for next Thursday nite? I will email everyone who has responded to me and let them know what’s going on.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 09:39 PM • permalink
      1. Well tried my first comment at the new site. Got a “Unable to accept your comment at this time”. Not even sure what that’s supposed to mean. Do they have visiting hours?

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 16 at 09:55 PM • permalink
      1. Hm.  Despite telling me there was an error it worked anyway. Bit confusing but its up.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 16 at 10:11 PM • permalink
      1. FrancisH, sometimes it does that if you try to send a comment less than so many seconds after another one. I think it’s to stop double-ups (and spamming).

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 10:15 PM • permalink
      1. Ah thanks Kae. I might have hit twice accidentally. cheers

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 16 at 10:18 PM • permalink
      1. #59 and #61

        It also does that if you submit more than 1-2 URLs. It is an anti-spam thing, but unfortunately the error messages are not very intuitive.

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 16 at 10:46 PM • permalink
      1. #40 Habib – Even John Travolta has a bigger and better airforce than the Kiwis.

        Posted by Ubique on 2008 05 16 at 10:49 PM • permalink
      1. #54
        Yeah same at Bolta’s (but worse).
        Dunno if they’re using flash or summit for ad content but it bogs the whole page down, especially the autofill fields.Flat out (the door?) like a public servant on a Friday arvo?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 11:25 PM • permalink
      1. #56

        Schofields Aerodrome Site
        FOR SALE BY TENDER, Closing 4pm (AEST) Thursday 26th June, 2008.
        linky

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 16 at 11:29 PM • permalink
      1. No wonder it’s suddenly dark outside.

        (can’t do this at the new blog)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 11:40 PM • permalink
      1. Thought I could hear thunder.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 16 at 11:41 PM • permalink
      1. #66
        The McMansion sprawl spreads futher west …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 16 at 11:51 PM • permalink
      1. #67
        kae
        linky
        yes can do this at the new blog.
        Go have some fun.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 12:09 AM • permalink
      1. Hey guys, er, I’ve been drinking a bit of rosé you know, but if you need a new home for a brief time until Tim works the bugs out of his new site, here’s mine. Um. See ya!

        PS: I will try to figure out how to save an archive of this site later on. Also, in the links on the sidebar of the main page are the links to Tim’s older Blogspot and Spleenville sites. I can get you tar.gzip file of the latter.

        Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 17 at 12:12 AM • permalink
      1. #70
        No Stacks. You don’t get what I mean.The storm has gone now. The storm was gone in a few minutes. You can’t link to something or mention something and have it appear immediately.It sort of loses the moment by being delayed.

        That’s what I mean.

        “Oh, look at XXX on TV!”

        and the comment appears later.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 12:14 AM • permalink
      1. #71
        Yes please.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 12:14 AM • permalink
      1. #72 sorry, you meant the spontaneity. Oh, well maybe one day.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 12:24 AM • permalink
      1. #74
        uh ha.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 12:28 AM • permalink
      1. “Oh, look at XXX on TV!”

        Wot, the Nekkid News is on?
        Is there a live cross to Sharon Stone?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 17 at 01:01 AM • permalink
      1. #58- I’ll be a starter- thought I had something on but it’s been put back. Still slow over at the new joint- I tried a comparo with bolts and I had a comment up there in a couple of minutes- I think Slatts is one of the moderators for the ‘Hun so he’s pretty on the ball. I think this might be the DT’s ubergruppenfuhrers of niceness.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 17 at 01:47 AM • permalink
      1. And I believe they’ve taken a lead in policy from the Canucks.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 17 at 01:51 AM • permalink
      1. Okay, for the Perth-based:
        Captain Stirling Hotel in Nedlands
        5:30pm start
        Thursday 22 May.Email me through the members page or just turn up.When you get there, look for this guy – no, wait: this – oh, FFS: HERE I am.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 17 at 03:12 AM • permalink
      1. And for those who can’t make it…

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 17 at 03:18 AM • permalink
      1. Batten down the hatches!

        Bureau of Meteorology
        Queensland Regional Office

        The Standard Emergency Warning Signal should NOT be used with this message.

        TOP PRIORITY FOR IMMEDIATE BROADCAST

        SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING – SOUTHEAST QUEENSLAND
        for DAMAGING WIND and LARGE HAILSTONES
        For people in parts of the
        Southeast Coast Forecast District.

        Issued at 5:30 pm Saturday, 17 May 2008.

        The Bureau of Meteorology warns that, at 5:25 pm, severe thunderstorms were detected on weather radar near Brisbane CBD, Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Logan City, Strathpine and Caboolture. These thunderstorms are moving towards the east to southeast. They are forecast to affect Coolangatta, Cleveland and Redcliffe by 5:55 pm and Comboyuro Point, waters off Bribie Island and northern Bribie Island by 6:25 pm.
        Damaging winds and large hailstones are likely.
        And I can’t do this on the new blog.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 03:42 AM • permalink
      1. Apparently you can’t use a sobriquet such as “crafty butcher” over at the new gaff, or it’ll be deleted by the epithet nazis.

        I didn’t know Rupe had sold the firm to the ABC.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 17 at 04:24 AM • permalink
      1. #82
        I guess things are going to be a little less, er, colourful there.Ok. A lot less colourful.*sigh*

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 04:37 AM • permalink
      1. Hey guys, check out my awesome new blog

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 17 at 05:08 AM • permalink
      1. Hey Margos, instant commenting, please!!!!

        Moderation is for lint collectors.

        oops, um, ah, oh, you know what I mean. 😉

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 17 at 05:17 AM • permalink
      1. #71

        PS: I will try to figure out how to save an archive of this site later on

        Andrea, I would assume this site will stay online (albeit archived) perpetually like Tim’s older sites. No?

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 17 at 06:11 AM • permalink
      1. #82 go to
        http://margosmaid.blogspot.com/

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 06:11 AM • permalink
      1. #84
        Shadowlands!
        I love it already…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 06:18 AM • permalink
      1. Oh, about the new blog.

        I called Agile ‘Ken.

        short for ‘Ken ‘tard.

        It got deleted I think.

        sooks

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 07:13 AM • permalink
      1. Dan Lewis: so far I haven’t been told otherwise. It would be rather difficult to gather all the different blogs Tim’s been on and republish them elsewhere anyway.

        Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 17 at 09:13 AM • permalink
      1. #81
        Snow ‘ere already – @1cm in my yard since @8:30pm AEST … (Gore!)

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 17 at 10:04 AM • permalink
      1. #52 Habib. How will I recognise you if you`re sober?

        Posted by mehaul on 2008 05 17 at 10:34 AM • permalink
      1. Andrea, I’ve lost my password to yuour blog. Cabn you send it to me please, I wanted to drop by for a beer.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 17 at 11:36 AM • permalink
      1. Hello!
        I see some people are still here.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 05:43 PM • permalink
      1. Hmm

        So much for my plan to have a monthly get-together of Blairites up here in Brisbane.

        We can still do it.

        It’ll just be more difficult.

        (It was a plan to start developing my social life!)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 05:58 PM • permalink
      1. #94 Until final drinks are called.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 06:17 PM • permalink
      1. shhhh stacks, maybe they won’t notice… and we can keep going
        and going
        and

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 06:20 PM • permalink
      1. I suggest anyone from here try out Margo’s Maid’s Shadowland blog, linky up at #84.

        He’s just started it for Blair refugees…

        Meanwhile, I’m going between Blair and Bolta’s blogs… It’s OK when there’s not too many comments, but you give up after a while, when more comments appear, keeping track is too time consuming.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 06:45 PM • permalink
      1. kae I will be quiet.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 07:05 PM • permalink
      1. Why stacks?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 07:07 PM • permalink
      1. #94 kae

        I’ve been checking in here each day though I think it’s more like an extended wake.  Still I will go to the Sydney get together planned for 29th.

        And over at Tele Tim’s I’ve made one comment so far and I’ve been looking in there each day. However, I can’t see myself commenting much there. So if that’s to be it, then so be it.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 17 at 08:12 PM • permalink
      1. Sad, isn’t it, Wand.

        Telly Tim’s just ain’t the same.

        I know, I know, change happens.

        But work needs to be done to make it friendlier to people who have other things to do than sit waiting for comments to be posted or trawl through comments to see if there’s anything new.

        Yeah, I’m a whinger. So sue me.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 08:16 PM • permalink
      1. #102
        I feel the same as #94 Wand, about the new site.It’s like writing a letter and waiting for the reply, unless it’s a death notice, the topic might not be actual by then.

        Posted by Orion on 2008 05 17 at 08:31 PM • permalink
      1. #103
        Yeah, well, we have been spoilt by instant messaging, etc.The newspaper blogs really haven’t got it, have they? Still treating it like it’s all via snail mail and hard copy.Sometimes it’s fast, but the best blogs are the ones which have comments posting all the time, and with This one here, now, soon to be in the death notices, that was the thing which attracted many of us. Instant rapport.

        Sorry, I’ll go, now I’m just raving.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 08:37 PM • permalink
      1. #102

        Sad, isn’t it, Wand.

        Telly Tim’s just ain’t the same.

        I know, I know, change happens.

        But work needs to be done to make it friendlier to people who have other things to do than sit waiting for comments to be posted or trawl through comments to see if there’s anything new.

        Yeah, I’m a whinger. So sue me.

        Sad is one way of describing it.  For me Blair’s blog provided light entertaining breaks from my work (home based consultant with volumes of work overflowing into the street – well not quite but you get the picture .. a nice way to be).  The beauty of the previous arrangement was the ability to check in quickly look at new comments, read a little, often have a laugh or a screaming laugh, occasionally comment then back to work.  (One example even today is this link posted by … yikes I can’t seem to find who did it..losing the touch??  Oh WTF!)

        Even when I have been away on field trips I could check in to Blair’s blog from my laptop in someone else’s office.  I can’t do that now with the new site.  Well I suppose strictly speaking I could check in, but the speed and spontaneity are not there.  It’s no different to Bolta’s blog and I hardly look at his even though I may agree with much of what he says.  The comments make the blog and certainly ‘full marks’ to the regulars who are sticking with Tele Tim’s.

        For me it’s a watching brief for the moment.

        BTW is it chilly up your way this morning?  Sydney is cool this morning but brilliantly sunny and there’s a slight breeze.  So we didn’t cop the full cold spell and rain that was forecast.  Funny stuff weather – the forecasters can’t accurately forecast 24 hours ahead but other can accurately forecast climate decades ahead.  Now I wonder if that’s been said previously?  Anyway in anticipation of a chilly winter I had 2 tonnes of firewood delivered a couple of weeks ago to add to the 1 tonne in storage.  The wood heater has been running hot at times since then and it’s not yet June!

        One other thing then I’m off for a bike ride.  No-one has commented anywhere that I’ve noticed about the impact of Krudds means testing of child benefits.  At some stage, if income is to be assessed on the basis of a family couple (husband/wife of defacto or same sex couple whatever) there will be a compliance process set up.  So will we see tax inspectors in the bedroom?  How will the process work?  Will a mother have to declare who her partner is, and not necessarily the father of the child though that would not matter for baby bonus purposes.  What about people who retain their single names – and choose not to declare who they are living with?  Would the tax office trawl their database looking for names with common addresses trying to link people together and so it goes on. Presumably to get the baby bonus every mother will have to declare who her partner is and as a result there will be one huge database of couples established.  Means testing these measures on the basis of ‘family income’ will be a first but the ramification of data collecting and misuse are huge (IMO).  One other thing, if the government chooses to combine income from couples like this to determine child payments, then why not combine income together for tax purposes, i.e., allow income splitting.  I suppose that won’t happen but what about all the other stuff (ha – unintended consequence) at the edge of the threshold income level.  A couple on two salaries at $74,999 would be far better off than one on $150,000 and so on.

        And sure, I am way past the baby phase of life although that’s not the point (all the ‘children’ are in their twenties) but this smacks of Socialist Style State Intrusion (SSSI – a new acronym).  If the government gets away with this measure for baby bonus payments there would be nothing stopping them from doing it for all sorts of other ‘benefits’.

        Enough I wanted to get that off my chest!  It would be nice to see it taken up in the MSM.

        And I may have another story about reduced or denied health benefits for defence personnel serving overseas as a result of recent changes in the Federal budget but that will have to wait for some more information.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 17 at 09:17 PM • permalink
      1. Wand, I’ve lit the fire, it’s 14 degrees under the carport and only 17 in the house. It was snowing in the NSW highlands last night (I’m informed be reliable sources, with pix!) I’m just waiting to hear that it’s been snowing at Stanthorpe.

        These heros, the ALP, were voted in because they had all the answers. Well, that’s what they said.

        But they didn’t. I hope the “I voted for Krudd” people are RMIDing this.

        State elections soon to be held should be interesting… very interesting. However, the opposition has to get it’s shit together. They’re hopeless at the moment.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 09:44 PM • permalink
      1. And Wand, et al, that’s another thing. Email notifications of new comments also helped keep the discussion lively. You didn’t have to keep looking to see if any new comments had been made.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 09:53 PM • permalink
      1. Wand/kae I agree. quiet me.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 09:58 PM • permalink
      1. I believe wronwright expressed it succinctly.

        BTW, he was extremely hurt by this defection. I grieve more for the loss of wronwright, than of Tim.

        Here’s what wronwright said about this business, in case anyone has missed it, or forgotten;

        “Please keep in mind that although your posts were witty and priceless, albeit few in number, this blog was built on the comments.  This community has essentially crafted a unique situation.  I don’t know any other like it.

        You lose that when you go over to a newspaper blog.  Yes, you’ll gain much too, such as a positive position with your superiors.  I’m sure they’ll like the hits to the web site.  And I do realize you probably have little choice in this.

        But I can tell it won’t be the same as this blog.  For one thing, it’s not enough that moderation is being done.  I detest 95% of the trolls and I’d just as soon they’d be eradicated.  You can’t do that on a newspaper blog.

        But it is your right.
        Posted by wronwright on 2008 05 13 at 01:44 AM • permalink”

        I miss you wronwright.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 17 at 10:08 PM • permalink
      1. Point #? for improvement of Telly Tim.

        No search? Is there a search engine there? I just had a bit of a look, and I just can’t find it. It’s handy because I just can’t remember where I put stuff.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 10:17 PM • permalink
      1. kae Bolt mentioned he would be getting a search facility sometime so maybe Tim will get one too.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 10:28 PM • permalink
      1. I detest 95% of the trolls and I’d just as soon they’d be eradicated.  You can’t do that on a newspaper blog.

        Pogs, I reckon you can ban them (not all of them though), on a newspaper blog.  It’s still Tim’s blog. Bolt bans trolls (and loonies like Sheephead), some of them. Even though he gets labelled as being one-sided he still does it.

        Someone’s gotta take a stand…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 11:14 PM • permalink
      1. #109

        I don’t think any of us have any right to tell Tim (or anyone else) how to run their blog. I do know that wasn’t Wronwright’s (or your) intention. However, as much as one could argue that the comments made the blog, there wouldn’t be anything worth commenting on, were it not for Tim. It’s a symbiotic relationship but ultimately, the blog would survive without any comments. The evidence? Instapundit.

        As comments go however, I did always like this site far more than other’s like LGF where so many of the comments invariably fell into:

        1) OT: Check out my link…

        2) Hey xxx, how’s things? (which turn into a massive back and forward discussion between two people, meanwhile the rest of us don’t give a shit)

        3) Man, I’m so drunk… Oh yeah, fuck Islam, blah blah…

        On this site, the signal-to-noise ratio is (was) so much higher. Even the trolls were of a higher calibre. I suspect part of it was limited user numbers. I do acknowledge there were really good people who could never comment here. Some of them have expressed such relief at the new joint. Although I hope the ratio is maintained. I can’t be bothered reading comments at LGF (though I do at Bolta’s).

        Bottom line: We shouldn’t be afraid of change. I mean, we’ve had a whole change of Government in this country, and look how well that’s working!

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 17 at 11:15 PM • permalink
      1. #113
        Dan:

        I mean, we’ve had a whole change of Government in this country, and look how well that’s working!

        How’s that bullet hole in yer foot, mate?

        I don’t bother with LGF (too much “noise” as you call it), nor do I bother with many others.

        The blog would survive without the comments? Yeah. But there would be no material for Tim to get more ideas from. Or food for thought for the rest of us. Or just somewhere for us to spleen vent or let our humour out for a bit of a run-around. It’d just have funny columns by Tim. A bit like the original Telly ‘lectronic thing he had. And that’s not a blog, it’s a newspaper column.

        Eh? jeez. I hope I’m makin’ sense.

        PS why does anyone take any notice of the Other Phat Phuck, the Phaki one.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 17 at 11:29 PM • permalink
      1. #113 Dan,

        I wouldn’t presume for a moment to tell Tim how to run his blog.

        I used wronwright’s comment as an example of how I also feel.

        As wron said though, that is Tims right, as it is mine not to go to the new site. When your favourite pub closes, you move on to a new one if you can.

        As far as the inane conversations on sites like LGF, we also had more than our share here.

        As far as the new site being accessible to “really good people who could never comment here”, that’s a furphy. If anyone were as keen to become a commenter, and read the blog as regularly as they said they did, they would also have known that registrations were opened every few months. It only took a few clicks to check every now and then. The Trolls knew this.

        We also lost a lot of good people over the years.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 17 at 11:47 PM • permalink
      1. To those now missed.

        Into each life some rain must fall But too much is falling in mine Into each heart some tears

        linky Puppet Theater #4 – Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 17 at 11:56 PM • permalink
      1. #116 Stack,

        that is so sweet.

        Although my feeling on the matter is not so much that, yes life goes on, things change etc, etc, I feel as though Tim has been head hunted by another company on the strength of his client list.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 12:04 AM • permalink
      1. I need to make an amendment on my last comment.
        Rereading it, I realise it sounded vain in large part. I meant absolutely no aspersions on Tim’s character, talent and obvious journalistic ability.Although, I am not the first to have expressed the thought that part of the offer of his newspaper blog was the strength of his readers.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 12:41 AM • permalink
      1. #118 Only Tim knows why. But it did seem a bit rushed. Health worries? Again, only Tim knows why.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 12:49 AM • permalink
      1. #117
        Wot Pog said.It’s suddenness* that causes (minor) outrage, likely due to commercial secrecy in this case.Pickles put it best – the many walks of life here make it so interesting and, as newbies have been advised, it’s the strengths of ones comments here that gives one cred, not a Professorship – having been in the ICT game for decades, I welcome Joe Public nowadays accessing the net – thankfully, gone are the days of binary-thinking IT types on BBS’s (e.g. the ole ABC Science blogs) who miss subtle naunces, triple entendre, wit in general, unless it smacks them in the face.

        Many thanks to Margo’s and others for doing something about the situation.

        *Even Andrea was taken by surprise?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 18 at 01:00 AM • permalink
      1. #114

        But there would be no material for Tim to get more ideas from

        He must get hundreds of emails daily, so I doubt the comments section is a major source.

        If anything, the army of moderators reading every comment may actually increase the chance of the good stuff receiving a wider audience. Certainly there have been a bunch of links in this thread and I’ve barely clicked any of them.

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 18 at 01:10 AM • permalink
      1. Is there an army of moderators? Woohoo, I’m impressed!

        I’m not saying that it’s a major source, just saying it would be another source, and there are people who comment who wouldn’t email Tim, there are people who were unaware that Tim can be emailed.
        (I don’t look at all the links, either.)

        I’m disappointed that my favourite web-waste-of-time has gone.

        I was just pointing out what I thought made this blog one that I frequented, and saying that it would be good to have a lot of those features with the new blog if possible. It’s Tim’s blog, he can do what he likes with it, I don’t presume to tell him how to run his blog. But there are people who commented on this blog, who were part of the community, who are angry and feel let down that it has changed. Some feel that Tim has “sold out”.

        I think timblair.net has been going in one incarnation or another for over five years. This is an amazing feat. Everyone moves on, circumstances change.

        Tim Blair is his own man. He can do what he likes, he owes me nothing.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 01:25 AM • permalink
      1. Tnings are working a lot better over there now- we have to keep in mind it’s a “G” rated site, and he’s got a few loons out there looking for ammo so comments have to be kept in these perameters. Who knows- we can insult a much wider audience at News Ltd.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 18 at 02:07 AM • permalink
      1. I’m not saying that it’s a major source, just saying it would be another source

        Not just here, but Bolta’s, too, at least.

        AFAIK I can cite instances of phrases coined here which are now part of (VRWC) web lexicon, repeated at Bolta’s and elsewhere.

        Each of us makes what we can of the place, the signal-to-noise analogy being subjective, in this case.

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 18 at 02:11 AM • permalink
      1. #123 If the perameters were spelt out it would help. At the moment it is very try and see.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 02:13 AM • permalink
      1. #123
        Habib
        Don’t you mean inslut?
        Anyway, maybe THursday’s little shindig won’t be so much a wake as a Welcome!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 02:15 AM • permalink
      1. Parameter test over at new Tim, topic: “herbicide committed” linky
        My comment:

        Fairfax staff confused “will probably scare the crap out of Innisfail locals”. Fairfax selling crap now?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 02:43 AM • permalink
      1. Old Tim used to go The Age, well the read is:
        Julian Burnside supports Tony Mokbel.
        Tracee Hutchison worries about Julia Gillard.

        Catherine Deveny who admits I smoke, I drink, I swear, I flirt, I drive too fast, slag people off behind their backs, never floss, growl at my kids and occasionally I do things so mind-blowingly stupid that I find myself looking back over my shoulder wondering if that really was me.

        Not fit the parameter test?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 02:56 AM • permalink
      1. Fairfax selling crap now?

        Now we know one comment that fits the parameter test.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 03:10 AM • permalink
      1. #122

        To his credit, Charles Johnson has attempted to manage the quantity of material at LGF with various filters and top-rated link engines etc.

        By and large, News Ltd online arm is hopeless. They are still trying to work out this whole “Internets” thing, so there are a number of features missing which are required. I won’t hold my breath for them.

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 18 at 04:17 AM • permalink
      1. #109 BTW,

        he was extremely hurt by this defection. I grieve more for the loss of wronwright, than of Tim.

        Pog whilst I agree with much of what you have said, I have to disagree with the above.

        Tim’s blog was started with his own (and Andrea’s) efforts. He built something from nothing. Yes, much of what was built comes from the comaraderie and community that was created,a synergy between Tim’s posts and the respondents here, for me as an expat, Tim’s input in keeping me aware of what is happening ‘back home’ was always important.

        I’m sorry, I would care more for Tim’s viewpoint as to what happened and why, after all he’s the one to have the balls in the first place to get the ball rolling, whatever happens was always his perogotive. Much easier to be a casual commenter on a variety of sites than to put your arse on the line and start your own blog, adding new and witty material each day, day after day. That’s why Tim has my support.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 04:22 AM • permalink
      1. I forgot to add, you are expressing your own opinion, I wont argue with that, it’s your right.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 04:27 AM • permalink
      1. #132 thanks Nic,

        that’s pretty much what I was trying to convey.

        That was the beauty of this blog, you could express an opinion. Even if you didn’t agree with someone else’s view, and no matter how heated an exchange became, you could continue to comment. There were many heated exchanges over the years that I have been privileged to witness, yet the combatants would simply shake themselves off and, like Scarlett, know that tomorrow was another day.

        If my comment about grieving more for wronwright than Tim upsets you, I am sorry.

        But, Tim was the Band Leader. You probably know from past experience yourself that, the greatest friendships are formed in the pit, not in Head Office, No matter how great the boss.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 04:41 AM • permalink
      1. Nic I note you joined December 12, 2004
        I note I joined October 20, 2005
        Pog I note you joined December 18, 2006
        I will not take sides on this but both have your own opinions, I wont argue with that, it’s your right. Sad about some now missing but what can we do?
        Dan MSM do not understand the internet. They still think it is lead print presses on screens.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 04:45 AM • permalink
      1. Pog, Im not trying to belittle your feelings in any way but I understand clearly your point. However, for all I know the move may well have caused Tim some angst as well. I dont know. Im saying as an individual, the feelings of the person most directly involved are more important to me.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 04:45 AM • permalink
      1. Stack, we are not arguing. It’s a discussion between friends (I hope)

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 04:48 AM • permalink
      1. Nic,  I forgot to add,
        Tim also has my support. I truly wish him the best in whatever he chooses. I have absolutely no idea what it takes to strengthen your chosen career in Journalism.
        I am viewing this whole business through purely selfish eyes.The funny part is, I didn’t even know who Tim Blair was, until I heard him in a radio interview as he was discussing the hilarious business of Mark Latham and the “smashed camera”.It had been a long time since I had heard anyone being so irreverent and funny at the same time. I googled him as soon as the interview was over and, the rest, as the quote goes, is history.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 04:48 AM • permalink
      1. #135 Hey Nic,

        I believe you. There was not a single part of your comments that had me thinking you were chiding me at all.

        It’s okay.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 04:50 AM • permalink
      1. Also, yes Nic,

        I consider you a friend.

        Hey, rereading my comment about how I came across Tim Blair, made me think, why don’t we finish this last thread with our own personal anecdotes of how we came to be here?

        Any takers?

        I’m actually fascinated to know.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 04:54 AM • permalink
      1. Ok, Ill start.

        My brother was one of the first posters from the original site, he kept telling me to read Tim’s site and that I’d like it. He was right.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 04:58 AM • permalink
      1. #140 BTW Nic,

        now that commenters will no longer have the opportunity of “first contact” through this blog, what is your actual occupation?

        According to your Bio, you say we wouldn’t want to know. You do realise what a “red rag” that is, don’t you? 😉

        If you don’t want to say it out loud, email it to me please!

        Does your brother still comment?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 05:03 AM • permalink
      1. I’m a High School Principal! My brother comments occasionally

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 05:10 AM • permalink
      1. #139
        My hand is up.I came to Tim through the Bulletin “Continuing Crisis”, which I mostly found hilarious. Lurked for a while then joined up.Tim’s a hoot and his commenters are gold. I love them all, they brighten my daze, er days.

        Thanks everyone. I wish we could all stay in touch… like with the bios email contact ability.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:11 AM • permalink
      1. #142
        I don’t envy your job, unless you’re in the private system!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:13 AM • permalink
      1. #142 Nic,

        Oh. My. God.!!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 05:13 AM • permalink
      1. private

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 18 at 05:16 AM • permalink
      1. #146
        Whew, then you have some authority and control.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:18 AM • permalink
      1. #147 Hey Kae,

        it’s Hong Kong.

        It’s ALL about authority and control!

        Nic, I’ve known good and bad school principals.

        I wager that you are a good one.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 18 at 05:21 AM • permalink
      1. #136 My definition of argue

        French arguer from Latin argutari ‘to assert repeatedly’, from arguere ‘to make clear, assert’.

        So we make things clear. Good.
        #139 How did I get here? Do not remember. Probably just stumbled in and just stayed.
        My occupation is computing trainer, especially for seniors. Much fun and games.
        My name includes my birth year. Enough?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 05:27 AM • permalink
      1. I’ll put my hand up too.

        I’d trawled quite a few blogs before finding Tim’s. I think I actually found the blog via LGF which I’d read about. I had previously heard Tim in a broadcast debate on the ABC including David Marr and liked some of what he said. Anyone who got Marr riled up to his snippy self had my support.

        I think Tim ran the most professional blog I’d seen in Australian bloggers. As you would probably expect from a journalist. His posts were succinct, catchy, rarely strayed into too much personal stuff and he didn’t add much if anything in the comments section. Sometimes half the comments in other blogs are the poster responding to other commenters. I think Tim’s slightly aloof style lend that professional aspect to the blog.

        But I must admit that it was the comments that kept me coming back. Tim’s posts were great springboards for the commenters. I always enjoyed them. And they could be as informative with good links to other information.

        I’ll keep reading Tim’s Tele stuff. For the simple fact he is a good amusing writer. But can’t see myself doing it as frequently as I do this blog. But I must say Margo’s new blog is showing some potential as a replacement for that 10 or 15 minutes a day I want to read stuff done by people who I agree with. Being a Canberra public servant I don’t get much of that in my day.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 18 at 05:36 AM • permalink
      1. But I must say Margo’s new blog is showing some potential as a replacement for that 10 or 15 minutes a day I want to read stuff done by people who I agree with

        You should probably specify which Margo you’re referring to!

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 18 at 07:12 AM • permalink
      1. If comments are open for ten days we have until next Friday here.

        I’m happy to see it out to the end.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 07:12 AM • permalink
      1. #152 Yes. kae10936 can you break 11k?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 07:23 AM • permalink
      1. #134
        MSM do not understand the internet. They still think it is lead print presses on screens.Wasn’t it the now infamous Conrad Black who said that (print) journos were merely ‘fillers between ads’?Ergo the interactive online Aunty is absent of much of the legacy Broadcast model’s   patronising, schoolmasterly one-way missive.

        Agree with the consensus re continuing to read Tele-Tim, but it ain’t the same without the spontaneity.

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 18 at 07:30 AM • permalink
      1. Oh, stacks – I’d get booked going that fast… oh, you mean…
        Was looking at the car comment at the new joint.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 07:35 AM • permalink
      1. hmmm, how many comments is that now? About 70?

        I dunno.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 07:38 AM • permalink
      1. kae you deserve to go out a winner. Surely we can arrange a little game.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 08:43 AM • permalink
      1. for a bit of nostalgia, the MOMEA are at it again. it’s not anybody’s fault they get killed hooning in lygon street, it’s just that their time has come

        just an accident…

        Posted by KK on 2008 05 18 at 11:03 AM • permalink
      1. where’s The Diatribe, btw?

        Posted by KK on 2008 05 18 at 11:04 AM • permalink
      1. I stumbled across blogs in a big way in 2004; I was hungry for real news about the presidential election (as opposed to MSM propaganda). I think I first saw a link to Tim’s blog at the old Captain’s Quarters (which, perhaps ironically, has also become extinct, as the main blogger there has gone to work full-time for Hot Air).

        Tim’s blog has been an important part of my life for the last few years, and I think it’s not stretching a point too far to say that I’ve met people here whom I like far more than most folks I come into daily face-to-face contact with. It looks like most of the commenters here are showing up at other blogs (Tim’s new one, El Cid’s Tizona, Andrea Harris’ blog, Currency Lad, etc.); and thanks, Margo’s Maid, for the link to Shadow Lands (just posted my first comment there).

        Well, the lights are flickering, and the icy water begins to swirl around our ankles, and I’m not sure everyone knows the third verse to “Nearer My God to Thee”, so I’ll see you all in one of the lifeboats, I hope. I will be greatly saddened if we don’t encounter Wronwright somewhere out there in Blog Land; it was his wonderful imagination and sense of fun that got me commenting here in the first place.

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 18 at 04:13 PM • permalink
      1. #160

        Tim’s blog has been an important part of my life for the last few years, and I think it’s not stretching a point too far to say that I’ve met people here whom I like far more than most folks I come into daily face-to-face contact with.

        Hear, hear!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:21 PM • permalink
      1. #157
        I’m already a winner. Look at all the friends I’ve made here!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:24 PM • permalink
      1. Ah good point Dan. To clarify I did mean Margo’s Maid’s new blog for anyone who thought I’d suddenly lost 90% of my brain in a bizarre corkscrew accident.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 18 at 05:30 PM • permalink
      1. Francis H
        Tell us about the bizarre corkscrew accident!I think I’m already losing a large part of my brain due to CRAFT.
        I don’t forget stuff. I have lucid moments.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:33 PM • permalink
      1. How diverse is our community?

        One of our commenters was involved with this rescue.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 05:48 PM • permalink
      1. #160

        Wronwright somewhere out there

        The Moody Blues “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere Video linky
        kae yes, but a prize, something like a signed Paco story? If Paco would be so kind.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 07:38 PM • permalink
      1. A different perspective, if I may be so bold.

        Our Captain has been given command of a ship of the line and we like sailing on this one, leaking, reeking hulk as it is, crewed by various riff raff and the odd buxom wench.

        Why not then take control of the thing and just sail off without him ?

        I would be interested to know the ins and outs of this ship, ie who owns it, what does it cost to keep in sails and cordage ?

        Why can’t Andrea still run it and we organise a roster of posts ? After all some of the threads went OT due to commenters and all ended up well.

        Andrea, who “owns the format”, how much does it cost to run ?

        To be sure it is mutinous talk I am going on with, but rather than dispersal of the crew to other ships, how about we just keep this one?

        Master Bates, Seaman Stains and Roger, the cabin boy would approve

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 18 at 07:48 PM • permalink
      1. #166 stacka

        ?

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 18 at 07:52 PM • permalink
      1. Pickles, it is mutiny….

        I like it!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 07:54 PM • permalink
      1. Dear all

        Greatly honoured to be visited by paco at the shadowlands as well as other great commenters here.

        I think that though our community will never be quite the same, Tim’s new site has much going for it, and I will continue to comment there, and I wish him all the best with it.

        Anyone who would like to post (ie not just comment) at the Sahdoowlaandss is welcome. I hope to develop a select crew of regular posters.

        If you would like to know more about this , simply visit the Shaadowlandssss or email me at tagor53@hotmail.com

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 18 at 07:57 PM • permalink
      1. #168 yes another site says I am a ?.
        Now what is the answer?
        “Nights in White Satin”?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 08:18 PM • permalink
      1. #166 Stacks: Glad to oblige (but you are aware, aren’t you, that signed originals of Detective Paco stories are going for almost 3 cents a copy on the open market?).

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 18 at 09:31 PM • permalink
      1. #167
        ABC Science ‘blog’ with the proposed format – any registered user can post topics and reply to topics.Basically a public Science Q&A pre Yahoo Answers et al, about a decade old.

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 18 at 09:51 PM • permalink
      1. #172 We may need to run a chook raffle to cover the cost.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 09:56 PM • permalink
      1. Well I haven’t had it yet Kae thankfully. Came close a couple of times. Got to learn not to brace the wine bottle with my chin when trying to get the corkscrew in.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 18 at 10:15 PM • permalink
      1. #174
        you sure that’ll cover it?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 10:16 PM • permalink
      1. kae now 10944. Keep commenting.

        #172 Glad to oblige

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 18 at 10:20 PM • permalink
      1. #175
        Be careful.You KNOW when you have that corkscrew accident you’ll just hear that voice, your mum usually, saying
        “Why did you do that? You knew it wasn’t a good idea….”

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 10:21 PM • permalink
      1. I might hear it but given I’ll have just performed a home lobotomy, I won’t really care.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 18 at 10:27 PM • permalink
      1. I’m pretty sure there’s some kind of OH&S thingy about home lobotomies… home self lobotomies.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 10:29 PM • permalink
      1. I think they’re tabu

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 18 at 10:31 PM • permalink
      1. Wot’s all this about corkscrew accidents? If you can’t handle a corkscrew, play it safe and stick with screw caps.

        Posted by ErnieG on 2008 05 18 at 11:07 PM • permalink
      1. Screw caps?!? Don’t get me started on some of the accidents I’ve almost had with those!

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 18 at 11:26 PM • permalink
      1. Ernie and Francis,
        hey, shouldn’t that read Bert and Ernie?I hope you open your screw caps like REAL men!! or women.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 12:04 AM • permalink
      1. #10 & #11

        I thought the bakery bag collection was very interesting..

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 19 at 12:24 AM • permalink
      1. #180
        I dnot konw mnie seeemd to go OK?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 12:46 AM • permalink
      1. #186
        hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmeggzackerly!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 12:49 AM • permalink
      1. O/T (shit, that’s funny now!)

        And just an aside, don’t bother complaining to Campbells about their chunky microwave soups. I did. They don’t do anything about it.
        I bought a couple of Beef ones and a couple of Irish Stew ones. Funny, they both taste exactly the same with exactly the same ingredients.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 12:56 AM • permalink
      1. #167,
        This is exactly what I was thinking about, while driving from one job to an other.I’ve been reading Tim’s articles for yonks, but only became aware of the blog late last year, and while I am not bright enough to post too many gems, I stuck around simply for the company!To keep up this blog, all it takes is to post up somet relevant for the day, an off it goes, with the comments.
        As long there is enough OZ content I wouldn’t mind chipping in with the costs.

        And the beaut thing is we still can read Tim’s writing and contribute to his new blog as well.

        I’m in!

        Posted by Orion on 2008 05 19 at 02:13 AM • permalink
      1. Kae and egg_,

        I’d rather have a bottle in front of me, than a frontal lobotomy.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 03:30 AM • permalink
      1. #190 Pog 🙂
        I thought Francis H was punning about that …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 03:38 AM • permalink
      1. #191 egg,

        he’s not as punny as you.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 03:46 AM • permalink
      1. I heard that Pogria.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 19 at 03:49 AM • permalink
      1. C’mon you lot, no fights at the bitter end.

        By the way, Dan Lewis: G’day Ugly!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 03:55 AM • permalink
      1. #192
        At least, I got to call the Rudder an ‘unpleasant plucker’ at Bolta’s 🙂

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 03:55 AM • permalink
      1. #193 francis,

        didn’t your mother ever tell you eavesdropping is not polite? 😉

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 04:07 AM • permalink
      1. Perhaps Francis H ‘likes to watch’?

        Lurking, lurking…

        Where IS everyone?

        (Oh, I remember now. Gorn.)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 04:28 AM • permalink
      1. re: Mutiny.

        Not Tim Blair

        Tim Blair

        Hmmm.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 04:29 AM • permalink
      1. stolen from Tim Blair

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 04:29 AM • permalink
      1. #176 kae you should see the chook, the raffle will easy cover Paco’s prices.
        kae you now 10950.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 04:34 AM • permalink
      1. 50? I don’t think I can do it. I’ve almost finished the Biblio and am about to start on the last two timetables for this year (finishing off S2 and making up Summer). I don’t have a funny left in me, let alone 50 of them… Wait, someone sent this to me today…

        You Don’t Have To Own A Cat To Appreciate This One! You don’t even have to like ‘em!

        We were dressed and ready to go out for the New Years Eve Party. We turned on a night light, turned the answering machine on, covered our pet parakeet and put the cat in the backyard.  We phoned the local cab company and requested a taxi. The taxi arrived and we opened the front door to leave the house.  The cat we put out in the yard, scoots back into the house. We didn’t want the cat shut in the house because she always tries to eat the bird.

        My wife goes out to the taxi, while I went inside to get the cat. The cat
        runs upstairs, with me in hot pursuit. Waiting in the cab, my wife doesn’t want the driver to know that the house will be empty for the night. So, she explains to the taxi driver that I will be out soon, ‘He’s just going upstairs to say goodbye to my mother.’

        A few minutes later, I get into the cab. ‘Sorry I took so long,’ I said, as we drove away.  ‘That stupid bitch was hiding under the bed. I had to poke her with a coat hanger to get her to come out! She tried to take off, so I grabbed her by the neck. Then, I had to wrap her in a blanket to keep her from scratching me. But, it worked! I hauled her fat ass downstairs and threw her out into the back yard!’

        The cab driver hit a parked car.

        I know it’s old. I know it’s lame. But it’s Monday.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 04:41 AM • permalink
      1. #201 Kae,

        I’ve heard it before, but it’s still screamingly funny!!

        BTW, is Dan as great a lint magnet as Margo’s?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 05:00 AM • permalink
      1. #202
        Pogs, I dunno. I didn’t check it when I met him…I know, I know, what’s the use of me?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 05:02 AM • permalink
      1. #203 Dammit Kae!!!

        Don’t you know, you ALWAYS have to CHECK THE LINT FILTER!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 05:11 AM • permalink
      1. #189
        Wot Orion said.

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 05:47 AM • permalink
      1. #188
        I’ve heard that the Lamb Stew and Soylent Green varieties taste the same, too …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 05:49 AM • permalink
      1. #206
        Wouldn’t that be the mutton stew and soylent green?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 05:56 AM • permalink
      1. mmmmmmm, Soylent Green!!!!!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 06:06 AM • permalink
      1. #208
        Robert Thorn (Charlton Heston) is a New York City police detective who lives in a dilapidated, cramped one-room apartment with his aged partner Sol Roth (Edward G. Robinson). Roth is a former professor who searches through the now-disordered remnants of written records and books to help Thorn’s investigations.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 06:26 AM • permalink
      1. kae try this one while nobody is watching:
        While acquainting myself with a new elderly patient, I asked, “How long have you been bedridden?”  After a look of complete confusion, she answered…“Why, not for about twenty years—when my husband was alive.”

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 06:31 AM • permalink
      1. kae again try this one while nobody is watching, everyone else look away:

        While in China , an American man is very sexually promiscuous and does not use a condom the whole time. A week after arriving back home in the States, he wakes one morning to find his penis covered with purple spots…  Horrified, he immediately goes to see a doctor.

        The doctor, never having seen anything like this before, orders some tests and tells the man to return in two days for the results.
        The man returns a couple of days later and the doctor says, ‘I’ve got bad news for you—- you’ve contracted Mongolian VD.  It’s very rare and almost unheard of here.  We know very little about it.’

        The man looks a little perplexed and says: ‘Well, just give me a shot or something and fix me up, Doc.’

        The doctor answers: ‘I’m sorry, there’s no known cure. We’re going to have to amputate your penis.’

        The man screams in horror, ‘Absolutely not!  I want a second opinion.’

        The doctor replies: ‘Well, it’s your choice. Go ahead if you want but surgery is your only choice.’

        The next day the man seeks out a Chinese doctor figuring that he’ll know more about the disease. The Chinese doctor examines his penis and proclaims: ‘Ah, yes, Mongolian VD.  Very rare disease.’

        The guy says to the doctor: ‘Yeah, yeah, I already know that but what can we do?  My American doctor wants to operate and amputate my penis!’

        The Chinese doctor shakes his head and laughs: ‘Stupid Amelican docta, always want to opelate. Make more money that way.  No need to opelate!’

        ‘Oh, Thank God!’ the man replies.

        ‘Yes,’ says the Chinese doctor, ‘You no worry!  Wait two weeks.  Faw off by itself.’

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 06:33 AM • permalink
      1. Didja hear about the LOL* who went into the sex toy shop.

        She asked the fellow in a very shaky voice…

        “D-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-d-do y-y-y-y-y-y-y-you s-s-s-s-s-s-still h-h-h-h-h-h-have th-th-th-th-those l-l-l-l-l-ittle p-p-p-p-p-pink v-v-v-v-v-vibrators u-u-u-u-u-under th-th-th-th-the c-c-c-c-counter?”

        “Why, sure, Madam.” he said, reaching under the counter.

        She replied “n-n-n-n-no, I d-d-d-d-d-don’t w-w-w-w-want o-o-o-o-o-one. I-I-I-I-I-I j-j-j-j-j-just w-w-w-w-w-want t-t-t-t-t-to kn-kn-kn-kn-kn-know h-h-h-h-h-how t-t-t-t-to t-t-t-t-t-turn i-i-i-i-i-it o-o-o-o-o-o-off.”

        *LOL Little Old Lady.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 06:39 AM • permalink
      1. Well if people don’t like others eavesdropping they shouldn’t write it down where I can hear it.

        I think that makes sense. Most things do at this time of night.

        Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 19 at 06:39 AM • permalink
      1. Two old friends were just about to tee off at the first hole of their local golf course when a chap carrying a golf bag called out to them, “Do you mind if I join you? My partner didn’t turn up.”
        “Sure,” they said, “You’re welcome.”
        So they started playing and enjoyed the game and the company of the newcomer. Part way around the course, one of the friends asked the newcomer, “What do you do for a living?”
        “I’m a hit man,” was the reply.
        “You’re joking!” was the response.
        “No, I’m not,” he said, reaching into his golf bag, and pulling out a beautiful Martini sniper’s rifle with a large telescopic sight. “Here are my tools.”
        “That’s a beautiful telescopic sight,” said the other friend, “Can I take a look? I think I might be able to see my house from here.”
        So he picked up the rifle and looked through the sight in the direction of his house.
        “Yeah, I can see my house all right. This sight is fantastic. I can see right in the window. Wow, I can see my wife in the bedroom. Ha Ha, I can see she’s naked! What’s that? Wait a minute, that’s my neighbor in there with her. He’s naked as well! The bitch!”
        He turned to the hit man, “How much do you charge for a hit?”
        “I do a flat rate, for you, one thousand dollars every time I pull the trigger.”
        “Can you do two for me now?”
        “Sure, what do you want?”
        “First, shoot my wife, she’s always been mouthy, so shoot her in the mouth. Then the neighbor, he’s a mate of mine, a bit of a lad, so just shoot his dick off to teach him a lesson.”
        The hit man took the rifle and took aim, standing perfectly still for a few minutes.
        “Are you going to do it or not?” said the friend impatiently.
        “Just wait a moment, be patient,” said the
        hit man calmly, “I think I can save you a thousand dollars here…..”

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 06:47 AM • permalink
      1. Just got home again after four days on the road and I haven’t read all the above comments, but I’m posting this here because it doesn’t seem appropriate to the new site.

        A month or so ago Tim posted “Reading Captain Ryan’’ which was a link to my father’s wartime letters, along with the information that he was battling cancer.  The update is that he died last Saturday morning, May 17, age 89.  No pain: it was one of those situations where he was only intermittently awake those past few days, and I think he was ready to go.
        No funeral; he didn’t want one.  He is being cremated and since he apparently qualifies for internment at Arlington National Cemetery, there will be a ceremony there later this year when all the far-flung family can make it there.

        Thanks to all of you for the kind words and prayers you offered back at the time.  He’s fine now.  No more deafness, no more cancer, no more infirmities and indignities of old age.

        Posted by Sonetka’s Mom on 2008 05 19 at 06:49 AM • permalink
      1. #213 Francis,

        I can’t help myself sometimes.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 06:49 AM • permalink
      1. #215
        Sorry to hear of your loss, Sonetka’s Mom.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 06:54 AM • permalink
      1. #215 God Bless, Sonetka’s mom. I’m so grateful for his life and service to us all.

        My Grandfather is buried in Arlington.  I never got to meet him until 50 years after he died. It’s a moving and humbling place.

        Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 05 19 at 07:04 AM • permalink
      1. Sonetka’s Mom,

        “He’s fine now.  No more deafness, no more cancer, no more infirmities and indignities of old age.”

        That is as beautiful a eulogy as I’ve ever heard.

        I hope all is also well with you.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 19 at 07:04 AM • permalink
      1. Sonetka’s Mom I can but agree with the sentiments above. Thank you for making this seem the appropriate place to post. Can someone let Tim know?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 07:10 AM • permalink
      1. I think Tim’d be across it.
        I’m sure he’s checking up on us…and knows about the proposed mutiny…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 07:17 AM • permalink
      1. #221
        Be very afraid, if Tim is about.
        I remember

        “Same goes for all commenters. Don’t make me get out the deletion stick. Thank you.”
        That’s the kind of tough love this place is famous for. Posted by Tim B. on 2008 02 17 at 08:42 AM”

        I still have the bruise from that deletion stick.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 07:24 AM • permalink
      1. My former blog-partner’s all-time favourite joke-

        Why don’t Jehovahs Witnesses have sex standing up?

        It might lead to dancing.

        His Dads, which I told him while blotto at his 21st-

        What’s got eight legs and a big black cunt?

        The A Team.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 19 at 07:39 AM • permalink
      1. It might lead to dancing.
        hehehehehe, very good!

        Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 05 19 at 07:42 AM • permalink
      1. kae you now 10960.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:01 AM • permalink
      1. It’s not polite to mention a lady’s age.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 08:02 AM • permalink
      1. kae you now age -10 in 1960?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:11 AM • permalink
      1. it’s not polite to mention a lady’s age when she’s over 10k… he he
        1958.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 08:19 AM • permalink
      1. Government’s $2m business ethics class
        Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who made the announcement in Canberra tonight at a forum on sustainable development, said the funding was an example of the government’s support for business leadership.

        Krudd ethics oxymoron.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:21 AM • permalink
      1. No funeral; he didn’t want one.

        Another sign of the wonderful man your father was Sonetka’s Mom. No fuss, no bother. May he rest in peace, knowing the love his family always provided and will always provide.

        Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 19 at 08:40 AM • permalink
      1. kae surely 1968? One so young.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:52 AM • permalink
      1. I had fun at Oakey today. Who says regional Queensland is boring?

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 19 at 09:58 AM • permalink
      1. #215: God bless his soul, Sonetka’s Mom. Sounds like a wonderful man.

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 19 at 10:08 AM • permalink
      1. #232
        Yes, Habib, but didja hear banjos?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 05:29 PM • permalink
      1. #234
        Was Kev ‘Banjo’ Rudd in town?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 06:05 PM • permalink
      1. Rudd’tard is on the radio.
        His speech patterns are all wrong. What IS it about his speech that it seems so unnatural?Does he read everything he says from some script? The inflection is all wrong.I’m sure it’s not me.

        Rudd has no spontaneity, though he’d probably laugh a lot at fart jokes. (I wonder if he laughed when Jools toppled over that day?)

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 06:14 PM • permalink
      1. #235 egg

        PM “didn’t understand the reference”.

        Here you go Kev, “in due season” you disingenuous little ponce.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 19 at 06:23 PM • permalink
      1. #237 Pickles
        Yeah, caught the video at Bolta’s – let’s hope ‘Banjo’ sticks …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 06:30 PM • permalink
      1. #236
        Apparently, Rudd doesn’t like to be video’ed whilst on Radio, cos he uses copious notes – oh, for a gust of wind …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 06:33 PM • permalink
      1. #237
        Rudd:
        I went to Scores,
        didn’t see any ho’s
        I went to Nambour,
        didn’t hear any banjos …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 06:39 PM • permalink
      1. Brekkie Creek Thursady after 4:30pm.
        Back Bar.
        See youse there.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 06:40 PM • permalink
      1. I went to Scores
        Didn’t do any fuckn
        I came from Nambour
        Didn’t do any pluckn

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 19 at 06:56 PM • permalink
      1. Looks like Mal Turnbuckle is proving egg right (Zoe?) …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 19 at 07:17 PM • permalink
      1. So sad to see this great site go:(

        Posted by deadparrot on 2008 05 19 at 07:42 PM • permalink
      1. For all the ladies here at TB. linky

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:48 PM • permalink
      1. #239 We do not hear much about Epstein/Secord notes for Krudd. Why?
        Secord wrote NSW Labor notes. Krudd sounds like recent NSW Labor or so rehearsed.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 19 at 08:55 PM • permalink
      1. Ah, Moody Blues. Thanks stacks.
        I’ve just had a long reminsce with them on the tubethingy.
        My dear friend Tanya put me onto them when we were 14.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 09:41 PM • permalink
      1. MySQL ERROR:

        Error Number: 2013

        Description: Lost connection to MySQL server during query

        Query: SELECT whitelisted_type, whitelisted_value FROM exp_whitelisted WHERE whitelisted_value != ‘’

        What’s that mean? I’m getting that message when I’m trying to get onto Telly Tim’s!

        Did someone break it?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 09:54 PM • permalink
      1. OOoooh the format’s changed at Telly Tim’s!
        Bit of experimentation going on, eh?
        YAY!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 09:55 PM • permalink
    1. Hmm, it might be broken.

      IT WASN’T ME
      YOU DIDN’T SEE ME
      YOU CAN’T PROVE IT

      (just getting in early here)

      Posted by kae on 2008 05 19 at 09:56 PM • permalink