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I’m out of hospital - now at home under the stern and watchful care of Nadia and my retired-nurse mother, shown here with her seemingly developmentally-delayed son (on seeing this shot, mum said: “Is he supposed to look like that?”)

About 40 staples were gently yanked yesterday afternoon; remaining dozens of stitches are the slowly self-dissolving kind. Pain and tiredness decreasing every day. Final column on the subject this Saturday in the Daily Telegraph, after which - solemn cancer-beater vow - I’ll return to writing about other people.

As always, massive thanks to all readers and emailers. Couldn’t have done it without you.

Posted by Tim B. on 01/30/2008 at 09:34 AM
  1. Hurray! Welcome back, Tim (one can almost hear the world’s idiots skittering for cover, like cockroaches heading for the nether regions of the kitchen when surprised late at night by the flicking on of the light). And what a splendid mother you have!

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 10:10 AM • permalink

  2. Welcome back mate. Looking forward to more Lefty bashing by the Aussie King.

    Cheers

    Posted by swassociates on 2008 01 30 at 10:14 AM • permalink

  3. Hooray!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 30 at 10:16 AM • permalink

  4. Good to see you about.  Don’t let your co-workers drink all the beer I sent to your office.

    Posted by Craig Mc on 2008 01 30 at 10:16 AM • permalink

  5. Welcome back.  Don’t do stupid shit like that again, unnerstand?

    Posted by bugscuffle on 2008 01 30 at 10:23 AM • permalink

  6. Woohoo! Or whatever Australians say to express joy at the good news. 

    And though very efficient, surgical staples are just plain weird.

    Posted by tabitharuth on 2008 01 30 at 10:28 AM • permalink

  7. Welcome back Tim.

    Posted by Burbank on 2008 01 30 at 10:33 AM • permalink

  8. Congrats on your successful operation, and best wishes for a full recovery.

    Posted by Graham on 2008 01 30 at 10:33 AM • permalink

  9. Great to see you back Tim!

    All of you - rather than just that dissembodied arm - this place was starting to look like “The Blog of Orlak”

    These here Intartubes (and my working day) are not near so much fun when you aren’t posting!

    Now get back to work bringing the funny.

    Posted by cwxyzallen on 2008 01 30 at 10:35 AM • permalink

  10. Great and gladdening news to hear, Tim. To me - and many others, I’m sure - your courage and humour in the face of this huge challenge are no less heartening for being so entirely unsurprising.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 10:37 AM • permalink

  11. Great news. There is no timblair.net without Tim Blair.

    Posted by Redd on 2008 01 30 at 10:39 AM • permalink

  12. Well done Tim - all the best for your continuing recovery.

    Posted by Villeurbanne on 2008 01 30 at 10:41 AM • permalink

  13. “Yanked Gently”, besides being an excellent name for a band, pretty much captures how modern medicine works at the bedside. Get some rest, Tim. We’ll check in every 44 minutes to take your pulse and temp just to be sure you’re resting.

    Posted by GPE on 2008 01 30 at 10:44 AM • permalink

  14. Glad to see you recovering well Tim.  I can also see that your mom can hold her beer better than her son.  In fact, she looks like she’s just starting, whereas son is ready to keel over.  What a woman.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 01 30 at 10:44 AM • permalink

  15. Oh, that would be “Gently Yanked”. My bad. “Yanked Gently” is a string quartet.

    Posted by GPE on 2008 01 30 at 10:46 AM • permalink

  16. Great news Tim. You look like you have just gotten back from a holiday in the Bahamas.

    Posted by lingus4 on 2008 01 30 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  17. As C.L. notes in another thread, John Edwards is dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination. The same day Tim goes home. Coincidence? I think not. Light, cockroaches

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 10:53 AM • permalink

  18. If I were a mum, that’s how I’d want to be immortalized—with a cocktail and a son who makes it necessary.

    Glad you’re on the way back. That hiatus was like missing the morning newspaper for a while. Except all the neighbors were out on their porch nattering like grackles the whole time.

    Posted by Rittenhouse on 2008 01 30 at 10:56 AM • permalink

  19. I knew you would beat the bastard. Congrats Tim.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 30 at 11:03 AM • permalink

  20. Not only are we going to the lower intestine, we’re going to the fibula and the patella and the pancreas, and we’re going to the medulla and the Islands of Langerhans and then we’re going to the esophagus, to take back the whole of Blair! Yeaararh!!!

    Good to know things went well. Best of health.

    Posted by Jim Whyte on 2008 01 30 at 11:06 AM • permalink

  21. But I thought that your Mum was driving around the world, or something? Still, take care and rest up.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 01 30 at 11:14 AM • permalink

  22. Glad to see you back, Tim.  You look good, despite the omigod-she’s-squeezing-the-stuffings-out-of-me expression on your face.

    Thanks also for that link to the video of Corey the Bleached Party Boy getting his comeuppance.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 30 at 11:28 AM • permalink

  23. Saw the picture.  That’s gooooooooooooood vicodin…!

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 30 at 11:30 AM • permalink

  24. Fellow humorists, we must set ourselves a challenge to speed Tim’s recovery:

    Fuggedabout gently yanking.

    One Joke, One Stitch!

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 30 at 11:32 AM • permalink

  25. “developmentally-delayed”?

    Come come, let’s not beat about the bush. You look retarded. Don’t be ashamed.

    Posted by mojo on 2008 01 30 at 11:54 AM • permalink


  26. Terrified Marine Pleads for Mercy

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 30 at 12:10 PM • permalink

  27. #17 paco,

    ya, but McCain won…..‘splain that one….

    Welcome back Tim!!  That wasn’t a Guiness on the table was it??

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 30 at 12:10 PM • permalink

  28. #27, thanks for the laugh, richard!

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 30 at 12:54 PM • permalink

  29. Hmmmmm.

    Glad to hear you’re better!

    Posted by memomachine on 2008 01 30 at 12:55 PM • permalink

  30. Good to see you up and about.

    Amazing what modern medicine can achieve these days, and yet environmentalists still believe it would be better to return to an Edwardian standard of living and technology.

    Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2008 01 30 at 12:58 PM • permalink

  31. #28 Old Tanker: Unfortunately, Tim’s influence over the lumpen imbecillariat is not yet as strong as it will be (now that he’s back: better than ever!).

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  32. Tim’s back, the world is right again.

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 01 30 at 01:16 PM • permalink

  33. Welcome back Tim!

    Piece of cake though.  Collingwood is still not Australia’s Team and we all know about paco and cricket. 

    Great stuff Richard, as always.

    Posted by yojimbo on 2008 01 30 at 01:22 PM • permalink

  34. my retired-nurse mother, shown here with her seemingly developmentally-delayed son

    Tim’s going to Hawaii! Yayyyyyyyy!

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 30 at 01:34 PM • permalink

  35. A world without Tim Blair was a terrible thing to contemplate. And I’m being totally sincere.

    So don’t do that again.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 30 at 01:36 PM • permalink

  36. Excellent news, welcome back.

    Posted by Not My Problem on 2008 01 30 at 01:40 PM • permalink

  37. welcome home, tim (doing the happy dance).  listen to your mother.

    Posted by missred on 2008 01 30 at 01:41 PM • permalink

  38. Hes just like Delta Goodrem…

    Posted by Harry Buttle on 2008 01 30 at 01:43 PM • permalink

  39. No, not developmentally delayed, Percocet/Vicodin/insert good drug here enhanced!  Glad to see you back, Tim.

    Elizabeth
    Imperial Keeper

    Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2008 01 30 at 01:46 PM • permalink

  40. Welcome back, Tim. Dr. Latino recommends Barley Therapy. Also try to avoid reading Paco’s posts, as you are likely to bust a stitch laughing.

    Posted by Latino on 2008 01 30 at 01:46 PM • permalink

  41. Great news!
    Now get back to blogging, Al Gore isn’t going to make fun of himself you know.
    At least, not on purposes.

    Posted by Veeshir on 2008 01 30 at 01:47 PM • permalink

  42. Here’s the Captain’s take on the significance of Edwards’ withdrawal from the race.

    Glad to hear the news, but so sorry to note the grief of AP reporter, Nedra Pickler, who opened her story thusly: “Democrat John Edwards is exiting the presidential race Wednesday, ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies, The Associated Press has learned.”

    One can practically hear the sob in her editorial voice, as she figuratively reaches into the coffin to run her fingers through John’s mink-like hair, one last time. Now comes the reading of the last will and testament, in which it is anticipated that John Edwards, Esq., will bequeath his delegates to Saint Obama.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 02:18 PM • permalink

  43. The Louse That Roared

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 02:29 PM • permalink

  44. #43

    ending a scrappy underdog bid in which he steered his rivals toward progressive ideals while grappling with family hardship that roused voters’ sympathies,

    Would that be the family hardship of deciding his next home should be under 25,000 square feet??

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 30 at 02:40 PM • permalink

  45. Tim.
    Is that red cordial I see in the jug before you in the first photo?

    Or something a little stronger?

    Fantastic news! You do look well, and I’m so glad they saved the best part of you, the other bit was just full of shit.

    Luv
    K

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 02:44 PM • permalink

  46. #46

    bad shit.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 02:50 PM • permalink

  47. #45: Would that be the family hardship of deciding his next home should be under 25,000 square feet??

    What, you think that isn’t rough?

    Elizabeth: “Oh, John. You’re not going to nix the third gameroom, surely. And what’s this? (Looking at blueprints) You’ve scratched through the mini-salon, with the custom shelves for shampoos and conditioners, and the wall mounted, full-head-cover, cocoon hairdryer. But, John; you’ve always dreamed of your own hairdryer!”

    John (Jaw muscles twitching in grim determination, voice trembling): “Elizabeth, honey. I have a confession to make. I’m actually . . . bald!” (Pulls toupé from head, revealing a perfectly smooth ostrich egg; Elizabeth shrieks, then faints)

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 03:05 PM • permalink

  48. Well in some parts of Africa they use ant mandibles as surgical staples, so a tribute to modern medicine and Tim’s recovery may be in order.

    Which order is left as an exercise for the student ...

    Posted by Adriane on 2008 01 30 at 03:06 PM • permalink

  49. Welcome back Tim. You look good.

    Posted by greene on 2008 01 30 at 03:11 PM • permalink

  50. “seemingly”????

    “developmentally-delayed”?

    Come come, let’s not beat about the bush. You look retarded. Don’t be ashamed.

    It’s like a Twelve Step Program.  First you have to admit the problem.

    Glad you’re back and have a Mom handy.  That’s always a very good thing.  [A blanky looks like it might be appropriate, too.  Did Mom save one of yours?]

    Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2008 01 30 at 03:19 PM • permalink

  51. Welcome back, Tim!

    Posted by seawitch on 2008 01 30 at 03:31 PM • permalink

  52. #43 Paco

    re the Captain’s headline: one woman hardest hit - I was sure he was referring to Silky Pony’s wife as I thought she wanted it more than Edwards.

    Posted by Retread on 2008 01 30 at 03:33 PM • permalink

  53. Here’s an interesting think piece on McCain from Jeff G. at Protein Wisdom.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 03:43 PM • permalink

  54. Woo-hoo! And they saved both arms!!

    Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 01 30 at 03:45 PM • permalink

  55. Pity about the mess between the shoulders.

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 30 at 03:46 PM • permalink

  56. I see TimB is back to a drink as big as his head.  Visual aid

    I do question whether a well person would post that picture of themselves.

    Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2008 01 30 at 03:55 PM • permalink

  57. What no piccies of the bouncing baby tumour? I was kind of hoping for a basket case picture or 2.

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 30 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  58. Welcome back!

    Posted by Damian P. on 2008 01 30 at 04:03 PM • permalink

  59. I’m thrilled to see you’re back Tim!

    I’m not surprised your mother asked if you’re supposed to look like that!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 30 at 04:15 PM • permalink

  60. #54 paco,  I read that piece, best one I’ve seen yet.

    BTW you don’t suppose Silky was talking about these guys when he was thinking of family hardship….

    Posted by Old Tanker on 2008 01 30 at 04:16 PM • permalink

  61. Tim, know that the happiness you must feel now is amplified many times over by the joy your many friends around the world are experiencing with your victory over this dread disease.  Here’s to keeping the bastard down and out of your system forever!  Cheers, mate.

    Posted by charles austin on 2008 01 30 at 04:16 PM • permalink

  62. Tim - are you drinking an alcoholic refreshment whilst under the influence of a righteous pain killer? Bad boy, Tim. Bad. I urge you to stick with your righteous pain killer and send me all your beer right quick!!!

    Posted by fluke_boy on 2008 01 30 at 04:19 PM • permalink

  63. Re #54, yup, paco, I picked that post up through Hot Air.  Jeff G hits the nail on the head.  I’m hoping that I can do a write-in candidate if McCain wins the Republican nod.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 30 at 04:30 PM • permalink

  64. Staples huh? That’s some skin you’re in.
    Seriously, excellent news Tim. May your recovery be complete.

    Posted by saint on 2008 01 30 at 04:31 PM • permalink

  65. As always, massive thanks to all readers and emailers. Couldn’t have done it without you.

    Sitting on my ass, drinking beer and watching the cricket? Don’t thank me Tim, it was the very least I could do. Literally.

    Posted by CB on 2008 01 30 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  66. Best wishes for a rapid, full recovery - if you keep up this pace you’ll be bicycling with Lance Armstrong by Easter!

    Posted by kiwinews on 2008 01 30 at 04:34 PM • permalink

  67. Well done, ‘ol son. Take your time and rest easy. I hear the late afternoon ocean temperature is currently the same as the air temp, about 23°C. Perfect.

    Posted by JAFA on 2008 01 30 at 04:40 PM • permalink

  68. Congratulations, Tim!  Welcome back!  Please convey your grateful readers’ thanks to Nadia and your mum for taking care of you. Heal quickly!  :-)

    Posted by Mary in LA on 2008 01 30 at 04:41 PM • permalink

  69. God Damn Bless ya’ Blair..:)

    When I get to OZ, ya’ ever need help, be my privilege to walk back ta’ back with ya’, out of any bar tavern, mate.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 30 at 04:44 PM • permalink

  70. What Dave S said at #36.
    We are not being selfish here, there was a lot more at stake than just us.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 01 30 at 04:59 PM • permalink

  71. #49 “Well in some parts of Africa they use ant mandibles as surgical staples, so a tribute to modern medicine and Tim’s recovery may be in order. “

    Also in Australia according to a reference in one of the Bony books by Arthur Upfield

    Posted by PeterTB on 2008 01 30 at 05:10 PM • permalink

  72. (on seeing this shot, mum said: “Is he supposed to look like that?”)

    And thus repeating what she said on the day Tim was born.

    Joking aside, great news you back on the couch at home and that the pain is fading from intolerable to bearable. Try to remember when you have a few celebratory meads that this is an operation scar no one wants to see.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 01 30 at 05:22 PM • permalink

  73. Grouse news, Tim!

    Posted by ann j on 2008 01 30 at 05:30 PM • permalink

  74. About time you filed a column, Blair.  Let’s hope from now on you don’t expect to get a week off every time you have half your guts removed.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 01 30 at 05:32 PM • permalink

  75. More drooling babble from Jimmy Carter. Is there anybody who can listen to this man today and not be astonished (and indeed, revolted) that he once held the highest office in the land?

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 05:48 PM • permalink

  76. Developmentally delayed? Nah. It’s the drugs, man.

    #51
    Nah, I reckon Tim’s a ‘pilly’ person. Like me.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 05:49 PM • permalink

  77. #76 paco,

    ugh, that was gross.

    I prefer Jules correction also, that Carter was “run” out of office.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 30 at 05:52 PM • permalink

  78. Well done Tim glad to hear you are out and looking well.

    My suggestion would be never go anywhere without a cushion you never know when you might need to cough or sneeze its very very scary when that happens.

    Heal Well!

    Posted by Killaette on 2008 01 30 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  79. Gotta love codine.

    Posted by damo on 2008 01 30 at 05:54 PM • permalink

  80. Tim:

    Do whatever the drugs tell you to do! Glad you’re home. And glad you’ve got watchful family keeping an eye on you.

    Posted by Dr Alice on 2008 01 30 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  81. By the way Tim,

    what did you bring us? ;)

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 30 at 06:01 PM • permalink

  82. Remember that scene in Kindergarten Cop, where Arnold Schwarzenegger complains he has a headache and a morbid young child says “maybe it’s a tumor?”

    So, a few years ago, a friend of mine told me she’d had a stomach ache for a few days. I joked “maybe it’s a tumor”. She looked me in the eye and said “it is”.

    I nearly died.

    A minute later, she cracked up laughing and said “I knew you’d say that”. I smiled and said “so you don’t have a tumor”? She said “Yeah, I’ve got the tumor but it was worth it to see the look on your face”.

    Apparently it was worth it for her, getting a tumor just so she could torture me. It was benign.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 01 30 at 06:03 PM • permalink

  83. Is that a beer you’re using to chase the vicodin? Rock on.

    Posted by Ernst Blofeld on 2008 01 30 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  84. Fantastic news Tim! Great to have what’s left of you back.

    The internet is just not the same without you mate and let’s face it the stockmarket has also been all over the place since you announced the big C.

    Posted by rbresca on 2008 01 30 at 06:05 PM • permalink

  85. Yay! Tim’s home!

    #76 paco

    While I may have been in high school at the time, but I remember the Carter National Malaise Years very well.

    ::retch::

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 30 at 06:06 PM • permalink

  86. Good news!

    Now, listen to your mum, y’ hear?

    Posted by steveH on 2008 01 30 at 06:21 PM • permalink

  87. EXcellent!

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 01 30 at 06:27 PM • permalink

  88. Welcome home Tim. I got a chemo pump on me right now making sure I don’t get cancer again. You doing chemo after you recover a bit more?

    Anyway best of health mate. I know what you are going through man…been there done that very recently.

    Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2008 01 30 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  89. 41st wedding anniversary present- great news Tim
    keep on looking after yourself and let Mum indulges in being, well Mum.
    My best to her and Nadia- they probably suffered as much as yourself

    Posted by Hillyminx on 2008 01 30 at 06:43 PM • permalink

  90. How come, on my world clock link it shows that it’s 9:11 AM in Adelaide, but 9:41 AM in Sydney? 

    I have a hard time believe internet world clocks are that precise.  Just sayin’, is all.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 30 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  91. “believing” even.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 01 30 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  92. Welcome back Tim, and do follow orders,w e want no repeats hear?

    Posted by Jazza on 2008 01 30 at 06:46 PM • permalink

  93. You look great, Tim!

    Posted by debi L. on 2008 01 30 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  94. Thank Christ for that.

    That whole arm thing had me very worried indeed..

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 30 at 06:55 PM • permalink

  95. While I may have been in high school at the time, but I remember the Carter National Malaise Years very well.

    If Obama gets the nomination, we’ll have Chapter Two.

    Thanks a lot, Republicans. The Dems got control of Congress by moving right, so you veer left. Fuckin’ genius, that.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 01 30 at 06:57 PM • permalink

  96. #91, RebeccaH,
    That is because South Australia, the state that has Adelaide as its capital, is half an hour (and twenty years) behind the Eastern states time zone.
    Much angst coming from over there at the moment, after the Victorian premier (shudder - Brumby) said that the dredging of the bay had to continue or we would end up a backwater like Adelaide!

    Posted by SezaGeoff on 2008 01 30 at 06:59 PM • permalink

  97. Glad you’re out of the hospital, Mr. Blair.

    Hope you have a rapid and full recovery.

    Posted by Dave Surls on 2008 01 30 at 07:05 PM • permalink

  98. Splendid news.
    Is it true the bodgy bit looked like Al Gore?

    Posted by lotocoti on 2008 01 30 at 07:22 PM • permalink

  99. Love the ‘Ruprecht the monkey boy’ impression

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 30 at 07:40 PM • permalink

  100. That is very good news.  Especially for you.  Hospitals are fine for what they do but home is better for living in.

    May your recovery be speedy and complete.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 30 at 07:47 PM • permalink

  101. congrats. I’m very glad to hear that you’re well and home.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 01 30 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  102. It’s a bit early for a scotch, isn’t it Tim?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 30 at 07:52 PM • permalink

  103. #6 tabitharuth, I think the word is…BONZA!

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 30 at 07:54 PM • permalink

  104. How about gentling yanky?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 01 30 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  105. Welcome back Tim.  Live long and be happy.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2008 01 30 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  106. Looks like Wronwright is cutting some side deals for use of the weather machine.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 08:13 PM • permalink

  107. #104: I think the word is…BONZA!

    I thought “Bonza” was what kamikaze pilots managed to yell when they started to yell “Bonzai!” too close to impact (see also “Bon…” and “B…..”).

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 08:19 PM • permalink

  108. I think this guy is 0.5 crazy.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 30 at 08:34 PM • permalink

  109. Tim Blair B.I.T.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 01 30 at 08:49 PM • permalink

  110. #108 No, no - it was Japanese gardeners who yelled Bonsai !  My war comic reading days remind me that Japanese soldiers all shouted Banzai !!

    Posted by Ubique on 2008 01 30 at 08:59 PM • permalink

  111. Looks like the Lancet has a new support base.

    One Million is the new body count.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 30 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  112. #111,

    Ubique is correct.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 30 at 09:02 PM • permalink

  113. Good to hear you are at home now. Nothing like being at home and being fussed over.

    Why, you’ll have nothing to do but put up posts so as to prevent us from dying of cancer of the attention span.

    Let us know about the bionic bowel ou have secretly been fitted with when you feel comfortable. No pressure.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 01 30 at 09:02 PM • permalink

  114. #109 No, I’d say 0.25 sane.

    But in this digital age, they’re as obsolete as Roman numerals are.

    He obviously doesn’t read much.
    Or tell the time by old clocks.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 09:07 PM • permalink

  115. #104, 108, 111, 113

    And it was Gunns that yelled “Bandsaw!”.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 09:09 PM • permalink

  116. #109. I have been waging a ruthless, bloody and largely unfruitful campaign against Surds for decades* now. I might contact this gentleman and arrange an ‘alliance of convenience.’

    * Our revolutionary committee is unable to determine the exact number of years. Yet we see this as an example of progress in our struggle.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 01 30 at 09:12 PM • permalink

  117. #44 Paco, what are these guys going to do when Bush leaves office? Are they still going to be trying to impeach him in ten years time?

    Posted by Burbank on 2008 01 30 at 09:13 PM • permalink

  118. #118 Burbank

    Many of the loony Left seem to think so, yes.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 30 at 09:15 PM • permalink

  119. #112 Pogria

    Heh. They’ve been making up fantasy numbers for some time now. I think we predicted the “ONE MILLION!!!” number late last year. I’m still waiting for them to claim “half the country has died!”. Bush has almost a whole year to go, so watch for it sometime near election day…

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 01 30 at 09:21 PM • permalink

  120. Tim,

    I had tiredness for a month after a somewhat similar op. I don’t say that will happen to you, but if it does, don’t worry, it’s normal.

    Posted by McAnzac on 2008 01 30 at 09:42 PM • permalink

  121. Tim

    Your plants need sorting, thinning out and trimming, man.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 30 at 09:51 PM • permalink

  122. Great to see you back Tim!

    Posted by Art Vandelay on 2008 01 30 at 09:54 PM • permalink

  123. blair gone…..mind…shrinking…fairfax media…unfiltered….polluting..my..mind…must….hold on…must….keep…going….blaair!!...blaaaaaaair!!
    What? He’s back?
    Good work Tim, glad to see you up and about, well done etc etc

    Posted by Mr Simmon on 2008 01 30 at 09:56 PM • permalink

  124. #120 Spiny,

    I remember that now. It was a laugh at the time, but bloody hell! I know it’s been said numerous times before, but, these people are beyond parody.


    #122 Pickles,

    What future misery did you saddle your little one with?;) I thought you’d have told us by now. Mum and tot both well?

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 30 at 10:03 PM • permalink

  125. Re #118, Burbank:

    Are they still going to be trying to impeach him in ten years time?

    There’s been some serious talk about just that, Burbank.  Well, as serious as the nutroots can get, which is not very serious at all.  And by “serious”, I refer to concepts and theories that can used in the real world, not some fantasy universe whipped up by some leftard unable to face the facts.

    But some people think they can “retroactively” impeach Bush, or some such silliness, and take away his pension, status, etc.  I expect some to try; it’s so hard to let go of the hate, it seems.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 30 at 10:07 PM • permalink

  126. Welcome to the new Rudd People’s Assembly:

    Indigenous Affairs Minister Jenny Macklin has appealed to all parliamentarians to support the government’s apology to the stolen generations, although they are not yet able to see it.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 10:25 PM • permalink

  127. You do look good in that picture, though, even if you look a bit… perplexed.  You actually look healthier than when I last saw you.  Good to hear you’re doing better.

    Posted by dorkafork on 2008 01 30 at 10:29 PM • permalink

  128. The ABC finds a member of the “stolen generation”. The resultant interview - excerpts at Andrew Bolt’s - are simply astonishing. Why was this man “stolen” from his family. He admits: “I was raped by my brother”.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 10:32 PM • permalink

  129. Again all the best. Rudd will be very $orry from now.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 10:33 PM • permalink

  130. LOL:

    IT seems even Oscar-winning Australian actress Cate Blanchett is not immune to the Duke of Edinburgh’s talent for gaffes.

    When the Elizabeth: The Golden Age actress met Prince Philip recently, he failed to recognise her, Britain’s The Daily Telegraph reported today.

    When Blanchett explained she worked in film, he reportedly began talking about his DVD player, which was broken.

    “There’s a cord sticking out of the back of the machine. Might you tell me where it goes?” the newspaper quoted him as saying.

    According to the paper, he appeared “nonplussed” when she politely responded that she was an actress not a technician.

    Blanchett won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in the 2004 film, The Aviator.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 10:38 PM • permalink

  131. November McCain or O-Hill? No Hill in White House and keep Willy out of the interns.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 10:39 PM • permalink

  132. 127 Indigenou$ Affair$ Minister Jenny Macklin ha$ appealed to all parliamentarian$ to $upport the government’$ apology to the $tolen generation$, although they are not yet able to $ee it.
    Just $ay $orry and $tart the money $plurge.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 10:44 PM • permalink

  133. I’d like to plant an early flag for a developing trend in Rudd’s term of office: his bizarre mangling of English.  On the cricket controversy, he opined (I quote from memory):
    I hope we can see civility flow through the veins of the game again.”  Probably sounds better in Mandarin.

    And in other news, our ABC just never gives up.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2008 01 30 at 10:47 PM • permalink

  134. #97, Seza.
    Over here in the West, we always thought that Adelaide was a truck stop between here and Sydney/Melbourne, then they built a bypass.
    Now we are confused as to why it’s there at all.

    Posted by Turbine on 2008 01 30 at 10:55 PM • permalink

  135. And you’re up and dressed, barking orders to the VRWC already?!

    Sheesh, take it easy!

    Glad to see you looking good.

    Posted by Patricia on 2008 01 30 at 10:58 PM • permalink

  136. Wonderful news, Tim. Excelsior!

    Posted by Copious Maximus on 2008 01 30 at 11:04 PM • permalink

  137. #129 Erratum city. I re-write:

    The ABC finds a member of the “stolen generation”. The resultant interview - excerpts at Andrew Bolt’s - IS simply astonishing. Why was this woman “stolen” from her family. She admits: “I was raped by my brother”.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 11:04 PM • permalink

  138. 134 ABC Always Biased Comment keeps up to its usual standard.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 11:06 PM • permalink

  139. Good to see you back up and about.  Give em Hell!

    Posted by Big Jim on 2008 01 30 at 11:08 PM • permalink

  140. 138 usual noble savage custom which will now increase after $orry and the continuation of the separateness. Afrikaans had a word for separateness. It seems now the left/MSM like noble savage separateness.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 11:12 PM • permalink

  141. Burbank…TRJS

    Can a former president be impeached?

    Apparently, yes. Obviously a former president would not be subject to removal from office, but scholars say that Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution, which says that impeachment may result in “disqualification to hold and enjoy any Office of honor, Trust or Profit under the United States,” could apply. In practical terms, an impeachment would mean Clinton could not serve in any other federal elective or appointive office. Clinton would not have automatic protection against such a proceeding because he was exercising his constitutionally given pardon power. Scholars say abuse of such power can be grounds for congressional action. It is less clear whether a conviction could mean the removal of his pension, government-funded office, and other perks.

    not an actual “law” link…but.

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 30 at 11:22 PM • permalink

  142. #131, C.L.

    Cate has class.  And other talents.  From Brendan O’Neill, editor of the British internet magazine spiked:

    Aussie blokes make much better American symbols

    “Hollywood is suffering from a macho deficit, and it’s having to turn to what many still perceive as a land of beer-swilling, sheep-shearing men in denim to find its cowboys and cads.

    “At a time when American stars have been feminised, preened and plucked, it’s Australia that is providing the muscle for the grittier acting jobs …

    “In recent years, the impressively brooding [Heath] Ledger had joined Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman and Eric Bana as a real bloke who could play gruff cowboys, lascivious bastards or any other role that required the leading man to have hair on his chest …

    “In Brokeback Mountain, Ledger’s tortured and mumbling Ennis Del Mar is far more believable than all-American Jake Gyllenhaal’s Jack Twist. (In one scene … Ledger and Gyllenhaal were required to leap naked off a cliff into a lake. Ledger did it, but Gyllenhaal was replaced by a stuntman because he is scared of heights. If you want an actor to take risks, look down under.)

    “In Todd Haynes’s I’m Not There, … Ledger’s Robbie Clark is the most convincingly American: half James Dean, half Jack Kerouac …

    “It is striking that Haynes employed an Australian woman, Cate Blanchett, to play the character most clearly and literally based on Dylan.
    “It seems even women from Australia are better than American men at playing American heroes.

    “In our PC, flaccid, image-obsessed times, many new American actors seem to lack the personality and resources to play hard American, crazed American, tortured American or heroic American. Instead, Oz is having to send its young men to American shores to depict American virtue and fury. [Ledger’s] death is a great tragedy for his family and friends; it has also lowered Hollywood’s bloke quota.”

    Link

    Posted by ann j on 2008 01 30 at 11:30 PM • permalink

  143. #129
    I thought Mary Hooker was a woman.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 11:36 PM • permalink

  144. 142 Enough to scarce the willy out of the intern.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 11:36 PM • permalink

  145. 144 see 138 for 129.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 01 30 at 11:39 PM • permalink

  146. #144

    See #138

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 30 at 11:40 PM • permalink

  147. Oops, CL, I got to your erratum.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 11:41 PM • permalink

  148. Stack, I got there eventually.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 30 at 11:50 PM • permalink

  149. 1 #131; What a wonderful tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh that he is apparently immune from the current celebrity madness. Not knowing who Cate Blanchard is is also as inspiring and noble as not knowing who Paris Hilton or Amy winehouse are.

    2. Malcolm Fraser wants an apology for the Stolen Generation. Will he also apologise to the people of Zimbabwe for helping install Mugabe?

    Posted by McAnzac on 2008 01 30 at 11:58 PM • permalink

  150. 134.cuckoo
    From the ABC steenking C’s radio programmen list. (what a leftython that was)

    Louise Adler, a Member in the General Division Of the Order Of Australia (AM) for service to literature as a publisher of emerging authors, tertiary education and community.

    One of her lovely books was the
    protocols of the elders of zion
    Antony Loewenstein: My Israel Question . Nice what you get awards for nowadays eh?

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 31 at 12:01 AM • permalink

  151. Herewith, I propose a more interesting method of choosing presidential candidates.

    Posted by paco on 2008 01 31 at 12:09 AM • permalink

  152. #125 Poggers

    Clara (Dr)Alice. All going well.

    A good mate noted: “Now you’ve got three sheilas in the house it’s toilet seat down for the rest of your life”

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 31 at 12:10 AM • permalink

  153. #153

    “Now you’ve got three sheilas in the house it’s toilet seat down for the rest of your life”

    He forgot the “Or else!” bit.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 12:13 AM • permalink

  154. O/T - Just got my quarterly water bill from Yarra Valley Water. I’m proud to note the Plinges are gross water squanderers.  The YVW bill has a ‘guilt’ tab to show ‘How does your water use compare?”.  We use four times as much water than the average 3 adults with a medium size garden.  Heck, we even use over twice as much water as 6 adults with a large garden.  Way to go!

    Posted by walterplinge on 2008 01 31 at 12:13 AM • permalink

  155. It appears Rudd’s tokenistic sop withdrawal from Iraq has much support.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 01 31 at 12:18 AM • permalink

  156. Quick! Someone give Tim a tongue twister to recite. see if he left anything behind at the hospital.

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 01 31 at 12:22 AM • permalink

  157. ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ‘

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ASH!

    ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ’ ‘

    ...and many happy returns!

    Posted by spot_the_dog on 2008 01 31 at 12:27 AM • permalink

  158. #150 I have in my book case here a copy of Philip Ayres’ biography of Malcolm Fraser (1987). I’ll type out this passage on Mugabe. With what we now know, read it and laugh/cry:

    Fraser swung the discussion with Reagan back to the developing world. He wondered what the Secretary of State thought about Western, and specifically South african, perceptions of Mugabe. Haig thought that suspicions had faded. Fraser agreed - Mugabe had been presented as an anti-Western Marxist ideologue yet was now working with the West and had long-standing biases against the Soviets and East Germans. ‘How did Western intelligence systems get it so wrong?’ Fraser asked. ‘It’s important to policy-making that assessments of people are accurate.’

    Malcolm Fraser - complete idiot.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 31 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  159. Just a little note. I see in the press today, Malcolm Fraser giving ‘sage advice’ to his former party on the ‘stolen generation’ and Paul Keating fires his vicious tirade at P.P. McGuiness. Real good, that one, now that the guy is dead. So ‘intellectually’ brave. All we need now is to have old Gough fire up with his thoughts on just about anything and everything. What is it with the MSM? Do they have an agreement with these people of ‘days gone by’ to give them a ‘fix’ of ‘media limelight’ for whatever reason.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 31 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  160. #155 Walterplinge, congratulations. I only manage to use more than two people with a large garden, but then I’m only one person.

    Personally I think they just make these figures up. How do they know how many people are in a house? And do they really go around estimating the size of gardens and matching them to the bill?

    Posted by Burbank on 2008 01 31 at 12:37 AM • permalink

  161. #151 Mole, just be thankful Loewenstein didn’t get a gong. Rudd probably didn’t have time this year.  Still, there’s always that new Rudd prize for literature.

    Did you hear Fran Kelly the other day, showing her bias by exclaiming, re. the citizenship test, “I can’t believe that test is still there!!”  Even Comrade Grattan had to pull her into line by reminding her that the much-hated-by-lefties Don Bradman question is only amongst the sample questions on the website: it’s not actually one of the test questions.

    Posted by cuckoo on 2008 01 31 at 12:38 AM • permalink

  162. Oh yes and Many Happy Returns Ash.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 31 at 12:42 AM • permalink

  163. # 162,

    Ole Franny should be more careful. when the caliphate arrives questions may look something like this:

    Which unbelieving woman should be stoned for daring to work on radio and who mocks Allah by living in a same sex relationship?

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 31 at 12:50 AM • permalink

  164. #160 Believe it or not but every journalist has a list of people who are a: known and b: available for a quote. Some of these people fit the criteria so well that they are on more than one list.  Bob Brown for example is available at all times to give a quote on anything at all. The fact that he represents about 3.5 people in total means nothing, he meets the criteria above.  Keating is on a few lists and gets up now and again. Bob Carr is on one or two lists but not many. I am on none so you won’t hear from me even though from time to time I have a good thought or two.

    Posted by allan on 2008 01 31 at 01:07 AM • permalink

  165. #165
    That explains a lot. Everyone’s got Keysar Trad’s mobile number.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 01:09 AM • permalink

  166. Andrew Bolt is back from holidays, and Tim Blair is home….all is well.

    Posted by koko on 2008 01 31 at 01:15 AM • permalink

  167. #160

    Keating on McGuiness.

    Having read this, it’s my considered opinion that Keating is now verging on psychologically ill. Apparently he’s angry that Paddy didn’t hero-worship him for implementing Howard’s Campbell Report reforms - which is all Keating did (with Bob Hawke making it all possible, electorally).

    Keating once said he’d “crucify” John Howard but has had to live with the humiliation of being humiliated by the man who became modern Australia’s most successful prime minister. Keating has never mentally recovered.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 31 at 01:24 AM • permalink

  168. That’s great news Tim!

    Glad to see you back and blogging.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 31 at 01:29 AM • permalink

  169. Correction: “Keating once said he’d “crucify” John Howard but has had to live with the humiliation of being annihilated by the man who became modern Australia’s most successful prime minister. Keating has never mentally recovered.”

    I really must use this preview thingo.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 31 at 01:30 AM • permalink

  170. What are the lefties worried about?
    Have just had a look at the citizenship test rules.

    The test will:

      * be in English
      * be computer based
      * consist of 20 multiple choice questions
      * include three mandatory questions, based on the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship
      * have a pass mark of 60 per cent including correctly answering all three mandatory questions.

    There will not be a separate English language test, your English language skills will be measured by your ability to pass the test which is available in English only.

    Applicants can re-sit the test as often as they like until they pass.

    Now, if the applicants were sent back to their country of origin after failing their first attempt, the test might actually work as a worthwhile filter.

    Posted by Skeeter on 2008 01 31 at 01:33 AM • permalink

  171. #76 paco, at least his mother was interesting.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 31 at 01:42 AM • permalink

  172. C.L,

    wait till St Gough dies. let’s see if Labor can accept comments with a similar spirit.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 31 at 01:49 AM • permalink

  173. What can you say about Paul Keating?

    The man is sick, consumed with his hatred of John Howard and all those Australians who removed him from office. He has become the very image of his hero, Jack Lang. Lang was sacked as premier of NSW in 1932 and for the next 43 years was a sad, bitter and twisted man, filled with hatred for everyone who had ever slighted him.

    And so it is with Keating. He has become a troll, physically and mentally, as the bile and bitterness eat away at him like a cancer. His public appearances are an embarrassment for an ex-PM and the left-wing media is doing him no favours by giving him a platform for his invective. Ever time he opens his mouth, the further down he slides in public esteem. He can’t have more than a few thousand people who still think of him in a positive light.

    The most merciful thing that could happen to Keating is to suddenly drop dead. Otherwise he will end up like Lang, his leadership forgotten, overshadowed by the image of a bitter old man spitting venom at everything and everyone.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 01 31 at 01:49 AM • permalink

  174. #165 - my theory is that the less successful a man has been in public office, the noisier he will be once out of it. Successful men can retire happy, but the obvious failures must perpetually try to justify themselves, or at least hope that their subsequent antics out of office overshadow their record in office. Look at Australia’s living ex-prime ministers. Hawke was far more competent than Whitlam, Fraser or Keating but he seems to pop up on the media much less than the others . (Yes, I know Howard is now an ex PM too, but it’s too early to tell how he will behave).

    Of course, the best proof of my theory is Jimmy Carter.

    Posted by squawkbox on 2008 01 31 at 01:49 AM • permalink

  175. #165. allan. LOL.
    Re; the ‘journo’s consulting list.’ It probably exclaims why some of the MSM is in blahblahblah same old crap’ mode.
    #168. C.L. I agree that Keating, is a psychological nutter. But having such an in-built spiteful and vindictive nature, does not excuse his bad form. The man is a disgrace.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 31 at 01:49 AM • permalink

  176. and a coward.

    Posted by BJM on 2008 01 31 at 01:51 AM • permalink

  177. Ash - it’s your birthday?
    Many happy returns!!


    Good thing it wasn’t yesterday. Apparently Jan 30 is the 75th anniversary of Hitler’s rise to power as Chancellor of Germany.

    You have a Hitler-free jour de anniversaire!

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 31 at 01:51 AM • permalink

  178. Sorry about the bad French.

    Posted by carpefraise on 2008 01 31 at 01:52 AM • permalink

  179. Buon Compleanno Ash.

    Posted by Nic on 2008 01 31 at 02:12 AM • permalink

  180. #174 Contrail, spot on. Keating is becoming Lang. Not doing him much good is it? He has reportedly gone to see the musical Keating several times - ponder the embarrassing sadness of that - and has lost his attractive and intelligent wife. (He dumped her in front of friends at a dinner party, supposedly. Tim B’s take at the time: YOU’RE DUMPED, PASS THE SALT).


    Having once called Alexander Downer the “idiot son of the aristocracy”, he has a son who was charged with assault back in 2006.

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 31 at 02:15 AM • permalink

  181. #174. In extreme old age I think Lang mellowed a bit. But Lang was a hard man who played a hard game - Keating is just a sicko (My father, who was in Federal Parliament at the time, exempted Lang from his usual rule of being polite about his opponents, actually going as far as to suggest Lang was not a gentleman).

    Talking of Lang, it is amusing that de Groot’s stunt in opening Sydney Harbour Bridge ahead of Lang, far from being “fascist” as the left has it was prompted by disgust at Lang’s behaviour in not inviting the Jewish Governor-General Sir Isaac Isaacs to do it.

    Keating’s performance on McGuinness should be commemorated - maybe we could start awarding an annual Keating Prize for the best example of psychologically-diseased venom in the year’s commentariate.

    Posted by McAnzac on 2008 01 31 at 02:21 AM • permalink

  182. That photo of you and your mum Tim, is well.
    Priceless.

    Not only do you look “developmentally-delayed”, it looks like she likes you that way.

    In fact Tim, we all quite like you being seemingly, “developmentally-delayed” and it certainly hasn’t nobbled your career or the affection so many of us have for you.

    Good luck.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2008 01 31 at 02:26 AM • permalink

  183. The SMH today has Matt wade reporting that The West Will Never Beat The Taliban.
    This sage advice is from a Pakistani intelligence officer. I make no claims as to their allegiances
    Contrast this viewpoint with a first-hand report from Iraq (yeah, that well known lost cause!), in fact from Anbar Province.
    How things change. Situations can be misrepresented by anyone via the MSM with ease, be they Pakistani intelligence, or US Congressman.
    The telltale pattern, even with our noble national broadcaster, is who they ask, and who is framing the questions.
    (Well spotted Cuckoo - Fran has come back and dropped straight into her usual pattern.)

    Posted by blogstrop on 2008 01 31 at 02:29 AM • permalink

  184. Re #142, yup, El Cid, that’s the source for the post-office impeachment of former presidents.

    I agree, it implies that such a move is possible.  But it’s silly.  Perhaps I preach to the choir, but for the benefit .....

    First, an IMPEACHMENT concerns misconduct of an official while in office; it is the first step in removing said official from said office.  The dude will be out of office.  What’s the point? 

    Second, this is not really an attempt to remove Bush from office, it’s de facto punishment of crimes WITHOUT a trial under the judicial system.  Stripping away honors after stepping down from office, after years of trying to get an impeachment vote through Congress, and failing even with a nominal majority in both houses?  This is not justice, it’s vengeance.

    Third, it opens a can of worms that no future president wants to see.  Hell, no elected official wants to see.  If one President can be impeached post-office, ANY President can be.  And if the highest elected office in the land is subject to this sort of witch hunt, so is any elected office in the country.  Don’t like what a city mayor did while in office?  Impeach the bastard after he’s out! 

    Or Governor. 

    Or Senator. 

    Or dog catcher.

    Imagine that nightmare, please.  And then add in that my observation there appears to be no statue of limitations on this silliness. 

    Woo hoo!  Let’s impeach Thomas Jefferson!  He owned slaves, after all.

    Elected officials could be hamstrung by fear of endless impeachment processes once they leave office, if they piss off even a sizable minority with a big mouth (like, say, the nutroots).

    So while it’s possible, it’s silly…..and dangerous.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 31 at 02:41 AM • permalink

  185. #182 McAnzac
    Wonderful recollectiosn of de Groot. Interestingly, de Groot’s HQ of the New Guard is now a wedding reception venue at Eastwood - where my daughter had hers in fact - (http://www.AraluenWeddings.com)

    The reason I mention this is the fact that the de Groot connection provided endless references for me as FotB to weave lots of stuff into my speech - corny stuff like pass me the sword for the cutting of the cake etc.. oh, it’s already been cut by a man on a horse? Yeah, I know. You do better!

    However there is plenty of memorabilia around and photos etc. so it’s most interesting and charming place for nuptials these days.

    And yes, Keating is beyond a contemptible piece of rancid shit. He’s right up there with that other piece of excrement, Mike Carlton who vomitously stated on his botton rated radio show that the only reason he would go to Stan Zemaneck’s funeral was to make sure he was dead. This on the day of Zemaneck’s funeral for heaven’s sake!

    Sadly for them, the demise of Keating and Carlton will be mourned by few and celebrated by many. But obviously with more grace than these unhinged retards can muster.

    Posted by Bonmot on 2008 01 31 at 02:45 AM • permalink

  186. I am at a loss for words. Give me a while—good news takes longer than bad to make it through to Broca’s bits…

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 01 31 at 02:46 AM • permalink

  187. PJK has spent the last decade lashing out in all directions like a dying rat.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 31 at 02:47 AM • permalink

  188. Re #131, HA HA!  C.L., the good Prince Phillip does seem to be a bit out of mainstream, eh?  That or pretty well stoned out of his gourd.

    Unlike Cate….even if she does recycle in an odd fashion.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 31 at 02:48 AM • permalink

  189. 185 TRJS

    Oh agree completely…silly and fraught with danger…we shall see after this next election…how far and/or deep the BDS is.

    Could be fun…if we get to shoot…:).

    Posted by El Cid on 2008 01 31 at 02:54 AM • permalink

  190. But havent moonbats been voiding their bowels for decades over trying to charge Kissinger with various things as well?
    Is this just another version of impotent twittering from the feral 1% or a real attempt to make America impotent on the world stage by making any use of force quasi-illegal?

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 31 at 02:59 AM • permalink

  191. #189 TRJ

    On the contrary I have always thought that Phil the Greek has a rapier sharp wit.

    In this instance, he has skewered her twice.

    Pretending not to recognise her, which must be the ultimate cut for a celebrity and then asking her to fix his DVD. And I’ll bet she didn’t know how.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 31 at 03:02 AM • permalink

  192. Getting back to surgical stuff:

    Here are a couple of questions for those who, like Tim, have been sliced open from umbilicus to pubic bone.

    Which of the following does your belly button most resemble now?
    1. o
    2. -
    3. / or \
    4. ^
    5. < or >
    6. ~

    If the answer is not 1, was your cutting and/or stitching performed by:
    a) a surgical registrar, or
    b) a fully qualified specialist surgeon?

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 31 at 03:10 AM • permalink

  193. 184, Blogstrop.
    Is he another google dodger or something?

    A simple Wiki throws some doubts on the “moderate” crap he spouts.
    Militant links
    “..Following the organizational principles recommended by Tehran and Khartoum, the movement has transformed into the Kashmiri Jamaat-i-Islami, under Abdul-Majid Dar, with a quasi-legal character emphasizing educational and social activism, with the Hizbul Mujahideen as the clandestine terrorist arm.” Regarding the training of Kashmiri Islamic militants, the report states that, “Islamist indoctrination and other assistance is provided the Jamaat-i-Islami of Pakistan..”

    Another useful idiot for the Caliphate?

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 01 31 at 03:15 AM • permalink

  194. Wot they all said - Welcome back, mate!!

    Posted by Kaboom on 2008 01 31 at 04:39 AM • permalink

  195. #192 Agree with you. To understand Prince Phillip one needs to know the Goon Show. Think Blanchett was the victim of the Prince’s wicked disregard for the talented but not-too-bright actress.

    One story that gets an airing every now and then from the left is the one about Phillip asking Aborigines in North Queensland “do you still throw spears at each other?”

    Rather than exposing him as senile, it showed just how acute his mind was on that occasion. When he and the new Queen visited Cairns in 1954,  Aborigines did throw spears at each other as part of a show staged for the royals. It was an inside joke and not an insult. The Aborigines knew but not the press.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 01 31 at 04:49 AM • permalink

  196. Welcome back Tim…and great to see Bolta back and firing. One conservative / right journo is equal to 20 lefty journos. A great line to paraphrase for all those losers out there whenever they get out argued and out witted by Tim or Bolta…“don’t go out there in the battlefield…its a trap..there’s two of them”

    Oh and how to bury Keating with the truth..very simple.

    He’s the PM that lost to John Howard who ruled for 11 years.

    Keep it up Tim and be good to your Mom

    Posted by mindfree on 2008 01 31 at 04:55 AM • permalink

  197. great news that you’re home new, improved and tumour free Tim.

    happy birthday Ash- if I believed in astrology I’d mention we have the same star sign, but I don’t so I won’t.

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2008 01 31 at 05:25 AM • permalink

  198. #193
    Janice

    I think you should elaborate on

    1.  o

    It should be

    1.  o a) innie
    1.  o b) outie

    sorry, but it’s important.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 05:45 AM • permalink

  199. On Line Opinion and What the people want are running an online US primary for Australians.
    - they want a big response, let’s make it elephantine. Voting ends Sunday, don’t be an ass

    online US primary for Australians

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2008 01 31 at 05:47 AM • permalink

  200. #200
    I already gave at the office.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 05:49 AM • permalink

  201. Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone.

    Who’s up for cake and mead?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 05:59 AM • permalink

  202. #192 Pickles,

    absolutely agree about Prince Phillip. He is no fool. I’m willing to bet good money he knew EXACTLY whom he was speaking to. Excellent smackdown for that dumb twat,

    Clara Alice is sublime, beautiful, wonderfully old fashioned and timeless.
    As you’ve obviously gathered, I believe it’s a lovely tag for your little one.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 31 at 06:01 AM • permalink

  203. HAPPPPPPPYYYYY BIRTHDAYYYYYYYYYYY ASHYYYYYYYY

    You look absolutely georgous in your new outfit with your new shoes.  Great hair too.  I must get your stylists number.

    Bring on the party!

    Posted by Killaette on 2008 01 31 at 06:07 AM • permalink

  204. What a shame

    ACP Magazines Chief Executive Officer, Scott Lorson,... announced that weekly news and current affairs title The Bulletin with Newsweek would cease publication from the current issue of the magazine which went on sale on 23 January 2008.

    Circulation was down to 57,039

    ACP announces closure of Bulletin

    (this may have already been mentioned but I only just heard about it)

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2008 01 31 at 06:13 AM • permalink

  205. I think the occasion deserves a song

    Happy birthday to you happy birthday to you happy birthday dear Ashy .... happy birthday to you.

    Hip Hip

    Posted by Killaette on 2008 01 31 at 06:14 AM • permalink

  206. #205
    I got my letter today, too.

    Do you think they asked WHY circulation was so low?

    Should be interesting, I think the sub is due to run out, oh, aboout a week ago.

    Something was sus when the issue for Australia Day, usually a bumper double issue, was, er, tiny.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 06:17 AM • permalink

  207. Here come the race hu$tler$:

    Channel Nine reports:

    Huge list of demands made for Aboriginal apology.

    Highlight$:

    “...incorporated in primary and secondary school curricula.”

    “...incorporated in in-service training for all professionals who work with Indigenous children, families and communities and as pre-service training for all undergraduates and trainees in relevant professions.”

    “...demands funding for the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands Studies.”

    “...specifically declare that forcible child removals will never happen again in Australia under any circumstance and under any future government.”

    [Note: this is what nearly got that child rape victim killed recently in Queensland].

    “...should fund ‘healing houses for men and women in each state and territory, primarily for the use of members of Stolen Generations and their families who need support and a place for healing and getting together’.”

    “...to address the financial and other damages done by helping people buy their own houses, as many have rented public housing all their lives but never had the financial resources to own or the security that comes from owning a home.”

    “...the Federal Government has offered to pay for up to 70 return airfares for Stolen Generation members so they can hear the apology.”

    Posted by C.L. on 2008 01 31 at 06:19 AM • permalink

  208. #204 I don’t have a stylist Killaette, because I’m too cheap to pay someone else to brush my hair.

    Mead and cake for all!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 06:20 AM • permalink

  209. Welcome home Tim, MoonBatMan salutes you and offers chai decaf skim latte.

    Posted by Rafe on 2008 01 31 at 06:22 AM • permalink

  210. #208

    they have got to be bloody joking.

    Oh. They’re not.

    Kevvie et al said “But it won’t co$t u$$$$$$.

    HA!

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 06:23 AM • permalink

  211. #205 - And yet Quadrant survives on a circulation of 8,000 and no advertising—and extremely high-class content.  And it’s 11 editions a year for around $80.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2008 01 31 at 06:23 AM • permalink

  212. #199, kae,

    Quite right.  Consider the survey question updated, even though NO bastard has bothered responding!

    Actually, I thought for a while that I’d killed the thread even though it’s not like I’m asking for pictures or anything.

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 31 at 06:31 AM • permalink

  213. #209 but Ashy we ran out of mead last week there is only fosters left in the pantry.  Still waiting on Wronwright to bring us some more.

    Where is he….?

    Posted by Killaette on 2008 01 31 at 06:32 AM • permalink

  214. #212, walterplinge,

    Quadrant survives on a circulation of 8,000

    Is that the number of subscribers or the number sold?

    Posted by Janice on 2008 01 31 at 06:35 AM • permalink

  215. #214 Give the Fosters to the Americans, as a kind of “cultural treat from the Australians”, and I’ll have someone deliver some good beer for us.

    As for where Wronwright is… he’s probably off stealing lakes and whatnot.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 06:46 AM • permalink

  216. 215 - the number of issues burned by Margo Kingston every month. One of Webdiary’s off-the-books expenses.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 01 31 at 06:48 AM • permalink

  217. Jeebus ... in egg_cile and the TimB talks of the big C n all ...

    Welcome back & take care, ol’ chap ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 06:55 AM • permalink

  218. Welcome back egg_!

    How’s your egg_cile been?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 06:59 AM • permalink

  219. Stirred but not beaten! ;0

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 07:02 AM • permalink

  220. #218 egg!!!!

    where you been?????

    You have been sorely missed.

    Is this a cheeky strategy of yours? ;)

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 31 at 07:02 AM • permalink

  221. #216 We cant do that the Americans will think we drink bath water for fun although it is an ingenious way to get it out of the country.

    Can you make sure there is some corona ill bring the limes.  Oh and I made you a cupcake tree.

    Oh and brownies dont forget the brownies they are good.

    Maybe Wronwright got sucked into one of those black holes hes been burning into our soar system when he flits around in the tardis

    Posted by Killaette on 2008 01 31 at 07:03 AM • permalink

  222. #220 Well, egg, as long as you’re not completely beaten. Can’t have you scrambled!

    I’m yolking, I’m yolking!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 07:06 AM • permalink

  223. Hey, Pogs remember in a previous thread you mentioned a fabulous substance for tyres? How’s it going? Has Paco Ind. been developing that idea? I finished of a fab week of absolute crap with this.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 07:06 AM • permalink

  224. ‘bout time you turned up, Egg.

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 07:08 AM • permalink

  225. #224 Kae,

    Holey Flat Shit!!!!

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 01 31 at 07:12 AM • permalink

  226. And the week’s not finished yet.

    I suppose I shouldn’t complain. At least I haven’t had some important bits removed and I don’t look like an idiot savant*/**.


    * THIS is NOT a question. Thanks.

    ** temporarily, of course!

    Posted by kae on 2008 01 31 at 07:19 AM • permalink

  227. Just quietly, but there’s a campaign underway to enlist a new candidate in the run for November 08.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 01 31 at 07:32 AM • permalink

  228. #221
    Pog n all ... thanks .. been busy & had a rough time, too, but nought compared to our Timbo, by the looks (crosses fingers) ...

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 07:41 AM • permalink

  229. Ash:  Hippo birdie two ewe!

    Tim:  Welcome back, Sir.  What are your orders?

    Posted by SSG Pooh on 2008 01 31 at 07:55 AM • permalink

  230. Thanks SSG!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:13 AM • permalink

  231. Haven’t read the thread, coming back to earth after a gruelling 2 day trial, but man welcome back.  Keep the faith.

    Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 01 31 at 08:21 AM • permalink

  232. #230
    Ditto, Ash_
    Is there a reminder system or are you guys just meticulous?

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:25 AM • permalink

  233. #233 Spot_the_dog told everyone. I was hoping he’d forgotten! Of course, when discussing it, it was described as Groundhog Day Eve Eve, so I guess that’s a bit tough to forget.

    Thanks Egg.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 01 31 at 08:27 AM • permalink

  234. Developmentally disabled? Not really. Tim is, after all, Australian, and when Australians grow back from an arm it’s usually the brains that grow back last. Blogging about train riding adolescent birds is a sure sign Tim’s brains are not all there yet.

    Posted by mythusmage on 2008 01 31 at 09:55 AM • permalink

  235. #127
    Doubtless wishing to become members of the $wollen generation$?

    Posted by egg_ on 2008 01 31 at 10:17 AM • permalink

  236. Missed you, Tim, though Blair Nation does an admirable job filling in & taking up my time.

    Best to Nadia & Super Mom!

    Posted by KC on 2008 01 31 at 10:39 AM • permalink

  237. Ash_, best to you, too! Bet that little girl’s nearly as pretty as my granddaughter! My “baby” sister was born Groundhog Day.

    Lovely Daughter’s birthday was the 22nd, however her father kept all attention on him by ‘browning out’ 3 times while driving the handicap bus…in rushhour traffic. I took himto the ER when he came home 6 hrs early & then said “I’m ok” - I coulda kicked him. No medical tests have yet revealed anything, so my diagnosis of exhaustion & severe dehydration has not been disproved. 

    I told them to stop messing with my 22nd of January! Like father, like daughter! Piffle!

    Anyway, Happy Happy Birthday!

    Posted by KC on 2008 01 31 at 10:59 AM • permalink

  238. Belated Happy Birthday, Ash!

    Hey, is it just me, or did Tim’s ‘safe at home’ photo magically change?  Was it something we said?

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 01 31 at 11:20 AM • permalink

  239. Wonderful news, Tim, that you are home.  What a beautiful mom you have there.

    Posted by ladcraig on 2008 01 31 at 11:40 AM • permalink

  240. The secret revealed, Tim Blair escapes from hospital with official connivance.

    Posted by mythusmage on 2008 01 31 at 01:21 PM • permalink

  241. Pretending not to recognise her, which must be the ultimate cut for a celebrity and then asking her to fix his DVD. And I’ll bet she didn’t know how.

    Uh…..duh!  I see it now.  Thanks for the clue by four, Pickles!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 01 31 at 01:31 PM • permalink

  242. Prince Philip on the Sovs:

    ... when someone suggested in 1967 that a trip to Russia might improve diplomatic relations between Great Britain and the Soviets:
    “The bastards murdered half my family.”

    More cogent thoughts here.

    Note that Prince Philip did his RN service during the 2WW, when he was a destroyer’s XO, twice, before his 24th birthday.

    Cheers

    Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 01 31 at 06:00 PM • permalink

  243. So very good to have you back, Tim.

    Never has such fertile ground been prepared upon which to spill your seeds of ...umm, wait, that didn’t come out right…

    I’ll just say, “Welcome back, Tim”.

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 01 31 at 06:41 PM • permalink

  244. Oh, and many happy returns, Ash_

    Posted by MentalFloss on 2008 01 31 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  245. RE: Phil The Greek

    I am trying to find the series of photos taken of the royal family on the balcony of the palace watching that trooping the colour thing. The one where Phil has obviously dropped his guts and as the cloud drifts across the family their reactions can be clearly seen, culminating in Harry and the other lad laughing like drains and Phil standing there with a suppressed grin like a kid who has torn one off in church.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 01 31 at 07:10 PM • permalink

  246. Yeehaaaa!  Great news, Tim.  Welcome back, and best wishes for a speedy recuperation.

    Posted by texasred on 2008 01 31 at 08:06 PM • permalink

  247. Welcome back, Tim. It is heartening to find that some leftists said “fuck it, let’s be human” and wished you well, and then your post on the assault pigeon in the train maketh the spirit effervesce.

    Tim Blair, journalist, editor, commentator, oppressor—long may you journalize, edit, commentate, and oppress!

    Posted by ForNow on 2008 02 01 at 12:05 AM • permalink

  248. I mean, effin congrats! Outa the blue, kissa the girls, singa the song, rocka the boat! (Conservative sentiments all).

    Posted by ForNow on 2008 02 01 at 12:21 AM • permalink

  249. Tim—

    Best of wishes from here in Austin.  I haven’t forgotten that you promised to let me buy you a glass of wine at the Driskoll.  I’m counting on you getting better and fulfilling that.

    You’re in our family’s thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2008 02 01 at 06:51 PM • permalink

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