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SITE MOVED

Adjust your bookmarks, people. We’ve shifted over here.

The new site - the shiny new Daily Telegraph site - is only an hour or so old as I write and very much a work in progress. No links yet to other blogs, nor do I have any idea how comments are meant to happen. Give it (and me) a few days.

Massive thanks are owed to Florida’s Andrea Harris, who patiently and expertly hosted me for five years and who during that time became something of a cult figure in Australia. It took the might of News Corporation to lure me away, Andrea.

Now - to the future!

Posted by Tim B. on 05/11/2008 at 11:59 AM
  1. So this site will be permanently archived (like the other two) and you’ll only be posting on the new, linked blog at the Daily Telegraph, Tim?

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 12:15 PM • permalink

  2. #1: Yes indeedy, Andy.

    Posted by Tim B. on 2008 05 11 at 12:18 PM • permalink

  3. Poor Andrea. Tossed aside like yesterday’s newspaper.

    jk, good job Andrea. What are you going to do with all your abundant free time?

    So, now it’s bookmark Tim Blair4.

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 05 11 at 12:24 PM • permalink

  4. We can’t comment at Tim’s site yet? 

    WE CAN"T COMMENT AT TIM’S SITE YET?!?!?!?!?!

    OH, NO!  I AM SUFFERING WITHDRAWAL SYMPTOMS!!!  MUST COMMENT AT TIM’S NEW SITE!!! 

    MUST COMMENT AT TIM’S NEW SITE!!! 

    MUST COMMENT AT TIM’S NEW SITE!!! 

    .......

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:30 PM • permalink

  5. Oh, no. We can’t call Age et al. columnists halfwits any more. (At least not in e-type.)
    8=^(

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 12:31 PM • permalink

  6. Bookmark the old sites, JeffS. I’m just about to, myself.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 12:32 PM • permalink

  7. The Real Jeff S, #4

    You can comment, but it has to be vetted before it appears. You know what that means, the poor bastard’s gonna have a breakdown before Monday’s over. :)

    Posted by mythusmage on 2008 05 11 at 12:33 PM • permalink

  8. OK, I made a test comment and got a “held for moderator approval” message. (Or something like that, I didn’t copy it down).

    Uh-oh. With this bunch, that could require a full-time staff.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:33 PM • permalink

  9. So we have to go back to a moderation system Tim?

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 12:34 PM • permalink

  10. Seriously, Tim, given that you’ll be hosted by the Daily Telegraph, will there be any changes in the rules of engagement, er, ah, I mean, protocol? 

    Andrea was a harsh (but firm) Blogmistress, under your dictatorship leadership.  With this move, we are going into the corporate world, and us citizens of Blairistan are a trifle, ummmmm, care free by nature.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:34 PM • permalink

  11. Hmmmmm…..I see that others dove in while I set up the side scan sonar. 

    This could get interesting!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:35 PM • permalink

  12. Now you and Bahnisch work for the same employer!

    Posted by Nic on 2008 05 11 at 12:36 PM • permalink

  13. #10 T_R_JS

    Hmmm, I think the free-for-all, inmates-running-the-asylum comments forum we’ve been used to has come to an end.

    Ah, well.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:37 PM • permalink

  14. OK, I just dropped my first comment.  This is going to be different.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:39 PM • permalink

  15. Yes, Spiny, I think that you are right.  Still, I don’t think that we will lose the essence of Blairistan.  It’s more like changing schools, to one where the dress codes are different.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:40 PM • permalink

  16. So who will boot the morons and moonbats if not Andrea?

    And who will keep wronwright in line?

    Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2008 05 11 at 12:41 PM • permalink

  17. #13 I’m picturing a lot more arguments and a lot more comments from the Left.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 12:41 PM • permalink

  18. I think what Tim meant by:

    ...nor do I have any idea how comments are meant to happen. Give it (and me) a few days.

    ...is that there is no moderator yet. So the comments we left may float about in the ether for quite some time.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:41 PM • permalink

  19. #17 Ash_

    #13 I’m picturing a lot more arguments and a lot more comments from the Left.

    Like the endless sniping I’ve seen at Bolta’s?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:42 PM • permalink

  20. Patience is the key word here, Spiny.  That and some flexibility will see us through this change.

    Change, after all, is part of life.  A point that the lefties ignore, and the rest of the world embraces.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:43 PM • permalink

  21. #19 Exactly Spiny :( Being newspaper affiliated, it can’t be as relaxed and carefree as we are here.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 12:44 PM • permalink

  22. I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

    This could be interesting…

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:45 PM • permalink

  23. Ash, I don’t think that you weren’t around for the earlier incarnations of Tim’s blog, where there was NO moderation and NO registration.  It got quite nasty at times. 

    Trust me, it ain’t so bad if they can keep the genuine trolls out.  Might even improve the discussions here.  Not that they are of low quality in the first place, but simply contrasting rational versus lunatics can work wonders.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 12:47 PM • permalink

  24. #12 Ash_

    Being newspaper affiliated, it can’t be as relaxed and carefree as we are here.

    I wonder, will discussions about PACO Enterprises’ latest ::ahem:: products be considered “unpermitted free advertising” (aka “spam”) by corporate lawyer types who don’t get the joke?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:49 PM • permalink

  25. I’m ok with moderating comments if you don’t have to wait a ton of hours for it TRJS, it’s the waiting that bugs me.

    And there’s some little creeps who I’m sure will turn up and spew their garbage all over the place.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 12:52 PM • permalink

  26. And another thing!

    Will the bar in this joint stay open until the comments thingy is up and running at the Daily Telegraph site?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 12:53 PM • permalink

  27. Blogspot.
    Spleenville.
    timblair.net.
    End of an era.  Sad.

    Posted by reese on 2008 05 11 at 12:54 PM • permalink

  28. How does one register, comment or even read the comments over there?

    Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 11 at 01:08 PM • permalink

  29. I miss Andrea already. Can’t you take her with you? Doesn’t seem right somehow.

    Posted by Mambo Bananapatch on 2008 05 11 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  30. Mike H. Just click on the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of a post.

    Posted by TimH on 2008 05 11 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  31. held for moderator approval

    Leave it to a dead tree publication with a website to kill the spontaneity of the threads, which are half the fun. No more playful Paco and Wainwright exchanges. No more outing journalists who dopped-out of Basic Training, but are passing themselves off as veterans. No more Andrea flaming and banning trolls.

    Posted by Bruce Rheinstein on 2008 05 11 at 01:10 PM • permalink

  32. You f—-ing sellout!!

    Are you hiring??

    Posted by Shaky Barnes on 2008 05 11 at 01:17 PM • permalink

  33. I did but had to enable popups for some reason (Netscape). Then it took my humorous entry and dropped it in the bit bucket until someone who knows how to read bits comes along.

    Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 11 at 01:23 PM • permalink

  34. #31 Bruce

    Well, I hope wronwright has stocked up on Sumerian mead, because I’m quite certain that News Corp. will take away the keys to the Tardis (the potential liabilities are endless, you see?).

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 01:42 PM • permalink

  35. Re #25, yeah, Ash, spontaneity goes away at the new blog.  THAT, rest assured, I will miss as well.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 01:43 PM • permalink

  36. Good lord! Looks like Detective Paco’s going to have to hang up his holster and sell life insurance or something. The Tardis will have to go up on blocks. Norwegian-Americans will have lost their platform for amusing other folk with their ridiculous accents. And how will RJ and I be able to track down Bryla when he loses the bet?

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 01:46 PM • permalink

  37. Well.This.Sux.
    I’m really going to miss you guys.
    Thanks for all the laughs.


    Greene, signing off.

    Posted by greene on 2008 05 11 at 02:04 PM • permalink

  38. Oh, I don’t imagine we’ll lose track of Bryla… he’ll probably bring his loopy friends over to the new Daily Telegraph blog, too.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 02:10 PM • permalink

  39. Hey guys, I have a website of my own. I even post to it from time to time. However, my posts aren’t all that interesting these days.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 11 at 02:24 PM • permalink

  40. Yep, Andrea, I do visit you fairly often.

    Maybe you could rename your blog “Not Tim Blair’s Blog”?  Maybe have some guest bloggers (hint hint, paco)? 

    I dunno, this is an evolving situation.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 02:27 PM • permalink

  41. Maybe Detective Paco relocate to Australia?  To get away from Sheila’s mother, if naught else.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 02:30 PM • permalink

  42. “Maybe Detective Paco could relocate to Australia? “

    Sheesh!

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 02:30 PM • permalink

  43. But… but… what are we going to do with all this mead?

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 11 at 02:34 PM • permalink

  44. Too true! And transition is often painful. I’m sure they’ll get things up and running over at the new site real soon. As for my place, I’m not sure what to do with it. Maybe guest bloggers are the way to go after all. At least there would be more content…

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 11 at 02:38 PM • permalink

  45. Well, first and foremost, a big “thank you” to Andrea for her tireless work. You’re awesome, Andrea.

    Second, let’s not get all panicky and morose. Life is change, we’ll just have to adjust. Hopefully we have enough “inside stuff” to slip past the mods.

    You know what would be cool? “Emeritus” status for everyone registered here that gets us automatic, mod-less entry. I want to be a star-bellied sneetch.

    Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 11 at 02:53 PM • permalink

  46. I’m skert.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 03:32 PM • permalink

  47. #39 Well, Andrea, if that’s an invitation…..you may regret it, if all of Blairistan shows up on your blog-step.

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 05 11 at 03:39 PM • permalink

  48. Mike H.:

    You the same Mike H from Dissident Frogman?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 03:41 PM • permalink

  49. BTW, who are these “moderators”? And will they be endoctrinated trained by Tim?

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 05 11 at 03:48 PM • permalink

  50. I think I’ve stumbled upon Obama’s source for his campaign platform!
    Zombo!

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 03:55 PM • permalink

  51. #44 Andrea

    Too true! And transition is often painful. I’m sure they’ll get things up and running over at the new site real soon. As for my place, I’m not sure what to do with it. Maybe guest bloggers are the way to go after all. At least there would be more content…

    The “Guest Blogger” format eventually worked out at Protein Wisdom. It was a bit “hit and miss” at first, but seems to be quite a success now.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 03:57 PM • permalink

  52. Many thanks to Andrea, who has done a wonderful job keeping the boiler room of this blog running efficiently.

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 03:58 PM • permalink

  53. #50 Grimmy

    Ummm…. definitely a “hopey, changey” sort of thing, ain’t it?

    Exactly how did you find that? Did you hack the Admin login at Barry O’s homepage, or what?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 04:02 PM • permalink

  54. #53, Spiny Norman:

    You know the drill. Snoop and poop. Eyes out and pay attention.

    Seriously though, someone posted it in the Age of Conan form thread where we’re all waiting impatiently for them to fire up the retail client for download.

    Although, I will make the modest claim to have drawn the rather obvious connection to the Obamanation all my myself.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 04:09 PM • permalink

  55. of course, form was meant to be forum. Dang u thieves. Hates em.

    Oh, and PIMF is for them what use hair products.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 04:10 PM • permalink

  56. Re #51, true enough about PW, Spiny.  But only after a couple of the guest bloggers starting blogging and stopped gibbering.  Took a while.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 04:25 PM • permalink

  57. And I am indeed remiss in awarding acolades to Andrea as well.  Without our esteemed BlogMistress™, Blairistan would not evolved to the high state of drunken rowdyism intelligent discourse that is the envy of many in the blogosphere.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 04:27 PM • permalink

  58. Oh well - this is the end of an era and the end of free ranging comments and expression.  If anyone wants an idea of what Tim’s new site will be like, just have a look at comments section on Andrew Bolt’s blog

    No more free ranging fucking comments!

    In fact I remember posting a couple of times to Australian newspaper blogs (not sure if it was the Australian or Bolt) but they did not appear.  Either my pseudonym or comments (and they were clean) were unacceptable.

    So it definitely will be no more fucking comments.  And I dare say there will be no room for detective paco’s adventures.  Sigh

    Farewell Tim Blair’s Blog

    Posted by Wand on 2008 05 11 at 04:29 PM • permalink

  59. Oops!  That was supposed to be drunken rowdyism, drunken rowdyism.

    Hey, will there be a yard sale, Tim?  I suspect that you could make beer money for a few years from the italics alone.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 04:30 PM • permalink

  60. The_Real_JeffS:

    There are probably a lot of JeffS over here that reckon they’re real ... your screen name may have to become The_Real_JeffS_88 or something completely different.  Better be quick.

    And how expensive are bold tags at the Tele?

    Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 11 at 04:32 PM • permalink

  61. Splitter.

    I can’t believe that we have to join the People’s Blog of Judea.

    Still, it’s been fun.  Hope the new thing works out (I need you to drive up the price of my News Corp shares - get to work). 

    Andrea - massive thanks.  You can get a life now.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 05 11 at 04:32 PM • permalink

  62. It took the might of News Corporation to lure me away, Andrea.


    Lure? Sounds more like an offer he couldn’t refuse.

    Posted by ErnieG on 2008 05 11 at 04:38 PM • permalink

  63. no thappy tim

    Posted by murph on 2008 05 11 at 04:45 PM • permalink

  64. And how expensive are bold tags at the Tele?

    #60 I’ve already made a joke about that, when [if?] it gets posted, Stevo. As long as my dissent isn’t crushed, I think I can hold on (while sating my more Mr. Hyde-ian persona at Ace of Spades HQ).

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 04:46 PM • permalink

  65. Detective Paco will be back even if he has to start his own blog.

    Many thanks to Tim for giving me - all of us - such a freewheeling vehicle for opinion, imagination and partying. It has been a uniquely satisfying experience, and has encouraged me to engage in flights of imaginative writing that I never before had the opportunity to do. I’ll certainly be dropping in at the new digs; hope to see everybody there.

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 04:48 PM • permalink

  66. #62 ErnieG

    Why is it that that particular expression doesn’t have near the same impact without the breathy Marlon Brando voice?

    =^0

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 04:49 PM • permalink

  67. Andrea, maybe you blog will be the crash and burn joint for all the blairites who miss the free swinging comments here.

    Posted by rabidfox on 2008 05 11 at 04:49 PM • permalink

  68. Meanwhile, outside of cyberspace, pigs may actually fly.

    I can’t decide which scenario to cheer for:  An Obama-Clinton ticket (which would really increase McCain’s odds of winning), or Obama-snubs-Hillary ticket (which would really increase McCain’s odds of winning).

    Of course, it might not even play out.  But I still have this huge stockpile of popcorn, y’know…..

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

  69. This sucks.

    I left a comment after Tim’s column on Bob Ellis in The Telegraph and it was never posted in the comments section.

    I didn’t swear in it or cast aspersions on Ellis’s or anyone else’s character, yet it never got into print although nasty remarks about Tim’s competence did.

    I feel like my favourite pub has closed.

    Need to find a new one. Been looking at an interesting establishment down the road a bit.

    Do you serve Aussie reds at your place Andrea?

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

  70. Yeah well, the most important question is, can we still say “fuck”?
    Hope it doesn’t become Tim Bleah.
    But then again, maybe he’s making more money, and so he should. And thank you Andrea and anyone else who made this so entertaining all these years.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 11 at 05:03 PM • permalink

  71. Many, MANY thanks to Andrea, for her excellent work on the Blair blogs all this time. And for her patient endurance as the object of countless fantasies.
    I really hope that this doesn’t go the way of Bolta’s blog. Call me elitist and snobbish, but I really appreciated the fact that most contributors here were of a like mind in many ways. Too often the comments at Bolta’s turn into the sort of mundane back and forth you can get at any Friday-drinks-after-work session.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 05:05 PM • permalink

  72. Oh, and besides’ Andrea’s place, I also recommend this friendly and intelligent fella.....even if he does live in Taxachussetts.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 05:06 PM • permalink

  73. I think I double-commented at the new site. I was just so excited. If Andrea was still in charge she could fix it.

    Is there anyone at the new place who can delete my first attempt so I don’t look like a fool?

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

  74. TRJ, I’ve tried most of Tim’s links. But no one is as quick, as regular, as succinct, as funny or as fucking spot on.
    His shots were cheap. His shots were true.

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 11 at 05:11 PM • permalink

  75. #72, TRJ:

    Yeah, Critt’s a good guy.

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

  76. Good stuff, Tim. All the best with the move.

    Posted by Ant Rogenous on 2008 05 11 at 05:15 PM • permalink

  77. Not looking good people. I just posted two comments:
    “Fuck”
    and
    “Why hello there my good man”
    The latter is being moderated, the former was “Error: Unable to receive”
    I feel the flavour of life is being leached away…

    Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 11 at 05:20 PM • permalink

  78. So true, ooh honey honey.  But we will survive, and Tim is doubtless getting more money, in and of itself a worthwhile objective.

    Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 05 11 at 05:23 PM • permalink

  79. Haven’t read all the comments…
    Saw this at 5am-ish and thought WTF is that what he’s been up to, and here’s me thinking he’s working on the Budget lead up… a lot of things.
    1. We’ll miss our Administratrix/Troll Squisher.
    2. What happens to spontaneity? Comments moderated? Hmmm?
    3. I can’t be bothered with some other blogs thru the papers (Bolt) because there’s too many crazies and also the moderation kills discussion…
    4. Ahh. A new adventure for us all. (I hope we can still play around, though…)

    Just thought of another:
    5. What about those of us who are no good with HTML codey stuff? Will we have all the buttons at our disposal? (I haven’t looked at the comments section yet to see how it’s done.)

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 05:26 PM • permalink

  80. Losing the cussing wont hurt me none. Not a big fan of potty words, unless its in a face to face pre-fight oration.

    It might be a good thing to see the heavy hand of immoderate moderation. Y’all can learn to be as calm, reasonable, non-judgemental and “go along to get along"ish as me.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 05:27 PM • permalink

  81. Speaking of the she devil, Mistress Andrea…

    I think I’m gonna miss that “oh Mohammad H. Rageboomer! Andrea is gonna tear me a new one for sure and for certain!” feeling I used to get a few minutes after hitting the submit button on many of my comments.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 05:29 PM • permalink

  82. We all going to chip in for a Blog Warming present?

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 05:34 PM • permalink

  83. Thanks, Tim, it’s been an interesting ride these last five years. “Met” some interesting people along the way, the old timers that were here when I arrived, like Richard McEnroe, JeffS, DaveS, kae, and wronwright and paco shortly after. I remember thinking “This paco guy is a bit different…he’ll fit in!” :) Guess I’ll have to find a new hobby. Maybe I’ll drop by Andrea’s place once in a while.

    Posted by rinardman on 2008 05 11 at 05:57 PM • permalink

  84. #82

    Firelighters?

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

  85. The occasional ad at the top for carservice.com.au appears to use a crescent wrench as a logo, which suggests rounded bolt heads and skinned knuckles to me.

    Posted by rhhardin on 2008 05 11 at 05:59 PM • permalink

  86. #65 paco

    Detective Paco will be back even if he has to start his own blog

    That sounds great.  How about a parallel blog allowing us to comment on Blair’s posts and others that in other times he would have posted?  For example I somehow don’t think we’ll see posts about Presbyterians etc. as Tim has joined corporate mainstream.

    #79 kae

    1. We’ll miss our Administratrix/Troll Squisher.
    2. What happens to spontaneity? Comments moderated? Hmmm?
    3. I can’t be bothered with some other blogs thru the papers (Bolt) because there’s too many crazies and also the moderation kills discussion…
    4. Ahh. A new adventure for us all. (I hope we can still play around, though…)
    5. What about those of us who are no good with HTML codey stuff? Will we have all the buttons at our disposal? (I haven’t looked at the comments section yet to see how it’s done.)


    1. I concur. 
    2.  Spontaneity – gone - you only have to look at some of the comments on Bolts blog,
    3.  Neither can I - e,g., try this one for size if you are up to wading through.  I have found that even though I may agree with much of what Bolt says, reading his blog and the comments is pretty unexciting let alone contributing.
    4. So do I.  Anyone want to set up TB Parallel Blog?
    5.  Tim’s new blog is the same as Bolts (same MSM) and has a few buttons.  It even allows emoticons but I can’t say I’ve noticed any on Bolt’s blog.  It may still allow other standard html codes like colour, size, etc.  but they would have to run the gauntlet of the moderator.

    Looks like it’s over until we have a new home where we can be truly free.

    Posted by Wand on 2008 05 11 at 06:08 PM • permalink

  87. There is no blog but Tim Blair’s, and Andrea is his administrator. There is no blog but Tim Blair’s, and Andrea is his administrator (repeat until shock subsides)...

    I reckon Andrea’s due a few donations at her site as a show of enduring, trembling submission thanks for maintaining our little community, from commenters (including background artists like yours truly) and lurkers alike. What say you all?

    I assume the link in Tim’s post is the one to use?

    Posted by Don Charleone on 2008 05 11 at 06:10 PM • permalink

  88. Wand, there are some very good sites on Tim’s sidebar that are worth clicking over to.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 06:12 PM • permalink

  89. Gee, Tim.  I’m not sure I’m ready for this.  Have never been a big fan of Sydney’s Daily Terror.*

    Suspect there’ll be a loss of some free-wheeling discussion, which attracted me to your site in the first place. Plus, I always felt that Andrea kept a firm but kindly hand on the tiller.

    I’ll wait and see how it goes.

    ________

    * Used when Sydney’s evening paper, the Daily Mirror, died, leaving behind only the Telegraph and The Sydney Morning Herald, of which I’m also not a particular fan.

    Posted by ann j on 2008 05 11 at 06:14 PM • permalink

  90. As others have commented above the new TB site will, as far as commenting is concerned, become another Andrew Bolt site with useless trolls like ‘Barry Bones’ commenting several times on every post and getting up everyone’s noses.

    I greatly fear there will be no more of lengthy, witty, erudite, funny, and even rhyming comments we know and love here.

    I rarely comment at Andrew Bolt - it’s a great blog but it’s not worth the effort to put together a literate, properly spelled and grammatical post when it gets swamped by morons and kiddies who post in all-caps.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 11 at 06:17 PM • permalink

  91. I’m with #3. Andrea is no discrad! We should get her a full-time job at the Telegraph running the site.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:21 PM • permalink

  92. thanks, tim and andrea, for two years of great fun.

    Posted by missred on 2008 05 11 at 06:22 PM • permalink

  93. There is no blog but Tim Blair’s, and Andrea is his administrator. There is no blog but Tim Blair’s, and Andrea is his administrator (repeat until shock subsides)...

    And anyone who dares deny this Truth is an feeelthy Infidel!
    . .

    I keeeeeel you!

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:23 PM • permalink

  94. Thanks Wand
    Heyyy.
    I just emailed a friend:

    We’ll see what happens.

    But if it ends up like Bolta’s it’ll be shit.

    MODERfuckenRATION?

    Jeez!

    It’d be good if they could pay Andrea a stipend to look after the moderation for half the day or something…

    Or Andrea could somehow run a Blair Ghost blog…. Though the Tele probably wouldn’t like that.

    This:

    The instant reply is what made Tim’s blog so popular.

    That’s how you achieve the camaraderie we have/had there.

    Now that it’s going to be wide open to every fruit loop with a computer, there’s no way I’m going to suggest meeting up anywhere.

    and this:

    Eggzackerly!

    Instant gratification

    Or smackdown

    I’m sure we’ll all survive and cope… I think Tim’s aware of what makes his blog special. We’ll all have to stick with it and see how it goes. I’m sure Tim has protected the, er, unique qualities of the blog.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 06:25 PM • permalink

  95. #90 walterplinge

    I greatly fear there will be no more of lengthy, witty, erudite, funny, and even rhyming comments we know and love here.

    Well, I think we should try at least, and then see what happens. But I am skeptical.

    I rarely comment at Andrew Bolt - it’s a great blog but it’s not worth the effort to put together a literate, properly spelled and grammatical post when it gets swamped by morons and kiddies who post in all-caps.

    Makes one wonder what “comment held for moderation” actually means, don’t it?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:27 PM • permalink

  96. Held for review??

    HEL:D FOR REVIEW!!!!

    WHo the bloody hell is reviewing? Are they certified reviewers?

    Do they understand irony and sarcasm. Are they effing socialist indoctrinated <gasp> university graduates </gasp>

    Do they udnerstand about the italics occasionally needing to be let out for exercise; or the copst bold?

    Interesting, they want your brand but could ruin and lose it.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:28 PM • permalink

  97. I feel as though I’m about to be “nanny-stated” by the Lunch-box Nazis.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 06:30 PM • permalink

  98. Rank and odorous, bogus and heinous.

    I guess they’re not going to let me link to porn sites either, despite the fact Murdoch has made more money out of bare breasts than Hugh Hefner, Bob Guccione and Larry Flynt combined.

    Speaking of which, here’s the answer to yesterday’s pop quiz, and apparently the last time I get to say Not Safe for Work.

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 06:31 PM • permalink

  99. #23 TRJS
    But we don’t get that many lunatics here… It’s quite peaceful.

    The occasional bickering amongst the Blairites is usually in good humour. Eventually, with discussion, agreeing to disagree on this or that point.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 06:33 PM • permalink

  100. It’s half past 8 in the am in Blairland, and still no action from the ‘Moderators’.

    Bolta’s ‘Moderators’ are a bit more lively.

    Posted by DaneF on 2008 05 11 at 06:35 PM • permalink

  101. Pogria, if someone tries to check what you send your kid to school with to eat, can you please notify me ahead of time?

    I want to be there with the popcorn.

    Which will surely be banned.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 06:35 PM • permalink

  102. Another downside. From being an national and international blog we now have a Sydney-based newspaper blog. If I’m up to commenting on a very busy newspaper blog I’ll do it on my local Melbourne-based one: Bolt’s. 

    I’ll certainly read TB daily but leave commenting to the Sydney kiddies.

    There’s always Currency Lad of course - hitherto one of TB’s quality commenters.

    It’s a pity this site and the Sydney one can’t exist in parallel but suppose there are commercial and legal ramifications.

    Posted by walterplinge on 2008 05 11 at 06:36 PM • permalink

  103. #94 kae

    Now that it’s going to be wide open to every fruit loop with a computer, there’s no way I’m going to suggest meeting up anywhere.

    You just know many of the banned Internet nazis and vandals Andrea kept cleared out of here are just licking their greasy chops knowing they’ll soon get take free shots.

    I can hear them shaking up their spray paint cans from here.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:37 PM • permalink

  104. I’m with the lefties on one thing.

    CORPORATE MEDIA SUCKS!

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 06:38 PM • permalink

  105. #100 DaneF

    It’s half past 8 in the am in Blairland, and still no action from the ‘Moderators’.

    Bolta’s ‘Moderators’ are a bit more lively.

    I think the problem is that there isn’t any “moderation” yet.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:39 PM • permalink

  106. Dear Tim,

    Thank you for the experience of participating on your blog.  It has been great fun for me over the last (nearly) three years.  I just checked my profile to see that I have been a relative newcomer to your site having joined on 26 July 2005.  There have been many times when members of my family have asked the question, “What is he laughing at?”  Those times have been sustenance for my soul!

    I trust you have extracted a substantial reward from your employer to make this move and I would like to extend my congratulations on your promotion, because this move must signify one.  Indeed, if your move becomes a norm, I may have to re-consider an offer earlier this year to join the corporate world on a most lucrative pay offer (it was huge) ....uh oh just re-considered yet again and the answer is still no.  Anyway all of us make choices all the time about all things and you have made yours as being what is right for you just now.

    So all the best with your new blog and life in the high flying corporate MSM blogosphere.  And if you started a daily column in the Tele, I would even consider subscribing and even have the thing home delivered. Whoops, steady on there… maintain some control.

    Anyway, I certainly will look in on your new blog and see how things go.

    Cheers,

    Wand

    Posted by Wand on 2008 05 11 at 06:40 PM • permalink

  107. I’m concerned about the loss of sponteneity. Someimtes repartee ran amock with the italics.

    Ah, yes, I shall see if the italics can “escape”.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:40 PM • permalink

  108. Wimpy, italics and bolds can escape on Bolta’s, so they can probably escape on Tim’s new site too.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 06:42 PM • permalink

  109. Hey Tim, get some of us to be volunteer moderators. Some of the posts you’re going to get from the lunatic fringe are going to be absolutely hilarious, and we can properly mock them then!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 06:44 PM • permalink

  110. #108

    Wimpy, italics and bolds can escape on Bolta’s, so they can probably escape on Tim’s new site too.

    At least we’ll have that to amuse us. Heh.

    ;^)

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:45 PM • permalink

  111. Look, I’ve just made two posts and yet there are still ZSERO, that’s right ZERO comments.

    This does not auger well.

    Are we going to have a NEW Coke/REAL Coke moment here?

    Remember the counter add where the Pepsi ad has the board of diorectors of Coke cheering as NEW coke tastes “just like Pepsi”?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:46 PM • permalink

  112. Are they going to enforce good shpeklling and accuraet tiping?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:47 PM • permalink

  113. Wimpy, you sure that’s not “triping”?

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 06:48 PM • permalink

  114. #111 Wimpy

    I am almost certain that this:

    ...nor do I have any idea how comments are meant to happen. Give it (and me) a few days.

    ...means there isn’t any moderation yet. So there’s probably a whole slew of comments with nowhere to go right now.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:49 PM • permalink

  115. #45 Excellent idea, Dave. S.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  116. I need pie.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  117. Or we could just keep this thread going indefinately :-)

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:50 PM • permalink

  118. #112 Wimpy

    Are they going to enforce good shpeklling and accuraet tiping?

    Then the trolls would shriek about “CENSORSHIP!!!”.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:51 PM • permalink

  119. Hey guys! I’ve been feeling your pain (well, actually I’ve been sleeping off a king-sized sinus headache, but if I’d been awake I’d have felt some pain, believe me), so I’ve got a post for y’all. Come on and join the site—you’ll have to register, and your first comment only will be held in moderation until I can get to it (that’s just to ward against spammers and trolls), but once you’re in, you’re in. I’m still deciding on guest bloggers—whether to just add them to my current site, or make up a whole brand new blog. Decisions, decisions!

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 11 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  120. Actually, I wish had shares in Pharmaceutical and Dairy.

    Sales of Prozac and Ice cream will skyrocket over the next few weeks.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  121. PS: I don’t think they are holding your comments out of malice or anything over at Tim’s new site, I think they are just still working out the bugs, like he said. Be kind…

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 11 at 06:52 PM • permalink

  122. #117 Wimpy

    Or we could just keep this thread going indefinately :-)

    Yes! Let’s see how much nuttiness we can get in before last call.

    ;^)

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 06:55 PM • permalink

  123. Early days for Tim’s new site. All the best for it.

    Andrea Harris provided a great forum here. It will be greatly missed by everyone.

    Posted by DaneF on 2008 05 11 at 06:56 PM • permalink

  124. Oh fucking hell.

    Now Marilyn Shepherd will be able to post…

    This could be fun!

    Congrats Tim. We’re all a little nervous as you can see, but surely not as much as you might be. I have no doubt the cancer surgery was nothing compared to changing blog platforms!

    Anyway. It doesn’t matter, because I know about the secret Tim Blair blog with all the really defamatory stuff.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 06:56 PM • permalink

  125. #90 Walterplinge -

    You said it all.  I used to post at Bolta’s, but it got too boring with all the disjointed commentary and six hours or more of moderation, not to mention the Janine I’s and Barry Bones who dominate the “discussions” with their arrant stupidity.

    I’m going to miss the Blair Blog.

    Posted by Kaboom on 2008 05 11 at 06:57 PM • permalink

  126. #60 You have to enter you “screen name” every posting. How many imposters do you think that’ll encourage.

    We’ll probably have bloody Lucie from teh Canadian Human Rights Council posting!!

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 06:59 PM • permalink

  127. Or we could just keep this thread going indefinately :-)

    Who let the bold out? Who…who..who…

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 07:02 PM • permalink

  128. #126 Wimpy

    #60 You have to enter you “screen name” every posting. How many imposters do you think that’ll encourage.

    Wasn’t that an issue here once, in the days before registration, and why JeffS goes by “The_Real_JeffS”?

    Or was that something else?

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 07:03 PM • permalink

  129. #126 Wimpy,

    In that case, I’m going to use the screen name “Jadewarr” if I post at the new place.

    Hey, if it works for Lucy and the blind man….

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:03 PM • permalink

  130. You did that on purpose!

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 07:03 PM • permalink

  131. DAN!!!

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:04 PM • permalink

  132. I guess it occurred to some egghead at News Corporation this so-called “Tim” could work for them on some kind of “blog”.

    Many thanks for your fine work over the years Andrea…We’ll see how this eventuates, but I think if we subtly ferment discontent, we could easily establish some kind of rich media empire along the lines of webdiary.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 07:06 PM • permalink

  133. And people have the nerve to call cyclists slow.  I posted a comment at the new site, pulled on my lycra, rode to work, had a shower, ate breakfast, wandered to my desk and it still hasn’t appeared.

    Are the moderators stuck on a train somewhere? 

    Alternatively, Tim is smacking his forehead for the numpteenth time after trying to teach a moderator how to use a computer.

    “Stop looking for the ‘any’ key.  Just press any key.  Yes, that key will do - NOOO not the delete key!  Aaarrrrgh!  Who sent me these fools?  Where’s Andrea when I need her?”

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 05 11 at 07:06 PM • permalink

  134. Moderated in this case means every comment gets approved anyone gets to post under someone elses identity, and it’s as slooooow as a wet weekend.

    Because it’s slow, the to-and-fro we experience isn’t going to happen.

    Posted by wanglese on 2008 05 11 at 07:08 PM • permalink

  135. Does the new blog bring us within the reach of Australia’s draconian defamation laws? Expect it does and expect that is what moderators (aka censors) are for.

    Think I will watch from a distance for now. If I don’t make it the other side, many thanks for the fabulous blog. Will remain a loyal reader of your columns.

    Posted by Contrail on 2008 05 11 at 07:08 PM • permalink

  136. This development has all the portents of doom. I’m concerned that this will end up with all the negatives that Bolt has, being no limit on who can comment, moderated comments, slow as a wet week and twice as tedious.

    However, I am prepared to be patient, until about noon today.

    I am sure that you are aware Tim, that this blog is about Blair and the Blairites, in varying measures.

    What loyalties I may have certainly do not lie with News Ltd.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 07:12 PM • permalink

  137. #124
    Maryloon Sheephead has been banned from every other site hasn’t she?

    ***

    Anyone else watch Insiders on the weekend?
    Regarding Newspapers dead tree editions and Web based, content, etc. How can the web-based ones for free fund the overheads? Will there be less journalists (haw), etc.
    The Tele Needs Tim Blair Blog.
    Perhaps Tim’s used his amazing powers to get the perfect blog, with all the attributes he wants?
    Wait n’ see.

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

  138. Shut up Pickles, I’m trying to be positive.
    * *
    * *
    * *
    As positive as I can until the shit hits the fan.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 07:15 PM • permalink

  139. Do THEY realize that Blairites are an itnernational; lot and thus post 24/7. When now will be an appropriate time top post to get moderation with alacrity? I reckon about midnight. Thanks.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 07:17 PM • permalink

  140. #135 Contrail,

    you surmise correctly about the defamation.

    Scope out Bolta’s comments and see how many are “snipped” for legal reasons or length of comment.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:18 PM • permalink

  141. I’m with you Kae. Let’s give Tim some credit.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 07:18 PM • permalink

  142. Are the moderators stuck on a train somewhere?

    If they were working out of Sydney you’d be surprised if they weren’t stuck on a train.

    But that shouldn’t be a problem as News Corporation out source site moderation to child-workhouses in Bangladesh.

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 07:19 PM • permalink

  143. #126 Wimpy.

    We’ll probably have bloody Lucie from teh Canadian Human Rights Council posting!!

    Don’t you mean Margot Blight?

    And you sure have some show going on in Canada: a tragic outcome from the mush of Trudeau’s multiculturalism.  Let’s hope we can learn from Canada’s mistakes and not repeat the exercise here though I am not holding my breath about our new federal government.  As Tim mentioned they are still fighting yesterday’s wars.  The budget on Tuesday will likely provide an indication of the way they are going and my guess is it will be more of the same dopey left wing policies that have been shown time and again to fail.

    For any readers who are unaware of the goings on in Canada with Human Rights Commissions, see Free Mark Steyn and Ezra Levant. Ezra’s comments re the letter I linked above.

    #129 pogria ... I really like that screen name “Jadewarr” or maybe it should be “Jadewar”... hmm not sure.  It sure has a ring about it, doesn’t it?  I think a few variations on the theme would be great.

    Jadewarr
    Jadewar
    Jadeware (whoops may get mispronounced)
    Jadawar
    Jaddaware

    Could be new fun and games.

    Posted by Wand on 2008 05 11 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  144. An that’s another thing.
    If we do want to communicate with eachother will there still be Bios with email and website links?

    Just wonderin’.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 07:24 PM • permalink

  145. #137 kae

    Regarding Newspapers dead tree editions and Web based, content, etc. How can the web-based ones for free fund the overheads? Will there be less journalists (haw), etc.

    Having worked at a newspaper for 15 years, I can say with some authority that the price of the dead tree editions hasn’t even covered printing costs or distribution cost for decades, and is there strictly for the “paid circulation” numbers: it’s all about advertising revenue and the rates charged based on those numbers. The web-based version has plenty of advertising, as we see, and rates are based on daily traffic.

    I suspect the future web-based revenue issues will be lack of space on an iPod-type screen.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 07:25 PM • permalink

  146. Oh my goodness. The local radio station knows!

    CFRA is currently playing Unknown Soldier by The Doors; Famous line: It’s all over!

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 07:26 PM • permalink

  147. Come on guys, do we really need Tim to keep this site going? I can do Tim.

    This week’s compact column:

    War to Bring Oil Prices Down with No Casualties

    by Tim Blair

    Hmmm, lots of trouble in Iraq, I hear. Well you know what I think?

    I think this war will bring oil prices down, and that there will be no humanitarian catastrophe.

    Also, I think that George W Bush reminds me a lot of Winston Churchill.

    Hey, you know lefties - always wrong. What’s up with that?

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 07:28 PM • permalink

  148. So no more assegai of doom, no more big bertha, and no more troll heads on the walls??
    Well ill give the new place a shot, but if I cant call Phat Phill “lower than a tapeworm in a dead lepers arse” without getting snipped for abuse I shall be a little miffed.
    (as happened at Boltas recently)

    Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 05 11 at 07:29 PM • permalink

  149. #145
    Spiny
    they wer talking about how they were going to get revenue from web based papers, and whether web papers should be different to dead tree ones… it was interesting.
    Insiders transcript here.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  150. First: There’s no way in hell that this thread can top 1000. Nope, no way, no how. Y’all just aint got the moxy.

    Second: No declaration of defeat before the fight. If we start pulling that sort of weak sauce, might as well just stop bathing and start carrying protest signs with all the other whiny, useless leftardic types.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 07:31 PM • permalink

  151. You all know this also means that next time Tim is on Insight or when the next election is held or while we’re watching China implode during the Olympics, that we’ll no longer be able to have our rip-roaring party line going in real time?

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:32 PM • permalink

  152. #148 frollicking

    So no more assegai of doom, no more big bertha, and no more troll heads on the walls??

    I think Andrea’s using them to redecorate her blog.

    The troll heads, definitely.

    Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 11 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  153. If we give up, does that mean the girls have to take their tops off?

    Not sure about that idea.

    It’s cold with all this localised Queensland global warming….

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  154. Had a terrible nightmare last night. Rudd was PM and raised the price of rum cans by 50%, Adam Gilchrist had retired, Blair had Bolted and Jenny Macklin got her baps out on the 730 report.

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 07:33 PM • permalink

  155. Andrea could always get a job at the fine Scottish restaurant.

    Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 11 at 07:37 PM • permalink

  156. #108 Ash_, now that is precisely the sponteneity that I am afraid will be lost; just like that lake in the Andes and the keys to the Tardis.

    Is that stuff ever going to be accepted?????

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 07:38 PM • permalink

  157. The good news

    Tim’s blogging is now considered part of his employment.

    No regular blogging? Don’t come Monday.

    Huzzah!

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 07:42 PM • permalink

  158. Oooooh, moderation is occurring.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 07:42 PM • permalink

  159. This is why I don’t like Mondays.

    Posted by Irobot on 2008 05 11 at 07:43 PM • permalink

  160. All hail Andrea, who combined the functions of Door Bitch from Hell and Florence Nightingale.  Now I just have to console myself over losing my privileged status as a registered Tim Blair commenter - it was always good for those tricky restaurant reservations (“I’m sorry sir, totally booked out.. oh, Mr. Cuckoo did you say?..why, we’ve just had a cancellation…”)

    Posted by cuckoo on 2008 05 11 at 07:44 PM • permalink

  161. I understand it, but I can’t say I’m happy.

    Anyone want a mid-week drink in Sydney this week to mourn the passing of an iconic blog?

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  162. Experiment conducted

    Nora on the new blog:

    Are you able to keep the same flexibility at News Limited?

    Me in reply:

    Let’s find out.

    Titwank
    Antony Loewenstein
    Knobjockey
    Irfan Yusuf
    Felcher
    Evan Jones.

    Let’s see if it appears, and when. I mean, it’s not like I wrote anything really offensive like “Marilyn Shepherd”.

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 07:46 PM • permalink

  163. Andrea, I filled in all the stuff and tried to log in but just get the profile thing again.

    You do realise I spent the whole of this very fine weekend in Ottawa AT WORK, trying to debug stuff which should, but does bnot, work. Hrggn

    BTW That beach looks like somewhere in teh York Peninsula, Australia. Just an amazing place - completely remote. Nothing but man/woman eating sharks and crocs.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 07:49 PM • permalink

  164. Comments are starting to show up at the “other” TB site.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  165. Andrea Harris thank you.
    Regarding the new TimB we will have see.

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 07:51 PM • permalink

  166. memo to all Blairites,

    I will NOT be resigning from my post as Senior Mignonette.

    As work will now be somewhat patchy because of Tim’s move into the corporate world, I have branched out into the field of Mercenary for hire.

    I have a full complement of Attack Monkeys and am ready to fly anywhere in the world at a moments notice.

    I warn you, I do not come cheap.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:52 PM • permalink

  167. Oh dear, not sure this is a good thing. I use your side bar as a portal to the blogoshere. Tim Blair as first step, then all sorts of linky goodness therefrom.

    And I’m not sure your corporate overlords are going to permit the, ah, free & frank exchange of views sometimes found in comments.

    Posted by Tom H on 2008 05 11 at 07:54 PM • permalink

  168. #129 You on the ball, Pogria!! :-)

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 07:57 PM • permalink

  169. oooohhh!!!

    The first troll had posted on Tim’s new blog.

    Bryla’s also there.

    The fat little wombat must have been salivating all night!

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 07:58 PM • permalink

  170. I guess if we want to comment at the futuristic other site, we have to wear uniforms made of foil.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:00 PM • permalink

  171. #132 “eventuates”???

    As I’m feeling all cuddly-feely, Marogs Maid, I’ll let that one parse.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:00 PM • permalink

  172. I agree with all the above.
    - Well done Andrea - firm but fair.
    - Having to type our nicks and follow News Corp. protocols will be a pain.
    - Moderating will lessen free speech and interaction - the great charm of Blairblog, the snappy repartee, will be gone.

    Pity - next we’ll all have to watch Foxtel exclusively and and only go to Fox movies….

    Posted by Bonmot on 2008 05 11 at 08:00 PM • permalink

  173. #168 thanks wimpy,

    the human rights debacle in Treaudopia is fascinating.

    It’s become compulsive reading for me.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 08:01 PM • permalink

  174. The terrorists have already won.

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 08:03 PM • permalink

  175. Supposing that the moderator lefty-indoctrinated student on a work period (hey they have students do these wo periods so they know what “work” is, so when they talk about it, they can talk knowledgeably) will be in work by now, so I reckon my posts will appear in 5..4..3..2..1….......

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:06 PM • permalink

  176. 150 - ‘Scuse me, that war’s been fought and won already.
    Have a dose of Ma Garrett’s Patented Laxative for your sins, Grimmy.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 08:08 PM • permalink

  177. You know that things are going downhill when some dipstick posts, “First!”

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:09 PM • permalink

  178. LEGAL SNIP

    Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2008 05 11 at 08:10 PM • permalink

  179. Wimpy: I’m not sure why your login isn’t working, try doing a fresh reload of the page. I checked your ID and everything looks fine.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2008 05 11 at 08:10 PM • permalink

  180. #176, SC:

    What’d I do, this time?

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 08:14 PM • permalink

  181. #143 Wand, thank you for understanding me. I go by the name Wimpy for a specific historical reason, now I am mostly stuck with it. But, as you can tell from my postings, there is nothing wimpy about me.

    I wish death, destruction and confusion upon my enemies.

    Again, thanks for supporting the cause.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:17 PM • permalink

  182. #135: Does the new blog bring us within the reach of Australia’s draconian defamation laws?

    If so, then I shall post something scandalously offensive and await extradition (probably the only way I’ll ever get to Australia).

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 08:17 PM • permalink

  183. Oh, what a surprise, the moderator was stuck on a train:

    Posted 12/05/08 09:56am

    Airport & East Hills, Bankstown and South Lines - Delays of 10-20 minutes

    That’s code for 90 to 120 minutes.

    Posted 12/05/08 09:56am

    Newcastle & Central Coast Line - Delays of 30-45 minutes

    Posted 12/05/08 09:56am

    Hunter Line - Service Cancellation

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 08:18 PM • permalink

  184. #182 May I suggest you mention something disparaging about Mr Kevin Rudd?

    As a guide, an article such as this will merely get you fired.

    Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 11 at 08:24 PM • permalink

  185. I don’t like this at all. Wait till Habib finds out! His comments will never get past a moderator.

    I gotta bad feeling about this change. *starts loading guns*

    Posted by Penguin on 2008 05 11 at 08:27 PM • permalink

  186. #166 Pogria, are you perhaps Canadienne? Mignonette?

    J’adore les mignones.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:27 PM • permalink

  187. For OOH OOH HONEY:

    why hello there my good man.
    ooh honey honey (Reply)

    but no sign of “Fuck”

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 08:28 PM • permalink

  188. #176 swinish,

    that was a fun night!

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 08:29 PM • permalink

  189. 180 - You and your “This thread will never,” etc etc!
    I fell for that ruse once before. Not again.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 08:30 PM • permalink

  190. And you can’t subscribe to comments.

    (who’d wanna though with no control of who posts…)

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  191. OK On the first entry, there are 7 posts. Only two from people here - Creosote and me. The rest is just the usual junk you expect at the ABC or CBC or BBC or NBC sites.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:31 PM • permalink

  192. Yes it was, Pog, but having met the challenge AND having triumphed against the forces of Evil Music last night, I am content to temporarily rest on my laurels.
    Anyway, I have plans to make pumpkin soup today. And those damn vegetables don’t peel themselves.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  193. #178

    You are absolutely SNIP

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 08:33 PM • permalink

  194. Andrea,
    Thanks for the memories. Altough I have never been a regular on this blog due to work travel (coupled with the fact I will never be as good as the guys and gals here as far as witty repatee goes), I have absolutely enjoyed the exchanges on this blog as often as possible. Thanks again to yourself and Tim for the laughs and food for thought.

    Posted by Turbine on 2008 05 11 at 08:34 PM • permalink

  195. fastest moving thread ever.

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 08:35 PM • permalink

  196. My five cents worth got by moderation.
    Climate change and global warming began when the sun started shining.
    stackja of sydney (Reply)
    Mon 12 May 08 (09:54am)

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 08:39 PM • permalink

  197. Hey, can we get some youtube music links happening? Possible themes: loss, grieving, the end, betrayal, death…

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:41 PM • permalink

  198. #191 - wimpy, since I am shrinking, I thought I’d shrink my name as well.

    Posted by mr creosote on 2008 05 11 at 08:43 PM • permalink

  199. SC:

    It was the other folk I was poking at for being lamers. Not you and your brave band of posters.

    Besides, that was just a one off. There’s no way in hell it can be done again. Ain’t happening.

    But, you are correct in your assertion. 1k has been reached. Chump change to only shoot that far again.

    A real measure of value and worth would be to end this blog with a 25k post thread.

    Now, that’d be something to tell the grand kids about.

    But, like I said. Wont happen. This crew just aint got the drive to reach beyond the mundane.

    Nope. No sir. No way. No how.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 08:45 PM • permalink

  200. Do comments at the News Ltd site have a word limit?

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 08:46 PM • permalink

  201. So finally lured entirely to the dark side by Rupert’s filthy lucre, eh? How about getting me a paying gig with the old fart as well- I’d go back to writing obnoxious, insulting, potentially actionable vile drunken innuendo if someone was daft enough to pay me, with the promise of vast advertising revenue streams flowing from my readership of 32. Well they gave one to Tim Dunlop for fucks sake, and while he may pull a few readers (figuratively and literally) none of them would have any money, much less spend what they do have on evil consumer goods when there’s Mullumbimbly ditch weed and Che’ t-shirts to be had.

    Deary me- slow loading and comment-moderated sites are the way of the future, eh? I can only stand lurking around Bolts for a short while as it’s slower to load than one of these, and infested with more retards than Federal Parliament, but if that’s the choice between productive work and fannying around on the interweb, count me in.

    And if they’re paying OK, buy a decent car- an MX5 is the sort of thing someone like this would drive.

    Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 08:46 PM • permalink

  202. #186 ah wimpy,

    I must disappoint you. I am not Canadian. I almost was. When my parents decided to emigrate, they were given the choice of Canada or Australia. They decided they’d had enough of snowy winters and headed for warmer climes.

    The only mignon I can give you is a delicious filet et mignon a la chateaubriand,rare.

    The only French I know is from cookbooks.

    I believe we must all strive to keep la Resistance going. It is not futile.


    For you wimpy.

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 08:46 PM • permalink


  203. And we’ll see how quick we can expect the Moderator(s) to work. I just posted at about 8:40 EST and I’ll see how long it takes for my comment to make it up.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  204. Missed a decimal in that. Should oughta been 2.5k.

    BUT!!! If this crew was to shoot for the full 25k, they might just break past a whoppin total of 254 or some other weak bit of slacker effort.

    Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  205. The end of a era. Thank you Andrea for all your great work.

    I hope that we can still have the quick fire discussions we had here. I love Bolt’s blog but the delay in posting takes some of the edge off.

    Thanks again Tim for giving us a forum to throw around ideas and to read paco’s film noir screen plays. Paco can we get one more for the road?

    Posted by lingus4 on 2008 05 11 at 08:47 PM • permalink

  206. This is The End.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:50 PM • permalink

  207. #203
    You watched the special on the telly last night…

    I don’t like the new site already.

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 08:50 PM • permalink

  208. It took the might of News Corporation to lure me away, Andrea.

    Tell News Corporation they can kiss my ass.

    Posted by wronwright on 2008 05 11 at 08:51 PM • permalink

  209. Well, my first post was posted. I suspect that the university student professionally experienced moderator(ess) has got into work and had her first coffee.

    Also, being uncertain as to what her/his role is, they are probably quite stressed. Italics? What are Italics? And all this emboldening and beclowning? What the…?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 08:54 PM • permalink

  210. It took the might of News Corporation to lure me away, Andrea.

    Hey, Tim, does that mean that you’ll be swelling our PayPal coffers with your excess of filthy lucre?

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 08:54 PM • permalink

  211. Well although I’m not a frequent commenter I’ll miss this site. I agree with comments here that newspaper based blog commenting is too slow and hit and miss. Twice i’ve made innocuous comments on SMH blogs (usually on music or something) I’ve been given the “your comment is subject to moderation” spiel and neither ever got posted.

    So while I’ll continue to drop by the telegraph and read Tim’s posts I’ll miss the quickfire comments you can read here.

    Oh well. Nothing is forever.

    Posted by Francis H on 2008 05 11 at 08:55 PM • permalink

  212. Everybody hurts

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  213. As long as we can all relax in town..

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 08:56 PM • permalink

  214. So you’ve sold out have you Blair?

    Infidel Tiger: Let me ask you something: does your money cheer you up when you’re feeling blue?
    Blair: Yes.
    Infidel Tiger: Okay, bad example. So let me ask you this: does your money ever hug you when you come home at night?
    Blair: Why, no.
    Infidel Tiger: And does it say “I love you”?
    Blair: No, it doesn’t.
    Infidel Tiger: (chanting) Nobody love you, nobody loves you

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 11 at 08:57 PM • permalink

  215. #214 classic

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 08:58 PM • permalink

  216. #207 This is The End

    Nothing Lasts Forever...

    Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 08:59 PM • permalink

  217. Well, okay, this is not strictly in-keeping with our musical theme.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  218. The smell…

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:01 PM • permalink

  219. Desperately in need of some strangers hand in a desperate land.

    And all the children socialists are insane. Wating for the summer rain Stalin plan.

    Ride the snake to the ancient lake stolen by the guy with the Tardis…

    Brought to you live from another link.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:02 PM • permalink

  220. What a bummer!
    I’ve found it easy to switch between the Bolt blogs and Timbo - ah well, that’s progress I guess?????

    Posted by jorjac on 2008 05 11 at 09:03 PM • permalink

  221. Yee har !

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:06 PM • permalink

  222. We were only 19

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:06 PM • permalink

  223. Vera

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:08 PM • permalink

  224. Comfortably Numb

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:11 PM • permalink

  225. Walk away, please go…

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

  226. And inserting page links works exactly like here. You highlight the text you want to use as the linked text; click on Link; with IE7.0 there’s the page-top popup about accepting ‘temprarily allowing scripted windows’; and then paste the URL into the popup window and hit ‘okay’; and then the highlighted text window pops up and you hit ‘okay’ on that.

    And it’s about 35 minutes since making my second post, and it’s not up yet. I’ll see if there’s any better turnover time on a truly-OT comment under the Global Warming and Al Gore thread.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 09:14 PM • permalink

  227. High Hopes

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:14 PM • permalink

  228. Oh. The “OT” above is (mistakenly on my part) for ON Topic.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 09:15 PM • permalink

  229. Jimmy Ruffin - *sob*

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 09:16 PM • permalink

  230. It’s reverse Webdiary. Patron Power is dead.

    Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 11 at 09:16 PM • permalink

  231. Oh no

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:16 PM • permalink

  232. #58 #70 If no F… then maybe
    Auck Buck Cuckoo Duck Euck F… Guck Huck Iuck Juck Kuck Luck Muck Nuck Ouck Puck Quck Ruck Stuk Tuck Uuck Vuck Wuck Xuck Yuck Zuck

    Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 09:17 PM • permalink

  233. Magenta Alert !

    Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:17 PM • permalink

  234. #226 Matt Munroe - walk away.

    We’re getting a little maudling here, aren’t we?

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:19 PM • permalink

  235. #206 lingus4: How about a rerun?

    Part I - Paco and Bill Clinton

    It was late Monday morning and consciousness snuck up on me with a pair of clawhammers and played a Gene Krupa solo inside my head. It was always like that after a night at Machado’s, getting on the outside of a half dozen whiskey sours. I slid out of bed, showered and shaved, wondering idly if slitting my throat might relieve the pressure behind my eyes. I shook the idea off (the landlord would find it too messy).
    Somehow I managed to pilot my canary-yellow 1938 Packard roadster down to the office without passing out and went upstairs. Shielding my eyes, I pulled the cord on the blinds, which opened with a resounding flap! (actually, it was more of a flappity-flappity-flappity !; I always did tug too hard on the cord).
    What the doctor ordered was a piping hot cup of joe, but when I checked the coffee jar it was empty. Uttering an expletive of the kind that the newspapers usually delete, I decided to head down to the corner drugstore. I paused on the steps to take on some oxygen, when she walked by.

    She had light brown hair, the kind Jeanie would have if you really did dream of her, and a prow that could cut through an iceberg and a perfect, heart-shaped derriere packed so snugly into a tight cotton dress that when she swung her hips the taut fabric tacked this way and that way across her international dateline in a going-away walk to make a PETA activist strangle a baby harp seal with his bare hands.

    Since we were heading in the same direction I toddled along, determined to enjoy the view as long as I could. Suddenly, she stopped to look in a shop window. As I walked by, I heard a loud “Pssst!”. I halted, took a step in her direction and cocked an inqisitive eyebrow.

    “You sibilated, ma’am?”

    She gave me a puzzled look. “I ... what?”

    “Skip it. Is there something I can do for you?”

    She spoke in a low, smoky voice, like somebody who’d bought her cigarettes from the devil’s tobacconist. “Are you by any chance Mr. Paco, the famous detective who solves cases while sitting in his chair?”

    “In person.”

    “Oh, Mr. Paco! I came to your office a while ago and you weren’t in so I’ve been pacing back and forth. Please, you’ve got to help me! Every night when I get off the subway, a big man follows me home, and later I keep getting phone calls from a guy with a Southern accent and he says dreadful things and . . . and . . . there he is!”

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 09:20 PM • permalink

  236. #235 We haven’t even started yet.

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:20 PM • permalink

  237. O.K.  If anyone has ‘those pictures’ of Wendi Deng, now’s the time to post them.

    Posted by monaro on 2008 05 11 at 09:21 PM • permalink

  238. Sigh…

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:22 PM • permalink

  239. Part II - Paco and Bill Clinton

    I turned and looked and there he was indeed. He came shambling down the sidewalk with that well-known leer on his mug and approached my new friend. I stepped between them.

    “Hello, Mr. President. Or Mr. Ex-President, isn’t it? I don’t recall anybody repealing the twenty-second amendment.”

    “Long time, no see, Paco.” He recognized me instantly; you see, we had crossed paths before (ed. note: see, “The Case of the Pornographic Panatellas”). “Why don’t you mosey along while I talk to the little lady?”
    I dug in my heels (not easy on a sidewalk). “Don’t you have some autographs to sign in Harlem?”

    He smiled more broadly than ever. “Paco, you see those Secret service agents back there? All I have to do is snap my fingers and you’ll be wearing that silly hat around your shoulders.”

    My reaction was instantaneous. I couldn’t control it. A second later, Clinton was sitting on the sidewalk, rubbing the back of his hand across his bleeding lips, the recipient of what is widely known in the underworld as “Paco’s line drive.” I can laugh off a kick in the shins or a slug from a .45, but threaten my hat and it’s lights out.

    Any moment I expected to catch a hale of lead from the secret service boys, but when I glanced in their direction, they had their backs to me. One was pointing at some apparently invisible item of interest at the top of a telephone pole, while the other was whistling “Hail to the Chief.”

    I reached down and jerked Clinton to his feet. “Better put some ice on that. Now, beat it!”

    He staggered back to his bodyguards and began to chew them out, but one of them gave me a thumb’s up sign behind his back.
    The doll was gazing at me almost with reverence. “Mr Paco! You knocked down Bill Clinton! To protect me!”

    “He’s had it coming for a long time, lady. And if it hadn’t been me, it would have been some other two-fisted, red-blooded, All-American hero. Join me for a cup of java?”

    Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 09:23 PM • permalink

  240. Sob…

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:25 PM • permalink

  241. I really don’t get what Andrea’s problem is with the fine Scottish restaurant.

    Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 11 at 09:25 PM • permalink

  242. Well I put a comment up on the new site and it appears at the top of the second page.  Then the next comment is—oh crap - someone with an agenda followed with ad hominem remarks.

    There’s nothing else to say except that it’s a waste of time.

    Posted by Wand on 2008 05 11 at 09:26 PM • permalink

  243. 237 - whatever happened to James Darren?

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 09:28 PM • permalink

  244. splutter

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:29 PM • permalink

  245. Rupert Murdoch: “Who the fuck, ordered two hundred casks of Mead? And why the fuck, are we paying for italics now?”

    Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 11 at 09:29 PM • permalink

  246. Newscorp moderators at work.

    Make sure you always carry a towel, and DON"T think!

    Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 09:29 PM • permalink

  247. #182 I like the plan, Paco. It’s either that or buy a ticvket, fly over and eat our passports on the plane.

    Hey, it’s done a hundred tinmes a day on Canadian bound flights.

    And our famous bureaucrats cannot figure this out. But, hey, these people are employed to investigate analyze a problem, not to fix it.

    Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:32 PM • permalink

  248. One posted okay; and two still waiting.

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 09:33 PM • permalink

  249. no-oooo

    Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:36 PM • permalink

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