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

 

    1. #1: Yes indeedy, Andy.

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. You f—ing sellout!!

      Are you hiring??

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

      Sheesh!

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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. I’m skert.

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. Mike H.:

      You the same Mike H from Dissident Frogman?

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. no thappy tim

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #72, TRJ:

      Yeah, Critt’s a good guy.

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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #82

      Firelighters?

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

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

      CORPORATE MEDIA SUCKS!

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #45 Excellent idea, Dave. S.

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

 

    1. I need pie.

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

 

    1. Or we could just keep this thread going indefinately 🙂

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

  • #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

 

  • #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

 

    1. You did that on purpose!

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

 

    1. DAN!!!

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Oooooh, moderation is occurring.

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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #129 You on the ball, Pogria!! 🙂

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. The terrorists have already won.

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. LEGAL SNIP

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #176, SC:

      What’d I do, this time?

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #166 Pogria, are you perhaps Canadienne? Mignonette?

      J’adore les mignones.

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #176 swinish,

      that was a fun night!

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #178

      You are absolutely SNIP

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. fastest moving thread ever.

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. This is The End.

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Everybody hurts

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

 

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

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #214 classic

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

 

    1. #207 This is The End

      Nothing Lasts Forever

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. The smell…

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Yee har !

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

 

    1. We were only 19

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

 

    1. Vera

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

 

    1. Comfortably Numb

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

 

    1. Walk away, please go…

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. High Hopes

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

 

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

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

 

    1. Jimmy Ruffin – *sob*

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

 

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

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

 

    1. Oh no

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. Magenta Alert !

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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. #235 We haven’t even started yet.

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Sigh…

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. Sob…

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 237 – whatever happened to James Darren?

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

 

    1. splutter

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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. 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

 

    1. #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

 

    1. One posted okay; and two still waiting.

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

 

  1. no-oooo

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

    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. last call for drinks…

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 09:37 PM • permalink
      1. aa-argh

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:38 PM • permalink
      1. Oops…

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 09:40 PM • permalink
      1. blubber…

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:43 PM • permalink
      1. Closing Time

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:44 PM • permalink
      1. I walk alone

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:46 PM • permalink
      1. #244
        He has been married twice.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 09:46 PM • permalink
      1. Wail…

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:46 PM • permalink
      1. you only get what you give

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 09:47 PM • permalink
      1. #195 Let’s make it the never-ending thread. When someone comes across something interesting, we can post it here. Others can comment and then another thing will be posterd.

        Hopefully, we will be able to perfect the nspell corrector.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:49 PM • permalink
      1. yowl…

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 09:50 PM • permalink
      1. Hey, intersting thought: Has Tim’s evil paymaster contractually obligated him to close this site down??

        Just arsking.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:51 PM • permalink
      1. Let’s make it the never-ending thread
        wimpy, unfortunately threads on this blog close after 7 days.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 09:51 PM • permalink
      1. We are now on Page 2, keep going.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 09:53 PM • permalink
      1. Grimmy yup!

        Andrea? 2007?

        Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 11 at 09:55 PM • permalink
      1. Now I have Andrea’s webmistress services to myself.

        Mwuhahahahahahahaha!

        Posted by charles austin on 2008 05 11 at 09:58 PM • permalink
      1. #2012 Habib, what are you doing showing me that photograph?. I want to penetrate…. But perhaps you misled me,….

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 09:58 PM • permalink
      1. Putting ratbags in polite company has been tried before with predictable results

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 09:58 PM • permalink
      1. #215 Thing is Infidel, when you got (enough) money in the pocket you can hire a woman who will lie to you.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:02 PM • permalink
      1. Looks like dissenting comments don’t see the light of day, or the moderators are slower than the counter staff at the Titles Office (who seem to be trapped in a different time/space continuum, where movement is restricted by a tracle-textured atmosphere)- I put one up comparing in most unfavourably with the no-fun zone of Bolts, slow loading, comment-moderated to death and infested with more spaccas than a Tasmanian sheltered workshop, and saying it looks to be about as thrilling as a wet Sunday in East Sale during a beer strike and hoon clampdown by the Vic filth and it’s yet to surface. Where’s my freedom of speech on someone else’s dime?

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 10:02 PM • permalink
      1. Holy crap, is this the fastest expanding page or whatever?

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:02 PM • permalink
      1. blubber

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:06 PM • permalink
      1. Wail!

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 10:09 PM • permalink
      1. Onward to the future!

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:11 PM • permalink
      1. Janong 1 is already there, at the new place.

        I don’t like it. They’ll let anyone in.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 10:11 PM • permalink
      1. #20

        Seems as though Rupert has managed to clamp down on dissent, while maintaining a facade of business as usual.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 11 at 10:14 PM • permalink
      1. bahhhh

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:14 PM • permalink
      1. 2nd page, #15, Mike H:

        Well, UUHRAA.

        Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 11 at 10:17 PM • permalink
      1. Sorrowful but proud!

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:18 PM • permalink
      1. garrrgghhhhh

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:18 PM • permalink
      1. And the greatest love song … ever

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:20 PM • permalink
      1. Holy crap, is this the fastest expanding page or whatever?
        The rate of expansion is somewhat related to Margos wailing and bawling. Once she calms down things will be a little more peaceful and civilised.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 11 at 10:20 PM • permalink
      1. bwaaaa

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:23 PM • permalink
      1. sniff

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 10:28 PM • permalink
      1. Of interest to the cognoscenti is which is th greatest love song ion the world” “Ne me quitte pas” ot “La vie en rose”. It’s rather like the discussion of who is the greatest, Mozart or Bachh.

        Sorry, clearly Bach is. Take it away Jacques.
        BTW He was Belgian.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:32 PM • permalink
      1. My second comment at that other place out of moderation.
        Will Lorie Loeb be like Leopold and Loeb and retain a Clarence Darrow? Paco may know.
        stackja of sydney (Reply)
        Mon 12 May 08 (11:52am)And someone else.

        From what the warmenists say the bears are toast anyway.
        kae (Reply)
        Mon 12 May 08 (11:59am)

        What, no penguins in the graphics as well?
        The_Real_JeffS (Reply)
        Mon 12 May 08 (12:05pm)

        We may yet win the war.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 11 at 10:37 PM • permalink
      1. #34 beautiful wimpy.

        Let’s hope though, that Tim has no regrets.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 10:38 PM • permalink
      1. No video but a brilliant song

        OK I’m being sentimental .. but you must learn that Jacques Brel is/was one of the greatest singers/songwriters … ever.

        yeah, but he’s French you say. No, he was Belgian, much to the chagrin of the French.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:38 PM • permalink
      1. Oh well, if it’s a Gallic touch you’re looking for…

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 10:40 PM • permalink
      1. And I might be biased, but I prefer to take my regrets Walking.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 10:44 PM • permalink
      1. I see Rupert has even sprung for advertising.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 11 at 10:44 PM • permalink
      1. God, I’m going to miss this site.

        Posted by RebeccaH on 2008 05 11 at 10:48 PM • permalink
      1. Over an hour and my snide swipe still hasn’t appeared- it’s about as spontaneous over at Rupertville as a Kevin Rudd photo op.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 10:52 PM • permalink
      1. # 250 + 20,. What is it about mainlanders and Tasmanians, Habib? There definately appears to be some issues.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 10:58 PM • permalink
      1. It is a sad day in Blogworld.

        I have been a dedicated daily reader for years, and have always enjoyed the cut and thrust of the commentariat, the wit and humour of people like paco, Habib, Margo’s Maid, and many others.

        There is a select group of people here who can nod wisely when Zulu spears, Sumerian mead and Tardis travel occupies a page of discussion, and nobody once asks “WTF?”

        I have particularly enjoyed the interaction between the Australian and US commenters, and I would venture to suggest that Tims’ blog has done more to cement international relations than all the feeble efforts of the smarmy little earwax gobbler currently infesting the Lodge.

        As someone wisely mentioned above, nothing is forever.

        It has been lots of fun, people. I will miss you all, and it feels as if a member of the family has dropped off the perch and left a gap in the chaos that is Casa Pedro.

        Vaya con Dios.

        Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2008 05 11 at 11:02 PM • permalink
      1. Remeber the Montey Python sketch with all the passionj, and it’s all about llamas.

        Well, this song is passionate, but read the subtitles.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 11:05 PM • permalink
      1. #47: Casa Pedro…Casa Paco! Hey, if I start a blog, that would be a great name!

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 11 at 11:07 PM • permalink
      1. #46- Let’s just say that the gene pool in the Apple Isle is suitable only for wading, and in dire need of a shock chlorination.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 11:13 PM • permalink
      1. #24 + 250 Margosw Miad, did I see a

        I hope this is not the end.

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 11:17 PM • permalink
      1. And we law-abiding former firearm owners on the mainland have one of Tasmania’s best a brightest to thank for the idiotic weapons laws we’re now forever saddled with (along with their half-witted and incompetent law enforcement and mental health “professionals” who allowed the fuckwit loose and to get tooled up).

        As my father-in-law was apt to comment, “Melbourne is the arsehole of the world, and Tasmania’s what fell out of it”.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 11:17 PM • permalink
      1. #47 Hey, Pedro, what are we in Canada? Chopped liver??>?>?

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 11:26 PM • permalink
      1. #40 Swinish, my god that guy wasn’t called humpa-dick for nuffink. He had women whimpering at his feet.

        Now, whatever happened to Stop Continental Drift?

        Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2008 05 11 at 11:34 PM • permalink
      1. A huge thanks to Andrea.  The moderator of choice.

        Posted by Irobot on 2008 05 11 at 11:37 PM • permalink
      1. Wimpy – you’re dropping the ball here, leaving me to post the iconic Canadian farewell.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 11 at 11:38 PM • permalink
      1. Andrea, immoderate moderator.

        Works for me!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 11 at 11:39 PM • permalink
      1. Did Lord Rove authorize this?  If not he’s gonna be pissed.  This mucks up the whole communications network for the International Neocon Conspiracy(TM).  Now we’ll have to get Q Branch to design a new system, and I shudder to think how long that will take to debug.

        Kudos to Andrea for her fine work over so long a time.  It’s not just anybody who can keep Wronwright in line, not to mention all those trolls.

        Pedro, you speak for me too.  It’s been great fun here, and I feel like all the Blairistas are friends.  But I doubt we can keep the spirit alive at the new digs.  Murdoch’s minions won’t stand for some of the shennanigans that went on here.

        Sic transit gloria mundi.

        Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 05 11 at 11:41 PM • permalink
      1. To all my fellow Blairistas: Ave et Vale.  Maybe we’ll meet again over at Andrea’s or at Jules’ place, or elsewhere among the isles of the blogosphere.

        Posted by Michael Lonie on 2008 05 11 at 11:45 PM • permalink
      1. Well, my comments are all up now. I guess it works even if not instantly like here.

        Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 11 at 11:46 PM • permalink
      1. Who’s going to clean up after Gloria?

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 11 at 11:46 PM • permalink
      1. #61 I’m not free on Mundi.

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 11:48 PM • permalink
      1. Bah – typical Fairfax, refuses to reveal that suspects are of middle eastern appearance.

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 11 at 11:58 PM • permalink
      1. Grimmy, yowza, yowza, now if I can only remember ‘which’ blog I wrote ‘what’ comment on I’ll be set. And probably gamed.

        Posted by Mike H. on 2008 05 12 at 12:03 AM • permalink
      1. Shocked at the news.  Life won’t be the same again…

        Thanks to Tim, Andrea and the many regular contributors to what has been my favourite source of news and the world’s sharpest and wittiest commentary.

        Tim, I hope your new site doesn’t have to end up like Bolta’s; Andrew does a marvellous job but there’s a awful lot of dross to sift through to find a few gems in the comments.

        Who’s for a celebratory booze-up in Perth?

        Posted by Ubique on 2008 05 12 at 12:10 AM • permalink
      1. And it’s time for me to disappear into the sunset too. Been fun though. That’s all Folks.

        Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 12:12 AM • permalink
      1. All the best, Andrea, and thanks for putting up with some irreverent Aussies ;)’

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 12:15 AM • permalink
      1. #47

        I have particularly enjoyed the interaction between the Australian and US commenters, and I would venture to suggest that Tims’ blog has done more to cement international relations than all the feeble efforts of the smarmy little earwax gobbler currently infesting the Lodge.

        Fuck you Americano.

        (Don’t worry, you’ll thank me later)

        Posted by Dan Lewis on 2008 05 12 at 12:16 AM • permalink
      1. #66 aw shit blogstrop,

        just as we were getting to know each other. 🙁

        As blog strop said, That’s All folks!

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 12:17 AM • permalink
      1. Mike H.

        Nothing meant by it other than it’s just good to see good folk loitering around the same places I tend to haunt.

        Makes me feel a bit like one of the good guys by association.

        Besides, there’s a few current and former Army guys commenting here, and you know how parochial and prideful they can be. It’s nice to know I got a fellow Marine around to watch my back.

        Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 12 at 12:19 AM • permalink
      1. P.S.
        May one resubmit an ole moderated ‘splodin’ muzzi granny post? ;)’

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 12:20 AM • permalink
      1. Oh, and are all y’all signing up over at the new digs with different sigs?

        There’s some folk commenting over there that sound like long lost kindred souls, but most of the names aren’t clicking as known.

        Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 12 at 12:21 AM • permalink
      1. Oh, yeah… nearly forgot…

        Now I remember why I don’t trust furrin deeveels.

        Look at how nice and comfy everything was here… and what’s the dang furrin deeveel go and do? Throws it all up in the air and pours water on it.

        Dagnabid furrin deeveels! If they was decent folk, they’d have been born American.

        Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 12 at 12:23 AM • permalink
      1. Ubique – email me.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 12 at 12:25 AM • permalink
      1. An offer Blair couldn’t refuse.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 12:28 AM • permalink
      1. sad effing day, indeed. an invaluable forum for dialogue and understanding b/w mericans and stralians has been closed. perhaps we’ll meet again in the ether, but, I fear snot gonna be same.  a msm blog aint a blog. may as well be havin sex with a condom [rubber to you yanks] bye y’all.

        Posted by larrikin on 2008 05 12 at 12:29 AM • permalink
      1. I hope you all realise this was just so Tim could welch on the frequent posters points program (and to think, I passed on a trip to Babylon in the tardis cause I nearly had enough for a weekend in Gomorrah)

        Posted by larrikin on 2008 05 12 at 12:39 AM • permalink
      1. #77

        I hope you all realise this was just so Tim could welch on the frequent posters points program

        It’s all becoming crystal clear!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 12:41 AM • permalink
      1. Ah, Paco, I hope we can read your stories elsewhere. I do enjoy them.

        As regards defamation, the lawsuits would fly at News Ltd mainly but an Australian with a few coins in his pocket could be targeted too. I won’t register at the Daily Telegraph under my present blog name because I don’t want lawyers trawling back through timblair.net, then getting a court order for News Ltd to disclose enough details to identify me.

        Sounds paranoid but Australia didn’t get its defamation laws to encourage free speech.

        Posted by Contrail on 2008 05 12 at 12:44 AM • permalink
      1. For what it’s worth, here are my nominations for the Timbo Awards:

        1. Favourite thread/s
        2. Favourite commenters
        3. Best troll/s
        4. Miscellaneous

        Here’s mine

        1 Sandwich is a disgrace

        2 Infidel Tiger, Habib, Dave S (Damn you!), Stop Continental Drift (RIP wherever you are), 1.6 (What a honey)

        3. Miranda Divide, of course

        4. Did everyone work out the identity of Miranda? Tim left clues.

        Also, I suspect Loewenstein may have been a troll who was chased out of here a few years ago. Anyone care to nominate his nom de plume?

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 12:50 AM • permalink
      1. Ah ha. Here you all are.
        No, “fuck” didn’t get in. Pathetic. And grimmy, it’s not uttering the word that is so important, it is being amongst people who don’t care if you do, who don’t go all Muslim just because someone broke a language taboo, who keep their eyes on the main topic.
        It smells like, I dunno, freedom.

        Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 12 at 12:54 AM • permalink
      1. Damn, I leave for 5 measly hours and look what happens!

        I think this probably IS the fastest growing thread in Blairistan history.

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 01:11 AM • permalink
      1. These were the days.

        hal_thall, addamo and Miranda all in the one thread.

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 01:14 AM • permalink
      1. #79 Contrail

        Ah, Paco, I hope we can read your stories elsewhere. I do enjoy them.

        If News Ltd becomes too oppressive, there’s always Andrea’s or Jules’.

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 01:18 AM • permalink
      1. You never close your eyes anymore when I kiss your lips.
        And there’s no tenderness like before in your fingertips.
        You’re trying hard not to show it, (baby).
        But baby, baby I know it…You’ve lost that bloggin’ feeling,
        Whoa, that bloggin’ feeling,
        You’ve lost that bloggin’ feeling,
        Now it’s gone…gone…gone…wooooooh.

        Now there’s no welcome look in your eyes
        when I reach for you.
        And now your’re starting to critisize little things I do.
        It makes me just feel like crying, (baby).
        ‘Cause baby, something in you is dying.

        You lost that bloggin’ feeling,
        Whoa, that bloggin’ feeling,
        You’ve lost that bloggin’ feeling,
        Now it’s gone…gone…gone…woooooah

        Baby, baby, I get down on my knees for you.

        If you would only love me like you used to do, yeah.

        We had a love…a love…a love you don’t find everyday.

        So don’t…don’t…don’t…don’t let it slip away.

        Baby (baby), baby (baby),
        I beg of you please…please,
        I need your love (I need your love),
        I need your love (I need your love),
        So bring it on back (So bring it on back),
        Bring it on back (so bring it on back).

        Bring back that bloggin’ feeling,
        Whoa, that bloggin’ feeling
        Bring back that bloggin’ feeling,
        ‘Cause it’s gone…gone…gone,
        and I can’t go on,
        noooo…

        Bring back that bloggin’ feeling,
        Whoa, that bloggin’ feeling
        Bring back that bloggin’ feeling,
        ‘Cause it’s gone…gone…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 01:20 AM • permalink
      1. dang, dang dang.

        Baby, baby, I get down on my knees for you.

        If you would only blog me like you used to do, yeah.

        We had a blog ..a blog ..a blog you don’t find everyday.

        So don’t…don’t…don’t…don’t let it slip away.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 01:23 AM • permalink
      1. Gone but not forgotten, LeftieLatteLover and gustov deleft

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 01:26 AM • permalink
      1. Well, It’s official. Tim’s new site sucks worse that a $2 Bangkok hooker with asthma and a mouthful of broken glass. I just reread a few of those threads Margos (you’ll always be apostrophe free to me) and I started to well up. They were pieces of art. Newspaper blogs are the ugliest things on the net – including goatse & co.

        For what it’s worth I’m probably going to be a lot more productive at work, but I’m also going to smile a lot less and probably regress to my previous status as unenlightened lager lout.

        The thought of not reading the witticisms of Margos Maid, Contrail, Dan Lewis, Dave S. (2006 coment of the year winner in January), Paco, Wronwright, SCD… ah bugger it. Just like those Japs who refuse to believe WWII is over, I’m sticking it out. Who’s with me?

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 01:34 AM • permalink
      1. Yep IT. I’m sure it seemed like a good idea at the time. Poor Tim, he seems as busy as a pickpocket at a kangaroo’s convention, being his first day and all. But there seems to be more topics than comments.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 01:40 AM • permalink
      1. #89 – Can you believe it? I called someone a “knob jockey” and they won’t publish. Why that’s almost a term of endearment around here.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 01:43 AM • permalink
      1. Odd indeed that Ch9 et al can indulge in a primetime profanity parade but tabloid newspapers get all coy over the use of naughty words, even on their websites.

        Well fuck that. And BTW, while I still can, does it give anyone else the screaming shits when you get stuck behind some clueless, ignorant dickhead who can’t go to the fruit shop with enough fucking cash to carry out a $4.38 purchase and has to use a fucking credit card AND a fucking loyalty card?

        People like that should be given hydrochloric acid enemas while being lectured about global warming climate change and how it’s all their fault by Phillip Adams, Traceeeeeeeeeeeeeee and Tim Flannery. And made to appear on Carbon Cops for the entire series, being patronised by idiot hippies and scorned by ABC viewers. And made to buy and drive a Prius. With a fucking bicycle rack. But only to the bus stop or railway station where they have to jam into a lurching, filthy and overcrowded conveyance in which they’ll be jammed next to a wino who has filled the legs of his pants with his own odure, and whose breath gives the impression that he’s been dining on the contents of his dacks. And who wants to inform them of what a swell job Kevin Rudd’s doing, and what a spunk his missus is.

        I’ll bet the likes of this won’t get in run in fucking Murdochia- might have to resurrect the deservedly demised Daily Diatribe for any future fornicatey frivolity, unfettered by the sort of wowserish wankery that produces the likes of this farty bollocks.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 01:44 AM • permalink
      1. #80

        Did everyone work out the identity of Miranda? Tim left clues.

        Must’ve missed it … gissahint?

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 01:46 AM • permalink
      1. #91 – Bring back the Daily Diatribe! Censored Habib is like light beer – a waste of everyones time.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 01:48 AM • permalink
      1. Doubtless, David Marr will have a piece on the VRWC’s reduction in free speach …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 01:50 AM • permalink
      1. #88 Tiger,

        I’m in.

        This blog move reminds of the occasional great comedy or drama that had a cult following on the ABC being wooed over to the commercial stations, only to die a sad and lonely death late at night.

        All it needs now is for channel 9 to buy Top Gear and we may as well go screaming into that good night. *sigh*

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 01:50 AM • permalink
      1. I’m here to the death.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 01:54 AM • permalink
      1. #88 Infidel Tiger

        Are we hanging out here until Security throws us out?

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 01:55 AM • permalink
      1. #80 Let’s just say this woman now oversees a media empire that has been much talked about in these pages.

        My fervant hope is that Miranda herself may grace us with a farewell message.

        Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 05 12 at 02:03 AM • permalink
      1. I’ll get turfed out early- I’m wearing shorts. Probably be lucky to not get a jolly good hiding from one of the srly, ‘roided up coconuts on the door as well, just for a witty quip like “mind where your mits go, mongo.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 02:03 AM • permalink
      1. The blogsheep have lost their shepherd.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 02:05 AM • permalink
      1. Miranda’s true identity is still a – sorry, another song cue…

        Habib, that might be farty bollocks, but it’s well researched farty bollocks. That chart of swear words rated according to their offensiveness – find a schoolboy who wouldn’t happily devour such information (and put it to good use).

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 12 at 02:07 AM • permalink
      1. I once got launched out the door of a nightclub, except I wasn’t the one causing trouble: my date was. She got into a fist-fight with her brother’s ex-girlfriend and I made the mistake of trying to break it up.

        :^þ

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 02:09 AM • permalink
      1. #90, 91 & 95

        Yes well, started drinking here cause it reminded me of me favourite pub. Now it seems to have gone the way of many others, bought by a brewerey and fitted out with all nice carpet up the walls, polished aluminium chairs (hopeless for cracking heads) and pissy little trays for giving you your change on.

        Apparently it’s “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Service”, “No work clothes after 6pm” and “No foul language”.

        Oh well, next thing we’ll see ads for trivia nights, fukn karaoke and other shit, once the new owners work out that it’s the same as that other joint run by that Clog Wog around the corner.

        This was a good pub once, but they decided to try and attract a better type of person, hopefully increasing revenue. Now the place is full of pokies, bull dykes, Baptists and the odd whingeing shirtlifter having deep and meaningfuls over a quick Pimms and lemonade. Can’t even get a decent mixed grill.

        Under New Management the sign says. Oh well, fuk it, let’s go round the Royal.

        The front bar’s still got tiles smells of spilt beer and the dunnies smell like wee and stale trought lollies. Paradise

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 02:15 AM • permalink
      1. And the public bar is tiled, including the walls so at closing time you can just hose off all the spilt piss, blood, teeth and wee, and the barmaids might be a bit old but they’re got tits like a dead heat in a zeppelin race and can punch on like Snowy Baker if any of the louts get lippy.

        Used to be if you got your eyes poked out with a pool cue you could still find your way to the pub by smell- a combo of stale beer, ‘baccy smoke, urine and chunder; now rhey smell like a hippies fart-sack- a vile combo of patchouli, assorted salady whiff and cheap dunny cleaner.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 02:28 AM • permalink
      1. And the boss bar maid Andrea’s stock standard line was “Hey you, finish your beer and fuck off”.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 02:36 AM • permalink
      1. Get the diatribe up and running again Habib, we’ll need it.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 12 at 02:45 AM • permalink
      1. This is the saddest fucking wake I’ve ever been to. 🙁

        Habib, like Nic said, get the Diatribe going again.  We need somewhere we can scream and spew.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 02:48 AM • permalink
      1. 2/81, OOH:

        It dont bother me none if folk get all cussy. I’m not saintly in my usual wordage, myself.

        Cussing isn’t what I’ll miss. It’s being able to place justifiable tags on the islamo/lefto/pinko/betrayo tards and express myself in a meaningfully mean-full way about such.

        I’m going to miss not being able to talk about the enemy as if they’re actual enemy.

        Posted by Grimmy on 2008 05 12 at 02:51 AM • permalink
      1. #105- If she bothered to say anything at all before whacking you across the mush with an empty beer jug, making sure you landed face first in all the dumpers, golly and spilt piss in the tray behind the footrail.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 02:52 AM • permalink
      1. But, what the hell does Andrea have against the fine Scottish restaurant?

        Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 12 at 02:55 AM • permalink
      1. Thank you Andrea for all your patience.
        Who can blame the landlord for yielding to the developers?
        Besides, there’s always Ace.

        Posted by lotocoti on 2008 05 12 at 02:55 AM • permalink
      1. I just hope Rupert paid TB heaps for goodwill. Ah well the fluctuating fortunes between the top pub and the bottom pub. Same as it ever was.

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 02:55 AM • permalink
      1. Maybe not the greatest love song ever.

        Posted by dean martin on 2008 05 12 at 02:56 AM • permalink
      1. Handy too that the blokes running the meat trays were easily threatened with being bummed by the biggest and ugliest member of the shout, and conveniently sold winning tickets for the rump and snag tray and the carton of stubbies and bottle of rum just in time for chucking-out time for the first Sunday sesh, which allowed the barbie to be hot enough to vapourise mild steel (lit as it were prior to departure to the pub, and just as well it’s stainless) so a nicely carbonised feed could be inhaled prior to the arvo sesh and following lock-in.

        And you knew the car was safe in the car park, because your fellow barflies “wouldn’t pinch a mates car, eh”.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 02:58 AM • permalink
      1. Don’t forget what happended at The Star Hotel

        Posted by Pickles on 2008 05 12 at 02:58 AM • permalink
      1. Well, once again I’m a bit slow on the uptick, but DAMN!!  I can’t believe this site will be going silent.  I’m sorry Tim, I just can’t get real enthused about your new place yet; maybe with time I’ll adjust.

        As so many of you have already pointed out, this site is the greatest.  What a wonderful, WITTY group.  Paco, wronwright, The_Real_Jeff_S, Rebecca, kae, ALL of you – you’ve convulsed me with laughter more than you’ll ever know.  And Andrea, I can only echo the praise already heaped upon you for being the master chief on this ship of fools.

        And I have learned more about Australia in a few years of reading this blog than I had in the previous 43 of my life.  If nothing else, I think there is more that truly binds our nations togehter than could ever split us apart, especially considering the good, decent folk I’ve come to know here.  And maybe someday I WILL understand the rules of cricket.

        And Tim, no matter what, thanks for the almost non-stop contributions you have made to the art of clear reasoning, and the application of same to demolishing the fuzzy-headed ideas spouted by today’s liberal “thinkers”.  Keep up the good fight.

        This is Tex, reluctantly, signing off at timblair.net.  Vaminos, muchachos!!

        Posted by Tex Lovera on 2008 05 12 at 03:12 AM • permalink
      1. 108 Grimmy that’s true too. That is a more serious problem. Ranting, racial slurs, they are some of my favourite moments, they affirm our immunity from the politically correct inability to acknowledge that funny can be just funny and nothing else.
        But worse is the loss of spontaneity. I posted at 3.16 (a reply to this “Janine I”), and it didn’t appear until 4.29.
        It ain’t exactly arriving home and not noticing the vicar until after you’ve molested the wife.

        Posted by ooh honey honey on 2008 05 12 at 03:14 AM • permalink
      1. as unhappy as I am with this development, there are two advantages.
        First, people who were locked out of Blairville because of the closed registration can now participate. One person has already left a comment at the new site saying “Finally, I am participating in the comments.”
        Second, there will be much more troll-meat to feed on.The biggest downside is the lag between posting your comment and when it appears, due to the moderation process. That’s the reason I don’t go to Bolt’s blog much.
        Why they can’t introduce a registration system like every independent blog out there is beyond me.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 03:16 AM • permalink
      1. just a reminder, I’m trying to organise a farewell party for Tim’s blog in Sydney. This is your last chance to meet fellow Blairites in person!
        Recommendations for suitably crusty pub (or sterile trendy bar, whatever) are welcome.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 03:21 AM • permalink
      1. Not to mention the regular visits from promotional lovlies, who’d introduce themselves in dulcet tones “Any of youse blokes want some freebie darbs?” Or the oysterman who’d sneak up behind you on a Friday arvo and shreik “HYEERSTARS!!!” right in your ear, causing the contents of your pot to be splattered all over the ceiling (causing much mirth, and also to slowly succumb to gravity and drip on your scone all night) and you’d still buy three bottles off the old looney. Or the Salvos coming in later to flog “War Cries”, who you’d happily give a sling to as an investment in your future.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 03:24 AM • permalink
      1. #118 daddy dave,

        “Why they can’t introduce a registration system like every independent blog out there is beyond me.”

        Because that would lower the advertising revenue.

        #117 ooh honey honey,

        the instant posting is what made this blog the treasure that it is/was.
        If I wanted to wait for a reply to a comment, I’d write a letter. *sigh*

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 03:30 AM • permalink
      1. What’s the bet the new place has a salad bar?

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 03:32 AM • permalink
      1. #121 – Looks like the comments will be delivered once a day by the paperboy.

        It’s the end of the affair. It’s been real.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 03:36 AM • permalink
      1. #118
        I believe “All things in moderation, including moderation.” best sums it up.
        However it’s my understanding that legally, it’s in the proprietor’s best interests to filter.
        And not just in the instance of defamation.
        Consider, for example, the risks of facing contempt charges for discussing matters concerning a current judicial proceeding which have not come before the empaneled jury.
        At least Miss Fits can now visit and declare:
        “Nice carpet, SNIPhead.”

        Posted by lotocoti on 2008 05 12 at 03:37 AM • permalink
      1. When I wake up tomorrow, I will realise that all this was just a bad dream….

        Posted by Penguin on 2008 05 12 at 03:40 AM • permalink
      1. #122 Tiger,

        and a capuccino maker.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 03:44 AM • permalink
      1. Who knows what the reasons were for the change? My only comment is that sometimes a good formula is what makes a product special. For example, Coke works, but new coke or cherry coke, less so, coke shampoo, forget it.It’s quiet over at the new site, I hope things pick up though I’m not sure that the successful formula here that led to so much traffic is suited to the new, chosen medium.

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 12 at 03:48 AM • permalink
      1. #127 Nic,

        things get quiet at those blogs at night because the moderators go home.

        If you post late at night, your comment wont go up until the next morning.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 03:53 AM • permalink
      1. Pog, particularly an issue as this site had a lot of US traffic

        Posted by Nic on 2008 05 12 at 04:00 AM • permalink
      1. #129 Nic,

        exactly!

        And for we insomniacs.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 04:08 AM • permalink
      1. Yeah, this gives me the shits, a bit, because of the bloody delay imposed . No immediacy=less fun.

        Still, I’ll give it a burl, why not? I might get to piss off more dropkicks and retarded lefties.

        Trust the MSM to take all the best features out of blogs. Cretins.

        I notice that the droolers at Blair and Bolt Watch are gambolling with excitement about this. Apparently, the only reason they have never been able to tear us all limb from limb is becuase registration here is closed.

        Oh, REALLY? Come on, boys, girls and Wronwright, lets go get ‘em.

        MarkL
        canberra

        Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 12 at 04:08 AM • permalink
      1. Farewell to all, see you on the other Telegraphic side…

        Mistress Andrea, no-one could keep you down and I never did understand all the fuss about spilt italics but hey! time to grow up and put our comments in a li’l ol’ suit, tie and heels.

        Posted by carpefraise on 2008 05 12 at 04:10 AM • permalink
      1. #131 MarkL,

        I believe something is lost in Extreme Troll Fighting when you can’t deliver an instant smack down.

        Commenting on Tim’s new blog is like the difference between watching Benny Hill or being at the Melbourne comedy festival.

        The laughs at Benny’s are instantaneous, any laughs at the comedy fest are delayed by up to two weeks, usually when you’re straining on the dunny and you can’t think of anything else to keep your mind off the pain.

        Like all good comedy, timing is everything.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 04:16 AM • permalink
      1. I must say, the delays posting comments on the new site are a bit annoying, especially when I wanted to follow up on a previous comment I made which was already approved.

        Posted by Nicholas on 2008 05 12 at 04:24 AM • permalink
      1. #116
        Tex, luv, this is more important than cricket.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 04:25 AM • permalink
      1. #121, 123 et al
        Instant comments.I don’t have a paperboy. I’m stuffed!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 04:30 AM • permalink
      1. This is the end of the Internet.
        AgainCheers

        Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2008 05 12 at 04:36 AM • permalink
      1. If it wasn’t for Blair I’d never have achieved such personal milestones as this description of myself over anonymouslefty’s:

        And what is the topic of this thread anyway? how batshit retarded Bolt, Blair and their followers are or something? Ok, i’ll get back on that.

        That infidel tiger person seems to be one of the bigger arse hats i have read comments from in a long time.
        EvShow | 03.19.08 – 3:12 pm | #

        Those were the days.

        Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 05 12 at 04:43 AM • permalink
      1. *sigh*

        Tonight, a year ago. Meeting some of the Sydney crew.
        And Tim.
        And JM.

        How are we going to hook up now if there’s no bios?
        You have to be able to ban trolls, but allow spontaneous commenting.

        Tim, are you there?

        Change is fine, but I’m not sure this is for the better.

        The only reason I would read Bolta’s was because timblair.net was dead.
        The ONLY reason.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 04:45 AM • permalink
      1. Hmm.

        Registering at Andrea’s, make sure you all do, gang.

        Hey ANDREA!

        How about getting Tim’s OK to swipe some of his posts and stick ‘em up as a guest post?

        MarkL
        Canberra

        Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 12 at 04:46 AM • permalink
      1. #139 Kae,

        “Tonight, a year ago. Meeting some of the Sydney crew.
        And Tim.”

        That’s why he’s dumped us!!!!!!

        It’s all your fault you hussy!!!  😉

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 04:57 AM • permalink
      1. #140 MarkL,

        already there, I’ve got the top bunk!

        Don’t try to snaffle it while I’m out. There’s a nasty surprise waiting in there for anyone who tries to take the top bunk.

        I wont be gone long. I’ve only gone out to get more booze.

        Fuck, the cars are on the wrong side of the road. Does everybody drive drunk in Florida?

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 05:02 AM • permalink
      1. If timblair closes then maybe time for
        Clairslair’s Weblog
        Clairslair is open.  What do we do now?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 05:37 AM • permalink
      1. #140 Yes. I have. And CL site if you watch your language. Or http://tizona.wordpress.com/
        if you need to say the words sometimes.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 05:57 AM • permalink
      1. Did you guys know that the Saudis own 7% of News Corp.

        Posted by monaro on 2008 05 12 at 06:06 AM • permalink
      1. Will someone turn out the lights at that other Tim Blair Blog?

        There’s noone home.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:06 AM • permalink
      1. Goodbye /ee/index.php
        Hello http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/
        Now git over there everyone!

        Posted by American Interests on 2008 05 12 at 06:10 AM • permalink
      1. #147
        Why?
        There’s nothing going on there.
        And when there is, it’s too slow.It’s too slow.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:12 AM • permalink
      1. And polite. Boringly polite. That may change, but I doubt it.
        Someone has already posted the link to Tizona; I’d also like to post the link to my journal at RedBubble.
        I don’t post every day, and most of what I do post is links to the crazy stuff I find wandering around the internet. But now and then I surprise even myself.
        You’ll have to join to comment. And maybe filch the occasional crayon scrawl from the kids, just to maintain some artistic cred.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 12 at 06:25 AM • permalink
      1. Kae

        You need a sound a refreshing flogging. I’ll send Habib ‘round with the whip.. hang on…

        Pickles? I knew that you liked to see the blood flow, but what’s with the leather gimp outfit? And what is that ferret for??

        Anyhoo, I suggest that we all hang out round Andrea’s place, and annoy lefties at Tim’s new digs.

        And yes, it IS bloody slow.

        But I ain’t giving up. Adapt, adapt, and kick ‘em in the nuts when you do!

        MarkL
        Canberra

        Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 12 at 06:28 AM • permalink
      1. Now I know what the psychiatric patients felt like when the powers that be in Australia implemented their policy of deinstitutionalisation.

        Posted by monaro on 2008 05 12 at 06:29 AM • permalink
      1. Bugger, sad to see this end, still a good run while it lasted. Still things could be worse.
        And why dont the papers institute 2 stage registration, say after a certain number of moderated comments you dont have to be moderated any more?

        Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 05 12 at 06:30 AM • permalink
      1. #148 Kae,

        looks like the bus took all the window lickers home for the night.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 06:31 AM • permalink
      1. 151

        Free. I’m free!  FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

        er.
        no.

        I don’t like it.

        Lock me up again, please…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:33 AM • permalink
      1. #153
        Oh Pogs, that’s chuckleriffic!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 06:35 AM • permalink
      1. It looks like Andrea’s tell-all expose of the ‘Blair years’ has begun.

        Posted by AlphaMikeFoxtrot on 2008 05 12 at 06:39 AM • permalink
      1. no. no, no, no, no, no.

        Posted by ultra_violet on 2008 05 12 at 06:48 AM • permalink
      1. I’m with MarkL. Adapt and give it a go.

        The fact is that Tim has worked his arse/ass off on this blog for years. Even with a discreet blogads ad and a paypal donation bucket, it can’t have paid very well, but the cost would have been substantial, for server and administration time, as well as in the thousands of hours Tim put into the blog.

        The reward has been huge audience numbers, notoriety, and the blossoming of a vibrant online community. However there’s only so long you can give that much energy to something every day. For whatever reason (the reasons are pretty easy to guess and entirely understandable), he’s moved.

        Considering that we’ve all been dining at his expense, so to speak, we owe it to him to give this new blog of his a chance. Even if it’s fucking moderated.

        I’m not happy about it either. It will probably mean that the online community that has developed at this blog won’t continue in its present format. But it will in part at the new Blair as well as at other places like Tizona, currency lad, Andrea’s place, Crittenden, etc. I owe this blog – and therefore Tim- a lot, so I’m over there and I am going to do my bit to make it work.

        Readership and comments are the lifeblood of a blog. Don’t fuck off on him now.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 06:59 AM • permalink
      1. #119 daddy dave – count me in.  Just keep me posted on the details.

        Posted by Irobot on 2008 05 12 at 07:13 AM • permalink
      1. #135. Blasphemy! Blasphemy!

        Posted by Chris Chittleborough on 2008 05 12 at 07:15 AM • permalink
      1. #158- Agree entirely, but I’m also a lazy and intoleratn arsehole and can’t be bothered with too much fucking around; like Boltas, I visit occasionally and comment even less because it’s too much like work which I can get paid a wedge for. My profession is having to fuck with a cumbersome, unfriendly and clunky system which is slow in response, loses data and generally gives me the shits more than a bucket of Cambodian KFC- why would I want to engage in same for relaxation? I’ll pop by but won’t hang around, and I’m realtively certain the comments threads will follow the lead set by the HUN with the usual suspects turning up and hurling their own poop around while shreiking like gibbons. If I want that I can watch question time.

        Sometimes capitalism can be a real colonic spasm, but let’s face it a free blog is possibly socialism at its worst, and what a sense of entitlement it engenders.

        Must admit I’ll miss late night drunken mulling and vitriolic evisceration over the perfidy and moral turpitude of venal politicians and lawyers, the idiocy of hippy leftism and social engineering, the pathos of pacifism and cowardice of the chattering classes, the awful monoculture of public broadcasting, the simpering sublimation of Islam into a viral, violent stream of that duffy cult, the shameless self-interest of rent-seekers of all kinds, and why nature really is a colossal fucking pain in the arse.

        In the words of the Pig of Steel, “Life’s Shithouse, But at Least it’s Short”.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 07:21 AM • permalink
      1. daddy dave
        I haven’t fucked off on Tim. Just to make sure I make that clear.
        The problem with the new site is the implications of moderation, not that we’ll get snipped, we’ve been pretty reasonable with self moderation, it’s just that the whole idea of a blog like Tim’s is an exchange of ideas. It has to be spontaneous or it’s just like any other notice board.
        It’s boring because it’s slow.
        There’s no email alert.
        Bolta’s site is a nightmare and this new site is set out the same. I’m not too concerned about the moonbats, it’s the time it takes to moderate things.
        I don’t go to many moderated blogs because I don’t want to waste my time waiting for something to appear.
        At least with instant comments you knew when the crowd was around and wanted to talk and you could have a discussion, joke, tell a tale, etc.
        That’s my beef, Chief.#160 Doan go gettin’ the Chits with me, man! What I’m sayin’ is true.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:21 AM • permalink
      1. Kae, the other part of it was that if we weren’t sure of something, we could ask and get serious, well informed answers, and if one of us said something stupid or incorrect, we could talk about it.

        On a News Ltd site, it’s just not going to happen.

        Posted by Ash_ on 2008 05 12 at 07:23 AM • permalink
      1. #161

        My profession is having to fuck with a cumbersome, unfriendly and clunky system which is slow in response, loses data and generally gives me the shits more than a bucket of Cambodian KFC- why would I want to engage in same for relaxation?

        Know exactly how you feel.
        And I work with academics.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:27 AM • permalink
      1. Oh, and holy shit, that’s the third time in as many days that someone’s mentioned to me about Captain Goodvibes!!

        I used to read Tracks.

        I must have been a frustrated, land-locked surfie!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:28 AM • permalink
      1. Kae

        Habib has found the Captain Goodvibes site.

        Habib

        Now where is Hot to Trot?  You’re a legend if you can point me to it.

        Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 12 at 07:32 AM • permalink


  2. Hey, I read Captain Goodvibes too. Never picked up a surfboard, but I loved the Cap.
    And the Cap would have loved this.

    Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 12 at 07:34 AM • permalink
  3.  
  4. Yes, Stevo, amazing coincidence!
    Hmm. Bandaid on cut on little left finger. Things might be a little dicey in the typing dept. for a while…

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:34 AM • permalink
  5.  
  6. Stevo, you’re gonna be in so much trouble from And…. An..

    BoohoooooO!

    Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:35 AM • permalink

      1. And you spilt the bolds!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:36 AM • permalink
      1. Kae, we’re both broke this week, how many marbles do I owe you?

        Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 12 at 07:39 AM • permalink
      1. Whew.
        Disaster averted.Too late.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:39 AM • permalink
      1. This joint died in the arse fast didn’t it!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:39 AM • permalink
      1. #171
        Make poverty history.You can buy me a drink when I’m down south next. And we’ll call it square.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:41 AM • permalink
      1. Kae … about 12 posts is the last 10 minutes from your #173 post … going well …

        Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 12 at 07:43 AM • permalink
      1. Oops …

        Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 12 at 07:44 AM • permalink
      1. What number am I?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 07:46 AM • permalink
      1. This joint died in the arse fast didn’t it!
        not yet, but it will. we’re on borrowed time.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 12 at 07:48 AM • permalink
      1. Brekkie Creek Thur 22 May.
        email me
        I know a few people can only make it on the Thursday, so it may have to be Thursday…

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 07:51 AM • permalink
      1. AIMS NOT AGREED
        NYT has a bipolar disorder about schizophrenia.
        Submitted now await moderation.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 07:52 AM • permalink
      1. Can’t gemme no

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 08:08 AM • permalink
      1. Nothing good ever happens on a bloody Monday.

        Posted by Habib on 2008 05 12 at 08:18 AM • permalink
      1. Damn. I was 260 comments short of 5000.

        Well, 259 now.

        Posted by Dave S. on 2008 05 12 at 08:18 AM • permalink
      1. ’ken oath, Habib!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 08:19 AM • permalink
      1. Apologies for the brevity of my previous farewell. I was at work.
        I will indeed miss all the characters here. Andrea. What can one say? I love her. I would be happy to migrate to Florida, at least in blogsheep form, but must be able to join without undue pain. Thanks to her oversighting this has been a well managed forum which remained fun, not bogged down in PC crap. Tim deserves whatever good fortune he can wring from the elephantine empire. Our dismay about his cancer, then relief at his recovery from that life-threatening condition were mere foreshocks – this is the quake.
        We ants must do what we can.
        I like the idea that Paco also have his own place for his regular injections of acerbic and inventive writing, just as I love Iowahawk’s workshop.

        Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 08:23 AM • permalink
      1. Habib (#161)

        Go hang at Andreas. I am. Hopefully we can keep this community going over there.

        Yeah, I’m a bit pissed about this too. In Brissie again later in the year. We’ll share a snootful, with luck

        MarkL
        Canberra

        Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 12 at 08:25 AM • permalink
      1. Bikkies … have a beer off the wood next time for Welsh mate Keith.  I still miss his stories.  He had some great ones, even some of you Paul.  Never mentioned that to you, I’m a gentleman.  Ha!

        Posted by Stevo on 2008 05 12 at 08:26 AM • permalink
      1. #186
        That’ll be fun, see ya there, MarkL.Without membership and bios we can’t do this on the new blog.
        I wonder if the new blog will be adapted to Tim’s specifications?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 08:27 AM • permalink
      1. Check youse in the morning.

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 08:28 AM • permalink
      1. The Telegraph site’s like Working in a Coalmine

        It’s a wonder the Lefty sites aren’t jumping for joy …

        Posted by egg_ on 2008 05 12 at 08:31 AM • permalink
      1. #133 Pogs

        Yeah, you have a good point, but you CAN attach things directly to their comment and rape ‘em that way. Thats…. second-class but mebbe not too bad.

        What’s really bad is that they can pretend to be you!

        I’m still up for smacking those clowns ‘round the bonce with a lump of four by two.

        Bugger it, it’s late and I gotta get up in 6 hours.

        ‘nite

        markL
        canberra

        Posted by MarkL on 2008 05 12 at 08:32 AM • permalink
      1. #69 – Pogria – thanks for that. Love you too.

        Posted by blogstrop on 2008 05 12 at 08:33 AM • permalink
      1. Thanks Andrea!

        Posted by stahlblume on 2008 05 12 at 08:47 AM • permalink
      1. Andrea: I’ve tried to register at your blog, but I never got an e:mail notification with a password.

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 12 at 09:38 AM • permalink
      1. Thank you everybody, especially Tim B. and Andrea. It’s been fun. Bye all.

        Posted by flying pigs over mecca on 2008 05 12 at 09:49 AM • permalink
      1. #195 hey fpom,

        you made the tonne!!!!

        Don’t leave us, register at Andrea’s and drop in for a drink and a chat. There’s a lot of us there.

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 12 at 09:54 AM • permalink
      1. I am dismayed by Tim’s news and will miss terribly the freewheeling and hilarious commentary at this site. However, I do agree with blogstrop at #185—Tim’s been through a lot and I don’t begrudge him doing what probably makes sense professionally and personally.  It won’t be the same, but I’m glad that I’ll still be able to read Tim and this site’s commenters elsewhere.  Thanks Tim and thanks also to Andrea for a great job!

        Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2008 05 12 at 09:59 AM • permalink
      1. http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/
        New posts up. Good night.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 10:01 AM • permalink
      1. If this is to be our end, then let us make such an end as to be worthy of remembrance!

        Er, I don’t really have any ideas how to do that, I just thought it was a fitting line. Anyway, it’s been my honour to be able to contribute (however meagrely) to the best…blog…ever.

        I for one will keep checking in to see how Infidel Tiger’s Japanese-soldier-on-the-island strategy works out.

        Posted by Don Charleone on 2008 05 12 at 10:09 AM • permalink
      1. #194 paco

        Andrea: I’ve tried to register at your blog, but I never got an e:mail notification with a password.

        Check your spam filter. Yahoo’s zapped the WordPress notification email for me (I found it in the “bulk” folder).

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 10:12 AM • permalink
      1. #183 Dave S.

        Damn. I was 260 comments short of 5000.

        Well, 259 now.

        I just passed 3000 myself. I didn’t realize I was quite that close.

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 10:16 AM • permalink
      1. So what the fuck does Andrea have against the fine Scottish restaurant?

        Posted by Badass Cinema on 2008 05 12 at 10:29 AM • permalink
      1. About the only “good” thing I’ve noticed about the new site is that the moderators won’t reject ridiculous locations in the “Suburb” entry.

        (No, I’m not really in the Lesser Magellenic Cloud.)

        Posted by Patrick Chester on 2008 05 12 at 11:39 AM • permalink
      1. Just wanted to send a great thank you to Andrea who has done a great job at keeping the system running and delousing the comments!

        Posted by jorgen on 2008 05 12 at 11:42 AM • permalink
      1. #200: Thanks, Spines.

        BTW, if Carpefraise is still tuned in, I tried to respond to an e:mail you sent me but it bounced back.

        Posted by paco on 2008 05 12 at 01:20 PM • permalink
      1. #203 Patrick Chester

        About the only “good” thing I’ve noticed about the new site is that the moderators won’t reject ridiculous locations in the “Suburb” entry.

        It’s good to see a little of the timblair.net whimsy can transfer over.

        Posted by Spiny Norman on 2008 05 12 at 03:07 PM • permalink
      1. Thanks for everything Andrea

        Enjoy the warm weather

        Posted by PeterTB on 2008 05 12 at 05:42 PM • permalink
      1. Rhea: Mother of the God Zeus
        Pander: Someone who encourages or exploits the weaknesses or vices of others [Longmans]EPITAPH

        We once had a mistress called Andrea,
        Who instantly dealt trolls her hand..
        Rear-ended, red-faced,
        They departed disgraced,
        So we all learnt to pander to Rhea.

        Posted by Barrie on 2008 05 12 at 06:03 PM • permalink
      1. At http://blogs.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/timblair/index.php/dailytelegraph/comments/posts_budgeted/

        “I’m in Canberra all day for the federal budget. Posts may – may – commence after 7.30pm. Drinking certainly will. Speaking of which, any budget speech drinking games involving mentions of “working families” may be doomed to sobriety, since treasurer Wayne Swan allegedly isn’t a big fan of Kevin Rudd’s favourite family phrase.”

        Now we know why he’s moved. He needed the money for “Drinking certainly will.”
        Oh well, only young once.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 12 at 09:45 PM • permalink
      1. stacks, you murdered the link.

        strewth.

        Has Andrea left the building yet?

        Maybe she’s even got a life….

        OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOES!!!1!!!11!!!!!

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 12 at 09:50 PM • permalink
      1. I still don’t know Miranda’s real identity.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 01:40 AM • permalink
      1. Won’t that make a plaintive final post.
        Oh, er, crap…

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 01:42 AM • permalink
      1. #211 Who cares. Really.
        Some self-important twat decided to become a self-important troll. This blogsheep won’t lose any sleep over it.

        Posted by daddy dave on 2008 05 13 at 02:56 AM • permalink
      1. #210
        unmurdered the link

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 13 at 08:16 AM • permalink
      1. Note to self

        “Large unformatted urls that break the page design will be deleted.”

        First F at New Blair

        Aren’t most of us from working families.  Or is it “Working” families.
        What the fuck. I work and have a family.  I hate being patronised. Stevo of The Shire (Reply)Tue 13 May 08 (10:00pm)

        Who won the bet?

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 13 at 08:30 AM • permalink
      1. #214
        No, stacks, it broke the page. See how it goes over the edge?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 09:04 AM • permalink
      1. I always wondered about a place that would allow me to be a member even for a short while.

        Sure enough.  Shutting down.

        Pity.

        Posted by Jon J on 2008 05 13 at 03:39 PM • permalink
      1. #217 Jon J,

        It’s a bit like Grouch Marx’s famous line,

        “I wouldn’t want to join a club that would have me as a member!”

        Posted by Pogria on 2008 05 13 at 05:53 PM • permalink
      1. I noticed the f-word’s appearance over there too. I’m sorry now that I didn’t mention the “Nurses Vs Stewardesses All-In Nude Mud Wrestling Championships.”

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 06:15 PM • permalink
      1. Message for all readers west of the Nullarbor: Ubique has proposed a meeting on Thursday 22 May somewhere in Perth to celebrate and commiserate the closing. The suggested meeting time is 7pm, suggested venues are
        The Queens Hotel; or
        The Left Bank, or
        Little Creatures loft; or
        The Norfolk; or
        The Captain Stirling; or
        The Brass Monkey.
        Email me through the link on my data page here. And pass the word.

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 06:45 PM • permalink
      1. Who’s up for a group blog?

        Let’s shoot Andrea a line about it.

        We have some might fine contributors here who can snark with the best of them and it would be a shame if it didn’t continue for a while longer.

        The party doesn’t have to end we just need to find new digs.

        Posted by joe bagadonuts on 2008 05 13 at 06:49 PM • permalink
      1. Commisseratory bevvies, as Habib would say
        Brekkie Creek
        Thu 22/5
        after 4:30pm
        email me

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 06:57 PM • permalink
      1. #119 daddy dave Anything going for Sydney?  I’d come which would be a first for me. Just let me know please.

        Any venue would be fine for me.

        Posted by Wand on 2008 05 13 at 07:08 PM • permalink
      1. 221 – joe, have you been here yet?

        Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 13 at 07:09 PM • permalink
      1. joe have you been to Andrea’s?

        Posted by kae on 2008 05 13 at 07:11 PM • permalink
      1. #216 mea maxima culpa which translates into my most grievous fault.
        Only excuse I rushed it. Must never do that again. [slap wrist]
        The #214 link should work.

        Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 05 13 at 11:01 PM • permalink
      1. Well done! My Wendy Deng full page spread proudly sits beside my computer.

        Posted by gin&tonic on 2008 05 13 at 11:58 PM • permalink
      1. I feel so thrillingly naughty: Der Moderators allowed me to say “testicles.”

        Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2008 05 14 at 07:00 PM • permalink
      1. Can’t see myself posting very often on the new site.  Not that I really ever was a frequent poster.  My posting usually had a direct correlation to my BAC.

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

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

        Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 04:52 AM • permalink
      1. Typical. A day late and a dollar short.

        Posted by Just Another Bloody Lawyer on 2008 05 15 at 05:20 AM • permalink
    1. If any WA contributors read this:
      There is a plan afoot for drinks at a venue in Perth on May 22. I have emailed some of you, others I may have missed. You can contact me through the Members email for more details.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2008 05 15 at 07:50 AM • permalink