TONE COLD SOBER

Tony the Teacher marks five years of sobriety, achieved without any government encouragement at all. Well done. (Via California’s Andrew Lloyd, who met Tony in Australia several years ago.) Speaking of stone coldness, we are currently cold on land and cold at sea:

The Antarctic deep sea gets colder, which might stimulate the circulation of the oceanic water masses … At the same time satellite images from the Antarctic summer have shown the largest sea-ice extent on record.

Posted by Tim B. on 04/29/2008 at 08:28 PM
    1. I haven’t drunk for 987 days. None of them consectutive.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 29 at 08:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. I have been off the drink completely since 11:43pm yesterday and I’m not coping very well.

      Posted by Gibbo on 2008 04 29 at 08:45 PM • permalink

 

    1. Im stuck doing week on/week off drinking. The first one after the dry week is lovely though.

      Seriously though 5 years is a great effort. I must get the names of the social workers, government department and pollies who assisted you.
      /need I? sarc off.

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2008 04 29 at 08:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Kevin Rudd – putting the Wow! into wowserism …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 29 at 09:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well done, Tone. Five for me in September, too, God willing.

      Posted by SoberHT on 2008 04 29 at 09:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. Unprecedented amounts of sea ice could lead to unprecedented ice breakage, which means only one thing – Global Warming!

      The situation for polar bears at the south pole is getting more critical with every passing day.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 29 at 09:26 PM • permalink

 

    1. At the same time satellite images from the Antarctic summer have shown the largest sea-ice extent on record.

      Dammit—Now those poor polar bears will have to walk so much farther to drown…

      Richard McEnroe

      Posted by Deborah Leigh on 2008 04 29 at 09:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #6

      The situation for polar bears at the south pole is getting more critical with every passing day.

      You’re right and if events continue like this, soon we won’t find any polar bears left in the Antarctic!

      Posted by Wand on 2008 04 29 at 09:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, at least now we know where all that Arctic ice is going.

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2008 04 29 at 09:42 PM • permalink

 

    1. I congratulate Tony on his five years of sobriety, through a fog of tequila and some excellent Australian Cabernet.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2008 04 29 at 09:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Gun quote from here:

      Velicogna acknowledged that it is hard to predict how fast the ice sheet will melt in the future but said, “I don’t expect it’s going to stop in the next couple of years.”

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 29 at 09:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. Oh no!

      Wait a minute…Hooray!

      Hang on…Oh no again!

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2008 04 29 at 09:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tony sober for 5 years. Too much spare ice. Coincidence? I think not.

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2008 04 29 at 10:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. So, that’s why we have spent millions building an airstrip to land big planes on – you can’t get the ships in close enough anymore.

      They didn’t tell us that, did they!

      Posted by Razor on 2008 04 29 at 10:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #12
      The Science is UNsettled?… business as usual …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 29 at 10:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. #15
      … unaware if their iceholes are shrinking or growing …

      Posted by egg_ on 2008 04 29 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Now those poor polar bears will have to walk so much farther to drown…

      Forget that, how are they going to make fare for the flight from the arctic to the antarctic?

      Bet you didn’t know that all those pictures of polar bears chasing people around their cars and trucks isn’t because they’re hungry, they’re trying to grab peoples’ wallets for their airline fund.

      Posted by steveH on 2008 04 29 at 11:25 PM • permalink

 

    1. Ten drinks, at various intervals, in sixty years.

      Ice area changes.

      Perhaps more significantly, a change in climate in the North Atlantic led to an increase in sea-ice, making communication with Europe difficult, and favoring migrations of the Inuit from northern Greenland to the south and to regular contact with the Norse, leading to violence between the races. Finally, and most importantly, the Norse failed to adapt fully to their surroundings. They clung too much to familiar ways of living that proved ultimately unsuitable in Greenland.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 29 at 11:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. OT? Barry Boned you need to scroll down.

      Posted by stackja1945 on 2008 04 30 at 12:12 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve been off the piss for over five hours, and it blows chunks.

      After all, a man under pressure needs the odd refresher.

      Posted by Habib on 2008 04 30 at 04:58 AM • permalink

 

 

    1. Congratulations, Tony, on a job well done.

      I used to drink only to excess, but that was as one of those young women who the wowsers are targetting.

      These days I rarely drink, and only for the taste – not to get totally stonkered.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2008 04 30 at 08:15 AM • permalink

 

    1. SteveH—That business about Polar bears only living in the north is just denialist propaganda to cover the wholesale extinction of the breed down south.  EVERYONE who’s ANYONE knows that…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2008 04 30 at 02:47 PM • permalink

 

    1. #5 – SoberHT, coming up on 11 on the Anniversary of D-Day. Somehow that seems fitting.

      Years Four & Five were tough. This one’s been a breeze in comparison, even with the major changes & uproars & turmoils. But the KID is a young married new mama who doesn’t live here anymore. Whew!

      #22 – Nilknarf, the only one I miss is the black russian. Loved them. Everything else would have to have a cigarette as accompaniment & I ain’t going there.

      Posted by KC on 2008 04 30 at 09:57 PM • permalink

 

  1. You’re right and if events continue like this, soon we won’t find any polar bears left in the Antarctic!

    #8 It’s already too late for penguins in the Arctic. All the poor dead extinct Arctic penguins.
    8==^(

    Posted by andycanuck on 2008 05 01 at 11:12 AM • permalink