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Tonight. From 7.30pm. Bellevue Hotel. 159 Hargrave St., Paddington.

Posted by Tim B. on 05/04/2006 at 01:20 PM
    1. Mr. Paco sends his regrets, but wishes everyone a high old time. Who’s the designated driver, incidentally?

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 04 at 01:29 PM • permalink


    1. Would love to. Alas, it will be from here, Tennessee, U.S. I’ll raise me glass to ya’ THIS is what I be drinkin’….:).

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 04 at 01:40 PM • permalink


    1. #2 El Cid, I am so glad I wasn’t drinking one of those when I checked out the link; hilarious!

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 04 at 01:49 PM • permalink


    1. Is KB still going, or has it met its destinny?

      Posted by chinesearithmetic on 2006 05 04 at 01:50 PM • permalink


    1. This is just cruel.  I hope you all enjoy yourselves immensely… I’ll just slough off to the tent with my water bottle.  Waaaah.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2006 05 04 at 02:16 PM • permalink


    1. paco

      If you’re drinkin’ good stuff…expensive drink to spew…lol.

      Posted by El Cid on 2006 05 04 at 02:45 PM • permalink


    1. He’s going to a place where it smells funny and they give thongs to the women? And I’ll be home drinking cheap jug Paisano? Man, it pays to be famous.

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2006 05 04 at 03:02 PM • permalink


    1. Yeah, Gary, us bums in Jersey get no respect.

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 05 04 at 03:37 PM • permalink


    1. Quantas can’t get me there fast enough, unfortunately…

      Posted by kpom on 2006 05 04 at 04:18 PM • permalink


    1. Nicky and I send our regrets but we promise we’ll be sending our best wishes as we imbibe on one of these:

      The Bellevue
      1 1/2 oz rum (white)
      2 oz apple juice
      3/4 oz coconut cream
      1/4 oz lime juice
      juice of 1/4 limes
      Shake over ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a large highball glass over crushed ice, and serve.

      — Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 05 04 at 04:31 PM • permalink


    1. My tipple tonight will be a micro-brew at DuClaw’s on the edge of the Inner Harbor, Baltimore, MD. Cheers.

      Posted by Retread on 2006 05 04 at 04:46 PM • permalink


    1. How can you celebrate at a time like this? Hallihitler McChimperburton is causing climate change on Jupiter!

      Posted by Evil Pundit on 2006 05 04 at 05:10 PM • permalink


    1. #12: Here’s to the new red spot on Jupiter! The planet will look like it has measles before GW is through with it!

      Posted by paco on 2006 05 04 at 05:16 PM • permalink


    1. Cheers from Chicago!

      Posted by stuartfullerton on 2006 05 04 at 05:22 PM • permalink


    1. Wow, sounds like my kind of place.  Lift your glasses in tribute to the trapped miners, may they be rescued soon.

      This granny will be ferrying to and from softball practice tonight, so no imbibing allowed.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 04 at 05:33 PM • permalink


    1. (BAStard!)

      (You know what this means, as I usually save that endearment for Bingley.)

      Posted by tree hugging sister on 2006 05 04 at 05:42 PM • permalink


    1. Chinesearithmetic, as far as I know, the ‘cold gold’ KB has well and truly met its destiny. I can’t remember the last time I saw the stuff sold anywhere, let alone the taste of it. (I’ll ask my old man, he lived on KB in the 70’s). Does anyone else know if it is still available?

      Posted by EliotNess on 2006 05 04 at 06:01 PM • permalink


    1. Can’t make it–but it would probably be a record fare in a yellow cab from Manhattan. I’ve heard stories about cab rides to Chicago and Florida, but I think they might just drop me off at JFK if I said Sydney, Australia.


      Posted by Forbes on 2006 05 04 at 06:19 PM • permalink


    1. I’ve seen KB around.  I think it was at The Wobbly Boot in Boggabilla-Goondiwindi…

      Posted by murph on 2006 05 04 at 06:21 PM • permalink


    1. Apologies.

      Alcohol is Haram.

      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 05 04 at 06:45 PM • permalink


    1. Enjoy your drinkies while you can, people. But I have it on good authority that you may be visited by some of the Tolpuddle Martyrs – and let’s just say that they are not happy.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 05 04 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. Hey, you Americans stop being so excited.  Here in Australia, especially when combined with shorts and beer-bellies, thongs are footwear known to you as flip-flops.  So tone down your imaginations some.  Still should be fun, though, as it sounds like my sort of place.  500 miles is a bit far for a drink, but 🙁

      Posted by SezaGeoff on 2006 05 04 at 07:15 PM • permalink


    1. Given the somewhat prominent ‘advertising’ of these drink events, do you guys ever get lefty protesters turning up ?

      Posted by closeapproximation on 2006 05 04 at 07:39 PM • permalink


    1. closeap

      I understand that the BLF showed up last time but it all ended when someone let down the tires on their wheel-chairs.

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 05 04 at 07:43 PM • permalink


    1. hope you all get as spannered as I am at the moment.

      Posted by Rob Read on 2006 05 04 at 08:11 PM • permalink


    1. Will Tim turn up?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 04 at 08:21 PM • permalink


    1. Turn up what?

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 05 04 at 08:30 PM • permalink


    1. Is this the win a date with Tim B competition? lol

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 04 at 08:32 PM • permalink


    1. Did any of this go on???

      Or should I become a Lefty?


      Craig Donarski, aka “Master Tom”, operator of Sydney’s Hellfire Club for the past 13 years, thinks it’s time the prime minister was given his due. “After Keating’s Redfern speech, we were struggling to get 50 people through the door. Since Howard’s last election victory, we’ve been getting 500-strong crowds. Kids are coming up to me saying, ‘After 10 years of conservative government, sexual rebellion is the only viable form of rebellion left’.”

      “The left is moribund and traditional political paths …..

      Sexologist Dr Gabrielle Morrissey, who’s observed a burgeoning interest in S&M among twentysomethings, notes: “If people feel they can’t be heard politically, they narrow down to what they can control – their bodies and sexualities. They concentrate on their micro-social group rather than the macro environment.”


      I should be grateful to John Howard for driving all these people into my arms. But honestly, I would have preferred that he’d lost to Keating even if that would have put me out of business.”

      hoWARD now howHARD ???

      Posted by knuckleheadwatch on 2006 05 04 at 08:33 PM • permalink


    1. #26 Who cares 1.6

      Remember that Andrea is the Goddess who brings us the troll meat that makes us strong

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 05 04 at 08:37 PM • permalink


    1. Besides the fact I’m stuck in bloody Brisbane, I’ve got dog school tonight- what a prick of a time to run a class; the other option is 7.30 on Saturday morning, so either way it really fucks up any chance of getting shitfaced on a Friday, which is un-Australian in my books. Bloody dog school commies, and it goes for eight sodding weeks….

      Posted by Habib on 2006 05 04 at 08:41 PM • permalink


    1. Hail Andrea

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 04 at 08:47 PM • permalink


    1. F**k them Conservative…

      Since I’m in the middle of writing a comic script entitled Rope-Happy Rascals from Rigel, I can’t be judgmental…

      Oh, right, like I was running for President anytime soon anyway… Hey, Lamar Alexander bankrolled Truckstop Women and HE was a Senator…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 04 at 08:52 PM • permalink


    1. Perhaps we could brainstorm tonight and come up with the Belleview Declaration.

      All we need is a worthy idea. You know like those guys in England trying to save the Left from themselves over a pint.

      Posted by gubba on 2006 05 04 at 08:53 PM • permalink


    1. See you all there!!

      Posted by gustov_deleft on 2006 05 04 at 09:05 PM • permalink


    1. Cheers Gusty

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 05 04 at 09:09 PM • permalink


    1. I wish you a great time with your non-Sumerian beverages.

      (quickly checks on personal stores of mead)

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 05 04 at 09:36 PM • permalink


    1. I am on the wagon at the moment ‘cause I’m a fat bastard.

      Oh, and PER-SYD on QANTAS is damn expensive if I can’t have a bender in SYD on arrival.

      Drink up in the knowledge that the SW corner of the continent is secured by the loyal WA RWDB members.

      Posted by Razor on 2006 05 04 at 09:41 PM • permalink


    1. Pell challenges Islam


      “In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence. There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages.”

      Don’;t forget they don’t even mention cartoon killings artist killings ( I don’t know if islam invented cartoons… etc)

      But you know Australia knows that islam is peace…. not

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 05 04 at 09:41 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll raise a beer in Northbridge tonight in your honour, Tim.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 05 04 at 09:43 PM • permalink


    1. Fuck you Tim B. If you had mentioned it yesterday I would have driven through the night. Now what do you expect me to do? Beam me up Scotty?

      Posted by geoff on 2006 05 04 at 09:45 PM • permalink


    1. nichnas y’ine, yotzay sodim

      (wine goes in, secrets come out)

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 04 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. #29 didn’t we meet on alt.com?

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 04 at 10:22 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll toast you from River City Brewing Company in Jacksonville, Florida.  Have fun…

      Posted by Harry Heidelberg on 2006 05 04 at 10:44 PM • permalink


    1. Don’t let Teddy Kennedy’s son, Patrick(?), drive you home!

      Posted by andycanuck on 2006 05 04 at 10:46 PM • permalink


    1. Cardinal Pell’s speech to US Catholic Business Leaders gets him offside with Mr Trad (lost the link, no time to look…)

      Posted by kae on 2006 05 04 at 10:54 PM • permalink


    1. #46

      AUSTRALIA’S most influential Catholic has said the Koran is riddled with “invocations to violence”


      “In my own reading of the Koran, I began to note down invocations to violence. There are so many of them, however, that I abandoned this exercise after 50 or 60 or 70 pages.”

      Posted by kae on 2006 05 04 at 10:55 PM • permalink


    1. ‘After 10 years of conservative government, sexual rebellion is the only viable form of rebellion left’.”

      Leftist politics, S&M, what the hell, as long as somebody gets painfully screwed…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 05 04 at 11:42 PM • permalink


    1. The Qu’ran makes no sense unless read with the hadith’s.  As for Mr. Trad, this is a man who follows a religion that was invented by a man who believed that trees could talk and that Alexander the Great was actually a muslim who visited with ET’s whom live near the muddy spring where the sun sets.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 04 at 11:53 PM • permalink


    1. And for Mr. Pells information, Allah is not the arabic name for ‘god’, ‘ilah’ is the arabic word for God. Allah is the name for a pre-islamic meccan pagan rock idol.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 04 at 11:56 PM • permalink


    1. No, actually darrinh, you’re incorrect. “Allah” is merely derivative of “ilah” and is nothing more suspect that Christians calling God “Lord” or Jews calling YHWH “Adonai”.

      I think you’re confusing it with “Hubal”, the name of the God worshipped in pre-Islamic Mecca.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 05 05 at 12:28 AM • permalink


    1. Or early christians using “Sol Invictius”.

      Either way, it’s not a particularly devastating critique, and syncretism is common in most religions.

      In fact, it’s something to be encouraged, as it tends to polish the extremism off religion.

      Remember, the Wahhabi (sp?) main thrust was AGAINST syncretism and alleged “non-Islamic” influence.

      Posted by Quentin George on 2006 05 05 at 12:30 AM • permalink


    1. James is forbidden by his better half, on the grounds of likely hepatic impairment, and also she is sleepy and wants someone to help fold the laundry. She threatens to punish him mightily if she doesn’t get to sleep in on satarday.  Luckily she has short term memory loss – so it is anyones guess if She Who Must Occasionaly Be Obeyed will even recall said threats.  Persuade his attendance at risk of lathanesque pancreatic scenes.

      Posted by claire on 2006 05 05 at 12:49 AM • permalink


    1. Sorry Are the Drinks tonight (fri 5/5/06) in sydney or were they last night?

      Posted by knuckleheadwatch on 2006 05 05 at 01:35 AM • permalink


    1. pre-islamic meccan pagan rock idol

      So Muslims invented talent quest shows too?

      Posted by murph on 2006 05 05 at 01:47 AM • permalink


    1. Friday too drunk, Saturday too tired, Sunday too far away …

      Well, Perth’s a bit far anyway.

      But the office puts on a few drinks on Fridays, about 4.45 (so what’s that? 6.45 Sydney time?). Coupla nice reds, coupla nice whites, some beer (some SOL and some lite crap), cheese and munchies.

      Nice way to finish the week/start the weekend.

      Have fun, peoples.

      Posted by BIWOZ on 2006 05 05 at 02:02 AM • permalink


    1. Sorry I cannot be there with you tonight.  But I will raise a glass or three in your general direction.  CHEERS!

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 05 05 at 03:10 AM • permalink


    1. Well, the least you drunks </envy> could do is a live blog from the Belleview.

      Who’s skolling Pimms?  Who’s into the Shirly Temples?  Who’s that lying on the floor doing ‘dead ants’?  And who’s that trying to crack onto the barmaid…barman…bar-it.  Ugh.

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 05 05 at 06:46 AM • permalink


    1. I came past there not long after 7:45 or so – were you guys the group at the front on the left as you entered?

      I guessed you weren’t with Greg Matthews in the smaller group on the right hand side there.

      On a Friday night, even Karl’s instructions weren’t specific enough.

      Posted by ausdiplomad on 2006 05 05 at 06:56 AM • permalink


    1. Sorry guys and gals – it is all I can do at the end of a work day to drag my sorry ass arse home to the family. I am, however, raising a glass of Penfold’s Cab Sauvignon to you as I write – best wishes to all.

      Posted by blogstrop on 2006 05 05 at 07:35 AM • permalink


    1. Raising us as Seppos, the Old Man wanted to make sure we fully appreciated our Strine heritage and would tell us endearing tails of his youth in OZ:
      He was living in Broken Hill in the 1940s.  In those days, for some reason never fully explained but adding to the mystic of our ancestral island, like ogres, giants and trolls of old, the pubs closed at 7 p.m.  But a law still on the books said if you had ridden 10 miles, they had to open up to give you a drink.  Oddly, in the age of the combustion engine, there were a number of pubs almost exactly 10 miles outside Broken Hill.  The old men and their pals would get on their war surplus BSAs, and ride the 10 miles out and have a drink.  Then they’d ride another 10 miles.  Etc.
      One night, they’re on their way back.  The rest of the crowd gets ahead.  The old man comes to a cattle barrier—rails over a ditch at a gap in the fence.  One of the riders, a Pom, failed to negotiate the barrier.  His bike’s in the dirt still running and he’s hung up in the barbed wire fence, moaning, blood on his face.  The old man picked him out of the fence, and sat him on his toppled bike to have a look at him.  As he’s examing his head, the Pom begins moaning and crying, trying to get up.
      “Be quiet and sit down!” the old man says, still checking his head.  The Pom keeps trying to get up and starts screaming.
      “Shut up and sit down!” the old man says. The Pom keeps jumping and wriggling, and finally the old man relents.  The wailing Pom points to the redhot exhaust pipe that the old man had sat him on.
      And this is why one should never let Poms drink and drive.

      Posted by crittenden on 2006 05 05 at 08:35 AM • permalink


    1. damn your eyes – 5/5 was my b’day & while you bastards were drinking schooners i was at a liberal party meeting

      Posted by KK on 2006 05 05 at 10:47 AM • permalink


    1. ’It’s not young, it’s not funky and I have to say it smelt a bit funny. The Bellevue has captured the parental front-room feel perfectly. I kept expecting my gran to appear and offer me a small sweet sherry. It obviously appeals to the more mature drinker who doesn’t care about fashion or the latest DJ beats. Thongs, shorts and beer bellies appear to be handed out at the door and that was just the women. This is a real local bar for local people.’

      As a 28 year old male, the hotel description made me drool. I got dragged up to Paddington a few times when I worked in Sydney (albeit for a short time). My experiences unfortunately reinforced and reinvigorated my hatred of all things Sydney.

      As a professional Brisbane boy, born and raised, I wish I could attend, but I cannot.

      Dinking as I type, you lucky bastards!

      Posted by mustus on 2006 05 05 at 07:17 PM • permalink


    1. I think that should be ‘drinking’, not ‘dinking’.

      Posted by mustus on 2006 05 05 at 07:18 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll raise a beer in Northbridge tonight in your honour, Tim.
      It was a gin and tonic, actually. I was going to a movie straight after, and beer – need I say more?
      I hope someone was there with a camera.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 05 05 at 07:30 PM • permalink


    1. Is it a good idea to raise anything on a Friday night in Northbridge except the pepper spray canister?

      Posted by James Waterton on 2006 05 06 at 04:34 AM • permalink


    1. #51, I respectfully disagree, Allah was the name of one of the 365 pagan deities that existed in pre-islamic arabia, of which the Quraysh tribe was responsible for.

      Arabic, like Hebrew before it, is a Semitic language. In Hebrew, “el,” was the word for god—lower case “g”—as in idols. Elohiym was used with the article to convey “God” with a capital “G.” In Arabic, “el” became “il.” Then, over time, Arabs derived a secondary word for god, “ilah.” With “al” being the Arabic word for “the,” Muslims would have us believe that “Allah” is a contraction of “al” and “ilah.” But the first pillar of Islam contradicts this claim when it says: “There is no ilah but Allah.” If “Allah” were the Arabic word for god it would have been written: “There is no allah but Allah. Moreover, the Qur’an itself uses “Ilah” when Allah claims to be “the God of Abraham” (Qur’an 2:132). And that ends the debate because the only way Muslims can claim Allah, not Ilah, is the Arabic word for “God” is for the Qur’an to be errant or for its author to be either ignorant or deceitful. Further, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of Islamic traditions like the one we just reviewed that confirm that Allah was the name of a well-known pagan deity (at least in Mecca). Their own scriptures profess that Allah had an ignominious rule as a Meccan rock idol centuries before he was transformed from god to God, from an ilah to Allah. All of which serves to destroy the most essential Islamic myth: “We all worship the same God.”

      click for more

      In any case, Allah is a derivative of a madmans imagination.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 06 at 06:11 AM • permalink


    1. darrinh, Muslim fanataics are quite bad enough without putting forth erroneous, or at the very least arguable, statements about just what “Allah” means. Whether or not it was once the name of a single deity in the pre-Islamic pantheon, Muslims now consider themselves to worship the same single, omnipotent God that Christians and Muslims do, and in fact Islam places even more emphasis on the singularity, aloneness, and uniqueness of the One God than the other two religions do. (For example: they totally reject the Christian concept of the Trinity as blasphemous—arguments that they misunderstand the concept aside—and even the Jewish concept of God is considered too personal, too “chummy,” if you will, notwithstanding their other problems with Jews.) It may be that they place such emphasis on the “one God” concept because their pagan, many-gods-worshipping past is still much more recent than that of Christians or Jews, but that doesn’t mean they are still worshipping a stone idol, no matter how much more attractive that idea is to some people who are seeking for a handle to denigrate the enemy. It also may be that in their manner of worship many Muslims might as well be bowing down to a demon instead of a loving creator, but that’s not a problem confined to Islam.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 05 06 at 07:39 AM • permalink


    1. Thanks, Andrea. I was just about to weigh in—you know, what with all my sheepskin qualifications in Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Semitic Languages, Comparative Religion, etc.—when you saved me the trouble (and very succinctly, I might add).

      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 05 06 at 09:47 PM • permalink


    1. Andrea, There are so many theologial differences between the Qu’ran and the Bible that it’s impossible to reconcile them, whatever muslims may think, whatever they worship, it ain’t the God of the bible.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 07 at 02:40 AM • permalink


    1. Do Muslim women shout OH! ALLAH! I’m coming, when they are ready to Explode.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 05 07 at 03:51 AM • permalink


    1. #71, one of the great unknowable mysterious that one, as anybody within hearing distance usually ends up in little infidel bits.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 07 at 05:21 AM • permalink


    1. #72, Then that would be one helluva of an Orgasm.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 05 07 at 05:27 AM • permalink


    1. #73, indeed, they certainly go off with a bang.

      Posted by darrinh on 2006 05 07 at 05:38 AM • permalink


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