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New job for me: opinion editor at the Daily Telegraph. Column will appear Saturdays. Blog will appear here, daily, as usual.

UPDATE. Aside from a year or so as the Bulletin’s news editor, I’ve mostly been a freelancer during the life of this site—which wouldn’t have survived without reader support and contributions. Thank you for that, and thank you for all today’s friendly comments. Especially, thanks to site czar Andrea for running the place; drop by her site and send some cash.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/20/2006 at 07:13 AM
    1. Let me be the first to say congratulations on the new appointment, Tim.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2006 11 20 at 07:17 AM • permalink


    1. Woo!

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 20 at 07:18 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations!  The Saturday columns won’t be subscriber-only, will they?

      Posted by Damian P. on 2006 11 20 at 07:26 AM • permalink


    1. Great news.  But wont the other side be disappointed?

      Posted by spyder on 2006 11 20 at 07:28 AM • permalink


    1. Let me be the third, congratulations

      Posted by mumbles on 2006 11 20 at 07:29 AM • permalink


    1. Mazeltov!

      Posted by captain on 2006 11 20 at 07:36 AM • permalink


    1. Well done Tim! Webdiary can breathe easy now – their stocks of bold letters are safe.

      Posted by rbresca on 2006 11 20 at 07:37 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats! Now get here to the States and start laying into that expense account!

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 11 20 at 07:41 AM • permalink


    1. Looks like Joe Hildebrand’s column in the Tele will now be the second thing I read on Saturday mornings!

      Posted by Ian Deans on 2006 11 20 at 07:43 AM • permalink


    1. Are you saying Crikey was just wildly speculating?

      Posted by Mr. Bingley on 2006 11 20 at 07:45 AM • permalink


    1. Well done Tim – but I had sort of been looking forward to you joining the SMH.

      Just for the reaction of the left of course

      Posted by PeterTB on 2006 11 20 at 07:46 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats Tim. Next stop media watch.

      I didn’t want you to get the Fairfax gig. I know some would have been amused, though you would have been swamped by a sea of stupidity, it would take 5 of you to balance Adele Horin’s foolishness alone.

      Posted by Nic on 2006 11 20 at 07:50 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats. Should make for some interesting reads. I buy the Herald Sun every Saturday, which IMO is better than the Tellie, maybe I’ll see pieces by you crop up occasionally.

      Posted by TimT on 2006 11 20 at 07:57 AM • permalink


    1. Hey, pretty cool, huh Miranda?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 11 20 at 07:58 AM • permalink


    1. Miranda’s still recovering from her weekend partying.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 20 at 08:11 AM • permalink


    1. Good on yer, Tim, and for god’s sake don’t eat any of Piers’ donuts.

      Posted by slammer on 2006 11 20 at 08:16 AM • permalink


    1. Best of luck Tim; the Bulletin’s gone to pack without your balancing influence – I’ve stopped reading it since you left, and my mum’s discontinued her subscription! We at chez Ubique are all looking forward to plenty of challenging and penetrative comment from you at the Tele. You and Piers should make a great “odd couple”.

      Posted by Ubique on 2006 11 20 at 08:23 AM • permalink


    1. Fan bloody tastic!

      When you moving over to be opinion editor of The Australia?

      Crikey be damned!

      Posted by MannyC on 2006 11 20 at 08:34 AM • permalink


    1. I meant the Australian of course.

      Posted by MannyC on 2006 11 20 at 08:35 AM • permalink


    1. I’m glad to see that you have finally obtained gainful employment.

      Seriously, my heart-felt congratulations. I wish you all the best in your new endeavour.

      Posted by saltydog on 2006 11 20 at 08:42 AM • permalink


    1. Crikey!


      Posted by Dan Lewis on 2006 11 20 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. Well done, Tim – great news.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2006 11 20 at 08:45 AM • permalink


    1. Tim, permit me to be the 23rd person here to congratulate you. You’ll do a great job at this, at at everything.

      Once Miranda recovers from her fit, and we can safely extract the pencil from her mouth, I’m sure you’ll be getting felicitations from her, too. Right now, she’s merely curled up in a fetal position, pounding her head on the floor, spluttering words randomly through the froth: “Blogsheep!…Iraq! …grrrrrr!…Howard!…Blogomeister! . . .Waaaahhhh!”

      Posted by paco on 2006 11 20 at 09:00 AM • permalink


    1. “Bout time you got a job. Now how about a haircut?

      Posted by Habib on 2006 11 20 at 09:00 AM • permalink


    1. # 23 Curses -I wanted to be the twenty third smarm……..JUBILATIONS Tim.

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 20 at 09:22 AM • permalink


    1. “drop by Andrea’s site”…without an invite?
      Have you thought this through Blogmeister?

      Posted by crash on 2006 11 20 at 09:25 AM • permalink


    1. Oh, I like that – “blogmeister.” Sounds like “Bloggermeister Meisterblogger.”

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 11 20 at 09:34 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations!  I recommend you paint a trap door on your office floor, and keep Terry Lane’s (empty!) skull on your desk.

      Next stop: Insiders opposite David Marr and Virginia Trioli!

      Posted by Craig Mc on 2006 11 20 at 09:38 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations Tim.  Now I’ll have to begin visiting the Daily Telegraph.  I haven’t visited The Bulletin since you left there.

      I must say I’m impressed with the DT for persuading you to come work there.  I’m hopeful that MSM are beginning to understand that their readership or viewership are decreasing precipitously due to a general perception that they are subjective liberal mouthpieces.  Hiring conservatives such as you helps, at least somewhat, in dealing with this problem.

      But they still have a long way to go.

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 11 20 at 09:52 AM • permalink


    1. Muchas garcias for the blog and best of luck in the new gig.

      Posted by Tommy Shanks on 2006 11 20 at 10:17 AM • permalink


    1. Once again, let me add my congratulations.  Guess I have a new site to check out, and I’m greatly relieved that the blogging will continue.  There’d be a great hole in my day otherwise.

      Posted by RebeccaH on 2006 11 20 at 10:21 AM • permalink


    1. Way to go, Tim. Did they offer to replace your Miata?

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2006 11 20 at 10:30 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Tim!  And good luck in your new job!

      But don’t forget the long lunches with expensive wines— we expect regular situation reports, y’hear?

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2006 11 20 at 10:48 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations Mr Tim Blair of filthy Crusader blog of Al-Strayliyah, of new employment!

      P.S. Where can I acquire email address for Frilly Skirt Billyclub Grrl please?

      Posted by farouk on 2006 11 20 at 10:50 AM • permalink


    1. Farouk, you donkey, what are you doing here?  Do not know what will happen if Ali finds you here, cavorting with half-naked ferenghi? (LOL!)

      BTW, congrats, Mr Blair of Tim Blair Al-Strayliyah Christian Dog Blog! ROTFLM(Jihadi)AO at those G20 protesters!

      Posted by achmed on 2006 11 20 at 10:54 AM • permalink


    1. Jules: Is Ali aware of this (probably) illicit correspondence between his comrades and the infidel Blair?

      Posted by paco on 2006 11 20 at 10:58 AM • permalink


    1. Farouk, Achmed! Cavorting with ferenghi in this unclean place! Reprehensible! Go to straight to your caves! I will deal with you later!
      … So Tim, congratulations, you infidel pig! Now, about this Billyclub Grrl …

      Posted by ali akbar on 2006 11 20 at 10:59 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations and Best of Luck, Tim!

      (Is it in the budget to hire Robert Fisk to fetch coffee, sandwiches, and toilet paper?)

      Posted by JDB on 2006 11 20 at 11:16 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Tim! Best of luck with the new job.

      Posted by Dr Alice on 2006 11 20 at 11:17 AM • permalink


    1. Die Oberblogger…everything sounds impressive in German. Best wishes old chap.

      Posted by Daniel San on 2006 11 20 at 11:40 AM • permalink


    1. Way to go, Tim!  Best to ‘ya!

      Hit Andrea’s tip jar a couple of weeks ago in high appreciation of her troll removal skills, which are formidable.  Recommend we all do the same!

      Posted by Kathy from Austin on 2006 11 20 at 12:20 PM • permalink


    1. So.. How many of the Telegraph’s opinions need to be edited, Tim?

      Posted by mojo on 2006 11 20 at 01:31 PM • permalink


    1. Hmmm.


      I’ll have to keep an eye out for your work.

      Posted by memomachine on 2006 11 20 at 01:48 PM • permalink


    1. Great Tim – a good paper to get a whole lot better.
      Teeth grinding down to the stumps at SMH – you of course will be terrified of being up against Horin, Carlton and Ramsay on Saturdays.

      Your first column headline, “Circulation at Granny slumps to 1922 levels”.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 20 at 04:07 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Tim.

      Imperial Keeper

      Posted by Elizabeth Imperial Keeper on 2006 11 20 at 04:24 PM • permalink


    1. I’ll have to get Saturday’s Tele just to see if I can work out what an Opinion Editor does.  Always been one of the better papers, now set to get better.  Well done Mr Blair!

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 11 20 at 04:52 PM • permalink


    1. Permit us to be the 46th in the line to send hearty congratulations on your new appointment.

      —Nick and Nora

      Posted by The Thin Man Returns on 2006 11 20 at 04:53 PM • permalink


    1. Looking forward with great anticipation to your first column, Tim.


      Posted by MentalFloss on 2006 11 20 at 04:57 PM • permalink


    1. #9
      Yeah Tim – be kind to Joe Hildebrand.

      Feel free to take a stick to Paul Kent who reckons we GW sceptics are “flat earthers”. True, Paul is a convert to global warmening scary talk. Alarming to see this sillinesss in The Tele really.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 20 at 05:04 PM • permalink


    1. I wonder if an opinion editor is the same as the editor of the opinion page.  Or is it a lofty title bestowed on very respected persons who write a column for the newspaper.

      I think Mark Steyn was named an editor for some publications.  I’d put you in the same category as Mark.  I fully expect to see you mass syndicated in 5 years time earning bushel baskets* of dollars.  I bet you won’t remember us then.

      * Australian bushel baskets, which are of a different size, being on the metric system

      Posted by wronwright on 2006 11 20 at 05:21 PM • permalink


    1. O/T –  I see where Billy Thorpe is quitting swimming today.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 20 at 05:43 PM • permalink


    1. Ummm, Tim, I hate to rain on the parade, but…The Daily Telegraph?

      I mean, c’mon. No one uses the telegraph anymore. I know I haven’t used the telegraph in….well, this century, anyway!
      Western Union doesn’t even use the telegraph anymore, do they?

      Well, congratulations, anyway. But I think you should go with this newfangled Internet thingy, and forget that 19th century technology.

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 11 20 at 05:57 PM • permalink


    1. Australian bushel baskets, which are of a different size, being on the metric system

      And full of Australian dollars, which are a different size, being on the odd money system.

      Posted by rinardman on 2006 11 20 at 06:02 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Tim. I don’t know what number this will be, but it follows many of the fine people you’ve attracted here & I’m thrilled to be among them. Thanks for keeping the site going, there’d be a hole in MY day, too…so I will now continue NOT painting the bedroom!

      Posted by KC on 2006 11 20 at 06:29 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats. Please hire JF Beck as a columnist.

      Posted by Tex on 2006 11 20 at 06:43 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats. Hope you’re writing, not just editing. Been missing the Bully column.

      And I second Tex. More people should see JF Beck’s work.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 11 20 at 07:05 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations and best of luck.

      Posted by ladcraig on 2006 11 20 at 07:40 PM • permalink


    1. Just adding to the chorus of congrats and good luck!  So glad that the site will continue.

      Posted by Polish Frizzle on 2006 11 20 at 08:00 PM • permalink


    1. #47.  Sorry, I beat you to the 46th.  Wasting time with perview were we?

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2006 11 20 at 08:15 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats.

      I thought it was just me thinking the Bulletin sucks since Tim left. Thanks for affirming my belief.

      Posted by kae on 2006 11 20 at 08:18 PM • permalink


    1. 51 Bonmot: and I hear Ian Thorpe is giving up guitar.

      Posted by Henry boy on 2006 11 20 at 08:34 PM • permalink


    1. #50 Wronwright…you’d be surprised how they throw around that title “editor.”  All kinds of layabouts and scoundrels get to call themselves that.

      Congrats Tim on scamming someone else out of money for the privilege of doing this ink thing.

      P.S. … uh … Frilly Skirt Billyclub Grrl? Email? … uh … Farouk wants it. Yeah, that’s it.

      Posted by crittenden on 2006 11 20 at 08:44 PM • permalink


    1. Wonderful news Tim!

      I get the Daily Telegraph each day, including Saturday to counter the effects of the SMH which is thrown into the front garden each day for my partner’s benefit

      The one thing I really love in the SMH is the Target Word which I do every day to ward off dementia

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2006 11 20 at 08:56 PM • permalink


    1. Well done Tim, now how about getting your column syndicated in the Curious Mail for all of us up here in Brisvegas who have to put up with a bunch of lefties on the op-ed pages.

      Posted by Pirate on 2006 11 20 at 09:03 PM • permalink


    1. Well?  Don’t just sit there… opine on something!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2006 11 20 at 09:19 PM • permalink


    1. If I may be contrarian: “Eat dirt muvv*fukk*”.

      Ok, now that I’ve got that out of my system, good luck & congrats 🙂

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2006 11 20 at 09:23 PM • permalink


    1. Thanks, Tim!

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 20 at 10:02 PM • permalink


    1. Congratulations, Tim.

      I thought Rupert edited all the opinions at The Tele?

      Posted by Infidel Tiger on 2006 11 20 at 10:03 PM • permalink


    1. Well?  Don’t just sit there… opine on something!

      Yeah, give ‘us an opinion.  Or show us an example of an edited opin

      Posted by Stop Continental Drift! on 2006 11 20 at 10:11 PM • permalink


    1. So does this mean I can trade-in what’s left of that Bulletin subscription I got as part of an Optusnet contract extension on a daily telly delivery?

      Posted by geoff on 2006 11 20 at 10:20 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats Tim, Hey, my auntie wrote for Sunday Telegraph. kool.

      Roo-pert loves you Tim b..

      Blair news is good news at 5pm today

      Posted by 1.618 on 2006 11 20 at 10:39 PM • permalink


    1. Congrats Tim.  Have a long lunch for me. 😉

      Posted by The_Wizard_of_WOZ on 2006 11 20 at 10:52 PM • permalink


    1. Hey Tim – with you and the Bolta both in Uncle Rupert’s tent, Deathstar Fairfax’s shares should tank once word gets out.

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 20 at 11:01 PM • permalink


    1. Well done, Tim. A regular spot on Insiders can’t be too far away.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 11 20 at 11:30 PM • permalink


    1. And Andrea… you know how much I love to dream about your sensuous body encased within that black leather suit admire your work.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 11 20 at 11:32 PM • permalink


    1. Good on ya, Tim!

      And Wronright better be wrong.  (“I bet you won’t remember us then”)

      Posted by texasred on 2006 11 20 at 11:52 PM • permalink


    1. #51 – I think you mean Ian Paisley.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 11 20 at 11:55 PM • permalink


    1. Hard to believe, but I guess this means that the power of world expert, Bob Ellis is waning.

      I guess it also means that Tim will be hopping on board the News Limited Anthropogenic Global Warming We’re All Gonna Die and I’m Selling My Vaucluse Waterfront to Some Poor Sucker Express…Hmmm?

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2006 11 21 at 12:12 AM • permalink


    1. Hey Andrea – I knew an Andrea once, she ran a restaurant here in Sydney. Before that she had been a Hill’s Angel on a couple of episodes of The Benny Hill Show.

      I’ll leave it to your imagination if she was a babe or not…

      Posted by Bonmot on 2006 11 21 at 12:42 AM • permalink


    1. Congratulations Tim, working with David Penberthy will be such a wheeze.

      Posted by Howzat on 2006 11 21 at 02:47 AM • permalink


    1. Well, Bonmot, I’ve never run a restaurant. Or been on tv. Or been in Australia. But otherwise that could have been me.

      Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2006 11 21 at 07:06 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats Tim.

      Posted by Jeremy Lott on 2006 11 21 at 06:43 PM • permalink


    1. Gee, Miranda was so obsessed about Tim’s state of employment, and now… nothing.

      How long does it take to eat a damn crow?

      Posted by Dave S. on 2006 11 22 at 02:57 AM • permalink


    1. Dave S – it’s not the crow, it’s the humble pie. She just can’t get it down.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2006 11 22 at 04:04 AM • permalink


    1. Congrats, Tim. Beer and scotch is on me should your job take you to Brisvegas!

      Posted by mark_bahnisch on 2006 11 22 at 08:06 AM • permalink


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