Merry christmas, all

Last updated on July 12th, 2017 at 11:08 am

Those sounds coming from the roof? It’s just Santa Claus scoping out the easiest means of home invasion. Either that or global warming is causing your tiles to warp and snap, which might be the case in Western Australia:

With the mercury set to soar, turkeys will all but cook themselves as the blistering temperature puts the heat on Christmas chefs.

To all readers: have a brilliant Christmas day, wherever you are – and if you’re lucky enough to live in a self-cooking turkey zone, save a slice for me.

UPDATE. Psychologist John Masterton on seasonal moderation:

Christmas Day is the one day when you can indulge so many of your pleasures that you end up doing each in moderation—a little gin and tonic, a little champagne, a little white wine, a little red wine, a little dessert wine, a little port …

He’s an Irish psychologist. Still, heed his message!

UPDATE II. From turbomaster Gale Banks, an “all inclusive, no offense intended greeting of Merry Christmas.”

(Many first learned of Mr Banks through mid-80s tales of his 200 mph road-registered Pontiac. His velocity-based quest for global Gaian harmony continues.)

Posted by Tim B. on 12/24/2007 at 09:00 AM
    1. Merry Xmas all, the rain is falling here (just after midnight our time) – and it is a normal work dayfor me in the morning.

      Posted by surfmaster on 2007 12 24 at 09:21 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all fellow Blairites.  Snow has melted in my environs – I blame the Goracle for ruining my White Christmas.

      Posted by Tex Lovera on 2007 12 24 at 09:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas Everyone!

      May God bless us all with a great day full of joy and happiness!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 09:52 AM • permalink

 

    1. Beautiful sunshine in New York. We’ve had snow and rain for weeks. Screw the white Christmas!

      God bless us all, every one!

      Posted by SoberHT on 2007 12 24 at 09:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to the “bloghead” and his minions. I wish peace, happiness, and long lunches with expensive wine for all!

      Posted by Some0Seppo on 2007 12 24 at 09:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Have a great Christmas all of you:

      Ash, El Cid, Pogria, 185600, Grimmy, Paco, TheRealJeffs, Yojimbo, Mr Lefty, Mr Lefty’s cat, Texas Bob (where are you?), Dave S, Rebecca, Andrea, Elizabeth I.K. , anyone I’ve missed (sorry) and of sourse the Great and Dear Leader.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 24 at 09:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. Have better year than last year everyone. (Did anyone catch the SBS tongue bath they gave Rudd tonight, positively creepy)

      Posted by thefrollickingmole on 2007 12 24 at 10:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. I should add, everyone on the guest list is invited over to my place to watch the Boxing Day Test.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 10:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all!

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 12 24 at 10:08 AM • permalink

 

    1. He’s an Irish psychologist.

      So he’s a bartender?

      Posted by Graham on 2007 12 24 at 10:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. We are 10 inches deep in Utah snow and wondering if the state liquor stores are open Christmas Eve.

      Merry Christmas to Tim and all! (Send schnapps, please.)

      Posted by Rittenhouse on 2007 12 24 at 10:20 AM • permalink

 

    1. Turkey has been staked out to be solar-broiled in an environmentally friendly manner tomorrow and I’m now drinking the brandy that didn’t go into the brandy butter. Happy Xmas to Tim, Andrea, commenters, readers et al.

      Have a carbon credit on me.

      Posted by squawkbox on 2007 12 24 at 10:31 AM • permalink

 

    1. To everyone here and Tim of course

      Merry Christmas, and thanks for some great reading too

      I don’t post very often but I do read the blog each day and I love it

      It’s after 1.30am here in Sydney and I’ve made the jelly for the trifle but I forgot I used the last of the sherry last Christmas and now I have none to pour all over the cake at the bottom of the trifle

      What else can I use? Or it will be a teetotal trifle I suppose

      It’s a bit late to see if the neighbour has any!

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 12 24 at 10:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13 Down 3 bottles of red wine before attempting to eat said trifle. Guaranteed by that point the lack of C2H5OH in the trifle will have become irrelevant.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 24 at 11:03 AM • permalink

 

    1. Aussiemagpie—Try a rose, a white zinfandel, or sangria if you have it.  Or brandy.

      Blair, your backwards Australian ways got me racially profiled for Christmas! One of my co-marchers gave me what I thought was a very stylish and snappy Aussie drover’s hat.  I’m checking my luggage at LAX to fly home and the brutha working the TSA luggage scanner is taking the bag from me. Suddenly his eyes snap up to the hat and he barks, “Sir! Do you have any firearms in this bag?!”

      Just for the record, I was able to suppress my first response, “Sure, the Tec’s wrapped in my Klan robe…” since I wanted to get home…

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 12 24 at 11:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. Happy Christmas all. (probably should say y’all for the seppos, hugs and kisses to everyone).

      Daughter Nyrie has just landed home from France, so Christmas is complete.

      Posted by mareeS on 2007 12 24 at 11:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. #14 thinandbritish

      LOL! Thanks for that advice !

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 12 24 at 11:16 AM • permalink

 

    1. #15 richard mcenroe

      Aha! The rose will do the trick then – thanks

      Trifle saved

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 12 24 at 11:18 AM • permalink

 

    1. #13 Reminds me of a British advert for Castlemaine XXXX a few years back.

      Aussies going on a camping expedition, with a 20-ft truck loaded up to 2m high with beer crates. They’re about to leave when one of them stops:

      “Wait a minute Bruce – what about something for the ladies?”

      Bruce goes into the house, comes back with 2 bottles of sherry and puts them on top of the beer stack. The van drives off.

      Posted by ThinAndBritish on 2007 12 24 at 11:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas, everyone. 🙂

      Posted by Redd on 2007 12 24 at 11:33 AM • permalink

 

    1. Don’t tase me, bro china—it’s Christmas. (At least the story doesn’t involve a Yule log!)

      Posted by andycanuck on 2007 12 24 at 11:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all from all Rips in Ruskin.

      Posted by ruskinrip on 2007 12 24 at 11:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. Is anyone else really, really looking forward to Christmas lunch?

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 12:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. #24 Ash, I am!  We’re at my brother’s new house for lunch tomorrow, so this will be the first time in a decade or so that I haven’t cooked the dinner.

      Should be interesting.  (He’s my barbecue aficionado brother.)

      Posted by VKI on 2007 12 24 at 12:13 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a Merry Christmas!!!

      Posted by The_Real_JeffS on 2007 12 24 at 12:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. #ash

      Of course – can’t wait for the usual chat after lunch about things political

      Bunch of lefties so I’ll be getting stuck into the bubbly as they get all into a Rudd lovefest 🙂

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 12 24 at 12:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #24 VKI, that’ll be a nice, relaxing break for you! The feast will be wonderful, all over Australia! And then it’s the US’s turn.

      Today will be a grand day!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 12:18 PM • permalink

 

    1. #26 Magpie, just make sure you have the correct armour before going out to joust!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 12:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Warning: the following is not PC, sensitive to all non-christian beliefs, or meant to be anything more or less than what it is.

      Merry Christmas, to all the Blairites. May God bless you richly, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. And thanks for all the fun and enlightenment served up daily, here in Blairland. Thanks, Tim!

      Posted by rinardman on 2007 12 24 at 12:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. you can indulge so many of your pleasures that you end up doing each in moderation

      Errrm—sex in moderation?  (Not if you’re doing it right….)

      Merry X, er I mean, Christmas.

      Posted by Apostic on 2007 12 24 at 12:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Speaking of desired moderation, forgot to mention: Santarchy in NZ!

      Posted by Apostic on 2007 12 24 at 12:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. #28 ash

      LOL! Yes plenty of bubbly to fortify me then on with the show 😀

      Have a lovely day ash, and enjoy your first Christmas as a yummy mummy!

      Posted by aussiemagpie on 2007 12 24 at 12:49 PM • permalink

 

    1. #31: Bizarre. I read another article about the incident earlier that said the Santas were screaming, among other things, “Ho, F******g Ho!”

      Santarchy. What next? Easter Bunny wilding?

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 01:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Easter Bunny wilding?

      I think there was something like that in an episode of The Goodies

      Of course, Valentine’s Day will always be for expressions of love.

      Posted by Apostic on 2007 12 24 at 01:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. #34: Ah, Valentine’s Day. Say it with bullets.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 01:55 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas y’all. Please celebrate immoderately!!

      Posted by greene on 2007 12 24 at 02:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Marry Christmas to you and all your Blairites, Tim!  😀

      (And I say that as a non-Christian.  F*ck the PC and “happy holidays” crap.)

      Posted by Barbara Skolaut on 2007 12 24 at 02:24 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all.  I escaped the “cold” to sunny historic williamsburg! and i will take his advice, a little whisky, a little champagne, a little wine, a little more…

      Posted by missred on 2007 12 24 at 02:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. Your loss if you’re not too drunk to read down this far. Merry Christmas to one and all. And thanks for many hours of great reads, y’all.

      Posted by Gary from Jersey on 2007 12 24 at 02:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all from snowy Ljubljana, Slovenia. We are rugged up in sub-zero temperatures and enjoying every minute of it. To anyone in or with friends and family in those US storms, please keep safe.

      Happy, holy and healthy Christmas and all the best for the New Year.

      Posted by Villeurbanne on 2007 12 24 at 03:02 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas from Phoenix.  The cactus is all decorated and the kids are alternately hyperventilating and asking if it is bedtime yet (it is noon).

      Posted by tabitharuth on 2007 12 24 at 03:14 PM • permalink

 

    1. The temps in Perth -mid to high 30s (C) are hardly unusual for the Oz summer, although across the land here in the capital, at 0615 it is a brain boiling SIX degrees, which must be getting close to a coldening record.  Won’t hear much about that on the MSM!!

      Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all

      Posted by Rod C on 2007 12 24 at 03:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas from the depths of South Australia.

      Posted by Simon Darkshade on 2007 12 24 at 03:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. The Santa Tracker

      Merry Christmas

      Posted by J.M. Heinrichs on 2007 12 24 at 04:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all from hot and humid, but lovely, Cairns!

      Posted by rbresca on 2007 12 24 at 05:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #43 Likewise from another South Aussie. Here December has been cool, and today is Perfect Weather.

      Merry Christmas to the Wise World of Blair.
      If we all stick together in 2008 we just might make a dent in the Gorebal Warmening Religion.
      If not, we’ll have a good laugh anyhow…

      My wish for the USA – a neo-con Republican to win again.. not too much to hope for in this weird world?

      Posted by Barrie on 2007 12 24 at 05:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. A very merry Christmas to Tim, his commenters and fellow lurkers, and a fabulous New Year.

      Posted by Renate on 2007 12 24 at 05:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m going to skip the white wine, port, red wine – all my attention will be on the gin and tonic. Such of my attention that survives until I pass out on the couch anyhow.

      Merry Christmas to all from Perth, which desperately needs a visit from Al Gore to bring on some of his ‘global warming’. Snow on St George’s Terrace, please, Al!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 24 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. And a Merry Christmas to sall from the New England Highway in New South Wales! (Tried to do a colour greeting like Ash in #3, but don’t know how.)

      The family and I driving from Sydney to Queensland for the holidays, spending the time mainly in the Granite Belt among the vineyards and the fruit orchards.

      Don’t post often, but always enjoy reading what Tim’s bloggers have to say.

      You seem a nice mob.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 12 24 at 05:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. And I forgot to say Merry Christmas to all the Blairites!

      Posted by VKI on 2007 12 24 at 05:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. #49.  Make that Merry Christmas to all!

      Posted by ann j on 2007 12 24 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Buona Natale!

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 24 at 05:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. #49 Good morning Ann J. Here’s one of the few things Wiki’s got right, to help with the colour.

      Just make sure to use that fiendish perview!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 05:48 PM • permalink

 

    1. I also don’t post often but read daily.  Merry Christmas to all from chilly N. Florida.

      Posted by rabidfox on 2007 12 24 at 05:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. To all my friends at Tim’s place, I give the gift of boogie-woogie, featuring Harry “The Hipster” Gibson from a 1944 Soundie. Dig that mad plaid, Dad!

      If you don’t like it, just save the receipt and return to YouTube.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 06:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. I pause in my Masterton Moderation Progression (™) to wish one and all a very Merry Christmas from Brandon, Florida.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 12 24 at 06:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. #53.  Very kind of you, Ash!  Thank you.

      Learning how to do it will be my first project in 2008.

      Posted by ann j on 2007 12 24 at 06:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #55 That plaid is awesome Paco. Any tips where I could pick up a suit just like it?

      In return for your most thoughtful gift, I got you the funniest shark to ever be in existence. For added humour, bear in mind that the people jumping into the water are evil Big Business types.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 06:20 PM • permalink

 

    1. #55, Paco.

      So Jerry Lee Lewis wasn’t so original after all!

      Posted by ann j on 2007 12 24 at 06:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Tim,  didn’t you know that in Kevin Rudd’s Big Rock Candy Mount..er, Australia, fully-roasted turkeys roam the streets, inviting citizens to feast on their flesh?  And the public drinking fountains dispense Grange Hermitage?  Anyway, Merry Christmas to you and everyone on the blog.

      Posted by cuckoo on 2007 12 24 at 06:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. #57 No worries Ann. And on the plus side, you don’t have to worry about letting the colour loose if you forget to close the tag, because it just won’t accept it without the closing tag.

      Unlike those fiendish bolds and italics.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 06:32 PM • permalink

 

    1. #58 Ash: I’m sure any place specializing in zoot suits could put you in the groove. This little item looks similar to the one Gibson is wearing.

      #59: Very astute observation, Ann J. Gibson predated Lewis by more than a decade, but his playing was very “rock-and-rollish”.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 06:33 PM • permalink

 

    1. Santa’s done well in the Nation’s Capital – a Calloway X460 and Kevin returned to the Lodge all in one day!

      Happy Christmas All

      Posted by PeterTB on 2007 12 24 at 06:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Did Santa treat all the RWDB’s and the RWDB’s-in-training well?

      ‘Cause if he didn’t, I’m goin’ to that there North Pole and I’m gonna unionise those elves!!!

      Let’s see him get anything done then.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 07:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’m just watching my dear mother prepare christmas lunch and I can categorically guarantee that today a veritable genocide will be committed upon hundreds of St Helens Pacific Oysters and what looks to be at least 10 kilos of king and tiger prawns.

      Warm regards to everybody here for a Merry Christmas.
      Tim, thanks for an entertaining year. This blog keeps getting better.

      Posted by Hank Reardon on 2007 12 24 at 07:15 PM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve heard self cooking turkeys taste like plastic.
      We have had a classic Aussie Christmas so far here on the NSW north coast. Up early and down to the beach for a surf followed by some serious pool time back at home prior to moderating myself senseless this arvo.
      Merry Christmas to all and don’t forget what starts at the Gee tomorrow – you beauty! Summer will be complete.

      Posted by hazza on 2007 12 24 at 07:27 PM • permalink

 

    1. HI IGOT CALVIN KLEIN KNICKERS, BOY STYLE WITH LACE AND MAKE-UP

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 24 at 07:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hi 1.6. You must be pleased!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 07:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. 55 paco 59 annj

      Jerry Lee even a physical resemblance.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 24 at 07:51 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all you wonderful Blairites. God bless y’all!

      Posted by LaoHuLi on 2007 12 24 at 07:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Wonderful 1.6…just wonderful..Happy Happy.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 24 at 07:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas all! Merry Christmas Ash.

      Posted by Dave Wane on 2007 12 24 at 07:58 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to Tim, Andrea, and all here. Cheers and God bless.

      Posted by JDBagain on 2007 12 24 at 08:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. #69: Hey, you’re right, El Cid!

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 08:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas El Cid.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 08:08 PM • permalink

 

    1. #72 Merry Christmas Dave.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 08:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to you, Ash…and to all.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 24 at 08:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. From Louisiana:

      http://youtube.com/watch?v=BKjmPETG-LM

      Posted by Janis Gore on 2007 12 24 at 08:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. Of course, some people carry the charitable spirit of the season a little too far.

      Now we know: those ears are just the ends of a completely unobstructed wind tunnel.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 08:43 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to Tim, Andrea and all the rest of the folks who keep me entertained.

      It’s always a treat to check in on the extended family to see what’s going on—I may not post much but I do stop by daily at El Casa de Blair to be reassured that things aren’t as bad as the MSM and the leftards would have me believe.

      Again, Merry Christmas to all.

      Posted by Zardoz on 2007 12 24 at 09:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #23 Yeah, I am Ash_, as I’m not copoking this year. But, I am nervous about the cooks

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 24 at 09:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #81 Do you remember the old nursery rhyme:

      “We’ll go copoking in yuletide, in yuletide, we’ll go copoking in yuletide, on a snowy winter’s morn” by Anon.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 24 at 09:11 PM • permalink

 

    1. CALVIN KLEIN KNICKERS, BOY STYLE WITH LACE
      Not this boy’s style, 1.6.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 24 at 09:57 PM • permalink

 

    1. Just went to take the turkey out of the oven. The cool and creamy skin was a clue. The second clue was there was no heat eminating from the oven. Aha! The gas had gone off when I reduced the temperature after the first 30 minutes.

      God knows how the bloody thing will turn out now. Hopefully, No 1 son and co will have travelled sufficiently far along the “Christmas Cheer” path by the time I get there not to notice – much.

      38C degrees hasn’t helped my present disposition, either (40C tomorrow).

      Anyhoo… have a wonderFUL Christmas Tim, Andrea and all the merry Blairites.

      Posted by SandiM on 2007 12 24 at 10:09 PM • permalink

 

    1. #83 I suspect she means like this Swinish.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 24 at 10:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas to all!

      It’s a dismal 19C and raining here in Newcastle.  Coldest Christmas Day Ever (in my experience).  Poor kids can’t get out to play with their new toys.  Poor parents…

      Posted by Brett_McS on 2007 12 24 at 10:12 PM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, 1.6, I was hoping for Calvin and Hobbes knickers (boy style).  Haven’t opened the presents my folks sent me because I got off watch at midnight and doubled back to this morning, and didn’t want to risk opening something like an electric train or Red Ryder BB gun that’d I’d spend all night playing with.

      WC, if you aren’t the copoker, who is?  And more to the point, who is the poker?

      Anyway, a most totally excellent non-PC Christmas to you all!

      Posted by Steve Skubinna on 2007 12 24 at 10:32 PM • permalink

 

 

    1. #41 Tabitharuth, please post pics of the cactus!

      I have boycotted christmas this year and have spent a few days alone and communing with the weeds in the backyard, while Magilla is running amuck with the extended family of outlaws; having a ball and encouraging dogs to bite.

      God bless you all and hope your days are safe, merry and all round wonderful.

      Posted by Nilknarf Arbed on 2007 12 24 at 11:19 PM • permalink

 

    1. Bah Humbug.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 24 at 11:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. 85 – aha! Looks like they’re on one of Goldfinger’s girlfriends too!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 24 at 11:34 PM • permalink

 

    1. BTW, we tried to dismiss an employee who had clearly lost his mind (eating dog poo, claiming his shoelaces were conduits to the spirit of Haile Selassie and admitting to being a fervent fan of Bob Brown), but upon reading through the fine print of his contract found we could do no such thing- there is no sanity clause.

      Posted by Habib on 2007 12 24 at 11:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. 92 Habib

      That is a damn funny groaner, but I am drinking highly spiked nog, also.

      sanity clause…jesus.

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 24 at 11:46 PM • permalink

 

    1. Best Wishes to all for Christmas & New Year.
      On a sadder note:
      Pianist extraordinaire, Oscar Peterson has died at 82.
      Oscar is one of those musicians whose exuberance and mastery bring a smile to your face, or at least inwardly. His trio sessions recorded for Conifer/Saba in Germany in the 1960s(“Exclusively for my friends…”) are a treasure. Re-released on Polygram as a box set (513 830-2).
      After suffering some strokes during the 90s one critic said “He now sounds like one amazing piano player instead of two.”

      Posted by blogstrop on 2007 12 24 at 11:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Islamically-unacceptable weather forecasting.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 24 at 11:52 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas citizens of Blair’s blog. Nice and cool in the Riverina with no chance of turkeys cooking themselves. Great weather for red wine but then what isn’t good weather for red wine.

      Posted by Contrail on 2007 12 24 at 11:53 PM • permalink

 

    1. #91 I’d bet that’s what 1.6 means she got.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 25 at 12:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas all from Brisbane.

      The turkey is long gone…and the house is now quiet as we rest and gather our stregnth for ham sandwiches and leftovers at dinner.

      Posted by Tissa on 2007 12 25 at 01:46 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas Tim and to all the Blairians and Blairites around the globe.

      *<:^)>
      ^^^supposed to be a Santa. I guess.

      Posted by Spiny Norman on 2007 12 25 at 02:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. merry christmas

      i feel a little bit ick after that 5 hour lunch

      Posted by KK on 2007 12 25 at 03:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hi ashy xx

      No, 86 and 87 they’re sexy boy style that are for women!! LOL.

      Easier for men to work out I think, kinda like a bras. (ccan I say that christmas day??)

      Merry Christmas to EC and Paco and to Margos wherever you are. Colonel I need a broadsheet thanks. smiles.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 25 at 03:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. 97 – that’s all the excuse I need!

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 25 at 03:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. 97 Ok what did you receive apart from good cheer at our blog?

      Hands up who is by themselves? If you are just keep posting and someone will send you a turkey over the email.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 25 at 03:39 AM • permalink

 

    1. ;’‘;’;;’;’;’
      ;’‘’;;’;’;’
      ;’;’;’;’;’“Turkey seasoning” by 1.618
      For sale $56,987

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 25 at 03:41 AM • permalink

 

    1. Swinish, Merry Christmas.

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 25 at 03:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Uh-oh, Ash_ has been at the BBC Ode. Just watch out for the Sumerian Mead.

      And if anyone wants to take the time to figure out the time of this posting, yes, it is at 0245 hours on Christmas day.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 25 at 03:51 AM • permalink

 

    1. I should add, everyone on the guest list is invited over to my place to watch the Boxing Day Test

      Ash_, you are refering to the India test, I assume.

      Best cricket headline I’ve seen in a long time Losing can become a habit

      What a sorry shambles.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 25 at 03:55 AM • permalink

 

    1. #86 Brett, strangely I had this same discussion with someone else today, in Brockville:

      Which Newcastle is that? England or Australia?

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 25 at 04:01 AM • permalink

 

    1. I haven’t read the comments, so forgive me for my ignorance of what has come before.

      I want to send my warmest regards for the Christmas season, hoping that everyone has a joyful day.  May you each have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

      I also want to thank each of you for your comments, and for sharing your lives with us.  You are a wonderful group of people and I feel lucky to be among you.  Sometimes I’m not well, or I’d be with you more often.  I do come and visit, though, even when I can’t comment.  Please be well and happy!

      Long Life Lady Liberty!

      saltydog

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 12 25 at 04:05 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hahahahaha!  Christmas cheer has overcome the synapse controlling the spelling cell.  Please make that

      Love Live Lady Liberty!

      Kisses for each of you!

      Posted by saltydog on 2007 12 25 at 04:07 AM • permalink

 

    1. 105 – and the same to you, 1.6.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 25 at 04:14 AM • permalink

 

    1. Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy 2008.

      Posted by Adriane on 2007 12 25 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Says Mikey Vaughan,

      “I can’t fault the effort of the team but there are a few areas of expertise where we have to improve,”

      Like, for example, the whole team’s ability at cricket? their skill level? their desire to win? their capability to win?

      I hate to trash “my side” but when is the shame going to end? I was in Oz during the last test and it was humiliating; so humiliating I am considering writing to the UN about it.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 25 at 04:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. Hey, in the spirit of the season: Happy Christmas England Eleven.

      Posted by Wimpy Canadian on 2007 12 25 at 04:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry xmas to you all, and hey 1.6!

      Posted by Margos Maid on 2007 12 25 at 05:59 AM • permalink

 

    1. Saltydog. Long time no see. Am off to bed, shattered after too much Christmas Tokay, shiraz rum beer Cheer.

      That’s it. Cheer. Hic.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 12 25 at 06:00 AM • permalink

 

    1. #103 I got a really freaking cool teddy bear from Amadora (with the help of the woman who babysits her), I got some perfume, I got some books that’ll be really interesting reading, a calendar with ferrets on it, and some great tunes.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 25 at 06:25 AM • permalink

 

    1. As Christmas presents go, discovering this beats a pair of socks from my auntie any year.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 25 at 06:30 AM • permalink

 

    1. #107 Wimpy, so I should see you here?

      The array of foods will be spectacular.

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 25 at 06:34 AM • permalink

 

    1. #117 Oh, and I forgot, some “comedian” gave me a copy of Bastard Boys

      Willing to burn to release carbon for the highest offer!

      Posted by Ash_ on 2007 12 25 at 06:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. We need Al Gore here! It’s 6:15 am here, and it’s 32 (0 C.)! Too warm! Global warming!

      Merry Christmas, from the until-Sunday snow-covered Alleghenies!

      Posted by rightwingprof on 2007 12 25 at 07:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Christmas wishes from Casa Pedro, to all, and especially to our troops.
      We set a spare place at our Christmas feast today in honour of our servicemen and women deployed around the world as a reminder to all attending that the bounty we enjoy did not come without a price.A toast to our Diggers, and a sombre moment amongst all the joy and happiness of a typical Oz Chrissie day, complete with half pissed oldies, squealing kiddies, appalling jokes, 40C+ temperatures, prawns, crayfish, ham, turkey, indeterminate “cold meat”, some green stuff on a platter allegedly called “salad”, a small bathtub full of ice and beer, and a few Chateau Collapsible wine casks and bottles of bubbly for the ladies (and a few of the more adventurous youngins).

      We live in a wonderful country, prosperous, happy and peaceful. Long may it continue to be so.

      Merry Christmas, Blairites. I hope yours was as good as mine.

      Posted by Pedro the Ignorant on 2007 12 25 at 07:24 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas all!

      Went diving for crays (Rock Lobsters) yesterday and caught 3 of the little cockroaches, then had them for dinner, with Swan River caught Tiger Prawns and chilli coconut Blue Manas Crabs and then took the girlfriends new boat out today (with the girlfriend) and caught 2 dhufish, and a pink snapper and a bunch of Black Arsed Cod.

      Life is good.

      Posted by deadparrot on 2007 12 25 at 08:28 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas, Tim and Andrea.

      Thank you so much… just for being here, day after day.

      Anything this good has to be a bad for you!

      Oh, and Merry Christmas to all the VRWC masters, fellow minions and other hapless victims.

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 08:38 AM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia! It’s -21C, so if turkeys were here they would be self-freezing. I need some o’ that gorebal worming!

      Posted by Ariun on 2007 12 25 at 08:44 AM • permalink

 

    1. PIMF, I mean anything this good has to be bad for you, like chocolate.

      #125 Ariun, Merry Christmas!

      You know, even as a skippy, sometimes living here in Australia, ya feel like you’re around the other side of the world. What’s it like in Mongolia?

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 09:23 AM • permalink

 

    1. Cold. And beefy. And the city is awfully smoky from pollution. Since I like cold smoked beef, I love it here. 🙂

      Posted by Ariun on 2007 12 25 at 09:37 AM • permalink

 

    1. I’ve arrived home from a day on The Coast with my small family (Mum, Bro, SIL and a recently widowed family friend).

      Pleasant time. I’m now as full as a pig. I was amazed at the goodies I received – I must have been a very good girl this year… or very clever!

      It’s still Christmas in Qld. Hope everyone’s had a good one!

      k

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 09:43 AM • permalink

 

    1. Ariun, it’s a big world and I’ve got a lot to learn, huh?

      God bless, and if I’m ever over your way, I’ll remember to pop by the bakery for a loaf of yummy dark rye bread, ready for slappin’s of cold smoky beef.

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 09:47 AM • permalink

 

    1. #65

      veritable genocide will be committed upon hundreds of St Helens Pacific Oysters

      Don’t forget to $ay $orry, Hank!

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 09:49 AM • permalink

 

    1. #128 Merry Christmas, Kae,

      Um, this might sound picky, but ‘as full as a pig’ isn’t very culti-sensitive these days.

      May I suggest… stuffed like a goat?

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 09:56 AM • permalink

 

    1. Noooooo, splice.

      I didn’t say I was fu

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 09:57 AM • permalink

 

    1. oops

      How about not hungry any more?

      (I’ve heard what the culti-sensitive do with goats…)

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 09:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. #118 How ‘bout these:

      Academics:
      Can’t ejamakate them.
      Can’t shoot ‘em.

      Academics:
      Can’t train them.
      Can’t shoot ‘em.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 10:02 AM • permalink

 

    1. #124

      Anything this good has to be a bad for you!

      Stop that, Splice, you’ll go blind!

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 10:04 AM • permalink

 

    1. #134
      Presbyterians:
      People of no appearance.
      Low light scope…

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 10:13 AM • permalink

 

    1. #136 Good one, splice.

      Tell me, are you a splice in the vein of “Pine Lime Splice” icecream, or are you a rope splice? Or perhaps a movie splice? Hmm? Curiousity is getting me.

      I’m tired and I have to go horizontal so I’ll see youse all later.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 10:17 AM • permalink

 

    1. Nothing says Christmas morning like looking out of the window and seeing a row of damp burned-out luminarias waiting to be picked up.

      Just kidding. Having a wonderful morning. Love and best wishes to everyone.

      Posted by ErnieG on 2007 12 25 at 10:26 AM • permalink

 

    1. #137 It’s the rope kind of splice, kae.

      Sailing is my first sport – spent years racing competitively and even gotz some trophies. I chose my nic to reflect that, but with tongue in cheek I had in mind the clichéd cry of yore… “splice the mainbrace!”

      It’s an old seafaring gag which means break out the ship’s rum.

      Has Pogria ‘splained her screen name yet?

      Posted by splice on 2007 12 25 at 10:42 AM • permalink

 

    1. What is the name of the song playing behind Mooneye’s video?

      I haven’t heard that in years.

      Posted by Janis Gore on 2007 12 25 at 11:03 AM • permalink

 

 

    1. Merry Christmas y’all!

      A very merry and SAFE Christmas to all of our armed forces around the world defending our freedom.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 12 25 at 11:58 AM • permalink

 

    1. Late to the party (as usual), but Merry Christmas (from a heathen) to all, and to all a good morning!!  Chicago, sunny, calm, and 40F. A great day given Saturday’s 70MPH gusts, 15 degree F temp and ice.

      Posted by JorgXMcKie on 2007 12 25 at 01:30 PM • permalink

 

    1. To quote those who came before me:

      Merry Christmas y’all!

      A very merry and SAFE Christmas to all of our armed forces around the world defending our freedom.

      haven’t read the comments, so forgive me for my ignorance of what has come before.

      I want to send my warmest regards for the Christmas season, hoping that everyone has a joyful day.  May you each have a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

      I also want to thank each of you for your comments, and for sharing your lives with us.  You are a wonderful group of people and I feel lucky to be among you.  Sometimes I’m not well, or I’d be with you more often.  I do come and visit, though, even when I can’t comment.  Please be well and happy!

      Long Life Lady Liberty!

      Warning: the following is not PC, sensitive to all non-christian beliefs, or meant to be anything more or less than what it is.

      Merry Christmas, to all the Blairites. May God bless you richly, as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. And thanks for all the fun and enlightenment served up daily, here in Blairland. Thanks, Tim!

      (And I say that as a non-Christian.  F*ck the PC and “happy holidays” crap.)

      Thanks for another year of fun & intelligent reading. And G-d bless us, every one!

      Posted by KC on 2007 12 25 at 01:40 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas
      Cheerful Channukah
      Kickin’ Kwanzaa
      Smokin’ Solstice
      Erotic EidWhatever works!

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 12 25 at 01:44 PM • permalink

 

    1. Merry Christmas from Paco Enterprises!

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 01:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Looks like John Kerry got a magic helmet for Christmas.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 01:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. . . .And here’s some educational material on Christmas. I particularly like the item about the student who killed a boar by ramming a book of Aristotle’s writings down his throat (damned near had the same effect on me during a philosophy class I once took).

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 02:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #148: Or was it a bear? Might be a typo in the article.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 02:05 PM • permalink

 

    1. 146

      HEY! Just got a Preferred Armor Cardigan for Christmas and thought I’d let you know that both sleeves are still Opppppsss.

      Ummm, I’m sure it’s just a tiny matter of sewing the sleeves back Oppps, the buttons…ahhh, seemed to have…Will write later

      Posted by El Cid on 2007 12 25 at 02:16 PM • permalink

 

    1. #150: Congratulations, El Cid, on your purchase! Looks like you opted for the convertible, all-weather model!

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 02:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well, I got the Projecting Arrayed Cataclysmic Optimizer for Christmas and, suffice it to say, I am not pleased.

      Here are the instructions to the aforementioned and above referenced device.

      “Pull pin and extend arm as far as possible to your rear………….continued on page two”!

      This was not helpful.

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 12 25 at 03:06 PM • permalink

 

    1. #152 Yojimbo: Hey, we threw in a jar of Paco’s Patented Bum Balm.

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 03:50 PM • permalink

 

    1. And Hand Restorer-better yet!

      Posted by yojimbo on 2007 12 25 at 03:56 PM • permalink

 

    1. 145 – Erotic Eid?!?
      For pity’s sake, richard, spare us the pictures.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 25 at 04:22 PM • permalink

 

    1. Yes, and I have photographs of Aladin the flight attendant for you all to see. I can’t wait to find pogria a sheep as she lost her goat a few days ago..LOl

      Margos what can I say? It’s chopper time soon.

      memo about the knickers boy style!!! I’m not a drag queen people.!!!

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 25 at 04:41 PM • permalink

 

    1. A touching Christmas message from William Shatner (who’s getting pretty funny in his old age).

      Posted by paco on 2007 12 25 at 06:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #156 Merry Christmas 1.6!!!!!

      Thank you for thinking of me. I would dearly love a replacement for the goat that was knocked off by by the skinny Pommy dude!!

      Could you please, um, see to it that the sheep is “shaved” before you send it.  Thanks.

      I’ll explain later.

      Posted by Pogria on 2007 12 25 at 06:29 PM • permalink

 

    1. Pogs.
      You want a sheep with a braz…nevermind.

      Posted by kae on 2007 12 25 at 06:39 PM • permalink

 

    1. memo about the knickers boy style!!! I’m not a drag queen people.!!!
      That possibility never NEVER entered my mind, 1.6, until you put it there.
      Nothing could possibly remove it now.
      Except perhaps a visit to (nudity alert) DOMAI.

      Posted by SwinishCapitalist on 2007 12 25 at 07:03 PM • permalink

 

    1. #88 El Cid, that was quite a story. It is worth reading. Cerebral Palsy is something a lot of people look at, shake their heads and say they wouldn’t want to live in that condition but sometimes human beings can thrive even when you couldn’t imagine it was possible.

      One guy I’ve met with CP was confined to his electric wheelchair, lived in an institution paid for by the state and charity and couldn’t speak in a way that I could understand (others could). I was told he liked hugs and especially hugs from the nubile young nurses or aides who never seemed to notice that he’d always bury his head in their chests during the hug. I think he lives his life happier than many people.

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2007 12 25 at 07:28 PM • permalink

 

    1. #156 1.618, remember that shopping addiction of yours. Pogria may not have room for an entire herd of sheep, a sheepdog and a sheepskin jacket you thought was just too cute. If Pogria gets a sheep then try to find me some sort of souvenir. A postcard or something – I already have boy style undies so not those.

      Merry Christmas everybody.

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2007 12 25 at 07:31 PM • permalink

 

    1. #19 The XXXX beer ad you described is here!

      Posted by Young and Free on 2007 12 25 at 09:54 PM • permalink

 

    1. Well there was a bunch of us Turkeys who sat outside under a communal gazebo for Christmas lunch and ,despite having fans blowing, it was horrid hot. I gave up after three hours and left the mob to it.They went on until midnight. Some muvvers do have ‘em.

      Posted by waussie on 2007 12 25 at 10:35 PM • permalink

 

    1. Erotic Eid??

      I always thought the reason the muslims performed ritual old-Testament style animal sacrifices at that time was to stop them from spilling the beans on muslim “men”.

      ‘scuse me, I gotta go bleach my brain now.

      MarkL
      Canberra

      Posted by MarkL on 2007 12 25 at 11:10 PM • permalink

 

    1. #108, Wimpy, I think it’s Newcastle in NSW.  It was 19C at my place yesterday as well.  Halfway through the afternoon I had to go looking for cardigans and jackets for our guests.

      Merry Christmas to all.

      Posted by Crossie on 2007 12 25 at 11:38 PM • permalink

 

    1. Colonel, do you want a kiwi haka?

      Posted by 1.618 on 2007 12 26 at 03:11 AM • permalink

 

    1. #167
      (the Colonel quickly googles to make sure that a “haka” isn’t kiwi speak for “handsome shaved male sheep”) That would be great 1.618!  Will you bring an all girl team of back up dancers with you?

      Posted by Col. Milquetoast on 2007 12 26 at 05:46 AM • permalink

 

  1. paco wrote:

    Looks like John Kerry got a magic helmet for Christmas.

    …but no spear, right?

    Posted by Patrick Chester on 2007 12 27 at 10:23 AM • permalink