After a break of about eight years, I found myself yesterday revisiting the first blog I regularly scanned back in the toddler days of social media. James Lileks is a midwestern journalist who writes about work, family and 20th century US culture. His prose can sparkle, make you laugh out loud or intrigue with its contemporary touchstones. As well, Lileks has a marvellous collection of 20thC commercial graphics. I’m buggered if I can remember why I stopped checking The Bleat daily, but it was my loss. I’m looking forward to filling the gaps.
Epidemic rages 20/12/2014
This is one of three cops/courts reports in today’s Standard on ice and the damage done. Perhaps it’s time for a controlled dosage trial.
Nothing fires a regular public transport commuters’ dander more than selfish slobs who plonk their baggage on a vacant seat. More often than not the ignorant passenger has a student’s pass or similar concession. An American bloke does something about such bog-headed sefishness and is accused of racism!!!
Palin significant 15/12/2014
Australian comedians claim they’re “edgy” and “confronting”, an assertion that is 100 per cent rolled-gold bullshit, given their cowardice in the face of preachy, intolerant dogmatics. A great of 20th century comedy, Michael Palin, has no doubt about his target should he return to poking fun. Asked in the Weekend Australian whom he’d satirise today, Palin responded: “Political correctness, health and safety, the inability to accept there should be risk in life.”
Ask any one-time leftie why they turned and humourless political correctness is high on their list.
Dregs on show 5/11/2014
A lifetime friend – a legal academic and orthodox Marxist – reflected recently that the Left’s leadership had changed from decent men and women to thugs and hate-filled pseudo intellectuals.
It’s a deterioration best described in the words of the late Kim Beazley snr: “When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now all I see are the dregs of the middle class. And what I want to know is when you middle class perverts are going to stop using the Labor Party as a spiritual spittoon.”
Events today support this position. It’s certainly clear they wouldn’t know much about class struggle – they haven’t got any. Class that is.
PRIME Minister Tony Abbott and former Liberal PM John Howard were subjected to a torrent of boos and jeers upon arrival at the memorial service for Gough Whitlam in Sydney.
The unsavoury scenes occurred moments after former Labor PMs Julia Gillard, Kevin Rudd, Bob Hawke, Paul Keating received standing ovations at a packed Town Hall.
All must be well with the world today. A member of the perpetually aggrieved classes was whining like a Humber diff on 774 this morning about McDonald’s decades-old practice of giving free fare to wallopers.
Not the messiah 23/10/2014
Much gush has been spouted this week about Saint Gough whose three years of government didn’t come within a bull’s roar of Hawke and Keating’s for reform and competency. This sets the record straight.
Health and safety advice for home chefs. When going for a slash after making chile con carne (using Dunc McKenzie’s red hot jalapanos) wash your hands BEFORE the act. I’ve just experienced a corner of hell.
Pity help any terrorist who leaves the dunny seat up.
Actually, it’s a really interesting piece on traits suiting roles.
Ms Storer believes the success of female CIA officers could be down to “brain science”. “Men tend to be linear thinkers — it’s the hunter-gatherer thing, right? Women tend to be all over the place and can hold a whole bunch of different stuff in their minds at the same time.
“Some people will say that women tend to be more patient and tenacious … The men I worked with, I did see a difference, with women being more comfortable with ambiguity. A lot of the men wanted things to be in neat boxes.”
You could walk to CapeYork and back and find nothing to remotely rival this piece of contemporary Australian journalism.
We love gardening. All that bending and digging helps keep mature muscles and joints in shape while the developed spirit can only be enhanced by plants that provide beauty and produce. And because every gardener has a tip, there are plenty of experienced souls with whom to enjoy a mutual appreciation.
In short, gardening is grown-ups fun.
But that’s no excuse for experts on the TV series, Gardening Australia, to talk down to their audience as if they’re presenting Play School for oldies. The hairy bugger is the worst. NB GA, we’re not feeble-minded or deaf, so less of the patronising and more of the informing.
Little visitors 1/9/2014
A forecast of fire and rain would not have surprised when the weatherman came on 774 this morning.
The Bureau of Meteorology’s man on the air was James Taylor.