Yowwwwwwccccchhhhh!   20/10/2014

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.

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Female touch   

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.”

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Masterful   19/10/2014

You could walk to CapeYork and back and find nothing to remotely rival this piece of contemporary Australian journalism.

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Enough with the kiddie talk   

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.

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Little visitors   1/9/2014

Great to have the grandsons visiting.

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Man on the spot   

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.

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Change for the better   

Finally in mid-August, a ray or two of sunshine. Tim and I celebrated with a trip to Port Fairy’s Griffith Island.

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Revolting   

Disgusting and unforgiveable on so many fronts.

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Shooting. In foot   9/8/2014

Finally, a win for ordinary Joes over interfering busybodies.

VICTORIA’S animal protection agency has been dealt a major blow by a County Court ruling yesterday which found it negligent after inspectors euthanased 131 head of cattle at Framlingham.

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Fresh viewpoint   

Here are some new takes on complex issues from a gifted commentator:

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Cracker of an idea   

Wouldn’t it be great? But can you imagine the killjoys who dominate our society allowing it? You see, fireworks require matches which could light cigarettes which could lead to smoking. (Apologies to the old-style Baptists who vigourously opposed pre-marital sex because it could lead to dancing).

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Smoke signal   

Er, wasn’t the upsurge in al fresco dining due in large to smoking bans inside eating and drinking establishments?
If smoking is so bad, surely it should be banned completely?

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PC dopes   

When illiterates take offence . . . the cows get out.
Idiots in search of a grievance have mirrored the drop-kicks that demanded – and received – the resignation a few years ago of a US college professor for using the word ”niggardly” in its correct form.
Now, a blogger at a school in Utah has lost his job after he wrote a post explaining what a homophone is only for his ignoramus boss to accuse him of promoting a gay agenda.

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Twirlers   

Geezers do the Sheedy.

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Shameful   

Remember when Ugly Australians were just drunks in Bali?

An Australian surrogacy advocate agency has called the abandonment of baby Gammy in Thailand as “disgusting” and “outrageous” but says the couple, believed to be West Australian, may have been within their rights to do so

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Hankerin’ for good music   

The lord willin’ and the creek ain’t ris . . . with bells on.

Local artists honour Hank Williams by performing his songs and other songs withing a Lost Highway theme

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Your rates at work   

Don’t you just love the chutzpah of minor bureaucrats?
Landholders have invested their lives and livelihoods in getting the best from their properties. But nah, the shiny-pants from the council reckon it’s a good investment of your readies to advise the risk-takers on how to run the farm. They might have some credibility if the services they operate were anywhere near perfect, but, for instance, the Mortlake Road has potholes in which you could hide a refugee family.

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On the wing   

Bird life is abundant along the nearby rushing Merri River.

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Just kidding   

Little fella’s used to goats. He’s been staying at his Pop’s.

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Still life   24/7/2014

This means it was a good day for bike riding. Now if I could just hook up the Malvern Star to the national grid . . .

ON Monday, all the wind farms in Southern Australia, all the hundreds of turbines scattered across South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania, altogether produced exactly zero — nothing, nada, zip, zilch — power for two hours smack in the middle of the day.
Indeed, right through most of the working day — from 11am in the morning until after 8pm that night — the total output of all the wind farms was effectively zero for that entire period.

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