Joke ungot   10/3/2006

I’ve always thought I had a reasonable appreciation of humour, particularly that produced by British comics. The Goons, Steptoe and Son, Til Death Do Us Part, Monty Python, Black Adder, Benny Hill, The Two Ronnies, the Young Ones, French and Saunders have at times all got me guffawing like a stormwater trench.
Maybe it’s too deep for me, but I doubt it; I’m sorry, I find Little Britain about as funny as toothache. Sorry, but gags about vomiting, rude clerks and old ladies pissing themselves were passe in my neck of the woods around Grade 5.
The gits in it and their attempts at funniness remind me of another mirthless televisual experience — The Goodies.

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Heritage trasher   

Californian senator Sheila Kuehl is one ungrateful legislator.
The lesbian Democrat wants to eliminate all the key elements from high school life that first brought her to public attention.
Critics say that if a bill, SB 1437, Senator Kuehl is pushing were to become law, “it could potentially require gender-neutral bathrooms in our schools and all references to ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ or ‘mom and dad’ removed from school textbooks as the norm.”
The Capitol Research Institute claims the bill also applies to school activities, which include cheerleading, sports and events like the prom.
“Under SB 1437, school districts would likely be prohibited from having a ‘prom king and queen’ because that would show bias based on gender and sexual orientation,” said CRI. The measure also could affect issues like gender-specific sports teams.
Senator Kuehl’s brief caress with fame was back in the 1960s when as Sheila James she played the unattainable Zelda in Charles Murton’s favourite video flashback “The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis”.
We can just imagine the ghost of Maynard G. Krebs lamenting: “Like, what the #&@%, man!!??”

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Not just the fish stinking   

The manmade fish pictured below (click to enlarge) on the Yarra in Melbourne are for reasons far beyond my ken connected to the Commonwealth Games beginning next week.
I took the pic last Friday. Which was probably just as well because if I’d taken it tonight, when organisers are rehearsing the Games’ opening ceremony, I could have been up for a $240,000 fine.
The Bracks Government, which has shown with its anti-vilification laws it has no respect for free speech, is threatening to fine media outlets which publish images taken during these rehearsals. Never mind that the rehearsals are on public property.
As usual, the spineless, inept Victorian Opposition is mute about this transgression of basic civic rights.
No one is saying it out loud yet, but the Games are threatening to turn into a flop with thousands of overpriced tickets unsold, big sporting names pulling out and huge numbers of Melburnians greatly inconvenienced by detours and road closures.
And proving yet again that no one can turn an economy belly-up as completely as a Victorian Labor Government, Bracks’ crew has managed to run up a bill of more than $2 billion from initial estimates of $160 million.
And still nothing from Popeye Doyle and his duds in the Opposition.
Perhaps they’re keeping their powder dry until all the invoices are in. By waiting to dump until after the Games they avoid appearing as spoil-sports. Maybe, but I think Popeye’s just chicken-shit about upsetting Liberal tzar and Games supremo Ron Walker.

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