13.01.20. Although you may not think so, we are still on holidays—sort of! The addiction to dedicated service for our faithful readers is a hard habit to break—even the lure of a sleep-in can’t conquer. February 3rd will have us tumbling too, but not at 3am. That deadline is too demanding for old curmudgeons. Our comment is thus hurried, harried and sometimes lacks depth of detail—more time for research and ridicule is required for that betterment. As does the creation of rude names for those who do us poor service! Until then, keep well and maintain the rage! More
But there’s a lot more to it than that and it might have a lot to do with “choice,” or the “Vegemite” syndrome. Imagine one of those busy inner city sandwich shops of about 30 years ago during the lunchtime rush. There were those who knew exactly what they wanted—they ate the same kind of sandwich five days a week. The large menu board boasted more than 60 varieties. More
19.01.20. “This five-door hatchback costs a whopping $137,900 … and while that is amazing, the vehicle is not.” Writes the controversial Jeremy Clarkson about the new Mercedes EQC 400 4Matic All-electric car. You can bet that Mercedes has already made a very nasty phone call to Jeremy crammed with all sorts of swearing and personal abuse. But Jeremy does have a point in his questions about such an avant auto built for the space age when he asks: “A few things puzzled me, though. Why does it have a radiator grille when it has no radiator? Why does it have flappy-paddle gearshifters when it has no gears? And why has the electric motor been made to look like an engine when it isn’t one?” More
It’s a reality of Western democracies that the most estranged citizens tend to come from the most successful and best-educated sections of society. The phenomenon is best described as alienation, a feeling of dissociation from fellow citizens and their elected leaders. More
I see the Bruce Pascoe-Dark Emu story is turning into my story. He is alleged to be telling a story not his own, and to have profited — in the form of jobs, research grants and literary awards reserved for Aborigines — by claiming racial origins he does not have. More
18.01.20. Politics is a filthy game as everyone knows, especially in Australia with its revolving door of prime ministers. And until recently the arbiter of who’s next rested pretty much with the polls. The last federal election, right up to the final day of campaigning had Labor’s Bill Shorten packing his bags for the Canberra Lodge, a dream carried for many years in the heart and soul of the crass creature. By the end of count on May 18 2019, Shorten’s ticket to the highest office in the kingdom with its guaranteed lifetime of luxury turned to his worst nightmare, shattering the expectation of a union barracker more adroit to screaming derision from atop a pile of wooden pallets in a shady dockside corner. It takes a thick skin, a massive ego and much gall to shrink away and play second fiddle to Anthony Albanese who has foolishly abetted Shorten’s role on centre stage. The video below portrays Shorten as the king cobra and poor-old Albo as a more geriatric mongoose swaying to the hypnotic lure before the viper strikes. More
The Chinese owners planning to mine nearly 100 million litres of groundwater each year from an aquifer in Queensland’s drought-ravaged Southern Downs had their underground water allocation nearly doubled by the state government in 2011. They are also seeking to mine 8000 tonnes of granite annually from the rural property, between Warwick and Stanthorpe. More
But then there was another one in 2017: An iceberg expected to be one of the 10 largest ever recorded is ready to break away from Antarctica, scientists say.
A long-running rift in the Larsen C ice shelf grew suddenly in December and now just 20km of ice is keeping the 5,000 sq km piece from floating away.
And so it has been for ever, remember the Titanic. They’re called icebergs Sir David perhaps he could reminisce about that as he drops a few more ice cubes into his Glenfiddich each night to hold at bay the nightmares of being cooked alive. Have another Scotch David! More