2,674 thoughts on “Open Thread – Mon 20 Dec 2021”

  1. No prizes for second, GreyRanga, if you wanta run with the foxes and hunt with the hounds, you’ve gotta expec’ to “feel the tines” every once in a while.

  2. Michael Smith News…

    Great work from Medford Police, Oregon, USA. Stuff the crook’s privacy!!!!
    Friday, 24 December 2021

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    Medford Police

    Dear Mr. Giovanni Solis,

    We realize holiday shopping is stressful, and it appears you have several to shop for when you grabbed 8 pairs of Juicy Couture sweatpants from JC Penny.

    But here is the problem, you forgot to pay for them! Employees tried to tell you but you must of got confused and took off running.

    In all the commotion you dropped your phone, you big goof. So we have that if you’d like to swing on by the department, and get this cleared up! It looks like your phone has a lot of information you probably need as you seem to be very active in selling property online.

    Oh and be sure not to sell those sweatpants, or that could land you in more trouble (selling stolen property and all).

    Case 21-20610. Hope to hear from you soon!

    Merry Christmas.

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  3. Anyway, how cute, make sure to buy the fat communist slug a bouquet of flowers for being such a grate premier, ‘Ed.

    Doesn’t she.
    Badoom tish and… sorry.

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  4. Presents wrapped. Cooking finished.

    We have cold platters on Christmas Day, having enjoyed last week a traditional feast with immediate family + 1. Tomorrow’s feasters will include nephews and family, Granddaughter’s in-laws to be, one ‘orphan’ and the +1 again, with his ex*.

    I used to be the Christmas matriarch, organising all the menus, invitations, cooking and the big day itself. With my circumstances changed, my daughter has stepped into that role. She loves Christmas as much as I do and keeps the traditions alive. I still cook, contributing this year nine dishes (plus Best Man’s baked hams). But she is Mrs Christmas now, and I’m very proud of her.

    Hope all Cats have a wonderful day tomorrow. I will take a moment during the festivities to think of those Cats who will be spending Christmas Day by themselves, and send them special thoughts and a virtual Chrissy kiss.

    *I know, right?

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  5. People who hold out on getting the vax are throwing a spanner into their great plan.

    And don’t we love it???? Only some can do it because of fortunate circumstances and bloodymindedness. Stuff the “their great plan.”

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  6. Faustus, funnily enough, it is quite possibly my most beloved Beatles track, man.

    That, right there, is the power of the Beatles.

    Nobody would dare admit to strong feelings about anything in Wham’s back catalogue.

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  7. May peace, joy and love be yours at Christmas and may 2022 be a Happy New Year – hope springs eternal.

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  8. I wish all Cats and their precious ones a loving & peaceful Christmas. Thank you all for your funny and and insightful observations over the past year. You make a real difference in all our lives.

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  9. It’s the cities Vicki. Don’t go. All sensible people are fleeing as far away as possible

    People are certainly keen to buy down here. We have some young friends who are looking to buy their first home and they looked at one that sold for 160K over the asking price. Our neighbour put one of his homes on the market at the start of the week and had four offers in the first couple of days and sold way over asking price. At least two of the offers were from Sydney people. The real estate agent said homes are selling sight unseen. Nice Christmas for them, I guess.

    I suspect there are people who don’t want to spend another winter in a city lockdown.

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  10. Shabbey Road – the most underrated Beatles album. The second side is a tour de force.

    In a Parisian mood, Paul tries out some schoolboy French to woo a continental bohemian lass

    Sacré bleu, mademoiselle! 😕

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  11. The Red Army were in Berlin in 1945, Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland, not being generously put on a cruise to Australia.

    Mr Ed rams a full Bunnings of rakes up his ample backside.

    Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years. Many others remained in western nations rather than return to Communist ruled Poland after the war.

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  12. Tomorrow Never Knows

    Faustus, funnily enough, it is quite possibly my most beloved Beatles track, man.

    Yeah nah. It reminds my of the Velvet Underground at their worst.

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  13. Feliz Navidad everyone.

    Beaugy, voluntarily reliquishing an endless supply of gorgeous young whores in Cuba was you greatest mistake.

    Learning the Christmas salutation in English would be worth an extra truckload of chick-magnetism, I reckon. But you knew that.

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  14. Give both ends a burl

    There’s not much love to be had for Ed on this forum. But, two points for the above Ocker usage of ‘burl’.

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  15. Boambee Johnsays:
    December 24, 2021 at 6:37 pm
    The Red Army were in Berlin in 1945, Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland, not being generously put on a cruise to Australia.

    Mr Ed rams a full Bunnings of rakes up his ample backside.

    Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years. Many others remained in western nations rather than return to Communist ruled Poland after the war.

    I understand many of the workers on the snowy hydro scheme were Polish who’d moved here for that reason. I note that unlike the Italians and Greeks, mostly they only really maybe kept the last name, not the “I’m Greek” or “I’m Italian” despite being the third generation born here.

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  16. Poles were being sent home to rebuild the Country of Poland

    The Lublin Poles turning London Poles into land fill is another way of putting it.

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  17. Is this how it’s going to play out?

    Hillary just told Kamala that (Democrat appointed) Supreme Court judge has agreed to step down, job for life for you! Accepted.

    Hillary becomes VP

    Soon after Biden 25th

    Hillary becomes POTUS.

    Nancy becomes VP.

    My Christmas conspiracy theory.

    You’re welcome.

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  18. Buon Natale every one!

    Have a Joyous and safe Christmas. Looking forward to all the adventures and tales of derring do.

    No holding back!

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  19. Anyone here shot a hole in someone else’s tent?

    No?

    Carry on.

    I shot a hole through the passenger door in my own vehicle from the inside while traveling from Da Nang to Cua Viet (near the DMZ) 51 years ago this week…

    Does that count?

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  20. It reminds me of the Velvet Underground at their worst

    Bluddee hell, jupes, I’m not having it, I tells ya. The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

    Many, many tributes to the self indulgent collectivists they were inspired by. (e.g. John Cage)

    Although, if it’s any consolation, I could envision the Beaugy firing up a cheeroot* and joyously soaking up 4′ 33″ (a magnificent rendition here by Karl’s nephew).

    *As opposed to a stogey.

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  21. Thanks, evil.
    Big fan of The Monkees here, Beatles, not so much.
    Anyway, Mike Nesmith died the other day he was the jerk that broke up the band.
    His mother invented Liquid Paper in the Thirties, later sold out to DuPont for $50 million
    Only child, didn’t GAF, wrote Different Drum.
    More here: https://www.unz.com/author/steve-sailer/
    Joan Didion also died yesterday, first
    time I ever read the word Ineffable in a book.
    One of her favorite words, she used it a lot.
    Also [maybe] coined the phrase the banality of evil.

  22. Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

    You have a nasty suspicious mind, dot. And in this case it’s completely unjustified, I’ve had no contact with Maria for years now. She’s just part of my delinquent past.

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  23. About the most sensible thing John Lenin ever uttered and funnily enough, during his most incoherent period:

    “Because, when you go around carrying pictures of Chairman Mao, you ain’t going to make it with anyone, anyhow …”

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  24. Dr BG, are you feeling Maria’s back?

    But I do communicate regularly with the lady who sends me cigars from Cuba. En Espagnol.

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  25. Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years.

    Okay.
    They were Poles from Ruthenia, in other words.
    Which ties in with my conjecture that the Palaszczuks are descended from Ruthenian Poles.
    Which could indicate Nobility.
    Smart people descend from other smart people, not from serfs living in a hole in the ground.

  26. Reimagined for our utterly insane times:

    “Because, when you go around screeching incessantly on twatter about Chairman Dan, you ain’t going to make it with anyone, man …”

    Trigger warning: Irredeemable imbeciles

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  27. I will have no sympathy freezing Londoners start setting fire to Greenies.

    Britain facing ‘national energy crisis’: Warning bills could skyrocket by more than FIFTY PER CENT to £2,000 in spring as gas prices hit record £4.50 per therm and Tories accuse Putin of holding Europe to ransom

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  28. Mr Ed

    Have you ever thought of writing four fiction in the form of a novel?

    Then we could ignore all of it at once.

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  29. Torries accuse the Putin of holding Europe to ransom

    Err, what’s that saying about those who are ignorant of history?

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  30. In November, amid soaring energy prices and with winter on the horizon, the outlook for American consumers was bleak. The Biden administration chose not to sugarcoat it. The Energy Information Administration forecast that consumers would see year-over-year price hikes for propane, natural gas, and electricity by as much as 50 percent. “It will be more expensive this year than last year,” Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm warned.
    Well, yes.
    That was what was promised, and now it’s being delivered.
    So what’s the problem, Democrat voters?

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  31. Have you ever thought of writing fiction in the form of a novel?

    BJ – stop indulging him. Nowadays, his outpourings would probably be best seller material.

    Err – and Ed, if it’s any consolation, I do enjoy your comments. At least you’re trying.

    Very, very trying.

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  32. Ellen, I’m certainly looking to move down to Tassie in the next few years.

    We would certainly welcome you down here, Dover.

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  33. Ed Casesays:
    December 24, 2021 at 7:05 pm
    Members of the Polish Carpathian Brigade which relieved Australians in Tobruk marched in Anzac Day parades for years.

    Okay.
    They were Poles from Ruthenia, in other words.
    Which ties in with my conjecture that the Palaszczuks are descended from Ruthenian Poles.
    Which could indicate Nobility.
    Smart people descend from other smart people, not from serfs living in a hole in the ground.

    Creative fiction writing is obviously your forte. Factual, well researched, information, not so much.

    PS, many members of the Polish forces who served in Italy and NW Europe also remained in the west after the war. The NKVD “assessed” all returnees who fought alongside western forces for “reliability”. Off to the Gulag, political unreliables!

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  34. The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

    My point about Tomorrow Never Knows. Anyhoo, dunno about the Beatles, but apparently George Martin loved The Velvet Underground and Nico (the banana album).

    IMHO that list was shit. It had Get Back in the 100s FFS.

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  35. The Granholm slag is just another fucking lawyer. These parasites are totally disconnected for physical and engineering reality as well as the cost of keeping warm and getting to work.

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  36. Mr Ed

    PS, the Carpathian Brigade also included some Czechs. Clearly Polish nobility! I met one late last century.

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  37. J-6 Attorney Releases Video of Capitol Police Pummeling Female Trump Supporter Victoria White in Tunnel Area — Beating Her with Batons, Punching Her in Face, Then They Paraded Her Through Capitol (VIDEO)

    She is hit approximately thirty- five times over the course of 4 minutes and 30 seconds, while appearing to be begging for mercy the entire time. She is hit with the baton while facing away. She is hit with the baton while facing forward. She is speared and poked with the baton about the face so as to inflict maximum pain. She collapses more than once and is stood up by the officers only to be maced and beaten again. At some point, White-shirt puts away his baton, not because he is showing mercy because he has a clear avenue to her face. As such, he unloads on the defenseless woman punching her five times in five seconds, directly in the face, with all of his might.

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  38. Perth looks like five days straight over extended Christmas public holidays where night-time temps don’t fall below 20*C.
    Expect plenty o’boozy stabbings and punch-ups clogging up the EDs.

    One time Perth had a run like that we almost ran out of gas because they couldn’t pump enough into the DNNGP overnight to get it down to Perth. Long time ago -don’t know what work they have done in the meantime.

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  39. Smart people descend from other smart people

    Ed. That is no way to speak about your ancestors. Implying they were thick as pig shit.

    And at Christmas. For shame.

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  40. Wonderful – spot the stereotypes, pisstakes and monotypes.

    Back when Victorians had some credibility.

    Sad to see only two goils. Presumably all the others refused to give up their Saturday morning promenading time in the CBD.

    BTW, I reckon this song has inspired not one, but two recent releases, as played currently on chiple j.

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  41. I will have no sympathy freezing Londoners start setting fire to Greenies.

    Britain facing ‘national energy crisis’: Warning bills could skyrocket by more than FIFTY PER CENT to £2,000 in spring as gas prices hit record £4.50 per therm and Tories accuse Putin of holding Europe to ransom

    How did they get to the point where they are reliant on Russian energy? Utter madness.

    Globalism is evil.

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  42. Globalism is evil.

    it sure is- we’re getting to the stage here where we can’t make our own petrol, diesel and jetfuel.

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  43. Rabz says:
    December 24, 2021 at 7:18 pm
    Have you ever thought of writing fiction in the form of a novel?
    BJ – stop indulging him. Nowadays, his outpourings would probably be best seller material.
    Err – and Ed, if it’s any consolation, I do enjoy your comments. At least you’re trying.
    Very, very trying.

    And Ed will be a great wit one day – he’s half way there already…

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  44. Jupes

    It’s not globalization. Dig a little deeper and I bet you’ll find green turd policies either restricting the exploration of the North Sea or outright bans. Britain is supposedly awash in gas.

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  45. Ed, you’ve done enough thinking for today. Take the rest of the day off. See you next year little buddy.

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  46. The Velvets at their worst truly were unlistenable.

    No doubt.

    And the booking agents who got The Beatles their first Hamburg gigs were told not to send them again or “they’d spoil it for everybody”.

    Happily, we measure musicians by their best, not their worst performances.

    Unless you forked out full ticket price, I suppose.

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  47. Most of us stopped hearing about the Waukesha massacre after the national media found out the circumstances under which the perpetrator committed his heinous murders. The residents of Milwaukee County have made sure that Governor Tony Evers hasn’t stopped hearing about it, though. In a formal petition, citizens outraged over the ridiculously low bail set for Darrell Brooks in a previous vehicular assault want Evers to fire DA John Chisolm over bail policies he implemented.
    The district attorney whose office let out Waukesha parade killer Darrell Brooks on a $1,000 bond three weeks ago previously admitted he knew his laxed bail policies would lead to killers being set free and murdering others, saying flippantly in a 2007 interview: ‘You bet, it’s guaranteed to happen.’

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  48. John H. says:
    December 24, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    John H – thanks for dumbing down your medical posts – I really appreciate it and I’m sure others here do as well.

    Merry Christmas & a Happy New year to you & yours.

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  49. Merry Christmas to all my fellow Cats. Take are and enjoy spending time with family and friends and eating good food and drinking good alcohol.

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  50. Have a great Christmas and wonderful New Year everybody. On this Xmas eve I have to decide between watching some movies or finally getting around to playing Borderlands or Project Wingman or Frostpunk.

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  51. Does the rooftop concert mean nothing?

    Sacré bleu, jupes – I haven’t yet managed to watch Jacko’s 37 hour schlockumentary on it.

    I’ll get back* to you once I have. 🙂

    *ptp

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  52. miltonf says:
    December 24, 2021 at 7:39 pm
    Globalism is evil.

    it sure is- we’re getting to the stage here where we can’t make our own petrol, diesel and jetfuel.

    Deliberate – makes it easy to punish naughty countries.

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  53. Does the rooftop concert mean nothing?

    The last public performance of The Beatles?

    Wash your mouth out!

    Billy Preston alone was worth the price of admission.

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  54. You have a nasty and suspicious mind…

    That’s it then.

    …cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans.

    …no more merciful beheadings.

    …and call off Christmas!

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  55. playing Borderlands or Project Wingman or Frostpunk

    I’ve been indulging in the odd bit of Halo Infinite – when one needs to slay many, many extra terrestrial fascist imbeciles (while pretending they’re our beloved ozzie politicians, braindead bureaucrats and meeja muppets). For which I make no apology, I tells ya.

    Just one complaint – the latest version of Cortana is seriously annoying. They’ve deliberately turned down her figure while turning up the housewife screechiness.

    It isn’t right, is it? 🙁

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  56. …cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans.

    What have the lepers and orphans ever done for us?

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  57. Merry Christmas, cassie, JC, John H., twostix, arky, calli, rosie, BoN & everyone, and especially our host dover and his family.

    Even Ed.

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  58. It’s not globalization. Dig a little deeper and I bet you’ll find green turd policies either restricting the exploration of the North Sea or outright bans. Britain is supposedly awash in gas.

    Exactly.
    Throw another Green on the fire.

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  59. Bluddee hell – possibly about to lose my shit (again). Just get a load of this monstrous pretentious wrongness:

    No 1: Tomorrow never knows – Revolver 1966

    It’s possible to trace the origins of most modern music, bar rap, back to The Beatles catalogue. But ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’ was perhaps their most influential track of all. In trying to recreate the sound in Lennon’s head of monks chanting in some cosmic mountain retreat, to accompany lines cribbed from the Tibetan Book Of The Dead intended to emulate a transcendental acid high, the band experimented with loops, sampling, drone and tape manipulation, creating not just the epitome of psychedelia and exposing pop audiences to anti-materialist Eastern ideas, but effectively inventing dance music.

    Turn off your mind, relax, and you can hear The Chemical Brothers before The Chemical Brothers were even born…

    Rock “critics” – the most inexcusable utterly useless self pleasurers to have existed in human history, with the possible exception of Ozzie greenfilth politicians.

    I’ll now have to go and listen to some Miss Ellie at her most plaintive to try and regain some semblance of calm …

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  60. Little wins, and baby steps. The Hun:

    A West Australian police officer has won a Supreme Court injunction at least temporarily stopping him from being sacked for refusing to get a Covid-19 vaccine.

    Senior Constable Ben Falconer has asked for a judicial review challenging the validity of health directions that require police officers to be fully vaccinated by December 31.

    WA Supreme Court Justice Jeremy Allanson granted an injunction on Friday, which prevents Police Commissioner Chris Dawson from firing the officer until the case goes to a trial.

    But Mr Dawson said the senior constable was still banned from attending police premises.

    Of course he is. Hizzoner spake thusly:

    In his judgment, Justice Allanson noted the officer was “pro-choice”.

    “The applicant has decided that he does not ‘at this time’ want to be administered with a vaccine for Covid-19 and does not agree to be vaccinated, particularly in circumstances where it is mandated,” Justice Allanson said. “He does not claim entitlement to a medical exemption but described his position as ‘pro-choice’.

    “I will grant an interlocutory injunction restraining the commissioner, until further order, from dismissing the applicant in reliance on the applicant’s failure to comply with the employer direction.”

    Mid-January, the matter comes back to court. See what happens – but if it goes well for Mr Falconer, it will be a yuuuugley yuge cock-smack for every other employer of this type in the country.

    And – I don’t know this – if this bloke’s the son of the ex-Chief Commissioner Bob Falconer, that’s a wet towel flick on the base of the nutsack as well.

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  61. exposing pop audiences to anti-materialist Eastern ideas

    A fat lot of good that (allegedly) did.

    Hypocrites. They just can’t help themselves.

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  62. Hizzoner spake thusly

    To quote my best friend’s dear ol’ Mum* upon discovering his copy of “The Antichrist” in about 1980: “Who is this Nyeechee person?”.

    She’s still with us, as dignified as ever and living in the family home in Bankstown. Nearing 95 and still coping with recently having lost her beloved James at 97 (i.e. in April this year).

    They were/are real working class people, not self aggrandising scum like that vile preposterous pretender keating.

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  63. Because dancing was unknown before 1966.

    And will be unknown again soon, if these creepy bizarre obsessive fascist imbeciles lording it over us have their way.

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  64. calli says:
    December 23, 2021 at 11:56 am
    BBS, you have to do the emojis the old fashioned way. Colons, semi colons, brackets, and a capD for a big smile.

    Like this. ?

    🙂

    Lysander, re who gets exemptions. A few weeks ago, when that arseh*le Andrews moved to bring in the mandates in Viccy, the courts (the judges and court staff) pointed out that the separation of powers restricted the govt from mandating that sector. So Andrews folded on it.

    Commonwealth, justice employees in Victoria granted vaccine exemption (Sky News 9/10/21)

    Authorised workers in Victoria have been given a reprieve after the Andrews government backflipped on plans to enforce a COVID vaccination mandate.

    All Commonwealth employees as well as people who work in connection with court proceedings will be exempt with a government spokesperson saying the relaxation is an attempt to avoid “jurisdictional limitations”.

    The change will apply to judges, lawyers, security guards and police officers

    Zip, my sister’s doctor won’t see the unvaccinated.

    I’m with Rick on this – despite being private businesses, most of their income is taxpayer derived, which under the Australian universal health system known as Medicare, should be enough to remind these tax hooverers of their Hippocratic Oath to their fellow man.

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  65. Calli,
    Even using punctuation it didn’t work. (If you can’t see them, there’s lots of laughing emojis under this).

    ??????

  66. It’s not globalization. Dig a little deeper and I bet you’ll find green turd policies either restricting the exploration of the North Sea or outright bans. Britain is supposedly awash in gas.

    Seriously?
    You think The Greens aren’t playing an integral role in the Globalisation Juggernaut?

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  67. Cohenite @8:12
    That’s not the ideal one.

    It’s the original white weatherboard with the big picture window above the main street opposite the beach.

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  68. It’s the original white weatherboard with the big picture window above the main street opposite the beach.

    Got a photo?

  69. figurative Piñata?

    *Not mine, for a change …

    But Rabz, my dear, dear fellow!

    We rag on you because we love you!

    And we kick Grigory because he damn well needs and deserves it…

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  70. Just put the last very over tired and very over excited child to bed. Hopefully it’s now Silent Night. Cooked dinner for 10, tomorrow lunch for 14.

    Big Santa now has a nice glass of scotch, some gingerbread and a chocolate. He appears to be quite content with the stopover, might stay a while. His elves are all enjoying a glass of Lodge Hill Shiraz.

    Happy Christmas one and all.

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  71. Aisling O’Loughlin, from “The Irish Inquiry” interviews Ricardo Bosi.

    Ol’ bloke – would you kindly stop being so controversial (again).

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  72. Dotsays:

    December 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    Meatloaf
    Brown bread

    Is that your Christmas dinner menu?

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  73. Cohenite,
    No. (Tried to bring it up on google earth)
    It’s at the southern end of the street and it’s just above the street with view of the beach). (It’s probably been knocked down to build a monstrosity).

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  74. Meatloaf
    Brown bread

    Is this a Roger Moore moment?

    Because if it is, I’m not falling for it. This time.

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  75. Well Cats, it’s been the week from Box City Mk 2 down here in sunny Jerra, over the border from the Greenie Nirvana of Canberra.

    Took a break from unpacking, hanging pictures, installing Mrs TE’s in the cupboard twin-bins, two trips to Bunnings etc etc, to meet up with RugbySkier for a local coffee – many thanks mate. Together we plan to storm Parliament House next month and install our own version of government.

    A happy Christmas to all.

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  76. Lovely banner. Who is the artist?

    This guy.

    (I cheated…if you open the picture as an image you can see the name of the painting. Then a DDG search gets you the artist! I will never be an art cognosniffy.)

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  77. Very good, cohenite, (and I know you’re trying to help) but the only thing from the description that seems to have jelled in your mind is the colour white.

    (Of course, all will be forgiven if you’re buying it!)

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  78. I was being lazy Bruce. Googled “Adoration of the Shepherds” on the offchance (being the subject matter), and there it was!

  79. Bluddee hell jupes – here’s mine (minus the day display). My suits are going to need fumigation and dry cleaning in order to ever do it justice. In the meantime, it’s been gathering much dust. Along with this.

    I’ve become so habituated to padding around the house in sports clothes over the last six months that wearing a suit again seems ridiculous pointless and quite frankly, ostentatious.

    Thanks, hitlerists!

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  80. Together we plan to storm Parliament House next month and install our own version of government

    I might just head on down there and join you and the skier, TE.

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  81. Talk of watches, upthread.

    Anyone remember the old military joke about

    “What time is it”

    “If you are a regular, 1500 hours. If you’re a Nasho, it’s three o’clock in the afternoon, and if you’re an officer, Mickey’s little hand is on 3, and his big hand is on 12..”

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  82. Merry Christmas All!

    Little Bloke just crashed, Christmas started yesterday for him, he spent most of the day with two of his mates in one of his mates new house (I got to spend the afternoon carefully making holes in walls for paintings and mirrors). Today we drove up to the farm visiting friends on the way. One of his mates also came to visit so they spent the afternoon playing with the dogs and catching tadpoles. Evening rounded out with a BBQ and appreciation of Nana and Grandpa’s extensive Christmas Lights. He was on the couch watching Carols with Nana before mum called it, time to go to bed before you fall off!

    They’re all having Maximum Christmas despite Australian Politicians best efforts to stuff up everything!

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  83. Bluddee hell jupes – here’s mine (minus the day display).

    Classic dress watch. Beautiful. You need a sports watch to lounge around the house in your sports clothes, which is why you should ask Santa for the Monaco.

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  84. Feeling ever more emboldened in his now out of control Parisian mood, Paul tries out yet more schoolboy French to woo a (getting increasingly grumpy) continental bohemian lass …

    “err, Où sont les vestes blanches de levi, mademoiselle?”

    Continental bohemian lass: Storms off, having never been so insulted in her entire life.

    Paul: “Sacré bleu, mademoiselle Ellie ne me traiterait jamais comme ça”:(

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  85. you should ask Santa for the Monaco

    jupes – santa seems to have a selective hearing and reading problem whenever I grant him my wish list.

    He still hasn’t delivered me one of these, for example … 🙁

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  86. Moment Kings Cross cop turns the tables on a bumbag wearing dad who was filming her – firing back with pepper spray and a brutal takedown

    Angry dad confronted two police officers to claim one swore in front of his kids
    The furious father took pictures of one of the officers before following her
    As she walked off, he kept photographing her until she pulled out pepper spray
    She snapped: ‘Get out of my f***ing face’ as she unleashed a spray in his face

    Posted upthread – wouldn’t pepperspraying someone who was taking pictures of you, be considered an excessive use of force? Any of the bush lawyers on the Cat help out?

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  87. The late Kirsty MacColl, taken from this planet before her time in a tragic speedboat accident.

    She’s on many of my favourite tracks from the eighties and the nineties in her capacity as a sought after session singer.

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  88. china in focus
    01:05 Intel apologizes to China following backlash
    04:09 Biden signs bill to ban imports from Xinjiang
    06:15 China’s Xi’an city under strict lockdown
    07:49 #Lithuania MP: Communism is in trash can of history
    08:41 3 Chinese vax doses ineffective vs. Omicron: Study
    09:31 China warns celebrities over tax evasion
    10:50 HK University removes Tiananmen massacre statue
    12:48 China creates state-run rare earth giant
    13:54 Report: U.S., Japan plan in case of Taiwan crisis
    15:59 TikTok is most-visited site in 2021
    16:30 JD.com shares plummet after Tencent giveaway
    18:55 Logjam: the journey of one Chinese export
    21:18 Well preserved baby dinosaur found inside egg

  89. Too bad about all the sundered families at this sacred time, across this wide brown land, Craigo.

    At least you took a stand and stated loudly that what your contemporaries are doing to us is obscene and unconscionable.

    I have a dream – that my nephew will say to me sometime soon, “What my father and your brother did is wrong”.

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  90. I’d buy rapid antigen tests but you know, they’re made of plastic

    just thinking of the turtles

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  91. (Was listening to Ol’ Blue Eyes sing Christmas carols earlier. This one is quite lovely for a Christmas song – sorry, can’t link).

    Have yourself a merry little Christmas, let your heart be light
    Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
    Have yourself a merry little Christmas, make the yule-tide gay
    Next year all our troubles will be miles away

    Once again as in olden days
    Happy golden days of yore
    Faithful friends who are dear to us
    Will be near to us once more

    Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow
    Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
    So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

    Once again as in olden days
    Happy golden days of yore
    Faithful friends who are dear to us
    Will be near to us once more

    Someday soon, we all will be together, if the fates allow
    Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow
    So have yourself a merry little Christmas now

    Ps I very much value all your friendships; and the laughing, ribbing and p1ss taking, as well as the truly amazing insights on so many varied subjects.

    And DB, thanks for taking it upon yourself to not just “fill the gap” this year but to make the Cat even better.
    Best wishes for Christmas,
    BBS

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  92. My two ‘Desert Island’ Beatles albums would be Revolver and Abbey Road.
    The cream.

    With that penetrating insight, a very happy Christmas to all Cats and Cat lurkers.

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  93. Lights out in Marybrook- Merry Christmas all.
    BBS and Bing, that last couplet says it all. God Bless the lot of us.

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  94. Thanks cats one and all for all your comments this bitch of a year, from a (mostly) lurker.
    And yes Rabz s2 of Abbey Rd. is still the best moment of rock and roll.

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  95. The Fat Communist Slugs mandates the latest being at the Paediatric Hummingbird House Hospice ,a charity .The unvaxinated one carer per child will be confined to their room or suit and meals will be brought to them.

  96. Calli:

    Just put the last very over tired and very over excited child to bed. Hopefully it’s now Silent Night. Cooked dinner for 10, tomorrow lunch for 14.
    Big Santa now has a nice glass of scotch, some gingerbread and a chocolate. He appears to be quite content with the stopover, might stay a while. His elves are all enjoying a glass of Lodge Hill Shiraz.
    Happy Christmas one and all.

    Just think Calli, a Feminist would say you got the raw end of the deal – you did all the work and did it for free. You could have been managing a multinational corporation and had servants to do all this stuff. Curse that Glass Ceiling!
    However, the rest of us know who got the best deal – the intangibles are priceless for a reason.
    Merry Christmas to everyone, and may the WZV die a cold, lonely, and miserable death in the New Year.

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  97. Zipster:
    From your China in Focus:
    12:48 China creates state-run rare earth giant – This has been an issue for nearly three years and there has still been no move to use our own (the Wests) resources?
    21:18 Well preserved baby dinosaur found inside egg – Great stuff – No chance of any dNA being recoverable, so no chance of Santa bringing us 2 meter carnivorous flying chickens in the near future.
    Sad.

  98. Rabz:

    I have a dream – that my nephew will say to me sometime soon, “What my father and your brother did is wrong”.

    If you want you can have a T shirt with the Gravatar emblem on it.
    Just specify size, and colour (only XL and 2XL available in black and white atm.) just send me an email or reply here with nearest post office you can pick it up from.
    Other sizes and styles as shown here available if ordered.

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