Open Thread – Mon 20 Dec 2021


The Annunciation, Henry Ossawa Tanner, 1898

Subscribe
Notify of
guest

2.7K Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 8:34 pm

but effectively inventing dance music.

Because dancing was unknown before 1966.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:37 pm

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.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 8:39 pm

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.

rosie
rosie
December 24, 2021 8:47 pm
Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 8:48 pm

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.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 8:48 pm

Ahaha! A Visitation!

Happy Christmas Doomy, and a traditional Christmas carol from me.

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 8:50 pm

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

??????

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 8:51 pm

Something a little more traditional for Dover.

Ed Case
Ed Case
December 24, 2021 8:52 pm

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?

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 8:57 pm

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.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 8:57 pm

a new Carravaggio

Oh. I thought he had died.

cohenite
December 24, 2021 8:58 pm

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

Got a photo?

Rex Anger
Rex Anger
December 24, 2021 9:01 pm

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…

Dot
Dot
December 24, 2021 9:02 pm

Meatloaf
Brown bread

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 9:06 pm

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.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:10 pm

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

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

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:12 pm

Oh. I thought he had died.

He’s just pining for the fjords, Squire.

Sancho Panzer
Sancho Panzer
December 24, 2021 9:13 pm

Dotsays:

December 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

Meatloaf
Brown bread

Is that your Christmas dinner menu?

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 9:14 pm

Lovely banner. Who is the artist?

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 9:16 pm

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).

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:17 pm

He’s gone.

A very Merry Christmas to you, Cats.

I love youse all. 🙂

Knuckle Dragger
Knuckle Dragger
December 24, 2021 9:25 pm

Meatloaf
Brown bread

Is this a Roger Moore moment?

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

Top Ender
Top Ender
December 24, 2021 9:26 pm

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.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 9:26 pm

Ahhh. Got it.

Adoration of the Shepherds, attributed to Giorgione, circa 1510.

cohenite
December 24, 2021 9:27 pm
jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 9:29 pm

Rabz, my favourite TAG Heuer.

Pretty cool I reckon.

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 9:31 pm

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.)

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 9:32 pm

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!)

Bruce of Newcastle
Bruce of Newcastle
December 24, 2021 9:33 pm

Haha, out-snapped by Calli answering herself. Merry Christmas!

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 9:33 pm

TE,
Is this a permanent move?

Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 9:34 pm

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

Have bought.

calli
calli
December 24, 2021 9:35 pm

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

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:42 pm

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!

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:45 pm

Collectivists, being unlistenable (again) …

Franx
Franx
December 24, 2021 9:46 pm

Gloria in Excelsis Deo.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 9:51 pm

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.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 9:54 pm

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..”

rickw
rickw
December 24, 2021 9:55 pm

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!

GreyRanga
GreyRanga
December 24, 2021 9:59 pm

TE can I come too? I’ll bring my own pike.

jupes
jupes
December 24, 2021 10:12 pm

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.

Rabz
December 24, 2021 10:13 pm

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”:(

rickw
rickw
December 24, 2021 10:20 pm

Oops, WHO just left all Australian CHO’s and Politicians standing alone on Mong Island with COVID policies that not even they are dumb enough to support:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHk71KuOvGc

Rabz
December 24, 2021 10:25 pm

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 … 🙁

Rabz
December 24, 2021 10:30 pm

Yo – thanks, P.

Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
Zulu Kilo Two Alpha
December 24, 2021 10:36 pm

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?

Rabz
December 24, 2021 10:37 pm

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.

Zipster
Zipster
December 24, 2021 10:38 pm

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

Zipster
Zipster
December 24, 2021 10:48 pm

What have they done to us?
Paul Joseph Watson

Rabz
December 24, 2021 11:00 pm

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”.

Indolent
Indolent
December 24, 2021 11:02 pm
MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 11:08 pm

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

just thinking of the turtles

Indolent
Indolent
December 24, 2021 11:10 pm
Bar Beach Swimmer
December 24, 2021 11:10 pm

(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

Rabz
December 24, 2021 11:16 pm

Posted without further comment:

Shabbey Road, Second Side … 🙂

Rabz
December 24, 2021 11:28 pm

just thinking of the turtles

As one does, KD.

Dr Faustus
Dr Faustus
December 24, 2021 11:33 pm

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.

MatrixTransform
December 24, 2021 11:36 pm

best wishes to everybody for Christmas

and Ed

… I hope Ed finds a stocking full of clues

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 24, 2021 11:47 pm

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

John of Mel
John of Mel
December 25, 2021 12:00 am

Merry Christmas everyone!
All the best in 2022.

Iron Cove
Iron Cove
December 25, 2021 12:01 am

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.

Wally Dalí
Wally Dalí
December 25, 2021 12:18 am

You Am I : Dress Me Slowly
Best album evah.
………and goodnight.

win
win
December 25, 2021 2:11 am

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.

Gilas
Gilas
December 25, 2021 7:17 am

Buon Natale a tutti i Gatti e le Gattine.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 3:04 pm

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.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 3:21 pm

Rickw:

Oops, WHO just left all Australian CHO’s and Politicians standing alone on Mong Island with COVID policies that not even they are dumb enough to support:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHk71KuOvGc
The ‘Great Scramble to Get Out of The Painted Corner’ picks up speed.
The term ‘sowing wind and reaping whirlwinds’ comes to mind.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 4:09 pm

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.

Winston Smith
December 25, 2021 5:07 pm

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.

1 12 13 14
  1. I know someone who works at TikTok in Australia on the ecommerce side of the business. It is all about…

  2. My Mil organise a service every year in town that has only four permanent residents. It gets get upto two…

2.7K
0
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x
()
x