Open Thread – Weekend 3 Dec 2022


The Rector’s Garden – Queen of the Lilies, John Atkinson Grimshaw, 1877


1,660 responses to “Open Thread – Weekend 3 Dec 2022”

  1. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    I still don’t understand why asking someone where they are from is considered to be bad manners.

    Indeed. Imagine, if after finding out where the race baiter had came from, the old lady had told her to fuck off to where she came from.

  2. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    This was a lady, born in the year of Custer’s Last Stand, and lived to watch the moon landings.

    Mrs A’s Grandfather was born the same year as Custer’s Last Stand. And her grandmother 3 years later in 1879. No, that’s not a “typo”. They were her grandparents (not her “great” grandparents).

    Mrs A celebrated her birthday 3 days ago, at the “ripe old age” of 56. I’m her “toy boy” (but not by much – months not years).

  3. Ed Case Avatar
    Ed Case

    What on earth is wrong with an eighty-three year old being interested in the origin of the non-white woman wearing an African style of costume at a charity event for Caribbean victims of domestic violence?
    She’s been a Lady in waiting for 62 years.
    Nice old dears don’t get selected for this type of work.
    Dress Code for these events includes National Dress, but not Disco Gear.
    Her name badge was also obscured by her hair.
    Hussey acted in a polite but firm way to ascertain just who Fulani was.
    She’s probably a Lezzo too, which is likely the real reason King Chazza wants her gone.

  4. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare Avatar
    Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    My dear husband.

    We go across Brisbane to my daughter’s genteel but contemporary lifetstyle world of grey-and-white ‘raised’ old Queenslanders turned now into mansions with pools, gardens, mud rooms and butler’s pantries, getting there via the Clem Jones tunnel. On entry to this dark tunnel from the spaghetti overpasses one is met by a range of instructions, do this, don’t do that (especially ‘avoid changing lanes’ repeated constantly), turn on radio, take care etc. Worse than in any Sydney tunnel. You just changed lanes for the second time with no good reason, I point out to Hairy, who replies that he is a freedom loving New South Welshman and shall behave accordingly.

    Sitting here just now in the splendour of spaciousness and a soft Brisbane night I less than gently break wind, for our meal has been a good one, encouraging digestion. Lucky there is noone around to hear that, I say across the table on which we are both entertaining ourselves separately on the net for the evening, our daughter and son in law having retired to continue online working, as they do, now the children are abed. He looks up mildly, and merely comments that a tree falls in the forest.

    He is a master of understatement and I do love him very much for that.

  5. Cassie of Sydney Avatar
    Cassie of Sydney

    “She’s probably a Lezzo too, which is likely the real reason King Chazza wants her gone.”

    Actually she’s not a “Lezzo”, Dick Ed. She was happily married to the late Marmaduke Hussey (who was not a “flamer”) and is a mother of several children.

    Lady Susan was one of the late Queen’s best friends.

  6. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    No it’s unnatural

    while the pasta boiled

    basil
    which came planted in little pots that we gave a serious haircut before putting the root ball and stems into the veggie patch.

    Reckon finally it may be warm enough for them to prosper.

    a cast iron pan full of pine nuts took a couple of minutes to toast.
    3 cloves of crushed garlic
    a handful of parmesan
    one big lemon juiced
    a pinch of salt … a proper pinch
    and enough last season olive oil to make the emulsion
    then a touch more salt

    finished with the left over grated parmesan, a smattering of the babiest of baby basil leaves, and freshly ground pepper medley

    was ok … not as good as frozen pies but, decent enough

  7. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Sitting here just now in the splendour of spaciousness and a soft Brisbane night I less than gently break wind

    “Better an empty house, then a bad tenant” as my grandfather used to say.

  8. OldOzzie Avatar
    OldOzzie

    Cassie of Sydneysays:
    December 5, 2022 at 9:02 pm
    I had my nails done today, and the pretty young woman sitting opposite me doing my nails was clearly from somewhere in Asia and had an accent so, I asked her….

    “Where are you from?”

    She answered…”Vietnam”

    And I then asked….”North or South Vietnam?”

    She answered… “South Vietnam, from “Ho Chi Minh City” and I said “Saigon”, and she smiled and said “yes, that is its real name”.

    and that was poor Lady Susan’s bad luck, she tried to have a conversation with a hideous, narcissistic, vulgar, parasitic, UK loathing Marxist race grifter.

    You mean a Black African who makes up 3.4% of the UK Population, and in America, the Black Amish who make up 13% of the population (but majority of Crime per head of Population), and who have been left behind by Vietnamese, Korean, Cambodian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, even Pakistani immigrants etc, who work and succeed whilst the Black Amish whinge about never succeeding, but never seem to want to return to Africa, where their African Forebears rounded them up and sold them into Slavery,

  9. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    MatrixTransform says:
    December 5, 2022 at 10:25 pm
    while the pasta boiled

    ..
    Pasta.
    Muck.

  10. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Muck

    LoL
    did you know that l’acqua bolle means get your shit together in Italian?

  11. Zulu Kilo Two Alpha Avatar
    Zulu Kilo Two Alpha

    Push for Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold to go over Lehrmann rape trial

    Exclusive
    By JANET ALBRECHTSEN
    Columnist
    @jkalbrechtsen

    A leading Canberra criminal lawyer has called for the resignation of ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold SC and an investigation by the ACT Integrity Commission into the decision to prosecute Bruce Lehrmann for the rape of Brittany Higgins.

    Peter Woodhouse, the managing partner of Aulich lawyers, said an investigation by the Integrity Commission was needed after revelations by The Weekend Australian that police believed there was insufficient evidence to prosecute Mr Lehrmann, but could not stop the DPP from doing so because “there is too much political interference”.

    The police reservations about prosecuting Mr Lehrmann were expressed in diary notes made by the ACT Police Manager of Criminal Investigations, Detective Superintendent Scott Moller, and in executive briefing notes made by investigators, which included serious concern for the mental health and ­wellbeing of Ms Higgins.

    Last week, Mr Drumgold withdrew the charges against Mr Lehrmann, citing concerns for Ms Higgins’ mental health.

    On Sunday, Mr Drumgold was reported to have expressed “serious concern about the potentially unlawful sharing of police material” after publication of the documents by The Australian.

    Mr Woodhouse said the Integrity Commission “needs to explore whether Mr Drumgold let his own thirst for media ­attention or own political affiliations cloud what is supposed to be his independent judgment in such matters”.

    He said it was “astounding” that Mr Drumgold had announced the decision via press conference and asked whether the DPP was “hoping to get on the front foot and was attempting to pre-emptively cover his backside, knowing this fallout and the exposure of the rift between his office and ACT police was coming”.

    At his press conference on Friday, Mr Drumgold stood by his belief that there were reasonable prospects of securing a conviction in the case.

    However, according to Mr Woodhouse, “what is abundantly clear is that there does not seem to be anybody in the ACT legal system, outside of Mr Drumgold’s office, who shared that view, including senior ­members of criminal investigations in ACT policing”.

    “The DPP in jurisdictions such as ours are supposed to be politically independent.”

    Mr Woodhouse notes that Mr Drumgold has tenure until December 2025, designed to allow him to operate without political interference, and can be ­removed from office only in exceptional ­circumstances.

    “If Mr Drumgold’s decision to prosecute Mr Lehmann has been influenced in any way by political pressure, his position as ACT DPP is not sustainable and he must ­resign. It appears the ACT system is irreparably broken and there is only one way to quickly fix it and to restore public faith in the ­criminal justice system in the ACT. Shane Drumgold must resign as ACT DPP.

    The claims of political interference in the case come from notes Superintendent Moller made of a conversation with his boss, ACT Deputy Chief Police Officer (DCPO) Michael Chew, on June 17 last year while discussing the ­Higgins/Lehrmann sexual assault case.

  12. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    When someone really liked the boss of Balenciaga.

    “The Arts” has always been a “meat grinder” for kids. Doesn’t matter if it’s Hollywood or Vogue or whatever else. Promises of “fame and fortune” (usually encouraged by mentally unstable parents). Pretty much every kid who ends up famous, ends up fucked in the head. Pity the ones who don’t become famous (the majority). It’s an incredibly sick industry, full of sickos.

    Now we have social media, you can x the victims by the millions.

    Tic Tok is aptly named. It’s counting down the seconds until Western society completely implodes under the weight of its own vanity and idiocy.

  13. Arky Avatar
    Arky

    Furrin muck.
    Throw that shit out and have a nice curry, souvlaki, chicken yakatori or something else properly Australian.

  14. MatrixTransform Avatar
    MatrixTransform

    Throw that shit out and have a nice curry

    oh, I got a lamb curry recipe that will have you weeping

  15. Zipster Avatar

    https://www.arup.com/perspectives/publications/research/section/the-future-of-urban-consumption-in-a-1-5c-world

    read the report and see what they plan. “consumption interventions”. page 78 ambitious targets:
    reduce meat consumption to zero.
    reduce dairy consumption to zero

  16. Zipster Avatar

    page 86 reduce private car ownership to zero

  17. cohenite Avatar
    cohenite

    Dickless not returned from his quest to find proof Trump tried to censor anyone as obuma, clinton, biden, the techs, the demorats all did.

  18. Zipster Avatar

    https://www.c40.org/cities/

    notice sydney and melbourne have signed up

  19. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    oh, I got a lamb curry recipe that will have you weeping

    A ring burner ?

  20. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    page 86 reduce private car ownership to zero

    page 87 reduce private jets and yachts to zero

    Oh wait. I might have misread that one.

  21. C.L. Avatar
    C.L.

    A leading Canberra criminal lawyer has called for the resignation of ACT Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold SC and an investigation by the ACT Integrity Commission into the decision to prosecute Bruce Lehrmann for the rape of Brittany Higgins.

    I claim boasting rights to calling out Drumgold’s motives two years ago at Old Cat.
    Yay me.

  22. Zipster Avatar

    https://www.arup.com/perspectives/publications/research/section/the-future-of-urban-consumption-in-a-1-5c-world

    who signed us up for this? when was this put to the people?

    government no longer represents the people, government is the new lord and master that we must comply with. our rights have been trampled on and no longer exist

  23. Zipster Avatar

    https://www.arup.com/perspectives/publications/research/section/the-future-of-urban-consumption-in-a-1-5c-world

    read the report and see what they plan. “consumption interventions”. page 78 ambitious targets:
    reduce meat consumption to zero.
    reduce dairy consumption to zero

    How do they plan to do this? they will price dairy and meat out of reach of most people. NZ is introducing a tax on livestock emissions, Netherlands is buying up farms to shut them down. prices will steadily go up and consumption will forced down.
    bugs and fake meat will be all that the great unwashed will be able to afford.

    they are quietly building dystopian Logan’s Run civilisation in plain sight.

    No wonder Russia’s government needs to be destroyed.

  24. Zipster Avatar

    page 82 only 3 items of clothing per person per year

    digital currency is the only way they can enforce this. we are doomed, nothing short of military intervention will restore freedom and liberty which have been quietly assassinated under the guise of a pandemic.

  25. Colonel Crispin Berka Avatar
    Colonel Crispin Berka

    Miranda Devine Retweeted

    Clinton Foundation Whistleblowers @CFWBers · 1h
    “Rogue FBI employees within the Washington Field Office buried the laptop . . . “
    If there is one commentary to read re Twitter censoring Hunter Biden laptop 👇
    FBI warned Twitter of Hunter Biden ‘hack’ before censoring The Post

    Miranda Devine’s article reveals an FBI Agent had close ties to both the DNC and Twitter’s lawyer (Baker).

    How many meat patties are in this nothingburger?

  26. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Turfing members of the justice system for political patronage might be a thread you don’t want to start pulling. Especially in the ACT and Victoriastan.

  27. Zipster Avatar

    What’s been missed in the EV debate and the inability of the grid to support a full fleet replacement of ICE cars to EVs is that they have no plans to do so. What they are planning is to slash private car ownership entirely. the non ambitious target is 190 cars/1000ppl. In Australia that is currently about 800/1000

    So they intend to slash car ownership by 75%

    again who signed up for this???? when was any of these lunatic ideas put to the vote?

    democracy has died quietly in the dark.

  28. H B Bear Avatar
    H B Bear

    Private car ownership doesn’t make sense if you live in a major international city with a half way decent mass transport system. Which rules out Sydney and Melbournibad. Unless your apartment had its own parking you could forget bringing a car into even relatively small places like San Sebastian. Even the concept of “owning” a car as we know it has gone in the UK with new car ads carrying a monthly “ownership” charge through various financing structures.

  29. Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity Avatar
    Salvatore, Understaffed & Overworked Martyr to Govt Covid Stupidity

    Jorge says: December 5, 2022 at 12:28 pm
    The big deficiency in that cattle drive was surely in economists.
    After you reach your destination, then what ?
    You’re a long way from your market.

    Jorge; did you mean “economics”?

  30. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Even the concept of “owning” a car as we know it has gone in the UK with new car ads carrying a monthly “ownership” charge through various financing structures.

    There is more than one way to skin a cat.

  31. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    There really seems to be a disconnect between Rural/City areas these days. “Fly Over Country” as the elite like to call it.

    A good old fashioned siege might be in order.

    Oh wait. Too late. Supply chains are already being cut from within.

  32. JC Avatar
    JC

    H B Bear says:
    December 6, 2022 at 12:14 am
    Private car ownership doesn’t make sense if you live in a major international city with a half way decent mass transport system. Which rules out Sydney and Melbournibad. Unless your apartment had its own parking you could forget bringing a car into even relatively small places like San Sebastian. Even the concept of “owning” a car as we know it has gone in the UK with new car ads carrying a monthly “ownership” charge through various financing structures.

    I didn’t own a car for the first 4 years of living in NYC and never really missed it until we bought a weekender and needed personal wheels.
    I’ve been in nyc approaching a month now. I hired a car to get out of town, used a bus once (so gay, right) and rest, “subwayed”. Haven’t missed a car.

  33. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Cassie of Sydneysays:
    December 5, 2022 at 9:46 pm
    “Love the Vietnamese people. “

    Me too, a gift to this country.

    Yes and the Vietnamese people don’t call it ‘The Vietnam War’, they call it ‘The American War’.

  34. Robert Sewell Avatar

    C.L:

    William is 40 years old and old enough to know fake from fact, right from wrong.
    He chose to take the easy way out. He let Grannies best and loyal friend take the fall for him.
    Hiding behind the skirts of an old woman. Contemptuous.

    William is as sleazy as his grandmum was gracious.
    I hope the prick ends up broke and homeless.

  35. Robert Sewell Avatar

    Dillo!

    There is more than one way to skin a cat.

    “There’s more ways to skin a cat than by stuffing its arse with butter.”
    Bobs Mum.

  36. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Aussie Bush Etiquette is recognised throughout the civilised world but we all need to be reminded from time to time.

    IN GENERAL:
    1. Never take an open stubby to a job interview.
    2. Always identify people in your paddocks before shooting at them.
    3. It’s tacky to take an Esky to church.
    4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it’s time to change the sheets.
    5. Even if you’re certain you’re included in the will, it’s rude to take your ute and trailer to the funeral.

    EATING OUT:
    1. When decanting wine from the box, tilt the paper cup and pour slowly so as not to bruise the wine.
    2. If drinking directly from the bottle, hold it with only one hand.

    ENTERTAINING AT HOME:
    1. A centrepiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.
    2. Don’t allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners.

    PERSONAL HYGIENE:
    1. While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this should be done in private, using one’s OWN ute keys.
    2. Even if you live alone, deodorant isn’t a waste of money.
    3. Extensive use of deodorant can only delay bathing by a few days.
    4. Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a no-no, it alters the taste of finger foods and if you are a woman it can draw attention away from your jewellery.

  37. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.

    – Socrates

  38. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    Zulu, Lizzie,
    pull my finger!

  39. Pogria Avatar
    Pogria

    JR, that is brilliant! I am going to hang a copy in my kitchen.

  40. bespoke Avatar
    bespoke

    MatrixTransformsays:
    December 5, 2022 at 10:53 pm
    Throw that shit out and have a nice curry

    oh, I got a lamb curry recipe that will have you weeping

    Best Lamb iv eaten was killed less then an hour before. It was so good I didn’t reach for the BBQ source.

  41. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Only up to point 1, and I’ve already got issues with this bullshit.

    1. Never take an open stubby to a job interview.

    WTF. Why wouldn’t you take in an open stubby? It’s a signal to your new employer that you have almost finished your six pack. Time to “open up the corporate fridge”. If your dickhead “new boss” hadn’t been shuffling papers about, you wouldn’t have had to spend 20 minutes of your valuable time chatting up his Secretary.

    Next.

  42. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    This is bullshit.

    2. Always identify people in your paddocks before shooting at them.

    What are you going to do? Phone the fuckers? Do you have their number?

    Shoot first. Ask questions later.

  43. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    3. It’s tacky to take an Esky to church.

    Obvious typo here. “Tacky” is meant to read “Classy”.

    Tisk. Tisk.

  44. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    4. If you have to vacuum the bed, it’s time to change the sheets.

    That’s a Sheliahs job.

  45. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Correct.

    5. Even if you’re certain you’re included in the will, it’s rude to take your ute and trailer to the funeral.

    I’m assuming you are talking about inside the Church? The graveyard is OK. Yes?

  46. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    When decanting wine from the box, tilt the paper cup and pour slowly so as not to bruise the wine.

    Excellent advice.

  47. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    This needs clarification.

    If drinking directly from the bottle, hold it with only one hand.

    Depends wether you are still on the river bank, or driving a car.

    The former is two hands, the latter is one hand. Safety first.

  48. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Correct.

    A centrepiece for the table should never be anything prepared by a taxidermist.

    Handy Tip: “Or a mortician”. I learnt that lesson the hard way.

  49. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Don’t allow the dog to eat at the table, no matter how good his manners.

    Meh. Depends on which guests the Wolfhounds want to eat.

  50. Jorge Avatar
    Jorge

    Sal, yeh was idly wondering about the business side of running cattle in such a remote spot with only overlanding as a way to get to market.
    Did they envisage shipping as a future option ? Also Asia/ Europe a bit closer than the East coast.

  51. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Incorrect.

    While ears need to be cleaned regularly, this should be done in private, using one’s OWN ute keys.

    Use a guests car keys, or rifle through his missus’s handbag. Tampons are much softer on the earlobes than the cold hard steel of a car key.

  52. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    This is total bullshit. No comment required.

    Even if you live alone, deodorant isn’t a waste of money.

  53. Boambee John Avatar
    Boambee John

    Zipster

    bugs and fake meat will be all that the great unwashed will be able to afford.

    Nah. there’ll always be Soylent Green. m0nty=fa, carefully processed, would feed a couple of suburbs for a week.

  54. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Extensive use of deodorant can only delay bathing by a few days.

    Yeah. Yeah. Nah.

    Plonk your head in the piss trough. No one’s going to be worried about your lower “body odour”.

  55. Armadillo Avatar
    Armadillo

    Absolutely correct.

    Dirt and grease under the fingernails is a no-no, it alters the taste of finger foods and if you are a woman it can draw attention away from your jewellery.

    That’s disgusting. Total deal breaker when a Sheliah has dirty fingernails. Ewww..

  56. Old Lefty Avatar
    Old Lefty

    The Melbourne Children’s Hospital under pressure because of COVID:

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-06/delays-at-melbourne-childrens-hospital/101736714

    Think of all the chemical castrations and surgical mutilations that they’ll have to postpone.

  57. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Pogriasays:
    December 6, 2022 at 6:35 am
    JR, that is brilliant! I am going to hang a copy in my kitchen.

    There are more to be revealed. Just stay tuned to this Station……………………

  58. Johnny Rotten Avatar

    Indian Chief ‘Two Eagles’ was asked by a white government official “You have observed the white man for 90 years. You’ve seen his wars and his technological advances. You’ve seen his progress, and the damage he’s done”.

    The Chief nodded in agreement.

    The official continued “Considering all these events, in your opinion, where did the white man go wrong?”

    The Chief stared at the government official for over a minute and then calmly replied. “When white man find land, Indians running it, no taxes, no debt, plenty buffalo, plenty beaver, clean water. Women did all the work, Medicine man free. Indian man spend all day hunting and fishing; all night having sex”. Then the chief leaned back and smiled. “Only white man dumb enough to think he could improve system like that”.

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