Sunday, August 20, 2006


There's one thing worse than letting a probable terrorist walk free. That is a legal system that allows threats of torture to be used to collect evidence.

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Perth Signs

Who the f*ck is Smokie?

Interesting songs. The real question is though, who the f*ck is Smokie?


Part of the government's push for those over 60 to continue working, no doubt.

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Shoot to Kill

It's clear to everyone that the UN Resolution to stop the fighting between Hezbollah and Israel is going to fail, but the most telling fact is its number: 1701.

We come in peace,
shoot to kill,
shoot to kill.
We come in peace,
shoot to kill,
shoot to kill, men.

Australia v Kuwait

Nearly two months on from their last game in the World Cup, the Socceroos tonight are playing Kuwait. And the skill level clearly shows our lack of depth. Not so much the Socceroos but the Suckeroos - despite the fact that we just scored...and again.

Sunday, August 13, 2006



You've probably seen this poster on public transport since June - it has taken me this long to get a photo of it. It's to advertise the implementation of the Seniors Smartrider. Is this Lois Maxwell aka Miss Moneypenny from all the good (and a couple of the bad) Bond films? Lois is living in Perth now. Anyone know?

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


A lot of the people who are jumping all over Mel Gibson see him as some kind of a conservative or as a Christian. There's a lot of hatred of Christians in this country.
-- David Horowitz


Yep, it is that time of year again. Normally announced in late June or early July it seems that the lads at Tropfest had a bit of trouble with this one. So, without further delay the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is:

That was worth the wait, wasn't it?

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Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Iron Man

I first saw this mentioned on last year and thought: yeah, just what the world needs - another over-designed domestic apparatus.

But now I've seen the Iron Man ironing board in the flesh (so to speak). . . I want one!

I blame hormones.

Monday, August 07, 2006

Boat Weather

Organisers checking on boats:

Guy 1: how is it?

Guy 2: oh, it's just got a puddle in the front.

I'd hate to think how much puddling occurs out at sea.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Controlled Crying Day 1

We took JOOB in for his regular checkup with the Child Health Care Nurse yesterday and she suggested that now would be a good time to get JOOB to go to sleep by himself. I asked her if that meant controlled crying and she said yes. There's a lot of conflicting advice around about controlled crying - some are for it, some against - but the CHCN made a very poignant point. Once he begins teething his teeth have to be cleaned before he sleeps so he definitately needs to be able to go to sleep by himself before then. TP began teething at 4months so there's a good chance that JOOB will too. So now is the right time.

Tonight we began. JOOB has occasionally just dropped off by himself but the usual result of us putting him into his cot before he is asleep is screaming and crying. And JOOB didn't disappoint us. He was sleepy but still alert and awake when we put him in the cot. I caressed and spoke with him gently for 10-15 minutes and then said our goodnights. He took a full couple of minutes before the howling began. JOOB doesn't have a 'I want my mummy' sort of cry, he has a 'where the hell are ya' angry cry. If I wasn't his dad I'd be amused. Heck, I'm amused anyway. I like his spirit.

Anyway, we let him cry for five minutes - TP had to hide herself in the kitchen - before I returned to comfort him. It took another five or so minutes of holding and gentle shushing, but he settled down. Then I put him back in bed, wished him goodnight and departed. Nothing. Not a sound. I checked five minutes later and he was sound asleep. That was an hour ago.

So day one has gone well. Lets hope day two and beyond are equally successful. He's a smart kid. He'll work it out.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Young woman #1: So my mother-in-law is in Israel now.
Young woman #2: Oh. That really sucks. Bad timing, huh?
Young woman #1: No, I would say it's perfect timing. I don't want her to come back.


Religion and government, do they mix? The soon to be ex-party are running a survey, have your say.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006