Well patrons, Christmas 2013 is nearly upon us so I thought it appropriate that all three of us who help guide this little site on its journey should share this post.
Thanks for the support, stay safe if you are driving, and with all the political problems at the moment we are still pretty lucky to call Australia home..
I wish everyone here a merry Christmas and a safe new year, and hope that we will all live to see the day when The Idiot is booted out, and our country returns to the friendly, safe and fair place that I remember. Hopefully that (and if the polls stay true) will only be a few years away.
From me to the denizens of The Pub, thank you for making the place what it is – one of good humour, wise and witty words, and mutual support.
Special thanks to Joe6pack, who showed amazing foresight in establishing The Pub and in asking the extraordinary Bushfire Bill to be his running mate. To be honest, I think The Pub is even more important now that
PM Credlin PM Blood Oaf is at the helm, because progressives need as many places as possible to keep the flame of hope alive.
I won’t single out any particular commentator(s) because you are all wonderful people – but I do thank our numerous Guest Authors, whose writings have contributed so much to The Pub’s ambience (I also apologise to all those whose pieces I’ve “sat on” for a little too long … not that I’m looking at you, Jaycee …).
Enjoy yourselves, your family, and friends (especially the non-humans) over the festive season, and stay safe and cool.
We managed to run a peaceful, but feisty blog through a torrid year of nasty politics without losing our senses of perspective or humour.
I’d like to thank Joe, a good mate of mine, for setting up The Pub, and financing it, and for all his renovations which have (mostly) gone off without a hitch and made it a better place. His Friday night posts are treasures of wit that always leave me laughing my head off.
To Fiona, our den mother and tireless invigilator, I admit that I stand in awe of her patience and enthusiasm… as well as for our late night phone chats. We still haven’t figured out whether we used to eye each other off when we were both at the ANU Law School.
C@tmomma has gone her own passionate way along the time of our journey but, while she was here, her enthusiasm and committment were a phenomenon to behold, and were most welcome.
As for myself, I have a lot of words inside me and every now and again I like to blurt a few of them out. This place is a perfect venue for that and I thank anyone who found some of the things I wrote amusing or insightful.
I can’t stand what’s being done to our nation as a result of the petty hatreds and vendettas being run by cynical, but sober people and vested interests who sound emotional but who have hearts as cold as stone and empty, dark space where their consciences should be.
Let’s hope next year brings the implosion that seems to be in the offing for the Coalition government. The sooner the better, in my opinion. They’re already doing damage, and haven’t even really started yet on the serious stuff. Their biggest Achilles Heel is the way they take themselves so seriously. If we can prick that balloon with humour and argument we can’t lose.
Au revoir 2013.