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.

Young Cockatoo GRAVATAR3 400x400Well, we’ve done it!

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.

Bonjour 2014.


  1. The Victorian Liberal government changed the police uniforms from light blue shirts with navy pants to black shirts with black pants. The cut looks smart on tall slender figures but I would hate to see a beer belly shape or even Christine Nixon in the uniform. The police are no longer permitted to have beards which made it impossible to recruit Sikhs. Vic Police have enough problems recruiting from ethnic minorities.

  2. Have got to go check the animals, trying work out a time to get across the road, it is bumper to bumper one way traffic, all on their way up the coast. Surprisingly there was hardly a vehicle yesterday, usually have three days heavy traffic that takes all of one minute at most to get through town.

  3. Our police in SA have gone from light blue shirts to dark blue. It is much more comfortable for them, but I dislike the colour. It is hard to pick out in a crowd and in dark conditions.

  4. Funny to see the acting PM on this morning. Managed to answer questions from media, with little theatrics.

  5. Good afternoon. I hope everyone’s Christmas was everything it was supposed to be.

    The weather here is nuts. It’s cool and trying to rain. It’s a very pleasant relief after a few very warm and very humid days. I’m hoping it stays like this for a few days.

  6. The inlaws go home interstate tomorrow…..one is a Jeremy Clarkson fan who can only hold a conversation if he is also holding his iphone….you raise a point and the iphone goes under the table and it surfaces with a wikepedia answer…..he is then, by way of default, an expert on the subject…ANY subject!
    The other suffers from a academic analysis of the need, or in his case; the lack of need for too much (or too little) carbohydrates….or coffee…or tea….or hot water..or cold water…or sugars…or salts…or conversation of any sort too often…..I can only gues at the last couple of those headings as he is most of his time in his room writing or re-writing some academic treatise on a subject too obscure, in language too complex by a person too suspect for only the too strange to understand!…I believe there is a living out there somewhere, someday, just waiting for him to come along.
    They are going home tomorrow…..I may not miss them for another year!

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