Furry Friends Friday Night Raffle

This post celebrates all furry friends of Pubsters and lurkers.

Many of us have been fortunate to share our lives with various animals; I think we are better for having done so.

A pet’s – particularly a dog’s – love is unconditional. While we don’t always deserve that unconditional love, I think that for most humans, the experience of that love makes us … more humane.

Today’s post especially celebrates Bob the Atomic Dog, who shared Bushfire Bill’s and Mrs BB’s lives for many years:

I have explored The Pub’s library, and have much pleasure in reminding people of other amazing animals – some no more, but many still with us.

If anyone has a photo they would like to be included, let me know and I will do so when I can (I will be out for an hour or so this evening).

Puff The Magic Dragon’s stolen dogs Ajax and Stamp:

Ridgiesrule’s greyhound gals:

Jasper – BK’s gorgeous and ever-reliable Alarm Clock Dog:

Forever Janice’s Paddy as a young powder puff pup:

Bushfire Bill’s Cozzie (as a pup, and now):

The new monarch of CK Watt’s establishment, Her Madge:

… and CK’s delightful dog-next-door, Buddy (whom I suspect doesn’t come visiting quite as often as he once did) …

Miss Leelah (This Little Black Duck’s charmer):

Razz’s beautiful furry boy, Hunter:

and last but by no means least, Joe6pack’s bosses, Ned and Syd (when Syd was a pup):

Best wishes to all, and enjoy the evening.


Janice’s gorgeous little Witchety (who keeps Paddy in order 😉 ) when she was about 7 years old. She will be 15 years old in a couple of weeks:

405 thoughts on “Furry Friends Friday Night Raffle

  1. Until it is recognized that the media runs Australian politics like an episode of The Voice, where on-the-night, on stage performance is valued over talent, ideas or character, then the way the media treats politicians will continue to be misunderstood.

    It sounds glib to say that politics is just Reality TV for ugly people, but you need to consider that Reality TV has just about taken over all Home-brewed Austraian TV production. The habits of producers, reporters and viewers have been attuned to watching a series of “tests”, moments of suspense and (the best part) humiliating failure, live on TV and on the radio.

    How often do we hear the phrase “a good policy, poorly sold”? They used to say it a lot about Gillard government policies. The key point was that a poor selling campaign (at least as it was adjudged by the media), not only disqualified a policy from popularity or acceptance, but actually rendered that policy a bad policy from the start, and the people promoting it as poor leaders.

    Eventually the way a policy is sold or spruiked supplants the actual substance of the policy. The appearance of a protagonist (or antagonist) becomes more important than what they are saying, or doing. A fluffed interview – even by a seasoned, respected, thoughtful politician – becomes a performance that has them voted off the show, no matter how good their words or deeds.

    We are left with showmen and the spivs who promote them, stunt-driven politicians and empty, vacuuous politics.

    The field is then left open to Photoshop artists, lurk merchants and urgers forever promoting entertainment… anything but sincere politics, and without hardly any consideration for what a particular policy does for the national good.

    Voting is part of it. We vote for everything nowadays. Voting, as an expression of opinion, has become demeaned by the shallow avenues that exploit it. So much so, that when a real vote, say a national election, comes along, it’s treated as a disposable vox pop, an expression of opinion based on the movement of color and action on a TV screen.

    So, if Rick Muir fluffs his lines under the inquisitorial probing of Mike Willessee, then this is seen as something wholly egregious. Boofheads like Ray Hadley – who has never been elected to any office (or sought it, for all I know) – can freely dispense the “wisdom” that Clive Palmer, a multi-millionaire, perhaps billionaire, who has given employment to thousands and has had the gumption to see the holes in a system that allowed him to get elected, as “a dummy”. Palmer is a lot of things, but he is no dummy. He has made a lot of mistakes, and will make more, but at least he did something.

    While Hadley confines himself to calling Rugby League games and defaming fish-and-chip shop ladies, Palmer had gone out and achieved a lot.

    Why Abbott is white-anting Palmer – does Abbott think Palmer doesn’t realize who’s behind it? – he only makes his task of getting Palmer’s co-operation more difficult. Ditto for his onslaught against Turnbull. This is the Tony Abbott style of “negotiation”: crude, violent, cowardly (in that he gets others to do his bidding for him), and fundamentally dishonest.

    It really is like an episode of Big Brother, where the tribe gangs up on one person in oder to try to get him or her voted off the show.

    The grammar of Reality TV is entrenched in, not only our media, but now in the way the country is run. We can choose to go along with that, or to reject it. It’s up to us.

  2. Not sure about Warren Ryan. He said he quoted directly from the movie and that is true regarding the actual lines but I’m pretty sure the movie never used the word “darky”. But I’ll stand corrected on that one. As for his giving aboriginals a chance, I can recall Chicka Ferguson and Geoff Bugden (who basically cost them a Grand Final) at Newtown and maybe Ewan McGrady at Canterbury although certainly at Wests.There was Timana Tahu (half Maori) at Newcastle along with Owen Craigie whom he cut. No doubt there were others but I certainly don’t recall him championing any Aboriginal players. Cashing in maybe but certainly not actively promoting. Tricky Trindall might be able to give you a different insight on Warren Ryan and his views on Aboriginals.

    David Morrow, on the other hand, is just a clown with form. One thing I can say is that, with age, the Wok has developed something of a temper. He can certainly be a handful in his cups at the Pagewood Rex. But racist? I would go with the jury being out…

  3. “A good policy, poorly sold,” is just media-speak for ” a good policy, aggressively attacked”. That’s what happened to the mother of all ‘good-policies-badly-sold’, carbon pricing. For the first year, I didn’t hear it once explained properly anywhere in the entire media spectrum – and this for a policy that is blindingly simple to understand. Charge the carbon producers per tonne of carbon emitted, compensate the people for the expense that is passed on, and simultaneously hand non-carbon-emitting industries a financial advantage. What we got was reams of “Aww, but the money just goes around in a circle and nothing happens!” and “It’s a tax, people, that means you’re going to pay it!” and “But it’s all so confusing!!”.

    This, mind you, was what they did to a good policy they insisted on calling a bad policy. The ones they called ‘good-policies-badly-sold’ were actually all highly approved of by the electorate. Polling was routinely in favour of them. The problem there was that the media outlets were only interested in what the opposition was saying about them. And, more bizarrely, the MSM still insisted on them being badly sold even when the Liberals were running what they called a ‘unity ticket’ on them.

    Of course, the Coalition are getting much the same treatment now. Apparently their budget isn’t resonating well because they didn’t ‘sell’ it well enough. Crap-a-loo-lah. It’s not resonating well because, despite an intense effort to sell it – in fact, that seems to be the only thing the Liberals are interested in economically, how to sell inferior products – people aren’t stupid.

    The idea that a policy needs not only to be formulated but ‘sold’ is a bizarre one anyway. It’s not the job of a government to run successful media campaigns every time they want to enact a policy. Their job is to guide it through Parliament – that’s the only place they require approval. They can be judged on the success or failure of their policy suite at the end of their term.

    This is one reason why I’m not interested in the ‘election now!’ talk. The Australian people need to understand the concept of “you bought it, you own it”. This is the government they voted for. If it gets about that they can just discard it whenever they like, the whole concept of being responsible for your vote goes out the window. It’s a disaster, it needs to be opposed wherever possible, but it also needs to be understood that the mechanism by with they got into power is a direct result of people’s disengagement with politics. That can’t be allowed to happen again, and for that to happen I think Australians really need to experience some of that pain. And to understand that in a democracy, they’re responsible for it.

  4. Was Muir really any worse than many other MPs. Some that have been around for nigh on 20 years. Pyne, Joyce, and Cash come quickly to mind. Add the Defence Minister to the list.

    At least the man appeared to be attempting to give honest answers.

  5. From AIMN – Malcolm’s Sleepover. What happened when someone received a begging email from Truffles, asking for donations for his sleepover stunt.

    i’d be just a teensy bit impressed if Truffles decided to allow a dozen or so homeless people to spend a few nights – or weeks – in his palatial abode. He and Lucy and a couple of little dogs rattle around in the huge mansion. I’m sure Truffles could find a spare corner, maybe even the poolhouse, or perhaps one of the garages. Turnbull lives at 46 Wunulla Road, Point Piper. Look it up on Google maps and see what you think. Does he have room to spare?

  6. Aguirre

    I’m with you on this. Although this budget has huge impacts personally, many people won’t realise it until they feel the pain of it. I still can’t believe that many pensioners pooh poohed the big pension rise back in 2009, it made this household feel like millionaires, even though luckily we still spent wisely. That boost will be gone, with the loss of rebates and concessions, and that’s before rates, insurance and utilities rises come in.

  7. Aguirre
    “The Australian people need to understand the concept of “you bought it, you own it”. This is the government they voted for.”


    No 1 son and I had a good chat about this not long ago. We reckon Labor should just wave the budget through the senate, saying ‘Australia voted overwhelmingly for this government so this must be what voters wanted. Who are we to stand in the way of the delivery of a budget and policies Australians voted for?’ To which they could add ‘suck it up’.

    All the nasty things Abbott is doing really were promised – well, most of them – or they were framed in weasel words that allowed a lot of wriggle room. That cut to the payment to war veterans’ kids? That really was promised before the election, it’s just that the MSM barely mentioned what the repeal of the MRRT would bring with it. The changes to pension indexation? All Abbott said was there would be no cuts to pensions. He spoke the truth. There is no cut, just a change in indexation. Those of us with brains knew indexation was going to be a target. And on it goes. Some of us tried to send out warnings, but the voters were not in the mood to listen or to pay attention to the few clues the MSM let slip.

    Australia has the government it voted for and now it is about to get the budget it voted for. Let it through the senate, I say. Doing that would hand Labor the best-ever election camapign, simpy a string of promises to undo the whole miserable lot of it. Let the fools who voted for Abbott and his circus suffer the consequences of their foolish decision for a couple of years. Who knows? It might wake enough of them up to ensure the Coalition stays out of government for decades

  8. I don’t think the ALP can afford to just wave it through, the political price would be too high. They need to be able to articulate what they stand for. waving it through might give the impression that they approve it. They should make it absolutely clear that there are things in this budget they simply can’t go along with. It gives people something to vote for next time around, if they know there’s a party that will stand up for their rights. So ultimately, they should vote along the lines of what they think is right, and leave it up to minor parties in the Senate to make the final decision.

    A clear statement along the lines of “The ALP would never have framed a budget this damaging to the social and economic fabric of the country, but unfortunately at the present moment we are not in a position to subvert what the Australian people voted for – we trust the members of the Senate holding the balance of power will do the right thing,” should do it.

  9. http://www.tallyroom.com.au/20035




  10. I’m sorry, but I have to say again that Latika Bouke is an air-headed moron. She’s just asked on Twitter if anyone has a comprehensive list of World Cup teams. I assume she means profiles of teams, but whatever. She’s a journalist, surely she knows how to use a computer and has at least heard of Google? We’re nearly at the start of the tournament and previews of the competing nations are just about the easiest thing to find at the moment. She’s helpfully said that it doesn’t need to be Aussie-centric, which just makes her dumbness worse.

    I repeat, she’s a journalist. Accessing information on-line ought to be second-nature to her. It took me five seconds.

  11. So ultimately, they should vote along the lines of what they think is right, and leave it up to minor parties in the Senate to make the final decision.

    Exactly, let it be on Palmer’s head if all this passes.

  12. Aguirre I agree. We need to get out and sell the CEF suite of legalisation. It was much more that a cost on carbon emission. It does most of what Abbott claims, what he calls superior DA will do.

    Not so much into planting trees or soil sequestration but more proven and practical actions. It has already delivered much that is good.,

    It is not money churning. It pays for the research, assisting industry and much more. It pays for similar things, that Abbott says needs to be done.

    Let the so called tax go, but keep the rest. Most seem to have no idea what CEF does. I, myself only have scant knowledge of what is involved in the legalisation. That is bad.

    We do not need that Green Army. Has little to do with curtailing carbon emissions. More likely to be used for working for the dole. Will not do much more goods, than they did through the depression, having men shovel sand from pone end of the beach, to the other for the dole.

    Gillard was unable to sell good policy. Abbott, is unable to sell policy lemons. A little difference I suggest.

  13. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/policy/one-in-eight-jobseekers-wrongly-assessed-to-be-ready-for-work/story-fn59noo3-1226947679389?sv=765a879b1b336564a7d7dc69c9979b6c#

    One in eight jobseekers wrongly assessed to be ready for work
    THE AUSTRALIAN JUNE 09, 2014 12:00AM
    Patricia Karvelas
    Victoria Editor

    ONE in eight jobseekers whose “work-readiness” assessments would leave them subject to the Abbott government’s new six-month welfare payment cuts have been reassessed as having barriers to employment that would allow them to receive exemptions.

    From 2009 to last year, 17.4 per cent of jobseekers who entered stream 1, those deemed to be “work ready”, were reassessed and subsequently moved to a higher stream, data provided to Senate estimates shows. Thirteen per cent were reassessed to one of the two highest streams, for people with significant or severe barriers to employment.

    Maree O’Halloran, from the National Welfare Rights Network, said many people under 30 would be denied income support for six months of every year if they did not “earn or learn” under the budget’s radical changes to Australia’s social security system. The changes will save $1.2 billion over the next four years and will affect 110,000 people each year.

    A range of people will be exempt from the cuts, including jobseekers in streams 3 and 4, who have barriers to employment including homelessness, disability and poor literacy and numeracy.

    “There are many reasons why a person may be in the wrong unemployment stream, and our experience is that people are very reluctant to disclose highly personal problems, such as homelessness, violence or mental health problems,” Ms O’Halloran said.

  14. Aguirre

    Re Latika. I saw a great acronym used as a reply to such a question LMGTFY. Let me Google that for you.

  15. Urban dictionary

    The country directly north of the USA. Typically called “Canada” but we decided it must be “Canadia” and “Canadians” or “Canada” and Canadans” and “Canadia” sounds so much spiffier.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadia gives you choice.

    This one appeals:

    Canadia (meaning of Canada or after Canada) is a genus of extinct annelid worm present in Burgess Shale type Konservat-Lagerstätte. It is found in strata dating back to the Delamaran stage of the Middle Cambrian around 505 million years ago, during the time of the Cambrian explosion. It was about 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) in length. Charles Doolittle Walcott named Canadia in 1911 after Canada, the country from which its remains have been found. 28 specimens of Canadia (genus) are known from the Greater Phyllopod bed, where they comprise 0.05% of the community.

  16. so twitter is supposed to do the work for this highly paid jorno? Let me think about that for a second. how about NFW?

  17. “As I said, the program is not entirely finalised but I hope I do, because he is a very distinguished Australian and the last time I was in New York certainly I did meet with him,” Abbott said.

    No, he’s not, you asshole – he’s a bloody Yank!

  18. When Clive Palmer gives up politics he could try stand-up comedy. He seems to have a flair for it. Ricky Muir will not be controlled by a ‘small group of people’, he says – unless it’s PUP, of course.

    Mr Palmer said he was not worried about Mr Muir’s ability to handle the job of a senator and he would remain a key figure in the PUP-aligned voting bloc of four in the new Senate.

    “I think he’ll contribute more than most of the members of parliament do now, who are too scared to say anything because they’re controlled by a small group of people,” he said


  19. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called Russia a “bully” and demanded it stops “interfering” in Ukraine.

    FFS……!?…..don’t you just love it?….two functioning brain cells to rub together and he gets a spark!

  20. A A Milne had this to say:

    When you are a Bear of Very Little Brain, and you Think of Things, you find sometimes that a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open and has other people looking at it.

    Tone doesn’t even make Bear of Very Little Brain status: his Thingish is still the same Thingish for him when it’s out in the open.

  21. The basic fact of the matter of the PUP senators is that they have already been elected, so there’s no point whingeing about them now.

    The best way to deal with them is to treat them seriously. The first party that treats honestly and fairly with Palmer has the best chance of winning his admiration, and perhaps smoothing off a few of the harsher edges around his policies, for example on Climate Change.

    You have to TALK to these people, not lampoon them. Treat them as adults and they may – just may – start thinking along the same lines as whoever is giving them courtesy of taking them seriously.

    Yes, yes, I know that Murdoch (via Can-Do) is trying to drum up some kind of criminal charge against Palmer personally, so they can “do a Thomson” or “do a Slipper” on him, but it’s a losing fight.

    Even IF Palmer was booted out of the Parliament, he is one vote in a sea of government votes. It’s the Senate that matters.

    Both Thomson and Slipper’s greatest problems were that they had no money. This is NOT Palmer’s problem. He doesn’t seem to be afraid of anyone, and will lash out at whoever attacks him.

    Softly-softly catchee monkey.

  22. Haha Ducky, that’s spot on. I don’t know what you call a Bear of Very LIttle Brain who has advisers to tell him what to say and still can’t manage it. But that’s Abbott.

    In fact, you could collectively call the LNP Bears of Very Little Brain and substitute Thing with Policy, and you’d pretty much summarise their whole nine months in power. It’s certainly a very Hockey-esque approach. All his policies must seem very Thingish to him until he has to explain them to us.

  23. Snot’s at it again

    The ABC has learned the Federal Government is tightening the asylum seeker appeal process to force would-be refugees to make concrete steps to return home, even if they have not exhausted their rights to appeal.

    The changes will affect asylum seekers living in the community who have had their claims rejected by both the Department of Immigration and an independent review panel.


  24. Abbott is not winning anyone over, neither is his new BFF, Harper. Even a conservative British peer is putting the boot in. How much lower can Abbott drag us?

    A recent study by Globe showed that 66 countries, accounting for 88% of global emissions, have passed climate laws.

    While most countries were already taking action to tackle rising temperatures – another reason why a deal might be achieved at the crunch climate talks in Paris next year – Lord Deben singled out two countries, Australia and Canada, for criticism.

    Australia in particular, where the government has repealed climate change and environmental laws, was behaving “appallingly”.

    “I think the Australian government must be one of the most ignorant governments I’ve ever seen in the sense, right across the board, on immigration or about anything else, they’re totally unwilling to listen to science or logic,” he said


  25. Chris Berg is now an expert on immigration? Why the frack is Their ABC citing his ravings on refugees?

  26. leonetwo

    And there was our PMBO today declaring that the world is moving away from taxes and trading schemes and that “Direct Action ” such as ( 😆 ) planting trees is the go. No wonder he fled to Canadia , Steve Harper is pretty much the last leader left with as Neanderthal a view on climate change as he has.

  27. Tee hee! There is nothing quite like the word ‘appalling’ rolled out in those upper crust tones with all the weight of the English ‘Class System'(tm) behind them, to make a parvenu feel worse than a worm

    Pity that some people are just too thick to realise that it would apply to them …

  28. Not all tree planting is welcome on the mainland.

    Ms War says the protesters planted seedlings on a newly-cleared patch of land at the site, as a symbolic act against land clearing.

    “I guess it’s a gesture of hope, just like the rest of the trees that have been bulldozed, they’re probably going to to get re-bulldozed again,” she said.

    “There were a lot of people here who felt it was a powerful gesture and a gesture that says this is the world that we want to create and we want to live in.”


  29. Prime Minister Tony Abbott has called Russia a “bully” and demanded it stops “interfering” in Ukraine.

    Putin must be shaking in his boots.

  30. CTar1

    Before and after shot of Vladimir hearing of Abbott’s demands..

  31. Environmental groups are worried that clearing in winter will endanger hibernating animals.

    Abbott doesn’t care about animals. The only time he shows an interest is when it’s about sheep and cattle export.

  32. gigilene

    The habit of “fuel load reduction burns” in Spring has always worried me. Spring is when the breeding is a going on and even if they are low intensity there must be heaps of creatures and their young that cannot get out of the way. Even if they did what would they be coming back to ?

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