Friday – and a New Friend!


Explanatory note: I thought The Boss was going to do this as the Friday post. However, it seems he is otherwise occupied – perhaps a little weary after the Cairns jaunt? – so I’ve taken the liberty of gazumping him.

Thank you so very much, Joe6pack, for doing the legwork!

My fellow Pubsters, this is our new friend Hector the Green Turtle:

From the WWF’s email:

Dear Pub Blog,

Thank you. By donating $XY.00 Monthly ($XYZ.00 Annually) you have become part of a committed movement of visionary men and women who are helping to preserve some of the greatest creatures ever to walk this planet.

With your support we will move this world into a very different future, one in which humans live in harmony with nature.

I cannot thank you enough for your support of WWF.

Your account will be debited on 24th of each month. A receipt will be sent to you at the end of the financial year.

Your reference number is: hgfedcba

Your Summary: Turtle Adoption

We will keep you up-to-date on the outcomes we are working to achieve. If you would like more information about WWF’s conservation work or find out about other ways you can help, visit

To adopt an endangered animal for yourself or someone else, please visit WWF-Australia’s website.

With heartfelt thanks,

Dermot O’Gorman
CEO, WWF-Australia

He looks like a really nice young chap.


280 thoughts on “Friday – and a New Friend!

  1. Hi Fiona!

    If you log onto facebook, you should be able to see a few pictures from the wedding if you are interested.

  2. Washington: An American “terrorism expert” on the right-wing Fox News channel has declared that Birmingham is “a totally Muslim” city “where non-Muslims just simply don’t go”.

    Perhaps the so-called expert should’ve looked at this.

    Religion 2001[41] 2011[42]
    Number % Number %
    Christian 577,783 59.13% 494,358 46.07%
    Buddhist 2,977 0.30% 4,780 0.45%
    Hindu 19,358 1.98% 22,362 2.08%
    Jewish 2,343 0.24% 2,205 0.21%
    Muslim 140,033 14.33% 234,411 21.85%
    Sikh 28,592 2.93% 32,376 3.02%
    Other religion 2,501 0.26% 5,646 0.53%
    No religion 121,541 12.44% 206,821 19.27%
    Religion not stated 81,959 8.39% 70,086 6.53%
    Total 977,087 100.00% 1,073,045 100.00%

  3. Some good news if you can call it that.

    Indonesian divers have found the crucial black box flight recorders of the AirAsia plane that crashed in the Java Sea a fortnight ago with 162 people aboard, the transport ministry says.

    But they failed to retrieve it immediately from the seabed because it was stuck under debris from the main body of the plane, the ministry added.

    ‘The navy divers in Jadayat state boat have succeeded in finding a very important instrument, the black box of AirAsia QZ8501,’ said Tonny Budiono, a senior ministry official.

    The recorders were at a depth of 30-32 metres, he said in a statement.

    Divers will on Monday try to shift the position of the wreckage to access the black box.

    ‘However, if this effort fails, then the team will lift part of the main body using the same balloon technique used earlier to lift the tail,’ Budiono added.

  4. Brandis giving the dog whistle another workout! What a pack of bastards!

    Attorney General George Brandis has pressed the urgency of legislating for the mandatory retention of metadata in the wake of the atrocities in France.

    Mr Brandis wrote in The Australian newspaper said the threat to the world is now indisputable.

    ‘After the Martin Place siege and the atrocities in France, no rational person can dispute that the world, and the democratic West in particular, faces a profound threat that is likely to be with us for a long time,’ he wrote.

    He also pointed to some of the legislation that the government had already put in place.

    ‘The government’s legislative response comprises four important bills; three have passed with bipartisan support.’

    ‘One crucial bill, requiring mandatory retention of metadata is before parliament’s intelligence committee.

    ‘Its passage is an urgent priority.’–urgent–metadata-review.html

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