WINTER FRIDAY RAFFLES

BRRRRRRRRRRRRR Winter has arrived and its now time for all you ladies

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And Lads

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To rug up and endure another Chilly winter. Admittedly some get it worse

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Than Others

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But wherever you are in this funny place

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Be assured you will always get a warm welcome and a friendly chat here at “The Pub”copy-pub2.jpg

Raffles will begin shortly. Snuggle up

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Keep Warm

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And enjoy the night.

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243 thoughts on “WINTER FRIDAY RAFFLES

  1. ‘fridge

    Some Sunday morning thoughts while I take a break from writing school reports

    The repetitive bit must be very hard work .

  2. The David Donovan piece on Abbott’s citizenship was posted here a while back – twice, I think. To save rummaging, here it is again.

    Just read that piece of “journalism” and it gives not a shred of evidence just speculation and hypothesis.

    This is probably an unpopular opinion but I’ve come to realise a long time ago that IA is not in any way a credible website, in fact it gives online journalism a bad name.

    Another thing, focusing on this rubbish would only serve to help Abbott as he would surely love to portray his political opponents as unhinged moonbats.

  3. Hillsong, faux Christians, child abuse…….

    That Driscoll idiot invited here by Brian Houston should be allowed into the country and as a condition of being allowed in should be compelled to speak to a meeting filled with members of Destroy the Joint. That would guarantee he’d never want to come back.

    The despicable Brian Houston, mentor of Scrott Morrison, says he invited this piece of filth into the country before Driscoll resigned from his church. That excuse just doesn’t work. Driscoll’s comments were made years ago, in 2000, long before Houston invited him here.

    I’m pretty sure Scrott wil be attending the Hillsong conference, he was probably looking forward to a chat with Driscoll.

    And –
    You might have caught a fleeting mention of Josh Duggar in ‘Real Time’ this morning. For those who don’t get it, the Duggars are the oh-so-Christian American family with nineteen kids who have been all over the media for years. Josh Duggar has been outed as a child molestor, guilty of offences against four of his younger sisters and a female babysitter. Two of the sisters affected have been desperately trying to whitewash this, saying their brother was just ‘too curious about girls’. It’s all very sickening, especially as this family has made a great deal of money by promoting their squeaky clean, all-American, happy-clapper Christianity to the world.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2015/06/04/josh-duggars-sister-comes-to-his-defense-following-molestation-reports/

  4. The trouble is relatives tend to shelter their molester dad. All is well since ““My parents have always actually stated, you know, we are not a perfect family. We are just a family.”

    True, there is probably no such thing as a “perfect family” but most families wouldn’t have a criminal in their midst.

  5. Ctar1, strangely not especially repetitive, it’s more about getting into a frame of mind and drawing everything into focus that you have learnt about the student and then letting it all flow.

  6. http://www.salon.com/2015/05/28/i_couldve_been_a_duggar_wife_i_grew_up_in_the_same_church_and_the_abuse_scandal_doesnt_shock_me/

    http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/andrews-to-repeal-cruel-adoption-laws-20150606-ghi3at

    http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33021668

    http://www.theage.com.au/national/henry-kaye-grilling-senate-to-probe-landbanking-schemes-20150606-ghhwex.html

    http://www.news.com.au/national/samantha-maiden-single-income-and-sole-parent-families-hardest-hit-by-family-tax-cuts/story-e6frfkp9-1227386407457

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-07/greens-say-3bn-could-be-saved-by-abolishing-negative-gearing/6527594

  7. Years ago when I had a few bantams running free all over the garden, I had very few cudweeds. It seemed to be the birds’ favourite leaf. Now, my backyard looks a bit like that:

  8. Just a quick update on the Travails Of HI.

    * It is now 5 days short of one year since this farce began. Next Friday will have seen the wheel turn the full 360 degree circle.

    * It has been 37 weeks since any complaint about HI’s behaviour in the workplace has been made.

    * It has been 32 weeks since HI was told by her manager that the matter would be settled in “the next couple of weeks”. This was the last time any complaints about clerical performance were made, yet clerical misperformance is the basis of the present matter.

    * It has been 13 weeks since she was required to “show cause” why she should not be dismissed.

    * It has been 12 weeks since she was told the matter would be definitely settled within 5 working days.

    * It has been 11 weeks since she was told that (oops, their bad) 8 weeks would now be required to settle the matter. It has also been 11 weeks since the Director of the entire area service, and the Deputy Director were both removed from the case for patent conflict of interest, which we pointed out (all in one rather hectic Day Of The Long Knives).

    * It has been 4 weeks since the last of their promises, rescheduled dates, appointments with the CEO, decision making processes and other formal processes all expired.

    Yet we have not heard one word from them about this case, or any other employment matter.

    Not. One. Word.

    Almost every single prescription in the NSW Public Service’s rule and policy directives has been broken by them. You name it, it’s there – attempted constructive dismissal, corrupt “off the books” offers of leave, bullying, mobbing, intimidation, outright lying about formal procedures completed (i.e. they weren’t), misinformation, erroneous documents, dates and representations of facts, failure to document meetings, breachs of confidentiality and privacy, deadlines come and gone without comment, contradictory advice from HR, spying on emails, unsigned back-dated letters, ambushing, disciplne “bombs”, barraging with concocted complaints, abusive phone calls, elaborate and deceitful reconstruction of conversations… all adding up to a concerted effort by management and HR to cover their disgraceful tracks with ever more disgusting workplace harassment.

    The aim? To get HI to resign. Then they can roll up all their odious malpractices with HI’s workplace cadaver and bury it all together in a shallow grave, as if it never happened. Just like they have done with so many other employees in their obsession with garnering “voluntary redundancies”.

    I have heard of “toxic workplaces” and “cultures of failure”, I have even experienced one or two myself, but I have never seen a deeper cesspit of viciousness and cavalier cruelty as I have seen in HI’s workplace.

    We’ve given up complaining. If the worst happens, we’ll let the Industrial Relation Commission sort it out. The Union is (finally) backing us with the offer of free legal representation. The longer this goes on the worse it is for them, not us.

  9. Dutton says Gillian Triggs should consider resigning.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/07/peter-dutton-says-gillian-triggs-should-consider-resigning-as-human-rights-chief

    Well, of course she has to go. Because –
    1. She is a woman. No girls allowed in top positions.
    2. She is more intelligent and capable than all those government MPs and ministers combined, and far more qualified for her position than any of them are for theirs. She makes them all – especially Dutton – look less intelligent than pet rocks. So unfair.
    3. She was appointed by the Gillard government. That alone means she has to go.
    4. Her term is for five years, it doesn’t end until June 2017, with any luck she will see off the Abbott government. How embarrassing would that be.
    5. Tim Wilson has been promised her job and if he has to wait until 2017 it will be too late, a Labor government will never appoint him. Jobs for the boys are needed now.

  10. BB
    Geez. I don’t think ‘toxic’ is a strong enough description.

    Good that the union, finally, is backing HI.

  11. Finally finished a rather large concreting job at home . Glad I don,t do that every week. Bit high from applying the sealer but finished the job off lovely.
    On The Qld front the courier mail this week has been going batshit crazy trying to get another labor member sacked for alleged indiscretions years ago.
    They won’t give up. Their team lost and they won,t accept it and will try and do everything to get the LNP back it. It is a rerun of when labor was in as a minority federally. Every editorial can,t resist having some swipe at labor for something even if it was a LNP. Decision. They still think the asset sales should proceed.
    If labor can hang on for a year it may well be worth having another election. Anna P is doing a preety good job and Sringborg is just horrible. A complaining sook who will never be popular. Will be interesting times ahead.

  12. joe6pack

    I chuckle at the Quincelanders LNP mob picking the Borg again. Has to either be a death wish or proof of their utter lack of talent. Either way 😀

  13. BB,
    You have both shown remarkable stoicism in the face of appalling and systemic workplace bullying, harrasment and – it seems – lawbreaking. God knows how you both have coped day to day. In the end, the truth prevails.Hopefully.

  14. Just finished cutting four terriers worth of toenails, with various degrees of cooperation. They are my son’s dogs. He lost his clippers so the nails were long. A couple of nicked quickes in the struggle and there is blood everywhere. I am scratched to pieces and it took a few Smackos to get forgiven. My shirt looks like I have been beheading a few roosters.

    They were just tiny nicks!

  15. My dogs, my son’s dog, meoldema’s dog and me are curling up for a rest. Of course DS (darling son) disappeared to the shops and I did the deed. I should charge the $15 per dog that the vet would.

  16. kaffeeklatscher

    The NP part of the LNP are back in charge. Borg was the one that pushed for the merger but he didn’t anticipate The Libs Neuman getting the top gong. The hate each other more than they hate labor I think.

  17. ‘firdge

    strangely not especially repetitive

    Hat off to you.

    I loathed doing interview reports.

  18. http://hillsong.com/media/statement-from-pastor-brian-houston-hillsong-church/

    Statement from Pastor Brian Houston, Hillsong Church

    June 2015

    After personal interaction with Mark Driscoll today, I have made the decision that he will no longer be coming to Australia or the UK to attend Hillsong Conference. It is my hope that Mark and I will be able to speak in person in the coming weeks to discuss some of the issues that have been raised, what – if anything – he has learned, and for me to understand better how he is progressing in both his personal and professional life.

    The teachings of Christ are based on love and forgiveness, and I will not write off Mark as a person simply because of the things that people have said about him, a small minority of people signing a petition or statements he has made many years ago for which he has since repeatedly apologised.

    However, I do not want unnecessary distractions during our conference, particularly as this 30 minute interview was only a small part of this five day event. It was clear to me that Mark’s attendance had the potential to divert attention from the real purpose of Hillsong Conference, which is to see people leave encouraged in their own spiritual journey.

    Clearly Mark has held some views and made some statements that cannot be defended. One or two of the more outrageous things he is purported to have said, I have heard for the first time through the media exposure over the past week.

    -End-

    Media Contact – Lyall Mercer 0413 749 830

  19. I have made the decision that he will no longer be coming to Australia or the UK to attend Hillsong Conference.

    Who actually controls ingress ?

    Not either of these two.

  20. CTar1

    “Not either of these two.”
    .
    Whoa there, they have the direct line to Dog and like he can do , like , anything . 😆

  21. kaff
    Goddess can do anything she likes. Which is why she gave Abbott the PMship. Watch out for what you wish for and all that.

  22. Lucky Demi is still up for good long walks, no need for clipping toenails yet, thank goodness—that will be some undertaking!

  23. I’ve been thinkng a bit more about homeopathy. If one takes more of a homeopathic preparation will the effect be increased or decreased? Given the “theory” that the more diluted the preparation is the greater will be the effect it follows then that the effect would be less because you would have increased the intake of the “active” content.
    The corollary is that if one took less the the effect should be greater. Less again, greater still.
    Think about it!

  24. 10k to see Bishop, Jackman and Furness … I suspect that those who are prepared to pay that amount won’t do so to have a chat with Bishop.

  25. gigilene

    For some strange reason I think $9,750 of it is to meet Jackman 🙂

  26. Gigilene. When I was a kid I saw a horse with hooves like those in your picture. A real oldtimer took over his care, cut his feet back as far as he could and then put him in a paddock with a lot of gravelly stones in it. It took about six months but eventually the horse was able to get about OK.

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