Prince Crispian – Chapter the First

It is nearly three months since our last visit to the Land of Nadir under the aegis of the late Malcolm B. Duncan. Time, methinks, for another sojourn in that fair and mysterious land.

(Image Credit: Prince Caspian Movie Trailer)

An election was looming and the children had decided to leave politics altogether rather than face either defeat or bleak years on the Opposition benches. Little Johnnie was staying on and things were looking increasingly dismal. They’d tried children overboard, they’d tried the mortgage rate scare, they’d tried the no-one votes for the fat bloke anyway (and even that had now been taken away from them), and now it was looking like bipartisan support for old growth forest logging and nuclear power. Short of manufacturing a major terrorist attack in the lead-up to the election, prospects didn’t look good and – since the job of manufacturing was Brendan’s responsibility, given Brendan’s recent experience with manufacturing which made the fat man’s Collins submarine deal look like nothing more than a delayed delivery because the address got smudged in the mail – things were starting to look very grim indeed.

As they sat on the platform at Canberra Railway Station, gold passes in hand, they realised that they were the only passengers waiting for the train. After all, members of the public not only had to pay for the children’s travel but for their own as well which rather priced them out of the market really. The only other object on the platform was a piece of rail freight which had been waiting to be transported from Canberra to Goulburn since 1946. If only the children had known that it was a crate of mothballed Bren guns with 30,000 rounds of ammunition, they could have supplemented their anticipated super quite considerably as well as helping Brendan out.

As they waited and waited and waited (they were waiting for a train after all) and the hours turned into days and the vending machine was slowly running out of goodies, Alexander decided on one big stock-up. Then it began: not like the rush of wind from an approaching train or the increasing sound thrumming through the rails; rather it was a tugging like iron filings being drawn to a magnet. As the children were drawn into that familiar circular pattern that your old science teacher used to demonstrate with a piece of paper and explained was the magnetic field (and let’s face it with the current drought, a magnetic field was about the most productive anyone could get), Little Lucy said, “It’s as though we were being drawn away somewhere.”

“Yes,” said Amanda, “I can feel it quite strongly.”

Peter explained the inverse square law and gravitational attraction while Alexander rather unkindly, as was his wont, said something about gravity and mass.

“You should talk you, you, you … fat boy,” Amanda said.

“Now, now,” said Little Lucy, “It’s probably just the Adelaide water. Although Malcolm did say that at this rate there won’t be any water in Adelaide come Easter. Ouch,” she exclaimed suddenly. [Although this is a children’s story, the author is trying to discourage the use of exclamation marks as being entirely unnecessary even if Jane Austen did use them.]

There was a sudden popping sound and the platform disappeared.

The children found themselves, minus luggage and, most mortifying of all, without their gold passes, in a dense forest where, in spots, an incredibly harsh light shone down through the leaves. The humidity was unbearable.

“Where are we?” asked Little Lucy in a stunned and apprehensive voice.

“My guess,” said Amanda “is that we have just been magically transported into Book the Second.”

“Does this mean I can’t commute my super?” asked Peter petulantly.

“Looks like it,” said Alexander. “I think we’d better explore.”

The children set off through thick forest and finally came to water from which, they could see, in the distance, a facing shoreline.

“I wonder if we’re on an island,” said Peter.

I’ll look after affairs in the region thanks,” said Alexander.

“Well, as long as there are no boat people,” said Amanda apprehensively.

She didn’t know how prophetic her words were to be.

436 thoughts on “Prince Crispian – Chapter the First

  1. The reason I’ll keep banging on about all this is because it is important to all of us.
    In the time of the Roman Emperor Caracalla ; 198 – 217AD.. , the quality of workmanship on the victory arches and the statuary had deteriorated so much that he passed a law requiring sons to be trained and employed in the same trade as their fathers, so to create a continuity of skilled workers in the capital. The skills of the masons and the craftsmen being lost over time because of a lack of tutors in those arts.

    It is the reason, I propose, that there are so many goofball climate deniers and so many shit-for-brains LNP. voters who believe the rubbish vomited by the MSM and shock-jocks of our times..because so many people have lost the confidence and the natural critical theory capacity to understand and construct a rational understanding on their own, without the guiding hand of an “expert”, of any policy raised in debate and general conversation these days….and if we continue down this path of waiting on an “expert”, be they economist, scientist, meteorologist, politician or bloody Pope to hold our hands and deliver to us a plausible “soft-landing” for a complex problem, then we are screwed as a society and as a civilisation….as sure as was the Roman Empire.

    And between you and I, sadly… I think we are already there!

  2. Oy! JayCee! I didn’t get a chance to ask you … I love a good pyramid theory, my late father used to tell us bed-time stories about how the pyramids were raised on onion-y baked beans and toast.
    It was only years later when I was doing some other research that I realised that he was essentially correct as that’s what has been found in the craftsmen’s villages at the edges of both the pyramids and the Valley of the Kings! Bean, bread, beer and onions!

    Mind you, we always had a suspicion that our Dad might have either been there or was known to a certain Time Lord because he could certainly tell a good tale about ‘what happened back then’! I miss his stories …

  3. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. A bit late today – humble apologies.

    Abbott will now alternate between this and IS scare tactics.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/shorten-deal-with-builder-weakens-union-20150610-ghl20y.html
    Some more for Abbott and his mob to brand as “clowns”.
    http://www.smh.com.au/environment/climate-change/paris-2015-un-france-press-australia-to-cut-carbon-emissions-40-per-cent-by-2040-20150610-ghl5v6.html
    Michelle Grattan knows who the clown is – it’s Hockey!
    https://theconversation.com/hockeys-proneness-to-mistakes-matters-well-beyond-issues-around-the-housing-bubble-43081
    Bob Ellis on the “idiocy of Joe Hockey”.
    https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/the-idiocy-of-joe-hockey,7816
    Peter Martin on Glen Stevens’ extraordinary tilt at the government yesterday. I suppose Stevens will be called a clown too.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/reserve-bank-governor-glenn-stevens-more-infrastructure-spending-now-please-20150610-ghl1ri.html
    Another point of difference for the election perhaps as Labor prepares for negative gearing changes. They could be on to a winner here but you can imagine the BS negative campaigning that would go on!
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/negative-gearing-labor-preparing-ground-for-changes-as-think-tank-proposal-estimates-293b-saving-20150610-ghkpap.html
    It’s time for change on negative gearing but it must be fair and practical.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/its-time-to-change-to-negative-gearing-but-it-must-be-fair-and-practical-20150610-ghks02.html
    The housing affordability crisis has been brought on by policy failures.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/housing-affordability-crisis-brought-on-by-government-policy-failures-20150610-ghkh5w.html
    Lenore Taylor says Hockey didn’t just make an out of touch gaffe on housing affordability but it just doesn’t make sense.
    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/10/joe-hockeys-get-a-good-job-gaffe-isnt-just-out-of-touch-it-doesnt-make-sense
    Joe Hockey Needs Another Investment Property So We Gave Him A Better Job As New Matilda’s Agony Aunt
    https://newmatilda.com/2015/06/11/joe-hockey-needs-another-investment-property-so-we-gave-him-better-job-new-matildas-agony#sthash.U9WVEDW3.dpuf

  4. Section 2 . . .

    The author of the NATSEM study into the effects of the budgets, another clown, hits back t Abbott’s criticisms.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/natsem-defends-budget-modelling-against-abbott-government-attacks-20150610-ghkv39.html
    Parliament House cleaners are going out on strike. This has been building up for some time.
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/parliament-house-cleaners-strike-to-leave-politicians-with-dirty-offices-20150610-ghkkr1.html
    And will the military be next?
    http://www.canberratimes.com.au/national/public-service/military-pay-backlash-predictable-says-remuneration-tribunal-20150610-ghkfan.html
    Australia is drastically overstating emissions forecasts to game the system.
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/jun/10/australia-overstating-greenhouse-gas-forecasts-making-climate-targets-easier
    Leyonhjelm shows his class at the wind turbine inquiry.
    https://newmatilda.com/2015/06/11/leyonhjelm-offensive-how-and-why-senator-told-me-fk
    I’m much rather see these mongrels face a proper justice system!
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/10/vatican-department-to-judge-bishops-accused-of-covering-up-child-abuse
    Elizabeth Farrelly has penned a good article on how silence and secrecy are stifling democracy.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-sound-of-silence-stifles-our-freedom-20150610-ghkgzc.html
    The Greens have demanded that Dutton apologise over his remarks on S H-Y being spied upon in Nauru.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/greens-demand-peter-dutton-apologise-over-sarah-hansonyoung-being-spied-on-20150610-ghks37.html
    The “View from the Street” on the SH-Y spying and on Hockey’s housing antics. It’s worth a look!
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/view-from-the-street/view-from-the-street-ok-fine-sometimes-we-spy-on-sarah-hansonyoung-20150610-ghkyy8.html
    Thomas Keneally says politicians must stop using language to strip refugees of their humanity.
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/politicians-must-stop-using-language-to-strip-refugees-of-their-humanity-20150610-ghknq7.html

  5. Section 3 . . .

    ASIC’s Greg Medcraft has been looking for high profile scalps. He may well have found one here with Nine’s David Gyngell. Have you ever seen anything so stupid? Gyngell’s only defence is that he is completely incompetent as a CEO. ( The Sinodinos defence?) And the same goes for Nine’s chairman.
    http://www.smh.com.au/business/media-and-marketing/asic-puts-spotlight-on-david-gyngell-and-nine-20150610-ghkxuw.html
    The struggling Joe Hockey’s impressive housing portfolio.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/treasurer-joe-hockeys-impressive-housing-portfolio-20150610-ghkqzd.html
    I’m sure we would all mourn this “loss”!
    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/christian-couple-vow-to-divorce-if-samesex-marriage-is-legalised-20150610-ghl3o6.html
    These Wiki leaks suggest our PBS and healthcare costs will rise as a result of the YPP.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/medicines-to-cost-more-and-healthcare-will-suffer-according-to-wikileaks-documents-20150610-ghkxp0.html
    This is interesting. Real estate, the next tech disruption waiting to happen. Bring it on!
    http://www.smh.com.au/comment/real-estate–the-next-tech-disruption-waiting-to-happen-20150610-ghku68.html
    Only one in twenty Australians eats enough vegetables says this study.
    http://www.smh.com.au/national/health/only-one-in-20-australians-eats-enough-vegetables-20150610-ghkrye.html
    You’ll have to click your way through these Ron Tandberg cartoons.
    http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/federal-politics/cartoons/ron-tandberg-20090910-fixc.html
    David Pope really goes to town in this one!

    Oh dear! David Rowe does it again!

    Beautiful work from John Kudelka and who Glen Stevens thinks are the “clowns”.

  6. Curioz…: “…that I realised that he was essentially correct…”

    Contained in each mature adult is the basic, essential nous or accrued knowledge of how and why things happen and exist…it is the superstition and doubt “beaten” into us from a very young age (“give me the child till he is seven…” ) that causes us to doubt our own inner voice of knowledge and experience and then to mouth platitudes acceptable to the social construct of the times….but in private “between you and me…”

    There was chater here last night about Hayek’s book “The Road To Serfdom”…Hayek is the perfect example of the barbarian intellect…not that he was not well educated and smart, but that he could not “see” the inevitable social need for “bends”, “curves” and “detours” in the “direct, straight line” between poverty and wealth.

  7. 11 June 1982:

    The final advance on Stanley starts.

    The Harriers and escort boats are busy.

    Three civilians are killed.

    (The civilians are added to the list of things that will need to be investigated later)

  8. What has got me sooo ropeable and pissed off on this topic, is that only the other day we had a bloke come into the office (and this will interest YOU, BK.) looking to get some photocopying done on a dissertation on the growing of native grasses for the wombats in degraded, saline land out in the mallee. I posted a link to his page here the other day..

    http://nhssa.com.au/perspectives/words-from-whistling-jack/

    This bloke has been totally isolated from the committees that oversee such projects because he is of “excitable” character (he says he is dyslexic with another complication and has to take medication, so he does become impatient with pedantry on these issues) and not satisfactorily qualified to make such observations. He is the exact equivalent to that Peter Andrews bloke who wrote “On The Brink” about water reticulation slowdown on degraded land…except THIS chap has not yet given up the fight.

    Yet he has demonstrated how, why and with what solutions the problems could be tackled…and he has succeeded on his own property with the regrowth of native grass on ex-cropping land..he has invented crude seeding machinery to do this…he IS a clever, if “difficult” bloke. But he should not be dismissed, as Andrews was dismissed.

  9. Whew! I thought there was a problem with Joe Hockey renting from himself, but luckily there isn’t.

    In the car this morning I happened to switch to 2GB, and luckily for me, Alan Jones cleared the matter up.

    It is “ludicrous”, says Jones, for anyone to complain about politicians’ Living Away From Home allowances, considering the “paltry pittance” they are paid as a base salary. For a man of Joe Hockey’s depth and breadth of talent a mere $378,000-odd is a “scandalous underpayment”.

    So WHAT if he receives an additional $290 a night to stay in his own home? Why, that’s only $2,030 a week, tax free (about the equivalent of an extra $160,000 a year in gross salary before taxes). You couldn’t rent a dog box in Canberra for that!

    You couldn’t stay in a hotel room for that kind of money (commensurate with your rank of course, which would entitle Joe to the Presidential Suite, at least).

    And what’s the point of renting a dog box anyway if you’re not there half the year, or more? Think of all that empty space, wasted when the Treasurer would be off rescuing the economy from the devastation that Labor and their profligate spending wreaked on the nation.

    As far as the matter of renting from himself, Joe has really no choice. A hotel’s too expensive, and a dog box is too demeaning. $2,060 a week is just about right for your average hard-working Treasurer, no more no less. And Joe does work hard. How else could he afford $100 Cuban cigars?

    I yearned to ask Alan why Joe needs additional income to the tune of more than most ordinary workers earn as their total salary – with which they have to pay for educating their kids, food, petrol for their car, utilities, travel to and from work, holidays, and then find some more to pay their own mortgages on $1,000,000 average homes – just to rent from himself… but I didn’t have my mobile with me to phone in.

    I know it would have been pointless anyway. Alan would have the answer to that curly one. So I just sat back and concentrated on the grid lock I was caught in knowing that when Alan does my thinking for me, I don’t have to.

    Dole bludgers and pensioners everywhere, huddled over their single bar heaters on a cold morning, eating their toast and baked beans for breakfast while they listen to Alan, would be glad to know that it’s all been thoroughly worked out why it’s fine for Joe to take in one night more than most of them do in a week, so he can pay off his mortgage by renting from himself.

    I feel proud to be an Australian, knowing that we have towering intellects like Alan Jones, asking the hard questions of our politicians, and coming up with such simple, easily digestible answers, so that I can preserve my wits about me as I look for a better job, a good job, preferably in the private sector, so that if I ever want to negative gear a second house, I too will walk tall alongside Joe on the Golden Path to national prosperity that only he can show me.

    I’m ashamed I ever doubted Joe. As Alan put it so well, to doubt Joe Hockey is, simply, ludicrous.

  10. Fell asleep on the lounge last night and woke up this morning to ABC TV Breakfast as they lamented that Bill Shorten’s shenanigans at the AWU umpteen years ago were not “Teh Story” this week, while Joe Hockey renting his own property for $2,030 a week was.

    It was Group Think in action. There they sat around the coffee table with their lap tops in front of them actually showing us how Group Think works.

    What they do is get together and decide what line they are going to run. They go through all the angles and assign various side tasks to various journalists to write up as “questions that need to be answered”.

    It doesn’t really matter what the answers are. As long as ominous “questions” are asked. The beautiful thing about it is that they only have to read each other’s stories to get the facts. No messy interviews, no “investigative reporting” required. They simply riff off what’s already been published, put a spin on it and trot it out as ground-shaking journalism.

    Anyway, Tony Abbott suffers from mortgage stress too. So that must mean he’s a man of the people. A couple of the journos have mortgages, as well. I guess that qualifies them as champions of The Little Guy (if you can call Joe Hockey “little”).

    I guess they didn’t give any coverage of the CEO of Jeep, who is in court this week for embezzling not a few bucks on a coffee like Craig Thomson, or not for arranging for Union dues to be paid by the employer ike it is alleged Bill Shorten (sort-of, maybe, perhaps) did. This guy took $30,000,000… that’s million. Not even worth a comment from the Champions of the 4th Estate.

    And that’s before we even get to the story that has enraged everyone outside the Authorised Media Bubble: Joe Hockey renting his own house. How dare Everyone be interested in a story that’s not about what someone said at the Royal Commission? When the journos have explicitly told them they should be?

    I tell you what… journalists today are very poorly served by their readers and listeners. The punters wouldn’t know a good story if it picked them up, turned them upside down and shook another $290 out of their pockets so Joe could pay his mortgage off some more.

    I’ve heard Alan Jones. I’ve listened to the Group thinkers on ABC TV, but I still have a nagging suspicion that Joe’s rorting it, rather beautifully while castigating others for being double-dipping, fraudulent leaners, who must discard their sense of entitlement, so that he can exercise his.

    QUESTION: “Does this make me a bad person?”

    (Maybe I could voluntarily give up my Australian citizenship in compensation for my sins?)

  11. Not only did Hockey charge us for the rent he pays for living in his own home, but he also made his boarders pay rent too. We know that because Brendan Nelson told us all about it.Finding himself a bit short of cash after a divorce, Nelson once had to ask Joe if he could move from his room to the shed in the backyard because he couldn’t afford the rent Joe was asking. Joe, the money-grubbing bastard, didn’t offer to let him stay in his room with reduced rent because he was doing it tough with the divorce and all, he just shoved him off to the shed.

    How much did Joe make from his boarders? They included Bob Baldwin, Brendan Nelson and Ross Cameron. The place had quite the reputation for being a sort of Canberra fraternity house for Liberal MPs. A nice little earner Joe had going there. Is he still taking in MPs and charging them a fortune?

    The really nasty part of all this – the boarders at Joe’s place all claimed the maximum allowance for their nights in Canberra, We paid their rent. We not only helped Joe, Melissa and Joe’s dad pay off that house, we also gave Joe extra pocket money as well, hundreds of dollars worth, every day parliament sat, for years.

  12. Abbott’s alleged mortgage stress – he lied.

    Abbott has always said he needed to remortgage the family home because he needed extra money to cover the family expenses – the private school fees included – after he took a $90,000 pay cut when he became a mere shadow minister.

    Bullshit.

    Abbott, at that time, in 2008, had two, maybe three daughters at the very posh, very expensive Monte Sant Angelo school at North Sydney. His eldest had either just left or was soon to finish there. Sending three daughters to such a school is not a sign of a man experiencing mortgage stress.

    Tony and Margie took out a $285,000 loan in 1994 to buy the family home. On around 6 April 2008 that mortgage was paid out. Over the next two days he took out loans that totalled $710,000, a second mortgage on the home, we are told. He is still paying that off.

    So why did this man, on a good income with a wife in a full-time job, a man who could afford to send three daughters to a private school, need so much money in a hurry? It can’t have been because he was a bit short of cash to pay for the car rego or the school fees. It’s obvious that Tony had got himself into a spot of bother and needed to buy his way out. There are plenty of rumours about the reason, many of them pretty salacious, but we can’t know for sure. Whatever it was, Margie must be the most understanding wife in the world.
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/in-loans-not-declared-by-tony-abbott/story-e6freuzr-1225882967470

    http://www.aph.gov.au/Senators_and_Members/Members/Register

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/10/tony-abbott-describes-his-own-mortgage-stress-to-defend-joe-hockey?CMP=soc_567

  13. I’ve just found out that I will be meeting with Jason Clare (MP for Blaxland and Opposition Communications spokesman) in a couple of hours.

    Apart from asking him about the NBN shemozzle, (and if I can work them in, a whole bunch of things talked about here recently *G*), does anyone have a question they would like answered by Mr Clare?

    Odd, I’m both anticipating meeting such an exotic beast as a ‘West Sydney MP’, and dreading I’ll make a complete mess of it.

  14. ‘Awful and noisy’: Tony Abbott slams wind farms during interview with Alan Jones

    Prime Minister Tony Abbott has described wind farms as “visually awful” and boasted slashing the Renewable Energy Target will restrict growth in the industry.

    Mr Abbott also said the Howard government would never have introduced the clean energy policy if it had its time over again.

    When I’ve been up close to these wind farms, there’s no doubt, not only are they visually awful, they make a lot of noise

    In a wide-ranging interview on Sydney radio station 2GB, Mr Abbott said he was prevented by the Senate in his desire to further cut the growth of new wind farms

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/awful-and-noisy-tony-abbott-slams-wind-farms-during-interview-with-alan-jones-20150611-ghl7m0

    I find this sort of thing visually awful – the locals say the noise is appalling, as is the dust and pollution. But it’s a long way from leafy Forestville, so why should Abbott care.

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/rio-tintos-coal-mine-expansion-threatens-bulga-again-20150531-ghdftc.html

  15. Well, I find wind farms visually beautiful when compared to having the ugly image of abbott appearing with regular monotony on my TV. The noise and bluster abbott generates is an assault on my ears.

  16. Curioz,
    You could ask Clare if he thinks the time is right for some real boldness in the Oppositions approach to policy thinking. The small target strategy is often right. But given the discomfort Australians are showing towards the political discourse these days, is the time right for ground breaking big picture, big policy ideas from the Oppoksition? Areas include infrastructure ( very fast train), water, renewable energy and technology. In other words, lead the debate and make the Government play catch up.

  17. PM Abbott on wind farms – not only are they visually awful, but they make a lot of noise

    Wind farms will remain visually awful, noisy and dangerous until the minute that companies like AGL and Origin take them over in their push to “go green” (currently being rolled out).

    Then they will be towers of the government’s fight back against Global Warming, which – while not real – will commence for sure in a few years, just as soon as Big Energy has bludgeoned the price of alternative technology down enough to buy-up nearly bankrupt smaller alternative energy startups.

    Until then, we should keep on having inquiries into Wind Farms until they come up with the right answer on just how hideous and destructive they are. Anyone can see that as they fly over the hills outside of Canberra, or drive along the shores of Lake George on their way to a cosy night in their own home, and a Cuban cigar, paid for by youse and me.

  18. Abbott sacks public servants, the housing market in the ACT goes down the drain….guess who leaps in to snap up a bargain. Louise Abbott, Which enables the NE to preach about how easy it is for young people to get into real estate.

    Tony Abbott says his daughter proves it is possible for young people to get on the property ladder
    http://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/tony-abbott-says-his-daughter-proves-it-is-possible-for-young-people-to-get-on-the-property-ladder/story-fnu2pwk8-1227392710384

  19. BB
    The wind farms Abbott doesn’t like has claimed a victim and about 400 odd jobs here in South Australia.

    Alinta Energy has decided to close its two coal-fired power stations in Port Augusta in South Australia with the loss of about 440 jobs after suffering about $100 million of operating losses amid a glut in power supply exacerbated by growth in renewable energy.

    http://www.theage.com.au/business/alinta-energy-to-shut-port-augusta-power-plants-amid-losses-on-supply-glut-20150611-ghlap3.html

  20. Mr Clare was accompanied by Mr Joe Bullock

    My Dearly Beloved came armed with facts and figures about costs and speed of the internet in Western Australia, even down to the comparisons between countries on cost, speed and comparable populations.
    I asked about the need to get better connections for Remote and Regional Australia, and pointed out that my experience was that farmers and graziers were amongst the most enthusiastic uptakers fifteen years ago, but I was still hearing that connection was problematical.

    Mr Clare pointed out that the NBN that has been rolled out in the last 18 months, was still the Labor inspired/contracted design, but that the LNP version of ‘copper is good enough’ will gradually be installed as they are starting to get the contracts signed.
    Bless him, my DB suggested that fibre was the more economical as it didn’t run the risk of being dug up by desperate people scavenging the copper for cash, as is apparently happening in parts of the USA (that produced a bit of a blink) where the poor are a burgeoning class of people.

    We also suggested that by creating a society that is full of “dead white guy thinking”, Australia is being made less able to cope with the changes that are facing us.

    Any way, we had a nice chat and the appropriate noises were made. I even got to take part in a staged photo around my dining room table so that the bookcases would be in the background (as the DB said, so that we looked intelligent *suppressed grin*). Then Mr Clare was off to SciTech to talk about the utility of coding in primary education.

    Damn, I forgot to ask to what extent teaching maths is going to have to be covered by the Official Secrets Act!

  21. Now we have abbott pushing hard to deploy more of our troops to fight his ‘death cult’. We really ought to send a further small unit in the form of our most useless, incompetent cabinet ministers led by the worst PM in this Nation’s history. Let them put themselves in the line of fire for their country.

  22. “Now we have abbott pushing hard to deploy more of our troops to fight his ‘death cult’.”
    To THEIR deaths.

  23. One could say Abbott is part of a bit of a death cult. them catlicks do seem to go in for martyrs and love a good catacomb or ten and the guy carking it on the cross is front and centre in their narrative.

  24. BK

    “To THEIR deaths”
    .
    Had a similar thought the other day when Poroshenko said Ukrainians will fight to the last drop of blood. Yeah everyone else’s but his.

  25. jaycee

    You mentioned George Smiley – where George lived: Bywater Street –

    Taken at the corner of Kings Way and Bywater Street. Bywater Street is a dead end.

  26. Real Reality strikes home at 2GB…

    Chris Smith had a half-hour phone in today on how to… reduce your electricity bill.

    Suddenly the bunch of whingers who said they should never need to reduce their bills just because Julia Bloody Gillard bunged a Carbon Tax on top, are now whingeing because their bills are now even higher than before! Suddenly reducing electricity consumption is OK, where before it was the end of Civilization as we know it.

    As P.T. Barnum once said: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    Measures to ameliorate electricity bills ranged from the bleedin’ obvious to… the bleedin’ obvious.

    * Turn off lights,

    * Turn off the heater when you go to bed,

    * Turn off the PC when you’re not actually sitting at it (bad luck if it takes 10 minutes to boot up again),

    * Get a solar PV system (!)

    All suggested measures were available during the CT period as well, but the media convinced them that they shouldn’t have to lift even their little fingers to take matters into their own hands in reducing consumption. No, no, no… it was ALL Julia Gillard’s fault.

    It got so ridiculous during the CT period (if you can remember back that far) that one woman said she’d have to close down her pizza joint because her cardboard pizza boxes were costing 5c more wholesale. That was a Steve Lewis “special” story.

    Oh, and local councils put their dumping charges up from $18 a tonne to $83, of which $2 was due to the Carbon Tax and the rest was… well… they just put them up because they could blame the Carbon Tax.

    And I wonder how that particularly ridiculous couple who parked themselves outside Rooty Hill RSL until the news cameras noticed them (the ABC shamefully present, with all the rest), and then whinged about having to eat beans out of a can, cold, because they couldn’t afford to buy a $100 leg of lamb, and then couldn’t afford to put the stove on to cook it anyway.

    I wonder how that couple of idiots are coping now? Still whingeing?

    Never mind, we now know the idea behind the reduction in the RET was to kill alternative energy, so we can look forward to fabulous vistas, landscapes filled with beauty, Nature’s Amphitheater, replete with dirty, polluting coal-fired power stations, run by the same cynical, exploitative energy barons, charging the same over-inflated prices for useless poles and wires as our electricity network goes private.

    Sorry, I forgot… privatization always bring prices down doesn’t it?

    Silly me.

  27. CTar1…; ” Taken at the corner of Kings Way and Bywater Street. Bywater Street is a dead end.”

    The names of those streets far exceed in romantic allusion the dreary reality!

  28. It was always Gillard’s fault. Elle avait le dos large … Now, it’s either Shorten’s fault or contemporary Labor. It’s never the govt’s fault.

  29. jaycee423

    Check out the map though, Sloane Square just along the road , the Saatchi gallery around the corner and in Chelsea. Looks pretty slack from the outside but it would be muy pricey real estate.

  30. BB,

    And still the useless msm mob don’t even blink an eye when abbott still trots out his fabulous solution for the masses that he removed the carbon tax and saved them all $500 a year – therefore everyone should all be grateful that we have so much more in our pockets….so. 2GB callers have no reason to whinge because lovely mr.abbott ditched Julia-bloody-Gillard’s great-big-new-tax on everything.

  31. I was an avid Le Carre reader but I found his later books depressing. I think he was trying too hard to recreate his Smiley successes

  32. Bill Shorten challenges The Idiot to a debate.

    Bill Shorten invites Tony Abbott to ‘make my day’ over ‘union deals’

    “What I say to Tony Abbott about what he’s saying is: let’s have a town hall debate, Tony. Let’s talk about what you’ve done for workers in Australia with WorkChoices and I’ll stack it up against what I’ve done looking after Australia’s workers. I say to Tony Abbott: make my day.”

    http://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/11/bill-shorten-invites-tony-abbott-to-make-my-day-over-union-deals

  33. Re electricity bills – I had a look at my latest bill, and it turns out my supply charge is higher than my usage charge! My bill literally cannot be lower than $108, even if i use no electricity at all. This also means that my electricity supply charge is probably at least four times the supply charge for my gas. The supply and usage charges for gas are lumped in so I don’t know exactly how they break down, but the bill is around $40 in total. Electricity is three months and gas is two months, but that’s quite a discrepancy.

    I’m a bit annoyed about that. Seems a lot of money just to have the supply.

    Turns out using one heater for about four hours a day triples my electricity bill, at least. There really aren’t many ways I have left to reduce my electricity bill. But I really wonder whether it would be worth dropping it from about $210 to, say, $180 or $190 anyway. Not much incentive.

  34. Awwwww cute . A rare Rowi Kiwi makes an appearance. Only a couple of hundred of this sub species left.

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