French Friday with Feux d’Artifice

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C’est le 14 juillet this coming Tuesday, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate the event, even if a bit early, with a French-themed (Frenchified?) Friday evening thread.

It is such a beautiful country:

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with such scrumptious food:

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and drink:

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with this for brunch next day . . .

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Then there’s the music – first, from the 18th century:

Then the 19th century:

and last but not least the 20th century:

Finally, to bring the theme full circle:

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441 thoughts on “French Friday with Feux d’Artifice

  1. There’s a lot of spin and commentary about what Labor needs, but what it definitely doesn’t need is another month long leadership campaign/election. Abbott’s stooges in the media know that this would be the death knell for any chance of Labor winning the next election and will do anything to bring it about.

  2. So abbott’s chickens are coming home to roost. Indonesia has started to make abbott pay for all the insults it has suffered and betcha it has more up it’s sleeves than slashing the live cattle quota.

  3. The MSM seem to have forgotten something – Labor’s national conference is next week. If there was any hint of a leadership contest it would have been leaked by now. We all know Labor members who are upset with the leader leak like crazy. There has not been the whiff of a hint of a rumour. Instead there have been comments about increasing support for Shorten.

    Shorten will be given strong support as leader and that, you would hope, will put an end to all this MSM garbage. It was very clever of Shorten to deal with TURC earlier than the government would have liked. Not only has he got the worst out of the way but he has done it before Labor’s conference.

    If Shorten is recalled to TURC his own legal team will be able to cross examine him, that should kill off any more’ grilling’ and ‘blowtorch’ rubbish from the usual suspects.

    The MSM have not yet worked out that Shorten is quietly creating big problems for the government. The same sex marriage thing was handled brilliantly. First the Labor policy launch, which caused Abbott to say he wanted a decision to be made by all the parliament, not just one party. Talk about rope a dope. Abbott fell right into that trap, opening the gate for a cross-party bill. Now he has to decide whether or not to allow his MPs a conscience vote and whatever he decides it will make half the government very angry. It’s a no-win situation and Shorten (or his strategists) pulled it off brilliantly.

    Shorten’s challenge to bring on an early election was clever too. We all know Abbott loves a fight, he might not be able to resist the challenge. All those back-benchers who were elected with tiny majorities two years ago must be feeling very anxious now.

  4. On the Leigh Sales story,
    Ive never heard one single story of her having dinner with a labor pollie. Im sure given the apparent ‘bias’ the ABC shows towards the ALP that if it had of happened we would of heard the squealing from the LNP and the news corp lynch mob.
    As to her claim that she dines with pollies and business leaders as any good journalist would I call bullshit.
    Surely a good journalist would be impartial and avoid becoming too close with the pollies they report on.

  5. Leone,

    I certainly hope Labor wouldn’t go down the leadershit road again. MSM and abbott would revel in watching Labor tear itself apart again and hand abbott another term on a silver platter.

    As for abbott calling an early election, I’d be very surprised. I reckon abbott has been using an early election to keep his backbenchers in line rather than being keen on actually calling one before his term is up.

  6. StonyHabbott,

    But, but, but there can’t be more than one or two journalists in this country who are even remotely impartial – they are all welded to the LNP with blinkers firmly in place so that they can’t see where they’re being led.

  7. The mistake many make about the MSM. “celeb” journos’ is that they got the gig because they are smart..intelligent..I used to think Fran was there because she was a tad above the smartest pollie…but she’s really dumb, not in a totally gormless way..not like Dutton..but she’s dumb for being in the one line of work for so many years…she no longer can think outside the constructed circle…someone like Textor has them all figured out!…It’s like( and meaning no disrespect, just example) a production-line jobber who has that one job, like doing all the wheel-nuts up..change the thread direction and they are knackered!..there’s no instruction for a change of direction..they might as well put the machine down and go home!…sure, that’s going too far, but you get my drift..like a power-line with a birds on it..one twitters and they all twitter..one flies off and pretty soon they all go…it’s in their DNA.

    Tragically hopeless.

  8. http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/divorce-fee-rise-sneaks-back-in-despite-senate-ruling-20150714-gibyil.html

    http://www.economist.com/news/asia/21656706-australia-wants-turn-its-most-remote-region-asian-investment-hub-taming-frontier

    http://www.budget.qld.gov.au/

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-14/queensland-budget-2015-curtis-pitt-delivers-economic-plan/6618732

    http://essentialvision.com.au/documents/essential_report_150714.pdf

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-14/lewis-shorten-suffers-a-61-million-hit-to-his-approval-ratings/6618832

  9. Peak body lashes Abbott government: Our business interests in Indonesia harmed by bad diplomacy

    Australia’s “megaphone” diplomacy and lack of consultation with Indonesia over policies like boat turnbacks has caused widespread unhappiness in Jakarta and harmed relations, the head of the peak body representing Australian businesses operating there says.
    The unusually blunt assessment came as Indonesia dramatically cut its permits for live cattle exports for the three months ending September to 50,000 animals, significantly less than the 200,000 expected and the 250,000 quota for the quarter just gone

    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/peak-body-lashes-abbott-government-our-business-interests-in-indonesia-harmed-by-bad-diplomacy-20150714-gic4zj.html#ixzz3frRvyP7k

    Julie Bishop says Indonesia’s cattle decision has nothing to do with diplomacy. Well, she would say that…..it can’t possibly be due to anything she has said, or not said, or done,or not done,,,,,no connection at all, …..
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-14/indonesia-slashing-cattle-imports-not-a-diplomatic/6619884

  10. Russian space agency workers unable to secure visas to Australia for satellite conference

    Russia has lashed out at Australia after several members of its space agency were unable to get visas for an international satellite conference which begins in Queensland today.

    The Russian embassy in Canberra claimed it was an “unfriendly” act by Australia, while organisers of the three-day symposium said they were not sure why some delegates had not secured entry rights.

    Hundreds of delegates have arrived at the Gold Coast for a symposium hosted by the International Global Navigation Satellite Systems Society.

    But the ABC has learnt several members of Russia’s space agency — Roscosmos — who were invited were not able to secure visas to attend.

    Russian embassy spokesman Alexander Odoevskiy told the AM program his country was disappointed.

    “Obviously every country can decide who to let [have] a visa but in the current circumstances, given it’s an international — as I understand United Nations conference — it is not a very friendly step from Australia as a whole country to do so,” he said

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-14/russian-space-agency-workers-unable-to-obtain-visas-to-australia/6617048

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