Philharmonic Friday with Penguins

King Penguins at Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands
I have no idea why

It’s up to you patrons to instill a bit of kulture into the joint with your Favourite orchestral ditties

Be it from the London Philharmonic mob


Or these jokers from Vienna

Vienna_Philharmonic_11_eventOR even this rather unusual pairing

KISS and the 60-piece Melbourne Symphony Orchestra put the "bomb" in bombastic for a one-off gig at the Telstra Dome.
It is up to you to enlighten us all with some uplifting tunes.

Now the penguins


adelie-penguins-on-iceberg-lgI Think I may be going a little nuts



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Anyway enjoy.

217 thoughts on “Philharmonic Friday with Penguins

  1. From an article by Richard Ackland on Australia’s bid for the UN Human Rights Council UN.

    The government was so affronted by the children in detention report that it attempted to engineer Triggs out of her job as president of the commission. Brandis also has overseen a cut in the commission’s budget (at least 30% over three years) and has not replaced the outgoing disability discrimination commissioner with a stand-alone appointment. The sex discrimination commissioner’s job is still vacant as well.

    It’s not really about the bid. Good luck to them for going for it.

    What I am savouring is the remembrance of Bronwyn Bishop on Q&A not.all.that.long.ago telling Gillian Triggs how senior Commonwealth office holders should comport themselves, and that if she (Trigg) wanted to mix politics with position, she should get elected.

    And, of course, Abbott and his anti-Trigg campaign, his anti-Q&A campaign and his just about anti-everythingelse attitudes covering boat people to those who dared to criticise Andrew Bolt.

    Now Bishop and Abbott, are refreshingly both gone, with the latter sacking the former and the former repaying the latter by voting against him in the leadership ballot.

    There is a wonderful symbolism in there somewhere, but I’ll just take the schadenfreude and go for a nice, refreshing swim in it.

  2. Fiona

    [I am sorry for the victims and even sorrier for their families and friends.]

    And most likely to be tourists leaving Sharm el-Sheik.

  3. CTar1

    They are will be indeed. Checked out a Russian news site and it mentioned that Sharm el-Shiek is an extremely popular holiday destination for Russians and “well known to all Russians”.

  4. Halloween was all over by 6.30 here, and there were only couple of door-knockers. Most people, seem to have made appointments with their victims in advance, which is how it should be done.

  5. Leone, I asked a seppo once when the last cavalry charge was. He came back with Custer and then I told him about Beersheba. Was a surprise to him but he read the wiki article on it and was impressed.

    He is a journo in Ashfield, Wisconsin. When I posted a link to my blog on my hip repacement operation he spent a good twenty minutes reading it and said it was absorbing. Nice to have a pro like your work 🙂

  6. The Flying Spaghetti Monster stuffed up the timing for this years Halloween. Beautiful steady rain yesterday, perfect Halloween weather. No rain tonight though.

  7. The Flying Spaghetti Monster stuffed up the timing for this years Halloween.

    I was wondering how we’ll all drown without any rain. (2mm so far.)

  8. A pom paper’s good natured guide for the locals .

    Rugby World Cup final: How to tell an Australian from a New Zealander

    Rugby fans from Down Under will be out in force for the World Cup final – just don’t mix them up

    The differences may seem obvious to those who hail from the Antipodes. But to the inhabitants of the Home Nations, they can seem baffling. So here are The Independent’s pass notes on how to tell your Aussie from your Kiwi.

    They are published not to antagonise two opposing teams of very big blokes and their supporters. (They seem plenty fired up already,……….Rather these notes are offered in a spirit of peace and goodwill to all men and women – even the ones from the Southern Hemisphere who have an annoying tendency to beat us at games we invented. And brag about it. Endlessly.

  9. In that case, Puffy, I hope you purchased the treats with your own preferences front and centre.

  10. Which is what OH did: he told me yesterday afternoon he’d remembered to buy some things. I immediately told him there was no way this house was supporting a commercial imposition, and that no doors were to be opened.

    He then said wtte thank goodness he had bought things he liked to eat . . .

  11. Rupert Murdoch and some woman turned up at the Rugby World Cup final wearing Aussie scarves and holding Aussie flags.

    That is enough to put the knockers on any team.
    How dare he? He dumped his Aussie citizenship for an USA business deal.

    He has the hide of a rhinoceros.


    Secret plans drawn up to lift GST to 15 per cent with tax cuts on the table
    November 1, 2015 12:00am
    Samantha MaidenNational political editorThe Sunday Telegraph

    THE GST will rise to 15 per cent, middle-income earners will secure tax cuts and fresh food will remain GST-free under tax options being closely examined by the federal government.

    Setting the scene for a tax battle at the next election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is prepared to ask voters for a clear mandate on GST reform and tax cuts if his party room agrees, according to senior Liberals.

    Despite describing the tax reform agenda as being in the “discovery phase’’, Treasury officials have worked for months on different options to increase the GST to 15 per cent.

    The Sunday Telegraph has confirmed that four main GST reform options were canvassed by Treasury in proposals provided to senior ministers, including former prime minister Tony Abbott, earlier this year.

    Treasury’s work on the ­reforms has operated continuously and is now being re-examined by the Turnbull government as it prepares for next year’s election.

    Mr Turnbull and Treasurer Scott Morrison have ­argued all options are on the table during this “discovery’’ phase, including extending the GST to fresh food.

    Lifting the GST to 15 per cent, while compensating households with incomes of up to $100,000, would raise $24.5 billion in extra taxes, but some argue it is not generous enough to also offer company tax cuts.

    The increase to the GST would be designed to help fund a shortfall in health and education spending.

    The National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling estimates the average household would face extra costs of $2915 a year under a 15 per cent GST.

    One option discussed by officials would carve up the revenue from the GST hike between the states and the Commonwealth, providing a revenue stream to help fund GST compensation for pensioners and income tax cuts for low- and middle-income workers.

    Some state premiers, ­including NSW’s Mike Baird and South Australia’s Jay Weatherill, have called for debate on a 15 per cent GST, while Victoria’s premier Dan Andrews remains opposed.

    Mr Andrews has proposed increasing the Medicare levy.

    Mr Baird and Mr Weatherill have previously signalled they would consider increasing the GST to 15 per cent in return for more money for the states and other trade-offs.

    Mr Weatherill is opposed to putting the GST on fresh food but is open to extending it to some areas of health and pharmaceuticals.

    Cabinet ministers stressed the discussions were in the “embryonic’’ stages and would require the support of cabinet, the party room and voters at the next election.

    The Prime Minister would seek a clear mandate from voters for GST reform if the party and cabinet agrees to the election strategy, and any changes would need to be ­negotiated with the states.

    Mr Morrison has highlighted the prospect of funding income tax cuts as one reason for GST reform.

    “When you have the average wage earner in this country about to move into the ­second-highest tax bracket at $80,000 next year, you’ve got a problem with the incentives in your tax system,” he said.

    Parents Alan and Jane Mawer, from Coogee, said there was little doubt a GST rise would make life more expensive.

    “It depends on how it is packaged up,” Mr Mawer, 40, said. “Frankly, life would be a bit more expensive.

    “We won’t be the most ­affected family, but it is concerning for our parents. What would the government do with the extra money?”.


    Option A:

    Increase GST from 10 per cent to 15 per cent with no exemptions which would broaden the base to include fresh food, health and education including private school fees

    Option B:

    Regarded by officials as a more likely option, was a 15 per cent GST that still exempts fresh food. This would increase the price of existing goods that already attract the GST, for example takeaway food, and other goods and services

    Option C:

    A 15 per cent GST that exempts food, health and education. This would deliver the status quo in terms of exemptions but increase the rate on existing goods that already attract the GST

    Option D:

    A 12.5 per cent GST. The smaller increase to the GST was regarded as an unlikely prospect by officials because it would fail to deliver enough revenue to provide for income tax cuts and cover the state’s funding shortfalls in health and education

  13. From yesterday’s Adelaide Advertiser – just to show that good sub-editing is a thing of the past.
    “Police found the man accused of murdering Karlie Pearce-Stevenson with her bank card more than four months after he allegedly killed her in NSW’s Belanglo State Forrest . . . .”
    It mus have been a very sharp bank card!



  16. Florence

    Thanks for the link. I saw the second half of that yesterday, live, and have just caught up in the part I missed.

    Bill Shorten did well in his ‘Community BBQ’ thing yesterday, it’s well worth taking the time to watch, if you haven’t already. My only issue was his answer to a couple of questions about the ‘toxic’ conversation on refugees and asylum seekers. He totally fudged that.

    Shorten does so well in these ‘town hall’ type meetings.He needs to do as many as possible now, to allow people to see first hand the contrast between him and the waffling, supercilious Turnbull. Can anyone imagine Turnbull showing up in Arncliffe, a not at all trendy or wealthy part of Sydney, for a meeting in a community hall, and staying well over the planned time so he could answer more questions? I can’t.

  17. Leroy

    “Cabinet ministers stressed the discussions were in the “embryonic’’ stages”
    Yeah right, If they were at that stage we would not hear it being publicly floated the way it is.

  18. just been having a look at van badham’s twitter feed, she thankfully seems to have given up on the Greens but some of the people she’s arguing with are just unbelievable in their continued delusion that Malcolm is going to deliver a progressive nirvana.

  19. GST rise to 15% not a problem. Peter Martin, Paula Mathewson and Sinclair someone, says everybody, including the Press Gallery are sick of negative politics, Turnoff will get voted back in, he can do no wrong………..etc.

  20. “Niceness” seems to be becoming a trend amongst rugger bugger star players lately. I hope it catches in.

    All Black Sonny Bill Williams has given his Rugby World Cup winner medal to a young boy who was “smoked” in a tackle from a security guard after running on the field following the side’s 34-17 win over Australia.

    Williams said the boy, reportedly named Charlie Lines, was seven or eight and he felt sorry for him.

    Just before he came to give me a hug he got smoked by one of the security guards and I felt pretty sorry for him you know,”

    “If that was a younger brother or cousin I would have given the security guard a hiding you know. But I just picked the kid up and took him back to his old lady and tried to make the night more memorable for him. Better (for the medal) to be hanging around his neck than mine.”

  21. Personal whinge, just skip to next comment.

    Razz and I had a brief spat this morning. It all boils down to the fact that she has a toe, well she has ten toes (at the moment at least). One of her toes got hurt, not that she felt it, but that’s another story. Anyways, after 8-10 months of antibiotics, beta-dine, soaking all sorts of treatment they finally decided to have district nurse come out three days a week, put gunk on it and dress it. It started to look like it was getting better.

    Visit the doctor Thursday week ago, sent for nuclear blast on Monday, which entails a bit over an hours drive, hang around for 5 hours for stuff to work, have photo taken, come home exhausted by sitting around doing nothing for hours. Got phone call Thurdsay, 9.30 am, it was as the nurses all thought, an infection in the bone of the poor toe, get into A&E as soon as please, pack overnight bag just in case. Sat around until noon, got told to come back at 2pm. Finally got a whatchamacallit, a line put in her arm, with the line going from just above the elbow, down to nearly where her heart is. Came home.

    Friday, Hospital in the Home, or the exact same nurses, turned up and attached a bottle to the thingamy, given a bum bag to put the bottle in and has the bottle changed by the nurses every day for six weeks.

    So to get back to the disagreement this morning. Razz is not a good sleeper, but has decided that she will wake herself up earlier so she can take the dog for a walk, do her gardening, then be ready for the nurse visit around 11.30 everyday. Our problem is what we did throughout the day at a leisurely pace seems to be condensed into a very full and rushed morning.

    We are both getting exhausted by this new routine, having someone here everyday in the middle of the day. I guess another week and we’ll be used to it, well I hope in another week we’ll get used to it.

    End of rant.

  22. GL

    I saw that conversation with Leo D’Angelo Fisher, whoever he is. The same sort of delusional rubbish keeps coming up on Twitter as Turnbull fans keep on refusing to believe they are wrong about their hero. I’m hoping his performance at the Paris climate conference puts paid to it all.

    Also on Twitter, about the same time as the Van Badham/delusional Turnbull fan thing, were some Sky News reports of things Arthur Sinodonis said during an interview this morning, including this one –

    .@A_Sinodinos says the government will have credibility in taking its direct action policy to the Paris climate conference #australianagenda— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) October 31, 2015


    So there you are, Turnbull fans. St Malcayman really is going to talk up Direct Action in Paris, and will, no doubt, expect rapturous applause for his efforts. It will be fun seeing how these ‘supporters’ spin that looming embarrassment.

    Those expecting Turnbull, should he win the next election, to do a complete turn-about and embrace all the leftish policies they imagine he believes in will be in for a huge disappointment. Surely they know a party, not a prime minister, determines a government’s policies. Turnbull doesn’t believe in anything but Turnbull. He just does what he thinks is best for him.

  23. 2gravel

    Lots of hugs to you both. The new routine sounds a bit hectic, but as you say, you will get used to it.

  24. So there you are, Turnbull fans. St Malcayman really is going to talk up Direct Action in Paris, and will, no doubt, expect rapturous applause for his efforts. It will be fun seeing how these ‘supporters’ spin that looming embarrassment.

    Also it’s pretty obvious that Turnbull only signed on to the ETS in 2009 because he didn’t want to fight an election on climate change.

  25. I can’t see any reason why Turnbull would “hold the line” on AS until the next election anyway. Even at face value it doesn’t make any sense. If it was merely partway true you’d expect him to call an election immediately instead of meandering on with outdated policies for another year.

    As I’ve said, the erosion of Turnbull will be a slow but inexorable process. People like Leo D’Angelo Fisher above are operating more on hope than certainty. Already their vision is out of step with what’s happening, but the disconnect needs to be bigger and more established before those illusions get shattered. Preconceptions are quite powerful and difficult to dislodge.

  26. Quick HI update: we have survived our first week of enhanced (i.e. rigged) “performance management”.

    HI has been receiving bouquets from colleagues – I’m talking emails to HI’s boss in fulsome praise, bunches of flowers, even very nice “Thank You” cards from senior managers not in the cabal of toxic nitpickers – for jobs well done, above-and-beyond etc., which outweigh the brickbats that management are sure to be trawling for.

    Also, management, especially HI’s principal tormentor among them, have been forced to apologize for some things they have directed HI to do, in error. Hi did them. Colleagues complained. The Toxic One went through her emails in triumph, only to find her original direction that was wr… wr… wrong. Egg, meet face.

    Everything is being logged and catalogued at our end, in nice neat categories on a brand new email account that is also accessible by our lawyers and the Union.

    It’s early days yet, but we have racked up a few tries against the run of play, with our opponents having not yet troubled the scorer.

    They are sure to find something eventually, but our argument will be that it is not enough to sack someone for, especially someone who is so appreciated by the other 97% of her co-workers, and ESPECIALLY when exactly the same mistakes have been made by management, only worse.

    The trick is for us to ask for things – information, names, dates etc. – innocently, and then to see what they resist supplying. That always tells us their weak point. Our analysis of previous recalcitrance has proved this to be 100% true, and I expect they will not deviate from their sloppy ways in future. Showing us certain documents was, I think, intended by them to demoralize us, but instead it only told us exactly what their weak points are, i.e. the bits they lied about in their internal memorandums. It was a blunder on their part of catastrophic proportions, but they are so arrogant they don’t seem to understand this.

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