Friday Fun and Games

Museum Victoria

Today’s theme is inspired by Gigilene, and her reference to the game knucklebones (or jacks).

Traditionally played with sheep ‘knucklebones’ (which I certainly used – both original bone, and plastic); it is also played with stones

Bylers in Africa (Sudan)

Games People Play (Timor L’Este)

while the Americans (who else?) apparently used these elaborate things:

Retro Planet

Then there’s the yo-yo

New York Times

which, like jacks, has a very long history


with even the odd canine proving adept:


Skipping games



Be a Fun Mum


Corbis Images

tag, hide-and-seek, Simon Says, What’s the time, Mr Wolf? – the list goes on and on.

Share your memories of your childhood games, wallow in nostalgia, remember the taste of that tea-soaked madeleine, or the smell of the tanbark in the pre-school playground . . .

Enjoy the evening, Pubsters.

305 thoughts on “Friday Fun and Games

    • Makes perfect sense if you are so confident of your ideology winning the next election…a Tad overconfident perhaps with only a few percentage points between the major parties. But with the ABC. now totally aligned with the other MSM.s (as seen from the Nick Ross tapes) they will go the full monty if they win!

      But if Labor get back in, they will HAVE to start some treason trials…I’m not joking , nor “on the stuff”..the blatant destruction of national infrastructure for the benefit of foreign corps’ and nationals has gone WAY too far..and if we are to have any confidence in the rights of a sovereign state and it’s civil order, there has to be some “calling in” of that treasonous debt that the LNP. have been piling up with Rupert and his mates!

      The LNP. bastards have sold this country right down the river.

  1. gigi {shudder}

    We had to use chamberpots in Woodside Immigration Camp (hell hole) where toilets were a couple hundred muddy metres from out hut. I wouldn’t buy a solid gold potty if it was for sale for 1¢.

    No matter how many old magazines you put over the pot the air in the room stank!

  2. Well, I’ve seen enough of the tennis now to know why they’re neglecting to show as many matches live as they could, or should. Roughly every three or four minutes somebody makes mention of the app they have, on which you can see any of the games on any of the main arenas live, and which I assume Seven have paid a fair bit to set up. There’s probably some arrangement for them not to show certain matches at all live to air, which will drive people to the app if they want to see it.

    They’re also exhorting viewers to get updates for the app.

    So there you go. Even when live-to-air stations have the rights to show sport, they still find a way to take it away from you. FTA has always treated the sports fan very shoddily.

  3. Hey some progress on my house.

    My son’s old car, ‘stored’ was at my house for the past decade. I discussed what he wanted to do with it, eg take out the motor, exhaust etc and give away the body, which was weathered under the car cover in the back corner of the yard.

    He has no room for it, so we decided it was to go. As a 1985 GSR Cordia Turbo with body damage and rust, but a good motor etc, I had the idea to swap it for labour, cleaning out the carport, storing the replacement kitchen in a bedroom, sorting out stuff for the metal recycling moving the mega heavy cedar hot-tub out of the carport, chopping down an overhanging branch, putting two heavy vintage wardrobes with draws out of the house and under the carport for storage of tools etc.

    I had a lot of offers actually. The guy who took it was a car recycler who wanted the turbo motor for his 1973 Galant he is restoring. He brought his two sons, everyone of them with grease on their hands, a great sense of humour and a willing attitude.

    I had the best half day this year out of it. Everytime I said, ‘could you just move this’ the sons (in their 20s) would grab it and start groaning about the weight, The cedar wardrobe took all three blokes to move out of the house. The hot tub was a real wrestle. I got them to put the replacement interior doors in the walk in pantry. Then one son tried to pick up the new 2nd hand front door I have, He starting swearing and called his brother because it takes two to lift, it . Their Dad was choking himself laughing at them. Then there were the two pots with the indoor plants in them. It took two to life each of those, One bro was laughing at his sib trying move it, because the pot was shiny and had nowhere to grip.

    They salivated over the motor, the new clutch, the rims. One son said he would take the shell and maybe restore it,

    Cordia Turbo cars were/are very popular.

    Oh, and then they had to move the water feature from the front of the carport, It stand six feet high, is a slate and stainless steel thing on a thick concrete/slate base. That brought out the language!

    I said I was always aworried someone would steal it from the front driveway, Now that did crack everyone up, It wouldn’t be worth the physio bills from trying to load it onto a trailer.

    And then there was, ‘Before you go, do you mind…” which lead to them moving interior furniture, including a solid pine 8 seater dining table with turned legs each six inches thick at the widest point. And my kids old Streetfighter arcade machine (destined for a games room) moved into the carport, using the muscles of all three.

    Everyone was so good humoured. It makes a change from all the doom and gloom projected by our ‘betters’.

    Dad said to his sons, ‘let this be a lesson to you, when the ad says free, it’s never really free.”

    Son is glad the car is being recycled and I got a good swap out of it.

    And they are coming back to re-position the hot-tub any time, when I have a final spot for it.

    I kept politics strictly out of it, but I did get some stuff in about big multi nationals like Google, Ikea not paying taxes while as a small business man he had no choice but to pay his, THAT struck a nerve.

  4. Now I can get stuff in and out of my backyard via the carport albeit after moving the Streetfigher. (it is wrapped in a waterproof tarp). But it does have little wheels on the back, so to one person could move it out the front of the house to gain access.

  5. Howard had his ‘battlers’ . . .
    Hockey had his ‘liftes and leaners’ . . .
    Now it seems Morrison has his ‘strivers’.

    GST debate: Scott Morrison backs need for option to raise tax as part of reforms

    Scott Morrison has opened the political new year softening Australians up for an increase in the GST, arguing that reform needs to be on the table if voters want personal income tax relief and a cut to corporate tax to boost economic growth.

    In an interview on Sky News on Sunday, the treasurer repeated previous formulations that the government had not yet made a decision on concrete tax reform options, including whether or not to pursue a GST increase.

    Given the GST is a regressive tax, low-income earners, including welfare recipients, will need to be compensated to offset the effects of a GST increase – a point many stakeholders, including some state governments, have made during the last several months.

    But Morrison argued strivers – workers “going to work every day, backing themselves everyday” – as well as business owners, were worthy recipients of compensation as well.

    “No one apart from the government is running around saying who is going to compensate the people who are wage earners,” Morrison said. “They are going to see a higher rate of tax next year if we don’t change the income rates.

    Not with wage growth being flatlined they won’t.

  6. Morrison keeps telling us he will take his new tax proposals to the next election. He must have spent too much time at Shirelive, talking in tongues, because his brain is definitely addled if he believes his GST increase is a vote winner.

    Could someone please explain to me why people are supposed to think a small tax cut and a much bigger payout in what an increased GST will cost them is a great deal?

    I know the vast majority of voters are thicker than a double sandstone wall, but surely even the thickest could understand this is not a good thing.

    FFS! Why doesn’t this farce of a government just make big companies pay tax? If the poms can get Google to finally cough up then what’s stopping Scrott from doing the same?

    I don’t have an economics degree, perhaps that’s why I just don’t understand.

    • This is my guess regarding it, Leone:

      1. Why does he think it’s a vote winner? He doesn’t, but the media cycle will take care of that, I’d predict. We’re going to be conditioned to accept that firstly, we won’t notice the price rises that much (downplaying of the consequences by the MSM, dismissal of opposing voices as just ‘being negative’), and secondly, that this is a prudent response to current economic conditions. Past behaviour seems to suggest that people will accept any old lie if it’s just hammered over and over and over. What we’ll be given, as an attempt to distract from it, is lots of talk about Turnbull being ‘forward-thinking’ and ‘innovative’, to create the impression that the extra cash take will result in exciting new developments in this country. Pea and thimble trick, or bait-and-switch, or ‘look over there!” or whatever ruse they want to use.

      2. Why doesn’t Morrison just make big companies pay tax? Well, he could do that, but then I don’t think this is an economic question for the Liberals, I think it’s a class war. Keeping the middle-class and below economically constrained makes them easier to manipulate.

      That’s how I see things, anyway.

  7. $300 million sounds very cheap for so much land. In Sydney that would buy you half a dozen harbourside mansions.

    Kidman sale imminent with Shanghai Pengxin Group in box seat

    The federal government is poised to wave through the high-profile sale of Australia’s largest private landholding, the S. Kidman & Co farm portfolio, after blocking the deal in November on national security grounds.
    Chinese conglomerate Shanghai Pengxin Group is understood to have edged out other rival bidders including firms from China and Hong Kong, as well as a Canadian teachers’ pension fund. The sale, believed to be worth around $300 million, could be announced as early as next week, sources close to the deal said

    Do the Chinese own a trucking company and an abattoir in the north? If they do they could take their beef directly to Darwin, where they own the port, and ship it to China, bypassing Australian companies and workers completely. Does this farce of a government understand food security at all?

  8. I never got back with my thoughts on the Chomsky book. I have had a think about it since, and here’s my take on it.

    It was written in 2003, an interesting nexus for the US in that it was post 9/11, but prior to the invasion of Iraq – things were just hotting up there. The title was “Hegemony or Survival”, and it opened with an interesting hypothesis related to the likelihood of discovering extra-terrestrial intelligence:

    1. The likelihood is low, as the incidence of higher intelligence is rare. There have been an estimated 50 billion species here on Earth, only one of which was intelligent enough to successfully create a civilisation, and that was recent, within the past 100,000 years.

    2. In terms of the chances of survival, beetles and bacteria are way better at it than we are – there are more of them, and a greater variety, than we have achieved, and their protective mechanisms in the event of extreme conditions are better than ours. The conjecture here is that ecologically it is better to be stupid than smart.

    3. The average life expectancy of a species is about 100,000 years.

    4. A species with the intelligence to create civilisation also has to capacity to destroy it, as we have seen ecologically in recent centuries, and ultimately would tend to destroy itself as well. Having the capacity to do that also increases the likelihood that it will.

    So that’s sobering, right/ Chomsky believes that the answer to the question “is it better to be smart than stupid”, in those terms, can only ultimately be answered one way, and the best we can do is delay the answer for as long as possible.

    That’s his starting point for an analysis of the quest by the US to become THE global superpower, with no competitors.


    In Chomsky’s view, only two things can stand in the way of the US conquering the world and remaking it in its own image: deterrence (countries having the capacity to respond in kind when militarily provoked) and world public opinion. They’re the only two things the US have been responsive to, at least since Woodrow Wilson and probably earlier.

    They play the UN for fools, vetoing anything they don’t care for, whether ethical/moral or not. Any country they can invade, they feel no compunction about doing it, and they tend to regard democracies that exist with no US influence as rather dangerous entities. They’ll create pretexts for invading countries (usually something to do with ‘deterrence’ or ‘defensive measures’ based on what they claim these countries might do in the future. But protest movements since the Sixties seem to have tempered some of their activities, especially if they become international rather than localised.

    That’s more or less as far as Chomsky took things. He went into great detail about Central American in the Eighties, about the ways in which the US exploited the opening up of Eastern Europe and Russia, and the manipulations they were (at the time) using in the Middle East to take advantage there.

    My thoughts beyond that are that the US are always honing propaganda techniques for use on their own people, but that the rise of social media (which Chomsky couldn’t have foreseen in 2003) has become vital. That’s where the battleground really is right now.

    • I still believe that humanity has at least another evolutionary cycle to go, as any species that is “automatically tuned” for survival seems to manage an instinctive ability to not deplete it’s life-sustaining environment around it to a point of harmonious existence within those boundaries. humanity has a destructive mechanism within it’s psyche that has not yet evolved to be kept under is not a display of intelligence if that “intelligence” kills oneself out of idiocy !

      This hunger for greed is so clumsy from an environmental point of view that it displays a lack of evolutionary development…a flaw in the glass (to use a met’)..but perhaps we are already on the way there to a new height of intellect..after all, even those criothans of stupidity ; the LNP. got rid of Abbott !

      So there’s hope yet!

    • I’ve noticed and agreed with your and Aguirre’s grim assessments , jaycee. It’s why I raised the question of where we’re going in advanced democracies in my Singapore piece. The second part suggests that it has failed in the last 35 years as corporate greed takes over.

      Developing on the Chomsky thesis, the Neo-Con advisers of Bush-Cheney were convinced that they could control oil supply, the Middle East and more or less the world through their superior armaments. Despite the compelling evidence of Vietnam failure with the same hubris, they went ahead in Iraq and Alghanistan, with catastrophic results. Now they’re trying the same thing through the corporate, brokering and banking world and it’s again faltering.

      Fiona wanted me to elaborate in Part 2 of Singapore, and I’ll be sending that to her soon. I am a little more optimistic, as jaycee is, than I once was. That’s mainly because the new ruling classes don’t know how to shut down Occupy, Getup, and Anonymous action groups. Even Knitting Nannas is stirring them up. Social media is very hard thus far to control.

      Balance of power is very critical as a weapon against greed self-destruction, and that’s a theme I’ll discuss.

    • I think you could almost guarantee, my little gigglee (no offence, I’m just using the poetic attraction of your moniker!) that had Abbott stayed, there would not have been a next election!

  9. I see no sign of hope in Abbott’s demise.

    Getting rid of Abbott just gave us a nastier enemy, one that has fooled too many people into thinking he is a cross between Santa Claus and Mother Theresa.

    There was hope while Abbott was PM. hope that people would find him so objectionable they would overwhelmingly vote out his government.

    But we don’t have that hope now. We have the same old policies everyone hated delivered by a very different and much cagier person. Now what we have is fear Turnbull will win the next election.

    • Sadly true, leone. I wanted Abbott gone but now I want him back … So that he can destroy the entire Party. They’re a bunch of dangerous misfits.

    • Non-techo Belsham would know, would know?

      BB: But I do think that for a range of reasons, that plan, that NBN plan, is not going to be the one the country gets.

      NR: Well only if everyone was uninformed about it, I would have thought.

      BB: No, well that’s, that may or may not be the case. But in the end the NBN and the NBN company will be a failure, however you categorise it.

      NR: I couldn’t disagree more, but…

      BB Oh, It will be a failure.

      NR: How?

      BB: It will be a failure, because it won’t be delivered and that’s a marketing and political failure.

    • Not playing politics?

      BB: I mean I think I would start it by saying ‘Look, there’s every prospect that Labor will lose the election in September.

  10. That transcript – geez.

    Nick Ross did absolutely the right thing in going public. Blatant political bias, blatant interference from the Liberal Party and Malcolm Turnbull to get the outcome they wanted, all there in print, no longer just ‘he said’ accusations but cold, hard fact.

  11. 40 years of rule in Laos

    The Lao PDR (Please Don’t Rush). Land of a million elephants and a white parasol. Cause of debates in this household.

    “I didn’t go last time and I’m not going this time….and the joint is ‘uluh’ (out in the bush) and full of spirits… don’t get your hair cut – not that there’s much to cut these days and stay away from rice whiskey (lao-lao)..I know you”. “You step on an unexploded bomb on the Plain of Jars, that’s your problem sport… you can be cremated there…it will be cheap: don’t worry, I’ll have the ashes put in the family vault in Penang…just make sure I get your super pension”.

    The way the Chinese are logging the country, I fear there will be no trees left for the fire.

  12. We here in the backblocks weren’t ever going to get fibre, just fixed wireless. Why am I so angry? It is because my grandsons, nieces and nephew, and their children will be living in a third rate country, all because of greed of Murdoch.

    • If you live in a regional town that the NBN. co. survey and find there is not enough support for their shit for brains wireless, then you won’t even get THAT! us scattered away from a large regional centre (a condition FOR fixed wireless) you’ll get sater-lite…… have to stand in queue!

  13. My comment on NM. on the Nick Ross tapes..

    ” Well..through all of Bruce Belsham’s concern that Nick Ross was “pushing the politics” on the issue, all I heard was BB. pushing politics on the issue and not the technology. This wasn’t a seeking of an “insurance policy”, it was censorship…political censorship pure and simple.”

  14. I knew it! I said ages ago that the government would raise the rate of the GST but renege on giving adequate compensation because Labor’s carbon price compensation was still being paid.

    That’s exactly what Scrott is now proposing.

    And in a sign the federal government will attempt to limit the scope of direct compensation paid to households arising from any tax changes, as recommended in modelling leaked to Fairfax Media last year, Mr Morrison pointed out the carbon tax compensation package put in place by Labor had been kept by the Coalition, despite the repeal of the tax, and therefore a “lag compensation” was already in the system

    Next we will be told the disadvantaged and low income earners don’t need more compensation because the poor don’t eat much.

  15. So, re the Nick Ross transcript, Belsham basically told a technology writer to put together a partisan political piece. And that if he couldn’t find anything wrong with the technology itself, or even an issue with the timing of the roll-out, then he should write an article about the perception of the timing of the roll-out.

    A situation where the media have failed to inform the public about either the benefits of the NBN, or the details of the costs and timing of the roll-out, even though the information was all out there, had to be spun into an ALP failing based on doing everything right but that message not getting through to the public.

    Sounds legit. I can see why Ross is so happy he’s out of that rat hole.

  16. All the GST reportage today has been long on ‘assurances’ by Morrison and short on scrutiny of any of those assurances. He’s being taken at his word because, you know, he and his party have proven to be so trustworthy and open all this time.

    Katherine Murphy seems to be absolutely enamoured by the prospect of all these ‘strivers’ being looked after. She doesn’t need more than that, she’d sign off on it now if she could.

    Fearless media, really fearless.

  17. Demoted?

    “Katharine Murphy Deputy political editor”

    It seems Lenore is top bitch dog.

  18. Political Animal

    The fact is that the ‘media’ shredded everything Labor said or did, including the NBN, on the minutest detail, and will do again and again. Labor didn’t do a crap job of selling it, they made mistakes, yes, but the mistakes weren’t as bad as they were made out to be.

  19. OK, enough is enough. I’ve had it with 2016. What a bitch of a year! Can we just rewind to 1 January and start again, please?

    Apart from all the celebrity deaths so far this year, which were sad in their way, today the bad news hit much closer to home. I’ve had to deal with a family matter (broken heart, saw it coming earlier this month, not much I could do to help except be a shoulder to sob on and give lots of hugs) and the sudden death of a much-loved local teacher who taught all my kids when they were at high school. Massive heart attack, much too young. The local Catholic school community and local touch footy mob are in shock, as are so many others here. So very, very, sad.

    What a bummer the last four weeks have been.

    Not feeling all that happy tonight.

  20. With apologies to Willie –

    1 WITCH. Thrice the brinded cat hath mew’d.
    2 WITCH. Thrice and once, the hedge-pig whin’d.
    3 WITCH. Harpier cries:—’tis time! ’tis time!
    1 WITCH. Round about the caldron go;
    In the poison’d entrails throw.—
    Toad, that under cold stone,
    Days and nights has thirty-one;
    Swelter’d venom sleeping got,
    Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!
    ALL. Turnbull is trouble;

  21. Also, think of it this way: you can pick a current policy area, any one you like, and apply the argument Belsham used to try to persuade Ross to write a negative article. A promise they made, a commitment they undertook, and a failure to either deliver what was promised or give it to us in the timeframe and for the cost promised. Written by an expert in that field, not a journalist or political commentator, an expert in that field. That’s what Belsham requested of Ross.

    On the basis of that, there ought to be an ABC article available ripping shreds off every single thing this current government is doing. Economy, Health, Environment, Communications, Industry, Immigration, Foreign Affairs, anything you like. But those articles aren’t out there. And I’m willing to bet they weren’t out there in 2007 either, in a situation analogous to 2013 where the incumbent government were about to be voted out and everything they did could be construed as a ‘failure’ because they wouldn’t be around to implement it. That argument is a sham.

    That was a clear-cut attempt to undermine a policy area the ALP were both delivering and getting some public approval for. Belsham said himself that the NBN was being well received, and I know it was. Not only that, but the website with the timetables for roll-outs made it clear exactly when people were going to get it, so there actually wasn’t any of that discontent about not knowing when we were going to get it Belsham claimed there was.

    Clear political interference, aided and abetted by ABC management.

  22. ” Belsham said himself that the NBN was being well received” and also said that the NBN we would get would not be that one because it was “likely” there would be a change of government.

    Who is / was Belsham’s boss?

    Someone ask Nick on twitter.

  23. Clear political interference, aided and abetted by ABC management.

    Looks that way to me too, I guess it makes us brokens or megaphones or whatever rubbish name that idiots on twitter use to shut down debate.

  24. I’m waiting to see what The Guardian does with this

    “You may wish to check the reception Nick Ross is getting from “journalists” on his outing of Their ABC: the sound of one hand clapping.

  25. Take heed O vain peacock!

    ” Sir, I am thankful to you, and I’ll go along By your prescription; but this top-proud fellow- Whom from the flow of gan I name not, but From sincere motions, by intelligence, And proofs as clear as founts in July when We see each grain of gravel-I do know To be corrupt and treasonous ”

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