332 thoughts on “Happy 227th Bastille Day!

  1. God this article is heartbreaking. and Jeebus at the worst time of his life he thinks of others..Fark things can be unfair.

    Nice terror attack: father tells of agony over death of son, aged 4

    .It had been the first time the child had been taken to see the annual, spectacular firework display and he had literally been jumping for joy. His mother had intended the trip as a special treat……………………..But when he looked down, he saw his son lying in a pool of blood. It reminded him of the lifeless body of the Syrian refugee Aylan, who drowned on the beach and whose image had shocked the world.

    “When I saw him on the floor, I immediately understood… It looked like Aylan,” said Mr Coviaux.

    He knew his son was dead but he scooped him up in his arms and ran “like a madman” for 600 yards towards the Lenval hospital.

    A car stopped and picked up the exhausted father and raced to the children’s hospital. Doctors tried frantically to revive Yannis, while Mr Coviaux returned to find out what happened to his friends.

    “Selfishly, I had only thought of my own family,” he said, shaking his head. His friend’s wife had died on the roadside under the watch of her children. He returned to the hospital, where doctors told him: “It’s over.”

    They gave him the boy wrapped in a white sheet………


  2. Just as perspective.

    This weekend –

    At least 90 people were killed and 1,154 were wounded in Turkey’s attempted coup.

    At least 50 people were killed in two bomb blasts in Damascus.

    And at home –
    A five year old boy was killed in WA when a Landcruiser hit the back of the bike he was riding on with his dad and also hit the bike his older brother was riding.

    Hundreds of Australians will die today of illness, old age or after accidents.

    The tragedy in Nice was dreadful. but let’s not forget all the others around the world who are also suffering loss this weekend. They deserve just as much sympathy.

  3. leonetwo
    No need to remind me of perspective. That was what saddened me so much about the article. I have read the ‘same’ article so many times before as told by ordinary Afghan, Iraqi etc families after yet another “Oops !shit happens” incident by “US”. Yet again ordinary people getting wiped out as collateral damage from the F’cucking power hungry scum that get off on ruling others. When will such madness end? Sadly not in a bloody long time.

  4. Someone may wish to hoard this

    “I don’t believe the prime minister intends to make major changes to the cabinet,” Bishop said. “It’s working effectively, well, and he did say before the election, that he expected to take that team to the election and that would be the cabinet ministerial team after the election, subject to people winning their seats.”

    Just mind the “intends” bit.

  5. Apparently, your doctor can fill in a form every six months to allow you to keep getting subsidised glucose test strips.

    More red tape and more doctor’s expenses for what? Then end of the wedge? Also instead of getting the test strips via the PBS as an entitlement patients have to grovel to the government for the subsidy.

    • Yes, that’s right, but you have to pay the standard prescription fee, and if you have a health care card or a pension card that’s $5.20 or $6.20, depending on your chemist. If you don’t have a card it’s much more. Not much help when the cost used to be $1.20.

      Then the fracking government wants to hit you with a GP fee as well for the consultation, where you might have been bulk-billed until now.

      I don’t have type 2 diabetes, I’m doing all I can to avoid it, but I’m told I should be checking my blood sugar levels anyway, to make sure I know what foods trigger a surge in levels, so I can avoid them. So far I haven’t bothered, because really, it’s not necessary, just a precaution, but I know from friends how vital testing can be. Whoever did the study that said testing serves no useful purpose is either a government plant or a complete idiot.

      The whole aim is to avoid becoming insulin-dependent through monitoring and through choosing the right foods. Testing is very valuable for that.

  6. Good comment on SBS news about Malvolio’s little shindig: “Champagne glasses at 20 paces.”

    (“My masters, are you mad? or what are you? Have ye
    no wit, manners, nor honesty, but to gabble like…”)

    Why are they bitching, they won!

    Perhaps it’s shame setting in: they were going to walk it in; why, all the media said so!

    • A shindig WE paid for, because it’s at The Lodge, and we pay for the PM’s catering.

      Nothing but the best champagne, of course, dahlings! The mugs are paying.

      I wonder how many non-Coalition MPs turned up.

  7. I hope that nobody minds, but, Earlier I saw a comment that the Great lakes were as a result of an asteroid or some-such!

    Some time ago I did some detailed research on the Great Lakes and the overwhelming scientific & geological evidence is that they have a somewhat recent origin being a product of glaciation in the last ice age.

    The level of study of the lakes is typical of the yanks in that multitudes of geologists & scientists have given then a lot of attention in order to explain them.

    The following is a brief explanation and sums it up very simply and well. Enjoy!


  8. My grand daughter is two years old, where did that time go? She had a good birthday party. Of course it is Summer in London now.

    • Time flies, doesn’t it. One moment they are tiny new-borns, the next they are feisty toddlers.

    • And many here know the tears and joy that’ll be our lot with the “little ones” till we are dust.

    • Puffy, we cuddle them as much as we can, now.

      They’ll squirm, but they’ll remember just how you cared.

  9. Anybody here remember Woodroffe? Made soft drinks until the 60s or 70s when they must have been taken over by Halls, IIRC. Got a Woodroffe lemonade bottle with the top that screws inside the neck of the bottle. Rounds out my soft drink bottle collection a little, two different types of round bottomed soft drink bottle, made to make sure corks staid wet I guess, a bottle with a marble type of closure and a conical Schweppes bottle from before the era of crown seal caps.

    I have a similar collection of beer bottles including a lovely old one with the glass all boobledy and with air bubble inclusions.

    Would love a onion wine bottle from Olde England but they are kinda dear.

    • Not too fond of empties. There are some good ones. This one from Tewantin

    • Yes, Woodroofes were an SA institution, as identifiably South Australian as Menz biscuits (Yo-yos are still popular there, but now long under the Arnotts name. A family branch still survives in confectionery with the legendary Menz Fruchocs.), Lion grocery products and Amgoorie Tea.

      The two largest soft drinks and cordial manufacturers in SA, Woodroofes and Halls were both located at Norwood. Halls were eventually swallowed up by Coca Cola Bottlers and relocated with them to Thebarton at the start of Port Road. (CC Bottlers was the last independent Coca Cola franchise, but were eventually acquired by Amatil, a tobacco-owned conglomerate.)

      I wasn’t aware of Woodroofes fate (mostly a family company I believe) until I came across some Woodroofes Lemonade at a discount store in Portland. My mother loved Woodroofes Lemonade above all others, claiming that she could tell the difference. It was the one thing she missed the most when the family moved to Portland in 1960. It couldn’t be obtained there. So if we were visiting the family in Portland, we had to be sure to bring along a few bottles. PA is right about that tight screw thread that went back inside the bottle neck. It was made of a hard material, either solid rubber or carbon. It preserved the freshness of the CO2 bubbles in the bottle. Later drinks had metal external screw tops, but I don’t think they were as good.

      On looking at the label of my purchase (in the traditional blue on white print) I read that it was a subsidiary of Schweppes, itself now a partner of Cadbury and onetime producer of Pepsi Cola.

    • Ta, copied that, ’Dunny, for use in future research, make up a story about my bottles.

  10. For Tour de France addicts, the race starts tonight: the Alps, for four days.

  11. Puffy,
    As a sentimental ……… your message about the dragonette resonates.
    I hope that this isn’t too schmaltzy.

    (include any expression appropriate; I think “old fool” is what I was searching for.)

  12. PJF,

    I would never describe you as an old fool, and I am sure Puffy wouldn’t either.

    Au contraire, you – and your wonderful OH – are two of the nicest, most caring people I’ve ever met.

    • ‘Mediscare’ was just shameless lies, so Fizza says.

      Here’s the proof it was all true.

  13. Thank you Fiona, (too ?) generous of you.
    I am a bit clucky at present with the lights of our lives, two grandsons (3.5 and 1.5) and a foal at foot as the racing folk express it, as well as an absolute sweetheart of a three year old girl who has recently come into our lives. We are exceptionally fortunate people – in spite of having Kevin Andrews to (mis-) represent us in the Federal Parliament

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