Sly Grog Saturday – and Sunday Too!

Gin Mill

This thread-starter was inspired by a review I read this morning of a new biography of Kate Leigh.

For those who don’t know, from the ‘teens of the 20th century through to the early 1950s, much of the trade in sly grog, illicit drugs, and prostitution was controlled by two powerful women:

New South Wales Police Forensic Photography Archive

Kate Leigh


News Corp

Tilly Devine

These women were also intimately (in every sense) – especially Tilly Devine – involved in the razor gang wars of the 1920s and 1930s, which I remember both my parents mentioning sometimes when I was young (they both grew up pretty close to the matriarchs’ main area of operation – Surry Hills, Darlinghurst, and Woolloomooloo).

Archives Outside

However, I didn’t know much about the razor gangs, or Mesdames Leigh and Devine, until I read this:


Interesting times – though, in reality, nothing has changed.

To more serious matters. As The Boss is away, I thought we might indulge in a little loucheness this weekend, so let’s hit the town!

Greg Poppleton

Anything could happen . . . we could be raided

Bakelite Jazz

. . . have a few glasses of sly grog at the bar


. . . enjoy the *ahem* show

A Beautiful Book

. . . or perhaps have a little flutter


Watch this space.

136 thoughts on “Sly Grog Saturday – and Sunday Too!

  1. Bringing some of these links across from the end of the last thread for latecomers.

    Northern Territory election: Labor to reap benefit of chaotic CLP rule

    A coalition of NT lawyers, academics, youth service providers & charities push for law & order reform

    Yes, you should be worried about Trump and Russia.

    Donald Trump is the least of the GOP’s problems worth a read if you’re interested in the long term trends in US politics

    Members of Afghanistan’s Hazara minority flee to Iran to escape persecution – and get sent to fight in Syria

    The untold story behind the 1966 Wave Hill Walk-Off

    And for a musical break. The Members – Radio
    UK punk band, their late period 1982 single was oddly only a hit in Australia, but I remember it becoming a recurring song on commercial radio for a long time afterwards.

  2. While The Pub has been sly grogging and razor ganging, we’ve had to traverse that bloody long and winding road again for the prelim footy final. Our juniors lost, so very sad, but ecstatic we don’t have to do that road for at least another 12 months.

    Fiona, for some reason I can’t see the third photo? All the others are good.

  3. Joe6pack,

    I would have thought the photographs speak for themselves.

    Don’t worry, though; we will make sure the police don’t bother us, and I’ll put the troops to work so it’s all spick and span before you return.

  4. For you Joe.
    Worth a ‘peak’ next time your in St Kilda –

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – More News From Nowhere [OFFICIAL …

  5. With our failure of not enough gold medals will mal set a royal commission and will its findings be we need to pour in millions each year?

  6. Allying with political Islam: The United States’ tactical alliances with Al Qaeda and its associates in Syria

    “Many people do not realize that the United States has had a long history of flirting with political Islam,” writes scholar Mohammed Ayoob. That flirtation goes back to at least the 1950s when Washington enlisted “Saudi Arabia, the ‘fundamentalist’ kingdom par excellence” to help counter “Arab nationalism as the unifying force in the Arab world. American policy makers perceived Arab nationalist regimes, such as Egypt, Syria and Iraq…to be…inimical to American interests.” [12] Those interests included US control of the Arab world’s vast petroleum resources.

    Washington has had considerable success in eliminating secular opposition to its hegemony in the Middle East and North Africa, the Mashriq and the Maghreb. Egypt has been co-opted; the Anglo-American 2003 invasion of Iraq eliminated that country’s Arab nationalists, who are now proscribed from holding positions in government; and Arab nationalists in Libya were swept away by a combined NATO-Islamist assault in 2011. Syria remains as the last redoubt of secular Arab nationalism. (The country’s constitution defines Syria as the “beating heart of Arabism” and “the bedrock of resistance against colonial hegemony on the Arab world and its capabilities and wealth.”) And Washington seems intent on relying on its hoary tactic of forming tactical alliances with jihadists to crush the opposition of secular nationalists to the region’s domination by the United States and its Western allies.

  7. Why Is Venezuela in Crisis?

    Venezuela’s crisis is of the government’s own making. Instead of easing or ending it, the government’s actions—and inactions—over the last several years have made it far worse. Yet, the government has not acted in a vacuum, but in a hostile domestic and international environment. The opposition has openly and repeatedly pushed for regime change by any means necessary. In addition to fostering a politically toxic climate, the opposition’s actions over the past three years—its refusal to recognize President Nicolás Maduro’s April 2013 victory, despite absolutely no evidence of electoral fraud; ensuing violence that targeted state-run health clinics and left at least seven civilians dead; another wave of violence beginning in February 2014 that left 43 dead, approximately half of them due to opposition actions; and recent and repeated calls for military and foreign intervention—have also had a very damaging economic effect.

    The US government has not only cheered, and funded, these anti-democratic actions. By absurdly declaring that Venezuela is an “unusual and extraordinary threat” to US national security and pressuring investors and bankers to steer clear of the Maduro administration, the White House has prevented Venezuela from obtaining much-needed foreign financing and investment.


    Several academics and an activist spoke out at Queen’s Park Wednesday in support of a teacher suspended by her Greater Toronto Area school board after she spoke at a pro-Palestinian rally.

    Nadia Shoufani, an elementary teacher at St. Catherine of Siena school in Mississauga, is suspended with pay pending further investigation by the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, the board said in a statement last week…

    At Queen’s Park, Graeme MacQueen, a retired McMaster University religious studies professor, said Shoufani’s right to speak out must be respected.

    “We hear that she’s being punished for supporting violence and terrorism,” MacQueen told reporters.

    “This harassment is not about violence and terrorism, it’s about preventing criticism of Israel.”

  9. The Dressage and Showjumping horses at the Olympics are simply breathtakingly beautiful. Watching these horses do complicated dressage tests to music or jumping obstacles of unbelieveable size and width is awesome. (of course at this level a horse does one or the other as specialty, not both like a 3 day eventer does.)


    Same-sex marriage vote: PM dumps election pledge for vote on gay marriage
    Samantha Maiden, National political editor, The Daily Telegraph
    29 minutes ago

    PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce a ­national plebiscite on same-sex marriage in Australia for February 2017, dumping his election pledge for a vote by the end of the year.

    Voters will be asked: “Do you approve of a law to permit people of the same sex to marry?”

    Alternative options for the wording of the plebiscite question considered by the government, including asking voters if they support allowing people of the same “gender” to marry — which have tested poorly in focus groups funded by activists — will be dumped.

    Mr Turnbull is expected to announce the new timeline for a plebiscite at a Coalition partyroom on September 13, during the second week of parliamentary sittings.

    The decision means Australia’s 15 million voters will not be forced back to the polls for the second time this year but will be asked to vote on the same-sex marriage question in February.

    During the election campaign, both Mr Turnbull and Attorney-General George Brandis repeatedly pledged they were hopeful of a same-sex marriage vote by the end of the year. The new February vote will be compulsory, with fines imposed on those who fail to do so.

    Senior cabinet ministers ­remain opposed to public funding of the “yes” and “no” case on the grounds it would add to the existing $160 million cost and fuel homophobia.

    However, opponents of same-sex marriage are likely to push for public funding, an issue that could also inflame Labor’s opposition to a plebiscite and potentially derail it.

    But the fate of same-sex marriage laws could still be ­decided by Parliament and not a promised plebiscite if Labor leader Bill Shorten can convince enough Liberal MPs to stage a “rainbow” rebellion.

    The marriage law debate is set to erupt as an early test of the Prime Minister’s leadership and parliamentary authority where he holds power by a margin of just one vote. Mr Shorten will launch his own last-minute bid to scuttle the plebiscite within weeks, with a private members bill to legalise gay marriage with a vote of the Parliament.

    “There are few things that show how weak Mr Turnbull is than his backflip on marriage equality,” Mr Shorten said.

    “He has long supported a vote in parliament, but to ­appease the hard right of the Liberal Party, he’s wasting $160 million on a plebiscite that won’t even bind MPs to its result.”

    There are three steps to legalising same-sex marriage under the plebiscite plan.

    Both Houses must first be asked to vote on whether or not to have a plebiscite, raising the prospect that it could fail at the first hurdle if Labor decides to oppose it on the grounds of cost and “hate” speech.

    If Parliament agrees to hold the plebiscite, voters will go to the polls on the issue. However, the plebiscite is not binding and that means Parliament will again be asked to vote on same-sex marriage after the plebiscite is held.

  11. Gaddafi was pushing for a pan African set up . A sort of united states of Africa. With resources controlled by African nations. No wonder he got the chop.

  12. Puffy,

    That was truly exquisite.

    Even though I am not an equestrienne (my only claim to fame is having been tossed into a patch of nettles when riding a school friend’s horse bareback), I do for a few weird reasons know a little about dressage.

    What really impressed me about Valegro and Charlotte Dujardin was their oneness. The commands were so subtle, the response was so immediate, and – I hope – so willing. A really close, intense relationship.

    It is completely understandable why a rider even at the highest level would not risk their partner’s well-being.

  13. So true dat kaffee. This article I remember so well from 2011:

    Why the West Wants the Fall of Gaddafi?

    Note: US President Obama has frozen $30 Billion of Libyan funds earmarked for African Projects. The Obama Administration is giving $25 million to the rebels for a Regime Change agenda in Libya, which US and EU have vowed to accomplish. France, UK and Italy have sent military experts to strengthen the rebels. Obama approved a covert CIA actions before the bombing of Libya began in mid March.

    It was [Mouammar] Gaddafi’s Libya that offered all of Africa its first revolution in modern times – connecting the entire continent by telephone, television, radio broadcasting and several other technological applications such as telemedicine and distance teaching. And thanks to the WMAX radio bridge, a low cost connection was made available across the continent, including in rural areas.

    It began in 1992, when 45 African nations established RASCOM (Regional African Satellite Communication Organization) so that Africa would have its own satellite and slash communication costs in the continent. This was a time when phone calls to and from Africa were the most expensive in the world because of the annual US$500 million fee pocketed by Europe for the use of its satellites like Intelsat for phone conversations, including those within the same country.

    An African satellite only cost a onetime payment of US$400 million and the continent no longer had to pay a US$500 million annual lease. Which banker wouldn’t finance such a project? But the problem remained – how can slaves,
    seeking to free themselves from their master’s exploitation ask the master’s help to achieve that freedom? Not surprisingly, the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the USA, Europe only made vague promises for 14 years. Gaddafi put an end to these futile pleas to the western ‘benefactors’ with their exorbitant interest rates. The Libyan guide put US$300 million on the table; the African Development Bank added US$50 million more and the West African Development Bank a further US$27 million – and that’s how Africa got its first communications satellite on 26 December 2007

  14. So – the 45th parliament has not yet had its first sitting day and Fizza has already started breaking election promises.

    Is that some sort of record?

  15. Good morning Dawn Patrollers. Not much for today – but it IS Sunday.

    The SSM plebiscite in unsurprising pushed out into 2017.–reports-20160820-gqxfzi.html
    Pauls Matthewson on why the next parliament is shaping up to be a real bunfight.
    Mark Kenny on the angry white men’s 18c challenge.
    It looks like Treasury is less than impressed with Turnbull’s GST floor plan thought bubble (read WA election bauble).
    Is there a suitable quicker way of handling and counting pre-poll and other voting?
    Feel like going for a walk?
    How not to apologise – Trump and Lochte are the exhibits.
    Even white men are starting to sour on Donald Trump.

  16. I’d say Optus and Telstra would also have been hard at work with Rupes nobbling the NBN.. What a nice little earner the current set up is for the duopoly.

    Australia has the most expensive internet in the world because big players Telstra and Optus are so powerful they can charge huge rates, an internet security company claims.In its analysis of worldwide bandwidth pricing,

    CloudFlare said costs across Australia and New Zealand were 17 times more than its benchmark of Europe.

    Today, however, there are six expensive networks (HiNet, Korea Telecom, Optus, Telecom Argentina, Telefonica, Telstra</b?) that are more than an order of magnitude more expensive than other bandwidth providers around the globe and refuse to discuss local peering relationships. To give you a sense, these six networks represent less than 6% of the traffic but nearly 50% of our bandwidth costs.

  17. Puffy,

    You are hereby appointed as party-organiser-in-chief. So sorry I missed it, and moi was not in the Secret Cellar . . .

    In recognition of your magnificent efforts, please accept

  18. Some comment I found on Facebook about Kelly O’Bigmouth’s performance on Insiders this morning, on Ms O’B having a sook about Labor not being too keen on passing Fizza’s budget savings bill.

    First, as background, what Ms O’B said, if you can be bothered reading it.

    And now the comment –

    Kelly O’Dwyer on Insiders:
    “Well it’s Labor policy. It’s what they took to the election. If they back down now they are letting their supporters down.”
    Fark me. Dumb as dog shit

  19. When I was giving it to the pack of young liberals at my polling booth on July 2 re ‘trickle down economics’ etc ,I inter alia brought up the topic of Kelly O’bigmouth’s security goons roughing up a Green at a Higgins polling booth that morning.
    Their only defence was “you read it in The Age” did you?”
    I shouted back I was actually at the Higgins polling booth (which I wasn’t) but then asked them did they know The Age backed the LNP. They went quiet, until one old fogey screamed at me ” fucking communist”. There were 10 of them against one but it was easy.
    I walked away chuffed and headed to another polling booth for some more election day ‘sport’.

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