Did you know it’s Friday?and other stuff

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Apparently it,s Friday today. Here are some more facts for youse.

A pregnant goldfish is called a twit.

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The world’s oldest piece of chewing gum is 9000 years old.

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The elephant is the only mammal that can’t jump.

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The last time the Republican Party won a presidential election without somebody named either Bush or Nixon on the ticket was 1928.

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Richard Nixon poses in October 1960. (AP Photo)

Sunshine Coast Airport to Hamilton Island Airport is 812km’s

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An Ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.

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So there we go a few fun facts to start The Pub’s Friday Night. Add your own and a prize to whomever comes up with the best will be awarded.

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We will do another participation  trivia night soon.

 

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277 thoughts on “Did you know it’s Friday?and other stuff

  1. He did, too –

    MALCOLM TURNBULL: I’m the Prime Minister, I get the blame for almost everything, even for the ABC, Barrie.

    BARRIE CASSIDY: And you’re ready for that?

    MALCOLM TURNBULL: I’m a volunteer, it’s a great job, blame comes with it

    http://www.abc.net.au/insiders/content/2016/s4528074.htm

  2. The NE being his usual helpful self to Abysmal

    Malcolm Turnbull has contradicted Tony Abbott’s view that the Coalition is in office but not in power on the issue of budget repair and risks abandoning its principles if it tries to govern from the sensible centre.

    However the prime minister’s calls for the Labor opposition to support government policies in the 45th parliament have already been ignored. Early skirmishes on superannuation reforms and the same-sex marriage plebiscite are under way.

    Turnbull appeared on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday, reiterating the key messages of a speech on Saturday that budget repair is possible if Labor and other parties cooperate in the Senate.

    Turnbull rejected his predecessor Tony Abbott’s view, expressed in a speech to the Master Builders Association in Victoria on Friday, that the Coalition had been in office since 2013 “but not in power” on the issue of making budget savings.

    He said if the basis for the claim was that the Coalition did not have a Senate majority, “that would suggest the only governments that have been in power in … recent times have been John Howard and Malcolm Fraser for a few years”.

    “Governments normally don’t have majority in the Senate. Governments normally, historically, have to negotiate with other parties in the Senate. It has been ever thus.”

    Abbott also warned the Coalition would only succeed if it continued to make the distinction between itself and Labor “crystal clear”.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/28/malcolm-turnbull-contradicts-tony-abbott-claim-coalition-control-budget-repair-45th-parliament

  3. Giles and can Holthe both to go?

    At the end of election night, the outgoing chief minister, Adam Giles, was trailing his Labor rival, Dale Wakefield, by 21 votes in the Alice Springs seat of Braitling, with some postal votes yet to be counted.

    At the time of writing, Labor’s Sandra Nelson led senior CLP minister Willem Westra van Holthe by 31 votes in Katherine, and the independent MP (and former Labor leader) Delia Lawrie leds her Labor rival by only four votes in the Darwin-area seat of Karama.

    https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/aug/28/the-partys-over-for-the-country-liberals-as-volatility-takes-hold-in-northern-territory

  4. Due to the time difference the next new rules should be posted on the night of September 17 ready for viewing on Sunday 18th. There is always a delay in posting the first part of the new rules to youtube for some reason so it’s always too late to post on the Saturday.

    Don’t worry CK Watts on the job and “I learn Meester Fawlty, I learn”.

  5. In tears.

    I’ve been listening to Richard Tognetti playing The Lark Ascending with the MSO. The podcast isn’t up yet, but I urge anyone who loves this work to listen once it is available.

  6. This time I’ll post the blinkin link!!!

    Oh no I won’t, it is about 50 lines long…….I’ll try something else……..hang on…..

  7. What can we draw from the election results in the Territory? How much of that swing would be experienced elsewhere if an election took place next week/month etc? With single member electorates in the NT, some of the candidates must be known on a personal basis by a fair number of the electorate.

    Election here in the ACT very soon. Multi-member constituencies. To the shame of me, while I vote ALP (I may be more rusted on than an old nut and bolt in need of a spray of CRC), I wouldn’t have a clue who my local members are. ACT self-government has always been a bit of a joke for people like me, since the days when we had it foisted upon us. Again shame on me.

    For this election, much of it may come down to support or not for the construction of a tram-line* from Civic to Gungahlin. I’m a bit of a fan of urban public transport and I stand to benefit as a user and a home owner if it is constructed (there is an economic argument that says when your property value increases as a result of the close provision of good infrastructure, you should help pay for it by way of hypothecated (“ear-marked”) land taxes – again, I tend to agree. Given low interest rates to fund the provision of govt provided social overhead capital infrastructure, I’m surprised at times that the Govt is not more adventurous and not planning to extend the tram-line to Woden or the airport (or at least part of the way to seve the offices and the students at the CIT along Constitution Avenue).

    There may well be some cross-over issues at stake in the forthcoming Terrtory election. APS pay rates come to mind (a Fed issue). NBN connection rate or the absence of in Tuggeranong and a few other places (again a Fed issue). The ACT was also a bit of a class-leader for a few generations in the provision of Government housing. Those days have, very sadly gone. Surprised as the rest of the country may be, homelessness and poverty is a very real issue for many people here.

    * Tram, is a good utilitarian word. Just like, Flat, used to be used to describe an ‘apartment’. I lived in a small OYO flat here 14 years. ‘Light-Rail’, has overtones to me of middle class wankery, decaffeinated soya lattes and optional Pilates classes. “And do you have vegan-friendly, non allergenic hand wash in the toilets…did I remind you as well of of my suggested allergies to gluten…I’m sure they are real?”

    Trev

  8. The first clip is about a far right rally in the western suburbs of Melbourne

    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-08-28/working-later-in-life-proves-terrifying-for-older-unemployed/7783456

    http://www.politico.com/story/2016/08/hillary-clinton-presidency-gop-plan-227427

  9. Joe6pack, I just had a look at the race on youtube and I think and your horse certainly stuck to it’s guns to finish a game third. I didn’t know which one was yours when I asked:

    • 2gravel,

      I’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      A Friday night detox from the conservative spam of the week from the MSM.

      ( It reminds me a bit of 3RRR’s “Danger: Low Brow” from way back when:
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danger:_Low_Brow )

      You can find the latest (and earlier) episode on their website (http://somethingwonky.com) or in the iTunes store.

      I posted this episode because Wil Anderson as “guest Dave” may appeal to the unconvinced masses.

      I expect “real Dave”, Dave Gaukroger, will be on-board for the big #200.

  10. Saint-Martin-La-Plaine, France

    Director of the Espace Zoologique, Pierre Thivillon, and his wife Eliane with Digit, an 18-year-old female gorilla. The park, in the south-east of the country, cares for animals that have been rescued by the French authorities

    Photograph: Philippe Desmazes/AFP/Getty Images

  11. New series

    ABC

    Sunday 28th August at 8:30 pm (90 minutes)
    Changing Tides: DCI Vera Stanhope investigates the death of a young woman in a suspicious fire that rips through a coastal holiday park.
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    2015, Premiere, CC, Entertainment
    Adult Themes, Violence (Classification)

  12. Very poor journalism here by Adam Gartrell, who never seems to bother with facts.
    http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/pressure-builds-on-turnbull-government-to-abandon-newstart-cuts-20160826-gr2bwl.html

    The cutting of the clean energy supplement is across the board for all welfare payments including the age pension, not just for Newstart. If – it’s a big ‘if’ – this filthy cut gets past the senate we will end up with two classes of pensioners and other people on benefits. We will have those who were lucky enough to have their payment organised before the cut-off sate and those who will miss out.

    Turnbull and Scummo and the rest of the pack need to understand one little fact. As long as they keep kicking the most disadvantaged and those most in need of welfare while refusing to make big tax-avoiding companies pay any tax at all their revenue problem will keep growing and their polling will keep on falling.

    Why should it be up to Labor and a conglomerate of Greens, minor parties and indies to stand up for the rights of the aged, the sick, the disabled and the unemployed by refusing to pass this government’s nasty legislation? This damned government is supposed to be looking after us all, not just looking after their rich mates and Liberal Party donors.

    Bring on that early election! Fizza would lose in a landslide now.

  13. I’ve pasted the tweet, but not a separate link, because for some reason medium.com links don’t seem to work here on this wordpress blog. If you put the URL in a comment, it simply disappears once you post it. Best to add a tweet link for any medium web site article and go in via that.

    Anyway, this article is a counterpoint to the IPA article in the Saturday Paper. The author (not a right-winger) says they have nowhere near the amount of influence Mike Seccombe likes to make out.

    • Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he. What else could he do after the IPA managed to get him a senate seat.

  14. I’ve finished my task for the weekend and put up the results of the by-elections in Queensland since 1912 that haven’t been put up before. A goal has been achieved.

    Unfortunately as that’s done, a new goal has occurred – namely that it seems that the NSW Electoral Atlas, which had every single electoral result in NSW from 1856-2007 has been taken offline, and by the looks of it, nobody cares enough to reinstate it. Probably a petty penny-pinching cost cutting measure from the Dimples state government so they can have a bit more caviar at their Liberal/National party fundraisers or whatever garbage they’re trying there.

    So, given that I’ve got the resources over time, that’ll be my next goal. Unfortunately I can only go back to 1894 at this point, but hopefully in the next few years, all that will be up on Wikipedia someday.

    I wonder if Adam Carr or “Psephos” has taken notice of the work done on Wikipedia yet. In my dealings with him, he’s a knowledgeable individual, of course very determined in his extensive psephological work, but can come across as a bit difficult to deal with sometimes. But, he has successfully put up every Victorian election result up on his site, including the days when Victoria elected members to the NSW parliament in the 1840’s.

    Maybe that day will come down the track when the results of every Queensland, WA, NSW and SA election is up on Wikipedia. I’ve already popped up all the historical NT state elections (except 2016 and by-elections), so those later goals should eventually happen.

  15. Kirsdarke,

    Your energy and dedication are truly admirable. Please accept, with The Pub’s respects . . .

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