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Australia’s strange, furry marsupials

So the Royal couple were delighted to see and handle a bilby downunder.   Wiki:

Bilbies have the characteristic long bandicoot muzzle and very long ears. They are about 29–55 cm in length. Compared to bandicoots, they have a longer tail, bigger ears, and softer, silky fur. The size of their ears allows them to have better hearing as well.

They are nocturnal omnivores that do not need to drink water, as they get all the moisture they need from their food, which includes insects and their larvae, seeds, spiders, bulbs, fruit, fungi, and very small animals. Most food is found by digging or scratching in the soil, and using their very long tongues.

They’re suited to semi-desert areas.


The wombat is more widely spread. Wiki:

They are adaptable in habitat tolerance, and are found in forested, mountainous, and heathland areas of south-eastern Australia, including Tasmania, as well as an isolated patch of about 300 hectares (740 acres) in Epping Forest National Park[2] in central Queensland.

François Fillon redefines the word “tosser”

France's President Sarkozy speaks with PM Fillon at the end of a ceremony to mark the end of World War Two in Paris

Sarkozy trying to talk some sense into Fillon

The word tosser was invented for such as François Fillon.    This report was from last year:

Former French Prime Minister François Fillon risked sparking off more infighting in France’s opposition UMP party this week by announcing that he will be a candidate in the 2017 presidential election “whatever happens”.

Just as the bitter feud that nearly split France’s troubled UMP party appeared to be healing over François Fillon has stoked the embers by declaring he will be a candidate for the 2017 presidential election, come what may.

Despite being four years away from the vote, Fillon, a former PM, has already made his intentions clear when he said in an interview this week that “whatever happens” he will be a candidate.

His words are unlikely to have gone down well with Jean-François Copé with whom Fillon fought a bitter leadership battle to become UMP chief last year, that descended into allegations of vote rigging.

Blockbuster on Easter Monday


There’s a massive game coming up downunder on Easter Monday, one which football fans in general will tune into and enjoy.   For many reasons, it is being seen as the blockbuster of the season.

1.  In 2008, Hawthorn upset reigning premier Geelong’s applecart and took the flag.   Some of the team vowed they’d never lose to Hawthorn again and for the next 11 meetings, it was so.   Once it was via a single miraculous point after the siren.

2.  Last year, Hawthorn won in the preliminary final, denying Geelong a grand final spot, which Hawthorn went on to win.

3.  This year, a rampant Hawthorn at its peak as a team and as reigning premier from last year, takes on Geelong, a team in a rebuilding phase but with a big game mentality – it relishes the intense heat of battle with a top drawer foe and sometimes struggles against lesser opposition.…

The modern woman

Wiggia sends:

Bristol woman leaves dog to die


Add these, gathered at random:

Mother-of-two who has never worked encouraged her daughter to get pregnant so she could get a council house and have an ‘easy life on benefits’

Britain’s youngest parents: Mother, 12, gives birth to 7lb baby girl after falling pregnant at primary school to a boy aged 13

‘Ice-cream for breakfast? Of course, poppet! Draw on the walls and swear? How creative!’ Brace yourself to meet the mother who NEVER says ‘No’ to her children

Plane passengers film screaming woman who shouted for ENTIRE flight as attendants asked THEM to tackle her if she tries to open door mid-flight

Woman who lived on just CHIPS for 15 years – and was terrified of all other food – is hypnotised into eating her first proper meal

Add Casey Anthony, Amanda Knox and Jodi Arias.    Add the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, what Charlotte Church descended to, TOWIE, the mutilated Cheryl Cole, boob jobs, “selfies” and so on and so on and you see a mutant modern woman who is not worth the air she’s breathing.…

UKIP catchment demographic – a personal view


The comments by Wiggia and Wolfie set me thinking about who UKIP is appealing to.

Nigel is not just appealing to real conservatives, as distinct from Tory but it’s said he’s going for “the Labour vote” too. Now my question is: “Which Labour is that?”

Surely it can’t mean the benefits culture, pay me to do nothing, let’s flood the country with immigrants coz we all love each other Labour? Seems to me [yes, I know I'm slow on the uptake] that it means old Labour working people, tribal, who’ve never rationalized why they vote Labour but are accepting of the work culture, of the get up off your behind and do a proper day’s work mentality, who believe in family just as much as conservatives. They see the union as the only way to get a fair wage, without thinking too much about the union bosses.

And that’s perhaps why some of the readers of this blog are anti-Tory and yet agree with many of the ideas expressed on these pages.…

Poster child for the brave new dystopia

Just a question of this idiot who lets her kids run wild – where is the father? What does he think about it?

Oh, no father? Father undetermined?

This is the result of social engineering, as many have pointed out before. Gen Y reduced to uneducated ignorance and greed, thanks to dumbing down of education through to taxpayer support for single mothers.

And this is the result. I see them come into the shop every week.…