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Pub or cafe?


Girlie4 has an interesting one up about pubs and characters within.

My memory of Oz was that the pub, serving higher strength beer, was for getting happy over a few, with other matters, e.g. meals, an adjunct to that.  In Britain, there are obviously watering holes and dives but on the whole, I feel far less hardcore drinking is required in a British pub, even now.

The pub grub has come to the fore and reached a new level in both locations and I did have pub meals in Oz but was more likely to have a beer at home with friends and then maybe go to a League’s club or restaurant/cafe for a meal.

In Melbourne, with it’s 2500 restaurants in middling to top category, that would be one’s first choice and then alcohol was had with the meal.  Over here, it’s almost first choice to drop into one of the myriad small pubs for some grub.…

White van man


Makes perfect sense to me in the UK.  Sure I’d like the MX5 but it’s impractical and expensive, e.g. for insurance.  White van has practical applications.

The news is that sales are up and this is being seen as business on the up.  I don’t think so – seems to me it’s both white van man in the traditional sense, small businesses and some non-business people – I know three people with them.  One can even sleep in it as a sort of camper van, cooking and washing inside.

The boat is what puts paid to any thoughts of road transport for me but if I didn’t have that, then white van would seem the sane way to travel.  Portable beds and camping gear – cooking etc. are so up with the times now and there are so many stores, plus Amazon, that it’s easy to outfit a van cheaply.…


hawks v cats

There was a game on today, first for the season, between the two heavyweights of the AFL downunder for the past ten years.

Long time readers here will remember year after year of Geelong win this, Geelong scrape in here, Geelong thump Hawthorn here. From the administration to the coach to the players, this was a champion era.

Hawthorn were a few years behind Geelong in their rebuilding and still they popped up for a premiership in 2008 but it was isolated as Geelong, in form, with seasoned players, swept all before them. There was a point Geelong had won 11 straight against Hawthorn.

Then came Hawthorn’s time [yet again] and they are now looking at a third straight flag and well-nigh unbeatable. How then have Geelong fallen off the pace and how have the Hawks kept reinventing themselves?…

The EU wishes for a new dark age

This is Linz, where Mozart stopped over last evening. If you need some relaxation this morning, the clip is for you:

During that journey, I couldn’t help but reflect that the idea of a free travel zone for visiting only is an excellent idea and possibly what was behind many of the yes votes in 1973. The idea of a trade zone which does not exclude the rest of the world is also good.

I look at that driver in the clip and think he’s not a lot different to me, the town is the sort of town I’m used to, maybe more beautiful, everything is quiet and orderly, as I like it. Why on earth would I wish to go to war with these people of Linz? I like the whole place.

Yet we were at war. The people responsible for turning one people against another, for appealing to the worst aspects of patriotism, were and still are Them.…


Not going to mention the Airbus crash, for fear of upsetting Ivan. Speaking of flying craft which strain to stay aloft – uh huh:


NASA has successfully tested a new space drive that doesn’t use a propellant and shouldn’t work, at least according to the laws of physics, according to a story that broke in Wired.UK. The drive, called the Cannae Drive, worked in the NASA directed test, defying physics.

Danica Patrick needs to be seen in context


This one was sent by one of the lads and my first thought was oh no, here we go again. The feminists are going to be shrill about how good she is and she can mix it with the boys, the boys are going to say what utter BS and point to her record, the feminists are then going to point to the carefully written Wiki record and by posting this, I’ll be called misogynist.…

Sidelights on tech

Gamester Al Lowe reminisces about Sierra. Greed has been a theme in the past few days at N.O.:

The company was going great and literally had a 28 percent market share. In other words, 28 cents out of every dollar spent on entertainment software for home computers in the US went to Sierra. They had a tremendous product line in all aspects of entertainment home software, all kinds. That was the company that Ken and Roberta [Williams] literally started on their kitchen table and built to a billion-dollar market capitalization company.

One of Ken’s board members on a Monday morning called and said, “I’m gonna stage a hostile takeover of your company and I’m gonna offer 50 percent more than the going price of the stock. If you fight me, every stockholder in the country will file a lawsuit against you for not accepting this wonderful offer from me.” It was like, “Okay, I guess you’re in charge now.”…

Why Jeremy Clarkson is walking straight into an ambush

UPDATE: Delingpole

No doubt the Clarkson thing has long become tedious but then again:

1. New tidbits come out every so often;
2. The Beeb itself and how it operates now appears to be on the line.

This has implications now for the Beeb and PC land, it’s going to blow open. In a three-way discussion with Chuckles and haiku, the former wrote:

The moots will come down to why the BBC acted before any investigation, and why they cancelled the shows immediately, and why the punished viewers by cancelling the broadcast of already recorded programmes. i.e. pure ‘erasing from history’ in good communist fashion.

In fact, what we have here is the Beeb set-up, system of operation and luvvie law on the line and licence payers are therefore involved.…