Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Football Crazy - Robin Hall & Jimmy Macgregor

Back in the days of the leather ball, low salaries, crap pitches and dour Saturday afternoons, this song sums it up.

Small Memorial

A small memorial in the Morphett Vale pioneer cemetry which dates back to 1843.

Commiserations to the English Football Team - At least some of the team have a film deal

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Nicolas Hayek - founder of Swatch to spend time underground

A scientist by training, Hayek did not design the Swatch watch – the original was the work of a team of Swiss engineers – but he marketed it with the innate genius of a showman-entrepreneur. He came up with a concept that combined disposability, affordability and reliability, resulting in a funky, no-frills watch for every occasion.
Today Swatch launches some 300 designs every year, of which about half are phased out after six months, making them highly collectable and something of a cult item; there is a Swatch collectors' club and dealers trade in rare editions. 

I had many of the more funky watches, which I wore with pride. The funkier the better.
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Rasputin-Boney M. Bad Taste Music Selections care of @greenj

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ideas for #masterchef cooking challenge - Cooking with lava

Even at the the far edge of the mud and ash that came from the Pompeii volcano's explosion, the heat was sufficient to instantly kill everyone, even those inside their homes.

And that is how the people at Pompeii, whose remains were found trapped and partly preserved within ghostly body-shaped tombs within that pyroclastic flow, died. They did not suffocate. They did not get blown apart by force. They did not die of gas poisoning. They simply cooked. Instantly.

Thomas the Tank Engine Uncut (a few naughty words included) You can blame @somethingribald

Where's fucking Ringo and that fat bastard that runs the Sodoring Railway?

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Rudd’s Downfall | Kiwiblog

Has anyone seen the original movie?

via kiwiblog.co.nz

Napoleonic Wars images : Battle of Trafalgar : Fleet Dispositions

Strategy and Opportunity win the game,
More of the story here.

Looks very similar to the German strategy against Australia in the World Cup
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BibliOdyssey: Britfish

Never did like fishing, but these are nice.

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Diana Krall, Elvis Costello & Willie Nelson - Crazy (Live)

Look at Willies coiffed hair.

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Pictures of THE YEAR International (11 photos) | PDN Photo of the Day

© Lu Guang / Finalist World Understanding Award

Wuhai City, Inner Mongolia. April 10, 2005. Workers in the factories have no immunity defenses. They get ill after one or two years on the job.

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Photo Hunt: Purple

A winter bloomer

15 Fun Facts on Marijuana

Friday, June 25, 2010

Nixon's Resignation Letter

Eugene Goossens conducts the Little Train of Capira

Interesting angle on his life.

Goossens spent nine years in Australia, from 1947 to 1956. He conducted the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and other groups, and was the director of the NSW State Conservatorium of Music. He held these positions concurrently until March 1956, when he was forced to resign after a major public scandal, only a year after being knighted.

In the early 1950s, Goossens met Rosaleen Norton, the so-called "Witch of Kings Cross". Norton was known as an artist of the grotesque and for her interest in the occult and erotica, which Goossens secretly shared. They conducted an intense affair, exchanging a number of passionate letters; although Goossens asked Norton to destroy all of them, she kept a bundle hidden behind a sofa.[2]

In early 1956, Goossens visited Europe, unaware that Sydney police were already in possession of his letters to Norton and photographs of her occult activities, which had been stolen from her flat by Sydney Sun reporter Joe Morris, who had infiltrated her supposed "coven". When Goossens returned to Australia on 9 March 1956, he was detained at Sydney Airport, following a tip-off by informants in London; his bags were searched by Customs officials, who found a large amount of what was then considered pornographic material, which included photographs, prints, books, a spool of film, some rubber masks, and sticks of incense.
Although he was not immediately arrested or charged, Goossens naively agreed to attend a police interview a few days later, where he was confronted with photographs of Norton's "ceremonies" and his letters. Faced with the evidence of his affair with Norton — which left him open to the serious charge of "scandalous conduct" — Goossens was forced to plead guilty to the pornography charges. He paid a fine of ₤100; more significantly, the scandal ruined his reputation and forced him to resign from his positions. He returned to England in disgrace.

The scandal was the basis of a novel, Pagan (1990), by Inez Baranay; it also inspired a play, The Devil is a Woman, by Louis Nowra and an opera, Eugene & Roie, by Drew Crawford. The scandal is documented in the film The Fall of the House, directed by Geoff Burton.[3] [4]

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BP Spills Coffee

Photographer captures amazing underwater images of waves breaking - Telegraph

Alex Tipple took the stunning shots of swimmers and surfers emerging underwater engulfed in clouds of whitewater while being frequently rocked by the waves himself. The 29-year-old captures the split second moments off the Australian coast and regularly gets beaten in the head by his 5kg, specially adapted camera for his troubles

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Great Headlines of Our Time - Covering All Bases

Rare Visions of Rural North Korea - Photo Essays - TIME

Reminds me of the standard of living in Nepal.

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Skywatch Friday

Just another boring blue sky here in the Adelaide southern suburbs. We are past winter solstice, so days are getting longer.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Beer Flow Chart


Norman Macrae - Forward thinking UK Journalist

via The Telegraph

In a book written in 1984, The 2024 Report: a future history of the next 40 years, he wrote: "Eventually books, files, television programmes, computer information and telecommunications will merge. We'll have this portable object which is a television screen with first a typewriter, later a voice activator attached. Afterwards it will be miniaturised so that your personal access instrument can be carried in your buttonhole, but there will be these cheap terminals around everywhere, more widely than telephones of 1984."

He went on: "The terminals will be used to access databases anywhere in the globe, and will become the brainworker's mobile place of work. Brainworkers, which will increasingly mean all workers, will be able to live in Tahiti if they want to and telecommute daily to the New York or Tokyo or Hamburg office through which they work. In the satellite age costs of transmission will not depend mainly on distance. And knowledge once digitalised can be replicated for use anywhere almost instantly." Macrae also accurately foresaw the privatisation of the Thatcher era, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the increasing social acceptance of euthanasia.

 I hadn't even used a portable computer at that time.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Photo Hunt: Six

The six grandchildren on Elizabeth's side of the family. Three have birthdays on consecutive days in November. Elizabeth's sister and brother and law are in the picture with their four kids along with Elizabeth and our two. Muggins took the shot.

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Skywatch Friday Winter Sky in Noarlunga

Winter skies are great for the range of colours and the grey clouds and bright sunshine. Although not very clear there are is a company of parrots in the trees.

More great skies at the Skywatch Friday Site

Skeletal Porn - Eizo Pin-up Calendar 2010 – more than integral nude via @riayn

Porn for the dead?

How Maradona uses the #vuvuzela

And while we are at it, why do we need soccer strips anyway.

If that is not enough, you can get the full world cup atmosphere right here on this blog.

The Bangladeshi King Kong is the new Turkish Star Wars

Awesome effects, music and dancing. The fight scenes are especially good. So realistic.

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What it's like to own an Apple product - The Oatmeal

Not personally experienced by me.

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Eyewitness: BP oil spill | World news | guardian.co.uk

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Celebrating 3,000 posts with Henry Mancini

A couple of classics from Henri Mancini to celebrate 3,000 posts on this blog. Henry died this week in 94

Thanks to everyone for showing an interest in some of my random interests. Like Henry, who composed most of these classics in less than half an hour, I tend to just post randomly and without too much thinking.

Gum Tree Camouflage

Gum Tree Camouflage, originally uploaded by theclutterbells.
Gum trees have very interesting trunks. Just like army fatigues.

The Utilikilt - All You Need is a Broken Bottle Holder and you are set for a big night oot

Thursday, June 10, 2010

How to fail a breathalyser

Visualizing the100-Hour Work Week of the 1947 Housewife.

This photo by Nina Leen [“Housewife Marjorie McWeeney amid symbolic display of her week’s housework” in “Woman’s Dilemma,” Life, June 16, 1947, p. 105] depicts part of the housewife-y stuff of attention in the course of her 100-long-week. The remarkable part of the photo is that all of this was displayed in a window display at Bloomingdales.

Part of Ms. McWeeney’s average work week included “35 beds to be made, 750 items of glass & china, 400 pieces of silverware to wash, 174 lbs. of food to prepare, some of 250 pieces of laundry.on a line, & a ringer washing machine”–that plus paying attention to her children during the 70+ hours a week in which they are awake.

In the listing of Ms. McWeeney's routine ("Her Work") I see no evidence of Mr. McWeeney's contribution to the daily chores. We see that he spends 15 minutes eating his breakfast before leaving for work at 8; returns home at 12 or a one-hour lunch before bolting at 1; and then returns at 6 for cocktails at 7:15 and then an hour long dinner at 8. Perhaps he was helping bathe the kids before cocktails, perhaps not. I can't find evidence for Mrs. McWeeney's present telephone number, so perhaps we'll never know. But my sneaking suspicion is that Ms. McWeeney ran the house and kids solo, as was the general custom of the day, basically.

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Skywatch Friday: Sunset in Noarlunga

From my walk home last night.

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This Is What School Kids Do In Japan via @jazgar

My life is a bit of a Boorach and Ropach

From Calum we have the following Scottish dialect elokution lesson.

After my posts about the “dreich” weather and my mentioning of “keich”, I thought I’d write about two other Scots words which were part of my childhood and which I still use although no-one else in the family does.
Boorach  -  boo – rach  (ch as in loch)
Rather than getting my brain cells working I (ab)use the Caledonian Mercury and append an extract from their article on “Boorach”
Boorach means mess, a state of great untidiness or confusion – like guddle but more so.
A good example of a boorach is the kitchen of an enthusiastic but disorganised cook who leaves the kitchen sink and cooker hob piled high with every single pan and utensil in the place and the worktops a sea of half-spilt packets and bottles and dirty plates.
A boorach can also be applied to a scheme, often one involving several people, that might have started out as well-intentioned but got horribly complicated and ended up in an almighty muddle. Several official schemes turn out to be boorachs.
Someone who is doing something in a very incompetent way can be said to be making a boorach of the task. For example, a novice knitter trying to knit a sweater might be said to be making a boorach of it, as might an inefficient person trying to device (sic) a complex timetable.”

Ropach   -  raw – pach  (ch as in loch)
Unfortunately I can’t find anyone who has written about ropach and so I need to engage my brain .… slowly.
Ropach means untidy but is very different from boorach.  Let me confuse you by using an example from boorach above.
“For example, a novice knitter trying to knit a sweater might be said to be making a boorach of it.”
But the sweater which has been knitted poorly might be said to be ropach.
A more likely use would be if I were in a rush and I put on a shirt and tie badly.  If I hadn’t tucked the shirt in properly so that some bits were in and others out of my trousers, one might say that my shirt was ropach – meaning I have dressed untidily or even that I was looking ropach.

There you have it, your Scots lesson for the day and I’m delighted to know that you will introduce “boorach” and “ropach” into your vocabulary.
Thanks Calum
All we need now is a guddle and a fankle
And yes it is a little dreich oot

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The Origins of the GFC go way back

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Remembering D-Day, 66 years ago - The Big Picture

Sydney Opera House hosts concert for dogs I wonder if Captain Budgie Smugglers went along #dogwhistling

The programme did not go as far as listing The Barker of Seville or The Marriage of Fido, but for the hundreds of dogs who gathered at the Sydney Opera House, it was still an unusually cultured day out.

While some of the pieces were beyond the range of human ears, they sent the concert's four-legged patrons into a frenzy.

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Australian Election Countdown - Which Leader do you hate less?

Nobody likes either Rudd or Abbott. Both men have an approval ratings in the low 40s and disapproval ratings that simply scream "keep this man away from the reins of power!". To paraphrase that gem of 21st century cinema, Alien vs Predator, this is increasingly looking like an election where whoever wins, we lose.

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Early Winter Morning Rainbow in the Adelaide Southern Suburbs