Open Thread – Saturday, 25 February 2023

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  1. Steve trickler says:

    Avi in Alice:

    Alcohol bans placed on bottle shops in Alice Springs were difficult to understand and do little to curtail problem drinking, according to locals I spoke with in the town.

    Ineffective BOOZE BAN rules are hard to swallow

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  2. Steve trickler says:

    Good song.


    Tony Heller:

    In 1988, the United Nations predicted that all 1,196 islands of the Maldives would drown between 2008 and 2018 due to “global warming.”

    Maldives Climate Disaster

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  3. Steve trickler says:

    Seek and you shall find. Great edit.


    Ben Geeves:

    Using Ben Orr’s original vocals, I thought I’d try to remake the 12″ version using my own instruments (Using – KorgM1, Korg01, AccessVirusKC and Roland JV2080). I did it because I really love the instrumental section heard once near the end of the 7″, and wanted to hear a few more variations of that in my 12″, especially during the intro. I had to sing some of the backing vocals, the “who’s gonna drive ya, who’s gonna drive ya” chord that repeats occasionally (I hate my voice btw but after applying loads of effects I’m almost unrecognisable, phew!). I didn’t want to stray too much from the sound of the original (I’ve always loved the song, it’s perfect as it is), but I couldn’t find a perfect match for all the instruments, my snare drum is a bit thunderous, and I might have overdone the synthy strings a little. It’s a work in progress anyway, I’ll probably make a few tweaks after I’ve heard it back a few times.
    – I made the video out of the film ‘One From the Heart’ because I’ve always had a thing for Teri Garr. She does some excellent dancing during the film I thought might be good to mix some of that with this song. The film has been heavily criticised in the past, it’s a shame because you get the feeling that it could have really been something exceptional. Anyways, the film does have a special look and there are some exceptional moments in it that stay with you.
    Enjoy and thanks for visiting.

    The Cars – Drive (New 2022 Extended Version + Teri Garr Tribute)

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  4. mh says:

    ‘Hands down, the best ever’: Sizzling Harry Styles sends Gold Coast into frenzy

    I wouldn’t even know what his voice sounds like.

    To me Harry Styles is the guy who puts on a dress when his corporate owners tell him to.

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  5. Old bloke says:


    I agree with you that much of “official” history is rubbish, but I don’t agree with John Levi if he’s claiming that much of Sydney was pre-existing when the early white settlers arrived.

    For example, he was looking at a photo of the Rocks area in Sydney (photo dated 1920ish) and saying that the buildings were looking very old. Of course they looked old, they were old, that part of Sydney was occupied from the late 1700’s.

    And they looked dirty as you would expect, electricity was generated all over the place using coal fired generators, so there was plenty of soot. Also, private residences were heated by burning coal and wood, smoke and smog everywhere.

    There’s also the fact that he was using old black and white photos so naturally everything looked dirty, grey and grimy.

    He was also amazed that there were so many tall stone structures in Sydney (built by prisoners in his view); they were all iron or steel structures with stone facades. He doesn’t seem to believe that previous generations were capable of building impressive structures, I think it’s a form of vanity to believe that only the current generation is capable of such creativity and engineering abilities.

    That said, thanks for posting his links, I like listening to the fellow. I’ve got no idea who he is, but he sounds like a companionable sort of a bloke who likes to tell stories while flicking through photos while also smoking his dope.

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  6. Cold-Hands says:

    I don’t agree with John Levi if he’s claiming that much of Sydney was pre-existing when the early white settlers arrived.

    It’s a wonder Bruce Pascoe hasn’t roped him in to support his “Dark Emu” narrative…

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  7. Steve trickler says:

    Old bloke says:
    March 1, 2023 at 10:15 pm

    We can agree to disagree. He’s not alone with his thoughts. Approach an engineering firm today, leaving out all the current regs, and ask them to build that 20 acre building in Chicago from the world fair using the same tech at the time.


    If the time stamps on the construction are to believed ( wank ) the past past builders were clearly more efficient than those at present.

    Tartaria was real ( 96% confidence ) and we are being duped. Many more than Levi are commenting on it, as posted above and quick dismissal is not so simple.

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  8. Steve trickler says:

    Most people walking around in London / Liverpool / UK etc have no idea what is under their feet.

    Clueless tourists above remain clueless. Not their fault. Check up on G-earth, and all the trees planted circa WW2 are covering up ancient sites like you would see in Turkey and Malta. Good luck learning about that at the nearest tourist bureau.


    Paul Cook.


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  9. Steve trickler says:

    Bald and Bankrupt:

    1 Mar 2023
    🇵🇪 I was hitching a ride on a transport ship down the Amazon River in Peru when I started noticing people among the passengers who looked distinctly like the descendants of Chinese people. Many boarded and disembarked the ship at the various little jungle towns the ship stopped at until we reached the town of Alto Monte which was like something from a Hong Kong kung Fu movie. But who were these people and why were they dressed in robes and gowns? I disembarked to find out…

    Thanks to my amiga and chama Lucy for helping with subtitles on this journey 🇻🇪

    South America’s Shaolin Village

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  10. Steve trickler says:


    A comment on sussietube.

    The problem won’t be the fake taken as real, but the real being declared fake.



    Mark Dice:

    Deep Fake Videos Are Getting Too Realistic – This is Going to Be a HUGE Problem Soon!

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  11. Steve trickler says:

    Good stuff.


    DR Koncerthuset:

    1 Mar 2023
    Fantasymphony – Behind the Scenes
    From the original production by Danish National Symphony Orchestras presented in DR Koncerthuset in 2017.

    Fantasymphony – Behind the Scenes with David Bateson and guests

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  12. Steve trickler says:

    Time to attempt to sleep. Has cancer spread throughout the body? I find out tomorrow.

    A night of staring at the ceiling.

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  13. mh says:

    “The Reality is Ukraine is losing” – Journalist Dimitri Lascaris

    acTVism Munich

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  14. Shy Ted says:

    I very stupidly watched the Nat Press CLub, ALP’ big infrastructure spending plans. EV take-up policy, fuel efficiency standards, a highway through the Tanami so blackfellas can get to Alice more easily. Hundreds of billions for the unions and labour businesses and on and on the spending goes. Naturally we need to import lots of skilled labourers. Poor fella my country.
    Ooh look, I’m a …
    Nice girls

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  15. Shy Ted says:

    Scott’s Transport goes bust. Not all bad

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  16. Steve trickler says:

    You beauty! Surgery is healing well and good results with the blood. In and out of the hospital in under 45 minutes with that visit.

    Doc says I am in the clear. Looking forward to a decent sleep tonight.


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  17. Cold-Hands says:

    Great news, Steve.

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  18. Steve trickler says:

    Thanks, Cold-Hands.

    A few coldies are on the cards later today.

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  19. Old bloke says:

    Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy welcomes U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen

    Italian Prime Minister Meloni was also in Kiev recently, they all want to get their photos taken with Zelensky.

    The funny thing is, they have to arrange their visits with Moscow before going to get Russian assurances that their visit won’t be interrupted, yet they make speeches about how Ukraine will win the war.

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  20. Old bloke says:

    A few coldies are on the cards later today.

    Well done Steve, enjoy your coldies.

    How’s PerryJ travelling, has anyone had any news from him? I think that he said he had to drop the daily comics due to a planned hospital visit.

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  21. Old bloke says:

    A couple of comments about the Uke war…

    About a week ago Russia publicly called for negotiations. They have done this in the past and its a signal that some offensive operations are about to begin somewhere on the front, it’s to give the Ukes an opportunity to respond with a cease-fire and a sit-down and have a talk.

    Usually, the western media has responded to these Russian offers of negotiation by mocking the Russians and declaring that they are almost defeated etc. etc., but they haven’t said anything about the latest offer, there’s been no media mocking or anything, just complete silence.

    The other thing worth mentioning is that the Ukes are running out of ammunition and artillery shells and NATO is struggling to even partially supply the Ukes needs, yet the Ukes keep up their artillery and rocket attacks on the civilian areas in Donetsk City and other large population areas. The HIMARS rockets they are firing indiscriminately into the civilian zones cost the American tax payer $100K each, just to blow up some residential home and kill a couple of old age pensioners or some young children, maybe NATO should tell the Ukes to focus on military targets to make better use of what they give.

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  22. johanna johanna says:

    Thanks, Cold Hands, for the toons. Much appreciated.

    Steve, good news – sleep well!

    It’s fascinating to watch the Labor ideologues implode. First super (I’ll only put it in a little bit, trust me) and then the barely contained desire to hit on the family home. A bit more of this and they could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at the next election, especially if inflation and recession continue to be threats to people’s survival and economic security.

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  23. kaysee kaysee says:

    In US news:
    Congress Passes Bill to Scrap Biden Environmental, Social, and Governance Rule
    The Senate passed a resolution that would scrap President Joe Biden’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) rule, sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk for him to likely veto.

    2 related articles to what is happening in the corporate world.
    DEI and ESG being flushed down the drain.
    How long before climate change and qwerty meet the same fate?

    The truth about Woke and Broke is making companies change their plans.

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  24. kaysee kaysee says:

    Vanguard CEO Abandons ESG Investing Alliance:
    “Not In The Game Of Politics”

    But, as of late, there are some naysayers that dare to stand up to the socialism-by-stealth promoters with Tim Buckley, chief executive at Vanguard, perhaps the biggest name yet to buck the ESG orthodoxy.

    “Our research indicates that ESG investing does not have any advantage over broad-based investing,” Mr. Buckley said in a recent interview with the Financial Times.

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  25. mh says:

    Wow. This is embarrassing for the US neocons


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  26. kaysee kaysee says:


    Hamstrung by ‘golden handcuffs’:
    Diversity roles disappear 3 years after George Floyd’s murder inspired them

    Diversity, equity and inclusion leaders, who were hired in waves to help companies achieve an ethnically balanced workforce after George Floyd’s murder in 2020, are being phased out, surveys indicate, leaving experts in the field concerned that corporations’ talk of affecting change was just empty words.

    DEI roles increased by 55% following demands for broader racial equity and justice after Floyd’s murder, the Society for Human Resource Management reported in 2020. But instead of creating fair opportunities and a comfortable work culture for Black employees, a pair of recent reports indicate, DEI professionals are losing their jobs, as layoffs across the economy have gained momentum.

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  27. kaysee kaysee says:

    Anniversary of Andrew Breitbart’s death.

    James O’Keefe

    Andrew Breitbart died 11 years ago today

    He told me “James, people are going to say and claim whatever to try to take us out. They have an irrational fear of us. They want us on a leash. We’re not going to be on a leash. They want us to dance. We’re not going to dance with them”

    Andrew Breitbart
    clip from interview with Peter Robinson

    Post-structuralism, queer studies, African-American studies… all of that is pitting people against each other. It’s anti-American to its core.

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  28. kaysee kaysee says:

    8 million views for this 27 seconds clip.

    Woody Harrelson hosted Saturday Night Live and used his opening monologue to criticize Big Pharma’s response to COVID-19:

    “The biggest drug cartels in the world get together and buy up all the media and all the politicians and force all the people in the world to stay locked in their homes, and people can only come out if they take the cartel’s drugs and keep taking them over and over.”

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  29. kaysee kaysee says:

    Doc says I am in the clear. Looking forward to a decent sleep tonight.

    That’s good news, Steve.

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  30. kaysee kaysee says:

    The real Zelensky?

    Polish media accidently recorded #Zelensky’s double when they covered #Biden’s visit to #Kyiv

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  31. Old bloke says:


    “America will send their sons and daughters to die for Ukraine”

    When will someone shut this tragedy down?

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  32. Shy Ted says:

    Crime problem in Alice solved. They’ve all gone to Mt Isa.

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  33. That was fast Ted’s FB link already nuked.

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  34. Steve trickler says:

    johanna says:
    March 2, 2023 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks, chook.😘

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  35. Steve trickler says:

    The concerted assault against this bloke is a story to be told.

    He’s been spot on for years.


    Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc
    1st March 2023

    Hungry Broke Dead

    Transcript coming soon.

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  36. Steve trickler says:

    We just had a few drops over here in my burb. Mandurah had all the fun.

    “Rain” is a song by Australian-New Zealand rock group Dragon released in July 1983 as the first single ahead of their seventh studio album, Body and the Beat. “Rain” peaked at number 2 and stayed in the Kent Music Report singles chart for 26 weeks. The song reached number 88 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 charts in mid-1984.

    Dragon – Rain – Official Video – 1983 – Remastered

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  37. Steve trickler says:

    Shy Ted says:
    March 2, 2023 at 8:39 pm
    I don’t know if Mao said these things but I’m inclined to think he did.

    As cold as your love for a whore after you’ve come.

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  38. mh says:


    Real Mac Report
    🚨Breaking: Greta Thunberg got arrested in Norway.

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  39. Steve trickler says:

    I remember posting this at Doomies. You’ll screw your belt drive record player up and the vinyl records to boot.

    Don’t even try.

    Mix Master Mike’s DJ Performance | House Of Strombo

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  40. Steve trickler says:

    I have lost count of the amount of versions I’ve watched.


    DR Koncerthuset:

    Bolero // Danish National Symphony Orchestra (Live)

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  41. mh says:

    ABL says no!

    Zelenskyy Says Your Sons Will Fight And Die For Ukraine!

    Anthony Brian Logan

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  42. mh says:

    Patrick Lancaster

    21,283 views 2 Mar 2023
    Ukraine has continued to fire rockets over Donetsk that break up mid air and drop mines over residential areas. Civilians have been injured by these over and over again.

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  43. mh says:

    Zelensky bombs the kids

    Moment Child Films Rocket Hitting Home In Donetsk Russia – Ukraine War (Special Report)

    Patrick Lancaster

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  44. Steve trickler says:

    It is interesting. Being mid 40 forties, single, and ladies with dress below the knee…gobbles me up. Young ladies wearing mini skirts? Nope. Save it for someone who wins you over. I guess it’s called growing old.

    If I can see nipples though the bra, it is nothing to be proud about. I walked past someone today with her panties showing, bra in full swing and probably 20 years older the me. She was gorgeous…But why would you do that? I was about to quip but shut my mouth.

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  45. Steve trickler says:

    He’s still yet apologize for this. I do not give a toss about his cartoons.



    Tony Heller:

    7 Jul 2021
    Scott Adams says he has “spent a lot of time interacting with me, and (I) am not credible.” Reality is that we have never spoken. He said he was going to have me on the show and never did. And he blocked me on Twitter. What is he so afraid of? At one time he said I was the “most persuasive climate skeptic.”

    Scott Adams “Says”

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  46. Cold-Hands says:

    🚨Breaking: Greta Thunberg got arrested in Norway.

    Another fake arrest. Publicity stunts are all she’s got left.

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  47. JohnJJJ says:

    Yesterday: the release of the Manchester bombing inquiry (the religion of peace and all that). I put my comments here

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  48. johanna johanna says:

    First QANTAS, then a tour bus company, withdraw serivces from Alice Springs. For some reason, tourists are not coughing up thousands of dollars to go there.

    Meanwhile, governments dither, and the usual suspects demand ev en more taxpayer dollars to fund them and their friends and relatives to do more of the same.

    It’s starting to look like South Africa, or Zimbabwe just before it ceased to be Rhodesia. Whites are fleeing, or need to live with high security if they stay. Meetings of comcerned residents are characterised as ‘white supremacist’ by TheirABC.

    I have always wanted to visit the Red Centre, but the prices and the unpleasant environment have kept me (and a lot of other potential tourists) away. Even more so now.

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  49. Shy Ted says:

    If you fly into Alice these days you might think you’re at the Mardi Gras. Although I may be confusing it with the Uluru airport.

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  50. Shy Ted says:

    One shouldn’t laugh at these things, when nature makes an error but then you read SameOlEvol’ comment and you just have to.

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  51. Steve trickler says:

    Great short film.

    A f-wits comment on sussietube.

    Horribly offensive, promotes stereotypes and ableism. I think negative comments are being deleted because the discussion of this film elsewhere is that it’s horrible.

    I’d be happy with this clown getting locked in a room with the cast…and they beat the sh*t out of him / her.


    Entertainment via Dust:

    Sci-Fi Fantasy Short Film “Downside Up” | DUST

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  52. Steve trickler says:

    You just know what is going to happen when it melts.


    Disaster Compilations:

    3 Mar 2023
    With as much as 12 feet of new snow over the past week, and seasonal totals surpassing 41 feet, California’s Sierra Nevada is buried.

    So much snow has fallen that homes are engulfed and roads resemble canyons. More is on the way this weekend, with the National Weather Service office in Sacramento forecasting an additional three to four feet.

    “Expect disruptions to daily life including dangerous/impossible driving conditions with road closures and whiteout conditions at times,” the agency tweeted. “MOUNTAIN TRAVEL IS HIGHLY DISCOURAGED!

    In the wake of the blizzard early this week, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency in 13 counties affected by the winter storm, including several in the Sierra Nevada.

    As one data point, the Central Sierra Snow Lab received 87.2 inches of snow in 72 hours early this week, bringing its seasonal total to 531 inches, the most on record through February. The snowpack in the region is now above the full-season average.

    Although disruptive, the snow is a blessing for the state’s water supply. According to the federal drought monitor published Thursday morning, the percentage of the state experiencing at least moderate drought conditions plummeted from 84.6 percent to 49.1 percent in the past week because of all the precipitation. Drought covered nearly the entire state on Oct. 1.

    Meanwhile, skiers are in heaven. “I have to say I’ve been skiing here for 40 years — I’ve never seen conditions like this,” Gary Wayne told the Los Angeles Times.

    Pictures shared on social media help bring the astronomical amounts of snow to life for those of us who aren’t there

    MASSIVE Snow Accumulations in the Sierra Nevada, California – Feb. 27 / Mar. 2, 2023

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  53. Steve trickler says:

    Tony Heller:

    3 Mar 2023
    The press is starting to abandon their western megadrought scam, and replace it with some new scams centered around too much precipitation.

    Rapidly Shifting Scam

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  54. kaysee kaysee says:

    Continuing on the incident in the secondary school in West Yorkshire, UK.

    A few comments in this thread.

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  55. mh says:

    Zelensky Wants CRIMEA Back… There’s Just ONE Problem!

    Anthony Brian Logan
    976K subscribers


    Brian is another commentator on the right rejecting the neocon agenda.

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  56. mh says:


    President Joe Biden claims nurses whispered in his ear and breathed on him

    Daily Mail

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  57. Eyrie says:

    Give the NT to the Chinese. They’ll sort it in short order.

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  58. mh says:


    INTERVIEW: UKRAINE has no chance of winning #ColDouglasMcGregor

    George Galloway
    250K subscribers

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  59. Old bloke says:

    Zelensky bombs the kids

    Looks like he also likes bombing ambulances. That’s a nastry trick, bomb a building then have your drone hovering overhead, then send in a rocket when the ambulance arrives.

    We all love Babylon, and those who do its bidding. It’s all for freedom and democracy and all that stuff.

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  60. Steve trickler says:

    Check yourself down there, gents.

    I’m serious, do not get offended. Have a gentle squeeze and suss it out. I doubt an add on tv will focus on it.

    All clear here.


    Entertainment via Omeleto:

    An immature guy discovers a lump on his testicle, then is forced to take stock of his life. | Lump

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  61. Shy Ted says:

    Ha, that tosser “Dr” (not a dr) John Campbell has a vid up apologising for being wrong about everything Convid for the last 2 years. Of course he is, he took everything gummint and health said as gospel while the rest of us knew it was all lies. Won’t link cos he’s a tosser.

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  62. Steve trickler says:

    Shy Ted says:
    March 3, 2023 at 8:04 pm
    Ha, that tosser “Dr” (not a dr) John Campbell has a vid up apologising for being wrong about everything Convid for the last 2 years. Of course he is, he took everything gummint and health said as gospel while the rest of us knew it was all lies. Won’t link cos he’s a tosser.

    He’s another that needs to issue a public apology. No harm in that…admitting your were wrong is not a drama, but he won’t. It’s telling.

    I want to go to sleep alongside Amazing Polly, fully clothed, no sex…and then get pissed as a fart with Doc Coleman.

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  63. mh says:

    He’s another that needs to issue a public apology. No harm in that…admitting your were wrong is not a drama, but he won’t. It’s telling.

    But Shy Ted has just said that Campbell has posted a vid apologising for being wrong.

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  64. Steve trickler says:

    mh says:
    March 3, 2023 at 9:06 pm

    Toe jam in the mouth.

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  65. Steve trickler says:

    mh says:
    March 3, 2023 at 9:06 pm

    Let’s see how far he digs in the future? We wait and watch.

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  66. Steve trickler says:

    $1:50 for a single lemon Aldi. Seasonal.

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  67. Steve trickler says:

    At Aldi…

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  68. mh says:


    Broncos beat Panthers in Penrith.

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  69. mh says:

    Speaking of those in the media who owe mea culpas, I recently posted a Peter Hitchens video of him debating Ukraine with some old bat on UK tv.

    At the time I was thinking he was more impressive than I had given him credit for. However tonight I was watching Hitchens from 11 months ago, and it was all about Putin’s gone mad, invasion makes no sense, Russia has the GDP of Italy therefore there is no way Russia can sustain anything, etc.

    But today Hitchens has rediscovered the history of Ukraine – the US backed coup, the eastward NATO expansion, Russia provoked, Ukraine corruption.

    The Don King move – slide over to the winner’s corner by the end of the fight.

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  70. Steve trickler says:

    This is the first time I have listed to this song sang by them. The originators.

    If I Can’t Have You – Bee Gees

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