Wednesday, 31 March 2010
It evolved into its present form through several centuries and influenced by several cultures, it now infers fun and frivolity associated with Spring, with practical jokes and pranks being the order of the day. Taken from Poor Robin's Almanac in 1760:
"The first of April, some do say, is set apart for All Fool's Day.
But why the people call it so, Nor I, nor they themselves do know.
But on this day are people sent, on purpose for pure merriment"
Got to say, that doesn't do much for me as poems go. Load of cobblers. :o)
Then there is the problem of landing around midnight which means that by the time we clear customs, passport control, immigration whatever and get a bus (if they're still running) to the city centre it will be very stupid o'clock in the morning and most places don't offer 24 hour reception.
Luckily for us, our pal Duncan (see Savong's School and make a donation to this incredible cause) and his partner have sent us a number of options of places to stay and hopefully we can sort this out soon enough. Even better, they have offered to look after some of our luggage while we travel around the islands.
Even after dumping as many clothes as we can after the cruise, we still have plenty left, but by leaving one bag with D, we can travel much more lightly which makes life so much easier. We have land back at Auckland before we fly back, so we can collect our excess baggage then.
Not only that, but Duncan has also offered us his office facilities to let us Skype, email, connect to the internet, whatever while we're around.
Brilliant; top man, indeed.
Currently both minimum ages are 18 throughout the land but a Labour "think-tank" has proposed raising the age to 21 for off-sales and 25 for people allowed into pubs and clubs.
Still in the early stages of debate, public consensus is being sought and further details and information can be found at www.twentyoneplus.gov
We had great dinner conversation and aside from her insisting that any time we passing Wogga-Wogga (sp?) she would gladly put us up for as long as we wanted, she told us tales of her previous cruises. By the sounds of it she's covered almost the entire world and loves it.
Unfortunately she travels on her own and after my mishearing that her husband had "moved on" and thinking he'd karked it, it turned out he left her after fifty years of marriage and since then, she's been having a ball. What a top chick and if that's not inspiration to travel, what on earth is? :o)
If this was Asia, they would find that all prices would be at least treble the going rate for a local customer. Why advertise you're from out of town?
Hang on though, maybe that explains why everything in this country is so dear- they are all tourist prices and as soon as we set sail, all the costs drop back to normal.
Like accommodation in NZ, for example... :-(
Full training, uniform and materials will be supplied as long as you own your own transit van but it will need to meet stringent health and safety regs and any mods will need to be met by the owner of the vehicle.
In return, these new "mobile, recycling-opportunity inspectors" can then levy their own fees for picking up recyclable rubbish from their neighbours before taking it to the local dump.
However, be warned. They will also have the authority to check through your waste to ensure all materials are recyclable and if if, they will be able to issue fines.
Anyone wishing to apply should make enquires at their Town Hall.
For a start, they actually allowed us to walk on and off the boat, despite it being a working marina and on our return, security was more than a little lapse. I could easily have smuggled off a packet of peanuts off the ship too, no one was too fussed.
The town was big enough to walk around for an hour or so with plenty of shops, malls, restaurants and sights to keep you occupied and the weather was glorious.
We're also wondering if Tasmania actually counts as a separate country as it is its own island. Probably not as it shares the same currency but you'd be forgiven in thinking it wasn't Oz as it is by far the most European place we've been to in our month of touring this continent.
Definitely worth a visit.
Following successful trials in Baden-Baden, Germany, councils in south east England are going to raise funds for road maintenance by getting local citizens to sponsor pot holes.
After decades of fighting a losing battle against wear and tear on public highways, the Brits are following their German cousins by getting the public to stump for partial costs of re-filling open holes in the road- in return for having a small placard placed by the site. If the person is willing enough to pay extra, they can even choose which colour they prefer. The mayor of B-B, Herr Holengefüller said:
"it came to us during a staff meeting in the local Beirkellar when someone said they would happily pay for a seat at the bar if they named it after him.
Before we knew it, the idea had snowballed and we launched "Operation Lochengestopfen" ("Hole Filler") and so far we have raised in access of 3.6 € million in just the last six months. People are crazy over the idea and love the colour option scheme.
We offer cost price for standard black/grey, cost +10% for green/brown, cost + 20% for blue/silver and if you really want to push the boat out, cost + 50% for any colour you like. One person has a patch of red and yellow which set him back 12 000€ for the privilege. It looks a bit odd but it brightens up the place and he loves it."
Councils participating in the scheme include Kent, Essex, Norfolk and Middlesex, but expect the project to be rolled out nationally if results mirror those in Germany.
The town sits between two mountains, Wellington and Nelson and beside the Derwent River. It was first inhabited by a mix of crims and army bods back in 1803, under the command of Lt John Bowen who came up from Sydney. It is Australia's second oldest capital city and it hosts the tough Sydney to Hobart yacht race.
The only other factual I can dig up is that it has Australia's first legal casino.
OK, it may not sound like much, but if you check the photos out (they will be around here soon enough, depending on upload times) it really does look pretty and the best bit is that we are docked over night and only set sail tomorrow at 16:00.
This will allow us ample time to see exaclty what Tarrant was raving about. :o)
As we were trying to get through the scrummage of people wanting to meet the captain, one of our waiters ran up and asked us if we wanted a drink. We said we were just off to grab a bite to eat but he excitedly told us the first one was free and he could send it to our table.
Isn't that sweet? How's that for service? Perhaps our reputation is preceding us?
Opening with "Land Down Under" with mashed and mangled self-penned "lyrics", this lurching transvestite gargled the song at Motorhead volume, tottering around the stage like some Frankenstein on smack. Dressed in what looked like the fabric from a deck chair as a poncho and with hair in rollers, it took a few minutes to realise the she male was in fact a burd. *shudder*
We gamely stood ground for fifteen minutes looking for anything to gouge eyes and ears out with, but it was in vain as all sharp instruments had been confiscated by AQIS and on board security. Instead we were treated to this freak horror show- and now I am describing the audience, who were braying like demented donkeys at every utterance of sexual innuendo and sledgehammer double entendres.
It was like watching a nauseating episode of "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" meets "Last of the Summer Wine" meets "The Vicar of Dibley". Anyone want to throw up yet? Now you're getting close.
We left and rued not taking up that offer of a free beer, what a ghastly night.
We didn't attend but we passed through on our way to dinner, but I did catch a glimpse of the man, resplendent in his formal whites and hat.
It was only later I realised it wasn't the captain; rather the head chef...
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Anyway, on the way back we are stopped outside the harbour perimeter and we then had the fiasco of watching guards check out the underside bus with sniffer dogs, while equally fat (sorry, burly) blurks came marching on and requesting that they see our cruise cards.
This whole charade was then repeated once we arrived at the boat, thirty seconds later, when another team of c(r)ack SWAT militia stormed our little mini bus to check for illegals, bombs, a packet of crisps.
The best thing about this? Burnie has a population of 19 000, give or take 500 either side.
This security bollocks is starting to wear a bit thin now...
Apparently there is a new kid on the block which allows just about anyone to begin their utterings in cyber space but sadly I couldn't have a look see as we have no internet connection. Apparently all it takes to start is a post to their website and you're off- they do all the setting up for you and you can post, add pictures, links and just about everything you need to make a first class Blog.
A bit like this isn't. :oD Try here:
Team P GD PTS
1 Man Utd 32 51 72
2 Chelsea 32 53 71
3 Arsenal 32 40 68
4 Tottenham 31 28 58
5 Man City 31 19 56
6 Liverpool 32 21 54
7 Aston Villa 31 11 51
8 Everton 32 8 49
9 Birmingham 32 -4 45
10 Blackburn 32 -15 41
Team P GD PTS
1 Newcastle 39 46 83
2 West Brom 40 35 79
3 Nottm Forest 40 21 70
4 Cardiff 39 17 62
5 Swansea 40 2 62
6 Leicester 39 9 61
7 Blackpool 40 12 57
8 Doncaster 40 4 55
9 Middlesbrough 40 9 54
10 Sheff Utd 40 2 54
The sport has come in for significant criticism following the processional opening ‘race’ in Bahrain, which for large sections resembled a leisurely drive through a London suburb by twenty middle-aged women.
The feedback has led to organisers rethinking the new rules and hinting that for the rest of the season the cars may be required to tow elaborately decorated floats around the circuits in an effort to make the processions a more pleasing spectacle.
Head of Formula One, Bernie Ecclestone “We simply thought, if we’re going to have a procession of 20 cars going round and round, let’s give it a Mardi Gras vibe, yeah? I’m 79 you know.”
“We’re thinking bright colours, dancers, maybe some samba music. Each car pulls a float around the circuit, and we’ll award points for the best decorated - Ferrari have some wonderfully gifted decorators you know. Have I told you that I’m nearly 80 by the way?”
Motor-sport fans have criticised the rule changes for 2010, with one stating, “If I wanted to watch cars driving round and round in a orderly queue, I’d spend my Sunday afternoons in Tesco’s car park.”
“I want to see the drivers doing things that I can’t with a car. Yet I overtook more cars on my commute to work this morning than Jensen Button will all season, maybe you should point a camera at me?”
However, Schumacher said changes were not necessary, insisting the races will become more interesting, “just as soon as the drivers get used to the new rules, and then….oh sod it. Who am I kidding? It’s dull as hell and everyone knows it.”
A Vatican newspaper editorial said the media claims barely even referred to “faith”, choosing instead to base the attack on the Pope around things that had “definitely happened”.
The editorial continued, “Facts are not something the church deals in, for blatantly obvious reasons, so we don’t think you should use them when reporting on us - it is only fair.”
“Look, if the Church only dealt in ‘facts’, the Bible would be about a page long and it would simply be a list of places that were definitely around at that time, plus maybe the names of a few kings.”
“That’s what your so called ‘facts’ do you see, they make everything boring and real.”
A Vatican spokespersons went on to explain that just because a series of facts points to something having happened, doesn’t mean it definitely did.
He said, “It’s the exact opposite of how we work, actually. There are many things which we say definitely happened, despite a complete absence of any factual evidence whatsoever.”
“So when you take that to its logical conclusion, lots of factual evidence must mean that it definitely didn’t happen. Right?”
“Just because you have proof that someone reported to then Cardinal Ratzinger about some proven child abuse, and further proof that no action was ever taken, doesn’t give you the right to say he ignored it. It might have got lost in the post.”
“Look, we are men of God, we have absolutely no reason in the world to lie about this.”
It's also the only place we shall stay overnight, so we can take our time to explore what has always been a place we have wanted to visit. And the reason for that? It's all down to Chris Tarrant.
Many years ago before he hit the main stream and became a household name he used to Dj on Capital Radio. We have always been fans of Capital, even when we moved back from London to Southend and we continued to listen in, particularly to his breakfast show.
I'm not sure how he stumbled across Hobart, but he began to plug the place and eventually he even broadcast some live shows from there, encouraging people to have a look see for themselves. So, we are finally about to. :o)
I've yet to be stopped as I literally carry nothing and wear about the same. Flappers, shorts and a T. However, until recently I have forgotten that I carry a few banknotes in my pocket held together with a money clip. A metal money clip.
I wonder why that hasn't set the alarms ringing? Pretty poor metal detector if it can't pick that up...
Saying that, we are currently in Burnie (Tasmania) sitting in their rather swish library which is offering us free connection. Wifey is trying to find us somewhere to live when we land in Auckland on the weekend, which is proving a bit more challenging as we land around midnight.
I'm just making the most of having access to the inetrnet again. :o)
Monday, 29 March 2010
Hello, friend- G'day, mate
Well done- Good onya
True, real- Fair dinkum
Seriously, I kid you not.
It also goes on to suggest tipping rates; 15-20%. Yeah, right...
Small problem. The cupboard is usually left locked as the librarian forgets or can't be bothered and so the old biddies raid the cupboard and grab all the books before they are cleared off the system. Not good if they forget to return them or are partway through their read at the end of the cruise and they happen to fall into their open suitcases...
Eva Marie Saint
Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp:
"It was a difficult game. Coming into the game I had a funny feeling it was going to be a tough one but, once we were 2-0 up, the game fizzled out.
"It's a vital three points for us - we've got to keep picking up points. We've got a tough run-in against the top three but we can give anyone a game.
"Gareth Bale is unbelievable. He can run and run and never even looks like getting tired. With his stamina, pace, ability, and that left foot, he's got everything to go on to become one of the best players."
Portsmouth boss Avram Grant:
"At the moment, it looks like we have a problem for the semi-final, because at the moment we only have 10 fit players, but we need to wait and see.
"We are not going to give up and will continue to keep fighting despite everything. We are trying to be professional and keep the spirit of the game, to play with pride for the supporters.
"We came here short of players, with guys out of position, and played well. I am very, very proud of the boys."
Clearly we won't be expected to gain any points but this is certainly our pivotal point of the season. We will e found wanting. :-(
I had to try them after 45 odd years of being picky with food and can report that they are OK. Leg meat is better than the sparse calf meat but both are a little bland,despite chef's attempts to make them a little glamorous.
It's now been ticked off the list and I doubt I'll make a huge effort to try them again.
Gone With the Wind- Clark Gable
Casablanca- Humphrey Bogart
On the Waterfront- Marlon Brando
Rebecca- Laurence Oliver
Camille- Robert Taylor
The Blue Angel- Emil Jennings
Queen Bess- Errol Flyn
Rosemarie- Nelson Eddy
Top Hat- Fred Astaire
Algiers- Charles Boyer
The Way We Are- Robert Redford
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof- Paul Newman
Love Story- Ryan O'Neil
Bonnie and Clyde- Warren Beaty
Romeo and Juliet- Leslie Howard
South Pacific- Rossano Brazzi
The Apartment- Jack Lemmon
A Star is Born- James Mason
Random Harvest- Ronald Coleman
West Side Story- Richard Bayner
If you're an IT spazz and can't work out your Outlook from your look out, they run mini computer lessons (an hour only) on board in the internet cafe. But cop for the prices:
- Create digital movies for CD/DVD: AUD$ 28
- Edit digital video: AUD$ 28
- Word processing basics: AUD$ 28
- Email with ease: AUD$ 34
It became famous when The Love Boat was filmed on board the Pacific Princess in 1977 and as you know, I am still waiting to watch a full episode from the continual re-runs they are showing on board. Failing that, I can even buy the entire series from the souvenir shop for a “discounted price”, no doubt.
It sounds like a name for a pub but it's the emblem of Australia and supposedly adopted as both creatures are incapable of going backwards. I assume that is meant to be a kind of rousing mantra to locals to inspire them to always/look move forwards.
I remain to be convinced. ;-)
I'm certainly not complaining but I think it's a little too long and three weeks would have been ideal.
Sunday, 28 March 2010
Anyway, why is it that when you disagree with someone's opinion, they immediately accuse you of being rude?
“That was very hot today, young man”
“Well. we're used to living in Bangkok and have adapted to warmer climes. It averages around 32-35 C most days there and while today was warm at around 25 C, we're used to much hotter temperatures”.
“There's no need to be rude”
Really, this is how people react when you dare to have a different opinion.
It's the same when you decline an invitation. If you dare to say “no” without a plethora of made up excuses, they get all indignant and take it as a personal affront. I'm sorry, an invitation allows the person to decide yay or nay. If you're going to get all upset at being declined, don't even bother asking.
Eh? Wot? Come again?
It's stupid enough clapping the pilot on landing a plane, but for a driver who has crept along at 40 kmph (and I can walk faster than that) the old bids break out into raptures of adoration? Oh, per-lease. Get a grip.
Yes, pensioners will have limited mobility which is why there is a huge industry for walking sticks, wheel chairs and other aids to get incapacitated folk moving- so why don't they use them?
Do they ignore such vital equipment to avoid looking foolish or untrendy? Have they looked at themselves in the mirror? Purple hair, garish, ill-fitting clothes, socks with sandals and ridiculous hats are just the start of it.
Anyway, the secret to a quick getaway is to sit as close to a door on the bus as you can and then get into the embarkation queue as soon as you can.
In Adelaide we were unfortunately right at the back of the bus but as we stopped, no one seemed inclined to want to get off and just sat in their seats, applauding the driver. They were probably waiting for him to give them the all clear before they creaked into action but I took the opportunity and was at the door with wifey in tow.
God, the comments and dirty looks we got for daring to get in front of any of them. Talk about hostile natives. It was a toss up between answering a couple of the more audible sarky barbs back or getting on board first. We just legged it. :o)
It appears not.
For all the markets that each town is “really famous” for (according to the burd who gives daily lectures on what to see and do when we get to our next destination) are always closed when we dock in port.
I'd have made an effort to open up and perhaps make a buck or several but maybe the Aussies really do get paid too much after all and they just can't be arsed?
He can't be that magic then, can he? :o)
He was a young chap called Kamal Bhusman, who involved the audience and kept us all entertained for the entire show with witty, light-hearted banter and some really good bits of “magic”. Definitely worth going to see.
It gets even more uncanny. Not only does the lady in question bear the same initial but also the same name (first and surname) and it turns out she is in the stateroom directly next door to us.
Colonel William Light was the architect of the town and he situated it along side the River Torrens around 1840. Due to the number of religious folk, numerous churches were built; so many in fact, that Adelaide is referred to as the City of Churches and has around 100 of them in its vicinity.
It is Australia's fourth largest city and currently has a population of 1.1 million. Nearby you'll see “The Mount Lofty Summit” which has imaginatively been likened to Adelaide's Mount Everest. It also was one of the first settlements to have a judicial system and its own Copper Farce.
We really liked the place and hopefully we'll be uploading some pictures shortly to give you a taste.
Mind you, they probably have some kind of “adorable” nickname for it like Ado or similarly revolting.
Happily, that seems to have been just a glitch as our arrival at Adelaide yesterday was greeted with temperatures in the late twenties and once again the sun was grinning its head off. The forecast had been “over cast and temperatures from 11-16 C.
They have also announced that Melbourne is likely to be very wet and stormy tomorrow but seeing as we have already tramped around the city for a few days before we embarked on this cruise, if it's shitty when we get there, I'm staying in bed. :o)
Things are looking better today though, we have a signal of sorts (slow), the internet cafe manager has refunded me my lost time (top man) and we've been assured that the routers will be back on line later today.
In the meantime, I'll just have to go jogging around the decks. Yeah, right. I'm off to the buffet...
Friday, 26 March 2010
Not wishing to be left in the lurch we've now cancelled our stay there and will be looking elsewhere.
Another reason to pull out is that on reading the small print, the price quoted was per person and not per room. In other words they wanted to charge us NZ$ 320 each for the four nights, which is well over three hundred quid. For a hostel? Sod that, we'll find a hotel for the night and start our Magic Bus tour earlier.
I suspect New Zealand is going to be even more expensive than we predicted and we may be returning back to Bangkok sooner.
Oh, well, every cloud...
I am aware the Chinese have their celebrations in February but I have no idea why the Australians have decided to have another knees up in March, a week before Easter...
UPDATE: Speaking with our insider, it seems that all Princess cruises will have a New Year's Eve party on board during each voyage. To me, it seems like yet another ploy to rake in the cash and try and hit wet sale targets. We'll be giving it a miss.
As we didn't, we've been out by 30 minutes (on the maps) since then, and so we now bring you the bigger, brighter and accurate version. See next post.
AFT- rear/stern of the ship
AMIDSHIP- middle of the boat/lengthwise
ASTERN- behind the ship, ship moving backwards
BEAM- boat's width or widest point
BOW- front of the ship
BRIDGE- where navigation and handling of the ship is done
BULKHEAD- shipboard name for a wall or partition
COMPANIONWAY- flight of stairs
DECK- floor; inside or out
DRAFT- depth of ship below the waterline
FATHOM- nautical measurement of depth. 1 fathom = 6 feet
FORWARD- toward the bow/front of boat
GANGWAY- boarding ramp
HELM- ship's steering apparatus
KNOT- nautical speed. 1 -1/6 land miles per hour
LEE SIDE- side of boat sheltered from the wind
PITCHING- motion of the ship where the bow rises and falls
PORT SIDE- left side of the boat as you face forward
STARBOARD SIDE- right side of the boat as you face forward
STERN- aft/rear of ship
TONNAGE- customary measure- in displacement of ship size
TOPSIDE- upstairs, upper decks
WINDWARD SIDE/WEATHER SIDE- side of boat exposed to the wind
Thursday, 25 March 2010
- 24 H in a D- 24 hours in a day
- 26 L of the A- 26 letters of the alphabet
- 7 D in a W- 7 days in a week
- 7 W of the W- 7 wonders of the world
- 12 S of the Z- 12 signs of the zodiac
- 66 B of the B- 66 books of the bible
- 52 C in the P (WJs)- 52 cards in the pack (without jokers)
- 18 H on a G C- 18 holes on a golf course
- 39 B of the OT- 39 books of the old testament
- 5 T on a F- 5 toes on a foot
- 90 D in a R A- 90 degrees in a right angle
- 3 B M (S H T R)- 3 blind mice (see how they run)
- 32 is the T in D F at which W F- 32 is the temperature at which water freezes (and that should be pure water)
- 15 P in a R T- 15 players in a rugby team
- 3 W on a T- 3 wheels on a tricycle
- 100 C in a R- 100 cents in a Rand
- 11 P in a F (S) T- 11 players on a football (soccer) team (the "s" put me off, there is only one kind of football)
- 12 M in a Y- 12 months in a year
- 13 is U F S- 13 is unlucky for some
- 8 T on a O- 8 tentacles on a octopus ("an", surely?)
- 29 D in F in a L Y- 29 nine days in February in a Leap Year
- 27 B in a N T- 27 books in the new testament
- 365 D in a Y- 365 days in a year
- 13 L in a B D- 13 loaves in a baker's dozen
- 52 W in a Y- 52 weeks in a year
- 9 L of a C- 9 lives of a cat
- 60 M in a H- 60 minutes in a hour (again, "an"- it's cheating!)
- 23 P of C in the H B- 23 pairs of chromosomes in the human body
- 64 S on a C B- 64 squares on a chess board
- 9 P in a S A- 9 provinces in South Africa
- 6 B to an O in C- 6 balls to an over in cricket
- 1000 Y in a M- 1 000 years in a millennium
- 15 on a D M C- 15 men on a dead man's chest
- 6 S on a D- 6 sides on a die
- 24 H in a D
- 26 L of the A
- 7 D in a W
- 7 W of the W
- 12 S of the Z
- 66 B of the B
- 52 C in the P (WJs)
- 18 H on a G C
- 39 B of the OT
- 5 T on a F
- 90 D in a R A
- 3 B M (S H T R)
- 32 is the T in D F at which W F
- 15 P in a R T
- 3 W on a T
- 100 C in a R
- 11 P in a F (S) T
- 12 M in a Y
- 13 is U F S
- 8 T on a O
- 29 D in F in a L Y
- 27 B in a N T
- 365 D in a Y
- 13 L in a B D
- 52 W in a Y
- 9 L of a C
- 60 M in a H
- 23 P of C in the H B
- 64 S on a C B
- 9 P in a S A
- 6 B to an O in C
- 1000 Y in a M
- 15 on a D M C
- 6 S on a D
- straight up- one number, 35:1
- split- two numbers, 17:1
- street- thee numbers, 11:1
- corner- four numbers, 8:1
- first five- five numbers, 6:1
- line- six numbers, 5:1
- column- twelve numbers, 2:1
- dozen- twelve numbers, 2:1
- black/red- 1:1
- odd/even- 1:1
- 1-18, 1:1
- 19-36, 1:1
- Elbert Hubbard
While that certainly was the case in the old days, it no longer holds true for us now. Saying that, I am rather looking forward to getting back to Bangkok after we finish in New Zealand next month. I am quite homesick.
We are now totally prepared for any more snow, claim councils
Councils across the country last night spoke out to assure local residents that should any more snow fall, they have finally taken all possible steps to be completely prepared for it.
Following significant snow fall in December, and criticism of their lack of preparedness, councils across the country put their rapid response teams to work, which has lead directly to today's readiness announcement.
One council worker explained, "After a couple of months of planning, we have ordered and received extra stocks of grit, so should any more snow fall in the coming weeks I can assure residents of our parish that all roads will be gritted to sufficient standards."
"I swear to God, I'm not even kidding. If two feet fell tonight we would be totally okay about it."
"I think this shows that when something needs doing urgently, you can rely on your council to make it happen. Eventually."
Another council member was at pains to explain how expensive it had been to procure all of the extra grit they seem to think is still required.
"It's actually quite expensive to get hold of extra road grit in March, but monetary considerations should be secondary when the safety of our residents is at stake. Especially with it being election year and all."
"One issue was storage, so we had to find a way to make room for all this extra grit until we need it."
"We discussed it during our weekly rapid response meetings - the ones that didn't get postponed anyway - and in the end we made extra room by emptying a number of reservoirs which contained nothing but fresh water."
"We discussed it, and we can foresee absolutely no need whatsoever for all that extra clean water in the coming months. No, no, you're welcome."
I've missed NArse. :o)
Certain models (Sportser and V-Rod) are going to have a reduced production run (closing down for 14 weeks) after Harley revealed a 91% dive in profits for the second quarter of the financial year. World wide sales have slumped by 30% and there are planned redundancies for 700 production staff and 300 white collars.
Funny how no one seems to be bailing the motorcycle industry out, isn't?
We found this little place in Fremantle down by the harbour and it is entirely the kind of place we used to seek out and enjoy back in the UK. Unfortunately though, we come down to the delicate issue of price once more. Can you believe that a pint of the special at Little Creatures will cost you a whopping AUD$ 9.80.
That's well over six quid a pint and it's not as though they have to factor in transportation costs, they brew their beers directly on the premises...
Wonderful venue though.
Bit then I realised all politicians are full of shit and XX (name withheld by us and you'd not have heard of them anyway) probably means all pollies need to top themselves up on a daily basis.
If this being the case a direct line to parliament house would certainly be in order to remind the bastards of what they like to dish out the electorate on a continuous basis.
It may give them all a different outlook on life, albeit a shitty one.
As to the fake ad - page 4 'Publicity agent for hire'.
Keep up the good work."
I have no idea about the original article, even what the writer is trying to say here, but I am rather amused/surprised that such down to earth language is permitted in print. It certainly makes a change and it beats the silly asterisks papers use to censor naughty words (which I find wholly condescending) but the craft of decent letter writing is clearly a thing of the past.
I'm not sure I approve yet. Perhaps the author could pen something a little more aggressive against McBroon and I can decide then?
Unlike food, which really is available all around the clock, obtaining a beer or any other type of alcoholic beverage is not so easy. Most of the bars will serve until midnight and we have one nightclub "Wind Jammers" or similar that will crawl on until 02:00, but after that, you're on a dry streak.
Which probably isn't such a bad thing.
Here there is usually a hold up as a bottle neck develops as the oldies have a seizure at some point due to altitude sickness, or they suffer sun stroke or amnesia and we have to wait until they regain their composure. As we inch along the rope ladder of a bridge, we are further subjected to delays as people suddenly think they are at a supermarket check out when the reach the X-Ray machine.
They seem absolutely amazed that they have to place all objects to be screened on the conveyor belt, similar to when being asked to pay for goods and then realise they have their purse at the bottom of their shopping, now full of shopping. Panic ensues, and they start to flap at being requested to give up their items for X-raying.
After at least half a dozen attempts they will finally pass that stage before once again causing an M25 like jam when going through the metal detector. I'd rather sit on broken glass than have to endure this every day...
We finally get our chance to pass through all the security devices and once again there is no hitch. Until we encounter yet another bored/over zealous worker who demands wifey removes her hat. The flat, baseball style cap, which has successfully just gone through the metal detector without warning sirens or strobe lights.
What on earth do they believe that she has under there? Plastic WMD? A 3 litre box of wine? A deadly hair clip?
Too much people, far too much.
Currently one can ride up to a 125 cc bike on your own with just "L" plates but if the Europrats insist that you need to be accompanied by an instructor, it will prevent 150 000 riders from staying on the roads, which is around half the UK bike buying population.
Other nasty things in store include raising the DAC minimum age level to 24 (currently anyone over 21 can do their test on a bigger bike to avoid restriction- it's called the Direct Access Course) and adding further power restrictions; 15 bhp for two years, another two years at 47 bhp and then yet further training and another test to obtain an unrestricted licence.
This will bring about the extinction of two wheeled transport in the UK and that is an outrage.
Besides, if we have to face these Draconian measures to prevent road sta-testicles, then the same should apply to a car driving licence. To not do so must surely be a case of blatant discrimination. Time to go to the courts.
Over the last few days we've lost transmission and I assumed it was due to not being able to pick up a signal. Turns out this may well not be the case and it's down to the same reason the casino is closed. We are not out of Australian waters and so cannot show certain transmissions until we reach international waters again.
Which is a bummer as we have no way of catching up on the news (forget the internet, it's waay too expensive) and I need to know if Scooby Do has knacked the baddies.