Sniffle XLXIII: A Bright Light in a Bad Situation Edition

I’ve often rhapsodized on the wonder of plucky, western Australia (and New Zealand, yes) floating around in the middle of a big ocean surrounded by…well, the sorts of countries that the families of the lost flight MH370 have had to deal with for the past two and a half weeks (at the time of writing). [...]

Categories: Geography and Foreign Affairs

Happy (One-Day Belated) Australia Day!

(Even if to Australians it’s been at least two days by now but never mind all that)

Categories: Science and Nature

Seven Sociopaths (Brett Mc_S Reporting)

Intrepid Australian Elections Correspondent Brett McS files the following report (filed previously with RC2, and do link over for further coverage): This is John Howard’s legacy in action. Twelve years of balanced budgets and paying off of the former (Labor) government’s debt to the point where the Australian Government’s books were in the black. Rudd [...]

Categories: Politics

The Ashes!

(I like putting the !-mark at the end of that; makes it seem a bit like a west end musical) So, if anyone needs an open thread in this ghost town of a blog, do please let this be it. But, mostly, here is where I plan on finally figuring out how to read this [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Musical Interlude!

Via Brett McS, who knows me, what can I say: Ali Mills – Waltjim Bat Matilda In the first minute or so, I was confused, and had to look her up in Wiki, at which point all was made clear: Her Kriol version of “Waltzing Matilda” sung in her Gurindji-Kungarakan language (written by her great [...]

Categories: Art and Literature

Freaky Australian Weather Correspondent Brett McS Sends Us the Following Video

Giant Waterspout Batemans Bay Australia Brett files the following report: “Dude!” a) One wonders if it’s an entirely good idea to keep driving towards it. b) It’s funny how freaked out I got getting the rear-passenger POV on a right hand drive car. It kept making me nervous that they were turning into the wrong [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Catholic Beefcake

Daily Mail – A win and a prayer: Devout Catholic rugby star shows off the tattoos he hopes will keep the man upstairs on his side Truly, this story brings all good things together: New Zealanders, Australia, rugby studliness, ‘n God. He’s the sort of guy you’d be proud to have on a poster in [...]

Categories: Sports and Leisure

Puggle! Puggle! Puggle!

Echidna Puggle at Taronga Zoo Curtsy: io9, after the video, click through for the punchline.

Categories: Science and Nature

Absolutely the Funniest Item of the Day CCLXXXVII

Carlton Draught – Beer Chase

Categories: Food

Mark Steyn’s Speaking Tour

I’ve had this open for a few weeks and it’s worth finally linking to: The Spectator (Australia) – Silence this infidel Mark Steyn’s recent appearances in Australia remind us why he’s a world leader in defending free speech, by Rowan Dean

Categories: People and Current Events

Ooge Tracks o’ LAND!

Election results from our Intrepid Queensland Election Correspondent Brett McS: Conservatives retake Queensland! Labor down to seven (7!) seats, Conservatives 75!, Greens 0 (and down on percentage), independents and still undecided, the remaining few of 89 seats total. Political commentators gob-smacked. Campbell Newman is the new Premier (no ‘lame duck’ sessions for us). Former Major [...]

Categories: Politics

The Sweet and Kind Melbourne Girl

This news makes me happy. Especially when you see what the runners up were (the bottom two I’ve never heard in my life). Top points if you recognize the reference in the title.

Categories: Entertainment

Your Mother-Nature-Is-Trying-To-Kill-You-In-Ever-Increasingly-Original-Ways Moment of the Day, Golf Course Edition:

Daily Mail – Now that’s what you call a water hazard! Flooding brings killer sharks to golf course At the 14th tee at the Carbrook Golf Club, Brisbane, a dozen man-eating bullsharks are waiting to swallow any lost balls and the sight of their fins poking through the water has even made the place a [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Super Skippy!

Eagle-eyed baby-animal-and-science enthusiast Brett McS actually sent this a couple of days ago so apologies if this has already been celebrated the internet over. The New Scientist – Resurrected ancient protein is a potent antibiotic As marsupials, wallabies give birth to young at a much earlier stage in their development than placental mammals. For example, [...]

Categories: Science and Nature

Double Plus One!

Brett McS sent me an email. And boy howdy, what an email. About Australia. Western Australia, to be less general. After a rainstorm, to be ever more precise. But before I could brush off ye olde image uploader, however, RC2 beat me to it. So I’ll save myself the resizing and just link: Wheat & [...]

Categories: Entertainment