Monday, 30 June 2008

A game of Skill?

Didn't your mother tell you not to play with your food? In the US they have a game similar to the skilltester you see in amusement arcades where you can try and catch a lobster which is then sent off to the kitchen to be boiled alive.
The following statement made by PETA:

But People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) say the machine “turns torture and death into a game, pure and simple.”

PETA also insists that there is no humane way to kill a lobster and it should therefore not be eaten.

But Ernie Pappas, whose company make the machines, points out even lobster’s don’t subscribe to that rule.

"Lobsters' favourite food is lobster," he told the Denver Post

It was pointed out to me by a friend that would I willingly sit by, point out which cow I would like your steak to come from and then see it being led off to have a bolt put through it's head, have the throat slit, sit at the table while the animal was being disemboweled ? Well of course I wouldn't do that.
The thought of any animal being tortured appalls me greatly but in abattoirs, the beasts are killed humanely, it is swift. I worked in one and hated every moment of it. This did not stop me from being a meat eater. I dislike seeing chickens caged, they do suffer from living in cramped conditions. I still eat eggs. I will still continue to enjoy lobster also, however I wouldn't like to witness the above skilltester theme of catching one.

Saturday, 28 June 2008

Your rights to have children?

Increasing cases of child abuse of the most horrendous are coming to light in Australia, with one such case of 14 children found to be living in absolute squalor and 7 being sent to hospital. Only two weeks ago, twin 18 month old babies were found dead inside their cots, allegedly malnourished and they had been dead for near on a week before they were discovered by their 11 year old sibling.
After reading this story , the comments are varied. The woman was jailed for 4 years after her 18 month old daughter died when she was hog at night to teach her a lesson to stay in bed. This young woman, 27, is now pregnant again and says she fears what the authorities will do when the baby is born. One comment in particular caught my attention and I think is valid:

If pedifiles are being castrated for there crimes i think mothers that also harm there child/ren should also be made to have there tubes tied before they leave jail , this is a disgrace
Posted by: mel of brisbane 12:13am today
Yes, pedophiles are to be chemically castrated before release from prison here in Queensland on a voluntary basis. Anna Bligh, Queensland's premier says, that it will be for pedophiles and other sex offenders classed as dangerous only if they consented and was agreed to by a psychiatrist.
She ruled out mandating chemical castration – where prisoners take medication to reduce sexual urges – saying research showed mandatory measures did not work.

Fifteen dangerous sex offenders have been jailed indefinitely since the laws were introduced in 2003, while 38 have been released under supervision orders.

Corrective Services Minister Judy Spence said the number living in the community was expected to rise to 100 by 2010.

Under the changes, corrective services officers would have extra powers to decide where sex offenders were housed and if they should be banned from drinking alcohol. And prisoners kept in jail would have their cases reviewed every two years, rather than annually.

Judges would also be forced to consider indefinite sentences when an offender first came before the court, rather than when they were due to be released, and there would be a five-year limit on supervision orders to encourage more judges to keep them in jail.,23739,23914065-3102,00.html

Now to the question asked by the previous commenter, what about sterilisation for women who are jailed for the serious abuse/neglect of their children and those who contribute directly or indirectly to the deaths of their children . Does this woman deserve to have another child, many say the baby will be at risk. Maybe this woman has reformed, which brings the forth another question, what price a child's life? If we are to have voluntary castration of serious male sex offenders, then perhaps women who carelessly neglect/abuse/kill their children should have the same type intervention made to them. Voluntary or mandatory for both males and females? Children are a gift and it is with great shame that they are treated as a dispensable. So many grey areas, civil liberties, second chances, reformed prisoners. Each case would be different and where do governments draw the line?

Soaps or Sex

According to the UK's Sun paper, women are choosing to tune into tv rather than tune into their men. The survey says 17% of women aged between 16-24 hurry along sexual activities just to watch their favorite shows, the linked article also states:

Others plan annual holidays around the TV schedules or lie to friends about being busy so they can avoid missing their programme, a new study has revealed.

Well that in itself speaks enough if we are bringing in GIRLS at 16 into a sex survey. Interesting that a percentage of women would rather look at the idiot box than spend time with a partner, come on, television episodes usually only go for an hour a week, the other if you are lucky ...longer. Speaks volumes for communication skills if tv takes preference. Let them do a survey among the older than 24 age group, I think the outcome would be very different. Decisions, turn on the television or turn on your man?

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend

This is what happens at 3am when one can't sleep. Think Cherie and Kate will have a go at this, and also JMB has some lovely photos to use in one, as does Pam with her farm and animals. Ms. Simi from Welshcakes' would look great in a slide show, lots of different designs and guys, some guy type things in there as well. I was boring and only used one photo but you can use how many you like in creating a slide show. Don't be shy have a go.

Create Your Own

Monday, 23 June 2008

To Kiss a Georgia Frog

Am so excited , today in the post my cute lil Georgia Frogs arrived. Beautifully handmade by Pam from Life on a Southern Farm , the Georgia Bull Frog and Georgia Green Frog take pride of place on my pillows. My thanks go out to Pam who carefully packed them and sent them on their long journey to Australia. Please take the time to pop over to Pam's site where you can experience the joys of life on a southern farm and you will also find the Etsy link where Pam has on display the items she makes with purchases available.
Thank you Pam so very much. The postcard of the waterwheel is on the wall near my pc along with Annie the goat. Readers you should check out Lionel the cat and inquisitive Jack, the donkey.
Every night I shall kiss my Georgia Frogs, will I wake to find a Prince Charming?

Sunday, 22 June 2008

Farewell Jane McGrath

Wife of Australia's cricket great, Glenn McGrath, has passed away after a long battle with breast cancer. Jane McGrath first contracted breast cancer back in 1996 and after treatment the disease returned in her hip. She valiantly fought the disease with the support of not only her husband and family but the whole of Australia. A very sad day for Glenn McGrath and their two children.
Am sure all of Australians offer deepest condolences and sincerest of sympathies for a family the public come to know and love not just from cricket but in the way Jane McGrath faced the demon of cancer with dignity. A battle she sadly lost .


Thursday, 19 June 2008

Ramsay's Language to Stay

A federal parliamentary committee has rejected a push to ban swearing on television.

But the committee has recommended that classification codes be made clearer to better inform viewers of what to expect.

Senator Anne McEwen says some submissions to the committee called for offensive language to be limited.

But most Australians accept that adults should be free to see and hear what they want on TV, Senator McEwan says.
She also noted that the committee uncovered widespread concern about the language used by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay on Channel Nine's Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares.

He reportedly used the f-word 80 times in one episode.

"People were offended by the way Ramsay directed his language to his restaurant staff in an abusive and aggressive manner," Senator McEwan said

"A number of people made the point that that was probably more offensive than the actual words used."

Liberal Senator Cory Bernardi says the committee never intended to push for any form of censorship.

But Senator Bernardi says he still has concerns about the language used by Ramsay

"No one has yet been able to convince me that an M-rated show such as an episode of Gordon Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares that contained the F-word - and I'm not referring to fondue - 80 times in 40 minutes is infrequent coarse language," he said.
This whole post is copied from provided link.

A Nation of Fatties!

It has been revealed by research that Australia has the highest number of adults who are deemed to be overweight or obese. Middle age groups are at the high end of the scale with seven out of ten males and six out of ten females are over the BMI of 25 and now close to four million, 26% Australians are classed as overweight. America has 25% of its adult population in this category.

Medical experts are calling for subsidised gym and personal trainers to help combat a growing nation of expanding waistlines. Professor Ian Caterson, director of the Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise at the University of Sydney agrees with Professor Simon Stewart, head of Preventative Cardiology at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute saying that the medical system needs to look at wait lists for surgery , that they could be prioritised on the basis of weight loss. A common misconception of society is that overweight/obese people must be gluttonous and bring this on themselves, which of course isn't always the case.The weight loss industry flaunts diet pills, miracle exercise programs, and miraculous schemes that promise you will lose x amount of weight in short time. I am no dietician or health expert but common sense would be to moderate the exercise and control of what foods you consume along with the amount. Each case is different and quite often many people have a lack of will power to help themselves. I say moral support for those needing to find will power and strength is vital in helping them attain a goal weight. It is very hard to help those who wont help themselves.

This supposed wait list in the medical system should not discriminate against those who are overweight/obese if the matter is urgent. All surgery carries a risk and the risks get higher with the heavier the patient but in all fairness, I'd say that genuine emergencies will be treated as such. I wonder if there is a proposal for those who pay private health insurance, will they be made to wait and lose some extra pounds or is this just a scheme for the public health system users. Full details can be seen here. While you're at it, check out this site, where the writer basically is asking if the guys prefer outside beauty/inner ugliness or outside not so good/but with inner beauty. You make up your own minds but does the government and health authorities have the right to tell anyone who isn't what society says is ideal, they are being refused surgery because they are not what we expect of them?

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Do Boxers have BIG Mouths?

For those who know about boxing, many would be familiar with Australia's Jeff Fenech. Now retired from boxing, he is to do battle with Azumah Nelson on Tuesday for the third time. Fenech who is a three times world champion, believes he was robbed of a fourth title against Nelson in 1991. Staunch supporters of Fenech will agree and at the time, I did myself. Over time, circumstances change and so do opinions. Jeff Fenech taunted Azumah Nelson in banter typical of boxers at a gym about his weight, the difference between them is only 8kg. Both are older with Nelson at 49 and Fenech at 44. In Australia we have another boxer, Anthony Mundine. Once noted as a rugby league great, he is successful in the ring but his mouth is as big as his ego. We all remember Mohammed Ali and his famous line, "I am the greatest", but the difference between Ali and the likes of Fenech and Mundine, is humility. These two boxers, Fenech and Mundine may have won many bouts each and hold/have held world records but what fails them most is their cocky attitudes and outrageous statements along with the assumptions that Australians are 100% behind them. Quite a large percentage of people would love nothing more than to see Fenech and Mundine get knocked on their respective backsides. Sooner or later Mundine will kiss the canvas hard and I can only dream of seeing the schmuck get his come uppance. As for Fenech, he is a has been , win or lose on Tuesday. A liar at best, who went on tv and many times publicly denied he was involved in the theft of a watch from a store when it was clearly seen on cctv even though he eventually admitted to the theft in court. That was where he lost any respect I had for him as a sportsman and Australian.
Mundine, he uses his race, that of being Aboriginal saying he fights for his people. He fights because A: he IS good, B: he craves the limelight and is full of his own importance.
It was Mundine who said the terrorist attack on the US on September 11 “was God’s Law”. It is not because he is Aboriginal, it is not because he is a Muslim that a large number of Australians do not like or have respect for him as a man, Anthony Mundine is his own worst enemy.
See here for opinions, good and bad on Mundine.

$2 Entry Fee, Too much?

At Albury -Wodonga on the New South Wales/Victoria border, parents and children are protesting the fee of $2 to enter the local sporting ground. Parents say they shouldn't have to pay the fee to watch their kids play sport. Apparently the kids who participate and the coaches along with volunteers, are forced to pay the fee upon entry. This happens even with training during the week. On match day, it would seem unfair to charge the kids who are playing, the volunteers who man the kiosks, coaches and referees/umpires. Any other person, be it parent, relative or friend should pay. This is how many councils raise revenue to fund such places. During the week, if there is another place to train, then by all means use it , but these players are using the facilities of the council/shire and to maintain them, they would have to charge an entry fee. Another way of raising the funds for upkeep is to raise land rates. Imagine the uproar the mayor and council would be facing then. To enlist a child to play sport is not cheap by any means with the required gear, insurance fees etc but I think $2 is a small price to pay to see your child play sport and worth every cent. Somewhere, somehow the money has to be raised and the council has to ensure they have full public liability also. In this day and age far too many of society expect things to be free and in reality they are not. Stop whingeing, stop being a tight ass, pay up. For the record, I happily pay a $2 entry fee to watch my son play.
See here for more on this story.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

ALIENS and UFO's.......Do They Exist?

All over the world there are numerous sightings of UFO's. Here in Queensland every year , many reports are made of flying saucers. I personally find it far fetched and do not believe that there are alien life forms. There has to be some other explanation for the objects that people see claiming it was a UFO. Yes I am skeptical and mainly because having spent a few decades on this Earth, I have yet to sight one myself or anything that supposedly looks like it. No one has ever captured one yet many say they have been kidnapped by aliens.Dr Martin Gottschall has been studying UFOs for more than 30 years and says,
"Queensland's natural wonders could be the drawcard" .
"The occupants of these craft appear to be interested in the vegetation and one of the objects of study is the Great Barrier Reef," he said.
"There are other areas in Queensland that seem to be so-called hot spots. One that has lasted for a long time is up around Tully. I think there's reason to suspect there might be one or more alien bases in that locality, probably underground or underwater."
I tend to go along with the theory of sceptic, Associate Professor Michael Drinkwater, Head of Physics at University of Queensland.
"There are a lot of crazy things in the sky which we don't understand, but I personally think anything we've seen so far we'll eventually find natural explanations for," he said.

"The eye and brain do incredibly complex analysis when you see something, particularly at night.

"When you see something that is unusual, the brain interprets it as something more physical and more real than it actually is. I've seen something called a fireball which is a very large meteorite, so large it lights up the whole landscape at nighttime.

"My eyes told me it was something so low, it crashed over the next hill, but I know from science that it's more than 20km up in the atmosphere and my eyes are giving me the wrong message.",23739,23874050-5013016,00.html

Knickers at Royal Ascot

Ladies be careful if you're planning on visiting Royal Ascot this year commando style. Organisers of the annual horse racing event are cracking down on women who wear no undies saying it is formal dress that is required. There is to be no flashy jewellery or fake tans either. Stewards will be keeping a closer eye on ladies who reveal their backsides if and when their skirts are lifted by wind gusts. Also, off the shoulder dresses, halter necks. mini skirts and dresses with spaghetti straps are forbidden to be worn and reminders are issued with the invitations.
Royal Ascot is deemed to be the most important social and sporting event of the year in Britain. One would be well aware of the dress code required at such an event so if they go flaunting their wares to all and sundry, they can expect to be asked to leave by the fashion police who will be watching valiantly for any indiscretions.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Awesome Foursome!

We all know Princess Anne is the sporty princess and here she is giving the royal eye to Australia's Awesome Foursome Olympic Rowing Team...

Students on the Net

Queensland State Government is planning on entering personal details including photos of every state school child in an online data base. Photographs, personal details, career aspirations, off-campus activities and student performance records are being collected from all 1251 state schools.

Queensland Education Minister Rod Welford has warned the state-wide rollout of the OneSchool database is "non-negotiable" and any student who doesn't divulge the required information could be refused an education.

The system is to be available for teachers and principals to access information on students.
Terry O'Gorman, Civil Liberties Council vice-president says that the system needs to be restricted so principals and teachers could access data only on their won students , with non-teaching staff excluded and no access for home computers.
"Why should anyone other than the teacher of a particular student and the principal of that school have a right to know what a child's academic performance is, behavioural status is or what their life aims are?" he said.

"It just puzzles me as to how it can have any possible benefit to centralise that information, whereas it has a clear privacy downside."
OneSchool users will have passwords to one of 12 different levels of access to the encrypted data, according to their role.

Until now schools have used paper records and offline computer or internet-based databases to store student information.

Queensland Council of Parents and Citizens Association vice-president Charles Alder rejected concerns about security breaches.
"The security standards on this are as high as on any other system," he said.
Queensland Association of State School Principals president Norm Hart also supported OneSchool.

The first phase of the database rollout, to be completed by December, focuses on developing accurate student-management records including school reports, contact details, attendance, extra-curricular activities, behaviour, career aspirations and parental contact.

I for one do not want my childrens photos along with all their details available on the net, makes it too easy for some smart ass or sicko to gain access if they can get into the site. A hacker with correct knowledge would be able to do so. If I wanted to share my kids details I feel I should have that right, not the government taking it into their hands and basically forcing parents to agree or they may lose the right to an education which will force parents to use the private system , that is not within many parents financial reach. Too many decisions regarding families and children are being taken over by the government , the civil rights of parents are being eroded by stand over legislation. Compared to many countries we do have a good life in Australia but I don't see this country as good as it is made out to be.

Saturday, 14 June 2008

Happy Father's Day

Sunday 15th is Father's Day in America and the UK, to all the Dads, Granddads, Cooper's dad...without your gift of life the difference would never have been known, and especially those who give love like a dad, have a happy and safe Father's Day. There is nothing in this world that can compare to the love a father can give.

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
- Pope John XXIII

You're a kind and generous person
Who does brighten up our days;
Bringing much joy to all of us
With your kind and thoughtful ways.

You're a wonderful person
Who makes cares just disappear.
With your warm endearing smile
Through out each day all year.

That's why this greeting
Comes on this, a special day
We just want to thank you
For your loving, endearing way.

A Father Means….
A Father means so many things...
A understanding heart,
A source of strength and of support
Right from the very start.
A constant readiness to help
In a kind and thoughtful way.
With encouragement and forgiveness
No matter what comes your way.
A special generosity and always affection too
A Father means so many things
When he's a man like you....


Roll Up...Roll up.....the CIRCUS is in Town

Hurry up 4pm, we were off to the circus. Before we arrived I contemplated the difficulty of parking. Much to my surprise, that was the easy part.
With the car parked and locked we made our way over and proceeded to do what everyone else was, looking at the animals. The photos did not turn out that good as the public was kept well back and I only had the trusty camera phone. Sure enough there was the obligatory fairy floss, or as the Americans call it, cotton candy and the freshest dagwood dogs I have ever tasted. A jumping castle with a few exuberant kids and mine tugging on my arm, "Come on mum, let us go on?". One grand male lion was laying on his back in all his glory, catching a few sun rays before show time. Lining up wasn't the nightmare usually experienced at such events and once we were seated it wasn't long before the rotund Ring Master bellowed into the microphone as the lights went down.
All eyes ringside and the lions were first to appear. Straight away I sensed that not was all that it seemed and the lions looked bored, it was very routine, simple and the lion tamer was seen to taunt the lions, albeit in a small way. One mumma lion took a few swipes at him and let out a low growl that sounded like she was pissed off more than having fun. Yay, we had ringside seats and right in front of us is where the male lion sat. Having seen many tv shows and documentaries, you can never appreciate just how big his paws are until you have one right in front, not even 6 feet away. He was magnificent. The tricks consisted of them each sitting on their own stool, then one jumped through a paper hoop, that was it...lion show over!
A scantily clad young lady came out and performed an act on a rope, twisting and turning upside down, contorting into unthinkable positions that made my bones creak just watching. One part, she was upside down with legs split and Mister 9 leaned over and whispered in my ear, "That's disgusting and gross mum".
There was some very , very good acrobatics from the guys, then they brought out the monkeys, been waiting to see these cute little creatures do their thing. One rhesus monkey entered the ring, done 3 forward somersaults, he was gone, the other walked around the ring on his hands, he was gone. Hmm, well that was exciting.
The Welsh ponies came next, run around the ring half a dozen times, then formed a line standing behind each other, the one behind stood up and placed front hooves on the rump of one in front. The stench from the ponies was overpowering, there was no normal horsey smell about them, an excruciatingly vile stink that got right in the nose and hung around for the entire show. That was the ponies over.
The trapeze artists were great, it was about 15 minute segment and I give them credit for scaling such heights and executing the twists and tumbles with apparent ease.
The clowns were not what I envisioned. Nothing like the clowns of yester-year and about as funny as a fart in an elevator. I know a circus is aimed at entertaining the kids, but there wasn't many laughing at the clowns either.
The highlight of the night for me was when the clowns grabbed an audience member, tied him to a board, blind folded him and pretended to throw huge carving knives at him. Then one at a balloon which was placed precariously between his legs. All the while the clown wasn't throwing the knives, it was the ring master sneaking out from behind the board and stabbing the knives into place, he hid back when the blindfold was lifted. The reason this amused me no end and I wil not go into the finer details of why but the audience member chosen was none other than one of our local police detectives...'good job', I thought.
Although Mister 10 says it was boring, he didn't like the animals being caged, the show was a success in the eyes of the children and that is what counts.

Friday, 13 June 2008


A Brisbane court's decision today to have five of the Aurukun Nine put behind bars over the gang rape of a 10-year-old girl would have a profound effect on the remote Cape York community, the group's indigenous lawyer says.

Thema Schwartz, of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service, refused to rule out an appeal after the full bench of the Supreme Court of Appeal this morning ordered jail for three of the adult rapists and detention for two juveniles who took part in the 2006 attack.

Four other juveniles will be placed on probation.

The decision overrules that of Cairns District Court Judge Sarah Bradley, who last year allowed the nine to go free on suspended sentences after accepting prosecution submissions the girl had "probably agreed" to have sex with them.

Ms Schwartz said she would contact the nine, who have now had warrants issued for their arrest, as a matter of urgency.

She would not be drawn on the reaction of the nine males, but warned indigenous people across the Cape would be affected by today's decision.

"We're going to strategise our next step," Ms Schwartz said outside court.

"There will be an impact on the community ... That's all I'll say."

In a scathing judgement delivered just after 11am, Queensland's Chief Justice Paul de Jersey described Judge Bradley's original decision to release the Aurukun Nine on non-custodial sentences as "extraordinary".

"The court has concluded that the sentencing of (the nine) in these cases was attended by a number of errors," Justice de Jersey said.

"These errors were so serious as to produce a clear miscarriage of justice.

"The prosecution must bear substantial responsibility for what occurred ... (however) The imposition of a proper sentence was ultimately the responsibility of the judge."



She would not be drawn on the reaction of the nine males, but warned indigenous people across the Cape would be affected by today's decision.


At an appeal hearing in Brisbane in May, Solicitor General Walter Sofronoff QC successfully argued the lenient punishment was grossly out of step with community expectations.
Lawyers for the nine disagreed, claiming the Cape York community was so dysfunctional, it had produced a different moral standard.


Ms Johnston said the argument was valid.

"I think, though, that (today's) decision did take that into account," she told reporters outside court.

"We all have to recognise that the conditions are manifestly different up north to what they are down here ... (but) there seemed to be a different level of justice.

"Hopefully this starts to set the level playing field across the state."

She said moves by the Supreme Court of Appeal to ensure the offenders received counselling and rehabilitation as part of their punishment was crucial.

"It has to be about stopping the cycle," she said.


Optical illusion 3

Stare at the image on the bottom and move your head forward while concentrating on the center dot.

Thursday, 12 June 2008

Johnny Vegas....get off stage !!

British comedian, Johnny Vegas was seen to intimidate a young girl he fancied on stage during one of his shows in London. After the girl was brought to the stage, he proceeded to try and pull up her skirt and told her not to move or he would kick her. This may of all been in so called jest, but the menacing implications of his suggestions are not in the slightest funny. Apparently half the audience found it amusing as he was seen to stroke her breasts, touch her genital area and then straddle her while she looked increasingly uncomfortable and embarrassed by the whole incident. I am not a prude in any way but I find it infuriating that society accepts the likes of Johnny Vegas who has resorted to molesting girls on stage under the guise of entertainment just to get his jollys. At adult comedy one would expect lewd jokes but would you pay to see a disgusting leech act like Vegas did? Anyone who thinks what he did to be comic, needs to have their head read.

Appeal decision tomorrow for men who raped 10-year-old

Tomorrow morning at 11 am EST, a decision will be made public by Queensland's Chief Justice, Paul de Jersey regarding whether the nine males who raped a 10 year old girl deserve harsher punishment. Judge Sarah Bradley ordered no convictions be recorded against the males and they all walked free from court which resulted in a massive backlash from the public.
Tomorrow could very well be a real Friday the 13th for those nine males and rightly so. What I would like to know, what happens to Judge Bradley? Does she receive a quiet whisper in the ear that she should of handled it better or will she have her own sorry ass hauled over the coals as she so rightly deserves also. I have no doubts that the legal fraternity of Cairns will back the Judge to the fullest. After seeing the same Judge direct a jury to find a not guilty verdict against a man in his 70's for indecent dealings with children under the age of 16 when he clearly was guilty and admitted to one count, her actions in this case do not surprise me. Bring on Friday the 13th and a recommendation of jail for those nine males and for Sarah Bradley, sack the bitch.

Wednesday, 11 June 2008

Nectar of the Gods.....or should that be Cods?

Next time you are driving and need to relieve yourself by the roadside, beware of being bitten on the family jewels. A North Queensland man, Darryl Zutt who was on a pig hunting expedition was not so fortunate. As he squatted to attend his business, he felt a sharp prick to the nether regions and when looking down, the culprit was seen sliding from between his legs. A cold can of rum* was used to soothe his pain while his mate who was with him on the hunting trip radioed ahead and upon arriving necessary tests revealed he had indeed been bitten but not envenomated. Luck for Mr Zutt and even luckier for his mate who didn't panic and use olden day method of sucking out the poison.

Mr Zutt said he had copped a ribbing from his mates but they knew full well "they could’ve been attending my funeral".

"They’ve been saying things like ‘It was a trouser snake fight’ and ‘He (the snake) saw the competition and got scared’," he said.

"Once they knew I was right, the jokes came out."

P.S.... *Rum and other alcohol beverages are often referred to as Nectar of the Gods.

Cryzan by ~Eve~

The following post was written by Eve and posted at Crushed's site, they reminded me of something very real and I think it is excellent writing and wanted to share it with those who have not seen it as yet.

As shadows lengthen their ageless forms,

And a chill breeze snatches my soul away,

The ghost of a sigh echoes in my heart,

Held captive by scores and scores of forgotten yesterdays.

The sigh resounds, triggering heartache,

I sweep my eyes around this barren landscape,

Hauntingly familiar, hovering spirits of thought faeries;

'Tis the place of long lost dreams and buried memories.

Wander I often here, the wind upon my face,

Caught within the eternal boundaries of time and space,

Seeing for one moment, ideals glimmering in a haze.

What place have I here?

But then again, reality tends to disappear...

Hand in hand, skimming pebbles of first impressions,

I walk with old flames, repeating conversations,

Smiling, laughing, my self of the past walks.

I just stand and watch, reliving each paradox...

Lonely, the wind carries silent regrets,

It sweeps through my being; I have to submit-

A feeling of indescribable sadness and longing...

I like it.

To this country will I come when sad or just weary,

Till I return here for all eternity.

Tuesday, 10 June 2008





You have two minutes to complete this puzzle, come on, it's a 2nd grade test from China. Post here how long it took , I have no hair left after it ...


Monday, 9 June 2008

Dad permits 13 year old to marry?!

While Australia has Bill Henson taking photographs of naked teenagers, we now have a police officer from the Northern Territory who sanctioned the marriage of his 13 year old daughter to a 19 year old male. The reasons the father went ahead and basically said ok to the marriage that it was within tribal law. He allowed his daughter to sleep with the man in his own house, who then became pregnant. The pregnancy wasn't viable and the fetus died, and when surgery followed it was discovered that the 13 year old had 3 sexually transmitted diseases.

No 13 year old is capable of making decisions about marrying and raising a child, still a child herself. Tribal laws are still practised to some degree in communities and the law can and does refer to these at times through the judicial system. Calls have been made for the police officer in question to be fired over allowing this to take place. While supposedly upholding the law he approved the sexual abuse of his young daughter and permitted it to take place in his own home.
Chief Justice of the Northern Territory, Brian Martin sentenced the 19 year old male to two years jail, to be suspended after 6 months saying , the child "freely entered" into the traditional marriage and became pregnant in September 2006.

How in the hell is a 13 year old capable or mature enough to "freely enter" such an arrangement? Sexual abuse and sexually transmitted diseases are rife in aboriginal communities with the government attempting to stamp out the rising statistics. This can not happen while parents condone their children to be used this way.

Sexual abuse is not confined to aboriginal people or their communities in Australia.

Friday, 6 June 2008


Bill Henson the photographer at the centre of the controversy of photos he took of a naked teenage girl and boy will not be charged. Prosecutors have decided not to charge him saying there was little chance of a conviction. The photos in question are not pornographic as we know it but it is the whole idea of getting these teenagers to strip, and then pose while having their photos taken should not be accepted. I do not care if people view porn or the likes, that is their own business and as long as minors are not exposed to it then I do not see a problem. What infuriates me is the fact that the whole process took place and this photographer, Cate Blanchett the actress, and the Robyn Oxford Gallery deem it to be totally acceptable. SHAME on you for taking these kinds of photos in the first place and even more SHAME if you class them as beautiful works of art. Art is about expressing ideas, so what kind of ideas does Bill Henson and the ones who support these kiddie photos really have? Kind of hypocritical when Australian Federal Police have just touched the tip of the iceberg charging 90 men across Australia for posessing images of children and child pornographic images. Pedophiles will flock to Bill's work like rats to a sewer.

Prisoner's Compensation

After reading a story in the Cairns Post Tuesday June 3rd, I can't find a link online to connect to this story but did notice plenty of similar cases.

A prisoner from the correctional facility Lotus Glen near Mareeba has been awarded $500 compensation for a remark made by one of the prison guards. This particular case failed in two mediation hearings, a two day hearing before the Anti-Discrimination Tribunal where witnesses were flown from Cairns to Brisbane all at the expense of the tax payer.
Douglas Savage who works for the ADT heard the case and has criticised the the time and costs of such a matter being brought forward. He says the case could and should of been dealt with in a local magistrates court in under an hour.
The remark about the applicant was made by the guard to another, calling the prisoner, "a little black c**t". The prisoner was apparently offended by this remark and sought compensation through the legal system. The complaint was made in January 2006 and resulted in the amount of $500 AUD.
Racial discrimination is not acceptable but you will find remarks of the same and similar being bandied around everywhere in life. Imagine how bogged down the courts would be if every remark was filed for compensation. You often hear remarks about 'white trash', white c**t, yet if one was to bring about a lawsuit seeking damages, it would be laughed out of court and dismissed for the triviality that it is. I have to agree with Mr Savage who stated that it was a waste of tax payers dollars, and really what a frivolous claim to make. The only ones to make any money out of this would of been the lawyers acting for both parties.
This prisoner was jailed for two years for numerous assault charges occasioning bodily harm, assault while armed, unlicensed driving, breaching of domestic violence orders and drug possession. I fail to see how 3 words can worry a man so much that he seeks compensation and wonder if he gave a thought to those he robbed and assaulted. If those victims seek compensation, chances are he wont be able to pay and therefore the tax payer will again.
There is a difference between real discrimination and that of careless remarks. People need to grow thicker skins and stop wasting courts time and tying up valuable resources. Political correctness has gone overboard in many cases .

Thursday, 5 June 2008

100 Reasons for being a Male Animal

1. Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat.

2. Movie nudity is virtually always female.

3. You know stuff about tanks.

4. A five day vacation requires only one suitcase.

5. Monday Night Football.

7. Your bathroom lines are 80% shorter.

8. You can open all your own jars.

9. Old friends don't give you crap if you've lost or gained weight.

10. Dry cleaners and haircutter's don't rob you blind.

12. Your ass is never a factor in a job interview.

13. All your orgasms are real.

14. A beer gut does not make you invisible to the opposite sex.

15. Guys in hockey masks don't attack you.

16. You don't have to lug a bag of useful stuff around everywhere you go.

17. You understand why Stripes is funny.

19. Your last name stays put.

23. The garage is all yours.

24. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness.

27. You never have to clean the toilet.

28. You can be showered and ready in 10 minutes.

29. Sex means never worrying about your reputation.

30. Wedding plans take care of themselves.

32. Your underwear is $10 for a three pack.

33. The National College Cheerleading Championship

34. None of your co-workers have the power to make you cry.

35. You don't have to shave below your neck.

36. You don't have to curl up next to a hairy ass every nite.

37. If you're 34 and single nobody notices.

40. Everything on your face stays its original color.

41. Chocolate is just another snack.

42. You can be president.

44. Flowers fix everything.

45. You never have to worry about other people's feelings.

46. You get to think about sex 90% of your waking hours.

47. You can wear a white shirt to a water park.

48. Three pair of shoes are more than enough.

49. You can eat a banana in a hardware store.

52. Michael Bolton doesn't live in your universe.

53. Nobody stops telling a good dirty joke when you walk into the room.

54. You can whip your shirt off on a hot day.

57. Car mechanics tell you the truth.

60. The world is your urinal.

62. You get to jump up and slap stuff.

63. Hot wax never comes near your pubic area.

66. You never have to drive to another gas station because this one's just too skeevy.

68. You can sit with your knees apart no matter what you are wearing.

69. Same work....more pay.

70. Gray hair and wrinkles add character.

71. You don't have to leave the room to make an emergency crotch adjustment.

72. Wedding Dress $2000; Tux rental $100.

74. With 400 million sperm per shot, you could double the earth's population in 15 tries, at least in theory.

76. If you retain water, it's in a canteen.

77. The remote is yours and yours alone.

78. People never glance at your chest when you're talking to them.

81. Bachelor parties whomp ass over bridal showers.

82. You have a normal and healthy relationship with your mother.


87. You can rationalize any behavior with the handy phrase "F*#k it!"

88. If another guy shows up at the party in the same outfit, you might become lifelong buddies.

93. If something mechanical didn't work, you can bash it with a hammer and throw it across the room.

94. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet.

96. You don't have to remember everyone's birthdays and anniversaries.

97. Not liking a person does not preclude having great sex with them.

98. Your pals can be trusted never to trap you with: "So... notice anything different?"

99. Baywatch.

100. There is always a game on somewhere.

Wednesday, 4 June 2008

M...M...M..... Mere Male Meme

Think it is about time we had a male orientated meme. The first 6 questions are Ginro's ideas and a few more have been added. How many of the male readers are game enough to answer and post this in their site, or here if they wish? Just answer and nominate who you wish to tag with M...M...M. I will tag ALL of the male readers who appear in the list on the left.

1. What's your favourite type of razor?

2. Boxers, briefs, Y fronts, or longjohns?

3. Hair gel?

4. How important is changing your underwear to you?

5. Do you like women to wear kinky boots?

6. Why?

7. What publication do you read in the toilet?

8. Do you wear aftershave and what brand?

9. Describe what type of woman/man is your ideal?

10. Can you cook? Boiling water doesn't count!

11. What genre of music do you most listen to?

12. If you were an animal, what and why?

There, now I wonder if any males will take up the challenge.

Mosaics with Flickr

Cherie has this Flickr mosaic, I finally put one together, although three images didn't come through but never seen it until the final result. Not as easy as I thought but fun to do. Go look at Cherie's , hers came out perfect!

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd's Mosaic Maker.

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food?
3. What high school did you go to?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

1. from joanne*, 2. abalone shell (experiment in black#1), 3. Sassafras!, 4. Not available, 5. "Gordon Ramsay's CNY Marathon" on Asian Food Channel, 6. D r e a m i n g, 7. Olympic Stadium of Athens OAKA, 8. Timeless Pavlova, 9. Turin in Love, 10. ...Ladybird Traffic Jam..., 11. fiery mum, 12. PENITENZIAGITE!

Tuesday, 3 June 2008



Let me introduce....JAM my Business Consultant

This is my business consultant, Jam; short for Jameeca. Having discussions today about the Girly Meme, and the fact no information was given about what cosmetics Jam uses, I thought I'll do it myself, add some colour to Jam's portrait and ask readers which colour do you think suits best?

Monday, 2 June 2008

Spanish Bullfighting....Sport or Torture?

This is the moment matador Jose Tomas was gored during a bullfight.
The crowd looked on in horror as it charged the 32-year-old bullfighter and tossed him in the air.
Yet Tomas managed to recover and kill the bull, triumphantly showing off the ear in traditional fashion.

The bull fight has been a representative part of Spanish culture for years. Long considered an art by its many followers, the origins of this event lie in the ancient Iberian people who sacrificed bulls in religious holocaustic rituals in public spectacles. The origin of the shape and form of the bull ring could come from the ancient Roman circus although Celtic-Iberian temples also had a circular form.
The bullfight as it is known and enjoyed today began to take place in the 18th century and Francisco Romero was the first bullfighter to give organization to the celebration of a bull fight and is the creator of the current “muleta”.
But the true protagonist is the “toro”, whose ancestors have become extinct in the regions they inhabited except for the Iberian peninsula where it survived due to the bullfighting tradition. This animal has always been a symbol of strength.
For an explanation of what exactly goes on in a bullfight we must enter into a world of terms and technicalities of which the outsider may not be accustomed. To start with, each bull fight afternoon typically includes 6 bulls and 3 bullfighters participate.
The bull fight begins with a sort of parade of the participants around the bull ring, this is called el paseíllo. The fight is divided in three parts which are called tercios. There are marked by un toque de clarín or a trumpet sounding. In the first tercio the picadores appear on horseback and injure the bull with long pointy spear like lances.
In the second tercio the banderilleros place three pairs of colored banerillas on the animals back injuring the bull with the pointed ends.
In the third tercio, or suerte suprema, the bullfighter uses the small red cape, or muleta, substituting the pink and yellow capote used throughout the fight, finishing off the festival of the bullfight with the definitive sword thrust into the bull thus killing the animal. If he does it right it goes directly into the heart of the bull and he dies instantly.
If the public feels the torero did a good job, he will get one ear, both ears or both ears and the tail as a prize, depending upon the grade of perfection demonstrated. The president will take into account the public opinion, but it is he who decides the corresponding trophy. The public indicates its appreciation by waving white handkerchiefs.

I have much respect for different traditions and cultures around the world. Exploring and learning these differences can be fascinating at best. However, this is one I can not understand and would say that although the animal is eventually killed, and above it says instantly, it amounts to nothing but torture prior to the bulls death. So what if the matador gets gored, it couldn't of been the beasts idea to be penned into a ring and stabbed repeatedly, tormented then killed.

Optical Illusion

Do this and post what you see, I was surprised.

Girls Stuff

Kate and Cherie have tagged me with this meme. To do with beauty and makeup. Think we need one for the guys to do as well.

My Foundation:
Rarely wear it

My Mascara:
Rimmel Extra Super Lash

My Day Cream:
Oil of Olay

My Essential Beauty Product:
Can't go without deodorant and perfume, nothing worse than stinky people

My Favorite Makeup Product:

My Perfume:
Opium by Yves Saint Laurent...who coincidentally passed away today aged 71.

My Nails:
To fingertips. One breaks, I bite them and then grow them again.

My Hands:
Small soft hands, usually warm.

My feet:
Neat and tidy, little toes, nails trimmed.

Three Products to bring on a deserted island:
1. My deodorant
2. Hairbrush..not really a product but I'll take it.
3. Toothbrush

Women I admire for their beauty:
Audrey Hepburn, Cleopatra,

Women with the Best Sense of Style:
Audrey Hepburn

My Ultimate Dream:
Don't have one anymore.

How Do I Define Womanhood:
Womanhood means different things to different people and all are valid. (this is what Cherie said also, so I pinched her answer)

My Favorite Fashion Publication:
I don't read that trashy crap.

I'm going to tag Megan, Joh, Birdwing, and any other females who want to have a go. Let's get one going for the guys !!

Sunday, 1 June 2008

Reaction Test #2 !

Click and hold the red square.
Now move it so that you neither touch the walls, nor get hit by any of the blue blocks.
If you are making it to 18 seconds you are doing brilliantly....