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The Haircut That Ate Kew Trinity Grammar on Mar 26 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Oh, down at the catching pen an old shearer stands, Grasping his shears in his long bony hands Click goes his shears; click, click, click. ...

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Fake the 1969 Moon Landing? on Mar 21 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

An old friend reflected on his experience during the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing. He was employed by Australia’s Postmaster-General’s department (PMG)  – you know it today as the privatised gouging entity, Telstra. In those days the PMG was run by engineers whose core mission, after ...

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Haircutgate ~ A Grammarian Comedy on Mar 19 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

As The Cigar waded through the stream of anguish, the unfolding tragedy at Kew TGS - Trinity Grammar School’s “Haircutgate” - the hilarity of it all grew unendurable. In this leafy walled garden of Melburnian affluence, a trite school drama delivered real passion, hurt, and anger upon ...

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A National Living Treasure on Feb 22 2018

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Artists, cartoonists in particular, are frequently criticised, or their work simply disliked, for an apparent childlike drawing style. Like many, Michael Leunig’s style resembles the rambling intricate but superficially childish “doodlings” of the verteran Bruce Petty. But as crude or simplistic as Leunig’s work ...

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Cacophony on the Pacific Rim on Nov 4 2013

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Before the laying of a great telephone cable Australians developed a truly odd argot. Long isolation had deprived them of verbal reassurances from the Fatherland. From this uncertainly came a canting cadence that is not only impossible to understand even by English-speaking visitors to this fair ...

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Asides to the Weary Visitor on Oct 23 2012

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

Ancient insistence greets weary travelers with food, conversation and warm company. Like-minded, Australia (‘Straya) generously extends camaraderie to strangers peering curiously this way... perhaps puzzling at our enigmatic blend of lofty alacrity sans moral means.  Our mission? To greet the foreigner with warm welcoming words, mischievous ...

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Five-penny Tour of Paradise Oz on Sep 13 2011

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

A nation is a vector of its citizens’ clamour. As we more cynical and paranoid know, that vector is easily, and usually, subjugated by an elite. Such forces wag Australia’s tongue-politic, confusing and worrying our Asian neighbors, amusing the wider world. One ...

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Oz-tralya on Feb 10 2010

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

The name Oztralya is derived from two roots: "Oz" a transform of Uz, meaning fertile land, and "tralya" from the Pacific phyla of shell species "Tralia." Uz (Hebrew: 'Uwts) was an ancient land where Job lived sometime after the Flood (cf Bible in three verses: 1:1, Jer. 25:20, Lam. ...

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Straya FAQ on May 28 2009

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

To eloquently encapsulate this this great wide brown smudge on the southen hemisphere, BondiCigar's editor has kindly and heavily annotated to a hyperlinked glossary of odd terms. ACT - Australian Capitol Territory - As the man said, the less said about it the better. I believe this backgrounder will ...

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The Lonely Australian on Nov 5 2008

by Ewen Shearer | ˜

By Tim Jones Anyone approaching the musty quagmire of human intelligence needs to have thought very carefully about this, the most obtuse of abstractions. There are real consequences for dancing recklessly into minefields, but discussing the intelligence of others really is one of the last ...

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Down Under


Australiana


Civilization ..

   defiles itself


Times past when warlords, priests and royalty hoarded luxury, life was a short grim struggle. Today most want for little yet still deny dignified survival to working poor, and ravage entire countries as collateral to our laissez faire fiesta.
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A Century of Imperialism

     ..hasn't dulled the urge

American foreign policy never a pretty sight, finesse of the mobile crane chase from Terminator 3. Export democracy? Cure worse than disease. double arrow Read more ..


Charity

~ its own reward

And what's going on in Land of the Free, Home of the Brave? As 40% of kids fail graduation the Iraqistan wars suck $2.4 trillion [CBO 2017 est]. Imagine this staggering sum applied to rebuilding The Great Society. Think of others.
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This lazy unemployed

..crack-smoking welfare queen ran up U$15 trillion debt

lazy homeless scum
Odd how the ultra-wealthy gull even working poor to blame unemployed, disabled, weak, and vulnerable while but for the grace of God go all.

If he's a welfare leech then your soul is with the sociopaths and predators who own Warshington and its minions, the Repugnicans and Dumfocrats, gutting a once noble nation that aspired to equality.

This elite will survive the US economic train wreck, land softly on 300 million plundered taxpayers, then from fortresses of luxury and privilege prey elsewhere for spoils.

The dawn of civilization was greatly exaggerated.