G’day Possums,Time for celebrations….
The Wombat’s No:1 daughter has arrived home after another year in France and a surprise gathering was organised for her close friends by daughter No:2 and one of the friends. Unbeknown to daughter No:2: she had been deliberately misinformed as to the correct time of No:1's arrival and was thus and duly happily surprised herself.
So the surprise was completed at Collingwoodworld ta’s to Layla for helping organise things.
Second celebration was daughters No:1 tale that Wilde’s tomb at Pere Lachaise had not only been cleaned up but also protected from his “admirers”. I was quite appalled at its condition and the mentality behind the state of this stele when we saw it last year.
I found this recent sample of the new “look” at
The sculpture is made from Hoptonwood stone, a good architectural limestone that fairly well can absorb oils, inks and vegetation stains. If you examine the image of the surface of the newly cleaned sculpture you will see that the “love-damage” is still apparent.
Each time this type of stone is cleaned the detail is abraded away, ultimately till nought is left.
I can more readily understand the raison d’etre of the Taliban dynamiting the ancient Buddhas in Afghanistan than I can the slow destruction of a memorial by you, of someone you allegedly like and admire. Perhaps it’s a childishly plaintive cry in seeking identity or recognition?
Mr Rabbit gave his reply to the federal budget...... fizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.......
He was defended by one Right Winger (“Boris” Kroger, power maker with a sweet tooth [whose "ex" btw has just been dumped from the Federal No1 place on the Senate ticket] ) as “…a Rhodes Scholar in economics..” to which a talk-back caller quipped, “You mean roads, dontcha?” (Mr Rabbit is a keen cyclist). Jon Faine ABC.774
Same RW is also in a spat with a former colleague Peter Costello, but said Costello was “Aus’s greatest treasurer..) Uuuumm…. I know he spent like fury before every election and funded wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the tune of $20 billion whilst refusing to acknowledge infrastructure, educational, medical, environment and development needs.
Allegedly a poll of business types when he first got the job suggested they thought him an idiot.
Costello’s timing (as noted in a prior post) of this latest infantile dummy spit is……. superb! Virtually wiped Mr Rabbit’s reply speech away…. Which is probably a good thing as he fired shots that were blanks.
(Another talk-back quip, “We need an Abbott and Costello in parliament!”)
Costello's seen walking from a plotting session with Kelly O Dwyer…..I want to know who was giving Bitchy lessons to whom?
Mr Rabbit says he wants Aussie kids to have better foreign language skills, whilst saying he’ll vote down a Labor budget initiative, “School Kids” bonus. Perhaps he’ll have a chat with Mr Kennett ( ex Liarbril premier, Victoria) and see where all the language teachers went after they were made redundant some 12 years ago?
Mr Rabbit also wants to abolish the mining tax “ … will make Australia a better place to invest and let the world know that we don’t punish success”.
Hmmmmm… “….a better place to invest…” Invest in? or Invade?
Hope I quoted a “typo”.
So, the world’s richest woman along with the biggest Queensland miner (6 billion-dollar-man) need tax breaks?
Mr Rabbit thinks that the Labor budget was… “…an ignoble piece of work ….. that will offend the intelligence of the Australian people”.
I rather think that the Liarbril Party is by design offensive; that their pre-selections catfights are the really ignoble things in the best of middle class, aspirational bad taste and that they seem conflicted as to their own meagre policy positions.
In the Tardis STATE of Victoria where everything goes backward, the Minister for Anti Corruption Andrew McIntosh….. looks, in a meeting, like he really shouldn’t be there ‘cause he’s really not interested and why should you be …oohhh this is boring…. But thinks the new guidelines for anti-corruption are fantastic.
Law Council and opposition think they are Byzantine and designed to obfuscate!
He is also “unavailable” to discuss this matter with the redoubtable and attractive Josie Taylor on ABC “Victoria”.
Hello Mr Baillieu.
Poor Ms Josie T. then gets to interview the Baillieu appointed Governor of the Tardis State…….
Daughter No:1 could have opined … “at least Sarkozy had panache…” Mrs Wombat begins to snore…
so I’ll leave you Possums with these quotes from “The Age”…..
“Mr Chernov replaces a man not afraid to speak out. Professor de Kretser used his own migrant experience to criticise the Howard government's citizenship test, and passionately warned of the consequences of climate change”.
“But it is clear Mr Chernov will not be an activist. Asked if there were issues he would pursue, Mr Chernov said: ''I'll leave those things to the Premier. He decides the issues.''
Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/our-new-governor-was-quite-the-wag-in-his-day-20110221-1b2hh.html#ixzz1uYRHeC7e
And because we're talking of dead things….. another image from Pere Lachaise......
and one from the beautiful Cistercian Abbey of Fontenay