Tuesday, 26 March 2013

...to Ballan Autumn Festival once more

G’day Possums,
Here we are again at the Ballan Autumn Festival so I thought we’d start off where we were last year at the Lal-Lal Photographic Group’s exhibition that showed some nice quality and obviously new members.

I decided to concentrate on the faces of the participants and spectators of this year’s festival.
One of the first groups in the parade (this year themed as The West) was a contingent of Light Horse re- enactors.

Light Horse

 It was a moving experience realising, as they passed the war memorial in front of the post office that nearly 100 years ago Light Horse squadrons could well have paraded here before leaving for the Middle East and France.

Ballan and Myrniong Primary Schools were well represented

As were the local CFA units on whose volunteers much depends.

And Brass bands

and the Local Dance School

and the Ballan Pony club
 and the rest...

with even some Jedi from www.rebellegion.com

They watch "Big Bang Theory", too.

Salvatore, “Ballan Provincial Butcher” wowed ‘em again with his Spit-roast….look at that queue

Judging  performances were from left, MLC Simon Ramsey (Liberal, possibly looking for a policy) newly elevated to the Federal Ministry Hon. Member for Ballarat, Catherine King ( Labor and jolly happy looking considering the events of recent days) and local Councillor Paul Tatchell(a somewhat acerbic scribe).

Local members

Performers included a delightful display of Tai Chi

And “Monsieur a’la Unicycle” who was great fun and terrific entertainment
Monsieur le Unicycle

Then there was face-painting

….and riding the carousel

….and helping with the cooking

Da Boyz

….and wandering

And puffing….

…and just sitting… observing….

…..a good event well attended

Wombat Droppings

Shaun Micallef’s “Mad as Hell” did an outrageously good representation of “He –Who –Would –Lead-Us”  ‘tother night.
It was good because it fitted…so with apologies to the wit at “Mad as Hell” who originally thought it up….
I’ve made my own….
Why does it fit?  The ambitions, intentions and modus-operandi of the respective characters are the same.

Kelly (Prattle) O‘Dwyer could well be in the running apart from, Sophie (Pit-Bull) Mirabella or Barnaby(Addled) Joyce to lose the un-losable election for the Liarbrils if her performance on “Q and A” was anything to go by.

When you have an audience ROFL- ing at your assertions that Tony”Rabbott” is neither misogynist nor socially divisive you really have to wonder whether she even knows black from white!
Brit philosopher sitting to her right A.C.Grayling, looked like he was studying a new life form when she spoke. 
Next day, Mr Rabbott on a "press-the-flesh" fronted the TV cameras' and said "We've got a plan and all Labor can do is hit below the belt", or some-such tripe. 
What is really disturbing is that it seems there is a pathological syndrome with these Liarbrils where they start a brawl and always blame the other... Pyne, "The Whyne" was caught out recently, frankly, lying again, and didn't bat an eyelid... next question.. oooh look, there's a rabbit!
It's all plans, buzz-words, bullshit, spin, smoke-and-mirrors and no policy but they'll romp it in anyway! 
Labor Party implosion is doing all it can to assist Aspirational Bogans aka "Liabrils" to walk into power without the need for policy discussion other than "bash the asylum seekers". 
Lordy, what a week!  

New “Tardis” State (where-All-Goes-Backward) Premier, Dennis “Dodo” (Genus: Inutilis Rusticus) Napthine has taken to the job with all the enthusiasm of a schoolboy in a lolly-shop, exitedly letting Unplanning Minister Matthew (What’s-a-Green-Wedge) Guy announce a very big building that has no infrastructure to support it and proposing a ferry service from here to there….and selling-off  half a public housing site to private developers to “… mix it up socially”!  
Which sort of fits with the philosophy of the privatisation of public education and selling its sites to developers. Now, there’s a role for  ‘Big bird” Baillieu (Genus: Silvertail Incompetens), he’s been-there-done-that!

"CROWDED" school curriculums will be overhauled and there will be more flexibility in school reports under reforms announced today, according to Education Minister Martin Dixon. 
Shelley Hadfield  “Sun”  November 15, 2012
“Plasticine” Dixon still wants to bash teachers into submission … is it that his educational philosophy was formed when he was at Marcellin College in conversations with Alphonse Gagitano?
Vic. Police are in a bit of bother by consorting with bikies and other assorted crims during leisure hours and taking freebies like drinks and food when offered. They have been told they are very naughty boys and that "We are watching you"! 
Police, Chief Commissioner Ken Lay seemingly comes from the exPolice Minister Peter Ryan's mold,..."I-Know-Nuffin" !

The class action by residents of bushfire areas against the Power company and it’s maintenance of poles is underway.
Question? Does Jeff (Bully-Boy) Kennett (the Dorian Gray of Tardis State Politics) feel any responsibility for this; having sold off a profitable and efficient State owned asset that was consistent in its infrastructure and materials and effecting replacement with a system that is solely there for the benefit of shareholders?

Our solar experience is becoming very interesting…. More soon.



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