Tuesday, March 24, 2009
DUE TO BUDGETARY CONSTRAINTS, SHORT STAFFING AND OTHER FACTORS DUE TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC DOWNTURN WE WON'T BE ABLE TO OFFER THIS APOLOGY.
THIS APPARENTLY IS PAULINE RELEASING A POLICY STATEMENT.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
PREMIER ANNA BLIGH WAS RE-ELECTED IN HER OWN RIGHT LAST NIGHT AS QUEENSLAND PREMIER, TO BECOME THE FIRST ELECTED FEMALE PREMIER.
JOAN KIRNER AND CARMEL LAWRENCE BOTH BECAME PREMIERS AFTER TAKING THE REINS MID TERM BUT LOST SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS. THE WIN ALSO GIVES LABOR A RECORD 5TH TERM AND SEES THE END OF PAULINE HANSEND, WHO POLLED THIRD IN HER ELECTORATE AND HAS PROMISED TO GIVE UP POLITICS, AND LAST REMAINING ONE NATION MEMBER ALSO LOST THEIR SEAT.
Joint partnership was an imaginary marriage
- Harriet Alexander
- March 22, 2009
Illustration: Cathy Wilcox
A MAN so muddled by years of marijuana dependency believed he was married to his former flatmate for nearly a decade - a mistake that threatened to derail his wedding to a new partner.
The man, 38, planned to marry this month but was unable to find the papers to prove to the marriage celebrant he was not still married to his previous partner, which she required because he had listed his marital status as "divorced".
The births, deaths and marriages registry was placed on notice that a marriage might have occurred and the celebrant needed to provide proof of his single status before she could perform the ceremony.
Enter the Family Law Court in Sydney. It heard that the man and his flatmate met through their mothers and lived together for 10 years from 1994. Their relationship was not sexual and was based largely on convenience, mutual support and friendship.
The man could not remember a wedding ceremony taking place but always believed they had been married. He told the court the details must have slipped his mind because he was stoned at the time. Indeed he had no "meaningful recollection" of significant portions of the relationship.
The pair fought a lot and in 2003 the flatmate gave him a document to sign, which he believed was their divorce papers.
It was not until he contacted his former flatmate for proof of their divorce that she told him it was a residential tenancy agreement.
The man and his new bride are now free to be married.
THIS WAS FROM THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD TODAY.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
NSW OPPOSITION LEADER, B GRADE BARRY O'FARRELL HAS LABELED BRITISH MUSIC LEGEND BRIAN ENO AS A B GRADE TALENT. B GRADE BAZ WAS BAGGING PREMIER NATHAN REES' ANNOUNCEMENT THAT ENO WAS TO CURATE A 3 WEEK MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SYDNEY IN JUNE AS A WAY OF HIGHLIGHTING MELBOURNE GETTING TIGER WOODS TO PLAY A GAME OF GOLF THERE SOON. I ENJOY THE ANCIENT GAME AS MUCH AS THE NEXT CONNOISSEUR OF TARTAN PLUS FOURS, BUT BAZ TAKES THE CAKE THIS WEEK. BY THE WAY, YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING OLD WHEN THE STATE PREMIER IS CALLED NATHAN!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
WHAT AN AGE WE LIVE IN. MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, PETER GARRETT FRONTED MIDNIGHT OIL FOR ONE MORE GIG LAST NIGHT IN THE "SOUND RELIEF" CONCERT FOR BUSHFIRE VICTIMS. IT MUST BE HARD FOR SOME PEOPLE TO BELIEVE THAT A ROCK SINGER CAN BE A GOVERNMENT MINISTER. GOOD ON HIM.
I AM CONSTANTLY AMAZED BY THE NUMBER OF WELL KNOWN PEOPLE WHO HAVE INDULGED IN A BIT OF PORN OR EMBARRASSING PHOTOGRAPHY WHEN THEY WERE YOUNG. PAULINE HANSON, THE WELL KNOWN RIGHT WING RACIST FORMER POLITICIAN WHO IS HAVING ANOTHER TILT AT POLITICS HAS STUNNED ME.
UNFORTUNATELY, OR FORTUNATELY, THESE PICS WON'T CONFIRM HER READHEAD STATUS.
Sunday, March 08, 2009
WAYNE THOMAS PLAYED DRUMS IN A COUPLE OF SETS. WE PLAYED TOGETHER IN FLAKE 40 YEARS AGO.
WAYNE WITH ANOTHER EX-FLAKE MEMBER, AND GUITAR GREAT, JOHN RUSSELL.
BIRTHDAY GIRL HELEN, BASSIST WITH "THE HERBERTS"BELOW, KEITH HERBERT BECOMES STEVE EDMOND'S NEW SINGER, AND THE DRUMMER'S A STAR.BELOW, STEVE EDMONDS WAS ALSO ALLOWED TO JAM WITH HELEN AS LONG AS HE COULD KEEP UP, WHICH HE MANAGED.
Saturday, March 07, 2009
Finally somebody has shown the chutzpah to say "enough already" to those wealthy world-weary worrywarts Bono and Bob Geldof. Sydney-bound Dambisa Moyo, a Zambian-born economist, says the singers have glamorised aid to Africa to such an extent that it is damaging the very people it is supposed to help.
Moyo's book Dead Aid has received huge publicity in the US and Europe, not least because she is been bold enough to speak out against the beatific Bono and the sainted Sir Bob and such feel-good moments as the Live Aid concert of 1985.
Moyo, who is heading to Asia to promote her book, hopes to get to Sydney next month. "Celebrities have raised millions, but it only served to further corrupt governments with the leaders able to steal money without suffering any consequences for years while at the same time the people have been made further aid-dependent. Today Africa is far poorer than it was 40 years ago." ARTICLE FROM THE SMH
Friday, March 06, 2009
Dutch border towns to shut marijuana cafes
Two Dutch towns say their eight cannabis "coffee shops" will be closed within the next six months to ward off the 25,000 marijuana-smoking tourists who flood their communities every week.
The towns of Roosendaal and Bergen-op-Zoom, which are near the border with Belgium, said in a joint statement the closures would take effect on September 16.
The move was being taken to "put an end to the nuisance and crime related to trafficking and the consumption of drugs" generated by the 25,000 tourists, a statement said.
The mayors had announced last October their intention to withdraw the licences of the coffee shops over security concerns.
At the time, a Roosendaal town hall spokeswoman said the coffee shops would be closed within two years.
The consumption and possession of small amounts of cannabis has been decriminalised in The Netherlands since 1976, as is its sale in licensed coffee shops. But its mass cultivation and large-scale sale is still forbidden.