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What You Cannot Prevent You Ought to at Least Enjoy – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

October 2nd, 2012 · No Comments · Humour, Quotes

General Jackson and I had observed the scene with some delight on the ground that what we could not prevent, we ought at least to enjoy.

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The Devil is at Least Good Company – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

October 1st, 2012 · No Comments · Humour, Quotes

I hate the Dons worse than the devil himself—the devil is at least good company they say

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Gracefully Acknowledge the Compliement – “Burr” – Gore Vidal

September 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Humour, Quotes

The Colonel often says, “Whenever a woman does me the honour of saying that I am father to her child, I gracefully acknowledge the compliment and disguise any suspicion that I might have to the contrary.”

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Whitlam in PNG – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 4th, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Civilisation, Culture, Humour, Politics, Quotes

On Whitlam’s official visit to Papua New Guinea, the press party got a taste of Whitlam’s quirky sense of humour. The Prime Minister’s party visited Mendi in the Highlands, where he was guest of honour at a spectacular gathering of the tribes. Warriors adorned in fantastic traditional dress danced and chanted in the ‘sing-sing’ display, […]

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Moss Cass – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Australian Labor Party, Humour, Politics, Quotes

With 27 ministers in the Cabinet, inevitably much time was wasted on repetitious debates and Whitlam’s exasperation was palpable. Moss Cass, a short, dark, intense man from the Victorian Left faction, was a medical practitioner before he entered Parliament. As Minister for Environment, Cass publicly advocated the decriminalisation of marijuana smoking. About the same time, […]

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Don Chipp – Customs Minister – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers 

May 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Art, Australiana, Culture, Humour, Politics

Minister for Customs and Excise in the Gorton ministry after the 1969 election, Chipp presented himself as the small-‘l’ liberal who believed in loosening up strict rules relating to the behaviour and rights of citizens. He made a name for himself by removing the ban on the sale of various books, such as Portnoy’s Complaint. […]

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Tags:Australian Politics·Censorship··Pornography·The Democrats

Prince Danilo – “The Guns of August 1914”, Barbara Tuchman

March 29th, 2012 · No Comments · History, Humour

The last-named, Prince Danilo, ‘an amiable, extremely handsome young man of delightful manners’, resembled the Merry Widow’s lover in more than name for, to the consternation of British functionaries, he had arrived for the funeral the night before accompanied by a ‘charming young lady of great personal attractions’ whom he introduced as his wife’s lady-in-waiting, […]

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Tags:Adultery·Monarchy·Royalty

Nothing in France is Free From Sexual Assignment – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Humour, Prose, Writing

Nothing in France is free from sexual assignment. I was leafing through the dictionary, trying to complete a homework assignment, when I noticed the French had prescribed genders for the various land masses and natural wonders we Americans had always thought of as sexless, Niagara Falls is feminine and, against all reason, the Grand Canyon […]

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Communists and Work – “Me Talk Pretty One Day” – David Sedaris

March 28th, 2012 · No Comments · Communism, Humour

The communists I’d known in the past had always operated on the assumption that come the revolution, they’d be the ones lying around party headquarters with clipboards in their hands. They couldn’t manage to wash a coffee mug, yet they’d been more than willing to criticize the detergent manufacturer.

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Pavlov’s House – “Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege: 1942-1943” – Antony Beevor

February 29th, 2012 · No Comments · Criticism, Humour, War, WW2

During the huge battles for the northern industrial sector of the city, house-fighting, with local attacks and counter-attacks, had continued in the central districts. One of the most famous episodes fo the Stalingrad battle was the defence of ‘Pavlov’s House’, which lasted for fifty-eight days. At the end of September, a platoon from the 42nd […]

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