Monday, May 1, 2017

Quote for the Day

Readers Write and Monday Miscellany


Brett's Monthly

It's that time of the month -  namely the first day of the month - when Brett By (to distinguish him from the local Brett Bo) is kind enough to provide the bizarre and unique holidays for the current month.

Thanks Brett.

Click on the daily ones to open the links.

  • Date Your Mate Month
  • Foster Care Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Bike Month
  • National Blood Pressure Month
  • National Hamburger Month
  • National Photograph Month
  • National Recommitment Month
  • National Salad Month
  • Older Americans Month
Weekly Celebrations:
  • Nurse's Week - first full week of month
  • Wildflower Week - week two
  • National Bike Week - third week
  • National Police Week - third week of month
  • Emergency Medical Services Week - fourth week of month
May, 2017 Daily Holidays, Special and Wacky Days:
International Tuba Day - first Friday in May
Space Day - first Friday in May
National Teachers Day (Tuesday of the first full week of May)
10 National Receptionist Day the second Wednesday in May
10 School Nurses Day the Wednesday during Nurse's Week
12 Child Care Provider Day or Daycare Provider Day - Friday before Mother's Day
12 Military Spouses Day the Friday before Mother's Day 
13 Birth Mother's Day - Saturday before Mother's Day
13 Blame Someone Else Day - first  Friday the 13th of the year.
13 International Migratory Bird Day the second Saturday in May
13  National Train Day- Saturday closest to May 10th
14 Mother's Day second Sunday in May
19 National Bike to Work Day - third Friday of month
20 Armed Forces Day - third Saturday of month
20 Be a Millionaire Day - now we all can go for that
24 Victoria Day(Canada) - usually the 24th
26 Don't Fry Friday - Friday before Memorial Day
27 International Jazz Day - Saturday of Memorial Day weekend.
27 Ramadan - date varies
29 Memorial Day last Monday of month.


Some shadow art:

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Quote for the Day

Having reached the end of verse 1 in We Didn't Start the Fire, I am taking a short break from the roll call of quotes from those lyrics. For those interested, verse 2 reads:

Joseph Stalin, Malenkov, Nasser and Prokofiev
Rockefeller, Campanella, Communist Bloc
Roy Cohn, Juan Peron, Toscanini, Dacron
Dien Bien Phu Falls, "Rock Around the Clock"
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team
Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland
Bardot, Budapest, Alabama, Khrushchev
Princess Grace, Peyton Place, Trouble in the Suez.

In the meantime, here is the QFTD for today:

Heil Honey, I'm Home!

What do you get when you cross the racist 1970’s Brit sitcom Love Thy Neighbour . . . 

. . . with the 1960’s American sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, set in a Nazi POW camp?

One possible offspring is . . . 

Heil Honey I'm Home! is a British sitcom that was produced in 1990 and was cancelled after one episode. Dubbed "perhaps the world's most tasteless situation comedy", it depicts a fictionalised version of Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun living next door to a Jewish couple, Arny and Rosa Goldenstein in 1937.

The show was intended to be a spoof of the sitcoms produced in the United States between the 1950's and 1970's. It adopted the characterisations and techniques of those sitcoms, even to the extent of the characters having New York accents as in I Love Lucy and having the characters applauded as they came on set.

Defended by some as being in the same vein as ‘Allo ‘Allo!, The Producers and Hogan’s Heroes, it nonetheless received considerable criticism as trivialising the Nazis and the Holocaust. 

Although 8 episodes were filmed, only one was shown before being cancelled.

To see the first episode uncut, click on the following link:

(By the way, I like one of the comments posted below the video in the above link: “Hitler wasn't so bad. After all, he did kill Hitler.” Also the comment that “I give it a nein out of ten.”)



Australia still holds the honour for the fastest cancellation of a TV show.

In 1992 Doug Mulray hosted a one off episode of Australia’s Funniest Home Videos called Australia’s Naughtiest Home Videos. It contained sexually explicit content, including animals having sex, couples having sex in parks and a child grabbing a kangaroo’s scrotum. Kerry Packer, the owner of the Nine Network which was screening the show, was informed of the content by friends while having dinner and tuned in at the point with the kangaroo. Packer rang the station and angrily shouted "Get that shit off the air!" The series was taken off a few minutes later and replaced by a repeat episode of Cheers. The station told viewers “We apologise for this interruption. Unfortunately, a technical problem prevents us continuing our scheduled programme for the moment. In the meantime, we bring you a brief, alternative programme.”

In 2008, Bert Newton justified the broadcast explanation: "It's technically very difficult to keep a show on air with Mr. Packer on the phone, yelling at you."

The next day Packer told his management that he considered the program to be "disgusting and offensive shit." Mulray and many of the staff who were involved with the creation of the special were fired, and Mulray was banned for life from Channel Nine.

(Once again, comic sans font! Get that shit off the air or use a different font!)

Kerry Packer (James's dad)

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Quote for the Day

Postcards from NSW, Part 2


Continuing the post of pics and commentary sent by Leo. 

Additional comments and images by me at the end of items.

A passenger train in the days of steam power.

Additional comment:

The railway station at North Wollongong today . . .


Another nice view from those long-gone days of bagged wheat transport.

Additional comment:

Some further images of wheat transportation in the past:

Carting bagged wheat.

Horse and bullock teams queue to deliver bagged wheat to the Forbes storage, 1916

A C class engine and train head out of the station at Forbes, through a canyon formed by bagged wheat stacks.

Large stacks and truckloads of bagged wheat waiting to be shipped from a wharf at Port Wakefield, South Australia.

Unloading and stacking bagged wheat, Forbes

Wheat stacking after trucks replaced horses and carts

Additional comment:

The above pic came with no comment although the photograph itself has a caption that it is Como Railway Station.

Como is a suburb of Sydney located about 27 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD. The railway station at Como was opened in 1895 and was replaced by a new station in 1972.

The station today

Como Railway Bridge and Railway Station, c1905

The Como Hotel, view showing the original railway bridge and original Como station platform

Fisherman's hut, Como, Georges River c1900-1910

Como Public School in the 1920’s

Additional comment:

No caption with original photo, the photo itself identifies it as the Armidale Railway Station.

Armidale is located in Northern NSW and is about halfway between Sydney and Brisbane.

The railway station commenced operations in 1883.

I found a copy of the above pic in the State Archives records identifying it as having been taken on 21 December, 1930. It’s interesting that people are journeying on New Year’s Eve during the Great Depression.

Armidale Railway Station today

Recruitment rally, Armidale 1917

Additional comment:

No comment with the original email but the photograph has a caption “Despatching chaff, Glen Innes”.

Additional comment:

No comment with the original email but the photograph has a caption “Arrival and departure of teams Moree railway yard”.