More Australiana for our Seppos

In the spirit of Angus Dei’s recent post, I present Austen Tayshus with “Australiana.” It was released in 1983 and went to Number 1 and double platinum on the Australian singles chart (don’t look at me!). Words (transcript?) below for the benefit of our non-Aussies.

Sittin’ at home last Sunday mornin’ me mate Boomerrang Said he was havin’ a few people around for a barbie, Said he might Kookaburra or two.

I said, “Sounds great, will Wallaby there?”

He said “Yeah and Vegemite come too”.

So I said to the wife “Do you wanna Goanna?”. She said “I’ll go if Dingos”.

So I said “Wattle we do about Nulla?”

He said “Nullabors me to tears, leave him at home.”

[Boomerang (Aboriginal weapon) (Barbie – Australian slang for barbeque) (Kookaburra – Australian bird) (Wallaby – Australian animal) (Vegemite – Australian food product) (Goanna – Australian lizard) (Dingo – Australian wild dog) (Nullabour – Highway through the outback of Australia)]

We got to the party about two and walked straight out the kitchen to put some booze in the fridge. And you wouldn’t believe it, there’s Boomer’s wife Warra sittin there tryin to Platypus!

Now, I don’t like to speak Illawarra, but I was shocked, I mean how much can a Koala bear.

So I grabbed a beer, flashed me Wangarratta and went out and joined the party.

(Booze – slang for alcohol) (Platypus – fresh-water animal) (Illawarra – A region in southern Australia) (Wangaratta – Australian town)

Pretty soon Ayers Rocks in and things really started jumpin’. This Indian girl, Marsu, turns up, dying to go to the toilet but she couldn’t find it. I said to me mate Al, “Hey, where can Marsupial?” He said “She can go outback with the fellas, she’s probably seen a cockatoo”.

(Ayres Rock – that big rock in the middle of Australia) (Marsupial – pouched mammals, e.g. kangaroos, bandicoots, wombats) (Cockatoo – Australian bird)

Well just then Warra comes out of the kitchen with a few drinks for everybody. Fairdinkum, you’ve never seen a Coolabah maid. I grabbed a beer and said, “Thanks Warra – tah”.

(Coolabah – Australian tree) (Warratah – Australian bush)

A couple of Queensland at the party, one smellin’ pretty strongly of aftershave. One of ’em sat down next to me and I turned to him and I said, “Ya know mate, Eureka Stockade!”

(Queensland – Australian State) (Eureka Stockade – the site of a civial revolt in the 1800’s) (Eureka – translating to ‘You reek a” – meaning you really stink).

It was a really hot day; Oscar felt like a swim. He said to Ina, “Do you want a have a dip in the Riverina?” She said “I haven’t got my Kosciusko”.

Well Bo says, “Come in starkers, Wattle Lake Eyre!” Ina says “What, without so much as a Thredbo?” Ah, Perisher thought! Has Eucumbine in yet?

(Riverina – an area in southern Australia known for fruit orchards) (Kosi – meaning cosi – slang for swimming costume) (Kosciousko – a mountain in the Australian snow fields; highest peak in Australia) (Wattle – Native Australian tree) (Thredbo – Ski Resort in southern Australia) (Perisher – another ski resort near Thredbo) (Eucumbene – a lake in Australia)

Well a few of the blokes decided to play some cricket. Boomer says “Why doesn’t Wombat?” “Yeah, and let Tenterfield”.

He said I should have a bowl but I was too out of it to play cricket so I suggested a game of cards. I said to Lyptus “Wanna game of Eucalyptus?” He said “There’s no point mate, Darwins everytime.”

(Wombat – Australian animal) (Tenterfield – Australian town) (Euca – card game) (Eucalyptus – Australian tree koala’s live in) (Darwin – Capital of the Northern Territory – territory of Australia)

Well Bill said he’d like a smoke. Nobody knew where the dope was stashed. I said “I think Merinos.” But I was just spinning a bit of a yarn. Barry pulls a joint out of his pocket. Bill says “Great, Barrier Reefer, what is it mate?” “Noosa Heads of course. Me mate Adelaide ’em on me.” And it was a great joint too, Blue Mountains away and his Three Sisters.

(Merino – Australian sheep) (Great Barrier Reef – The famous coral reef running down the coast of Queensland) (Adelaide – capital of South Australia) (Noosa Heads – a seaside resort in Queensland) (Blue Mountains – Mountain range outside Sydney) (Three Sisters – Landmark in the Blue Mountains, 3 pinnacle rocks)

Well I thought I’d roll one meself, I said “Chuck us the Tally Hobart”. He said “They’re out on the Laun, Ceston, can you get em for us?” Burnie says “Its okay mate, she’s apples, I’ll get em for ya”

(Tally Ho – Cigarette papers) (Hobart – Capital of Tasmania – Australian State) (Launceston – city in Tasmania) (Burnie – city in Tasmania) (Apples – one of the main export products of Tasmania)

Just then Alice Springs into action, starts to pack Billabong. And you wouldn’t believe it, the bongs broken. I said “Lord Howe!”

“Hay-man” somebody says “Will a Didgeridoo?” I said “Hummmmm mummmm mummmmm mummmmm maybe it’ll have ta.”

(Alice Springs – capital city of the Northern Territory – near Uluru / Ayers Rock) (Billabong – water hole in the outback) (Lord Howe – Australian owned island off the east coast of Australia) (Hayman – Australian island on the Great Barrier Reef) (Didgerdoo – Aboriginal musical instrument) (Hummmm mummmmmm mummmmmm – sound the didgerdoo makes – long droning sound)

I look in the corner and there’s Bass sittin there, not getting into it, not getting out of it, I said “What, is Bass Strait or somthin?” Boomer says “As a matter a fact mate, he’s a cop” I said “Ya jokin mate, a cop, I’m getting outta here, lets Goanna.” She said “No way, I’m hangin round till Gum leaves. Besides, I dont wanna leave Jacardanda party on his own. Have you seen him? I think he’s trying to crack on Toowoomba, he’s already tried to Mount Isa And he’ll definitely try to lead you Australiana!”

(Bass Strait – a sea strait separating Tasmania from the south of the Australian mainland) (Goanna – a large Australian monitor lizard) (Gum leaves – eucalyptus leaves) (Jacaranda – a type of tree with blue/purple flowers) (Toowoomba – a city in South East Queensland) (Mount Isa – town in north western Queensland)

© Original content is Copyright 1992-2005 Justin Sullivan. Personal use permitted.

Saddam paid for trips…for, Three Democrats

The lawmakers are not named in the indictment but the dates correspond to a trip by Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington and Mike Thompson of California, and former Rep. David Bonior, a Democrat from Michigan.

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U.S. Based Revolution Muslim Website Spreading Messages of Hate

NEW YORK, N.Y. — On any given day, log on to and a host of startling images appear:— The Statue of Liberty, with an ax blade cutting through her side;— Video mocking the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, entitled “Daniel Pearl I am Happy Your Dead 🙂 “;— Video of a puppet show lampooning U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq;— The latest speech from Sheikh Abdullah Faisal, an extremist Muslim cleric convicted in the UK and later deported for soliciting the murder of non-Muslims.

Even more surprising is that isn’t being maintained in some remote safe house in Pakistan. Instead, Yousef al-Khattab, the Web site creator, runs it from his home in the New York City Borough of Queens.

And, because al-Khattab enjoys the First Amendment right to freedom of speech, all the authorities can do is watch.

Formerly known as Joseph Cohen, al-Khattab is an American-born Jew who converted to Islam after attending an Orthodox Rabbinical school, which he later described as a “racist cult.”

The 39-year-old New York taxi driver launched with the mission of “preserving Islamic culture,” “calling people to the oneness of God” and asking them to “support the beloved Sheik Abdullah Faisal, who’s preaching the religion of Islam and serving as a spiritual guide.”

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Come on NYC, someone has to have the balls to take this Islamic out, for shit sakes.

Just to make God Damn sure…NONE…ZERO…ZIP…NADA of the —–the remarks, graphics or anything else, were typed by me. Except for someone in NYC to kill this son of a whore, pig.

‘Worse than Hitler’

Just as an update to this post from the other day, ‘Stolen Generations’ listed as ‘genocide’, here are links to two interesting pieces published today on the subject.

Guilt merchants make us out to be worse than Hitler, by Mervyn Bendle in The Australian

Column – Truth murdered instead, by Andrew Bolt in the Herald-Sun

In other matters to do with Aboriginal affairs, Lorenzo over at Thinking-Out-Aloud has two excellent pieces today as well: The Self-Satisfaction of the Epistemically Broken and The social collapse in indigenous communities (which is focused on this publication).

Oregon man says HE is preggie….

The man, who used to be a woman, was able to keep the reproductive organs he was born with.

ClipSyndicate Video

OK. So who was on the bottom for deepest penetration…AND do you scream…OH GOD?! OH GOD?! DON’T STOP, it feels so damn good. Was it your wife, Nancy?

WTF?!: You Aussies are Going to Have to Interpret THIS for Me

My Boomerang Won’t Come Back:

I thought us Americans had the market cornered on the ridiculous.

Via Derb.

I have to admit, I don’t get it.

Something Fun To Check Out.

The Military Motivator.

It’s been a long day, and I’ve actually got off my backside and done a serious post. I also took a moment to check my blogroll and look at a couple of blogs I’ve not seen much of lately.

You go check out the Military Motivator, too.

If I could work out how to make the bloody picture thingy work, then I’d put pics up, too.

Anyone else can edit this and add what they want lol!

Contaminated Heparin: Australian TGA issues urgent safety advisory

As an update to my post back on February 18 2008 about adverse reactions and deaths in the USA from cheap, contaminated, counterfeit Heparin ingredients coming out of an unregulated, never-inspected factory in China, I note that the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration Agency has now issued an “Urgent Safety Advisory” regarding Heparin here in Australia.

In the US, the heparin was said to have been contaminated by unregulated “consolidators” in China with a less expensive ingredient derived from animal cartilage, [which] isn’t approved in the U.S. for medical use. The contamination in the Australian batches is also reported to have come from China.

From the recent Australian TGA Bulletin: “Initial results of the TGA’s testing … have confirmed the presence of the contaminant identified by the FDA in a heparin product distributed in Australia by Astra Zeneca. It is unclear whether the contamination is related to single batches or affects heparin products more generally.”

The Australian reports:

March 26, 2008 – AUSTRALIA’S medicines regulator has issued an urgent safety warning over the use of some anti-clotting drugs, after tests revealed contamination by the substance suspected of causing hundreds of serious adverse reactions and even deaths in the US.

Drug giant AstraZeneca is expected to ask the Therapeutic Goods Administration today to approve a recall of 100,000 doses of heparinised saline, after the contamination alert was confirmed late last week.

Right now it appears that AstraZeneca is only recalling one specific type at this point, the version mainly injected into IVs, Central Lines, Portacaths and the like to keep them clear.

“The TGA said it was ‘unable to issue advice’ about the use of more processed drugs called low molecular weight heparins, as testing of these was continuing.

“Alex Gallus, professor of haematology at Flinders University, said that if low molecular weight heparins were found to be contaminated also, ‘then we have a real problem, because we have very few alternatives to them at this time’.”

Not to be an alarmist, but I have the feeling that this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Australia is not alone – today’s Wall Street Journal reports that Heparin is also being recalled in France, Italy and Denmark. It had already been recalled earlier in the USA and Germany.

Y’all are going to get tired of me saying this, but this is my soapbox and I’ll say it ’till someone listens. Our big pharmaceutical companies have no business sourcing drug ingredients from China until China gets its act together. China is fundamentally incapable of safeguarding the safety and efficacy of the products they make. And I don’t necessarily trust our regulators to pick up on the shoddy drugs and do the right thing in a timely manner when this cr@p does hit our shores. So bear with me here, for the fourth time…

Memo to big Pharmas: Forget this ‘lowest bidder’ shit. Get the f#&k out of China.

• For more details and collections of links on this, see my previous posts here, here and here.


Disclaimer: Remember I am in no way, shape or form a medical person, so if any Aussies have questions or concerns please take the advice of Dr Paul Bennett, from the Australian distributor Astra Zeneca, regarding intravenous Heparin products: “We hope that those people will realise that this drug may present a problem … If they would like to go back to their pharmacist or to the doctor then they will get appropriate advice on what to do in this situation.”

This Is Just So Appropriate

The picture tells the story.

A rubbish bin is the perfect place for that tripe.


Simple Question: When did you first go on line?

Spot’s Stupid Filter post got me thinking, as I read the links, about how I got started with the internet, and so I wondered how other Denizens of The Sword got their start.

My first email address was at UNT when I was a doctoral candidate there, and that was in 1993, but I didn’t get internet access until a job I had gave me a T1 line in 1997. I got a dialup connection at home in 1998, but it was not until 2004 (!) that I finally got a high speed connection at home.

When I was reading about the internet going back to 1984, my mind got kind of boggled. I don’t remember even hearing about “the internet” until about 1990, and frankly, the concept didn’t register with me as something exciting then.

So, what’s your intertubes history?

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