After Kevin Rudd’s campaign slogan of “Kevin07,” I started hearing take-offs on it like “Mistake08” and “Decline09,” but I think the best one yet, given his proclivity for international travel and being anywhere but Australia, is Kevin747:

(art by Igor Saktor)

h/t Tim Blair

Paul Newman has Died

I know both Nilk and I have been dreading this day, a day we both knew was sadly coming for some time.

Epitome of Cool

Paul Newman: Epitome of Cool

Being fifty, I grew up watching this guy act. To me, he was always cooler than Brando or James Dean. Only Charlton Heston and John Wayne were bigger favorites of mine, but hey, Heston did all those big Biblical epics I love and Wayne… well WTF can you say about Wayne that hasn’t been said a million, jillion times before? Bogart’s in there too, somewhere, along with McQueen.

Oh, I almost forgot: FUCK CANCER!

Happy Birthday Little Possum

Today is my niece’s 7th birthday, and in good aunt practice, I gave her a bagload of presents. Her mother was “thrilled”. She got a Barbie doll (Barbie is evil), a pencil case loaded with cool stuff because she’s just learned to read and write and she loves doing it, a notebook (pink of course, with princess stickers on the front), a puzzle (got a bear and a dog, and only 1000 pieces, about 990 of which I’ll get to put in), an mp3 player (preloaded with acceptable music), and a bicycle.

Stupid planning on my part to buy so much: the dear child has one sister, and two twins on the way. These children will cost me a fortune!

Little Possum Used To Be So Cute

Little Possum Used To Be So Cute

Oh, and just a quick question. Can someone remind me to call her and wish her a Happy Birthday? She’ll hurt me if I don’t. She pounces, out of nowhere. It hurts, it’s sudden, and usually she leaps out from places I don’t think she can fit. It’s evil!

Potential Captions Needed

This photo was taken in the Flagstaff Gardens, near the Federal Courts in Melbourne.

Read up on the history of the Gardens; there’s some fascinating stuff there.

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