From a Roman Wall #56

romanscribeLiteratus limped into the Forum Cafeterium.

Quid causæ habes, What’s the matter?” asked Zoophilus.

“I dropped a clay tablet from Sumaria on my foot and broke a toe.” explained the Librarian.

Heus, Ouch!” sympathised Zoophilus. “Those tablets can be heavy.”

“Have you had it splinted?” asked Secundus. “Most physicians do that pretty well.”

“No, I went along to the local valetudinarium, the hospital to have it seen to but it didn’t happen.” replied Literatus.

“Why ever not?” Secundus sounded shocked. “You went to the hospital so they should have fixed it for you.”

“When I got there there was a Greek physician and an Egyptian Doctor. Both seemed to know what they were talking about but they were each going to treat it in different ways.” Literatus complained. “I couldn’t choose between them.”

“Obviously.” Verbo Ipsum interrupted, “There was a paradox.”




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Sid and Sod #609


What’s Your Personality Archetype?

You Are the Philosopher

You are good at drawing out truths in conversation, however painful they may be.

You understand both the meaningfulness and meaninglessness of life. You don’t have any illusions.

You always think before you talk. You consider your words carefully.

Although you see yourself as a loner, people are drawn to you. You have a natural magnetism.

Street Wisdom

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Poll Sum; 17th Sept





Polls older than 14 days have been discarded

This past fortnight saw 7758 people polled

Data as at Tuesday night, 16th September.

Based on the AEC numbers there were 14722754 enrolled electors for the 2013 election so a fair estimate for the 2016 election is 15,000,000 electors.

The symbolic red and blue bar is drawing a line where numbers swing around unpredictably.


Polls Included and Totals Polled.

One poll Essential 2/09 was deleted

One Poll, Essential 16/09 was added

Any polls which come out after midnight Sydney/Melbourne time will be included in next week’s charts.



Percentages converted back to Raw Numbers

Simple maths convert the published % to raw numbers using the electors polled.

Liberal and National Party numbers are combined.


Note:- Newspoll lumps PUP voters with “Others”. I split them out at as near to 50-50 as I can with whole numbers. That seems to be how the numbers for other polls fall.

Two Party Preferred


Translating this into electoral numbers,

assuming 15 million electors

we have a National Two Party Preferred of

L-NP 7,047,000 Votes

ALP 7,953,000 Votes

Which leads to – – -



A difference of 906,000 voters.

The swing to the Left continues.


The two biggest minor parties will have a major impact come election day.

Here is how they are going.






The Greens support continues to rise and is now within 0.05% of their highest share of the vote since Poll Sum has been operating (Mid May 14)


PUP has continued to fall and has now reached its lowest level since Poll Sum began. Perhaps Clive has been a little too obvious with his voting pattern.


The swing to the Left is continuing and could be a reflection of the country’s dislike of going back to an unwinnable war. With the terrorist silly season upon us, with increased delays at airports, hospitals being evacuated and rubbish bins being welded shut it is no wonder many voters are skeptical of the need for all this brouhaha. There is, however, a serious side to all this. If we continue to ignore the Government and refuse to be terrorised into pushing the polls “his” way, then we may well see a “false flag” terrorist event or two to pull us all into line. That will not be funny if it happens.




Over to you, the discerning reader.

Sid and Sod #608


From a Roman Wall #55

graphics-romans-528700“Hail, Secundus. Thanks for the invitation to your sister, Augustina’s, wedding last night.” Libertinus looked a little under the weather as he entered the Forum Cafeterium.

“It was my pleasure, Libertinus. It all seemed to go off very well.” replied Secundus. “Although some of the jokes in the Best Man’s speech were a bit risqué.”

“That always happens at weddings!” Nellus grumbled from behind the counter. “It seems half the reception is taken up with smart alec men all trying to embarrass the bride.”

“That has always been the way.” commented the scholarly Literatus. “The Greeks and the Egyptians has very similar marriage rituals.”

“I have noticed the same thing in many other civilisation during my expeditions. The Persians do much the same.” Zoophilus the explorer reminisced. “The weddings in the Silk Empire are full of very naughty allusions while the Harappan people in the Indus valley even commission carved stone images of the nuptial activities which follow the feasting.”

“Ahh yes.” Verbo Ipsum added. “Weddings always have lots of marryment.”

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