In the 1930′s & 1940′s when these were published in The Western Mail,
PCishness was not a consideration
Pedantus was speaking with his Roman friend, Literatus, about his proposed trip to the Greek city of Athenus.
“Ahh yes, a beautiful city with much history and architecture. A perfect destination for a learned man such as yourself.
“But be warned, Literatus, the highway is being upgraded by slaves who speak a very poor quality of Latin. You’ll notice it more as you travel closer to your destination.”
“In what way?” asked Literatus
“They use strange tense changes and incorrect verb endings,” explained Pedantus. “The very worst of all are the ways they mangle noun cases. “
“That sounds terrible!” a horrified Literatus commented.
“Yes,” explained Pedantus with a sigh. “The road to Hellas is paved with bad declensions.”
You Should Study Metaphysics
Of all the types, you are the most likely to be familiar with and drawn to philosophy already.
You like to think about heavy questions about existence, reality, time, and life. You sometimes freak people out with this!You spend more time than most people thinking about the meaning of life and what being human is all about.
You think contemplation is its own reward, and you simply strive to understand the world a little better.
TALK TO US AGAIN ABOUT SAVING LIVES
Indonesia’s Antara News,Tue, March 4 2014, has reported, “Six human skeletons found in Bemgkalis. The skeletons were believed to belong to illegal Indonesian migrant workers fleeing Malaysia recently.“
Where is the outrage from all the Australians who are so concerned at the deaths of refugees at sea that they insist on Concentration Camps as a deterrent?
So where are the protests in Western Sydney? Where is the protest on Cronulla Beach. Where are the protests in The Shire?
It couldn’t possibly be that this is not as important as the “Boat People” trying to reach Australia? That this is just little brown people fleeing other little brown people to a land of little brown people? That this is no concern of ours.
Of course not. That would imply that stopping the boats is a racist act. And we all know Australians are not racist.
Despite our history!
After all, it is not as if they had washed up on Bondi Beach.
WE ARE BEING WATCHED
Australians have spent the past two centuries comfortably unnoticed by the rest of the world. Excepting when our sporting heroes make a splash. Excepting when our armed forces are sent to fight an illegal war somewhere on the other side of the world.
Now, in the 21st century, we are as exposed as newlyweds who have left their bedroom curtains opened. All our neighbours have gathered to look at us. Not all they see is favourable. For instance, they are looking at our invincible Navy – - -
The Jakarta Globe has reported, “Nearly half of the Australian navy patrol boats used to detect asylum-seekers have been confined to port with structural cracks, a report said Tuesday, but the government insisted its Operation Sovereign Borders continued as normal. Under Canberra’s hardline immigration policy, would-be refugees arriving by boat can be turned back at sea to Indonesia where many board rickety vessels to make the perilous crossing to Australia. Large cracks were discovered in six of the 14-strong Armidale fleet 10 days ago, forcing the ships back to port in Darwin, The Australian newspaper reported. But Australia’s Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said the military-run operation was unaffected by the problem.”
I can hear the Indonesian chuckles from here. Half the Navy is “grounded” and the defence of Australia’s borders is “Unaffected”?
Bloody Hell, I’m an Aussie and even I’m laughing at that one!
NO OBVIOUS ARRIVALS
Again there has been no landings of Asylum Seekers on Australian SOIL. One wonders how many have arrived in Australian WATERS, been hijacked and kidnapped and illegally pushed across the high seas to Indonesian waters.
However, watch this space. We will find out from the Indonesian Media when and where orange lifeboats are found.
Christmas Island; A trough lies to the north. Forecast for the rest of Wednesday 5 March Chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Winds: East to southeasterly around 10 knots. Seas: around 1.0 metre. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.0 metres. Max 29 (BOM)
Cocos Island; A trough lies to the north. Forecast for the rest of Wednesday 5 March Chance of a shower or thunderstorm. Winds: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 2.0 to 2.5 metres. Max 30 (BOM)
Cirabon; 29C, wind; 15 Kmh NW, showers est 12 mm
This will be updated each week.
We males have just ten days to prepare ourselves for this major Japanese festival.
March 15th is Hounen Matsuri (Penis Day), an ancient Shinto celebration of life.
People of the town of Komaki, about 250 miles south of Tokyo, will once again celebrate this fertility festival.
The festival’s main features are Shinto priests playing musical instruments, a parade of ceremonially garbed participants, all-you-can-drink sake, and a 280 kg (620 pound), 2.5 meter (96 inch)-long wooden phallus. The wooden phallus is carried from a shrine called Shinmei Sha (in even-numbered years) on a large hill or from Kumano-sha Shrine (in odd-numbered years), to a shrine called Tagata Jinja.
The festival starts with celebration and preparation at 10:00 a.m. at Tagata Jinja, where all sorts of foods and souvenirs (mostly phallus-shaped or related) are sold. Sake is also passed out freely from large wooden barrels. At about 2:00 p.m. everyone gathers at Shinmei Sha for the start of the procession. Shinto priests say prayers and impart blessings on the participantsi, as well as on the large wooden phallus, which are to be carried along the parade route.
It was carved from a single cypress tree trunk by a 90-year-old man, and is is offered at the shrine as a symbolic prayer for hounen, a fruitful year of abundant harvests and growth for all living things.
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