There was three kings into the east,
three kings both great and high,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn must die.
They took a plough and plough’d him down,
put clods upon his head,
and they hae sworn a solemn oath
John Barleycorn was dead.
But the cheerful Spring came kindly on’
and show’rs began to fall.
John Barleycorn got up again,
and sore surprised them all.
The sultry suns of Summer came,
and he grew thick and strong;
his head well arm’d wi’ pointed spears,
that no one should him wrong.
The sober Autumn enter’d mild,
when he grew wan and pale;
his bendin’ joints and drooping head
show’d he began to fail.
His colour sicken’d more and more,
and he faded into age;
and then his enemies began
to show their deadly rage.
They took a weapon, long and sharp,
and did cut off his head;
they ty’d him fast upon a cart,
like a rogue for forgerie.
They laid him down upon his back,
and cudgell’d him full sore.
they hung him up before the storm,
and turn’d him o’er and o’er.
They filled up a darksome pit
with water to the brim,
they heav’d in John Barleycorn.
There, let him sink or swim!
They laid him upon the floor,
to work him farther woe;
and still, as signs of life appear’d,
they toss’d him to and fro.
They wasted o’er a scorching flame
the marrow of his bones;
but a miller us’d him worst of all,
for he crush’d him between two stones.
And they hae taen his very hero blood
and drank it round and round;
and still the more and more they drank,
their joy did more abound.
John Barleycorn was a hero bold,
of noble enterprise;
for if you do but taste his blood,
’twill make your courage rise.
‘Twill make a man forget his woe;
’twill heighten all his joy;
’twill make the widow’s heart to sing,
tho the tear were in her eye.
Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
each man a glass in hand;
and may his great posterity
ne’er fail in old Scotland!
As many of you know, each year the Internet must be shut down for 24 hours in order to allow us to clean it. The cleaning process, which eliminates all dead email and inactive ftp, www and p2p sites, allows for a better working and faster Internet.
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In order to protect your valuable data from deletion we ask that you do the following:
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2. Shut down all Internet servers, or disconnect them from the Internet.
3. Disconnect all disks and hard drives from any connections to the Internet.
4. Refrain from connecting any computer to the Internet in any way.
We understand the inconvenience that this may cause some Internet users, and we apologize. However, we are certain that any inconveniences will be more than made up for by the increased speed and efficiency of the Internet, once it has been cleared of cyber flotsam and jetsam.
We thank you for your cooperation.
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Please notify your friends relatives and business associates on this event so they too will be prepared.
Wish for the World
That the peace and safety
You wish for your children
Is also won by the children
That all the World’s people
Will find enough food
For their individual good
That sharing becomes cool
That caring becomes normal
And that hatred disappears
As we leave Christmas behind and move onwards, ever onwards into a new year, here is Tim Minchin.
My favourite Christmas song of all time.
It also has that touch of sadness for me. I won’t be seeing my Dad for Christmas. He died 55 years ago between Christmas and New Year. But my kids saw me again for Christmas this year.
So I imagine them singing this and feel happy at second hand.
I’ve got my VB here and here’s a Matilda Bay for you. No lemon. Don’t approve of stuff in beer!
Seems the ABC doesn’t believe in good news for the ALP either. Still not a word about the poll result this morning. What was it? Morgan or something. Face to face so people can’t lie about their age or anything else. 53% to 47%. That’s the feeling I get out there. Forget your tweeter and facebook and stuff.
Out in the real world people are getting fed up with Abbott. Look at that poll in the Sydeney Morning Herald I talked about yesterday 97% don’t like the man. All these bloody phone polls are based on some old idea that everyone has a fixed phone and only a few people have mobiles. That’s a load of crap! Lot of people I know don’t have a landline any more. Only the fucking Luddites who listen to Alan Jones.
And how’s Abbott’s cheek, eh? Oh yes, thirsty work here. Thanks. Hey, the missus rang me and said she liked that left-over pizza for lunch. She’s doing a roast tonight.
Abbott had this “no specific knowledge” about Slipper way back when the whole scummy story came out. He was still able to make big-time comments about what a sleaze he was. Now that the Judge has thrown everything out and said that Ashby and Brough were the sleazes, he still hasn’t read anything or said anything in over a week! Slack bastard.
I see Bloody Barnett is spending another half Billion on this stupid Elizabeth Water World Waste. Well, it will be a half bill after cost blowouts and time over-runs. That is something this Governemnt is good at. Look at the bloody Arena. All that fucking cash just to ruin the Swan River. Apparently the only people who will vote in March are the developers so he is buttering them up good.
You want another Matilda Bay? here, catch!
Oh shit! Is that the time? Gotta run – seeya.
Didja hear that Abbott guy I really dislike is not liked by many people at all. Yesterday I said he was as popular as a fart at a funeral and it seems a hundred thousand people agree with me. 97% reckon he is a liability.
Hang on, mate. The missus is on the dog and bone. Yeah? Oh. Well that’s a shame. I’ll save a couple of slices for you. Seeya.
Seems she has to head out tonight. One of her girlfriends has a bit of a problem. Shame she won’t be able to have any pizza.
Anyway, I cannot figure out this Barnett character. Here we are, big huge ginormous mineral boom. No money in the coffers as he keeps telling us yet he is building a billion dollar stadium, spending billions on light rail and now he is doing more billions on the Tonkin Highway out in Kewdale. Yeah, yeah, it may well be money he intends to rake in over the next few years but I keep being told by Hockey that the boom is over. So where will Barnett get all this cash? Or is it all election lies?
Another beer? Thanks, Arch. The pizza? Oh, I’m planning my halapeno and salami special.
The toad has come up with another blogpost which should only be read while chewing prozac. He really is a bastard who thinks women are incapable of any thought at all. He would take the vote away from them if he could. And he won’t let anyone comment unless they agree with him.
Hey, gotta run but have you seen that South Australia is cutting its power bills by 9%? Wonder if that has anything to do with the fact that most of their power is from wind farms. Cuts out the Carbon Price rise. Whyalla will survive. Amazing what a Labor Government can do. Oops. Not “Can do” I mean “is able to do”!
Gotta go. I have to add the vindaloo powder to the pizza base.
Catch you tomorrow. Unless you want to come over for some pizza? Oh. Shame, that.