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Fillosofee

TRUE.   Good fillosophee

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Fork

TRUE...it’s a fork, but an absolutely stupid fork. A dangerous fork.
A poorly assembled fork. When I tested a trial unit the electrical terminals had been connected with reverse polarity and it sucked my lips and tongue back into the fan blades and spat them out backwards like sausage meat coming out of a mincer before proceeding to grind all my teeth up into budgerigar shell-grit.  
And apart from that, inventor Rod Ryan can’t even spell tung correctly in his promotional material. Twit.
Bloody stupid invention.
Hnow I’th goth thoo thalk lithe thith thor ther lesth oth my lithe.

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Fantasy

TRUE.  It’s fantasy. A complete  dreamer’s fantasy…..although we’re all gathered together here in The Bucket executive lounge sipping cocktails and waiting for someone to come along and tell us that once upon a time they actually had a day which went exactly like that.

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Fact

FALSE.  It’s utter rubbish. Any researcher who thinks he can get away with publishing sexist crap like this after failing to invite GOF to do any of the hands-on data collecting field work or subsequent interpretation and peer review of all the vital statistics is not going to get any free publicity from The Bucket.

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Andrew Olle

For many older Australians this portrait will immediately bring back fond memories.

The photograph reminds me that there are still a few investigative news reporters in Australia like Andrew Olle. They have integrity and a passionate desire to achieve impartial  journalistic excellence on both radio and television.
They often pay a very high price for their conscientiousness.

The picture also brings back to me a profound feeling of sadness remembering that this good man, a tenacious and honest reporter who always spoke to me through the television screen with conviction, sincerity and a reassuring twinkle in his eye, literally worked himself to death from a brain tumour and stroke at the age of 48.

This weekend marks the 16th anniversary of his passing.

A favourite story told by those who knew Andrew in the radio industry relates how he would take any opportunity to broadcast Puccini’s short but majestically magnificent aria Nessun Dorma.
Off-air in the studio while the record was playing Olle would operatically, loudly and often quite tunelessly attempt to mimic the great Pavarotti’s performance.
I can relate to that impulse.
Nessun Dorma is one of the world’s greatest vocal temptations.

Andrew Olle has a special place in my album of life memories.

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"Life is like a sewer. What you get out of it, depends upon what you put into it." (Tom Lehrer)

13 responses »

  1. So many golden nuggets in this post, GOF. First truth is very true. I often feel “sorry” for some of those people who have “too much”.

    The Fork ith ridiculouth.

    LOL at the Ideal Life.

    Wow. Boob size has been averaged all over the globe? I don’t know what to say about that, except you missed out on that survey.

    I’ll scare the dogs if I try to “Pavarotti”, so I won’t!

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    • Thank you Lauri. There is a lot of truth in “Happiness is a place between too little and too much.”

      My plant nursery regularly gets “blessed” by my version of Pavarotti. Fortunately there are no other humans within listening distance.

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  2. Re the “Ideal Life” … how sad is it, though, when “he” realizes his wife’s idea of a threesome is another male, not another female …

    I refuse to believe there are bigger boobs in Russia than in the US. Oh, wait … different kind of boobs. Never mind.

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    • I’d not considered that first possibility GOM……I must have lived a very sheltered life.

      Don’t you just love the way that if you cross the border from China into Russia they would have us believe it’s an immediate transition from A cups to D cups.
      Obviously flawed observations.

      I’m going to apply for a Government Research Grant.

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  3. Andrew Olle and Nessun Dorma. Thanks for that, GOF. Andrew Olle reminds me of a time when our ABC was truly independent instead of the poor imitation that it now is. He and Robert Moore (Monday Conference) left us far too soon.

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    • Looking back over a lifetime of Australian journalists, Andrew Olle stands out from most of the pack Snowy. What I specially liked about him was that he had that Keating-ish twinkle in his eye.

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  4. I could so go the ideal life…except for the threesome…sorry

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  5. There is far too little sleep pictured in the fantasy illustration, GOF. Although with that guy’s life I would not need much. Raise? What’s that?

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