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Some odds and ends

Just what have Australian politicians (or 'pollies' as the SMH rather disgustingly calls them) been up to? The paper reports an evacuation following 'the discovery of white powder'. Rather unkindly the Oz authorities go no further than informing the world that it was 'harmless', although perhaps I will not be alone in pondering whether busy MPs just do not have the time to see The Man but instead have it posted to them.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the Americans are making a hash of farm subsidies: "The very policies touted by Congress as a way to save small family farms are instead helping to accelerate their demise, economists, analysts and farmers say. That's because owners of large farms receive the largest share of government subsidies. They often use the money to acquire more land, pushing aside small and medium-size farms as well as young farmers starting out". Well duh. Over to Rep. Jerry Moran (R) "But we still find that today in agriculture. . . . It is a celebration of what too many in our country have forgotten, an endangered way of life that we must work each and every day to preserve". In a truly astonishing turn up for the libros, Mr Moran represents the workshop of America, Kansas. Reminds me of that line in Catch 22: "Major Major's father was a sober God-fearing man whose idea of a good joke was to lie about his age. He was a long-limbed farmer, a God-fearing, freedom-loving, law-abiding rugged individualist who held that federal aid to anyone but farmers was creeping Socialism".

No round up is complete without a brief stop off in Stockholm, so I present a useful line in ice breakers should anyone be trying to impress a Helga or an Inga: "Swedish men are less intelligent, lonelier and fatter than their female counterparts...There will soon be a large collective of uneducated, low-paid men who don't have any friends, and are unmarried and alone - as well as uninteresting for women looking for a relationship". The best price I can find for a flight to Stockholm leaving tomorrow and returning on the 27th is just under £330.
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Blogger Rigger Mortice said... 11:25 am

been there on the pull with some top pulling merchants and it was hard yards let me tell you.not only that but buying a round felt like getting a mortgage.

then you'd fire into the birds and it'd be like pulling teeth.no wonder the blokes are depressed,all that totty and the countrys still desperately dull  



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