Category Archives: taking the piss
The strident reactions of a number of women, as well as men, including Billie Jean King and JK Rawling, in defense of Serena Williams and in criticism of Umpire Carlos Ramos (whose history has been exemplary), displays a form of extremism which is indefensible ,,, and yet another sign of the currents of “secular fundamentalism” in the Western world. It indicates that “victimology” can service extremism. Its absurdity is displayed in the rabid criticism of the cartoonist Mark Knight for pursuing his satirical craft in the pattern of satire … See some of the news reportage, Michael Roberts
Australians all, let us rejoice
For we indeed are free,
To vote for leaders of our choice
In this democracy;
And now to greater heights we soar,
For we’re Australians fair,
We’ve built this great revolving door
The leadership to share.
We care, we share with all out there,
Advance Australia fair!
We Aussies lead the world today
In this great sport of “Swap!”
The three-year term we’ll peel away,
That rot has got to stop.
A year or so must see them go,
To give the rest a chance,
Our talent pool we can’t ignore,
They’re desperate to advance.
No worries, be they friend or foe,
They’re desperate to advance!
If you would be the Head of State,
From battle do not shrink;
Remember mate, your use-by-date
Is closer than you think.
We sons of Brutus gather round
With daggers in the air,
No Caesar shall our plans confound
To save Australia fair.
How sweet the sound of change profound,
Let’s dance, Australia fair!
…. an original composition from Nirmala Labrooy of Adelaide
AFP News Item in Sunday Observer, 26 August 2018, where the title is “Serena Williams banned from wearing Black Panther catsuit”
Serena Williams will be banned from wearing her ‘Black Panther’ catsuit again at the French Open after Roland Garros chiefs described the outfit as “going too far”. The 36-year-old American star stunned Paris this year in her body-hugging outfit which she said was inspired by the ‘Black Panther’ movie and made her feel like a ‘warrior princess’.As well as describing it as “fun and functional”, Williams insisted it helped her prevent a return of the blood clots which put her life in danger after giving birth last year. Continue reading
Rip Van Winkle, in The Sunday Times, August 2018, where the title is “The corridor of uncertainty” .… with emphasis added by The Editor, Thuppahi
I thought of writing to you when I heard you saying that you will not be running for the top job when the contest is held in little over a year. Hearing that, I was very disappointed – and quite surprised too because I always thought you would have been the ideal candidate to run the race next time around.