What Happened to November?

Where did November go to? One minute it was October and now its almost December. November seems to be over before it even got started. Mind you, it never really felt like November, shops have had Christmas decorations out for most of the month. How are they going to top that in December? Put out Easter Eggs? No, that happens in January, just after the Xmas/New Year Sales, where everything that was overpriced before Xmas reverts to it’s normal price.

My mail box is full of brochures for things I don’t need and/or can’t afford. Many of the items seem to be for presents that you give to people that you don’t like! I even have a sales brochure for disability aids.

But this isn’t a “Bah, humbug” moment, this is about the disapperance of 30 days of my life without any achievements. Its as if I am just sitting in front of my computer, staring at the screen, as time goes by…

Only 24 more shop-lifting days ’till Xmas!!!

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CommentLuv Is Coming Soon

I am going to do something I haven’t done before. I’m going to promote a paid product, and yes, I will get a commission from any sales made through my blog.

If you have been to my blog before, you may have noticed that I now have a pre-release version of CommentLuv Premium, which is an upgrade from the free version I used before. This version provides so much more than the free version that you may want to take a look at this video.

The creator of this plugin, Andy Bailey, is not standing still with this product and is always asking for feedback in order to add new functionality and improve its usability.  Every user can have input into the next release of CommentLuv Premium.

Regular readers of my blog would know that I rarely get excited about a software release.  In fact I never get excited about a software release, but I have found this WordPress plugin to be very useful in attracting more visitors to my blog.  The fact that it combines 8 commonly used plugin features into one plugin also makes life easier for me and also improves performance by having less plugins installed.

Don’t miss out on one of the best plugins for WordPress in the last few years, one that promises to become the only plugin you will ever need.

Here’s the URL once again: CommentLuv Premium.

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My National Anthem

If you have been to my blog before, you may have realized I am from “down-under” or the “Land of Oz”. I am not referring to some sexually transmitted disease nor to a particular “wizard”, but to Australia. (For my American friends, Australia is the big blob under south-east asia, not the place in Europe – that’s called Austria.)

There is no doubt that our national anthem “Advance Australia Fair” invokes national pride, but there has been discussion for some time about the lyrics, which come from a much earlier era and may mean little to the younger generations.

Most Australians know the first verse, very few know the “second” verse. Even fewer know that the “second” verse is actually the third verse and even fewer know that there are two more verses after that.

So, in order to educate you all, here is the complete lyrics to Advance Australia Fair:

Australians all let us rejoice,
For we are young and free;
We’ve golden soil and wealth for toil,
Our home is girt by sea;
Our land abounds in Nature’s gifts
Of beauty rich and rare;
In history’s page, let every stage
Advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing,
“Advance Australia fair!”

When gallant Cook from Albion sail’d,
To trace wide oceans o’er,
True British courage bore him on,
Till he landed on our shore.
Then here he raised Old England’s flag,
The standard of the brave;
With all her faults we love her still,
“Brittannia rules the wave!”
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

Beneath our radiant southern Cross,
We’ll toil with hearts and hands;
To make this Commonwealth of ours
Renowned of all the lands;
For those who’ve come across the seas
We’ve boundless plains to share;
With courage let us all combine
To advance Australia fair.
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

While other nations of the globe
Behold us from afar,
We’ll rise to high renown and shine
Like our glorious southern star;
From England, Scotia, Erin’s Isle,
Who come our lot to share,
Let all combine with heart and hand
To advance Australia fair!
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

Shou’d foreign foe e’er sight our coast,
Or dare a foot to land,
We’ll rouse to arms like sires of yore
To guard our native strand;
Brittannia then shall surely know,
Beyond wide ocean’s roll,
Her sons in fair Australia’s land
Still keep a British soul.
In joyful strains then let us sing
“Advance Australia fair!”

You may now realise why we dropped verses 2, 4 and 5!  Sorry Brittannia, but you lost us at the “Brisbane Line”.

And what would it be without an heart-felt rendition:

Warning: To Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, this video may contain images of people who have died.

Oh, and by the way, remove from your memory the vision of Qantas, as it is selling out Australia and moving to asia for the cheap labour.

Australians are also well known for “taking the piss”. That is, an irreverent look at themselves, as is shown below:

Enjoy.

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I’ve Had A Request

It’s not often that somebody makes a request for an YouTube video, however, request and you shall receive (if I can find it). The request was for “Stairway To Heaven”, but before I present that particular song, I’d like to include a preample video.

Most of you Poms would know Rolf Harris. He entertained us in Australia, with paintings and songs of the Australian bush, before moving to England to teach the Poms some “culcha”. His most famous song was written in 1960, but here is a more recent performance:

His later hit song “Stairway To Heaven” was recorded in 1993. I haven’t found a better version than the original, so, as requested, here it is:

Rolf is indeed an individual that you cannot place into any other category than “Rolf Harris”. There is nobody else like him and he is a shining example of what Australia can produce, even though he had to go to the UK to be recognised.

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The Cupboard Is Bare

I went to the freezer to get my next meal and I found, like Old Mother Hubbard, the cupboard was bare.  My freezer had as much meat in it as Achmed The Dead Terrorist.

 

 

If I have offended anybody, well I guess that is too bad. Grow up and become a citizen of the world.

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