Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Quote for the day

From an article from on how some towns in New South Wales are running out of drinking water as a result of the continuing drought, the Mayor of Tenterfield showing his skills at being a wordsmith:

Tenterfield in the state’s north is at the epicentre of the crisis, with the town’s dam sitting at a precarious 32 per cent and a single bore struggling to supplement the supply. 
“We pump that bore for two days and then give it a spell for a few days, to let it replenish, and in those two days, it puts roughly a day’s use back into the dam,” Tenterfield Shire Council Mayor Peter Petty said. 
“I’m no mathematician but to me that’s going out the back. It won’t last. 
“Our concern is that if the bore shits itself, we’re buggered."

 Tenterfield Council, Mayor Peter Petty at right.

When They Were Young . . .


Why would I worry about getting older – what’s to moan about?” 
- Dawn French 

“What a drag it is getting old.” 
- Rolling Stones, Mother’s Little Helper 


Eminem, age 18 


Peter Dinklage in high school. 


Robin Williams in high school 


Prince, aged 17 in 1975 


Susan Sarandon, 1963 


A teenage George Clooney 


Tom Hanks as a high school senior in 1974. 


Hillary Rodham (later Clinton) at Wellesley College. 1969. 


Bill gates at 22, arrested for driving without a license and failing to stop at a stop sign. 1977. 


Meryl Streep as a cheerleader during her junior year of high school. 1966. 


A teenage Bill Clinton shakes President John F. Kennedy's hand in 1963. 


Drew Carey while serving in the United States Marine Corps. Circa 1978.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Sign for the Day

The Trees and the Axe - An Aesop's Fable


A man came into a forest, and made a petition to the trees to provide him a handle for his axe. 

The trees consented to his request, and gave him a branch from a young ash-tree. 

No sooner had the man fitted from it a new handle to his axe, than he began to use it, and quickly felled with his strokes the noblest giants of the forest. 

An old oak, lamenting when too late the destruction of his companions, said to a neighboring cedar: 

"The first step has lost us all. If we had not given up the rights of the ash, we might yet have retained our own privileges and have stood for ages." 


"In yielding the rights of others, we may endanger our own." 

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Ugly Blegian Houses, Part 3


The final instalment of photographs by Belgian architect Hannes Coudenys who makes it his mission to document ugly Belgian houses, see :

The first part below is a collection of phographs from a website Bored Panda, with reader commenmts. The second part is a selection of photographs from Hannes Coudenys's website (see his archive collection that site).


Reader comments: 

There's always that one neighbor that must be different from the others, in a stupid kind of way.

I bet it set all the OCD people off

You know full well this one was done out of pure malicious spite.

At least he has a driveway, every one else is prolly jealous.

The white house is just chatting with the red house.

If people are going to go this far to avoid the row house look, WHY DON'T THEY EVER PUT WINDOWS ON THE SIDE WALLS!?


Reader comments:

When the top floor collapses and you just decide to leave it.

Nuclear bunker?

It's house transformer

The teleporter failed again.

What other damage did the earthquake do?

Rubik's house?

You know those Chinese puzzles that you slide the wood shapes into perfect forms. I think the artist behind this blueprint simply gave up

Now if the black part can come down at night. it would be great!!!


Reader comments:

Does it snow there? Because it’s an awesome design if you get a lot of snow. If not then I too am confused as to why?

The rest of the house sunk into the ground. You can only access by roof.

It’s a brick tent

The roof is perfect, can't wait to see the rest of the house.

It’s all roof & attic with no house.

Oh! You found the missing roof!


Reader comments:

"You really have to put your soul into it" - Architect: "Hold my cold, empty heart"


It's like a crematory!

Ultimate worst - sorry Belgium - have no words to even describe this building to anyone. It's a loudspeaker on it's side

In case of a zombie apocalypse...

Good to kick a ball against.

It's a blackboard!


Reader comments:

How to annoy your neighbour - level 999

Nah this is so evil, it's more like level 666

The porta-potty completes it.

So you're the guy on the left and you are trying to sell your house...

This is awesome. I'm totally in favour of spite houses.

Ugly house? Check! Looks unfinished? Check! You are now the most hated guy in the neighborhood? CHECKMATE!

WOAHH! I SAW A HOUSE LIKE THIS IN AUSTRIA LAST SUMMER! It looked amazing IRL. A bit confusing. Next to McDonalds.

Okay, this one sucks

The guy can escape from this monstrosity in his Tardis.

They really hate their neighbours !!

This actually takes the (Belgian) biscuit

Fits right in with the neighborhood.

Chess player?

Families check in, but they don't check out.


Reader comments:

AGGGH! - Like the '70s never ended :( - Attic window is cute tho'

I'd have said the 80's, I can totally see some big hair, big shoulder pad cheesy couple walking out of that.

Actually, I kinda like's certainly better than the mess next door with the scrubs growing out of the gutter.

1 next door would be beautiful; just needs the gutter clearing out, bit've basic maintenance.

I see elephant

With reflective sunglasses and a hat!

Looks like the house is wearing a thong.

I thought it was designed to look like an elephant's trunk

Love the lines, hate the balconies..

Nope nope nope nope nope


Reader comments:

When you are trying to recreate the Louvre, but can only afford the L...

Auntie Em, Auntie Em, look where the tornado blew our roofs!

To the bunker! There's a storm a coming!

Sure this is Belgium, not Egypt?

Architect: Ok, what style of house do you want?

Me: Have you ever seen the pyramids of Giza?

Don't build your house on quicksand.


The following pics are from the Ugly Belgian House website at:

Not a house, just a letter box. Classy.