Sunday, January 3, 2021

I read the news today, oh boy . . .

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I was going to include this in an earlier post but never got around to it. It is worth still posting. 

Oops:

Controversial mining giant Adani has unveiled its new name as Bravus Mining and Resources. According to Bravus Mining & Resources CEO, David Boshoff: “We will continue to stand up and deliver for the good of our community, no matter how courageous it requires us to be, and Bravus, our new name, reflects this intent.” An Adani spokesperson has said the name 'Bravus' had been derived from the words 'bold' and 'brave'. 

Latin experts have however pointed out that: 
- The Latin for brave is “fortis”. 
- “Bravus” was used of someone who is villainous, a crook, a bandit or a cut-throat. 
- Its Latin meaning is therefore closely related to 'villainous', 'crooked' and 'deformed'. 

Source: 
Daily Mail UK 
November 5, 2020 
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What’s in a name? 

Whilst on the topic of names . . . 

Two racehorses, both trained by Darryl Ward and ridden by jockey Bobby El-Issa, finished fourth and second in their respective races at a meeting at Daegon Racecourse north of Brisbane on Tuesday last. 

That of itself is not newsworthy but their names did cause raised eyebrows: Lovin’ Deqoque and Get On Deqoque. 

Racing Australia says it is fully aware of the names and everything is above board. According to Racing Australia boss Myles Forman: 

“We contact owners when they lodge the names to make sure we know how the horse names are pronounced and what the meaning of the name is, and in this case it‘s De-quo. Look, a combination of letters and words can mean different things to different people. In this case we were confident it should be pronounced De-quo. Therefore there’s nothing here that prompts concern for Racing Australia.” 


Source: 
News.com 
December 31,2021 
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D**k pics:

Police in Western Australia are on the hunt for a well dressed cyclist who allegedly drew lewd penis images on the pavement by spinning the wheels of his electric bike. “At approximately 4.50pm on Monday, November 30, a man has caused damage to the ground on Murray Street in Perth,” Crimestoppers WA said in a media release. “The man has appeared to spin the wheels of an electric bicycle in order to draw explicit images with the rubber from the tyres. This has resulted in multiple images drawn on to the ground.” 

WA Police release CCTV images of the man, described as having olive skin, thin to average build and short black hair. “He wore a black business jacket, white business shirt, light blue jeans and grey running shoes,” police said. “If you have any information about the identity of these men or details of this offence please contact Crime Stoppers. You can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are available once charges are laid.” 

The Facebook post by WA Police has attracted more than 1400 comments, with many ridiculing the serious tone. “I hear police are still working on a cold case from Wanneroo High School in the 1980s where someone drew a similar picture on one of the blackboards in the English department,” one person wrote. Another asked, “Could these cases be related? Has the criminal returned?” 





The good citizens of Western Australia can sleep soundly knowing that the constabulary is ever vigilant and on the job.

Source: 
News.com 
December 22, 2020 
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Dino pics: 

Not to be outdone, police in Canberra are seeking to identify and apprehend a villain who has been spraying cute dinosaur graffiti images and messages. 

The ACT Police Facebook has the following message to the public: 

ACT Policing 

Can you help police paint a picture of this prehistoric vandal? 

Graffiti of cartoon dinosaurs has recently popped up all over Canberra and police are calling on the public to help catch the culprit. 

They may look cute but each caricature represents a real cost for a member of the community to clean up, and graffiti amounts to property damage, which is a criminal offence. If you have any information that might assist police, please contact Crime Stoppers. 

The item is accompanied by pics of the prehistoric vandal’s work 



The public is divided on the issue. 

The posts by ACT Police and ABC Canberra have attracted hundreds of comments on Facebook, with many defending the graffiti. “Those dinosaurs are around my suburbs and I love them and they genuinely make me smile,” one woman wrote. Another said, “This art is beautiful. Stop wasting your resources on silly things that (are) not harming anybody.” 

Some supporters of the dinosaur said they thought it was actually a worm. “I thought it was a loveable worm. KEEP THE WORM!” one woman said. Another wrote, “I call it the love worm and I love it. There was a beautiful work done in a bus stop on Mouat Street with a positive message of ‘love yourself’ and the bureaucrats painted over it. I was crestfallen.” 

One man added, “Hi, Melbourne here. What you’re experiencing is called ‘street art’. It’s perfectly harmless and can even become beneficial to the host. We recommend leaving it alone, or better yet, funding it.” 

Not everyone was a fan, however. 

“People who think this is ‘art’ need to get a clue,” one man wrote. “There’s no talent here whatsoever. Painting on your own canvas = art. Painting on something owned by someone else = graffiti. Let’s see if any of these ‘art fans’ would like this on their house or car. Idiots.” 

Source: 
News.com 
December 18, 2020 

Gold Coast Bulletin 
December 18, 2020 
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Change in national anthem: 

The Federal Government has decreed that from January 1 2021, there will be a change in the Oz national anthem. From that date the second line of Advance Australia Fair will change from, "For we are young and free" to "For we are one and free". This follows protest by and on behalf of indigenous persons that Australia’s history did not begin in 1788. 

Advance Australia Fair was composed by Peter Dodds McCormick and first performed in 1878. It was adopted as the country's national anthem on April 19, 1984, replacing God Save the Queen, which had been in place since the time of British settlement. 

Usually it is only the first verse that is sung: 

Australians all let us rejoice, 
For we are one 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. 

The second verse is also okay: 

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. 

Source: 
ABC News 
December 31. 2020 

By the way: 

- When I was a kid at school and we had to sing it at assembly with God Save the Queen, the first lines were: 
Australia's sons, let us rejoice, 
For we are young and free; 

- The second verse, as above, was changed when AAF was adopted as the national anthem in 1984. It was originally: 
Beneath our radiant Southern Cross, 
We'll toil with hearts and hands; 
To make our youthful Commonwealth, 
Renowned of all the lands; 
For loyal sons beyond 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! 

- They should also have changed the line “Our home is girt by sea.” [Cringe]. Might I offer my suggested replacement line: 
Australians all let us rejoice, 
For we are one and free; 
We've golden soil and wealth for toil; 
We all kick arse, do we. 
Just remember, if that change is made, who suggested it first. 
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1 comment:

  1. Oh, we love the line “Our home is girt by sea.” In fact, we have a marble sign “Girt By Sea” next to our front door! (Clever, right? We live near the beach.)

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