Thursday, May 2, 2019

I read the news today, oh boy . . .

Dettol takes top spot as Australia's most trusted brand

29 April 2019


Dettol has been revealed as the most trusted brand amongst Australian consumers in the Reader's Digest Trusted Brands survey.

The independently conducted survey polled a cross-section of 3,000 people with more than 70 consumer categories including sectors such as aged care/retirement villages, property developers and airlines.

Vegemite took out the spot as the nation's most 'iconic' brand, while the Cancer Council was deemed the most trusted charity organisation. 

Last year's survey, saw Band-Aid take out the top spot with Dettol following behind at second.

Compare this with:

Trust in politicians and government is at an all-time low

26 February 2019


AROUND the world, democracies are distrusted by a majority of their citizens – the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer puts the figure at 80 per cent.

Australia has not proved immune to the politics of democratic malaise. Australia’s leading institutions, including government, business, NGOs and media, are among the least trusted in the world at a time when Australia has experienced 27 years of economic growth.

The level of democratic satisfaction has decreased steadily across each of the last four governments from 86 per cent in 2007 (John Howard), to 72 per cent in 2010 (Kevin Rudd), 72 per cent in 2013 (Tony Abbott) and 41 per cent in July 2018 (Malcolm Turnbull).

By 2025, if current trends continue, fewer than 10 per cent of Australians will trust their politicians and political institutions. The result will be ineffective and illegitimate government, and declining social and economic well-being. Whoever wins the 2019 federal election must address this problem as a matter of urgency.

Without trust we have diminished capacity to meet complex, long-term challenges. Weakening political trust erodes authority and civic engagement, reduces support for evidence-based public policies and promotes risk aversion in government.

This also creates the space for the rise of authoritarian-populist forces or other forms of independent representation. Hence the rise of populists such as Pauline Hanson and independents such as Cathy McGowan and Kerryn Phelps.

30 April 2019


“[Australian actress Rebel Wilson] recounts the first time she met Crowe in rather colourful terms.

“I was a very young actor, and he was having dinner with Nicole Kidman. And I went up to try to say something to Nicole, actually, and he told me to ‘fuck off!’ And so I talked about it on a talk show and he heard the story, so when I met him at an Australia awards show party, he comes up and hugs me, and goes, “I thought I told you to fuck off?”

Which also gives me the opportunity to present a joke . . .

An American tourist is outside the Vatican when the Pope comes out to greet the public. In the front row he sees a tramp in dirty clothes and an old hat and shoes and watches as the Pope bends down and takes the time to whisper into the tramp’s ear.
The crowd disperses and the American offers to buy the tramp’s clothes for 200 dollars. and returns the following day early in the morning to await the papal greeting.
As the American sits patiently, the Pope finally emerges and heads straight for the tramp as he had the previous day. He slowly leans down and whispers to the American: "I thought I told you to fuck off yesterday".

New Zealand accent voted sexiest in the world

30 April 2019


Travel website 'Big 7 Media' polled more than 1.5 million people from 60 countries across the globe, to find the most attractive accent, and New Zealand came out at the number one spot.

The Top 10 countdown:

10. Brazilian Portuguese
9. South USA
8. Spanish
7. French
6. Scottish
5. Australian
4. Italian
3. Irish
2. South African
1. Kiwi

For those who want to now how to speak with the world’s sexiest accent, here are some words to practise on.  Read aloud . . .

Peck - to fill a suitcase
Min - male of the species
Milburn - capital of Victoria
Pigs - for hanging out washing with
Pug - large animal with a curly tail
Nin tin dough - computer game
Munner stroney - soup
Mess Kara - eye makeup
McKennock - person who fixes cars
Mere - Mayor
Leather - foam produced from soap
Lift - departed
Kiri Pecker - famous Australian businessman
Kittle crusps - potato chips
Ken's - Cairns
Jumbo - pet name for someone called Jim
Jungle Bills - Christmas carol
Inner me - enemy
Guess - vapour
Fush - marine creatures
Fitter cheney - type of pasta
Ever cardeau - avocado

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