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So Kevin Rudd has been ousted as PM and Julia Gillard replaces him to become Australia’s first female prime minister. What this means only time will tell, and usually I don’t like factional politics; they are fundamentally undemocratic. But this time it may have headed off a crisis. It remains for us to find out if the execrable and authoritarian internet censorship will be dropped with Stephen Conroy, whose position as minister for communications depended on his long time friendship with Rudd.

In more important matters, some Australians who are famed for kicking inflated bladders made from leather beat some Serbians who are famed for kicking bladders made from leather, in a game that consists of kicking bladders made from leather, in different directions. This, apparently, vindicates national identity.

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  1. Brian Brian

    Said in AFL context: ‘My football team is better than yours because you’re a dickhead’. Or to put it another way: de football teams non disputandum.

  2. We were thinking the same way … because I wrote my own Gillard post before I saw this, but after you wrote it. For me, the marathon, record-breaking Wimbledon match is more compelling than a soccer match that failed to get Australia through to the real action in the World Cup. I don’t know if you’re interested in tennis, but the stats are mind-boggling.

  3. This sounds interesting. Tell me more about inflated bladder kicking.

    Where did this event take place? Was it in Australia or Serbia?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Some other antipodean country. I didn’t know there were others besides Aus and NZ.

  4. Actually John these days the bladders are made of some super high tech substance with an unpronounceable chemical name. Next time you visit I’ll take you to the place where they’re created, it’s just down the road from here. Naturally, they’re manufactured in China.

  5. Oh come on! It’s not just about the bladder. There’s also the requirement to perform the dying swan pas de deux from Swan Lake in order the provide the opposition with visual stimulation via brightly coloured bits of card – with the ultimate aim of providing the opposition playes with a some well earned time off.

    The bladder is irrelevent.

    And ignore Moran. If it doesn’t include small pieces of metal being propelled at lethal speeds by large lumps of wood, he’s not interested.

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Or tea kettles being swept along the ice. Don’t forget the tea kettles.

      • Don Cates Don Cates

        Okay, I get this reference.
        But there is a version called ‘Jam Pail Curling’ that actually uses concrete filled jam pails.

    • Don Cates Don Cates

      “small pieces of metal being propelled at lethal speeds by large lumps of wood”??

      What the hell are you referring to?

      • What the hell are you referring to?

        I’m sorry, I admit my description was inadequate. Here’s a fuller version:

        “small pieces of metal being propelled at lethal speeds by large lumps of wood carrying large lumps of wood”

        Usually umdertaken on the most common crystaline phase of water.

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          To clarify, human lumps of wood carrying large lumps of wood…

  6. Don Cates Don Cates

    Umm, okay.

    …Where do the “small pieces of metal” come in?

    • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

      Does he mean the pucks? I thought they were plastic or something.

      • Don Cates Don Cates

        That’s what I figured but why plural and why metal?

        They are, and I think always have been, vulcanized rubber. (and only one used at a time)

        • John S. Wilkins John S. Wilkins

          Maybe it just seems there are more than one…

      • An underwater hockey puck (originally but now rarely referred to as a “squid” in the United Kingdom), while similar in appearance to an ice hockey puck, differs in that it has a lead core weighing approximately 3 pounds (1.4 kg) within a teflon, plastic or rubber coating.

      • My suggestion of an underwater hockey/ice hockey hybrid have yet to be taken up then.

        Ice hockeyers are wusses. Afraid of a little piece of metal . . .

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