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Cranky Opinionated Old Bastards

Some time ago someone suggested that I was an “Opinionated Old Bastard”. After much deliberation I decided that it might ( I repeat might ) be true. Having retired at 70 years of age when I sold my business. I went from 12 hours a day 7 days a week to not very much over night. This had a strange effect on me. I was the managing Director of a small business with a handful of employees. My employees all listened to me but now post retirement even my wife often ignores me.

There is lots of us around

Yes there is a lot of cranky opinionated old bastards around and I think I can explain why. People go through life with great expectations . When people, and I am talking mostly about men arrive at retirement there can be a big void. If when a person was 30 they aspired to be a big fish in a big pond and when they retire they are a minnow in a very small pond it can cause resentment. This of course often manifests itself as a cranky opinionated old bastard.

Cranky Opinionated Old Bastards on the Internet

The place to find a group of cranky opinionated old bastards is on the Internet. However many blogs / Facebook pages are now heavily moderated and the best of us have been banned ( me not included ) but if you follow a blog such as grey nomads for a few days you will see some of our group in action. Post an innocent question like “how to determine the weight of your caravan”. The result will amaze you as you will have just started a huge argument with many cranky opinionated old bastards desperate to be relevant voicing their opinions and often ranting about a subject not even relevant to the question.

Writing a Blog could be a solution

I am trying to use my pent up frustration and my cranky opinionated old bastardry in this Blog. Writing my own blog I get to dish out my opinion to all and sundry without fear of counter argument. When some one makes a comment I dont like it I simply delete it. However the down side is at 72 the brain does not work as well as it did. No matter how easy the WordPress set up is sometimes it seems to me to be in a different language. Enter me as a Carnky Opinionated Old Bastard AGAIN !



Back To The Future A Solution For Plastics Pollution of the Planet

Back To The Future A Solution For Plastics Pollution of the Planet

Is back to the future a solution for the ever-growing problem of plastics pollution?
We read every day about Climate Change and the efforts to arrest it by burning fewer fossil fuels; however, I have seen little evidence that these efforts are actually doing anything useful. Where is proof of these actions being valid?  Our Governments are spending billions of our dollars in the name of Climate Change while ignoring the ever-growing problem of plastics pollution. Sure Lip service is being paid by having people put plastics out in yellow bins in the name of recycling, but recently some television news programs have revealed the fact that much of this so-called recycled plastic is accumulating in warehouses all over the country.

It has also been reported that tons of recycled plastic have in fact secretly been dumped in landfill. The public is being told a lie by those who are elected to look for solutions to problems on behalf of the people.
Australia is trying to lead the world by prioritising Climate Change when, in fact, our contribution is minuscule in the world big picture.
Personally, I acknowledge that Climate Change exists, but I severely doubt that it is man-made. I don’t see any evidence that any of the measures being taken by governments are having any beneficial effect on the planets Climate.

Our world is definitely Cleaner

Our World is definitely Cleaner, though and that I see our world as becoming cleaner as time goes by . I remember how dirty things were in the 1950s. my clear recollection of the Black buildings in London, and since the reduction in the burning of coal, the buildings have been cleaned. Many aspects of Life are much cleaner than they previously were, but I still don’t see this affecting climate change.

My suggestion is that the Australian Government make a policy that will actually make a difference. Use the money to make a policy that will show results very quickly and set an example to the rest of the world.

Our earth is being choked by plastic, but it is never too late to act.

Plastic Pollution should be our number one priority. Plastic will smother the world just as it can suffocate a person. A plastic bottle can take more than 450 years to break down some plastics take more than a thousand years to break down. If we keep using plastic, we will eventually suffocate the earth. Already you can find substantial floating islands of plastic bottles moving around our oceans


The solution is staring us in the face. It does not require billions of taxpayers dollars to investigate, evaluate, procrastinate and expel vast quantities of politician hot air. It just needs action, decisive action. Short term pain for long term gain!

The Solution May be Back To the Future
The answer is staring us in the face we just need our Government to be strong enough to activate it. It is without a doubt, the solution is “Back to the Future”.

In the 1950s Milk came in glass bottles, It was delivered by a man in an electric-powered cart, he collected the empties from the day before. The bottles were washed at the depot and refilled with milk ready to be delivered the next day.

Soft drinks also came in glass bottles, and each bottle had a refund on return. Many charities undertook the collection of bottles to rais funds but also the vendors who sold the drinks also refunded on the returned bottles.

The reason we have plastic Bags

Plastic bags were invented as an alternative to paper grocery bags in the late 1970s to protect trees and prevent clear-cutting of our forests. What a joke it is just like swapping deck chairs on the Titanic. However, you can grow more trees. It may need up to 30 years for a seedling to become a tree, but surely that is better than the  1000 years it can take for a plastic bag to break down.

Our Vegetables came in brown paper bags and were delivered in a cardboard box. We had durable paper carrier bags. Life was excellent without plastics. Plastic Bags and Plastic bottles were a solution to a problem that did not exist.

It is not too late.

The Australian Government could quickly legislate a back to the future policy banning all plastic bags and plastic bottles. Sure it would cost more to purchase a bottle of milk or a bottle of soft drink, but the effect on the Australian economy would be very positive. Thousands of jobs for Milk delivery persons. Thousands of jobs for workers in glass manufacturing and glass recycling. Enormous opportunities for community groups and charities to collect and claim the refund on bottle returns.

Let us Take Action

No more accumulation of used plastic bottles in warehouses! No more dumping of plastic bottles in landfill.
Plastic bags were invented as an alternative to paper grocery bags in the late 1970s to protect trees and prevent clear-cutting of our forests.
This was a mistake and its time to reverse it. Demand the Government adopt a “Back to the Future Policy” on plastic bags and plastic bottles. Unlike the Climate Change policy, which we struggle to see any effect, the effects of the Back to The Future Policy would be very apparent very quickly

Dad Jokes for Every Kid Big and Small

Dad Jokes for Every Kid Big and Small

Enjoy a laugh with all the family These jokes are often stupid but they will always make you laugh giggle or cry. Please Enjoy!
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Who Designed King Arthurs Round Table? 

**   Circumference
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How Do You Make Holy water

**  You boil the hell out of it.
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Why did the student eat his homework? 

**  Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake
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Why did the Blonde walk into a post office talking into an envelope?   

**  Because she wanted to send a voice mail
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What is Brown and Sticky?

**A Stick
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Why did the scarecrow win an award?

** Because He was outstanding in his field
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Did you hear about the restaurant on the moon?

** Great Food No atmosphere

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Waiter;  Do you want a box for your leftovers?

** No but I will wrestle you for them


Did you hear about the guy who cut off the left side of his body?

** He is all right now
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Guess what time the man went to the dentist

** Tooth hurty
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Today, my son asked, “Can I have a book mark?”

** I burst into tears. 11 years old and he still doesn’t know my name is Brian.
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Did you know the first French fries weren’t actually cooked in France?

** They were cooked in Greece.
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What do you call someone with no body and no nose?

** Nobody knows.
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How does a penguin build it’s house?

** Igloos it together.
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How many apples grow on a tree?

** All of them.
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What did a man say when he walked in to a bar

** OUCH !!!!

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Did you hear about the Italian chef who died?

** He pasta way!


How do you make a Kleenex dance?

** Put some boogie in it!


You’re Australian when you go into the bathroom, and you’re Australian when you come out, but do you know what you are while you’re in there?

** European


A blonde, a redhead, and a brunette were all lost in the desert. They found a lamp and rubbed it. A genie popped out and granted them each one wish. The redhead wished to be back home. Poof! She was back home. The brunette wished to be at home with her family. Poof! She was back home with her family. The blonde said, “Awwww, I wish my friends were here.”


Two blondes fell down a hole. One said, “It’s dark in here isn’t it?” The other replied, “I don’t know; I can’t see.”


A guy was driving in a car with a blonde. He told her to stick her head out the window and see if the blinker worked. She stuck her head out and said, “Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes…”

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A husband and wife were driving through NSW. As they approached Coonabarabran, they started arguing about the pronunciation of the town. They argued back and forth, then they stopped for lunch. At the counter, the husband asked the blonde waitress, “Before we order, could you please settle an argument for us? Would you please pronounce where we are very slowly?” She leaned over the counter and said, “Burrr-gerrr Kiiing.”
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Blonde: “What does IDK stand for?”
Brunette: “I don’t know.”
Blonde: “OMG, nobody does!”

Master Chef Judges Value ?

Have The Master Chef Judges Overestimated their value?

With the announcement this week of the resignation or firing of the three judges who have steered the show over many years the big question is, will the show survive without them?

I say definitely YES, and my reasons for doing so are apparent. In My Opinion, the stars of the show are the contestants, not the judges.

Over the years many guest judges have been brought in to the show, and any one of these could easily take over as a chief Master Chef Judge

. The existing judges have severely overestimated their worth, which in any case has diminished following the exposing of George Calombaris failure to pay his staff $7.8 million!

A new trio of judges with a fresh outlook and preferably not tarnished by cheating their team out of wages will enhance the show and attract bigger audiences.

I will be one viewer who will be looking forward to watching Master Chef in 2020. As for Matt, Gary & George Good Luck fellas, I think you might need it!

2 Crocodiles

Two Crocodiles were sitting at the side of the River.The smaller one turned to the bigger one and said, ‘I can’t understand how you can be so much bigger than me. We’re the same age, we were the same size as kids – I just don’t get it.’

‘Well,’ said the big Croc, ‘what have you been eating?’

‘Politicians, same as you,’ replied the small Croc.

‘Hmm. Well, where do you catch them?’

‘On the other side of the river near the Parliament car park in Canberra.

‘Same here. Hmm…..How do you catch them?’ asked the big Croc.

‘Well, I crawl up under one of their big Lexus, BMW or Mercedes cars and wait for one to unlock the car door. Then I jump out, grab them by the leg, shake the shit out of them and eat ’em!’

‘Ah!’ says the big Crocodile, ‘I think I see your problem. You’re not
getting any real nourishment. See, by the time you finish shaking the shit out of a Politician, there’s nothing much left but an arsehole with a briefcase

 

Copied from a Facebook post by Ron Anderson

 

 

Is Scott Morrison Trying to Start the Boats Coming Again

Is Scott Morrison trying to start the boats coming again? It would be politically advantageous for the LNP to start the flood of refugees coming by boat. So this needs to happen before the next federal election. Listen to Kristina Keneally she puts it in perspective.

If you were the council what would you spend $40 million on ?

If you were the council what would you spend $40 million on ? People are saying NO to Mid Coast Council spending $40 million on moving to the Masters Building. What should they be spending $40 million on ?

Demand DE MERGE

We should be demanding DE MERGE that should be the main issue. If they consolidate the whole shebang in to Masters it will be much more difficult to DE MERGE. Perhaps this explains the undue haste in trying to move to the Masters Building ? With the state election coming up soon with the possibilty of labour winning government there may be a real chance to get DE MERGE

Please leave a comment to this blog and we will publish most sensible responses.

We want to Know your thoughts on this issue

Is Foxtel worth the Money ?

Closing my Foxtel Account.

Is Foxtel worth the money ? ask yourself. I disconnected Foxtel at home because they seem to me to be getting more greedy by the day. I tried to cancel my subscription and ended up talking to an account recovery person. He asked me why I was leaving. I told him it was too expensive. In my opinion not value for the price.I was paying $120 per month. He asked me what I thought it was worth. I replied $50 a month. His response was OK “If I give it to you for $50 a month will you stay? I of course agreed. The downside was that it was only for 6 months.
So every 6 months I had to do the same . And this went on for 18 months until last operator just said if you want to leave just leave. So I did.

Fetch as an Alternative

Then I replaced Foxtel with Fetch.  On Fetch I discovered that many of my favorite channels I had watched on Foxtel were available in a package for $6 a month. So Channels such as BBC First,Universal,National Gegraphic,13th street,UKTV, and many more. These are all available without Foxtel.

The Missing Channel

The NRL is the missing link. I am a Rabbotoh’s Supporter. I like to watch every game if possible. Unfortunately half the games involving South Sydney are televised on Free to Air and all are shown on Foxtel. Due to this I could miss half the South Sydney games.

Alternative ways to watch NRL

Telstra offer a NRL app but it has severe restrictions. Due to this viewing is only possible on a small screen such as mobile phone or Ipad.
NRL supporters are blackmailed. You need to pay Foxtel for the sports channel. This is available on regular Foxtel,FoxtelGo, and Foxtel Now.
By far the best option is to find a friend who still has Foxtel connected and also subscribes to sports channel. Then login in to FoxtelGo using your friends details and watch on your Desktop Computer.

Foxtel Now The Big Sting for NRL Supporters.

Last season 2018 I weakened and subscribed to FoxtelNow. I was able to subscribe and using my mobile phone cast on to my 55cm TV. This was all good and at end of season I cancelled the subscription. So we are almost at start of 2019 season. Time to re subscribe to FoxtelNow BUT !! and heres the STING. Foxtel will only give you access to sports via Now if you also sign up for a package of useless unwanted channels first. So you pay $25 a month for a package of channels most of which are available elsewhere free or for a fraction of the price. Add the cost of the Sports Channel and it becomes a very expensive exercise.


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