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bill 2014-11-25 22:30:41
Brrrr!

Hope you like my Styx quiz!
 
grant228 2014-11-23 05:37:30
Dave, something strange is happening with weather down here also. Today parts of the state recorded 45 C (113F). It's going to be fiery summer.
 
dave 2014-11-18 18:11:07
The external thermometer in my car read 11 degrees this morning
 
grant228 2014-11-18 02:42:47
Bill, consider yourself lucky. My teacher in Alberta was coping with temps of -21! She's counting down the days until she can get back to a warm climate.
 
bill 2014-11-17 09:38:40
Just had our first touch of snow in SE Michigan. Unseasonably chilly all week here!
 
grant228 2014-11-11 00:43:21
Dave, thanks for the explanation. I thought our ex P M Kevin Rudd must have done something newsworthy. The only AC DC members I know are Bon Scott and the Youngs.
 
dave 2014-11-10 21:32:36
Grant, he was a member of the ban ACDC, and he was arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit murder. I think Bill thought you might have heard of it because it happened in your neck of the woods, NewZealand, where he lives. In any event they've dropped the murder related charge now.
 
grant228 2014-11-09 14:43:47
Bill, I'm sorry to put my ignorance on show but don't know who Phil Rudd is. I'll have to brush up on current events and move on from history.
 
bill 2014-11-09 10:39:59
So Grant, what's your take on the Phil Rudd deal? Why would a guy who has it all, hugely popular and zillions of dollars, need to kill some people? Such strange goings on...
 
bill 2014-11-09 10:36:31
It seems that both parties use that excuse when they lose, Grant!
 
grant228 2014-11-07 16:01:34
Bill, thanks for clarification. That's an interesting concept. Those states obviously don't have preferential voting. I heard Obama excusing the poor performance of the Democrats as the result of poor voter turn out, nothing to do with policies?!
 
bill 2014-11-07 09:41:20
Grant, I think you mean "run off" elections. In select states, if none of the candidates collect 50% of the vote, the top two will have a run off election. This is happening in Louisiana this year. The top two candidates will have a run off on Dec 6th. As the Republican surge is strong this mid-term, all bets are on Bill Cassidy (R) smoking Mary Landrieu (D) in this one.
 
grant228 2014-11-06 04:57:04
Bill, I've been listening to the results of your mid-term elections and have heard the term "run-on" elections. What are these?
 
bill 2014-10-31 20:32:53
Hi jake82 - thanks very much for the Slumber Party quiz!
 
bill 2014-10-31 11:17:46
Hey Grant, you know much of Halloween has its roots in Europe via the ancient Celts and Romans. The North Americans just took a couple of the holidays - Samhain, Pomona and All Saints - and tweaked them into what is now Halloween - and then commercialized it (of course)!

To really test your knowledge of Halloween's history - and this is to all our players - make sure to take our feature quiz on the front page today!
 
grant228 2014-10-31 04:31:59
Well, all you North Americans, you'll be pleased to know your cultural imperialism march continues unabated. Tonight I've viewed many Halloween costumed kids traversing the neighbourhood. 20 years ago this was never seen. The support for Halloween, of couse, comes from the corporations who'll profit from supporting this cultural import.
 
dave 2014-10-28 22:31:59
Thanks Zen
 
zendyk 2014-10-27 08:18:27
Dave, I managed to get back in, using a roundabout way. I'm not sure what the problem was. I let you know if it happens again.
 
grant228 2014-10-27 03:04:32
Bill, I heard on our radio some of the radio advertisements from some of your more extreme mid-term candidates. They sound an "interesting" lot to say the least. It looks as if poor Barack is suffering the "G.W. Bush" effect - Democrats wanting to get as far away as possible from association with him.
 
bill 2014-10-26 09:46:40
Grant, you are so right about the Canadian flag - proud and simple!

The big story here in the states is the "mid-term" elections coming up next week. The Republicans already have majority control the House. If the Republicans can win majority control of the Senate, they will basically render Obama ineffective in the final two years of his tenure.

Several big governor races happening too, including the race here in Michigan where Gov. Rick Snyder is expected to maintain his post.
 
dave 2014-10-22 16:43:35
Bill, You know I like to be a man of few words online.

And the Gough Whitlam quiz has been taken 33 times in 22 days, a pretty solid interest from our humble American site. (Photo courtesy http://iainhall.wordpress.com/2014/10/21/vale-edward-gough-whitlam-its-time-for-the-big-election-in-the-sky/)
 
 
grant228 2014-10-22 16:03:24
And don't get me started about our flag! At least the New Zealanders whose flag is almost identical to ours are considering a change unlike us. We need the genius who designed the beautifully simple Canadian flag to advise.
 
bill 2014-10-22 10:08:25
Well Grant, the way I found out about his death was that suddenly his quiz started getting taken a million times!

So Whitlam took Australia "out of the woods, eh?!" I know that "God Save the Queen" thing really gets under your skin! I know it would me as well!
 
grant228 2014-10-22 02:40:23
Bill, I'm surprised you were aware of his death at the grand age of 98. Gough Whitlam dragged Australia kicking and screaming into the world. We were a fairly insular backwater that was trapped in a conservative torpor. Many suburbs in our major cities were unsewered. Women were paid less than men. 18 year olds could be drafted to fight in Vietnam but not vote. Our national anthem was "God Save the Queen" and Aboriginal rights were non-existent. Whitlam was a child of privilege but changed all those above-mentioned inequalities. He was not perfect. His Achilles heel was a lack of economic nous. When the oil crisis of the 1970s hit, his government was ill-prepared to cope. He expected his ministers to be as able as he was but was disappointed on a number of occasions by "duds". His dismissal by the governor general in 1975 made him a martyr in the eyes of many. His legacy is the outward-looking, progressive nation we've become. Some of the extreme right still can't find a good word to say about him.
 
bill 2014-10-21 20:35:45
So Grant, how about a short synopsis on the life of the late Gough Whitlam? Who was he? His claim to fame?
 
bill 2014-10-21 20:33:42
Man, watch out Grant. Those roos can be hosers!
 
bill 2014-10-21 18:58:12
Dave, would you quit hogging the blog with all your verbose messages!?
 
dave 2014-10-21 16:28:30
Zen I didn't change it. Let me know if it happens again.
 
grant228 2014-10-21 15:57:11
Bill, they don't attack houses but sometimes people. There was a story a few weeks ago of a woman in a rural Queensland town who was attacked on her way to work. I was having a jog on the course a few weeks ago when I came around a corner to be confronted by a large male. He grunted at me and made a move towards me but left it there. I think the roos here are fairly accustomed to the golfers. At this time of the year the greater danger is nesting magpies who swoop on anyone who comes near their tree.
 
bill 2014-10-21 14:16:03
Hi Grant - absolutely amazing! At least for us folks her in Michigan, USA. Now, I know they are pretty strong. Is there a danger of them coming to your house and doing damage? Or, are they like deer and attempt to avoid humans?
 



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