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27 January 2004

MotoGP 2004: Rossi set to nuke 'em?

In his first test of the Yamaha M1, Valentino Rossi finished only 0.6 sec behind the fastest Honda (Biaggi's). He was also faster than long-term Yamaha no-hopers Carlos Checa (who has had the bike for two seasons) and Norick Abe (who has tested the bike for the last few seasons). Even whizz-kid Marco Melandri - with a full season on the M1 behind him - could not match Rossi's pace.

Rossi on the Yamaha M1

Can Rossi actually win the title this year on the Yamaha? You bet. Tough job, but I'd feel queasy betting against it.

Biaggi still looks the best bet on paper. He has a mechanical advantage over Rossi and if he doesn't beat him this year he never will. Unfortunately, Max is very weak mentally and falls apart under pressure, so the sure thing aint a sure thing.

The other Hondas? Barros has been promoted to the works team, and actually outpointed Rossi in '02 once he got the RCV. Doing it over a full season, however, is almost certainly beyond him. But, should Rossi's machine prove mechanically fragile, and should Biaggi have yet another meltdown, Barros is in with a shot.

Then there are the two American Honda boys: Nicky Hayden is a future world champion, but he wasn't anywhere near the fastest in the last test session. Colin Edwards could be a dark horse for the championship if he adapts to the bike quickly, but I can't see it happening this season.

Bayliss on the Ducati Desmosedici

Makoto Tamada has the only Bridgestone-shod Honda, and is a real threat for a race win or two, but forget about it as far as the title goes.

You can forget Suzuki, Aprilia and Proton, and you can especially forget Kawasaki, who will continue to finish miles behind everyone else. Why do they even bother?

So, it's going to be Biaggi and Rossi as far as the obvious candidates go. I'll pick Biaggi simply because he has the Honda beneath him, and the task of setting up the Yamaha for each new racetrack may be beyond even Rossi's superhuman abilities.

I can see only one threat to this one-two combination: The Ducatis of Bayliss and Capirossi. The Dukes made a stunning debut, winning a race in their first season and making the Japanese factories (Honda excepted) look very stupid indeed. They also ran away with the prestige of having the best looking and sounding bike. Bayliss' career history is one of learning the first year, and winning the title the second year. This year he'll know the GP tracks, and most likely an even more potent bike under him. Capirossi will show flashes of brilliance, but won't have the consistency.

What of Gibernau? He had a strong showing in '03, winning a bunch of races and generally proving that Rossi is not quite as God-like as his followers would have us believe. He also has a works Honda under him.

Honestly, I can't seem him being a factor: there are too many other guys now with fast Hondas: Barros, Tamada, Edwards, Hayden, Biaggi, plus Vale on the Yamaha and the mighty Dukes. Sete is up for a race win or two, but he can forget the title.

You can safely ignore the Ducati B-team of Hodgson and Xaus. Their modest talents may have looked good in the crap Superbike competition last year, but they won't be worth a lot here.

So, my picks for the 2004 MotoGP season:

1st: Max Biaggi (Honda)
2nd: Troy Bayliss (Ducati)
3rd: Valentino Rossi (Yamaha)
4th: Alex Barros (Honda)
5th: Loris Capirossi (Ducati)

This is going to be one hell of a season.

Melbourne Blogbash '04

Scott Wickstein - probably the only man on earth who can play chess while experiencing alcohol poisoning - is organising a blogbash in Melbourne for the Easter weekend.

No details have been confirmed yet, but easter Saturday (April 10) is looking the most likely day, and the Duke of Kent the desired venue. Of course, we're assuming that the Duke of Kent will be open on that night (in the big-government hell of Victoria, you can never be sure). If it aint, we'll find somewhere else.

Likely attendees thus far are Scott, myself, "Tom Paine" & Sasha Castel. We should also be able to round up Aggers Anderson, Tony "no-longer-a-pisspot" Taylor and maybe even Slatts (yes I know he's in Geelong. He can drive can't he?). Scott and I are currently working on some other OzBloggers, some of whom look good chances to turn up.

Anyway, if you'd like to attend, e-mail me (tex "AT" or Scott (scott "AT" and let us know.

And yes, non-bloggers are welcome.

26 January 2004

Australia Day

Did very little to celebrate the national holiday, other than eating a big steak and having a pint.

And no, despite the fact that it pisses off people like Phillip Adams, I don't like the fact Steve Waugh has been named as Australian of The Year. Steve Waugh is a great bloke and a mighty cricket player, but I have one simple rule: sportsmen/athletes should not be given this award. Allan Border didn't deserve it, Cathy Freeman didn't deserve it, Mark Taylor didn't deserve it and Steve Waugh doesn't deserve it.

Stop giving this award to sports celebs, and give it to one of the many unsung heroes in this country who are working in the fields of community service, military service, science or medicine. Being well paid and successful in an area of athletic prowess makes you worthy of attention, it does not make you the Australian of The Year.

John Pilger backs pro-Saddam terror militias

A study in love

Well, we have to give the loony credit for being honest:

Q: Do you think the anti-war movement should be supporting Iraq's anti-occupation resistance?

A: Yes, I do. We cannot afford to be choosy. While we abhor and condemn the continuing loss of innocent life in Iraq, we have no choice now but to support the resistance, for if the resistance fails, the “Bush gang” will attack another country. If they succeed, a grievous blow will be suffered by the Bush gang.

Think about this a moment: this self-appointed defender of third-world poor is openly backing the vicious, murderous remnants of one of the most brutally anti-democratic regimes the world has ever known, who are currently murdering hundreds of people to prevent Iraq becoming a democratic, free society.

Peace and Tolerance, Pilger-style: murder as many people as you can, so long as you make the Americans look bad.


I can heartily recommend the beef/beer/stout pie they make in The Braidwood Deli.

Goes great with some mashed spuds and a tall glass of stout.


24 January 2004

Finding Nemo

Saw the latest Pixar effort on DVD tonight.

Terrific film, and a technical wonder. The best effort from that studio since the original Toy Story, it's a charming tale for all ages and the most visually stunning animated film ever produced.

I'm not joking about the visuals: some of them are breathtakingly vivid, and some underwater imagery looks real. Real as in lifelike.

The supporting cast stole the show for me: Barry Humphries as Bruce the shark, Geoffery Rush's pelican and Willem Dafoe's delusional fish who plans aquarium breakouts are all side-splittingly funny.

And you know the best part about the movie? No fucking songs. Praise the gods for that small miracle.

I wonder if the success of Pixar-style computer animation has spelt the death-knell for traditional "flat" Disney-style animated movies, which are now well and truly light-years behind in visual appeal, wit and sheer energy. Even something as fun as Aladdin now looks painfully dated.

And if you buy the DVD, you can activate the "virtual aquarium" feature, which is ideal entertainment for when you are up to your eyebrows in chemical refreshment.

Provocations & Resolutions

Some more on the Israeli flag issue. I had an amicable meeting with the powers that be in Human Resources yesterday, and essentially, I'm very happy with the way the university has handled it since it attacted some press attention: the flag is back up, internal ANU procedures for handling grievances have been clarified at both ends, I'm back doing my job, and everybody's happy.

Well, almost everyone. It seems the person who made the original complaint - and a couple of his supporters - have shown up at the ALS forum, claiming I've misrepresented the whole situation, that the whole complaint was really about "visual pollution" in a professional environment, not Israeli flags. A couple of others have asserted I made too big a deal about the whole thing and I should get a life rather than "make trouble for my employer".

If the nature of the original complaint was indeed only about aesthetics, then it is indeed a pity the whole issue became what it is.

Nevertheless, I have some problems with this stated position. First, the "visual pollution" argument does not explain why the Israeli flag was singled out for attention while the motorcycle pictures were allowed to stay (I certainly was not given any explanation of "aesthetic" reasons), nor does it explain why the images were acceptable for five years before the Israeli flag went up. As I have written in one of my replies, the arguments about my new office being a more busy, public and "professional" workspace are nonsense.

It does also not explain why - if the reasons was purely aesthetic - the issue was handled through admin channels rather than a simple amicable discussion. Since I had no idea who made the complaint, there was no opportunity to discuss the matter.

Most importantly, I had no obligation whatsoever to remove the flag under any ANU policy. Yet a couple of discreet discussions with senior university officers strongly suggested that I should remove any "offensive" material in a public workspace. So the quiet, "internal channels" approach didn't do much good.

So, I was made to remove an Israeli flag (dubiously singled out from other "visually polluting" materials) - which I was not obligated to do - and told I had no grounds to refuse. And people are wondering why I went public with this!

Finally, the question none of my detractors have yet answered: why is an Israeli flag considered offensive or provocative?

22 January 2004

Los pensamientos brilliantes de Cantinera

For your amusement, a collection of fine quotations from the amazing Cantinera:

The only reasons Guevara is on T-shirts is because he is good-looking and he was too stupid to live, reasons known to create long-lasting icons. Look at Kurt Cobain.

I smell that smell you smell when you have colds

Fuck Europe! The music sucks, the food sucks!!

I'm going to shag Elijah Wood dressed as a hobbit. Well, not really, but I want to.

yeah, and those who don't like it can suck my non-existent dick!

Everyone needs to just shut up, get in the kitchen and bake me some pie

Beloved depressed me, and I spent all night searching for a chinchilla in a mess known as my room. My dog and cat were bugging me too. Why does my night feel like a post-modern existentialist farce?

Who cares about what the French are doing when my tits feel heavy?

I have given up discussing issues with others...because in the end I get accused of not caring for 'the people' when I do, a lot. I got told off for giving 20p to homeless since I am just doing 'token gestures'. You know, I should throw a rock at McDonald's and whine in a coffee shop, I won't be so "empty" then.

OK, fine: I am the Queen of Cool

why does everyone who sucks feel the need to compare themselves to political greats?

Fuckin' soccer moms in Toyota vans. Don't take your crap life out on me.

Will you make me a sandwich, bitch? I'm hungry

Cantinera: Accept No Substitute.

Pearls Before Swine

I blogged about this game aeons ago. As James Russell once asked: "is there any way of winning this cunting game?".

Nope, but it's still perversely compelling.

Blog fodder

There's a new Green Left Weekly out. This week's goodies include:

Moaning sociopath John Pilger fearlessly lets us know that the CIA is setting up a gestapo state in Iraq.

• Check this out: "Privatising Umm Qasr began the transformation of the Iraqi economy — from one based on nationalisation and production for domestic welfare, to one based on ownership by transnational corporations, sending their profits out of the country."

Yeah man, nice old Saddam was so good at domestic welfare. Things have really gone to hell since Starbucks moved in.

• Soviet brutality in East Germany was all the Americans' fault.

Nice people these greenies.

Kill Horatio

Thanks to Steve in LA for this: The Hamlet Game. A good old-style text-adventure, just like in the embryonic days of PCs.

21 January 2004


The Israeli flag is now back on my office door. I was told unofficially this morning I was not actually required to remove it in the first place and should never have been asked to do so. Sincere apologies were in evidence. I'm still waiting on the official reponse from the university hierarchy. Maybe they're figuring out what to say in response to media attention.

The identity of the idiot who found the Israeli flag "offensive" is still a mystery. I trust they will enjoy looking at it from this day forward.

Oh, I'm also glad to report that imbecile blogger Michael Talismann is very upset about this.

My thanks to all who e-mailed me with their support during this whole affair. Beer's on me.

Today's quote

Why is the show trying so very hard to make me believe that Forensic units all over the U.S. are equipped with nothing other than "mood lighting" and plenty of glass walls?

- Paul Jane, reviewing CSI

20 January 2004

Quote of the day

Yes, terrorism is caused by Arab frustration and anger. But it doesn't derive from injustice and poverty. They're frustrated because of failure and incompetence

- Steven Den Beste


Been quiet here the last few days. I'm busy dealing with the situation. Hopefully it will end soon, as the stress of it all is giving me the shits.


Alan E. Brain has lost his job and is generally having a crappy time of it. Go and leave money in his tip jar.

Dumb train a'comin

Possibly the most idiotic and wasteful public works project in Australia history reached it's completion: the Adelaide-to-Darwin railway has been opened.


I'll leave Scott Wickstein to make appropriate commentary.

Awwww, poor widdle criminal

Here's a crapworthy Guardian sob-story about train-robber Ronnie Biggs and his dickhead son.

Personally, I'd gas the old fucker and save the Brit taxpayer a lot of money.

16 January 2004


I'm back. Read this amazing website and shower me with money and gifts.


Being an enthusiastic consumer of booze-enhanced beverages, I tried out Carlton's new brew Cold Shot.

Basically, it's lager mixed with vodka. My verdict?


Take a pissweak lager, pour half of it down the sink and add tapwater to what's left.

Terrible, just terrrible. Kinda like Budweiser, only better.

The crackpots return, all nice and shiny like

After a nice xmas/ny break, the moonbats at The Green Left Weekly have returned with a revamped website. Well, revamped visually anyway.

In this latest issue:

• The great idea that asylum seekers should automatically be granted citizenship.

• A truly psycho conspiracy rant about the earthquake in Iran being part of a plot by John Howard to exploit to third world and destroy our solidarity with our Iranian brothers. Or something.

• An obit for the wretched and unlamented Marxist loon Dot Tunney.

• A commie film reviewer going bonkers over Master and Commander:

It's the Francophobia of Master and Commander, much in fashion among US right-wing circles at the moment because of France's opposition to the Bush gang's war with Iraq, that has Krauthammer and others bursting with bloodcurdling joy. The film “allows American audiences”, according to Krauthammer, “the particular satisfaction of seeing Anglo-Saxon cannonballs puncturing the tricolor”.

Master and Commander is a movie you will love to hate. There are many great scenes followed by a line or two of pro-British dialogue that makes you grind your teeth. Hopefully, when it is released on DVD it will have an alternative ending — a common feature these days.

In that ending, the British lose the Napoleonic wars, while there are successful rebellions in Ireland, India, Canada and Australia. There will be no carve-up of Africa or opium wars in China. Humanity will be saved from 150 years of the British gulag.

Go see the movie and barrack for the French!

Hey, didn't the French spend quite a few years killing beloved Vietnamese communists?

• More craptastic commie poetry:

Will you please observe through the wire
I am sewing my feet together
They have walked about as far
As they ever need to go

• And last but not least, a review of the Tom Hanks movie Cast Away:

Basically, Cast Away is a homage to the pre-capitalist societies that made these kinds of islands their homes before the colonists came to slaughter and exploit them. They in fact were the truly civilised people.

Apart from all the brutal inter-tribal warfare, zero democracy, inherited power of the chiefs, poverty, slavery, short life expectancy, no womens rights and generally crackpot belief systems.

Yeah, sounds great. Fucking commie idiot.

No stinkin' Jews

[Update: this issue was resolved to my satisfaction shortly after I originally posted this]

For the last five years, I've had my own office at the university I work at.

I've always decorated the door (and office) with posters (usually of motorbikes), Dilbert comics, Ren & Stimpy pics, and so forth.

One of these images is considered offensive. Go on, try to guess which one.

Last week, after shifting to a different office (in the same small building) I put an A4-sized Israeli flag on the door.

On Tuesday, my building manager pointed to it and asked: "what's this flag?"

"It's the Israeli flag" I tell her. Building manager goes away, and I don't think any more of it.

On Wednesday, the building manager pops by again, and tells me I'll have to remove "those things" from my door.

I asked why I had to do so.She said a number of people had "taken offence" at some of my decorative items.

"What" says I: "people find motorcycle posters offensive?"

No, I was told, "it's these two that are the problem"

"these two" that she was referring to are an A4-sized flag of Israel, and a paper shooting target I brought back from Los Angeles.

The target contains a picture of a well-known political leader, and someone apparently took offence at the sight of his head with bullet holes in it.

Ah, you may ask, who's bullet-ridden visage was in this picture that would cause such offence? Ghandi? Martin Luther King? Neville Bonner? Well, not quite.

The face on the paper target belongs to that well-known humanitarian Saddam Hussein.

Yesiree, in an institution where printed material is displayed comparing John Howard and Dubya to Adolf hitler, and where a university-wide mailing list is used to advertise protest marches against our "racist" government (despite a policy stating that they are to be used only for university administrative matters), where conversations over coffee breaks routinely refer to conservative voters as lunatics, idiots and warmongers, I have been asked to remove the flag of a civilised, democratic country and a picture of a mass-murderer with bullet holes in it. All on the grounds of not creating an offensive and discriminatory workplace for my lovely colleagues.

Oddly, the Saddam target had been on display since I returned from the USA back in May 2003. It had aroused no complaint, and neither had any of my other decorations.

Yet days after sticking a Jewish symbol to my door, I'm asked to remove it, on the grounds that it is offensive imagery. It was also perfectly obvious from what I was told that it was the nasty Jewflag that was the most problematic image.

Just think about this: I live in a democratic country, in the year 2004, and a Jewish flag is considered offensive imagery.

I'm not entirely sure what to do about this. I find the institutionalised tolerance of leftist bigotry utterly disgusting. I have not yet removed the items in question, and nor will I.

I don't know what to do. I cannot direct any anger at the building manager: she was simply doing her job in acting on complaints received, and attempting to resolve it one-on-one.

I like my new job, and I'm not keen on sacrificing myself to make some political point. But this shit simply cannot be tolerated. I am not willing to submit to disgusting anti-Jewish, nutjob-leftist bigotry just to appease the bastards who have made these vile complaints against me, especially in an institution which allows - and even encourages - the voices of the crazed left to flourish.

Universities: where free thought and open debate are nurtured.

Yeah, right.

14 January 2004


Don't feel like blogging at the moment. There has been a very ugly 'political' incident at work in the last few days which I'm in the process of dealing with thru internal channels. Hopefully, I hope to have the persons involved seriously punished.

I'll give you a hint though: it has something to do with people who don't like the name "Goldstein".

9 January 2004

Quote of the day

I'm going to shag Elijah Wood dressed as a hobbit. Well, not really, but I want to.

- Another great Cantinera moment

The Prophecies of John Titor

I hadn't heard about this long-running web phenomenon until today:

on November 02, 2000, a person calling themselves Timetravel_0, and later John Titor, started posting on a public forum that he was a time traveler from the year 2036.

One of the first things he did was post pictures of his time machine and its operations manual. As the weeks went by, more and more people began questioning him about why he was here, the physics of time travel and his thoughts about our time. He also posted on other forums including the old Art Bell site. In his posts John Titor entertained, angered, frightened and even belittled those who engaged him in conversation.

On March 24, 2001, John Titor told us he would be leaving our time and returning to 2036. After that, he was never heard from again. Speculation and investigation about who John Titor was and why he was online continues to this day.

Needless to say, thousands of people fell for this idiocy. Maciej Ceglowski was not one of them.

Titor arrived in Florida in a 2036 model Corvette (later sold off) outfitted with a 500 pound military-grade time travel device that he photographed and posted online, complete with manual. The reason for his visit was utilitarian - he had been sent back to the 1970's to fetch a model IBM 5100 computer, "because Unix has problems in 2038", and the 5100 had an undocumented feature that made it highly desirable to programmers working on the Unix bug. Apparently the Army of 2036 knew enough to build a time machine, but wasn't able to fix a word-size error in a legacy operating system.

That bit actually made the whole story sound plausible to me.


Thanks to my mate Steve in L.A. for the link.

I thought there was chocolate inside

Steve in L.A. also sent me this:

Friends wrap man's entire apartment in aluminum foil

More of that completely non-existent anti-semitism

Remember, they're not anti-semites, they're just logical independent thinkers.

6 January 2004

Quote of the day

Never trust a lawyer you can afford

- Bull

Life is cheap, Flesh is plentiful

Interesting essay by Mrs. Du Toit

And while you're over there, check out Kim the Grouch's Top Ten Assholes list. Looks pretty solid to me, except for the total absence of John Pilger and Robert Fisk.

Oh Kim? More gun pictures please. Life is short and there are leftists to annoy.

Random cultural opinions

Frank Sinatra was a tuneless ass

Bryan Brown cannot act

Friends is not and has never been funny

Do The Right Thing was a pile of crap

Hunter S. Thompson is a talentless wanker. A dog crapping on an A4 writing pad could produce better stuff. People who think that Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was good are usually the same wankers who think Jim Morrison was a great thinker and poet. Same goes for William Burroughs - page 1: crap, page 2: crap......

The Simpsons has blown chunks the last few seasons. The problem is that it's written by writers who are too keen to show how clever they are rather than being funny. Gimme Futurama please.

Freaks on parade

Straight from the psycho whirlpool of aus.politics: one gibbering looney who blames John Howard for Guy Sebastian losing World Idol and the Australian cricket team not winning the series against India.

It's clear, that if one had the choice of voting for someone who
hails from a country which is well-respected and admired, or
voting for someone who hails from a pariah state that is loathed
and detested throughout the world, then the overwhelming bulk
of votes would go the former.

Which explains Guy Sebastian's cudgelling in World Idol.

It also explains our drubbing in the Forth Test against India.

It's impossible for our cricketers (or for that matter the
wallabies) to play with pride for a country which has the stench
of malignant shame about it. They can't possibly hold their
heads up high when Australia has eclipsed South Africa during
apartheid's heyday, as the most reviled country on the planet.

So don't blame the Australian cricketers for rolling over and
having their noses rubbed in their own faeces. Blame that
opportunistic fascist toe-rag John Howard.

Let's face it, they felt like unworthy dross thanks to his policies,
and played accordingly.

I wonder if Duce will be around for a photo opportunity this time
around ? Probably not! Nobody likes a loser do they Johnny?

The reason why Mark Latham and Labor are in the ascendency,
is that Australians are intrinsically decent people who don't like
the fact the rest of the world views us as maggots, thanks
entirely to John Howard and the Liberal Party. They're hanging
out for the chance to throw these scumbags out of office and
return us to our former glory as the world's most envied nation.
A nation which believes in a fair go, decency, tolerance, peace,
independence and enlightenment.

This bloke will be writing for The Age before you know it.


Welcome to the Propaganda Matrix.

One thing I love about leftist conspiracy wackos is they can't keep more than one thought in their heads at a time. Just look at their Saddam Capture page. They post one "America are murderers/liars/etc" truth after the other, apparently not thinking too much about the contradictory nature of the links they are posting;

First, it's a case of "It's not Saddam, just some hairy tramp!"

Later, it's "It really is Saddam, but he wasn't captured, he was rescued by his old buddies in the US administration"

No wait, maybe it is Saddam, but it was all a fabrication for TV.

Oh hang on, it really is Saddam, but the Americans are just cleaning up their own mess.

No wait, it's not Saddam, it's one of his look-alikes!

Oh hang on, it really is Saddam after all, but his capture was stage-managed.

BOMBSHELL!! - Bush met Saddam on November 27!!!! (What, the fake one or the real one?)

So, it really is Saddam after all, but he was captured months before, and we can prove it with FRUIT!!!!

Fake Saddam....Real Saddam....Saddam was captured....Saddam was rescued....Saddam wasn't captured....Saddam is still on the loose....The real/fake Saddam is being pampered by his old friend Rumsfeld....Bush is trying to silence fake Saddam from saying something fake to the world's press....Fake Saddam is a Jew, planted by Dubya!!!...Saddam is really Saddam, but not the real Saddam, because he was killed years ago before being set free then tortured by Americans and trained by Israelis to help Dubya win an election.....or something.....

"We are leftists, and we have problems"

Jim Cairns was a commie turd

Kev Gillett gives a well-deserved bollocking to our late and wretched former deputy PM.

All of the left-wing and most of Australia's apathetic, 'Commercial TV news educated' populace ignores the basic unpleasant truth of Cairn's life. ..otherwise smart bloke living out sexual fantasies is one thing but being a communist, wanting and pursuing a communist victory in Vietnam to the disadvantage (read death and wounds) of Australians and being Deputy PM while also the President of the World Peace Council is another matter entirely.


Act as Chairman of the Local Soviet Union Peace body while Deputy PM? uh uh. Not on. Travel to the USSR and give them moral support and encourage more arms to kill fellow Australians? No - not included in our given rights. Invite a delegation of North Vietnamese industrial leaders to Australia while our wounded are still recovering in hospital? Likewise - very tacky.

Read the rest.

3 January 2004

Supporting global consumerism: the adventure continues

I bought a brand-new motorcycle today: The Kawasaki z1000. I take delivery in 12 days.

Here it is....except I got the orange one

The funny part is, I went out to the dealer to buy some oil and ended up sticking a deposit on a new bike. They were offering the last orange '03 model at around $2000 under the regular price, so I snapped it up about two minutes before another gent came in and said he wanted to buy it. Hah.

There's nothing different in the '04 version except colour. The new ones are red. A bloody nice red mind you, but I wanted the striking orange.

So, come next pay day, I'm settling the balance and riding the thing out the door.

If you're a motorcyclist, take one for a test ride. You won't regret it. Striking looks, assloads of power, very comfy yet very compact, and awesome handling. The bloody thing turns on a coin, and as I found out today to my surprise, it's a great pillion machine too.

I could have gone another way. Suzuki have released their new naked V-twin - the sv1000 - yet Action Motorcycles (the sole Suzuki dealer here) didn't have a bloody test bike available. How do these wankers expect to sell bikes without letting people test them? Well, I guess some people must, otherwise they'd be outta business. But how many other bikes could they sell if only they offered test rides? I've asked for three different test rides there over the last two years (all on new, popular bikes) and on every occassion there's been no test bike available.

The Triumph Speed Triple was another possibility. Cracking engine and striking looks, but was hampered by weird ergonomics: handlebars which were narrow and provided little leverage and a bloody uncomfortable seat.

For a while, it looked like I was going to grab a Honda CB1300. This bike was a real surprise package. The big, heavy retro-naked turned out to have excellent, nimble handling, a great engine and was a fantastic pillion machine (a consideration for me nowdays). But the Kawasaki just has the edge on handling, looks and the sheer "fun factor". So the Kwaka gets my dollars.

12 days. Dammit, I wants it now.

No commie country could ever give me a machine like this.

Peace and Tolerance: muslim-style

Tom Paine details an interesting recent experience with Air Emirates.

Of course, certain idiots keep telling us that incidents like this are merely the imagined products of Jewish paranoia.

2 January 2004

Ahhhh, my first post of the new year

Hope you had a pleasant new year celebration (or lack thereof).

To kick my blogging year off, here's an intellectual comment from a typical leftist pants-wetter in The Canberra Times letters page:

The Yanks can't help themselves, they are a fat, selfish people with lying, hypocritical leaders.

Ahh, where would we be without idiot lefties?

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