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Blah-Blah Bar / COVID Reminiscing
It is interesting what this COVID situation does to you, in regards to returning to basics.

I had the opportunity to drop into a local traditional Italian deli late last week, and I thought or felt I should give them a bit more business than just a takeaway coffee. So I purchased some cheese, few hundred grams of cured meat, peppered mortadella, etc., etc, some crusty bread rolls. It took me straight back to my youth in the years I spent working in and around the CBD. Back then I spent most of my time in Flinders Street, but I would look to occasions to get up around Queen Vic market and the RMIT area, perhaps as an excuse to head towards Lygon Street. But often Lygon Street was too busy, bustling as a hive of activity, and it was tough to get fast service with limited time for lunch. So frequently I head up past Queen Vic to the North Melbourne area, the traditional Lebanese and Italia Coffee shops for lunch. My frequent fare of choice, a simple crusty roll, some peppered mortadella, a slice of some real cheese, sun dried tomato and some nice relish or olive tapenade as a spread, all washed down with some serious serious coffee occasionally with a small "correction fluid" chaser. Long before Subway existed! I can't recall what they called it, modern cuisine labels it a muffaletta but it's not something invented in New Orleans.

It's still a winner!
Ladies Lounge / Sarah Hosking - Sayonara
We get pick #9 for Sarah Hosking to the Nthmond.

As discussed sad to see her go, I wish her well but not against us!
The Sports Desk / IPL in the COVID era!
Seriously, I read that there are players threatening or considering bypassing the domestic season so they can go and play in the IPL over in India.

I mentioned once before the BCCI uses the IPL as a way to disrupt and destabilise opponents, it's not an accident that these scheduling conflicts occur, and even less of a coincidence in the current circumstances.

The BCCI want us to ask the question, if they choose to go in pursuit of the holly dollar, do we have to let them back in? But if we ask that question we play into the hands of Indian cricket.

Money is power.
Blah-Blah Bar / Big Footy Hacked
Hi, just an FYI for forum members as I know many of you have accounts across the web.

Bigfooty has been hacked, exposing the profile details of many user accounts. If you've got an account over there you might want to review your account and see if any of your other accounts share the same password.

Bigfooty will probably force account users to change the passwords on their site, but if that password is shared your other sites are at risk!
Blah-Blah Bar / Kim Jong-Un
Clickbait I know, but still discussion worthy.

There are some rumours floating about that Trump's little RocketMate has taken a turn for the worst following some unplanned heart surgery, he is apparently gravely ill and in serious peril, but not nearly as much as the heart surgeon!

This is the last thing the world needs right now, because if "Lil Kim" bites the dust some loony General will probably get the gig!
Blah-Blah Bar / Price Gouging - Covid Style
I thought we could keep a lookout for deals or fire off warnings to people as required if we had a thread. There are innumerable good deals going down, as well as many dodgy operators.

My first one is the local freight companies, all are now gouging people because of COVID. Some have hiked prices by as much as 300%, at a time when wages are being subsidized by the government and fuel prices are at a low not seen for many years. It's criminal behavior.
Blah-Blah Bar / Re: CV and mad panic behaviour
it is simply not possible to convey complex ideas and concepts in a wholly unambiguous way. The problem of misinterpretation exists with every book of note ever written.
Aren't we publishing the very same conclusion.

Authors know that fact, so why would a Prideaux publish such an article that effectively distils down to that critique, that the error is in the reader?
Blah-Blah Bar / Paywalls in times of Crisis
It's interesting that the media(newspapers / websites) often use the community service card to justify reporting sensitive issues, and sometimes the public good card to defend occasionally crossing the line whatever that line might be!

Yet in these critical times, they post click bait Coronavirus headlines and place the content behind a paywall, just saying! ;)

Please think of this the next time they ask for your respect!

With that behaviour the only thing they are globally good for is the home delivery of depression era poo tickets!
Robert Heatley Stand / The King of Weitering Haters
I wonder if anyone else felt uncomfortable listening to McAveney's continual side-swipe berating of Weitering, he talks about Weiters like he's doing a Jason Tutt when he should be doing a Buddy Franklin!

Off to the gerontologist Bruce, the fat lady is singing!
The Sports Desk / Wilder v Fury
Interesting event, all the hoopla and clown show.

Wilder was fat and slow, Fury was fat and slightly less slow.

Hardly looked like an even match or genuine contest.

How far boxing has fallen, it's withering away in such a sad end for a dying sport!
Ladies Lounge / Making Failure a Living
I'm sympathetic to those exposed to the taunts of cruel members of the general public, and how they can clearly hurt some individuals. But I'm also very skeptical about some people who seemingly turn repeated failures in a lucrative career like a Greek Tragedy!

Is it just me that worries about individuals blaming the Universe for all their problems, and being heartily supported both socially and financially for their sufferance?

It seems we can see the difference between some events, even if we are prepared to make some excuses, collectively we just sort of let the reality filter slide and bunch them all together.
The Sports Desk / Day/Night Test vs India

Big deal, India agree to play a night test at the Gabba, a match they normally lose anyway!

Australia should throw the game and forever more strip India of all it's excuses and opposition to Day/Night tests!
The Sports Desk / T20 - Is it a mirage?
I've got to make this observation about T20 cricket.

I'm not a huge fan but I do appreciate some of the skills, yet I can see that the plasticity in the rules means it's not very useful for measuring cricket talent.

One thing I've noted, the effectiveness of a bowler seems geared to their level of exposure to the batsmen. The more a batsmen becomes familiar with a bowler the greater the toll the batsmen takes on any overs bowled. What this means is that often the newbie bowler, in yesterday's case Ellis bowling for Sydney Thunder, often has the best economy rate.

It's not primarily the bowler's skill that has them perform well, but also the batsmen's ignorance.