Friends Of Australia Friday 14 January 2022

It’s once again an Australia Time Friday! It’s FRIDAY!!!!

I’m really liking this song… “We are the 99%” and “stick your vaccine passports up your arse!”… (Um, F-Finger warning… NSFW…)

The Tucker

Opal Hill shoulder lamb chops, fried in a cast iron skillet about 4 minutes to the side as they are thinner.

Side Vegetable to be determined later. I’ll be having the stems of some Swiss Chard where we had the leaves a bit ago (but the spouse doesn’t like the stems).

I think I’ll have some potatoes cut in fries and pan fried.

The starter will be a “Bag-O-Salad” of “American” (i.e. lettuce, carrot bits, sliced radish, and some shreds of purple cabbage) with a dressing of Olive Garden Creamy Italian.

For desert, a selection of cheese cakes (Safeway assortment) with optional French Vanilla Ice Cream.

The Wine

Paid a bit more this time. About $12 at the Bargain Market (so likely sells for more in upscale stores). Saltram Wines Barossa S.A. Mamre Brook South Australia Cabernet Sauvignon. 2012. Yup, a 10 year old.

The oak aroma is strong as you open the bottle, the color an inky dark red at the edges, opaque in the middle of the glass. Flavor is rich and full. A bit tannic alone in the glass, a nibble of Havarti cheese wakes it up nicely. This ought to be Very Nice once dinner is served ;-)

Smooth and rich, it could likely take a couple of more years of bottle age, but is nice just as it stands. Rich cherry like notes to the fruit, and a bit of fruit in the nose as well. This is one nice wine!

Do not waste it on light flavor meals (fish, chicken, Alfredo noodles) as this wine wants a rich flavorful meaty dish to accompany it. We’re talking end cut prime rib (or center cut for those less interested in pepper crusty bits ;-) or BBQ. Even a nice strong Lasagna Al Forno with lots of spicy sausage in it.

I may have to go back and buy a bunch more of them off the shelf…

The News

Looks like Prince Andrew has had a meeting with Her Majesty Mum, and after whatever was said in private, got stripped of titles and ranks.

So a Plaintiff in Australia, a defendant in England, and the trial in New York… This ought to be fun… /sarc;

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15 Responses to Friends Of Australia Friday 14 January 2022

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    Correct me if I am wrong but didn’t the USA become independent of the UK legal system in 1776?
    So how can the New York Court enforce any judgement on Prince Andrew, particularly for an offence that wasn’t illegal in the UK then or now?

  2. Graeme No.3 says:

    Aussie lamb

  3. E.M.Smith says:

    @Graeme No.3:

    Spouse informs me it is a Civil Suit, and like all such, the USA can not force the defendant to appear from a Foreign Country. But can still find damages. That then goes off to various enforcement options. Everything from attaching assets in this country to nabbing him if he shows up inside the border here…

  4. rhoda klapp says:

    Strange that only the influence-less foreigner is in trouble for being an Epstein associate. And the other names?

  5. philjourdan says:

    So when does she meet with an “accident”? Or she suicides? Clintons will not allow her to walk free.

  6. John Hultquist says:

    Clintons are in a “be discrete” mode. She expects to be the Dem Standard Bearer in 2024.

  7. philjourdan says:

    So another “suicide” from a gun fired 10 feet away from the body.

  8. Reading the background on the Andrew case, it seems strange this woman wasn’t in court with Maxwell as allegedly it is said she was grooming other younger girls.

    After the act was done it seems she boasted about it to friends and it happened three times which doesn’t sound too much like assault. I don’t where all all three sex acts were supposed to have taken place but I know one was in the UK where 16 is the age of consent. So IF consent was given that act wasn’t illegal. No doubt the facts will come out in due course but he is innocent until proven guilty unless we have all changed our legal systems. Equally she deserves a fair hearing

  9. YMMV says:

    @climatereason: “No doubt the facts will come out in due course”

    That has not been my experience. Andrew is a creep. I say that based on no evidence, other than “walks like, swims like, quacks like”.

    “Equally she deserves a fair hearing”

    The usual in cases when a man with lots of power and friends in high places abuses girls or woman with no power, does not bode well for any woman in similar circumstances. All the power on one side is not fairness.

    Remember the case in France. They wiretap the victim’s phone. Victim sees the bright side that she might be compensated. End of case, victory for the Man. Remember Bill Clinton.

    Maxwell’s job was to groom the girls. Talk them into it. We can’t say that if it wasn’t technically rape, that Epstein, Maxwell, Andrew, and a cast of other yet unnamed famous people did not do anything wrong. It was not a “no regrets” situation for the girls.

  10. another ian says:

    Our ongoing fustercluck

    “A vaccine so good we have to punish The Worlds Best Tennis Player?”

  11. Tim says:

    Off the back of the comments about the panic buying in Oz (see under I went to the supermarket yesterday and can confirm about 50% of the meat shelves are empty, barely any toilet paper there, most of the paracetamol/ibuprofen gone and various other gaps (eg. long life milks, flour, sugar and more). Suspect its a combination of the panic and the impacts of isolation requirements on staff – businesses are reporting 20-30% absenteeism so stuff like loading trucks for distribution of goods just isn’t getting done enough to keep up any more.

  12. another ian says:

    Careful with that lamb

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    Is there a whole series of those lamb videos? They’re fun.

  14. another ian says:

    Things that happen – remember Novak and RT and a mine in Serbia?

    “Scott Morrison’s chief of staff”

    “I know some readers have been curious about links between the Morrison government and Rio Tinto – thanks to reader Aleksandra Sanja Grubin who writes

    John Kunkel Chief Of Staff to Scott Morrison was formerly chief advisor Government Relations for Rio Tinto”

    And some reading

    “Australian Government Deports Unvaccinated Tennis Player Novak Djokovic Citing His Threat to Social Cohesion
    January 16, 2022 | Sundance | 551 Comments”

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