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My nephew Marc is having his 18th Birthday today, which Rob & I are hosting. Blogging will therefore be light to variable for a couple of days as ‘lations from all corners turn up to help us enjoy ourselves. Marc is the classic (if there is such a thing) Gen Y kid. Arrived here in June, and within an afternoon, he had a job at $15 an hour – well above what a 17 year old can usually expect. He’s also the classic geek, and I’m trying to get him & c8to to synchronize so Catallaxy has its own unique WordPress theme. We’re working on it, as they say!

Anyway, there are a couple of bloggers around these parts (Graham Bell, I’m looking at you) who are more than welcome to turn up and enjoy the celebrations. Kick off is at 6; we’ve provided party food, beer and basic spirits. Join us if you can πŸ™‚

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December 9, 2006 at 1:06 pm

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  1. I mean that Graham. Where the bloody Hell are you?


    December 9, 2006 at 1:08 pm

  2. Happy Birthday to him.

    18 is such a great age, and it’s such a wonderful thing to see our nephews and nieces growing up.

    Have fun.


    December 9, 2006 at 3:22 pm

  3. SkepticLawyer:
    Will be a little late – just waiting for ablation shield to be fixed; another tile needs to be checked for looseness; it’s all these damned new Workplace Health & Safety rules they brought in after the last accident; thank goodness I’m not on EVA roster this time period; anyway GC has told us not to worry about the cloud cover after re-entry…… πŸ™‚ [not bad – 8.7 on the BS meter this time]

    Wonder if Melbourne has recovered from the David Tiley, Katz, Laura and other culprits’ night out last night?

    Happy Birthday to Marc.

    Graham Bell

    December 9, 2006 at 3:32 pm

  4. Look forward to catching up Graham, and thanks Darlene. We’ll save some of my classic mango punch for you!


    December 9, 2006 at 3:41 pm

  5. All the best people are born in December. Jesus, Winston Churchill, Mrs D., SL’s nephew, and me. So, if you’re still partying after midnight raise a glass for me, I’ll think good thoughts at the celebrations tonight. In Melbourne over a bowl of margarieta at Taco Bills.

    Sinclair Davidson

    December 9, 2006 at 4:43 pm

  6. That makes you an evil Sagittarius, Sinc… good to see. We’re already getting warmed up. Is Marc, is good!


    December 9, 2006 at 4:51 pm

  7. Not just evil, the Dark Lord πŸ™‚


    Sinclair Davidson

    December 9, 2006 at 5:35 pm

  8. Well, that was a bloody good party. One of Marc’s mates finished up in the wheelie bin, people were stumbling drunkenly through the house, and now we have several bodies scattered throughout the place… all good fun though. And Marc got nicely hammered, too.

    Too much vodka, champ… πŸ˜‰


    December 10, 2006 at 12:32 am

  9. Everyone:
    Good party. One of Marc’s mates found the knocking back 9(?) vodkas rather quickly does not enhance verticality ….. of course, when I was that age, I was never young-and-foolish πŸ™‚

    Surprise was how cool it was out on the deck in December! Almost Melbournish. (Yesterday, Sevodnia on SBS had a news item about how warm it is in Moscow right now – lack of snow, plants putting out new buds, etc. )

    Met SkepticLawyer’s brother there; nice bloke, just back from East Asia.

    When is the next party? (Who said regional Queensland isn’t civilized?)

    Graham Bell

    December 10, 2006 at 7:47 am

  10. Skeptic makes the new place she’s got sound pretty damned idyllic.

    What did it look like to you Graham?

    Her Mango Madness description makes me want to buy a place up in Innisfail or somewhere.

    That being one of the few places to buy I imagine that I could finance without getting ulcers.


    December 10, 2006 at 10:04 am

  11. GMB:
    Not idyllic but a damned good house (I’m envious). Solid wooden Queenslander on high stumps – one of the best around.

    Innisfail may have similar houses but the climate there is quite different, it’s definitely monsoonal. Nice town – even with cyclones like Larry

    Unless you’ve won Lotto or made a killing out of recreational chemicals, you can exclude places that are expensive by drawing a 60Km ring around Cairns [ever popular with retirees and returned expats], Townsville [university and ADF bases], make a longish loop from Proserpine and Airlie Beach to south of Mackay [retirees and cashed-up miners], Yeppoon, including Rockhampton [retirees, squattrocracy, cashed-up miners], Emerald – but excluding the Gemfields [miners, prosperous primary producers], ditto for Moura and Biloela, Gladstone [industry] and anywhere in the South-East corner of Queensland. Mind you, there are still real bargains to be found by the persistent, the astute and the damned lucky. Towns outside these places tend to be somewhat cheaper or represent real value for the price.

    Queensland is Dreamland for many – and a nightmare for some, such as the desperate poor who believe all the propaganda about labour shortages and then drive all the way here looking for high-paying jobs in the mining industry …and so keep the Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul and other charities busier than they should be.

    Graham Bell

    December 10, 2006 at 8:54 pm

  12. If you own or mostly own a house in Sydney, you could sell and buy something pretty nice around here and have plenty of change. The good mining jobs go to people with trades – sparkies, fitters and chippies especially, and people with heavy truck licences. If you don’t have that sort of skill (or are unwilling to learn it), the mines aren’t for you.

    There is less for IT types, although the internet is changing that.


    December 10, 2006 at 9:31 pm

  13. Everyone:
    If you do have property in Syd/Melb/Can/Bne and can sell it for a squillion then maybe it is worthwhile getting a much less expensive place in non-metropolitan Queensland and living like a king for a while – until you find a new career – on the difference (and that could include flying down to Sydney for the occasional dirty weekend or whatever)

    Graham Bell

    December 11, 2006 at 12:37 am

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