Saturday, February 02, 2013

Macca, Snarl, Halpin and Juanita

I cracked 100 Google friend followers a couple of weeks ago. I am now a declining force with only 98. Given the effort it takes to de-friend, a couple of people must really hate me.

You may be interested to know which of my posts keep generating comments. Top of the list was published in May, 2009 and titled Time to go Macca. 2013, and he is still on air and has only become worse. It has 42 comments, some of which are mine, but for my blog, that is substantial. (I wonder what Jane and Lance's record is for comments, given each post usually generates over 200 and they reply to each one, so over 100 comments from their readers)

Another one to generate comments, and create offence, was Snarl, October 2009. It was about dangerous pit bull terriers and boy did the uneducated masses jump on that one. The comments have to be seen to be believed for their literary style. It really is worth taking a look. It was interesting how two commenters connected disliking dog breeds to racism.

It seems so many young, impressionable gay men loved Luke Halpin, one of the stars of the tv show Flipper. I certainly did and every so often a comment pops up there. One lass was rather upset at him being fancied by gay men and dared me to publish her quite silly comment. Of course I did. No reason to not embarrass her.

But there are four connected posts about the same subject where more pops up every so often, and that is the murder of Sydney heiress Juanita Nielsen. 2006 here. March 2007 here (recent comment with a different theory) and the same year here. 2012 here. I remain convinced once a certain ex NSW Premier dies, we will find out a little more.

I was writing another post and mentioned oleander shrubs. It occurred to me that among my blog mates, I have experts in gardening, public transport, cooking, history, biology, caring professions, photography, writing, music history, cartoonists, an artist, adventurers and illustrators of our country, ornithologists,  architecture, film lovers, a disproportionate number of ex school teachers,  and some are just like me who know a little about a lot, and a few more who I just like. Sorry if I missed your area of expertise.

What fun.

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  1. I went back and read the pitbull and Flipper posts, I really must make time to read through your archives someday.

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    1. River, my archives surprise me at times, sometimes with embarrassment at poor writing, but often with interest when I find out what I was doing at the time, or re-learning something I had written about and promptly forgotten, and people who used to comment but no longer do, for whatever reason.

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  2. The entire issue of popular posts or posts that provoke a lot of controversy is an interesting one. While I think everyone should analyse their blog at the end of each month/year, sometimes the results seem random. Or bizarre.

    I think you nailed it re Macca: "his extreme conservatism, political incorrectness, erratic rudeness and his general intolerance to anyone who is not from the bush or even alternative views". 18% of Australians (especially the thinking citizens) rely on the ABC totally for their radio, and so Macca was a hot issue.

    Of all the posts I have ever written, the one that received the most hits was about Californian bungalows (expected) and about Napoleon's house in St Helena (totally unexpected).

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    1. Bizarre quite often Hels. I have come to know what the 'push button' topics that will generate comments.

      Well, we are city folk and we know nothing of country lives and ways, according to Macca. One day I learnt from Macca that milk comes from cows. That was a shock. (note to self, write post about milk prices)

      I remember the Cow Bung post and the one about the short dude's house.



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  3. You are an ardent blogger. Keep it up.

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    1. Ardent is an appropriate word Diane. Thanks. Sometimes I think nobody is reading, but then I look at the stats and it is clear that they are. Numbers of comments does not equal appreciation or numbers of readers. Sometimes there is just nothing to say a what someone writes.

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  4. Read what you had to say about Macca. One weekend at a friend's house I was woken from a relaxing sleep-in by the irritating sound of radio waves bouncing about the house. What a crock of ocker rot. First and last time - both Macca and the stay-over location. If he really offers the real Australia, god help us all.



    Our female mini schnauzer has "baggage" and is a real little shit - we love her, but we also know that she isn't always nice. On the plus side, we also know she isn't big or strong enough to kill. [And with only 3 teeth left it takes her half an hour to gum her way through a chicken wing]. Her lead is on before just about any new person gets through our door.

    Racist, or not racist, who cares? Of course dogs - even the sweetest dogs - can turn on people. How could anyone believe otherwise, when even the nicest humans can turn on people. Maybe Macca ought to do a show from children's wards in hospitals...

    As for Rotties and Pit Bulls, their anal glands alone are lethal enough to justify their eradication. [The dogs, I mean.]
    [Well, the anal glands too, I reckon.]

    After Evans the Wireless left his post, it's just got worser and more worserer.

    Raphael Epstein is rude and dismissive. Richard Stubbs is as riveting as soggy noodles. Many of the people who call in about the quiz are simply Australia all-over-ians who live in a different time zone [possibly the twilight zone]. Can I get my 9 cents back, or would this require an application through Senna Link?

    Keep pushing buttons. This is carthartic.

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    1. FC, I reckon management would like him gone as he is so unprofessional, but the country ockers would kick up such a stink. I don't listen too him much now, but sadly he often has interesting guests who are somewhat wasted with him. A summer replacement, Andrea Ho, was rather good. I am well over Epstein, Stubbs and the Burns woman. Sister likes her because she likes sport.

      I didn't actually read what I wrote about dogs when I put in the link, but all dogs are potentially dangerous, but not too many can do the damage that a very large dog can, especially breeds bred for aggression. You almost toothless hound might like to try to nip someone, and no harm is done. I don't have to say much more. Both of our dogs never had anal gland problems, although I did become skilled at cleaning scoot marks off carpet.

      I well and truly get my 9 cents worth from our ABC. My life would be much poorer without it. But I get a lot from the BBC too, and I don't have to pay for that.

      Evans the Wireless. Who could get away with thirty seconds of dead air now? Who could get away with moaning about ants in his Doncaster unit, day after day after day. Who could have had bereaved widows wanting to marry him, sight unseen. With the greatest of respect, you would go back to when he broadcast the breakfast show to the whole east coast of Aus.





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  5. never heard of 'Macca'.
    Only crim-bogans keep a dog of the breeds which have massive jaw-strength. My 6-kilo beloved fluffy dog friend was ripped in half by a 100-kilo English Mastiff kept by a neighbour who said it was to guard his bike parts. It got out and came to my place. I stand by my opinion of people who keep these dog types, and I would have avoided your Snarl post, as I am still traumatised. You are a terrific blogger though - X X

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    1. Ann, it really is a case of stereo types fitting their mould. Somewhere you have mentioned about about the dog being killed. I remember it vividly.

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  6. Hello Andrew:
    Oh, we are so sad that two of your Followers have disappeared, especially as you had reached that magic century. Why people come and go is a real mystery to us but it is quality not quantity that counts in everything!!!

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    1. Oh JayLa, I fear, with an average of more than one post daily, I have gone for quantity rather than quality. It is how it works for me.

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  7. My most popular post is about designer vaginas :|
    Ha ha ha ha.

    I'm an expert in mooching about on a Sunday.

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  8. Oh I just went back and read your dog post, those comments are hilarious and painful.

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    1. No surprise about your most popular post Fen.

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    2. Fen, I don't like to be snobbish, but really, most of the pit bull owners would be beyond the pale.

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  9. Just read 'snarl' too Andrew, it seems to me that all in favour of these unacceptable 'domestic' pets are anonymous..funny that hey! Just keep doing what you are doing, we all enjoy your posts and that's the main thing oui ! As for the two missing followers it could be as simple as blogger swallowing them up, it happens I'm sure..

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    1. Thanks Grace. Yes, the great, always very self certain, Anon.

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