Saturday, November 24, 2012

An all round entertaining week - does Ewen Jumbo Jones believe that half his constituents would like the 'death penalty' for those who support gay marriage? - Mayor Mullet gets her own dedicated biblical quote - and on the national stage, looks like Baldrick from Blackadder is on contract to the Australian Government with a cunning plan to import people ... to be unemployed.

Jumbo stumbles into the thickets of English yet again, and we're not sure what we heard.

Townsville Enterprise Limited's  (TEL) AGM and self-stroking luncheon was held on Thursday and was more notable for who wasn't there than who was. It was a very selective guest list. The Magpie discoveres the who and why of it all through a revealing email from Enterrpise House.

And it wouldn't be a week without The Daily Astonisher astonishing us;  there was a big whoopsey of a headline about the paper's favorite son, and there were more than a few cranky cruciverbalists out there who had some cross words about the paper's crossword cock-up. 

All here amongst the detrius on the floor of the nest at

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The smell around Pell - the art of upside down reading - and Mayor Mullet wants the company that cocked up the state health payroll disaster to set up shop in Townsville.

IBM doesn't nickname itself 'The Big Blue' for nought ... big blues don't come much bigger than the health payroll circus which has cost the Queensland taxpayers billions. So does The Magpie detect a lingering odour of Labor past in Mayor Mullet's fluttering of eyelashes at Big Blue's boys in the United States? 

Something is definitely on the nose when Australia's leading Catholic goes into callous boy's-clubbery denial, blaming a media beat-up for the rampant and deliberately hidden child abuse within the church and then implying it's not so bad, others are paedophiles, too. 

To lighten things up a bit, there is a round-up of this week's Media Follies, some great headlines (even two (deliberately) good 'uns from The Astonisher in recent weeks) and doodler Bentley has a timely take on that eclipse. 

We have also turned up an hilarious new take of 50 Shades of Grey - it's all about what goes on in the backyard shed, all here in the nest at

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Jumbo’s jumbled agenda – yes, the Jones boy is at it again – Typo gets a touch-up from Media Watch – the gush-o-meter goes off the dial for the royal circus – and the final frontier: voting in America is only for the brave – and persistent.

Jumbo Jones has again lumbered inappropriately into a policy thicket where he has no place being … but wait, there’s more, as the steak knives man used to say – the Member for Herbert has penned a letter to a constituent in which allows his tortured mind processes to somehow link live sheep exports with Muslims extremists beheading hostages.

And the numbers game: for one Townsville family, their numbers came up, for the Townsville Bulletin – alas – their numbers went down. Again.

All here in this week’s bag of illicit booty in the nest at

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Mayor Mullet becomes a flying fish - the untold story of her parachute jump this week – and a cautionary tale about the pitfalls for twits who use Twitter.

Our cartoonist Bentley takes a big stick to Treasurer Goose, and The ‘Pie poses the question: is Barnaby Joyce a racist? (Is the Pope a … oh, never mind.)

And no matter what the outcome of this week’s US presidential election, Americans have a word for it. 
Also, just in case you missed it, have a look at the last blog posted midweek ... it's a bit of fun.

All this twaddle here in the nest at