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Self-admitted wanker Andy Blume under investgation

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There are some individuals for whom it is impossible to feel anything but contempt one such is Andy Blume who has come to the attention of this blog before where I pointed out how unwise it is to be indiscreet on twitter about one’s self-pleasuring regime or the movement of your bowels. Now the post is not much to look at but please enjoy the comments from the often foul mouthed Mr Blume as he tries to make excuses and tell lies about the circumstances of the same sorts of pictures and commentary about his work practices that has brought him to the attention of the Herald Sun
I could not happen to a a more deserving person than Andy Blume. Is it any wonder that Melbourne’s public transport is in such disarray if the companies running it employ people with Blume’s attitude?
Cheers Comrades

Hat tip to new commentator Carrisbrook Circut

Update

Guess which barrister is defending Andy Blume’s behaviour?

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Am I the only one who thinks that our learned friend is being intellectually dishonest by not disclosing in his piece that he is in fact a personal friend of Andy Blume?

Ah well it must have slipped his mind what with his pending nuptials being tomorrow and all

Cheers again Comrades


81 Comments

  1. Ray Dixon says:

    I don’t feel any “contempt” for Andy, Iain, and I’m not sure why you do. I don’t recall him being one of your more vicious trolls or sta*lkers or even a strong critic of you.

    I think he was foolish though because the implication in the HS article is that his tweeting & twitpicing while driving possibly puts public safety at risk. Apart from that, he’s really done nothing wrong and a lot of his stuff was very funny, if not a bit gross and too-much-information, but like who cares?

    I’d be surprised if he loses his job but one thing’s for sure – the sanctimonious people like Jason, Dave etc, who gave you an earful when you posted about his twitter practice, owe you an apology because this comment you made at the time was truly prophetic:

    Jason
    Lets be real here,I have probably done Andy a favour here because there have been quite a few people who have been indiscreet on the net who have lost their Jobs, their relationships and all that they hold dear. With the sort of content that he puts out he was bound to come a cropper sooner or later. By inspiring him to protect his tweets I think that Net is now a slightly nicer place for ordinary people who don’t want to know how often a tram driver has a wank.

    Pity he didn’t take your advice.

  2. Iain Hall says:

    Actually Ray Its not contempt its schardenfreude a certain delight in the misery of somebody who seems truly deserving of their suffering. I’m really wondering if Jason will front up now and tell us why Blume should keep his job, frankly If an employee has such a contempt for the passengers as seems to be evident from the content of Blume’s tweets and Blog posts why would any tram company want him working for them?
    Anyway I have Emailed Jason for his opinion on this matter 🙂

  3. Ray Dixon says:

    Having contempt for the passengers (or more correctly, mocking them) is okay if they’re not named or identified. I don’t see anything wrong with his remarks about the guy going to sleep or keeping those waiting at a stop out in the cold by driving in slowly. As long as he actually does his job well, that’s just a good laugh about the general public who, let’s face it, are stranger than fiction.

    But yeah, it’d be interesting to hear what the advocates of ‘anything goes’ on social media think of it.

  4. Ray Dixon says:

    Oh, I just saw the update and read the PP piece, Iain. It’s a stupid comparison Jeremy has made (but we’re getting used to his increasing stupidity lately, pre-wedding jitters?) because Andy Blume is publishing directly on twitter, his blog and with twitpics and that’s nothing like an anonymous commenter saying something offensive on Andrew Bolt’s blog. No one takes those comments seriously – well, no one except PP and their sycophantic followers, it seems – and if the HS let’s them through that’s no big deal and hardly in the same league.

    That said, I reckon the HSun editorial calling for Andy’s sacking is way O-T-T.

  5. Iain Hall says:

    Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
    I disagree Ray he has been doing this sort of crap for years and showing utter contempt for the travelling public.

  6. Ray Dixon says:

    That’s not so bad, Iain. Like I said, if he’s a good driver and has a good safety record etc, these things are just a bit of fun, surely. On the other hand, if he’s had a poor record I guess he’s sunk. He took the risk ….

  7. Iain Hall says:

    Ray
    Its a core part of the public transport business that the public be treated with courtesy and respect Blume has shown repeatedly that he holds the travelling public in utter contempt, Now you are in a business that deals with the public so I’ll ask you would you want to have him working for you?
    He is a single man so there is no family that will suffer for his sins if he is sacked.

  8. Ray Dixon says:

    Yeah, they are good points, Iain, and I’m sure Yarra Trams will take that (and his record) into account in making a decision on his future. As I said, if he has a good record (and if he has no actual complaints of being rude to customers to their faces) then he probably should keep his job in my opinion.

    As for “would you want to have him working for you?”, that’s not a good comparison because I run a much smaller and much more personal business and so the impacts of such behaviour would be more directly felt by my clientele, whose names, addresses, etc. I naturally hold. He is, it seems, not being directly rude to any identifiable person so the comparison to my business is not comparing “apples with apples”.

    Although I would one day love to write a book or blog on some of the experiences in this industry. And in the restaurant we once had. When you interact with the GP on a daily basis so much it can be truly hilarious … and bizarre.

  9. Ray Dixon says:

    Geezus Iain, I just saw the stats page and the views on this post are through the roof. As are the views on the other ABlume post you linked to. Yet only you and I are commenting. I guess that means the people checking up on you are a bit flummoxed by it all. Nothing to say.

  10. Iain Hall says:

    I think his selfish and self indulgent behaviour is sadly indicative of the “me first” sort of mindset that finds some people in service industry being such arseholes, Frankly I think that taking pictures of passengers, even if they are not easily recognisable should be enough on its own to sack him as well of the safety issues involved in using a camera phone while driving the tram. Add to that bringing the company into disrepute and you have a rather potent mix that should see him at a Centerlink counter signing on for the dole.

  11. Iain Hall says:

    Yeah It is certainly kicking Off Ray!
    I did post a comment on the H/s story but they did not put it up so maybe its just down to our friend Google, I have noticed though that Jezza has removed the link to the H/S story from his Pure Poison piece, which is a bit wimpy IMHO

  12. Iain Hall says:

    Just checked Google and we are on page one for a search on Andy Blume which would explain it I think

  13. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, you do not know how Andy actually conducts himself in person on the job. Admittedly, the tweets & pics suggest he might be contemptible but then again, that could just be his outlet and, for all you know, he might be the most courteous, efficient & polite tram driver in all of Melbourne. So all we can do is leave it up to his employers. I think the HS should have done so too, instead of demanding his sacking. Jezza’s post is a joke though. As usual he’s got it arse about and makes false comparisons. If you tweet or blog or facebook then you take the risk that your employer might come across it – end of story.

    And I’d suggest those view stats are coming from the usual suspects just checking in every few minutes to see if there’s something else they can ‘nail’ you (or I) with. So maybe lighten up on Andy – it ain’t that bad.

  14. Ray Dixon says:

    Oh, maybe it’s from Google then. My bad – they don’t love you out there any more.

  15. Carrisbrook Circut says:

    A good employee wouldn’t put his big ol dirty work boots up onto the company computer.
    http://twitpic.com/kypi4

  16. Ray Dixon says:

    They look clean.

  17. Carrisbrook Circut says:

    Clean eh?
    Unlike this….
    http://twitpic.com/2cyf8l

  18. Ray Dixon says:

    Carrisbrook, you need to put in an email address if you want your comments to go up. And can you pick a moniker and stick with it? You’ve had 8 different ones in just 12 comments.

  19. Angel says:

    This guy runs a porn site. Not a very good image for someone in public service industry. He even looks a creep.

    If he was on my payroll, I would be moving him on. He would do better as writer for Picture mag.

  20. Wombat says:

    I think a lot of people are searching because you don’t naturally trust the Herald Sun or any media at first. I found this because how close to the top of a google search it appears. I wont make a judgement on if this driver should lose his job, i don’t find his comments funny, i think he has harmed the image of his employer and they wont be happy with that. I think of facebook friends i have who work in transport and there are a number who post work pics and use facebook during a shift – i think those habits will now change

  21. Art says:

    Wholeheartedly agree with you Iain. Always nice to see a wanker put in his place.

  22. Ray Dixon says:

    He doesn’t run a porn site. I think the only people who can make a judgement on him are his employers, and they will.

    This is his website: http://blog.andyblume.com/

  23. GD says:

    Geez Ray, do you ever make a judgement assessment on anyone other than Tony Abbott or the Christians? Other than that it seems it’s open slather with you. Swearing on trains, f***wit tram drivers abusing their customers, whether online or not. It’s all ok with you.

  24. Ray Dixon says:

    GD, I don’t think I’ve ever commented on “Christians” let alone made a judgement. Sorry, you’re a bit confused. I haven’t judged Abbott either, I just don’t think he’d be a good PM. Is it okay by you if I have an opinion on that like you have one too, that seems similar to mine?

    And surely you know by now that I’m not in favour of ‘anything goes’ (or open slather, as you put it) on social media. Sheez mate, are you drinking?

  25. Ray Dixon says:

    Btw, I think you need to read the Herald Sun article again, GD. There are no accusations of him “swearing on trains” (or trams, which is what he drives). There are no accusations of him actually “abusing” customers. The most you can say is he mocked them somewhat disrespectfully in those reported tweets. Prone to exaggeration GD?

  26. GD says:

    I was making a mass reference. The Reubin post about swearing, the Christians’ protesting in regional Vic, and every single mention of Tony. Just an observation, sorry to cause offence.

  27. Ray Dixon says:

    Well your “mass reference” & “observations” were wrong. I didn’t support the f*ck walk. I didn’t criticise Christians in the Albury abortion clinic protests post, only the tacics of the HOGs. And I’ve only ever said (basically) that Abbott wouldn’t be a good PM. Offended? No, bemused would be more correct, GD.

  28. Angel says:

    Ray, you gave me the link to his blog, now scroll through yourself and see the porn, it’s in there.

  29. Iain Hall says:

    Yes Angel Like the picture of a woman with a man’s testicles draped across her forehead That is porn in my book

  30. Ray Dixon says:

    I didn’t go that far in. Still, does that warrant sacking? I think it’s only the tweets & twitpics that he made & took while @ work that come into it.

  31. Ray Dixon says:

    One thing’s for sure though, Iain: The hits on Andy’s blog would be going through the roof. Yours went ballistic too so just imagine how many he’s getting. He might end up with a whole new career out of this – I mean, there’s a big market for what he does.

  32. Angel says:

    Yes there is, maybe editor at Zoo will be offered to him. Who needs trams?

  33. Ray Dixon says:

    He must be pissed off that Ralph shut down.

  34. Angel says:

    See in particular the remark regarding negative comments about employers or customers. The courts are finally catching up to the electronic age.
    http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2011/08/19/258691_news.html

  35. Ray Dixon says:

    Gee, Bridgit Gread would be in trouble for what she wrote on her Twitter about fellow employees @ The Age then.

  36. Iain Hall says:

    From your Link Angel

    In a judgment handed down this week, Fair Work Australia deputy president Deidre Swan said the fact Mr O’Keefe made his comments at home “does not make any difference”.

    “The comments were read by work colleagues and it was not long before Ms Taylor was advised of what had occurred,” he said.

    “The respondent has rightfully submitted, in my view, that the separation between home and work is now less pronounced than it once used to be.”

    James Cook University’s Law School director of research and industrial relations law lecturer Dr Louise Floyd said it was “almost farcical” that employees could use the excuse that social networks were completely removed from work.

    “If you start behaving in a way that’s grossly inappropriate, if you start making negative comments about your employer or about customers – particularly to an audience including your peers – then you’ve linked Facebook to your job,” she said.

    Dr Floyd said the case should be a warning to disgruntled employees to think twice before venting online.

    a very clear lesson to all who use social networks Like facebook

  37. Ray Dixon says:

    “If you start behaving in a way that’s grossly inappropriate, if you start making negative comments about your employer or about customers – particularly to an audience including your peers – then you’ve linked Facebook to your job,” she said.

    Same goes (more so, I reckon) if you do it on a blog:

    “Technology renders Gread redundant”

    So there I am, frantically searching the Interpipes for a job because this one is starting to shit me no end lately, what with all the extra crap dumped on my desk because someone pisses off without giving due notice. And I’m doubly pissed off because finding a job now is bloody hard since Teh Age sacked most of its hacks and replaced them with redundant ballboys from the Australian Open, so now the job market for journos is flooded with jobseekers who have been Fair-fucked.

    Anyone doubt that Gread works @ The Age and is ………… now?

    So The Age has “Fair-fucked” its previous journos and replaced them with incompetent juniors? Like you?

  38. Iain Hall says:

    Oh that is a really cute quote from the deceptive one Ray from her “Grods” days if I recall correctly

  39. Ray Dixon says:

    Plenty more where that came from. Maybe it’s time to write a ‘Ghost of Gread’ post highlighting her dirty work? No one deserves it more.

  40. damage says:

    The answer could be here.
    Jeremy is on mind altering drugs – again.
    http://eatingeveryday.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/not-something-that-happens-every-day/

    “It appears that organising a wedding, taking medication that affects your moods and a full time job are not conducive to blogging. I don’t know how Jeremy does it.”

  41. So how do I become a member of the sad mens club?

  42. […] the paper. I’ve yet to determine who that might have been, but various sorts have suggested this bloke, living in Queensland, who seems to have taken great delight in recent events, judging by the […]

  43. Preshus says:

    Couldn’t have happened to a more deserving person. I used to know the guy and he’s a complete sleaze ball. Karma’s a bitch and Andy Blume is a moron.

    Hi Andy, if you’re reading this!

  44. Iain Hall says:

    Gee Preshus you have made a good start here at the Sandpit by making a comment that I strongly agree with, welcome 😉

  45. Ray Dixon says:

    Iain, I saw the Mike Stuchbery post and left a comment there too. A bit rich of him to point the finger at you, I reckon. I’d ask him to remove that reference if I were you.

  46. Ray Dixon says:

    how do I become a member of the sad mens club?

    Like this, THP:

    1. Grow up and become a man. (*)
    2. Go here and sign up: http://blogs.crikey.com.au/purepoison/

    That’s all there is to it.
    (* you can skip step 1 if you like – most others who comment there do)

  47. Iain Hall says:

    Nah that is not necessary and it may bring my criticism of Andy Blume to a wider audience which can’t hurt the blog overall.

  48. andy's ex says:

    couldn’t agree with you more Preshus !

    about time the karma train pulled into his station (no pun intended) suck shit, if you are reading this Andy !

  49. S says:

    As an internet troll and someone with a dark sense of humour myself, I find the whole thing a bit retarded.

    Our ‘kind’ for lack of a better word easily misunderstood by the general public, we generally find horrible things funny. That doesn’t however mean we actually do the horrible things, nor does it mean we condone them – regardless we can twist things to find humour in them, sometimes it’s our way of dealing with things.

    Primary example is of course 9/11 and AIDS jokes – Southpark has covered both these topics, neither in themselves are funny, we don’t wish them on anyone but they are both things people have made taboo jokes about it over the years.

    I knew Andy a long long time ago and while he can certainly be a cock, he was absoloutely passionate about his job.
    I specifically note his comment about ‘the best crash he’s ever had’ in his tram. I would have said EXACTLY THE SAME THING myself, I mean you don’t deliberately have a fucking crash but it’s hilarious to take the piss out of it.

    Australia is becoming the nanny, politically correct country – the Herald Sun fucked up pushing this one, of course it’ll be little surprise to anyone that this backlash won’t get covered.

    Also, since his photo has been posted by the Herald Sun, he’s really fucked for work as it is now.
    Well Good luck Andy (Mole)

    It’s clear the guy running this particular blog has no concept of taking the piss, what a troll is and what stirring is. If you can’t handle the fire of the internet, stay out of the fucking kitchen. People take the piss – deal with it.

  50. Ray Dixon says:

    I think he knows what a troll is, “S”. He gets anonymous comments like yours all the time.

  51. S says:

    Well he doesn’t appear to have the thick skin enough to either ignore them regardless.
    I take it you’re implying my reply is a troll somehow, based on the tone of your response. This wouldn’t surprise me as I’m accustomed to dealing with the “I don’t agree with this person, therefore they are a troll” mentality, regardless if I’m trolling or not.

  52. Ray Dixon says:

    I take it you’re implying my reply is a troll somehow, based on the tone of your response. This wouldn’t surprise me as I’m accustomed to dealing with the “I don’t agree with this person, therefore they are a troll” mentality, regardless if I’m trolling or not.

    In your own words, “S”:

    As an internet troll and someone with a dark sense of humour myself …

  53. S says:

    Yeah fair point that doesn’t mean i’m trolling in all posts. You can’t sum someone up from a single entry on the internet and the same goes for Andy – he’s a tool but for the most part he’s harmless if not entertaining. Society needs to harden the fuck up.

  54. […] have coped a bit of flak (yeah like that is a new thing   ) recently because I have taken a certain amount of delight about the self inflicted woes of one Andy Blume . Heck I have even been cited as the author of the complaint that has now seen him dismissed: click […]

  55. Iain Hall says:

    Welcome to the Sandpit “S”
    I have been rather amused by your suggestion “Society needs to harden the fuck up.” because I think that you inadvertently demonstrate that society in fact needs more civility and good manners neither needs to be sacrificed to allow for robust and entertaining discourse on the web. and If you wish to comment further here I suggest that you read my comemnts policy because if you had then your last comment would not have ended up in moderation for using the word “fuck”

  56. I think the only thing he did wrong was make his comments public and not anonymous enough. Let his employers judge him on his work performance alone.

    Although he has now been sacked.

  57. Iain Hall says:

    Welcome to The Sandpit Naresh 😉
    I disagree with you when you say this “the only thing he did wrong was make his comments public and not anonymous enough” what he did wrong was to mock and deride his employer and their clients while he was on the boss’s dollar which is of course a “Job performance” issue in the book of any sensible person.

  58. Ray Dixon says:

    I think the only thing he did wrong was make his comments public and not anonymous enough

    Yeah, if he’d used an alias to tweet on the job he might not have been caught. So ‘anything goes’ as long as you’re anonymous?

  59. Frances says:

    The first report I heard about this Tram Driver was on MTR 1377, some weeks before anyone identified him. He was seen behaving badly, doing the things reported, by numerous callers complaining to the radio station.

  60. Iain Hall says:

    Thanks for that Info Francis which helps to lay to rest the claims that he has been the victim of a “hate campaign” by the Herald Sun
    Welcome to the Sandpit as well 😉

  61. Alan says:

    Ian, you are an idiot of the first order.
    You would have no idea about Andy Blume just from reading his blog.
    He may have been brash, he may have obnoxious, but until you meet somebody in the flesh, then you or anybody else would have no idea of the real person.
    I should say this applies to you too, because from reading your nonsense all over the net defending your position, you appear to be a first class prig, but I digress.
    You know sweet f… all about the guy regardless of what you say.
    There is no doubt whatsoever he was set up by the herald sun.
    New Ltd……guardian of the nations morals and ethics I think not.
    I have it on good authority that even Rupert’s aged mother holds him in contempt, for what he was done in the name of journalism
    If you were to ask her, she would say something like…”Anna is a beautiful person”.
    Although I am guessing you are too dense to know what I am referring to.
    Go get a real life, and concentrate on things that matter.
    Fancy being pleased that that rag the Herald Sun has purposely set out to destroy the guys life, and gotten its way.

  62. Iain Hall says:

    Alan
    firstly let me offer you a very warm welcome to my Sandpit, Now its obvious that you have not visited this corner of the net before and as you have gone to the trouble of trying to excoriate me in your very first comment I will respond to your points in turn.

    Ian, you are an idiot of the first order.
    You would have no idea about Andy Blume just from reading his blog.

    Well my contact with the chap goes back a few years, and it is not confined to just reading his blog as it happens 😉

    He may have been brash, he may have obnoxious, but until you meet somebody in the flesh, then you or anybody else would have no idea of the real person.

    So are you claiming that being brash and obnoxious are virtues? In my understanding of the world they are vices and Andy Blume has exhibited them to excess, which is whay he is in such strife now.

    I should say this applies to you too, because from reading your nonsense all over the net defending your position, you appear to be a first class prig, but I digress.

    Oh you must be one of those anonymous people who think that “anything goes” on the net and that we should all just smile knowingly when someone like Andy Blume acts like an idiot.

    You know sweet f… all about the guy regardless of what you say.

    I have been on the receiving end of his bile so I probably know more than you do.

    There is no doubt whatsoever he was set up by the herald sun.
    New Ltd……guardian of the nations morals and ethics I think not.

    Andy Blume was doing the very same sort of shit more than two years before he came to the attention of the Herald Sun so that sort of shoots down your suggestion that he was “set up by that paper doesn’t it???

    I have it on good authority that even Rupert’s aged mother holds him in contempt, for what he was done in the name of journalism
    If you were to ask her, she would say something like…”Anna is a beautiful person”.
    Although I am guessing you are too dense to know what I am referring to.

    You really should think about what you have written before you press the “Post comment” button because this part of your mini rant does not relate well to that which precedes it, the secret to prose composition is a logical and concise narrative may friend so perhaps you should try harderto achieve it in future 😉

    Go get a real life, and concentrate on things that matter.

    I have a real life, Alan and good behaviour and civility is something that matters which is why I think that Andy Blume got his just desserts in the form of his dismissal notice.

    Fancy being pleased that that rag the Herald Sun has purposely set out to destroy the guys life, and gotten its way.

    Its admirable to defend the individuals who have been hard done by but your mistake is to think that Andy Blume deserves your attention when his plight is entirely his own invention and one that he has spent years creating.

  63. Wanker not.. says:

    Take it from me, yarra trams are a bunch of wankers, and they have no idea how to treat their employees. Good on you Andy, sorry to hear you got sacked, but that’s typical of Yarra and the Union, they have no idea of what Tram drivers go through, need more people like you telling the truth and taking the piss out of rude, obnoxious, selfish passengers. If the public only knew what went on behind the scenes at that pathetic company.. Ex employee, got the sack too for the most ridiculous reason, will be on the front page of paper very soon, watch out readers!

  64. Iain Hall says:

    Welcome to the Sandpit Wanker not
    However I think that you are making the mistake of thinking that the way a company treats its employees justifies one of them reacting to that sort of treatment by being vindictive to the travelling public which I think does not work on an ethical or a practical level.
    As for your hint at some great revelation all I can say is bring it on!

  65. Frances says:

    I see that Andy Blume’s blog, and his other account have vanished. Is it possible that he is now visiting this site? It’s a pity that his IP number cannot be traced at his blog which is now no more to check that. Andy Blume obviously wants all discussion to be about him, he is an attention seeker. There is a diagnosis for this problem. It is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
    http://psychology.about.com/od/personalitydisorders/a/narcissisticpd.htm

  66. Ray Dixon says:

    It’s a pity that his IP number cannot be traced at his blog which is now no more to check that

    That has to be tongue-in-cheek, Frances. How the hell could anyone trace a blogger’s IP just by visiting his blog? Maybe you’re Andy? Anyway, in case you are, I hope you land on your feet and get a new job.

  67. Angel says:

    Haven’t seen Frances mention boobs once, so cannot be Andy

  68. Wanker not.. says:

    dear Mr. Hall, unless you have been a tram driver and had first hand experience with the public in this role, whether it be lunatic drivers, dumb arse pedestrians/bike riders etc., arrogant, self centred management, (lower, middle or upper), I suggest that you move on from this subject. know alls like yourself are very monotonous and boring. Your sandpit is just that, a place for cats to do their business in.. Bye Bye

  69. GD says:

    Good riddance 🙂

  70. Angel says:

    Now wanker not seems more like Andy.
    The superiority complex, the abuse, lack of respect to the clients using the service and thus ensuring his pay cheque, contempt for the job he chose, You sound more like a wanker than not.

  71. Iain Hall says:

    Wanker (Andy???)
    In any profession that has to deal with the public (of which I have had plenty of experience) the service people that earn the most respect are those who have the humility to do their job with the utmost professionalism and respect for their patrons, even when those patrons don’t really deserve it.
    It seems to me that two factors suggest that Blume was entirely unsuited for his chosen profession, firstly he hates the travelling public and secondly he is an unrepentant fame whore who seeks said fame by being as transgressive as his imagination can conceive.
    Blind Freddy can understand that so why can’t you?

  72. Frances says:

    Message for Wanker not. Is your name Andy Blume by any chance?

  73. Frances says:

    The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard walks into a Perth bank and asks to cash a cheque for $2000.

    Teller: “No problem madam. Could you please show me your ID.”?

    Gillard: “Well, I didn’t bring my ID with me as I didn’t think there was any need.
    After all, I am the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard”

    Teller: “Yes, I know who you are, but with all the regulations, I must insist on seeing ID.”

    Gillard: “Just ask anyone here who I am and they will tell you. They all know who I am.”

    Teller: “I am sorry, but these are the bank rules and I must follow them.”

    Gillard : “Is there some other way around this?”

    Teller: “Look, here’s what we can do: a while ago now, Greg Norman walked into the bank
    without ID. To prove he was Greg Norman he pulled out his putter and a golf ball
    and trickled it ten metres across the floor into a cup. Then we were sure that he was Greg
    Norman and cashed his cheque.

    Another time, Pat Rafter came in without ID. He pulled out his tennis racquet and
    lobbed a tennis ball fifteen metres – right into my coffee mug. After that spectacular
    shot we cashed his cheque.

    So, what can you do to prove to me that you are really the Prime Minister of Australia?”
    Gillard stands, deep in thought for what seems like minutes then finally says:

    “My mind’s a complete blank. Honestly, I can’t think of a single thing”

    Teller: “Would fifties be OK, Prime Minister?”

  74. Frances says:

    How Irish Dancing Started

    You just gotta see this it is hysterical. http://videos2view.net/irish-dance.htm

  75. Alan says:

    What you can’t or won’t see is that what was depicted on his web site, was perhaps nothing like the real Andy Blume.
    But it’s is pointless, pointing that out to those that can’t see beyond their own nose.
    I think Blind Freddy is actually Blind Ian.

    After a look around your web site, I can see why you are getting up my nose….
    Andre Bolt hated by leftards because he cuts them to shreds.

    which should read….

    .Andrew Bolt, to be avoided if you want fair and unbiased commentary,
    Where truth and fact can have no place, and where research is for real journalists, so I don’t have to bother with it.

    So leftards is not derogatory? Not being obnoxious yourself?

  76. Frances says:

    Just on radio MTR 1377 the Health Workers Union has just disaffiliated itself from the Labor Party!

  77. Iain Hall says:

    Alan
    Firstly welcome to the SANDPIT
    I do appreciate that there is obviously a difference between the persona that we all present or invent on-line and our “true” selves. However it is not his attempt at comedy that I objected too but the fact that he made both his employer and the travelling public the butt of those attempts at humour.
    However Blume decided to create himself as “mad and bad” in his public persona so he should not have been surprised that it would come back and bite him eventually.

  78. Iain Hall says:

    Himm that is intresting News Frances!!!

  79. Frances says:

    GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN: HSU disaffiliates from ALP
    By VEXNEWS ⋅ September 16, 2011

    In a dramatic and unexpected move the Health Services Union’s East branch (which includes New South Wales and Victoria) has disaffiliated from the Australian Labor Party.

    Sources close to the union say it’s a step calculated to allow the union to focus on stabilising after a series of politically-inspired squabbles.

    The push to disaffiliate is understood to have come from the majority NSW bloc which is believed to have had a gutful of ALP shenanigans destabilising what many believed was a strong and growing union in that state.

    Some Victorians on the union’s decision-making body, led by Kathy Jackson, a member of the ALP’s Administrative Committee in Victoria, and an aspiring Member of Parliament, strongly opposed the move, hoping to cling to the considerable political power she exercises here.

    The move will obviously reduce the political power of HSU leaders including Mike Williamson in NSW and Kathy Jackson in Victoria. In Victoria, for example, they have 20 delegates at the ALP’s state conference. They generally vote with the so-called “Taliban” faction which until now has been a three-pronged group comprising the Shop Assistants Union and the National Union of Workers.

    Senator David Feeney has been normally linked to Jackson but is believed to be greatly troubled by her recent attacks on union comrades. The HSU is an important part of his numbers-base but it is not the only part so some of his supporters will probably be quite pleased that the door has shut on their flamboyant but occasionally scary friend, Kathy Jackson.

    http://www.vexnews.com/2011/09/gone-but-not-forgotten-hsu-disaffiliates-from-alp/

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