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The million hit Blog


If you are reading this it means that the hit counter for the Sandpit has ticked over the one million hits milestone  which is worthy of note in anyone’s  language, more so in the case of this blog because for most of its existence there has been a sustained campaign to harass and denigrate yours truly and the other authors who post here.


I started blogging on a whim mainly because I needed to register with Blogger to comment on an Anti Andrew Bolt  blog, I have  changed the name and the platform on which this blog is published several times until I settled upon the current title and I am  very happy to n0w share this blog with three other regular contributors who ad greatly to the diversity of  the posts published here. The heart of blogging is not so much the posts themselves but rather it is the comment threads that those posts inspire and over the years we have had some very lively discussion threads that have given their participants lots of fun.


You see fun is what this blog is all about. Even when we have covered the most serious issues I like to think that we can do so with enough levity to keep it friendly.


So in the style of an awards night I have to offer a very sincere thank you, firstly to my fellow authors Ray Dixon (and his alter ego SockPuppet),  GD and to  Leon Bertrand, further I want to thank our readers for coming back on a regular basis to enjoy the musings on this page especially those of you who disagree with what I and the other authors write because without that disagreement we would not have the lively arguments in the comment threads. I also want to thank my wife and family for putting up with this sometimes grumpy blogger on a daily basis and last but not least I want to thank our family dog Bonnie for reminding me on a regular basis that I am only human and that nothing is more important than “walkies “

Cheers to all of our Comrades



Jo Chandler Sacked Redundant

Well Fairfax without Jo Chandler? who would have thunk it?

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Well that will mean that my ‘favourite” senior writer will have more time more time to write sycophantic books about climate scientists and tomes about disgraced female police commissioners that no one will buy. It will also give her more time to hang out on twitter…
Pardon me while I indulge in a bit of schadenfreude here for reasons that I am unable to share publicly but this news does make me rather happy and for that I offer thanks to Peter Wellard who is but the latest of a very long line of would be internet vigilantes who obsessively follow everything that I write on line. Which must make me a celebrity 🙄

Mucho Cheers Comrades

Crazy bloggers are better

There are lots of poor souls out there who think that their blogs will “succeed” if they try to be serious commentators on politics or if they write about their much loved cat (that sometimes works just because there are plenty of loving slaves to their Feline masters 😉 )  but mostly a blog gets read if it provokes some sort of response from its readers. there are plenty of well written but boring blogs out there who languish in their tiny corner of the web entirely unread and unloved. Frankly the biggest sin in blogging is to be boring, which is why The Sandpit tries to be “not boring” above all else and judging from the readership we are succeeding. It helps That this site has become a group blog where there are three of us providing new posts on a regular basis, like Leon’s excellent analysis of the changing opinion of the Bolt case from our Learned friend and his giggling side kick posted yesterday. Or Ray’s critique of his favourite local member. Anyway this is really all just a bit of a lead in to sharing with you a link to an interesting article that basically says that the best blogs are written by Crazy People:

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Amusingly the tip off came from the Good Doctor Jason Wilson who sent me the tip via Twitter. Of course I am unsure if this means that he thinks that I am one of the Crazy ones. So dear readers what do you think about the proposition in the Forbes piece?
Are the best bloggers Crazy?
I await your judgement.
Cheers Comrades

Jeremy Sear’s Own Goal Hat Trick

Blogging is a funny old game, especially when you write about politics and engage in ongoing sniping across the political trenches. Now our learned friend was quite peeved when the Herald sun took up the story of Andy Blume and when that chap lost his job with Yarra Trams now our man at the bar thought that there was something terribly wrong and unjust that poor Andy has been forced into the ranks of the unemployed for the things that he has Tweeted and posted on the internet. It would seem that Jezza really likes to think that there should be no consequences for dising your employer on the net or for posting pictures of Tram passengers   to mock and deride them to your twitter followers. Anyway one of the elements of the Andy Blume saga was the fact that he was taking pictures from the cab of his Tram so our learned friend thought that he had the perfect counter strike when Andrew bolt published this post, another in his “from the window of a typical blog reader” series:

A fairly innocuous post and not something that really meets Pure Poison’s Mission statement (not that it ever seems to matter to Dave and Jezza) none the less our learned friend decided to write about it any way seeing an opportunity to “even the score” and this post was the result which in turn led to Andrew Bolt putting up this post  which is where I come into this picture because I posted this comment to Andrew’s post:

Jeremy Sear is a sad venial man who is seeking a revenge of sorts because the Herald Sun quite rightly highlighted the case of his personal friend Andy Blume’s very bad internet behaviour while he was employed by Yarra Trams. The delightful irony is that on this occasion he has completely misunderstood just what goes on at the pointy end of a modern Jet airliner and just how his attempt to draw a comparison between a jet cockpit and Tram’s driving compartment is just a total FAIL.
Its good for a laugh though LOL

This resulted in our learned friend sending me an email complaining about my comment and posting this comment in the thread of his Pure Poison post:

I would dearly love to share the email exchange but our learned friend is rather coy about what he had to say but the gist of it was that he claimed that I misrepresented him because I had no evidence that he was a “close personal friend” of Andy Blume, he maintained that he had met the man only twice at blog meet ups and that Blume was just one of the many people that he follows on twitter. In the exchange that followed (over several emails during the afternoon) he insisted that he did not want me to write a correction, and when I asked him why he was emailing me rather than posting something at Bolts Blog  to set the record straight on the nature of his relationship with Andy Blume Jezza made comparisons between Blume and syphilis and the communist witch-hunts. All rather entertaining on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Then I made a point of rereading my comment at Bolts blog and I noticed that I had not in fact used the adjective “close” at all (like who remembers the precise wording of every comment that posted on the internet?) After a hearty belly laugh at the realisation that our learned friend had spent the afternoon chiding me about making sure that one has evidence for the claims made on the internet. I wrote back to him pointing out that I had never suggested that he was a “close personal friend” at all. Top marks to the chap though for editing his comment (cited above) to correct the error, however you just can’t escape the fact that the whole episode is a great example of crusading blogger scoring a hat trick of own goals. In the first instance he was wrong to assume that the picture posted by Andrew Bolt represents any sort of pilot negligence or misdeed which makes his comparison with the Andy Blume affair  pointless, secondly he spent some effort trying to shame me into making some sort of retraction and public apology for something that I have not done, and finally it was he who has made a “correction” to what he has said about this matter (at my insistence) rather than yours truly.

Amusing stuff indeed Comrades

Well we needed the bacon…

one of the many uses of bacon

Now perhaps I should just give  a fond farewell to Socky.

As Ray has pointed out the character was never more than a bit of a lark and only a certain cadre of malicious idiots ever cared about who is creator was, like all attempts at humour he did not always hit his marks but he was a lot of fun while he lasted and through his writing here at the Sandpit I was sometimes shocked, often very amused, but always happy to hear a voice from a different political perspective.

I have not a single regret about Socky’s sojourn here at the Sandpit, not one. To see my most strident critics having conniptions about the very existence of a fictional character and their herculean efforts to “expose” or out him made me literally roll about the place in fits of laughter, fortunately most people got the joke and just went with it and looking back upon the archive of Socky’s posts you will see  good humoured mockery and satire more  than anything else. To be brutally frank there were times when I did not like the spin that Ray gave Socky but I always gave him complete freedom to play the character as he pleased and the result was more hits than misses by my calculation.

It comes down to this I think that the best discussions and debates about politics happen when you get people form all viewpoints discussing the issues. when you just have people from just a narrow part of the political spectrum chanting the same songs together  it is fundamentally rather dull. Now I write this blog for my own personal entertainment and as a place where I can vent when I see what I think is public stupidity from our politicians, a place to share those amusing snippets that I come across as I trawl the net and generally just as a place where I can hang out in cyberspace.      My vision for the Sandpit has become one where we can have pieces from a variety of perspectives that inspire  spirited discussion with a sense of good humoured fun. I will continue to welcome comments from all comers as long as they meet the criteria of my comments policy but by the same token I would still write if any regulars decide to play elsewhere.

I write this blog for me and the fact that it gets pretty good traffic these days is arsenic in the lattes of those strident critics who seem to be eternally hoping that I will just fade away. The Sandpit is here to stay and each new day will find me posting something that I hope will amuse our readers and get them thinking about the world that we all share and how we can all try to make it a better place for the future.

Cheers Comrades


I am happy to announce that Ray Dixon has decided to accept my offer  to post here at the Sandpit in his own name. This is something that we have been considering for sometime, well at least for as long as the bacon has been curing.

Cheers indeed Comrades

An Earnest Lefty

To Be hacked once , Mr. Sear, may be regarded as a misfortune. To be hacked twice looks like carelessness:

Unless of course there was no hacking at all and this is all just a ruse intended to garner some sympathy after a learned friend has been embarrassed by his own foolishness just as he was when he fronted up to the MTR switchboard under an assumed name “Jeff of Mulgrave “. He has form for not revealing who he is when commenting on the net. Astute readers may well notice that there is no direct and outright denial that the site in question is a Sear creation. Frankly I don’t believe that anyone would go to all of the trouble of Hacking someone’s blog just to insert a link to a rather dull parody site so maybe the edits to our learned friend’s blog were made by one of his cats who had watched him log in to WordPress and remembered his password…


Having read this piece at Our learned  friend responds with a comment to his own post:

Update II

Our leaned friend now admits that he was not hacked at all but instead he made a mistake in typing in the URL at his own blogroll and someone has taken advantage of that error to create a piss-take blog that he linked to:

Actually, my “benefit of the doubt” good will seems to have been a little generous.

If you check the Wayback Machine, you’ll see that the link Jeremy claims was just recently changed by an evil stalky rightwing hacker has actually always linked to http://blairboltwatchproject.wordpress.com/ (which until recently was an unclaimed non-existent blog, a fact someone obviously quite legitimately took advantage of just recently). It’s only recently been changed to link to http://blairboltwatch.wordpress.com/.

So I’m calling bullshit on Jeremy and his “poor me I’ve been hacked by evil rightwing extremist stalkers” claim.

I STILL have the utmost sympathy for anyone, Left or Right, whose blog really IS hacked, as that is just one of those things that needs blanket condemnation from everyone in the Blogosphere.

But I think crying “HACKED!!” when you haven’t been, whether it’s to get fake sympathy or cover up for one of your own mistakes or whatever, is a pretty shabby thing to do too. What a pathetic little creep. He’ll have only himself to blame if people aren’t especially eager to empathise with him next time he cries wolf.

Spot the dog via JF Beck

As Gig Diary suggests in the comemnts its not a  good look for a barrister to announce to the world that his electronic security is bad enough that he can be hacked twice and I will suggest that is just as bad or worse for him to claim hat he has been hacked when he hasn’t either.

You just never know Comrades

Half a million page views at the Sandpit

I know that statistical miles stones are really meaningless but that does not stop you feeling pretty good when you reach them. Well if you keep an eye on the hit counter at the bottom of the page some time today I expect that you will see the counter tick over t0 the magical “500,000” mark . That is pretty good for a modest blog written as a bit of fun .

Thanks very much to all of those who take the time to read what I and my friends put up  here and a special thanks to all of those who take the time to comment and argue with what is on this web-page. Commentary and argument is the life blood of blogging and long may it keep pumping at the Sandpit.

Cheers Comrades

An explanation for the orthographic obsessives

Just a fluff piece to start the day….
Cheers Comrades

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