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Friday, December 13, 2002
Josh’s ramblings

Someone recently referred to Josh’s Joshings as ‘Josh’s Ramblings’. The cheek of it. This prompts me to regale you with some of the witticisms currently doing the rounds here. These gems appeared in Melbourne’s The Age, having been culled from Julian Lestrange (ed.), The Big Book of National Insults (London: Allen & Unwin, 2002):
Australia is still very exclusive…on the visa application they still ask you if you have been convicted of a felony, although they are willing to give you a visa even if you haven’t.

Australia may be the only country in the World in which the word ‘academic’ is regularly used as a term of abuse.

Boy George is all England needs - another queen who can’t dress.

You know it’s summer in Ireland when the rain gets warmer.

Manhattan is a narrow island off the coast of New Jersey devoted to the pursuit of lunch.

‘When I was a boy, I was told that anybody could become President (of the USA); now, I’m beginning to believe it.'
This gives me the opportunity to remark on another quote used elsewhere in The Age, recently. Bill Clinton said the following, some years ago (I have got the sense, if not the precise wording, absolutely right):
(In times of stress), Americans prefer a strong leader who is wrong to a weak leader who is right.
Had he written the aphorism more recently, he may well have mused upon the sort of occasion upon which Americans prefer a leader who is both weak and wrong.

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