No, we’re not telling you to chill out. We’d never ask our readers to do that. The headline makes reference to the cold snap sweeping across SE Australia this weekend.

This was Canberra Stadium in May 2000, but there were some decent snow flurries in Canberra yesterday. Pic: Mark Evans

Anyway, here’s what you might have missed this week:

Loads of gay marriage stuff, the Olympics summed up in 414 words, a good yarn (plus hilarious pic) on smacking, trampy gear for kids, Turnbull on Robert Hughes, a totally mental video, an Oi! Oi! Oi! moment that didn’t involve the Olympics, a coal seam gas breakup letter, heaps of asylum seeker stuff and a big up yours to Dick Smith!

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    • TChong says:

      07:11am | 18/08/12

      THat was a shame job.
      Farrah, unquestionably scored.
      The game is Rugby League, not Gridiron, the Tigers defence was clearly impeded, allowing CBs final try.
      Moral victory for Robbie and The Tiges.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:03pm | 18/08/12

      Moral victories dont earn us a point tho’.........We were ripped off. :(

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      04:12pm | 18/08/12

      Rugby Union, proper rugby

    • Badjack says:

      07:30am | 18/08/12

      Now good old recycled Bob our current Foreign Minister has been busy telling us lesser mortals that the good ole USA is not, in his opinion. or his bosses opinion, the slightest bit interested in extraditing silly boy Assange from the UK or Sweden back to their homeland. To back up his opinion they have not ever mentioned anything about it to his good self. Now, we all know his boss or himself would never tell porky pies to us plebs would they. WELL READ TODAYS SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.

    • Mouse says:

      10:58am | 18/08/12

      ...and the good ole USA would even be thinking of running it passed Bob or gillard first,  why?  Do our fruitloops think that the USA would ask permission first or, more to the point, even consider what they think? You have to laugh though, how dear old Bob thinks that the USA give a flying fig what his or his boss’s opinions are. Bob and gillard don’t care what happens to Assange, he’s been a bit of an embarassment to gillard, so I would be very surprised if they would do anything anyway.  The Yanks will do whatever they want, whenever they want, however they want, as they always do.    :o)

    • TChong says:

      08:21am | 18/08/12

      Me and some mates went to Canberra that day- a brand new hybrid team,
      (Wests Tigers) were gunna implement revenge against The Raiders, for ‘89.
      Coldest day ever.
      The beanie was little help against the sleet, the desert boots seemed to soak up all the slush.
      And the Tiges lost.

    • thatmosis says:

      08:29am | 18/08/12

      I really used to enjoy my Friday Night NRL games on TV but lately I’m beginning to wonder what games the video ref is watching because its not the same as the one that’s being televised. How can they get it wrong so many times and still hold their jobs. The on field Refs are not much better with dubious to say the least calls that bare no resemblance to the game being played. The NRL is trying to attract more viewers but if this farce that they call refereeing continues they will lose them instead.

    • TChong says:

      09:00am | 18/08/12

      You’d have to be referring to last nites vid reffing ?
      Farah definitely scored,  WT defenders were taken out of play, the Tiges were dudded.
      Heartening to see that the importance of bearing witness for the way the Tigers were cruelly robbed of 2 competition points far outweghs any usual ( party) political division. !

    • thatmosis says:

      10:06am | 18/08/12

      Not only last night but an alarming rise in poor refereeing that has pervaded the game in recent months. Some of the decisions must be clearly made on the refs preference for one team over another. The bias of some refs towards certain teams is there for all to see in the number of penalties given and dubious calls that protect certain teams. The Bronco’s are a team in question as call after call goes their way to the detriment of those teams playing them whilst the most blatant infringements in the ruck by them go unpunished and you will notice that any line call on a Bronco’s try will be awarded as Benefit of the Doubt, something clearly lacking in last nights games. If I was cynical person I would say that this is a ploy to keep the Brisbane team in the top ei8ght to increase the money collected by the NRL from their attendances and sponsors.

    • Andrew H says:

      09:33am | 18/08/12

      Remember well going to watch the Raiders playing at home. The nights were cold and we wore so many layers of clothing. Bought season tickets and sat near the sideline. It was the daughters philosophy that if the players did their job in the cold/wet/snow then we had to watch in the cold/wet/snow-could’nt argue with that. Many fond memories of the golden point wins but not the losses

    • Emmy says:

      09:46am | 18/08/12

      I was going through some things from my teenage years (I will be 60 in 2 weeks) and I came across some advice my late father had given me. One of his sayings was to watch out for someone who has been promoted above their ability, they usually take the attitude of “the working class can kiss my arse, I’ve got a bosses job at last’.
      It sort of reminded me of our current PM.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      01:46pm | 18/08/12

      Gillards mantra is…....ME ME ME…......You’re all wrong ,and I’m always right.  Right?  smile

    • ma nonu says:

      02:30pm | 18/08/12

      Yes absolutely right and also I’d say Abbott’s mantra is…....ME ME ME….You’re all wrong ,and I’m always right. Right?

    • Shane From Melbourne says:

      03:56pm | 18/08/12

      Both Gillard and Abbott are incompetent and couldn’t manage a McDonalds store, let alone a country…...

    • pa_kelvin says:

      06:27pm | 18/08/12

      ma nonu…...It’s actually noni robyn. smile ...Shane correct ,but I’d rather Abbott..

    • Babylon in Canberra says:

      04:10pm | 18/08/12

      I was all mello mello then I read:

      - Gillard sacked from Gordon and Slater

      - Gillard’s CV not true

      Talk over lunch was about Journos losing their jobs, Facebook pages closed down, Investigative Websites attacked with dDos, a national media in fear, the misuse of client privilege on conveyancing documents and the Victorian police too busy to attend to the 30 day rule of the Freedom of information documentation.

      in the light of any real coverage It’s just mad.

      Shall we just forget all this? I have an exquisite Shiraz breathing rhythmically for ron.

    • sunny says:

      06:27pm | 18/08/12

      “all mello” that’s funny. Most of the time all we see out of you is frantic googling.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      07:14pm | 18/08/12

      This post will be hard, but I need to post so that men are aware of the risks of prostate cancer..As this will be a fairly long post (by my standards) I not to worried about grammar or punctuation….......In late 2007 I was diognsed with prostate cancer and underwent surgery 11/12/07 to remove my prostate. Further followups cleared me of cancer ,but in febuary last year I developed severe spasms in my back…MRI and bone scans showed severe damage to my bone strcture caused by growth of tumours ‘honeycombing’ my bones. Treatment started immediatly consisting of Hormone Therapy daily tablets and 4 monthly injections slow release hormones….My PSA level at time second diagnosise was over 1300 (normalis under 5) This treatment is classed as a chemical castration as it reduces testosterone in the body effectivly killing of the cancers food supply….These treatments can be effective for many years, or as in my case only 14 months….......Generally when PSA levels beginto rise during treatment (PSA checked every month) the daily tablets are discontinued and the PSA levels start to drop again but not for me….Further tests and scans will tack place later this week to look at further treatments…....I’m not writting this post looking for symphathy, but to make people aware of their health and to have regular checks PSA test, Pap smear etc….I have a loving wife who i adore and love (probably dont tell her enough smile) 3 Lovely daughters and 7 grand kids that i intend tobe around to see them grow to adults…....As i said earlier i not after symphathy ,it just feels better getting this of my chest and i hope to make people more aware of their own self….........  Footnote I dont “suffer ” from cancer I “have cancer…Thanks for listining.

    • Rose says:

      02:48pm | 19/08/12

      I wish you well as you battle this horrible disease. I’m glad you are surrounded by a family you love, and who no doubt love you, that they are there to help give you strength will help you deal with whatever is coming your way.
      Best of Luck to you!!

    • The Step says:

      02:54pm | 19/08/12

      PSA = Pretty Sh!tty Analysis.  Fight hard pa_kelvin.  Rest and laughter may not be as effective as the medication but it makes the pills easier to swallow.  I hope you punch on for a very long time.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      05:04pm | 19/08/12

      @Rose .....All will be good.  @The Step “PSA Pretty Sh!tty Analysis”.... sounds like something my daughter would come up with. smile  Might have to tell the doc that one on thursday….....

    • Inky says:

      08:24am | 19/08/12

      Well, here I am at work. Sigh. At least it’s only an 8.30-4.30 shift rather than the late shift.

    • Mouse says:

      10:40am | 19/08/12

      Hey Inky, glad to hear you made it to work today. You are a good little demon! lol How did yesterday go? Hope you had a great day!!  :o)

    • Inky says:

      02:24pm | 19/08/12

      I’m sure I wrote a response to this :/

      Long story short, all in all a bit disappointing, wings look awesome but not many people approached me about them (guess I should have dressed as a recognisable character instead if I wanted to be approached). got some great photos though and I’m sure I’ll manage to break the wings out as often as I can get away with it.

    • Mouse says:

      05:08pm | 19/08/12

      I’m sure you looked awesome. Keep breaking them out, as people will remember them, so you will, in fact, become a recognisable character!  Keep on “winging” Inky   lol ;o)

    • Inky says:

      11:44am | 19/08/12

      I don’t see anything in it about her needing “looking after”. Just looks like more celebrity tripe a.k.a front page news.

    • Rose says:

      01:10pm | 19/08/12

      Can I suggest that you don’t bother with weekend columns etc if you are not going to commit to uploading comments with any sense of speed or regularity? I realise it’s the weekend and there’s all sorts of more exciting stuff to do, but really if you’re going to put something up to start a debate you really should do everything in your power to keep the debate flowing, you know, like the person who is being paid to moderate and upload doing exactly that.
      Sorry, but that’s my bitch for the week!!

    • Inky says:

      01:35pm | 19/08/12

      I still miss Dr Tinman, but I assume he just ran out of ideas or similar. Or perhaps the court case against him didn’t go in his favour. It’s the style of satire that quickly gets hard to keep up at the same calibre, but the Weekend Punch is not the same without it.

      I wish him the best of luck in the upcoming appeal.

    • pa_kelvin says:

      03:13pm | 19/08/12

      Or maybe it just was’nt funny….  smile

    • Inky says:

      05:39pm | 19/08/12

      Have you suffered long without a sense of humour pa_kelvin? Is it hard? Then again, I suppose if it was always that way you wouldn’t have anything to compare it too… but perhaps I’m being too insensitive.


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