July 04, 2003


"Hope nothing like this happens at The Nelson tonight," writes Bernie Slattery:

A wild fight between two women celebrating a hen's night at the Icon Bar led to another man being assaulted at the Geelong Hotel later the same night, Geelong Magistrate's Court heard yesterday.

While at the Icon a fight between two women started inside the bar and continued on the street where one woman attempted to hit the other with a bottle.

A male friend of one of the women intervened in the fight pushing one of the women against a car.

The woman who had been pushed then said she was going to call a friend to deal with the man telling him, "You are going to get stabbed. You don't know what you have done."

I hear she called one of those infamous Stab Bloggers. See you at The Nelson at 8pm, in the back bar. No knives. Well, OK; small knives.

UPDATE. Fun, fun, fun! And subsequently, headache, headache, headache! The Fourth of July Sydney Blog Fest featured bloggers James Russell, Jason Soon and Jack Strocchi, James Morrow, Matt Hayden, and Paul Wright, plus the original Webdiary Warrior himself, Jack Robertson. Others in the crowd: author Sandra Lee, soldier Tim Robertson (just back from the Gulf), lawyer Jack Hoysted (who, unable to master PayPal, simply slapped a fifty on the bar and commanded bloggers to drink), actress Chloe Traicos (daughter of former Zimbabwean captain John Traicos), businessman and glider pilot J.P., mysterious Mack, beautiful Nadia, newly-blonde Claire, Nicholas the Morrow infant, and Cat Cat, his, er, cat. No violence was observed, although Wright did bring a knife.

Highlights: Jack Hoysted’s ALP stories, Paul Wright’s gambling tales, Jack Robertson’s determined belief that Mark Latham will be the next Labor Prime Minister, and Chloe’s observation that the arts sector in Western Australia, her former state, believed that she was a racist because she was South African, when, in fact, she is from Zimbabwe: “That’s how stupid they are.” We must do this again soon.

Posted by Tim Blair at July 4, 2003 05:33 PM

Has anyone invited Geoff Clark?

Posted by: paul bickford at July 4, 2003 at 05:37 PM

Thats a bit rought Paul... Wanting to bring a professional into an amateur event.

Posted by: Bryce at July 4, 2003 at 07:28 PM

I'd love to observe that great man in close quarters. His reputation precedes him. Friend of the fair sex, man of peace, and credit to his race. We Australians are truly blessed to have leaders of this caliber.

Send an invite, please, Tim!

Posted by: Karen at July 4, 2003 at 09:32 PM

Hmmm.. ten past seven here so you should be under way. If I wasn't feeling so crook I'd have a beer in solidarity; instead, have one for me. Or two. Or seven.

Posted by: Robert at July 4, 2003 at 10:09 PM

Was that another of those "Tastes Great/Less Filling" catfights?

Posted by: Ernie G at July 5, 2003 at 12:36 AM

I'm drinking cans of Bundy and Cola in the spirit of the occasion.

Posted by: Scott Wickstein at July 5, 2003 at 01:23 AM

Must have been a good night...2pm and no posting action yet. Are they still there?

Posted by: Yobbo at July 5, 2003 at 02:52 PM

I'm waiting for the bodycount or the dock list for the Magistrate's court to be published.

Posted by: paul bickford at July 5, 2003 at 03:36 PM

Anyone going to post a review?

Posted by: Random_Prose at July 5, 2003 at 04:54 PM

Yobbo, I did seriously consider writing about it as soon as I got home (which was about 1am). Then I realised that would've been ridiculous and went to bed instead.

Posted by: James Russell at July 5, 2003 at 05:25 PM

I can't believe there is someone else out there besides me with a cat named Cat-Cat.

Posted by: Brad at July 6, 2003 at 06:25 AM

Okay, who's posted the incriminating photos?

Posted by: Old Grouch at July 6, 2003 at 07:29 AM

John Traicos was a fine spin bowler in his day -- too bad he was a Zim. If he'd lived in Oz or Brit, he'd have been a Test mainstay in either side. His misfortune was that not only was he a Zim, he could only play in apartheid S. Africa, whom nobody else wanted to play. Double-fucked, in other words.

Posted by: Kim du Toit at July 6, 2003 at 10:04 AM

Dear all,

I am saddened to have missed one of the most brilliant events on the Sydney social scene, The Blogfest Ball. To update an old saying in pc and feminist acceptable terms, it was colder than a warlock's willy in the Big Smoke Friday night! Brrrr!! I could not bring myself to leave the warm bosom of my family... er, ahem.

A tip of the hat to all you game souls who braved the elements to make merry in luxe Bondi Junction. I regret that I was unable to meet my gentleman friend, James Russell, *cough*, and engage in a bit of cordial conversation. I suppose the usual hoon-cruising of the Bankstown Boys was absent due to the frosty temperature.

Were there any fireworks? Even a sparkler or two? What is the 4th of July without the bright sparkling lights?

I would like to propose that another Blogfest take place to once again remember our great friends the Americans (or as some like to call them, the sepos, "Yank, Yank, septic tank" - how clever). Let's celebrate the Thanksgiving tradition. I'll bring the pumpkin pies - yumm!

Dearest James, I await your report with keen anticipation!

Peace, Love and Flowerpower,

Posted by: Karen at July 6, 2003 at 02:15 PM

I had a WA blog meet last night. People in attendance: me (plus a few dudes who vaguely knew of computers). alcohol consumed: a lot.

Posted by: bailz at July 6, 2003 at 05:12 PM

Jason Soon took photos, but the lazy sod hasn't posted them yet. Still, since he's leaving for the UK, I'll be charitable and assume he's been too busy packing to post pictures...

Posted by: James Russell at July 6, 2003 at 05:52 PM

Do I get any change?

Posted by: paul bickford at July 6, 2003 at 07:32 PM

There was lots of change, Paul, until James started hauling down the vodka.

Posted by: tim at July 7, 2003 at 04:05 AM

I'll have you know I bought two of those vodkas with my own hard-sponged-from-the-taxpayer money.

Paul, will regime change do?

Posted by: James Russell at July 7, 2003 at 01:01 PM