“Now let me get this straight: the Australian Taxation Office cannot recover $17.5 million of $18 million from lawyers, inclluding those working for the ATO, because of legal advice from lawyers, based on laws framed by lawyers and legalised and administered by a legislature, executive and judiciary dominated by lawyers.
I hear, however, that the ATO is doing very well against butchers, bakers and candlestick makers.
Time for a sea change, folks.’
G. A. Warrener.
1. Well! Something has changed at Speakers’ Corner! The Ladder of Knowledge seems to have developed a weird magnetic quality that draws people towards it and then get on it and speak. That’s alright, I guess, but Mr B was getting frustrated.
The first person up was Uncle Pete, but he was the only one who didn’t make the request. It was requested of him. We heard how reading one book in a chook shed changed his life. It’s a good story.
Mr B then reclaimed the Ladder to spend ten minutes insulting Helmut, before explaining why supernatural forces were not allowing him to do evil.
Then John Pink got up to speak. He explained why the interpretation of dreams helped him overcome mental illness. He had a bit say about chakras, too.
Then we heard from Peter the Younger, who told us how socialists are the tools of capitalists.
Then Steve Maxwell had a few words to say about politicians. He asked us to not vote for any of the major parties in next year’s election.
Then it was Vladimir’s turn to speak. (He came last week.) He changed the pace by giving us a disturbing anecdote about his early schooldays.
Then Tommy got up to speak as it began to rain. He had to speak to his listeners under the Morton Bay Fig tree.
The rain began pelting down, which meant poor Helmut, who had endured ‘the boring Mr Bashful’ for two hours and who was next in line to speak, missed out on speaking altogether. That was a shame, because we were hoping to learn if there has ever been a revered scientist who was, in truth, an ignoramus.
2. What if the part-time speakers banded together and created their own speaking space? They could take turns entertaining and informing the passers by. If they gave each person five minutes, for example, marked by a bell, they could each have plenty of turns. They could serve as an audience for themselves and attract passers-by, and heckle themselves. That way, each speaker would get plenty of practise in public speaking, plenty of practise dealing with hecklers, and a decent sized audience. Not only that, they would be considerably improving the breadth and variety of Speakers’ Corner, and getting it closer to becoming the tourist attraction it should already be.
We could have Helmut, John August, Vladimir, Tommy, Peter the Younger, John Pink, Philip, Marie, Miki, Daniel, others, and passers-by all having a go. Combined, they would be formidable.
So guys, why not?
3. Other topics discussed:
– A question was asked about near death experiences. Mr B talked about his near death experience while on the operating table. However, there were tiny clues to suggest he wasn’t being 100% truthful.
– The Meaning of Life (version three).
– In a small country town fifty years ago, a young boy pressed the B button on a telephone in a telephone box, in the hope of getting a sixpence. In ten minutes the PMG were there looking for him. Was it to catch him for attempted theft (as he thought?) or was it to give him his sixpence? How is it even possible? We’ll never know.
– How often have you been driving and your car has come to a stop because one of the battery leads has fallen off the battery? It happened to one speaker forty years ago, in his first and only attempt at being a hoon.
– The stupidity of owning a watch wardrobe.
– Which came first? The chicken or the egg? (Answer: the egg.)
– Some dreams have such a strong emotional impact, or source, that they can prompt tears when the dream is told, and they can pop up unintentionally ten years later in story.
– Mr B expained the difference between ghosts and the afterlife, and why neither exist. He laid the blame on the inadequacies of natural selection.
4. This week’s unusual critter from the Unusual Critter Series is the 89-98 butterfly. No one has yet understood this extraordinary mathematical message Nature is trying to send us, but when it is worked out, it will be on our Facebook Page.