A couple of morons set off some fireworks in a park in the western part of Colorado Springs yesterday, and started a grassfire that burned a few dozen acres. No one was hurt, and no homes were lost - mainly because fire crews controlled the fire very early. Fifteen fire crews responded, and spent more than ten hours fighting the blaze. If they hadn't controlled the fire, a dozen or more homes would have burned.
The Aussies may want to bring in the troops and put a stop to this, but they also may want to round up anyone that has deliberately started such a fire and do some shark fishing. I wouldn't doubt that some of the perpetrators were members of the Religion of Peace.
Posted by: Old Patriot ||
02/08/2009 21:08 Comments ||
Oztralian, I feel so sad for your loss. There's loss in nature, but arson's different. Oz needs to help those harmed, and make sure those sick f*cks who set fires - never do again. Hopefully by the same method. Nuff said
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/08/2009 21:43 Comments ||
Stay safe, dear Oztralian, and your family and friends. You and our other Australian correspondents will be in our thoughts until this is over.
One of my dad's buddies got into the Irish real estate market (time shares) in the 90's. Was making money hand over fist. Now he's not only not making anything, he can't sell his properties.
As far as Guiness' fortunes go, that's part of a bigger trend. It's sad, worldwide the demand for beers with actual flavor is being displaced for demand for the American light lager style. It happened here over the course of Prohibition, depression, and WWII, a nearly 25 year period. Just before prohibition, the demand in the U.S. was just over 5% of the beer market for American light lagers. By 1945 it was over 80%. It peaked even higher in the 70's and 80's and has fallen back to a little over 80%.
This change seems to be happening in EUrope with amazing quickness, really over the past five or eight years. It's too bad. Despite my oft-times critiques of Euroland, I'll concede that they make an incredible array of delicious and interesting beers, and if the trend towards the Bud-and-Miller-and-Coors-ification continues, a lot of these brews could go the way of the dinosaurs, and that would be a shame.
Of course, it may all be moot because of Islamification of the EU, anyways.
Posted by: no mo uro ||
02/08/2009 6:15 Comments ||
our best local brewery - Stone Brewing Co. - makes a great beer: "Arrogant Bastard Ale". Try some
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/08/2009 8:45 Comments ||
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