Well that’s the first week under the new format finished, and the response has been good. There are still some touch ups to be made which will be done within 2 weeks or so when the site is fully moved and customised. So, what’s new this week?
Quote of the week – Arnold Schwarzenegger
I don’t know when big Arnie said this or why, but if this quote can’t inspire you for the week ahead, I don’t know what can.
Video of the week – Bill Maher rant on big pharmaceuticals in America
This video was shared by a mate on Facebook and after having a watch I had to put it up here this week in favour of what I already had planned. I don’t watch this show or even know who the guy is, but his wit is amazing and the way he has a go at the big pharmaceuticals in America while managing to make us laugh our asses off is pure genius.
Book of the week – The New Manhood by Steve Biddulph
Simply put, this book should be required reading by every guy when he turns 18 as a prerequisite for being called a man. The first Manhood was great, but this new revised edition just has so much more. Inside are gems of wisdom about the problems men face in society, sexuality, fixing it with your father, improving schools to better suit boys, finding a job that makes you happy and much more. It’s a short read but you won’t want to put it down.
Drink of the week – James Squire Amber ale
Now that the weather is cooling down a bit, the darker beers really start to come into their own. The full bodied flavour you get from a darker beer is welcome once the summer months are gone and the Coronas and Pure Blondes don’t tickle your fancy anymore. The flavour is malty and fruity at the same time and goes fantastically with rich winter dishes like pork belly and the type of food you would get at a German restaurant.
Product of the week – Simpsons shave brushes
Simply put, they are the best. The quality of hair, the amount of hair packed in there and the fact that it is handmade and knotted tells you that serious care and pride goes into the making of these babies. The picture shown is the top of the range, known as the Chubby for its thick handle and amazing density of hair. One of these will set you back $130+ depending on which thickness and grade of hair you want. There are plenty of other great brushes, however, and all of the same amazing quality you’d expect from Simpsons. Check out our Facebook page for Simpson shave brushes at great prices. Who says Australians always get a raw deal in retail?
Odds and ends
We kicked off the first of our competitions yesterday: wet shave Saturday. In case you missed it, all you have to do is jump on our Facebook page on a Saturday and tell us what you shaved with and how good or bad it was. At the end of the month, all the people that posted will be put into a hat and one lucky name will be drawn out for our mystery prize! Every Saturday you make a post, your name goes into the hat, giving you a greater chance to win.
For the Scotch lovers out there, news spread this week that Ardbeg is set to release another expression in its amazing range, Ardbeg Alligator. Aged in charred oak casks, it will focus less on their famous peat smoke flavours and will instead bring out more bourbon type flavours of vanilla and tobacco. It should be interested. More info at http://www.whiskynotes.be/2011/whisky-news/ardbeg-alligator/
In the news
Rajini Narayan, a self-confessed “jealous wife,” poured methylated spirits on her husband’s crotch before setting it alight. The result was a burned down house, damage to neighbouring houses and her husband dead. She said she didn’t mean to do anything more than burn his penis, which “belonged to her”. The verdict came in this week – not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter. Here’s the kicker: she got a 6 year suspended sentence because she “wasn’t in a healthy state of mind” according to the judge. So for killing a man she suspected of cheating by burning him alive, this woman walks away not spending a single day in prison. Our justice system is clearly alive and well. I bet if a man had tried to burn his wife’s breasts off for suspected cheating with the same result, he would have gone to jail for 10 years minimum.
While we are on justice issues, Kelly Lane was this week sentenced to serve 18 years (with a minimum non parole of 13 years) for murdering her newborn child just days after the birth. She was a rising star in water polo and didn’t want to be burdened with the child. This is in contrast to Arthur Freeman, who infamously threw his 4 year old daughter off the West Gate bridge and was sentenced recently to life in prison with a minimum of 32 years behind bars. Call me crazy, but both of these are equally heinous. Why was the man given life and she was only given 18 years? Is it a greater crime for a man to kill a child than a woman?
One thing that has barely been mentioned in the Arthur Freeman case is the custody battle that was happening at the time. He had just had his time reduced with his children by the family courts. When is this adversarial battle over children going to stop when a marriage ends? The pain that it causes all parties involved and the fact that people who once loved one another now have to treat each other as enemies is a continual blight on the legal system and on Australian society. Isn’t it time the politicians looked at reforming this aspect of the legal system?