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20 August 2010 @ 08:40 pm
Very brief election update  
Crabbe on the final stretch of the hustings, ordering a drink: 'I'd like a shandy* of light**, with about 60 per cent lemonade.'

I know that Abbott treats his body as a temple, but that's ridiculous. Just order a bloody lemonade!

As quatrefoil  notes, Hermione, in similar conditions, ordered a schooner of dark beer***. Bless.



* A shandy is a beverage part-beer, part-lemonade or other fizz. Wikipedia assures me that in Germany it's known as a Radler, and in France as a panache. In Australia, it's known as a genteel drink for genteel ladies of a certain age  ETA: and, complications_g  assures me, medium-sized children..

** Light beer is an abomination and utterly unAustralian. I'm not even a real Australian and I'm offended by it!

*** It was only a matter of time until she turned to drink.
 
 
 
girl; obsessed: text - haicomplications_g on August 20th, 2010 10:48 am (UTC)
Shandy is totally a drink of my childhood. /o\ My Grandpa used to take me and my brother to pubs and gives us shandys.

But I'm really excited about tomorrow! I'm going first thing and I can vote at the library just across the road. :D
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 20th, 2010 10:50 am (UTC)
I voted on Wednesday, because I will be in Qld tomorrow and couldn't be arsed fitting it into the day while navigating planes. Use your franchise!

And I am just going to amend this entry on your new information ...
girl; obsessed: misc - black kittycomplications_g on August 20th, 2010 12:17 pm (UTC)
Ah, that's good.

Not too strong of course, but it's good to get the kids started early, you know. ;)
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on August 20th, 2010 10:49 am (UTC)
I saw that footage tonight and I can't even... a shandy? Honestly.
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 20th, 2010 10:51 am (UTC)
I KNOW! And I'm a woman who has drunk blackberry nip, so I know whereof I speak on the topic of nanna plonk!
nahimanaemerald_dragon8 on August 20th, 2010 10:55 am (UTC)
Ha, blackberry nip! Never tried that one. I'm such a typical Australian youngster in my alcohol choices - vodka and beer, mostly because vodka raspberries are cheap. :)

I do love a good wine, though. I could use one now...
Brissygirl: wheeebrissygirl on August 20th, 2010 11:03 am (UTC)
Omg you're going to be here!!!!!! *bounces excitedly*

If you have time we totally have to catch up!!!!!
boodiedharawal on August 20th, 2010 12:56 pm (UTC)
I saw that and I went SHANDY????


That's what my dad used to let us have one a really really hot day, a small smidgin of beer topped with lemonade, it was a KIDS drink and one for the ladies of a certain age, i.e my Nanna.

Grown men do not drink shandies, they either have a beer OR a lemonade, not a pansy arsed combo of both.

κάτι τρέχει στα γύφτικα_inbetween_ on August 20th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
Poor guy, no chance with boozers like you lot ;P
drbunsen: GingerOverlorddrbunsen on August 20th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I think it will cost him votes, and it's a tight race.

I have such mixed feelings about this! On the one hand, "Booo! Australia shallow!" On the other - not Tony Abbot, PM ... "Yay!"
maevemistmaevemist on August 20th, 2010 01:23 pm (UTC)
I missed this because I was watching Alice in Wonderland with my mum and my kidlets but I just wanted to say that My childhood drink of choice (read mummy would like you to go to bed just a tad bit earlier on this special occasion - say her wedding anniversary.) was a teaspoon or so of moselle in orange juice. Mr Mist's was blackberry nip just like you. (yes I read the other comments before replying.)

I must say though even as a non drinker if I was about to win or lose leadership of my country I reckon I would splash out and have a Bundy Rum Liquor with cream. If my public though I was a piss head from that well, it would explain a lot.
lokifanlokifan on August 20th, 2010 04:33 pm (UTC)
Ordering a lemonade would probably kill his election chances entirely :)

...Lemonade is the drink of a leader, Mr Abbott! Australians want a sober leader! I swear!
pingridpingrid on August 20th, 2010 05:45 pm (UTC)
Is the light beer the European kind where light means less alcohol, or the American kind where it means less calories?

I'm not sure which would be more ridiculous in a shandy ...
blamebramptonblamebrampton on August 20th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
Less alcohol -- UNAUSTRALIAN!
Shezanshezan on August 20th, 2010 07:20 pm (UTC)
I hate to report that I actually love me a demi panaché from time to time. French beer is notoriously bad, so the fizzy lemonade (like Sprite) can only do it good...
ladyjanevaladyjaneva on August 20th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
We distinguish between Radler (beer with Fanta) and Alsterwasser (beer with Sprite).

In Germany, Alsterwasser is totally accepted for everybody OVER THE AGE OF 16! NOT for children. It does contain real beer, after all. Now I don't know about the Australian beer, but the German one is the real stuff. Hehe.

I love Alsterwasser, it's the best after a hot day, and I just had one tonight :-)
Meredyth: Mehmeredyth_13 on August 20th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC)
Does that not automatically disqualify him from standing for election? I mean, seriously?

*headdesk*

And one guinness isn't turning to drink - one guinness is just a food supplement. Now, 15 guinnesses and a few whisky chasers - that's turning to drink.

While I probably won't, I honestly (naively) would love to vote 1) Australian Sex Party, 2) Secular Party, 3) Ranga's team (and of course, Green in the Senate all the way). *headdesk*

Of course, 1 and 2 are based on reading their policy papers*, and frankly, anyone with even a sprinkling of knowledge on Aus politics knows that you can't believe anything written on policy papers - that's just the marketing spin. What you get after the big day? That's the product, and it's never what was written on the packaging. I didn't even bother to read 3's policy papers - but fortunately they were printed on nice soft stock. ;)

*and I didn't agree with 'everything' any party has out there. *sigh*

ps. Is it wrong of me to want to start the Australian Rational Party? Of course, this would be rational according to Mere - which probably wouldn't suit everyone. Hell, just the fact that Abbott's polling well is clear indication of that. *goes back to headdesking*
Teresa Coutinhoteresacoutinho on August 20th, 2010 11:02 pm (UTC)
Light? There's something called Light BEER???

And people drink it??? SACRILEGE!!!!

The (dead) Goan part of my family must be curling up in foetal positions in their caskets, crying out for God to pull them out of Hell, and aforementioned lightening of beer.
Cerise: Champagnewivern on August 21st, 2010 08:29 am (UTC)
I saw that clip and... erk. Set beside Ms G with her pint of Guinness. Says it all for me.