|Sunday, 27 June 2004|
Birthday Present for Antony : Robosapien
AFL Ladder : End of Round 13
|Saturday, 26 June 2004|
Swans end Pies' finals hopes
The Saints didnt play this weekend, but there was good news. Collingwood lost. I love it when Collingwood looses. Thanks Swannies
"Swans end Pies' finals hopes Saturday June 26, 10:11 PM Collingwood saw its 2004 AFL campaign grind to a halt at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday night after a desperate six-point loss to the Sydney Swans. The lead see-sawed throughout the match, with Pies coach Mick Malthouse throwing all his men forward in the dying minutes after the Swans grabbed the advantage. But the Swans turned a five-point three-quarter time lead into eventual victory on the back of a seven goals to four final period. A total of 50,091 fans saw the match end 13.7 (85) to 11.13 (79) in the Swans' favour. Flying Irishman Tadhg Kennelly broke the Pies' spirits late in the final quarter when he grabbed the lead through a superb goal. Running flat out and under pressure from black-and-white-clad bodies, Kennelly booted the ball between the uprights from 50 metres out to send the home fans into raptures. The loss effectively ended the Pies' hopes of making the finals this season, leaving them at 14th on the ladder with just four wins so far this year. Ryan O'Keefe, Barry Hall and Matthew Nicks kicked three goals each for the Swans, while Josh Fraser, Ryan Lonie and Brodie Holland each put two on the board for the Pies."
|Friday, 25 June 2004|
A weekend without footy
This weekend there is only one game of AFL -- all the other teams have a break. So, I am faced with a weekend without footy.
What shall I do? Clean my cupboards?? Rearrange my DVD collection ??? Talk to my wife????
I'll think of something[listening to: Sunsets - Powderfinger ]
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|Monday, 21 June 2004|
Shortest Day of the Year
I mentioned it last year and I will mention it again now.
Today is the shortest day of the year in the southern hemisphere - otherwise known as the winter solstice.
And those pesky Northern Hemisphere dwellers see things differently, so this is the summer solstice.
It's funny that the post I did last year has been one of the most read posts.[listening to: Don't Tell Me - Madonna ]
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Gmail invites gone
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|Sunday, 20 June 2004|
I've got 2 GMail invites - anyone want one??[listening to: Fairy Godmother Song - Jennifer Saunders ]
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Ladder after part Round 13
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Happily Married Couple
[listening to: Livin' la Vida Loca - Antonio Banderas ]
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[listening to: Livin' la Vida Loca - Antonio Banderas ]
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Shrek 2 - Absolutely Fabulous
I took the boys to see Shrek 2 yesterday.
They all loved it!
We got the soundtrack a few weeks back, and it was good to see the music in context with the rest of the movie.
The movie has done amazing business in Australia and will break all the records. We had to queue up at the cinema for 1 hour before the session, and it was a full house. I can't remember the last time I went to the movies and it was a full house.[listening to: Fairy Godmother Song - Jennifer Saunders ]
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|Saturday, 19 June 2004|
Off to see Shrek 2 with the kids
[listening to: You're So True - Joseph Arthur ]
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|Friday, 18 June 2004|
Saints storm back to sink Hawks
St Kilda kicked nine goals to two in the final quarter to storm to a 66-point win over Hawthorn as AFL Round 13 kicked off at Docklands in Melbourne on Friday night.
The Saints won 19.13 (127) to 9.7 (61) to shore up their place at the top of the table with 11 wins and two losses.
Stephen Milne and Fraser Gehrig led the way for the Saints with five goals apiece.
The Saints had trailed by as much as 25 points in the first quarter and at the half-time break they were eight points behind.
But they sealed the win on the back of a sizzling second half which saw them kick no fewer than 14 goals.
In contrast the Hawks kicked six goals in their best opening quarter of the season, but were without a six-pointer in the second quarter and added just three more in the final two stanzas.
The loss leaves the Hawks at the foot of the ladder with 11 losses and just two wins to show for their 2004 campaign so far.[listening to: Mystify - INXS ]
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Saints swamp hapless Hawks
St Kilda has ended a two-match losing streak by defeating an initially spirited, but ultimately inadequate Hawthorn by 66 points at Telstra Dome.
The Hawks led after the first half of the battle between first and last on the table, but were besieged and eventually battered after the major break when the Saints kicked a whopping 14 goals to three.eminem ]
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Saints belt Hawthorn
St Kilda has bounced back from consecutive loses to thrash Hawthorn by 66 points at Telstra Dome.
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|Thursday, 17 June 2004|
Saints lose Maguire. St Kildas awesome spine, a key to its sensational 10-2 record so far in 2004, has been weakened for Friday nights Telstra Dome clash against Hawthorn. Aaron Hamill will be joined on the sidelines by emerging centre half-back Matt Maguire who has groin soreness. In other selection news, Fergus Watts is set to make his AFL debut for Adelaide. [Official AFL Website]
|Wednesday, 16 June 2004|
My glasses broke....
A major inconvenience.
I have those funky rimless specs, which are meant to be unbreakable. I proved that wrong!
So, I used some strategically placed sticky tape to connect the arm back to the specs, so that I could wear them on my drive home. They were a bit crooked and blurry, but they were functional.
Somehow I managed to get home and went searching for one of my other older glasses. I found a pair that I reckon is 10-15 years old. They have a 80s vide to them. My kids reckon I look like Harry Potter.
The other problem is the prescription on the lenses is out of date, which makes me see things in a different perspective. Time to update the prescription, me thinks.
To top it all off, the folks have no idea how long before I get them repaired (great customer service). Definite incentive to update prescription of geeky old glasses.[listening to: Forgotten Years - Midnight Oil ]
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|Monday, 14 June 2004|
AFL Ladder : End of Round 12
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SMH: Sydney in top 20 expensive cities: survey
Here are the top 25 cities (with last year's ranking):
I'm not surprised. The cost of living in Sydney, especially the cost of housing, is outrageous.[listening to: Doctor Worm - They Might Be Giants ]
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Queen's Birthday Long Weekend
Today is a public holiday in most Australian states - it is Queen's Birthday. This weekend marks the start of the snow season and it is when Australian's are honored for their efforts in the community.
For me and my family, it's an extra day of fun and games - the sun is out today, so we will go on a picnic.[listening to: Rock Your Socks - Tenacious D ]
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|Sunday, 13 June 2004|
Cool free graphic design software for Windows
Very Cool Application. Microsoft bought the company last year and the s/w has just been released. I'll be playing with it this weekend...
[listening to: Drunk Again - Reel Big Fish ]
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No panic stations at Moorabbin
St Kilda coach Grant Thomas is far from panicking about his team's sudden form slump describing it as "just a blimp."
And after a club record 10 successive wins to start the season, the league leaders have now lost their past two matches and their lead at the top of the ladder will be cut to just one game by the end of the round.
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|Saturday, 12 June 2004|
Dogs spring upset of 2004
The Western Bulldogs have pulled off the upset of the season by beating league leaders St Kilda at the MCG as the Saints juggernaut threatens to derail.
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Bulldogs maul Saints
The Western Bulldogs have caused the biggest upset of the year, downing St Kilda by 23 points at the MCG. [more][listening to: Jump Up - Elvis Costello ]
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Dogs Upset Saints (and Frank)
The Western Bulldogs beat St Kilda by 23 points at the MCG in the upset of the AFL season to date.
Midfielder Nathan Eagleton starred and Rohan Smith kicked four goals as the Bulldogs held off the Saints in the last term for their fourth win, 15.13 (103) to 11.14 (80).
St Kilda suffered its first loss of the season against Sydney last weekend and this game will start raising questions about its ability to build on the first half of the year.
The Saints looked flat-footed and their skill level was well down on a month ago. [more][listening to: Welcome to the Working Week - Elvis Costello ]
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Round 12 : Western Bulldogs vs. St Kilda
Elvis Costello ]
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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
I took my big boys to see the new Harry Potter movie today.
It was a different, darker movie to the previous two. More adult.
Plot Outline: It's Harry's third year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and he learns that a convicted murderer, Sirius Black has escaped Azkaban prison, and could be coming after him next.
My boys enjoyed the movie and can't wait to see it again. I liked the Maruader's Map - a great example of a location based application :)[listening to: Jump Up - Elvis Costello ]
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|Friday, 11 June 2004|
Using NewsGator's posting plugin
I've been using NewsGator for ages to read all my rss feeds - I love it.
I decided to use the available plugin to post to my own blog
This is the first!!![listening to: Another One Rides the Bus [Live] - Weird Al Yankovic ]
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|Thursday, 10 June 2004|
Collection of StKilda Stories - RealFooty
Saints have a new mark for courage. Grant Thomas will not tell his star centre half-forward Nick Riewoldt to stop hurling himself into packs against the flight of the ball, instead encouraging the rest of his team to learn from the fearless youngster.
Saints learn a hard lesson. St Kilda has leapfrogged the Dockers this season in many ways
A Saint's fearless step. Will Nick Riewoldt still be playing in the AFL when he's 30? I hope so;
|Sunday, 6 June 2004|
AFL Ladder : End of Round 11
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Swans upset Saints in masterful display
Sydney has caused a major boilover by defeating the previously unbeaten St Kilda by 36 points at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
The Swans won the round 11 AFL match 17.10 (112) to 11.10 (76)
Before the match, Swans coach Paul Roos asked for an even contribution from all his players and by full-time he had got such an effort.
Whether or not he has provided the other 14 teams in the AFL with a blueprint on how to beat the Saints is another question.
But what Roos and his players have shown is how effective a short-kicking game plan can be and how important commitment in defence is in combating an attacking force such as St Kilda.
The Swans got off to the perfect start to the match kicking four goals to one in the opening 10 minutes.
Barry Hall kicked two of these goals, marking strongly and taking advantage of Sydney's excellent clearances out of the midfield.
Sydney was employing their short-kicking game early on and Matthew Nicks' first goal was an example of its smart use.
The Swans defence was on song against a St Kilda forward line that has run rampant in recent matches.
They had numbers back in the defensive 50, frustrating St Kilda's midfield who were looking for plausible targets.
Brent Guerra's major was the only scoring highlight for the visitors in the first term.
The Swans were also pressuring the Saints into mistakes across all parts of the field.
Steven Baker lazily hand-balled to Sydney's Heath James when trying to clear the ball out of its own 50, allowing the young Swan, who had replaced the injured Nick Davis before the match, to kick a major unopposed.
The home side had a chance to extend their lead in the final moments of the quarter when O'Loughlin marked right of the posts.
But the talented Swans forward skewed the ball to kick a behind, leaving the score at 4.4 (28) to 1.1 (7) at the first change.
St Kilda coach Grant Thomas got stuck into his players during the break, and at least for the first 15 minutes of the second term it seemed to have worked.
They kicked three straight goals through Nick Dal Santo, Matt Maguire and Justin Koschitzke to close the gap on the scoreboard.
But as the momentum looked to have switched to the competition leaders, the Swans struck back with three goals of their own.
Hall kicked his third for the match, finishing off a great run from Ben Matthews up the left flank and Jarrad McVeigh goaled himself soon after.
Veteran Paul Williams rounded out the quarter to keep the Swans comfortably ahead at half-time, 7.7 (49) to 4.5 (29).
As with the second quarter, Sydney answered any challenge the Saints threw at them after the main break.
Dal Santo kicked his second for St Kilda via Fraser Gehrig's first disposal of the match but the Swans replied with three goals through O'Loughlin, Mathews and Hall to take a 32-point lead.
The Saints worked on reducing the gap on the scoreboard and goals to Luke Ball and Robert Harvey helped their cause.
Harvey's major was courteous of a spectacular running mark from Nick Reiwoldt, displaying the aerial skills of the blond-headed Saint.
Again, though, Sydney showed their composure to respond appropriately.
Nicks added three goals to his match-total and a brilliant snap from Jude Bolton saw the Swans near the century mark.
Aaron Hamill goaled in the final minute of the term to give St Kilda fans a glimmer of hope, although they still trailed 14.9 (93) to 8.7 (55) at the three-quarter time.
But whatever chance the Saints had of coming back, it was dispelled early in the final term.
Hall kicked his fifth goal and Nick Fosdike "stole" a major from O'Loughlin after the Swans forward was tackled on the line before placing the ball just inside the field of play.
As O'Loughlin went to tap it through the posts, Fosdike ran through to get his boot to ball for his only goal of the match.
Late goals to Koschitzke, Riewoldt and Leigh Montagna improved the score line as the Swans ran out 36-point winners.
For Sydney, Hall and Nicks were impressive while Leo Barry did what every other team has struggle to do so far this season, keeping Gehrig goal-less.
While the loss would be a blow for St Kilda, they will still maintain an eight-point buffer on top of the AFL ladder after the completion of round 11.
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Swans Stop Saints
Back from the SCG.Alison Krauss ]
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|Wednesday, 2 June 2004|
I had a bit of a spill yesterday. Didn't think much of it. I did get a nasty bruise on my right hand side - no, I promise i wont post any photos.
During the day though, things started to hurt. Best go to the doctor, just to be sure.
Turns out I broke a rib. The doctor had a bit of a chuckle and told me that there isn't much he can do and that it would hurt for a couple of weeks. Thanks doc! Glad I amused you.
So I am now carrying a box of Panadol for the pain during the day, and I got a prescription for Panadeine Forte for night time. Hopefully the pain will go away soon!