Thursday, 30 September 2004

Holiday Day 3 : Melbourne Coffee, Cakes, Fish & Pancakes

Emma decided to wake us up very early. That girl really needs to get lazy and learn to sleep in. 
We corralled the kids and got them ready to face the day. We left the hotel bound for Brunetti  in Carlton - yum, good place for breakfast. A couple of cannoli and short blacks later we were ready to face the adventure of the day -- Melbourne Aquarium!!!

Back the hotel at the end of the day and I take the kids to the hotel pool to let them splash and annoy the other guests. They succeeded on both fronts.

After the swim, it was time to really exhaust the kids - we went for a walk down Bourke St and ended up at The Pancake Parlour for dinner - lovely. I even got to go to Gaslight Records and introuce Billy to Madness.

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  Wednesday, 29 September 2004

Holiday Day 2 : Canberra to Melbourne

We had good intentions to leave Canberra early. We really did.

We left town at 9am, heading down the highway destined for the Hume. Some rain greeted us as we made our way out of the ACT and into NSW.

We made a quick stop at 10 miles from Gundagai - gotta say hi to the dog on the tuckerbox. Another stop at the dinki-di Ettamogah Pub for lunch. They really do make the best burgers. Next thing we know its 5pm and we have hit the edge of Melbourne - great, its raining and it's rush hour. Another hour crawling through the traffic and we get to our hotel. Time to rest. Good thing there is broadband access in the room.

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  Tuesday, 28 September 2004

Holiday Day 1 : Sydney to Canberra

On Day 1 of our holiday we headed down the hume to Canberra. It was a quick trip.

We went to the Floriade, which is one of our traditional September destinations. From the flower extravaganza, we headed to one of our new favourite locations - Goodberry's Frozen Custard. Personally, this doesn't appeal to me, but all my kids seem to like it. After chilling out for a while, we decided we would go out for dinner - the Mawson Club beckons.

In the morning we head south to Melbourne. Wish me luck

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  Friday, 24 September 2004

Going on Holidays

I've got 2 weeks of holidays coming up. I'm taking the family on our regular trip - Canberra, Melbourne, Narooma.

We're taking both our cars, which means I'm taking my Audi. This will be fun. Hopefully I can have the top down for some of the trip.

We stocked up on DVDs for the kids so they can be entertained on the road - Star Wars Trilogy, Simpsons Series 1,2,3 & 4, Futurama Series 1,2,3 & 4.

I'm taking my tablet too - I may get a chance to blog while on holidays.

[listening to: From St. Kilda To Kings Cross - Paul Kelly ]
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  Thursday, 23 September 2004

The Wait Is Over

The most anticipated DVD set of all-time has finally arrived.

I'm getting my copy tonight

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The Whistle is out

Last week, I wrote about Bricey and the whistle he swallowed

It came out earlier this week - don't ask!

Here's the xray to prove the story.

Before After

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  Sunday, 19 September 2004

Movie Weekend : Thunderbirds & Garfield

I got to spoil my kids this weekend - i took them to TWO movies. How lucky are they!!!

A picture named thunderbirds.jpgA picture named garfield.jpg

First I took Brice (the one who swallowed the whistle) to see the Thunderbirds movie. He loved it, because he is a 4 year old boy. Brice and I were the only people in the theatre. I have never been the only person in a theatre before. It was like my own personal BIG television room.

Then, on Sunday, I took Brice, Emma & Bill to see Garfield. The theatre was full, and the movie barely lasted 80 minutes. $40 for 80 minutes!  This is such a money spinner. Most times it works out cheaper for me to buy a DVD from AMAZON, get it shipped at the top rate and watch it at home with the gang, What did I think about the movie -- hmmm, Jennifer Love Hewitt wore really short, tight skirts.

[listening to: Hey Mamma - Black Eyed Peas ]
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Coverage from RealFooty

Gehrig's feat a boon for Port
The three-minute break in play caused by a ground invasion for Fraser Gehrig's 100th goal helped get Port Adelaide back into Friday night's preliminary final. more

Harvey won't be going: coach
St Kilda coach Grant Thomas yesterday said Robert Harvey would play on next year. more

Saints plan to be young at heart
St Kilda's search for improvement will start at another overseas pre-season training camp and be driven largely from within, with coach Grant Thomas expecting the club's youngsters to guide it up the ladder. more

[listening to: Hey Love - Shaggy ]
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  Saturday, 18 September 2004

Lions into fourth grand final

Brisbane 12.12 (84) Geelong 10.15 (75)

BRISBANE 3.3 6.4 9.10 12.12 (84)
GEELONG 3.5 5.8 8.12 10.15 (75)
Goals: Brisbane: D Bradshaw 4 M Voss 2 N Lappin J Brown A Lynch T Notting J Akermanis B Caracella. Geelong: K Kingsley 2 C Ling 2 C Gardiner 2 G Ablett 2 P Chapman J Corey.
Best: Brisbane: M Michael L Power N Lappin D Bradshaw C Johnson S Black. Geelong: J Hunt B Graham C Ling D Milburn T Harley D Johnson.
Umpires M James H Kennedy C Rowe.
Official Crowd: 55,768 at the MCG.

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WEEK 3, Preliminary Finals

WEEK 3, Preliminary Finals, Friday-Saturday, September 17-18



Friday (n), Football Park, 8pm EST

Saturday (n), MCG, 7.30pm EST

Port Adel 14.10-94 v St Kilda 13.10-88

Brisbane Lions 12.12-84 v Geelong 10.15-75

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Brisbane Lions beat the Cats
Brisbane 12.12 (84) Bradshaw 4, Voss 2
Geelong 10.15 (75) Kingsley, Ling, Gardiner, Ablett 2
The Lions booted 6-goals-to-5 in the 2nd half - after leading by 2 points at half-time - to beat the Cats by 9, advancing to their 4th-straight Grand Final

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Success - moved to tablet

I have recently become the happy user of a new Tablet PC

Today I migrated my blog to the new system and this will be my first new post.

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Port defeat Saints to reach first grand final

PORT ADELAIDE 4.0 8.3 10.8 14.10 (94) ST KILDA 4.5 7.5 10.9 13.10 (88)
Goals: Port Adelaide: W Tredrea 3 B Lade 2 G Wanganeen 2 D Brogan K Cornes J Carr D Cassisi S Dew R James J Mahoney.
St Kilda: F Gehrig 5 N Riewoldt 3 L Ball 2 N Dal Santo B Voss H Black.
Best: Port Adelaide: R James W Tredrea K Cornes D Brogan B Lade J Mahoney S Burgoyne.
St Kilda: L Hayes R Harvey S Powell F Gehrig N Riewoldt N Dal Santo.
Umpires: B Allen S McLaren S McInerney.
Official Crowd: 46,978 at AAMI Stadium.

Port Adelaide is into its first ever AFL grand final after beating St Kilda by six points in a heart-stopping preliminary final at AAMI Stadium tonight.

A despairing lunge by Power defender Shaun Burgoyne at the feet of Saint Brent Guerra with less than a minute to play saved a certain goal and preserved a 14.10 (94) to 13.10 (88) victory for the home side.

Port will meet the winner of tomorrow night's Brisbane-Geelong preliminary final to decide the 2004 premiership, and after an extraordinary record of success in the SANFL competition, the Power will get a chance to win its first flag in the big time.

Carrying the weight of its 'finals choker' tag into the match, Port started slowly but prevailed in a nerve-wracking second half when the lead changed hands several times and the margin was never more than two goals in either sides' favour.

An amazing snap goal from former captain Gavin Wanganeen put Port six points up after 21 minutes of the final quarter, and they hung on with grim determination in a frantic final few minutes.

It appeared the Saints would draw level at the very death when Guerra - a former Port player - raced toward a loose ball in the goalsquare, only for Burgoyne to dive at full length to block the ball in the manner of a soccer goalkeeper.

Port then soaked up the final seconds until the final siren which sent the home crowd into delirium.

The loss ended an extraordinary season for St Kilda which broke a club-record winning streak to start the season, but who tapered away in the run-in to the finals.

Well aware that Port Adelaide very rarely loses a match when it leads at quarter-time, St Kilda knew it had to begin well to unsettle opponents and silence a 50,000-strong crowd.

They did so, dominating play early and delivering full forward Fraser Gehrig the two goals he needed to bring up 100 for the season within just ten minutes of the first quarter.

But the subsequent ground invasion by fans to mark the milestone came at the worst time for St Kilda, as Port - already 14 points down - were able to gather their thoughts for a few minutes and immediately hit back with two quick goals.

The Saints had little reward for their first quarter dominance, holding a slender five-point lead at quarter-time, but importantly they had prevented a Power confidence boost.

Port had been hanging in only by their forward efficiency and ruck dominance, but the game evened up in the second quarter and at half-time the home side was in front by four points and the game was shaping as a September classic.

With the game in the balance, the half-time break provided an opportunity for players of both sides to ponder the grand final berth on offer, and that was perhaps reflected in an error-riddled third quarter.

Scoring opportunities were at a premium, and that suited the visitors more than Port, which was in unfamiliar territory having recorded an average winning margin of 55 points in home games this year.

Lenny Hayes was providing the grunt around the packs for the Saints, while Port star Warren Tredrea carried his side's hopes on his broad shoulders and kicked three goals to three-quarter time.

Port went out to an 11-point lead after 11 minutes of the final quarter when Dean Brogan was paid a dubious free-kick straight in front of goals.

But St Kilda answered immediately and when Luke Ball goaled after 18 minutes scores were level and extra-time beckoned for just the second time in AFL history before Wanganeen and Burgoyne's intervention. [Realfooty]

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Brave Saints fall a goal short

Fraser Gehrig Brave St Kilda has gone down by a goal in a classic preliminary final at AAMI Stadium on Friday night. In one of the best games of football imaginable, the Power hung on in a thrilling finish to win 14.10 (94) to 13.10 (88) to send a record Port finals crowd of nearly 47,000 delirious with joy at the final siren. Robert Harvey was magnificent with 27 touches in his 300th game, while Fraser Gehrig booted five, including his 100th for the season. [FULL STORY]

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Port wins an epic

Port Adelaide is through to its first grand final since joining the AFL in 1997 after outlasting St Kilda by six points in classic preliminary final at AAMI Stadium on Friday night. Fraser Gehrig booted his 100th goal in the first term, but the Power steadied thereafter. Gavin Wanganeen, quiet all night, bobbed up late to snap the match-winner from deep on the boundary [more]

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Port Adelaide into first Grand Final

PORT Adelaide is into its first ever AFL grand final after beating St Kilda by six points in a heart-stopping preliminary final at AAMI Stadium tonight.

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Power sink the Saints to reach Grand Final

Port Adelaide has advanced to its first grand final with a thrilling six-point win over St Kilda at AAMI Stadium on Friday night – 14.10 (94) to 13.10 (88).

In a thrilling encounter the scores were level late in the last quarter before Gavin Wanganeen – unseen for most of the match – stepped in to play the hero for the Power with a sensational right-foot snap goal that got the home side over the line.

The lead changed hands several times throughout the game with neither side managing to open up a decisive margin.

Roger James was influential in the Power midfield – finishing with 28 touches and a goal – while the attacking duo of Fraser Gehrig and Nick Riewoldt shared 18 marks and eight goals between them for St Kilda.

Gehrig reached his 100-goal milestone with his second goal of the match in the first quarter and was quickly escorted from the ground as fans rushed onto the oval to congratulate him – forcing a three-minute suspension of play.

The match was played at a frenetic pace and players from both sides were out on their feet in the tension-packed dying minutes of the game.

The Saints had the opportunity to force a draw in the last minutes of the match but their forward thrust broke down and Brent Guerra was unable to soccer through the ball as it bounced toward goal.

The game ended with a series of hard-fought stoppages deep in the St Kilda forward pocket but Port was able to bottle up the play to seal the win.

Port Adelaide: 4.0, 8.3, 10.8, 14.10 (94)
St Kilda: 4.5, 7.5, 10.9, 13.10 (88)

Goals: Port Adelaide: Tredrea 3, Lade 2, Wanganeen 2, James, K Cornes, Carr, Cassisi, Dew, Mahoney, Brogan
St Kilda: Gehrig 5, Riewoldt 3, Ball 2, Dal Santo, Voss, Black

Best: Port Adelaide: James, K Cornes, Wilson, Tredrea, P Burgoyne, Wanganeen
St Kilda: Riewoldt, Powell, Harvey, Gehrig, Thompson, Hayes

Injuries: Port Adelaide: None
St Kilda: None

Changes: St Kilda: Hamill (knee) replaced in selected side by Knobel

Reports: None

Umpires: Allen, McLaren, McInerney

Crowd: 46,978 at AAMI Stadium

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Century for the G-Train. St Kilda spearhead Fraser Gehrig has needed just 11 minutes to bring up his first century of goals in a season during Friday night's first AFL preliminary final. He booted the first two goals of the game to become the first player to kick 100 goals in a season since Matthew Lloyd of Essendon in 2001. The last St Kilda player to do it was Tony Lockett in 1992.  [Official AFL Website]

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  Friday, 17 September 2004

Oh No Bricey - Not Again!

A picture named Smiling Brice Arrigo.jpgMy little Brice is a child that likes to live on the edge.

In his short life he has had a broken leg, a broken arm, pneumonia, impetigo, countless cuts & bruises, but yesterday he experienced his personal hilight.

He swallowed a whistle!

Not a big one, but it was long, straight and slippery. It went right in. I haved the X-ray to prove it.

The whistle is still in there. I have been checking all day after he goes to the batchroom. We are informed by the good doctors that it will eventually come out. I dont know if I will take a photo when that happens!

[listening to: Opps I did it again - Britney Spears ]
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  Tuesday, 14 September 2004

Biztalk Australia

My friend Cameron Reilly has started a new business called The Noumenon Group.

He wants to be the leading Biztalk company in Australia. He said so on his blog.

So, its time to crank up the google juice for Biztalk Australia and here's my bit to help.

When you are looking for a Biztalk specialist in Australia, make sure you talk to The Noumenon Group.

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  Sunday, 12 September 2004

Semi Finals Results

2004, WEEK 2, Semi-Finals, Friday-Saturday, September 10-11



Friday (n), MCG, 7.30pm Eastern

Saturday (n), MCG, 7.30pm Eastern

St Kilda 16.11-107 v Sydney 8.8-56

Geelong 10.14-74 v Essendon 9.10-64

St Kilda to 1PF v Port Adelaide at Football Park

Geelong to 2PF v Brisbane at MCG

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  Saturday, 11 September 2004

Collection of St Kilda Stories, thanks to Google news...
Swans sink at wet MCG
The Australian, Australia 
By Bruce Matthews. AUSSIE Jones fearlessly standing his ground to repel across half-back . . . Stephen Milne slipping away to slot ...
Saints do it hard way
Fox Sports, Australia 
By Mark Robinson. BACK in 1985 Footscray played its first final in donkey's years and was belted by 88 points by Hawthorn. "We were ...
Sydney's swan song
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia 
By Richard Hinds. A season of improvement and promise ended with only frustration and disappointment for Sydney last night, their ...
Saints weather the storm
The Age, Australia 
By Len Johnson. Goals: St Kilda: F Gehrig 6 S Milne 4 J Koschitzke S Milne L Ball N Dal Santo J Peckett S Baker. Sydney: B Hall 2 ...
Saints prove they are true believers
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia - 8 hours ago
By Rohan Connolly. Packing a punch: in a willing contest last night it was the Saints who struck the Swans a knockout blow. Photo: Ray Kennedy. ...
Pride, embarrassment help St Kilda deliver
The Age, Australia 
By Lyall Johnson, Melissa Ryan. St Kilda coach Grant Thomas last night named pride and embarrassment as the greatest driving factors ...
St Kilda stands tall in stormy weather
The Age, Australia - 8 hours ago
In pouring rain, St Kilda last night shrugged off more than just the Swans, writes Rohan Connolly. Last week against the Brisbane ...
[listening to: Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey ]
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  Friday, 10 September 2004

Saints march into preliminary final

Fraser Gehrig St Kilda has kept its premiership hopes alive with a 51-point win over Sydney in the AFL semi-final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Saints now move on to a preliminary final against Port Adelaide, while the Swans bow out for season 2004.

St Kilda trailed by five points at the first change but kicked 15 goals to Sydney's six in the final three quarters to win 16.11 (107) to 8.8 (56).

Fraser Gehrig and Nick Riewoldt starred for St Kilda - Gehrig kicking six goals while Nick Riewoldt notched up 15 kicks, six handballs, 21 touches and 12 marks.

Stephen Milne, recalled for the match after an up and down season, impressed with four goals, while veterans Roberty Harvey (26 touches) and Andrew Thompson (20 touches) made their mark on the game.

Jude Bolton tried hard for the Swans with 22 possessions and a goal, while Barry Hall chipped in with two goals.

The win was a confidence booster for the Saints, who came into the game with just one win from their past 10 encounters with the Swans.

The Saints will take on the Power next Friday night for a place in the grand final.

Opening quarter

Amon Buchanan recorded the first goal of the match when, after managing just minor scores with his first two shots at goal, he finally found the target with a left-foot drop punt from 40 metres out.

The Saints responded in quick fashion through Fraser Gehrig, whose goal pulled the home side back within one point.

The Swans kept up the attack with forward Barry Hall marking in front of defender Max Hudghton in the corner of the goal square.

Hall made no mistake from close range to extend Sydney's lead.

The Saints missed the chance to level the scores late in the quarter when Jason Blake failed to capitalise on his good work to mark in front of Adam Goodes.

Blake missed a relatively easy shot from 40 metres, ensuring the Swans led 2.3 (15) to 1.4 (10) at quarter-time.

However the Saints bounced back to reclaim the lead within two minutes of the restart - Justin Koschitzke booting a goal from 30 metres out.

Misses from Gehrig and Nick Reiwolt could have proved costly when Matthew Nicks found the target for the Swans.

And when Michael O'Loughlin kicked the Swans' fourth the margin had skipped out to 10 points.

But the home side responded with three straight goals - Stephen Milne, Gehrig and Luke Ball amongst the action - to lead at the main break.

Second half

Goals to Justin Peckett, Steven Baker and a second to Milne saw the Saints take control of the match in the third quarter.

The Swans were staved of possession and it took until the 17th minute of the term, and a super individual effort from Jason Ball, for the visitors to post a major score.

However, a snap from Ryan O'Keefe and a goal to Bolton saw the Swans creep back within two goals.

The Saints, to their credit, stepped up again with Milne kicking his third and Nick Dal Santo scoring from 50 metres out.

At three-quarter time St Kilda led 10. 9 (69) to 7.4 (46).

The Saints, and in particular Gehrig, ran riot in the final term.

They piled on six goals, four of those to Gehrig, while restricting the Swans to just one major score to complete a convincing victory.

[listening to: Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey ]
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St Kilda will meet Port Adelaide in a preliminary final after defeating Sydney by 51 points at the MCG.  [more]

[listening to: If You Go Away (Ne Me Quitte Pas) - Shirley Bassey ]
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Saints revel in rain

St Kilda 16.11 (107) Sydney 8.8 (56)
ST KILDA reigned supreme in a sodden AFL semi-final tonight, thrashing Sydney by 51 points at the MCG.

Stepping stylishly out into their first game in the wet this season, the Saints soaked up Sydney's pressure as the rain fell early then they surged ahead through six successive goals.

The win before a crowd of 50,671 earned St Kilda a preliminary final against Port Adelaide at AAMI Stadium next Friday.

While the rain eased off in the second half, the Saints played the best football in the conditions by moving the ball by foot, handling it little and overwhelming Sydney with fierce defensive pressure.

Coleman medallist Fraser Gehrig was the beneficiary of the slick movement and booted six goals to take his season tally to 98, while Stephen Milne proved an inspired selection with four goals from a forward pocket.

St Kilda captain Lenny Hayes was outstanding with 12 tackles, Aussie Jones vindicated his All-Australian selection across half-back and veterans Robert Harvey – in game No.299 – and Justin Peckett were tireless throughout.

The Swans finished the night both out of puff and out of personnel.


[listening to: All of them ladies - Machine Gun Fellatio ]
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Nick Riewoldt bursts clear


[listening to: Diamonds Are Forever - Shirley Bassey ]
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On a roll: Saint Stephen Milne celebrates a second-quarter goal.


[listening to: Take it slow - Machine Gun Fellatio ]
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Saints reign supreme against Swans

ST KILDA reigned supreme in a sodden AFL semi-final tonight, thrashing Sydney by 51 points at the MCG.

[listening to: Take it slow - Machine Gun Fellatio ]
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Veterans inspire Saintsational form reversal

Fraser GehrigSt Kilda has staged an amazing form turnaround to defeat Sydney by 51 points at the MCG on Friday night in the second semi-final.

Nick Riewoldt starred with 21 touches and 11 marks, while Fraser Gehrig (six goals) and Robert Harvey were also outstanding.

The Swans are finished for 2004, while the Saints play Port Adelaide next Friday for a Grand Final berth. [FULL STORY]

[listening to: Full moon - Machine Gun Fellatio ]
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Saints stay alive

St Kilda will meet Port Adelaide in next Friday night's preliminary final after defeating a battered Sydney by 51 points in a gritty semi-final at a wet MCG.

Inspired by veterans Andrew Thompson, Robert Harvey and Justin Peckett - who shared 59 possessions - the Saints responded to the 80-point belting inflicted by Brisbane last week and progress to the next September round full of confidence.

In a triumph for coach Grant Thomas, who lifted his team out of the mental trough, the Saints quelled the defiant Swans - who after looking well beaten reduced the margin to 11 points late in the third term - to triumph 16.11 (107) to 8.8 (56).


[listening to: Pussy Town - Machine Gun Fellatio ]
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Feeling Nervous

I can't wait until tonight.

Few have faith, but we have history on our side.

[listening to: Way Down - Elvis Presley ]
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  Thursday, 9 September 2004

Latest email from Michael Moore

I really liked Fahrenheit 9/11. It was a terrific movie. I still havent taken Moira to see it, which makes her mad at me.

I got the latest email from Michael Moore today and I felt compelled to post it.

Why I Will Not Seek a Best Documentary Oscar
(I'm giving it up in the hopes more voters can see "Fahrenheit 9/11")

Dear Friends,

I had dinner recently with a well-known pollster who had often worked for Republicans. He told me that when he went to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" he got sodistraught he twice had to go out in the lobby and pace during the movie.

"The Bush White House left open a huge void when it came to explaining the war to the American people," he told me. "And your film has filled that void -- and now there is no way to defeat it. It is the atomic bomb of this campaign."

He told me how he had conducted an informal poll with "Fahrenheit 9/11" audiences in three different cities and the results were all the same. "Essentially, 80% of the people going IN to see your movie are already likely Kerry voters and the movie has galvanized them in a way you rarely see Democrats galvanized.

"But, here's the bad news for Bush: Though 80% going IN to your movie are Kerry voters, 100% of those COMING OUT of your movie are Kerry voters. You can't come out of this movie and say, 'I am absolutely and enthusiastically voting for George W. Bush.'"

His findings are similar to those in other polls conducted around the country. In Pennsylvania, a Keystone poll showed that 4% of Kerry's support has come from people who decided to vote for him AFTER seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" -- and in an election that will be very close, 4% is a landslide. A Harris poll found that 44% of Republicans who see the film give it a "positive" rating. Another poll, to be released this week, shows a 21-point shift in Bush's approval rating, after just one viewing of the movie, among audiences of undecideds who were shown "Fahrenheit 9/11" in Ohio.

My pollster friend told me that he believes if Kerry wins, "Fahrenheit 9/11" will be one of the top three reasons for his election. Kerry's only problem, he said, is how many people will actually be able to see it before election day. The less that see it, the better for Bush.

But 20 million people have already seen it -- and the Gallup poll said that 56% of the American public has seen or plans to see "Fahrenheit 9/11" either in the theater or on home video. The DVD and home video of our film, thanks to our distributors listening to our pleas to release it before November, will be in the stores on October 5. This is very good news.

But can it also be shown on TV? I brought this possibility up in this week's Rolling Stone interview. Our contract with our DVD distributor says no, it cannot. I have asked them to show it just once, perhaps the night before the election. So far, no deal. But I haven't given up trying.

The only problem with my desire to get this movie in front of as many Americans as possible is that, should it air on TV, I will NOT be eligible to submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for Academy Award consideration for Best Documentary. Academy rules forbid the airing of a documentary on television within nine months of its theatrical release (fiction films do not have the same restriction).

Although I have no assurance from our home video distributor that they would allow a one-time television broadcast -- and the chances are they probably won't -- I have decided it is more important to take that risk and hope against hope that I can persuade someone to put it on TV, even if it's the night before the election.

Therefore, I have decided not to submit "Fahrenheit 9/11" for consideration for the Best Documentary Oscar. If there is even the remotest of chances that I can get this film seen by a few million more Americans before election day, then that is more important to me than winning another documentary Oscar. I have already won a Best Documentary statue. Having a second one would be nice, but not as nice as getting this country back in the hands of the majority.

The deadline to submit the film for the documentary Oscar was last Wednesday. I told my crew who worked on the film, let's let someone else have that Oscar. We have already helped to ignite the biggest year ever for nonfiction films. Last week, 1 out of every 5 films playing in movie theaters across America was a documentary! That is simply unheard of. There have been so many great nonfiction films this year, why not step aside and share what we have with someone else? Remove the 800-pound gorilla from that Oscar category and let the five films who get nominated have all the attention they deserve (instead of the focus being on a film that has already had more than its share of attention).

I've read a lot about "Fahrenheit" being a "sure bet" for the documentary Oscar this year. I don't believe anything is truly a "sure bet." And, in the end, I think sometimes it's good for your soul to give up something everyone says is so easily yours (ask Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps why he gave up his spot in the last race to someone else equally deserving, and you'll know what I am talking about).

I have informed our distributors of my decision. They support me (in fact, they then offered to submit our film for all the other categories it is eligible for, including Best Picture -- so, hey, who knows, maybe I'll get to complete that Oscar speech from 2003! Sorry, just kidding).

Don't get your hopes up for seeing "Fahrenheit 9/11" on TV before the election. In fact, I would count on NOT seeing it there (you know me, I'm always going after something I probably shouldn't). Get to the theaters soon, if you haven't already, or get it from the video store in October and hold house parties. Share it with everyone you know, especially your nonvoting friends. I have included 100 minutes of extras on the DVD -- powerful footage obtained after we made the movie, and some things that are going to drive Karl Rove into a permanent tailspin -- more on this later!

Thanks for all of your support. And go see "Super Size Me," "Control Room," "The Corporation," "Orwell Rolls Over in His Grave," "Bush's Brain," Robert Greenwald's films and the upcoming "Yes Men." You won't be sorry!


Michael Moore

P.S. If you want to read my dispatches for USA Today from inside the Republican Convention, go to

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6:03:17 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • Random

  Sunday, 5 September 2004

Results from 1st week of finals





Friday (n)
BCG (Gabba), 7.30 EST

MCG, 2.30pm EST

Homebush, 7.30pm EST

Football Park, 2.30pm EST

Brisbane 23.11-149
v St Kilda 10.9-69

Melbourne 15.9-99
v Essendon 15.14-104

Sydney 11.9-75
v West Coast 4.10-34

Port Adelaide 18.9-117
v Geelong 9.8-62

Brisbane to 2PF
v Essendon or Geelong
St Kilda v Sydney, 2SF

Essendon v Geelong, 1SF
Melbourne eliminated

Sydney v St Kilda, 2SF
West Coast eliminated

Port Adelaide to 1PF
v St Kilda or Sydney
Geelong v Essendon, 1SF

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  Saturday, 4 September 2004

Collection of St Kilda Stories
Thomas: We were hit by a 22-wheeler
Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia - 29 minutes ago
ST KILDA coach Grant Thomas said his team had been smashed by a semi-trailer after it lost by 80 points to a powerhouse Brisbane at the Gabba last night. ...
Brutal Lions bare their claws
The Age, Australia - 1 hour ago
By Peter Blucher. Goals: Brisbane: J Brown 6 D Bradshaw 4 C McRae 3 A McGrath 2 T Notting 2 B Caracella M Voss B Scott R Hadley S Black N Lappin. ...
Lions dispose of Saints
Fox Sports, Australia - 1 hour ago
By Darren Cartwright. THE Brisbane Lions went a long way towards exposing St Kilda as a finals featherweight at the Gabba last night. ...
Saints without a prayer as Lions run riot
Sydney Morning Herald (subscription), Australia - 1 hour ago
By Peter Blucher. Just another night at the Gabbattoir: Saint Nick Riewoldt is tackled by Lion Justin Leppitsch in Brisbane last night. ...
Brown report sours great win
The Age, Australia - 1 hour ago
By Emma Quayle. The Brisbane Lions' progression to a preliminary final could prove extremely expensive, with power forward Jonathan ...
Suddenly, Saints not travelling well
The Age, Australia - 1 hour ago
By Emma Quayle. St Kilda came to Brisbane two weeks ago and learnt something: when September is about to start, the Lions get angry. ...
Lions stun Saints
The Age, Australia - 2 hours ago
A ruthless Brisbane powered to within two matches of AFL immortality tonight but might have to create history without two star forwards. ...

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Saints play scared footy

FRIGHTENING and frightened. Let's not beat around bush here. The Saints were belted, on the scoreboard, about their heads and in their hearts in a finals assault of the highest brutality.

Last night, Brisbane was as awesome as we've seen in their imperious dynasty that began midway through 2001 when Leigh Matthews' team took the sword to Essendon and made them bleed.

Last night the Saints may have bled to death. They played scared, physically and mentally, in what was their worst effort of the season.

At the start, they picked a fight with the tough boys, the warriors of Brisbane, and got their heads kicked in. It did their heads in as well. After that, they lost energy and hunger. At worst, they lost their courage.

The fall-out will be known in seven days time when the Saints front up at home. It remains to be seen if this team can pick up their sorry little bodies and make a run at the premiership. You'd have to think it is against them.

The damage was done in the first half. The embarrassment came in the second.

Simply, the Lions were too quick with their hands and heads, and way, way too tough.

By half-time, they led by 46 points. It was a forgettable two quarters for the Saints. By the end they had increased it to 80.

St Kilda's grand plans, devised after they were thumped two weeks ago at the same venue, fell apart within minutes. Individually, they followed soon after. By the half it was all over.

So what went wrong?

Let's start in the midfield. Luke Ball could not have played any worse. Just two touches to half-time, he was monstered at every contest.

Lenny Hayes and Robert Harvey could not keep up with Simon Black and Nigel Lappin. The Brisbane pair had 39 touches in two quarters and Hayes and Harvey were on the pine.

Up forward, coach Grant Thomas started Nick Riewoldt deep (on Justin Leppitsch) and Fraser Gehrig (Mal Michael) at centre half-forward and Justin Koschitzke (Martin Pike) beside him. None of it worked.

It was a strange tactic. Gehrig doesn't like running at the best of times, and the ball couldn't get to Riewoldt. Perhaps Thomas wanted to keep Leppa away from centre half-back. Whatever, it didn't work.

Beside them, Brent Guerra was supposed to take Chris Johnson out of the play. Johnson ignored him, as he tends to do, and played the type of creative, supportive footy that's made him an All Australian in recent years.

It wasn't any better at the other end.

Aussie Jones, an All Australian contender, watched his opponent Craig McRae kick three goals in the first quarter and along the way had zero possessions himself.

Thomas put Steven Baker on Jason Akermanis and Aker came the supplier rather than goalkicker. He had 11 kicks to half-time and 11 inside 50ms. Baker had one kick and one handball.

Jonathan Brown beat up Luke Penny and had him removed by the 11th minute of the second quarter. Daniel Bradshaw booted two himself.

Collectively, the Saints played panicked football.

Missed handballs, dropped marks, lost possession, over-running balls, fumbles, short steps – the pressure was extreme.

And when they did win the ball, the Lions made them play stagnant football. No one wanted to present, no one wanted to run. It was made too easy for Brisbane.

The only positives, arguably, were Heath Black's game on a wing and in the middle after the long break, Max Hudghton who battled hard, Trent Knobel early, Allan Murray early, and the fact they didn't get any injuries. There was little else to cheer about.

Worse still, Thomas and his players have no excuses. Two weeks back, it was a swelter. Last night, the only heat came from Brisbane.

Black, Lappin, Power, Aker, Hadley and Voss were awesome with the ball, while Brown, the Scott boys, Leppa, Pike, Johnson, Copeland and Michael didn't let up with the aggression and verbal. It is a powerful combination.

Throw in the goals – six to Brown, four to Bradshaw – and the Saints were demolished.

For Thomas, it was a savage beating.

He hasn't eaten much in recent weeks the coach, but perhaps he could start with the words he said as he flew out of Melbourne on Thursday.

"One thing is absolutely, categorically for certain," Thomas said. "They'll respect us by the end of Friday night."

Yeah, right.

Herald Sun

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  Friday, 3 September 2004

Saints live to fight another day

Trent Knobel and Dylan McLaren The Saints will need to take a deep breath, reflect and regroup before planning to take on either Sydney or West Coast next week after going down to Brisbane by 80 points in Friday night's qualifying final at the Gabba. [more]

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11:23:44 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Hobbies
Lions truly ROAR-some!

Richard Hadley and Nick Dal Santo

The Brisbane Lions have roared into a preliminary final and dealt St Kilda an 80-point physical and psychological battering at the Gabba in Friday night's qualifying final.

A deceptively undermanned Lions side took the first significant step towards winning a fourth consecutive premiership, while the Saints - after their first final since 1998 - must reverse the hammering to their self-esteem before attempting to redeem themselves against the winner of Sydney and West Coast's elimination final.

It was a complete and resounding victory by the Lions, who lined up without injured spearhead Alastair Lynch, ruckman Clark Keating who failed to recover from a virus, and the versatile and experienced Darryl White, who pulled out moments before the match after also falling ill.  [more]

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Devastating Lions hammer Saints

AFL defending premiers Brisbane are through to a preliminary final in two weeks after thrashing St Kilda by 80 points in their qualifying match at the Gabba.

The Lions dominated from the opening bounce, chalking up their 11th home finals victory from as many attempts by winning 23.11 (149) to 10.9 (69).

They are now just one triumph away from a fourth consecutive grand final berth.

To put Brisbane's recent success in perspective, they now have one more finals triumph (15) then St Kilda, who have been around 114 years longer.

Brisbane's lead stretched to 100 points at one stage before some late recovery work by the Saints when the game was long gone.

Bullocking forward Jonathan Brown bagged six goals for the triple premiers, although he could again be in strife with the judiciary after being reported at quarter-time for rough play on the Saints' Jason Blake.

Daniel Bradshaw added four goals and the retiring Craig McRae three in what may be his last home match.

If minor premiers Port Adelaide beat Geelong on Sunday, Brisbane will play their preliminary final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground because of an AFL-MCC deal.

St Kilda meanwhile, will their morale severely dented, will now play the winner of the encounter between Sydney and West Coast in a sudden death match next weekend.

The Saints came to Brisbane with high hopes of avenging a 45-point defeat two weeks ago, but were desperately disappointing.

Nick Riewoldt bagged three goals and Fraser Gehrig two but the Victorian team's midfield was largely ineffective.

Luke Ball was their leading possession-getter with 20, compared with Brisbane's Simon Black who racked up 37 in a stellar performance.

Nigel Lappin, together with Black one of the favourites for this year's Brownlow, added 32, while Richard Hadley, third in the Rising Star award, and Luke Power managed 23 each.

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Report sours Lions win

Brisbane 23.11 (149) bt St Kilda 10.9 (69)

JONATHAN BROWN is in danger of joining fellow spearhead Alastair Lynch on the sidelines after being reported for rough play in the Lions 80-point qualifying final savaging of St Kilda at the Gabba.

The triple premiers overcame a mystery virus that claimed two key men before the match to book a preliminary final berth in a fortnight.

But Brown, already sidelined three times this year through suspension, will have to find favour at the AFL tribunal to play another game this year after his part in a post-siren melee at quarter-time.

He was reported for holding Saints relief ruckman Jason Blake in a headlock during the push and shove which ended an explosive opening term that featured a string of heated melees.

Brown managed to put the spectre of another suspension behind him to bag six goals in front of a highly appreciative Gabba crowd of 33,582.

So vital is Lynch, battling a hamstring strain, and Brown to the Lions forward set-up that few pundits would have confidently predicted a record-equalling fourth straight premiership without them.

But such was Brisbane's dominance tonight, with their class midfield brigade running riot and Daniel Bradshaw's four-goal performance at full-forward, that only a fool would mark them as underdogs.

After the Saints were touched up by 45 points a fortnight ago at the Gabba, coach Grant Thomas stressed his young team would demand respect on this trip north.

But the visitors, whose man-marking was loose and skill level disappointing, earned none and will find it hard to rebound from the humiliation.

Young sensation Nick Riewoldt was one of a bare handful to come through without a dent to his reputation in a three-goal performance despite being well held by Justin Leppitsch.

The Lions endured a terrible lead-up with senior ruckman Clark Keating and veteran defender Darryl White late withdrawals because of the virus which has swept through the camp.

White was kitted up to play but was physically ill during the warm-up and was replaced by Ashley McGrath at the last minute.

McGrath made the most of the unexpected call-up by snapping a miracle goal during the Lions second-quarter charge where they extended the lead from 19 at the first change to 46 at half-time.

The writing was on the wall for the Saints when small forward Craig McRae, in what is likely to be his last Gabba appearance, made the most of some loose checking by Aussie Jones to kick three opening-term goals.

Brisbane ball magnets Simon Black, Luke Power and Nigel Lappin were unstoppable on the ball and easily led the possession count.

Brown, who would say little about his booking, was overjoyed with the win.

"It's been a magnificent effort this year," he told Network Ten.

"We get the week off and I think the older blokes will like that."

Brisbane 6.3 11.8 17.9 23.11 (149)
St Kilda 3.2 4.4 6.7 10.9 (69)
Goals: Brisbane: J Brown 6 D Bradshaw 4 C McRae 3 A McGrath 2 T Notting 2 B CaracellaM Voss B Scott R Hadley S Black N Lappin. St Kilda: N Riewoldt 3 F Gehrig 2 S Baker H Black J Koschitzke TKnobel B Guerra.
Best: Brisbane: H Black J Brown L PowerN Lappin D Bradshaw M Michael. St Kilda: M Hudghton HBlack L Hayes N Riewoldt.
Umpires: S McBurnie S McClaren D Woodcock.
Official Crowd: 33,582 at the Gabba.

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Ruthless Lions tear Saints apart

A RUTHLESS Brisbane powered to within two matches of AFL immortality tonight but might have to create history without two star forwards. MORE

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Lions stun Saints

Brisbane has smashed St Kilda by 80 points in their Qualifying Final at the Gabba to remain on track for an historic fourth straight AFL premiership.More

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Saints Thrashed

Brisbane St Kilda
23.11 (149) Score 10.9 (69)
17.9 (111) Q3 6.7 (43)
11.8 (74) Q2 4.4 (28)
6.3 (39) Q1 3.2 (20)
Brown 6, Bradshaw 4, McRae 3, McGrath 2, Notting 2, Hadley, Black, Voss, Caracella, Scott, Lappin Goals Riewoldt 3, Gehrig 2, Guerra, Black, Koschitzke, Baker, Knobel
Match Comments
Brisbane 23.11 (149) def. St Kilda 10.9 (69)

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Saints Crushed at the Gabba

Brisbane 23.11 (149) Brown 6, Bradshaw 4, McRae 3, McGrath, Notting 2
St Kilda 10.9 (69) Riewoldt 3, Gehrig 2
The Lions led by 46 points and kicked 10 of the last 13 goals to earn a Preliminary Final's berth, while the Saints will contest the 2nd Semi next week.

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Brisbane Murders Saints in Qualifying Final

Finals Week 1 Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Brisbane 6.3 11.8 17.9 23.11 (149)
St. Kilda 3.2 4.4 6.7 10.9 (69)

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RSS adopted by leading Aussie Publisher

You know RSS is hitting mainstream when the old established publishers add support for it

Fairfax has added RSS feeds for their two leading publications - The Sydney Morning Herald & The Age.

Hats off to you, Mr Fairfax

The Sydney Morning Herald RSS Channels

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6:20:51 PM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • Random
Orkut Stats - September Update

My little Orkut network continues to grow, since my previous update in July

I am now connected to 1,488,440 people through 121 friends, with 13 fans.

Hmm that fan count hasn't increased since last time! Hey, all you guys who I gave invites to, give me back some love.

I am still waiting for the next Orkut newsletter.

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Windows Media Player 10 is OUT!
Windows Media Update
Windows Media
September 2, 2004
Windows Media Player 10 Now Available
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10:34:53 AM    comment []  trackback []  G!   • My Interests • My Organization
First Sadness, then Joy

Each month, I get an email from FoxFooty that lists all the games and the times that they will be showing. I always scan looking for my team and when I can see them play.

When I got the September edition, my heart sank as I look to the Friday September 3 section

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 11:34 AM
Subject: Fox Footy Listings - September 2004

Thank you for requesting the FOX Footy listings for September 2004 – this email contains September highlights & FOX Footy Channel listings for Wednesday 1st – Wednesday 8th September.


Every Game Of The 2004 Finals Series

FOX Footy Channel is the ONLY place you can see replays of every game of the 2004 Finals Series uninterrupted from siren to siren.

Friday 03-09-2004

All Times Are Local
6.30  White Line Fever
7.30  Living With Footballers
8.00  Last Time They Met Rnd 10 2004 Port Adelaide v Geelong
10.15  Last Time They Met Rnd 13 2004 Essendon v Melbourne
12.30  Last Time They Met Rnd 21 2004 Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
3.00  FOX League Teams
4.00   National's AFL Rising Star Award
6.00  Auskick'n Around
6.30  Classic Quarters Rd 22 2001 Hawthorn v St Kilda
7.00  The Gospel
7.30  White Line Fever LIVE
8.30  Sydney AFL Weekly
9.30  The Winners With Flares 1986 EF Essendon v Fitzroy
10.00  Classic Quarters 1987 QF Hawthorn v Sydney
10.30  White Line Fever
11.30  2004 Finals 2nd QF Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
2.00  Living With Footballers
2.30  Classic Quarters 1987 QF Hawthorn v Sydney
3.00  2004 Finals 2nd QF Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
5.30  From The FOX Footy Vault 1982 QF & EF

Ripped off Again! All the other games are live, but MY game is replayed at 11.30 on Friday!!!!

Then 2 Hours later, I got another email

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, September 01, 2004 1:24 PM
Subject: FOX Footy Channel Finals Update

There has been a change to FOX Footy Channel's broadcast time for this Friday night's 2nd Qualifying Final Brisbane Lions v St Kilda.
We're pleased to confirm that you can now see coverage of this game first on FOX Footy Channel at 8.30pm EST (NSW only).
Here's Friday night's amended programming line-up - all other replay times for this weekend remain as previously emailed.
We hope you enjoy every game of the Qualifying Finals on FOX Footy Channel.
7.30pm White Line Fever LIVE
8.30pm 2nd Qualifying Final - Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
12.00am 2nd Qualifying Final - Brisbane Lions v St Kilda
2.30am programming resumes as previously emailed

Ah Joy!!!!

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